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There isn’t much to Rachel, Nevada (population: 54), the town closest to the secretive Area 51 military base. Not even a gas station. And there’s very little else to see along the Extraterrestrial Highway until you arrive here, so the lights of the Little A’Le’Inn are all that illuminate this desolate stretch of Nevada outback. 

Area 51 itself is difficult to find, as it’s not listed on maps, and the faint roads leading to its encircling barrier fences are rough and muddy. A traveler can only hope to spot something unexplained in the sky, but all we saw that day were thunderclouds carrying in a heavy rainstorm.
Video: Chelsea Manning explains why she leaked secret military documents
In an exclusive ABC News interview, Manning talks about why she risked her career to disclose the information and her fight for transgender rights while in military prison.
By ABC News

“I have a responsibility to the public …we all have a responsibility,” Chelsea Manning describes what motivated her to disclose US war logs. Chelsea’s first interview, slated to air next week on ABC’s Nightline, was previewed today on Good Morning America.

Fun Fact 154

Former US President Harry Truman (1945-1953) was the first president to be given a Secret Service code name - “General”. Improvements in telecommunications technology at the time meant that there was a new threat of enemy forces listening in on Secret Service communications, and from then on all presidents, their families, senior staff and vice-presidents were given code names. The code names of US presidents are as follows:

Harry Truman – General

Dwight Eisenhower – Providence

John F. Kennedy – Lancer

Lyndon Johnson – Volunteer

Richard Nixon – Searchlight

Gerald Ford – Passkey

Jimmy Carter – Deacon

Ronald Reagan – Rawhide

George H. W. Bush – Timberwolf

Bill Clinton – Eagle

George W. Bush – Tumbler, later Trailblazer

Barack Obama – Renegade

Donald Trump – Mogul

(The code name for current US Vice-President, Mike Pence, is Hoosier)

I have this really soft fondness for a WWI AU

Conner, Wally, Dick, Roy, and Kaldur are sort of a squad of misfits. Probably why they’re put together, commanders thinking they’d be decent canon fodder. But they get on like a house on fire once they get to know each other.

 Kaldur’ahm is constantly battling the incredible amount of racism as a biracial soldier. His father was African American and his mother was a Pacific Islander. 

The you have Wally, the smart talking red headed Irish American who deals with that prejudice, but damn can he run. He wanted to be a soccer player - got drafted instead. 

Conner is a tank, but he’s got some major authority problems and anger issues. 

There’s Dick, who would be the model soldier - but he faked his age when he signed up for the army. He went in under the name Robin, aged 18 but when the team finds out he’s only 16, they cover for him. They’re pissed, but it’s too late to send him home now. They become a little protective of him.

Then there’s Roy, their sniper. Nothing odd about him, he’s just a jackass. 

They would look out for each other. Like, they insist on Kaldur being their leader despite higher command sputtering and refusing to give him rank. He gets it anyway. Wally and Dick end up falling in love, and they all keep the relationship quiet. 

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anonymous asked:

So if there is something trustworthy about Shiro, what is it about Kuron that makes him so untrustworthy in his design?

It’s a few different things actually! But the basis for it is this–Kuron is not an exact match of Shiro, but the two are eerily similar. And it’s that uncanny, can’t quite put your finger on sense something’s wrong that makes the design so off putting. I’ve said this before, but I think the time Kuron felt his most genuine was before he cut his hair:

We see him at his lowest points then, experience a whole journey through his eyes. During his whole character focused episode and later the intimate talk with Keith? He’s at his most vulnerable. He’s also not quite in a place where he has to fill Shiro’s shoes. I know lots of people make fun of Kuron for the bad haircut, but it really does strike you as not right! And I believe that’s wholly intentional. The proof in this is our other character with a thematically important haircut–Pidge. And why did she cut her hair again? To assume a false identity and infiltrate the garrison. She became “Pidge” to get access to top secret military intelligence. You know, kind of like Kuron taking on the role of “Shiro” and infiltrating Team Voltron, as per his mission objective?

The haircut is like Shiro’s but still not right. The same can be said about his behavior, clothes, mannerisms, and hell, even his voice–seriously, Josh voices Kuron differently. There’s something about the pitch that’s slightly off-key and it’s something that’s always bothered me. There was literally no reason to change his voice if this was the same character, you know? And again, these are all very subtle things. But we know this character so damn well, they end up being obtrusively noticeable. Glaringly so. It’s that dissonance between the two, the thought that this is sort of Shiro, but not quite, that makes his new design so unnerving.

You know, like someone took your favorite character and replaced him, but they were kinda hoping you wouldn’t notice and you were supposed to just play along. (I of course still love Baby Clone, though) 


Photo series #11

Today, we have a stealth post but you should be able to see because this photo series is about the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk.

