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rm4rqu3s asked: (Sorry if you get a bunch of asks from me, tumblr was being weird) That anon saying the Portuguese aren't considered white is way off base. While we are often considered to not be the most desirable, or better kind of white (something shared by most if not all South European countries), we are still very much considered white, and our own racial speech puts us as white by default. Xenophobia against us is real, ethnic stereotypes included, but calling us POC across the board is incorrect.

I actually have a Portuguese friend who was so weirded out when he got to the US. In Europe no-one ever asks for your racial traits in forms, they do ask for nationality or decent, but no racial traits as far as I know. And here he was, filling in a form for a University, having to sign himself up as ‘latino’ all of a sudden. He never ever considered that he was, he was (and is) Portuguese, European, and well… white. Funny thing though, since he had been in the US, he had quite a thick American accent when I met him. So I initially assumed he was from the US.

He was also shocked people assumed he spoke Spanish because of his looks.

projecthabu:

     -     WE ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THIS NATIONAL TREASURE     -
     -     THE CLOCK IS TICKING     -

     Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the most important Project Habu post I’ll ever make. This is D-21B Drone #0538, and she’s in danger. If we don’t do something, this member of the Blackbird family of aircraft will be destroyed and recycled into razor blades.

     -     WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?     -

     #0538 is the last D-21 of 38 drones ever made. This makes it an especially exquisite museum piece. Generally speaking, museums always want either the first or the last of a series of aircraft. This drone currently resides at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Because of budget cuts, they are having to dispose of this piece of history, along with several other aircraft. She’s on the list to be destroyed and turned into razor blades. I’ll explain why this bothers me.

     Firstly, I must say that this is not a slight against the Museum of Aviation. Their facility is incredible. They house several unique pieces of history. Their staff and volunteers are all amazing people who work to preserve the history and legacy of aviation. I was nothing but impressed by every volunteer/staff member I came in contact with during my recent three day visit. These folks do everything they can to benefit their museum. Without people like them, there would be no Project Habu, no air museums, and I would have a huge gaping hole in my life. That being said, we must be frank.

     When I was a child, my parents took me to.the Museum of Aviation. It was my first experience with a large air museum. That trip is probably one of the reasons why I am so dedicated to Project Habu today. On that trip, I distinctly remember seeing this D-21. I saw it under the museum’s SR-71 in hangar 2, where it used to reside, until recently. I was captivated by it’s elegant look. The image burned into my mind, and decades later I learned everything I could about it. Thousands of people visit this museum every year. If the drone is destroyed, that’ll be thousands less people who will learn about this piece of history. Thousands fewer kids will have the opportunity to come in contact with this bird like I did so many years ago.

     I have a personal stake in this aircraft. My late grandfather was a head engineer, and later a member of the advisory board for the Lockheed Skunk Works. Without much of a stretch, I could speculate that he worked on this drone. I know for sure that he did a lot of work with unmanned drones. He couldn’t talk much about his job, but he did let slip that he worked in a facility next door to where the Blackbirds were being constructed, at which point he was offered a ride in one of the two-seat Blackbird training aircraft. The facility and timeline match up. He could have been working on our D-21. 

     -     WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE?     -

     All that being said, my only option was to attempt to save this D-21 drone from destruction. My immediate thought was to call the aircraft curator of a local air museum. I have yet to meet anyone who works harder to preserve the legacy of the Blackbird family of aircraft than the gentleman I contacted. His museum contains an A-12 and several other aircraft that he procured. I called this contact, informed him of the situation, and he immediately told me that he would be contacting the Museum of Aviation the following day to talk about the possibility of procuring this doomed D-12 done.

     If my contact is successful in procuring the aircraft, I would be nothing but proud to have been involved. There may be roadblocks ahead, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I’ll keep this blog updated with any further development. 

     -     HOW CAN YOU HELP?     -

     At this point, we’re in a holding pattern. It’s too early in the game to know whether a road block will arise. If for some reason the drone can’t cant be rescued, monetary or political, I will post about it here, along with a proposed solution to the problem. Keep your eyes out for further development.

