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What saint was on Henry the Fowler's shield?
oh nvm , it was st. micahel on his standard
18th century documentaries, which are your favorites?
i like ones that center around individuals...
Marquis de Lefayette
this is a superb documentary on Catherine the Great
a sub-mediocre documentary on frederick ii
an avid read of all things frederick I really don't like it, but if you're new to him you might enjoy it
Does political rhetoric actually lead to shit getting done in the way of security?
Or are these kinds of things just to to inform voters about the strings they are directly pulling behind the scenes, for vainglory and votes?
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I suspect that the vast majority of security problems facing any nation could be solved simply by people doing their jobs. One of the reasons that shit does not get done in the security realms is the various forms of institutional inertia: that's not my job, we've always done it this way, and gimme a bribe so I'll stop obstructing you. Political rhetoric if properly focused can be used to clear much of that obstructionism out of the way, particularly the corruption. If people are exposed for not doing their jobs, they are typically shamed or forced into doing their jobs. Please note that this responsible use of rhetoric is very different from the typical use of rhetoric which is to frustrate the supporters of political opponents and trick them into not voting.
on a side note, I hate that fucking cliche pose.
Every fucking comic book and comic book movie trots it out as if it's awesome and we've never seen it ten thousand times before. It's retarded.
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Was Hitler a Christian?
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FEEDING THE CAUSE OF CHRISTIANITY, DEMOCRACY AND SOCIALISM
onwards, for religion socialism and democracy!
So I was sitting in my car today, and heard this interview with Roy Bourgeois, a priest excommunicated for his pro female priest stance.
(The interview: http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/12/19/roy-bourgeois-excommunicated-priest-on-the-ordination-of-women/)
Normally, I wouldn't care, but the way in which he was excommunicated was sketchy as fuck (his immediate superiors could not agree and forwarded the issue to Rome; he was then excommunicated; apparently, only the Pope could do so, but when him and his canon lawyer inquire, they won't say who excommunicated him or what process of review his case underwent)
With further research, I find that Pope Francis is against the ordination of women, deferring to an earlier decree of Pope Jean Paul II, in the following article:
What really peeves me off is the title of the above article. The Pope commented on SEVERAL inmportant and controversial issues; and homosexuality snags the headline. That is some shit journalism.
Also, when Pope Francis parrots Jean Paul's "We don't have a deeper theology of women" (RE: We don't know what the fuck to do about it and aren't researching it) is also pretty bullshitty.
But, in sum, please listen to the interview. He was obviously a good priest, but once again, the oligarchy squashes the tiny.
Let's do a Viking/Swedish/Norwegian thread. I am interested in family crests and their origins. I will start off with this and let you guise have at it!
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In here we discuss mankind's original 3 ancestors: Japheth, Shem, and Ham and the people who came from them.
Shem the Name and Renown ones
The Arabs, the Persians, the Jews, and the Babylonians came from him. He was the special one of the family. Shem's line gave way to all the Big Biblical figures like Abraham, Nebuchadnezzar, King David, Solomon, Moses, John the Baptist, and most importantly the Great Jesus Christ.
Ham the Hot ones
The Egyptians, Hittites, The Carthaginians, Pheonicians, The Libyans, Many East Indians, and the Ethiopians are primarily from Ham's line. Was kind of a trouble maker of the family. Famous members of his lineage are Hannibal the Carthaginian, Nimrod, and King Ramses.
Japheth the Fair ones and the Enlarged ones
The Celtics, the Germans, The Chinese, Slavics Japanese, Koreans, Mongolians, Barbarian Turks, Greeks, Anglos, and American Indians all come from him. Has perhaps the most numerous and most diverse bunch of sons in the family. Famous members of his lineage are King Alfred, Charlemagne, Geronimo, Charles Martel, Montezuma, Sun Tsu, Chief Joseph, Lief Erickson, Leonidas, King Richard, and Julius Caesar.
Combinations of 2 or 3 brothers occurred later in history. In East India, Aryans and Alexander's troop got with Cushite Indians making a Japheth/Ham combination. In Southeast Asia was another combination of Japheth/Ham.
Along the borders of the Middle East, Solomon and other Semite peoples were known to get many Ethiopian chicks. Thus a Shem/Ham combination.
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Cimmeria (later Eastern Rome) and Scythia (later Western Rome and Germany)
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The Twelve Tribes of Israel
Just think, all those generations of ignorant people who lived and died almost completely ignorant of the world and universe they lived in. After thousands of years of having wiped out Neandethalensis and having the whole world to themselves, the best they could do was petty tribalism, and world had to show for any of it was random descendants scattered to the wind, and a poorly assembled hodgepodge of incredibly savage "morality" tales (though today a child can write a better code of ethics). What a disastrous wreck of a past humanity comes from. It'd be shocking if most of the world didn't romanticize it and desire to force us all to go straight back to it.
What is your opinion on the riots in Brazil and Turkey?
Our problem is that our corruption is of the 'bought and paid for legislature for favorable legislation' type of corruption. It isn't even illegal anymore. Our system can only be fixed in two ways, armed insurrection in the streets, unlikely because, hey, American Idol is on tonight or by the very people who corrupted it in the first place, which is not a likely scenario. So at least Brazilians have a chance to turn things around. My government, sadly, is pretty much screwed.
I've started listening to audio books on the peleponnesian war, is that a crack at corinthian history or the ADHD nature of current society?
besides that, the truth is that everyone wants to be some sort of famous, rich or whatever kind of person to some extent, the idea that everyone can be somewhat one in their own right is VERY alluring because it's virtually guaranteed to get support at one specific point, which is when shit goes so downhill for so many people that they just abandon the current system and try to get theirs, while simultaneously trying to screw "the man" which has the effect of creating small bubbles of social circles and societal groups that will amalgamate with time and become more and more stable until eventually they overthrow the pre-existing dominent regime and then become that regime through stagnation and corruption
the bad news being of course that revolutions just mean starting at the start again, the good news is the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round~ just stay alive long enough and you'll see it happen again after this time
and less people lose their heads literally, even if more people lose their heads figuratively
the typical golden age shit will occur about at the 40%-70% mark of when those groups become institutionalized or something
they'll be part of the framework while being very stable, but have enough freshness to be worth one's time (at all, for reasons other than avoiding the wrath of said institutions)
it takes a long time, but complacency actually diminishes with suffering - the thing is it's an outlash against weaker people for a long time, as the people are not willing to challenge the reigning regime for want of allies and personal influence
as more and more people are willing to act out in some way or another, gradually the more... refined/restrained people will come around, and these people will be the ones to provide the central cohesion - not as intellectual outsider snobs but as people with formal training and so on who definitely understand the plight because they're facing it too now
and that's when the tide will push back these things pretty fast, while running out of steam pretty quick too, and thus the slow crawl occurs again
project minaret and some other one were predecessors to the NSA spy project and they were repealed in 75, but reinstated recently, that'll happen all over again