Javier H. Castillo

just-stuck-in-my-computer:

aquarium headboard

clear bathtub

sleepover room

staircase

color pallet door

tree house kids bedroom

refrigerator 

aljazeeraamerica:

Hong Kong’s people want full decolonization

FULL GALLERY

cognitivedissonance:

cmbreezyy-love:

CDC: First diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S.

It’s in Dallas, Texas. That’s not at all terrifying, is it?

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The man who jumped over the White House fence and sprinted through the main floor of the mansion could have gotten even farther had it not been for an off-duty Secret Service agent who was coincidentally in the house and leaving for the night.

The agent who finally tackled Omar Gonzalez had been serving on the security detail for President Obama’s daughters and had just seen the family depart via helicopter minutes earlier. He happened to be walking through the house when chaos broke out and the intruder dashed through the main foyer, according to two people familiar with the incident.

Gonzalez, 42, was the first person in modern memory to jump over the White House fence and get into the mansion, largely the result of a failure of numerous layers of Secret Service security on the northern fence line.

Though the Secret Service initially said that Gonzalez was quickly detained inside the front door, The Washington Post reported Monday that the man actually made it well into the house before he was tackled on the far southern side of the 80-foot-long East Room. Once he burst inside the unlocked front door, Gonzalez, a former Army veteran, overpowered one Secret Service officer and, on his journey, sprinted past a stairway that leads up half a flight to the first family’s living quarters.

The additional information about the incident came as Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was being grilled on Capitol Hill about the Gonzalez incident and other security lapses revealed in Washington Post stories in recent days. The Post on Sunday detailed the agency’s fumbling response to a November 2011 shooting, in which a man fired a semiautomatic rifle into the White House residence while Sasha Obama was home, but the Secret Service discounted the gunshots on Constitution Avenue as a shoot-out between rival gangsters.

In the breach this past month, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.

Pierson confirmed in the hearing Thursday that, despite the Secret Service’s earlier assertion that Gonzalez was arrested inside the front door, Gonzalez was able to get far deeper into the White House and was eventually tackled outside the Green Room.

Lawmakers from both parties criticized Pierson and her agency for giving misleading and partial accounts of the security breach. The new information about the key role of an agent who happened to be in the building but was not part of the security team may raise further questions.

Pierson did not reveal during her testimony that the agent who tackled him was not actually assigned to the post where he confronted Gonzalez.

The agent, according to people familiar with the incident, who previously worked as a counter-assault team member, could easily have been outside or on his way home.

No officers are assigned to guard the steps to the Obama family’s private living quarters when the first family is not in the complex.

“There’s no telling how long this guy could have run around if the detail guy hadn’t happened to be there,” one person said on the condition of anonymity.

Source:

diasporicroots:

Thomas Fuller 1710 - 1790 , African “slave” and mathematician. 
Thomas Fuller was an African, shipped to America as a slave in 1724. He had remarkable powers of calculation, and late in his life was discovered by antislavery campaigners who used him as a demonstration that blacks are not mentally inferior to whites. 
The place of his birth appears to have been between present day Liberia and Benin. Known as Negro Tom, we know that he was described as a very black man and also we know that he lived in Virginia after being brought to the United States as a slave.Certainly late in his life he was the property of Elixabeth Coxe of Alexandria. 
Thomas Fuller, known as the Virginia Calculator, was stolen from his native Africa at the age of fourteen and sold to a planter. When he was about seventy years old, two gentlemen, natives of Pennsylvania, viz., William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates, men of probity and respectable characters, having heard, in traveling through the neighborhood in which the slave lived, of his extraordinary powers in arithmetic, sent for him and had their curiosity sufficiently gratified by the answers which he gave to the following questions: First, Upon being asked how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47 304 000. Second: On being asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old, he answered in a minute and a half 2 210 500 800. One of the gentlemen who employed himself with his pen in making these calculations told him he was wrong, and the sum was not so great as he had said - upon which the old man hastily replied: stop, master, you forget the leap year. On adding the amount of the seconds of the leap years the amount of the whole in both their sums agreed exactly.
Another question was asked and satisfactorily answered. Before two other gentlemen he gave the amount of nine figures multiplied by nine. … In 1790 he died at the age of 80 years, having never learned to read or write, in spite of his extraordinary power of calculation. 
Present day thinking is that Fuller learned to calculate in Africa before he was brought to the United States as a slave. Supporting evidence for this comes from a passage written by Thomas Clarkson in 1788 describing the purchase of African slaves:  “It is astonishing with what facility the African brokers reckon up the exchange of European goods for slaves. One of these brokers has ten slaves to sell , and for each of these he demands ten different articles. He reduces them immediately by the head to bars, coppers, ounces… and immediately strikes the balance. The European, on the other hand, takes his pen, and with great deliberation, and with all the advantage of arithmetic and letters, begin to estimate also. He is so unfortunate, as to make a mistake: but he no sooner errs, than he is detected by this man of inferior capacity, whom he can neither deceive in the name or quality of his goods, nor in the balance of his account.” 
Despite Fuller’s calculating abilities he was never taught to read or write and again this is evidence that he did not learn to calculate while in the United States. When someone who had witnessed his calculating abilities remarked that it was a pity he had not been educated, Fuller replied: ‘It is best I got no learning; for many learned men be great fools.’  He died on 1790 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Click here for more: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/031508609090050N

