among the living

I have OCs wandering around my head who are a fuzzy disabled dragon and her human roommate. Also the hobgoblin who lives in their flat (and the one above, if she wants to) but doesn’t really count as a roommate because she’s too enigmatic (and doesn’t pay rent).

anonymous asked:

Mccree twins is love, Mccree twins is life.


I want them to have both really wanted to be cowboys together. The dynamic duo. But after they lost their father to an Omnic attack, James became bitter towards Omnics, even with the monks that helped them clean up. Where Jesse forgave them, and accepted living among them. James went on to work for Vishkar, having used to send his mother money until his hatred for Omnics progressed. Jesse went on to join a gang, and eventually Overwatch, continusly staying in contact with his mother, and visiting her and the Omnics that live on their old farm.

Berdache have also been described as homosexuals because they do at times have receptive sex with men. But the term homosexual has no meaning within the culture of the berdache. Native American men having sex with berdache do not consider this a homosexual act, because berdache are not considered men. Europeans also called the berdache transvestites and hermaphrodites, and neither of those terms is accurate either. The problem with English and French (not to mention all the other European languages) is that those languages were born of cultures that saw the world differently from indigenous North Americans. Our words cannot easily hold this other world.

The names for these people vary from tribe to tribe, as do their cultural roles and their lives. Among the Navajo, these not-men are called nádleeh, and the Mohave call them alyha. In other tribes, they are absent altogether. And even though there are dramatic differences in the behavior and the roles of the berdache between tribes, there are many similarities. All cross-dress to some extent, all take up the occupations of the other sex, all have sex with men (but not exclusively), all use special language, and they all are, or once were, recognized as having spiritual power. Most often, the boys who will become not-men manifest themselves in childhood by their fascination with the things and the ways of women. Interestingly, in most tribes where there are berdache, there are also women who are not-women. And like the boys, these women usually identify themselves in childhood by their fascination with weapons and horses.

So the Navajo recognize four sex/gender variants: men, women, femalebodied nádleeh, and male-bodied nádleeh. Sex between male nádleeh and men or between female nádleeh and women is accepted by the Navajo as a normal form of behavior. However, there are strong taboos against sex between two men, two women, two female nádleeh, or two male nádleeh. Not-men are in fact not men, and not-women are something beyond other females.

—  Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan

An assortment of US, British and Iraqi military forces and militia fighters from around the region are preparing an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which fell under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) two years ago. Not only are the civilian casualties likely to be significant, given the house-by-house fighting expected in dense residential areas, but the aftermath could also be harrowing, considering the unresolved question of who will control Mosul after ISIS is ejected.

Journalist Anand Gopal is the author of the award-winning book No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes and of numerous articles about US wars and occupations in the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and the Nation, among other publications. Earlier this year, he was on assignment in Iraq, writing for The Atlantic about the US war on ISIS – his article “The hell after ISIS” explains how the Iraqi state collaborates with Shia militias against ISIS, while repressing and terrorising the Sunni population.

Gopal spoke to’s Eric Ruder about the looming assault on Mosul and the likely consequences in Iraq, Syria and the region as a whole.

READ MORE: A nightmare in the making for Mosul


Daenerys Targaryen / Arya Stark parallels

“You are also a Stark of Winterfell. You know our words.”

Winter is coming,” Arya whispered.

“Remember who you are, what you were made to be. Remember your words.”

Fire and Blood,” Daenerys told the swaying grass.