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Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen slams Trump, wants investigation

  • Soon after taking office, Trump made his first military command and ordered a raid in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of civilians, including an 8-year-old girl and Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.
  • “Almost everything that could go wrong did,” the New York Times said about the raid, which was reportedly ordered without sufficient intelligence or preparation.  But White House press secretary Sean Spicer stood by the operation’s success, saying anyone who criticized it “does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens.”
  • That threat, however, won’t stop Owens’ father, Bill Owens, from challenging the president’s decision.
  • “Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” Bill Owens said in an interview with the Miami Herald, attacking the White House’s remarks.“I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation." Read more (2/26/17 12:30 PM)

i love the sith inquisitor storyline because your character goes from being a powerless slave to one of the most powerful sith in the galaxy

and what do they use their power to do?

they use it to be a sassy shithead

“you can’t say that to the diplomats my lord!”

“i can shoot lightning from my hands, i can do whatever the fuck i want”

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Michael Rodriguez is both a military man and a muse. Years after President George W. Bush sent him into war, the two men now call each other friends.

Rodriguez was a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret who served from 1992 to 2013. He’s featured in President Bush’s book of portraits of more than 60 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served in wars under his watch. It’s called Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.

A Green Beret Sits For A Portrait By His Former Commander In Chief

musicalluna  asked:

in the early days, steve doesn't realize the avengers care about him a lot because they are vastly different people with vastly different socialization than the commandos, but then something happens to him in a fight and the avengers collectively flip their lids and that is how he learns he is Very Important to them

Steve had never been a stranger to friendly teasing. Bucky was a little shit, of course, but so were the Commandos. He’d been called every moniker that popped into his friends’ brains: “Captain Tightpants” (long before it was a cultural reference, thank you very much), “Captain Mom,” “Twinkle Toes,” “All-American Showgirl,” “Blushing Betty,” and names far more filthy. But he’d understood why. He was the commanding officer and he was, when it came down to it, a greenie who got damn lucky 95% of the time. Dugan, Dernier, Falsworth, even Bucky, they all would have been infinitely more qualified to be CO, and so he knew where the teasing was coming from. He knew it was his men’s way of telling him they cared for him while keeping his ego in check. (Bucky could’ve told them Steve was a good enough self-critic as it was and they all could just damn well stick to the dancing references.)

The Avengers, though. Steve had no idea what to think of the way they spoke to him.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Episode 21 Word Bank

We finally have our Work Bank.

The word bank is not an index, or a glossary. Instead, it’s a selection of words that we consider worth learning, or at least putting somewhere in one’s mind. 

As you’re aware, every single word in the episode is defined. So this is something more for the hardcore studiers. 

You’ll find the word in Japanese script, the Romaji in parentheses (), the definition, and then the Part of the runthrough where this word can be found in brackets []. It may not be the first time it appears, but it will be there.


Functional Units

は (wa) — topical particle

って (tte) — casual topical particle

が (ga) — nominative particle

に (ni) — dative particle 

へ (he) — locative particle

の (no) — genitive particle

で (de) — instrumental particle

を (wo) — accusative particle

と (to) — quotative particle

って (tte) — casual quotative particle

と (to) — comitative particle

も (mo) — secondary particle, meaning “too” or “even”

さ (sa) — emphatic secondary particle

の/ん (no/n) — substantivizing suffix

し (shi) — conjunctival suffix, marking an item in a non-exhaustive list 

でしょう (deshou) — dubitative ending particle (verbal expression)

だろ (daro) — dubitative ending particle (verbal expression)

ね (ne) — dubitative ending particle

な (na) — casual dubitative ending particle

よ (yo) — emphatic ending particle

ぞ (zo) — emphatic, sometimes imperative, ending particle

か (ka) — interrogative ending particle 

から (kara) — post-position, meaning “from”

まで (made) — post-position, meaning “to” or “up to”

で (de) — post-position, meaning “at” 

より (yori) — post-position, meaning “than”

けど (kedo) — conjunction, meaning “though”

が (ga) — conjunction, meaning “though” 


Nouns & Pronouns

あっち (acchi) — over there [5]

あなた (anata) — second person singular pronoun [26]

あんた (anta) — casual second person singular pronoun [23]

あの (ano) — that over there [4]

跡 (ato) — sign, indication [14]

挨拶 (aisatsu) — greeting, salute [8]

あいつ (aitsu) — casual third person plural pronoun, “that person over there” [3]

あれ (are) — that (thing) [11]

