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➢ Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Storyline
“ An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. ”

➢ Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Detail
° Release Date : 2015-05-13
° Casts : John Howard, Richard Norton, Gillian Jones, Lee Perry, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Richard Carter, Josh Helman, John Walton, Megan Gale, Sebastian Dickins, Melissa Jaffer, Tom Hardy, Joy Smithers, Angus Sampson, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Hagan, Coco Jack Gillies, Melita JuriÅ¡ić, Abbey Lee, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Judd Wild, Courtney Eaton, Stephen Dunlevy, Iota
° Duration : 120 minute
° Rating : 7.5
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Why You Should Be Concerned About The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
I really do wish I understood why lawmakers seem so gung-ho on tearing apart technologies they don’t understand, and freedoms they hardly think about. Frankly, it’s starting to get exhausting — and more than a little difficult to keep straight all the legal bungles belched out by senators and their lobbyists.
By Graeme Caldwell

Until now, we’ve been lucky; most of the ill-conceived legislation has died on the Senate floor.

Unfortunately, it seems our luck may have run out. In a move that demonstrates a clear disinterest in listening to the people who actually know what they’re talking about, the United States House of Representatives in mid-December forced through a bill containing a $1.15 trillion spending plan, as well as controversial cybersecurity legislation — the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Because the two have so much to do with one another, right?

And as of December 18, the bill has been signed and passed into legislation. Merry Christmas, America. Hope you weren’t enjoying your privacy.

“In a nutshell, CISA was meant to allow companies to share information on cyber attacks — including data from private citizens — with other companies and the Department of Homeland Security,” writes Chris Velazco of Engadget. “Once DHS had all the pertinent details, they could be passed along to the FBI and NSA for further investigation and, potentially, legal action. The thing is, critics saw the bill as way for government agencies to more easily keep tabs on Americans without their knowledge. CISA was derided by privacy advocates and tech titans alike, with companies like Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Google, Facebook and Symantec (to name just a few) issued statements against an earlier version of the bill.”

That’s right — some of the largest tech companies in the world came out as opponents ofCISA, and the government forced it through anyway. How bad is it, though? Should we really be that concerned?

The short answer is yes.

“This misguided cyber legislation does little to protect Americans’ security, and a great deal more to threaten our privacy than the flawed Senate version,” Senator Ron Wyden explained to Mashable. “Americans demand real solutions that will protect them from foreign hackers, not knee-jerk responses that allow companies to fork over huge amounts of their customers’ private data with only cursory review.”

“It contains substantially fewer oversight and reporting provisions than the Senate version did,” Wyden continued. “That means that violations of Americans’ privacy will be more likely to go unnoticed. And the Intelligence Authorization bill strips authority from an important, independent watchdog on government surveillance, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This will make it easier for intelligence agencies — particularly the CIA — to refuse to cooperate with the Board’s investigations.”

In other words, organizations like the NSA and CIA now have even more government protections allowing them to play fast and loose with personal privacy. And our private information — already clearly at risk, given the large quantity of data breaches of late — is now even more freely available. This isn’t just a bad thing from a consumer perspective, though. It also has the potential to harm enterprise, too.

anonymous asked:

Same anon from the other day. I want to tell you that Hugh Dancy wouldn't be as known as he is now if it weren't for his wife. Claire Danes is the reason he is known. She's the great and talented actress, not him. He's just her husband. He's never done anything remarkable. Claire is one of the best actresses of her generation. She's the new Meryl Streep. And Homeland is the best show on TV. There's nothing like that on TV. Not even Breaking Bad. That show is overrated.

This message is extremely disrespectful towards Hugh Dancy. If you love an actor you don’t need to be disrespectful toward other actors just to prove that the actor you like is awesome. It’s stupid.

Hugh Dancy is a very good actor and he has proved it. Have you seen Elizabeth I, Hannibal, Adam, Evening or Deadline Gallipoli? He’s not an “accessory” as you seem to think.

“And Homeland is the best show on TV. There’s nothing like that on TV. Not even Breaking Bad. That show is overrated.“

To each his own, but seriously…..

Homeland is a good show, Breaking Bad is a masterpiece.

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“Astonishing,
that my mother can carry so much.
From the way she broke open to
birth us, to the way she silently
buried her dreams in soil so that we could
one day bloom for her.
I think about her youth and wonder,
what kinds of aspirations she shed while crossing the oceans between her homeland and this foreign land.
I hear men getting praised often.
But what about the mothers who came to this country and pawned their hearts of gold,
so their children
could afford to shine?”
— Immigrant mothers deserve the world, because they sacrificed their own.

(by: http://faramosh.tumblr.com/)

Modern Day Prayers to the Diwata (Ft. various Bisaya, Tagalog, Pangasinan, and Bikolano deities)

To mother Laon. May you bless the hardworking farmers who take care of the lands but receive very little. May you bless and feed those who are poor and hungry with little to no food to eat for themselves and their family.

To mysterious Magwayen. May you guide us during our darkest hours, our journey across the seas to faraway places, and during our last breaths before our voyage to Sulad and back to the loving arms of our ancestors.

To brave Apo Laki. May you give courage and strength to those fighting to survive as a warrior on the battle field both in and out of the homeland and to the person struggling to live in this harsh world.

To loving Lakapati. May you bless all those who face judgement from people who deem them as wrong for being who they truly are, as a proud transwoman, a proud transman, and to protect them from harm.

To beautiful Diyan Masalanta. May you bless those in love, those who have trouble giving birth, have lost a child, and help those in need of love from neglect and abuse.

