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Locust (disambiguation)

Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acridida. Locust or Locusts may refer to: Cicadas called locusts when they swarm Magicicada, a genus of cicadas referred to as "13-year or 17-year locusts" Plants of the genus Robinia: The black locust, a leguminous tree with toxic pods Plants of the genus Gleditsia The honey locust, a leguminous tree with pods having a sweet edible pulp Locust bean, fruit of the carob tree African locust bean, fruit of the néré tree Locust, a 2015 Russian erotic thriller Locusts: The 8th Plague, a 2005 horror movie Locusts, a 2005 TV film directed by David Jackson The Locusts, a 1997 American film starring Vince Vaughn and Kate Capshaw Locust, an alias of electronic artist Mark Van Hoen from Touch Records Locust Music, a Chicago-based record label The Locust, a US noise-rock band from California The Locust The Locust Locust, a 1997 album from the Swedish hardcore / thrash metal band Mary Beats Jane Locust, an album from the French metal band Lyzanxia "Locust", a song by a-ha from their 1993 album Memorial Beach "Locust", a song by heavy-metal band Machine Head from their 2011 album Unto the Locust Locust, a minor Marvel Comics foe of the X-Men Locust Horde, the main enemy force in the third-person shooter video game series Gears of War Locust, a light BattleMech in the fictional BattleTech universe Locust, a Fairy chess piece which captures by hopping over its victim Locust, a quadruped Covenant anti-building vehicle in the video game Halo Wars Locusts, a mythological hybrid creature appearing in the Book of Revelation In the United StatesLocust, Kentucky, an unincorporated community Locust, Missouri, an unincorporated community Locust, New Jersey, an unincorporated community Locust, North Carolina, a city Locust, Pennsylvania, an unincorporated community Locust, West Virginia, an unincorporated community Locust Township, Christian County, Illinois Locust Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania Locust Lake, Pennsylvania Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, a tributary in Alabama Locust Creek, a stream in Missouri Locust Creek, a stream in Missouri Locust Creek, Pennsylvania Locust Creek - see Locust Creek Covered Bridge HMS Locust, three ships of the Royal Navy USS Locust, two ships of the US Navy M22 Locust, an unsuccessful American World War II light tank Operation Locust, an Australian World War II commando raid in New Guinea Stephen V of Moldavia, Prince of Moldavia from 1538 to 1540 Rich LeFevre, competitive eater nicknamed "The Locust" Locust, a kit car inspired by the Lotus 7 Locust, a GWR Metropolitan Class locomotive Locust, a term used in discussions critical of capitalism in Germany Locust United Methodist Church, a historic African-American church in Columbia, Maryland Les Sauterelles, a Swiss musical group

Lords of the Starship

Lords of the Starship is a 1967 science fiction novel by American author Mark S. Geston, his debut work, it was written. It was published in paperback by Ace Books reprinted for the British market in hardcover by Michael Joseph in 1971 and in paperback by Sphere Books a year later. Gregg Press published an archival edition in 1978; the novel takes a darkly cynical view of human nature. In the far future, on an Earth devastated by millennia of war, the Caroline Republic is hostile towards its neighbors despite sharing their dire economic straits. Outside the declining remains of civilization lie ruins and wastelands populated by mutants and monsters, it is felt that humanity lost its vitality long ago. To a leading politician of the Caroline the aged veteran General Toriman proposes a centuries-long scheme to build the nation by taking control of an ancient shipyard hundreds of miles away, designed to build spacecraft. Ostensibly, the purpose of the project will be the construction of a spaceship seven miles long called the "Victory" to carry the population of the despairing world to a paradise planet called "Home".

In fact, the ship will never be completed, but the effort will revitalize the nation's economy and restore mankind's missing quality. General Toriman dies and the cynical politicians of the Republic rouse the population to begin the project; the River Road from the Caroline homeland to the Yards is forced with a bloody battle between a Caroline military force and mutants, during which the ghost of the ancient hero Miolnor IV appears to save the day. Work begins on constructing the ship. Despite their antiquity, the Yards' machinery and buildings seem to have been preserved and materials for the construction of the ship are discovered. Legends say that the fortifications still standing nearby defended human civilization against Dark Powers over the mountains to the west; the magnificent city of Gateway grows in the hills above the Yards while the Victory takes shape. Much of the population of the Caroline moves to the Yards and its society is formally divided into two classes; the Technos supervise construction and are aware of the motivational "myth of the ship" plan while the People believe that the voyage to the planet Home is the actual goal.

