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Hallelujah, You’re Home

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          It’s been two years. Two years since they’ve felt rain on their faces. Two years since they’ve seen their families, since they’ve spoken to their families. Two years since they really started to learn what war was. Two years since they stopped being teenagers and became soldiers. Two years since they left Earth. Three, for Shiro.

           But now they’re going back. They’re going home.

           Well, for a little while, at least. The war isn’t over. The Galra Empire has been taking over the universe for over 10,000 years, it can’t be taken down in simply two. But in two years, the Voltron Alliance has grown substantially, and they’ve taken down enough Galra higher ups that Voltron is almost universally known and called upon, and with fame, comes questions. It’s not a secret anymore that the five Paladins of Voltron are from Earth. Everybody knows, so there’s no point in avoiding Earth anymore. At least, that’s what the Paladins keep telling Allura. Earth is vulnerable now; it’s a target, and with it’s technology as unadvanced as it was when they left, they’re at a serious disadvantage if the Galra ever attacked. They probably still have no idea that aliens even exist. Earth needs Voltron. Earth needs the Voltron Alliance, and the Voltron Alliance needs Earth.

           Also, Lance just really needs his mom.

           So, here they are, entering the Milky Way Galaxy, all waiting anxiously at their stations on the control deck.

           “Ha! Boom, bitches! Wi-fi is up!” Pidge punches her fists in the air in triumph and ignores the half-hearted look her father shoots her when she says “bitches”.

           The others have long since gotten used to Pidge and her amazing technical ability, but they still all look at her in shock, except for Matt. He had obviously helped her.

           “Pidge, how the hell did you get wi-fi in space?” Keith asks incredulously.

           Lance nods in agreement. “Seriously. Tell me how I can’t get a signal in the desert outside of Galaxy Garrison, but you can get one past Saturn.”

           At this, Pidge snorts and raises an eyebrow at them. “You didn’t have me. Or amazingly amplifying Altean technology.”

           “Something tells me it was mostly the Altean tech.”

           “Shh and bow before my genius.”

           Pidge, Hunk, and Lance all immediately grab their phones and start scrolling on them, ignoring Coran’s announcement that they’ll be to Earth in two dobashes.

           “Oh my god. They told everybody we’re all dead. We have a memorial!” Pidge exclaims.

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The Battle of Midway, 1942

On June 4, 1942, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked United States forces on the island of Midway. With four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk by the conclusion of the conflict, the battle was the first major victory for the US in the Pacific. But victory did not come without cost. More than 300 Americans lost their lives during the Battle of Midway, including all but one member of the bomber group Torpedo Squadron 8. Two films made by Oscar-winning director John Ford, now preserved at the National Archives, tell the story of triumph and sacrifice at Midway.

The Battle of Midway

When Ford was asked to find a few cameramen for an assignment in the Pacific, he put his own name forward and headed to Midway, a strategically important island halfway between mainland America and Japan.

As the United States’ codebreakers deciphered messages that alerted the US military to both the time and place of the impending conflict, the attack on Midway was not unexpected. When the battle began, Ford, along with cameramen Kenneth Pier and Jack McKenzie Jr., was ready to record the action on 16mm Kodachrome.

The men were not unscathed by the fighting; John Ford was knocked out by the force of an explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds received during the battle. The Battle of Midway famously shows how the film itself was jarred inside the camera as a result of the blasts occurring around Ford and McKenzie. 

With the fighting over, John Ford returned to the mainland and fashioned the footage into a film that would be released to theaters across the United States. The Battle of Midway was released to theaters by September of 1942 and was screened in most of the nation’s theaters at a time when Americans had a regular movie-going habit. It is likely that The Battle of Midway was seen by nearly everyone who had access to a movie theater.

Keep reading at: The Battle of Midway and Torpedo Squadron 8: A Memorial to a Fallen Unit

Animorphs #9: The Secret, Chapters 1-3

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Chapter 1

Let’s blithely skip over a few pages of repetitive exposition and land ourselves right in the midst of the first actual new scene, shall we?  Okay, good.  The time I would otherwise have spent recapping the recap, I’m going to use to point out that in the Cassie-morphs-into-a-wolf cover, she is sporting an excellent plaid flannel shirt, a look I am always 100% here for.  Good aesthetic, Cassie.

In actual plot news, Cassie is doing not-so-great in school due to her recent extracurricular activities, so she has to do a science project after school to make up some class credit.  She’s working on a maze she’s built for a rat named Courtney, who is declining to participate in the requested maze-running activities.  Courtney gives no fucks about Cassie’s report card. Rachel is being like 50% a good friend by staying with Cassie after school, and 50% a less-good friend by complaining about it and tossing out theories that maybe Courtney isn’t running the maze because she’s a really stupid rat.

