terrorist plot

BREAKING:
Soldier injured in terrorist attack at Le Louvre, France

Little over an hour ago (9am GMT) soldiers managed to gun down a man who attempted to attack them with a machete near Le Louvre, the famous art museum in Paris. It’s said the attacker tried to enter Le Louvre itself.

The head of the Paris police states that the man shouted “Allahu akhbar” and managed to injure a soldier. The attacker was critically injured after the armed patrol opened fire.

The nearby area has been evacuated as the French ministry said a “serious public security incident” is underway.

A backpack worn by the attacker is being investigated by explosives experts.

The attack comes after several terrorist plots have been prevented in several European countries over the last few weeks.

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Eurus is Sherlock

I know this idea has come up more than once. In this post I will try to collect as much evidence, mostly from TFP, as possible - visual, textual, and narrational. 

Visual

In this first scene together their hands seem to melt into each other. Sherlock does not expect to be able to touch his sister, and then their fingers interlace just like that. In the second picture both have become one. Sherlock is shining through Eurus’s reflection, her hear roughly being place where his heart is (head/brain and heart becoming one). 

Additional note: If we assume that this is her real hair as opposed to the wigs she wore in TST and TLD, they both have dark curly hair. 

Narrational

  • Sherlock and Eurus are very close in age. True, it’s never twins. But at least Irish twins, it seems. (Or just one person after all?)
  • Sherlock has been deemed a genius from the beginning. Eurus “was described as an era-defining genius, beyond Newton.”
  • Both play the violin. Eurus even plays a Stradivarius as does Holmes in ACD Canon. 
  • Sherlock had no friends before John. “I had no one.” 
  • Both love to be dramatic.
  • Both are prone to violence: Sherlock torturing the cabbie / throwing a man out the window / shooting Magnussen. / Eurus’s violent behaviour in TLD and TFP. 
  • Both are seen in a cell of some kind: the padded cell in Sherlock’s HLV mind palace / the Sherrinford cell (All places from the HLV mind palace have real counterparts - so what about the cell? And how probable is it that two siblings both have been inmates of a cell in a mental hospital/prison at some time?)
  • Both are in a way attracted to Moriarty and are willing to play games with him.
  • Both are given delicate tasks/cases by Mycroft that concern state security (the Bruce-Partington plans/Irene Adler/the Parliament bombing in TEH/the planned terrorist attacks mentioned in TFP).
  • Sherlock experiments on John in ThoB. Eurus experiments on Sherlock in TFP.
  • Both are very focussed on knowledge: “I don’t like not knowing.” / “She knew things she should never have known …”
  • Both are disguising themselves / hiding in plain sight.
  • Both are being used by Mycroft for matters of state security and intelligence.
  • Both are believed to be dead for years. Both times Mycroft is involved in the plots to fake their deaths. 

Textual

  • “She was different from the beginning.”/”Because he attacks people who are different and preys on their secrets.” (Why Sherlock hates Magnussen)
  • “Listen. This is my hard drive and it only makes sense to put things in there that are useful.” / “I remember everything; every single thing. You just need a big enough hard drive.
  • Sherlock being involved in the flight of the dead/saving Irene from terrorists/revealing the terrorist plot in TEH /  “She predicted the exact dates of the last three terrorist attacks on the British mainland after an hour on Twitter.” 
  • “In any event, there is no prison in which we could incarcerate Sherlock without causing a riot on a daily basis.” / “The depth of Eurus’s psychosis and the extent of her abilities couldn’t hope to be contained in any ordinary institution.“ 
  • “That in your case, solitary confinement is locking you up with your worst enemy.” This can also be applied to Eurus’s imprisonment in Sherrinford.

Conclusion

These are a lot of similarities. Too much for coincidence, if you ask me. To me, Eurus is an exaggerated, overdramatic version of Sherlock himself. What he could have become without John’s friendship and Mycroft’s support, without the friends he has found quite late in life. 

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I have heard through the grapevine that haters are trying to pin Kara losing her job on Mon-El because Kara told him she would get into trouble and he told her to do it anyway but I feel like that’s ignoring a very important fact… that’s exactly what Kara taught him to do.

In that conversation they addressed her hesitation, pointing out that by publishing the article there could be negative consequences that could affect her career. And I don’t blame her at all - it’s a serious decision and there is nothing wrong with thinking it through.

But all Mon-El did was cut it down to the most relevant fact - it was the right thing to do. Kara’s own words when she was training Mon-El were that they were to protect citizens above all else.

When Mon-El’s feelings for Kara put civilians at risk she was angry because protecting the people is their job as heroes. Kara may not have been facing a physical battle but the message was the same. Putting their own needs aside for the greater good is what makes them heroes.

I hope that Kara either gets her job back or this leads to something new and exciting for her that she’ll love. But regardless of how it works itself out, this was Kara’s choice. She was being just as much of a hero by publishing that article as she is when she’s stopping armed robberies or thwarting terrorist plots or delivering puppies.

