after the bomb exploded

Everything that felt off about TFP

- Mycroft’s acting at the beginning of the episode

- Mycroft saying he “doesn’t want blood on his hands”

- John getting out of the well with a rope when he was chained in

- How fast the last few scenes moved

- John and Sherlock escaping from jumping out of 221B after a bomb exploded WITHOUT  A SCRATCH

What am I missing?

What movie were you watching?

Or, DCEU’s Superman is both heroic and hopeful, I wish people would get their heads out of their asses

So, I guess we’re here again. One two minute clip from the CW and my dash gets transported back in time. All of a sudden I gotta hear fandom Discourse™ all over again about how “at least this superman does heroic things.”

When I hear these things, the only thing I can honestly think of is - what fucking movie were you watching?  

Let’s run down a list of heroic things that Superman/Clark Kent did in just the course of BVS: 

  • Saved a girl from a burning building 
  • Dragged a huge ass ship from where it was stuck in the ice 
  • Saved people in a rocket ship when it was about to explode 
  • Rescued people who were trapped from a flood 
  • Helps get people to safety after that bomb explodes 
  • Saved all of Metropolis from Doomsday 
  • Saved LEX from Doomsday 
  • SAVED THE ENTIRE FUCKING WORLD FROM DOOMSDAY???????? AT THE COST OF HIS OWN LIFE???????????????????

Like, I’m so confused?? HOnestly?????

He’s heroic is smaller ways, too, as Clark Kent. “The types of stories we tell matter,” he tells Perry White. He wants the Daily Planet to stand for something. When he gets blocked, he just goes on off on his own to investigate. Because it’s the right thing to do. 

The whole fucking reason he warns Batman off is because he sees Batman as an affront to human dignity and the process of justice and fairness.  

OSTENSIBLY WHAT HE THINKS IS HIS LAST BREATHE WHILE STARING UP AT A DERANGED DUDE DRESSED AS A BAT IS TO ASK TO SAVE THE LIFE OF HIS MOTHER LIKE

ARE Y’ALL WATCHING THE SAME MOVIE AS ME OR WHAT???????????

On the real though, the greatest, most heroic thing about this version of Superman, about MY version of Superman, is that he thinks about what it means to be good. What it means to do the right thing. He doesn’t take goodness for granted. Doesn’t assume that because he’s a Good Person™, then all his actions must be good too. He understands the sometimes terrifying meaning behind his power. He struggles with what being powerful as a god means in terms of goodness. He chooses to be good, time and time again - even when it really sucks, even when there’s an easier path, even when the world hates him. 

This dude could be a god and he knows it and that fucking terrifies him. All that power and he doesn’t seek godhood. 

He’s just a guy trying to do the right thing. 

Fuck, man. What kind of heroic were are people looking for? 

The Japanese battleship Yamato explodes as she sinks, after receiving massive torpedo and bomb damage from U.S. Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa, 7 April 1945. The original photo caption reads: “A split-second shot of Yamato as she blew up. A red ball of flame envelops this mightiest of Japanese battleships, and a moment later it shoots like a comet to the clouds, 2000 feet high.” Photographed from a USS Yorktown (CV-10) plane. Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