The development of this plane has been shrouded with secrecy and even today after it’s retirement, lots of information about it is still classified.

Born out of the Have Blue technology demonstrator, the Nighthawk is an attack jet with stealth capabitilies although having a “F” designation and often being called a “stealth fighter”, the F-117 don’t have any air-to-air potential.

It’s design is made from 2-D flat surfaces as a result of the 1970s computer limitations because of this, some may say the aircraft’s frame was obsolete even before going into service. The Nighthawk was designed to have a very low Radar Cross-Section (RCS), this was made due to the project being developed by radar engineering rather than by aerospace engineering. One of the main problems of keeping a low RCS is that the plane was aerodynamically unstable and that was a big issue in the 1960s because the computer technology could not provide the necessary flight computers which would later allow aircraft such as the F-117 and B-2 Spirit to stay airborne.

The Nighthawk was sent to multiple combat operations, the first one was during the United States invasion of Panama in 1989, where 2 F-117A dropped bombs on the Rio Hato airfield. During the Gulf War in 1991, the Nighthawks were used to drop laser-guided bombs on targets in areas where optically aimed AAA and infrared SAMs were present as this was the biggest threat to Coalition aircraft, most operations were done at night to fully conceal the aircraft.

Only one F-117 was lost in combat and that was during Operation Allied Force in 27 March 1999, the Yugoslav troops spotted the Nighthawk on the radar when it’s bomb bays were open, the increase in radar signature allowed the SA-3 “Goa” SAM to lock and fire the missiles, the pilot ejected but the plane crashed at a slow speed and in an inverted position, the damage done to the airframe was low, after six hours, the pilot was rescued by an USAF pararescue team. The Serbs invited Russian personnel to inspect the remains of the aircraft, some say that the russian stealth technology had a significant advance after this incident.

Today, the F-117A Nighthawk is out of service but is still being maintained to keep it in condition to be recalled to service, some Nighthawks were spotted flying in the Nellis Bombing Range in 2015 and some of them are flown periodically.

Well, that’s it for this photo series, i guess we might see some Nighthawks in action again if some big conflict fires up and the needs for a precision bomber arises.

As always, if you have any suggestions or want to contribute for the next photo series, send them to me, i’ll be more than happy to upload them.

Have a good day, folks!

eiffel back home headcanons

ok strap in losers its time to talk about doug’s experiences back on earth after this shitshow is over

  • this guy can absolutely not get enough of cooked breakfasts. like decent hot food generally is a godsend but there’s something about a cooked breakfast that makes him appreciate being alive
  • if he gave a single fuck about fashion before he certainly doesnt now
    • probably looks like a disaster 90% of the time but he’s loving it
    • shops at thrift stores but has stopped worrying about looking classy in any regard
    • completely down to wear crop tops
  • he has a notebook of things to catch up on a la steve rogers
    • (a reference which he will get by the time he’s done with his list)
    • eiffel’s pop culture reference arsenal getting updated is probably the bane of minkowski’s existence and enough to make her miss space (but not really)
  • he takes quite a while to get used to gravity again so he’s always trying to leave things suspended in the air
  • forgets short people (minkowski) can’t reach the high shelves because she can’t just float up there any more
  • probably the kind of person who has an absurd amount of questionably useful things on them at all times
    • “eiffel, do you have a hairdryer in your backpack?” “of course, i’m not an animal”
      • sidenote brooklyn nine-nine is his new fave show
  • actually laments over memes he missed and will never have the opportunity to use
    • probably still dabs tho someone stop him
  • whenever anyone asks him what he was doing before he just says in a very sincere voice, “oh, well, i was actually a foreign correspondent for aliens” and it’s the best cover story he could hope for
    • random coworker: so, has eiffel ever told anyone what he actually used to do?
    • second random coworker: nope. there’s a betting pool going on. my money is on secret military experiment
    • random coworker: what? that’s nuts. i think he’s probably an assassin on the run from the feds
Camp Autism 016

A note to the summer staff:

-Keep the motorboat close by when the body stimmers are at the waterfront. They are too fast
-the chewers are not allowed to keep putting All Of Nature in their mouths. Camp Approved Nature only.
-the echolalias have assembled a bird army using their imitation skills. Watch out.
-stim toys are allowed but no longer permitted as offerings to the elder gods of neurodivergence
-wanderers must be closely watched so they don’t meander off and find the secret military alien storage facility near camp
-no littering

I say this pretty much every week, but it’s still true every week–this is a collection of fics that I’m really, really glad exist in the STAR WARS fandom, there are some that are just absolute gems that should be shoved in people’s faces because they’re just so good. Some fics that are the kind that make my brain all fizzy with how much I enjoy them and how satisfying and/or heartbreaking and/or joyous they can be. All the things Star Wars should be!