It’s easier to face those things when she has superpowers, she runs straight into danger when that’s the case. But when she was taking this kind of personal risk she needed support and understanding and a reminder that doing the right thing has to be what ultimately guides her choices. Mon-El did exactly that for her.

If he had said that she shouldn’t take the chance I would have been angry and heaven knows the haters would have had a field day. But he didn’t - he trusted her judgement and encouraged her to do what was right. That’s not just being a good boyfriend - that’s being a good hero.

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Lesbian Crime Thriller 

Dichen Lachman and Stephanie Beatriz play girlfriends and former NYPD detectives who uncover widespread corruption and a terrorist plot that would throw New York into chaos. Not knowing who they can trust, the lovers go on the run and attempt to warn federal authorities before it’s too late…

Annoying Interruptions [Eggsy Unwin Imagine - Request].

A/N: Hello lovelies, here’s a Eggsy Unwin imagine, based off this anon: 

  • Eggsy imagine, please? You both are sexually frustrated because Merlin and Harry is always interrupting.  

Pairing: Eggsy x Reader.

Part Two. 

Warnings: Uh, there’s nothing explicit, but there is some content that is sexual in nature, nothing detailed. If that’s not your thing, please don’t read and to be sure, please, please, only read if you’re an adult

Rating: M, just to make sure, because I’m paranoid! 

Disclaimer: Nope, I don’t own anyone. All the characters go to their respective owners/creators. 

P.S.:Thank you for requesting and I hope this is all right! :) I’ve checked this over for mistakes and whatnot, but if any have managed to slip through, please forgive me.


Living the life of a spy was a tough business. Dealing with terrorists and plots to destroy the world, was something you had to deal with on many of your missions. You weren’t complaining, but when you actually found some spare time to relax, you’d like to be able to do that freely. If you weren’t on a mission, then you were training, or helping new recruits train and if not doing any of those things, you were busy filing through paperwork and briefing for upcoming missions, or debriefing for past ones. It constantly felt like you were doing something, so when you got back to your room after an exhausting day, you collapsed on your bed, just wanting to fall asleep.

Your boyfriend, Eggsy Unwin, had other ideas. He waltzed into your room unannounced, a breezy, carefree smile on his bright face, his light green-blue eyes sparkling in the evening light.

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Krypton vs Daxam Metaphor

Krypton and Daxam seem like a metaphor for US & Middle East. I’m sure that people living there wouldn’t see it, but I’m an Indian and I just can’t un-see it since the day Kara just assumed that he’s a terrorist plotting to kill the president, without any proof & they had the whole “You people attacked us without provocation” conversation. 

I mean sure the hedonist & prude thing goes the other way round in the real world and both sides got their hands dirty with slavery, but I guess they didn’t want to make it too obvious. But the political structures are pretty obvious. 

The refugees that escaped war are the 1 percenters of those countries who could afford to escape and now they are starting from the bottom in countries that took them in. So I love the prince to bartender thing. 

This show has done such an excellent job with the indirect metaphor that most of the fandom reacts to Mon-El like they do to actual middle eastern refugees, either they understand what he is going through and empathise or they completely demonise him and use Daxamite stereotypes to insult him, nothing in between. 

I mean, look at the aesthetics of the two planets and think of the real world sterotypes everyone attaches to these two regions. 

Plus remember how Krypton was destroyed because it exploited it’s natural resources and the counsel was oblivious to climate change until one year before the planet’s destruction? Does that remind you of a country where a senator brought a snowball to make a point? The only powerful country that is refusing to become a part of the climate change discussion? 

I just hope Kara handles Mon-El’s secret with diplomacy and doesn’t take the favourite American route with him! 

PS: Before I get an unaware comment “But he’s white mayo” or “But, but all middle easterns are brown”, Middle East is very diverse and has Caucasian people too.

if you look at fight club from marla’s perspective it’s about a down-on-her-luck woman living in poverty and touring support groups for kicks who gets swept up in some weirdo’s terrorist plot to destroy society or whatever the hell and honestly? that’s a movie i’d fuckin watch

anonymous asked:

for the five things meme: Leverage OT3, five times a date turned into a job

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Hardison guesses he shouldn’t be surprised when Eliot has asked the waitress why she’s so upset before they even get their drinks and has a bar patron shoved against a wall in the alley by appetizers the first time they all actually manage to go out to a restaurant that isn’t the brewpub.

“I’m thinking it’s probably that landlord who keeps messing with his tenants’ apartments a few blocks away,” Parker says, thoughtful, while Hardison taps his feet waiting for Eliot to get back before their soup goes cold. “I’ve been meaning to get to him.”

Eliot comes back from the door, looking steamed as hell and pretty satisfied with himself. “I think you may have to move him up the list,” says Hardison.

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Parker is the one who insists on going to the zoo, and also the one who finds the display about how they’re trying to save a grizzly from a circus mistreating it but need money for legal fees.

Hardison already knows he isn’t going to get to see the penguins when she looks up from the display, beams at him and Eliot (who was already adopted by three elephants, because he’s Eliot), and says “Okay, then, let’s steal a circus!”

