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Anon asked: Hi I really love the writing you two do! AU: How about Kylo Ren as a arrogant CEO trying to seduce his new secretary.

Author: Zoe

(A/N: I apologize for taking so long! I’ve had so much to do lately, I’ve barely had time to write!)

Modern AU: Kylo Ren x Reader

Plot Summary: It’s been a few years since you accepted a job to be a personal secretary for the First Order’s CEO, Kylo Ren. It paid well, it was in the city, and you were personally satisfied with the job you had accepted. Though, it does tend to be kind of strange when one of the most successful men in the corporate world is in love with his own simple, yet enchanting secretary.

Originally posted by knights-of-kylo-ren

The tall, dark building loomed over you as you walked to work, wearing a silk blouse and business skirt, heels softly clacking against the pavement as you strode into the building, pushing up your glasses as you hugged a small stack of files to your chest.

“Nice to see you today, Y/N.” Phasma spoke, straightening a stack of papers as you waved to her.

“You too, Phasma. Are you still coming by for our daily coffee?” You asked, stopping in front of the elevator and pressing a button, turning your head to the side at her reception.

“Of course. The coffee’s the only thing that keeps me sane in this job.” She replied as you laughed, the elevator dinging and opening as the two of you waved, before you made your travels up to Kylo’s floor.

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We’ve joked about the impending nuclear apocalypse for years (because let’s face it, it’s pretty damn funny), but at the rate things have been going, we’re starting to wonder if we should stop laughing and start sounding alarms. Right now it’s still hard to say, but until WWIII hits we’re going to remain confident that our suggestion to build a bunker and stock it full of survivalist gear is merely precautionary rather than prophetic.

So check out this life-saving equipment which every day seems increasingly more and more necessary (gulp). And even if you’re not preparing for the End Days, at least the stuff is pretty awesome:

Keeping all of your priceless heirlooms and field rations in that cheeky bindle might make a few world-weary souls chuckle, but you’ll need a heavy-duty backpack if you want to make it through winter. This durable satchel is made of ballistic nylon developed by military material experts, and is big enough to carry a 15" laptop … because if it’s the end of the world, you’ll definitely want to be firing off angry emails to the people who made that happen. Wait, will electronics work in this new post-apocalyptic era? Well, it can’t hurt keeping your laptop around as a tool to bludgeon squirrels to death. Grab the Ballistic Backpack for $99.99.

10 Items You Need (More Than A Chainsaw) In The Apocalypse

anonymous asked:

What ate your views on military organizations? Ideals?

Military organizations? I’m afraid you’re going to be a bit more specific for me to give anything really coherent or detailed. In the broadest possible strokes, violence and suffering are evils and in a perfect world organizations that exist to inflict them wouldn’t exist. But, you know, reality demands its compromises. Really depends on the time and place and institution in question (though generally speaking, as a planet we have altogether too many people whose careers are oriented around lethal weaponry).

Ideals-like, philosophically speaking? I’m a fairly strong materialist. We are, to steal a lovely phrase, nothing more sublime than  meat networked and spasming with electricity. History is driven by material conditions and human action (which is itself a lot less freely determined than we usually like to admit), ideas are developed and popularized as contingent expressions of the moment that produced them, not as emanations of anything higher or more profound. 

I keep seeing liberals talk about arming themselves to fight Trump

Yeah…..no, lets talk revolutions for a second here.  Armed revolution doesn’t usually work, the vast majority of the time the rebels rise up, get slaughtered, the regime gets more authoritarian in response, a lot of innocent people get killed, the remaining rebels quickly become local warlords and ruthless oppressors to survive, and the right wing authoritarian dictatorship stays in power for decades.  Particuarly when the Right wing has been spending the last 40 years stockpililng guns, vets and militia groups, so when conflict breaks out the left will just get fucking slaughtered (also you think people with shot guns can take on the US military? Really?)

Violent Revolutions usually only works if 

A) The ruling regime cannot maintain its military force.  In the French Revolution, the Monarchy had an economic crisis and couldn’t pay its soldiers, so no soldiers, no army, nobody to protect the regime from pissed off housewives with hatchets.  Violent Revolution is great when the otherside doesn’t have any weapons.  Which isn’t true in the US, the army is well payed, actually its over pays.

