Interdicter

AC-130 GUNSHIP

The AC-130H Spectre and the AC-130U Spooky primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.
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This is as far as I’ll take this piece. I had worked on some detail sketches of her chainfists and other wargear but I don’t like how they’re turning out.

Anyway, this is…

Captain Gorsk.

Gorsk led a small frontier force of World Eaters in the Pre-Heresy era, often deployed far from the main body of World Eaters, tasked instead alongside a Mechanicus effort to reclaim artifacts from the dark age of technology. Gorsk’s Battalion, known as the Hounds of Gore, was only united with Angron’s World Eaters at Bodt, and after that returned to their mission alongside the Mechanicus, avoiding the legion-wide installation of the Nails.

The Hounds of Gore did not get word of the Heresy until relatively late in the civil war, but quickly rushed to purge loyalist elements from their ranks and from their Mechanicus allies. The warhost arrived just in time to lend aid to Horus’ forces at the siege of Terra. Gorsk found her World Eater peers twisted and warped beyond recognition by the nails and Angron’s influence, and chose to deploy her forces far from the main force of World Eaters, acting instead as a direct interdiction force against Loyalist Titan formations.

Badly Mauled by the fighting with the Titans and having lost all faith in her fellow World Eaters, Gorsk took the remains of her detachment and fled to the Ultima Segmentum after Chaos’ defeat on Terra. There they found purpose as a mercenary force until eventually alloying with an Iron Warriors Warband. Gorsk now serves as one of that Warband’s chief leaders, though she has never shed her Pre-Heresy World Eaters livery.

Wargear:

Heavily modified Cataphractii Pattern Tactical Dreadnought Armor. Gorsk’s armor is reinforced with additional layers of ablative ceramite casing to protect against energy weapons and to enable her to fight for long periods of time without support. The armor also houses a much larger reactor than is standard, both to increase the armor’s operational time and to power the many exotic and high powered weapons Gorsk is fond of using.

Weirdboy Totems. Many small totems hang from Gorsk’s pauldrons and belt, carved into strange little symbols and faces. Gorsk recovered these when her warband interrupted a fight between Craftworld Eldar and Orks during their flight from terra and slaughtered the xenos to the last soul. She found a chain of these hung from the Ork Weirdboss’ Choppa, carved from stolen wraithbone. THe Little totems called to her and she had them bronzed and hung from her armor as a good luck charm. They seem to help ward off psychic attacks.

Daemon Skulls. While Gorsk considers herself allied with Khorne, she rejects any mastery or influence the dark gods hold over her, and actively resists daemonic mutation in her warband. On four different occasions Khorne has sent his servants to humble her, and each time she has defeated them. She has kept their skulls as trophies to mock their failure.

Plasma Blaster Chainfists. During her time working closely with the Mechanicus before the Heresy Gorsk grew fond of prototyping experimental or highly modified weaponry in battle. She’s kept up this habit, maintaining an extensive armory of highly destructive weapons. Her paired Plasma Blaster Chainfists are her favored weapon in tight confines against heavily armored opponents such as other Astartes. The Chunky Chainfists function normally, a rending chainblade fastened to a power fist, but this pair can be triggered to spew hot plasma between the teeth to blast any small wound in an foe’s armor into a smoking crater.

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Oui au don du sang pour tous ! Stop à l'interdiction pour les homosexuels ! @agnesbuzyn
Je m'appelle Steven Kuzan, j'ai 25 ans. Ex aide-soignant par passion, je me considère comme combattant pour le bonheur et le bien être des gens. Je suis de groupe sanguin B+, comme seulement 9% de la population mondiale. Mais même si mon sang est très rare et qu'il pourrait aider de nombreuses personnes,...

Un hétéro à partenaires multiples est plus à risques qu’un homo en couple stable. Les facteurs de risque, ce sont les comportements à risques. Pas l’orientation sexuelle.

