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    President Barack Obama, with Professor Vladimir Bulovic, tours an alternative energy research laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House

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    1. shepherd.johnson 54 months ago | reply

      Barack Obama! As one human being to another, look at this dead child! Stop the senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!!! Now Barack! The people demand it. You are their servant! Do it now!

    2. LeoL 54 months ago | reply

      This is a ultra-high vacuum system. The pressure of the system (inside the stainless steel chamber wall) is usually below 10^-6 Torr (1 atm=760 Torr), which is usually maintained by turbomolecular pumps. This kind of vacuum system is required in the field of nanotechnology research, where a slight contamination (any kind of particle in air) can ruin an experiment.

    3. Been Buddy Longway 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks LeoL.

      this is a funny photo, and serious altogether...

      I hope and pray the summit in Kopenhagen will put the world on a better Road to the Future.

    4. Lena Webb 54 months ago | reply

      As a graduate student in the sciences I very much understand and appreciate the President's facial expression.

    5. tragicfame 54 months ago | reply

      Ok, thanks Shepard for blasting us with such loveliness... War is ugly, always has been, always will be. In that picture, I see our service members attempting to save that child's life while posting security and preparing to lay down suppressive cover fire for the medic. But I suppose to each his own.

      Anyways regarding the subject matter of the shot above. Science and Technology is what made our country great in the last century, it's our bread and butter. It's time to return to those roots so we can be competitive in the century to come.

    6. towert7 54 months ago | reply

      Haha, too cool.

    7. Mona Loldwoman (Look for the good) 54 months ago | reply

      @ shepherd.johnson
      DO YOU REALLY think my 5 year old autistic granddaughter with a photographic memory needed to SEE THIS First thing this morning ????????? It was the first thing in my activity. THANK YOU very much for sending her into hysterical terrors YOUI ARE a worthless distgusting horror monger. You make me sick You have NO RESPECT..

      WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ABOVE White House photo!!!

      Why do I bother none of you can read Flickr rules and Flickr won't do anything.
      The White House won't do anything. Its feeding of this crap too. The White House is equally guilty for allowing this crap to go on.
      Its NOT Free Speach. THIS SITE HAS RULES. ! PERIOD. No one has the courage to make this idoits follow the rules
      I'm so mad at the White House right now because it doesn't have the courage to use the delete function on their stream. NO... they are to busy watching and feeding off this crap. They are as bad as the trolls for allowing it !!!!
      Now I've got to go help take care of THE CHILD shivering in terror on the couch. The CHILD TRAUMATIZED by the photo added into someones comment.

    8. Sarita Linda 54 months ago | reply

      Oh Mona, I am so sorry, I know you can't explain it to a 5 year old, but remember Shepard.Johnson is a uncaring jackass, who thinks his thoughts and words are so much more important than the rest of the world. He is a sadistic jerk who is useless to society. and really he does not give a shit about the kid in the picture or the troops, he only does this for attention.

      And of course he will hide behind his first amendment rights, just like everyone else. I really wish flickr would do something, seeing as this is against the rules.

    9. flifishun 54 months ago | reply



      Mona, I'm no shepard johnson fan, I think he's a knucklehead. Nor do I have a serious problem with our president. If you think it violates flickr TOS, report it as abuse. I do not believe it does.

      You say this is not his site for pushing a political agenda and propaganda. You should also ask why is the White House is hosting a photostream. Based on the statements in your profile, you should not be that politically naive.

      Also, this is not just an art site, it's much more and bigger than that.

    10. flifishun 54 months ago | reply

      I find it interesting that you found the image so offensive, yet you link people to it from another comments section, funny.

    11. flifishun 54 months ago | reply

      This photo is not very aesthetically pleasing.

    12. Lou F. 54 months ago | reply

      I see nothing funny with this Shepards pic or what Mona has said. I think she is right and as a member of Flickr attending the White House stream she does not excpect to find this type of propaganda. We all know war is hell and this violence is nothing new to war and the rules of engagement. Violence has happend since the dawn of humans. It breaks our hearts to see the young suffer and die with no explanation of how or why this happend. One thing we know for sure is that the pic portrays our troops providing medical assistance to a HUMAN being. They are caring and at the same time putting themselves in the line of fire to help save a fellow human.

