and that is two centuries ago

I remember a while back seein a post that said “at least you could go see your idiotic rappers, I have to live with the fact that all the good musicians died centuries ago” like what a nerd lmao Mozart had NO paper, Beethoven had NO chains, hell Tchaikovsky had two girlfriends but they all prolly died of the flu or some shit


In this day, 35 years ago, Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales at St. Paul Cathedral in London, England. Their wedding was widely billed as a “fairytale wedding” and the “wedding of the century”. An estimated 750 million people watched the ceremony worldwide, and this figure allegedly rose to a billion when the radio audience is added in, although there are no means of verifying these figures.  Two million spectators lined the route of Diana’s procession from Clarence House, with 4,000 police and 2,201 military officers to manage the crowds. The bride made the three-and-a-half minute walk up the red-carpeted aisle with the sumptuous 25 ft (8 m) train of gown behind her.  Diana accidentally changed the order of Charles’s names during her vows, saying “Philip Charles Arthur George” instead of the correct “Charles Philip Arthur George”. Diana’s wedding dress was valued at £9000,  The dress was made of ivory silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. It was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and had a 25-foot train of ivory taffeta and antique lace. Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.

Reading the Unreadable

It was about two thousand years ago when the eruption of southern Italy’s Mount Vesuvius enveloped the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in a fiery cataclysm, swathing them in a hot ash and mud cocoon that would actually end up ‘freezing’ their remains in what for history has been two of the best-preserved ancient urban centers. It became a gold mine for archaeological investigation in the late 19th century, and continues to reveal more to archaeologists today. 

In Herculaneum, one of the most significant finds was a library of 1,800 carbonized papyri found within the remains of a Roman villa, known today as the Villa of the Papyri. Because of the scrolls’ charred state and fragility, however, they have been extremely difficult to decipher. 

Until now. 

Recent analysis of the papyrus scroll fragments using advanced techniques have revealed a number of findings, including the revelation that the ancient Romans used metallic ink in their literary inscriptions centuries earlier than previously thought. Read more.

The musical opens with the song originally sung by Miranda at the White House Poetry Jam, but it is transformed into a full cast ensemble that echoes “in New York, you can be a new man” - a musical motif throughout the performance. Alexander Hamilton arrived to the thirteen colonies as a young peniless orphan on scholarship and is often described as one of the original persuers of the American Dream. This is just one of the many ways that Miranda artfully engages the audience in a story from two-and-a-half centuries ago with themes that are still relatable today.

As the Mixtape currently stands, it is performed almost completely through song, rap, and spoken word. The reading included all of the first Act - consisting of 30 songs - which covers from when Hamilton arrived to the colonies as a teenager through his service in the Revolutionary War. 

Also performed during the reading were three stand-alone songs from the second Act. One song was an innovative blend of a presidental debate and “rap battle” between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, with George Washington presiding as moderator of his battling cabinet members. Lin-Manuel Miranda magically transforms heavy topics such as the national government assuming state debt and the Neutrality Proclamation into something that has people laughing and hanging on to every word spit out in free-style flair.


Hamilton Mixtape Unveiled at Vassar Reading Festival (The AHA Society)

3 years ago today on July 27, 2013…


Wander down main street of the abandoned mountain mining town of Garnet with #mypubliclandsroadtrip. Peer into the windows of the remaining faded wooden structures and imagine a bustling young town over a century ago.

Garnet Ghost Town in Montana came to life in 1895 and, at its peak, was home to 1,000 people. The little town boasted hotels, stores and saloons, a school, laundry facility and drugstore - even a weekly newspaper. While the gold lasted, the town boomed. But by 1912, most of the large gold strikes were depleted and then a fire destroyed much of the business district. The small town experienced a small second boom during the Great Depression which quickly ended during the World War II.  

Today, the BLM has stabilized and preserved the remaining two dozen buildings, and over 16,000 people visit the area to take a glimpse into part of Montana’s amazing mining past. Many historical artifacts remain within a few of the buildings. Each room in the Wells Hotel is still furnished with original bedsprings and furniture. The store contains original food containers and tools found within the abandoned town. And BLM ranger volunteers are on hand to share history and further information. These volunteers stay in the town during the summer to keep a watchful eye over the abandoned town.