Tano and Kenobi by FireflyFish, obi-wan & ahsoka & cast, 65k
   Master Skywalker always said “The Force works in mysterious ways” and Ahsoka Tano has to admit, getting thrown backwards in time by about forty years was very mysterious.
untitled by fireflyfish, obi-wan & anakin, ~1k
   “You should be inside,” a voice says, painfully familiar. “The desert can kill with cold just as easily as with heat, Master.”
Family by lilyconrad, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon & darth maul & cast, sith!obi-wan, 6.8k
   Seven years after the duel on Naboo, Obi-Wan Kenobi has turned to the dark, Maul has turned to the light, and young Anakin is caught somewhere in-between. Can Qui-Gon rescue his Padawan before it’s too late?
Oversharing by glare-gryphon, obi-wan/anakin & obi-wan/anakin/padme, NSFW, 2.4k
   In summary: it was about Obi-Wan feeling it every time Anakin & Padme have sex & getting frustrated about it.
Pies, Books, and Swords, obi-wan & qui-gon/tahl, 1.2k
   Qui-Gon Jinn has made quite a good name for himself, as far as holonet cooking shows go.
wonderterror by peradi, han/leia & han/luke & obi-wan/anakin (maybe?) & anakin/padme & cast, 6.5k
   The Skywalkers aren’t entirely human. Here’s what that means.
The Question, Twenty Years Late by Eirian Erisdar, obi-wan/satine & luke, 1.2k
   Set just post-ROTJ in a timeline where Satine survived. Waiting alone for an emissary from the newly-formed Imperial Senate to demand Mandalore’s fealty to the Empire, Satine is surprised by an unexpected guest, holding a very precious bundle.
Dreamers by LuchaDoRa, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 6.2k
   Obi-Wan dreams sometimes. So does Anakin.
Sigh No More by edenwolfie, obi-wan/anakin/padme & ahsoka & luke & leia & cast, 158.2k wip
   Anakin makes slightly better choices, Obi-Wan is a Mess™ and Padmé deserves none of this. AU from Mustafar onward with liberal manipulation of canon to culminate in some angsty, fluffy, domestic fix-it because we all deserve better.
Broken by lilyconrad, obi-wan/anakin & rex & padme & cast, NSFW, sith!obi-wan (sort of), dark themes, 20.8k wip
   The Twins are unstoppable enforcers of the Emperor’s will, the sun and moon that hang in the black void of his rule. It is said they are not the same age and that under their hoods they do not look alike, but they fight as one entity, silent and terrible as an eclipse in a spring sky.
No Galaxy for Good Jedi by Annie_Walker, obi-wan & anakin & padme & qui-gon & dooku & yoda & cast, some obi-wan/satine, sith!qui-gon, 124.8k wip
   Obi-Wan Kenobi was only a young padawan when he ran away with three-year old Anakin. He had no choice after his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, fell to the Dark Side by Master Dooku’s manipulations.
untitled by albaparthenicevelut, obi-wan & anakin, accidental pirate obi-wan, 1k
   Obi Wan was in Scarif, which was concerning actually. Obi Wan Kenobi, Rebel Operative, Dashing Duke, and Pirate King, should not be within a system of the Empire’s top secret military research base, much less in the very city in which it was located.
and gravity, scientists say, is weak by victoria_p (musesfool), obi-wan & anakin + referenced obi-wan/satine, 3.2k
   “You’re not the only one who’s ever been in love, Anakin.”
Rest by copper_sky, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
   Anakin has a huge weakness for having his hair played with and a sleepy Obi-Wan indulges him.

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Doing some more timesetting for @crtranscript and the first bit of episode 64 is hilarious knowing Asum’s actually Raishan in those scenes at the start, because ah yes, finally, here are all of Vox Machina in one spot, and now Raishan will get all the answers she’s been seeking, all the top-secret military intelligence she’s been lacking, her fiendish machinations finally given the fuel they need to spin into action!

…and then even the simplest question leads everyone to go, “oh shit, who’s that again? where is that place? it’s either north or south, one of the two. haha, jk, it’s totally east. who’s got a map? we’ve got some sweet new weapons but I guess there’s more of them out there somewhere (are there?) (yeah, totally, don’t you remember?) and maybe they do other cool shit we don’t understand yet (do they?) (well they might) and there’s an army of elves somewhere out there too I guess, haha. anyway we just made friends with a werewolf on another plane of existence so that’s pretty tight”

That Quaint Small Town Named Sunnydale

Sunnydale, CA, just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles by car, must be the most interesting place to live! With a population of only 38,500 (as per the “Welcome to Sunnydale” sign in 2x03 “School Hard”), this piece of suburbia has:

Geographical Features

  • A hellmouth (1x01 “Welcome to the Hellmouth”)
  • A lake (1x12 “Prophecy Girl”)
  • A beach (2x20 “Go Fish”)
  • A cliff called Kingman’s Bluff (3x10 “Amends”)