Aujourd’hui on a des tests capables de détecter la charge virale une dizaine de jours après la contamination. L’EFS utilise des tests qui détectent la charge virale à partir de 6 semaines après la contamination.

Pourquoi continuons-nous cette pratique discriminatoire d’un autre âge ?

(Et tant qu’on y est : l’interdiction ne s’applique pas qu’aux homosexuels. Les hommes bisexuels et pansexuels existent aussi.)

How I’d always wanted, longed to find someone marvelous! All my life. And no one had ever helped me enough (made me) do it. No one had ever explicitly denied me the right to “see” them, to stand at a distance from them, to understand them, to find fault with them. Everyone (I knew) always wanted, somewhere to be seen, to be understood. Now, I longed for that interdiction! (Don’t see me. I’ll see you.) For someone with the arrogance, the certitude, the talent to enforce it.
The Italian Flub

As most casual WWII historians and enthusiasts know, the Allied campaign in Italy was one of the more poorly conducted operations. In fact no other theater of war saw more casualties for the Western Allies than Italy. But had the British and Americans properly used their air and naval superiority early on, the entire campaign would have been considerably shortened and the final disaster of the Third Reich may have taken place a year earlier than it did. 

The first mistake was poor containment of Sicily. The Germans were able to extricate a great bulk of their forces from the island, which would later be used to great effect in Italy (above). Though to be fair to the Allies, the straits of Messina were covered by some significant coastal artillery that would have made naval interdiction difficult. But perhaps the casualties suffered in a more intense naval operation against the evacuating forces would have been worth the lives saved on Italy, lost to the surviving forces of Sicily. 

The second mistake came from poor utilization of the full extent of Allied naval and air power. The Allied invasion of Italy came earlier than the Germans had expected. Which wouldn’t have been too terrible had not the Italians declared an armistice with the Allies the same day. This created a critical situation for the Germans. If the Italians were to blow the Alpine tunnels and passes, the Germans would have no way of reinforcement or supply. But the Italians failed to act. 

For a day or two following the invasion, the situation for the German forces in central and southern Italy was extremely perilous. Five Italian divisions faced two German divisions in the vicinity of Rome. If the powerful Allied invasion fleet, which appeared off Naples on September 8, moved north and landed near the capital along with a simultaneous reinforcement by parachute troops seizing the airfields, as General Kesselring (above, second from right) had expected, an almost untenable situation would have arisen. Kesselring later contended that on the evening of the eighth, Hitler and the OKW had “wrote off” Kesselring’s entire force of eight divisions as irretrievably lost. Two days later, Hitler told Goebbels that southern Italy was lost and that a new line of defense would be established north of Rome on the Apennines.  

But the Allies bungled. Allied Command did not take advantage of its complete command of the seas, which allowed them to land all along Italy’s substantial coast line. Nor did the Allied Command exploit its overwhelming air superiority as the Germans had feared. Moreover, no effort seems to have been made by Eisenhower’s command to try and utilize the five Italian divisions near Rome in conjunction with his own. Had Eisenhower done so - as least such was the contention of Kesselring and his chief of staff, General Siegfried Westphal, later - the predicament of the Germans would have become hopeless. It was simply beyond their powers, they declared, to fight off Montgomery’s army up the peninsula from the “boot,” throw back General Mark Clark’s invasion force, wherever it landed and deal with large Italian formations in their midst and in their rear (German tactical situation, above).* 

Thus, both generals breathed a sigh of relief when the American Fifth Army landed not near Rome but south of Naples, at Salerno (above), and when the anticipated parachutist failed to appear over Rome’s airfields. Their relief was all the greater when the Italian divisions surrendered almost completely without a shot being fired and were disarmed. It meant the Germans could easily hold Rome and, for the time being, even Naples. This gave Kesselring possession of nearly two-thirds of Italy, including the industrial north, whose factories were put to work churning out German arms. Almost miraculously, Hitler and his regime had received a new lease on life. The fighting in Italy would be slow and grinding, sometimes devolving into trench warfare. Italy’s terrain overwhelmingly favored the defender, and impeded the movement of Allied vehicles. It would be one hard slog to Rome (below, bombing of the town of Cassino).

