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

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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."

Olivia the pet elk



"'she's like a ballet dancer. She goes around very carefully. She comes and says hello for 15 minutes and then she goes back out to the others.'"

"Measles cases have soared across Europe over the last year"

"WHO Europe says there has been a 400% increase during 2017, with more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths. That will be a major disappointment following the record low in 2016, when there were just 5,273 cases in Europe."

"Links from Newsweek have been banned from one of the biggest traffic-driving sections of Reddit due to concerns about paid spamming"

"The source, a longtime Redditor with knowledge of /r/news moderation practices, said moderators concluded that links were being submitted at high volume by influential Reddit accounts in order to drive traffic to Newsweek.com."

Related, a more subtle advertisement on Reddit for Black Panther.

Newly-revealed NECA toys available for preorder

Pale Man, Arcade Dutch etc. There's also a fancy 6" Iron Giant available for preorder.

Suspended wave by Miguel Rothschild

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