devastating-storm

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
We can draw such comfort from these words! All loneliness, all fear is washed away when you know that the Creator God is with you even in the most terrifying of life’s situations. The wind and the waves obey Him. He is the Lord over them all. Who is man that He is mindful of. He promises to hold us and help us out of this devastating storm. Why are you downcast O my soul. Your Heavenly Father is on your side. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

i got a better shot. there are a lot of typos and some of it is barely coherent, but the prologue reads:

“Kingdom Hearts is the story of Sora, a 14 years-old bor whose word is shattered when aviolent storm hits his island paradise home, and is separaterfrom his two closest friends. Riku, a 15 year old girl the storm scatters the three to different and unknown worlds.

On their travels they meet Sora, on his own search or his lost friends. Thethree are told of ominous beings without hearts derived from an unknown dimension and, as it turns out, the ones responsible for the devastating storm.”

Love better. Love wrongly even. Love clumsy and half out your mind. Love spectacular. And less so. Love with mistakes. And forgiveness. Tolerance. Humility. Love with all the lights on. Every light. Every love. Love at every inconvenience. Love hurt. Love spoiled. Love against your better judgement. Love out of your comfort zone. Love wild as ivy. Loud as lion roar. But love quiet when needed. Love hummingbird. Daisy chain. Love in whispers, and in waiting. Love in vulnerability. Love sacred. Love like the head that bends to the prayer mat. Love soft as holy bread. Love resurrection. Love second, third, one hundredth coming. Love in faith. And in loss of it. Love anyway. Love even though. Love just because, and in spite of. Love after the storm. Love devastation. Among the debris. Love humbly. And with apology. And without. Love unreasonably. Unwaveringly. Undone. Love undone. Love unasked. Love unaware of the consequences. Love with reckless optimism. Love earnest as a child. Hopeful as a birthday candle. Love like you don’t know better. Love like you don’t care to.
—  Donna-Marie Riley
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Randall and Lix from the people that know them the best.

I really get the feeling Anna is as affected by Randall’s Beautiful Suffering as the rest of us – and the way Peter is looking at her he knows it too – because I swear she’s having a hard time not crying while Peter is explaining why Randall HAD to come back and find Lix again.

And if that’s not big-R Romantic enough for you, then Abi Morgan says :

Okay, admittedly, she didn’t say it over this particular image, but dammit she should have, so that’s what I’m using!

(The very little bit we get of Peter and Anna in the behind-the-scenes dvd extra is clearly only a portion of the full interview with them. What I wouldn’t give to see the whole thing! Did Pilfrey and Estelle come up at all I wonder? Because Pilfrey and Estelle is exactly the same kind of big-R Romance as Randall and Lix except obviously the complete opposite.)

So I made up an AU. it’s a bit longer than my usual post though. XD

An AU set in medieval fantasy where the Grace siblings were orphaned at a young age after their abusive mother died and without a father, both were sent to the orphanage. 

After being admitted into the orphanage they suffered constant bullying from other older kids. Especially with Thalia’s rebellious nature and refusal to bow down to others. As well as her desire to protect her younger brother Jason. Then suddenly one day the bullying went too far and Jason got injured (thus lip scar, nope nope nothing to do with staplers at all. LOL) . In her rage Thalia lost control and  released a devastating storm upon the orphange.  It took a lot of people to hold her down and after that the people imprisoned her, out of fear of her powers. Little Jason came to visit her regularly always crying everytime he saw her.. Even though beaten and bruised she would always put on a smile for him. 

Then not long after, men in armor came. They came and took both the Grace siblings. It turns out they were the bastard children of King Zeus  of House Stormborn. One of the Great houses of the kingdom. They were taken in and trained to join their father’s army. Turns out both were very talented. As the years passed, the siblings rose through the ranks quickly. Earning the respect and fear of those around them. 

Jason grew into a disciplined and diplomatic man, yet was also an excellent swordsman. Always prefering the diplomatic ways first. His sister Thalia was a different story,  a force to be reckoned with. Hot-headed and unpredicatble she usually prefers to use force. And power is something she is not lacking in. 