“Can we at least see the penguins before we do?” Hardison asks, but he’s already looking the circus up on his phone.

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If this wasn’t terrorism...

He sat among them for an hour plotting their execution. An hour listening to them pray and hold service and discuss God’s good grace. It did not humanize them in his eyes. He felt no sympathy. He stead fast in his mission and he shot them down. Not only that but he intentionally left one alive so she could tell people what he did and then he made a bomb threat.

If that’s not a textbook definition of “terrorism” then you need a new fucking dictionary.

H50 7.24 Promo 

“He ke’u na ka ‘alae a Hina” – When McGarrett gets a tip that someone is plotting a terrorist attack on Oahu, Five-0 searches for those behind it before it’s too late. Also, Chin and Abby have a very difficult decision to make, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (“He ke’u na ka ‘alae a Hina” is Hawaiian for “A Croaking By Hina’s Mudhen”) 

Also from TVLine:  McGarrett learns that a prisoner he captured and interrogated 10 years ago, and who is still being held at Gitmo, claims to have intel on a possible terrorist attack. Amid flashbacks to his Navy SEAL days, “McGarrett questions whether or not he’s being played — how reliable is this information?” Meanwhile, Chin and Abby face a big decision.

Things Are Going To Be Okay

I’m noticing a lot of posts on my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds, mostly from a lot of the younger #Strangers (10 - 20 y/o or so) who don’t remember what happened the last time Islamophobia swept the world fourteen years ago, saying how they’re afraid. Afraid because the world is so chaotic and unstable right now. Afraid because people are talking about World War III. Afraid because of the amount of (usually biased) politics is being shoved down our throats by the media. I wanted to just take an hour out of my evening to write you all a personal message and I really hope it finds its way to you somehow if you’re sitting at your computer worrying about what’s going to happen in the world.

When I was in my earliest years of secondary school, 9/11 happened. The world stood and watched in horror and silence - our generation had never witnessed violence and terror on this scale before. We all sat at my granddad’s dining table during his birthday dinner that evening with the television on, watching the same repetitive twelve seconds of footage being played over and over again on the screen. I didn’t sleep that night because my aunt and cousin were flying to Spain on holiday the next day, and we were all convinced another attack or hijacking could happen at any moment. The entire world held its breath and was on standby as we waited for a second terror plot of the same magnitude to hit the media… and we prayed it wouldn’t be our own city.

It never came. At least, not until the London bombings of 07/07/07 - almost six years later.

I have a flashbulb memory of being on vacation with my family in Weymouth at a holiday park in 2003, at the evening entertainment cabaret. My dad, who was a little tipsy with holiday spirit at the time, pulled me aside and told me that he had been looking into a lot of the media without mum knowing about it, and that he was terrified they would call people up to go to war through conscription, much like they did in World War II. Everyone was screaming there would be World War III, we would be bombed in our homes and the terrorists would rule the nation. Masses of the general public had been so overwhelmed with propaganda about suicide bombers, plane hijackers, and Islam that they were chomping at the bit by the time the vote came to British Parliament as to whether or not we would go to war with Iraq. “We need to get Saddam Hussein while he’s still over there, before he comes over here for us,” my dad told me as we watched the coverage of the Parliament discussion and voting one evening. “The thing is, he’s got all these nuclear weapons, and those Muslims want to kill us all because we’re infidels, we don’t believe in their God.” Just a father explaining to his wide-eyed, frightened daughter who was just old enough to start understanding politics why we were planning to send armies over to the Middle East to slaughter and bomb the terrorists. Like these innocent bystanders, these normal people just like you and me, weren’t even human. The terrorists.

Weeks passed, months passed. Some kids in my class, Mike and Violeta, went on a “hunger strike” to protest the war; I rolled my eyes at them like the brainwashed, good citizen I was and told anyone at school who would listen, “We have to go to war, it’s the only way to make sure they don’t nuke us.” Just as I’d been told by my father, and every bit of media being thrown at me by the telly and newspapers. There were genuine rumours about conscription and rationing, and Islamophobia was everywhere. I can’t even imagine what Muslim Brits had to go through during that time. I just remember that impending sense of one day… one day, we could be sitting at our dining table, and suddenly we could be getting bombed. I thought about that when Pietro was explaining the twins’ background in Avengers: Age of Ultron, how they had been bombed during a family dinner; I thought about how I lived terrified of something that was, in hindsight, extremely unlikely to happen to me, whilst it was something some teens lived in legitimate fear of. Because we were actually led to believe that we would be bombed out of nowhere by the terrorists.