Some Technos realize that, although Gateway has become rich and prosperous through the Victory project, the Caroline homeland is still as miserable as its neighbors. Before they can act on this knowledge the People revolt, led by a man named Coral who claims truthfully that the Technos have lied and do not intend to complete the Victory. Most of the Technos are killed although one is allowed to bring the news to the Dresau Islands in the eastern sea; the Dresau Navy has a proud tradition as the last surviving remnant of vital humanity and its leader believes the Victory project has a sinister purpose directed by heirs of the dark power Salasar, which once ruled most of the earth. After two centuries of construction, the Victory is completed and the women and children of the People are placed aboard in suspended animation. Led by the Dresau Navy the gathered enemies of Coral's triumphant People attack with their restored ships and scavenged weapons; the defenses of the Caroline Empire are ineffective, an apocalyptic battle rages about the Yards, with millions fighting.

At the height of the battle the sea turns red with blood and the dead of past wars rise in support of the assault. The legendary fortresses fire missiles toward the west. Before any of the men of the People board the Victory it moves down the ways to the sea, it turns its huge engines toward the shore and they ignite, incinerating the fighting armies, ships and Gateway. The Victory redirects the destruction onto itself and its millions of passengers. Balls of fire arrive over the mountains to complete the destruction; when the wreckage of the Yards has cooled, the man, called General Toriman, the ghost of Miolnor IV, Coral arrives. The Victory project and its opposition have been devised by the heirs of Salasar, he signals the completion of the project. Algis Budrys, although praising Geston as a promising new writer and finding "quite a bit of enjoyment" in the novel, concluded that Lords of the Starship was "a bad and disappointing book on its own terms." Brian Stableford characterized it as an "earnestly stylish stud of terminal cultural decadence"


Aljojuca Municipality is a municipality located in central eastern Puebla, Mexico. It is bordered by the municipalities of San Juan Atenco to the south, Chalchicomula de Sesma to the southeast, Tlachichuca to the east, San Nicolas, Buenos Aires to the north, San Salvador El Seco to the west. Nearby is the highest peak of Mexico, Citlaltepetl or Pico de Orizaba. Located on the plains of San Andres, Aljojuca was founded in colonial times with its main purpose being the prime grazing lands around the small settlement, it became the most established town between El Seco and San Andres Chalchicomula, providing employment to many of the region's Indian population. The population numbers 5000 and is distributed in the settlements of Aljojuca, San Miguel Tecuitlapa, San Antonio Jalapasco; however the numbers continue to fall due to large-scale emigration in recent years. Local attractions include a 1 km-wide volcanic crater lake, known as the Laguna de Aljojuca, a 19th-century church, completed in 1906, a 17th-century church, the ruins of the hacienda Cascantla


Demotix was a photo agency. It enabled freelance photojournalists to license their photos to mainstream media organisations and stock image buyers. Conceived as a free speech platform to allow local journalists to report their own stories to a global audience, the company was launched in January 2009 by CEO Turi Munthe and COO Jonathan Tepper and was based in London, UK. Demotix opened in beta in July 2008 and launched publicly in January 2009; the agency was to be known as "Nyouz", but this name was discarded in favour of Demotix. Since its foundation, Demotix has announced partnership agreements with a variety of other news organisations, including Global Voices Online, the Press Association, Corbis Images. Demotix has partnered with The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph and Le Monde as well as Future TV in Lebanon, the Himalayan Times and elsewhere around the globe. In August 2011, Demotix CEO Turi Munthe announced that it had accepted an undisclosed investment from Corbis, following on from the media distribution agreement the two companies had arrived at in March of the same year.

Demotix was acquired by Corbis Corporation in November 2012. Shortly thereafter editor-in-chief Corey Pein quit in protest of Corbis's treatment of freelance photographers. Demotix has been successful at covering news the mainstream media cannot reach, came to prominence with its user-generated reporting from the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, its in-depth coverage of the G20 protests in London including an image of Ian Tomlinson who died at the event. In June 2009, during protests over the disputed presidential election in Iran, the Iranian government imposed sanctions on all foreign media, preventing them from documenting the protests. However, Demotix contributors, based in Iran, defied this media crackdown to upload hundreds of images onto the Demotix website illustrating the violent street-battles and civil unrest; the strategy delivered in Iran, with Demotix offering pictures that can’t be matched by the mainstream media. The coverage was syndicated by a number of agencies such as Reuters, Agence France Presse, European Pressphoto Agency, The New York Times, the UK's The Daily Telegraph, El Pais and a range of other newspapers.

