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“Kira Nerys, Bajoran liaison officer of Deep Space Nine, has earned criticism for allegedly punching a high ranking member of the Cardassian military. The officer, unnamed in this article for reasons of victim anonymity, has a reputation as a strong supporter of Cardassian rule of Bajor. 

‘She should use her words and protest in a calm manner’ an anonymous Bajoran source told the Federation News Service. ‘Bajorans acting like thugs will be just the excuse the Cardassians need to clamp down on our rights. When she hit him, she’s just as bad as he is’.

‘We only want what’s best for Bajor’ Cardassian leader Gul Dukat assures the FNS readers from his office on DS9. ‘It pains me that the Bajoran people are unable to work with us, unable to have a reasonable discussion. Instead they resort to violence.’

In a press conference yesterday Gul Dukat called Major Kira’s actions ‘Unworthy’ and said to his onlookers that ‘Kai Opaka would never condone such an act’. 

Gul Dukat and the Dominion representative Weyoun are convening a meeting later today, where they are expected to discuss the rise in anti Dominion activity. As well as Major Kira’s actions.

FNS has been unable to reach Major Kira for a comment. “

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he’s not even sure what came over him. he’d long since become woozy, dizzy with the alcohol that had been provided to him, inhibitions stripped away. normally he wouldn’t do this, wouldn’t kiss someone out of the blue, but this him was tired of waiting, tired of looking for a sign, tired of playing it safe, and it was better to ask for forgiveness than it was to ask for permission, and he’d been listening to her talk, watching her lips for close to ten minutes when he comes close and presses his lips into hers. 

he savours it. a wave of guilt washes over him, but he savours the way her lips feel on his, soft and firm all at once, and she’s not pulling away

but he does. it takes several moments, but he pulls away, cheeks flushed (from the kiss or the champagne? he doesn’t know) and breathing heavier than before. his eyelids are heavy as he looks first up at her eyes and then down at the floor. 

          “i’m sorry,” comes his murmured apology, and he shakes his head. how unlike him.

Some of Salazar’s crew, from left to right:

Nico Cortez (unnamed Spanish Officer), Rupert Raineri (Officer Santos), Juan Carlos Vellido (Lieutenant Lesaro), and Steven Lopez (Officer Moss) in Queensland, Australia, behind the scenes of the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens revolves around the story of staff-wielding scavenger Rey.

(That’s hardly a spoiler; she’s front-and-center in the movie poster, after all.)

But in the world of Star Wars toys, Rey’s been hard to find — and fans took to social media, under the hashtags #WheresRey and #WhereisRey, to complain about all the movie merchandise that left her out.

Target’s Star Wars figurine 6-pack? Finn, Chewbacca, Poe, Kylo Ren and two unnamed characters: a Stormtrooper officer and a First Order TIE fighter.

Central heroine: Nowhere in sight.

Bedspread? No Rey. Disney store display? No Rey. Barnes and Noble bobbleheads? No Rey. Walgreen’s shelves? No Rey.

In some of the Rey-less displays, her products might not have been stocked by individual stores — or may have sold out.

But in many other cases, toys featuring her simply hadn’t been released.

#WhereIsRey? She’s On Her Way, Says Hasbro

Photo: David James/Lucasfilm

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flirting– she always accused him of flirting with the clientele, even though, for the life of him he couldn’t figure out why. he wasn’t, of course, he was simply being courteous, smiling when appropriate, and yet the teasing reprimand was always waiting for him when he hung up the phone– and yet, every time, he peeked over his cubicle wall into the cubicle of his neighbor, wide grin in place. 
              “hey– guess who just found the Harris kids a new foster home? they’re thinking of keeping them.” 
clearly he was proud of this development, having worked on the case for so long– he braced himself for more teasing from the young woman. as much as he griped about her berating him, eric didn’t actually mind it much at all. 
               “how did your last check-in go?”


2014 - Surveillance footage from Vanguard Middle School in Baltimore shows a school police officer (which is a thing that exists in the US apparently?) beating a 13-year-old girl with a baton during a scuffle involving two other students in October. All three girls were hospitalized with injuries they sustained from the officer.

The clip opens on Starr, a middle-schooler, arguing with the unnamed officer. The officer pushes Starr against a wall, and Starr’s sister, also a student, walks toward the pair. Diamond, Starr’s cousin, then appears to make physical contact with the officer, who chases her and hits her at least twice with her baton.

Diamond was hospitalized with 10 stitches and the other two girls were pepper-sprayed. The girls were charged with assaulting the officer, but prosecutors in juvenile court dropped charges after watching the video. [video]

The drawing above is one of many by a North Korean concentration camp prisoner who managed to escape from living hell. Each of his drawings are based on various things he witnessed in the elusive camp. The one above shows the horrific moment a pregnant woman was savagely executed by cruel officers. The unnamed escapee said that pregnancy was prohibited within the camp and if a woman managed to get pregnant, the guards would slice open her belly, throw the fetus away and execute her.

brujasescarlata  asked:

you how el zorro and the shadow influenced the creation of batman, well what are the black widow's influences? what were people think about when they created the character?

Unlike Batman or Namor, Black Widow wasn’t the first of a kind. She was introduced to comics at a time when Soviet-spy themed villains were common, both at Marvel and in the wider pop-culture world. Natasha was introduced in 1964, when the Cold War had inspired an espionage craze. The earliest Hank Pym stories featured Comrade X, the USSR’s best espionage agent, soon revealed to be a woman in disguise.

Comrade, you are our best espionage agent! Thus I have selected you to capture the Ant-Man and learn how he is able to change his size!