Also the French Revolution quickly discovered the joys of auto cannibalism and after decades of strife wound up with a military dictatorship 

B) The army joins the revolution.  In the Russian Revolution the Army joined up with the Communists in order to overthrow the Tsar/Provisional goverment because they were pissed about WWI.  Same with the successful Arab Spring revolts, if the army stands down or joins the people, then Violent Revolution is easy.  But ask the Rebels in Syria how well it works out if the whole army doesn’t defect

Also in most cases you wind up with a military dictatorship….whoops

C) The Regime is so incompetent/distracted that the Rebels have time to train, organize, equip, and drill an army without outside interference. 

In the second Chinese Revolution, Chiang Kai Shek’s KMT forces were distracted fighting the Warlords and then the Japanese, which allowed Mao’s CCP forces the time they needed to organize and create an army without outside interference.  I know this might be a shock to you at home who have been watching Alexander Nesky too much, but training armies is really really fucking hard, it is amazingly expensive, you need a huge logistically apperatius to make sure the army is fed, equipped, clothed, and housed, it takes forever to get an officer corp, chain of command, and army discipline going, and then you need to train the bloody thing.  If the people you are fighting are busy, then yeah that is possible, but if Washington State’s liberals start organizing an army, the US military or the National Guard or the State guard or just local police will come and crush them before they get their act together 

D) Foreign backing.  Revolutions are a lot easier when somebody else is footing the bill, and supplying you with the guns, materials, and military advisers to make revolution possible, But again….the United States has the largest military in the world, so that isn’t an option here

E) Occupying Territory.  If the oppressor is an outside country who have come in and taken your land, then yeah, you have a much better chance of rebllion, particularly if there is an ocean between you and them.  But this is really only possible if you have the full support of the populace, and if the enemy getting to you is a pain in the ass.  In the American Revolution, the three month travel time between Britain and the US allowed us the time to build up our own armies and form our own internal goverment.  The extremely hostile climate of Haiti, Cuba, Vietnam and the Middle East allowed for the same effect, but this wouldn’t be overthrowing a foreign threat, this would be a civil war, and even in the most blue states there are going to be loyalists, and while some of them are going to be Nazis, a lot of them are going to be normal people who either like Trump or just don’t want revolution, and you are going to have to decide what to do with them.  And if history is any guide, what you mr. liberal human rights rebel are going to choose will likely be rounding up anybody with non rebel sentiments and killing them so they won’t be 5th columnists.

   Also the vast majority of violent revolutions end in civil war or military dictatorship, and the more violent the conflict is, the worse the following regime is, so those of you who call for revolution may find your comrades putting a bullet in your brain once its over.  

Now violent revolution should still be an option on the table, but it should be the last resort option, because the moment we open that can of worms, we can’t close it again.  Once you have violent revolution, then Trump is given a go ahead to embrace much more violent oppressive and authoritarian methods that will make what we see here today look like a fucking utopia, and we will be up against the army, the police, the state guard, and all of the right wing militia gun nuts who have been spending decades preparing for this. This is to say nothing of loyalists who will take up arms against us.  Now if Trump suspects the constitution, the nall of that is worth it, everything is ok once the possibility of democracy is gone, but it hasn’t happened yet,   We are up against a man with a 36% approval rating, a 50% disapproval, , rating and a looming civil war with his own party, we can still win this thing non violently, and trust me, the guys on the right are just asking us to do it, because they know they have the advantage in that fight.  

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Uncharted 4 - Nadine Scotland Costume

Nadine was one of my favorite characters in Uncharted 4. The original design for Nadine was done by the super talented Ashley Swidowski working closely with Neil Druckmann.
The Scotland setting is the first time the player sees Nadine in her usual state, in the field commanding a private military. So it was important to give her a costume that would establish her character at a glance. Neat simple shape language, limited values, military details and limited material changes give Nadine a disciplined and powerful look.

