Spear of the Nation

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i would JUST LIKE to point out a few KEY THINGS:

1) Finn gets stabbed TWICE and is thrown across the drop pod during a thunder storm while foaming at the mouth

2) MURPHY????

3) Jasper is speared then hung up on a tree and then later got his neck sliced into

4) Raven is shot with the bullet pressing on her spine and loses feeling in her bottom half of her leg after going through multiple *life threatening* surgeries with no pain medication, she also suffered head trauma 3 times & bone marrow extraction w/ a drill and no meds????

5) fREAKinG MUrpHY

6) Bellamy is hanging upside down BLEEDING INTO TUBES FOR HOURS

7) Maya is exposed to radiation and comes back and SO DOES JASPER

8) Lincoln dies like three times and was a dang REAPER

9) Clarke was beaten to almost death all throughout the series

10) Indra gets SHOT over and OVER AGAIN

11) Abby AND MARcus are trapped underground after an explosion, then 2 cave ins and fucking GET OUT after Marcus already died

12) M U R P H Y

13) Jaha floats himself with no cord across the freaking outer space with HIS HELMET BUSTING BEING EXPOSED FULLY TO THE SPACE VACCUM, makes the landing, and flies down to earth in a broken piece of JUNK

14) EMERSON???

15) THEY LIKE ALL SWALLOW AI’S?? AND SURVIVE THE KILL SWITCH??

16) um…. all the people who surVIVED THE BOMBS IN THE FIRST PLACE

AND YOU THINK THE *COMMANDER* CAN BE TAKEN DOWN BY *ONE SHOT* BELOW THE CRITICAL TORSO AREA WTF SHE SLAYED THE QUEEN OF THE ICE NATION BY CHUCKING A SPEAR AT HER FROM ACROSS THE BATTLE GROUND, SHE’S FOUGHT SO HARD AND IS SO STRONG AND YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST KILL THE ONLY PERSON/BEST FRIEND/LOVER THAT NEVER STOPPED LOVING CLARKE FOR A SECOND, PLEGED HER LIFE TO HER VOWING TO PROTECT HER NO MATTER THE COST AFTER EVERYTHING SHE DID AND PUT 100 % OF HER TRUST IN HER EVEN AFTER LOSING COSTIA AND OPENED UP TO HER AND PROTECTED HER EVEN AFTER DEATH this is such bullshit

did i miss anyone ELSES INSANE COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE NOT PLAUSIBLE SURVIVAL?   

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February 11th 1990: Mandela released

On this day in 1990, the South African activist and politician Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Mandela had spent twenty-seven years in prison for his role as an anti-apartheid activist at the head of Umkhonto we Sizwe, which translates as Spear of the Nation. The controversial organisation served as the militant armed wing of the African National Congress political party, born out of a frustration among anti-apartheid activists that their non-violence was met with brutality by white authorities against black citizens. Mandela was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life in prison, during which time he was largely condemned as a terrorist by Western nations. He served most of his twenty-seven years on Robben Island, then Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town, and during his imprisonment his reputation grew as a significant black leader both in South Africa and internationally. Mandela was finally freed after the ban on the ANC was lifted by the apartheid government. Upon his release, Mandela led the ANC in the successful negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to end apartheid, and was overwhelmingly elected President of South Africa in the first multi-racial elections in 1994, serving until 1999. In 2013, Nelson Mandela died aged 95 and has been mourned around the world as a hero who fought for freedom in South Africa, and as a symbol of resistance for oppressed peoples everywhere.

“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.”

Cape spear - 2015

The Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic site at sunset. Newfoundland, Canada.

Report: Russia Launched Cyberattack On Voting Vendor Ahead Of Election

Russia’s military intelligence agency launched an attack before Election Day 2016 on a U.S. company that provides voting services and systems, according to a top secret report posted Monday by The Intercept.

The news site published a report, with redactions, by the National Security Agency that described the Russian spear-phishing scheme, one it described as perpetrated by the same intelligence agency — the GRU — sanctioned by the Obama administration over the 2016 cyber-mischief.

According to the NSA report, Russian hackers sent emails to people who worked at a company that provides election software and hardware, trying to trick them into giving up their user credentials. The goal was to get custom software onto their computers so that Russian spies could find out more about the workings of the network. The Intercept reports, “At least one of the employee accounts was likely compromised, the agency concluded.”