Shepherds when cleaning
  • Chrom: Is never allowed near cleaning utensils after managing to explode the cabinet with a bleach bomb.
  • Robin: Likes to clean every now and then, but doesn't get bothered too much.
  • Lissa: Is never allowed near cleaning utensils after managing to explode the cabinet with a bleach bomb .(tried to imitate Chrom's accidental explosion)
  • Frederick: Likes to hum Ylisse's National Anthem while cleaning; sometimes sings it out loud when he's scrubbing a particular hard spot.
  • Sully: Gets distracted with potential weapons (like gardening forks) and ghost spars with them (as long as she's not cleaning the garrison under someone's orders)
  • Virion: Only cleans his own equipment, doesn't know where to put what inside a house.
  • Stahl: Reminisces of stuff by how helpful it was to someone else (mostly when cleaning his own tent and finding stuff his brother wanted)
  • Vaike: Doesn't.
  • Miriel: Invented a new kind of chemical to potentialize tidiness and uses a different kind of glasses so they won't fall down while cleaning.
  • Sumia: Is not allowed to wield a broom or any kind of long utensil while cleaning. Is very good at scrubbing and daydreams about fairy tales with maids everytime.
  • Kellam: Uses his armor as a marker; everytime he finishes cleaning one side, he puts his armor there.
  • Donnel: Likes to invent new kinds of utensils by repairing old and unused ones. Even Miriel uses his unique squeegee.
  • Lon'qu: Puts everything exactly where it belongs, hides his palm-sized brush to clean small details.
  • Ricken: Forgets where he put everything after taking it all out of place to clean, so everytime someone enters his room, they find it almost entirely redecorated.
  • Maribelle: Makes buns out of her over-sided curls and loves to use the cleaning duster. Hates scrubbing.
  • Panne: Doesn't understand human's utensils, so only used a piece of cloth and water. Sometimes when she's sure she's alone, she hums an ancient taguel song.
  • Gaius: Doesn't.
  • Cordelia: Outright sings when she thinks she's alone (Severa picked up this quirk too).
  • Gregor: For everyone's surprise, his cleaning skills rivals Cordelia's and he loves to brag about how much experience he has had during his life.
  • Nowi: Doesn't.
  • Libra: Likes to murmur religous songs and sometimes cries because he got too emotional with his almost-prayer.
  • Tharja: Altough her laboratory seems like a mess, it's an organized mess. Doesn't mind mold here and there either.
  • Anna: Loves to go back home and clean with her sisters. They usually find some deep-buried family treasure and compete to see who'll sell it.
  • Olivia: Moves a lot while cleaning, and when she does, it's always rhythmically, almost like ballet. A small crowd gathered once before she realized what she was doing.
  • Cherche: Is very meticulous with her cleaning and doesn't get distracted by nostalgia.
  • Say'ri: Treats it very seriously to the point of having a special set of clothes, kerchiefs and gloves.
  • Tiki: Since she doesn't have many belongings, saves the nostalgia for when she looks at the stars. Quite likes to help Say'ri clean, but gets tired quickly.
  • Basilio: Doesn't. Although he's very fond of keeping his wine cellar squeaky clean.
  • Flavia: Would rather sharpen swords, but doesn't complain when she realizes she needs to clean. Likes to laugh out loud if hit by nostalgia, which sometimes takes Basilio's attention and she forces him to clean with her.
Seven killed in bomb explosion near Punjab Assembly in Lahore

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 13 (ANI): At least seven people including senior police officers were killed and several others injured after a bomb exploded near to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore during a protest on Monday.
The injured were sent to the Ganga Ram medical center and other nearby hospitals, reports Geo News.
A large number of people had gathered to protest the drug rules of the provincial government near the Punjab Assembly building.
Large numbers of police personnel were deployed following the explosion.
The explosion was so powerful that it caused window panes of media vans and police mobiles parked nearby to shatter. (ANI)

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An interesting contrast between the damage to the flight decks of USS Bunker Hill (top) and HMS Formidable (bottom) after 550lb-bomb-carrying Kamikaze hits amidships.

On Bunker Hill, the exploding bomb and burning fuel killed 389 and put the carrier out of action for four months. On Formidable, the exploding bomb and burning fuel killed nine and put the carrier out of action for six hours. America’s Midway-class aircraft carriers which entered service in late 1945, did so with armoured flight decks.

The Aftermath of a Crazy Alchemist

Playing in a One shot lvl 4 party, our DM has a peaceful city of elves under siege from goblins, hob-goblins, trolls, and bug bears.

Me, Summoning Wizard: I go into the wood working shop, and throw chairs out the window and into the hole.

Alchemist Player: I take about 20 bombs and drop them in the open hole. *rolls success*

DM: So after all the important people run off, the bombs explode and the hole and surrounding building colapse and leave a bigger hole in the ground, but almost all the goblins are gone.

Alchemist IC: “HOoo Ho hooo. Enjoy that now, you hear?”

Me: Idhrenor Wooloo ‘Aku A'awoepa IV gets out from behind the table he was hiding behind, and walks to the door and goes through to see the damage.

DM: As ‘that guy’ closes the door, it 'closes’ and falls to the ground with a thud.

Me IC: “Uh.. hmm.. Well that was a blast.“ 

Taylor Swift shows real class despite cheap shots from famed feminist

If Taylor Swift ever believed she had bad blood before, boy does she have it now. Over her birthday weekend, the young queen of pop watched a bomb with her name on it explode after the famed feminist critic Camille Paglia published a shockingly scathing attack on Swift, calling her a blond, elitist “Nazi Barbie.”

Yes, such a cheap and sensationalist shot at a fellow female comes from one of America’s most well-known and respected feminist writers. Paglia is a self-proclaimed “notorious Amazon feminist” and isn’t exactly your stereotypical bra-burning, Birkenstock-wearing feminist. Her ideology is as nuanced as her interpretation of feminism is hard to pin down.

Nonetheless, Paglia is a feminist warrior at heart, fighting for every woman’s right to succeed, thrive and pursue her wildest dreams. Incidentally, Taylor Swift has done just that, becoming the de facto poster child of big-picture feminist philosophy. For Paglia to rip Swift to shreds, even stooping to associate her with fascism, is a lesson in hyperbolic hypocrisy.

Swift is a feminist’s dream mostly come true. She is young, smart, self-made, mind-bogglingly successful, in charge and fiercely independent, both in business and in her personal life; she is unmarried and runs her personal brand with an I-make-my-own-decisions attitude. Swift has power, control and command of her life, all the things today’s young women are told to pursue.