Are/were these fears irrational? While I might look back at the fact that most of that “war” consisted of us rampaging through Iraq blowing shit up, no, I wouldn’t say it was irrational. Any day, at any moment, another terrorist plot could have been unveiled. It can happen, at any time, but that is a fact that has always been there, even if you’ve never seen it. Terrorism isn’t an organization; it’s not a country, or a person, or a regime. Terrorism is an ideaology. It is a belief, a set of morals, a way of life passed down from people to people. Terrorism has no religion, it has no colour or creed. The only thing various incidences of terrorism have in common is people. History is ripe with instances of terror (Google homework: IRA, Black September, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, Guy Fawkes, Brigatte Rosse, Front de libération du Québec, Al Quaeda). So while this is a very real and frightening threat, it’s definitely not a new one!

The other thing history is ripe with is examples of propaganda. If you don’t know much about propaganda, one of the most famous uses of it is how Hitler and Joseph Goebbels managed to turn the German populace against the Jews in the lead up to World War II via antisemetic images and stereotypes. There’s great examples of it in Harry Potter too, with how the Ministry of Magic was printing anti-Mudblood pamphlets? THAT’S propaganda! And let’s also not forget that Captain America was first started in the 40s to promote anti-Nazi beliefs and to encourage young people to want to sign up and fight like Steve Rogers in the lead up to America joining World War II; also, Iron Man was created in the 60s as Capitalist vs Communist propaganda (if you don’t believe me, go back and read The Invincible Iron Man and look at the villains he fights!). And the point of a lot of propaganda, especially in the early stages, is that it’s very, very, very subtle, and very related to pop culture. To translate that to the year 2015, propaganda would take the form of Internet memes, biased blogs and news outlets, and Facebook sharing. 

And the main reason I wanted to switch the focus to propaganda was to explain what you’re about to see all over the news: because a lot of it will be propaganda. You will see the word “islamophobia” used over and over again, either in a way that enforces it or dismisses it. You’ll see people claiming that Islam is a religion that breeds violence, and that refugees could be terrorists in disguise. They’ll throw “facts” in your face that have no basis in truth. This is called fear-mongering; it’s a media and government tactic used to drive citizens into a panicked frenzy so that they will give up more of their rights and beliefs in order to feel “safe” again. 

Remember: everybody wants you to be afraid! The way to simultaneously fight both terrorism and fear-mongering governments is simply to not let them frighten you into giving up your personal morals, beliefs, or rights

The Internet exists and it is a wonderful tool to gather a wide variety of information. All information is likely to be biased slightly or far left (Liberal/radical), or slightly or far right (Republican/conservative), so always make sure you check your sources before believing everything you see or read! Chances are if you heard it on Fox News, it’s going to be biased to the hard right and there may be some facts that have no business calling themselves facts. Here is a list of some of the recommended unbiased news sites on the Internet:
- The Independent (UK)
- BBC/CBC
- Huffington Post
- The Real News
- PBS
- FactCheck.org 

I suppose if I had to summarize this post with a TL;DR paragraph, it would be this: you are about to see some things posted in places the Internet knows you will see them that are psychologically designed to play on your biggest fears and insecurities and terrify the ever-living shit out of you. This is because people want you to be afraid. When people are afraid - for themselves, their families, or their country - they’re easier to manipulate. The best way for you to remain safe and educated on what is going on is to a) question everything you see/hear/read and b) read as much as you can from unbiased sources that are less likely to post propaganda

Nothing we are experiencing is anything more than humanity has experienced before, and the good thing is that, this time, there are more educated people and less ignorant ones floating around. And remember - things are never, ever as bad as the media makes them out to be. ;) 

Good luck and stay educated!

~ Kiery

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Hawaii Five 0 7.24

“He ke’u na ka ‘alae a Hina” – When McGarrett gets a tip that someone is plotting a terrorist attack on Oahu, Five-0 searches for those behind it before it’s too late. Also, Chin and Abby have a very difficult decision to make, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“He ke’u na ka ‘alae a Hina” is Hawaiian for “A Croaking By Hina’s Mudhen”)

BBC Sherlock: Mycroft Holmes [ESTJ]

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Mycroft “runs the British government,” according to his brother; he has a vast network of spies and little people who run and do things for him, including beautiful women to waylay John into interesting car rides. He tends to put elaborate plans in motion, which include a complex, long-term scheme involving a feigned terrorist plot, and when these plans fall through or Sherlock inadvertently damages them, Mycroft is somewhat at a loss as to what to do, but then chooses the most obvious solution that yields the quickest results. He tends to want to try and “control” his brother, and finds his lack of ambition troubling and tiresome. He takes immense pride in his ability to compartmentalize his emotions, while dismissing sentiment even when it comes to family (“You remember what happened to the other one”). His excessive need to organize and control his environment bleeds over into obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Introverted Sensing (Si): His ability to reason and challenge Sherlock to deducing games shows a strong ability to observe in the environment and form conclusions based off those observations; but Mycroft is also patient and attentive to details. He trusts past experience to give him insights into his brother’s behavioral patterns, and often references lessons from their childhood. He has a tendency to draw upon literary and poetic works when drawing parallels or teaching lessons. Mycroft has a strong sense of patriotism and propriety, which puts him at odds with Sherlock’s dismissive behavior. In his position, he must attend to details as well as the larger picture, and also chose a somewhat traditional profession that is concrete, practical, useful and largely respected.

