The experience—roughly three minutes long—puts you in one of Pac Rim's early scenes: the first big Jaeger-versus-kaiju fight with Raleigh Becket and his brother in the cockpit. You're put in the mech's head, given a neural handshake, and thrown into battle. Look back, and you'll see the guts of the massive apparatus you're in. Look down, and you'll see the Jaeger's massive humming energy core beneath your moving feet. (“This,” you might say, “is the closest I may ever come to being Charlie Hunnam and/or fighting a kaiju.”) Oh, and when you look forward, you're looking right into the eyes (or mouth, or whatever) of a massive kaiju. It's more immersive than even seeing the film in 3-D Imax, and—let's face it—that felt pretty freaking immersive.
The United States recorded the largest number of new asylum applications out of all countries of asylum, having receiving 85% of the total of new applications brought by individuals from [El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala] in 2012. The number of requests for asylum has likewise increased in countries other than the U.S. Combined, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize documented a 432% increase in the number of asylum applications lodged by individuals from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
notabene: People are not applying for asylum in the US because they think it’s the best country ever (i.e., American dream). They are applying for asylum in the US because it’s the closest country they can get to that they think might be safe from extortion, forced gang recruitment, and/or death threats they have received.
Maccabi Haifa players and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed during a preseason friendly between Haifa and Lille in Austria, with the incident caught on video.
According to the Jerusalem Post, a group of male fans stormed the pitch in the 85th minute waving Palestine flags. Punches were thrown and profanities exchanged between Haifa players and the pitch invaders, but security eventually removed the protesters.
Thankfully, it appears everyone emerged from the fracas uninjured.
A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com.
First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.
What the hell people, the reason Israel is in Gaza is because that’s were the rockets came from
Are you a fucking idiot full-time or just when it suits the illusions that bolster your daily life?
In order to understand what is happening today, yesterday, last week, last month, last year, last decade, and so on all the way back to the formation of Israel, you have to be willing to study a little history and able to look at the situtation without complexity denying common sense. There is no such “that’s w[h]ere the rockets came from” in this discussion. That’s propaganda. To argue “that’s w[h]ere the rockets came from” is to willfully ignore all reason and evidence that has led to this most recent attack on Gaza.
Pull your head out of the polarity Palestinians-Israelis binary here that is typically used to assign the Israeli state a goodness and innocence that stateless and imprisoned Palestinians are denied.
and i must put this out there too: thinkmexican came back to insult& discredit me cos other ppl were mad at his fucked up statements, then emailed me to demand i not talk about it anymore, aka dont clap back. now hes emailing ppl i talk to personally to try to convince them im “crazy” on top of insisting ppl on tumblr critiquing him are under my marginal asses control. you cant make this shit up. all because i said “black latin americans exist”. hes counting on my silence. fuck that. i will not grant him that.
We really need to find out who’s running TM and shame them off the internet for all eternity.
On January 19, 1955, Pablo Rodriguez Jr. was born to Maria Teresa in Culiacán, Sinaloa, the heart of the Mexican drug trade. Stretching down the Pacific Coast, and nestled between the Gulf of California and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico’s Northwest, Sinaloa is Mexico’s Medellín. Virtually all the Mexican cartel capos of the last 30 years have been Sinaloan. On many of the ranchos that were once fertile with soybeans and sesame seeds, drugs now flourish. Rodriguez’s mother’s brother had one of these types of ranchos.
“My uncle Federico [half brother of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, one of the most powerful drug lords and now in a Mexican prison] had a big ol’ ranch, Acapulco Ranch. When I would go there, they [the taxi drivers] would say, ‘Where are you going?’ And I’d say, ‘Acapulco,’ and they’d say, ‘Oh no, I can’t take you there.’ I didn’t know why. I’d go to his ranch, which was supposed to be a pig farm, only there were very few pigs. There were always big trucks of federales, the police. There was a bunch of avionetas, crashed all over the place. It was like Disneyland for Chicanos. Planes crashed everywhere; I would hop in the pilot seat. Every plane there was a crop-duster — ‘Esepara las plantas.’ You don’t have to be too smart to realize, why would anyone be shooting at a crop-duster? My uncle would be like, ‘Oh, we practice there,’ and pull out a gun, and PLAM! PLAM! PLAM! Later, as I became older, I realized what business they were in. Of course, I didn’t get into that. I stopped going there, it got too dangerous.”
