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Name a game with mechanically better combat I’ll fucking wait
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>Shanghai Shrek

What in God's name were his parents thinking naming him this?! Truly this is not a name befitting the leader of the Kuomintang! Disgraceful.
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/isg/ - /Internet Spectacle General/

A thread focused on discussing the parasocial relationships cultivated by the Almighty Algorithm to generate profit off of our atomization and society's hyper-normalization of petty internet drama.

Reminder that none of this is real!
Society of the Spectacle
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/debord/society.htm

The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1944/culture-industry.htm
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mass shooting survival general

Watching the latest NY shooter video got me thinking, how if at all possible could one survive a mass shooting? The first lady after he got out was doomed. The others seemed to be stuck with normalcy bias for a few seconds.

Is it better to run or to play dead, take cover?
Is normalcy bias bad, better to make a fool out of yourself overreacting to a nothingburger than to stand there in an actual shooting
Should one always walk behind some kind of cover in burgerstan? Seems like it is so common might as well
Daily body armor? Concealed carry without a permit?
Physical fitness is key, you should 100% be able to sprint fucking fast
R: 501 / I: 72

/USApol/

🗽United States Politics🦅

Absolute State of America Edition

Thread for the hellish discussion related to the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the Earth.

🏈💵💸🍔

State mandated propaganda livestreams:
CNN: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/cnn-news-usa.html
MSNBC: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/msnbc.html
FOX: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/fox-news-channel.html
Bloomberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp8PhLsUcFEegalitarianism
R: 4 / I: 2

What does Leftypol think of this pic of a Rothschild Poking Prince Charles?

Discuss. I'm genuinely interested. Will be back after a scoop of ice cream.
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Are Billionaires and CEOs scapegoats?

Are billionaires and CEOs dangerously portrayed as scapegoats?
If case you're an idiot, I'm not defending them or claiming they don't deserve the wall. I am questioning whether you think their popular portrayal in lib/left circles is counter-productive or not.

Incorrect blame leads to incorrect proposals for solution.
A CEO is not the reason why a company does what it does. They usually aren't the mastermind behind the scheme, nor are they the motivating factors that push companies to act unethically. They are a figurehead, just like a president of a liberal capitalist empire.
Furthermore, a billionaire or a massive company are merely those who have succeeded in capitalism, the celebrities of the system, not its creators nor its heart. Robbing and killing all the top 10 billionaires won't solve financial inequality. Destroying Amazon, Nestle and Coca-Cola won't solve worker abuse. Would terrorism against CEOs affect the situation? At best, these would be tools rather than even partial solutions.
I assert that blaming the individuals, the billionaires or CEOS, leads to the 'if I were a billionaire, I would be a good billionaire' argument and leaves people susceptible to belief in philanthropist billionaires, rather than seeing that they are merely the current faces of capitalism and not the problem itself that will end when they end.

Denunciation of idols.
Is it still good to build a blame around the 'heroes of capitalism' as a gateway to a critique of capitalism itself? Is it the Destiny or Bernie Sanders, an acceptable step towards the initially confronting reality of capitalism being bad, which may be rejected by most unless they move step by step into an understanding of how the companies making space flight and self-driving electric cars and donations to the poor and for frozen peaches and greenwashing are not the heroes who will save us?
R: 388 / I: 120

/leftybritpol/ - Ed Balls Day Celebration Edition

Ed Balls day's today!
Lets Hear a Hurray!
Ed Balls Day's today!
Let's song and dance and play!

Make yourself look like a tit
do your part do your bit
celebrate ed miliband
and on twitter do not get banned

For it's Ed Balls day today,
For it's Ed Balls day today.
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Lessons from the war: Military analysis

What can we learn from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and this example of relatively modern warfare? Strategy, tactics, operations, geopolitical responses, information warfare, civilian pov and response. Anything related. Not the thread to talk about "who is in the right".
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2 shootings in not even a full week of each other
one by a zoomer who got radicalized on 4chan and the other by an old schitzo chinese dude, fucking hell
R: 261 / I: 87

/leftyco/

Old /co/ thread is dead and buried.
Let's have a new thread to talk about comics and animation.
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/auspol / - Australia General Vl

'LNP Bros…It's over' edition

- News/info:
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/
https://www.reddit.com/r/AustralianPolitics/
https://overland.org.au/
https://arena.org.au/
https://www.greenleft.org.au/
https://www.themonthly.com.au/
https://www.crikey.com.au/
https://www.redblacknotes.com/
https://www.surplusvalue.org.au/McQueen/index.htm
https://www.auscp.org.au/militant-monthly
https://redflag.org.au/
https://marxistleftreview.org/?topic=australia

Fresh guardian just dropped:
https://cpa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Guardian2007_2022-05-23.pdf

McNamara and Richmond got turned into Lab v. Green races, So a Lab/Grn MP no matter what there.
Everywhere else except Brisbane is just Lab v. LNP within a % point of each other at 70% counted.
Could end up with Lab-Grn de-facto coalition, Could still just be a Lab majority at this point.
R: 500 / I: 173

/Ukraine Thread/: Infinity Wars

THE PUNCH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD EDITION
Friendly reminder there are other world conflicts going on, too: https://emmeline.carto.com/viz/b69015da-136a-11e5-a64a-0e43f3deba5a/public_map

For previous threads, check >>>/leftypol_archive/


LIVE MAPS AND UPDATES

>N.B. liveuamap.com is not to be trusted, they mostly parrot Ministry of Defence, these others may not be better, check their reporting first


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60506682

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/28/russia-ukraine-crisis-in-maps-and-charts-live-news-interactive

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/world/europe/ukraine-maps.html

https://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-russian-invasion-in-real-time.html


NEWS

$1 million bounty on Putin offered by Russian businessman
https://www.jpost.com/international/article-699098

Kherson falls to Russian forces, first major Ukrainian city conquered (LIVE UPDATES)
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/kherson-falls-to-russian-forces-first-major-ukrainian-city-conquered-nyt/

Kyiv reports ‘powerful explosion near train station’ as UN votes to condemn Putin (LIVE UPDATES)
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-ukraine-vladimir-putin-latest-news-mariupol-kyiv-b2026996.html

Lavrov says Russia wants list of weapons that can never be deployed in Ukraine
https://www.reuters.com/world/lavrov-says-russia-wants-list-weapons-that-can-never-be-deployed-ukraine-2022-03-02/

Four Russian Fighter Jets Violate Swedish Airspace: Military
https://www.barrons.com/news/four-russian-fighter-jets-violate-swedish-airspace-over-baltic-sea-military-01646248208

U.S. cancels ballistic missile test to avoid escalating Russia tensions
https://www.axios.com/us-cancels-ballistic-missile-test-to-avoid-escalating-russia-tensions-538040ee-bf55-4853-926e-d1de81920aa5.html

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich says he will sell Chelsea soccer club amid Ukraine war
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/02/russian-oligarch-abramovich-says-he-will-sell-chelsea-soccer-club-amid-ukraine-furor.html

Egypt urges quick political solution to Russia-Ukraine crisis, rejects unilateral economic sanctions
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1234/462137/Egypt/Foreign-Affairs/Egypt-urges-quick-political-solution-to-RussiaUkra.aspx


ANALYSIS

Žižek: What Does Defending Europe Mean?
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/europe-unequal-treatment-of-refugees-exposed-by-ukraine-by-slavoj-zizek-2022-03

Kiev junta facing defeat as Russia roots out fascist militias from Ukraine
https://thecommunists.org/2022/03/01/news/ukraine-kiev-junta-facing-defeat-russia-roots-out-fascist-militias/

Ignored Warnings: How NATO Expansion Led to the Current Ukraine Tragedy
https://www.cato.org/commentary/ignored-warnings-how-nato-expansion-led-current-ukraine-tragedy


HISTORY

China joins Russia in opposing Nato expansion
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-60257080

Ukrainian army keeps shelling Donbass cities, civilians killed — Russia’s top brass
https://tass.com/world/1409797?utm_source=startpage.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=startpage.com&utm_referrer=startpage.com


WATCH TOGETHER

NEWS / EVENTS: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/HappeningsviaKlash

HANGOUT / CHILL: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/bloodcast


WAR TWITTER

https://nitter.net/rwapodcast

https://nitter.net/asbmilitary

https://nitter.net/wargonzoo

https://nitter.net/plnewstoday

https://nitter.net/RALee85

https://nitter.net/MarQs__

https://nitter.net/KofmanMichael

https://nitter.net/IntelCrab

https://nitter.net/NotWoofers

https://nitter.net/michaelh992

https://nitter.net/ELINTNews


WAR TELEGRAM

https://t.me/milinfolive

https://t.me/hueviykharkov

https://t.me/conflictzone

https://t.me/vorposte

https://t.me/intelslava

https://t.me/grey_zone

https://t.me/AussieCossack

https://t.me/asbmil

FINAL CYCLICAL UNTIL FURTHER HAPPENINGS DEMAND A NEW THREAD. SCREENSHOT OR ARCHIVE ANY NEW HAPPENINGS YOU WANT TO SAVE THANKS
R: 453 / I: 36 (sticky)

Site Moderation Thread

Come dispute bans, complain, and other such things related to /leftypol/ here. Please try not to spam this thread or make multiple posts on the same issue, as this makes it harder for us to respond to issues.

