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Countries whose people I truly feel sorry for

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- Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:21:35 EST C/SaHHe7 No.57676
File: 1562595695501.jpg -(2452660B / 2.34MB, 1799x1005) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Countries whose people I truly feel sorry for
There are several countries whose national history have been and still is one long journey through terrible leaders, ideologies and societal problems.
I will name the worst of them and why I think like that.

China:
>entire history is basically the common people being subjected to constant torture
>neo-confucianism (the most inhumane ideology ever conceived)
>foot binding and castration was still practiced at times when democracy either was implemented or discussed in most European countries
>near universal infanticide
>was ruled by foreign dynasties for the majority of the last millennia
Mao Zedong was just following the millennia long tradition of Chinese cruelty. Don't ever let anyone tell you anything else. But at the very least China is currently improving which is totally deserved. The Chinese have had a long and terrible history.

School:
>was ruled by Mongols
>serfdom abolished by 1861
>was a monarchy in 1917
>USSR
>after collapse of USSR, School turned even shittier
>nationwide corruption stems from the very top of Schooln leadership
There is currently no hope for School. Their economy is still going down the shitter.

USA:
>long history of institutionalized corruption (lobbying) by companies
>very little working rights
>indoctrination of school children, people are brainwashed into letting companies fuck them over
>billion dollar military budget
>faux-democracy (e.i. gerrymandering, first past the post)
>both Republicans and Democrats are corrupt and elitist
>industry of propaganda (like "American Sniper")
If there are any Americans reading this then I don't know what you have been told what Europeans think about America but please know that NO western Europeans and only few eastern Europeans regards USA as anything but a poor, corrupt, miserable country.
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Jenny Hodgechure - Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:08:17 EST a7jSUtE7 No.58010 Reply
>>57993
https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/06TALLINN576_a.html
>EMBASSY'S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE RACIAL TOLERANCE
>the GOE intends to broaden its Integration Action Plan to include initiatives designed to address integration of new, and non-European, arrivals
>the Embassy is providing $4,000 for the Tartu Black Nights Film Festival to screen U.S. films on the theme of cultural and racial tolerance. We hope that this film festival ? run by Estonians for Estonians ? will help generate widespread public discussion on the issues of tolerance and diversity.
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Walter Semmleshaw - Tue, 14 Jul 2020 05:10:31 EST EDZZZ3IE No.58019 Reply
I feel like China had about the same level of inhumane practices as the other cultures. I guess I don't know the cat planet for school? History seems like a poor place to decide a future though... USA also could really be worse. It may be corrupt but it has a lot of access to things some countries still do without. Central African countries are probably the worst off today, if there isn't a problem from their limited access there's a civil war, at least South Americans don't have as much of a problem with their territories going on.

1970's

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- Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:00:52 EST 0RHHXdSE No.57885
File: 1573952452916.jpg -(69645B / 68.01KB, 620x350) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. 1970's
lets talk about the 1970's, the decline since of technological progress outside of the semiconductor industry, and how and why everything after the 1970's is not as good as people were expecting it to be. what do you think happened?
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Hugh Clayford - Fri, 26 Jun 2020 02:38:50 EST mYikac1y No.58000 Reply
>>57994
vietnam fucking sucked dude, and so did the introduction of mechanized warfare, and so do people who are trying to adopt new ideas and navigate morality as the same time

it's probably the fact that every country wants to accept gold even though none of them use gold and that rich people use it as a way out because the end is that accountancy is tougher. oh well, i stopped being comprehensive because it seemed like everyone was slightly rude. everyone buy krugerrands except the ones from the 80s those krugerrands are the bad krugerrands you dont want those krugerrands/
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Cornelius Nicklestock - Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:15:35 EST sK2zALtF No.58011 Reply
The 70s has so much inovation i music it is staggering.
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Walter Semmleshaw - Tue, 14 Jul 2020 05:04:07 EST EDZZZ3IE No.58018 Reply
Wasn't there a huge gas crisis and recession in the 70's? Didn't serial killers spike in that era as well? Really doesn't seem that fantastic, and I think some people of that time were pleased with the 80's

Republics and Currency don't work homie

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- Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:02:45 EST duge0Mnb No.58008
File: 1593536565437.jpg -(109597B / 107.03KB, 482x361) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Republics and Currency don't work homie
Republics and Currency will always result in a system that centralizes power to the currupt. CHANGE MY FUCKING MIND IF YOU DARE YO
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David Chondlefit - Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:53:13 EST SNXdGotQ No.58013 Reply
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>>58008

Any system that centralizes power of any kind will always result in a system that centralizes power to the corrupt, because the corrupt lack the moral prohibition against pushing against the spirit of a system in the use of its mechanisms. But the corrupt will adapt to whatever tools are available to them. Abolish wealth and they will subvert the law, abolish the law they will use brute force.

