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Worriers - They / Them/ Theirs

I found a cool interview with the singer/and songwriter of this punk band (Lauren Denitzio) and Laura Jane Grace (who produced this album and is all around AWESOME) and Lauren talked about this song particularly:

“The song really came out of the fact that I prefer gender-neutral pronouns when meeting people. And even though people are much more open-minded about things lately, and so the conversation goes towards gender expression a lot more, I feel like there’s often a pressure to define yourself in a very specific way — specifically as a queer person, going beyond that and naming exactly what your gender identity is and exactly where you are on the spectrum. And I don’t really have one. Or, there’s not an easy answer to that for me.”

here’s the article: http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/08/07/429376816/all-songs-1-laura-jane-grace-and-lauren-denitzio-on-surviving-in-punk

Gráinne Ní Mháille (c.1530 - c.1603), commonly known as Grace O'Malley, was a legendary Irish pirate and Chieftan of the Ó Mháille clan during the 16th century.

Born around 1530, Ní Mháille was the child of a wealthy sea trader who she accompanied on his voyages from a young age. As a teenager she was married to Donal Ó Flaithbheartaigh, heir to a powerful clan, as a political move. The marriage lasted for 19 years, during which they had three children and Ní Mháille gained considerable experience commanding ships in her husband’s fleet.

Following the death of her husband and her father, Ní Mháille inherited a considerable amount of money and took over her father’s fleet of 20 ships and hundreds of sailors. She built on her father’s success to become one the dominant forces on the Irish west coast, launching raids on rival clans, forcing merchant ships to pay for safe passage, and imposing taxes on fishermen as far away as England. She also transported Gallowglass mercenaries between Scotland and Ireland, often raiding Scottish islands at the same time.  Her position was strengthened by the control of several coastal castles, most prominent of which was Rockfleet Castle, which she gained through her second marriage to Risdeárd Bourke. After a year of marriage she is said to have taken control of the castle, barring Bourke from entering and yelling from a window, “I dismiss you!”.

Ní Mháille had a tumultuous relationship with the English. From the early 1560’s onward she was accused of piracy multiple times, but she won some favour with the English by assisting in coastal attacks on southern Ireland and won the respect of Sir Henry Sidney, the Lord Deputy of Ireland. However n 1579 she was besieged in her castle by English forces, who she defeated by pouring hot oil on the attackers and according to some accounts by making homemade bullets from melted down armour.

Ní Mháille made a lasting enemy in the form of Richard Bingham, the English ruler of Connacht, after she fought alongside the Bourkes in open rebellion against him from 1585 to 1589. Bingham sought revenge for the rebellion by targeting Ní Mháille, destroying her lands and property. Bingham killed Ní Mháille’s eldest son, Eoghan, and captured his castle, while making a deal with one of her other sons, Murchadh, to switch sides. Ní Mháille swore never to speak to Murchadh again after his betrayal and burned his lands.

Financially ruined, the final blow to Ní Mháille came in 1593 when Bingham captured her other son, Tiobóid, as well as her brother and threatened them with charges of treason. Ní Mháille petitioned Queen Elizabeth of England directly to ask for their release. Elizabeth sent Ní Mháille a list of questions which she answered, and later that year the two women met at Greenwich Palace near London. Despite Ní Mháille’s rough manners and refusal to bow, the two women, both in their sixties, seemed to develop a healthy respect for each other. As neither spoke the other’s language they conversed in Latin, striking an agreement that Ní Mháille’s family would be released, reparations would be made for her stolen property, and that Bingham would be removed from power.

The agreement did not last. Reparations were not fully made, and while initially stripped of his position, Bingham was eventually allowed to return to power in Ireland. Angered, Ní Mháille returned to helping Irish rebels during the Nine Years’ War. She died of old age in Rockfleet Castle at the end of the war in 1603. After her death Ní Mháille’s fighting prowess led to many Irish folk tales being told about her and she is still remembered as a legendary pirate.

Jason flying and hanging upside down in front of Piper and her pushing his glasses up as she giggles “ever seen spider-man?” And proceeds to kiss him

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Wednesday’s female celebrity of the day is Chloë Grace Moretz.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that every few months I become obsessed with Chloë Grace Moretz and feel the need to post her over all others.  That’s what’s happening here.  I like these “Moretz Feelingz” (as I call them) a lot and I hope they stick around!  This is the fifty first time she’s been FCOTD.

Typical Movie Characters

ARIES, female: Attractiveness

Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction


ARIES, male: Inadequacy

Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad


TAURUS, female: Consistency

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt in Titanic


TAURUS, male: Sadness

Jim Carrey as Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


GEMINI, female: Indecisiveness

Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White in Carrie


GEMINI, male: Unpredictability

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean


CANCER, female: Love

Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde


CANCER, male: Selflessness

Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo Montague in Romeo + Juliet


LEO, female: Gorgeousness

Angelina Jolie as Chiara Manzoni in The Tourist


LEO, male: Madness

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Shining


VIRGO, female: Reticence

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


VIRGO, male: Originality

Keanu Reeves as Neo in The Matrix


LIBRA, female: Daring

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in The Terminator


LIBRA, male: Obscurity

Daniel Craig as James Bond in James Bond Series


SCORPIO, female: Vengeance

Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill


SCORPIO, male: Insanity

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street


SAGITTARIUS, female: Strenght

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games


SAGITTARIUS, male: Independence

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones


CAPRICORN, female: Gloom

Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer in Fight Club


CAPRICORN, male: Ambitions

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather


AQUARIUS, female: Creativity

Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct


AQUARIUS, male: Psychopathy

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs


PISCES, female: Sentimentality

Audrey Tautou as Amelie Poulain in Amelie


PISCES, male: Strangeness

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump


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- I know that we haven’t always seen eye to eye, but despite our differences you helped me become a good officer. And I’d like to think that you’re proud of me for it.
- I am.

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