明日 (ashita) — tomorrow [20]

あったり前 (attarimae) — obvious [6]

ば (ba) — old woman, grandmother [16]

バカ者 (baka-mono) — idiot [1]

別 (betsu) — separate [17]

僕 (boku) — first person masculine singular pronoun, “I” [4]

部下 (buka) — subordinate [11]

分解 (bunkai) — disassembly, deconstruction [34]

美人 (bijin) — beautiful person [2]

血 (ち) — blood [5]

地下 (chika) — basement [8]

小さい (chiisai) — small [6]

ちっぽけ (chippoke) — tiny [4]

地図 (chizu) — map [4]

中尉 (chuui) — lieutenant (military rank) [8]

中心 (chuushin) — center, middle [8]

大総統 (daisoutou) — great leader, supreme leader, führer [8]

だけ (dake) — only [12]

駄目 (dame) — no good [13]

誰か (dareka) — somebody [36]

誰も (daremo) — nobody [36]

電話 (denwa) — telephone [12]

どっち (docchi) — which one? [34]

度胸 (dokyou) — courage, nerve [29]

永遠 (eien) — eternity [36]

獲物 (emono) — prize, catch [10]

餌 (esa) — bait [29]

不死身 (fujimi) — immortality [17]

服 (fuku) — uniform [24]

不可解 (fukakai) — mystery [9]

付随 (fuzui) — paralysis [11]

我慢 (gaman) — patience [2]

現実 (genjitsu) — reality [6]

犠牲者 (giseisha) — victim [29]

誤報 (gohou) — misinformation [33]

軍 (gun) — army [9]

軍曹 (gunsou) — sergeant [14]

牛乳 (gyuunyuu) — (cow’s) milk [6]

派手 (hade) — showy, flashy [26]

鋼 (hagane) — steel [9]

排除 (haijo) — elimination [35]

花 (hana) — flower [36]

発砲 (happou) — firing (of a gun) [32]

変 (hen) — weird [9]

部屋 (heya) — room [2]

日替わり (higawari) — daily special [4]

光 (hikari) — light, a beam of light [4]

暇 (hima) — free time [23]

額 (hitai) — forehead, brow [16]

人 (hito) — person [1]

人目 (hitome) — public notice [26]

星 (hoshi) — star [36]

方 (hou) — way, manner [2]

一 (ichi) — one [10]

異常 (ijou) — abnormality [33]

いくつも (ikutsumo) — a great many [4]

一飯 (ippan) — meal [19]

入り口 (iriguchi) — entrance [14]

入れ墨 (irezumi) — tattoo [16]

石 (ishi) — stone, rock [12]

一緒 (issho) — together [2]

いや (iya) — disagreeable [7]

邪魔 (jama) — hindrance, intrusion [35]

自分らしさ (jibunrashisa) — individuality [36]

自重 (jichou) — prudence [9]

実家 (jikka) — childhood home [12]

人体 (jintai) — human body [34]

情報 (jouhou) — information [5]

壁 (kabe) — wall [36]

下半身 (kahanshin) — lower body [11]

快晴 (kaisei) — good weather [28]

監察医 (kanatsui) — medical examiner [11]

看護師 (kangoshi) — nurse [2]

可能性 (kanousei) — possibility [5]

官邸 (kantei) — residence [8]

体 (karada) — body [5]

彼 (kare) — third person masculine singular pronoun, “he.” [3]

仮説 (kasetsu) — theory [5]

憲兵 (kenpei) — military police [13]

危機 (kiki) — danger [17]

貴様 (ki-sama) — second person singular pronoun, “you” [2]

季節 (kisetsu) — season [36]

こっち (kocchi) — this one, over here [6]

こちら (kochira) — this one, over here [31]

国家 (kokka) — the state [13]

心 (kokoro) — heart, mind [4]

この (kono) — this [8]

これ (kore) — this (thing) [16]

個室 (koshitsu) — private room [2]

気 (ki) — energy [10]

貴重 (kichou) — precious [14]

君 (kimi) — second person masculine singular pronoun, “you” [36]

ここ (koko) — here [14]

こと (koto) — thing [1]

言葉 (kotoba) — word; language [1]

交差 (kousa) — crossing [4]

国 (kuni) — country, nation [24]

食らう (kurau) — to eat [11]

傷 (kizu) — scar, wound [16]

行動 (koudou) — action [27]

距離 (kyori) — distance [8]

巨大 (kyodai) — huge [11]

許可 (kyoka) — permission [12]

