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Here’s a peek at JUGHEAD #13 - out tomorrow (Wednesday February 22nd)!  Derek Charm is amazing on art AS ALWAYS, and this time we’ve got special guest covers by Ben Caldwell and Ryan Jampole.  Here’s the solicit, but by reading above preview pages you already know all you need to: that this comic features the bands “Josie and the Pussycats”, “Josie and the Secret Pussycats The Other Pussycats Don’t Know About”, and “Melody And Her Literal Cats That Play Cat-Sized Instruments”.

Reggie has won KING FOR A DAY!  And it turns out his first act as King is to demand… that everyone else to form a band with him? Okay that’s actually not so bad; I was expecting way worse from Reggie. Wait, never mind, I’m getting word that DESPITE this very enjoyable and conflict-free premise, when Jughead plays around with the new music video for “The Reggies” and accidentally uploads an altered and embarrassing clip to the internet, everyone becomes enraged at our favorite crown-wearing hamburger-loving pal! Even Betty, and she’s the greatest!  She doesn’t get mad unless it’s really important! ANYWAY: Jughead will face CONSEQUENCES, but at least they’ll be interesting AND HILARIOUS to read about!

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Robert Doggart won’t face terrorism charges for plotting to burn down a NY mosque

  • Robert Doggart, 65, was arrested for plotting to attack and burn down a mosque, school and cafeteria in a predominant Muslim community in upstate New York in April 2015.
  • On Tuesday, less than one year since his arrest, the New York Daily News reported that Doggart won’t face terrorism charges for his plot. 
  • Doggart faces “one count of solicitation to commit arson, one count of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation and two counts of threat in interstate commerce.”
  • Why won’t he face terrorism charges? The United States does not have a federal statute on domestic terrorism. 
  • According to Rafia Zakaria, a human rights attorney, federal statutes on terrorism are — ironically — designed in language to deliberately criminalize foreign suspects.
  • The U.S. federal law statute on terrorism almost entirely targets individuals with foreign ties or alliances. Read more (2/14/17 3:27 PM)

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When Anne was recruiting spies in Port Royal, she met a man with an estate in the wilderness, north of Spanish Florida. A reform-minded man who uses convicts as laborers. Convicts he solicits from prisons in England where their treatment is far less humane. This man, we were told, found it profitable to offer his services to wealthy families, some of the most prominent in London on occasion, with a need to make troublesome family members disappear. Cared for, tended to, but never to be seen or heard from again. 

From the Marvel solicitations for March 2017!

THUNDERBOLTS #11

JIM ZUB (W) • JON MALIN (A/C)

Past and present collide as Bucky Barnes confronts the truth about Steve Rogers and the destructive path that led to becoming the Winter Soldier. “Return of the Masters” continues!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A/C)

VENOMIZED VARIANT COVER BY RICK LEONARDI

• The world now knows about Riri Williams and what she can do. So other heroes come to court her for their super-teams and villains come looking for revenge on Iron Man.

• Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Riri Williams! (Oh, and Deadpool.)

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2

  • BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A/C)
  • Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER
  • Teaser Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO
  • XCI Variant Cover by TBA
  • Riri Williams has new armor technology that just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever… if she survives the experience. The biggest story in comics starts to unfold right here.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SCARLET WITCH #15
JAMES ROBINSON (W)
VANESA DEL REY (A)
Cover by DAVID AJA
WITCHCRAFT IS SAFE! BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR WANDA?
• Witchcraft has been saved. Now Wanda has an even harder thing ahead of her – planning her life now her task is done.
• But first she must face a witch-demon who possesses a young boy with a bloodline connection to witches of yore.
• Join us as Wanda must battle evil both in present-day New York…and Havana, Cuba in 1954!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SIGNAL BOOST FOR REVOLUTIONARY FINN FIC

I need your help, tumblr. My friend wrote an as-yet-incomplete masterpiece in the deeply important “Finn starts a revolution” Star Wars sub-fandom (there are not enough stories for that yet, there can NEVER BE ENOUGH), and she may write more of it - but she’s also a full time law student who has trouble saying no to extracurriculars because she’s all about saving the world ten anti-oppressive movements at a time.