That is why when King Zeus sends his son Jason to reason with you… be sure you grab this opprunity to think things through. For when Jason comes to visit… Thalia is not too far off.

And as they say… There is always a calm, before the storm.

Requested by @shadowalex2000 and @imsodonewiththisflipsatablebye

A lot of creepy things live in the depths of the ocean, and Lugia is certainly no exception. The pokédex says that this pokémon lives deep in the ocean to control it’s power. In the sky, flapping Lugia’s wings creates storms and devastating winds. In the high pressures of the deep ocean, it does not have such strong effects.

Water is more viscous then air, which means that it takes more effort to displace and push water to move through it. This is why it is harder to walk in water. As with most fluids, the more pressure is increased, the more viscous it becomes, and thus the harder to move through. Deep in the oceans, pressure is very high, crushed under the weight of miles of water. So while Lugia’s powerful wings can cause disasters in the air, in the high pressure of the water they make much less of an impact. In the deepest ocean, about 36,000 feet (nearly 7 miles/11 km down), the surrounding pressure is equivalent to lifting 50 jumbo jets. Film director James Cameron holds the record for the deepest dive (in a submarine, of course) by reaching the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Lugia probably doesn’t hide down that deep, but withstands huge pressures nonetheless.

So how does Lugia survive those kind of insane pressures? Furthermore, how can its body survive both in those deep pressures and flying in the air? For these answers, we’re going to look at whales. 

Sperm whales, specifically, are known to dive over 7,000 feet to hunt giant squid. Being mammals, they also have to return to the surface regularly to breathe. This is a pressure difference of roughly 3,000 psi (pounds per square inch), which would easily collapse human lungs and snap bones. But the sperm whale has a unique advantage. Unlike human lungs, whale lungs, sinuses, and other air cavities are actually anatomically meant to collapse. Whales have flexible bodies and bendable cartilage supporting their rib cage, for example. Additionally, both whales and crustaceans have a collection of veins called venous plexuses which fill to get rid of the air spaces like their ear cavity when diving.

As for the lungs, lung collapse forces air away from the alveoli, the part of the lungs where the air enters the bloodstream. In diving humans, too much air transfer at high pressures can cause high nitrogen levels in the blood, which leads to “the bends”. But a whale obviously has no need to breathe underwater, since they hold their breath when they dive. Therefore, whales don’t even use their lungs underwater, so they can collapse safely. The whale survives off of the oxygen that is already in their body from their most recent breaths. Since a whale has 3-4 times more blood than a human, they can hold much more oxygen. Additionally, whales have about 10 times higher concentration of myoglobin than humans, which is the oxygen-storing protein in muscles (the equivalent of hemoglobin in the bloodstream). Since whales can store so much oxygen in their bodies, they have no use for their lungs underwater and therefore can withstand the high pressures.

Lugia’s body is anatomically built to adapt to high changes in pressure, enabling it to both soar through the skies and dive deep into the ocean. Its body is flexible and it can store much more oxygen in its muscles and blood than a human can, so its lungs, ear cavities, and other air spaces in the body can safely collapse in the high pressures of the ocean.

Something that I keep expecting to come across but haven’t seen is speculation on whether Furiosa knew there would be a storm - had been waiting for it, planning on it.  

As soon as I saw her driving deliberately towards it, I had this quote in my head:

[Stilgar] said, “Very soon, Mua’Dib.  Sooner than we expected.  It is a great-great-grandmother of a storm…perhaps even more than you wished.”

“It’s my storm,” Paul said, and saw the silent awe on the faces of the Fedaykin who heard him.  “Though it shook the entire world it could not be more than I wished.”

Paul Adreides (Dune) had waited until an enormous sand storm would destroy the shields and communications of the enemy before launching his most devastating attack.  The storm was his ace in the hole.

Furiosa was driving the heaviest vehicle in the chase, and knew she would be right from the start.  She had the greatest chance of surviving those winds - the war rig would stay on the ground while lighter vehicles were whirled away.  Did she know a storm was on its way? (a legit question for a couple of reasons: for one, people and animals living close to the elements can sense all kinds of things; and for two, they had tech at the Citadel and predicting deadly storms is a big survival advantage)  Did she pick that particular supply run day to move the wives because she knew she’d have this perfectly timed advantage?

