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Shrike58 #22441 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 13:12

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View PostFrozenKemp, on Jan 02 2018 - 09:40, said:

As usual, Shrike, you've picked some interesting books to read!

 

I've read a bunch of Lovecraft years ago but never The Dreamlands of Unknown Kadath.  I agree that what some writers are doing with Lovecraft's creations is quite interesting!

 

I picked out Flamethrower by Andrew Wilson off my shelf to start reading.  It purports to be the author's experience but is written as a novel and I believe made some stuff up or included things that happened to others.  Still I can read it as a fictional account about a Churchill Crocodile unit.

 

What was particularly useful about the book on India is that the writer doesn't waste his time on counterfactuals and "what ifs," meaning for example, if the Indian Great Famine is mostly a construct of monetary dysfunction and an overheated war economy, as opposed to a plot by Churchill, he says so.

FrozenKemp #22442 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 13:18

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I'd like to watch the old 1950s Dunkirk film... still haven't gotten to it yet. 

Shrike58 #22443 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 13:19

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View PostFrozenKemp, on Jan 04 2018 - 07:18, said:

I'd like to watch the old 1950s Dunkirk film... still haven't gotten to it yet. 

 

Again, to refer back to my old man, he liked that one better.

FrozenKemp #22444 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 13:26

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View PostShrike58, on Jan 04 2018 - 07:12, said:

What was particularly useful about the book on India is that the writer doesn't waste his time on counterfactuals and "what ifs," meaning for example, if the Indian Great Famine is mostly a construct of monetary dysfunction and an overheated war economy, as opposed to a plot by Churchill, he says so.

 

Incidentally, I was just reading about a novel called "Farthest Field" by an Indian author about WW2.  Apparently good in a "paint a picture of the war through the lens of the experiences of one family" sort of way. 

 

I actually don't know much about the Burma campaign at all.  At least I've picked up on the extremely valuable contributions by the Indian army in North Africa and Italy, which I'm sure your book touched on. 



FrozenKemp #22445 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 13:32

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View PostGoldMountain, on Jan 04 2018 - 06:34, said:

My boss is stressing about work but I really want to make his head collide with my fist.

 

Based on what he did, I don't blame you!

FrozenKemp #22446 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 13:43

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Oh, question for anyone who's been to TankFest - during TankFest, is it possible to "visit" the vehicles before or after they are driven, or are they in an off-limits area?  I'm trying to balance "briefly see these tanks on the field" with "being able to walk around these tanks in the museum". 

Shrike58 #22447 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 14:25

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View PostFrozenKemp, on Jan 04 2018 - 07:26, said:

 

Incidentally, I was just reading about a novel called "Farthest Field" by an Indian author about WW2.  Apparently good in a "paint a picture of the war through the lens of the experiences of one family" sort of way. 

 

I actually don't know much about the Burma campaign at all.  At least I've picked up on the extremely valuable contributions by the Indian army in North Africa and Italy, which I'm sure your book touched on. 

 

That book was divided about three ways between strictly military matters, socio-economic matters and high politics (particularly British efforts to play off the various Indian political parties against each other). The author, who was an infantry officer in the Indian Army of the 1990s, could remember when he was assigned to the "Meiktila" cadet company when he was starting out and he had no clue as to the meaning of "Meiktila." But he was not alone, his fellow cadets also had no clue as to the meaning behind "Imphal" or "Keren" or "Cassino." For most Indians military history begins with the First Kashmir War and the rest is just some mess that the Brits dragged them into! Which is why this man wrote this book, because you can't understand the Great Partition without understanding how WWII changed India.

stalkervision #22448 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 15:39

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View PostShrike58, on Jan 04 2018 - 07:02, said:

 

My father found that flick a little underwhelming...then again, he's old enough to have memories of Dunkirk!

 

​your father is right.

KilljoyCutter #22449 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 17:05

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Trump lawyers attempting to stop publication of book:

 

http://thehill.com/h...-book-about-his

 

(Good luck with that, guys.  :rolleyes: )

 

Writer reportedly recorded many of the interviews that went into the book, which would probably make any legal assertion of lies or defamation on the author's part fall flat on their face.

 

http://thehill.com/h...fficials-report

 

 

 



Starne #22450 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 17:57

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View PostDaigensui, on Jan 04 2018 - 05:00, said:

 

A fairly long article on the matter.

 

I do wonder, was Trump always like this, or has he degenerated in the bast two decades?

 

View PostZergling, on Jan 04 2018 - 05:19, said:

 

I suspect he's had a stroke at some point, or is suffering some sort of mental deterioration other than just getting old.

 

Pretty much every attack Trump made during the election campaign was projection, so the attacks on Hillary's health indicates he has some health issues of his own he's keeping secret.

 

 

If you compare Trump's unscripted speech now to his unscripted speech from 20 years ago, there are pretty noticeable differences. Comparing the two, he rarely uses polysyllabic words anymore, mostly sticking to short, simple ones. He also seems to have trouble stringing together a coherent paragraph or sometimes even a sentence, something he was fully capable of not too long ago. The man was never eloquent, but his verbal communication skills have markedly deteriorated, and there's plenty of evidence to support that statement. Unfortunately, there's evidence that it's getting worse, too. Recall the episode from a few months ago where his speech began to slur while speaking, and he then proceeded to fumble with opening a water bottle. The official explanation is the usual 'dry mouth', but the combination of slurred speech and apparent lack of dexterity should be concerning.

 

As for his other... eccentricities, those have probably always been there but have only gotten worse over time as they were never addressed and instead fed off each-other. Though the short attention span and impetuousness could go either way, though. Whatever cognitive impairment has caused his ability to communicate to decline may have affected his self-control and ability to focus as well. On the other hand, these may have always been there, only to have been exacerbated over time. Of course, a combination of the two is possible, he's always been flighty and impulsive, but whatever happened turned it up to the Nth degree. Apparent lapses in his long-term memory have been reported as well. During the 2016 campaign, Trump reportedly did not know who John Boehner was, despite having golfed with him at one point previously. Combine the verbal communication issues, the apparently spotty manual dexterity and supposed memory issues, and the case for some kind of stroke or dementia could be made.

 

Add his other health issues, and the man's a ticking time bomb. His diet is reportedly atrocious, apparently consisting of nothing other than meat, potatoes and fast food. His mobility is non-existent, as evidenced by his constant travel by golf-cart, and more worryingly, his need for assistance in navigating a slight incline in the White House garden. And of course, the man proudly refuses to exercise, at all apparently, out of the belief that the human body has a finite amount of vital energy or whatever and exercise wastes it.

 

At the rate he's going, the speculation about him not surviving a term in office doesn't look so far-fetched, especially given the tremendous stress that comes along with the presidency. What's really concerning is if his mental decline continues or accelerates. There have been some previous presidents who suffered cognitive decline, physical incapacitation or psychological breakdowns while in office, and so far the "protocol" has been to quietly isolate them and unofficially strip them of their decision-making authority. That wouldn't be so easy to do with Trump, considering the man's love of attention, adulation and unofficial contact channels, and that's assuming the pack of sycophants that he's surrounded himself with would be willing to do so in the first place. They haven't exactly inspired confidence in reigning in his worst impulses so far. 

 

 


Edited by Starne, Jan 04 2018 - 18:47.


DerViktim #22451 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 19:23

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Today is turning out to be the most boring day ever as I'm required to take mandatory cyber security awareness training.

 

It is boring because it is absolutely nothing that I already didn't know because I routinely get tasked with teaching end users this stuff. :/



FrozenKemp #22452 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 19:31

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Razzle frazzle tin foil eating idiot conspiracy "WG is fixing the game against me" thinkers... 

KilljoyCutter #22453 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 19:36

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View PostFrozenKemp, on Jan 04 2018 - 13:31, said:

Razzle frazzle tin foil eating idiot conspiracy "WG is fixing the game against me" thinkers... 

 

Fixing the game against individual players would require a level of competence I've never seen from WG.

 

They can't even get their TK system to differentiate fault in the most blatant of cases of the person taking the hit being at fault. 

 



MajorOffensive #22454 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 19:39

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View PostStarne, on Jan 04 2018 - 11:57, said:

Add his other health issues, and the man's a ticking time bomb. His diet is reportedly atrocious, apparently consisting of nothing other than meat, potatoes and fast food.  

 

Sounds like my mother-in-law's diet. :trollface:

 

View PostDerViktim, on Jan 04 2018 - 13:23, said:

Today is turning out to be the most boring day ever as I'm required to take mandatory cyber security awareness training.

 

It is boring because it is absolutely nothing that I already didn't know because I routinely get tasked with teaching end users this stuff. :/

 

We have those every month.  As a fellow tech employee, I cry every time.



DerViktim #22455 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 20:45

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View PostMajorOffensive, on Jan 04 2018 - 13:39, said:

We have those every month.  As a fellow tech employee, I cry every time.

 



LordCommanderMilitant #22456 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 21:01

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So, I played WoT again for the first time in a year the other day. It's about as bad as I remember it. 

 

I've also lost most of any skill I had in the first place.



The_Chieftain #22457 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 21:05

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View PostFrozenKemp, on Jan 04 2018 - 12:43, said:

Oh, question for anyone who's been to TankFest - during TankFest, is it possible to "visit" the vehicles before or after they are driven, or are they in an off-limits area?  I'm trying to balance "briefly see these tanks on the field" with "being able to walk around these tanks in the museum". 

 

Sortof. Many of the operating vehicles are parked in the field next to the arena, and if memory serves, for some of the day you can walk around them.

 

I recommend making it a two-day trip. Go the Sunday, and mainly hang out at the arena, watch the show. The Monday, go back, and hit the museum itself. A lot of the vehicles will have been returned back to the museum for display, and there will also be a whole hell of a lot fewer people bumping into you as you are wandering around.



DerViktim #22458 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 21:37

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What a coward. Apparently facing a hostile crowd is too scary for the guy.

 

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-cancels-his-ces-appearance-days-before-show/

 

 


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View PostDerViktim, on Jan 04 2018 - 15:37, said:

What a coward. Apparently facing a hostile crowd is too scary for the guy.

 

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-cancels-his-ces-appearance-days-before-show/

 

 

 

He got what his masters back at corporate wanted, no need for him to bother after that.  :angry:

FrozenKemp #22460 Posted Jan 04 2018 - 21:49

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View PostDerViktim, on Jan 04 2018 - 15:37, said:

What a coward. Apparently facing a hostile crowd is too scary for the guy.

 

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-cancels-his-ces-appearance-days-before-show/

 

 

I read on Twitter that today Trump communicated from the White House via video conference with reporters.... also at the White House.




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