An American, a German, and a Russian walk into a press conference…no, this is not the start to some lame joke, but the start to a story of a truly magical moment between three astronauts. NASA’s Reid Wiseman, ESA’s Alexander Gerst, and commander Maksim Suraev of Russia’s Roscosmos are all crew members of the International Space Station, and during a recent press conference they were asked by a reporter whether US-EU-Russia tensions over Ukraine had altered or influenced their relations. Here is their emphatic answer.
Their message was clear: There’s no politics in space or on the International Space Station. Just astronauts and scientists from all corners of the globe working together for humanity. Source: RT Share their friendly embrace with your friends below.
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1. Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Pharrell and Iggy Azalea for her new song, “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” It’s a total pleasure party, and debuting on BuzzFeed today:
Pharrell produced the track, which features a verse from Iggy and this hot advice from Hudson: “Whisper in his ear it makes it hotter / Don’t wipe the sweat it makes it better.”
2. “I hope it’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: Let go of the shit that holds you back and just take a minute to dance and feel good,” Hudson told BuzzFeed News.
She continued: “It’s that perfect mix of glamorous, late-night style dance music from the past that has always really hit me deep.”
The disco-tinged song was inspired by 20th century extravagance but made crisp and clean for contemporary listeners, she explained. “[Pharrell and I] were able to use music and soul to actively reminisce on those fantasy nights of the ’60s and ’70s,” Hudson said. “We really worked to keep the sound relatable, but the way the bass hits your chest and the guitar licks sort of tingle your ear really work well to transport you to a time in music history I just live for. It’s the sort of track you can’t listen to without moving and the fact that we were able to have Iggy join in on it was just what it needed. To be honest, I consider it one of the centerpieces of my album because it captures all the things that inspire me so well.”
3. “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is taken from Hudson’s upcoming third album, JHUD, which drops Sept. 23 via RCA.
In the week between now and the album’s release, Hudson will be sharing stories about what inspired it on her Instagram.
Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States of America, from 1981-1989. He is considered a heroic figure in the Republican party and conservative movement. His most famous quote may be “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” He also once quipped “I hope you’re all Republicans,” to the surgeons treating him after he was shot.
Reagan’s legacy is mixed, with supporters pointing to a more efficient and prosperous economy and a peaceful end to the Cold War. Critics argue that his economic policies caused huge budget deficits, quadrupling the United States national debt and that the Iran-Contra affair lowered American credibility. There is no doubt, however, that Reagan was a great and inspirational public speaker.
1. A people free to choose will always choose peace.
2. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
3. Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
4. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
5. How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
6. Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
7. It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
8. We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
9. I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
10. There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
11. We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of the entrepreneur, seeing possibilities where others see only problems
12. A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.
13. In America, our origins matter less than our destination, and that is what democracy is all about.
14. The work of volunteer groups throughout our country represents the very heart and soul of America. They have helped make this the most compassionate, generous, and humane society that ever existed on the face of this earth.
15. The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest.
16. The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
17. Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
18. The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
19. I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.
20. My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes. [Said during a radio microphone test in 1984]
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Are you the female version of a hustler?
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- Check off all of these that apply to you!
- ? You think you are royalty.
- ? Wait, scratch that. You KNOW you are royalty.
- ? Everyone else is a peasant.
- ? And they should bow down in your presence.
- ? You are not afraid of voicing your opinions.
- ? You are REALLY not afraid of voicing your opinions.
- ? That’s because you’re right, and they’re wrong.
- ? Your voice is loud.
- ? Your personality is loud.
- ? Actually, everything about you is loud.
- ? Like, you pretty much just have one volume: LOUD.
- ? That being said, you might sound your most threatening when you don’t even raise your own voice.
- ? It’s mainly because you’ve perfected the art of emphasizing the most important syllable in a word, to maximize dramatic effect.
- ? You also can say everything you want with your eyes.