Whether she had that forecast or whether she took the opportunity…it was her storm, for sure.

13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century.

The ship is the second to be located off southern Japan from two massive armadas – each reputedly made up of more than 4,000 ships and with an invasion force of 140,000 men – sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to conquer Japan in 1274 and 1281.

Both invasion fleets were destroyed by devastating typhoons, with the storms going down in Japanese history as “kamikaze”, or divine wind, that saved the nation from foreign invasion. The kamikaze were again invoked in the dying days of the Second World War, with the crew of aircraft and miniature submarines carrying out suicide missions against the Allies. Read more.

The world is ‘pretty darned close’ to the point of no return.
— 

Top climate researcher James Hansen

The current rate of global warming could raise sea levels by “several meters” over the coming century, rendering most of the world’s coastal cities uninhabitable and helping unleash devastating storms, according to a paper published by James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who is considered the father of modern climate change awareness. 

Read more in The Guardian.

Love better. Love wrongly even. Love clumsy and half out your mind. Love spectacular. And less so. Love with mistakes. And forgiveness. Tolerance. Humility. Love with all the lights on. Every light. Every love. Love at every inconvenience. Love hurt. Love spoiled. Love against your better judgement. Love out of your comfort zone. Love wild as ivy. Loud as lion roar. But love quiet when needed. Love hummingbird. Daisy chain. Love in whispers, and in waiting. Love in vulnerability. Love sacred. Love like the head that bends to the prayer mat. Love soft as holy bread. Love resurrection. Love second, third, one hundredth coming. Love in faith. And in loss of it. Love anyway. Love even though. Love just because, and in spite of. Love after the storm. Love devastation. Among the debris. Love humbly. And with apology. And without. Love unreasonably. Unwaveringly. Undone. Love undone. Love unasked. Love unaware of the consequences. Love with reckless optimism. Love earnest as a child. Hopeful as a birthday candle. Love like you don’t know better. Love like you don’t care to.
—  Donna-Marie Riley

UNITED KINGDOM, York : A woman cleans the inside window of her wine bar, as the floodwaters rise from the rivers Foss and Ouse, after they burst their banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain’s top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS                 

Design based on herding/sheepdogs 

Collewe (Collie + Ewe) - The Nipping Pokemon

Dark or Normal/Dark

This highly energetic pokemon loves to chase around pokemon much larger than themselves. It is often used by ranch owners to keep their flocks in control.

Collewe’s fur is very similar to a Mareep’s wool. It tends to hide amongst large flocks of Mareep to avoid capture.

Manegrel (Mane + Mongrel) - The Charging Pokemon

Dark

When faced with something unfamiliar, Manegrel will charge at it with full force. Even trainers of this pokemon have to be very cautious of its mood.

It is said that when a Manegrel pack charges through an area, it means a devastating storm is soon to follow.

Lupiter (Lupus + Jupiter, Roman Zeus) - The Gatekeeper Pokemon

Dark/Electric

Despite its intimidating appearance, Lupiter are known for being great and gentle protectors. They will often let smaller pokemon rest in their soft mane.

Its howl resembles that of loud rolling thunder. In battle it runs around its opponents charging up powerful amounts of static electricity. Its horns shine brightly when it is fully charged. (Note: This is more like an in-battle animation rather than an alternate form)