To luminous Haliya. May your strength and radiance protect all women from what they may face everyday even in the dark nights as you light and guide them under your moon light.

juli4n0liver asked:

"blake Im already a demon"

WHOA-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

BLAKE BELLADONNA:

A VISIONARY ROBBED OF HER FUTURE


RUBY ROSE: 

A SNIPER DEPRIVED OF HER SCHOOL


ROMAN TORCHWICK:

A VAGABOND WHO CURSES HIS FATE


CINDER FALL:

A MAIDEN WITHOUT A PAST


MERCURY BLACK

A MERCENARY WHO STANDS HIS GROUND


WEISS SCHNEE:

AN HEIRESS LIVING A LIE


OZPIN:

A WISE MAN DENIED HIS HOMELAND’S SAFETY


THOSE WHO “DON’T EXIST”


PUNISHED YANG:

A FALLEN HUNTRESS


IN OUTER BEACON:

TEENS BECOME DEMONS

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Man Sterilized in ICE Detainment Deported to Guatemala
Advocates said in a press statement that jail staff locked Rosa in a cell with exposed sewage and prevented him from showering. Rosa soon developed a testicular infection, they added.

A 55-year-old was deported a day after immigrant rights advocates filed a complaint on his behalf with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the “severe medical abuse” he had suffered.

Angel Rosa, a grandfather of six, in 2012 was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more than two years at the Utah County Jail, one of the nation’s jails contracted by ICE to oversee the detention of immigrants. Many of these facilities have becomenotorious for accusations of human rights abuses, including severe medical neglect. Advocates said in a press statement that jail staff locked Rosa in a cell with exposed sewage and prevented him from showering. Rosa soon developed a testicular infection, they added.

The group has had a few different names over the years. When we started, we were Teddy Bear Suicide, but then we changed it to Mouse Rat. Then we were God Hates Figs, Department of Homeland Obscurity, Flames for Flames, Muscle Confusion, Nothing Rhymes With Orange, then Everything Rhymes With Orange, Punch Face Champions, Rad Wagon, Puppy Pendulum, Possum Pendulum, Penis Pendulum, Handrail Suicide, Angel Snack, Just the Tip, Threeskin… Oh, Jet Black Pope, and then Excalibur. We went back to Mouse Rat, and now we are Torchwood. God, when I hear myself say Torchwood out loud I kinda hate it…
—  Jack Harkness
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Fr. Nageeb Michael, O.P., a Dominican friar and native of Iraq offers his thoughts on the beauty of praying in the language of his homeland. He then prays the Our Father and Hail Mary in Aramaic.

A Case for a (Somewhat) Hopeful Homeland

This is long. It’s a tour of Homeland history. For those exclusively interested in Quinn & Carrie and endgame discussion, skip to halfway through.

In the wake of Quinn’s supposed demise and apparent resurrection at the Television Critics Association and The Hollywood Reporter interview, our passionate Homeland (HL) fandom seems suddenly split on the issue of skepticism. That is to say, do we, should we realistically expect a hopeful resolution for HL generally and a satisfying Quinn & Carrie love story specifically? When reading many of the askers and bloggers, particularly Homeland35’s recent post, “I Wish,” I genuinely wonder if we are watching the same show. Hence, for all the Debbie Downers in the fandom this is my manifesto for evidence-based hope on HL.

HL certainly feels cynical and tragic. Its central topic of terrorism is horrifying, its characters conflicted, the music moody, and opening credits jarring. This is not, however, the heart of the show. This is how the show is dressed up and how Alex Gansa (co-creator and show runner) wishes it to be perceived – cynicism is the new millennium’s street cred, after all. When the facts are analyzed, however, HL is chocked full of justice, resolution and, dare I say, hope.

1)   Justice.

On HL there is justice. Every single ‘bad guy’ is killed or punished, with the exception of two who were still resolved somewhat positively. Some of the notable dead: Walden, Walker, Afsal Hamid, Abu Nazir, Aileen & Raquim, Basel, Sharazi, the Langley bomber, the five Langley masterminds, Bibi & Qasim, and Allison. Those caught include: Roya, Javadi, Dennis Boyd, and Ivan. Granted, Javadi did go free after killing two family members, however, he fulfilled his mission by assuming leadership of the Revolutionary Guard and initiating peace talks with the U.S.. The greater good is realized. Even Haqqani’s story is resolved with a bizarre deal brokered by Dal to stop harboring terrorists in Pakistan - weak Season 3 story telling but a resolution nevertheless. (Ivan falls into is a grey area but witness protection for giving up Allison seems justified. His spy games are only a notch worse than what Saul would do any day.) On balance, for a show that many believe has little resolution, there is plenty of justice and resolution for the ‘bad guys’.

2)   Positive Resolution of Character Arcs.

While there are notable exceptions, the majority of HL’s character arcs speak to hope and redemption. Carrie’s arcs over the years are significantly hopeful. (Granted, it’s hard to recall given her hamster-on-a-wheel progression this season.) Her original arc, to experience love and redeem Brody, was fully realized. Her motherhood arc has been remarkably resolved, for she is now fully committed to Franny. Her arc to atone for the 167 civilians she murdered in drone strikes through her turn to faith is at least somewhat worked out. Finally, Carrie’s struggle with mental illness, despite Gansa’s recent caffeine snorting indulgence, is wholly under her control; going off her meds in 05.03 was a measured decision performed safely with minimal damage except perhaps to her relationship with Jonas (just as well).