diasporicroots:

Thomas Fuller 1710 - 1790 , African “slave” and mathematician.

Thomas Fuller was an African, shipped to America as a slave in 1724. He had remarkable powers of calculation, and late in his life was discovered by antislavery campaigners who used him as a demonstration that blacks are not mentally inferior to whites. 

The place of his birth appears to have been between present day Liberia and Benin. Known as Negro Tom, we know that he was described as a very black man and also we know that he lived in Virginia after being brought to the United States as a slave.Certainly late in his life he was the property of Elixabeth Coxe of Alexandria. 

Thomas Fuller, known as the Virginia Calculator, was stolen from his native Africa at the age of fourteen and sold to a planter. When he was about seventy years old, two gentlemen, natives of Pennsylvania, viz., William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates, men of probity and respectable characters, having heard, in traveling through the neighborhood in which the slave lived, of his extraordinary powers in arithmetic, sent for him and had their curiosity sufficiently gratified by the answers which he gave to the following questions: First, Upon being asked how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47 304 000. Second: On being asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old, he answered in a minute and a half 2 210 500 800. One of the gentlemen who employed himself with his pen in making these calculations told him he was wrong, and the sum was not so great as he had said - upon which the old man hastily replied: stop, master, you forget the leap year. On adding the amount of the seconds of the leap years the amount of the whole in both their sums agreed exactly.

Another question was asked and satisfactorily answered. Before two other gentlemen he gave the amount of nine figures multiplied by nine. … In 1790 he died at the age of 80 years, having never learned to read or write, in spite of his extraordinary power of calculation. 

Present day thinking is that Fuller learned to calculate in Africa before he was brought to the United States as a slave. Supporting evidence for this comes from a passage written by Thomas Clarkson in 1788 describing the purchase of African slaves:  “It is astonishing with what facility the African brokers reckon up the exchange of European goods for slaves. One of these brokers has ten slaves to sell , and for each of these he demands ten different articles. He reduces them immediately by the head to bars, coppers, ounces… and immediately strikes the balance. The European, on the other hand, takes his pen, and with great deliberation, and with all the advantage of arithmetic and letters, begin to estimate also. He is so unfortunate, as to make a mistake: but he no sooner errs, than he is detected by this man of inferior capacity, whom he can neither deceive in the name or quality of his goods, nor in the balance of his account.” 

Despite Fuller’s calculating abilities he was never taught to read or write and again this is evidence that he did not learn to calculate while in the United States. When someone who had witnessed his calculating abilities remarked that it was a pity he had not been educated, Fuller replied: ‘It is best I got no learning; for many learned men be great fools.’  He died on 1790 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

Click here for more: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/031508609090050N

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It did not go well.

"It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly," Pierson said, stating the obvious. "I take full responsibility. What happened is unacceptable, and it will never happen again."