It wasn’t until June 4, 1944 that the Allies entered Rome, while the German Tenth Army was allowed to get away (Mark Clark had an almost obsession to be the first in Rome, enough for him to make poor tactical decisions so he’d get there faster) and therefore in the next few weeks, were responsible for doubling the Allied casualties in the next few months. Clark was hailed as a hero in the United States. But General Clark was soon eclipsed by more momentous events in Europe; Operation Overlord. As one Allied soldier in Italy complained, “They wouldn’t even let us have the front page for a day.” (below)

*According to Captain Harry C. Butcher, Eisenhower’s naval aide, both the British and American chiefs of staff complained that Eisenhower was not showing sufficient initiative in pressing forward in Italy. Butcher points out, in defense of a his chief that insufficient landing craft limited Eisenhower’s plans and that to have launched a seaborne invasion as far north as Rome would have put the operation beyond the range of Allied air power. Eisenhower himself points out they after the capture of Sicily, he was ordered to return seven divisions, four American and three British, to England in preparation for Overlord. This left Eisenhower woefully short on troops. Butcher also states that a paradrop on Rome’s airfields had been considered and even planned, but at the last moment, Marshal Badoglio begged this operation to be “suspended temporarily.” General Maxwell Taylor, who at great personal risk has secretly gone to Rome to confer with Badoglio, ruefully reported that the Italians were in no moral or emotional state to fight.

nightbringer24  asked:

Since you said you liked the names for British warplanes, what in your mind is the best British-made warplane?

Why, the Handley Page Victor, the longest-serving V-Bomber of the three!

But… There’s also the Hawker Hunter, one of the best, if not the best fighter jet of the subsonic era

Oh, but we also have to remember the Blackburn Buccaneer, a superb low-level strike and interdiction attack jet

BUT the Harrier, the original all-British Harrier, the first successful VTOL aircraft design, can’t forget about her!

FUCK, and what about the hero of the Battle of Britain, the Hawker Hurricane, it would be criminal to not consider her as the best one!

Fuck man, there’s also the hero of The Great War, the plane which helped to ensure no more Bloody Aprils would ever happen again, the Sopwith Camel!

Jesus Christ dude, don’t do this to me, don’t make me choose!

Southwest Asia (Mar. 21, 2003) – A U.S. Marine Crops F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the “Red Devils” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Two Three Two (VMFA-232) continues on its mission after taking fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker in the skies near Iraq while conducting a mission in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Hornet is primarily used as a fighter escort and fleet air defense. However, it can also be used as an attack aircraft with the capability of force projection, interdiction, as well as both close and deep air support. This duel capability gives commanders immense flexibility in wartime operations. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Air Force Photo Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Cherie A.Thurlby. (RELEASED)

gothamaimon  asked:

Are nonbinary people welcome in the sisterhood too roberta

If Your Lesbian Then You Join Lesbian Task Force Sisterhood But If Not You Got Blenty Of Other Option’s Such As:
- Bisexual Artillery Batallion
- Nonbinary Air Force
- Gay Mens Chorus
- Pansexual Paratrooper Platoon
- Trans Folks Heavy Interdiction Cadre

Off Limits (Skam - Chris x OC) Part 8

Pairing: Chris x OC

Synopsis: Mara Magnusson has always had everything she ever wanted in her life, except for one thing. The boyish charm of her brother’s childhood friend had wrecked her poor heart and ruined her for any other guy – you can trust her, she has tried. She could see the way he looked at her, though she knew there were rules about not hitting on your best friend’s little sister. Luckily for her, there were no restrictions when it was the other way around.