今日 (kyou) — today [52]

興味 (kyoumi) — interest [18]

協力 (kyouryoku) — cooperation [18]

急 (kyuu) — urgent, sudden [36]

休暇 (kyuuka) — leave, vacation [13]

街 (machi) — town, neighborhood [26]

街中 (machijuu) — the whole town [26]

持ちきり (machikiri) — hot topic [26]

窓 (mado) — window [18]

前 (mae) — in front, ahead [17]

まま (mama) — still, as it is [4]

真っ白 (masshiro) — pure white [4]

巡り (meguri) — circumference [36]

命運 (meiun) — fate [19]

道 (michi) — road [36]

見舞い (mimai) — visiting the sick [8]

もの (mono) — thing [11]

申し訳 (moushiwake) — excuse [1]

基 (moto) — base, origin [8]

ムチャ (mucha) — absurd [29]

むだ (muda) — useless, futile [35]

無理 (muri) — impossible [14]

無用 (muyou) — useless [25]

涙 (namida) — (crying) tear [36]

何 (nani) — what? [11]

ネズミ (nezumi) — mouse; rat [4]

鼠色 (nezumi iro) — gray-colored [4]

兄 (nii/ani) — older brother [5]

肉体 (nikutai) — one’s body, one’s flesh [5]

臭い (nioi) — scent [33]

じ (ji) — uncle, old man [16]

お前 (omae) — casual second person pronoun, “you” [11]

女 (onna) — woman [12]

おおよそ (ooyoso) — rough [8]

おおきな (ookina) — large [16]

おれ (ore) — casual first person masculine singular pronoun [6]

恩 (on) — debt, gratitude [19]

終わり (owari) — ending [13]

落書き (rakugaki) — scribbling, graffiti

礼 (rei) — reward, gesture of appreciation [25]

錬金術師 (renkinjitsushi) — alchemist [12]

錬成 (rensei) — transmutation [5]

練習 (renshuu) — those people [8]

力量 (rikiryou) — ability, capacity [14]

利用 (riyou) — use [3]

両足 (ryou-ashi) — both legs [10]

了解 (ryoukai) — understanding, comprehension [24]

両目 (ryou-me) — both eyes [4]

先 (saki) — before, previous [23]

作戦 (sakusan) — strategy [18]

さすが (sasuga) — as one would expect [31]

生活 (seikatsu) — lifestyle [12]

精神 (seishin) — soul, mind [5]

世界 (sekai) — world [4]

背中 (senaka) — back (anatomy) [24]

戦友 (sen’yuu) — war buddy [11]

せず (sezu) — without [9]

至急 (shikyuu) — urgent [31]

死者 (shisha) — deceased [16]

身長 (shinchou) — height [6]

心配 (shinpai) — worry, concern [3]

少佐 (shousa) — major, lieutenant commander (military rank) [13]

すぐ (sugu) — immediately [15]

睡眠 (suimin) — sleep [7]

真相 (shinsou) — truth [17]

司令部 (shireibu) — headquarters [13]

下 (shita) — below [4]

失礼 (shitsurei) — discourtesy [21]

少年 (shounen) — youth, young boy [32]

そこ (soko) — there [2]

その (sono) — that [8]

そんな (sonna) — such, like that [5]

曹長 (souchou) — sergeant major (military rank) [8]

空 (sora) — sky [4]

大佐 (taisa) — colonel (military rank) [1]

旅 (tabi) — travel [4]

退役 (taieki) — retiring from military service [12]

大切 (taisetsu) — important [26]

対峙 (taiji) — confronting [17]

大将 (taishou) — chief (military rank) [12]

魂 (tamashii) — soul [2]

多数 (tasuu) — great in number [16]

手詰まり (tedzumari) — stalemate, dead end [21]

敵 (teki) — enemy [1]

扉 (tobira) — gate [3]

途中 (tochuu) — en route, along, midway [36]

時 (toki) — time [5]

特徴 (tokuchou) — feature, characteristic [16]

所 (tokoro) — place [13]

年 (toshi) — year [6]

年寄り (toshiyori) — old person [11]

つぼ (tsubo) — vase [26]

次 (つぎ) — next [31]

使い (tsukai) — talk [8]

通達 (tsuutatsu) — notice [16]

腕 (ude) — arm [20]

上 (ue) — top, above [24]

噂 (uwasa) — rumor [26]

分け前 (wakemae) — portion [30]

我々 (wareware) – first person plural pronoun, “we” [2]

私 (watashi) — first person singular pronoun, “I” [1]

