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February 19th 1942: Japanese internment begins

On this day in 1942, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which allowed the military to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps. A climate of paranoia descended on the US following the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan, which prompted the US to join the Second World War. Americans of Japanese ancestry became targets for persecution, as there were fears that they would collude with Japan and pose a national security threat. This came to a head with FDR’s executive order, which led to 120,000 Japanese-Americans being rounded up and held in camps. The constitutionality of the controversial measure was upheld by the Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States (1944). Interned Americans suffered great material and personal hardship, with most people losing their property and some losing their lives to illness or the violence of camp sentries. The victims of internment and their families eventually received an official government apology in 1988 and reparations began in the 1990s. This dark episode of American history is often forgotten in the narrative of US involvement in the Second World War, but Japanese internment poses a stark reminder of the dangers of paranoia and scapegoating.

Chief Petty Officer Blake Soller and his military dog, Rico, at the War Dog Cemetery on Naval Base Guam. They’re honoring Kurt, a military dog who saved the lives of 250 Marines, then became the first military dog to die on the island during WWII.

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Not a story but I thought you guys might find this interesting. I live in Plymouth, England and every Monday at 11:30 they test the nuclear siren at the naval base. It’s super creepy

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The Sailor Moon paper I wrote for my gender studies class

Last week, I mentioned the presentation I did on Sailor Moon for my gender studies class, and how my professor was so impressed by Sailor Moon’s themes that she told me she wants to show it to her kids. Anyway, I promised that I would post the paper the presentation focused on once I finished writing it, so here it is!

I drew quite a bit from a previous paper I wrote on Sailor Moon, but I also included a lot of new things. Particularly, I added sections on how femininity is often negatively portrayed in the media, Haruka’s gender nonconformity in the manga, and the presence of the Outer family.


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

It seems as though more and more frequently, the lack of female-centric media is being called into question. It appears as though the majority of movies, tv shows, and other media feature a male protagonist, with female characters being relegated to the sidelines. Even if there is a female protagonist, it often feels like she doesn’t get to develop strong relationships with other female characters. The lack of deep female relationships and overall female representation in media is indeed unacceptable; the same can be said for the lack of representation regarding LGBT people. However, I feel as though we should praise a particular series that not only delivers on those things, but proves that doing so can lead to massive success. It’s called Sailor Moon (known as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon in its native country of Japan), an anime (cartoon) and manga (comic book) series aimed at girls. Sailor Moon is so impressive because it provides positive portrayals of femininity, female relationships (both platonic and romantic), gender nonconformity, and even non-traditional families.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, which means “Beautiful Soldier Sailor Moon” in Japanese, was created by a female Japanese mangaka, or manga artist, named Naoko Takeuchi. The manga debuted in the girls’ magazine Nakayoshi on December 28, 1991 and ended on February 3, 1997; the animated adaptation premiered on March 7, 1992 and ended February 8, 1997. From the very beginning, Sailor Moon was a smash hit; originally intended to only consist of a single arc, its popularity caused Takeuchi to expand it to five arcs. In addition to the original anime and manga, Sailor Moon’s enormous popularity has resulted in, as of 2017: A series of stage musicals, 31 in all; three movies with theatrical releases; a live-action series that comprised of 52 episodes; numerous rereleases of the manga and anime; many video game spinoffs; many foreign-language dubs; and finally, a new, updated anime reboot entitled Sailor Moon Crystal that is ongoing.

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The Arrangement (Part 4)

Summary: You spend the night at Dean’s place

Pairing: AU!Dean x Reader

Word Count: 3,000

Warnings: language, leering, smutty thoughts/implications/suggestions (PG13)

A/N: The next part is here EARLY because holidays suck and I have work to procrastinate, which makes me super productive with writing! Hope you guys like this part (side note: this GIF destroys me) (please check the tags, guys, a bunch aren’t working)

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The Other Prince + A CS Modern Royal AU [Chapter 1]

Modern Royalty AU: HRH Prince Killian has grown up in the shadow of the crown while enduring tragedy and the burdens of being the spare to the heir. With a desire to escape his past, he agrees to play host to the visiting general’s daughter in exchange for an eventual life outside royal bounds. Moving on is never that easy though and he quickly learns that being the ‘other’ prince is even more difficult when you find yourself falling for the girl everyone wants your brother to marry.