Puma DW Boots - Day 281

Day 281/365: Puma DW Boots… Today’s drawing will probably be the last piece of footwear for the remainder of the challenge (maybe?). This boot was worn by one of the Gardeners from day 271. Here’s a rundown of all the components and features that make up these premium hi-grade boots, giving the wearer unparalleled comfort, protection and super enhanced performance.

1. Upgradable toe cap armor. (Various materials available for defense only).

2. Puma Disc touch mechanic, features automatic strap and adjust for the perfect fit, which moulds to each individuals unique foot shape. The Disc also has a Super advanced micro computer that captures all movement data and other important details.

3. Manual control strip with Hyper mode button, overclocks and increases performance of all key features by up to 10% (CAUTION: Use sparingly).

4. Puma Landing assistant helps the user by adjusting their feet for perfect Cat like landing which, works in unison with the shock absorbers.

5. Military grade materials lined with premium kevlar.

6. Puma Trinomic+ superior cushioning complete with shock absorbers that withstand falls of up to 25ft.*

7. 360 Full Heat/cooling drive, designed to withstand every extreme weather condition imaginable.

8. Puma spring system improving jumping ability, balance and agility.

*Please note: Switching on the Landing assistant before use is highly recommended.

Great War Historiography

Been doing a lot of rather wide ranging reading on the War over the last couple of months and I’ve noticed some themes. I think there’s basically three broad eras of writing on the War. 
The first era is that of contemporary and near contemporary histories of the War running into the Inter-War period, the post-War histories which began the first phase of rethinking the Great War and the current, modern historical thinking which tends to be the most dispassionate and in many ways revisionist. I was originally thinking of just doing a short post about the three phases but this has grown a bit so I think I’ll probably end up doing a post on each.

First is the contemporary stuff. Written either during the War or just after it and the inter-war period. A lot of it comprises of memoirs written by people who took part in one way or another. A ton of it is British generals and politicians having a big shit-flinging match, trying to pin the blame for the terrible casualties and length of the War on each other and defend their own reputation. See Gough, Charteris, French, Churchill, Asquith and Lloyd-George. None of these are really accurate histories, they’re all distortions of events for personal or political reasons. Wading into this were others like journalist Philip Gibbs who wrote several books during the War as an official correspondent and then wrote a scathing attack on Haig and his headquarters after the War called Realities of War (Now it Can be Told in the US). Books like these aired grievances from the War in public and many responses were made in the press for many years. It deserves a mention here that Haig never wrote his memoirs (apparently at the request of the King) and it was only well after his death that his heavily edited diaries were published. Serving as public defences of reputation or pointed attacks at those responsible for death and destruction on a massive scale, these texts, steeped in emotion and fighting battles of honour must be viewed cautiously and with a healthy amount of scepticism.

These memoirs and biographies were joined by the Official Histories, multi-volume works commissioned by governments to record the achievements of their own nations. Both Britain and Australia created prodigious works, (the Australian Official History runs to 12 volumes) that draw on a wealth of official government and military material as well as diaries and letters. Whilst being extremely comprehensive and accurate about most details, some of the conclusions drawn in these histories play a partisan role, much as other accounts did. The Australian Official History, edited and largely written by Charles Bean, a journalist and official correspondent during the War, is clearly a work with an image and goal in mind. It lionizes the Australian soldier (and the Canadian and New Zealand as well), disparages the British soldier and is often very critical of British command. It draws heavily on an imperial imagination to celebrate Australia and verges on nationalistic in its praise of everything Australian, especially a uniqueness of character in its men. It is a mammoth work and still very much in use today, but people are increasingly aware of Bean’s shortcomings and his overt bias.

(I’m lucky enough to have this full set of the 12 volume Australian Official History)

Soon also came a great number of more narrowly focused books on the War, particularly unit histories, the most common being that of the battalion or regiment. These relied on unit war diaries kept during the war as well as correspondence and diaries of the men within these units. These are however rather niche and while they give us a great deal of detail about the personalities within and happenings around a unit, they are often divorced from the larger context of the War.