Word count: 1.3k

Warning: significant lack of Chris (sorry)

A/N: This one is short, but I feel like it was necessary to write a Will/Mara focused chapter. I didn’t think it would turn out this long, I first planned on making this the first part of a chapter and then have a Mara/Chris scene. But then I would have to cut the next scene in two, which I don’t want to do. Besides, I haven’t posted anything yesterday (a big thank you to all those who took the time to write me when I was feeling down) so I really wanted to post a little something today.

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Part 7 <<<< >>> Part 9

By the time William came back with dinner, Mara had showered, dried her hair, changed into something she wold have worn if she had actually been to the cinema, and watched three times the trailer of a movie that played today. She was covered, no matter what. The only sign of her extra-curricular activities was the hickey on her collarbone, but she fixed this problem with a turtle neck.

William looked like he was seriously questioning if Mara was worth the whole trip downtown just to buy sushi, but then she smiled and brought the plates and the drinks to the living room, while he slouched down on the couch, seemingly exhausted.

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As promised here’s the unfinished and unlikely to ever be finished part of a Time Travel AU I was playing with. I’ve put what I have first, with an explanation and outline of where it was going to head at the end 😊


The first time they see him Qui-Gon Jinn is far more focused on working out how he and his Padawan are going to get out of this mess. Behind them lies the council chambers, and the security force attempting to detain them - he doesn’t know how they managed to frame poor Obi-Wan for the theft of classified documents, but he was not about to stand by and allow them to use him as a political hostage. In front lies the marketplace, with, he notes with a silent groan, checkpoints at each exit.

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Stigma stings, pierces, makes holes, separates with pinched marks and in the same movement distinguishes—re-marks—inscribes, writes. Stigma wounds and spurs, stimulates. 

Stigma hallmarks, for the best and for the worst: stigmata on the body are as noble as they are ignominious, depending on whether it is Christ or the outcast who is marked. Stigma always kills two birds with one stone. The person who is properly or figuratively stigmatized has traits of the saint (Saint Francis of Assisi) and the outlaw, of the martyr and the condemned. The stigma conveys the strongest message, the most secret message, the one that is most difficult to obey: whether good or bad, the stigmatized person is signalled out for exclusion and election. 

According to banishing judiciary customs, the branded criminal, the criminal marked with the red iron is comparable to someone with smallpox, who is marked as one of the guilty. When marked, the innocent person is ‘guilty’. And this is one of the tricks of our psychic cruelty: the victim is designated, distinguished, shamed, guilty. Every victim is accused, this is Job’s complaint, Job the accused-accuser. 

The stigma is the trace of a nail’s sting. The mark of the pointed object. The stigma is a scar that is difficult to efface. The stigma resists being worn down. The hole enters into my skin. The scar adds, the stigma digs, excavates.

 I want stigmata. I do not want the stigmata to disappear. I am attached to my engravings, to the stings in my flesh and my mental parchment. I do not fear that trauma and stigma will form an alliance: the literature in me wants to maintain and reanimate traces. Traumatism as an opening to the future of the wound is the promise of a text. 

(The author or) The artist is the gardener of the thorn bush in spite of himself. He has been place and then raised in a thorn bush, and even as, like Kafka’s character, he asks the Guardian of the Park to quickly bring help, he is already thinking about what he will write with one of these sharpened gorses, if he survives the awful accident. Sometimes he does not survive. 

Stigma is gendered masculine in French. But now I discover with pleasure a supplementary trick that Stigma plays on us: In another reign, in another scene, that of vegetation, stigma is not a sign of destruction, of suffering, of interdiction. On the contrary, the stigma is a sign of fertilization, of germination. 

Stigma is the part of the pistil, the female parts of the flower, where the male pollen germinates. The stigma is a little magic uterus. In the cavity resurrection is hatched. What is dead and what will live share the same bed. Tomb-cradle: another definition of Stigma. 