Logs:
https://leftypol.org/log.php?board=leftypol
http://76i2c3hn55fcj5nut3tqlboqqbbh23zvphv7lefk3vftpx6wketlanyd.onion/log.php?board=leftypol

Old Moderation Thread:
>>>/leftypol_archive/557279
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what are some good anime that i, a normalfag who doesnt watch anime, would possibly enjoy?
recommend me anything from retro to new that i missed out on, and i will watch it

NO SHITNEN BTW
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Redpill me on Khmer Rogue

Title says it all. The Khmer Rogue are a black mark on the history of communism, with good reason too. That said, what drove them to do the batshit insane things they did
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/canleft/ - Canadian Leftism/Politics General

Financial Grindset General =)
Moulinet Financier Général =)

Anyone happen to know a good area in Ontario to find a manufacturing job easily? Tired of lumpen hell tbh.
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Leftypol gaming

What games do leftypol play? I played through Stalker recently, I also like Deus Ex, Mount and Blade Warband, Dark Souls. I play supreme commander daily and generally enjoy strategy games.
R: 500 / I: 151

/crisis/ General

💰️DOW/Market Watch Thread💰️
monitoring the market, trends, fluctuations, etc.
🎩
👀
🐽
👄
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VERSIÓN 3.0
Edicion Mafalda
Anything Latinoamérica related, let's unite in discussion while the CIA-funded military hasn't decide to torture us to death for the time being.
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Singapore

What is the reason for Singapore's post-colonial success with their capitalist model combined with a lot of government intervention? What differentiates Singapore from other capitalist countries and if Singapore's model is superior, why isn't it adopted by other countries, such as the capitalist ones that praise it?
R: 599 / I: 143

/fit/ general - Builtfat Edition

Ask your /fit/ related questions here.

Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide, aka "the /fit/ sticky"
http://liamrosen.com/fitness.html

<Previous Thread

https://archive.is/gQqkCegoismEgoism
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Monkeypox spreads: WHO convenes emergency meeting

The latest spread of the monkeypox virus has prompted The World Health Organization (WHO) to convene an emergency meeting, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday. The disease, which is typically confined to forested areas of western and central Africa, has been spreading rapidly in a number of European countries, as well as the US and Australia since early May.

According to the report, high on the meeting’s agenda are the mechanisms behind the virus’ transmission and possible vaccination strategies. Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, is reportedly attending the discussion.

The newspaper claims that the WHO is looking at whether smallpox vaccines could be used effectively to tackle the spread of back to monke.

Meanwhile, the UK government has already ordered additional stocks of the smallpox vaccine, which is being administered to people who may have been exposed to monkeypox, the Telegraph reported. On top of the 5,000 doses the British authorities have on hand at present, an order has been placed for 20,000 more shots, according to the report.
https://12ft.io/proxy?ref=&q=https://www.rt.com/news/555825-monkeypox-who-emergency-meeting-report/

In Africa, reports of the risk of death, if untreated, are as high as 10% to 11% in the Central African clade of monkeypox.[1][11]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkeypox
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Proposal Agenda Thread

Hello everyone. This is the thread to make proposals. Feel free to have your say whether user or mod. We have these proposals did not pass last week, but may be worthy of further discussion:



Proposal: Moderator votes remain the counted votes in admin decisions, but users should let vote using strawpolls (or perhaps polling systems built into the site?) per topic to display general user attitude to a proposal. If the majority User opinion directly opposes moderator majority vote then the proposals should be discussed and votes called on again after a break of 1-2 weeks to let people rethink positions on a topic.


Proposal: Make this the ‘official’ Leftypol channel >>>/leftypol/534666



Proposal: I think that we should also keep the current userbase engaged, making things like weekly game tournaments, actual organized debates, movie nights followed by discussion and so on. I've been thinking that a weekly leftypol podcast could be a good idea, just a couple of anons talking about what happened in the board and the world during the past week and inviting people to talk if they so desire, we could have debates there, and interviews and other things, and share it on spotify for others to see.



Once again, I must clarify that ONLY MODS CAN ACTUALLY VOTE ON PROPOSALS OR VOTES. Anons are free to have their say and offer suggestions and feedback to improve proposals/votes but these are only advisory and user votes are not counted for official decisionmaking. But who knows, a persuasive enough argument might sway the mod team to your cause?

Please reply to this post to post proposals for consideration next week. If a user proposal seems like a good idea, we may adopt it and make it official. Thanks everyone. Feel free to post your opinions but try not to spam or needlessly bicker back and forth in order to keep the thread clear and legible. Any off-topic posts may be removed without warning.
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/leftyfashion/

How do you dress? What are you wearing today? How should you dress, as a Marxist? Which trends are proletarian and which are bourgeois?
Discuss.
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Graphic Design, Flags, Logos, Posters

First thread I've ever made here. I'm really interested in graphic design and I make shitty flags all the time. Therefore: Post your flags, your logos, your posters, your whatever. Or you can post cool shit you found - point is, post some based shit.

>Lefty shit is best, but if you think it's cool, post.
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/Sewing/

I've redistributed a red flag from work and I wanted to turn it into a flag for my union branch. Unfortunately I've no real experience with sewing anyone got any advice?
R: 8 / I: 1

If you haven't read it yet, now is the time.

Socialism or Extinction: Climate, Automation and War in the Final Capitalist Breakdown is a systematic theoretical/Marxist analysis of the unprecedented crises engulfing humanity, arguing:

• that capitalism per se – because its ever-growing dependence on exploiting labour makes the labour-intensity of extraction-based production increasingly necessary – is the cause of and can only continue to accelerate the climate crisis;

• that the overall rate of profit is trending historically towards (a permanent) zero and that the final expression of this is the tendency towards fully automated production, which is eliminating the sole source of profit/surplus value – the exploitation of commodity-producing human labour;

• that, drawing on the work of Karl Marx and Henryk Grossman, capitalism is heading unavoidably, in purely economic terms, towards a final, insurmountable breakdown that is destined to strike much earlier than a zero rate of profit – and, indeed, that the next, looming crisis will at some point see all fiat currencies collapse against precious metals, ie worldwide hyperinflation. It is also argued therefore that a global digital currency whereby exchange-value/value creation is based on labour's use-value instead of its surplus value – ending the exploitation of labour – is becoming an economic necessity;

• that the accumulation crisis is forcing the world’s imperialist powers into direct confrontation, meaning humanity faces not one extinction threat, but two;

• that the solution to the climate crisis requires: value creation to become based on use-value instead of surplus value, ending the absolute economic need to plunder the environment; an incentivised transition towards a communal system of living in order to achieve massive efficiency gains; and the end of the alienation capitalism imposes between man and nature, in large part by ending the international prohibition of hemp, nature’s most prolific and versatile crop – and the key not only to reversing desertification and stabilising the climate, but to the next stage in technological and industrial development, ie a green industrial revolution that is actually green;

• that the productive forces, in line with their historical development, now demand democratic central planning of the economy as a whole – ie a public monopoly – meaning the all-socialist state and a Communist International remain necessary during the transition to (global, stateless) communism, a borderless world of equality and relative abundance for all.
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Forced anonymity

Let's talk about forced anon.

