Tuesday, February 20, 2018

G-Force and other new toy preorders



New toy preorders: Team Fortress 2 Spy and Engineer by NECA, four figure set including Casshern and Ken, and deluxe S.H.Monsterarts Shin Godzilla.

"This U.S. Olympic Team Practices in a Refrigerated Parking Garage in Slovenia"

WSJ:

The concept of a ski tunnel was foreign to the Americans before their arrangement with Slovenia. What they found there was something unlike anywhere they had ever skied. For one thing, it was indoors. For another thing, it was supposed to be a parking garage. And there were many other things.

Thor: Ragnarok Hela and Grandmaster concept art





Also, Killmonger:



Legion season 2 teaser


Alternative poster design by Jock for The Empire Strikes Back


Monday, February 19, 2018

Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider




Sutur, Valkyrie, and more Thor Ragnarok concept art






















"In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military"

NYT:

Ukraine’s spending on defense and security has soared since the conflict in the east started in 2014, rising from around 2.5 percent of its gross domestic product in 2013 to more than 5 percent this year, when it will total around $6 billion.

This bonanza, which will push procurement spending in 2018 to more than $700 million, has enabled Ukraine to rebuild its dilapidated military and fight to a standstill pro-Russian rebels and their heavily armed Russian backers.

But

...

Military spending, however, has opened up new vistas for opaque insider deals, sheltered from scrutiny by a cone of secrecy that covers the details of military spending.

"The number of operating ski jumps in the United States had dwindled from 116 to 27"

"How a small ski club in Chicago, of all places, produced three American Olympians"

"Is It Possible to Game the Apple Podcast Charts?"

An accusation against a specific podcast.

"Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist"

"Svishchev said it was possible someone spiked Krushelnitsky's food or drink. He suggested that rival Russian athletes or Russia's political enemies could be responsible."

"China’s former internet czar was expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for corruption"

"An usually high-profile party official, Lu was the face of China’s vicious crackdown on the internet and free speech in the last few years."