約束 (yakusoku) — promise [19]

野郎 (yarou) — brat; bastard; disliked person [2]

やつ (yatsu) — casual third person singular pronoun, “that guy” [2]

よう (you) — form, likeness [25]

予想外 (yougai) — unexpected [10]

行方不明 (yukuefumei) — missing, unaccounted for [27]

夢 (yume) — dream [4]

雑貨屋 (zakkaya) — general store [12]

全市 (zenshi) — the entire city [16]


Verbs

あごで使う (ago de tsukau) — to push someone around [29]

当たる (ataru) — to hit

会う (au) — to meet [14]

開ける (akeru) — to open [14] 

諦める (akirameru) — to give up [1]

現れる (arawareru) — to show up [16]

ある (aru) — copula [1]

歩く (aruku) — to walk [36]

ちゃう (chau) — to complete; for an occurrence to be inconvenient [1]

だ (da) — copula [2]

出来る (dekiru) — to be able to do [3]

出る (deru) — to leave, to exit [1]

どこか (dokoka) — anywhere, somewhere [10]

降り出す (furidasu) — to begin to rain [4]

払う (harau) — to buy [25]

働く (hataraku) — to work [10]

始まる (hajimaru) — to begin, to start [30]

引き出す (hikidasu) — to draw out [9]

拾う (hirou) — to pick up, to gather [36]

生きる (ikiru) — to live [1]

行く (iku) — to go [4]

いらっしゃる (irassharu) — to come, to go (honorific) [21]

いる (iru) — copula [1]

言う (iu) — to say [1]

退く (hiku) — to stand aside [30]

自分 (jibun) — oneself [22]

帰す (kaesu) — to send (back) [2]

かける (kakeru) — “to hang” or “to apply” [9]

描く (kaku) — to draw [36]

感じる (kanjiru) — to feel [33]

変わる (kawaru) — to be different; to change [35]

数える (kazoeru) — to count [8]

汚す (kegasu) — to dirty, to get hurt [7]

聞き出す (kikidasu) — to get information out of someone [15]

決まる (kimaru) — to decide [22]

傷つく (kizutsuku) — to be wounded [8]

困る (komaru) — to get in trouble [14]

こんな (konna) — like this [23]

殺す (korosu) — to kill [2]

ください (kudasai) — “please;” from kudasaru (honorific verb) to give to one [2]

くれる (kureru) — to give to one [13]

来る (kuru) — to come [2]

加える (kuwaeru) — to add [16]

任せる (makaseru) — to entrust [1]

まねる (maneru) — to mimic [29]

回る (mawaru) — to turn [13]

迷う (mayou) — to get lost [36]

交ぜる (mazeru) — to combine [5]

見る (miru) — to see [4]

見捨てる (misuteru) — to abandon [24]

認める (mitomeru) — to recognize, to admit [6]

持ち逃げる (mochinigeru) — to run off with something [19]

戻る (modoru) — to return [20]

もらう (morau) — to receive, to receive a benefit from another’s action [10]

持つ (motsu) — to carry [5]

向き合う (mukiau) — to come face-to-face with” [6]

泣く (naku) — to cry [17]

失くす (nakusu) — to some something

直す (naosu) — to correct [26]

なる (naru) — to become [32]

寝る (neru) — to sleep [7]

逃げる (nigeru) — to escape [35]

滲む (nijimu) — to run away [4]

伸びる (nobiru) — to grow [6]

残す (nokosu) — to leave behind [14]

飲む (nomu) — to drink [7]

おびき出す (obikidasu) — to lure out [17]

思う (omou) — to think [17]

おく (oku) — to place [22]

襲う (osou) — to attack [17]

咲かす (sakasu) — to hold up to the light [4]

誘う (sasou) — to invite [4]

刺す (sasu) — to stab [12]

背負う (seou) — to be burdened with [6]

しまう (shimau) — to finish, for an action to be an inconvenience to one [28]

信じる (shinjiru) — to believe [1]

死ぬ (shinu) — to die [20]

する (suru) — to do [1]

捨てる (suteru) — to discard [22]

食べる (taberu) — to eat [35]

企む (takurami) — to scheme [11]

頼む (tanomu) — to beg [23]

助ける (tasukeru) — to rescue [18]

立つ (tatsu) — to stand up [8]

照らす (terasu) — to illuminate [36]

届く (todoku) — to reach, to get through [4]

途切れる (togireru) — to be interrupted [12]