Comrade X was introduced much the same way as Black Widow would be a few years later: a fearless leader called her into his unnamed office, and told her she needed to stop an American scientist-superhero. In Tales of Suspense, the old world CCCP headquarters became a villain-of-the-week factory, a constant stream of functionally faceless Soviet mooks. I don’t mean to suggest that Black Widow was “influenced” by the Larry Lieber/Jack Kirby Comrade X, but that they were both part of a wave of early sixties Cold War villans. Even Marvel poked fun at the ubiquity of commie spies in their comics: in Natasha’s first appearance she had a partner named Boris, after the archetypical Boris and Natasha of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Of course, unlike Comrade X, Natasha was presented as a woman from the start. Russian beauty is famous in Western pop culture, but it only applies to women. Silver Age Marvel is full of Eastern European with mysterious, sultry eyes, with heavy lashes and arched eyebrows: more dangerous than Gwen Stacy’s wide eyes or Pepper Potts’ freckles. The Russian men, on the other hand, are uniformly squat and large-nosed brutes. It is no wonder, then, that Soviet women were often seduced by handsome, Western heroes. The captialist west offered freedom, redemption, and a superior standared of masculinity.

Hank Pym’s first wife, Maria, seen mostly in dreamy flashbacks, was a Hungarian woman convinced of the evils of communism. And then there are the Bond girls, notorious for their ambiguous motivations and unambiguous names. Natasha’s story most resembles Tatiana Romanova, the From Russia With Love honeytrap. Like the very early Natasha, Tatiana’s beauty is presented as dangerous, and like the very early Natasha she’s debatably a victim of Soviet espionage as much as its agent. Both Tatiana and Vesper Lynd are said to be based on stories of Krystyna Sarbek, a real Special Operations agent and war hero who did not disappear after one movie. Likewise, the archetype is informed not a little by the legend of Mata Hari, which married female sexuality with exoticism and patriotic danger.

As her comic book appearances went on, though, Natasha and her plotlines were written more and more in the visual and symbolic language of superheroes. She became a reluctant villain and later a hero in her own right. The introduction of Hawkeye into her story set up a mutual redemption arc, and she began teaming up with the Avengers, whose stories went places besides Communist Russia. The Cold War elements in Natasha’s story didn’t go away, but they were woven into a more traditional redeemed-villain storyline. Natasha’s motivations became less ambiguous: she wanted to prove herself and moral worth and win her own freedom. The romance with Hawkeye became complicated not by divided loyalties but by Natasha’s determination to act for herself.

This was the era of the fishnet costume, which bore not a little resemblance to what Black Canary was wearing over at DC. In Black Canary’s original appearances she was a criminal who enraptured the hero— it was later revealed she’d been working for the good guys all along. Borrowing the Black Canary colorscheme and fishnet details turned Natasha into a costumed fighter ready for four-color action. The romance with the archer-hero Hawkeye is also an obvious parallel, but the Black Widow/Hawkeye pairing actually predates Black Canary/Green Arrow. This is a case, I think, of both companies riffing off of what the other was doing.

In 1970, though, Natasha left Clint to persue solo adventures, and got the black jumpsuit red hair look that’s she’s most known for. The obvious visual comparison is to Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel, an early icon of style and competence. But even though elements of the sixties Avengers TV show have worked their way into the Marvel universe (especially when Chris Claremont is writing), Natasha’s black jumpsuit look isn’t one of them.

John Romita was instead influenced by the Golden Age character Miss Fury:

Miss Fury by Jack Kirby in the style of Tarpé Mills.

Miss Fury was a glamorous and determined adventuress who, like Natasha in the 1970s, had a wealthy socialite alter-ego. She was one of the first female heroes of the pulp era and her creator signed herself Tarpé Mills to disguse the fact that she was a woman. Dynamite Comics has recently revived the character in period stories.

Finally, in those early seventies stories, Natasha became marked by what I think is her most profound and specific influence, the British newspaper heroine Modesty Blaise. When Natasha went solo, remember, Marvel didn’t have any superheroine ongoings to borrow from. So Modesty became a blueprint. Like that Natasha, Modesty was a bored socialite with a criminal past and action-hero impulses. Readers learned about Natasha’s background as a orphan refugee, something I always felt was a tribute to Modesty. Ivan became her Willie Garvin, a platonic older male sidekick who called her princess. The recent Warren Ellis/Alex Maleev Secret Avengers even features a black and white time travel interlude in the style of Modesty Blaise:

The Black Widow by Warren Ellis and Alex Maleev in the style of Peter O'Donnell and Jim Holdaway.

Modesty Blaise was stylish and competent and complex, everything Marvel wanted Natasha to be. But she never became Modesty, because there was too much Natasha already established. The thing about Natasha’s character history is not that she’s became important by avoiding cliches. Instead, her character straddles and combines tropes of different genres, creating something new and different in the pop alchemy. Like the universe she inhabits, Natasha is a bit of a mess, but like the universe she inhabits, that’s what makes her unique and enduring.

Images from Tales to Astonish #36, Miss Fury #2, and Secret Avengers #20.

The Unnamed Oracle’s issue of July 18, 1894, covering the results of the election for the mayor of the 5th City.

Note: The Unnamed Oracle’s offices can be found at 29B Doubt Street. This paper has been given special dispensation from the Masters of the Bazaar to be distributed at licensed stalls in the districts of Spite, Veilgarden, and Ladybones Rd. 

(Perhaps a little late, my contribution to the Fallen London election season.)