     -     D-21 HISTORY & GENERAL INFORMATION      -

     The often untold story of the D-21 drone begins, as so many others, with catastrophe. In 1960, U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union. President Eisenhower signed an agreement with the USSR to permanently stop all manned overflight of the enemy superpower. But this agreement never said anything about unmanned overflight. 

     Kelly Johnson, of the Lockheed Skunk Works was well under way in developing the A-12 and SR-71 spy planes. The planes were designed to overfly the USSR, but now could not. In 1962, Johnson began development of the Q-12 unmanned reconnaissance drone for the CIA and USAF. This drone used much of A-12 and SR71’s technology. The Air Force was briefly interested in using the drone as a cruise missile, but their idea never came to fruition.

     The drone would be hoisted into the air on the back of a modified A-12 aircraft, the predecessor to the SR-71 Blackbird. Once at proper altitude and speed, the drone was separated from the A-12 mother ship, and would overfly the USSR or China, taking high resolution film photography, following a pre-programmed path using an inertial navigation system. 

          In 1963, once initial tests were complete, the Q-12 was re-designated as the D-21, and the A-12 mother ship aircraft was designated the M-21. The M designation stood for Mother, and D stood for daughter. The 12 number designation was reversed to 21 to avoid confusion. When the drone was attached to the mother ship, the two aircraft would be referred to as an M/D-21. 

     The D-21 used a Marcourt XRJ 43-MA20S-4 ramjet engine, which was a heavily modified Bomarc B Interceptor Missile engine. The engine was modified for faster speeds, hotter operating temp and lower pressure. The engine used TEB (triethylborane) as it’s ignition system, just like the rest of the Blackbird family of aircraft. At the time, ramjet engines could only run for a few minutes. This engine was developed to continuously run for an hour and a half.

     Besides the F-117, this D-21 was probably most secret project that Skunk Works ever touched. It has the lowest radar cross section of anything the Skunk Works have developed. The drone would fly up to 95,000 feet, speeds of mach 3.5, with a range of 3,500 miles. 

     Before deployment, the D-21 would share it’s fuel supply with the M-21 mother ship for cooling purposes. When the M/D-21 reached sufficient speed and altitude, the D-21’s engine would light, creating 1,000 lbs additional thrust. This thrust would carry the M/D-21 do a speed of mach 3.5. The mother ship would pitch over slightly, creating a 0.9 g environment. The explosive bolts holding the two ships together would detonate, separating the D-21 from it’s mother ship. Then, the M-21 would fall away from the drone in its slight 0.9 g dive. Kelly Johnson said that the separation of the M-21 and D-21 was the “This was the most dangerous maneuver we have ever been involved in, in any airplane I have ever worked on.”

     Once the D-21 had collected it’s reconnaissance photography, it would fly into neutral airspace, drop a pod containing the camera, film and the navigation system, which was a very expensive component of the system. The pod would parachute down and be recovered mid-air by a JC-130 aircraft. If the air recovery failed, the pod would splash down into the ocean and would be recovered by a Naval Destroyer. 

     On July 30, 1966, the fourth flight of the D-21 drone occurred. Up until then, they would put the mother ship in a 0.9 g dive to allow for an easier separation. This time, they tested it with out the dive. They figured that if the craft were under enemy fire, they may not be able to perform the dive during separation. Just after separation, the D-21 hit the M-21’s sonic shock wave, suffered an unstart and collided with mother ship. Pilot Bill Park and LCO (Launch Control Officer) Ray Torick stayed with the tumbling wreckage until they reached a lower altitude, where they ejected successfully. Though, a breach in Mr. Torick’s pressure suit caused him to drown when they landed in the ocean. 

     After this first fatality of the Blackbird program, Kelly Johnson abandoned M-21. From then on, all D-21s were converted to D-21Bs, which could be launched from a B-52H mothership, accelerated to speed and altitude by a solid rocket booster. The rocket burn would last 87 seconds. The B-52H mother ship would carry two D-21B aircraft in case one malfunctioned at the last minute.

