thelastcenturion-thesortinghat:

afanoffandoms:

people dont blog about the princess bride enough

she doesn’t even try to walk down she just dives head first onto a fucking hill buttercup what even god i love this movie

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newshour:

China consumes half of the world’s pork. And the country’s growing middle class — bigger than the population of the United States — wants more meat. The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how China plans to meet that demand.

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todayinhistory:

September 11th 2001: 9/11 Terror Attacks

On this day in 2001, thirteen years ago today, two hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and another into the Pentagon building in Virginia. The Twin Towers collapsed and part of the Pentagon was badly damaged. A fourth plane was intended to strike the US Capitol Building in Washington DC but its passengers seized control from the hijackers and crashed the plane into a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died on this terrible day and thousands more injured in the attacks which sent shockwaves around the world. The attacks were planned and carried out by members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, and masterminded by Osama bin Laden, who was since been found and killed by US forces. The aftermath of the tragedy prompted greater focus on national security both in the US and abroad and contributed to the invasions of, and subsequent wars in, Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, thirteen years on, we remember the thousands of people who lost their lives on 9/11.

"America is under attack"
- White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card telling President Bush about the attacks

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obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Hero Over the Potomac
Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the iced-filled Potomac River on January 13, 1982. With visibiity at near-zero the Boeing 737 was airborne for only 30 seconds before crashing into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge, crushing seven cars and taking part of the bridge rail and wall with it. The flight, carrying 79 passengers and crew, then plunged into the water.
Only six passengers made it to the surface and the first rescue vehicle to arrive on scene, was a D.C. Park Police helicopter flown by Dave Usher and crewed by George Windsor. The two men rescued all the survivors of Flight 90, putting themselves at risk in the process. While Mr. Usher managed to hover the copter just feet over the water in terrible weather, Mr. Windsor dropped a safety ring to passengers who were then dragged to shore. When the men went to rescue the final survivor, Patricia Felch, Mr. Windsor - who was not wearing a safety harness connecting him to the copter - reached out over the river and lifted Ms. Felch out of the water.
(The tragedy did not lack for heroes. Congressional Budget Office staff Lenny Skutnik, who was watching from the shore, tore off his clothes and jumped into the Potomac to drag Priscilla Tirado the final feet to shore after she lost her grip on the ring. Another passenger, later identified as Atlanta businessman Arland D. Williams, Jr., handed the safety line to others ensuring their survival. Mr. Windsor and Mr. Usher returned to find him but he had sunk beneath the water.)
At the end of the day, the Flight 90 accident claimed the lives of 74 people on the plane as well as seven more who were killed when their cars were crushed on the bridge. 
Mr. Windsor and Mr. Usher did not know at the time that their rescue efforts were caught live on television, making them into national heroes. They were later honored by the Dept. of the Interior and other D.C. organizations for their efforts.
The FAA later determined that the conditions, poor decisions by the crew, and the failure to regularly de-ice the plane as it waited for takeoff were all causes of the crash. Because of the Air Florida crash several reforms were made in de-icing, crew staffing (the pilots had little experience and were both in their thirties), and the creation of a better water rescue harness for helicopters.
George Windsor, who retired from the Park Police in 1993 moved to South Carolina and became a police officer, died on August 24, 2014 at the age of 74.
Sources: Washington Post and Wikipedia

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Hero Over the Potomac

Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the iced-filled Potomac River on January 13, 1982. With visibiity at near-zero the Boeing 737 was airborne for only 30 seconds before crashing into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge, crushing seven cars and taking part of the bridge rail and wall with it. The flight, carrying 79 passengers and crew, then plunged into the water.

Only six passengers made it to the surface and the first rescue vehicle to arrive on scene, was a D.C. Park Police helicopter flown by Dave Usher and crewed by George Windsor. The two men rescued all the survivors of Flight 90, putting themselves at risk in the process. While Mr. Usher managed to hover the copter just feet over the water in terrible weather, Mr. Windsor dropped a safety ring to passengers who were then dragged to shore. When the men went to rescue the final survivor, Patricia Felch, Mr. Windsor - who was not wearing a safety harness connecting him to the copter - reached out over the river and lifted Ms. Felch out of the water.

(The tragedy did not lack for heroes. Congressional Budget Office staff Lenny Skutnik, who was watching from the shore, tore off his clothes and jumped into the Potomac to drag Priscilla Tirado the final feet to shore after she lost her grip on the ring. Another passenger, later identified as Atlanta businessman Arland D. Williams, Jr., handed the safety line to others ensuring their survival. Mr. Windsor and Mr. Usher returned to find him but he had sunk beneath the water.)