In the summer, you can stroll through the ghost town or take a hike within the 116 miles of trails that wind throughout the area. Along these trails, old mining artifacts and other remnants of the area’s past can be spotted within overgrown vegetation and along the mountainside. In the winter, cabins within Garnet can be rented out and accessed by snowmobile.  A unique experience with stunning views of the Potomac Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.  CLICK HERE to learn more and plan your own visit.

Photos and story by Alyse Backus, BLM Montana/Dakotas.


✌🏻️🌹❤️ if it’s the two of us, everything will be alright;; the chance of us meeting each other is a present from god ❤️🌹✌🏻️

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anonymous asked:

do you know any deaf or blind fics? like not temporary and maybe who ever is deaf/blind has been that way for a long time.

I couldn’t find all that many, but here you go!


Tactile by abbeyjewel

Spock just wants to take his hearing aids out and sleep.

To Hear A Hand by tsurai

James T. Kirk’s birth is a medical impossibility. Deafness was supposedly cured two centuries ago.

WIP. Incomplete since 2013.


You taste of sunshine and sound of rain, things I’ll never see again by Ladyboo

All Spock wanted to do was practice on the grand piano, he had a schedule after all. Dinner with Nyota every other day, so she could discuss how she and her Doctor friend were doing, and then practice at 6 every afternoon. Except, there was a man playing on his stage, during his time, and everything sort of went downhill from there.


endless list of movies and tv shows (no order) → [65/∞] ✘ underworld: evolution
“Eight centuries ago, unknown to humanity, a blood feud raged between a ruling class of vampires and a rebellious legion of werewolves known as Lycans. Legend tells that the war began with two brothers, the immortal sons of Alexander Corvinus: Markus, bitten by bat, became the blood leader of the vampires. William, bitten by wolf, became the first and most powerful Lycan.”

Two weeks later…

Naruto: Sasuke! It was almost a century after our last meeting..

Sasuke: Don’t exaggerate Naruto! It was only two weeks ago. (;¬_¬) 

Naruto: I’m not exaggerating dattebayo ( ≧Д≦)!!
… just … I miss you, Sasuke..


Sasuke: I miss you too, usuratonkachi!

And two weeks later he is finally back home. This was actually too long for Naruto. But Sasuke just was looking for a way to fix their relationship. and finally he found ♥
Sources: Megyn Kelly Told Murdoch Investigators That Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her
Ten years ago when she was a Fox News correspondent.

As a chorus of prominent Fox News women have gone public defending Roger Ailes against the wave of sexual harassment allegations sparked by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit, the network’s biggest star—Megyn Kelly—has been conspicuously silent. Kelly’s refusal to join in Ailes’s orchestrated defense has led to speculation about why.

Now, we have the answer. According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York-based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances towards her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.

Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. As New York reported yesterday, Rupert and sons James and Lachlan, the three top executives at 21st Century Fox, have, according to multiple sources, decided that Ailes needs to be removed. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network. She’s currently in contract negotiations, and given that Bill O’Reilly has said he’s considering retirement, Fox can’t afford to lose her.

According to two sources, yesterday afternoon lawyers for 21st Century Fox gave Ailes a deadline of August 1stto resign or face being fired for cause. Ailes’s legal team, which now includes Susan Estrich, former campaign manager for Michael Dukakis, has yet to respond to the offer. Ailes has also received advice on strategy from Donald Trump and Rudy Guiliani, sources say.

Ailes’s strategy so far has included attacking Kelly in the press. According to sources, Ailes spokeswoman Irena Briganti has been criticizing Kelly to reporters, saying that she is selfish to not stand up for the man who gave her career opportunities. Roughly a dozen Fox women have praised Ailes since Carlson filed her suit. According to a Fox source, the pro-Ailes campaign has been led by Fox anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has filled in hosting Carlson’s former 2 p.m. time-slot.

Briganti did not respond to a request for comment.

Back in the mid-2000s, when Ailes allegedly harassed her, Kelly, a former corporate attorney, was a legal correspondent in Fox’s Washington bureau. Soon she was appearing regularly on Bill O’Reilly’s show and hosting her own legal segments. In 2010, Ailes gave her a two-hour daytime show, and in 2013, he moved her into primetime to replace Sean Hannity at 9pm.

Kelly’s agent Matthew DelPiano at CAA did not respond to requests for comment. 21stCentury Fox did not comment.

Meanwhile, the Paul, Weiss lawyers are attempting to interview former Fox employees who have stories of harassment but haven’t spoken because they signed settlements with Ailes’s Fox attorney, Dianne Brandi. 21stCentury Fox is now waiving the NDAs to allow women to speak.

i hate the way you make me love you

read it on the AO3 at

by punkjerk

Bucky is in pain by how in love he is with his best friend. Thing is, they’d always promised, no matter what, that it would always be just the two of them, together. How they meant that was never explicitly said, but they felt it in a time when it was dangerous to say it explicitly.

Things are different now, and Steve seems to have adjusted to this new century, this new life, exceedingly well - and he seems to be doing it without Bucky.

Is Bucky just stuck in the past, or does the promise they made all of those years ago, the love they’ve always had, really mean what Bucky wants it to?

Words: 5967, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

read it on the AO3 at

you know what? I am so fucking tired of having to buy another hair-removal thing every two weeks. I’m tired of spendings tons of money on shit that doesn’t even work. I’m tired of denying the existence of my body hair because a century ago companies decided that women shouldn’t have body hair, all for money. I’m tired of wearing pants when it’s so hot in the summer because I’m ashamed of my hairy legs. I’m tired of being self-conscious about being in a bikini because I have hair on my belly. I’m tired of the way I feel every time someone looks at my face for too long, because I have hair on my upper lip. I’m tired of being self-conscious in t-shirts because of my hairy arms. I’m tired of being pressured into shaving my bush, because boys don’t like hair down there. I’m so fucking tired of shaving my legs every 4 days, because I’ve been shaving for so long and it grows back super fast. I’m tired of feeling anxious because I have hair in places other people don’t. I’m tired of envying every girl with light hair, because their body hair doesn’t show. I’m tired of not being able to wear tank tops because I don’t want people to see that I haven’t shaved my armpits in a few days. I’m tired of not liking the reflexion in the mirror, and knowing that society made it that way. I’m just so tired of feeling sorry because of my body hair, something I did not choose to have.

“Yes the media needs more queer representation” “oh, no, I didn’t mean from our show how could you think that??”

I love Sherlock but wow the showrunners drive me crazy. They won’t even entertain the possibility of a gay relationship between their main characters. They keep giving us bullshit about how it isn’t canon, which is ridiculous? The show itself is a 21st century fanfiction of Doyle’s stories, they can do whatever they want with the characters. People have been shipping these two since the beginning, now that we are in an era where gay/bi relationships are becoming normalized why not add a romantic element the their relationship? This is more than just about a bunch of ex-yaoi fangirls screaming about their otp. This is about normalizing queer representation in mainstream media. I know its never going to happen, because thats just how these things work in media currently. The same thing happened with Captain America a few months ago. There are so many excuses thrown around for why these relationships shouldn’t happen, and none of them are good enough for me. Everything is filled with homo/biophobic ignorance from years of Straight Media Culture™. Maybe I’ve just been reading too many ignorant internet comments today, but all this just seems to be kindling the fires of my bisexual rage. 

Lost treasure of beale ciphers

More than a century ago, a small pamphlet was published titled “The Beale Papers,” which contained three cipher texts. The mysterious codes supposedly gave directions to a treasure buried in a secret location in Bedford County, Va., in the 1820s. The cryptic texts have captured the imagination and enthusiasm of avid cryptographers and treasure hunters ever since. However, despite numerous digs and countless attempts to crack the code, two out of the three ciphers remain undeciphered, and no treasure has ever been found.

Read more…

THE DAILY PIC (#1597): “The Keeper,” a thematic exhibition that opened two days ago at the New Museum in New York, is full of irresistibly fascinating objects, mostly by outsiders of one kind or another but also by a few artistic pros. The overwhelming emotion in the show is nostalgia, for an unconnected era when people’s fantasies could take them in peculiar directions, with no concern for the reaction on Twitter.

Today’s Daily Pic is an image from a late 20th-century project in which the photographer Zofia Rydet went out to document as many Polish homes as she could, mostly in the country’s hinterlands. Idiosyncrasy is the connecting aesthetic in all the interiors she found, as it is in most of the pieces now at the New Museum.

But even as I looked back at the simpler moments that many of the objects in the exhibition spoke of, I was struck more than anything with the way that technology and hyperconnectedness were the show’s true guiding forces.

Could Ydessa Hendeles, of Toronto, really have gathered together her thousands – and thousands, and thousands – of amazing old photos of teddy bears without access to Google and EBay and email and Paypal?

Without the latest in communications networks, would Massimiliano Gioni, the lead curator behind “The Keeper” – “keeper,” by the way, is the old British term for “curator” – have heard about the accidental discovery, in Austria, of Peter Fritz’s 387 hand-made models of houses?

Just as Ansel Adams’s images of empty, untechnologized nature may really have born witness to the arrival of the automobile and high-end photo tech, so the pre-Internet objects in “The Keeper” may actually tell us most about the wired age the show’s audience lives in – and sometimes pretends to escape. (© Zofia Augustyńska-Martyniak. Courtesy Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych and Zofia Rydet Foundation)

The Daily Pic also appears at Artnet News.  For a full survey of past Daily Pics visit

A History of the White Mantle

“For hundreds of years we have hidden in plain sight, living in your cities, manipulating your politics! Soldiers, farmers, scholars, all swearing allegiance to our cause, all waiting for the moment to strike! Our time is now! We rise from the shadows to claim what is ours!”

The White Mantle - one of Kryta’s oldest and greatest foes. Without these fanatics and their unseen gods, we wouldn’t have Tyria as we know it today… though we would have a lot more people populating it. In their brief reign, they slaughtered too many innocents to count, leaving a permanent black stain on Krytan history.

They were driven out of Kryta centuries ago, biding their time in the Maguuma Jungle. Now, however, after two long centuries and a very large explosion, they’ve come out of hiding for good. After many long months of boredom since the death of Mordremoth, it seems that the heroes of Tyria finally have another threat to mercilessly crush with gay abandon.

We modern Krytans may not be familiar with the history of the Mantle, or the true threat they pose. To keep our kingdom informed in these dark times, and to pass the time while local adventurers bash in the necessary skulls, I have compiled this brief history of their activities, from their formation all the way to the present. In reading this, it is my hope that you gain a more thorough understanding of our enemy, and how best to avoid becoming a victim.

Remain vigilant, citizens, and read on!


The White Mantle began over two centuries ago with Saul D’alessio, Shaemoor’s resident drunkard. Beyond drinking himself half to death every night, Saul had a special love for gambling. This love wasn’t mutual, and before long he found that he owed a frightful sum of money to a frightful sum of people. Because moneylenders aren’t known for such things as mercy or understanding, Saul grew desperate. He tried to pay his debts by robbing the merchant caravans that came out of Beetletun.

He was caught almost instantly and sentenced to exile. Blindfolded, he was led deep into the Maguuma Jungle, far away from civilization, and abandoned with no food, water or shelter to be found. Saul D’alessio was not missed, and his old gambling buddies fully expected him to starve.

He didn’t… at first. Saul was able to survive by foraging for roots and berries, but it wasn’t enough. He grew delirious with hunger, and his grasp on sanity started to slip. With death closing in, he wandered the jungle in a daze.

But he didn’t die. For you see, four days into his sentence, he stumbled into a pardon.

Saul found an alabaster city, with towers that stretched into the clouds. The inhabitants weren’t human - they were tall creatures clad in golden armor, with odd wing-like appendages and feet that never touched the ground. They offered him food, comfort and salvation, and Saul fell to his knees in gratitude, weeping before his new gods.

Weeks later, Saul emerged from the Maguuma Jungle, so changed by his experience that few even recognized him as the same man. He was tranquil, sober, walking with a new spring in his step. Speaking with newfound charisma, Saul told the Krytans of the Unseen Ones, beautiful godlike beings that were invisible to all but those they considered worthy. He claimed that they were the protectors of mankind, benevolent gods that would grant them good fortune in times of need. Before long, Saul had himself a small but loyal following, a dozen-odd folks devoted to his new religion.

Soon enough, Saul’s promises were put to the test. Ascalon and Orr had been devastated by the charr, and Kryta was next. The cowardly King Jadon had fled the throne in fear, leaving them leaderless. A patriot if there ever was one, Saul stepped up in defense of his nation. He led his followers over the Shiverpeak Mountains, telling them that the Unseen Ones would have their backs when the battle came. But in that hour of need, they did not appear.

Shaken but not broken, Saul’s people went ahead with their plan, attacking the charr encampment and slaying their leader. They succeeded, but soon found themselves surrounded on all sides by a horde of angry cat-men. They formed up for a last stand, knowing that they had at least brought Kryta some precious time.

Then, when the charr lines surged forward, the Unseen Ones made their presence known. Three of Saul’s gods appeared in front of the human raiding party and began dismantling the charr army, wielding magic beyond the abilities of any mortal. After a few very impressive minutes, the charr were dead and the stunned humans were the only living things left on the battlefield. When it was over, the Unseen Ones turned to Saul… and attacked him in turn, dragging him away as they vanished. He was never seen again.

Saul’s remaining followers swore a vow of secrecy. When they returned to Kryta, they claimed that Saul D’alessio had fallen to the charr. Nobody would breathe a word of the real story, the story that cast the benevolence of the Unseen Ones into doubt. Regarded as heroes, these men and women became the new rulers of Kryta, and the founders of the White Mantle.


The White Mantle quickly became popular among the masses. It wasn’t very hard - their last ruler hadn’t exactly been popular, and the White Mantle was doing a better job than old King Jadon ever had. Its power growing, the Mantle was hard at work looking for worthy acolytes. Using a device called the Eye of Janthir, which could sense the magical potential of any human they pointed it at, they were able to weed out the best of the best. Calling those lucky villagers “Chosen”, they were sent into the Maguuma Jungle to study at the Temple of the Unseen.

But not everyone liked the White Mantle, and Maguuma quickly became home to a band of spirited rebels - the Shining Blade. These royalists would attack the Chosen en route to their destination, kidnapping them and killing their Mantle escorts. To solve the problem, Justiciar Hablion, one of their leaders, decided to hire some Ascalonian mercenaries for help.

It didn’t go so well. Though Hablion and the Chosen escaped, the mercenaries were captured by the Shining Blade, who claimed that the White Mantle didn’t have the best interests of the Chosen at heart. The rebels guided the mercenaries to where they were really taking the acolytes - not the Temple of the Unseen, but the Maguuma Bloodstone, a place of great magical power. The party watched as Hablion chained the Chosen to the Bloodstone and sacrificed them as part of some dark ritual. The mercenaries responded by charging in and slaughtering every Mantle soldier within stabbing range, as mercenaries tend to do when angered. The Justiciar was killed atop the Bloodstone, just as the Chosen were before him.

The White Mantle responded to Hablion’s death by redoubling their efforts to wipe out the Shining Blade. Most of them ended up dead, with their leaders captured and the few left alive running for the hills. They ended up in the Crystal Desert, and after a few whimsical adventures, they met the White Mantle’s greatest enemy: a dragon named Glint.

Glint revealed that the Unseen Ones aren’t gods at all - they’re just a race of powerful spellcasters called the Mursaat. A few eons back, the Mursaat had betrayed Glint and her allies, leaving her a tad angry. She decided to take revege by telling the Shining Blade about a prophecy, a prophecy that claims the Chosen will bring about the end of Mursaat civilization. The Mursaat tried to avert this by having the Chosen killed, using their souls to power their various magical constructs - they may be evil, but they’re not wasteful.

But by sheer coincidence, those mercenaries the White Mantle angered off just happen to be Chosen themselves. And when they heard that, they went on the warpath. The Chosen took part in a ritual called “The Ascension”, which would allow them to see the otherwise-invisible Mursaat and protect them from the brunt of their incredible powers. With that done, they freed the Shining Blade leaders, eliminating of the White Mantle loyalists in the process. They followed this up with an all-out attack on the Mursaat base of operations on the Fire Island Chain.

In the caldera of a dormant volcano called Abaddon’s Mouth, the Shining Blade discovered the Door of Komalie, a mysterious portal that led into the Mists. The Mursaat were keeping it shut with their soul-powered magical constructs, a process that wasn’t very fun for the souls of the unlucky Chosen that suffered inside. They destroyed the Mursaat constructs and freed the tormented sprits, which opened the Door… and freed an army of rampaging omnicidal monsters called the Titans.

In modern terms, we refer to this as a “whoopsie-doo”.

As it turned out, these Titans weren’t very fond of the Mursaat either, and the Mursaat were keeping them down to save their own necks - as well is, in unrelated news, the necks of every living thing on Tyria. Suddenly free, the Titans celebrated by slaughtering the Mursaat. Conveniently, most of their race was already present on the Fire Islands, having traveled from far and wide to stop the Shining Blade from doing exactly this.

Fortunately for the world, opening the Door of Komalie destabilized Abaddon’s Mouth, which started to erupt for the first time in centuries. The Shining Blade fled the island as the Mursaat fortress was buried in lava and ash. The Titans, large but ever so slow, didn’t make it out.

This left the White Mantle in a very bad spot, with their leaders dead and most of their gods slain. They still had Kryta, but they knew they wouldn’t be able to keep it.


After the disaster at the Door of Komalie, the White Mantle was led by Confessor Isaiah the Wise, who kept power in Kryta by tightening his iron fist. The remaining Mursaat had come out of the shadows to back him, knowing that they wouldn’t be able to evade the Chosen forever. They began to terrorize any Krytan citizen that showed even the slightest hint of rebellion… driving more Krytans to the cause of the Shining Blade

The Shining Blade rallied around their own leaders, Master Exemplar Livia and her lieutenant, Evennia. Alongside Princess Salma, the daughter of the displaced Krytan king, they plotted to oust the White Mantle from the kingdom once and for all.

To that end, they began calling in favors. Livia tracked down the Ebon Vanguard, the elite Ascalonian fighting unit led by Gwen Thackeray, and convinced them to chip in. Evennia went to Ascalon proper and asked for assistance from King Adelbern. She had less luck - Adelbern refused to see her, and she left Ascalon in a rage. During her passage through the Shiverpeaks, she vanished. Search parties came up empty-handed, and Evennia was presumed dead in a White Mantle ambush.

The Shining Blade coalition lashed out from Maguuma, gaining ground quickly. White Mantle forces were pushed back to Lion’s Arch. All escape routes cut off, Confessor Isaiah made his final stand there beside the remaining Mursaat. Naturally, they all died. Lion’s Arch was taken by the Shining Blade, and the newly-crowned Queen Salma was established as Kryta’s new monarch.

But this was not the last they would see of the White Mantle. One Mursaat still remained - Lazarus the Dire, the only one of his race to survive the massacre on the Fire Islands. He did so by feigning death, sending most of his power to a set of prepared vessels in order to sell the charade to the Titans. Upon recovery, he began tracking those vessels down and taking his magical energies back.

The catch: those vessels were living White Mantle acolytes, and extracting the magic within would kill the host. Lazarus didn’t care too much, but the hosts certainly did. They tried to hide from him they realized what was happening, but no mere mortal can best a Mursaat in hide-and-seek. Lazarus killed off one by one, ultimately leaving only one left - a man named Naveed.

Realizing he was doomed, Naveed went looking for a way to avenge his fallen friends before he expired. He found one in the form of Glayvin, an asura on the Tarnished Coast with the know-how to help. Glayvin used some asuran technology to effectively booby trap Naveed - when Lazarus came to claim his power, he was hit was a magical backlash that left him weakened. Naveed was dead, but he at least stuck around long enough to see the Chosen heroes he’d befriended beforehand come along and start bashing the Mursaat’s face in.

Despite being permanently crippled by Naveed’s stunt, Lazarus escaped again. He and his White Mantle allies took to the jungle, building a hidden fortress near the Maguuma Bloodstone and planting sleeper agents all over Kryta. Now the tide was reversed - it was the Shining Blade in control of the kingdom, and the White Mantle playing the role of jungle-bound rebels. The two groups began a shadow war that would last several centuries.

