guerrilla fighters

So everyone who donated to the IRC fundraiser was amazing, but I had one donor where I actually had to email them and be like “Did you…mean this amount?” and I thought I’d do a little something extra for them. So for @s2ma, a bit longer even than the “this is well over 100 words” fics I did: 

any Tony/Steve with Tony being a responsible human and taking care of Steve would be welcome

The moment it happened was straight out of the climax of an action flick. Not that Tony had never had “this is a bad buddy film from the eighties” moments before, but the craftsmanship of that spontaneous moment was truly admirable. 

In the wake of Hydra’s fall, a lot of technology had gone missing and a couple of splinter groups had gone rogue; there were the Sons of Schmidt, the Nine Heads, the Hydra Skulls. The FBI handled most of the in-country Hydra cells, and some shadowy agency or other, probably at the behest of Coulson from a shadowy bunker somewhere, handled the international ones. Most weren’t worth the Avengers rolling out of bed for. 

Spydra was different, aside from having a super dumb name, Tony thought. Spydra had been formed primarily out of one of Hydra’s more far-flung heads, the one that dealt with scrubbing their presence from records, repainting Hydra agents as eager soldiers and law officers, and gathering blackmail material. They’d spent most of their blackmail capital squeaking past Steve’s hurricane of fury in the wake of the battle over the Potomac. Now they were trying to bill themselves as a guerrilla band of freedom fighters, stomped down on by SHIELD and Captain America, victims of a new liberal form of fascism. 

But they were also really clever, and they knew how to strike.

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[Hajdutka by Robot Panda]

Hajduk is a term most commonly referring to outlaws, brigands, highwaymen or freedom fighters in Southeastern Europe, and parts of Central and Eastern Europe.

In the Ottoman Empire, the term hajduk was used for Balkan bandits, brigands, while for the South Slavs it was used for bandits who “protected” Christians against perceived Ottoman oppression. In the 17th century, the concept was firmly established in the Ottoman Balkans, related to increased taxes, Christian victories against the Ottomans, and general security decline. Hajduk bands predominantly numbered one hundred men each, with a firm hierarchy under one leader. They targeted Ottoman representatives and rich people, mainly Muslims, for plunder or punishment to oppressive Ottomans, or revenge.

In Balkan folkloric tradition, the hajduk (hajduci or haiduci in the plural) is a romanticised hero figure who steals from, and leads his fighters into battle against, the Ottoman or Habsburg authorities. They are comparable to the English legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, who stole from the rich (which as in the case of the hajduci happened to be also foreign occupants) and gave to the poor, while defying seemingly unjust laws and authority.

In reality, the hajduci of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries commonly were as much guerrilla fighters against the Ottoman rule as they were bandits and highwaymen who preyed not only on Ottomans and their local representatives, but also on local merchants and travelers. As such, the term could also refer to any robber and carry a negative connotation. [wikipedia]

anonymous asked:

Why do u think Riordan never talks about the struggles of dealing with menstruation for a demigod, like when they're on the run or on a quest? It could be that he doesn't feel comfortable writing about something he's never experienced, but then, he's written about a lot of things he's never experienced. As far as I know, he's not gay or gender queer, but he's written about those things. Am I the only who's kinda bothered by the fact that he kinda just pretends it doesn't happen?

Honestly I think it’s just because there’s a perception in publishing that no one wants to read about it. It’s not just Rick… 

Look at The Hunger Games, for example: I distinctly recall a scene where Katniss pees and then describes her pee to highlight the fact that she’s dehydrated, but I don’t recall any mention of what she did when she got her period? (If she got it at all, she was pretty malnourished so it may have stopped…) 

There’s also Hermione. To be fair, Harry Potter is told from Harry’s perspective, but over seven books I don’t think there’s a single mention of Hermione complaining about cramps, or mentioning how she’s craving chocolate, or making an offhand comment about anything at all to do with periods. 

Twilight is focused around Edward wanting to drink Bella’s blood but there’s not even a single passing thought of ‘Oh I wonder if the blood lust gets stronger when I have my period and am bleeding non stop for a few days’.

The only book similar to PJO that I’ve read that mentions periods is Tomorrow When the War Began (also written by a man), when Ellie makes a comment about being down to her last tampon after a year of living in the bush as a guerrilla fighter. 