Lastly there was the studies of the origin of the Great War. The arcane treaties and seemingly indecipherable diplomatic and political machinations across the breadth of Europe that lead from strained relations to assassination to the outbreak of a colossal war dominated much of the scholarly debate during the inter-war period. There was an intense need to place the ultimate blame for starting the War and two rough camps came into being. One placed the majority of the blame on Germany and Austro-Hungary for taking too large risks that ultimately led to war and the other that places the blame more evenly on all the major powers. Consensus on this has never been reached however and the debate still rolls on today.

I can make a few generalisations about this period of Great War writing though. Much ink was spilled in the Anglo-speaking world, though I assume a similar thing in the rest of Europe, in trying to protect reputations immediately after the War and to set the tone for subsequent generations. The popular view of the War was an Edwardian triumphalist, ‘boys own’ sort of view, with a lot of compilations of first hand accounts of fighting, battles and the instilling of imperial virtues of sacrifice, bravery and loyalty. But the scholarly debate was fractured. It rested mainly on the cause of the War and who to blame. Its conduct, methods and outcomes were thought of by comparatively few and its impact on the future remained largely unconsidered. Apart from commemorating the dead, most people focused more on forgetting than remembering.

Sensitivity Headcanons

  • Pidge has grown significantly tougher skin since the Kerberos tragedy and facing off with the Galra, but she was and is very much the cry baby of the Holts. Apart of it just goes hand-in-hand with her being the baby, as well as from a family close-knit enough that one sniffle meant instant attention and comforting. Her inability to connect through her earlier years made her frail, too, though.
  • This didn’t really show before she reached 3rd grade, when most interpersonal interaction with her peers became underhanded with with made-up rules and limits (I.e, the usual, kiddy debacles of “being cool” or in “the right group”). Her being the bouncy know-it-all with a million and one stories about her family didn’t really fit anywhere between these made-up social lines, so Katie found herself ostracized. Instead of trying to adapt to the status-quo, she did what she always has when feeling sad or lonely, and retreated back to her family. Between them and their own friends, Katie was given an over-abundance of attention and affection, so no effort was made to to adapt to otherwise. While it made school days more solitary, it gave her that much more time to finish her work, study hard, and tinker on what technology she could bring and/or sneak in—which she could later show-off to Matt or one of Dad’s work buddies!
  • This led to her social-skills being vastly undeveloped, as she was almost always handled. Sure, she was spared some maturity breaks because of her intelligence, but those she socialized with were constantly checking themselves for her best interests. There were few times she was just spoken too without any heavy consideration. As such, Katie was wildly susceptible to name-calling. She would be teased, sure, but everyone always used gentle tones and paired the offhand remark with an reaffirmation to her merit. To simply be made fun of then laughed at feels viciously malicious and prompts Katie to close in on herself, and you guessed it, run back to mommy.
  • Her near constant handling harbored her being mostly self-centered too. She always made sure to keep others in check about her sensitivities, knowing they’d listen and follow (Plus the standard bluntness that comes with kids), but hardly ever checked herself for others’, since they’d either say nothing about it or very gingerly dissuade from the topic. That isn’t to say she’d feel extra cruel some days and start purposely insulting and/or uncomfortable conversation, but there were few times she was expected to censor herself, so she only rose to the occasion when push came to shove. Of course, this idea extends to action as well, since Katie also has a poor sense of what was a fair, playful punch and actual hitting.
  • Overall, Katie faced very mild bullying through elementary school (The worse being background chatter about her “weirdness”), but everything was taken personally, and she very much dreaded middle school with some of her most major social pillars being in space.
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Shoulderboard of Marshal of the Soviet Union. USSR Marshal was the highest rank in the Red Army and only 41 people were awarded to this rank (Stalin was also promoted to Generallisimus, but even after that was wearing Marshal’s uniform). I bought this shoulderboard at the military exhibition. The material and quality says it was made by TsEPK43 (a Moscow factory which made uniform for Stalin, Brezhnev, Gagarin, Budenny, etc). However this shoulderboard is a “novodel” made by the same people from the same materials in 1990’s - means no Soviet Marshal even wore it.