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Word Count: 4,386


Alright, here we are! I’m so excited to be FINALLY writing this story and I wanted to have a few chapters written in advance so I wouldn’t have to wait ages to update (I’ll be shooting for weekly updates, god willing). Keep in mind that this is a modern royal AU that’s got a Prince Harry type version of Killian (who I’m kind of in love with already) and there’s going to be a lot of feels/angst ahead. There will be some M-rated stuff eventually, but it’s a long ways off so I’ll post a warning before those chapters. Thank you all for being patient and lovely :) enjoy! XOXO


“You’ve truly outdone yourself this time, little brother,” Liam grumbled, a soft curse under his breath before throwing a sideways glare. “Above and bloody beyond.”

A roll of his tired eyes before lowering his sunglasses was the only response Killian could muster at an early hour like this on a Saturday. Aside from the harsh sunlight battling the tinted windows of the black SUV, the hazy state of his brain had certainly left him in no mood for a lecture or an honor inspired chat - especially one that was clearly about to be riddled with rather specific vocabulary and those well known accusations he truly couldn’t care less about.

Well, at least that’s how he was planning on stubbornly playing this.

“Been fighting cameras and reporters all morning,” Liam continued, silencing his cellphone as the vehicle rounded the corner of a palace surface road. “It’s an absolute royal mess, Killian.”

There it was - irony intended or not. It was that single word he’d been smacked with a thousand times over.

Royal. Royal, royal, royal.

The term had labeled him - well, them - for as far back as his recollection stretched, but even after a few decades of being wrapped up in that title, Killian still found himself a little uncertain on how such a word was defined. It wasn’t easy to fend off his amusement at his brother’s unnoticed pun, but Killian leaned back against the leather seat and considered the approaching speech he’d heard so many times over the course of his privileged life. Talk about a king complex, he thought as he watched Liam type out some sort of message with very obvious irritation.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team.
Law Enforcement’s Tier 1 Counter-Terrorism unit.

The FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The HRT is trained to rescue American citizens and allies who are held hostage by hostile forces, usually terrorists and/or criminals. The Hostage Rescue Team was founded in 1982 by Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, and completed its final certification exercise in October 1983.

It was originally composed of 50 operators. However, this number has since increased to well over 90 full-time operators. The HRT commonly functions as a high-level national SWAT team in extremely sensitive or dangerous situations. Today, it is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and is based at the FBI Academy at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, in Stafford County, Virginia.

The primary roles of the HRT are hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. Secondary roles of the HRT include:

- Apprehending barricaded subjects
- Executing helicopter operations and rescue missions
- Executing mobile assaults
- Performing high-risk raids, searches, arrests, and warrants
- Coordinating manhunt and rural operations
- Providing force protection for FBI personnel overseas

To a lesser extent, the HRT may deploy teams or individual operators to act as snipers, or to provide protective service details for certain high-profile federal witnesses or dignitaries. Teams provide support for missions overseas and support Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Teams at home and abroad perform typical law enforcement activities, such as making arrests, processing scenes for evidence recovery, and testifying in court.

The HRT has provided traditional law enforcement during hurricane relief operations, tactical surveys, and special events such as the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, and political conventions.

Prospective HRT operators are selected based upon their background and experience, as well as their demonstrated performance during the HRT selection course. The rigorous two-week selection process includes long-distance runs, forced marches, obstacle courses, and other tests of physical and mental stamina. Throughout the entire selection process, candidates are evaluated on their ability to think under pressure and to perform while physically exhausted. After a six-month initial training period known as “New Operator Training School” (“NOTS”), they are headquartered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Both the selection course and NOTS are near mirror images of the 1st SFOD-D (“Delta Force”) selection and training courses, with some minor adjustments for mission differences. Experienced HRT operators assigned to observer/sniper teams are sent to the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course. After successfully completing the course, they receive further instruction from HRT snipers. Maritime platoon operators are sent to a variety of maritime special operations courses, including Phase II of U.S. Navy BUD/S at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. HRT operators receive other specialized interoperability training from various U.S. Special Operations Command entities. HRT operators also conduct training with Allied nation counter-terrorism units such as the British SAS and German GSG-9.

When not operationally deployed, the HRT conducts full-time training for its members at various sites across the country. Two to three hours each day are set aside for physical training, a defensive tactics session, and combative training. One day a week is devoted to maintaining either perishable skills (such as fast roping, breaching, and photography) or specialized skills (such as mobile assaults, manhunt and rural operations), maritime operations, helicopter operations, parachuting, weapons of mass destruction training (provided by the United States Department of Energy), and cold weather operations. Three days are spent honing sniping or close quarters combat skills on the various training ranges available to the team. Biweekly, one day is allotted for gear maintenance. Discretionary time to be used by team leaders is built into the schedule. During a routine week of training, it is not unusual for HRT operators to fire 1,000 rounds of ammunition to keep their shooting skills honed. Every 12 to 18 months, the HRT also participates in at least one major combined exercise that may involve a variety of governmental entities, such as the FBI and the departments of Defense, State, Energy, and Homeland Security.

