Many Faces chapter 37

Aug. 19th, 2017 03:34 am[personal profile] fayanora
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Chapter 37 of "The Many Faces of Har--er, Adira Potter" is up now!

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Yeah folks, NK is safe

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:16 am[personal profile] mahnmut
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"The scariest part about North Korea is, it could be anywhere".

Sums it all up, methinks.

Yeah folks, NK is safe

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:14 am[personal profile] mahnmut posting in [community profile] talkpolitics
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"The scariest part about North Korea is, it could be anywhere".

Sums it all up, methinks.

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This is the first of two installments about saved comments from January 2016.  I was traveling during the first two weeks of the month, so I saved my comments on my laptop, then transferred them to my desktop.  Good thing I did; apparently the video card on that has failed.  On the one hand, it confirms my feelings of urgency about posting my saved comments here, as they were driven by anxieties of hardware failure.  On the other, I was hoping the laptop would remain functional longer so that I could post the comments I saved on it.  Sigh.

I'm going to keep my comment on "Link round-up for 3 January 2016" at Infidel 753 above the cut, as it has a wider appeal for my readers here on Dreamwidth than the comments behind the cut.  That's because it's about all three trilogies of the Star Wars saga.

The New Republic is right about the Star Wars saga being a multi-generational tale of a dysfunctional family. However, I wouldn't call it bad parenting, at least in the first two trilogies. I'd call it absentee parenting combined with bad foster parenting (except in the case of Leia; I think the Organas were actually good parents). Obi-Wan screwed up with Anakin and was supplanted by Palpatine, who was even worse. Lars tried, but he wasn't suited to deal with his nephew by marriage, who had the family curse of being destined for greatness.

It wasn't until the current movie that a combination of an unruly child with parenting not up to the task became apparent. Leia, Han, and Luke all tried with Kylo Ren, and all failed. Smoke (sp.?) took over the Palpatine role and ended up being the evil foster parent. Thank you, J.J. Abrams for making crystal clear what George Lucas only implied.

The good news is that the foster parents can redeem themselves. Obi-Wan, with Yoda's help, succeed with Luke where they failed with his father. Anakin himself finally did the right thing by his son, although it took Palpatine doing his best to kill Luke to do it. I wouldn't be surprised if Luke and Leia do the same for Kylo Ren and Rey by the final film of this trilogy. There is a formula to these films, after all.

Comments from Kunstler's and Greers blogs plus the old Michigan Liberal about energy, the economy, and the election behind the cut. )

Happy Birthday:

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:08 am[personal profile] halialkers
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 [personal profile] airiefairie ! Hope your birthday is as wonderful as you. ^.^ 

A monster's death throes

Aug. 18th, 2017 10:40 am[personal profile] nairiporter posting in [community profile] talkpolitics
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The cowardly attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils show one thing. ISIS is almost dead. I know, it may sound a bit counter-intuitive, but think about it. These terror organisations used to throw big and well coordinated attacks performed by big and well organised terror cells that used to reside in target countries for months and years, and meticulously plan their actions. They used sophisticated tools and strategy to hit as many people as possible, they used to choose important locations and they used to deliberately select particular occasions, like public holidays and anniversaries, sports events, political summits...

Now they've resorted to lone wolves using the easiest possible means, like taking a vehicle and ramming it into crowds of people. Sure, the Cambrils group had bomb vests, and it was only thanks to their hapless inanity that their van capsized, which allowed the police to shoot them. But the general trend is clear: ISIS is now using the operatives it brought along with the refugee wave to infiltrate Western societies - lone people who've been radicalised on the Internet, and possibly trained in ISIS-controlled camps. They don't have the resources they used to have before. These are the desperate last efforts of a dying network. A snake still lashing out after its head has been chopped off.

This will be ugly. No one is stupid enough to believe it won't be. But peace will prevail in the end. Make no mistake about it.

The bigger question is, what then. How do we prevent another network like Al Qaeda and ISIS from showing up again. Because, unless we've changed our policies both at home and abroad, it's going to happen. And we'll be back to square one.

Friday offtopic. Double standards.

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Ever considered these?


Teen Choice Award winners

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:09 am[personal profile] neonvincent
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Last month, I posted here about the Teen Choice Awards nominees recognizing speculative fiction in movies and television. The awards were given out Sunday, so it's time to post about the winners. Here are the links to entries about the winners at Crazy Eddie's Motie News and the descriptions I used to promote them.

'Beauty and the Beast' the big winner at the Teen Choice Awards as speculative fiction dominates the movie categories
"Beauty and the Beast" won five awards, Choice Fantasy Film, Choice Fantasy Movie Actress for Emma Watson, Choice Movie Villain for Luke Evans, and Choice Movie Ship and Choice Liplock for Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Emma Watson also won Choice Drama Movie Actress for her role in the thriller "The Circle."

