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Ethan Thompson
Ethan Thompson

Rip In Time

The Vietnam war, campus unrest, violence in the cities, and the political-constitutional crisis over Watergate were ``unhappy events of a tragic time,'' in Kim McQuaid's terse, compelling, and unsentimental account of this ``rip in time.''

Rip in Time

McQuaid pungently reminds us of the hubris and arrogance that brought us into the war and those painful dislocations. With boundless confidence in themselves as ``The Most Powerful Nation in the World,'' Americans found limits, however, to their mission, limits well understood by their adversaries and friends, and most decisively, challenged at home. It was a time of illusion abroad, and inevitably, one of delusion at home.

``Every quantitative measure we have shows we are winning this war,'' Americans were told by those who considered military technology and abstract statistics as substitutes for strategy and policy. The grotesqueness of the war borders on black humor. Only 1 in 7 American military personnel engaged in combat: Someone, of course, had to negotiate rental leases with Vietnam landlords, or manage the 90 service clubs, the 159 basketball courts, the 337 libraries, and the innumerable PXs. Offensive combat operations produced contact with the enemy less than 2 percent of the time. And in eight years, only one general and eight battalion commanders lost their lives in combat. What were they doing? The Army's own survey condemned its ``ambitious, transitory'' commanders. The careerism inevitably affected morale and policies. And thus, extravagant firepower and inflated body counts became the measurements for ``success.''

McQuaid has resurrected the pain and folly of the war, not least of which was our treatment of the government and people of South Vietnam. For Lyndon Johnson, the client was a vassal; and then Nixon abandoned the vassal under the auspices of the 1973 Paris Accords, an agreement that Henry Kissinger and Nixon had anticipated with their ``peace is at hand'' prophecy. Of all the frivolous Munich analogies that abounded in those days, that was the genuine article, rivaling Neville Chamberlain's blithe assertion that he had secured ``peace in our time.''

Revisionism for America's ``Anxious Years'' is in full flower. But Kim McQuaid will have none of the excesses. With uncommon sense, and with distance, he has given us a more sophisticated critique than any politically calculated reordering of those tumultuous times. Granted, his analysis does not make for ``morning in America,'' but it provides a sober opportunity to remember, to understand, and to learn from the past.

As it goes with language, even terms that have been created with the best of intentions can morph in meaning. So on this week's episode, we asked academics, writers and our listeners some big questions: What do we mean when we say "people of color"? Why do some of us identify with that term? Why does it annoy so many other people? Is it time to say R.I.P. to POC? And, if so, is BIPOC the new kid on the block?

"I generally like the term POC, but as someone who is half Chinese and half white and grew up with a considerable amount of privilege, sometimes I don't even know whether or not that term is meant to apply to someone like me." -Grace Young, 20 years old

For a start, no pandemic has ever been controlled by deliberately letting the infection spread unchecked in the hope that people become immune. We must do all we can to protect people from COVID-19, not let them get infected, to buy scientists time to develop vaccines and therapeutics to end the outbreak and alleviate suffering.

Love time travel stories? Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has one that promises to be romantic and bonkers at the same time. They have announced the premiere of Rip In Time, a time travel and love story all in one!

According to the Hallmark synopsis, there is a strange storm that blows through upstate New York. Small-time organic farmer Sarah (DeVitto) finds what her son Henry (Black) describes as a homeless man in her barn.

The premiere of Rip In Time is on Sunday, May 22, at 9 p.m., Eastern, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Encore showings include Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at 5 p.m., and Thursday, June 9, at 9 p.m., all times Eastern.

There was no time to heal his injury. Therefore, he decided to cover it up. Moreover, he appears to have super-fast growing facial hair. He had a full beard that fooled even the most ardent fans. People did not even recognize him!

War is sometimes necessary, but going to war should not be the decision of one person. Ending congressional authorization for the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War returns the war power to the American people and their representatives.

Rip Hunter spent his entire adult life preparing for enemies a time traveler would face. Fearing that someone might try to travel back in time and kill him as a child, he hid his true name, birthplace, and other details from the public. "Rip Hunter" is, in fact, an alias, and his real father is the time-traveler Booster Gold, a fact that not even Booster knows.