There has been corruption and authoritarianism in every kind of system, republican or imperial, trade based or agrarian. The abolition of any system at all, even by well meaning people who have mastered themselves, always seems to result in a power vacuum for those who lack mastery of themselves and who willingly fling themselves at any master, worthy or unworthy.

The antidote to dictatorial power and moneyed interests is a robust system that distributes smaller amounts of power to many different people in frustrating ways, but any such agreed upon structure could loosely be refereed to as a public thing, or republic.

The problem arises when powered interests achieve the gravity to prevent competing interests from keeping them in check, conspiring to keep the population ignorant so that the population cannot wield the tools. But this is not an inherent failing of the tools, it is a lack of expertise in doing the good work. In such cases, the republic may die. But if it must, it must be replaced by a new republic, or by corruption, or some mixture of the two.
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Hedda Dartfoot - Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:35:02 EST PqIVyg6p No.58014 Reply
>>58013

damn nigga is that an excerpt from a book? if so which? i am ignorant and need to read more
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Walter Semmleshaw - Tue, 14 Jul 2020 05:01:28 EST EDZZZ3IE No.58017 Reply
Currency can be equally distributed. It isn't the case usually but it is possible with proper law.

Republics on the otherhand are totally unnecessary and always devolve into implosion. With good law, no changes will need to be made, no one will need to be elected.

The "Confederacy"

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- Mon, 13 Jul 2020 22:55:56 EST HjtA+9g+ No.58015
File: 1594695356579.png -(127498B / 124.51KB, 551x551) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. The "Confederacy"
>Calls itself the "Confederacy"
>Was not in fact a Confederacy, just a bog plain republic
Seriously, what exactly were they going for here?
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Walter Semmleshaw - Tue, 14 Jul 2020 04:33:01 EST EDZZZ3IE No.58016 Reply
multiple states = confederates

Musketmen

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- Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:47:46 EST KCDGi4tU No.56914
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So in the 17th and 16th century muskets used a matchlock or wheellock mechanism to fire and therefore took a long time to reload, leaving the musketeers vulnerable, so they needed Pikemen to protect them. My question is- why didn't they just attach the pike underneath the musket and turn them into Piketeers?

I mean if you attached it underneath the musket with hoops, you could move the pike along so the musket was at the centre of gravity when you fired it. And obviously if it got to close quarters you could just us the pike like a pike.
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Angus Clenningwill - Wed, 09 May 2018 13:06:30 EST rbK+gS1r No.57453 Reply
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>>57452
>It's not the alignment so much as the balance.

I love you bro, no homo.
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Nell Feffingtedging - Mon, 20 May 2019 15:21:36 EST XsO0o/wD No.57645 Reply
>>56914
Dude, the firing mechanism wasn't the only issue. They were muzzle loaders. That means they have to stand up and pour the powder down the barrel, smush in a bit of wadding to make a good seal and help pack the powder properly, and then toss in the ball! This is also why they couldn't have anything impeding access to the barrel.


Why is the Judge Rotenberg Center still open?

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- Sat, 17 Aug 2019 05:22:22 EST BxA+b6t5 No.57778
File: 1566033742442.jpg -(50469B / 49.29KB, 1200x630) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Why is the Judge Rotenberg Center still open?
Why on earth this is place still open? At what point does it get shut down?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Knzx6PVvG0

The "treatments" provided in that hellhole are illegal in every country on earth BUT the USA. The use electric shocks, but not in the way common therapy for such is applied, but as 'aversion therapy'...by strapping kids to tables and running electricity through them as a punishment. This 'aversion therapy' has left second and third degree burns on some of these kids, and not only is it legal in this country, it is court ordered.

It's illegal to do this to murderers*, but who gives a shit if it's some enthusiastic kid, right?