'Riverdale' leads television shows with seven Teen Choice Awards
"Riverdale" was the most honored show last Sunday, earning seven surfboards: Choice Drama TV Show, Choice Drama TV Actor for Cole Sprouse, Choice Breakout TV Show, Choice Breakout TV Star for Lili Reinhart, Choice TV Ship for Sprouse and Reinhart, Choice Hissy Fit for Madelaine Petsch, and Choice Scene Stealer for Camila Mendes.

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Read more... )

01. Доко I (част 1) (част 2) - 21 стр.
02. Дион I (част 1) (част 2) - 34 стр.
03. Зари I (част 1) (част 2) - 21 стр.
04. Доко II (част 1) (част 2) - 23 стр.
05. Зари II (част 1) (част 2) - 36 стр.
06. Мат I (част 1) (част 2) - 17 стр.
07. Доко III (част 1) (част 2) - 26 стр.
08. Дион II (част 1) (част 2) - 29 стр.
09. Зари III (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 36 стр. 
10. Доко IV (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 36 стр.
11. Дион III (част 1) (част 2) - 27 стр.
12. Зари IV (част 1) (част 2) - 30 стр.
13. Доко V (част 1) (част 2) - 33 стр.
14. Осет - 17 стр.
15. Дион IV (част 1) (част 2) - 40 стр.
16. Мат II (част 1) (част 2) - 30 стр.
00. Епилог I - 3 стр.
00. Пролог II - 3 стр.
17. Доко VI (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 52 стр.
18. Зари V (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 48 стр.
19. Доко VII (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 47 стр.
20. Дион V (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 41 стр.
21. Зари VI (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 31 стр.
22. Дион VI (част 1) (част 2) - 31 стр.
23. Доко VIII (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 47 стр.
24. Дион VII (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) (част 4) - 54 стр.
25. Доко IX (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 48 стр.
26. Зари VII (част 1) (част 2) (част 3) - 50 стр.
27. Мат III (част 1) (част 2) - 22 стр.
00. Епилог II - 7 стр.



Герой: Незеири
Герой: Цоци
Герой: Дион
Герой: Странниците
Герой: Мат
Герои: Додо и бегианците
Герои: разни


Илюстрация: Атлант
Илюстрация: Изумруденият дворец
Илюстрация: Първият канал, Атлант, Атлас, Посейд
Пейзаж: Долините на Бега


Откъс: Изповедта на Повелителя на клошарите
Откъс: Уличният вестник "Утринна зора"
Откъс: За силата на сляпата молитва
Откъс: За заразния патриотизъм
Откъс: За магията на науката


Отзиви на читатели
За автора
Векът на Лъва: Анотация
Глава 11. Дион III
Глава 12. Зари IV

  Глава 13. Доко V
 Глава 14. Осет I
  Глава 15. Дион IV
  Глава 16. Мат II
Глава 17. Доко VI
Глава 18. Зари V
 Глава 19. Доко VII
 Глава 20. Дион V
  Глава 21. Зари VI
Глава 22. Дион VI
Глава 23. Доко VIII
Глава 24. Дион VI
Глава 25. Доко IX
Глава 26. Зари VII
Глава 27. Мат III


План-чернова: резюме (гл. 28-34)
План-чернова: резюме (гл. 35-41)

The US wants the entire Balkans

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:51 pm[personal profile] asthfghl posting in [community profile] talkpolitics
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Not so long ago, US vice president Pence visited Montenegro. his visit was related to the Adriatic summit and Montenegro's entry to NATO. There were all Balkan leaders on that meeting, but the main event was Pence of course. Fortunately, he didn't shove the Montenegrin president off his path the way Trump did earlier.

Half of the former Yugoslav republics are already NATO members (Slovenia, Croatia and now Montenegro). The other half (Bosnia, Serbia and Macedonia) are either on the waiting list, or haven't made up their mind.

Macedonia seems the likeliest next addition to the alliance, especially after Zoran Zaev and his Socialists came to power. Serbia is still at a crossroads between the East and West, and Bosnia has got some internal problems and is not ready yet.

Read more... )

Gotta get this...

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:00 am[personal profile] abomvubuso
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For Charlie, you know.

Beaten at his own game

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:05 am[personal profile] kiaa posting in [community profile] talkpolitics
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Oooh, Donnie must be loving this...

Obama tolerance tweet becomes most liked

What a contrast. An article about a President of the United States that didn't make me feel unclean. It's been a while. Here we have a man with measured intellect. A man with class and bearing. A man humble but firm in doing good. A man polite but firm with enemies as well. A thinking man, well-read with deep understanding. Are you already missing all that like hell? All these attributes missing in Trump. President Obama would have been tough to follow for a merely competent person, but to replace him with a dishonest liar, now that holds me in stunned disbelief. I'm not sure those who supported him even realize that when America recovers its senses there will be hell to pay.