Government and Cultural Institutions

  • Sunnydale Zoo (1x06 “The Pack”)
  • Natural History Museum (2x04 “Inca Mummy Girl”, 2x21 “Becoming, Part One”)
  • Two hospitals: Mercy Hospital (1x12 “Prophecy Girl”), and Sunnydale Memorial a.k.a. Sunnydale General Hospital (1x07 “Angel”, 2x18 “Killed by Death”)
  • A military base, one with a rocket launcher (2x14 “Innocence”)
  • A secret military agency, built underground, called the Initiative (4x04 “Fear Itself”)
  • Several high schools (and presumably a number of elementary and middle schools as well): Sunnydale High, Fondren High (2x02 “Some Assembly Required”), Kent Preparatory School (2x05 “Reptile Boy”), Miss Porter’s (3x02 “Dead Man’s Party”)
  • Two colleges: Crestwood College (2x05 “Reptile Boy”), and UC Sunnydale (4x01 “The Freshman”)

Concentration of Consecrated Grounds

  • 43 churches (2x10 “What’s My Line, Part Two”)
  • 12 cemeteries (3x17 “Revelations”)

Transportation Hubs

  • Sunnydale Bus Depot (2x04 “Inca Mummy Girl”)
  • A port that can accommodate large cargo ships, possibly those bound for Asia (2x13 “Surprise”)
  • Sunnydale International Airport (3x19 “Choices”, 6x01 “Bargaining, Part One”). An “international” airport is one equipped to handle immigration and customs.
  • Sunnydale Train Station (5x14 “Crush”), also a terminus (a station at the end of a railway line)

Historical/Mystical Landmarks and Artifacts

  • The du Lac Cross (2x09 “What’s My Line, Part One”)
  • Glove of Myhneghon (3x07 “Relevations”)
  • Gem of Amarra (4x03 “Harsh Light of Day”)
  • The Scythe, forged centuries ago for the Slayer (7x21 “End of Days”)
  • Old Sunnydale Mission, a Catholic mission buried by an earthquake in 1812 (4x18 “Pangs”)
  • An Egyptian (wth, Joss?) tomb, sheltering the last of the Guardians (7x21 “End of Days”)

Other Unique Features

  • A high mortality rate (2x20 “Go Fish”)
  • A sewer tunnel network popular among vampires and demons (1x02 “The Harvest”)
  • A multitude of abandoned factories and houses (2x01 “When She Was Bad”)

Nearby Locations

  • Large woods (3x05 “Homecoming”, 6x02 “Bargaining, Part Two”)
  • A desert containing a sacred spot (5x18 “Intervention”, 7x13 “The Killer in Me”)
  • A dam (6x15 “As You Were”)
  • Shadow Valley Vineyards (7x18 “Dirty Girls”)

Rogue One planets: Scarif

Scarif was a secluded and tropical planet in the Outer Rim Territories region of the galaxy. Despite its remoteness, it played an important part in the Galactic Empire’s military-industrial complex, becoming a center for Imperial top-secret military research. In this capacity, it housed a multitude of different projects, including the construction of the first Death Star battle station. Because of its importance, the planet was protected by an impenetrable deflector shield that enveloped the entire world, with the only opening being the Shield Gate.

Those Executed For Involvement In the Irish Easter Rising in 1916

Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (died age 37)

Sheehy-Skeffington tried to organise a citizen police force to stop looting on the Tuesday of the Rising. Heading home, he was arrested in for no reason by British troops. Capt JC Bowen-Colthurst used him as a hostage while attacking the shop of Alderman James Kelly, at the top of Camden Street. Bowen-Colthurst destroyed the shop with grenades, and shot dead a 17-year-old boy before marching Sheehy-Skeffington and two journalists to Portobello Barracks. The next morning, they unaware they were going to be shot to death until moments before it occurred. They were executed the next morning on April 26th, 1916. Those involved attempted to cover up what they did. 

Thomas “Tom” Clarke (died age 58)

Clarke was stationed at headquarters in the General Post Office during the Easter Week. Clarke wrote on the wall of the house after surrender on April 29th, “We had to evacuate the GPO. The boys put up a grand fight, and that fight will save the soul of Ireland." He was arrested after the surrender. He and other rebels were taken to the Rotunda where he was stripped of his clothing in front of the other prisoners. He was later held in Kilmainham Gaol. He was court-martialled and sentenced to death. Before his execution, he asked his wife Kathleen to give this message to the Irish People: 

"My comrades and I believe we have struck the first successful blow for freedom, and so sure as we are going out this morning so sure will freedom come as a direct result of our action … In this belief, we die happy." 

He was then executed by firing squad on May 3rd, 1916. 