As the inventor of time travel technology in the Post-Crisis universe,[1] Hunter aided heroes Booster Gold and Animal Man in their own time-traveling adventures before taking on the vast Illuminati conspiracy. Hunter was eventually stranded in the prehistoric past.[2]

Returning to the present by unknown means, Hunter began protecting earth's heroes from time-traveling villains. In one of his most notable adventures, he took members of the modern day Justice Society back in time to fight the villainous Per Degaton.[3]

Hunter combined suspendium with Blue Beetle's scarab and Skeets' damaged, discarded shell into a trap to contain Mr. Mind's new form. Booster Gold and Supernova then hurled Skeets into the timestream, sealing the time-rift behind the little droid to trap the worm in a time-loop, saving the 52 universes.[4] Hunter warned the others to keep the Multiverse a secret for the time being as he eagerly prepared to explore it.

Two months later, Rip invades Daniel's home, scolding Booster for attempting to win public favor. He asks Booster to help him in repairing the damage done to the time stream by Mr. Mind and Superboy-Prime. Initially, Booster refuses, but eventually changes his mind, on the condition that Rip will help him break the rules of time travel and allow him to save the one person who always believed in him, his best friend, Ted Kord, The Blue Beetle. In their first mission, an unknown party was changing the circumstances of the origins of the members of the current Justice League lineup, starting with Green Lantern, then Superman and then The Flash along with Kid Flash. Rip and Booster successfully thwarted the first two plots and then it was revealed that the mystery foe was revealed to be Booster's father Jon Carter wearing Daniel's stolen Supernova suit and former Time Master trainee Rex Hunter. Their plan was to eliminate different superheroes and use their knowledge of the future, take the heroes' places and advert every crisis and disaster and become the greatest heroes the world will ever know. They seemed to wipe out Flash and Kid Flash by placing a lightning rod on top of Barry's lab but after a big fight, Booster pulled it down and the Flashes' timelines were restored. The ending result was that Rex was captured and Jon was hit by a bolt of lightning and his suit's chronal energy was damaged, stranding him in an unknown timeline.

Some time later, Rip Hunter and Booster Gold joined Superman and Green Lantern on a quest in time to find Batman, who was sent to the past by Darkseid's Omega Sanction. On this journey they travelled to the paleolithic era[5] and then to Vanishing Point,[6] where they witnessed the end of times before returning to the 21st century.[7]

Purpose: To compare the effects of different volumes of fluorescein on tear breakup time (FTBUT) and to investigate if and to what extent the tear breakup time determined by an automated noninvasive instrument (NITBUT) differs from FTBUT.

Methods: Twenty-four healthy volunteers were recruited to the study. Fluorescent tear breakup time was measured with different volumes of fluorescein solution delivered by either glass rod or objective directly by fluorescein strip. Noninvasive tear breakup time was measured with a noninvasive instrument (Oculus Keratograph 5M, Germany; K5). The average levels of the tear breakup times (TBUTs) and the variability of the successive recordings for each measurement were compared.

Results: Increasing the volume of fluorescein delivered from 1 to 7 μl lengthened FTBUT by a mean ratio of 1.26-fold (p = 0.019) for the glass rod technique. No significant difference was detected in the FTBUT measured by the fluorescein strip technique when the delivered volume was increased from 4.5 to 7 μl. The variability of successive recordings was stable across the tested volumes for both techniques. Noninvasive tear breakup time determined by K5 was significantly longer than FTBUTs (mean difference: 3.90 seconds, p = 0.003 and 4.12 seconds, p = 0.002, respectively). Although no significant difference was detected in the average SD for successive recordings among K5 and the other two invasive techniques (p = 0.325), the variability of NITBUT was found significantly dependent on the observed TBUT (r = 0.532, p = 0.007).

The Federal Time Bureau,[1] known simply as the Time Bureau, was an organization whose goal is to protect the timeline, the supposed goal of its predecessor, the Time Masters. It was led by director Ava Sharpe and formerly by Wilbur Bennett and Rip Hunter.

The Time Bureau was formed to carry on the mission of the Time Masters' and complete their goal to protect the timeline; however, unlike the corrupt Time Masters, the bureau put a value on morals, principles, and human life. Its members used a device known as a time courier, that allowed them to transport through time and space without the need of a timeship, despite this, they do possess timeships; but they are much larger than the ones that were used by the Time Masters. Their field office was located in Star City and their headquarters was located in Washington, D.C., instead of the Vanishing Point. 041b061a72




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