the last diplomat

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Q: Daniel, I see you every day. When I walk into my daughter’s room there’s a major picture of The Last of The Mohicans. And she is a teenager – I’m sure that’s not the only teenager in the world that has your picture. How does it feel? There are a lot of girls that really like you. Does that embarrass you basically or are you just flattered?

Toph and Katara don’t count as actual girls as far as Zuko is concerned, mostly because like Azula, he thinks of them in a sisterly way. In that they have both tried to very seriously kill him before.
—  Boys’ Night (an Avatar: The Last Airbender fic)

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Tensions were running high in the camp. A nervous buzz of energy everywhere he went. Grounders had come to Arkadia many times, but this was different. Azgeda was coming for a diplomatic meeting. Last time the King was here, circumstances were a far cry from the one today. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. They were allies now. But Bellamy tended to prefer preparing for the worst. That’s what always ended up happening wasn’t it? One of them had to be ready for something to go wrong. 

Fingers kept a comfortable grip on his gun as he watch the party ride in. A lot smaller than he had imagined. Just the King and what looked to be a guard at first. Then he realized they were too small, too young. A second? They were both covered in war paint, it made him feel unnerved. He turned his head to glance at Kane, but the older man only gave him a staying nod. Brown orbs turned back to look at the pair while the chancellor greeted the King. Something about the Azgeda second was strangely familiar. He tried to shake it off, started to look away but… Monroe.Shocked realization shown in his wide eyes. He was seeing things. She was dead. He thought she was dead. Oh god. Why was she even with him? Bellamy took a few hesitant steps forward, trying to get her attention.  Monroe?

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GEEK B-ROLL ep5 Cat Farris & Static and the Cubes

GEEK B-ROLL Episode 5

This week new host Aspen interviews comic artist/creator Cat Farris and Cube Red. Static and the Cubes performs “Escape From Snakes” Also, This Week in PDX.

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Islamic State arose from US support for al-Qaeda in Iraq
By Nafeez Ahmed

A new memoir by a former senior State Department analyst provides stunning details on how decades of support for Islamist militants linked to Osama bin Laden brought about the emergence of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS).

The book establishes a crucial context for recent admissions by Michael T. Flynn, the retired head of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), confirming that White House officials made a “willful decision” to support al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists in Syria — despite being warned by the DIA that doing so would likely create an ‘ISIS’-like entity in the region.

J. Michael Springmann, a retired career US diplomat whose last government post was in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, reveals in his new book that US covert operations in alliance with Middle East states funding anti-Western terrorist groups are nothing new. Such operations, he shows, have been carried out for various short-sighted reasons since the Cold War and after.

In the 1980s, as US support for mujahideen fighters accelerated in Afghanistan to kick out the Soviet Union, Springmann found himself unwittingly at the heart of highly classified operations that allowed Islamist militants linked to Osama bin Laden to establish a foothold within the United States.

After the end of the Cold War, Springmann alleged, similar operations continued in different contexts for different purposes — in the former Yugoslavia, in Libya and elsewhere. The rise of ISIS, he contends, was a predictable outcome of this counterproductive policy.

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Still reeling from the loss of one of my favorite animation professors, Larry Lauria. To say that he had an influence on me would be underselling it. Larry taught me how to animate, taught me how to believe in myself, taught me how to pay attention to detail, and taught me that you should never say “animations”, because it makes you sound unprofessional.

He left so suddenly. It’s super cliche, but I really thought he’d live forever. Living in Portland, I wasn’t able to find an entry-level job in animation, so I gave it up for comics. I always tried to remember what Larry taught me, no matter what kind of job I was working, but I stopped animating somewhere along the line. These last few days, I felt like the one thing that might help me cope was to animate something, so here it is. A janky walk cycle of Samma, from my webcomic. It seems that even though I haven’t animated anything in 5 years, I can still see every mistake! At least I still have my eye for it.X3 Anyhow, Larry, if you can see this, I’m sorry I didn’t put more time into it. I just wanted to get it out of me in the hopes I would be able to smile a little more when I think of you now. I can’t tell if it worked, but thank you for teaching me how to do this. I will miss seeing your art on Facebook, and your watchful eye keeping me in line both at the drawing board and away from it.