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Children

I wrote Thor: Ragnarok fanfiction.

I… don’t even know. It’s not even funny. (The movie is hilarious, though, definitely recommended.)



None of Frigga’s children were carried by her.

This is a thing she does not like to dwell upon. They are all hers, in all their faults and glories, their privileges and pains. Triumphs and mistakes. They have all been fed and soothed and rocked to sleep in her arms. Sung to and told stories, and loved more fiercely than they could possibly know.

But for a supposed Goddess of Fertility… perhaps it is peculiar.

For a Goddess of Love? Not so much.

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Justice For Jin

Kindly bear up with my rant. I know, I’ve probably said this over a million times, but Bangtan Sonyeondan’s eldest member, Kim Seokjin, deserves all the love and respect in the world. It saddens, upsets and deeply affects me that he gets treated so unjustly. He is honestly very hardworking – I am well aware of the fact that he isn’t perfect – but he always strives to achieve that post.

He is beautiful, inside and out. He is a man who loves Bangtan and ARMYs like his own family – and they are family to him, although not by blood. He spends his time practicing hard to make everyone happy – he even makes paper hearts to show how much he loves and appreciate ARMYs; and what does he get back in return?

He gets badmouthed, criticized and even bullied. He’s gotten called fat many times (specifically during pre-debut), which has provoked him to go on a diet. He still gets a bad dancer – because he cannot dance as good as the best dancers of the group like J-Hope, Jimin and Jungkook, but have you ever seen the man not put effort into whatever he does?

If you fail to see how much he’s improved in all these years of practice then the joke is on you guys.

Also, have you ever truly listened to his voice? His voice is smooth, clear, quiet, and yet powerful – all at the same time. Soothing, in a way. I know you don’t really call a guy’s voice beautiful, but his is. To me, it is like the promise of tomorrow – full of hope for new possibilities; beautiful – one that makes me wish that he would never stop singing.

I’m tired, honestly – so fucking tired of stretching my ears to be able to listen to Jin’s parts in a song. It is upsetting. I’ve always felt that the line distribution wasn’t fair, and recently it has even been proved that Jin doesn’t even get enough screen time.

Kim Seokjin deserves so, so much more than what he gets. He needs to be more appreciated, loved and respected. Not only by Bighit, but also my ARMYs.

Like, seriously, it has been four years. How longer are we to wait? Seokjin is a lovely guy. He is caring, understanding and has a big heart; but that doesn’t mean people are to take him for granted and test him like this. I’m sure that by now we all agree how patient he actually is. But still; even patience has a limit and its not very wise to tickle a sleeping dragon, considering that the consequences would always end up being feral.

Hopefully, realization dawns on Bighit as to just how unjustly they’ve been treating a true gem like Jin.

Bangtan Sonyeondan wouldn’t be the same without Kim Seokjin. All the members are equally important and it is about time Bighit starts treating them that way. Its about time ARMYs start loving, respecting and supporting each and every individual, without leaving anyone out.

I’d say it here: Jimin is my bias (and a lot, lot more than that), but that doesn’t make me love the other six any less. I love them with all of my fucking heart. I’ve sold my heart, mind and soul to OT7.

Because seriously – how can you even call yourself an ARMY, if you only favour the members you fancy and leave the others out? That’s plain… ugly. I apologize if that sounds harsh but that’s what the truth is; one can’t deserve to be called an ARMY if they don’t appreciate and respect the hard work of all the seven. To support a band or a group is to support it as a whole.

They all have worked fucking hard. Jin isn’t an exception and deserves his time to shine – as a vocalist, as a visual, as a member of BTS, and as an individual.

All the negativity can wait – there is no room for hate here. If you consider this long rant being childish, petulant or overemotional, just ask yourself this: would you be okay with people paying you dust after you’ve worked your butt off for years?

Rant over. Thank you.

Sincerely,

– A girl who has had enough of the injustice.

purplespacefairy  asked:

someone (maybe henry idk) meeting caeldori and assuming it's cordelia under a weird curse that turns her into a teenager. caeldori isnt sure how to explain that shes cordelia's granddaughter.

Here, your wish has been granted (∩⏓◡⏓)⊃━☆゚.*

In the previous episode

Caeldori thought Kamui’s army was already chock full of weirdos, but now she realizes Chrom’s weirdos might be even worse.

Bonus, because what is Henry without his sense of humor:

amuseddarkness  asked:

If North Korea were to launch a nuclear warhead and hit America I think we're strong enough to blast them to dust without using our own nukes. Do you think so too or no?

Yes. They can’t hit our west coast and if there’s something our army excels at its massive conventional warfare. North Korea would be pulverized in weeks at most with drones and air strikes filling the skies and missiles from destroyers and subs wrecking whatever dark age infrastructure they have.

Their ground army would probs be annihilated by the combination of SK and US forces already there. They have 1960s tech tops.

And we’re not mentioning Japanese support or other allies in the region. Even if NK managed to get a missile off the ground and hit a target with nuclear force, we would not need to respond with nukes.

Though granted two or three well placed hydrogen bombs would solve this problem for good and not be nearly as expensive in the short term.

Our obsession with adopting a pan-Arab Muslim ‘culture’ often contributes to glossing over the rich histories of gender and sexual non-normativity which are as diverse as South Asia itself. While many so-called ‘developed’ Western states either failed to acknowledge or grossly mistreated and oppressed their transgender communities, the Mughals of South Asia celebrated them by appointing them as high court officials. References about intersex and gender ambiguous individuals appear in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions alike. Similarly, the practice of appointing eunuchs in royal courts reportedly existed in the Ottoman Empire, as well as the Mamluk and Safavid dynasties. Chief eunuchs in Mughal courts served as army generals, harem guards and advisors to the emperors. They also supervised the education of princes, protection of the harem women and also served as messengers and watchmen. Many such gender and genitally ambiguous people reached high status and accumulated riches. The eunuchs, historian Laurence Preston maintains, were entitled to public revenue, received grants in the form of cash and land, and even had the official right to beg. The Khwaja-sira community of Pakistan draws its history and identification from this time. Hijra communities sought devotion to both Bahuchara Mata and Muslim saints.

Similar acceptance or at least tolerance existed for queer sexualities. Anthropologists often delve into the subject through queer reading of Sufi poetry, which they supplement with historical accounts. An oft-quoted example is that of Muhammad Sa’id, more commonly known as Hazrat Sarmad Shaheed, who had a male lover by the name of Abhay Chand. Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh was highly influenced by Sufi poet Sarmad Shaheed, whose shrine is in Delhi. The Punjabi historian Shafi Aquil speaks of the relationship between Madho and Hussain as one of “boundless love”. Such was the spiritual love of Madhu Lal and Shah Hussain that the latter is still known today as Madho Lal Hussain – as if the two lovers fused together. I have an excerpt from Bulleh Shah’s Sufi poetry framed in my room in which the legendary Punjabi poet beautifully depicts the suffering of separation from one’s lover by imagining oneself as a woman.

Emperor Babur’s autobiographical Tuzuki-i-Babri contains a sentimental recollection of his erotic love for a teenage boy. Acclaimed South Asian author Ismat Chugtai’s Lihaaf is considered a classic text in contemporary queer literature.

Among the various forms of sex and gender queerness, Islamic law acknowledges intersexuality in a legal as well as social light. Medieval Muslim jurists carefully considered this issue and today the Islamic law explicitly acknowledges intersex individuals and their choice in choosing gender. Scott Siraj-ul-Haqq Kugle discusses the historical evidence stemming from oral and hadith narratives that assert that Prophet Muhammad interacted with several mukhannath (intersex or effeminate men) in his life time. There is evidence regarding mukhannaths guarding the harem of Prophet’s wives, praying with men and women in mosques, and later being employed at Ka’ba and Masjid-e-Nabwi. I will leave it to the readers to further study this topic and fathom the queer aspects of Islamic and Arab history. Scott Kugle’s and Kecia Ali’s works, as well as some Palestinian queer rights organizations like Aswat and Al-Qaws, are a good place to start. Food for thought.

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In 1709, in a war that would in our world be known as the Great Northern
War but here known as the Russo-Swedish War, rather than going south
into Ukraine for the winter and camping out there to gather local
support (which he didn’t find), Charles XII of Sweden goes toward Moscow
instead. In our world, he didn’t because he was cautious of the winter,
but in reality the winter was mild and Peter the Great had very few
soldiers or supplies in the city. Charles XII would have been able to
walk in unopposed. So in this world, he does just that and forces Russia
to surrender, burning half of Moscow to get Peter to comply.

Peter’s woes don’t end there, as Poland shortly thereafter switches sides,
signing an alliance with Sweden and invading Russia, taking back
territory it had previously lost, including Kiev when, somewhat
ironically, a harsher winter in 1711 destroyed a Russian supply train
preventing them from holding back an offensive aimed at Kiev and forcing
Peter to sign away yet more territory.