It is Carrie’s positive progression that makes me baffled that so many believe HL’s endgame will leave Carrie alone and lonely, possibly in a mental institution. There is nothing in her past character arcs that even remotely points to an endgame this bleak – quite the opposite.

Brody’s arc was certainly tragic but its conclusion was full of redemption. His death could have been in captivity under Nazir or in the White House setting off a bomb or in Caracas as a heroin addict. If Gansa had chosen any of these, it would speak to a cynical show uninterested in positive resolution. Instead, Brody was redeemed by loving/being loved and fulfilling a patriotic mission thereby earning a star on the wall, however handmade.

This leaves Saul (Quinn will be addressed in the ‘love’ section to come). His arcs are so lacking in progress, self-knowledge or learning, it’s impossible to argue hope or redemption. I concede defeat here. That said, Saul is so compromised as a character, I believe there is a strong possibility that he will die as part of the endgame (more on this later).

3) Few Tragic Deaths of Important Characters.

In the wake of Quinn’s “death” many in the fandom have argued that HL would willingly kill off beloved characters. Quite the opposite is true. With the notable exception of Fara, there have been no tragic deaths of important characters. (For my purpose, important characters are those who deserve to live based on HL morality, have independent arcs, and for whom the audience embraces.) Certainly Fara’s death was tragic. She had an existence on HL that was truly her own; a father and uncle we came to know, immigrant identity issues and a meaty character arc as Carrie’s protégé.

This leaves Brody, Estes, and Aayan to consider. Brody’s death has been analyzed ad nauseam but let’s agree that he was a classic antihero and was therefore doomed. In the final analysis he was a terrorist and on HL terrorists die. Estes’ cynical ambition, madrassa drone involvement, and effort to kill Brody hardly cultivated an army of mourners. Finally, Aayan gets honorable mention for sheer screen time and innocence lost. Ultimately, however, he was a pawn to dramatically demonstrate Carrie’s Season 4 destructiveness and Haqqani’s evil. Most of us heaved a sigh of relief to have his storyline finished.

Certainly there are scores of secondary characters killed on HL. Perhaps it is this that makes so many feel HL is, at its core, cynical. Did we care about such characters as Lynne Reed (Saudi Prince’s mistress) and John Redmond (Islamabad vice station chief) for a brief period? Sure, but not deeply. Were we moved by the children killed, Issa Nazir and Carlos Sadenia (Quinn’s miss-hit)? Yes, but mostly only as character devices for Brody and Quinn, respectively. (Interesting, I’d never thought about that Brody/Quinn parallel until now.) It is rare that we felt strongly invested.

In an aggregated, generalized way we were appalled by the carnage of the CIA and drone wedding bombings and the Islamabad embassy shootings, and we grieved the secondary characters we enjoyed. Importantly, however, each mass killing teed off extraordinary story lines among the lead characters that encompassed quite a bit of redemption. Ultimately the singular number of important characters killed speaks to a show that sticks with its principle characters fiercely. (Perhaps this is why Gansa felt the need to have a fake-out death for Quinn.)

4) Historically HL Embraces Love.

This brings us to the general topic of HL love. I’ve lost count of how many in the fandom have commented that HL will not address issues of the heart due to its central spy game narrative and anti-soap orientation. Have these fans been watching the show? HL explores and embraces love as a central theme.

1.   Gansa readily features ‘soapiness’ (domestic drama) and romance living beside spy games. Seasons 1-3, 04.12, and much of 05.12 proves this. A remarkable amount of screen time was devoted to the marriages of Brody & Jessica and Saul & Mira. We suffered through Dana’s first loves and suicide attempt. Importantly, HL freely explores Carrie in love relationships. Brody & Carrie’s relationship was a love story, however complex. Amazingly Gansa even gave Brody & Carrie two additional, unplanned seasons of love and angst, one too many by most account (more on that later). Simply put, Gansa knows a good love story when he sees it.

2.   Gansa knows shows how transformative love can be. Carrie’s love for Brody resulted in two positive outcomes for her character. First, she discovered she could truly love someone. Second, from this love Carrie got Frannie who has been transformative to unpacking her narcissism. Was it a hopeful love? No. Was it, on balance, positive for Carrie’s evolution? Absolutely. Even in the Carrie/Jonas pairing Carrie learns lessons about (lack of) acceptance.

3.   Gansa delivers viewer reward in love relationships. Throughout Brody & Carrie’s pairing, Gansa gave us plenty of viewer reward including epic amorous declarations, “I was put on this planet for our paths to cross,” and sex scenes, both romantic and primal. With Quinn & Carrie we have been rewarded with flirtation (Season 2), the kiss, “I’m here waiting for you”, and the letter’s “I loved you”.

4.   Other HL relationships are resolved positively – sort of. It is true that HL is peppered with sad‘ish relationship demise but even here there are positive resolution: Mira & Saul - Mira is almost certainly happier without him; Brody & Jessica – it’s implied that Jessica gets Mike whom she truly loved; Brody & Dana – Dana did not commit suicide and seems comparatively resolved in the end - rejecting Brody at the motel was a healthy reaction to his misdeeds.

5) Quinn & Carrie – Gansa’s long game, maybe endgame.

My mission here is not to make a case as to why Quinn & Carrie is a worthwhile love story to tell. Tracey1302 has done this very well using mostly character details that point to “OTP” (one true pairing): http://tracey1302.tumblr.com/post/137687986346/why-i-think-carrie-and-quinn-will-end-up. My goal is to make a case for how the love story fits into a larger, intentional narrative that Gansa is telling and argue that this points to a more positive HL than we believe. Our arguments overlap but the lens differs.

