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9/11, America, and Dad: December 20, 2018 Dear Mr. President: I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof. Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional Dad’s resignation letter.

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Abc, Being Alone, and Anaconda: <p><a href="http://lordandgodoftheobvious.tumblr.com/post/159844036323/blackhistoryalbum-levar-burton-from-roots" class="tumblr_blog">lordandgodoftheobvious</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://blackhistoryalbum.tumblr.com/post/159837957925/levar-burton-from-roots-reading-rainbow-to-star" class="tumblr_blog">blackhistoryalbum</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><b>LEVAR BURTON : FROM ROOTS, READING RAINBOW TO STAR TREK</b><br/><br/>LeVar Burton (born 1957) is an American actor and director best known for his roles as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)  and the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots [ <a href="http://www.levarburton.com/">http://www.levarburton.com ]</a>. <br/></p> <p>Burton was also the host and producer of the PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow (1983). It ran for 23 seasons, making it one of the longest running children’s programs on the network. The program won a Peabody Award and 23 Emmy Awards. Burton himself won 12 Emmy Awards for the series alone.<i><i><br/></i></i></p> <p><i>[Black History Album on Tumblr: Our 2,000th Post!]</i></p> <p><i><i>Black History Album: The</i> Way We Were. <i>100 Years of African American Vintage <i>Photography from the end of slavery in the 1860′s to the Black Power Movement of the 1960s and beyond.</i>  <b><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fblackheritage%2Fpins%2F&amp;t=MWY1MWFhMTliYTI4MjI2ODNhNWM3ZjhjYmU5ODhiN2FmN2ZmODAzNyxCNkhnclFwbg%3D%3D">Pinteres</a></b>t | <b><a href="http://blackhistoryalbum.tumblr.com/">Tumblr</a></b> | <b><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fblackhistoryalb&amp;t=MTJjMzg3NmVlZGJlYTIxODgwYjIxZDY3ODZiMWQ4OWJkNWIzM2FmMSxHdlQ0TWJTdw%3D%3D">Twitter</a> </b> | <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fblackhistoryalbum&amp;t=NmIyYTM3ZmI5N2ZiYjdjOTFiYWJhZDlkNGFkZjE3MjExMWRiZTVkMixHdlQ0TWJTdw%3D%3D"><b>Facebook</b>.</a></i></i></p> </blockquote> <p>You know, Roots was actually so popular that it nearly ruined Lavar Burton’s career. Every time he appeared on a show after that, people were like “Why is Kunta Kinte there?” and break immersion and that’s why LaForge had to wear that visor. So that the audience wouldn’t recognize him.<br/></p></blockquote> <p>This is a prime example of how things can be different depending on what generation you&rsquo;re from. When I see him the first thing I think about is Reading Rainbow. I actually didn&rsquo;t realize he was Kunta Kinte until just now. I did know he was LaForge but I didn&rsquo;t watch Star Trek until later in life.</p>

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Complex, Memes, and Faded: 2 3 E MOTIONS PEOPLE FEEL, BUT CAN'T EXPLAIN tai Orcza 1. Sonder The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own 2. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable 3. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. 4. Enouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self 5. Vee chor The strange wistfulness of used bookshops 6. Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat 7. Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet 8. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like 9. Jouska: A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. 10 Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm 11 Vemodalen: The frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist 12. Anecdoche: A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening 13 Ellipsism: A sadness that you never be able to know how history will turn out 14. Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence 15 Lachesism: The desire to be struck by disaster to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire 16 Exulansis: The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it 17. Adronitis: Frustration with how long it takes to get to know Someone 18. Ruckkehrunruhe: The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness 19. Nodus Tollens: The realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore 20. Onism: The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time 21 Liberosis: The desire to care less about things 22 Altschmerz: Weariness with the same olc issues that you've always had the same boring flaws and anxieties that you've been gnawing on for years 23. Occhiolism: The awareness of the smallness of your perspective the full set, which is extremely relatable @yourtypicalgiggle

the full set, which is extremely relatable @yourtypicalgiggle

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Bodies , Bored, and Complex: 23 E MOTIONS PEOPLE FEEL, BUT CAN'T EXPLAIN tai-korczak 1. Sonder: he realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as you Own 2. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable 3. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place 4. Enouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self 5. Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops 6. Rubatosis: he unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat 7. Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet 8. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like 9. Jouska: A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head 10. Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm 11. Vemodalen: The frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist 12. Anecdoche: A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening 13. Ellipsism: A sadness that you never be able to know how history will turn out 14. Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless Violence 15 Lache sism: The desire to be struck by disaster to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire 16. Exulansis: he tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it 17. Adronitis: Frustration with how long it takes to get to know Someone 18 Ruckkehrunruhe: The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness 19. Nodus Tollens: he realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore 20. Onism: he frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time 21 Liberosis: The desire to care less about things 22. Altschmerz: Wear ness with the same old issues that you've always had the same boring flaws and anxieties that you've been gnawing on for years 23. Occhiolism: The awareness of the smallness of your perspective Boredom: the desire for desires