Maybe, Rachel suggests, Cassie should try morphing into rat form herself to see if she can figure out what’s going wrong with the maze experiment, from the rat perspective?  Cassie makes some vague noises about how Jake doesn’t want them to morph for personal use outside of Yeerk-fighting situations.  But she was already halfway to making that suggestion herself, so mostly she just insists that Rachel morph with her out of friend solidarity or something.

(Children.  Children, don’t you think it would be better to have one of you stay human to keep watch?

Oh, why do I bother.






Chapter 2

Rachel and Cassie, now morphed into twin Courtney the Rats, are feeling a hearty dose of rat anxiety about being out in the open.  Cassie climbs into the maze while Rachel waits outside as moral support.

Cassie almost immediately solves the mystery of why her maze isn’t working - the smell of the food she’s trying to use as a maze reward for Courtney is getting dissipated by an overhead fan.  

It’s a very short-lived triumph, though, because suddenly two human male voices enter the room, joking around about exterminating the gross rats.  There’s a thud and a vibration and then the humans upend the maze, tipping Courtney and Cassie out onto the table next to Rachel.  The boys chase all three rats off the table and then start attacking Courtney with a broom.

Rachel and Cassie, bless their little rat hearts, are like, “#banmen, protect our clone-sister Courtney the Rat, WITNESS US”, and as one they just fucking climb the boys’ legs, running up under their pants, digging their claws in as hard as they can.  

Cue running, shrieking, and the excellent line of prose “Out I shot. Out of the pants leg to freedom.”

When the boys are safely scared off, Rachel and Cassie demorph.  No luck finding Courtney, who has probably run far away by now, hopefully to find a family of nice friendly rats living in the walls.  No word on Cassie’s science project, either, I hope her grade will survive this setback.

Chapter 3

Animorphs meeting in the barn.  Recap, recap, recap.  Did you know Rachel likes to shop and Jake is the boss of everyone? Also, Tobias is a bird.

Tobias and Ax called this meeting, but Ax won’t actually be attending because he’s keeping an eye on the situation Tobias is there to report on.  Logging is about to start in the forest.  Cassie is upset on environmental grounds, but the reason they’re doing a whole meeting about it is that apparently the logging company has set up a command post in the middle of the forest that has an armed guard and also is surrounded by a force field that Tobias bounces off of whenever he tries to breach it.

You know, like totally normal logging companies do, probably. Because tree trunks need armed firepower.

It doesn’t take Marco long to catch up with what Tobias and Cassie already figured out: the entire point of these logging shenanigans is to smoke Ax (and presumably the other “Andalites” that the Yeerks think are roaming around the woods) out of hiding and blow his cover.

So that’s fun!

On the plus side for Cassie, Jake mostly pretended to believe her when she claimed to have no idea what he was talking about when he mentioned kamikaze rats terrorizing boys at school.

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amariemelody  asked:

An image: Every time Thor comes home from Avenging, all of his kids come running to the front door screaming happily, and he just lets them "tackle" him to the ground in an "attack" of hugs, kisses, and, "Daddy tell us another story!" His wife just smiles and smiles and knows her turn will come soon, LOL!

Oh yeah, they all cuddle up on the couch and he tells them stories from battled, they’re a little watered down. He doesn’t talk too much about death on the battle field or his own personal injuries. He tells them about conquest and triumph, so they’ll know anything is possible if they work hard enough.

Those nights, mom lets the kids stay up later than usual.

~Mod Lillian


Torpedo Squadron 8 

On June 4, 1942, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked United States forces on the island of Midway. With four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk by the conclusion of the conflict, the battle was the first major victory for the US in the Pacific. But victory did not come without cost. More than 300 Americans lost their lives during the Battle of Midway, including all but one member of the bomber group Torpedo Squadron 8. Two films made by Oscar-winning director John Ford, now preserved at the National Archives, tell the story of triumph and sacrifice at Midway.

 While The Battle of Midway was seen by nearly everyone on the home front, Torpedo Squadron 8 was made solely for the families of the lost Squadron members. On the day the attack began, Kenneth Pier was shooting footage on the deck of USS Hornet. Soon after, the men of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) were the first to fight the enemy, flying unaccompanied toward Japanese forces. When it became clear that twenty-nine of the thirty men of VT- 8 died during the battle, Ford identified and assembled footage of the airmen into a simple but poignant film. Torpedo Squadron 8 is a film memorial that shows the men mugging for the camera and posing beside their planes, unaware that they had only hours left to live. 