1.   Quinn’s character evolution. For some time I was convinced that Gansa’s adoration of all things Brody would eclipse his giving Quinn & Carrie their due. It’s notable that in Seasons 2 & 3 and unlike early Brody, Quinn’s character was largely one dimensional, orbiting almost exclusively around Carrie: his backstory thin, personal life mostly unexplored, and motivations unclear. I suspect Gansa just didn’t think Quinn was interesting enough for Carrie. Then in Season 4 Gansa builds Quinn’s character in extraordinary fashion while, not coincidentally, teeing up the love story. He gave Quinn historic context with Astrid who added color to his ‘getting out’ struggles, a PTSD arc, a weird fling with his landlady, a tragically uncommunicated love for Carrie, and a “Shakespearian” (thank you, Claire Danes) romantic miss-timing which revealed Quinn’s deep insecurities.

In Season 5 Gansa’ doubled down on Quinn’s darkness creating a “misanthropic war machine” (thank you, Rupert Friend) and two years of war in Syria which will likely be revisited. Then in 05.12 we finally learn of Quinn’s tragic past (too much on a dime, thank you, Gansa and Dar). Lastly, in the letter Quinn’s dark demons are laid bare and we get a declaration of love. In the context of his being alive, it doesn’t get much more hopeful than that. The Quinn we have now is a multilayered, complex character worthy of both Carrie and his own independent story line (which we got in Season 5, for better or worse, and will likely get in Season 6’s foreshadowed PTSD arc).

2.   History/Trust. This is significant. Consider how carefully Gansa has built this relationship. In a show in which literally every relationship is crippled with issues of distrust, Gansa has never made this a plot point for Quinn & Carrie. Their trust in one another is absolutely unwavering. For four years. That’s remarkable and, most importantly, it is a clear narrative choice. (Okay, fine, Carrie lied to Quinn about Nazir freeing her but this was narratively unimportant and appears to be a secret she’s taking to the grave).

3.   (In)compatability. There is the oft-mentioned issue by Gansa, Danes and Friend that Quinn and Carrie are too similar; they attract and repel but would be wholly unsuitable in a relationship. So, what’s Gansa to do? He’s got an excellent actor playing an adored character with an ever-rich history, and a pairing with firecracker chemistry. The solution: change Quinn’s character. This brings us back to the TCAs and the THR interview: Quinn in Season 6 will be changed. It’s not a stretch to assume that addressing his physical and psychological demons will eventually give us a more grounded Quinn to better complement “high-flying” Carrie.

4.   Mutual Love Arcs. Much has already been said on this. Quinn’s future arcs - thus far unresolved - literally blast out from the letter: overcoming “darkness’ (PTSD) and experiencing the love that is for “normal people”. Carrie’s arc is to experience normal love (vs. Brody) with someone who accepts her fully (vs. Jonas). These love arcs appear to have been carefully constructed to meet each other.

5.   The Light. There is the simple fact that Quinn is alive by some metaphysical, un-Homelandian light. It doesn’t get any less cynical, hopeful, and ‘Hollywood’ than that. Moreover, given the torture and trauma that was Quinn’s in Season 5, it’s unlikely Gansa will go much darker with him. His future path toward light (positive resolution) has been spelled out, metaphorically anyway.

6.   Time jump. If Gansa learned nothing from the critical spanking and award shut out of Season 3, it’s that even Danes/Lewis chemistry could not be prolonged beyond two seasons without feeling overplayed. It seems likely that the time jump in Season 5 was in part an effort to delay Quinn & Carrie for the final two seasons.

7.   The kiss re-shoot. No one really knows why the Season 4 kiss was reshot but it’s not a stretch to conclude that Gansa wanted to crank up the passion with an eye to the future. Note how casual and comparatively dispassionate the first kiss is versus what ultimately aired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WZlkDHIgFs&feature=youtu.be

8.   Writer Changes. This also falls into the category of speculation but three things are really worth considering. First, at Paleyfest a year ago the writer rift regarding whether to explore Quinn & Carrie romantically was acknowledged. When polled on which writers did not want the relationship explored, Gansa did not raise his hand. Second, the most vocal anti-relationship writer, Alexander Cary, has left the show. Third, there are finally more women and relationship oriented writers on staff. Meredith Stienhm has been, more or less, the token female writer for much of the show’s history. A Quinn/Carrie advocate (per Paleyfest), she has penned almost all the ‘relationship’ episodes in Seasons 1-4 – The Weekend (01.07), The Choice (02.12), About a Boy (04.05), and Long Time Coming (04.12) to name a few. This year we got HL’s first ever all-female writing team, Stenhm and Charlotte Stout, who fittingly gave us amazing Astrid/Carrie teamwork in 05.10. Liz Flahive of Nurse Jackie fame may also have been added (it’s unclear if 05.12 was a one-off). Ron Nyswaner, the Oscar nominated Philadelphia writer whose resume is dominated by relationship dramas penned Why is this Night Different? (05.04), and A False Glimmer (05.12).

9.   Episode Construction. As argued by Tracey1302, the fact that both Seasons 4 and 5 conclude with Quinn & Carrie’s relationship as the central plot line is a clear indication that this relationship is being honored. The writers know what we care about and, more importantly, they agree.


Some general thoughts: We shouldn’t forget that writers are fans too. I recall Lena Dunham saying she wrote a sex scene on Girls for two of her best looking actors due to a sheer prurient desire to behold the beauty and spectacle of it. Enough said.