Okay, but, imagine if everything went wrong in the Seychelles:
  • The first night they’re there, a freak tropical storm devastates the resort and knocks out the electricity all over the islands. The government declares a state of emergency—well, what else is new?
  • Jemma stays awake for twenty-eight hours straight, working triage. Fitz spends that time tooling around the islands in a variety of small boats and golf carts, getting essential generators up and running.
  • The only time they see each other for 36 hours is when she removes the splinters he’s picked up hauling trees out of the roads. Each pricked place receives a kiss.
  • Before he leaves, he tucks her hair behind her ear, kisses her hairline, and tells her she’s his hero
  • The wi-fi is out. So are the phones. They get SHIELD on the sat-phone, but Stuff Is Happening so
  • Once things settle, they are given a room in the only hotel with electricity. It is five miles inland. The carpet is fuzzy and green because it hasn’t been replaced since the seventies. The walls are fuzzy and green because they’re covered with a mold they discover Fitz is allergic to
  • If you think Jemma doesn’t try to get a sample to take home you’re wrong
  • It grows too quickly thank goodness
  • There’s running water, of a sort, but it’s so brown they decide unilaterally that showers are not to be thought of. Sponge baths are the order of the day and Fitz helps Jemma wash her hair so it doesn’t get in her eyes
  • However, they cannot exist without tea. Fortunately, Jemma brought a tin of proper tea that actually survived the storm. Fitz rigs up a burner using her curling iron that gets the water both hot and clean enough to drink, but there’s no milk because powdered milk is an abomination
  • Someone drops by a bag of groceries every four days or so
  • Fitz complains of hunger every four minutes or so
  • There are bugs everywhere, breeding in the standing water leftover from the storm. Jemma is allergic to bug bites, they find, and spends several days with cool washcloths on the bites, which are as swollen as cricket balls
  • They pass the time playing Twenty Questions: Scientists Edition and interminable rounds of Go Fish with a sticky deck of cards Jemma found in the drawer. It has indigenous fish species on it
  • By the end of the vacation the score stands Fitz 1,465 and Jemma 1,523
  • Naturally she gloats but Fitz thinks she’s adorable when she’s smug so he may throw a game or a hundred
  • Their vacation wardrobes are entirely out of season so they spend the whole time in the two oversized jumpers Jemma brought just in case. This cues another round of gloating when she reminds Fitz that he tried to talk her out of them
  • The last night Fitz manages to scrounge up enough emergency candles to make the ambiance in the room romantic rather than scary and they make a little island on the disgusting, nubby bedspread and make a splash with the rations and drink tea out of glasses and Fitz pulls out a box of chocolates he’s been hiding somehow
  • They arrive back at the base with no tans, no photos (except silly selfies Jemma forced Fitz to take somewhere in the middle of Go Fish and Twenty Questions and the rest of it), and the broadest grins on their faces
  • “It was the best vacation ever,” they say

Keep Haiti in your prayers. Jokes aside about Matthew, the storm devastated the area and up to 30 people are reported deceased.

Florida is torn between panic and people staying behind. Everyone is looking at the radar and thinking it’s just to hit the East but this is a Hurricane and nothing we can fully predict. It could get stronger, it can very well change course and there is no telling what comes with ‘em.

It is shown that it can very much hit Florida twice along with Tropical Storm (possible second hurricane) Nicole coming from an angle heading towards east/mid/west Florida+

There is no telling what is going to happen in the next couple of days. Keep an eye on the sky and if you can get to safety do so. Or have one hell of a hurricane party.

I’m in it’s path so to my followers if you don’t hear from me it is due to power loss.

I wish you all who are also in it’s path good luck, stay safe.

You and I

You were Saturday afternoons
and hot cola .
You were cloudless skies.
And a mouth full of lies.
You were like morphine, you took away my pain.
You kept yourself sane whilst you bought me to the brink of insanity.

I was like winter mornings.
And cold coffee; bittersweet.
I was a unknown constellation.
And smiles full of hesitation.
I was cancer I spread through you like a poison and burnt everyone of your cells.
I don’t know if you can tell.
But I was destroying you because you destroyed me.

You and I were blazing fires
And calm waters.
You and I were raging storms
And devastating aftermaths.
You and I were toxic burning each others tongues and poisoning each others mind’s.
We were cruel because we were kind.
To foolish to find faith in each other.

We were lovers.
We were enemies.
We were walking travesties.
We were fading tragedies.
We were us.

UNITED KINGDOM, York : A woman takes a photograph as she is transported to safety by members of the emergency services, after homes were affected by floodwaters in streets close to The River Foss after it burst it’s banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain’s top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS