For the morning drizzle outside
cuddled with a lover
or the sweat on my brow
while I lift boulders.
For the smell of spices from a cast iron orange pot
or the lingering taste of fermented grapes
in the lull of a Thursday evening.
For the black man who waves
at a white baby
or the queer who helps the straight guy sow.
For the corrupt politicians finally serving their sentences
or the homeless woman finally getting a fresh slice of bread.
For the aborted children giving meaning to life,
or the orphans succeeding despite hardship and strife.
For the swing in my hips
when the strobe lights flash and the
music vibrates my ribcage.
For the conversations that last all night
or the eye contact with a stranger that lingers for weeks.
For discoveries revealing us to be insects
or the majestic Cathedrals
(Its own type of gift.)
For humanity’s love
(which needs explaining)
and the fault lines of the heart
causing families to slip between tectonic plates.
for utter chaos:
reminding us that we’re riders of this rock
with fists plunged deep into moist soul
we cultivate, we reap, we straddle
riding this beast till all is eventually
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About the AuthorJarred Thompson is a recent English graduate from Alabama State University. He currently resides in Johannesburg South Africa where he is looking to do his Masters in Creative Writing in 2017. Jarred is a poet, writer, blogger, fitness fanatic and film buff.
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Well finally somebody took the viral term to the real life brick and mortar of Netflix in Los Gatos, California according to the Verge.
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“While not the official Netflix headquarters sign, the sign appears to be located near the company’s main building just south of San Jose. Reddit user nicktrvs, who spotted the sign three days ago, reported that it was painted over within a few hours.”
The mothership is hit, I repeat, the mothership is hit pic.twitter.com/aSRfx8e5yZ
— KStreetHipster (@KStreetHipster) November 3, 2015
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Upon entering Miami International Airport to travel to see family for the holidays, he did not realize that his career endeavors would land him in a 10-hour interrogation with U.S. officials.
In consecutive tweets, Badawi publically reported that he was subjected to “psychological torture” as well as “unfounded accusations.”
Though he holds a blue passport, he endured hours of questioning about his nationality, personal political stances on the Syrian refugee crisis, and potential links to any terrorists involved in the recent Paris attacks.
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Once the U.S. officials detained Badawi, they confiscated his phone without allowing him to contact his partner who was frantically waiting for him to continue their connecting flight.
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During the intense interrogation session, he reported that two screens were placed in the corners of the room, blasting special reports on Muslims in France, Terrorism, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
Badawi stated to BuzzFeed News that he answered all questions diplomatically and was a “transparent person.”
This was referring to his belief that all information given to the officials could have been easily substantiated through a Google search of his name.
During the interrogation, Badawi’s partner inquired about his location and the evolving situation.
One official, allegedly, went as far as to claim that Badawi had never been on the flight with her prior to their arrival at the Miami airport.
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Badawi is currently working on a Syrian refugee photography project that highlights the experience of refugees.
He began his photojournalism career by shooting migrant families from Mississippi to Texas after Hurricane Katrina.
According to the French-American Foundation, Badawi’s skilled photography led him around the globe to also document the Arab Spring.
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A couple of years ago you would of thought that the possibility of colonizing another planet was pure science-fiction, and you would equally think anybody wanting to attempt it was just crazy.
Like so many other scientific fantasies before it, that possibility is no longer a possibility, but an actual goal that is being made possible through the fact that we’re on the verge of a complete transformation of the space flight industry.
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The world may seem like it’s plagued by enough problems to have to worry about another space race across our solar system, and ironically enough, that’s the exact reason why SpaceX wants to get us all the way to our red neighbor.
Just like Tesla, SpaceX had an ambitious yet tough start. The company was formally founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, after he sold PayPal to personally fund the company.
Prior to starting SpaceX, Musk had different aspirations, wanting to use current in-market rockets to start a Martian bio-experiment with plants.
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Most rockets in use today are based off of cold-war era technology, or worse, were built during the cold-war era.
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To revolutionize space travel, SpaceX needed to make more efficient rockets to reach their first goal: Launch a rocket successfully into orbit at efficiently lower costs. After 3 failed attempts and on the verge of bankruptcy, on September 28, 2008, SpaceX would finally launch their first rocket model, Falcon 1, successfully into orbit, and land a 1.6 billion dollar contract with NASA.
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With the Falcon 9, SpaceX would become the first private company to dock with the International Space Station, send a satellite into orbit, and recover a launched space flight vehicle.
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Their current goal is to master re-using first stage rockets, which means getting launched rockets in orbit back to the ground in repairable condition, and favorably, in one piece.
Out of the last seven attempts, SpaceX has managed to successfully recover the Falcon 9 three times. After two failed landings on an autonomous barge in the ocean, history was made when Falcon9 landed back in Cape Canaveral, making SpaceX the first entity to land a rocket on the ground from orbit.
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Ground landings cost more fuel, and often leave the rocket in worse condition than preferably landing in the ocean, which is more versatile but also more difficult. SpaceX would finally accomplish an ocean landing on April 8, 2016, and once again on May 6, 2016, with more landings planned for most future launches.
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But SpaceX wants to do a lot more than simply get to Mars, they want to colonize it. All of a sudden this goal turns from a scientific venture, into a political, social, and ethical soup of many variables. We’re talking about human beings permanently living on a different planet within our lifetime. That statement begs the question, why do it?
Why leave Earth to live on an un-inhabited planet that doesn’t naturally support life? The answer is both inspiring and disheartening, but holds merit. With the fear of global warming, active nuclear arsenals, and the possibility of natural world ending events that will eventually happen (whether it be in 10 years or 1000), Elon Musk believes we need to “back up” the human race.
If something should happen to our home planet, we’ll at least have people elsewhere, ready to continue our existence.
This may not make sense to everybody, it might sound like an impossibility, but it is a valid concern held by some of the top minds of the world.
The calculated time it would take to reach Mars with current technology is about 2 years, along with geographic and atmospheric problems such as the Martian air being unbreathable, an average temperature of -63 degrees Celsius (-81.4 degrees F), and gravity 38% of Earth’s.
As you might imagine, colonizing Mars won’t be easy, and will likely take decades to fully realize. At minimum however, the colonization of another planet will still be the biggest scientific event of the last century, and will pave the way for a space faring future. As of now, SpaceX wants to get to the red planet by earliest 2018.
Optimistically, both NASA and SpaceX also want to get humans to Mars sometime in the 2030’s, with SpaceX having plans to unveil the technology to do so by the end of this year.
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