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): He is not above “playing games,” although he also finds them a bit childish and prefers to focus on more serious matters of state. When questioned as to whether or not he is convinced of what Sherlock will do in a certain situation, Mycroft answers that he is never sure of anything, but instead plans for all possibilities and contingencies (“balance of probability, little brother”). He is fully aware of what is happening in the present and the likely fall out of bad behavior, but also engages in long term planning and planning. Mycroft is good at reading between the lines regarding people and forming accurate conclusions about other people’s habits, interests, and emotional states. He keeps his attention on the big picture, and is apt at seeing patterns that his brother overlooks, particularly as it relates to human and emotional interactions.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Though he would deny any emotional attachments, Mycroft invests a great deal of energy in Sherlock, both in a mentoring sense and in attempts to reign him in, control him, and ensure that he does not hurt himself through his unpredictable behavior. He does not much care what certain criminals do, so long as their dealings do not directly threaten him. Mycroft is a master at concealing his emotions from others, and it takes an immense amount of effort for him to open up and share them (“Your loss would break my heart”). He takes pride in his job and its focus outside himself for the greater good, but also sacrifices his brother at times, which indicates that he places greater personal emphasis on the good of England than on protecting his family.

Notes: I’ve retyped Mycroft a couple of different times, and finally concluded that despite his appearance of introversion, the only way the functions work correctly is if he’s an extrovert, who chooses not to interact with other people because he sees himself as an intellectual giant among a bunch of “goldfish.” Dominant thinking is also the only thing that fits in his case, due to his continual emphasis on “logic” and his general disgust for “sentiment.” I also do not see Mycroft as having much patience for imagination or deep internal pondering, which for me rules out a Ni-dom, who tends to live mostly inside their futuristic visions and tendency to reduce reality into symbolic terms.

anonymous asked:

Ok, so DID John really forgive Sherlock?? He said so in the train car, but he wrote in his blog AFTER that declaration and he said "Turns out he'd faked his death because Moriarty had threatened those close to him. Including me. He'd gone into hiding, happy to leave me and everyone else thinking he was dead. He'd done it to save us but he hadn't trusted us enough to tell us what was really going on. Not sure I'll ever truly forgive him for that..." Forgiven? Please reassure me!

Oh, Nonny, I too am mixed on this. Here’s what I think about this:

John DID forgive Sherlock for his transgressions, that I believe whole-heartedly. But how is that reflected on his blog? Well, it’s not… but the answer to your question is actually on the post:

Turns out he’d faked his death because Moriarty had threatened those close to him. Including me. He’d gone into hiding, happy to leave me and everyone else thinking he was dead. He’d done it to save us but he hadn’t trusted us enough to tell us what was really going on. Not sure I’ll ever truly forgive him for that but as the saying goes, life goes on.

[…]

At first, I didn’t really welcome him back into my life. I couldn’t. I mean I know he’s a psychopath and I’ve accepted that but what he did this time, it was too much. So I ignored him and got on with my life. But God, it was dull. I knew he was back. I knew that he was out there having the time of his life and I was… working. But I wasn’t going to give in. He even replaced me! I refused to go back to Baker Street so he replaced me with Molly Hooper and started solving cases while he worked on the terrorist thing..

Note the bolded bit, because I am going to explain, at length, why this matters. It’s very clear that John is very upset and angry about the whole situation. But nearing the end of the post, John has this to say:

And he saved my life, of course. And I went to say thanks and… I was hooked. He’s like a drug. He told me about the terrorist plot and I was hooked. I had to help him.

[…]

So, yes. It’s all good. Better than good. It’s bloody brilliant. #sherlocklives means #johnwatsonlives.

That last line is what he writes after saying Mary is the best thing to happen to him. Like… complete 160˚ there, John. So, Mary may be the best thing to happen to him (*snorts* yeah, okay John), but in the end, quite literally (as it is the end of the entry), John can’t live without Sherlock. He FINISHES the BLOG POST by basically confessing he’s better now that Sherlock is alive; not that he’s getting married (which was a simple afterthought on his post), but that Sherlock is alive. Literally, he’s trying so hard to be angry the entire post, but he always sidetracks into saying how great Sherlock is. Literally, re-read the whole blog post. John cannot, for less than two paragraphs, go without commenting about Sherlock. 

I’ve mentioned before, though, that John, when he writes in his blog, often hides a lot of things and it sort of differs from what we see on screen. I think the same can be said in relation to this one as well – except John explains his problem right in the post. John writes knowing that Sherlock reads his blog, and John is basically telling tells Sherlock why he’s still wary around him – he doesn’t trust him anymore.