In disgrace, Peter managed to keep control over Russia, but his body and heart couldn’t take it, and he died in 1714 without bearing a son, leaving his niece, Queen Anne, on the throne as regent for his daughter, Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Anne managed to pull Russia back from the brink and instituted an
isolationist policy in regards to Europe, pulling back from European
politics and conquering territory in Central Asia to keep the Russian
people happy and keep expanding. While it pacified Russia, it also was
the complete opposite of what the young Elizabeth felt. Elizabeth, in a
shrewd move by Anne, was married to a prince in Prussia, Prince Henry,
one of the younger sons of King Frederick William I and brother to King
Frederick William II, known to our history as Frederick the Great. She
took more after her father, looking to Europe as an answer to Russia’s
woes. However, unlike her father, she did not believe that the answer
was to transform Russia to be more like Europe. Instead, she felt that
they should do as Prussia did to Brandenburg and adopt European values
and ideas and adapt them to Russian values and ideas already in place.
No need to shave beards or take on new titles, simply take the best and
adapt it to what is already in place.

At the age of 25, in 1734, Elizabeth learned that Queen Anna intended to support her son, Ivan VI, as Tsar rather than Elizabeth as Tsarina. Rather than attack her openly, Elizabeth arranged for guards to take Ivan VI from Moscow to Vladimir, where he was to be raised until an adult, with Anna’s approval. However, when the guards arrived, Anna was surprised to find that they were not her royal guards, but rather Prussian guards under the command of Prince
Henry. They arrested Queen Anna and had her forcibly abdicated from the
throne as Elizabeth, finally, assumed the position of Tsarina in 1735.

After becoming Tsarina, Elizabeth began instituting her own series of reforms
to Russia, basing them less of France and the Netherlands but more off
of Prussia and Austria. The Russian Senate was reconvened and the boyar
Duma was recreated under her to give both the rich and aristocrats
voices in government while the army was completely overhauled with help
from King Frederick William II, basing heavily off the Prussian model.
In addition, prominent nobles could buy commands in the Russian Army to
encourage further spending and gallantry in the army, and high-ranking
officers were afforded a special position in the Senate. Along with
these reforms, running from 1735-1758, Tsarina Elizabeth signed
alliances with Prussia and Denmark against the dual alliance of Sweden
and Poland that had held sway over Eastern Europe for the past 50 years.

War, an eventuality at this point, came in 1758 as disputes between Denmark
(who had lost a good chunk of Norway in the Russo-Swedish War) and
Sweden flared up into warfare when Swedish troops crossed into Norway,
intent on taking the Crown of Norway and uniting Scandinavia beneath the
Swedish banner. Russia, allied with Denmark, declared war on Sweden, as
did Prussia, and Poland soon joined the fight as well, beginning the
Great Northern War that would last, in some areas, until 1783.

The war, at first, went well for Russia and her allies. Sweden was
primarily focused on Denmark, who had transformed their armies as well
and had won a major victory in the region of Skane in southern Sweden,
forcing Poland to fight a two-front war. Russian forces quickly took
Kiev in a devastating victory against the numerically-superior Polish
army, and Prussia managed to take Danzig as well. Sweden, at the time,
avoided war with Russia so as not to spread itself out, and still
believed Russia to be weak. This was somewhat proven as a Russian force
aimed at taking Viborg lost their supply train to a Polish attack and
thus were destroyed by the small Swedish forces at Viborg. However, on
the Polish front, Russia and Prussia were gaining ground while Denmark
held its own.

However, things changed in 1760, two years into the conflict, when a series of unfortunate events happened to Russia and her allies. Firstly, a Danish fleet carrying soldiers and supplies and warships to reinforce Christiana in Norway against a Swedish attack was lost to a combination of bad weather and a Swedish naval assault, smashing a hole in the Danish war machine and forcing their capitulation, giving up Norway and retreating from the war. In the same
year, Austria, sensing weakness, declared war on Prussia to get back
Silesia (which Prussia had taken in a previous war) and Sweden turned
its war machine on Russia while Poland got its second wind due to a
relief by the Austrians against Prussia and the recapture of Danzig,
allowing supplies between Poland and Sweden to flow.