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America, Apparently, and Bad: A MEN POC P SE ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE MAY 27 Fox Apologizes For 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Chokehold Ad deadline.com 111 Shares Comment Share I Like 214 Will Gough Yeah, I mean God forbid an ancient super powered being, hell bent on World destruction, holds someone by their throat It's almost like he's a bad guy or something Friday at 21:01 Edited Like 137 Reply innginip com emgiilip com Will Gough Yeah, mean God forbid an ancient super powered being, hell bent on World destruction, holds someone by their throat. It's almost like he's a bad guy or something Friday at 21:01 Edited. Like 137 Reply Erin Bell Okay, then let's compare the number of film advertisements with a woman being violently attacked assaulted by a man versus a man being violently attacked/assaulted by a man. Friday at 22:25 Like 3 Reply Will Gough Totally, mean it's not like the trailer for X- Men: Apocalypse has the titular villain slam James McAvoy into a wall. Oh, wait. Friday at 22:26 Like 5. Reply emgflip com Will Gough There's also this COMING SOON Friday at 22:32 Like 3. Reply Will Gough Oh oh and this DIVIDED WE FALL CNI WAR inngifilip com Chaz Harris They are both fighting in action poses treating them as equals in the BvsS poster and the shield is separating Iron Man and Captain America from any direct violence Friday at 22:35. Like 1. Reply Rachael Branas This comment. I 100% agree with you. Everyone is so bothered by everything. don't know what planet the people that are complaining live on I however do not live on a planet where x-men exist. It's for a movie. The violence against male and female characters exist on tv and in movies. Kim possible fights men. Wilma and Velma from scooby doo faced the opposite sex. guess we should just ensure that all future movies and tv shows only use the same sex to fight each other. Watch out black widow you no longer can seduce men to get them where you want them in a fight because your not allowed to be a bad Friday at 22:39 Unlike 4 Reply inngifilip com Erin Bell Both men are on their feet and in control. Neither is fully dominating the shot. Equal stance, equal fighting partners. Friday at 22:48 Like 1 Reply Will Gough Ya, it was really equal when Batman beat the ving shit out of Supes in the movie. Totally equal Friday at 22:48 Edited Like Reply Erin Bell Captain America has a shield; he is still in control. He is crowding out Iron Man Friday at 22:49 Like Reply Will Gough So I guess Prof X was in control when Apocalypse slammed him into a wall? guess Iron Man was in control when Bucky AND Cap teamed up and shield bashed his face in? The list goes on and on and on. Friday at 22:51. Like 2 Reply Erin Bell An Here's myl many other people's point: this ad like all ads, is made up of a series of choices This billboard for the movie shows a female character being choked by what appears to be a male-ish villain. But it doesn't actually matter that the villain is male; the ad is still depicting violence aginst a woman (who yes, happens to have powers to mutate into any gender, but that's not really who she is those are just her powers). There was mention of James McAvoy being slammed into a wall ok, yes, that's violence against a man. But is his airway being closed? Are his feet off the ground? He can probably still get up, dust himself off, and get back into the fight. Mystique doesn't have that option in this ad Mystique's powers don't let her overcome great acts of physical violence. She can die from this. TL DR why not have Prof. X being choked and Mystique slammed against a wall? Friday at 22:59 Like Reply emgiilip com inngflip com Will Gough Yeah, McAvoy can't really get up, dust himself off and get back to the fight cause he can't walk. Oh that's right yeah, he got shot in the spine thanks to Magneto (a dude). And also, yes his feet are off the ground. He's literally picked up by his feet and thrown like a rag doll. Also you're saying she could die from a choke hold but Prof X couldn't die from being thunder fucked into a bloody wall? Give over. Also Mystique dusts her self off after Apocalypse grabs her, she chose to fight him despite her lack of fight powers compared to his. It's actually important that she does. Or would you rather she (and Jean and Storm and Psylocke) just stand back and let the guys fight? TL DR: Girl fights and stands up for her friends? You complain. Girl stands at the back and let's the guys fight? You complain. Friday at 23:05 Edited Like 8 Reply Erin Bell Like, if her character dies bc her powers can't stand up against