A note on how romantic Gansa will allow this relationship to play out. Certainly it is always safer to manage one’s expectations on HL. Recall that the most romantic and sexual Brody/Carrie moments happened within a high-risk storyline. The motel sex was monitored by Quinn and Saul (hilariously). At the cabin in Season 2 Quinn’s rifle was a constant threat. In their last face-to-face moments at the safe house in Iran, the risk of extraction or Brody’s capture loomed large.

It’s for this reason I’m certain that however the Quinn & Carrie love story is written, domestic bliss will not be in the cards. (And would we want really want that? ‘Domestic’ Carrie with Jonas wasn’t particularly riveting). Gansa may surprise us all with a love story that exceeds our expectations. If I’ve proven nothing else in this tour of historical HL love, it’s that Gansa explores relationships more fulsomely than many in the fandom appreciate. Importantly, for the issue du jour, Quinn & Carrie, it is clear that this is a story Gansa plans to tell.

6) Endgame

With a view to my mission, arguing a case for a hopeful HL, I will consider three factors: the (mostly positive) motivations for Gansa and David Nevins, other series finales for thematic possibilities, and my resulting broad predictions.

Alex Gansa & David Nevins. It’s worthwhile to consider the two most powerful men behind the show. I’ve watched and read as many Gansa interviews as exist on the web (sick, I admit). Of this I’m clear, Gansa knows his end game and he’s already setting the stage. HL suffers ‘near-term’ issues that drive us crazy with good reason. The episode-by-episode suspension of disbelief on both spy-game plot points (e.g. Saul trusting Allison with the airport information and letting yet another witness commit suicide) and character inconsistency (e.g. Carrie’s nine days), often seem unforgivable for such a smart show. His long game, however, has been constructed methodically. Carrie has had a consistent trajectory. Even Season 5’s apparent non-progress - Carrie’s attempt at a normal life - has a maturing value. As mentioned, Quinn’s character and the Quinn & Carrie relationship has been carefully cultivated for years.

This brings me to writers, ego, and legacy. Princeton educated Gansa is not young - HL will likely be his legacy in a medium in which even one hit is rare. More important, Gansa is attuned to critical reviews: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/watch-thrs-full-uncensored-drama-818945. Lastly, and this is important, writers – almost all – are romantics in the literary sense. They want to believe their works are transformative and important. After reading hundreds of critical reviews of series finales in preparation for this (sick, again) they all, save The Sopranos, offer some positive resolution and redemption. Gansa will want this too.

When considering HL’s endgame we cannot ignore three things about Showtime President David Nevins. First, he is influential in HL’s storytelling. Many HL fans believe Gansa is above Showtime’s creative and business considerations. I do not. At Paley two months ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfaYI_-jm44) Nevins acknowledged having an unusually strong voice on his shows versus most network executives due to his creative background. He even mentions discussions with Gansa on an episode-by-episode basis. (In fact, Nevins may be why the kiss was re-shot.) Second, Nevins will almost certainly want to keep open his options for a revival or spin off (think black ops Quinn & Dar Adal). Note that both 24 (another Nevins production) and The X Files were successfully revived for short runs, the latter also featuring a movie franchise. Also, Better Call Saul has been a well-received spin-off from Breaking Bad. For this reason, there is a very strong possibility any deaths of key characters in HL’s series finale will be, say it with me, ambiguous. Third, it’s worth noting that some of Nevin’s biggest hits are relationship heavy dramas – ER, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. I suspect he’ll insist on an endgame with resolution and redemption.

(Two side points. First, for those of you who loved Seasons 1 and 4 for the tight plot line, and disliked Season 5 for it’s sprawling complexity, blame Nevins. He waxes poetic about Season 5 in the interview above, expressing love for “expansive” storytelling. Second, co-creaters Gansa and Howard Gordon wrote five episodes of the X Files in its early days. Broadly speaking Quinn & Carrie parallel iconic Mulder & Scully with their intellectual rapport, flirtation, unquestioned trust, chemistry, and long-game love story. What Quinn & Carrie lack is the ‘opposites attract’ attribute that defines Mulder & Scully. This may well be what Gansa will create with Quinn’s character change.)

Other Series Endgames. With Gansa’s regard for critical acclaim in mind, I surveyed the best-reviewed series finales by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hit Fix. There was considerable consensus (save Lost – listed as best and worst in equal measure) so you can bet Gansa has considered them as well. What follows are some thematic possibilities for HL’s endgame. Spoiler alerts for St. Elsewhere, Six Feet Under, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Sopranos, The Shield, Breaking Bad, 24 and The Wire.

1.   Sentimental Endgames. The first group was dismissed out of hand for obvious reasons: nostalgic flashbacks, fulsome resolutions and reunions. This includes ER, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights and almost all the comedies.

2.   Fantastical Endgames. The second group I mostly dismissed but with some pause. These include St. Elsewhere’s ‘it was all an autistic boy’s imagination’, Six Feet Under’s aging and death for every character, and Lost’s mass deaths via religious light. Surprisingly, there are some loose reference points for HL. Like HL, St. Elsewhere was a very realistic and gritty show. Carrie’s mental illness gives Gansa some room for a ‘it was all a psychotic breakdown’ ending…but I just can’t see it. It would invalidate all the incisive political commentary and gritty reality Gansa has sought to depict. HL’s 05.12 light, on the other hand, was likely not a random phenomenon. Precisely because it was so un-Homelandian and evocative of Lost’s finale, an ever-stronger religious/redemption twist to HL’s endgame is possible. (Note that Dana Scully’s Catholic faith was a key character point on The X Files.)

