British battleship HMS Barham explodes shortly after being struck by a close range German U-boat torpedo salvo (1941).
On 25 November 1941 at 4.25pm, while steaming to cover an attack on Italian convoys with the battleships Queen Elizabeth, Valiant and an escort of eight destroyers, Barham was hit by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331, commanded by Lieutenant Hans-Dietrich von Tiesenhausen. Leading Telegraphist A.R. Bacon remained at his station following the first attack to alert accompanying ships of the presence of U-331, which greatly aided the search and rescue. The torpedoes were fired from a range of only 750 yards providing no time for evasive action, and struck so closely together as to throw up a single massive water column. As she rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and she quickly sank with the loss of more than two thirds of the crew. The explosion was caught on camera by Gaumont News cameraman John Turner, who was on the deck of the nearby Valiant. Out of a crew of approximately 1,184 officers and men, 841 were killed. The survivors were rescued by the other British ships.
This is absolutely disgusting! Instead of spending that money to help homeless people, you know some of the weakest members of our society who need the protection the most, they’re installing fucking spikes!? (That btw, you paid for.) And you have to pay to sit on a fucking bench? I’m guessing that money will also go to another horrible idea… I would almost get a load of old couches and dump them everywhere those stupid spikes are.
The thing is, we could solve the homelessness problem, but no, no, we have to terrorize them because showing compassion would only be humane and that is something humanity outgrew ages ago.
This is disgusting, and it’s not just one country either from a look through the links. Just… eugh. Disgusting.
I thought this was a pun at first and then I realized what it was.
Footage of one of the most iconic moments of the 20th Century, of a man, sometimes identified as Wang Weilinn, who stands in front of and halts a column of tanks the day after Chinese military forces had brutally suppressed protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Little is known about the man’s identity or his fate.
The regime which these protests opposed remains in power, and discussion of the events is forbidden in China to this day.
#DDAY70 D-Day -2:
"England, June 4th, 1944
The men of the armies marched towards the southern ports.
Equipment rolled down the roads.
Men and machines took their places in the waiting ships.
The men were British, American, Canadian—some of them veterans of Africa, Sicily and Italy. Some new to battle…”
Excerpted from: “D-Day to D plus 3." From the series: Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, compiled 1947 - 1964. Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985
Tiananmen Square 1989 – in pictures :
On this day 25 years ago, the Chinese Communist party sent 200,000 soldiers to suppress a peaceful student-led demonstration calling for political reform. The move caused numerous casualties among the demonstrators, led to a crackdown on other protests and placed strict restrictions on the media.
Pro-democracy protesters went to Tiananmen Square in Beijing to take part in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist party general secretary Hu Yaobang, who was also a liberal reformer. Some six weeks later, protesters still occupied the square when the military was mobilised. Estimates of the resulting fatalities range from a few hundred into the thousands, and the democracy movement was crushed.
In the aftermath, foreign journalists were expelled, media coverage of the events became strictly controlled and the government conducted widespread arrests. In response, western governments imposed economic sanctions.
Many people, both in China and globally, argue that the Chinese government continues to use force in order to remain in power and restrict human rights. Over the last few days, Google has been largely inaccessible to Chinese citizens in what is thought to be an act of censorship.
According to Amnesty International, Chinese authorities have attempted to suppress those seeking to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the event and detained at least 66 people in connection with it.
William Nee, China researcher at the organisation, said, “The past few days have seen the Chinese authorities ratchet up the repression. They appear willing to stop at nothing in their attempts to prevent people from marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. They have gone further when compared to previous years.”
The government’s actions in regards to the anniversary raise one important question – in 25 years, has China progressed in terms of democracy?
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i caN’T BREATHE
NO OKAY I JUST REWATCHED THOR THE OTHER DAY AND WAS LIKE ‘WAIT. WAIT. AT THIS POINT LOKI HAS ALREADY GIVEN BIRTH AND GIVEN HIS SON TO HIS DAD TO RIDE AROUND NO OKAY EVERYTHING HE DOES FROM THIS POINT ON IS EXCUSED’
but i also had to wonder how he lost the baby weight.
“Dad, I asked you to BABYSIT HIM FOR A DAY. WHAT PART OF ‘BABYSIT’ TRANSLATES TO ‘RIDE HIM INTO A POTENTIAL BATTLE’? YOU ARE NOT THE WORLD’S BEST GRANDPA. I’M TAKING THAT COFFEE MUG AWAY FROM YOU.”
I’M TAKING THAT COFFEE MUG AWAY FROM YOU
“You said to babysit. I have taken the baby, and sat myself upon him. I do not understand your dismay.”
Literally all of this post. XD
loki and horse jokes will NEVER GET OLD I SWEARkjghdfkjg
Stop what you are doing.
If you don’t want to read, I’ll explain the key bullet points, but please read them afterwords:
This is not “we didn’t protect him enough.”
This is not “the government screwed up some random detail or accidentally let his killer loose.”
The 111th Military Intelligence had a team taking pictures of his balcony during the assassination.
They brought in a Special Forces 8-Man Sniper Team from the 20th.
Memphis Police withdrew their regular protection detail from him.
A jury of 12 people, six black and six white, found the United States Government guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
YOUR GOVERNMENT. MY GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE, SHOT AND KILLED DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. And the media never reported the case.
MLK was ASSASSINATED. By a government YOU PAY FOR.
I hate those posts where someone tries to pressure you into reblogging. I almost never ask you to reblog.
This shit is important.
Reblog this. I don’t care what kind of blog you have. I don’t care what you normally talk about.
The FCC deregulated radio ownership under Bush and it destroyed the local radio industry. One big Texas-based company, Clear Channel, ended up owning 1200+ radio stations nationally and it made radio worse.
By allowing one company to own so many stations, and own more than one station in the same market, playlists shrunk and formats switched. It was no longer about genre-driven music or local tastes, it was corporate and risk adverse. There was no incentive to play new or edgy music. It was geared for major labels to promote their bland music.
Music got worse because major labels became gate keepers. No longer were cities promoting their new artists. Music sales died because consumers were exposed to fewer artists. Retail stores went out of business. This has a snowball effect.
This will be the same thing if net neutrality is changed. Innovation will die. New ideas will suffer. Large corporations will influence what you see and hear.
This is based on history. We need to keep neutrality and maintain the internet as a level playing field.
Women firefighters douse flames during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Oh hay look women of colour were an integral part of the ‘cool’ part of history too, how about that. They were like. Doing stuff that supposedly only heroic white dudes had done. That makes women valid participants in collective history now, right? Right? This is in high school history books now, right? Right? Huh?
What Glockgal said.
Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
This needs to be a movie. Like, now.
I’d watch this movie.
How is this not a movie?
*throws money at Hollywood*