捕まえる (tsukamaeru) — to arrest, to capture [30]

付ける (tsukeru) — to affix, to attach [15]

作る (tsukuru) — to make [36]

繋がる (tsunagaru) — to be connected [6]

釣る (tsuru) — to fish [10]

強がる (tsuyogaru) — to act tough [36]

飛ぶ (tobu) — to fly, to leap [33]

取る (toru) — to take, to take in [5]

疑う (utagau) — to doubt [18]

分かる (wakaru) — to scheme [11]

忘れる (wasureru) — to forget [27]

焼く (yaku) — to burn [3]

役立つ (yakudatsu) — to serve a purpose, to be useful [27]

やる (yaru) — to do [12]

よこす (yokosu) — to hand over [30]

揺れる (yureru) — to sway, to shake [36]


Adjectival Verbs

危ない (abunai) — dangerous [20]

ありがたい (arigatai) — thankful [11]

早い (hayai) — early [20]

ほしい (hoshii) — wanted, desired [27]

いい (ii) — good [7]

痛い (itai) — painful [2]

怖い (kowai) — scary [27]

長い (nagai) — long [36]

多い (ooi) — many, various (countable) [13]

遅い (osoi) — late; too late [3]

寂しい (sabishii) — lonely [36]

しんどい (shindoi) — tired [30]

楽しい (tanoshii) — fun, enjoyable [31]

突拍子もない (toppyoushi mo nai) — crazy, far-fetched [6]

強い (tsuyoi) — strong [4]

うるさい (urusai) — noisy, loud; “be quiet” [2]

安い (yasui) — easy, relaxed, cheap [26]

よしい (yoshii) — good (polite) [33]


Adverbs

あんまり (anmari) — too much, too - [11]

ちゃんと (chanto) — properly, exactly [8]

ちょっと (chotto) — a little, “wait a minute” [5]

大至急 (daishikyuu) — as soon as possible [33]

だいたい (daitai) — generally, mainly [2]

どう (dou) — how? [5]

どこまでも (dokomademo) — anywhere, persistently [4]

再び (futatabi) — once again [16]

はっきり (hakkiri) — clearly, definitively [8]

引き続き (hiki-tsudzuki) — for a long time [1]

他 (hoka) — other [16]

以後 (igo) — henceforth, from here on out [9]

今 (ima) — now [3]

まさか (masaka) — “no way!” “you don’t say” [3]

まっすぐ (massugu) — straight ahead [4]

まだ (mada) — still, yet, hithero [4]

もっと (motto) — more [1]

なんで (nande) — why? [2]

なんて (nante) — a thing like (despective) [22]

なぜ (naze) — why? [2]

のこのこ (nokonoko) — nonchalantly [1]

おそらく (osoraku) — likely [27]

せっかく (sekkaku) — finally [12]

しょっちゅう (shocchuu) — always, constantly [7]

そう (sou) — such, in that way [7]

少し (sukoshi) — a little bit [20]

すんなり (sunnari) — with no objection [13]

多分 (tabun) — perhaps [17]

やっぱり (yappari) — as expected [26]


Interjections

あ (a) — “oh” [2]

はあ (haa) — “huh?” [5]

はい (hai) — “yes” [1]

ほう (hou) — “Oh”

くそ (kuso) — “Shit…” [21]

ったく (ttaku) — “damn..” [12]

うわっ (uwah) — “agh” [31]

やあ (yaa) — “hi” [10]

よう (you) — “hi” [10]

snaphound  asked:

i'm curious: do you think the animorphs could have won if they were adults? marco starts out as the only one with the maturity to understand death; it's sort of because the others don't have that understanding that they're so eager to fight. jake NEEDS to idealize past soldiers/leaders in order to keep himself, well, 'good', acting like he thinks they did, as much as he can. what do you think??

Interesting premise. Let’s suppose the Animorphs are five adults—thirty-three, let’s say, instead of thirteen—who encounter Elfangor as they walk home from where they were getting a few drinks at the local bar. 

Suppose Marco is a smart-mouthed lawyer with more secrets and lies than genuine wins in his resume.  Suppose Rachel works as a graphic designer for a fashion magazine by day, but she lives for the nights when she goes surfing in the moonlight swells off the California coast or skiing at breakneck speeds in the Canada Rockies.  Suppose Tobias has been an adjunct professor at the local college for five years now and suspects he’s headed nowhere despite his Ph.D., whereas Jake is a high school dropout rocketing up through the ranks of his contracting firm thanks to his canny leadership skills.  Suppose Cassie’s in night school so that she can continue as a vet tech, always exhausted and always telling herself it’s all worth it.  Suppose they’re joined two weeks after the war begins by War-Prince Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill, who got his own self out from under the ocean without calling for help.   