The Secret Service’s once-sterling image is in tatters 10 days after an intruder, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the White House fence and made it into the presidential mansion before being apprehended. Members of both parties ripped into Pierson in an impressive display of bipartisan grandstanding.

"An intruder walked into the front door of the White House, and that is unacceptable." Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in his opening statement. “How on Earth did it happen?”

Pierson’s testimony came the day after the revelation that Gonzalez, who was carrying a three-inch serrated knife, made it much further into the building than the Secret Service previously disclosed, running all the way into the East Room before being tackled. Gonzalez incredibly made it past five “rings” of security meant to prevent intruders from gaining entry to the White House, including on-the-ground agents and attack dogs (which were not released).

Source: Modified from original by Wikipedia users Zoofari, Gearedbull

Pierson mentioned that the front door of the White House now locks automatically, which seems like a good start.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) set the tone of the hearing early with a blistering condemnation of the Secret Service’s leadership. He noted that the agency initially praised the responding officers’ “tremendous restraint” for not shooting Gonzalez on sight. 

“‘Tremendous restraint’ is not what we’re looking for!” Chaffetz said, getting heated. “The message should be ‘overwhelming force’!”

"If they have to take action that will be lethal, I will have their back."

Issa tore into Pierson about the exact path taken in the White House once Gonzalez gained entry, as well as a 2011 incident in which seven shots that hit the White House were not discovered for four days. 

"We’ve had two cases in which the reporting is evolving. …You said you wanted to correct the record," Issa said. Pierson was evasive in her answers about both, and was interrupted several times by Issa, who was clearly not satisfied with her responses.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was the most incensed with Pierson, expressing incredulity that evidence of the 2011 shooting was discovered only when White House cleaners discovered debris four days after the event. 

"Why not search every inch of the White House, given the small number of resources [needed]?" 

Pierson finally relented and admitted that the search was not as comprehensive as it should have been.

Pierson’s job is on the line after only a year at the helm of the Secret Service. The White House has expressed “full confidence” in Pierson, but judging by the skepticism she faced on the Hill on Tuesday, it wouldn’t be surprising if the administration cut her loose.

Source: Stefan Becket for Policy.Mic

"How on earth could this happen?"

Yea, come on, George W. Bush could’ve been in there, er something …

v-for-valkyr:

stinkmits:

the assassination of Julius Caesar  

i’VE N EVER FELT SO COMPELLED TO REBLOG THIS UN TIL THAT FUC KI GN CAPT I O N

v-for-valkyr:

stinkmits:

the assassination of Julius Caesar  

i’VE N EVER FELT SO COMPELLED TO REBLOG THIS UN TIL THAT FUC KI GN CAPT I O N

pajaro-raro:

ka-mi-ga-ku-shi:

littlelimpstiff14u2:

Details, ..Ceiling at Palace of Catalan Music, Barcelona. Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, photo by Lucas.

[Reblogs as I whisper “That’s a thing. This is real”]

this fucked me up. I’m already not really seeing straight and then the geometry just…

cultureofresistance:

"A wise medicine woman from Arkansas once told me that grief is pain trying to leave the body. If you don’t allow yourself to grieve, it gets stuck. But once you grieve, the body can heal itself. I won’t lie, some of this stuff is heavy. But telling my story is a part of my healing process. And it’s not just veterans who need to heal: all of us need to heal from war and the roster of ailments produced by a nation at war.

Now, I’m just a farmer from Arkansas.
There’s a lot of things I don’t understand,
Like why we send farmers to kill farmers
In Afghanistan.
Now I did what I was told
For my love of this land,
And I come home a shattered man
With blood on my hands.
And now I can’t have a relationship,
I can’t hold down a job.
Oh, while some may say I’m broken,
I call it a soldier’s heart.
Because every time I go outside,
I’ve got to look her in the eyes,
Oh, and knowing that she broke my heart,
And it turned around and lied.
Oh, I said red, white and blue,
I trusted in you,
And you never even told me why.
Now in the summer of 2002,
I just got off the Pakistan border…
" —Jacob George, Soldier’s Heart liner notes and lyrics, (via Soldier’s Heart: Remembering Jacob George, Afghan War Vet Turned Peace Activist Who Took Own Life | Democracy Now!)
cue song at 46:22