Why force anon?
Anonymity provides many benefits that other leftist communities don't provide.
>anti-celebrityism
>drama reduction
>removal of prejudice in responses, removing many potential causes of fallacious arguments (conscious or otherwise)
Users taking on identities encourages negative behaviors.

There are some potential cases where an identity might be appropriate within a single thread, but users taking board-wide identities are antithetical to the strengths of this site. Their identity serves no purpose but to satisfy the ego.

<b-but muh leftytrash community!

Take it to GETchan, Matrix or just have namefaggotry on /siberia/ only. There are many, many communities purpose-built for those values. This should not be one of them.
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/brg/ -=Brasil-Brazil General=- /brg/

Sonic for President of Brazil Edition
Cause Brazil gotta go fast!
Feeling our beautiful country is too slow and it needs to accelerate? Tired of being ruled by the Centrão lead by Dr. Robotnik Sarney?
Vote for Sonic the Hedgehog and Brazil will go fast!
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Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/05/23/henry-kissinger-warns-against-defeat-russia-western-unity-sanctions/

>Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the long term stability of Europe


>Dr Kissinger said the war must not be allowed to drag on for much longer, and came close to calling on the West to bully Ukraine into accepting negotiations on terms that fall very far short of its current war aims.


>He told the World Economic Forum that Russia had been an essential part of Europe for 400 years and had been the guarantor of the European balance of power structure at critical times. European leaders should not lose sight of the longer term relationship, and nor should they risk pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.
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We're completely fucked

The FED just popped the biggest bubble in the history of man kind and we are about to experience one of the most dramatic down turns in history.

The question is what are YOU doing in order to take control of history and lead the prolotariate out of this endless market anarchy?

Look at this:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-subprime-borrowers-are-missing-loan-payments-11652952602

subprime loans are begging to default

This is the same kind of predetory borrowing that we saw in the 2008 financial crisis and these people, forced to choose between debt and good in the face of infaltion, obviously are choosing food.

Fanne Mae expects economic contraction in the housing market.

https://therealdeal.com/2021/04/20/fannie-freddie-say-housing-market-could-see-slight-hiccup/

Not only are subprime loans defaulting, but, the housing market bubble is finally about to crash; At historic highs the housing market bubble is about to crash and, of course, the poorest people are the only ones who are going to loose to this and massive monopolies like blackrock are going to get much richer.

Food Shortages are about to occur

Ukraine and Russia are just the tip of the ice burg. Ukraine and Russia are responsible for a not so insignificant portion of the worlds exports of grains and if you haven't noticed sanctions on Russia and war against Ukraine are making global wheat supplies dry up.

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/indonesia-mps-seek-palm-oil-export-ban-review-industry-warns-storage-2022-05-19/

India has started Closing off to the global economy and egypt has as well and many other countries are about to follow as this becomes a cascading effect where each country is looking out for its own.

African nations are literally about to straight up starve. The sitution is extremely dire.

Economics say it could be 3 - 4 years before we bounce back, but, nowing the truth I think we are about to enter a straight up great depression the likes of which we have never seen and will not even remotely bounce back till 2030. As we all know this is because of the greater over arching system of capital and its mad dash for profits, but, the fed raising interest rates after lowering them in covid might have just done the trick.

Prepare for dark days ahead. you should either be trying to get the fuck away from this collapsing civilization or trying to build bonds because things are about to get much, much, much, worse.

More reading:

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/scorching-heat-in-india-to-deal-new-blow-to-global-wheat-supply

https://www.insider.com/world-has-10-weeks-of-wheat-supplies-left-in-storage-food-expert-warns-2022-5

https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/imf-says-governments-must-protect-vulnerable-when-things-fall-apart-avert-unrest-2022-04-20/
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Do your friends and family know your political tendencies? I'm personally pretty hesitant to talk about that stuff with friends for fear that they'll discover my power level, and my family don't even know I'm not a Christian (though I think it would be easier to tell them I'm a communist). What about you?
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Red pill me on dinosaurs

Where do dinosaurs fit into dialectical materialism?
Dinosaurs were the dominant land animals for over 100 million years, much more significant than monkeys from Africa, but Marxist theory never discusses them?
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News 5/24/22

CPI (Maoist) Squad Carries Out Armed Action In Balaghat District
After setting fire to the bags, the Maoists left a letter at the site warning that anyone who helps police would have to meet a similar fate. The incident was reported from Lanji tehsil of Balaghat district where the Maoists set on fire the tendu leaves stored at Dadekasa, Bilal Kasa tendu leaves collection centre under south forest division general.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/cpi-maoist-squad-carries-out-armed-action-in-balaghat-district/

Station Masters Announce One-Day Strike Against Delay in Filling Vacancies
The All India Station Masters’ Association (AISMA) has given a call to observe a one-day strike on May 31 to press for its demands, including filling vacancies in the Railways. According to the association, out of the sanctioned strength of 34,000-plus station masters across all the railway zones, around 6,800 are vacant.
https://www.newsclick.in/station-masters-announce-one-Day-strike-delay-filling-vacancies

Iraqi court annuls food security bill
The parliamentary Finance Committee announced on May 14 that the money allocated under the food security bill had increased to 27 trillion Iraqi dinars. Yet this bill was aborted by the Federal Court on May 15, because it contradicts the constitution, which embarrassed the cabinet, according to the finance minister. The federal court rejection came a day before discussing it in the parliament. The decision was denounced by the three elements of the largest coalition in the parliament, Saving the Homeland, which consists of Muqtada Sadr’s movement, Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and Muhammad Halbousi’s Sovereignity Alliance.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/iraqi-court-annuls-food-security-bill

Iraq's political stalemate raising chances of Shia on Shia clashes
After months of frustration and impasse, relations between Muqtada al-Sadr and his Iran-backed Shia rivals have deteriorated so badly that Iraqi Shia leaders are predicting armed clashes could even be on the cards. Sadr, an influential Shia cleric with a fiercely loyal following, emerged from Iraq’s October parliamentary elections as the clear winner. But his victory was quickly followed by a series of defeats that have stopped him and his allies forming a government.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-political-stalemate-raising-chances-shia-clashes

Turkey threatens new Syria incursion amid NATO debate
Erdogan said the operation would extend the Turkish armed forces’ areas of control in Syria to a depth of 30 kilometers along the two countries’ shared border. “The main target of these operations will be areas which are centers of attacks to our country and safe zones,” the Turkish president said today.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/turkey-threatens-new-syria-incursion-amid-nato-debate

Afghanistan: Taliban to sign deal with UAE to operate airports
The Taliban and the United Arab Emirates will sign an agreement on controlling and managing Afghan airports, according to a Twitter announcement made on Tuesday by Afghanistan's acting deputy prime minister, Abdul Ghani Baradar. The deal comes after a months' long scramble for influence in Afghanistan between the UAE, Turkey and Qatar.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/afghanistan-uae-taliban-deal-operate-airports

Moscow-Held Kherson Region to ‘Ask’ for Russian Military Base
The Moscow-appointed leaders of southern Ukraine’s Kherson region will “ask” for a Russian military base, state media reported Tuesday in the latest example of Russia's creeping grip on captured Ukrainian territories.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/24/moscow-held-kherson-region-to-ask-for-russian-military-base-a77776

Protesters besiege Foreign Ministry building
The Armenian capital has seen clashes and arrests with demonstrators, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, blockading the Foreign Ministry building. Anti-government unrest reignited in Armenia a month ago over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, with the opposition accusing Pashinyan of trying to give the disputed region away to Azerbaijan.
https://www.rt.com/russia/556004-armenia-protest-nagorno-karabakh/
https://archive.ph/DI4St

Peru communities protesting MMG's Las Bambas mine to meet President Castillo
A group of Peruvian indigenous communities that have been protesting MMG Ltd's (1208.HK) huge Las Bambas copper mine will meet with President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday in Lima in a new bid to defuse the crisis, a community leader told Reuters.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/peru-communities-protesting-mmgs-las-bambas-mine-meet-president-castillo-2022-05-24/?rpc=401&

Police Operation Leaves 11 People Dead in Rio De Janeiro
In the early hours of Tuesday, a joint operation by the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) and the Federal Highway Police (PRF) left 11 citizen dead in Rio de Janeiro's Vila Cruzeiro shantytown.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Police-Operation-Leaves-11-People-Dead-in-Rio-De-Janeiro-20220524-0005.html