     The testing underwent many failures. The USAF flew four operational missions over China to investigate Lop Nor nuclear test facility, starting in 1969. None of the operational missions were totally successful, and the program was cancelled in 1971 by President Nixon. 

     Kelly Johnson thought that the project’s cancellation was premature, and the multiple failures were probably due to the USAF disassembling and reassembling the drone many times. One of the failures was caused by a botched Naval recovery. Given more testing time, the program probably would have operated successfully and consistently, just like most of Kelly Johnson’s ideas.

     One operational drone crashed into the Soviet Union. The wreckage was inspected by Tupolev. Typolev reverse engineered the drone and made designs for their own version called the Varon, but it was never built. Another piece of wreckage is currently displayed in the China Aviation Museum in Beijing.

     In 1977, long after the project’s cancellation, the remaining D-21B aircraft were moved to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, otherwise known as The Boneyard in Tucson, Arizona. The project was completely unknown to the public until then.

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In Which Diversity Isn’t a Myth

pinklikeme:

clementive:

Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list. 

I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogging (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list. 

Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, etc), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.

  • Dragons

The Chinese Dragon

The Japanese Dragon

The Korean Dragon

The Vietnamese Dragon

The Greek Dragon

The Indian Dragon

The Polish Dragon

The Austrian Dragon

The British Dragon

The Ancient Dragon (Egypt, Babylon and Sumer)

The Spanish Basque Dragon

Of the Cockatrice (creature with the body of a dragon)

Alphabetical List of Dragons Across Myths (Great way to start)

  • Little creatures (without wings)

The Legend of the LeprechaunsThe Leprechaun

Chanaque /Alux (the equivalent of leprechauns in Aztec/Mayan folklore)

Elves

Elves in Mythology and Fantasy

Elves in Germanic Mythology

Kabeiroi or Cabeiri (Dwarf-like minor gods in Greek mythology)

Norse Dwarves

The Myth of Loki and the Dwarves

Ten Types of Goblins

Goblins

Tengu: Japanese Goblins

Gnomes 

More on Gnomes

Pooka: an Irish phantom

  • Creatures with wings (except dragons)

Fairies

All sorts of Cultural Fairies

Fairies in Old French Mythology 

Bendith Y Mamau (Welsh fairies)

Welsh Fairies

Peri (Persian fairies)

Yü Nü (Chinese fairies)

The Celtic Pixie

Angels in Judaism

Angels in Christianity

Hierarchy of Angels

Angels in Islam

Irish Sylph

Garuda (Bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist myths)

Bean Nighe (a Scottish fairy; the equivalent of a banshee in Celtic mythology)

Harpies

  • Spirited Creatures

Druids

Jinn (Genies in Arabic folklore)

Types of Djinns

Aisha Qandisha and Djinn in Moroccan Folklore

Oni (demons in Japanese folklore)

Nymphs

Spirits in Asturian Mythology

Valkyries

Lesovik

Boggarts: The British Poltergeist

Phantom black dogs (the Grim)

Demons in Babylonian and Assyrian Mythology (list)

Demons in the Americas (list)

European Demons (list)

Middle-East and Asia Demons (list)

Judeo-Christian Demons (list)

Nephilim, more on Nephilim

Mahaha (a demon in Inuit mythology)

Flying Head (a demon in Iroquois mythology)

  • Ghosts

Toyol (a dead baby ghost in Malay folklore)

Malay Ghosts

Yuki-onna (a ghost in Japanese folklore)

The Pontianak (a ghost in Malay mythology)

Funayurei (a ghost in Japanese folklore)

Zagaz (ghosts in Moroccan folklore)

Japanese Ghosts

Mexican Ghosts

  • Horse-like mythical creatures

Chinese Unicorns

Unicorns

The Kelpie (Could have also fitted in the sea creatures category)

The Centaur

The Female Centaur

Hippocamps (sea horses in Greek mythology)

Horse-like creatures (a list)