So, that being said, we should look at this scene as we see it on screen, from JOHN’S perspective. Because S3 takes us into Sherlock’s POV, we often forget that John looks a lot more brash and harsh because that’s how Sherlock sees him. Here’s what I think, take it however you want:

Just as they seem to be getting somewhere in their friendship, coming to some sort of understanding, Sherlock kills himself. And John thinks it’s his fault. FOR TWO YEARS. John once told Sherlock he was a very good doctor – how do you think John feels thinking he missed all the signs of Sherlock being depressed and instead instigated the suicide by calling his “clinically depressed” best friend cold and unfeeling. Surely that’s going to affect how John suddenly feels for the years following, believing that he could have saved Sherlock but failed to do so. 

But then suddenly, on the day he tells himself that he’s moving on, Sherlock returns to John and expects everything to be as-is.

Of course John is furious. Everything he thought for two years was wrong. EVERYTHING. The guilt, the sadness, probably his own depression, was all for naught. And John misread the situation as Sherlock trying to make a joke out of it (from John’s blog: “He genuinely thought it would be funny to surprise me.”), rather than what Sherlock really was trying to do. To John, Sherlock was the ONE SINGLE PERSON he trusted, but Sherlock lied and betrayed him. And it’s THAT which John does not forgive –  he believed that Sherlock trusted him just as much as John trusted him. Because of that on top of everything else, John just couldn’t forgive Sherlock at that moment.

Look at everything John is upset about on the blog post: as I pointed out above, it’s all related to his trust issues. 

Interestingly, though, he still shaved for Sherlock before Mary even attempted to goad him. He still, by his own doing, attempted to go visit Sherlock before being kidnapped. I believe, after John sat and stewed over it, he had forgiven Sherlock before the shaving incident. John’s best friend has just returned from the dead – his biggest wish, the miracle he asked for, has come true. And he can’t really truly fault Sherlock that. So John thinks Sherlock is able to perform all these miracles just because he IS Sherlock… and not really because he honestly believes that Sherlock did it all to save him. Oh sure, we get a little aside on the blog that Sherlock did tell John why Sherlock jumped, but it’s written in such a casual callous way that I suspect John completely didn’t grasp Sherlock’s sentiment about it. I would have LOVED to see this on screen; I bet you any money that Sherlock paused and said, “I did it to save Lestrade. And Mrs. Hudson… and you” with so much emotion and feeling but because John is so blind to Sherlock’s affections for him, John just heard, “whatever”.

Keep that all in mind as we jump ahead to the train car. I believe the forgiveness he shows Sherlock in the train car is genuine. John pretty much forgives Sherlock always, because he knows how Sherlock is. But most importantly, maybe due to the complete stress of the situation, I think John actually DID understand what Sherlock was trying to say:

SHERLOCK (softly): I’m sorry.
(John screws his eyes closed for a moment, then looks at him again.)
JOHN: What?
SHERLOCK (softly, his eyes starting to fill with tears): I can’t … I can’t do it, John. I don’t know how.
(He straightens up on his knees.)
SHERLOCK: Forgive me?
JOHN (tightly, furiously): What?
SHERLOCK (bringing his hands up into a praying position): Please, John, forgive me … for all the hurt that I caused you.
JOHN (waving a finger at him): No, no, no, no, no, no. This is a trick.
SHERLOCK: No.
JOHN: Another one of your bloody tricks.
SHERLOCK: No.
JOHN: You’re just trying to make me say something nice.
(Sherlock chuckles briefly.)
SHERLOCK: Not this time.

[TEH]

The entirety of this episode is Sherlock realizing he has hurt John, and in turn trying to make it better. I strongly believe that the interaction up there is meant to be seen as Sherlock, now in complete frustration and anguish, truly doesn’t know how to apologize to John for what he has done. Sherlock initially thought jumping was a good thing, that he was doing something John would be proud of him for. In the above scene, Sherlock is NOT apologizing for getting them into the bomb situation, he’s apologizing for the last two years, for not fully understanding John’s genuine attachment to him (Sherlock believes himself to be unlikeable, after all).

I think John knows that it’s what Sherlock is apologizing for, because he then gets frustrated and admits to his feelings. THEY START TO HAVE A REAL TALK, something they NEVER DO. 

JOHN: I wanted you not to be dead.
[…]
JOHN (his voice low and tight): Look, I find it difficult.
(Sherlock nods, his head lowered.)
JOHN: I find it difficult, this sort of stuff.
SHERLOCK (looking up at him): I know.
(John blows out a breath, lowering his head, then he straightens up and looks at Sherlock.)
JOHN (his voice not much more than a whisper): You were the best and the wisest man … (he sniffs) … that I have ever known.
(Sherlock looks at him, his eyes wide and tear-filled. John sighs, lowering his head again before raising it once more.)
JOHN: Yes, of course I forgive you.

This is John conceding that he knows that Sherlock is talking about his absence… about everything up until the train car scene (and as an aside, I think Sherlock is apologizing for EVERYTHING since day one, but that’s a different topic altogether). 

So why do I think, then, that John actually, for real, forgave Sherlock? This right here:

SHERLOCK: I’ve never begged for mercy in my life.
IRENE (emphatically): Twice.