Just a single, throwaway line like that by Annabeth would immediately make the character feel even more real. Or a mention of how she thought ahead and got the implant so she doesn’t get her period anymore, because she didn’t want to have to worry about it while saving the world. 

I agree that it would be awesome to see periods referenced in more YA. These books are aimed at the age bracket where girls are dealing with the awkwardness and pain for the first time, after all, and seeing their fictional idols dealing with it and going on to fight the bad guys and save the world would probably help them feel better through the cramping - or at least help them feel as if someone understood their struggle of having to go on with life, pretending everything’s fine and pushing through the pain while it feels like you’re being stabbed in the guts.

It’s hard to imagine George Lucas having any secret agenda for Star Wars, unless the whole thing was secretly a piece of performance art to teach us a lesson about stopping while you’re ahead. What many people don’t realize, however, is that Lucas actually has some pretty strong political opinions, and he wanted them reflected in his films. For example, the classic anti-war film Apocalypse Now was originally his idea, and he wanted to film it during the actual Vietnam War. As in, with real bullets flying at his real, bearded face.

No studio wanted to be responsible for Lucas’ headless cadaver, so the film ended up with Francis Ford Coppola while Lucas went to direct another, almost as politically charged film … called Star Wars.

Unwilling to give up fully on his anti-Vietnam sentiment just because he was doing a movie about spacemen fighting with laser swords, Lucas modeled Star Wars’ central conflict around what he saw as the realities of Vietnam – namely, “a large technological empire going after a small group of freedom fighters.” Yep, he basically saw the Empire as a stand-in for America, while the rebellion was just the inevitable result of the overextension of its powers. So Princess Leia was … Ho Chi Minh, we guess?

All of this subversive anti-Vietnam sentiment culminated in what’s considered the most childish movie of the original trilogy, Return Of The Jedi. The film features a small group of technologically inferior, vegetation-dwelling guerrilla fighters who manage to defeat an empire against the odds. Yes, the Ewoks are a stand-in for the Viet Cong.

6 Famous Movies You Probably Didn’t Notice Are Propaganda

“For almost 25 years, virtually every bomb constructed by the Provisional IRA and the groups that splintered off it has contained Semtex from a Libyan shipment unloaded at an Irish pier in 1986.”

-Tom Harnden, The Telegraph

Semtex is a commercially manufactured, military-grade, plastic explosive containing RDX and PETN. It was invented in the late 1950s by Stanislav Brebera, a chemist working for Synthesia, a industrial chemical manufacturer in the former Czechoslovakia.

Plastic explosives are highly versatile weapons to guerrilla fighters because of their stability and difficulty to detect. Semtex can be easily transported, stored, divided, and deployed without risk of accidental detonation by changes in temperature, pressure, moisture, or other environmental conditions. Semtex must be triggered by a detonating device so it won’t explode if exposed to open flame, intense light, electrical, magnetic or other forms of radiation. It’s waterproof. It’s very malleable, almost like putty, making it idea for hidden and improvised bombs. In addition to its stability, Semtex is far more powerful than fertilizer-based explosives, i.e., to achieve the same blast yield of a 1lb slab of Semtex might require fifty or a hundred pounds of fertilizer-based explosive packed into barrels or other large containers which would be difficult to transport or conceal, and might leak material or prematurely detonate if not handled with extreme care.

With Semtex you can shake it, bake it, bop it, pull it, twist it, pop it in your pocket and take it for a walk into a bank or police station and leave it concealed. There it will patiently wait for its primary detonator to be triggered remotely, most commonly by radio frequency transmissions which the RDX and PETN explosive material themselves are unaffected by. Most of us have seen the hero in a show scrambling to remove detonators on charges so we almost intuitively know it can be easily disarmed and even recovered for reuse, but which is not to say steps cannot be taken to prevent the detonators from being removed once the charges are planted.