Karkadann, more on the Karkadann (a persian unicorn)

Ceffyl Dwfr (fairy-like water horse creatures in Cymric mythology)

  • Undead creatures

The Melanesian Vampire 

The Ewe Myth : Vampires

The Germanic Alp

The Indonesian Vampire

Asanbosam and Sasabonsam (Vampires from West Africa)

The Aswang: The Filipino Vampire

Folklore Vampires Versus Literary Vampires

Callicantzaros: The Greek Vampire

Vampires in Malaysia

Loogaroo/Socouyant: The Haitian Vampire

Incubi and Sucubi Across Cultures

Varacolaci: The Romanian Vampire

Brahmaparusha: The Indian Vampire

Genesis of the Word “Vampire”

The Ghoul in Middle East Mythology

Slavic Vampires

Vampires A-Z

The Medical Truth Behind the Vampire Myths

Zombies in Haitian Culture

  • Shape-shifters and half-human creatures (except mermaids) 

Satyrs (half-man, half-goat)

Sirens in Greek Mythology (half-woman and half-bird creatures)

The Original Werewolf in Greek Mythology

Werewolves Across Cultures

Werewolf Syndrome: A Medical Explanation to the Myth

Nagas Across Cultures

The Kumiho (half fox and half woman creatures)

The Sphinx

Criosphinx

Scorpion Men (warriors from Babylonian mythology)

Pooka: an Irish changelings

Domovoi (a shape-shifter in Russian folklore)

Aatxe (Basque mythology; red bull that can shift in a human)

Yech (Native American folklore)

Ijiraat (shapeshifters in Inuit mythology)

  • Sea creatures

Selkies (Norse mermaids)

Mermaids in many cultures

More about mermaids

Mermen

The Kraken (a sea monster)

Nuckelavee (a Scottish elf who mainly lives in the sea)

Lamiak (sea nymphs in Basque mythology)

Bunyip (sea monster in Aboriginal mythology)

Apkallu/abgal (Sumerian mermen)

An assemblage of myths and legends on water and water creatures

Slavic Water Creatures

The Encantado (water spirits in Ancient Amazon River mythology)

Zin (water spirit in Nigerian folklore)

Qallupilluk (sea creatures in Inuit mythology)

  • Monsters That Don’t Fit in Any Other Category

Aigamuxa, more details on Aigamuxa

Amphisabaena

Abere

Bonnacon

Myrmidons (ant warriors)

TrollMore on Trolls

Golems 

Golems in Judaism

Giants: The Mystery and the Myth (50 min long documentary)

Inupasugjuk (giants in Inuit mythology)

Fomorians (an Irish divine race of giants)

The Minotaur

The ManticoreThe Manticore and The Leucrouta

The Ogre

The Orthus (two-headed serpent-tailed dog)

The Windigo

The Windigo Psychosis

Rakshasa (humanoids in Hindu and Buddhist mythology)

Yakshas (warriors in Hindu mythology)

Taqriaqsuit (“Shadow people” in Inuit mythology)

Stick Indians

  • References on Folklore and Mythology Across the Globe

Creatures of Irish Folklore 

Folklore and Fairytales

An Overview of Persian Folklore

Filipino Folklore

Myths, Creatures and Folklore

Alaska Folklore

Spanish (Spain) Mythology

Mythical Archive

Mythology Dictionary

List of Medieval and Ancient Monsters

Native American Animals of Myth and Legends

Native American Myths

Bestiary of Ancient Greek Mythology

Mythology, Legend, Folklore and Ghosts

Angels and Demons

List of Sea Creatures

Yoruba Mythology

Ghosts Around the World, Ghosts From A to Z

Strange (Fantastic) Animals of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Mythology

Creatures from West Africa

On the Legendary Creatures of Africa

Myths, Creatures and Folklore

  • References on writing a myth or mythical creatures

Writing a MYTHology in your novel?

