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quickwitter:

sbyswgentlemenscigarsociety:


Amy Purdy, paralympic medalist snowboarder | ESPN

~ I work with a lot of soldiers that I hope this inspires

For several years I worked as contract editorial designer for New Mobility, a magazine for folks in wheelchairs. Bad asses, total bad asses in just about every filed and sport. This is gorgeous - takes a minute to see anything other than a beautiful naked woman.

quickwitter:

sbyswgentlemenscigarsociety:

Amy Purdy, paralympic medalist snowboarder | ESPN

~ I work with a lot of soldiers that I hope this inspires

For several years I worked as contract editorial designer for New Mobility, a magazine for folks in wheelchairs. Bad asses, total bad asses in just about every filed and sport. This is gorgeous - takes a minute to see anything other than a beautiful naked woman.

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As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London. By

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

(via weunderstandthelights)

I am taking the Piccadilly line to the airport tomorrow and wow, do I have something to think about now.

(via ursulavernon)

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elwynbrooks:

Here’s the shotguns used tonight. Lots of restraint shown:

Summary of the night (August 18th, 2014):

There were many arrests throughout the night. Water bottles and other objects were thrown at police, and after gunshots rang out near the QuikTrip, police began firing smoke and gas indiscriminately. There have been reports of white anarchist agitators from out of town, provoking police.

Many protesters ran, terrified, coughing. Journalists were caught in the gas: one canister rolled right under a photographer, who collapsed from it. Fires and bricks were used by residents to try and keep back police.

Police began clearing out the street, ordering anyone who wasn’t credentialed media to leave or be faced with arrest. When one reporter (who is livestreaming the events and has a camera on him) explained he lost his credentials while being fired at and showed his PRESS patch instead, officer told him “this doesn’t mean shit” while ripping the journalist’s PRESS patch off of his vest and throwing it to the ground.

Police formed two lines and began moving forward. A handful of protesters got caught between the lines, trapped but repeatedly told to get out. Among them, WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery reports that the entire neighbourhood has barriers and many people are unable to get home.

SWAT teams have begun doing tactical sweeps and media were ordered away.

Amnesty International was also on the ground tonight and were kicked out by police. Currently, AI is highly critical of the US.

There are still a few people trapped, it appears, including a few reporters, who are tweeting that they’re being mercilessly gassed:

And here’s an image of what it looks like when they fire gas:

Currently waiting for a presser from Captain Johnson, who was seen tonight attempting to keep peace with no helmet/mask/gear.

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eclecticbanana:

wings1295:

michaelmay:

This is why Bigfoot tracks are so rare.

Why was this even made? I don’t think Bigfoot would … I am over thinking this.

Everbody knows Bigfoot loves him a mean chopper…

This is not just any old Bigfoot, this is the Bigfoot from the Six Million Dollar Man.  I know because I had the Steve Austin action figure, the Steve Austin space capsule, Oscar Goldman with exploding briefcase, and even the evil Maskatron, but I never had Bigfoot.  Commence micropity.

eclecticbanana:

wings1295:

michaelmay:

This is why Bigfoot tracks are so rare.

Why was this even made? I don’t think Bigfoot would … I am over thinking this.

Everbody knows Bigfoot loves him a mean chopper…

This is not just any old Bigfoot, this is the Bigfoot from the Six Million Dollar Man.  I know because I had the Steve Austin action figure, the Steve Austin space capsule, Oscar Goldman with exploding briefcase, and even the evil Maskatron, but I never had Bigfoot.  Commence micropity.

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braiker:

bethrevis:

US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.

Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”image

funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me. 

What a goddam mess.  I get embarrassed by my country often, because the USA, despite being my favorite place in the world and home, is crazy as fuck, but this whole Ferguson thing is just shot through with almost every type of crazy and wrong.  When did we just start breaking laws because we don’t feel like we have to obey them because we’re in power, or we’re cops, or we think authority is infinite.  Authority is always limited, and there’s a long line of dead kings, fascists, and soldiers who can prove to you.  

My advice to the authorities in Ferguson: wise up.  History is going to fucking railroad you.  Remember history?  That’s the thing people worried about, along with decency, common sense, and morality before short attention spans and extremist pundits and 8-bit politicians assured you that you only had to win in the media’s eyes, or failing that, muddle things up and interfere with the media reporting on you.  Would anyone try a “First Amendment Area” with Walter Cronkite?  Only if they wanted to get fired and vilified nearly immediately.  

My best friend of some 27 years, Mary, came by with her kids. They, of course, are now old enough to be grownups playing with my kids! They are both super cool and I hope my kids are even a fraction as cool as they have turned out to be! I am lucky to count Joe and Maryellen as my friends as well.