  • The first thing the Animorphs do is fly north and tell the governor about the invasion.  She calls the National Guard, the president, and the United Nations.  Within a month, the yeerks have doubled their force on Earth and the two species are in open total war.
  • The U.N. appoints a military commander to oversee the Animorphs, a five-star general with thirty years of combat experience.  Jake and Ax both salute him and call him “sir,” but they’re the only ones. Cassie calls him by his first name when she asks about his family.  Rachel and Marco hold side conversations in whispered thought-speak throughout his briefings.  Tobias sits in the back of the room, either preening feathers or doodling on his intel packet depending on what form he’s in.  Every time he gives them an order they thank him, leave the room, and then look at Jake to find out whether or not they should obey it.  
  • The war wears on for months, then years, and the humans lose steadily. 
    • Here’s the thing that it takes the U.S. and the U.N. a dangerously long time to adapt to: every time they lose a soldier, they lose every single scrap of intelligence contained within that soldier’s brain.  Every single time they’re forced to leave a man behind, they lose every base that person has ever visited, every file that person has ever seen, every scrap of knowledge once kept secret in that brain.  The humans start equipping their soldiers with cyanide capsules; the yeerks start gagging hosts the instant they’re captured.  
    • Here’s the other thing they don’t figure out until it’s too late: even hardened soldiers balk at shooting their own friends and neighbors and siblings.  Even the ones with years of training will hesitate to shoot a child.  The yeerks know this, and they take advantage.
  • David is the son of the deputy director of the NSA, placed with the team in a blatant act of nepotism after he finds the morphing cube.  Rachel gets dishonorably discharged in the aftermath of the “accident” that causes his death.
  • Dissent starts to grow large within the ranks of the humans.  Several believe that the yeerks come in peace; several more believe that the humans should stop fighting and negotiate a truce.  There are still pockets of people who insist that there are no such thing as aliens, and the whole thing is made up to target certain types of people as “controllers.”  
  • The yeerks take the entire Eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada.  There are simply too many people, too densely packed; the human military cannot protect those areas.  The humans retreat to the Midwest and Mexico.  
  • Visser One gets put in charge of the invasion force, quietly moving Madra and Darwin offworld in the process.  Marco and Rachel, acting against orders, infiltrate her base and kill her and nearly sixty other high-ranking controllers before they are themselves gunned down.  The U.N. erects a statue in their honor, makes fifty other morph-capable soldiers to take their place, and keeps fighting.
  • Jake and Cassie marry.  She gets pregnant twice during the war, and knows that she can’t afford to keep either pregnancy. She never tells Jake about this.  Later, they will divorce in the last weeks of the war.
  • Visser Three once again takes over the invasion of Earth; he thrives at open war.  He bargains and threatens and calmly assures the human forces that they will lose, and that there is only one way to avoid death.  All they have to do is walk to the nearest yeerk compound, surrender, and let one of his warriors take away all their worry and pain.  
  • The human race is dwindling.  There is no other way around it.  The yeerks kill humans because they already have more hosts than they need, and the humans kill humans every time they succeed in bombing a yeerk base or shooting a controller.  The species has already been decimated; everyone fears that within a decade it will be annihilated.  
    • The humans destroy a Blade ship.  Forty humans and eighteen hork-bajir die.  
    • Visser Three gets revenge by turning his dracon canon on China’s east coast.  Two hundred million humans die.  
    • The humans blow up a yeerk pool.  Two hundred thirty-eight humans die.
    • The yeerks blow up Rio de Janeiro.  Twelve million humans die.  
    • So it goes.
  • The human armies take refuge in Brazil and Argentina, in Tanzania and Angola and the DRC. The yeerks have control over the entire northern hemisphere.  Communications between the two continents are constantly intercepted.  Jake and Cassie and Ax go on mission after mission after mission, no one bothering to tell them what to do anymore.  Tobias comes sometimes; more and more since Rachel’s death he’s nowhere to be found.  
  • Food runs short. Electricity runs out.  In the heat of the summers and the cold of the winters, in the times when a few handfuls of dried sorghum are all that can go around, dozens of humans quietly slip away.  The controllers are well-fed, well-equipped, well taken care of.  All it takes to earn safety and comfort is to give up your soul.  
  • Three years pass this way, and the andalites finally arrive.  
    • They are merciful: they rescue the few hundred free humans who remain before they blow up the planet.  
What Roman poet should you fight

Cicero
Who wins: ???
I don’t know who will win this but please, he is so egotistical. Beat him up. Do it.