–Helene Cixous, Stigmata

The Utter and Egregious Fallacy of “That Was Just What Happened In Medieval Times”

Right, so. I’m angry all over again and I’m going to be angry for a while, because if I see one more idiot defending the rape scene over the fact that “that was just what happened in medieval times,” I am going to put a brick through my computer screen. This won’t be as long or as in-depth as I want it to be, since I have to go to work soon, but my medieval historian buttons have been pushed to a sufficient degree that I have to make some response to all this. So without further ado:

  • Legislation to protect women and children was an idea as far back as the seventh goddamn century (and before), but it certainly appeared in the western Christian/Latin legal canon with Adamnan of Iona’s “Law of the Innocents.” Christianity itself modified existing Greco-Roman social codes to give women (who had no rights at all in antiquity) a surprising amount of protection and recognition in marriage and society. Was this always followed? Of course not. But you can bet your ass it was a thing, and one of the reasons early Christianity was so suspiciously received, due to its lenient treatment of women, slaves, the poor, the leprous, and other outcasts.
  • On that note, we call them “the Dark Ages” because we are a bunch of Eurocentric assholes who figure all of civilization collapsed when Rome fell. Yes, Western Europe wasn’t doing so hot, but everywhere else was flourishing – socially, culturally, religiously, artistically.
  • The Vikings were forward-thinking as hell with their legal treatment of women (so, for that matter, were the Welsh). Both cultures allowed a wife to separate from her husband with no penalty if he was abusing her, and in the Vikings’ case, he would be shamed and socially ridiculed for being such a low-down tool as to mistreat a woman. The Vikings did not fuck around. And among the Welsh, maternal inheritance and property rights counted just as much as paternal.
  • Rape was physically and brutally punishable in England from at least the 11th century on. Prior to the Norman Conquest, it was treated as an offense for which one had to pay weregild – literally “man money” – the same as when someone was murdered. Post-Norman Conquest, you got your goddamn dick chopped off, the same as thieves lost a hand and oathbreakers lost tongues. You see the pattern? It was a serious crime. People weren’t just out raping all and sundry. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (otherwise not fond of William) eulogized him as a “violent but very wise” man, and praised him for making England so safe that an unarmed man or maiden girl could travel the roads without fear of robbery or molestation.
  • If you were a dude that everyone hated, you got accused of rape and mistreatment of women. It wasn’t cool.
  • Due to the teachings of the third century Roman physician Galen, it was believed that a woman could not conceive if she didn’t have an orgasm. No, this does not mean that medieval couples were trying positions from the Kama Sutra every night (the Church still had strict guidelines on when and where and how you were supposed to do the do) but it also doesn’t mean that women’s pleasure was some completely mystical and/or unthinkable idea.
  • Likewise, early consummation DID happen (Margaret Beaufort, Eleanor of Castile) but it was frowned on. The Church imposed penalties on husbands who consummated their marriage too early, and while noble girls were generally married around 14-16, commoner girls were about the same age as today (early-mid twenties) and could often marry for love, depending on their social station.
  • While marital rape and abuse was not legally recognized or classified as a crime, that didn’t mean it went unpunished. Since most noble marriages were business transactions, that meant the wife was an investment of some value, and a sure way to piss off her menfolk (and the Pope) was to mistreat and abuse her. King Philip II of France spent years under interdict and excommunication for his appalling treatment of his second wife, Ingeborg, and was ultimately forced to capitulate and take her back. The Pope would in fact often champion the causes of mistreated noble wives (usually to force concessions out of her husband, but still). Annulment and separation, while unusual, were not completely impossible, and did happen – one of the chief grounds for it being granted was mistreatment and abuse.
  • Furthermore, the code of chivalry specified honorable treatment for noblewomen. Of course, this did not mean it was lived out in practice, and common women were fair game, but there was in fact an existing and well-known legal framework for how you were supposed to treat your womenfolk – Ramsay would have been as reviled in the medieval era as he is to our modern sensibilities. Medieval people weren’t different from us and out rape rape rapin the livelong day. In fact, I would hazard a guess that it’s gotten MORE common now that we, you know, no longer chop the goddamn dicks off people and they generally skate with no consequence.
  • Besides, the “the medieval era was dark and barbaric” attitude relies on the mistaken narrative of “progress,” i.e. things were terrible back then and have been constantly evolving to this point in time, where we no longer do the gross things they did. DING DONG YOU ARE WRONG! This is a historiographical fallacy to excuse our own atrocities and act like the cost of the modern world was “necessary” for “developing” us to who we are now, and that all the bloodshed, death, colonialism, world wars, etc can’t possibly be as bad as what they did Back In The Day. Saying “people got raped back then!” is implicitly saying “and they don’t get raped today, because Progress.” It’s incredibly stupid and hypocritical. So don’t even start that shit with me.
  • Last, these are not real events magically happening outside anyone’s control. This is a television show written by 21st century people. They have repeatedly used rape as a clumsy plot device in the past. They continued to do so and twisted it this time to happen to a beloved major character purely for the self-admitted purpose of shock value. They planned it since season 2 and waited for Sophie Turner to come of age so they could shoot it legally. So acting like GoT is this pseudo “medieval world” where nobody had any control over the fact that Sansa was put in a position to be violated by Ramsay is again, laughably facetious. They manipulated the story, characters, and narrative to be sure that this happened. They made a writing choice. Hence we are going to criticize that writing choice. We have as much right to do that as they do to create it in the first place. It’s called consequences. “Free speech” does not mean you get to say whatever you want and no one can challenge or correct you. It means the government can’t put you in jail or otherwise legally harass you with the mechanisms of the state for it. Someone else using their free speech to call you a fucking idiot is perfectly legal.
  • In conclusion: No, the medieval era was not some beacon of rights and happiness for women. Terrible things could and did happen. But they excited just as much public outrage as they did today, and were oftentimes more harshly punished (at least if you were noble born, because CLASSISM! Take a shot). Every bit of development and progress we HAVE made was extremely hard won. But quit acting like it was just an inevitable, normal, and necessary fact of life in medieval times. Because you know nothing, Jon Snow.
THE INTERDICTION AFTER APRIL