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Fanon Victor: Slick character in bespoke suits who never sweats under pressure, is the embodiment of hypermasculinity, and suave as HELL. Makes Yuuri blush with his very existence, and flirts with everything that moves…but gives Yuuri the honor of focusing on him ;) 

Canon Victor: “In a surprising turn of events, the skater, Victor Nikiforov, has changed his exhibition piece to ‘Womanizer’ by Britney Spears for his nationals season. When asked about it, the skater replied, ‘Men are awful. I’m never dating men again. They just break your heart. I should have listened to Britney.’” Before taking out his phone, and sighing when he had no new texts.” 

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January 8th 1912: African National Congress founded

On this day in 1912 the South African political party, the African National Congress, was founded. The party began as the South African Native National Congress and was founded at the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein. The ANC aimed to fight for the rights of South African blacks who suffered daily discrimination and violence under the brutal apartheid system. In 1955 the ANC and its allies proclaimed the Freedom Charter, which set out the party’s core principles and commitment to equality and democracy, incorporating demands from regular South Africans. In 1961 the ANC formed a military wing called Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), who resolved to fight apartheid through violence. The group gained traction as it was widely felt that nonviolent methods were not producing results while the white authorities continued to commit atrocities against black South Africans. Nelson Mandela was a major leader of this military wing and spent 27 years in prison for his role in the group, being labelled a terrorist by many Western nations. Upon his release, Mandela led the ANC in the successful negotiations to end apartheid, and was overwhelmingly elected President of South Africa in the first multi-racial elections in 1994. The ANC has governed South Africa since, currently under President Jacob Zuma, though the party’s electoral support has been waning in recent years. In 2013, Nelson Mandela died aged 95 and has been mourned around the world as a hero who fought for freedom in South Africa, and as a symbol of resistance for oppressed peoples everywhere.

“We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people…”
- opening lines of the ANC’s 1955 Freedom Charter

alright, but get this: percy jackson au

Son of Aphrodite!Lance
-knows Charmspeak
-hella good at archery
-can cut you with his eyeliner as well as his dagger
-will shank you and then spin away
-if he was female and wasnt into finding a relationship so much, hed be a hunter of artemis tbh

Son of Ares!Keith
-ANGER
-STABBITY STAB STAB
-hella good at swords
-looking for Shiro 24/7

Child of Demeter!Pidge
-can control plants and shit but h8s bc tHE OUTSIDE IS GROSS
-hella tech
-has a dagger but why wHEN YOU CAN MELT THE BRONZE DOWN AND MAKE COOLER STUFF???
-on my way to find my family

Son of Hephaestus!Hunk
-doesn’t wield fire but hey if there’s a problem- he can fix it
-hella nice
-has this cool ass shield and sword

Son of Mars!Shiro
-he’s arm is made of Celestial Bronze!!
-is Praetor
-he’s definitely like jason bc he doesnt remember he has a sibling until the sibling finds him
-his nose scar is from falling face first into a table or smth lmao
-who needs a weapon when you can just falcon punch ur enemies to tartarus

Daughter of Bellona!Allura
-hELLLLLL YESSSSS
-praetor AF
-is a savage
-staff/spear thing
-was living peacefully but then everything changed when the fire nation attacked and by fire nation i mean lotor

BONUS
luke is lotor.
zarkon is kronos.

(lance is the child of the eldest of gods!! [aphrodite is made of the inchor of a titian I believe which technically makes her older than the big three] no one thinks that lance is the one in the prophecy though because, “really? a son of aphrodite is going to save the world? please.”)

lotor would tOTALLY HIT ON LANCE AND TRY TO MAKE HIM JOIN THEIR SIDE-

THE ORIGNIAL TRIO DREAM TEAM WAS LANCE, HUNK, AND PIDGE.

they meet keith kind of like how they met nico. but keith already knew he was a demigod and they meet while fighting manticore. lance is ready 2 fight the boi.

pidgey always tried to get in on quests bc they need to leave and find their family (kinda like how annabeth tagged along percy’s quests for questing sake)

chiron is a mix between the og chiron and coran.

or like instead of being a demigod hunk could be like a satyr and be like grover!!

ahhhh!! just so many choices!

Ulysses sees her name below his on the list. It’s ash in his mouth, radiation on the wind. Reading it is like breathing in the air of the Divide. “Is this name real?” he asks Nash. The room feels smaller, suddenly— like being buried under ruins. Like history coming to claim its due.

“Hayden? Right as rain, she’s still kicking.”