A massive Swedish assault in 1761 smashed into Russia’s northern flank and took Novgorod in a stunning defeat that wounded Prince Henry who had been
defending the city. A join Polish-Swedish assault, aimed at creating a
pincer move, closed in on Moscow, and for a time it seemed like Russia
might fall by 1763. Russian forces were moved out from all corners of
the world to defend the capital. However, a miracle came in just the
right time: a heavy winter. General Winter was on Russia’s side once
more, and a devastating winter in 1762 halted all attacks on Moscow,
allowing Russia to resupply. Prince Henry, now healed, led a
counterattack on Swedish and Polish forces in early 1765, only to find
that the forces were already wounded. In the confusion in the camps
outside of Moscow, which were generally unorganized and rowdy, fights
had broken out and the Swedes and Poles, each thinking the other was the
Russians (helped by Russian skirmishers making them think that) turned
their guns on each other, killing more than 2,000 men and wounded double
that in the fighting. Prince Henry’s well-supplied and well-trained
soldiers absolutely smashed through the Swedes and Poles and forced them
back from Moscow for good.

At the same time, a colossal war between Britain and France in the Americas and Europe (a parallel to OTL’s Seven Years War) broke out and forced Austria to abandon its so-far pointless attacks on Prussia, allowing Prussia to retake Danzig and invade Poland once more, as well as finally take the besieged Swedes in Pomerania. From 1765-1775, the war slowed as each side began a
series of long assaults and withdrawals, primarily fought in Poland and
Sweden as the two titanic sides clashed over and over again, as Russia
and Prussia slowly forced the Poles and Swedes out of their own
territory.

A major victory came in 1775 as Charles XIII, King of Sweden, was killed in battle near Riga, causing both the city to fall and Sweden to fall into chaos as he had no legal heir or even close heir. In the chaos, Swedish forces in the Baltic were utterly destroyed,and Denmark re-declared war with a rebuilt fleet and army, quickly taking back Norway and even Scania, lost to them since the Thirty Years War. Sweden, from 1775-1777, went from a major contender in the war to a terrible loser, losing a massive amount of territory and being forced
to surrender in 1778 in the Treaty of Riga, which granted Russia much of
its Baltic territories and a good chunk of Finland, as well as the
release of Norway and Scania to Denmark. Poland attempted to get in on
the peace and save what land it still had (which was quite a lot), but
was denied as Russia and Prussia were determined to grind them down.
And, to add to Poland’s woes, Austria, fresh off a victory against the
Franco-Spanish-Bavarian alliance in its war alongside Britain, declared
war on Poland.

The next three years were spent wrapping up the war in Poland, which had waged for years from 1778-1788, Poland essentially fought a long series of losing battles as its pleas former allies and just about anyone else (including France) went unheard and it was faced with a total loss of territory. Fighting was more or less over by 1781, but revolts and rebellion was not put down enough until 1783 to declare the war over with the Peace of Cracow (signed by Tsar Ivan III who had replaced his mother Elizabeth since 1770), which
divided Poland between the 3 allies. Austria got the smallest chunk,
Galicia, due to its relative lack of participation while Russia got the
lion’s share and Prussia got a corridor to Danzig, plus enlarged Silesia
and took bits of Poland up to Warsaw, which was taken by the Russians.

In the end, the Great Northern War, sometimes called the Second Thirty
Years War, was one of the most devastating wars in Europe before the
20th century. Total dead from battle, disease, famine, and more ranged
from 1.5 to 5 million, and much of the Polish and Russian countryside
had suffered destruction at some point in the war. However, on the
bright side, Russia and Prussia had finally gained their place in the
sun, utterly defeating their enemies and creating the most powerful
alliance in Europe that could stand against even the mightiest foes, and
allowed Russia to begins its path to superpowerdom in the 19th century
and beyond.

I just realized something: 

How ironic is it that when Ba Sing Se finally burned–not quite fell, but actually burned–the city’s inhabitants themselves were at fault, along with what’s basically the anti-Team Avatar (complete with airbender)/

Zhao boasted that 100 AG would be the year that Ba Sing Se would burn. A few years prior, Iroh–then a part of an army besieging the city–joked that he’d burn the city to the ground. Then, as  Sozin’s Comet arrived to grant firebenders its power, both Ozai and Azula said that they would burn the Earth Kingdom in its entirely–including the so-called “Impenetrable City.” 

But even though Ozai singed the western coast with his fire, the great city of Ba Sing Se never faced his wrath. Instead, it endured. 

Fast forward 70 years. Not only does Long Feng’s warning ( “T hese hooligans are part of an anarchist cell…If you listen to them, you’re playing right into your own destruction.”) come true, but the city finally burns at the hands of the Red Lotus and the citizens of Ba Sing Se. 