 The film, shot on 16mm, was reduced to 8mm and presented to all of the families of VT-8. We can imagine that the film served both as a painful reminder of what was lost and as a gift as family members could see their loved ones one last time. Today, we all can view this film and remember the men who gave their lives.

Keep reading at  The Battle of Midway and Torpedo Squadron 8: A Memorial to a Fallen Unit | The Unwritten Record

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“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?”

- J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties – all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion – these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

- David Foster Wallace

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”

- Daphne du Maurier

“Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.”

- John Cheever

When you were young, you hid behind my legs. I was your protector and savior. When you were afraid, I showed you everything can be conquered, if we are brave enough to try.

Now you stand before me when I am afraid. You run headlong into the darkness to show me there’s nothing the shadows can do to harm us. You laugh at the unknown, because all your life you’ve learned the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

You make me believe in things I thought I had forgotten. You make me believe that I can conquer; that I can triumph. You give me strength to stand when I want to fall, to run when I can barely crawl.

Dog is man’s best friend, but you are more than that to me. You are my guardian. You know nothing of the demons I fight, yet you stand by my side and attack the darkness around me, until there’s nothing left of it, but a vague memory.

Brussels attacks and the Cosmic Perspective

In my bedroom beside my bed, hangs a poster that has the entire famous Pale Blue Dot speech. If you’re unfamiliar with it please watch it before reading. 

I wake up to this poster and go to bed to this poster every day. To remind myself of who I am in the grand scheme of the universe. It’s not to make myself feel small, as some believe, instead it makes me feel better about who I am and how I treat others.

Astronomy is something that for me gave me such an awakening to work in which we live in and how important it is for us as a race to come together and value ourselves and the world we live in.

Today, 34 people (the current count) lost their lives because of some peoples selfish acts of cowardice. These people, These cowards, are sick and selfish. They believe in hatred and separation of themselves from all of us. There will always be extremists, but it is so important for us to stop believing that we are so special. We are so privileged that we must do the bidding of a deity to be rewarded, using religion as an excuse to commit these atrocities . We are all in this together. We are all one. I beg every one of you to spend today thinking about your judgements for others based on their beliefs, their skin color, their gender catch yourselves in your judgements and rise above them.

Originally posted by swedebeast

To quote Carl Sagan:

“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves”

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

I apologize for using this blog to promote my ideas of life and how we treat each other, however I have over 5,000 followers now and felt the need to say something, anything, about how these attacks make me feel and how I wish we all could live together as one. Oh the things we would accomplish…

Originally posted by child-of-thecosmos

Haikyuu!! 178

Every week I try to read HQ on the down low to keep from the person sitting diagonally to me across the office, but every week Furudate sensei pushes to expose me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I came in this chapter braced for Tsukki feels but teared up anyway. However! Furudate sensei then throws in Suga’s internal struggle (that always gets me!!!!) and nonchalantly slip in Tendou’s back story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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It is an act of war. And faced with war, the nation must take appropriate measures. It is an act of war, committed by a terrorist army, Daesh, a terrorist army against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are, a free county, who speaks to the entire planet.
It is an act of war prepared, organized, planned from the outside, and with help from inside that the investigation will help establish.
It is an absolutely barbaric act. At this moment, 127 dead and a lot of injured. Families are in mourning, in distress, the nation is in pain. I have declared national mourning for the next 3 days. 
All the measures to protect our citizens and the territory have been taken. Within the state of emergency, the special forces and the army, whom I salute, for the action made last night and that managed to neutralize the terrorists. The army and the special forces are mobilized at the highest level of availability, and I have made sure that all the arrangements be raised to their maximum capacity. Military will patrol Paris, during the coming days. 
France, because she has been assaulted cowardly, shamefully, violently, France, will be ruthless against the barbaric Daesh. 
She will act with all the means within the law and with all the appropriate means, and on all fronts, interior as well as exterior, in consultation with our allies who themselves are affected by this terrorist threat.
In this time, so painful, so grave, so decisive for our country, I appeal to unity. To rallying. To stay calm and focused. I’ll speak to Parliament, convened in Congress in Versailles, on Monday, to gather the nation in the face of this event.
France is strong, and even though she is injured, she will always rise, and nothing will reach her, even though grief attacks us. France, she is solid, she is active. France, she is brave. And she will triumph over this barbarism. History reminds us this, and the strength that we are able to mobilize this day, convinces us of this. My dear fellow citizens, what we stand for is our homeland, but it is even more than that. These are the values of humanity, and France will take her responsibility, and I call for unity.
Long live the Republic and long live France.
—  President François Holland, Saturday, November 14th, 2015, (translated by me so any mistakes are my own).