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Posting ITT requires wearing a mask.
No. 47567 Kontra
I don't understand what the fat guy is trying to say
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>copying swedish retardness
To think that anyone could copy it is retarded in its own way. "Hurr durr sweden is open and goes about business as usual." No we don't, and that is what people don't get.

There was an interview with German tourist on TV and he was all "I can walk around here without a mask and it is totally free and I don't have to wear a mask". So basically he had no business here other then to not wear a mask and he shouldn't and that is what people like him don't understand.
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Power, like value, lays where men think it does.
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Portugal has around 11 million people.
Today we hit 3270 cases, there are 1365 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 200 in ICU. There are currently 47.000 active cases.

In the coming weeks, hospital will be overfilled with infected and triage of patients will begin. If the Spanish example is anything to go by, older people will increasingly be left to die as the limited medical equipment will have to rationed.

Things are fucked, the government is limited in its ability to perform meaningful action, they've declared a 4 day ban on people travelling outside of their "province" - in an attempt to limit infection during the all-saints festivities which will no doubt have a few brave and idiotic souls celebrating.

Nobody talks about this here, but it's obvious that it's just a matter of time until banks start imploding. We were overdue an economic crisis to hit some time around 2021 and with these new conditions I'm sure something impressive will happen and we will see a new rise in misery and poverty.

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No. 47589 Kontra
Finn Perkele
Spurdo Sparde
Au Tism
Dick Black
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I was thinking ”Jonne Suomalainen”, very much like John Doe.
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Nah, you should go with Dick Black
No. 47592 Kontra
Jonne Spärde :D

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Old one autosage >>4705

Some nice music documentary about the German alternative Rock scene of the 60s and 70s, also known as Krautrock.

Krautrock - The Rebirth of Germany

Here's a little shorter video about Krautrock as well.
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This is the best african channel about african post-colonial history IMO. All vids are worth watching.
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I like Cuttlefish so damn much
It really does need to be made that a bunch of epistles be sent out banning eating behavior against intelligent and sociable animals like cuttlefish, octopus, monkeys, chimps and other simians, dogs etc and reempahsizing the ban on eating things like pork unless you have to to survive, in spite of how repellent certain porcine behavior may be. I find it ironical how fuck is that an english word I listen to Runglish too much here we had a good thing going and people did not understand certain dietary and moral restrictions, before the discovery of things like germ theory and the cross pollination of zoonotic illnesses. Clearly the Han are repellent in more ways than one, and their iniquity routinely blights this world with their immoral behavior. I am more convinced than ever the Great Dragon is in reference to China but do not know who "Michael and his angels" represents at the national level.
This is all an aside but briefly it should also be noted how much and to what degree astrology was commonplace as "science" back during the times of John the Revelator and fact that certain constellations could likewise be used in association with national animals. The field of astrology, as in ancient astronomy, not moronic horoscopes for middle age women, was a sort of symbolic language and study of the movement of the heavens necessary to understand the language of the ancients but I digress.

Truly this is a wonderful and fascinating animal and it horrifies me that some people eat it, likewise as with hunting and eating whales. I think that we do need a new religion, and one that refreshes certain misunderstandings about moral failings with revealed sciences like why it is an abomination to eat bats and monkeys, but we are still in a terrible and dark secular materialist age that only seeks to understand cause and effect of the physical. I find it interesting that many of them seek discredit the notion of animals being any more than biological machines, and hence unable to feel pain and "soulless" and the preachers of this doctrine are thus preachers of evil and falsehood, likewise to justify their own abominable experiments on animals in the Wect in equal measure of reprehensibleness in their tortures of rats, monkeys, cats, dogs, and so on, as those on the far Eact who eat them.

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I understand the feeling of alien kinship towards cephalopods, but remember that pretty much all of them are sociopathic cannibals as well. If an octopus will kill and eat other octopus without remorse, why should treat them any differently?

Likewise with hunting bears or mountain lions. I might viscerally dislike killing a beautiful totem of nature, but that's the only way that I can object. Bears and mountain lions and normal lions and tigers will all eat a deer or similar animal alive. I care about their preservation in the same way I care about the preservation of ancient Egyptian manuscripts, but that's it. You can't extend empathy to a being that is incapable of it.

