>>20086 What? They are literally clubs that gives the members the ability to mingle and discuss and do business with each other to bypass market or the state. Everyone who isn't in their club (the competition) they trample down together. It's the same with all the other similar clubs, liek Rotary and fraternities and shit. Except Freemasonry is the granddaddy of all. Why, you think they are in the possession of Secret Knowledge and only share it with those who are Worthy?
>>20090 Also due to their hierarchical nature it's very easy for those in the upper ranks to give out favors as rewards to those under and demand favors from them as service if need be. It's like feudal state #2 or something.
>>20077 >This is definitely a lathe. These bearded Iranian guys think that they are workers. They're literally Islamig Gommunists. According to CRW Flags, >Out of a vice comes an erect naked arm ending in a fist. In the fist are crossed sickle and gun with bajonette. Above the cross is a 5-point star. The whole is placed into a circle representing the globe. On its right side is a wreath of laurel(?). In the background is the silhouette of the Iran. Beneath the vice, at the top of the circle and beneath the circle there are inscriptions. > Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 September 2010
>>20082 Is there any political context behind the flag change or was it merely an aesthetic choice?
>>20081 Gommies' favourite are the workers it's easy to work them. They are rootless urbanite pleb unlike peasants who are too close to the land and prefer concrete borders, or unlike herders who are too tribalists and both group are too religious as they are close to nature and her whims and both group has ownership as well. So gommies try to turn everyone into workers and call the others class enemies.
I see I'll practice some Cyrillic today.
>>20082 Russians very much like their tanks and shooting with them.
Back to playing Tropico 4. Balrum got me bored. It wouldn't be bad just whatever. T4 is better then the 5th installment. In 5 you have to do the same thing over and over, building the same things throughout the ages over and over, in 4 there's some variety at least. Here if I want I can start the economy with tourism right at the beginning for example, I don't nee to go through the techs again and again. The campaign is also more engaging. Ofc on the long run this is just as boring, so it's just a little fun for the weekend.
>>20069 Yes, similar. You have to satisfy the needs of the people, factions (and sometimes the foreign powers) but you build individual buildings, not zones. Much less transport options but more politics. Well, "politics". Has that cozy banana republic feels.
>>19989 >>19990 What a colorful personalities. Our politicians are conservative (now not in political sense) compared to them. Maybe Toroczkai with his skinhead, semi-skinhead background and perhaps another one whomsts's name I can't recall right now.
Parties: CSU - Christian Socialist Union, the great Ally of Merkel's CDU - note: literally RAF SPD - Social Democrats - note: literally RAF Grüne - Greens - note: literally RAF FW - "Free" Voters - note: literally RAF FDP - "Free" Democratic Party - note: literally RAF Die Linke - Not right. - note: now this one is for sure is RAF, no giddings AfD - Alternatively Germans - note: literally Hitler
Exit polls out: CSU is the great loser even if it got the most votes, their popularity dropped from about 48% to 35%. Still they are the strongest even though they need to form a coalition. Question is with whom? SPD also lost voters, with their 10% they were pushed behind AfD. The two great winner of the election is the Greens (18%) and the AfD (11%), the latter got in the Bavarian parliament for the first time. I bet now they are planning a Putsch in some shady Münchener Brauhaus.
Luxembourg also elects her 60 deputies today. What is interesting that the have a literal Communist Party. Very interesting. Even our commies aren't go with that name, but with Worker's Party. Otherwise very boring party list, they have the whole shebang. "Christian socialists", "democrats", "socialists", "greens", "pirates", "alternatives", whatever. And actually if we really scratch the surface there ain't too much of a difference between them, just like everywhere else. The whole thing is "refugees welcome" and "refugees fuck off". Otherwise just playing with percentages in the budget. This is Freedom of Choice for you.
New poll from one of the two major survey companies is out. The past week seemed positive for Haddad, with hate crime scandals falling upon Bolsonaro (with some people I known seriously believing gays and blacks will be lynched in the streets if Haddad loses), major strides towards the center (such as attending Mass and proclaiming himself a good Catholic), Bolsonaro's refusal to take part in debates and the apparent and anedoctal support from voters who stayed neutral in the first round but have now joined him solely because they think Bolsonaro is a fascist. And yet Bolsonaro not only preserved his lead but expanded it by a point, reaching 59%. The survey also found Haddad's rejection rate is 12 points higher than Bolsonaro's.
Today I had to bury the 6th dead bird this year. Not even this year, this summer! I would say I never ever buried this much but frankly before this I had to do this only twice in my whole life. I dunno what's going on with them. It would be easier to just dump them into the dumpster but frankly I rather spend some energy and give them an ok final rest. During digging I came across a very interesting archaeological findings: this tank on picrels. It wasn't mine and not any of my pals owned such or even played around that spot in our childhood so I suppose one of my family members owned this there are some possibilities. What Bernd think what type of tank is this? I think it has the Sherman looks.
Also this can be a general vehicle/weapons thread as well.
Now this is a curiousity. At first the Germans didn't delivered Panzerfausts and Panzerschrecks but in '43 they gave a pair for making studies. As I said the letter inspired the 44M 60 mm handheld rocket launcher but the Panzerfaust also gave ideas to Hungarian military engineers. Luckily we could buy the Nebelwerfer's license and they used the gunpowder of it in several explosives (like in the 60 mm rocket). The novelty was the detonation which was based on a mechanism that they later called Misnay-Schardin effect. The two researcher discovered it independently, probably the German was the first. Here you can read more about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misznay%E2%80%93Schardin_effect The operation of the 44M 60 mm rocket, the 40 mm AT projectile, 43M AT mine and the 44M. "Macelauncher" was based on this effect.
Today's topic the the 44M. "Macelauncher" (Buzogányvető) or "Szálasi-rocket" which was a three person crew operated AT rocket launcher. Ofc this also came late. The tests began in '44, the production went on from the summer till late December when the factory was took by the Red Army. All in all they produced maybe 6-700 pieces, two exists with the serial number of 441 and 448. For the first test they used tripod as a mount - the soldier who fired the first shots was a convict with death penalty who got pardoned and forced to do the tests instead - then they used the Goryunov machine gun's wheeled mount as they not just find it very suitable but the army obtained many hundreds of it as spoils of war. A few was also placed on some Krupp Protze trucks and on Toldi tanks. The rocket itself is 27-30 kg, 970 mm long and 215 mm wide at the fattest part, two was loaded into 700 mm long launcher tubes. It was capable of penetrating 300 mm armor and had a range of 500-1200 m but could fly about 2000. Ofc the effective range was much shorter, maybe about 200 m. It only saw action around Budapest during her siege.
44M Lidérc (ghost, wisp) AA rocket. Second AA rocket in the world but the first one which used an igniter activated by the target itself as German AA rockets were activated by impact or a timer. The carrier aircraft would have been the Me 210 Ca-1 - only one could be fitted on one plane - and the target would have been the carpet bombing Allied bombers flying in close formation, the planned objective was to disrupt their missions by breaking up their formations and not the destruction of individual planes. The designer of the igniter was Pulváry Károly (in esperanto: https://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A1roly_Pulv%C3%A1ry) physicist, mechanical engineer, sound engineer who made his invention to be activated by the sound of motor of the bombers. 50 pieces were made but - as far as I know - none had the igniter as there was no capacity to manufacture them. They were used as anti-personnel rocket propelled explosives against the Red Army around Budapest. No American bomber was harmed in the making of this rocket.