“Give her the job.” He has a feeling about the Chip: Old World death in it, just like the detonator. Belongs to her. Nash tries to talk him out of it, but the Chip is her burden. “Let Courier Six carry it,” he says. Doesn’t say her name. Names are for men, women, nations, homes. The Courier is none of that. She’s a message, a lesson.

And now— his message to her.

He thinks the Chip will be the death of her. Weigh her down enough for the desert to catch her. Death is easy to find in the Mojave: it’s in the blazing sun and the dry earth and the bones scattered across the sand. All it needs is a chance to catch up to her, and she’ll get what she’s owed, what she owes him. An ending for both of them.

But he’s wrong.

A package courier found shot in the head near Goodsprings has made a full recovery, says the voice of Vegas. He knows it’s her even before the rest of the news starts pouring in.

Death ricochets off her like a bullet, strikes his brothers. Nelson, Cottonwood Cove, Fortification Hill— the Courier burns through them like a one-woman wildfire. Kills like Hanlon, like California, fires and earthquakes and distance. All the East isn’t. Where she once carried death by accident, stumbling and unaware, she now walks with purpose. Carries a grenade rifle on her back the way she carries the rotting Bear, lending strength to hollow men and a hollow nation.

The Old World once called America a sleeping giant. Like the spears the nation left buried in the earth, waiting to be woken by a detonator’s message. And as the Courier woke the Divide through accident, through a package meant for a different purpose—

He woke her.

Madam C.J. Walker’s “Wonderful Hair Grower”

Photo:  This tin for Madam C. J. Walker’s “Wonderful Hair Grower” was a product of entrepreneur Madame C. J. Walker’s hair care line. Gift from Dawn Simon Spears and Alvin Spears, Sr., Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Hair care entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker was first exposed to the hair care business in the late 1880s when she moved to St. Louis, Missouri. She worked for Annie Turnbo Malone, an African American hair care entrepreneur and owner of the Poro Company, selling her hair care products for about a year and a half in the city. 

After experimenting with her own ingredients, she began marketing her products across the country. Her philosophy of “hair culture” grew to high demand among African Americans.  

In 1911, she incorporated the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company and began recruiting sales agents in major cities across the nation. Her efforts led to the creation of both the Madam C.J. Walker Hair Culturists Union of America and the National Negro Cosmetics Manufacturers Association in 1917. Walker’s efforts provided African American women steady employment as well as a career they and their communities could find pride in.

Bounty Hunter/Prince/King

When we met Roan it appeared he was just a simple bounty hunter hired to capture Wanheda then it was revealed he was in fact Prince of the Ice Nation and through a well placed spear by Heda Lexa he became the King of Azgeda. The King was different than most Ice Nation.He showed compassion. He Cared. He helped Skaikru. He almost got killed to save the world from A.L.I.E. He believed Skaikru and chose to honor the coalition protecting them. When he could have chose a simple war he instead chose to talk with Clarke. He fought to get the fuel to beccas island to give humanity a chance. When it came down to the final conclave he chose to team up with Octavia instead of killing her then chose to stay in the black rain and fight Luna because he knew she would kill everyone but Octavia believed what Lincoln did that people were worth saving. Zach potrayed Roan in a way that made us anticipate seeing him every week. MEBI OSO NA HIT CHODA OP NODOTAIM. YU GONPLEI STE ODON ROAN KOM AZGEDA

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O ye mortal stewards of grace, in sacred manner raise on high with your hands the Cross whereon Christ God stood and the spear which pierced the body of God the Word, that all the nations may see the salvation which is of God, glorifying Him forever!

Ode 8, Canon of the Exaltation of the Cross

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Cirsium vulgare, Asteraceae

Considering I’ve been living in Scotland for almost 2 years and a half now, this post was long overdue, as the common thistle, or spear thistle, is actually the Scottish national flower and very commonly encountered here, both in nature and as an heraldic symbol.

Although it is generally considered a weed, this thistle is undeniably imposing and eye-catching and is sometimes used as an ornamental plant in gardens, especially when an effort is being put into creating a wildlife-friendly area, where the nectar-rich flowers attract bees and butterflies and the seeds feed small birds. A few cultivars are available in the horticulture market, particularly variegated and white-flowered ones. The plant is also edible, although reportedly quite bland and requiring a lot of work to obtain little food, while the dried flowers can be used as a curdling agent for plant-derived milk.

In the last photo you can see a Scottish £1 coin, design from 2014, depicting a spear thistle and Campanula rotundifolia, the Scottish Bluebell, another national flower. The thistle has been used as a symbol on coins in Scotland since the XVI century.