In response to international agreements (resulting from the Pan Am Bombing) the manufacture of Semtex began voluntarily adding chemicals to Semtex in 1991 to aid in its detection. However, by that time tonnes of Semtex-H originally sold to Lybia was already in the hands of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

After the tragedy of the Omagh Bombing (in which Lybian Semtex may have been used) there
was a renewed call for peace leading to the Good Friday Agreement. However, after a few years the Real IRA (a splinter organization of the PIRA which had carried out the Omagh Bombing), became dissatisfied with British commitment to the peace process and the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive government. They began a renewed military campaign in Northern Ireland, and the English mainland. This campaign would reveal publicly that the Real IRA was still in possession of significant amounts of Semtex (originally provided to that organization by the defection of Provisional IRA quartermaster Michael McKevitt in 1997).

March 4th, 2001 [GIF/PICTURED]: Acting on a warning sent to a London hospital by Real IRA, police were attempting to disarm a car bomb outside the BBC’s main news centre when it exploded. Although Semtex was not publicly confirmed as the explosive in this bombing, a little over 1lb of unexplored Real IRA Semtex would be recovered by police after a failed improvised-rocket attack on the Strabane RUC station a couple months later in the same campaign.

After the commitment of Sinn Féin and the IRA to seek their goals through ‘exclusively peaceful means’ and the decommissioning of arms in 2005, as well as the death of Muammar Gaddafi and his regime in 2011, it seems unlikely Semtex will be used by dissidents in any future large-scale bombings. Furthermore, sympathizers in the United States and revolutionary allies such as the Basque separatist group ETA in Spain have also supplied the IRA with the slightly more effective plastic explosive C-4). Semtex also has an approximate shelf-life of 10 years, meaning old stocks are now very ripe.

However, small amounts of Semtex have been used by radical groups like Continuity IRA in
improvised devices and rocket attacks. And, as recently as September 2015 caches of up to a pound of Semtex have been discovered or seized (although the combat effectiveness of
those materials is now questionable).

-Based on exerts from The Wicklow Connection: A Timeline of Semtex Proliferation During The Troubles by Daniel O'Handley

anonymous asked:

Alex Danvers working with the woman who's kept her father for ten years? Somewhat willingly?? I can't believe that, don't have a real prompt but yeah run with that if you want (maybe Maggie comforting her idk your hurt/comfort is gold you're the best)

She knows.

Of course she knows.

She knows what Kara did with Winn. To secure an alternative route home.

Hell, it was Alex’s idea.

But double-crossing Lilian – or, more precisely, making sure they had a plan in place for when Lilian inevitably double-crossed them – didn’t make Alex’s stomach any less queasy.

Didn’t make her conscience any less sharp.

Her father had told her once, when he caught her lying about doing her homework as a child, that a conscience is like a sharp stone. The more things you do that hurt people, the more the stone wears away, until sometimes, it can even get round like a pebble, with no sharp edges at all.

And then people can do terrible, terrible things. And it won’t even hurt.

And Alex?

Alex has done terrible, unforgivable things.

She’d almost come to think of that tank, that cage, as some kind of penance.

Oh, she’d held on. For Kara. For Maggie.

But she’d be lying if something about being punished for being exactly who she was like that hadn’t felt… fitting. To her.

So her conscience? 

Her conscience has long since been whittled pretty smooth.

But Maggie had been sharpening it. Kara, James, Winn, J’onn, had been sharpening it. 

And now?

Working with Lilian Luthor? The man who did god knows what with her father for years? The woman who kidnapped Kara, whose lackey shot Maggie? The woman who massacred an entire bar full of family, friends, lovers, just trying to escape the world and enjoy each other? The woman whose ambitions were passively genocidal at best, actively genocidal on an average day, whose xenophobia had no depth, whose conscience made Alex’s look like a five-point star?

That, she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to forgive herself for.

Even if she and Kara have a backup plan.

Even if she and Kara are prepared to be double-crossed.

There shouldn’t be double-crossing with this woman to begin with. There should be no crossing. Period.

She can’t sleep for weeks after.

And it’s not because of the ash and dust still coating the atmosphere.

Well, it is.

It is exactly because of that. Because of the number of bodies that she and Maggie and James have carried together, have buried together.

It is exactly because of that.

But it’s also because she can’t close her eyes without seeing Lilian Luthor as a comrade.

Teaming up with a genocidal guerrilla fighter to combat a genocidal force commander.

She can’t wrap her mind around it, and god, she doesn’t want to.