- ? That’s because your resting bitchface is strong. Very strong.
- ? You also roll your eyes a lot.
- ? You also can do that thing where you laugh and smile, but it looks like you want to murder someone.
- ? Receiving a compliment from you is an incredible accomplishment.
- ? You are impatient.
- ? Like, you can’t stand to wait for anything. And that’s not a bad thing!
- ? The worst is when you have to wait in line for coffee at Starbucks.
- ? In a perfect world, Starbucks would have a “VIP” line just for you.
- ? Drinking coffee that isn’t Starbucks is sacrilegious and pains you greatly.
- ? You hate using public restrooms.
- ? In a perfect world, you would only do your business in the privacy of your own home. The peasants can have the public restrooms.
- ? You love when people hold doors open for you.
- ? Especially car doors.
- ? You always win arguments.
- ? You also ALWAYS have to have the last word.
- ? Really, at this point, people know better than to get in an argument with you. Unless they like losing.
- ? If something doesn’t go your way, you definitely “can’t even.”
- ? Or maybe you “literally can’t even.”
- ? Also, you frequently proclaim “I’m dying” when something isn’t to your liking, i.e., it’s too hot, so you’re “dying” from the heat.
- ? You always wear sunglasses.
- ? Sometimes, you even wear sunglasses indoors.
- ? Normally, you won’t leave the house unless you look ***Flawless.
- ? But sometimes, if you don’t give a fuck, you’ll leave in whatever, because people are just lucky to be around you.
- ? Actually, that’s a life motto for you: “I don’t give a fuck.”
- ? When you want something to happen, you want it to happen now.
- ? You’ve been called bossy, loud, obnoxious, or worse.
- ? It doesn’t bother you when people call you those things. Sticks and stones, baby.
- ? You’re definitely a little bit dramatic.
- ? And most of the time, you’re “so over” everything.
- ? Tap water just isn’t for you. At the very least, you need a Brita filter.
- ? But bottled water is preferable.
- ? Also, Diet Pepsi won’t do. It HAS to be Diet Coke.
- ? You like to sit at the head of the table.
- ? You like to sit shotgun in the car.
- ? You ABSOLUTELY have to have an aisle or window seat when you fly.
- ? You’re never early to any events.
- ? You’re never on time to any events.
- ? You’re ALWAYS fashionably late.
- ? You don’t walk, you strut.
- ? You don’t smile, you smize.
- ? You don’t sweat, you glisten.
- ? You don’t look, you glare.
- ? You don’t attend events, you grace people with your presence.
- ? You don’t just exist, you “radiate” and “glow.”
- ? It’s your way or the highway.
- ? But most important of all, you KNOW you are a diva and you own it.
How Much Of A Diva Are You?
You’re not really a diva! You’re polite, low-maintenance, and generally a pleasure to be around. Yeah, it’s nice to be nice, but don’t be afraid to speak your mind every now and then. You deserve it.
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You’re a bit of a diva! You’ve got a little bit of sass running through your veins, and that’s cool. But don’t be afraid to turn up the attitude every now and then. You’re a shining star, and you should act as such!
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You’re a diva, plain and simple. You want your voice to be heard, and with good reason: You’re kind of a big deal. Keep on owning every room you’re in, because you’re all that and a bag of chips!
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You’re a big diva. You’re loud and proud, and there is nothing wrong with that. Your personality is an 11 out of 10, so let it shine. Keep on strutting your strut!
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You’re a huge diva. You’ve got a big voice and an even bigger personality. Yeah, you can be a little demanding to be around, but when you’re as awesome as you are, it’s worth it. Keep on doing your thang!
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You are a DIVA, all caps. No one is bigger, badder, or cooler than you. You never let anyone step on you, because you are always in charge. You can be a little difficult to be around, but who cares. Let the haters hate. You are AMAZING.
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2. The same day Marissa Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo!, she told “Fortune” that she’s pregnant with her first child.