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my second submission of this series, "Zar" is a mysterious ritual, a mixture of Egyptian and African culture that evolved over the ages, some times it is done for religious purposes and sometimes for exorcism. It is a dance accompanied by progressive intense percussion. These people you see in the photo are real "Zar" performers, who also do a show in a small place in down town Cairo, when you see them you feel like you are looking at some characters from a history book or you have moved a hundred years back in time... it was a truly unique experience, thanks for my beloved fiance who took me to this place, although she got scarred from this "paranormal" atmosphere and had some nightmares about them :D

other photo from the series

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Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.

For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
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From Wikipedia:

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is a military badge of the United States armed forces which recognizes those service members, qualified as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians, who are specially trained to deal with the construction, deployment, disarmament, and disposal of high explosive munitions and may include other types of ordnance such as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons along with improvised explosive devices (IED) and improvised nuclear devices (IND). Also known as the “EOD Badge” or "Crab", the decoration is issued by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The EOD Badge is the only occupational badge awarded to all four services under the United States Department of Defense.

The "crab", as it is commonly known, is the only joint service badge and can only be earned upon successful completion of the 38 week course at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Prior to attending NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, FL for a 9 week EOD Diver Course. After NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend a 3-4 week course to earn "jump wings" at the Army's Ft. Benning, GA. Army service members will attend a course at Fort Lee, VA for 9-11 weeks before attending NAVSCOLEOD.

The Wreath Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD personnel who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.

The Bomb Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.

Lightning Bolts Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.

The Shield Represents the EOD mission - to protect personnel and property.
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The F4U's made some nice two ship formation passes, Planes of Fame 2013.
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Saw this picture today and it really stuck me. It says so much. Reminds me of the Sparta movie. I can imagine this jack booted riot cop yelling at the poor colorful hippy protest lady -
Greece: This is IMF! This is World Bank! This is Austerity Measures!

Austerity measures and Quantitative Easing are just euphemisms for pillaging and looting.
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2010 Aviation Nation Heritage Flight, F-22 Raptor, P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom II, F-86 Sabre. =)
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This picture is not one of mine. I saw this one facebook today and I wanted to share it with my fellow Deviants. This is a very important subject to me. I am very passionate about marine life and I want to major in marine biology in college. This picture.. disgusts me.

PLEASE READ! EVERYONE!

1. Recycle as much plastic as you can! The smallest pieces of plastic or litter lying around can cause an animal harm!
2. If you see trash or materials that can be recycled laying around.. PICK IT UP!
3. If you see someone polluting or littering, call them out!
4. Soda rings (a.k.a. 6 or 12 pack plastic rings that hold the cans together) you need to CUT each ring with a pair of scissors so it cannot get stuck around an animal's neck and cause harm
5. Speak up. Teach others around you not to pollute or litter. Whether it's family, friends, classmates, or just a person you sit next to on the bus everyday.
6. Pass it on. Volunteer, help pick up when you see litter, and show others how recycling can help our environment.
7. If you are in school, talk to the administrators, fellow classmates, and teachers about getting recycling bins, having presentations about recycling and how to stop littering, and ways to improve trash collection!

One person CAN make a difference! Pass this along my fellow deviants! You can help save many animals lives!
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HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, her design—although drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction—still had serious limitations. For this reason she was the only ship of her class to be completed. She was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood.

Hood's usefulness had deteriorated because of advances in naval gunnery. She was scheduled to undergo a major rebuild in 1941 to correct these issues, but the outbreak of World War II forced the ship into service without the upgrades.

In May 1941, she and the battleship HMS Prince of Wales were ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck which was en route to attack convoys in the Atlantic. On 24 May 1941, Hood was struck by several German shells early in the Battle of the Denmark Strait and exploded; the loss had a profound effect on the British. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the Royal Navy to "sink the Bismarck", and they fulfilled his command on 26–27 May.

Of the 1,418 crew, only three men survived. They were rescued about two hours after the sinking by the destroyer HMS Electra.
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East German Combat Groups of the Working Class Private, Type III Service Dress, Summer Service Dress

Country: East Germany
Date: Late 1980's
Branch: Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse (Combat Groups of the Working Class)
Rank: Private
Location: East Germany

With the conception of the National Volksarmee, it was also decided that the Communist Party of East Germany needed its own militarized branch to keep check on the military and people of the DDR. The result was the Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse, or Combat Groups of the Working Classes. These units were often outfitted with old or out-dated NVA weapons and equipment and drew it's ranks from East German citizens who were either too old or unfit for service within the NVA.
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I've recently started scanning some old family photos and among them was a clutch of vintage World War II photos from the Pacific theater. I did not take these photos, so I'm not affixing my seal. I'm uploading them here for the historical value that they represent, capturing a major turning point in global history in the 20th century.

US Marine Corps photograph of the battle for Peleliu Island (September–November 1944), one of the definitive battles of the Pacific theater. USMC Photo No. 12-14. This is an official USMC photo and shows some of the intense fighting that went on during the battle for the beachheads. Here, men are seeking cover behind a landing craft before advancing on the enemy positions.

By the end of fighting, the Japanese 14th Infantry Division of 11,000 men had suffered 10,695 casualties and 202 captured, while the US 1st Marine and 81st Infantry Divisions (over 28,000 men) suffered 1,794 casualties and 8,010 wounded or missing.
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