Patrick Pearse (died age 36)

Easter Monday, April 24th 1916, it was Pearse who read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from outside the General Post Office, the headquarters of the Rising. Pearse was the person most responsible for drafting the Proclamation, and he was chosen as President of the Republic. Six days after he issued the order to surrender. He was court-martialled and executed by firing squad on may 3rd, 1916. He was said to be whistling as he came out of his cell to be killed. The day before his death he wrote:

"When I was a child of ten I went down on my bare knees by my bedside one night and promised God that I should devote my life to an effort to free my country. I have kept that promise. As a boy and as a man I have worked for Irish freedom. The time, as it seemed to me, did come, and we went into the fight. I am glad we did. We seem to have lost. We have not lost. To refuse to fight would have been to lose, to fight is to win. We have kept faith with the past and handed on a tradition to the future.”

Thomas MacDonagh (died age 37)

MacDonagh’s battalion was stationed at Jacob’s Biscuit Factory. Despite MacDonagh’s rank and the fact that he commanded one of the strongest battalions, they saw little fighting. MacDonagh received the order to surrender on April 30th, though his battalion was prepared to continue. Following the surrender, MacDonagh was court martialled, and executed by firing squad on May 3rd, 1916. In his last message to the Irish people he wrote:

“I, Thomas MacDonagh, having now heard the sentence of the Court Martial held on me today, declare that in all my acts, all the acts for which I have been arraigned. I have been actuated by one motive only, the love of my country, and the desire to make her a sovereign, independent state.”

Joseph Mary Plunkett (died age 28)

Following the surrender Plunkett was held in Kilmainham Gaol, and faced court martial. Seven hours before his execution, he was married in the prison chapel to his sweetheart Grace Gifford, a Protestant convert to Catholicism, whose sister, Muriel, had years before also converted and married his best friend Thomas MacDonagh, who was also executed for his role in the Easter Rising. Grace never married again after his death on May 4th, 1816. Days before his sentence Plunkett had written in a letter to Grace:

“Listen–if I live it might be possible to get the Church to marry us by proxy- there is such a thing but it is very difficult I am told. Father Sherwin might be able to do it. You know how I love you. That is all I have time to say. I know you love me and I am very happy.”

Edward “Ned” Daly (died age 25)

Daly’s battalion, stationed in the Four Courts and areas to the west and north of the centre of Dublin, saw the most harsh fighting of the rising. He was forced to surrender his battalion on April 29th by Patrick Pearse. He was executed by firing squad on May 4th 1916. Men in his battalion spoke of him as a good leader. 

Michael O’Hanrahan (died age 38)

O’Hanrahan was second in command of Dublin’s 2nd battalion under Commandant Thomas MacDonagh. He fought at Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, though the battalion saw little action other than intense sniping throughout Easter week. O'Hanrahan was executed by firing squad on May 4th 1916 at Kilmainham Jail. His brother, Henry O'Hanrahan, was sentenced to penal servitude for life for his role in the Easter Rising.

William “Willie” Pearse (died age 34)

Willie followed his brother into the Irish Volunteers and the Republican movement. He took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, always staying by his brother’s side at the General Post Office. Following the surrender he was court-martialled and sentenced to be executed. It has been said that as he was only a minor player in the struggle it was his surname that condemned him. However, at his court martial he rather exaggerating his involvement. On May 3rd, William was granted permission to visit his brother in Kilmainham Gaol and to see him for the final time. While Willie was en route, Patrick was executed first and they never saw one another again. Willie was executed on May 4th, 1916. 

John MacBride (died age 47)

In 1905 MacBride joined other Irish nationalists in preparing for an insurrection. Because he was so well known to the British, the leaders thought it wise to keep him outside their secret military group planning a Rising. He was in Dublin early on Easter Monday morning to meet his brother Dr. Anthony MacBride, who was arriving from Westport to be married on the Wednesday. The Major walked up Grafton St and saw Thomas MacDonagh in uniform and leading his troops. He offered his services and was appointed second-in-command at the Jacob’s factory. After the Rising, MacBride, following a court martial under the Defence of the Realm Act, was shot by British troops in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.

He was executed on May 5th 1916, two days before his forty-eighth birthday. Facing the British firing squad, he said he did not wish to be blindfolded, saying:

“I have looked down the muzzles of too many guns in the South African war to fear death and now please carry out your sentence.” 

He is buried in the cemetery at Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin.

Executed two days before his 54th birthday on May 5th. 

Éamonn Ceannt (died age 34)

After the unconditional surrender of the 1916 fighters, Eamonn Ceannt was detained. While Ceannt was being picked for trial, volunteer James Couhlan remembers him being determined in looking after the welfare of “the humblest of those who had served under him”. Ceannt was tried under court martial as demanded by General Maxwell. May 2nd, Ceannt was sent to Kilmainham Gaol to face trial and execution.