“Alex,” Maggie will rasp, because Alex’s eyes will be closed, but her breathing will be too shallow to be sleeping, and Maggie’s head is always on her chest these days – making sure her heart is still beating – so she knows. 

Of course she knows. She always does.

“What does it make me, Maggie? I mean, I’ve done some pretty unforgivable things – “

“Do you really think anything’s unforgivable, Danvers?”

“Yes. I do. And I’ve done plenty of them. And this? What does it make me, Maggie? To align myself, my entire team, with this woman who…”

“Alex, you did the best you could. You did the best you could at the end of the world, and you want to know something, babe?” She leans up on her elbow and gestures at the open room with open palms. “The world didn’t end. Because of you, Alex Danvers. You kept the world turning. Tough choices and all, you kept the world turning. She didn’t hurt anyone on your watch, Alex. You and Kara didn’t allow it. You’re too good to have allowed it, okay? You’re too good to beat yourself up like this.”

“I don’t know why I deserve you, Maggie Sawyer.”

“Something about loving me, maybe?”

Alex smiles softly and she sighs. She’s not done feeling guilty. She’s not done hating herself. 

But with Maggie in her arms, looking at her like that, like that, like that – maybe she can find something inside herself to still love, after all.

Jim/Reader: Stranded

Prompt# 13. I could kiss you right now (Kirk/reader,)

Being stranded on a desert planet was no picnic, especially with an injured captain and few rations. The away team had been scattered by a sudden attack by guerrilla fighters and ended up separated: Spock, Uhura, and and Hendorff had gone one way and you and Jim another when a blinding sandstorm had cropped up, causing you to completely lose track of the others. Jim, even in his wounded state was still all captain and kept up a steady stream of directions as you helped him limp away.

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Qui-Gon mane is certainly luscious however it presents some unique difficulties for missions–especially when your missions devolve into the utter mess Qui-Gon’s often do.

1.  Qui-gon does NOT appreciate the looks he’s getting. You would think saving someones life deserves a little—just a little!!!–gratitude and respect. But it appears he Jedi dignity is as dead as that bounty hunter. Ugh politicians. 

2. Qui-Gon hasn’t even seen a fresher in weeks. It was okay right up until the guerrilla fighters efforts to capture himself and the last member of the royal house doubled and then tripled. Unable to halt their wild flight  through the country for anything, Qui-gon quickly lost patience with his unwashed hair. The Princess was very helpful with her comb and the strange braid a godsend in keeping the greasy strands of hair from touching his face and unable gather every plant particle he encounters. 

3. Qui-Gon is rather fond of this style and ignores his tiny padawan’s giggling effortlessly. 

4. Once again Qui-Gon and padawan have been living rough off the land and confounding the war party baying for Jedi blood that’s hunting them. This has been going on long enough that the local tyrant has grown bored and offered to open talks. It’s probably a trap. However he is a Jedi peace keeper and has a duty to preform. He does what he can to clean up before setting off.

5A Pirates. A blaster. There is nothing more to say because this fight is OVER. 

5B “oooooooohhhh M A S T E R!”

6. Obi-Wan hates this mission.  HATES IT. Ugh he hasn’t bathed in a week, and he is far more upset about that than the HUGE gundark baring down on him. Whatever, it just doesn’t know its dinner yet. 

so i’m not christian or particularly well-versed in how people relate to their christianity, but the whole “what they don’t want you to know is that jesus was a badass radical” thing consistently rubs me the wrong way for reasons i can’t quite articulate and that i’m not the best person to articulate. but i’ve never let that stop me before!

i understand drawing upon the emotional hooks of faith to make a political point or gain support for an idea. but it feels like an intentional gesture of “keep doing this it makes them mad” that i’ve always found counterproductive/really my issue is that the “jesus was a guerrilla fighter” types tend to have interesting ideas re: jews and antisemitism. 

anonymous asked:

Elizabeth what are your Rogue One thoughts/review!

Hello, anon!

While, obviously, I have been screaming my feelings, I can try for something a little more disciplined.

I loved Rogue One, without question. I think it was a great movie, though a flawed one, structurally. I’ve been squeeing, so I’ll get to the boring criticisms:

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