At the end of the day, the Flight 90 accident claimed the lives of 74 people on the plane as well as seven more who were killed when their cars were crushed on the bridge. 

Mr. Windsor and Mr. Usher did not know at the time that their rescue efforts were caught live on television, making them into national heroes. They were later honored by the Dept. of the Interior and other D.C. organizations for their efforts.

The FAA later determined that the conditions, poor decisions by the crew, and the failure to regularly de-ice the plane as it waited for takeoff were all causes of the crash. Because of the Air Florida crash several reforms were made in de-icing, crew staffing (the pilots had little experience and were both in their thirties), and the creation of a better water rescue harness for helicopters.

George Windsor, who retired from the Park Police in 1993 moved to South Carolina and became a police officer, died on August 24, 2014 at the age of 74.

Sources: Washington Post and Wikipedia

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colchrishadfield:

Star Wars opening credits on a personalized Kraft Dinner box. Worlds collide.

colchrishadfield:

Star Wars opening credits on a personalized Kraft Dinner box. Worlds collide.

theonion:

FBI Raids Kennedy Fundamentalist Compound

Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments
Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported.
The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia’s Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take “exhaustive measures” to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday.
The monument was sprayed with red paint on the eve of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s celebration of its 123rd anniversary, the Sofia-based Novinite news agency reported.
The vandalism was the latest in a series of similar recent incidents in Bulgaria — each drawing angry criticism from Moscow.
Early this year, unknown artists painted another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
In August last year, a Soviet army monument in Sofia was painted pink in an “artistic apology” for Bulgaria’s support of Soviet troops who suppressed Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring revolt against Moscow-based communist rulers.

Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments

Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported.

The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia’s Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take “exhaustive measures” to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday.

The monument was sprayed with red paint on the eve of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s celebration of its 123rd anniversary, the Sofia-based Novinite news agency reported.

The vandalism was the latest in a series of similar recent incidents in Bulgaria — each drawing angry criticism from Moscow.

Early this year, unknown artists painted another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

In August last year, a Soviet army monument in Sofia was painted pink in an “artistic apology” for Bulgaria’s support of Soviet troops who suppressed Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring revolt against Moscow-based communist rulers.

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theeconomist:

Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak

theeconomist:

Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak


Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the beginning of World War I
On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six assassins (five Serbs and one Bosnian Muslim) coordinated by Danilo Ilić. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary’s south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Yugoslavia. The assassins’ motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. The assassination led directly to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum against Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war.
On top of these Serbian military conspirators was Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence Dragutin Dimitrijević, his righthand man Major Vojislav Tankosić, and the spy Rade Malobabić. Major Tankosić armed the assassins with bombs and pistols and trained them. The assassins were given access to the same clandestine network of safe-houses and agents that Rade Malobabić used for the infiltration of weapons and operatives into Austria-Hungary.

The assassins, the key members of the clandestine network, and the key Serbian military conspirators who were still alive were arrested, tried, convicted and punished. Those who were arrested in Bosnia were tried in Sarajevo in October 1914. The other conspirators were arrested and tried before a Serbian kangaroo court on the French-controlled Salonika Front in 1916–1917 on unrelated false charges; Serbia executed three of the top military conspirators. Much of what is known about the assassinations comes from these two trials and related records.

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the beginning of World War I

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austriaheir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six assassins (five Serbs and one Bosnian Muslim) coordinated by Danilo Ilić. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary’s south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Yugoslavia. The assassins’ motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. The assassination led directly to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum against Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war.

On top of these Serbian military conspirators was Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence Dragutin Dimitrijević, his righthand man Major Vojislav Tankosić, and the spy Rade Malobabić. Major Tankosić armed the assassins with bombs and pistols and trained them. The assassins were given access to the same clandestine network of safe-houses and agents that Rade Malobabić used for the infiltration of weapons and operatives into Austria-Hungary.

The assassins, the key members of the clandestine network, and the key Serbian military conspirators who were still alive were arrested, tried, convicted and punished. Those who were arrested in Bosnia were tried in Sarajevo in October 1914. The other conspirators were arrested and tried before a Serbian kangaroo court on the French-controlled Salonika Front in 1916–1917 on unrelated false charges; Serbia executed three of the top military conspirators. Much of what is known about the assassinations comes from these two trials and related records.

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futurejournalismproject:

Want a Do Over?
Yes, yes you do.

futurejournalismproject:

Want a Do Over?

Yes, yes you do.

You wanne be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village. 
100 british films 
Hot Fuzz [Edgar Wright] [2007]

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