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The US Launched Air Strikes Against Syria To Punish It For Using Chemical Weapons
Thursday's military action came after a whirlwind week in which the US's policy towards Syria changed several times.
By Nancy A. Youssef

The US military launched strikes inside Syria Thursday in retaliation for the regime’s suspected chemical weapons attack earlier this week, marking the first US strikes targeting the Syrian government since its civil war erupted six years ago.

A defense official told reporters Thursday evening that more than 50 Tomahawk missiles were launched targeting Al-Shayrat air base in Homs, using two US Navy destroyers. The strikes, taken against the base where the chemical attack was launched, appeared to be largely symbolic in nature.

The US military has yet to say whether the initial strikes were part of a sustained campaign or an isolated attack. But US officials had signaled they hoped to launch a strike campaign that made clear that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable but stopped short of further escalation.

Trump, who once vowed to not get involved in Syria’s civil war, ordered the strikes just 77 days into his term.

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The 1960s were an awfully turbulent time.

Pictures:

1. First man on the moon.

2. Vietnamese children running from the site of a napalm attack.

3. MLK in the march from Selma to Montgomery.

4. The self immolation of a Buddhist monk in protest of governmental anti-buddhist policies in South Vietnam.

5. Flowers are placed on the bayonets at an anti-war protest, otherwise known as “flower power”.

6. Woodstock music festival, attended by an estimated half million people.

7. The Beatles

8. Marilyn Monroe, who died August 5th, 1962.

9. President John F. Kennedy.

10. Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in to office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Breathe ~ An Avengers Story (15/15)

Originally posted by superherofeed

AU Summary: The Avengers go on a mission to save Y/N and destroy the oncoming HYDRA resistance.

Notes: im making this the last one of the first book because the chapter after this one will take place AFTER cap:civil war so yea bucky will be on the next chapter but yeah i hope you guys like this one and would keep on reading more. this means a lot and yea. here goes. “)

Part 14 | Part 15 

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“All engines running. Departing from Stark Tower in 5 minutes.”

“Control motors fully operational, weapons system engaged and ready. We are a go, Captain.”

Steve nodded back at Barton and Romanoff at the pilot seats. Then he turned around and saw Dr. Banner recalibrating the device to track down Y/N’s location. Or at least the coordinates of the last known vantage point

“FRIDAY, run a search for any weird gravitational occurrence, unusual magnetic pulls, and gamma ray signals on a 20 mile radius.” Stark commanded the AI as he himself got into one of his suits.

“Yes, sir.” The voice responded.

“Gamma ray signals?” Steve asked. Bruce looked up and explained it to him.

“Since the other guy responded to Y/N’s powers before, we figured there must be at least a hint of gamma radiation on her since it’s somehow connected. There’s a chance but it’s a small one and we’re taking every resources we have right now.” He said. “We’re gonna find her, Cap.”

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CW: Siberia - Or the One Where Superheroes Try to Kill One Another

This post is honestly difficult for me to write. As I write it, I know I’ll probably get hate for it. But I think that not writing it would make me no better than the Wanda stans that wave off her actions. So, here goes nothing. Here is my promised analysis on the battle in Siberia – also known as the one where superheroes try to kill one another. Fair warning: This is a LONG POST. It’s also nowhere near as unbiased as my pre-Siberia one - but I did try my best. FEEDBACK APPRECIATED.

I’ll start by saying that I hated the end scene of CW. I have said that before, and I will never stop saying it. I went into the cinema believing that by the end, Cap and Tony would find a compromise.  The traumatizing ending eventually led me to leave the fandom for months. After I came back, I returned to my fanfic, which led me to Tony’s MCU wiki page. It called Bucky Tony’s “attempted victim.” At that point, I’d also run into some posts debating whether or not Tony tried to kill Bucky, mostly going for no (in the Tony Stark Defense Squad). I naturally knee jerked into “Tony is innocent” mode and went back to the movie to see for myself.