3.   ‘Get Back to Work’ Endgames. These include – and stay with me here - Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. To quote Hit Flix on Angel, it featured, “battle-weathered warriors who have seen too much but have no choice but to [continue to] fight evil.” These series finales featured character deaths and huge action sequences but in the end the protagonists simply go back to work. This seems plausible for HL. Carrie would be resolved, wiser, probably back at the CIA, but doing what she does best. This sort of ending is also is consistent with her failed attempt at normalcy in Season 5.

4.   Gritty, Sad Endgames. These include The Sopranos, The Shield, and Breaking Bad. Fandom skeptics love to reference these as possible endgames. No. Just, no. Tony Soprano, Vic Mackey and Walter White were antiheros, bad men for whom we rooted despite ourselves. Their character ends were “punished” with a non-ending, a barren desk job, and death, respectively. Conversely, Carrie is a hero. She is a conflicted hero but a hero nonetheless. More importantly, Carrie is Gansa’s penultimate creation. Her sexuality, bi-polarism, incisive intelligence, and ambition have all broken television barriers. Gansa will honor that. Full stop. To not do so will incite the ire of critics, feminists, fans and, perhaps most importantly, it would put Gansa’s legacy in question. Whatever HL’s endgame, punishing Carrie, leaving her without any redemption or resolution simply will not happen. (As for The Sopranos, this ending is the stuff of TV legend. It can only be done once. There is zero chance Gansa will repeat it.)

5.   Action Hero Endgame. The prolific crossbreeding of executives, producers and directors from HL and 24 is probably important. In 2010’s 24 series finale, Jack Bauer went to full-scale vigilante mode, declaring himself “judge and jury”. I could see Carrie letting lose with a blind fury we’ve not yet seen. I like this idea, in fact. The 2014 24 finale featured the death of Jack’s love, Audrey, which “crushes Jack…and the fact that he has lost almost everyone close to him…reminds him that restoring any kind of order comes with a price,” says Entertainment Weekly. He ultimately turns himself over to the bad guys to save his one last friend, Chloe. Again, I do not believe Carrie will be sacrificed but Saul or Quinn may do so for Carrie. Saul is a stronger possibility because we all know Quinn has and would do this for Carrie anytime, anywhere. Saul’s sacrifice would have far more dramatic punch.

6.   ‘Forced Out’ Endgame. Notably, it’s Jimmy McNulty from The Wire who is the closest to Carrie’s character – a complex but moral hero who resisted authority and had many demons, including alcoholism. The gritty, political reality of The Wire also parallels HL. The Wire’s finale, according to Entertainment Weekly, “wasn’t a night for tragedy…what a surprise that McNulty seems like he’s going to be just fine without his badge”. Quoting TV Guide, the Wire ended with “McNulty’s forced retirement…a reminder that the game was always rigged…the troubled city – just like messy, complicated life – will continue to go on and on”. Carrie being pushed out of the anti-terrorism business, forced into normalcy seems like the kind of ironic, bittersweet ending Gansa may lean toward.

Broad Predictions – Seasons 6 & 7

·    Carrie. Carrie’s two unresolved arcs will likely carry us through to HL’s endgame: love - how to be fully accepted within a deep but steadying love, and career – how to employ her brilliance meaningfully without compromising her moral and psychological well being.

·    Quinn & Carrie. We are unlikely to get a fully realized Quinn & Carrie romantic relationship in Season 6 though sex will likely happen because the anticipation of consummation is eclipsing spy plotting. There are four key barriers to Quinn & Carrie that 05.12 foreshadowed. First, Carrie will likely be working with and engaged in some kind of relationship with Otto. It’s hard to imagine Gansa will walk Carrie back from her declaration twice to Saul that “I’m not that person anymore” and have her return to the CIA immediately. Second, Quinn’s PTSD will be an angst-ridden arc which seems incompatible with romance.

Third, I suspect there will be a parenting issue. Quinn has scarily upgraded himself from what we thought was benign absence from his son to an issue of parental fitness. It’s likely the writers chose the words “not everyone is fit to be a parent” in 05.04 for a reason. We had not heard mention of Quinn’s son since Season 3 and now we do? When Carrie happily chats with Jonas about Frannie’s favorite books? Quinn even kidnapped Jonas’ son in a fairly chilling way. Note that Quinn himself is likely a victim of child abuse or neglect. (Why many in the fandom are assuming he is an orphan is beyond me. The vast majority of foster kids are removed from their homes for reasons of abuse and neglect. I worry that HL’s fandom is so in love with all things Quinn/Friend that we ignore how dark Gansa is painting Quinn.) There’s a chance Quinn’s son will appear in Season 6 as part of his reconciliation with his past. Before you laugh, consider the letter. Did any of us think that would reappear? Similarly, did any of us think we’d ever see Carrie’s mother? It all depends on how personal Gansa decides to go with Quinn’s story line.

Season 7 will finally feature a Quinn & Carrie love story, likely attached to spy games, and I’m convinced it will deliver more viewer reward than we expect.

·    Otto is Gay. I would put money on it. Big money. (Yes, I know Otto has mentioned past wives but that’s hardly a prescription for heterosexuality.) Reasons: First, his offer to Carrie was so strangely worded - even in the hot mess of 05.12 – and totally devoid of romance or attraction. Second, HL has never featured a gay character. Third, Ron Nyswaner was hired in Season 5. While Nyswander can clearly write anything (he gave great Allison in All About Allison), he’s known for writing gay characters and relationships. Fourth, this keeps Carrie ‘free’ for Quinn, sexually anyway, and gives her a powerful position. Fifth, Gansa used up his “ick” currency as it relates to Carrie’s sex life with Aayan. Utterly.