And Swift has a gently rebellious independence of character, too. She doesn’t bow to Hollywood’s pressure to strip and sex-scandal her way to the top, nor does she seem to have let the enormous weight of fame and wealth transform her into a vain, vacuous, self-obsessed starlet. On the contrary, Swift is humble, cheerful and miraculously down-to-earth, and as loyal to her fans as they are to her. Indeed, Swift is the embodiment of Coco Chanel’s oft-repeated admonition that a woman be two things: classy and fabulous.

Any true feminist should be falling at this girl’s feet — by her early twenties, Swift became the personification of modern feminism, queen of the pop culture world, commanding the attention and adoration of millions of females inspired by the heights to which a small-town girl can soar.

So what is it about Taylor that Paglia dislikes? Apparently, Swift has too many wildly successful female friends. Paglia doesn’t like the girl-power #girlsquad trend that Swift has recently embraced by spending so much time in public and on social media with other successful and independent superstars.

Strangely, Paglia suggests that Swift and her posse “study the immensely productive dynamic of male bonding in history.” (Forget for a moment the delicious irony of a feminist advising young women to copy men.) How much more “immensely productive” and successful could Swift and many of her friends possibly be? These women practically run the pop music world!

Paglia goes on to admonish Swift and friends to “cut back on the socializing and focus like a laser on their creative gifts.” Yet that is precisely what Taylor Swift has done, and that laser-like focus is precisely what enabled her to reach the top of the celebrity ladder.

Furthermore, Swift and her friends are the picture of the “natural solidarity and companionship” that Paglia claims modern women have lost. Swift herself has never made news by sowing discord or spreading insults or gossip. In fact, she’s only ever done the opposite, regularly praising her friends in her music and on social media, including them in her creative work and inviting them on stage to share and celebrate their “creative gifts” together. (And there are plenty of flashy, arrogant, vain starlets who would never share the limelight.)

This is part of Swift’s charm — she offers a profoundly healthier portrayal of sisterhood than many women encounter when watching the drama, jealousy and cat-fighting that often plague female relationships in movies, television and even sometimes in the real world.

Philosophical nuances aside, Paglia and Swift really are on the same side, which makes Paglia’s efforts to undermine the “female solidarity” she claims to want to promote all the more disappointing.

In response to Paglia’s confusing, nasty and sensationalist attack, Ms. Swift responded with silence, the way any respectable woman probably would. In the Paglia-Swift tug-of-war, one woman won without ever stooping to pick up the rope. Talk about classy and fabulous.

Horror History III: The Tenerife Airport Disaster

March 27th, 1977: The single deadliest accident in aviation history occurs at Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife, a member of the Canary Islands.

An extraordinary chain of events led to the collision of two fully loaded Boeing 747s at takeoff speed, killing 583 of the 644 passengers involved. Percentage-wise, the accident had just over a ninety percent fatality rate.

The two planes, an American Pan Am Boeing and a Dutch KLM Boeing, were originally scheduled to land at Gran Canaria Airport, but after a bomb exploded in a terminal, they were rerouted to Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife.

The airport was small, and couldn’t easily accommodate such large aircraft. Once the threat at Gran Canaria had been contained, the planes were allowed to depart Los Rodeos to land there.

The two planes took up the entire taxiway, the KLM in front and blocking the Pan Am from departing. The Pan Am was ready to depart, but was forced to wait as KLM decided to refuel. It’s full tank of fuel served only to make the incident that much more deadly.

(Photo of the KLM [The Flying Dutchman] with the Pan Am in the background–last picture taken before the crash)

Once the KLM was ready, it was allowed to move onto the runway to the other end, where it would turn around and take off. This is known as backtaxiing, a maneuver in which the plane will move to one end of a runway and turn around, rather than use a taxiway to get there.

The Pan Am was instructed to follow the KLM down the runway, and turn off at the third of four exits. This required increased vigilance and communication, as there would be two planes on the runway at the same time.

Such vigilance and communication were hampered, however, by a thick fog that had rolled over the airport during the delay. The planes were unable to see each other on the runway, and the tower was unable to see either of them.

As the KLM was reaching the end of the runway and beginning to turn around, the Pan Am was following it, looking for the third exit on which to turn off. Some discrepancy occurred in the Pan Am cockpit as to which exit was the third. They wrongfully believed the fourth exit was the one the tower wanted them to take, and they proceeded to it.

The KLM was now facing down the runway, pointing at the Pan Am which was traveling towards it. 

The KLM asked for and received ATC clearance to begin it’s takeoff. The KLM captain stated, “We gaan” (“We’re going”). The Pan Am heard this and said, “No eh-”. The next move was fatal.