Written a few hours before his execution from cell 88 in Kilmainham Gaol, he wrote:

“I leave for the guidance of other Irish Revolutionaries who may tread the path which I have trod this advice, never to treat with the enemy, never to surrender at his mercy, but to fight to a finish…Ireland has shown she is a nation. This generation can claim to have raised sons as brave as any that went before. And in the years to come Ireland will honour those who risked all for her honour at Easter 1916.”

Ceannt was held in Kilmainham Gaol until his execution by firing squad on May 8th 1916. He is buried at Arbour Hill.

Michael Mallin (died age 41)

When Connolly was inducted into the Irish Republican Brotherhood in January 1916. On Easter Monday Mallin departed from Liberty Hall at 11:30am to take up his post at St Stephen’s Green with his small force of ICA men and women. Upon arriving at the park they evacuated it, dug trenches, erected kitchen and first aid stations, and constructed barricades in the surrounding streets. Mallin planned to occupy the Shelbourne Hotel, located on the north-east side of the park, but insufficient troops prevented him from doing so. The next morning under intense machine gun fire Mallin ordered his troops to retreat to the Royal College of Surgeons on the west side of the park. The garrison remained in the barricaded building for the remainder of the week. 

Mallin surrendered on April 30th 1916. The garrison was taken first to Dublin Castle then to Richmond Barracks, where Mallin was separated for court-martial. At his court-martial he downplayed his involvement. In his statement, Mallin stated:

“I had no commission whatever in the Citizen Army. I was never taken into the confidence of James Connolly. I was under the impression that we were going out for manoeuvres on Sunday … Shortly after my arrival at St Stephen’s Green the firing started and Countess Markievicz ordered me to take command of the men as I had been so long associated with them. I felt I could not leave them and from that time I joined the rebellion.“ 

Mallin was found guilty and transported to Kilmainham Gaol for his execution. He was executed May 8th 1916. The night before his execution he was visited in his cell by his mother, three of his siblings, his pregnant wife and their four children. In his last letter to his wife, who was pregnant with their fifth child, Mallin said:

"I find no fault with the soldiers or the police [I ask you] to pray for all the souls who fell in this fight, Irish and English … so must Irishmen pay for trying to make Ireland a free nation." 

He wrote to his children:

“Una my little one be a Nun Joseph my little man be a Priest if you can James & John to you the care of your mother make yourselves good strong men for her sake and remember Ireland” 

His funeral mass took place at the Dominican Church in Tallaght on May 13th, 1917. People from the procession clashed with police outside the church with two policemen injured. 

Con Colbert (died age 37)

In the weeks leading up to the Rising, he acted as bodyguard for Thomas Clarke. During Easter Week, he fought at Watkin’s Brewery, Jameson’s Distillery and Marrowbone Lane. They were marched to Richmond Barracks after surrender, where Colbert would later be court-martialled. Transferred to Kilmainham Gaol, he was told on Sunday May 7th he was to be shot the following morning. He wrote no fewer than ten letters during his time in prison. During this time in detention, he did not allow any visits from his family; writing to his sister, he said a visit "would grieve us both too much”.

The night before his execution he sent for Mrs. Ó Murchadha who was also being held prisoner. He told her he was “proud to die for such a cause. I will be passing away at the dawning of the day.” Holding his bible, he told her he was leaving it to his sister. He handed her three buttons from his volunteer uniform, telling her “They left me nothing else,” before asking her when she heard the volleys of shots in the morning for Éamonn Ceannt, Michael Mallin and himself would she say a Hail Mary for the souls of the departed. The soldier who was guarding the prisoner began crying according to Mrs. Ó Murchadha, and recorded him saying “If only we could die such deaths.”

Colbert was shot by firing squad the next morning on May 8th 1916.

Sean Heuston (died age 25)

Heuston was the Officer Commanding of the Volunteers in the Mendicity Institution on the south side of Dublin city. Heuston was to hold this position for three or four hours, to delay the advance of British troops. This delay was necessary to give the headquarters staff time to prepare their defences. Heuston was arrested after the surrender and transferred to Richmond Barracks. O May 4th 1916, he was tried by court martial. May 7th 1916, the verdict of the court martial was communicated to him that he had been sentenced to death and was to be shot at dawn the following morning.