Three teams rotate through three 120-day cycles: training, operations, and support. During the training cycle, the team refreshes its skills and takes part in exercises, attends other courses, or trains with foreign and domestic units. During the operations cycle, the team is available for deployment (domestic or foreign). During the support cycle, the team works on special projects, maintains the HRT’s equipment, and conducts research.

The HRT is known to conduct joint training exercises and participate in exchange programs with US military units such as the US Army’s Combat Applications Group (otherwise known as 1st SFOD-D or Delta Force) or the U.S. Navy’s DEVGRU. The HRT routinely trains with other federal tactical teams such as the DEA’s FAST Team, the United States Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit or the United States Capitol Police’s CERT. Occasionally the HRT trains with French GIGN, British SAS and Special Boat Service, Irish Garda ERU, the Australian SAS, German GSG 9, and other international units. In addition to the HRT’s own facilities, the HRT routinely uses private and 1st SFOD-D Delta Force shoot houses and ranges. The HRT has also been known to train at Camp Peary and Harvey Point.

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hey you mentioned the US' geopolitical interests in Syria, but I know nothing about IR and Google is mainly telling me US interests there are unclear since they don't have a lot of control over oil supply or anything like that. Do you mind saying what you meant by that

Beyond security interests in defeating ISIS, three major US interests come to mind in removing Assad from power in Syria:

  1. Syria is a major ally of Iran, thus making the Syrian conflict one of the two key fronts in the proxy way going on between Saudi Arabia and Iran at the moment (the other being Yemen). If you’d like background, I wrote an in-depth article on that proxy war in early 2016. The short version, though, is that Iran (an enemy of the US) and Saudi Arabia (a close ally of the US) are competing with one another for regional hegemony (dominant influence) in the Middle East, and we want to see Saudi Arabia win and Iran lose- removing Assad would be a major victory in that mission.
  2. Syria is also a major ally of Russia. Russia uses Syria as a foothold to project power across the Middle East, but even more importantly, it uses Syria as a foothold to project power in the Mediterranean. Russia operates an air force base and a naval base on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, giving it options for a degree of military power projection in Southern Europe and Northern Africa (and, should bad come to worst, possibly even the Suez Canal, a major chokepoint in global trade, especially in bringing oil and natural gas to Europe). As such, taking out Assad would serve as a blow to Russia as well.
  3. Finally, as a cherry on top, successful regime change in Syria would please Israel.

March 13, 1917 - February Revolution: Kronstadt Sailors Kill their Officers and Seize Petrograd Naval Base 

Pictured - The Kronstadt sailors were among the most committed left-wing revolutionaries in Russia. Die-hard anarchists, they rebelled again against Bolshevik totalitarianism in 1921 and were put down mercilessly by the Red Army.

The struggle inside Russia was quickly spilling out of control. By March 13, soldiers were joining with the protesting crowds. Gun-battles broke out in the streets as the revolutionaries built barricades, seized weapons, and took on the police and Cossacks called in to control the situation. Sailors now joined the revolutionaries as well. Twentieth century navies tend to be more politically left-leaning than other branches of the military, because they contained mostly working-class men. Sailors from the cruiser Aurora, which was undergoing repairs in the capital, murdered their captain and seized their ship. In the sea just outside Petrograd, 3,000 sailors at the Kronstadt Naval Base also threw their lot in with the revolt, killing forty officers and sergeants and arrested more than a hundred others.

Japanese battleship “Mutsu” (Nagato-class) during her preparatory work in the naval base at Yokosuka. Sailors are busy checking the ship’s systems and working on her body. She met her untimely end not through hostile fire, but by internal explosion in the summer of 1943. 