U.S. prepares renewal of Chevron's Venezuela license without broader terms
The U.S. Treasury Department is getting ready to renew in the coming days Chevron Corp's (CVX.N) license to operate in Venezuela, but likely without the greatly expanded terms the U.S. oil major sought, four people close to the talks said.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/us-prepares-renewal-chevrons-venezuela-license-without-broader-terms-sources-2022-05-24/

Lula, allies begin crafting strategy to beat Bolsonaro’s “authoritarianism”
Former Brazilian President – and current presidential candidate – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his main political allies on Monday began stitching together the strategy with which they intend to defeat the “authoritarianism,” “fake news” and “violence” they say is being perpetrated by ultrarightist President Jair Bolsonaro as the October general election approaches.
https://www.laprensalatina.com/lula-allies-begin-crafting-strategy-to-beat-bolsonaros-authoritarianism/

Exclusive: After revamping Venezuela's smallest oil refinery, Iran to fix the largest
Iranian state firms have started preparations to revamp Venezuela's largest oil refinery, the 955,000-barrel-per-day Paraguana Refining Center, four people close to the talks said, following a contract to repair its smallest facility.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/exclusive-after-revamping-venezuelas-smallest-oil-refinery-iran-fix-largest-2022-05-23/

Rail workers protest hundreds of job cuts on day Liz line opens
LONDON’S railways are in “managed decline,” despite the fanfare welcoming the long-delayed opening of the new Elizabeth line, RMT warned today. The rail union said that the “world will be told how great transport in London is” now that the £18.8 billion Crossrail project, which links Reading and Essex via the centre of the capital, is finally up and running.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/rail-workers-protest-hundreds-of-job-cuts-on-day-liz-line-opens

Sinn Fein to tell Tory MPs to 'stop pandering' to DUP over Northern Ireland protocol
Sinn Fein will tell Conservatives to “stop pandering to the DUP” over the Northern Ireland Protocol by threatening to rip up the Brexit treaty at a historic meeting with Tory MPs in Parliament on Tuesday night.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/05/24/sinn-fein-tell-tory-mps-stop-pandering-dup-northern-ireland/
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How many of you are based enough to use these keys?
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Post the most ridiculous anticommunist propaganda you see in popular media

We have all seen absurd caricatures, outright lies, uncited rumors, and subtle slanders in popular media depicting communists and communist figures. Post the most ridiculous shit you've seen. Even in "comedies" or other such genres that reinforce their propaganda through the pretense of "merely" being a joke or satire.
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Not only did we convince every single person on the planet to carry a camera and microphone everywhere we also convinced suburbian dwellers to fill even their own homes with cameras because they're afraid The Poors will steal their Amazon packages.
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New Xinjiang fabrication just dropped

https://www.xinjiangpolicefiles.org/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/85qihtvw6e/the-faces-from-chinas-uyghur-detention-camps

> The Xinjiang Police Files, as they’re being called, were passed to the BBC earlier this year. After a months-long effort to investigate and authenticate them, they can be shown to offer significant new insights into the internment of the region’s Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities.


>Their publication coincides with the recent arrival in China of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, for a controversial visit to Xinjiang, with critics concerned that her itinerary will be under the tight control of the government.


>The source of the files claims to have hacked, downloaded and decrypted them from a number of police computer servers in Xinjiang, before passing them to Dr Adrian Zenz, a scholar at the US-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation who has previously been sanctioned by the Chinese government for his influential research on Xinjiang.


Appearabtly journalism according the BBC is now more akin to a propagandistic piece of activist art than just writing about facts.
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/prc/ - People's Republic of China general

A general thread for all China related discussion.

Original threads:
https://archive.ph/S2XYA
https://archive.ph/Ytckv
leftypol.org archives:
https://archive.is/https://leftypol.org/leftypol/res/30501.html
bunekrchan.xyz archives:
https://archive.is/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/8925.html
https://archive.is/yrBUN
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ITT: leftypol funniest moments

not pictured because i don't have the screenshot:
>that time anon made a post about trump being grown in a vat in somewhere france by the situationist to tank the us empire
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Rojava

mod reminder: assuming board consensus is a wrecker tactic and technically against the rules
OP:

What do you guys have against Rojava? Look how Iraq and Turkey treat the Kurds. Look up the Anfal campaign.

A libertarian socialist breakaway state for the Kurds is far, far better than fucking Assad, even if it's working with Americans.

Russia didn't do jack shit to help imperialism, all they did was bomb civilians.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/5/syrians-recount-horror-under-russian-air-attacks
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Have you guys ever heard of the Littoral Combat Ships? Of course not, cause they're useless hunks of junk designed when the US decided they needed a wet F-35.

In all seriousness though, the LCSs are not only a failure in engineering of the individual ships and classes but also in initial concept. The LCS came about as a response to a need for small, fast, CHEAP ships to perform non-combat duties such as ASW and minesweeping. Almost every country in the 80s-90s had their fleet of support vessels nearing the end of their lifespan and so were busily working on next-generation replacements.

In both the East and West the form of this next generation of ships took two forms: Hydrofoils based on the design of the HMCS Bras d'Or which had perfected the design of hydrofoils as far as stability was concerned, and ground-effect vehicles. Ground effect vehicles are basically hovercrafts, OR Ekranoplans. The Ekranonplans planned to take over support roles were ironically larger versions of the Luna class since the weird thing about GEVs is that the bigger they are, the easier they are to control and are cheaper to maintain, so bigger=better in every way.

So while the rest of the world was designing their next generation on cutting-edge technology that had been proven in the last generation, what did the US do? They out-sourced their shipbuilding programme to a fucking aircraft designer; Lockheed-Martin. Lockheed did exactly what every US military contractor does and essentially created this concept of a Littoral Combat Ship to be a shallow water frigate with a streamlined hull. As many of you are going to point out, that's just a regular frigate. Because that's exactly what it was. The LCS was just a rebranded frigate meant for shallow water operations in the Gulf near the Middle East, with special gimmicks such as modular combat systems, 2 engine types to propel the ships at 70 knots, and a low radar silhouette. The latter is absolute BS btw, since "low radar silhouette" has been disproven by the Zumwalt fiasco.

Anyways, the first class of the series, the Independents failed every single one of the mentioned requirements. The 2 different engine types, a gasoline AND diesel turbines, failed miserably because they forgot each engine type had different torque and as a result broke the ship's gearbox, so instead of 70 knots the top speed was a whopping 5 knots… you walk faster than that. The system modules? Turned out they built the ship BEFORE the modules, and the modules turned out to be too big. OK but surely it's cheaper because of its small size right? Nope. Despite being a small frigate, the LCSs cost more to operate than the Allen Burke Destroyers. And they couldn't even perform ANY role.

OK but that's just the first class right? Surely it got better since there's been 3+ classes since 2002? Wrong. The follow up to the Independents was the Freedom Class(The US can't go 5 minutes without naming something after their ego), while these were better, that's not exactly a high bar. The best thing about the Freedoms was that there weren't total failures in that it mostly worked. However their ability was extremely scaled back, now they were just semi-hydrofoil frigates with some more automation. It worked fine as a frigate, except that's all it did. Even its automation didn't work as advertized, so for all intents and purposes it was just a more expensive regular frigate with a nifty semi-hydrofoil design that didn't actually work as a proper hydrofoil and more existed simply to wow Pentagon staff into thinking it was a new design. The Freedoms have since been cancelled for going 50% over budget and not offering any real advantages.

So where does that leave the LCSs today? Well I shit you not, but they've decided to bring back the Independents, because Lockheed promises they've fixed the gearbox issues, while all the other issues still remain. What that means is that they're scrapping all the old Independents, 9 in total and the newest being less than a year old, and building another 9 in the next 2 years to replace them…. instead of just fixing the old ones. While it is expensive to gut a ship's powerplant it's nowhere near the cost of building an entire new ship, so it's all just about that contract money surprise surprise.