I.

Month in which I am forbidden
to pick the fruit that fell from me:
insufferable, sweet.

II.

It is no longer April, I am reminded.
Now I can do as I wish with my hands and teeth.
I can kill and lick the sheen of blood off the blade
or even go as far as to peacefully sleep.

III.

    The difficulty arises at the point of intersection
    of memory and living. You are the butterfly

    whose wing got caught in the light, hooked
    to a beam, torn and disabled. I am the 

    one who is watching. How?– if it is over.
    I want to know. How and who, what, please.

IV.

Inside the dream is another dream,
inside which: another. I could sink into that pool
of thought and let it consume me. I could
drown and put an end to this. I could
wait for the water to save me.

I return to hope. It glares at me, threatening.
Again? Yes. I am bravely a woman. I choose
to take the least convenient path. I want to
keep living, keep: living, keep the hot pulse
of living jammed between my bones and
their shivering. I use the excuse of water
to save me; I accomplish life in my waiting.

V.

Yes, I am. Bravely: a woman.
Convinced of my cause.

I want to birthe a daughter;
I want to write an impeccable poem.

VI.

Month in which I am
forbidden to make any other decision:

I survive April
with only moderate difficulty.

I can choose what I want to eat.

anonymous asked:

Re: the incest thing for Jonerys. That's just how it was back then anyway, right? So it's not like this would be an outstanding thing.