Vergil
Who wins: Nobody
No one benefits from this. Why would you fight Vergil? What kind of evil person would do that??? He’s not hurting anyone, he is too precious. Don’t fight Vergil.

Catullus
Who wins: You
Dude is essentially a scrawny little white boy. if you punch him he will probably cry. Do it. Fight Catullus.

Martial
Who wins: You
BUT he will probably sass you so badly in one of his poems and you will never be able to live it down. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Martial.

Ovid
Who wins: You
I know you want to punch him, hell I kinda wanna punch him, but you’ll regret it. He’ll probably seduce everyone in your family after. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Ovid.

Julius Caesar
Who wins: Caesar
I know his poems are shit and he deserves to get punched in the face for them but don’t fight him. Dude is a renounced general and is practically unstoppable. Don’t fight Caesar. He will kill you.

Seneca
Who wins: You
Dude is so fucking old you can probably KO him in one punch. Do it. Fight Seneca.

Horace
Who wins: Horace
He was a fucking officer in the military. If he wanted to, he could kill a man. Plus if you fought him you would probably make Vergil sad. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Horace.

Lucretius
Who wins: You
Please look towards the entirety of De Rerum Natura. Dude is a weak ass fucking nerd. Do it. Fight Lucretius.

Petronius
Who wins: Petronius
He is metal as HELL. He does basically anything he wants and chose to fucking kill himself before he could be sentenced and will probably not hesitate to punch someone in the gut. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Petronius.

Pliny the elder
Who wins: Pliny
He was a military officer and commander. He knows how to fight and stuff. He will most likely not hesitate to beat you up. Don’t do it. Don’t fight him.

Pliny the Younger

Who wins:???

Who wins this is irrelevant. Dude practiced law. He’s practically BEGGING for someone to punch him. Do it. Fight him.

Quintilianus
Who wins: ???
I honestly don’t know who will win but he looks deeply distressed in every picture ever as well as completely punchable. Do it. Fight Quintilianus.

Lucan
Who wins: You
Look he may have written about wars, but he didn’t do shit. You can punch him in the face easily. The only issue is that he’s a sweetie and you’ll feel super bad about it after.

Pink Diamond was born on Earth!

Why else is there a huge hole in Russia??

And why is Pink Diamond seen bursting out of the ground?

It’s not uncommon for us to think Pink Diamond was the “youngest” of the Diamonds, but… what if we’re right, and she was. Where was she born?
I offer up this idea: Pink Diamond was born on Earth, with the intent of starting a colony on Earth once she was ‘of age’ to do so. This is why the Moon Base is White, because Pink Diamond was still learning how to lead.

I hear Pink diamond is thought to be a military commander, and I don’t necessarily disagree with that idea. It could be what happened was: Homeworld tried to grow their influence and power and made Pink Diamond in an effort to achieve that. Pink Diamond started making Quartzes, and instead of being unquestionably loyal warriors, they ended up with gems that were too independent for their own good, ultimately leading to the Gem War.

Due to this “You’ll have to excuse them, they’re from Earth” mentality, and the idea that Pink’s zoo is seen as a sort of “weird fascination”; I think this points to Earth being Pink’s birthplace.

Also, another idea why Earth is Pink’s birthplace, note the Murals:

Every diamond is gazing at a planet. What if these planets are where the Diamonds were made?

I may be wrong, but it’s interesting isn’t it?

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I LOVE the way the lights look like crosses.

It’s so symbolic of the authoritarian Crusader / Spanish Inquisition mirrors for the bmol.

They think they know best and are doing terrible things for the greater good. They’ve lost their way, they’ve lost their morality. They are targeting whole groups of people regardless of guilt. Those that stand against them are ruthlessly targeted. Those that dared to question it from the inside are disposed of.

It also kind of reminds me of the Angels’ military command symbolism but that’s for another time.