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170715 | Huayu YinYueTai Weibo: “#张艺兴建军大业# 看电影涨姿势~真·良心道具组·建军大业 科普贴表示#张艺兴# 的枪没有问题,“结合南昌起义的时间点,影片中张艺兴@努力努力再努力x 所拿的应该是德制MP18或是其在中国的仿制版”,并力挺片中是正确枪械的示范 迷妹变身军事迷、历史迷~期待影片的上映”

Translation [Dailyixing]: “#ZhangYixingTheFouningOfAnArmy# Watch the movie and gain knowledge~ Real·Conscience Prop Team·Founding of an Army! The factual science post shows that #ZhangYixing#’s gun has no problem, “combining with Nanchang’s uprising point in time, in the film, Zhang Yixing @努力努力再努力x should be holding the German MP18 or the copy made in China”, and sustains that the gun shown in the film is the correct demonstration! Fangirls transform into military material enthusiasts and history enthusiasts~ Looking forward to the release of the film”

7 Tips on How to be Fashionably Responsible

Love fashion AND want to do all you can for the environment? This Wednesday, our stylish friend Myriam, Founder of Eco Fashion Week, talks about 7 things you can do to be more fashionably responsible. Take it away Myriam!

1. Ask yourself: “Do I really need it?”

Most of our purchases are impulsive. You will often surprise yourself by answering “no” to the question.

2. Be curious and be informed.

Ask the salesperson in store questions, read labels (where is it made? what is it made of?), follow eco fashion-focused blogs like Ecouterre, Eco-salon, or Tree Hugger.

3. Be proud of bringing your re-usable shopping bags, even if it is in a high-end store.

Does your t-shirt need to be wrapped in a paper with a ribbon, in a box, in a fancy bag with even more paper? There is totally a prestige factor to it, but what happens to all of this after? Re-use? Recycle? Garbage? Being “eco” is not only with your actions, but with your attitude as well.

4. Wear your clothes!

There is no wrong in wearing the same pair of pants or sweater twice or even three times in a week. Be creative and style those differently. Take a minute and look at your closet right now. How many things have you only worn once, or never? Once you are done going through your closet, DONATE!

5. Buy quality.

If you really must buy, make sure your clothes have long lifespans. The higher the quality, the longer the life. Basic and classic pieces should always be part of your wardrobe. Look for well-made clothes with high-end fabrics and materials, and timeless patterns. If you shop this way, you will wear your clothes over and over again without getting tired of them.

6. Take the leap and try second hand clothing.

If you buy around 10 clothing items per month, try to get at least 1 out of 10 of them used. You can find stylish used pieces from vintage and thrift stores. Better yet, exchange clothes with other fashionable friends (it’s free!), or have a fashion swap event. Stop being scared of wearing second hand clothing; there is nothing to fear. Start with accessories, like a purse or a belt, and see how you feel; you’ll start to notice how people compliment you for your fashionably responsible finds..  

7. Find your own “Eco Recipe”.

There are many ways of being fashionably responsible, and we do not have the same personal, human and financial resources. Find what fits you and commit to improve every year. Between second hand clothing, local manufacturing, organic or recycled material, fair labor, upcycling… you have many options. It’s simpler than you think, and guess what, it feels amazing to take action and be the change!


This guest post lovingly crafted for you by:
Myriam L.
Founder of Eco Fashion Week
@ecostylist

(photos from Giphy 1/2/3/4/5/6/7)


Did you know organic and eco fashion labels live on Wantering? Take for example, Greg Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s nephew that creates stylish fashion pieces with military-motif from vintage materials. Check out his work now!

ponders

How do you think Alternians deal with prisoners? I think prisons might be more akin to “hideously harsh Army training centers” or “entertaining gladiatorial combat” than “hole in the ground we throw you in to rot.”

Especially since some trolls can live for thousands of years, and leave ghosts behind.

So I imagine they have ways to keep the beds from getting too full. Watching prisoners fighting for the honor of getting to live just a little bit longer in the hopes of making it until their sentence expires makes for A) entertainment for the kids, B) deterrent from committing any crime worthy of prison, and C) good backstory material.