Lastly, it offers juicy story line prospects. The most obvious would be to feature a closeted partner of Otto’s from a powerful, traditional Middle East family who may prove to be nefarious. Carrie will need to become Saul’s asset to glean information. Another thought: do we know Dar Adal’s sexual preference? Just throwing that out there. It’s a bit strange that we know nothing about him. Anyway, it will give Quinn and Carrie something to argue about, particularly because Otto will almost certainly be paying for his rehabilitation.  We’ll also likely get to see Carrie dressed up at some posh NYC benefits. I, for one, will take both.

·    Mentor Triangle. There will likely be a triangle between Otto, Carrie, and Saul. It’s not a stretch that Saul will be jealous of Carrie’s affections, however defined, for another older man. I foresee Otto and Saul in an epic clash of titans.

·    ISIS & Israel. There are two very large elephants in the room of terrorism Gansa has not addressed centrally - Israel and ISIS. On the former, I may be proven epically wrong. A central plotline criticizing Israeli war games and spy machinery is so high risk - raging inferno risky - even Alex Gansa, despite boldly going where no show has ever dared to tread, may not be prepared to tackle. (The American Israeli lobby is very powerful.) As for ISIS, Gansa has been open about avoiding ISIS as a central plotline due to his preference for ambiguity and complexity. ISIS is simply too abjectly evil. All that said, he has acknowledged that he will likely be forced to tackle it in the future.

·    If Not Israel, US Policy. Notably, there has been a drumbeat of criticism (and not just from crazies) leveled at HL in recent years for being both anti-Muslim and increasingly American-centric in its worldview. Consider Quinn’s 05.01 speech to the national security team that went viral among Neoconservatives in the Republican Party. Even Rush Limbaugh lauded it on his show (“pound Raqqa into a parking lot” being most loved, predictably). I could see a plotline that centrally addresses US Middle Eastern policy in a way that turns both liberal accusations of racism and conservative war mongering on its head – something I suspect Gansa would love to do.

·    Arab Spring. Gansa has not addressed the largely failed Arab Spring’s efforts for democracy that has had middling to disastrous outcomes in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. A UN story could address this.

·    The ‘Women’ Issue. This is another elephant Gansa has never tackled either for Carrie or as it relates to the Middle East. Carrie’s relationships with men have arguably become so overwrought, and in Saul’s case toxic, that a central relationship with a female will likely happen. 05.12 was almost comical for the number of men who, to quote a Reddit poster, were “wagging their dicks” at Carrie. Between Saul’s CIA offer, Otto’s God-knows-what offer, Jonas’ break-up sex, and Quinn’s undying : -) love, it did feel absurd. In terms of (probably sub) plot, ripe issues include honor killings, Boko Haram’s kidnapping of school girls, Saudi women recently getting the vote in local elections, and Malala Yousafzai’s shooting for attending school (and subsequent Nobel Prize).

·    Paradigm Shift. Saul’s pleas to Carrie to come back to the CIA to “change the paradigm” stood out to me, particularly because we know HL writers spend a few weeks with the CIA each year to get insights into story lines. Real life, acknowledged CIA shifts hardly seems exciting – fewer covert operations, “open source” sharing of information globally, fostering favor with Islamic communities to prevent radicalization. It’s actually Otto’s world, private foundations (Gates Foundation, particularly), that has controversially embraced new paradigms by using private funds to influence governments to address global issues. In any case, I’m guessing something will come of the paradigm comment.

·    Very End. If we get a death (however, ambiguously), it will likely be Saul for four reasons. First, the Saul/Carrie relationship has spanned the entire series. That history would make his death incredibly poignant. Second, losing Saul might actually be clarifying to Carrie’s career arc. There’s evidence that Gansa is purposely building an increasingly manipulative/corrupt/cynical company man. Killing Saul will feel tragic but justified, like Estes or Brody. Third, killing Quinn feels like a re-tred of Brody, particularly on the heels of a realized love story. It’s doubtful Gansa will ‘widow’ her again. Finally, Quinn’s fake-out death in 05.12 makes another tragic death less likely.

Two reasons I may be wrong and Quinn will die. First, the martyr/saint-like backstory we now have for Quinn is usually a death sentence in any fiction. Second, gritty dramas often favor circular plots in their series finales. This would bring Carrie back to where she started: at the CIA with Saul with a ‘get back to work’ endgame.

·    A Final Choice. I suspect Carrie will be presented with an epic choice in the endgame and whatever her decision it will feel bittersweet. Some choices which fit into HL’s world:

1.   CIA versus love (Quinn). This seems too packaged to me. It’s also very anti-feminist with a message that Carrie can’t have both love and work. That said, Gansa may go there. It’s been an issue for Carrie since Brody.

2.   Saving one (herself, Saul, Quinn) versus saving many. This came up with waking Quinn in 05.11 but has been a theme throughout the show: Carrie sacrificed Brody for the Iran mission; she was willing to sacrifice Saul to get Haqqani; Lockhart sacrificed hundreds of assets to stop a few embassy killings; jihadist suicide bombers sacrifice themselves for the greater hope of a caliphate.