So she’s really busy always.

(Seriously, I strongly suspect her of somehow acquiring a Time Turner, but if that were true I would think she’d be better rested, you know? Just go back a few hours and sleep on the couch while your past self is sleeping in the bed. Or share the bed? Making out with yourself: optional but not really conducive to rest, probably.)

If she had a tumblr I would tell you to go send her a million asks and prompts and bribes and so on, but she does not. However, I’ll pass along whatever you want to tell her. Including bitter desperation to know what happens next and promises of your firstborn. I will be the messenger. This is a duty and a privilege I hold sacred. This story has to be told.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning (shared with permission):

Word spread.

FN-2187 lives.

At first they were cautious. Few who had been stationed on Starkiller Base had survived its destruction; even fewer of those were willing to speak of what they had seen, or not seen, or surmised. Those who had been on Jakku seemed equally close-mouthed. And yet, some of them must have spoken, at some time; for who else would the ones who later said I heard…, have heard it from?

FN-2187 lives.

Over time, the ones who heard watched out for others: for the sharpshooters from training who missed every shot in battle, for the mechanics who covered for a sick deckhand during a captain’s inspection, for the fighters who made effort to remember the designations of the fallen. These ones they would seek out later, in alcoves or on catwalks, in loading bays and airlocks, and pass on the whisper: I heard…. And so word spread, quietly, from stormtrooper to stormtrooper, from pilot to mechanic, from one hooded or helmeted face to another.

FN-2187 lives.

The story changed, never the same from one telling to the next. I heard he was the best gunner in his squad. I heard he escaped a whole wing of TIE fighters. The whispers grew and spread, less plausible each time, until hearsay became legend became something like religion. I heard he freed a dozen Resistance prisoners that General Hux had in interrogation. I heard he disabled an entire Resurgent-class Star Destroyer, and all he had was his blaster and a grappling hook. They spread until the tales themselves became so farfetched that everyone knew they weren’t offered for the truth, but for the telling. I heard he didn’t just disable it – he blew it into space dust. I heard he fought a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren, and lived.

Always, it came back to that: FN-2187 lived.

FN-2187 lives.

He picked up other names along the way: the Deserter, the Resistor, the Survivor, titles chanted silently as mantras by stormtroopers going into battle, or murmured as talismans against an officer’s cruelty or Ren’s fits of temper. Half a dozen epithets, none traceable to any one source, so of course no one knew who started calling him the First – but that was the title that soon spread furthest, took deepest root. Part of it was the way the name drew from and yet defied the First Order. But mostly it was something else: if FN-2187 was the First, it promised there would be more.

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There’s more where that came from.

I am not above doling this out incrementally as motivation. I will post the next snippet as soon as someone asks/bribes/threatens/pleads/bargains, needing to know the rest of the story.

You understand your mission now.

Spread the word, everyone
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INFAMOUS IRON MAN #6

  • BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • ALEX MALEEV (A/C)
  • Doom comes face-to-face with two of his most mortal enemies. Faces he never thought he would ever see again. This is a big turning point issue for Infamous Iron Man. His reputation is on the line. Can Victor keep on the redemptive path even in the face of total adversity? Will he even want to?

pack-of-cats  asked:

I know a lot of people stick their hands out to let dogs sniff but crouching down sideways works 100000% better. Less confrontational and you don't mistake continued sniffing for asking for pets.

Yup! I’ll generally offer the back of a hand a little bit away from my body, because animals are used to that as a solicitation but it’s not as pushy as reaching into their space or pointing a palm towards them (since that’s what they see when people try to pet them). It also helps give them a way to sniff you without having to get all the way close to your body.