Prior to his execution he was attended by Father Albert in his final hours. Father Albert wrote an account of those hours up to and including the execution:

“…We were now told to be ready. I had a small cross in my hand, and though blindfolded, Seán bent his head and kissed the Crucifix; this was the last thing his lips touched in life. He then whispered to me: ‘Father, sure you won’t forget to anoint me?’ I had told him in his cell that I would anoint him when he was shot. We now proceeded towards the yard where the execution was to take place; my left arm was linked in his right, while the British soldier who had handcuffed and blindfolded him walked on his left. As we walked slowly along we repeated most of the prayers that we had been saying in the cell. On our way we passed a group of soldiers; these I afterwards learned were awaiting Commandant Mallin; who was following us. Having reached a second yard I saw there another group of military armed with rifles. Some of these were standing, and some sitting or kneeling. A soldier directed Seán and myself to a corner of the yard, a short distance from the outer wall of the prison. Here there was a box (seemingly a soap box) and Sean was told to sit down upon it. He was perfectly calm, and said with me for the last time: ‘My Jesus, mercy.’ I scarcely had moved away a few yards when a volley went off, and this noble soldier of Irish Freedom fell dead. I rushed over to anoint him; his whole face seemed transformed and lit up with a grandeur and brightness that I had never before noticed.”

Father Albert concluded:

“Never did I realise that men could fight so bravely, and die so beautifully, and so fearlessly as did the Heroes of Easter Week. On the morning of Sean Heuston’s death I would have given the world to have been in his place, he died in such a noble and sacred cause, and went forth to meet his Divine Saviour with such grand Christian sentiments of trust, confidence and love.”

Thomas Kent (died age 50)

During the Easter Rising, the Kent residence was raided in a gunfight lasted for four hours. Eventually the Kents were forced to surrender. Thomas and William was tried by court martial on the charge of armed rebellion. His brother was acquitted, but Thomas was sentenced to death and executed by firing squad in Cork on May 9th 1916. He was buried in the grounds of Cork Prison. 

Sean Mac Diarmada (died age 33)

September 1915, he joined the secret Military Committee of the IRB. In 1914 he said:

“the Irish patriotic spirit will die forever unless a blood sacrifice is made in the next few years.”

Due to his disability, Mac Diarmada took little part in the fighting of Easter week, but was stationed at the headquarters in the General Post Office. Following the surrender, he nearly escaped execution by blending in with the large body of prisoners. He was eventually recognised by Daniel Hoey of G Division. Following a court-martial on May 9th, Mac Diarmada was executed by firing squad on May 12th. In his final letter he wrote: 

"Miss Ryan, she who in all probability, had I lived, would have been my wife”.

She and her sister, Phyllis also visited Kilmainham Gaol before his execution. Before his execution, Mac Diarmada wrote:

“I feel happiness the like of which I have never experienced. I die that the Irish nation might live!”

James Connolly (died age 47)

Connolly considered the rest of the leaders too bourgeois and unconcerned with Ireland’s economic independence. During the Easter Rising, Connolly was Commandant of the Dublin Brigade and was de facto commander-in-chief. Following the surrender, he said to other prisoners: 

"Don’t worry. Those of us that signed the proclamation will be shot. But the rest of you will be set free.”

Connolly was not held in gaol, but in a room at the State Apartments in Dublin Castle, which had been converted to a first-aid station for troops recovering from the war. Connolly was sentenced to death by firing squad for his part in the rising. On May 12th 1916 he was taken by military ambulance to Royal Hospital Kilmainham, across the road from Kilmainham Gaol, and from there taken to the gaol, where he was to be executed. Visited by his wife, and asking about public opinion, he commented:

“They will all forget that I am; an Irishman.”

Connolly had been so badly injured from the fighting but the execution order was still given and he was unable to stand before the firing squad; he was carried to a prison courtyard on a stretcher. His absolution and last rites were administered by a Capuchin, Father Aloysius Travers. Asked to pray for the soldiers about to shoot him, he said:

“I will say a prayer for all men who do their duty according to their lights.”

Instead of being marched to the same spot where the others had been executed, at the far end of the execution yard, he was tied to a chair and then shot. His body (with other leaders) was put in a mass grave without a coffin. The executions of the rebel leaders deeply angered the majority of the Irish population, most of whom had shown no support during the rebellion.

Sir Roger Casement (died age 51)

October 1914, Casement sailed for Germany via Norway. Casement spent most of his time in Germany seeking to recruit an Irish Brigade from among more than 2,000 Irish prisoners-of-war taken in the early months of the war and held in the prison camp of Limburg an der Lahn. His plan was that they would be trained to fight against Britain in the cause of Irish independence. Casement did not learn about the Easter Rising until after the plan was fully developed. The German weapons never landed in Ireland; the Royal Navy intercepted the ship transporting them.

Casement departed Germany in a submarine. In the early hours of April 21st 1916, three days before the rising began, the German submarine put Casement ashore. Suffering from a recurrence of the malaria, and too weak to travel, he was discovered at McKenna’s Fort and arrested on charges of treason, sabotage and espionage against the Crown. 

“He was taken to Brixton Prison to be placed under special observation for fear of an attempt of suicide. There was no staff at the Tower [of London] to guard suicidal cases." 