After going over that scene for several times, my conclusion is that Tony did indeed try to kill Bucky in Siberia.

Before you jump at me, let me explain my train of thought.

In some ways, the fight is all over the place. It’s obviously meant to be paced as a climatic battle, but for fans who nitpick details (like us), it has huge holes.

From the very beginning, it’s clear that Tony doesn’t use the full extent of the armor. We’ve seen him fight before, in previous movies – and we know he could do better. The main argument behind the No, he didn’t try to kill Bucky answer is the unibeam. Now, I can’t say why Tony didn’t try to use the unibeam. He had ample opportunity.  Several times, he had Bucky pinned, and he could have done it. At one point, Tony has Bucky by the neck. It’s when he asks “Do you even remember them?” and Bucky delivers his heartbreaking “I remember all of them.” At that time, Tony could have easily killed Bucky, especially since Steve was down below. Inexplicably, he does not, and instead flies down, where he is intercepted by Steve.

When it comes to Steve, one thing is obvious – at first, Tony visibly tries to get Steve out of the way. This is a huge disadvantage, and it gives Steve openings he might not have had otherwise (such as the time he disabled the repulsor boots). I honestly don’t know if the armor Tony uses during this battle has the “one-off” present in Iron Man 2, but Steve’s presence and possibly the lack of open space would have made that unusable. 

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anonymous asked:

How is the situation in south korea with all these threats of ww3? Esp since north korea low key about to declare war with US because of trump's stupidity

This happens every april tbh so it doesnt scare me anymore. Yes tensions are higher due to Trump but live goes on as it always does.

Nonetheless still good to register with your embassy and find the nearest bomb shelter. Im honestly not scared due to NK cause they are a whole lot more predictable then trump. If only he would have read some history books he would have know that sending that ship was far from the best solution.

I am predicting a few more missile tests maybe, but thats about it.

I hate how you can’t critique STEM without people accusing you of being anti-science, anti-intellectual, or crazy.

News flash: the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, weapons of mass destruction, police states, mass surveillance, the wholesale poisoning of the environment, sterilization of prisoners and minorities, military drone strikes, and virtually every other large-scale atrocity have all been made possible (or at least made brutally efficient on scales never before imagined) through the eager contributions of mathematicians both pure and applied, physicists, engineers, computer scientists, medical doctors, biologists, and chemists.

Sure, the humanities and social scientists supply the less tangible but equally violent weapons of cultural and political warfare, but time and time again scientists, engineers and mathematicians align themselves with power and do work that directly contributes to the continued abuse and exploitation of vulnerable peoples.

So it doesn’t actually have anything to do with being anti-science or anti-intellectual – indeed, Grothendieck, one of the originators of algebraic geometry (and so clearly not someone who could be reasonably called ‘anti-science’ or ‘anti-intellectual’) resigned his tenured position when he learned that his department was heavily financed by the defense industry – and so it is said that he “went crazy” or “lost his mind”. And so an ableist counter-narrative at once maintains the sanctity of his work as a breakthrough in modern mathematics while cleansing the hands of every pure and applied mathematician whose work directly or indirectly contributed to more accurate missile targeting systems, or more insightful models of the social networks of activists to be used by intelligence agencies, or more destructive ballistics.

Maybe if folks in STEM were more willing to have some self-awareness around this, and align themselves with vulnerable peoples more frequently and more readily than with their abusers they wouldn’t find themselves the targets of such distrust.

China warns against force in North Korea

Military force can’t resolve tension over North Korea, China says, while an influential Chinese newspaper urged the North to halt its nuclear program in exchange for Chinese protection.

Concerns have been growing that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or more missile launches in defiance of UN sanctions and stark warnings from the United States that a policy of patience was over.

With a US aircraft carrier group steaming to the area in a show of force and tensions rising, fears of a confrontation have been rising.

China, North Korea’s sole major ally and neighbour, which nevertheless opposes its weapons program, has called for talks leading to a peaceful resolution and the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

“Military force cannot resolve the issue,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing. “Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks.”