Well… no, not exactly. Sibling marriage (as the Targaryens do) was practiced in some ancient dynasties (most notably the Ptolemies of Egypt; Cleopatra was married to two of her brothers and was descended from several brother-sister pairs) but by the medieval era, the church had developed very strict rules on kinship, how it was defined within the prohibited degree, whether it was blood or marriage or religious, and who was allowed to marry who as a result. This was a consistent stumbling block for kings/queens/etc trying to find new marriages, since most of the noble families of Europe ended up interrelated to each other. There were papal dispensations and other tricks that you could use to get around it, but a marriage between an aunt/nephew in the first degree, such as Jon and Dany, would definitely have not been cool with the church, at least in the medieval/late medieval era that GOT is basing itself on. It’s not likely that even a dispensation could have gotten around that close degree of kinship (and if they married without knowing it and then discovered it later on, the church could possibly force them to annul it by excommunicating them/putting an interdict on their lands until they agreed to comply, as was its usual tactic against irregular marriages). The church’s relationship with marriage changed drastically in the high medieval era, as beforehand it had been much less formal, and was especially related to reform efforts to attempt to prohibit priests from having wives. (Spoiler: they didn’t stop having wives, this just made their long-standing relationships now “concubines” or “whores” – the Catholic Church being misogynist, you say? Never! But that’s a rant for another time.)

This changed later on, as since the rules could be got around, the Hapsburg dynasty in particular was especially and progressively inbred, resulting in Charles II of Spain who was considerably disabled as a result, and whose death childless in 1700 led to the War of the Spanish Succession. The line also had Joanna of Castile  (Joanna the Mad) and Charles VI of France (Charles the Mad) as ancestors in the fifteenth century, so the toll had started to be taken before then. But again, that was later. So if we’re saying that ASOIAF/GOT is based on the Wars of the Roses in the mid-late 1400s, then no, neither sibling marriage nor aunt/nephew/first cousin marriage would be practiced at the time.

Anyway, that was a historian’s answer, and not necessarily related to the canon of the show, but I have to say that I always really side-eye any attempt to equivocate whatever happens on GOT with “that’s just the way it was” (as that argument frequently gets invoked to justify the rampant sexual violence/marital rape/treatment of women, and which I wrote a very long ranty post about a few years ago after the Sansa/Ramsay debacle). GOT is an invented fictional fantasy universe based on a quasi-medieval setting (and I have problems with GRRM’s reading/concept of medieval history in places, but that’s just me) and HBO has made particular narrative choices in adapting it. It’s not “just the way things were back then” because it wasn’t Back Then; it’s a modern story. And there is no one The Medieval Attitude on Sexuality/Marriage/Relationships, because “medieval attitudes” span a vast geographical region and almost a dozen centuries, change, and are nuanced and complicated and specific to place and time. It’s not a monolith.

Honestly, though, there’s no actual need to justify shipping Jonerys by an attempted historical equivalent. In the show’s world, both sibling marriages/relationships (officially by the Targaryens, and illicitly by Jaime and Cersei) and general close-kin relationships (as would be the case with the Hapsburgs, where you often did have uncles marrying nieces) are fairly common. Jon and Dany are characters who have been developing toward each other, are the same age, and have obviously not been raised as family. Plus, they are fictional. I understand if the incest thing is too much of a squick for some people, but I’m not going to sit here and say that everyone who likes it is sick and twisted or justifying this or that or the other thing, or that it’s any reflection on their personal character. Let people enjoy fiction 2k17, full stop, even knowing it’s Problematic, because you’re never getting non-Problematic material. Hell, I enjoy Jaime/Cersei (at least in the books) because I find it a fascinating and twisted dynamic, if hella dark and obviously unhealthy and not something I ever want for myself (I also don’t have a twin brother, but you know what I mean). I am always up for good stories and challenging situations and complex morality. I ain’t pointing fingers.

So yes. Ship Jonerys. Be happy. Make cranky old Grandma Hilary happy, and appreciate how historical complexities of sex and marriage have changed, how attitudes in the medieval era are as difficult to categorize and generalize as attitudes in the modern era, and how that relates to a fictional setting and modern novel/TV show, and the difference between narrative and reality, and so forth. Everyone wins.