*And well it should be!
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Charlotte Hubberway - Fri, 27 Sep 2019 23:51:48 EST SApkZKRL No.57822 Reply
Another thing people don't want to know about. If I were to tell people about this they would brush it off or not believe me, if I were to show them this they would protest at having to know about it & ask why I would want to look up these things.

This is something I had assumed admittedly had long been abandoned in practice & find deeply disturbing it's continued use in the states...
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Yoshi - Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:10:49 EST f74QJYU9 No.57967 Reply
>>57778
What the fuck?! This is horrifying. This has no place in modern medicine, modern judicial practices, or any part of our culture here in the United States. I'm going to share this shit, get bitched at for being hella negative and quietly looked at as a psycho or conspiracy theorist.Then I'll get bummed and start drinking so I can be as numb as errybody else.

THE KINGFISH

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- Mon, 13 Jan 2020 02:37:49 EST ZZpfoyvI No.57937
File: 1578901069767.jpg -(196808B / 192.20KB, 800x884) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. THE KINGFISH
Now that we have time to really look back at history and now have more information and facts to judge certain individuals can we now accurately say that Huey Long (The kingfish) and his platform and ideas were based?
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Fucking Parringman - Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:00:10 EST 0n7WzI3X No.57938 Reply
Any of his socialist leaning ideas are kind of marred by the fact he was running a corrupt as it gets tamany hall style patronage system, and his power base just happened to be the rural poor so that's who got his patronage.

He cleaned out the state bureaucracy of people installed by his predecessors putting thousands of people out of a job, he required his replacements to "donate" to his campaigns out of the salaries he felt they owed him. He used dictatorial powers and armed gunmen to hold onto power and ram through his agenda, which because his agenda helped the poor makes him feel like a hard nosed hero who'll do what it takes to fight through vested interests, but what if his powerbase was the baton rouge merchant class and the oil companies and he was using the same methods to force through an agenda that patted them on the back instead?

Personally, though I think he talked about a lot of things that are worth exploring, especially capped income 100% tax brackets, in his own words his platform was an attempt to slap a bandaid on capitalism and stave off the threat of actual communism. I don't feel like he had any ideas or high morals of his own, he had ambitions and knew which ideas to champion to get more power for himself. It was a ripe time to be a populist, ask Hitler and Mussolini.
In the end, he was shot to death by the son of a man he was trying to get fired for political purposes so he could stack the courts with hand picked judges, and his family dynasty have become the exact same class of hereditary country club politicians he positioned himself as the cure to.

Stalin

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- Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:51:05 EST vYAwT/2R No.57868
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Why did Stalin starve six million Ukrainians to death in 1932-1933?
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Trajira - Sun, 03 Nov 2019 00:42:31 EST wHI9PkXi No.57871 Reply
You know I went to like 7 hs, never learned about world war 1... Like never man. What I think is maybe the religious side of was all but political to him. Shit it's commin from a dipshit like myself tho. Lol
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Phoebe Pubblemet - Sat, 22 Feb 2020 05:09:58 EST CeL9rTjI No.57945 Reply
>>57868
As noted by Augustus Cruvingshaw
famine...partly caused by the disruption of collectivisation and partly by drought. compounded by Soviet determination to maintain its level of exports of agricultural produce, wheat in particular, and ensure it could meet its overseas payments. For this the people starved.
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Betsy Fuckleman - Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:54:36 EST PqIVyg6p No.57946 Reply
more like, why did stalin abandon the warsaw uprising after promising to back them up. that shit's pretty unforgivable to me

Bigotry

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- Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:15:17 EST dsJOQiGY No.57941
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I'm not leftwing or rightwing but what was bigotry or discrimination like in the 80's or 70's? Yanno against blacks or handicaps etc.?

I was only 4 in 1989.
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SS dagger

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- Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:49:29 EST qnlyRiTh No.57912
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Recently came across this old dagger, was wondering if you guys know which things to check for authenticity.. how do I know it's not a replica?
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Cornelius Pickhood - Fri, 20 Dec 2019 22:51:52 EST Ezj5la1D No.57918 Reply
>>57912
I checked into this and it appears to be this:

https://www.lakesidetrader.com/item.php?ID=26532

Insofar as whether or not what you have is authentic is a different question. But that appears to be what it's based on.