Read more... )
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~I have said many times over the years that Adolf Hitler is “the most important Spiritual Teacher of the 20th Century”, a statement which left upon its on will obviously bring all manner of screaming and gnashing of teeth. But bear me if you will. Also please keep in mind that everything I speak of relates to the building of The Sisterhood.

I could go on and on about how all the 'Great Men' who were his contemporaries have turned out to be not so great. Churchill was a racist and Imperialist to the bone. FDR put American citizens in concentration camps simply because of their race. Gandhi was both racist and misogynist to extreme degrees. Eisenhower is about the only one who gets off with a fairly clean bill of moral health.

But this is not about 'rehabilitating' Hitler. This about looking at what he Taught us. I will make this brief and mention only his one single overarching Lesson out of all his Lessons, nearly everyone of which was Dark and Harsh. Note that those are usually the Most Profound Lessons, the ones where you, The Student, get the living shit kicked out of you. Such has always been my experience.


The Most Important Lesson that Adolf Hitler taught us is this: he showed us in great detail and with no filters exactly what a genuinely Masculinist Modern State would look and act like.

Let me say that again....

The Most Important Lesson that Adolf Hitler taught us is this: he showed us in great detail and with no filters exactly what a genuinely Masculinist Modern State would look and act like.

The Third Reich was veritably steeped in testosterone, to the point of being quite homoerotic. Its ideology and imagery scream Male Power. Google 'Third Reich' images and that will jump out at you. Nazi Germany shows what happens when a pure Masculine Ideology gains total power. For The Sisterhood, there can be no more Important Spiritual Lesson, that when The Male gains Total Power, Terror Reigns, hundreds of cities burn and tens of millions die.

And I will leave that there for y'all to contemplate.....
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Book 4, Chapter 3 of Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals is published!

Series blurb: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a young and abused Black boy with Asperger's syndrome, and is hated by his guardians, the Dursleys. A little over a week before his birthday, he discovers that he is also a wizard, and the Dursleys knew all along. Not only is he a wizard, but he's also famous in the wizarding world! An AU fanfic.

Chapter blurb: Harry's birthday, Harry gets a new pet snake to replace the one he had to let go, he has a terrifying vision of Voldemort, and Harry surprises Sirius and Remus with an unusual request.

Links to book 4, chapter 3:

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HPATTWNT book 1 page and Book 2,

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Aug. 14th, 2017 06:36 pm[personal profile] oportet posting in [community profile] talkpolitics
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Recently, an American male in his late twenties made a statement - I suppose we could call it a political statement.

This statement was received well, or indifferently by some, but not so well by most others - because while it wasn't illegal - it made plenty of folks uncomfortable.

I'm sure you've heard the story, and I'm sure you know that - as of now - he's out of a job.

The company he was employed with is fairly large, fairly popular - so let's assume they've covered their asses - meaning legal problems stemming from not providing him with a job should be minimal, if not non-existent. Let's also assume that this company is too powerful for any boycott to be successful against. In other words, they're in the clear.

Sure, he has a platform now - it seems one side of the political spectrum is happy enough with him that finding a job should be easy - but the job he had, the job he was happy with? Not so much.

Do you feel sorry for him?

Even if you disagree, do you see the point he was trying to make?

Even if you believe in limits to free speech, did this really come close to crossing your arbitrary line?

Should the company have been more subtle, or maybe more obvious?

Do you think my post is too vague? (If so, do you know why?)

How would you describe yourself, politically?

And finally - Who am I talking about?
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Trump finally condemns Charlottesville racism, days after violence

Wow, he sounded so convincing. NOT.

Trump said what he had to, not what he wanted to and he was reading his speech from a teleprompter and he was advised to do it. Impossible to believe anything coming out of his mouth or tweets. It resonates untrue or insincere. In the last 200 days Trump proved us that he has no moral fiber and any intelligence. He is vain, arrogant, brutal, uncultivated and a downright racist and a pathological liar. He is not a leader.

His speech about Charlottesville came 2 days later, let's not forget about it. So what took him so long, eh? Could it have something to do with the white supremacists being very thankful to him for not condemning them?

Some people are saying Trump lost a chunk of his base by this talk. Nonsense. The delay in giving these remarks is all the indication they need that Trump didn't mean a word of it.

The fact that it took two days to get Trump to read this statement is disgusting.

There are confederate rallies going on all over the country. Some folks sure are going to be busy.

Sorry but this is the base he appealed to along with the rest of the as, McCain has always declared,. "The party of Lincoln". My question to McCain is to which Lincoln are you referring to, John? Cannot be Abraham. This seems to be the new base of the Republicans, good luck folks. Looking forward to seeing you pay for years for your cowardly performance.
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