3.   Saving Quinn versus saving Saul. This feels too ‘24’ to me…but you never know.

4.   Others. I’m sure there are others…it would be a great discussion to have.

Finally, I hope I’ve made a case that HL is more positive than many in the fandom believe. HL is a show that feels cynical; it’s topics bleak and its carnage epic. The central theme of terrorism is the fear of our generation. The sub-themes of torture, PTSD, and Machiavellian CIA power struggles are dark. HL is not, however, at its soul cynical. Not even close. It is a show where, on balance, bad guys die, good guys (for whom we care) live, characters progress, and love is explored freely. Like all things HL Seasons 6 & 7 will be a rough ride, but there will be realized love, hope, and audience reward. It’s been that way for five years.


Who knows if anyone will read this (I’m a follower, not a poster until now) but if you did, this is dedicated to Sara, Melrose, Jenn, Tracey (and others whose names I couldn’t find) at Hellyeahomeland, Sensemisapplied, Homeland35, and Tracey1302 who constantly challenge and keep me thinking; also, for sheer entertainment, laughter and faith, Rita & Ellie at Quinnandcarrie. Thanks, ladies, for all the work you do!

Tagged By : my dork friend known as @katzbj

Full Name : Ciir of the Venandi Tribe

Gender and Sexuality : female / Bisexual

Pronouns : she/her/herself

Ethnicity/Species : Azyradon

Birthplace and Birthdate : Venandi, Crexgulla 1/19/XXXX

Guilty Pleasures : gushing over unusual-looking creatures, being around tough females/physical contact with tough females, being an utter meme-lord, being the one friend that comes up with stupid puns, cuddling and naps

Phobias : overcrowded areas, eight-legged creatures, being thought as boring by others, being ridiculed for her interests

What They Would Be Famous For : If it were possible, rescuing her homeland from greedy CEOS.

What Have They / Would They Have Gotten Arrested For : being an illegal alien, involvement in highly illegal activities, assassination

OC You Ship Them With : no one really, unless for laughs

OC Most Likely To Murder Them : not anyone that would know her personally since they’re all back on her planet. Most likely those who’re after her for her illegal actions.

Favorite Book Genre : sci-fi fantasy/fiction

Least Favorite Book Cliché : romantic subplots, straight romances, beautiful transformation of a previously “ugly” character.

Talents and/or Powers : Skilled with long-range weaponry and combat with knives/daggers. Keeps things in an orderly manner and has a good memory.

Why Someone Might Love Them : She’s mostly known for her high level of patience, along with her tolerance for other people’s personalities. She realizes not everyone is the same, and is willing to look past their negatives and find a positive, even if it’s non-apparent to others.

Why Someone Might Hate Them : Easily persuaded and not a lot of self-confidence. She trusts the judgement of others rather than her own, and has a very hard time standing up for herself. Her dependent personality sometimes causes her and her friends to lag behind or get caught in dangerous situations.

How They Change : She learns not to be a total pansy and to stand up for herself, and to not be afraid of what others think of her.

Why You Love Them : Ciir is honestly one of the only characters I actually put effort into developing, along with being the first alien species I made. I’m proud of how far I’ve come with this character and I plan to do more until then.

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anonymous asked:

why would your parents lecture you about religion and nationalism if you just wanted to celebrate a few holidays??

When Victory Day and Ekushey February are celebrated in Bangladesh, they sometimes are done in such a way that refers to Bangladesh and the Bengali language as ‘Ma.’ It creates an environment where worshiping one’s language and homeland is done in a way that Muslims might consider shirk. Many Muslims shy away from this type of patriotism. I have seen many circumstances that treat the Shahid Minar as a place of worship, as one more prominent example that I know makes my parents uncomfortable.

Also remember that my father grew up in an extremely rural part of Bangladesh, under a strict madrasa setting which often preached in direct reaction to the oppressive Hindu zamindars that controlled the area throughout Bongo Bhanga till the late 60s, rather than teaching their students actual objective Islam. There is a lot of confusion and pre(mis)-conceived notions that he is working to unlearn, and we are all actively doing this together. 

We embrace these holidays much more in our family now, and remain neutral from any political or religious baggage that often accompanies them. It’s important to feel attached to one’s culture, heritage, and spirituality, and it’s equally important to understand the contexts behind each one and why they can sometimes appear to clash and conflict.

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Answer 10 questions and tag 10 people!

1 What was the last movie you saw?
The Prince of Egypt

2 What was the last song you listened to?
Come Crashing - Digital Daggers

3 What was the last show you watched?
Hannibal/Homeland. 

4 What was the last book you read?
Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen

5 What was the last thing you ate?
A chocolate orange digestive biscuit

6 If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?
In a nonspecific gay bar in London getting drunk on French Martini’s

7 If you could pick a decade to travel back to in time, what would it be?
Ancient Greece. Naked philosophising and fucking whilst eating grapes. Idek.  

8 If you won the lotto & millions in cash, what would be the first thing you would do?
Buy a jacuzzi and fill it with chocolate milk. Throw a mahoosive house party. Cry bc idk what the fuck to do with all the money *shrugs*

9 Which fictional character would you like to hang out with for a day?
Margot Verger. Bc reasons. 

10 What was the last fandom you joined?
Hannibal. Apart from the Gaga fandom, it’s the only fandom I’m active in. 

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anonymous asked:

Almond milk is the best, Ben and jerrys is coming out with vegan ice cream flavors, vegan cheese is good (not Daiya brand! The worst! But they do make good cheesecake) earth balance butter is also amazing vegan butter! Dairy free foods is actually pretty easy! Just go to a sprouts,natural grocers, wholefoods, Walmart or homeland!

Haha okay thanks.  I’ll try my best…. it ill be different back in NZ though because we don’t have those stores, and we have different brands :P

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