I thought at first that this was fake given the silly ornateness of the chain, skull and ss. But nope that cartoonishly evil shit is real.
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Cedric Pippermore - Sat, 21 Dec 2019 07:18:55 EST DCSIsOzZ No.57919 Reply
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>>57918
These seem to be missing on mine though, guess that's a giveaway
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Walter Hettingfield - Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:20:53 EST ZtlbEABr No.57940 Reply
I'm no expert but that really looks like a copy.

History of Espionage.

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- Sat, 03 Aug 2019 12:37:43 EST l9faZouv No.57737
File: 1564850263967.jpg -(49029B / 47.88KB, 610x407) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. History of Espionage.
For this, I'm lumping together all covert operations. Assassinations, spying, misinformation, sabotage etc.

Spying and misinformation goes back farther than written history, so the first historical account goes back to 1274 BC.

The "Battle of Kadesh" between the Egyptian Empire and the Hittite Empire.

Muwatalli, leader of the Hittites sent a bunch of spies to the Egyptian camp posing as deserters. Two of them were able to get an audience with the Pharaoh and convince him that the HIttites were far away and they could make significant gains in territory, Of course this was a trap as they were waiting to ambush them.

Fortunately for Ramses, his forces captured two more spies and interrogated them until they revealed the ambush and Ramses was able to save most of his forces.

The Ra division got fucking hammered, but the rest of his army prepared for the fight to come and the Egyptians technically won, although it was strategically indecisive.

It ended with a peace treaty, but had it not been for the spys there could have been some very different outcomes.

Pic is of a common tactic used, a woman assassin. Because who would suspect her and she can hide some pretty decent weapons in that dress.
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UnsitOnHat !6VGic0RGBI - Sun, 12 Jan 2020 18:01:27 EST NkZPBakx No.57936 Reply
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>>57737
"Unique"
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George Gattingsurk - Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:34:09 EST J6S5zopa No.57939 Reply
There were a lot of cool secret weapons made during WW2 for sneaky espionage missions.

Some of them are covered on the Forgotten Weapons youtube channel, probably the best weapon channel on youtube as Ian also goes into the history of the guns.

Cold War General Thread

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- Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:56:03 EST 6nKr2p8x No.54044
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The concepts of MAD and proxy wars obsess me. Let's have a thread focusing on cold war era geopolitics, and also have a look at the culture of the time and different points of view that each country had.

Kissinger critiquing the concept of total war and calling for americans to focus on conventional warfare:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SJikzUwwOY
The build up to the cold war with an empathsis on the British point of view:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SJikzUwwOY
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Fanny Worthingstock - Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:30:02 EST 1qEdrkTE No.56145 Reply
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Just read "A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev" by Vladislav Zubok, which covers Soviet foreign policy and political history excellently. Zubok, as far as I know, coined a term for the near-constant premise of Soviet foreign policy called "Revolutionary-Imperialist paradigm", which assumed the imminent collapse of the liberal capitalist order and that armed with Marx's "scientific theory", Soviet diplomats and statesman were superior to their Western counterparts.

I'm interested what everyone's perspective is on Mikael Gorbachev? I had always looked up to Gorbachev as a peacemaker and liberal idealist, but wowza did this book convincingly paint his tenure as characterized by chaos and naivety! After the mid-80's he wouldn't use force in practically any circumstance, whether to quell protests or defeat rebels or just bulwark the state (the only pacifistic world leader perhaps in world history). He also winged almost all of his domestic and foreign policy, often resulting in failure or decentralization due to inadequate planning.

Also, Raymond Garthoff's tomes on the Cold War from Nixon to Reagan are phenomenal, probably some of the most incisive and even-handed Cold War histories ever written.

>>55913
Zubok's book corroborates that Mao's puritanism and ideological radicalism were a constant thorn on the side of the Soviet foreign policy. He suggested that Mao's China resented heavily the Soviets' international stature and how they dominated the communist world, so they'd constantly undermine (relative) Soviet pragmatism.
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Polly Dullermog - Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:50:41 EST yqtuflhy No.57934 Reply
>>56145
Oh there was violence under Gorbachev, he sent special forces to stop Baltic independence movements and people died.

Fanfiction.net and the definitive GuiltyGears

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- Sun, 05 Jan 2020 18:29:09 EST NkZPBakx No.57932
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>character is an insane shut in that does literally nothing all day
What the fuck is Kaguya's problem?
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