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wrathofprawn:

for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.

their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.

how the fuck is this not taught in every single history class ever

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girl pilots killing nazis ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* \(◕◕✿)/ *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

But, remember, women never did anything in history.

This is laughably incorrect.

Fact 1: Although technologically obsolete as of WWII, the Polikarpov Po-2 “Kukuruznik” biplanes flown by the 588th Night Bomber Regiment were in no way ” the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world.” The Po-2 was first flown in 1929 and remained in production until 1953 due to its low cost and extreme reliability. It is, in fact, the second most produced aircraft in history, and the most produced biplane in history. The night bombers flew brand new, specially modified Po-2s fitted with bomb racks and machine guns.

Fact 2: The Po-2 was extremely quiet; Germans nicknamed it the Nähmaschine (“sewing machine”) due to the muted rattling sound its tiny little 99-horsepower radial engine made. The night bombers would fly these quiet little planes just a few meters off the ground, then climb to higher altitude, cut the engine, and glide to the attack point so that the Germans would have no warning of an incoming attack other than wind whistling through the wing bracing-wires. It wasn’t because the engines were unreliable, it was a planned attack pattern.

Fact 3: Saying “their leader flew over 200 missions” is both inaccurate and damning with faint praise. Whereas most combat pilots fly only one or two sorties per day, all of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment pilots flew multiple missions every night, with the record being eighteen missions flown back-to-back-to-back-to-back in a single night. By the end of the war, most of the “Night Witches” had around a thousand combat sorties under their belts.

The Night Witches were THAT fucking badass, and it pisses me off when people get it all wrong because they’re too damn lazy to do their homework.

korydwen:

pywren:

Since I was asked by a very sweet anon if there was more of Academy Era Jim: Yes there is! Here you go.

His peers hate Jim with a passion because he puts them into a bad light by working so hard. He get’s bullied like you would never believe. He’s a cute nerd with no friends whatsoever and it gives me LIFE to know that he is pretty much me.

I will take this moment to confess my undying love for Gene Roddenberry for creating James T. Kirk just the way he is. And I really hope he will arise from his grave to hunt Abrams and Co. down for all the havoc they wreaked with the original canon.

Btw. the pink boxes are Jims lies to his parents about the academy.

Source: Star Trek Annual 2 - 02 Starfleet Academy

#remember when he walked into a bar full of his old Academy pals in Court Martial#and they were hostile in a way that suggested#that it wasn’t just that they liked Finney and thought Jim had killed him#it was also in part that they’d never liked Jim#that they’d always been jealous#Jim’s the kind people are jealous of#he’s stoic and unruffled and never has a hair out of place#and doesn’t really give much of a damn for social stuff and aimlessless#he’s quiet and keeps himself to himself#and has worlds within his mind you have to work to discover#and people don’t understand him#and so they channel that into mindless hatred and bullying#and Jim just grits his teeth and goes to study in the courtyard and lies to his parents#Jim is my darling sweetheart stack of books with legs and I will not hear otherwise

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ficdirectory:

a-lockharts:

I really don’t get why, on the fosters, stef has kept mikes last name when she’s divorced and remarried with kids etc??? Is it just me???

Perhaps, the reason Stef kept her (first) married name is because it’s also Brandon’s name. Having primary custody of him, it might be more…

My grandmother kept her name after divorce. But she didn’t remarry.

That said, I haven’t seen a lot of same-sex couples change names after marriage.

Then again, 1) most of the women who have married their partners had established careers, and 2) the ones I know live in the South, in states that haven’t struck down the ban yet.

Potter has done too much for me for me to ever want to shit all over it. I’m never going to say: ‘Don’t ask me questions about that’. I remember reading an interview with Robert Smith from The Cure. Somebody said to him: ‘Why do you still wear all that makeup, don’t you feel a bit past it?’ And he said: ‘There are still 14-year-olds coming to see The Cure for the first time, dressed like that. I’d never want to make them feel silly.’ It’s a similar thing with Potter. People are still discovering those books and films. It would be awful for them to find out the people involved had turned their backs on it. Though sometimes, people do come up and say ‘I loved you in The Woman in Black,’ which is really sweet. That’s them knowing that it matters to me that I’ve done other stuff.
Daniel Radcliffe for London Magazine (x)

(Source: potterbird)

Now there was somebody who would actually change the face of the galaxy one day, he thought. Not a doctor or an engineer or a starship captain, but a linguist. Someone who could bridge the biggest gap facing interplanetary peace: simply understanding what the devil everyone else was talking about.
Leonard McCoy about Nyota Uhura, Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game  (via kirknspock)

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mgann-morzz:

McDonald’s worker arrested after telling company president she can’t afford shoes.

"A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.

Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.

“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”

“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.

“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.

At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.

She later recalled the encounter to The Real News’ Jessica Desvarieux.

“The strength was very powerful, like, just remembering the face of my kids, like I say, you know, just simple things like I can’t provide a pair of shoes like everybody else does, sometimes every month, or anything like that,” she said. “And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonald’s are going through. We’re struggling day to day to provide our needs in our houses, things for our kids. And it’s just–it gets harder and harder with just the poverty wage they have us living in.”

“They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property. You’re just going to go to jail,” Salgado added. “And what I remember just telling them, ‘well, like, so, because I have to speak out my mind and I had to tell the president the poverty wage I’m living in, that’s just against the law?’ You know, just be able to speak up your mind and say, you know what, I can’t survive with $8.25? It’s just — it’s ridiculous that I’m going to get arrested. You know.”

Salgado, who is still working at McDonald’s, said she had her hours cut following the arrest and feared further retaliation.

“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.”

I think that this is beyond awful for many reasons. People can’t afford to live off of the wages that they are given currently, and can’t even speak out against it. I know tumblr is great for spreading important news like this, so please help me get the word out to support this woman.

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