While US President Donald Trump has put North Korea on notice that he would not tolerate any provocation, US officials have said his administration was focusing its strategy on tougher economic sanctions.

Trump said on Thursday Pyongyang was a problem that “will be taken care of” and that he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping would “work very hard” to help resolve the challenge.

Trump has also said the United States is prepared to tackle the crisis without China, if necessary.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group was diverted towards the Korean peninsula last weekend in a show of force to try to deter North Korea from conducting another nuclear test or launching more missiles to coincide with important events and anniversaries.

Scores of foreign journalists are gathered in Pyongyang for North Korea’s biggest national day, the “Day of the Sun”, marking he 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung on Saturday.

They were taken to what officials billed as a “big and important event” early on Thursday which turned out to be the opening of a new street in the centre of the capital, attended by current leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea denounced the United States for bringing “huge nuclear strategic assets” to the Korean peninsula, as the US aircraft carrier group headed for the region.

“The US introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world’s biggest hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening peace and security of the peninsula and pushing the situation there to the brink of a war,” the North’s KCNA news agency said on Friday.

“This has created a dangerous situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment on the peninsula and posed serious threat to the world peace and security, to say nothing of those in Northeast Asia.”

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China warns against force as North Korea prepares celebration
Military force cannot resolve tension over North Korea, China said on Thursday, while an influential Chinese newspaper urged the North to halt its nuclear program in exchange for Chinese protection.

With a U.S. aircraft carrier group steaming to the area and tension rising, South Korea said it believed the United States would consult it before any pre-emptive strike against the North.

Fears have been growing that the reclusive North could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test or more missile launches in defiance of U.N. sanctions and stark warnings from the United States that a policy of patience was over.

China, North Korea’s sole major ally and benefactor, which nevertheless opposes its weapons program, has called for talks leading to a peaceful resolution and the denuclearization of the peninsula.

“Military force cannot resolve the issue,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing.

“Amid challenge there is opportunity. Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks.”

While U.S. President Donald Trump has put North Korea on notice that he would not tolerate any provocation, U.S. officials have said his administration was focusing its strategy on tougher economic sanctions.

Trump has diverted the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group towards the Korean peninsula, which could take more than a week to arrive, in a show of force aimed at deterring North Korea from conducting another nuclear test or launching more missiles to coincide with important events and anniversaries.

The possibility of U.S. military action gained traction after the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack.

Wang warned that history would hold any instigator to account.

“Whoever provokes the situation, whoever continues to make trouble in this place, they will have to assume historical responsibility,” Wang said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told parliament in Seoul he believed Washington would consult Seoul if it was considering a pre-emptive strike. The United States has about 28,500 troops in South Korea.

A Washington-based think-tank that monitors North Korea, 38 North, said satellite images on Wednesday showed activity around the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site on the east coast that indicated it was ready for a new test.

South Korean officials said there were no new signs to indicate a test was more likely, although they also said the North appeared ready to conduct a test at any time.

An influential state-backed Chinese newspaper said the best option for North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, was to give up its nuclear program, and China would protect it if it did.

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So, You Wanna Play as Rose?

Rose is coming to Elsword NA soon, and a good portion of the community… Doesn’t seem to want her. But if you’re like me and can’t wait to try her out, then this is exciting news! There’s just one problem… “Which class do I choose?”

You’ve likely seen people in KR playing as Rose and are somewhat familiar with her skills, but with four job paths, sorting out the unique features of each class can be a bit overwhelming. Therefore, in this post, I will try (keyword being try) to separate them so that it’ll be a little easier to choose which class(es) you want to play!

This won’t be an in-depth guide, since I also haven’t played as Rose before. Rather, it’s a quick introduction to her. I’ll briefly go over how most people in KR seem to play as her, the advantages and disadvantages of each class, etc. I hope you enjoy this post (and I hope I don’t say anything wildly inaccurate)

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