I just love this imagery :)

btw rebecca wanted to put in the homophobia allegory in the answer

then she made blue diamond sympathetic

no, not just a random member of the crew with shitty writing skills, especially zucchini

but rebecca herself

what

also why the fuck didn’t rebecca like how yd was portrayed in message received? wasn’t she…designed to look intimidating??? (more angular, coat, boots) like she looks like a military commander, she should fucking act like one. plus she’s a villain so…??? i mean im all for grey morality if it’s DONE RIGHT but rebecca is just doing that for the sake of some angsty “deep” shit and it just ends up being as bad as some shit-tier fanfiction. at this point can we just have…a good villain please? an extreme, ruthless one? honestly saturday morning cartoon villains are better than this shit, at least they’re sorta entertaining imo lol. then again they didn’t fuck yd up as much as bd so yd’s still sorta villain-y, she just has a reason for the cluster and she feels a bit toned down now.

oh and this is literally bd’s SECOND appearance in the show so how do they just forget shit like “we SPECIFICALLY wrote this SPECIFIC character to be an allegory for a SPECIFIC issue in society” and “also they tried to SHATTER one of our main characters”

then again, if the crew actually did forget about that, i wouldn’t be surprised lol.

Why Corellia? Because politics.

After having picked through all of Vowrawn’s dialogue, I think I’ve pinned down the actual reason the empire chose to invade a Core world despite the odds.   

The Battle of Corellia was a military disaster for the Sith Empire. That goes without saying. The outcome was a temporary hold on the planet at the expense of a tenth of their forces and a good chunk of their resources. 

But victory wasn’t the end game.

In fact, I believe the whole campaign only existed as a smokescreen for Sith politics. 

I found out it wasn’t truly Darth Decimus leading the military campaign despite being in command of Imperial forces. It wasn’t Darth Baras despite being the head of Military Offense. It wasn’t Darth Ravage despite being the head of Expansion. It wasn’t even Darth Marr

It was Darth Vowrawn. 

That’s right. The head of the Sphere of Logistics and Productivity. 

Yes, it’s true his sphere tends to overlap with military affairs… but to be given the full reins to this kind of operation when there were others more qualified? Hmm.

But Vowrawn is good at numbers. He’d have to be in his position for so long. So why was the Battle of Corellia going sideways? Why even choose that particular planet?

 Now this is where I’m jumping to pure assumptions but I do believe Vowrawn deliberately set out a full-blown incursion knowing it would be met with Corellian resistance. In fact, I think he counted on it. It meant Baras would be forced to turn much of his attention to the battle because, lo and behold, the man is still in charge of the Sphere of Offense even as he claims to be the Voice.

With Baras distracted, Vowrawn is able to dismantle his power base on Corellia with far less trouble.

But why would Darth Decimus let Vowrawn overshadow him in this? 

Decimus strikes me as a gloryhound in both his actions and his interactions. Then I remembered this little tidbit from the SWTOR Encyclopedia:

Vowrawn saw a man he could use as a patsy and installed him in the Dark Council so he could utilize him for this very purpose. Decimus owes him his seat and thus cannot object when Vowrawn comes knocking. Though I imagine Decimus doesn’t have much to complain about since Vowrawn gave him the chance in the spotlight while he works backstage. 

Vowrawn deliberately put an incompetent military leader in command of Corellia so all his loud fumbling covered up his own motives. 

Vowrawn weighed the loss of Imperial resources against the long-term consequences of Baras usurping power and decided, yes, the sacrifice was necessary. 

Politics

I really like how a lot of Overwatch Heros have jobs outside of mercenary or soldier, but I especially like how the female Heros are usually in jobs I don’t associate with women characters, it really opened my eyes.

I mean Ana is a military commander, D.va is a pro gamer, Mei’s an environmental scientist, Mercy is a Doctor and medical researcher, Pharah is a security guard, Sombra’s a hacker, Symmetra is an architect, Tracer is a test pilot, Widowmaker is an assassin and Zarya is a pro weightlifter!

In the couple of character design courses I’ve taken they always word it like “Well of course anyone can be anything… but Men are usually the strong front line types, and women are soft background people, not to say women can’t be strong characters, but it’s just not good character design…”

But Blizzard was like nah fuck you gender roles, your country bias and body shamming, we’re making our signature character gay!

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The Patronage of Gaius Julius Caesar

In 65 BC, Marcus Licinius Crassus was elected censor with another conservative Quintus Lutatius Catulus (Capitolinus), himself son of a consul. During that decade, Crassus was Julius Caesar’s patron in all but name, financing Caesar’s successful election to become Pontifex Maximus. Crassus also supported Caesar’s efforts to win command of military campaigns. Caesar’s mediation between Crassus and Pompey Magnus led to the creation of the First Triumvirate in 60/59 BC, the coalition of Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar (by now consul in 59). This coalition would last until Crassus’ own death.