him, that's storytelling. But cinematography is about realizing the power of the image. There are implications behind a male-appearing person withholding choice/ breath from a female-appearing person. The way the ad designer made her tiny compared to him; the tagline about how only strong will survive (aka not her apparently)...it's the same reason you won't see a white supervillain casually choking a black/POC superhero Being a fictional character doesn't excuse the character from the rules of the real world. This might not have been as big of an issue if they chose any other battle still. Friday at 23:10 Like Reply emgiilip com emgiilip com Will Gough She looks small because Apocalypse is a big motherfucker. Also it's a screenshot from the movie not a poster poster. She does survive tho, you muppet. Also Thor choked Tony Stark (sans armour) like this in Age of Ultron and Black Panther and Falcon fought a bunch of white dudes in Civil War. "Rules of the real World" really do not fucking apply to a genocidal maniac mutant who at that point in the movie had killed thousands of people. Friday at 23:15 Edited Like 8 Reply flip Chris Kurtz When Mystique is being choke held in the poster for a movie, from a scene where she made Apocalypse a nice dinner, or after coming home from work, only to say the "wrong" thing that incites him to beat up on her, and choke hold her; then I'll scream domestic violence l'll scream that this glorifies violence against women. Until then, Erin and others like you, GET. A. GRIP Mystique is a character, from a movie. She is in full MYSTIQUE mode here (not every day woman mode), using her mutant powers. Her sex is ENTIRELY secondary, if it lists at all, in this (just the way it should be, right?! Equality.) She, like other mutants, are getting their butts handed to them by a very bad character. In. A. Comic book/superhero Movie. Not a dramatization of real life, not real life It's FANTASY. The moment you start censoring the fantasy in a movie, it's the moment you start censoring creativity. And how dare you try to take that from the world?! This is an artistic expression of a tense scene in the movie. Not REAL LIFE. And if you can't tell the difference, l'd suggest you heavily immerse yourself in therapy. Because just because you have trouble telling the difference doesn't mean the rest of the world must be censored for you. inngifilip com Steven Haar Be careful while stating logic and facts while putting people like Erin Bell in her place. You may be accused of being mysogynist. And since Mystique is blue, l'm surprised the politically incorrect pc police hasn't also branded the poster racist. Yesterday at 00:16 Like 5 Reply flip Jaho Koo I remember a variation of this being on the billboards in Europe everywhere Yesterday at 15:27 Like Reply Alfredo Ramos Yesterday at 18:14 Like Reply X-treme violence against women
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Children, Fashion, and Love: 10 STEPS TO GERMANIZE YOURSELF 1 Put on your Hausschuhe Germans love their Hausschuhe (house shoes) so you must too. View anyone who doesn't wear house shoes as a primitive savage: part human, part dirt distribution device Dress Normcore Dress as ordinarily and anonymously as possible: normal, only made hardcore Germans express their normcore by favoring practical clothing that emphasizes engineering over something as pointless, fickle and downright vague as fashion. HALT! Respect the Ampelmännchen! Empty road? So what? Respect the Ampelmännchen -guardian of the crossing pedestrian BiO Respect Nature Regular immersion in nature is important for your Seele (soul): wandern (go hiking) on Sundays, buy anything with the word Bio on it and only buy your children wooden toys. Get Qualified Germans value practicality and specialism. If you've not studied it, if you're not qualified in it, you've no right to even attempt it. Make it a Schorle Add Sprudelwasser (fizzy water) to everything you drink. The pinnacle of all this is, of course, the spectacular German invention Apfelsaftschorle When in doubt potato To be German is to do everything possible to the potato, and possibly one or two things more. Discover more subtleties of German cuisine Wurst + Brot- everything else you need to know NaaG.. GUT ACH SO! Alles klar! Don't small talk Small talk is for small minds. Just say whatever it is you are thinking, honestly and directly. sonstso 10 Be accurate! From tiny acorns of i s mighty oak trees of deception may grow. Be a whenever possible. From How To Be German and Make Me German by Adam Fletcher +Babbel How to Germanize yourself in 10 Steps

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