Even if the LCSs did work perfectly, their concept of "Shallow Water Support Ships" is utterly stupid. The US has had a fixation for shallow water operations since the first Gulf War, even making their current generation of SSNs, the Virginia Class, designed for shallow water operations(Even though that goes against the entire concept of submarines and coastal submarines were deemed stupid over a century ago), yet since the Gulf War there's been no need whatsover for shallow water ships, and considering most of the ocean is deep water, making it so that ships are tied only to 5% of its entirety severely limits the strategic positioning of your fleets. Plus, if you build the shallow water ships, you're just going to have to build deep water equivalents for your main battlegroups, so you're doubling the cost of your ships overall when you could have just built half the number of ships but that do both. Which is exactly what the Ekranoplans and Hydrofoils from the 80s were supposed to do, since a large part of support ships is that they have to be flexible which LCSs are inherently not.

But it's the US, how could you ever expect them to design something proper? And the largest argument out there for the LCSs is that they provide building experience for the naval engineers, yet they're on 2 and a half classes now and STILL having the same issues, I don't know what lessons they're learning but they don't seem to be related to ship building.

TL;DR: US Built stupid ship that is stupid.
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How To Unionize 101

im working with some comrades on some pro-union palm cards. my job is to write down the process on how to form a union

can any of you smarter and wittier comrades able to help?
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Alejando Cao De Benos and crackdown on leftists

Alejandro Cao de Buenos is going to Guantanamo for breaking USA law that doesn’t exist in Spain, however, Spain (and pretty much al EU member states) are USA bitches and they will probably hand him over to USA.
With all this Ukraine-Russia thing there are tons of leftists going to prison for dissenting from the empire.
What do you think about this whole thing?
Why did it happened in the first place?
When will this crackdown end?
How do we avoid getting sent to Guantanamo?
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Boring average guy gets an incredibly hot girlfriend through impossible hijinks

So aren't these anime basically just following the same formula as Seth Rogen or Adam Sandler movies which are considered by the public at large to be "normalfag" "cringe"?
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Why do programmers like to pretend to have very specific skillsets and knowledge, and call themselves "frontend developers", "Javascript programmers" or even "React programmers" when in reality their knowledge and skills are applicable to almost everything programming related and they could easily do the job of almost every other programmer? Is this some trick to get higher wages and segment the market or is it just some internalized helplessness instilled by recruiters looking for "the perfect match" and employers unwilling to provide training?
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A thread for educational podcast episodes..

Less about the parasocial more about the signal.

Less about subscribing to an individual podcast, more about listening to individual episodes and why that episode resonated.

Not videos. This is a chance for you to educate yourself while working, doing chores or exercising.

I'll go first. This episode of politics theory other was memorable because it made me reconsider the intersection of sex and politics, particularly as someone who sees themselves as becoming more skeptical about everything surrounding idpol as it's being co-opted and weaponized.

https://play.acast.com/s/politicstheoryother/tag%3Asoundcloud%2C2010%3Atracks%2F1136311165
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Redpill me on Christian Identity Terrorism

>Christian Identity (also known as Identity Christianity) is an interpretation of Christianity which advocates the belief that only Celtic and Germanic peoples, such as the Anglo-Saxon, Nordic nations, and/or Aryan people and people of kindred blood are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and are therefore the descendants of the ancient Israelites

>Independently practiced by individuals, independent congregations, and some prison gangs, it is not an organized religion, nor is it affiliated with specific Christian denominations. Its theology is a racial interpretation of Christianity. Christian Identity beliefs began to develop in the early 1900s among adherents of British Israelism by authors who regarded Europeans as the "chosen people" and regarded Jews and non-whites as the cursed offspring of Cain, who they believe was a "serpent hybrid". This aspect of Christian Identity theology is commonly called the serpent seed or the two-seedline doctrine. White supremacist sects and gangs later adopted many of these teachings


>July 18, 1984 - James Huberty goes on a shooting rampage at a McDonald's in the San Ysidro district of San Diego, killing 21 before he was shot and killed by a SWAT officer. 20 of the victims were Mexican-Americans. Huberty had links to far right movements and believed that immigration was destroying the country and that Ronald Reagan was a communist


>April 19, 1995 - Timothy McVeigh blows up a federal office complex in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children. Most of McVeigh's victims, including most of the children killed, were white. Exactly two weeks before the bombing, Timothy McVeigh telephoned Elohim City, a Christian Identity village


>July 27, 1996 - Eric Robert Rudolph detonates a nail bomb at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, where the 1996 Summer Olympics were being held. 2 people died and 111 more were injured. Rudolph, a practitioner of Christian Identity, cited the U.S. government's support for "abortion on demand" as his motive for the bombing. The attack was one of a series of Rudolph's bombings at LGBT nightclubs and abortion clinics in the southeastern United States


>July 2-4, 1999 - Benjamin Nathaniel Smith commits a series of drive-by shootings targeting blacks, Asians, and Jews in Illinois and Indiana, killing an African-American former university basketball coach outside his home and a Korean-American on his way to church. Smith kills himself with the same gun he used to kill others on July 4 after a high speed police chase. Smith was a member of the Creativity Movement, a white nationalist atheist pseudo-religion
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/cars/

Anybody else in the bunker enjoy cars and motorsport?

Discuss anything motoring related here.

To start I'll say I've spent the last few days doing the brakes on my own car, including new calipers. Fucking hard work on an old POS, nothing comes apart easily.
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Anarchist media??

Give me some good shit to watch.
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Why in the name of fuck did I get banned for this topic? I thought this was a fucking leftist politically incorrect board? That's some real woke ass reddit tier moderation right there. Explain yourselvs mods.
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Does it glow? Can I use it safely?
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worm

Was she a Stalinist? She sure as hell never did anything wrong.
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do you have thought about soy?

The soy…that mystical substance seen by libertarians and rightoids as cause of the "pussyfication" of modern men at hands of globohomo and international socialism.
what the fuck is the soy? it seems like it's something derived from the soy plant that "jewish medics" try to pass as a safe replacement for milk https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34004412/, but the capitalism agents know better, and is obviously a substance used by da joos and commies to rising up the number of white traps to being fucked by big black cocks, and also to establish a new race of creepy-smiled golems called "soybois", "consoomers" or "soyim", who will destroy the white race buying funkos in bulk, enjoying cuck porn, and not breeding.
Oh, but poor libertarians and rightoids, because the capitalism, da best system ever and the end of history uses soy as a base ingredient in every food product today, and they make those creepy-ass funkos as a side dish for the greater good of (((socialism))) because capitalism truly wants a working class capable to think further than the next marvel movie and are those filthy commies who want to enslave everyone, so they try to keep the capitalism, but without the natural result of the consoomer mentality promoved by it.
basically, rightoids know about our plans, ABORT, ABORT! oy vey!
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/DPRK/ - Democratic People's Republic of Korea General

Thread for news and discussions of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, its material conditions, the status and health of its socialist tradition, disproving common myths about it, etc.

Archive of the previous DPRK thread:
https://leftypol.org/leftypol_archive/res/12395.htmldprkDPRK
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Breadpill me on CPUSA.

Were they truly Soviet "puppets" like the right-wing claims? Were they "outside agitators" or sincerely a part of workers' struggles?

Any deep lore I should be aware of?
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Hungarian Thread for /voros/ refugees

Második felvonás!
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So no threads on sri lanka?

Shits on fire yo, ripe for revolution

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/05/15/violence-intensifies-in-major-riots-in-sri-lanka-over-economic-crisis/
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-news-politics/cash-strapped-sri-lanka-out-of-petrol-says-pm-1109768.html

NO PETROL
NO IMPORTS
FOOD RUNNING SCARCE
MASS RIOTING AND LOOTING
REPORTS OF CANNIBALISM ALREADY HAPPENING
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/draw/ Drawing and visual art general №1

Post your drawings and studies here.

Video Tutorials:
Proko - https://www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV
Sinix - https://www.youtube.com/user/sinixdesign
Scott Robertson - https://www.youtube.com/user/scottrobertsondesign
Matt Kohr (CtrlPaint) - https://www.ctrlpaint.com/library
Aaron Blaise https://www.youtube.com/user/AaronBlaiseArt

Poses/Gestures
QuickPoses - https://www.quickposes.com/en
PoseSpace - https://www.posespace.com/posetool/default.aspx
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Self defense

What are /leftypol/ belief systems you abide by regarding self defense from home robberies to personal attacks to on people on street to being jumped?

How far can people go to protect themselves in your view? Can they kill if you enter their property or attack them? Should they be banned from using lethal force to stop intruders or attacks?

