It was on this day in 1939 that Nazi Germany invaded Poland, and World War II began. The day before, Nazis wearing Polish uniforms staged a fake attack on a German radio station. Hitler used this as a justification for war, announcing: “In order to put an end to this frantic activity no other means is left to me now than to meet force with force.” A week before the invasion, Germany and the Soviet Union had signed a nonaggression pact and agreed to divide Poland between them. Once Germany no longer feared a Soviet retaliation, it was ready to attack Poland.

The Nazis invaded with more than 1.5 million troops, including more than 1,000 planes and 2,000 tanks. They bombed airfields, supply lines, railheads, and cities. Warships attacked the Polish navy. Tanks and motorized infantry broke through lines and isolated troops, then encircled and destroyed them. The attack was sudden and overwhelming, a strategy known as “blitzkrieg” or “lightning war.”

France and England declared war on Germany on September 3rd, but they didn’t launch any major offensives until the following spring, so Poland was more or less on its own. Although Poland had an army of more than 700,000, it was no match for the organization and superior technology of the Nazi invaders, and Poland surrendered after a few weeks.

After that, for months, there were no major military actions. An American senator named William Borah declared, “There is something phony about this war,” and the American media started referring to it as “the phony war.”

W.H. Auden wrote a poem about the outbreak of World War II called “September 1st, 1939,” which contains the line: “We must love one another or die.” It became one of his most famous poems, but he was embarrassed by it and said that he considered it trash.

—The Writer’s Almanac (via measureoutpace)
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dead-pendragon:

heterophilia:

Thinking youre attractive but having a lot of insecurities is like having a crush on yourself but not knowing if you like yourself back.

SOMEONE SAID IT

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» things we don’t say (sincerely) enough

vitamere:

  • thank you for trusting me.
  • i’m proud of you.
  • i admire you.
  • i forgive you.
  • i understand.
  • thank you.
  • i’m praying for you.
  • i care. 
  • i’m okay.
  • i love you.
  • i’m sorry.
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wildstag:

. by [bazenyaşamakölmektirdedi] on Flickr.

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Why are you so angry about JLaw's nudes being leaked? I thought you didn't like her.
Anonymous

tstarksbitch:

  • i am angry because this is just another example of women being shamed for taking nudes instead of the douchebag who spreads them being shamed for violating someone’s privacy like that
  • i am angry because nobody deserves this, regardless of how i feel about their personality
  • i am angry because this is pure misogyny and shows how women aren’t respected in our culture
  • i am angry because she did not consent to having those pics posted everywhere but they still were
  • i am angry because on the VERY RARE occasion this happens to a male celeb he is not shamed but rather the perpetrator is and it’s forgotten quickly whereas this will haunt jennifer for years and years to come
  • i am angry because this was a sex crime and people are treating it like a joke
  • i am angry because she is being exploited/objectified and some gross dudebros are probably jacking off to those pics 
  • i am angry because people are CONGRATULATING the fucker who did such an atrocious thing to her instead of being appalled 

listen i may not like her personally but the fact remains that as a human being she is entitled to body autonomy and to choose who sees her naked body and who doesn’t 

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aerienette:

☽◯☾

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theleavinglight:

What if instead of calling them “episodes of depression” I started calling them “seasons I was strong and survived”

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Five Things Guys Need to Stop Doing to Girls

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korratic:

Tui and La, your Moon and Ocean, have always circled each other in an eternal dance. They balance each other.
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chloe-catherinee:

We stopped checking for monsters under our beds when we realized they were inside us.

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WES ANDERSON SOUNDTRACKS ► The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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scumkill:

she loves flowers

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m-azing:

imagining your otp doing the forehead touch is literally the most important thing in the whole world. everybody take a second and stop scrolling and imagine your otp doing the forehead touch. okay. you can move on now.

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My only regret is that
I didn’t tell enough people
to fuck off.
—My 92 year old grandma. (via fromboatsandbirds)

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