But that’s only half of the story. “My dad was totally different. My dad was a full-on Tarahumara indio,”he says, and then shows off a shrine dedicated to his father, including old photos and a bow and arrow his father hand-made to hunt. “My dad would literally go to the mountains and subsist. He tried to teach us all. He knew all the plants, their medicinal qualities. My father would make arina de piñon; he would kill deer and make wild turkey. The influence of the American Indian is a big part of my life, I have loved everything indio,” he says.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that the city would help shelter immigrant children who have been detained after crossing the border and has begun talks with a federal agency about doing so.
Raising the minimum wage for workers nationwide has proved very controversial.
From federal action pushed by the White House that failed in the Senate, to Seattle’s recent increase to $15/hour, this fight is having mixed results.
Well under the radar of that polarizing debate, right here in Los Angeles, the L.A. Unified School District has agreed to increase the minimum wage for its service employees to fifteen dollars an hour. That’s not the teachers, its all the other workers who make the school run — custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria staff — some 33,000 of them.
For Van Nuys high School Facilities Attendant, Raul Meza, that’s up from $9.85 an hour. He came by the studio yesterday with his wife and preschool aged son to talk with Take Two about what the raise will mean for him and his family.
"Thirty years ago, the Council on Interracial Books for Children (CIBC) published a critical review of the representation of Central America in U.S. textbooks. Their decades old assessment still holds true today. ‘Name recognition is generally the only knowledge that most people in the U.S. have about Central America,’ the CIBC wrote, explaining that this lack of information is aided by the media, which rarely covers Central America, except in times of emergency. Textbooks, if they mention the region at all, exclude any mention of the United States’ and other world powers’ involvement in the region’s governments, agricultural systems, and trade policies. Thus, the causes of Central America’s ‘underdeveloped’ status and high rates of poverty are reduced to poor climate and the shortcomings of its people, rather than products of global economic and political systems, originating from centuries of colonization.”
PUT CENTRAL AMERICA ON THE MAPS IN SCHOOLS. So hard yet so basic.
Please note: this conversation starts about 10 minutes in — by this point my wife and I are both completely flustered by the oppressiveness of the rep.
So! Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound). We were transferred to cancellations (aka “customer retention”).
The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun.
What I did not know is how oppressive this conversation would be. Within just a few minutes the representative had gotten so condescending and unhelpful I felt compelled to record the speakerphone conversation on my other phone.
This recording picks up roughly 10 minutes into the call, whereby she and I have already given a myriad of reasons and explanations as to why we are canceling (which is why I simply stopped answering the reps repeated question — it was clear the only sufficient answer was “Okay, please don’t disconnect our service after all.”).
Lawmakers passed provisions in the law that irked privacy-rights advocates. For instance, telecommunications providers are obligated to store data of cellphone and Internet use for 24 months, to be referenced when deemed necessary by law enforcement officials.
Activists say corrupt government officials might make such data available to criminal organizations or foreign governments such as that of the United States. The National Security Agency already has an enormous spy center set up in the heart of Mexico City, and credible allegations have also arisen of collusion between US and Mexican authorities in an effort to shut down an activist site called 1dmx.org.
On Wednesday, Slim reminded everyone that he’s as rich as he is for a reason; America Móvil, the umbrella company of Telcel, announced it would be selling off a series of its assets, so it keeps only 49 percent of the cellphone market in Mexico.
Just like that, Slim preempted the new regulations, meaning he will choose who runs any split-off parts of his company, not regulators. Incidentally, Slim plans on entering the pay TV market under the new competition-boosting law. Not to be outdone, Televisa and TV Azteca’s chiefs have also hinted they’d like to take a shot at the mobile-phone business. In the end, this means that Mexico’s two biggest telecom duopolies might end up milking fresh advantages from a reform law meant to weaken them.