Can You Spot the German Army Snipers in These Photos?

If you’ve ever played Call of Duty Online, you’ll know that snipers are very sneaky bastards. But that’s the point. They hide in the distance, camouflaged in their surroundings, and pick you off before you’ve even realised they’re there. In real life, these highly trained marksmen are capable of surviving alone in the wilderness for weeks on end. They diglittle holes—or “nests,” as they call them—and hang out there for a bit before popping up and putting a bullet through someone’s skull from more than a mile away.

Artist Simon Menner was recently granted permission to spend some time with the German Army and its snipers. During the two occasions he visited, he captured the soldiers’ remarkable ability to blend into their environment, producing images that appear to be simple landscape shots until you look close enough to spot the barrel of a gun.

This is a common theme in Menner’s work, which often focuses on information and the ways in which it can be restricted and revealed. Other similar works include minefields in Bosnia, and the more recent book Top Secret (Hatje Cantz, 2013), an extraordinary collection of both ridiculous and shocking images from the Stasi archives.

Have a look through the images and try to find the snipers. There are tips to help you out.

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Hey Tumblr, I’m gonna do you a favor. Go to your nearest theater, and go see The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

It’s got hotties galore, gorgeous outfits, Cold War tech, a fabulous undercover asset played by Alicia Vikander, enormously entertaining villians, and more snark than you can shake a stick at, especially between Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer’s CIA and KGB agents, respectively. (Also trope set-ups. All the tropes and potential shipping.)

This movie was fast paced, frequently smart, and ferociously funny. I was delighted from start to finish, and even if nothing as really surprising, it was all so much fun you don’t even notice its referential nature.

After Kingsmen earlier this year and now this movie, all I can say is: here’s to the renaissance of irreverent spy movies

fortune.com
The Company Behind the Dakota Pipeline Has a New Plan to Finish It
By Reuters

It’s arguing that the Army Corps of Engineers incorrectly caved to political pressure.

The company building the Dakota Access Pipeline turned to a federal judge late on Monday for a permit to finish the job after the federal government ruled against the controversial pipeline.

The pipeline, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners ETP 0.93% , has been the subject of protests from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and climate activists for months, due to its proximity to the tribe’s reservation.

On Sunday, the federal government turned down ETP’s request for an easement that will allow it to tunnel under the Missouri River, adjacent to the Standing Rock reservation. The tribe and others hailed the victory, even though they expected the fight with the company would continue.

In a legal filing on Monday, ETP asked a judge to grant the permit, saying that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in its decision, responded to “political pressure and an escalating campaign of violence and disorder waged by protesters” against the project.

Last month, ETP said that delays have already cost it $450 million, while it anticipates further monthly delays of about $83 million. The company did comment on the filing.

“This seems like a distraction to me from the real issues. The Army Corps knows whether or not it has granted an easement across federal property. The Army Corps has wide discretion in this issue,” said Jan Hasselman, a lawyer with Earthjustice, which is representing the Standing Rock Sioux.

Protests have gathered momentum this year in both the United States and Canada, as climate activists have united with Native tribes to form a powerful coalition against pipeline development. Canada’s natural resources minister was forced to apologize on Tuesday for remarks interpreted as favoring law enforcement violence against protesters.

This came after several clashes between police and activists in North Dakota, most recently a confrontation with several hundred protesters where police responded by spraying people with water and tear gas amid freezing temperatures.

That galvanized hundreds of veterans to flock to the Dakota Access protests, where they met tribal leaders to protest over the weekend, just before the Army Corps’ decision.

The chief of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Dave Archambault, asked protesters on Monday to go home, saying they should go home to spend winter with their families.

That became impossible late on Monday, as conditions turned harsh at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, when a blizzard rolled in and raged throughout Tuesday, forcing activists to hunker down in communal tents and cars.

A state travel warning was issued on Monday, imploring people in southern North Dakota, including the area around Cannon Ball and the capital of Bismarck, to avoid travel. Snow has accumulated rapidly, with wind gusts in the area exceeding 50 miles per hour (80 kmh), according to the National Weather Service, causing drifts and blocking roads.

Linda Black Elk, 42, a leader of the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, said Tuesday there had been two cases of hypothermia in camp. She said volunteers walked around the camp through the evening visiting tipis and yurts to check on people.

Morton County, in a release, said it had set up shelters at several locations, where a number of protesters attempting to leave the camp had ended up due to difficult driving conditions. Blockades on Highway 1806, just north of camp, were still in place as of late Monday, as the blizzard approached.