Military R&D probably pulls a lot of their “stock” from the prison system, as well.

gal godot is a racist and palestinian lives are worth more than your right for media figures to be free of critique for their ideological and material military support for israel’s genocidal military regime

gal godot is complicit in the genocide of palestinians and that genocide must absolutely be the center of any analysis of her role in some movie

that-one-damn-nobody  asked:

Why are you... missing my point? Patriotism is meant to control and enslave the masses, not empower them. Free speech, censored. Land, culture, identity, stolen, forbidden, and erased. Unity and diversity, nonexistent and considered to be criminal. Money for infrastructure, healthcare, education, domestic well-being, nada, money used to spend on the military and material values. Overseas, abroad, international, it is either be converted or be killed. Do you see that is what patriotism truly is?

I never said that it was to empower them?? When did I imply that?

Saudi Arabia’s and Turkey’s support of the “Islamic State” and the repression of the Kurdish resistance

The so called “Islamic State” (IS) is dominating the news for months. Its atrocities – killing thousands of innocents as well as destroying the Middle East’s rich cultural heritage – are resonating all over the world. The fatal mixture of religious fanaticism with military expertise and material are making them a tough enemy. Undoubtedly, this massive problem had to be addressed adequately. Many countries, including the West’s most powerful one, the United States, formed alliances to fight the IS which was expanding rapidly in Syria and Iraq. They relied solely on air strikes – not a single ground offensive was launched. Recently, Russia has entered the conflict by almost indiscriminately shelling the “Islamic State” as well as various rebel troops. (Their goal – besides the fight against the IS – is to support the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, an autocrat suspected of attacking his own population with the extremely toxic sarin gas.) 

However, it’s nearly uncontroversial that the biggest support for the IS is coming from Saudi Arabia, both materially and ideologically: 

“Saudi Arabia is influential because its oil and vast wealth make it powerful in the Middle East and beyond. But it is not financial resources alone that make it such an important player. Another factor is its propagating of Wahhabism, the fundamentalist, eighteenth-century version of Islam that imposes sharia law, relegates women to the status of second-class citizens, and regards Shia and Sufi Muslims as non-Muslims to be persecuted along with Christians ans Jews.” (Patrick Cockburn, The Rise of Islamic State)

An interesting fact, too: around 95 percent of the school books used in the IS’s territory are the same as in Saudi Arabia – obviously, the IS has much in common with one of the most strongly supported countries.

But of course, the gulf monarchies are not the only supporters of the “Islamic State” – Turkey, as well, is backing the terrorists. Although not as actively as the Saudis, Turkey’s

“most important action has been to keep open its 560-mile border with Syria. This gave ISIS, al-Nusra, and other opposition groups a safe rear base from which to bring in men and weapons.”  (Patrick Cockburn, The Rise of Islamic State)

In fact, nearly the only ones achieving military success against the “Islamic State” and other terrorist groups are the Kurds (notably the PKK and PYD, who are also establishing grassroots democratic institutions in their autonomous regions). As if the fight against the IS were not enough to deal with, the Kurds also have to struggle against Turkish repression, which is primarily a result of president Erdoğan’s imperialistic, nationalistic and fascist policies.

“In the course of the siege of Kobani it became clear that Turkey considered the Syrian Kurdish political and military organizations the PYD (Democratic Union Party) and YPG (People’s Protection Units) as posing a greater threat than the Islamic fundamentalists. 

Moreover, the PYD is the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984. Ever since Syrian government forces withdrew from the Syrian Kurdish cantons on the border with Turkey in July 2012, Ankara has feared the impact of self-governing Syrian Kurds on its own fifteen-million-strong Kurdish population. President  Erdoğan would clearly prefer ISIS to control Kobani rather than the PYD.” (Patrick Cockburn, The Rise of Islamic State)

This situation is alarming; but the only thing we can do is to show solidarity with the Kurds who are risking their lives for a better world. We condemn the Turkish repression and support our Kurdish comrades who are fighting against fascism and imperialism  – and for freedom.

Solidarity from Berlin, Germany.