      Shepard is not doing anything to help the situation, instead he focuses on the negativity for his own selfish and political agendas. He is wrong for posting this in a public domain. Its our right to visit Flickr and its all a matter of personal choice to what images you view on the web but it becomes wrong when you are forced to view offensive images. Flickr users have an option to filter offensive images but that is useless against images that are entered and posted in the comment box.
      Its ashame that Flickr hasnt done enough to prevent consecutive offenders of Flickr rules from regaining membership and it also upsets me that the photographer of the stream does not monitor the activity and comments.

      My comment for the Obama pic:

      The pov is intresting and it seems the president is focused on the complicated explanation of how alternative energy works.

    13. Beth Wales 54 months ago | reply

      *ready aim click* said it all, really, Totally agree.

    14. stigkk 54 months ago | reply

      For chrissakes don`t let Biden in there!

    15. vinknk [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      too funny.

      he'd be like a kid: "what's this?" (twisting and turning, pushing and pulling).

      kaboom!

    16. Been Buddy Longway 54 months ago | reply

      Please, people, friends: try to exercise some dignity on these pages

    17. Mona Loldwoman (Look for the good) 54 months ago | reply

      flifishun
      # 1 Shepherd's photo did not offend ME it offended my Grand-daughter, That offened me.
      # 2 Do you think I didn't report it? i reported it first.
      #3 the White House is hosting a photostream because EVERY other Government agency, group, branch, office is hosting a stream. So why shouldn't THE White House have one. Do you honestly think this is the only photostream paid for by the US Gov.
      Its the only stream lacking the testicular fortitude to use the delete function on their stream. Nothing in this stream falls within 'Free Speech'.
      # 4 Yes, it is just an Art site ! It IS that simple. Art & History. !

      There are streams on Flickr for political debate. This is not one.
      This stream was set up for people to enjoy the living history of the WHITE HOUSE. and its current inhabitants and this stream will still be here when the next president takes office because it IS about THE WHITE HOUSE and whom ever is the president at the time.

      No trolls here:
      U.S. Department of State's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/

      This is a great on to find the others
      USA.gov's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/usagov/

      The White House could take a lesson from this agency's "Rules"
      UNC - CFC - USFK's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/unc-cfc-usfk/

      These are only 3. There are well over 200 US Gov photostreams. Most were started in 2007. (who was pres then.)
      This is the ONLY stream that allows Trolls.

      and that irritates me... at the White House photostream administrators. who are using us for THEIR sick humor instead of cleaning up this stream.

    18. Mona Loldwoman (Look for the good) 54 months ago | reply

      Oh I forgot, Political debate groups on flickr

      U.S. Politics and the World; Political Debate & Discussion Blog
      www.flickr.com/groups/worldpolitics/

      World In Crisis: U.S. & World Political Debate
      www.flickr.com/groups/587201@N23/

      Debates & Discussions
      www.flickr.com/search/groups/?q=political debate

      The Political Forum
      www.flickr.com/groups/991307@N25/

      Social and Philosophical debates
      www.flickr.com/groups/spdebates/

      Global Political Concensus
      www.flickr.com/groups/73971529@N00/

      Democracy Forum
      www.flickr.com/groups/democracyforum/

    19. rfwberdw 54 months ago | reply

      technology got us into this mess - and i don't think it's going to get us out.

      what we need is to temper technological development with true ecological sustainability, and social justice.

      we need to put an end to environmentally and socially harmful economic practices, including exploitation of labor and resources.

      no one deserves to, nor should anyone profit from, activities which are harmful to others. it is wrong for some to profit, and benefit materially, from harmful economic activities - activities which truly are deleterious in so many ways to so many people.

    20. jdog1063 54 months ago | reply

      Obama:
      Look, Professor Vladimir . . .
      If there is anything you are working on in here that we can't tax, scrap it now!

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