On Wednesday, June 17, Demotix reported one of its reporters had been arrested and his camera seized in Iran. On Thursday, June 25, Demotix commissioning editor Andy Heath reported, "We've just heard that the Demotix contributor, arrested last week by the Iranian police will not face further remember inquiries and has had his camera returned to him by officials."On Saturday, June 20, Demotix received some of the only photos of the violence in Tehran, where authorities were shown to use tear gas against protesters. These images were licensed to a number of outlets, including US newspaper The New York Times, the UK's The Daily Telegraph and Spain's El Pais. Demotix continues to receive contributions from countries that became the focus of military intervention, invasion, or Al-Qaeda and Taliban activity in the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks, including Afghanistan and Pakistan Participants in and observers of the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa have uploaded content to Demotix.

Contributions were submitted from countries including Egypt and Libya in North Africa. In the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula, there were submissions from Bahrain. Among the first on the scene of the bombs detonated in central Oslo in July 2011 were Demotix contributors, capturing some graphic images of the aftermath of the explosions, their photos were among the first to show. Many photographers submitted their images of the rioting that broke out across the UK in August 2011, as well as material illustrating the spontaneous cleanup movements which followed them; the agency noted in blog posts that several contributors had come under attack by rioters. On January 22, 2016, all pages at the Demotix website were redirected to the home page of Corbis Images, where an announcement and some FAQs about the sale of Corbis Images to Visual China Group appeared. Visual China Group/Getty announced on their websites the acquisition of Corbis Images by VCG and the licensing arrangement with Getty. Demotix has been nominated for numerous awards.

The agency won the Media Guardian Innovation Award for Independent Media in 2009. The agency was awarded a British Airways Opportunity Grant in 2010, a Webby award in the "News" category in 2011 and was nominated to the TechMedia Invest 100 2009. Demotix has been nominated at the SXSW Awards 2009, in the Community and People's Choice categories, the Mashable Open Web Awards 2009 in the Political News category, the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, 2009. Demotix came under criticism in the United Kingdom by the National Union of Journalists and UK Press Card Authority for issuing its own press pass, similar in design to the official UK press card, but not recognised by the official bodies and without the same checks or criteria for issuing one. Demotix defended their decision saying "We've verified each and every one, they've written 10 or more stories. We're careful about the people we accredit, we're responsible"

Life's Little Ironies

Life's Little Ironies is a collection of tales written by Thomas Hardy published in 1894, republished with a different collection of stories, for the Uniform Edition in 1927/8. An Imaginative Woman The Son's Veto For Conscience' Sake A Tragedy Of Two Ambitions On the Western Circuit To Please His Wife The Fiddler of the Reels A Few Crusted Characters— Introduction Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver The History of the Hardcomes The Superstitious Man's Story Andrey Satchel and the Parson and Clerk Old Andrey's Experience as a Musician Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir The Winters and the Palmleys Incident in the Life of Mr. George Crookhill Netty Sargent's CopyholdThere is a Prefatory Note to the revised edition, written by the author, which says this of the above contents: “Of the following collection the first story, ‘An Imaginative Woman’ stood in Wessex Tales, but was brought into this volume as being more nearly its place, turning as it does upon a trick of Nature, so to speak, a physical possibility that may attach to a wife of vivid imaginings, as is well known to medical practitioners and other observers of such manifestations.

The two stories named ‘A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four’ and'The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion’, which were printed in this series, were transferred to Wessex Tales, where they more belong. The above alterations were first made in the Uniform Edition in 1927; the present narratives and sketches, though separately published at various antecedent dates, were first collected and issued in a volume in 1894. T. H.” The original collection came out as a pocket edition in 1907. Six of the stories appeared in the Penguin Classic The Fiddler of the Reels and Other Stories. Two of the short stories were adapted as one-off TV dramas by the BBC in the 1973 anthology Wessex Tales: A Tragedy of Two Ambitions An Imaginative Woman. Hardy, Thomas. Life's Little Ironies. Macmillan and Co. Limited. P. 268. Life's Little Ironies at Project Gutenberg Life's Little Ironies public domain audiobook at LibriVox