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GQ: Presenting SeanSpicer's alternative ABCs (tweet link with video):


Space Ball

iss050e033912 (01/21/2017) --- A soccer ball originally packed onto space shuttle Challenger in 1986 is now orbiting the Earth on board the International Space Station, 31 years later.

The soccer ball was signed and presented to NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka by soccer players -- including his daughter -- from Clear Lake High School, near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Onizuka was one of seven astronauts on board Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, when it exploded shortly after liftoff. Following the accident, the ball was recovered and returned to the high school, where it has been on display for the past three decades. Its history had begun to fade into obscurity when Principal Karen Engle learned of its origin. Soon after, astronaut Shane Kimbrough, whose son attends Clear Lake High School, offered to carry up a memento on the school's behalf, and she had the idea to send the soccer ball into space. Kimbrough snapped this photo of the ball floating in front of the station's Cupola window in advance of Challenger anniversary and NASA's Day of Remembrance.


Remember when the Tampa Bay Bandits' owner threatened to punch @realDonaldTrump in the mouth?


Source: Letters of Note

Build this Wall:

Nice! I have never seen this before... it would make a great t-shirt/canvas bag design.

Are you looking for a political sticker? This Etsy site has you covered:


The stickers are sold for $1 and are sent through the mail in a regular envelope (it costs more if you want them to be shipped with tracking). This is one of her comments regarding the sale of her political stickers:

I'm selling these ANTI TRUMP/ANTI HATE stickers for what they cost me to make. We must "stick" together against his rhetoric and hatefulness. We may not be able to change the outcome of the election but we can speak out and let the world know that this is NOT OKAY.

A few examples:

* This is NOT my site. I have seen several posts about stickers, signs of resistance, the need for a symbol, etc., so I thought some may appreciate these stickers. I like how there are many choices between overt and covert messages.

80 years apart, these two refugees have more in common than youd think UNICEF

These are the real stories of Harry and Ahmed, told in their own words. Though generations separate them, there are unsettling parallels between their horrific stories as child refugees.

Everything Donald Trump Did in His Second Week as President

Source: The Nation

Week two of the Trump administration was dominated by fallout from last Friday’s ban on refugees and on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The White House tried to downplay its impact: Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed Monday that only 109 people were “slowed down” by the order. But Friday, a lawyer from the Department of Justice admitted in court that more than 100,000 people lost their visas.

The Trump administration made a number of other moves this week, from key appointments to the firing of the acting head of the DOJ. We’re tracking the most significant, concrete actions here, in our weekly recap.

Resurrecting torture-friendly officials at the CIA. Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick for second-in-command at the CIA, oversaw the torture of two detainees at a detention site in Thailand in the early years of the George W. Bush administration. One of the men was waterboarded more than 80 times in a single month, confined for hours in a small box, and slammed into walls. Later, Haspel helped to destroy video recordings of the torture sessions. Haspel’s appointment does not require Senate confirmation.

Putting a hard-right-winger on the Supreme Court
. On Tuesday night, Trump unveiled his pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch, whom Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley described as “an extreme right-wing jurist who has ruled dozens of times for the powerful and against the less fortunate.” But his record is somewhat beside the point: As Ari Berman writes, that seat on the high court belongs to Merrick Garland. “It was unprecedented and outrageous that a judge as qualified and mainstream as Garland didn’t even get a hearing,” writes Berman. “And it’s more than a little ironic that a president who won 5 million more votes than his opponent in 2012 couldn’t make the selection but one who got 2.9 million fewer votes than his opponent can.”

Read more: https://www.thenation.com/article/everything-donald-trump-did-in-his-second-week-as-president/

Chart: Fascist Move or Dick Move?

Source: The Nib


Cute Emergency:


Exit Interview: I Was a Black, Female Thru-Hiker on the Appalachian Trail

I knew that going into this hike it wouldn’t just be a hike: There’s no movement in America for black women that’s just about movement, especially throughout the South.

Source: Atlas Obscura

The first person to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail, a white man named Earl V. Shaffer, wanted to “walk the Army out of his system.” That was in 1948. Since the 1970s, when 775 hikers completed the trail, the number of “thru-hikers” has doubled each decade so that in the 2000s, close to 6,000 hikers covered all 2,190 miles.

Most of those people still look like Shaffer—they’re white men. Only about a quarter of thru-hikers are women, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and though there’s little information about the racial breakdown of thru-hikers, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of them are white.

Last year, Rahawa Haile, a writer now based in Oakland, California, became one of the very few black women to attempt to hike the entire trail. (She was able to find exactly one other attempting the feat in 2016.) In March, she began in Georgia, the more popular end of the trail to start on, and by the middle of October had hiked its entire length. She carried along with her, too, a series of books by black authors, which she left in trail shelters along the way.

Haile spoke to Atlas Obscura about the challenges and joys of hiking all those miles and the particular experience of being one of the few people of color spending months on the trail.

Read more: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/exit-interview-i-was-a-black-female-thru-hiker-on-the-appalachian-trail?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=atlas-page

This is a fascinating, inspirational and insightful read. I really encourage others to delve in... you won't be disappointed!
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