(ASiB) 

Look at the bolded text in the first TEH snippet. Sherlock is begging for forgiveness (ie. MERCY) from John, something Sherlock says he apparently would never do… and he does it twice. Let’s be real here. There is no way in HELL John has EVER forgotten anything about the interaction between Irene and Sherlock. At all. He was sitting RIGHT THERE when this exact interaction happened; was even affected by it. 

ASiB is literally bookending the episode: we hear a snippet of “Irene’s Theme” at the beginning, subconsciously planting “sentiment” in our heads; then we are reminded of this conversation about Sherlock’s having no sentiment for anyone at the end of the episode. This now links the theme to John even more than already was established to be in the episode itself (this happens a few more times in season three, the idea of Irene = sentiment = John). But again, I digress.

Continuing on, when Sherlock is suddenly down on his knees and prays for John’s forgiveness, John has to make sure he heard correctly. And without hesitation, Sherlock begs AGAIN for John to forgive him. Sherlock never begs for mercy, but for John he will; always John. Because he knows what Sherlock is like, John then forgives Sherlock, completely and truly.

And as usual, Nonny, I still haven’t really answered your question: If John truly forgave Sherlock, then why is he still angry with him on his blog? 

There’s a reason I talked at great length about the on-screen scenes in general before I actually answered your question: Granting “forgiveness” is NOT the same as “giving back trust”, and I needed you to see the difference between the two. Example: A dear friend of yours steals something. You find out about it and confront them, they admit to their wrong doing. You forgive them… but do you TRUST them? Immediately, no. You decided that your friendship is very important to you, but you’re now a bit more wary around that friend of yours, because they were supposed to be someone you trusted. That friend has to now rebuild your trust in them, which could take months or years. That friend, if they are a true friend, should know that you will be guarded around them until that trust is rebuilt.

Now picture a friendship like Sherlock’s and John’s. They adore each other, secretly pine for the other on a regular basis, and both have trust issues (only John’s has been stated canonically, but I think Sherlock does too), yet both freely give all their trust to each other without hesitation. Finally, their bond is firmly cemented in a facing a near-death experience together. Then Sherlock lied by omission for two years and forced his best friend to suffer grief and agony; imagine thinking you could have saved your best friend from himself but instead realize it was YOU who caused him to hurt (as I explained above), but then returns acting like nothing happened and, from John’s perspective, is annoyed at him for feeling this way. John perceives this as Sherlock not trusting John (when in reality we know that it was Sherlock being too much in love with John to sacrifice him). John’s trust in Sherlock is broken completely, but he loves Sherlock very much – Sherlock did save him all those years ago from himself, after all – and really, John is very lonely and has only ever wanted Sherlock to come back, so he accepts Sherlock back into his life. But the trust… he holds on tightly to that now, and Sherlock spends the rest of season three trying to rebuild that and is very patient and understanding of John’s hesitation (and it IS mostly given back by the end of HLV, though John is still guarded).

And it becomes all the more difficult for Sherlock when this woman John has made his WIFE turns out to ALSO be a liar and a manipulator. Again, John’s trust is broken by someone he loves. But here’s the interesting thing: I don’t believe for one second John forgave Mary. There is such a difference between Sherlock’s forgiveness and Mary’s “forgiveness” scenes… That’s an entirely different meta all together, so I’m not going into that. Just know that John did NOT forgive Mary. 

By HLV though, I think John sees that Sherlock is making an honest effort to regain John’s trust in him, which I think was mostly regained during the 6-month period between the confrontation and Christmas. I still don’t think Sherlock has ALL of John’s trust by the tarmac, but I think that they’re at least back to a point where John believes Sherlock has a plan for everything.

So, the TLDR of it all; Nonny, John has forgiven Sherlock, do not fret. John ALWAYS forgives Sherlock. But he is now more careful about giving Sherlock back his trust. John feels dumb for giving his trust to not one but two people he thought loved him back in some way, so he guards his trust in people in S3.

Sherlock, for the most part, has regained both John’s forgiveness and his trust by the end of HLV, but I don’t think John will ever put his complete trust in Sherlock ever again until these two learn to communicate with each other beyond life-or-death situations. John knows Sherlock refrains from telling John the 100% honest truth, omitting details AND John from his plans – for John, this is Sherlock not trusting him, so John can’t trust Sherlock fully until they work together.

This is why I think John in S4 is going it alone, for the most part – John’s tired of being left in the dark. And, after all the crap Mary and Sherlock (and possibly Sholto and his unknown family) have all put him through, he’s not going to trust anyone with his heart again either. Until Sherlock proves that he DOES love John and that John CAN trust him completely, it won’t be reciprocated in full. Sherlock most certainly trusts John, but Sherlock ALSO has to stop keeping John out of things, otherwise he’s never going to get John back. Sherlock is too protective of John for his own good, and I think that will be their downfall.

Only when they become a team will they finally be together in all definitions of the word.


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24

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Katee Sackhoff plays the role of Dana Walsh in Season 8.