What is your codes that draw your beliefs together? Share your thoughts
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I’m gonna tear this game a new asshole

Hundreds of the 1001 confirmed bugs are STILL in the game to this day and might aswell never will be fixed but before I rant on about the bugs I’m gonna first complain about how mediocre the game started off as and still fucking is


The UI is a mess and clutters your screen with shit you only need to have a few functioning brain cells to understand. As for the rest of lifeless essays shit quests it goes without saying you might aswell have the game playing itself because it holds your hand on all of the still minimal amounts of content

There’s no fucking atmosphere at all making the game not scary in the fucking slightest. Seriously name one just one instance where you’ve seen anybody play fallout and say they ever felt scared, or sad about what goes on in the game and not at the game for how much of a fuckup it is

The AI is laughably retarded from the scorched to the raiders to the ghouls, they all behave like pathfinding zombies. Not even the zombies you’d find in games like left 4 dead 2 that do interesting shit like attacking each other or sneaking up on you. Just fucking lazy as shit pathfinding AI that walk in a line to kill you. Stalker is an over decade old fucking game and manages to portray how real bandits in video games would respond to fire fights with AI flanking you, changing positions, hiding, alerting others etc and the mutants get their fair share of love to with dogs running away when they’re too wounded or monsters hanging up on you in groups rather than attack you as individuals along with dispersing when injured to fuck up your aim. Fallout 76 has NONE OF THAT AND ITS RELEASED OVER A DECADE AFTER STALKER

The scorched beast is a literal not even bothering to at least reskin copy paste off the dragon model in Skyrim
that has all the same fucking bugs.

The models for all the rest of the enemies in this mediocre excuse of a game all look like aliens. You know how zombies in left 4 dead wore clothes based off their locations and had visible human features, no one not the scorched to the ghouls to the ai even have a design that looks even remotely human and there’s not even variations to those models.
The mutants don’t even look like mutated creatures they’re based off of st least in stalker a boar mutant looks like boar but with larger teeth and other junk in fallout a mutated cockroach looks like my grandma is see in a nightmare after smoking five lines of cocaine.

Ammo and caps are far far too easy to come by and drops on enemies that shouldn’t even have ammo in the first place *cough cough* mutants *cough cough*
The game is still P2W and p2p on top of that while the graphics look like something out of a 2000s game yet the game can’t be run on a 2000s computer partly because optimization in this shitshow is nonexistent and partly because the server is too busy crashing your PC randomly because no one on bethesdas server team actually has the time to fix the servers.

The animation is lifeless, rigid, unvaried and makes the world feel as dead as the office it was made in, NPCs and raiders don’t even get sleep cycles or shit to do when the player isn’t around providing zero incentive to explore or learn more about your enemies


All of the above mentioned have made fallout a once post apocalyptic horror RPG into a fucking action adventure looter shooter game with 90s era animation, ai and 2000s era graphics made for toddlers

<and now onto the bugs


Oh my god it’s exhausting knowing at BARE MINIMUM 60% of the bugs in this game are still present to this day. The most common bugs you’ll encounter are collision failures causing AI and physics to completely break down regularly meaning you can have shit like exploding weapons and duplicating heads popping up, and the second most common bug is due to a rendering glitch that occurs because Bethesda developers thought it was a smart idea to render the world based off the camera angle and not off the camera position meaning every fucking time you turn around you’ll see the entire world of fallout from the physics to the shadows to the models all having to be reloaded in over and over and over again which causes even more hundreds of stupid bugs. These two common bugs are what produce the most amount of bugs in game as for the rest those bugs aren’t even gonna be mentioned because they’re glitches from past Bethesda games. You know how earlier I mentioned that the scorched beast model is recycled from Skyrim? Guess what for a shit load of other content in game that recycling is present and the fact that the game has been out for years and none of the bugs actually got fixed in those recycled assets should tell you about how little of a shit that studio gives about making actual RPGs beyond ESO. I’m tired of writing this, bethesdas next launches for elder scrolls 6 and that’s space thing are gonna be disasters and that’s proven just by looking at their history considering they’ve always been lazy and incompetent just compare the outer worlds to literally any Bethesda release and you’ll see what I mean. I’m going back to playing stalker
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MAKE UKRAINE MATERIAL MEMES NOW OR THE NKVD WILL COME TO YOUR DOOR
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So what's your opinion on Inuyasha and Yashahime?
T. Lad who was born on the 2000 and doesn't know jack shit.
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/nordpol/ - Nordic General - Skåneutgåvan

Thread for all things Nordic. Recommended languages: Finnish, Scandinavian and English.
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Films You Just Watched 2.0

First thread >>2278

I just watched the new Batman movie, it's about as boring and derived as you'd expect. The villain is a real psycho, apparently he hates Bruce Wayne's father because of his scam charity orphanage where children froze to death and the villain himself grew up in, and tries to publicly reveal his father's ties to organized crime and political corruption. Luckily Batman eventually teaches him the true meaning of love and forgiveness before the villain is thrown into an insane asylum for the rest of his days, and the credits roll.

I also watched Memoria, which was just as boring and I have nothing to say about.
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wang ming > mao

people say deng xiaoping was terrible. That he was somehow this evil capitalist force that ruined communism. I say no to that the worst motherfucker that ruined socialism in the east was mao himself. He and his literal peasent nationalism singlehandley corrupted eastern socialism into that godawful mess that either lead to dengism or fucking gonzalo shit

wang ming was way better than mao since wang ming WAS AN ACTUAL MARXIST LENINIST
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QTDDTOT - Questions that don't need their own thread. The last one died, so here post your questions here.

I'll start, why is a centralized authority important to achieving communism and why is this seen a positive aspect.
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Worker-core

Post 'em
Whatever gets you through the day
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/cybersoc/

The other thread was full

READING
http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/socialism_book/
For a complete reading list, see: https://paulcockshott.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/two-reading-lists/

Cockshott's Patreon, YouTube and blogs
https://www.patreon.com/williamCockshott/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVBfIU1_zO-P_R9keEGdDHQ
https://paulcockshott.wordpress.com/
http://paulcockshott.co.uk/

Videos torrent archive
Here's the torrent with all of Paul Cockshott's YouTube channel videos up to 27/10/2020 (i.e. Eliminating inequality):
Magnet link:
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Torrent file:
https://anonymousfiles.io/RileL0Sn/

This thread is for the discussion of cybersocialism, the planning of the socialist economy by computerized means, including discussions of related topics and of course the great immortal scientist himself, WILLIAM PAUL COCKSHOTT.

Archives of previous thread
1) https://archive.is/uNCEY
2) https://web.archive.org/web/20201218152831/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/997358.html
3) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1092975361
4) YOUR LINK HERE
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I bought a framework laptop because my previous one was so cheaply constructed that it literally disintegrated from use.

I quite like it. I'm not going to pretend that buying a product will solve any systemic capitalist evils like ending e-waste or granting a right to repair, but on a personal level, I'm hopeful to be able to avoid some common pitfalls with consumer products like disposability and planned obsolescence by being able to repair this thing myself or replace parts on it. Plus it seems pretty sturdily constructed in the first place. The keyboard's very crisp by laptop standards and is backlit (which is thoroughly unremarkable, but my previous laptop wasn't, because I lived in the stone age), the trackpad's nice, the screen is annoyingly glossy, though it is high resolution with a large color gamut. Hopefully they release a matte screen at some point. And being able to choose where the ports are on it is a bit of a godsend to deal with cable mess.

Thoughts on this thing?
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why is it called trigun if hes only carrying a single gun
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Ok so here's the personality I'm thinking about adopting. Myself, the tall blonde mysterious man with deadly skills who goes by many names and has a lot of associates that are just as mysterious. She is a quiet and timid public servant whose beauty nobody notices because she dresses down and deflects attention but is actually an assassin martial artist with a murderous streak for men that are not myself.
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Pistol-calibre carbines

These seem like the way to go for cheap, widely available personal rifles.

Share advice on models, ammo, magazines etc.
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Esoteric Hitlerism General: All Fascists Are Still Pedos

This is the thread dedicated to researching, discussing, exploring, and laughing at, that element of the far right which we have come to term "esoteric hitlerist" but more broadly a thread for documenting the extreme right.

To sum up, as it says in the title, this entire strand of thought is more or less an intelligence operation carried out mostly by pedophiles, with a strong satanic/ esoteric influence. On top of this, there are several interesting connections to these operations and operatives and Zionism.

The purpose of these operations, as are the purpose of all CIA operations, is to suppress and destroy the real movement that abolishes the present state of things, the mass movement of organised workers, the socialist and communist movement.

What follows is a series of links, references and thoughts which document this feature of capitalist hegemony.


Link to last thread archive:

https://web.archive.org/web/20220213224836/https://leftypol.org/leftypol/res/56299.html

the one before:

https://web.archive.org/web/20210109172410/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/1059488.html

the one before that:

https://bunkerchan.net/leftypol/res/702127.html (oh fuck this archive is dead now, how can we get it back? )

The thread from which it was born:

https://archive.fo/GSZBb
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Why do rightoids get all their views from Jordan Peterson?

>Always been as a minimum a labor aristocrat but claims he was poor in his young adult years and larps as having a working class background that was supposedly worse than almost all people's background.
>Joined a social democrat party tells people he knows socialists are evil as he was in a pro small business soc dem party.
>Gets addicted to drugs nearly dies cries all the time.
>obsessed with being a christcuck but Daughter sleeping with a saintinist communist.
>Claims to be the beacon of mens rights but hates the working class.
>Is le tough alpha male but for some reason randomly cries all the time.
>Gets rich by telling people to clean their room and act confident in a book filled with sexism and details that incorrectly teach you how to meet women.
>Lost his job as a psychologist due to poor performance and not even showing up and commits crimes such as insulting his clients to crowds of people.


How come right-wingers have a great deal of respect for Jordan and follow his ideas like shouldn't things he does such as randomly crying all day put them off him?
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"DEBOONKING" LTV

>>982469
>Any basic study of economics shows you the stupidity of the LTV

anyone who says this

1. has not even read volume 1 of das kapital

2. confuses value and price

3. has unironically used the mud pies argument, insisting that marx is saying that worthless labor creates use value, even though he has said the opposite (pic 1)

4. thinks capitalists reinvest profits in the company even though profits are defined as whatever the capitalist pockets *after* dealing with business expenses and maintenance costs and paying off investors and workers.

5. thinks capitalists "deserve" the surplus value because they "took on risk"

6. thinks subjective theories of value are more scientific than labor theory of value, because again, they are confusing price with labor.

7. imagines that marx is ignoring the use values of natural resources, or thinks that Marx "didn't consider" natural resources at all (pic 2).

8. Imagines that automation disproves LTV even though Marx writes endlessly about the effects of automation upon value, price, and profit.

9. Thinks differing skill levels at particular forms of labor disproves LTV, doesn't realize that there is a "social average" of "necessary labor time" needed to produce a commodity, and that the division of labor has all but eliminated the need for skilled artisans in most areas of work. And besides, skilled labor is simply labor that has itself accumulated labor value in the form of years of experience.
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escaping western epistemology

even in using the term "epistemology", how the fuck do you live within an exclusive culture, as in, your culture? the west turned every country into a collage of western culture and maybe im too manichaean about this, but i really want to escape this, like, having your OWN epistemology like japan or something, or at least the tools for it, meanwhile in china they make anime of marx worshipping white western german culture, how cucked, worshipping some self hating jewish german.
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Warcraft 3 reforged and capitalist incompetence

There’s one thing I see many on this board and in real life assume to often about capitalists and it’s the belief that they always know what they’re doing

It’s no secret or surprise that companies are not managed by one person but rather are clusters of bureaucracy that each fulfill individual tasks to make the collective of a for profit institution wealthier but when these clusters get inefficient it’s noticeable and destructive z

Warcraft 3 reforged is by far a perfect example of when this incompetence is fully realized and I’ll explain why. The game when it was released was a full scale downgrade of everything vivendi made in the original Warcraft 3 before it became activision blizzard and when you understand how low the prospects were for the remaster you’ll realize that not only shouldn’t have there been a way for blizzard to fail at remastering the game but also that they shouldn’t have fucked up as badly as they did as all that they promised were remasters of old models animations textures and lights. Why did this occur? As mentioned prior incompetence

Capitalists are not immune to error loads of mistakes happen all the time in capitalist institutions to the point where the full scale collapse of entire industries around the world is a regular occurrence and in blizzards case that incompetence came in the form of mismanagement, teams being randomly rescheduled, failing either to assign developers their roles or forcing them to churn them out to quickly etc. the end result was a game so buggy, graphically outdated and mediocre that it was reported the main menu consumed more memory than the actual game as it ran on a chrome browser than on the cpu cache or at least the GPU on its initial release all before being labelled as one of the worst releases in gaming in the year it was first sold. Please to all readers do not forget this and when you see more instances of these poor releases by companies small or large never forget Warcraft 3 and the incompetence of capitalist institutions
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Is it time to go prepper?

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-06-28/water-wars-are-coming-to-the-american-west
https://bylinetimes.com/2022/05/17/global-banks-privately-prepare-for-dangerous-levels-of-imminent-civil-unrest-in-western-homelands/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown
https://www.insider.com/world-has-10-weeks-of-wheat-supplies-left-in-storage-food-expert-warns-2022-5
https://www.iea.org/commentaries/what-does-the-current-global-energy-crisis-mean-for-energy-investment
Looks like everything is going to fucking shit. The Western Left is comatose paraplegic like usual so the likely outcome of all of this is a deepening of Neoliberal authoritarianism and a rise of Fascist solutions to Capitalist crisis.
Normally I would think that prepping is a pretty extreme solution, but without food, things can hit the fucking fan real fucking fast and we're 10 weeks away from a complete breakdown of the global food supply. Banks and Insurance company's own internal reporting predicts widespread violent civil unrest this year.
So I think it's probably in the best interest of most leftists, to prepare to be safe in this crisis. I'm not going to lie, I have no idea how to Prep. I'm going to read a lot in the next week and I'm already ordering sacks of flower and brown rice and other essentials, but I'm sure there are people here who have some good advice here and can provide said advice.
Think it's time to prep and what good advice can people here give to fellow leftists in this pretty fucking tense time to prepare?
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What is consciousness?

A long time ago we had a very interesting thread on the question of what consciousness is. Perhaps we can have another interesting conversation like that. Share your thoughts and ideas of what consciousness is and how it arises.
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Why did porkies allow the housing crisis to happen

Housing is the easiest problem to solve. Literally just build more houses and commie blocks. Instead porkies would rather just kneecap their own economy and force people to live in shoeboxes and coffin homes. All of our rent is syphoned into the hands of a few individuals and land porkies making people unable to spend their money on anything. This will ultimately harm porky in the end when people cant spend money on anything other than basic necessities… But why is it allowed to happen.. Are they just retarded?
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Stinky dirty Nazis

Nazis sure had shit tier hygiene!