The Pan Am co-pilot had said “No eh-” and faltered. The tower, hearing the uncertainty of the Pan Am, told the KLM “stand by for takeoff”. At the exact same time, the Pan Am finished his sentence: “And we’re still taxiing down the runway, the clipper 1736.” Since both messages were transmitted simultaneously, the frequencies interfered with one another. The KLM heard neither.

The tower, believing the KLM had stopped, tells Pan Am “Roger alpha 1736 report when runway clear.” The KLM hears this transmission.

The Flight Engineer on the KLM, which is still moving to take off, says, “Is hij er niet af dan?” (“Is he not clear then?”).

The Captain of the KLM says, “Wat zeg je?” (“What did you say?”).

The Flight Engineer responds: “Is hij er niet af, die Pan American?” (“Is he not clear, that Pan American?”)

The Captain says, “Jawel” (“Oh yes!”).

The ambiguous, double-negative style question of the flight engineer confused the exchange between the two men. Nonetheless, the captain believed the runway to be clear, and sped up for take off.

By the time the planes saw one another, at a distance of 2300 feet, the KLM was moving too fast to stop. 

The Pan Am captain, upon seeing the 400-ton behemoth coming out of the fog at a hundred and twenty miles an hour, said, “There he is…look at him”. His reaction caught up with him and he screamed, “Goddamn that son of a bitch is coming! Get off! Get off! Get off!”

The Pan Am hits the throttles to turn off the runway. The KLM begins its rotation (the actual takeoff maneuver) to clear the Pan Am. However, the KLM was not moving fast enough, causing it to merely drag its tail along the runway. 

It leaves the ground less than 400 feet from the Pan Am. The KLM’s nose clears the Pan Am, but the lower fuselage and engines smash into the upper right side of the Pan Am’s fuselage at one hundred sixty miles an hour. The Pan Am was nearly ripped in half, with the KLM’s right side engines crashing through the Pan Am’s upper deck just behind the cockpit.

(CGI of the impact)

The KLM remained airborne for mere seconds following impact. The engines stalled almost immediately, and the KLM hits the ground 500 feet down the runway from the Pan Am. It slides down the runway for a thousand feet, until the fifty five tons of full in the tank ignites and explodes. Every person on the KLM dies.

Sixty-one people manage to climb out of the wreckage of the Pan Am. Three hundred thirty-five did not. 

Fire crews responded to the scene of the KLM crash, not even knowing there was another plane involved. The thick fog kept the Pan Am hidden. So, for twenty minutes after the collision, only civilians stood around the Pan Am, watching. 

One survivors recalls: “When I got out on the ground I could hear people screaming, yelling (inside). Within about five minutes you heard absolutely nothing. There was no noise at all. Just the airplane burning." 

In fact, while some died due to the blunt impact of the collision, most died from the fire and explosions that occurred as a result. Dozens of initial survivors were still buckled into their seatbelts, waiting to succumb to the smoke and the flames and the heat.

A morgue was set up in one of the hangers. All 234 passengers and 14 crew members of the KLM died. 56 passengers, and 5 crew members, including everyone in the cockpit, of the Pan Am survived.

KLM, upon hearing news of the accident, wanted to launch an investigation that included their top pilot, Captain Veldhuyzen van Zanten. However, they could not reach him, as he was in the Los Rodeos Airport hanger, waiting to be identified.

Captain van Zanten, the captain of the KLM in Tenerife, had arguably been the largest cause of the accident, having ignored the insistences of his crew-mates. 

The accident resulted in international policy changes, including a greater emphasis on English as a common working language, discouragement of single-phrase acknowledgments, and a reduction of a hierarchy among crew members, replacing it instead with team-decision making, and mutual agreement. Crew mates became encouraged to voice their concerns to those in charge.

(A survivor in front of the Pan Am plane)

The U.S. Postal Service also had a nuclear apocalypse plan dating all the way back to the ‘50s, and it was better than the one Kevin Costner came up with. Revised again in the '80s, the USPS Emergency Planning Manual instructed postal employees on how to check mail for radiation before processing, and in the event of a full-scale invasion, to burn all the stamps so that they wouldn’t fall into enemy hands. Our vicious, stamp-collecting enemies.

The USPS also stockpiled a massive number of change-of-address forms in case of an emergency displacement of the population, so citizens could still get jam-of-the-month deliveries in their new residence, hiding in the burned-out husk of a 7-Eleven. In 1982, Congress called on the USPS to defend the efficacy of the plan, questioning the necessity of a postal service when there’s not many people “left to read or write letters after the nuclear bombs explode.” To which the United States Postal Service replied: “But those that are will get their mail.”

6 Powerful Groups You Didn’t Know Have Post-Apocalypse Plans

THAILAND, Bangkok : Thai rescue workers carry an injured person after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015 killing at least 10 people and wounding scores more.   Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital.        AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL