Thursday, February 4, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Fencer will be first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab"

2. "Monks delivered via Amazon as role of Japanese temples fade"

Many Japanese, however, welcome the service as a consumer-friendly approach to Buddhist rituals, whose cost is often perceived as murky and overpriced.
3. "Where Los Angeles and Other American Cities Used to Store Their Nuclear Missiles"
Los Angeles in particular, thanks to its aerospace facilities, military bases, and booming postwar population, became one of the most fortified regions in the United States.

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At the intersection of Woodley Avenue and Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys, Nike missiles—named, like the athletic shoe, after the Greek goddess of victory—were housed in silos until 1974.
4. "Meet the woman responsible for the greatest gifs on the internet"
“Literally everyone assumes I am a straight white man,” she said. That’s why Cat started posting pictures of herself along with the Animated Text gifs in recent months, to “prove I am female, that I am black, that I am gay,” and not that unholy trinity of falsely presumed neutrality: straight, white, and male.