How to Write a Myth

10 Steps to Creating Realistic Fantasy Creatures

Creating Fantasy Creatures or Alien Species

Legendary Creature Generator

Book Recommendations With Underrated Mythical Creatures

(I have stumbled upon web sites that believed some of these mythical creatures exist today… Especially dragons, in fact. I just had to share the love and scepticism.)

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  • White Women & related (Seperate category since they are being described as ghost, witches and elven beings)

Witte Wieven

Dames Blanche

Weisse Frauen

White Lady

  • More other

Sídhe (Irish fairies, but different)

Kabouter (Dutch Kobolt or Gnome) (This book)

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The world’s largest telescope made with data
Look up on a starry night and consider this: in our lifetime we just might find the answers to one of life’s biggest mysteries, and we mean BIG. Dutch research institute, Astron and its international partners are building the world’s largest radio telescope, aka The Square Kilometer Array, to get a glimpse of the origins of the universe. This big telescope is made up of thousands of interconnected smaller telescopes, carefully arranged in fractal patterns to let us look back in time more than 13 billion years—to mere seconds after the universe was created. How on Earth is this possible? By processing exabytes of Big Data (That’s a 1, plus 18 zeroes) in real time. Or roughly 3X the amount of data running through the Internet per day. Amazingly, this will let scientists map out how the universe came to be. Imagine the look on Galileo’s face if he were here to see it. Explore more stories →

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"Vlad the astrophysicist" by Peter Mulvey.

Or Why we haven’t met those aliens.

patrick42h:


space-pics:

What are these?

I don’t know, but I think I see a camera just forward of the landing gear. Hopefully we’ll get some video of the attempted landing.


If only Space-pics would have sourced the image, It is from this Reddit thread. The first answer notes that they are air vent covers, designed to fall off during launch. This seems a goo explanation. 

Space-pics, your sourcing is horrible. Do something about it.

patrick42h:

space-pics:

What are these?

I don’t know, but I think I see a camera just forward of the landing gear. Hopefully we’ll get some video of the attempted landing.

If only Space-pics would have sourced the image, It is from this Reddit thread. The first answer notes that they are air vent covers, designed to fall off during launch. This seems a goo explanation.

Space-pics, your sourcing is horrible. Do something about it.

Well… bye social life.

My garden is filled with bird :D

megashinycelebi:

perpetualvelocity:

moonjellys:

proudgayconservative:

nolanthebloghog:

The bomb is dropped

The kittens sort of soften the blow.

this is the shittiest post ever. please unfollow me if you agree with this post also shame on OP for using cute kittens for this garbage post

not sure what it is exactly that makes this post so shitty? Because it’s promoting actual equality? instead of saying that you can call everyone else shit because you are part of an oppressed party you can say you are equal to them doesn’t exactly sound like a shitty idea to me.

The post is not shitty. Its the truth and everyone should just be treated equally and with respect no matter who they are. 

This post is shitty, and let me tell you why:

It says that being gay doesn’t make you better than being straight, but it does not say that being straight doesn’t make you better than being gay.

It says that being black doesn’t make you better than being white, but it does not say that being white doesn’t make you better than being black.

It says that being poor doesn’t make you better than being rich, but it does not say that being rich doesn’t make you better than being poor.

It says that being trans doesn’t make you better than being cis, but it does not say that being cis doesn’t make you better than being trans.

It says that being a woman doesn’t make you better than being a man, but it does not say that being a man doesn’t make you better than being a woman.

Every one of these images takes a socially and historically marginalized group and explains that they are not better than the group that has been or is in power. But none of this turns it around.

By doing this it is not promoting equality, it is shaming marginalized groups. It is shaming groups of people that are discriminated against. It neglects to call to order groups who have been benefited from how they were born.

It makes it seem as if marginalized groups need to have higher standards. It makes it seem as if gay/black/poor/trans/female people need to uphold higher standards than straight/white/rich/cis/male people. And that is not ok, since this last group already has it better than the former group.

Single sided statements like this neglect to challenge the status quo, and only in a world were we are already truly equal, this post isn’t shitty.

Yes, we should all be equal, but that is not the message of this image set.

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