At Casement’s highly publicised trial for treason, the prosecution had trouble arguing its case. Casement’s crimes had been carried out in Germany. During the trial, Casement’s personal diary detailed his homosexual encounters was uncovered. The British government circulated fake reports to portray Casement as a sexual deviant. Casement tried to appeal the violation of his human rights and against his conviction and death sentence. On the day of his execution, Casement was received into the Catholic Church at his request. He was attended by two Catholic priests. One said of Casement that he was:

 "a saint… we should be praying to him [Casement] instead of for him”.

Casement was hanged at Pentonville Prison in London on August 3rd 1916. His last word was “Ireland”. 

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Writing Prompt? In a secret military base, the nuclear reactor overload siren begins to blare. It's only after the base has been evacuated as had everyone in the area that they realize it was only faulty wiring to the alarm that tripped it. Now you, the head electrician of the facility have to explain to a crowd of not so pleased military brass what actually happened.

“So the wires…touched?” the man with the most bits of metal on his uniform says. He raises nearly non-existent eyebrows at you. “They just…touched.”

You think you might want to kill him. “Yes,” you say. “And then the siren started going.”

The military brass all mutter among themselves, most of them still glaring. You don’t know why you have to explain a simple circuit to them–you’ve already given the all clear.

“I don’t buy it,” the woman with the second most bits of metal on her uniform says. She looks at the man with the most – you feel like you should really start learning about ranks or paying attention or something – and says, “This close to the deadline? I don’t believe this is a coincidence, Colonel.”

“Neither do I, Major,” the Colonel says. He rubs his chin. “It’s those damned–” his eyes slide to you and then away “–those hostiles. You know the ones.”

The Major looks at you just as suspiciously. “Yes…I do.”

“Look,” you say, “No one did this. The guy who wired this base did a shit job. Nothing’s secured, nothing’s organized, and I think they skimped on materials. It was an accident. That’s it.”

The Colonel swells. “And what? You decided to evacuate the base because of an accident.”

You try to keep from screaming. “As I told you before, I am not in charge of safety protocols. I’m just here to tell you that it was an accident. Not a melt down, not opposing forces, nada.”

“A likely story,” the Major murmurs. “Sir, permission to activate Foxfire-Delta?”

The Colonel stares at you as if waiting for you to break. When all you do is stare back, he nods briskly. “By the top of the hour, Major.”

She hurries away, barking orders to the evacuated personnel. The Colonel stays right in front of you, arms crossed.

“If I find out you’re lying,” the Colonel growls, “you’d best believe that you can kiss your civilian contract goodbye.”

“After this, you might be the one doing the kissing,” you say. You did not go to MIT for this shit.  “The one kissing goodbye. Because I’m going to quit.”

The Colonel’s eyes narrow. “You’re on a four year contract.”

You had forgotten about that. You glare right back at him. “I know. So if I were you, Colonel, I’d look into tripling my budget, huh? Think about that when your stupid plan turns out to be unnecessary.” You turn on your heel and stalk back to your team who are looking pale and worried a little ways away. When you look over your shoulder, you see the Colonel looking thoughtful before turning away.

“Alright,” you say when the Colonel is out of earshot. “The good news is that I think I just got us enough funding to fix this garbage dump.”

Your underlings perk up, excited. They’ve been on base longer than you and are more than ready for an upgrade.

“What’s the bad news?” Oscar asks. He and his accomplice, Pearl, are looking very apprehensive.


You grin at him, baring your teeth. “The bad news is that you two are getting a promotion. You’re my personal assistants and any and all communications from the higher ups are going to go through you.”

Oscar looks like he’s heading to the gallows. Pearl jerks indignantly. “That’s not fair! We were just trying to cut down on time waste–”

“–by installing a clapper,” you snap at her. You fold your arms. “And look how well that turned out.”

All of eight of them turn to look at the military personnel grudgingly gearing up to storm their own base.

“But, like,” Oscar says, “a really fancy clapper.”

“It was calibrated to a very specific vibration,” Pearl complains. “How were we supposed to know it was Bronte’s ringtone?”

“Because I haven’t changed it in six months?” Bronte suggests. She looks pissed. “I swear to god if this falls back on me…” She trails off menacingly.

“It won’t,” you assure her. You pause. “Though I am curious to know why you have what I assume to be discordant screaming as your ringtone.”

“It’s my mother’s ringtone,” Bronte tells you.

“O-kay,” you say. You decide not to ask any more questions. “Game plan–we keep this quiet. No leaks, no casual mentions, nothing. Got it?”

“But why?” Bronte asks. “They’d be the ones getting fired, not us.”

Pearl and Oscar gulp. “Out of the good of your heart?” Oscar suggests.

You can’t help it. You laugh. “Oh fuck no. It’s so you two morons stick around long enough for us to properly punish you.”

They don’t seem reassured.