List of episodes:

Day 8: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Episode 1) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Episode 2) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Episode 3) (caps) (gifs)  

Day 8: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Episode 4) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Episode 5) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (Episode 6) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (Episode 7) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. (Episode 8) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (Episode 9) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. (Episode 10) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m. (Episode 11) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. (Episode 12) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. (Episode 13) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. (Episode 14) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. (Episode 15) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (Episode 16) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Episode 18) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Episode 19) (caps) (gifs)

Day 8: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Episode 20) (caps) (gifs)

Katee Sackhoff on the set of “24”

Some scenes with Katee Sackhoff in “24”

A promo pic

Some Katee Sackhoff’s stills from “24”

Some bts from “24”

“24” DVD and blu-ray

Congress Says C.I.A. Hacked The Computers of Senators Reviewing Their Torture Tactics

August 2nd, 2014

A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded no critical intelligence on terrorist plots that could not have been obtained through non-coercive methods, U.S. officials familiar with the document said.

Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the “enhanced” techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA “tortured some folks.” He had supposedly banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009.

Obama also defended CIA director John Brennan who has faced congressional calls for his resignation after a revelation that the agency spied on the Senate committee investigating its interrogation techniques.

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The Time Out: Shortlist Gotham/Metropolis guides were probably only supposed to be cute little add odds but they give us so much depth into what the DCEU is like, and even add even more character details! Like Lex and LexCorp! We already know from a few hidden comments in the guides that Lex is gentrifying a bunch of low income areas in Metropolis and filling them with his employees. The area’s he doesn’t gentrify, he makes completely under his control by granting them massive charity project opportunities - making sure that they can’t speak out against him, hey, who’s going to try and get rid of the guy who keeps the rent low despite how crooked his business ventures are? 

Then you’ve got Lex’s attitude to his fathers LexCorp. The guide tells us that Lex Sr came to Metropolis and built LexCorp as an industrial development company. Most of the areas that Lex bulldozed and gentrified came about because Lex Sr created them, Lex is effectively getting rid of his fathers legacy and placing his directly above it. The guide says ‘although they share the same name, Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr heads a corporation that is nearly unrecognisable compared to the […] behemoth that was founded by his father’ and carries on to state that while Lex Sr’s work was credible, it’s Lex Jr’s work that it really wowing everyone and setting the standards. Within a few years of takeover Lex was the youngest Fortunes Businessman of the year and was second largest tech company in the world, only a few metres behind Wayne Enterprises. Lex has wiped his father off the map. Lex is petty. Everything his father built, Lex goes against. Lex Sr builds up impoverished areas in Metropolis, Lex Jr tears them down. Out of the ashes of his fathers legacy, Lex comes out on top.

But even he can’t change the already established skyline. The downtown district and financial district’s skyline are iconic to Metropolis and cannot be torn down. So what does Lex do? He builds above it. LexCorp establishes themselves in the aftermath of the Metropolis Attack and paints themselves as a symbol of hope. They fund rebuilding and spearhead the movement to get Metropolis back up and running. He establishes himself as a man for the people as soon as he can. Lex is clever in his public appearance. Unlike Bruce’s playboy demeanour, Lex makes people aware of him. He holds season tickets to ice hockey games and eats his lunch with workers in his spare time. Once again, who would think that this guy could orchestrate a fake terrorist plot to lure in Superman? Lex hides underneath his public philanthropist persona, as a man of the people - someone you can sit and talk to despite his massive amounts of wealth. His employees eat gourmet lunches and scale walls and play basketball in their free time, how could LexCorp be evil? 

But it’s there, hidden in plain site, Lex builds the new LexCorp tower in 18 short months, his new tagline is ‘The City of Tomorrow deserves a landmark for the future’. LexCorp towers above Metropolis, it’s bigger than most of the buildings there, even the Daily Planet. It looks innocent, but the feeling of unease it brings is similar to when you meet someone who’s taller than you - intimidation. Lex doesn’t see himself as part of the workforce or even the same as his employees as his mingling suggests - he’s above them. LexCorp is here to stay, and so is he. 

Rock You Like a Hurricane- Part 1

See the rest of the series here!

*Y/SH/N = Your Superhero Name (Yeah, that’s right, I’m making this a thing- personally mine would either be Della Terra or Harpie)

Fandom: The Avengers
Warning/s: Age of Ultron spoilers? (Only one scene, and it was in the trailer anyway)
Rating: Teen+
Pairing/s: Some flirtation between the reader and most of the Avengers
Requestor: bmmrw

Summary: You are the Avengers’ latest recruit, with the power to harness and control the elements. But at one of Stark’s famous parties, the team and you find out that that’s not all you can do…

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“Everyone,” Coulson announced, directing the room’s attention to himself and the new face stood somewhat behind him, “I’d like to introduce you to our newest recruit, Y/N. Or you may know her as Y/SH/N.”

A bubbling murmur erupted around the Agents of SHIELD present, as well as the Avengers lounging in the chairs in the corner.

Of course they would know you by Y/SH/N.

Everyone did.

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