Over time, the sleeper agents of the White Mantle grew to forget their greater purpose. They lost faith in the Mursaat, focused entirely on seizing the considerable power of the Krytan throne. Though they continued to work with the rest of the Mantle, the two groups no longer quite saw eye-to-eye.

Lazarus, in no condition to smite anyone thanks to his infirmary, wouldn’t intervene. He went into hibernation to conserve his strength, regaining power the old fashioned way - by consuming the steady diet of human souls offered to him by the faithful. He remained inactive for over two hundred years.

He’s not inactive anymore.

When his stronghold was discovered and besieged by the Pact, Lazarus was able to escape for a third time - invisibility is a very helpful tool to have in your arsenal. Still lacking the power he wielded back in the good old days, he concocted a plan to get that power back in some other way… and quite a bit more besides. All he needed was one more visit to the Maguuma Bloodstone.

Fear for your lives, citizens of Kryta. The Last Mursaat and his White Mantle have returned, and until a band of plucky adventurers appears to put them in their place, none of you are safe.

If there ever was a passionate attachment to the lost object, a refusal to come to terms with its loss, it is the attachment of Israelis and many diaspora Jews to the ‘Holy Land’ and above all to Jerusalem. The present troubles are supreme proof of the consequences of such a radical fidelity, when taken literally. For almost two thousand years, when the Jews were fundamentally a nation without land, living in exile, their reference to Jerusalem was a negative one, a prohibition against ‘painting an image of home’ or indeed against feeling at home anywhere on earth. Once the return to Palestine began a century ago, the metaphysical Other Place was identified with a specific place on the map and became the object of a positive identification, the place where the wandering which characterises human existence would end. The identification, negative and positive by turns, had always involved a dream of settlement. When a two-thousand-year-old dream is finally close to realisation, such realisation has to turn into a nightmare.
Fairy Tail, what I missed

BUT I AM FAIR AND UNBIASED NOT TOTALLY BLINDED BY SALT so I will admit that there was a few things that I was unfairly ragging on Mashima about.

When Zeref founded Alvarez

He started his empire “several centuries ago,” so maybe a century or two before meeting Mavis.

This does raise the interesting question of what the hell he’s been doing, wandering across another continent so often (when he first met Mavis, then the second time, and the third time too).

It also makes the Tenrou thing even weirder. I honestly had assumed that Zeref was always on Tenrou. That’s why Hades knew to look for him there, and why Makarov at one point blamed himself for lifting the barrier around the island and letting the enemy land there. It really sounded like Hades would have never been able to reach Tenrou/Zeref without the exam.

If Zeref was just visiting Tenrou, how did Hades know he’d be there at that point in time? Why not intercept him on his way there or out? In fact, Precht heard Zeref say he was going to Alakitasia. Why not look for him there?

Mavis sending Dragon Slayers on a ship

She actually sent them to fly with the Exceeds carrying them. Why did the Exeeds set them down? Why did they not pick them up again?? Exceeds are dumb.

Kagura recognizing Simon

She didn’t. (I think the fan translations had this line differently?) I didn’t get a screen of the previous page, but basically Erza and Jellal start yelling that he’s Simon, and only then Kagura asks, uncertainly, if he’s her brother.

Kimonos and other Japanese stuff

Apparently, it’s not just a random mashup of cultures. Kimonos actually do come from “the east.” So do all those mysterious Japanese named people come from the east too…? Very good trade routes, apparently.

Mavis was never actually dead

My bad on that. But I still don’t really think it’s a good idea to revive her.

Gajeel has iron skin

I complained about Gajeel not noticing that the barrier particles absorb through the skin, since his reply to Bradman was that he has iron lungs. But apparently he has iron skin default, so he really doesn’t notice this stuff. 

Today in Haitian History - July 28, 1915 – U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Haiti

Today in Haitian History – July 28, 1915 – U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Haiti

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A century ago, American troops invaded and occupied a foreign nation. They would stay there for almost two decades, install a client government, impose new laws and fight insurgents in bloody battles on difficult terrain. Thousands of residents perished during what turned out to be 19 years of de facto U.S. rule. The country was Haiti, the Caribbean nation that’s often seen by outsiders as a…

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