:)

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https://www.youtube.com/user/NavalnyRuPlease, watch and reblog, if you want to make notice the big problem with Russian YouTube.

Description; Russian inner politics has have been going wilder and wilder last two years.  Despotism of ruling clique (with help of army, police and  court system),  
corruption,  religiosity, horrible  migration policy,  politic’s sponsorship, students and innocent people, arrested by the police and special forces, act of interdiction of homosexuality for underage children (lol, one of most stupid things, but don’t eat so much money like “Yarovaya’s package’ (google it if you want),  lies,  rising  poverty and  
lack of culture - is a little part of our lives now. We need to more work with, when out
foreign policy… is not really good, right?
But official TV channels stay silent about it.

 I glad we have YouTube, not only for fun content, but for interesting works on the channels “Алексей Навальный” (https://www.youtube.com/user/NavalnyRu), “Быть Или” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIpvyH9GKI54X1Ww2BDnEgg),  kamikadzedead (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDbsY8C1eQJ5t6KBv9ds-ag) and other people which thy to show people facts and problems in the Russian policy.And now, before the president’s election, the government make greatest decision ever - shut all the “dissatisfied“ people and freelance journalist, Silently…

This video from KamikadzeDead is about relationship of Russian government and Russian office of YouTube and how “KremlinBots”  charges likes, dislikes or tries to remove “problem” users and vids from RusYouTube, makes the messages of this vids unsuccessful. For now on this channel people have been noticing despairing likes, comments, views and this vid still not in the top of RusYT,  but really popular.

I think this needs more attention and publicity and hope this post in little tumbler blog with my bad English (ya, I know, sorry), help the information reach to the had office for work witch.

Thank you if you reblog this, it’s important for our  freedom of speech!

anonymous asked:

Est-ce que tu penses que la France est un état laïque ou pas ? (j'ai vu qu'il y avait des débats dans la French side)

C’est drôle, ma dear gf vient de m’envoyer par messenger “babe pourquoi on débat sur la laïcité sur mon dash”, sous-entendu “IS THAT YOU AGAIN” mais pas cette fois aha. C’est drôle, il y a quelques mois, on avait eu une méga discussion sur ce blog concernant la laïcité à la française, que vous pouvez retrouver par ailleurs en cherchant “laïcité”.

Pour répondre à ta question : je dirais que la France est un état laïc… à forte préférence catholique. Sans même parler du Concordat, il est clair que ce pays est catho-centré. Passons rapidement sur le poisson à la cantine le vendredi, mais le scandale quand un politique propose au minimum un menu végétarien, l’interdiction du voile (éventuellement à la fac en plus ?) mais Boyer peut porter une croix à la télé (et en soi elle fait ce qu’elle veut, c’est son hypocrisie à elle qui me dérange, défendre cette croix et refuser le voile ensuite), tout le truc avec les crèches, les jours fériés cathos etc etc etc.

Au-delà de ça, il suffit de regarder notre classe politique pour comprendre à quel point il est plus simple pour un homme politique de se revendiquer catholique plutôt qu’autre chose. Tous les présidents jusqu’ici ont été catholiques/élévés cathos, au moins baptisés. Regardez Fillon et Wauquiez, parfait exemple de la droite catholique. Tous les candidats à la présidentielle étaient soient cathos, soient athées, ou non précisés, mais rien d’autres, rien de bien étonnant, puisque la présidentielle était le reflet des primaires (où on a eu à droite un candidat du parti CHRETIEN démocrate), et les primaires étaient elle-même majoritairement peu diverses etc.

Cette réponse est très courte, je ne fais qu’effleurer le problème mais en gros : je pense que la laïcité française est plus que perfectible. 

(sur une note plus légère, sachez que mon athéiste de copine et moi, une agnostique-ou-croyante-not-sure-qui-va-très-très-certainement-se-convertir-au-judaïsme, sommes d’accord, so, there’s hope).