But yes, killing an elephant or (most) whales should be considered as bad as murder. Not only are you killing an intelligent being, but you're committing sacrilege against the best of nature, which should make up for any doubt about the exact level of their intelligence.
No. 47586 Kontra
Also, we were just as bad as the Han 200 years ago. Americans and Europeans would go all over the world driving advanced mammalian life extinct just so that a few ocean hoboes could make a quick buck.

And don't forget how we (this includes plenty of American traders) saw that we could make a fortune by flooding China with an addictive illegal drug, and then did just that. Now (some) Chinese people are doing the exact same thing but in reverse, with even the same category of drug, but how can we pretend that they're fundamentally different to us? They're just in the same place as the West in the 19th century - with the technology to reach the entire world, and the pure profit-seeking mentality of a people just emerging from the perennial pre-industrial poverty of mankind.

Taiwan, and even the big tier 1 cities of the mainland, aren't so bad. You just happened to be born in the narrow slice of time where Chinese culture is at its absolute worst.

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Because we all live in virtual world
No. 47521
There are multiple habs, at least 2 right now, and IIRC Nightmare difficulty is hidden somewhere.
No. 47526
Yes, I found the two of them. I'll stay with nightmare as I'm used to this difficulty level and play to have fun. The new missions are really beautiful, love how they still do amazing things with this engine in 2020
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Really nice upscale, I think
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>all these stupid hypefests over muh new grafiks muh raytrace muh efpee es
Look I've really got to ask at this point are there even any new games which remotely justify the purchase of a new graphics card? Or is this all just memery? While I do think that RT has got some very interesting applications it's still really primitive in how much power it takes to merely bounce the light once, as opposed to whatever the hell GPU bricks will be like when we can bounce it three, four, maybe five times with many more times the resolution and millions of polys.

But see here's the rub which is principally something with which I'd imagine Russia would agree, that there's just no games. Like Control and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, what the fuck even is that? I've been so turned off by triple A shitfest games I can't even imagine there being something good enough to justify blowing up to a thousand burger dollars on these things.

Is there even anything new at all coming down the pipeline by 2022 release which is good? Like anything at all?

I decided to check out the VTMB2 website first time in ages and my god is it going to look like shit

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How do I become better at listening? I find that I can't really think and listen simultaneously

t. Might be a literal retard
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>How do I become better at listening?
Short answer: practice.
Really, conversation is a skill that needs to be learned like any other. If, while you're improving, you need to choose between listening and thinking, then always listen first. There isn't always a need to respond immediately during conversation. The content of your words should matter more than the speed by which they were delivered. If a brief pause will allow you to better consider what has been said, then by all means pause. If you need more time, and the silence may be uncomfortably long, simply acknowledge that you're absorbing the new information. If nothing else, that will demonstrate that you care enough about the speaker to consider their words before replying. Caring about the other party, about their thoughts and perspective, is the real key to being a good listener.
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I look away and blank my visual field usually. Any visual stimulus is distracting. That includes looking in the eye, watching their mouth, watching hands etc. People routinely do stupid shit like they'll be looking at one object and asking for something in a totally different place so I because I was tracking eye movement grab the wrong thing. Lot of people are put off by not making eye contact etc so just take quick moments to look them in the eye before going back to processing whatever they're saying.

I basically don't process audio information well. There's about a 1-2 second delay in translating spoken words to thoughts and visual data I can process. I've never discoverred why this is but I've got a splitting headache right jow.

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Last one was good, but it just doesn't bump anymore like it used to. Time for the sequel

Share your literary misadventures & accomplishments ITT
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Heard of Ligotti, another German Ernst mentioned him once. Lovecraft descriptions of the others "culture" was cool and since its also about aliens, they were quite alien in a sense and as you said, the idea was really what made me enjoy it the most and the aesthetic he paints of the aliens.

I also heard that Octavia Butlers Xenogenesis triology is very good and has actual alien aliens in it.

Before I read actual Lovecraft I read passages from his notebooks that are a bit like this
>idea for a story: man goes into strange city in a valley, loses his mind over statue at the townsquare
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I liked how Stephen King adapted Lovecraftian concepts and adding obsessive compulsive disorder in "N.". Makes it pretty dense and intense. No wonder they made this graphic novel from it.
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Finally finished Spengler's Untergang a couple of days ago, somehow it's a special book for me where a lot of threads about culture, history, religion etc. connected into a big picture. There were quite a few parts that were sloughs to get through, i.e. some of the drier Roman history stuff, but I feel like I'll be looking some stuff up in it for a while.

Also read Dune, tbh it was kind of a letdown considering the hype surrounding it. It has a nice story structure & decent worldbuilding, but the pacing gets pretty shaky with all the timeskips towards the end and it fails to deliver a satisfying resolution. The prose is nothing to write home about either, but as I've already read in a couple of reviews it's probably judged best as a product of it's time.

Now I'm reading Don Quixote which I suppose will take a while, it's quite fun so far but the jokes start to get a bit old. I definitely recommend skimming Cervantes biography btw, it's very ebin

Also about to finish Jeff Love's book on Kojève, The Black Circle, it's really good at giving a critical account and demystifying where Kojève's interpretation of Hegel comes from.
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Finally finished it, since it's quite an amount of pages it took me some weeks reading it in parallel with other stuff.
The book is quite well written, one might think popular scientific publication, dunno it comes from Harvard University Press and most of the argument they say has been published in journals beforehand. I also enjoyed it, because it was actually scientific reasoning about a field I don't look into, so yeah reading some psychology for a change was good.

My summery of the introduction might give a bit of orientation:

Mercier and Sperber pursue two questions: Why has reason developed only in humans and why does reason not fulfill the (evolutionary) purpose traditionally attributed to it by humans ( meaning that humans contrary to popular belief do not proceed objectively and logically, that they are systematically biased and therefore reason does not bring about better decisions and more knowledge) [@mercier2017, 4].
Proposition of the book: Reason has two functions
>Reason, we argue, has two main functions: that of producing reasons for justifying one and that of producing arguments to convince others. These two functions rely on the same kinds of reasons and are closely related.

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Why didn't we have this one yet?
Well, post what you're cooking/eating, discuss food and its culture in general and we may talk about diets as well if you want to.

I'm not a big cook myself but once in a blue moon I like to do it if the process is not too hard or needs too much time. I think the last time I actually cooked something was a south-western inspired casserole, it was extremely fatty because of the massive amount of molten cheese and I felt bad after eating it.
Today I found some older frozen asian vegetables in my freezer and cooked them together with some frozen sugar bean pods and some curry powder, I never thought cooked vegetables without any meat or carbs could taste so well.
No. 46887
Man it must've been ten years since I made sushi. It's something I've been meaning to do again but well I am lazy and have so many other things going on I've not got the energy for after work. Well that plus the pandemic means I'm not going out on very specific errands like getting the stuff to make that. I'm probably going to order pizza or something the first time since the pandemic started at some point. I'm definitely eating a lot less healthy food too because nothing except onions and carrots stays good for a couple weeks at a time.
No. 47023
Do you have a how to guide available?

>You don't even need one of those dedicated sushi rolling mats for the kimbap, just be careful and use your hands.

Especially for this, every guide I look into says I need one
No. 47052
This is the only guide I followed:
And I just followed the general technique, not the specific recipe.

Lacking a sushi rolling mat, I just put the nori on a layer of paper towels. I held the fillings in place with my fingers, and rolled up the nori with my thumbs. Once you have the filling rolled up, you can be less careful and use your full hands to roll it up the rest of the way.

TBH, I found it much easier than using a sushi mat, and it's much better if you're using any potentially messy fillings (like avocado, or something with mayo or sauce in it), because there's no fancy bamboo mat to clean afterwards.
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So I went to my SEA import store and bought spices and peppers. The thin green chili and some I never noticed before with a lampion shape, it pretty muched looked like pic related in the store's box as well. So at the check out I notice that one of the chilis went as cayenne peppers and I thought it would be the lampions but there weren't, long story short, they seem to be scotch bonnets after I made some research. Now it is said they are one of the hottest. But I could touch them, cut them without gloves, they were indeed hot, more so around the seeds a tiny amount was enough to make a stronger hot burn, but nothing I could not handle. I cut a 1/5 from the top around the seeds (not the seeds though) and put it in a salad marinade yesterday, the hotness was good but not so strong I hardly could bear it, lets say quite proper for what little amount was on my tongue with a bite. Are these Scotch bonnets? Is there a lighter version or is it a different chili after all? Would I feel the normal heat once I cut a full into a curry e.g.? I put it in melted butter together with lemon juice to put on my ravioli, don't think lemon juice counters heat.

I eat hot sometimes, occasionaly have hot sauce on my eggs or whatever, but only a few drops for a cooked egg for instance, so I estimate by tolerance not very high, higher than average perhaps but I'm not sure if that is an illusion.

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made this threada before >>28434

Search my HDD, I have something like 50,000 to 70,000 named files in my imageboards folders I've been filling up for over 15 years

Post a WORD or TWO WORDS and I'll post the first results
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I searched this and Holiday because I would not normally use the word vacation
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>I searched this and Holiday because I would not normally use the word vacation
Thanks. That's just another one of the small differences between American English and the rest of the world.

I don't know if this post will Systemkontra the thread, but let's search for:

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I dont know where to put this and I guess history thread is on systemkontra
Video is about Russia getting smaller. But my question is, do you think Russia's collapse in early 90s would not have happened if they didn't lose a massive amount of their population? Do you think it was ultimately generational population shocks that killed USSR?
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First 15 minutes is good, the rest is too tedious with poor signal to noise ratio
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>A 5-part series, behind the scenes look at Gorbachev’s reforms and the ensuing collapse of the USSR. Winner of the Dupont Gold Baton for Best Documentary Series and called ‘the best BBC series of the decade’ by the London Independent. The films trace Gorbachev’s rise and fall from the first experiments with the policies of Glasnost and Perestroika through the collapse of Communism, the ascent of Boris Yeltsin and the end of the Soviet Union. Produced for Brian Lapping Prods.

I finished watching this, and it was breddy gud. You can find the whole series on youtube (in horrible quality and with audio only one side):
It's nice, it goes from the very late years of Brezhnev to 1991. The documentary itself was made in 1991 and it features extensive interviews with key players of the events discussed in the film. It presents contrasting views and paints a good picture of what the mindset of the upper soviet government characters was and what their personal motivation was to bring about what the documentary calls "The Second Russian Revolution".
I liked it, now sadly I need to find a new series to watch.
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I read "A People's Tragedy" by Figes Orlando, an extremely interesting and insightful work on the Russian civil war. The book is fairly popular and often cited in the circles of people interested in the revolution, for example the Khrushchev's memoirs I read had less than 50 ratings on goodreads.com, Archipelag Gulag has there 6000 votes, "Ivan's life" (an obscure imperial book on the livehood of Russian peasants published in 1902) had 137, and "A People's Tragedy" got 3600.
I am pleasad that the author focuses not only on center stage personalities like Nicholas, Witte, Stolypin, Lenin, Rasputin, Trotsky, Kerensky, Lvov or Stalin, but also on smaller individuals without a wiki page, the author likes to tell the story through the lenses of a small peasant progressive and other fairly obscure personalities of whom not even Russians have heard but who are neccessary to represent those who experienced revolution's brute force firsthand.

The civil war was a giant clusterfuck but the author dedicates only around 300 pages to it, the other 700 are dedicated to political struggle between parties and personalities. This is one of the few times when I read a long book and say that I want MORE, apparently the author often skips the details and I often found things in Wikipedia that were not listed in the book. I can't say it's useless or flawed, or spends too much time on uesless things but rather it's too short despite being a huge 1000 pages long Bible. For example, Orlando doesn't touch at all the rumor (it's disputed) that Stalin drowned thousand of former trasirst military officers in Volga after being appointed a commissar in Tsaritsyn (the city whose future name will be known to every human with slight interest in WW2, Stalingrad). The book often quotes seemingly obscure information and I am deeply happy to see Orlando quoting people's diaries, mentioning not only the famous Witte's memoirs or Durnovo's letter that I showed to you, the man who profetically warned Nicholas 2 about the consequenses of the future world war, but also quoting diaries of obscure people whose names are not grand enough to deserve a wiki page. I wonder if he read Bukharin's and Khrushchev's memoirs, or were they too obscure even for a professional historian? I am sure, for example, that only a part of the Bukharin's prison writings were translated into English. I will quote my favorite disjointed paragraphs that should hook you up if you can't decide whether you are willing to spend your time reading such a gargantuan book:

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Looks very good, added to my reading list. Interesting that
>The book chronicles Russian history from the famine of 1891-1892, the response to which Figes argues to have severely weakened the Russian Empire, to the death of Lenin in 1924, when "the basic elements of the Stalinist regime - the one-party state, the system of terror and the cult of the personality - were all in place".
Fitzgerald's the Russian Revolution instead takes it from 1917 to the great purge, with solid arguments for it. I suppose I should read it because after reading that book and while reading Kotkin's Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, one really takes away that 1924 really wasn't a significant shift in party policy - something more like the solidification of certain maxims and ideas.
All this increasingly makes me think that perhaps there is some book out there that takes the Russian civil war and localizes it more, as readings about the overall period - which all seem to emphasize that the war and this revolutionary period were like hundreds of localized societal conflicts - possibly lack the insight one would get from just reading about the national picture. I have no doubt that the experiences of say, Tambov were vastly different from Irkutsk but I lack any real insight as to how so other than SR/green army activity in former.

>Orlando doesn't touch at all the rumor (it's disputed) that Stalin drowned thousand of former trasirst military officers in Volga after being appointed a commissar in Tsaritsyn

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First with a ref to John Ford because I did not like very much this picture I saw right now. Problem is that is too feminine in the bad sense, the film. It's very nice if you like paintings, but you know, cinema is something else.

The rest of pictures are in my collection of cinema-tv pics but I don't have the slightest idea of which film do they come from.

"Ford was highly intelligent, erudite, sensitive and sentimental, but to protect himself in the cutthroat atmosphere of Hollywood he cultivated the image of a "tough, two-fisted, hard-drinking Irish sonofabitch".[71] One famous event, witnessed by Ford's friend actor Frank Baker, strikingly illustrates the tension between the public persona and the private man. During the Depression, Ford—by then a very wealthy man—was accosted outside his office by a former Universal actor who was destitute and needed $200 for an operation for his wife. As the man related his misfortunes, Ford appeared to become enraged and then, to the horror of onlookers, he launched himself at the man, knocked him to the floor and shouted "How dare you come here like this? Who do think you are to talk to me this way?" before storming out of the room. However, as the shaken old man left the building, Frank Baker saw Ford's business manager Fred Totman meet him at the door, where he handed the man a cheque for $1,000 and instructed Ford's chauffeur to drive him home. There, an ambulance was waiting to take the man's wife to the hospital where a specialist, flown in from San Francisco at Ford's expense, performed the operation. Sometime later, Ford purchased a house for the couple and pensioned them for life. When Baker related the story to Francis Ford, he declared it the key to his brother's personality: "
No. 47407
I've never gotten why anybody liked that show or tried turning it into yet another overused 4kanker meme although I'd just generally suspected they were either retarded or enjoyers of sponge bob, which I'd never let my kids watch. You liking it makes me wonder more rather than dismissing it as retardation
If anyone here actually likes sponge bob I'll not take it back. It's literally the stupidest show I ever tried subjecting myself to and think it's the deliberate or unintentional plot to make everyone in my country even stupider than they already are.children should watch nature documentaries like I did

Stylistically this somehow reminds me that I need to get around to seeing Eraserhead which itself reminds me to watch Spider at some point although I'd imagine the latter might be too "real" for some people here. Possibly myself included. I got 15 minutes in and it's very uncomfortable.
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>favorite horror movies
Probably Jacob's Ladder, Night of the Living Dead, the aforementioned Eraserhead, The Shining, Alien (the first one, the second is considerably more action-y, although still really good, the rest is meh), Hellraiser (again, the first one; although there are some more decent movies in the series, there are also lots of incredibly shitty ones, like the third movie which is dumb as fuck, and the one where Lance Henriksen kills teenagers, which is probably the worst), Nightmare on Elm Street (the first and the third; the third one also had a kickass theme by Dokken). Favorite comedy horrors are Evil Dead (the whole series, but the second movie I probably like the most) and Return of the Living Dead. Those all are from the top of my head, there were probably more that I liked but forgot about them.

For better or for worse, Pontypool has nothing in common with Eraserhead stylistically. The last screenshot (which I assume made you think of Eraserhead) in >>47405 is from its credits, which have little to do with the movie itself.
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Brother! Absolutely loved this show.
No. 47503
I'm kinda a Cronemberg [sic] fan but Spider is kinda meh.

Romero Romero Romero Romero Romero
Fulci Fulci
Vincent Price yay!
Lon Chaney Jr neat