fandom: war

FRANCE. June 6, 1944. Aerial photo of part of the 6th Airborne Division’s Drop Zone ‘N’ between Ranville and Amfreville, east of the Orne River. Airspeed Horsa gliders can be seen on the Drop Zone, many with their fuselages separated for ease of unloading. The villages of Amfreville and Breville are visible in the top left of the photo.

Photograph: Imperial War Museum

If you live in the US, you should not be freaking out about nuclear war with North Korea in a “we’re all going to die” way. DPRK has one rocket that can reach the continental US, it’s barely gotten functional, and they have no warheads small enough to be carried by that rocket. They can theoretically hit Hawaii and Alaska, but Hawaii is a small, long-range target and Alaska has very low population density, so attacks there would likely be ineffective.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be freaking out about nuclear war with North Korea. It’s to say that you should stop being so fucking self-centered about it.

We’re not going to die. If we nuke North Korea, we’ll wipe out thousands of noncombatants, just like we did in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even in an “ideal” outcome for that first strike, where Kim goes down immediately, his military apparatus will retaliate — against South Korea and probably Japan. This hypothetical nuclear exchange will kill millions of civilians who, surprise surprise, live far away and look sort of not-European. Then we’ll spend the rest of our long, non-incinerated lives bickering with each other over whether it was cool of us to start that fight.

If you want to speak out against Trump’s nuclear bullshittery, don’t bleat “we’re all going to die.” Yell “no atrocities in our name.”

She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close.
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from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

This is one of the funniest, constantly-misused quotes I see around on the internet, as most people I see sharing it seem to think it’s either from a romance or about, at the closest to the truth, a femme fatale, while actually it’s something the men in the room think about War herself, who’s traveling around the world creating wars until the Apocalypse shows up, and they all realize at once that while they’re attracted to her, they’re mostly terrified by her, and it’s both hilarious because she’s a Horseman of the Apocalypse and this great metaphor for war and how men and war correspondents are thrilled by war when it’s at a distance but never up close, and I’m so into it.

anonymous asked:

yall wtf is goin on with north korea being able to bomb the us and what does that mean for the people on either side of it

I’ve been getting quite a few questions about this and I’ll try to do my best to answer but I’m really no expert on the subject and would like if others chimed in. 

So the news was that North Korea now has the capabilities to strike almost all of the United States with a nuclear missile. Naturally people are a bit concerned but there’s still a ways to go before we have to worry. 

Right now there is almost no chance that an attack will happen. This was one demonstration that happened, and it was considered successful in terms of long range capabilities. But right now North Korea would be VERY limited in their attacks. It will likely be years before they perfect these missiles and their guidance systems. It will be years (if ever) that North Korea has enough to survive the more-advanced US missile defenses. 

Like, North Korea has had the capabilities of deploying nukes in South Korea, Japan, and a US base with nearly 30,000 US troops and they’ve never done anything. These threats have been here for years and nothing has happened. Are things going to change because they can now hit more places? Probably not. 

Despite what people think, Kim Jong Un probably isn’t ignorant to what happens if he attacks. As soon as he launches a missile, he KNOWS there will be retaliation and whatever damage he does will be met with a devastating response. Kim Jong Un doesn’t want to see his country and his regime destroyed in the blink of an eye, he wants to preserve it. That’s more what these missiles are - a security measure. 

Game Concept: Turn-based military shooter. Four elite soldiers go on a mission to liberate a town taken over by insurgents. But the trick is… none of the levels are actually real.

Every level taking place outside is a memory of their time in the war, each one from a different soldier’s perspective.

Meanwhile every level taking place indoors is actually a made-up experience created in a studio years later.

The soldiers experienced massive trauma during their tour, and massive guilt about what they had to do to the innocents inside the homes while under orders. So one of the four has arranged a simulation of their campaign, so they could rewrite history (so to speak) and wipe their conscience clear by pretending to be heroes and deluding themselves into thinking the recreations are the real deal.

As the game goes on, the illusion slowly fades, until it collapses. The game slowly becomes a twisted psychological horror game. The player slowly gathers hints and clues about what’s really going on, both in the present, and back during the war.

You begin the game shooting terrorists (either memory ones, or actors), and by the time it ends, you’re fighting shadows of regret and grotesque manifestations of the four characters themselves inside twisted memories.