On the right side of the photo a float-scout Nakajima E8N1 is visible being loaded, as it was the basic IJN reconnaissance aircraft of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

  • One of the more important interviews you'll read this year:
  • NOAM CHOMSKY: One of the few institutions that's worried about climate change is the Pentagon, because they're going to be in trouble, like the Navy -- the Norfolk Naval Base will be inundated when the sea level rises, and they're worried about the fact that just plain sea level rise and other dangerous weather systems are going to cause huge floods of refugees.
  • Just take a look at Bangladesh. It's a coastal plain -- a couple hundred million people. What are they going to do if this gets worse -- what's going to happen then, you know?
  • DANIEL FALCONE: With the emergence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, it looks like business as usual with the cabinet members and their institutional roles. Is this cabinet in particular especially dangerous to the planet?
  • NOAM CHOMSKY: It's incredible what's happening, and what's more astounding still is that there's no comment. By now -- since November 8 -- the United States is literally alone in the world in first of all refusing to join in efforts to do something about it -- but even worse, dedicated to making the situation worse. Every part of [the world] is trying to do something. The United States alone is trying to destroy it, and it's not just Trump, it's the whole Republican Party. You just can't find words for it. And it's not reported. It's not discussed.
  • I mean the most important event on November 8 -- which I've talked about a couple times, but nobody will listen -- is that as you may know, at that time, there was an international conference going on in Morocco that was a follow up for the Paris conference -- to put some teeth in the Paris agreements. But on November 8, the conferences stopped. The question was, Will we survive? Not a word about it. Even more amazing, the world is looking to China to save them. The US is the wrecking machine that is destroying everything. The world is hoping that China will somehow come to the rescue.
  • DANIEL FALCONE: What does that mean about our establishment -- that we look to China?
  • NOAM CHOMSKY: What it means is the United States is absolutely the most dangerous country in the world.
  • DANIEL FALCONE: It doesn't say a good thing about democracy or a hope for it.
  • NOAM CHOMSKY: It doesn't have much to do with democracy, because a democracy barely functions under the neoliberal system. But most of the population is disenfranchised. It doesn't matter what they think. Just look at the passionate rhetoric about how we can't stand by when a country uses weapons to kill innocent civilians.
  • Right now, the United States is supporting Saudi Arabian military attacks and a famine policy -- a starvation policy -- overt policy of starvation in Yemen that is going to kill tens of thousands of people; it already is, in fact. But is anybody saying anything about it?"

Yokosuka, Japan

The USS Fitzgerald berths at a naval base south of Tokyo after its collision with a Japanese merchant ship

Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Russian Sailors Depose Admiral Kolchak

Alexander Kolchak (1874-1920), commanding the Black Sea Fleet from August 1916 to June 1917.

June 19 1917, Sevastopol–The Russian Navy, even more so than the Army, had been at the forefront of revolutionary activities in the armed forces.  Boredom and strict discipline had led to open revolt during the February Revolution, especially in the Baltic Fleet, where sailors murdered the commanding admiral and imprisoned scores of other officers.  The naval base at Kronstadt had even briefly rebelled against the Provisional Government for not being radical enough, before being talked down.

The Black Sea Fleet was not immune from revolutionary activity either, and in fact had a long history of it dating back to the revolution in 1905 and the mutiny on board the Potemkin.  The Black Sea Fleet was under the command of a hardliner, Admiral Kolchak.  Kolchak had been the only major military commander (other than those who had been murdered by their own troops) not to urge the abdication of the Czar in March, and had been attempting to maintain strict discipline ever since to keep his fleet in order.  On June 19, the sailors’ councils of the Black Sea Fleet voted to depose Admiral Kolchak, a move which was soon recognized by the government in Petrograd.  

Kolchak returned to Petrograd to report on the situation in the Black Sea Fleet, and urged that only extreme disciplinary measures, including capital punishment, would restore order in the armed forces.  Kerensky disagreed, and, once Kolchak became the center of much counterrevolutionary intrigue, effectively exiled him in August by sending him as a liaison to the US Navy.

Today in 1916: French Pilot Drops Leaflets on Berlin
Today in 1915: Boulogne Conference Pessimistic on Allied Offensive Before 1916

Blossom ~ An Avenger’s Story (9/15)

Originally posted by ohevansmycaptain

AU Summary: Steve opens up about his feelings towards Bucky and Jack’s relationship.

Notes: filler chapter. i know. i’ll work on the plot a little bit more. but hey here’s a chapter. finally, eh? haha. sorry it’s only so short. 

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Sometimes he would spend his time alone thinking what would have happened if any of the plans from previous heads to take over the world. What would he be doing right now? What would have happened?

There were many attempts at world domination but as their luck would have it, either SHIELD or the Avengers or some other force would come in and stop it from happening. The belief that mankind needs to have that sense of freedom and security is apparently so important to uphold. Even if they don’t really have it. What for? HYDRA and SHIELD and other agencies or groups have eyes everywhere. Nothing is private but people still like to parade around thinking that they’re safe and free.

And if there was one attempt at world domination that he wishes went successfully, it would be the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.

It was told in history that the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, resulting the USA’s entry to the second world war.

That is what everyone thought happened.

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