In all, without exception, the memories of both soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht – lice. Constant companions of the German soldier and officer, up to the generals. Their fighting comrades, so to speak. Comrades.
I somehow came across the memories of a Russian woman who happened to live for several years among the Chukchi in their camp in the 20s. The poor woman was in a state of overcoming a nervous shock for several years after that. It was all about the lice. And it's not that the Chukchi were so wild by nature, just the lack of soap and difficult living conditions, on the verge of survival. Children of nature. The Germans also called our fighters children of nature for their ability to adapt to the harshest conditions. But it seems that the body of the German was much more adapted to the difficult conditions of life than the body of the Slavs. During the Civil War, the infection of the army and the population with pediculosis caused a colossal outbreak of typhus in Russia. If, instead of a German soldier in the Wehrmacht, a soldier of Slavic blood, the Wehrmacht would have died of typhus. Of course, I'm just being ironic. They had enough rash, especially in winter.
If anyone does not know, there was a bath day in the Red Army every week. In the active army during the war – once every two weeks. Without fail. No, if the situation did not allow, the environment, for example, then – if possible, but these are exceptional cases. And a bath day in the active army is not just to wash with hot water and soap. It's also a change of clothes. Underwear, footclothes until February 1942, since February 1942 - and gymnasts with breeches. Everything is complete. In return, laundry and uniforms, washed and fried from parasites, were given out. After the bath – in the clean.
Why such changes since February? Because our command faced something that it did not expect. No one even imagined this. After all, they fought with Europe. We didn't think Europe would be lousy. Of course, this is not because the German soldier himself is a drunken, dirty pig. If a Soviet soldier had the same command as in the Wehrmacht, our army would have become just as lousy.
The difference was that about washing and washing, the Germans – it was the problem of each individual Indian. Get out of it as best you can, if you don't get out of it, go like that, but no one will create conditions for you on purpose. Therefore, they "walked like this" for months.
In the Red Army, hygiene issues were the responsibility of the command of the units. In the direct duties of commanders of all levels. In each regiment, in each separate battalion, there should be a bathhouse and a period. Every soldier had his legal right to go to the bathhouse once every two weeks and change his underwear and footclothes. And period.
By definition, the German command did not have such a duty. And the Wehrmacht soldier had no rights to ensure that he was provided with a wash and a change of clothes.
Therefore, by 1942, we were faced with the fact that the fascist army carried with it not only the death of our people from bullets, shells and bombs, but also was a source of dangerous infections. And not only for the population of the occupied areas, but also for the troops of our army. On February 2, 1942, the State Defense Committee was forced to adopt a special resolution "On measures to prevent epidemic diseases in the country and the Red Army."
Control over the execution of this Decree, by the way, was entrusted to Kosygin and comrade Rosalia Zemlyachka. Why Rosalia Samuilovna? Yes, because the authorities and the military command in some places could consider this issue not of paramount importance and push it into a corner somewhere. It didn't work out with a fellow countryman. A principled Bolshevik. And the question was the most important – an outbreak of epidemics could deal a terrible blow not only to the army itself, but also to industry. The shutdown of factories due to the fact that workers have contracted typhus is more terrible than a lost battle.
By this Decree, in addition to all measures to protect the population and the army from epidemics, 200 bath and laundry detachments were created to serve the active army.
Now imagine a Wehrmacht soldier who has not washed for several months. It, this animal, could still swim in some pond in the summer and wash its pants there if there was a respite between battles or marches for several days. In winter, everything. Amba. To read the memories of these brutes about their socks decomposing on rotting feet, and lice–infested underwear - you almost physically feel how it stank. And the ingenious invention of the German sanitary service to combat lice – dust. A dirty, unwashed body for months, greasy underwear with a crust of blood from combs (lice – itches) and, in addition, smelly dust. Aryan. The superior race.
A competent organization of the Wehrmacht, right, Mr. Isaev? Or did they think everything through, right up to the assault groups, but forgot about the fact that the soldier is not a pig, from which the manure will fall off by itself?..
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I know this is a weird question but why is it that all the schizos you see are all right-wing? Kind of makes me suspicious. I heard that schizophrenia in the states are different than the rest of the world but I sincerely wonder what the fuck is going on.
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Bachelor tax. Is this a good idea?

Please do some short reading on this I'll drop 2 Wikipedia links below. Search elsewhere about it too if you'd like

Ussr thought it was a good idea and implemented it for many years as did other communist countries

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_tax

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_on_childlessness

>The tax on childlessness (Russian: налог на бездетность, romanized: nalog na bezdetnost) was imposed in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, starting in the 1940s, as part of their natalist policies. Joseph Stalin's regime created the tax in order to encourage adult people to reproduce, thus increasing the number of people and the population of the Soviet Union. The 6% income tax affected men from the age of 25 to 50, and married women from 20 to 45 years of age.[1]


>The tax remained in place until the collapse of the Soviet Union, though by the end of the Soviet Union, the amount of money which could be taxed was steadily reduced. Minister of Health Mikhail Zurabov and Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Health Protection Nikolai Gerasimenko proposed reinstating the tax in Russia in 2006, but so far it has not been reinstated.[2]


>In 1946, communist Poland introduced a similar increase of the basic income tax rate, in effect a tax on childlessness, popularly called bykowe in Polish ("bull's tax", the "bull" being a metonymy for an unmarried man). First, childless and unmarried people over 21 years of age were affected (from 1 January 1946 till 29 November 1956), then only over 25 years of age (30 November 1956 till 1 January 1973).[4]


>Taxes on childlessness were part of the natalist policy introduced by Nicolae Ceaușescu in Communist Romania in the period 1967-1989. Along with the outlawing of abortion and contraception (1967) and mandatory gynecological revisions, these taxes were introduced in various forms in 1977 and 1986. Unmarried citizens had to pay penalty for childlessness, the tax income rate being increased by 8-10% for them.[5][6]


During the Soviet Union, Russia had a higher fertility rate than it did in the years after the fall of the Soviet Union, prompting some Russian leaders to propose bringing back the tax on childlessness.[2] According to the Health Ministry, the total fertility rate dropped from 2.19 children/woman to 1.17 children/woman in the aftermath of the Soviet Union. According to the Russian Director of the Center for Demography Anatoliy Vishnevskiy, this birth rate is among the lowest in the world, and Russian leaders have described the demographic issues in Russia as being symptomatic of a "crisis".

While the tax on childlessness has not been re-enacted, other proposals have been. For example, Vladimir Putin enacted a proposal to provide cash incentives for women who are willing to have a second child.[7]

In 2018, they had some debate in China on a Childless tax to counter their own birth rate issues.[8][9]
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/mood/: Current Mood General

Post a song that fits your current mood. It can be either vocal or instrumental, your choice.

My mood right now: https://yewtu.be/HIRNdveLnJI
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WikiGlow

post examples of Wikipedia glowing

* glowie rhetoric/rightoid cope on the talk pages
* sus revision histories
* bizarre rightoid editors
* right wing articles with no leftist counterpart
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'Guerilla Urbanism'

Post examples of 'Guerilla Urbanism', unofficial construction and renovation in public spaces for the benefit of the people. Manuals and discussion are also welcome.
This includes activities such as tree planting, road safety additions (e.g. installing traffic calming devices or painting crosswalks), deconstruction of anti-homeless architecture. For the sake of focus, street art and graffiti are not included unless they serve a significant functional service like providing directions.
Try not to flood a single form of urbanism when the thread isn't dying (don't just post 50 guerilla planting posts and nothing else)

Add an approximate date where you can!

OP images:
[?] Unknown carden.
[May 2022] Guerilla Garderners planting in Downtown Cleveland to fill a neglected hole in the sidewalk: https://www.clevescene.com/news/downtown-cleveland-guerilla-gardeners-exposed-38964765
[May 2022] Cleveland residents install a speed bump after a child was killed by a vehicle: https://www.clevescene.com/news/urbanist-guerillas-fed-up-neighbors-install-speed-bump-on-street-where-five-year-old-was-struck-and-killed-38879832
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News 5/21/22

Sudanese forces fatally shoot anti-coup protester in renewed crackdown
Sudanese security forces killed one protester on Saturday during renewed demonstrations against a military takeover that derailed a transition to civilian rule last year, medics said. The victim, who was not identified, died as a result of "a bullet to the chest" in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said in a statement.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sudanese-forces-fatally-shoot-anti-coup-protester-renewed-crackdown

Political Prisoner Ahmed Sa’adat Re-Elected Secretary-General Of PFLP
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced on Friday the re-election of political prisoner Ahmed Sa’adat as its Secretary-General, who is serving a term of 30 years in Israeli jails, a press release confirmed.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/national-liberation-struggle/political-prisoner-ahmed-saadat-re-elected-secretary-general-of-pflp/

US drops 5 groups from foreign terror blacklist
The United States removed five groups from its terror blacklist for inactivity on Friday, including a radical Jewish organization in Israel and two Islamist movements in Egypt and the Palestinian territories. The State Department has revoked the foreign terrorist organization designations of the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, Kahane Chai and Gama’a al-Islamiyya, as well as Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo and the Spanish separatist group Basque Fatherland and Liberty.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/us-drops-5-groups-foreign-terror-blacklist

Biden administration approves large sale of anti-tank missiles to Egypt
Move comes as US officials say that Russia's invasion of Ukraine presents an opportunity to pry Egypt away from orbit of Russian arms … "This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East," the statement added.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/biden-approves-large-sale-anti-tank-missiles-egypt

Temperatures in parts of Spain reach highest on record for May
Parts of Spain are experiencing their hottest May since records began, as a mass of hot, dry air blows in from Africa, bringing with it dusty skies and temperatures of more than 40C (104F). Spain’s state meteorological agency, Aemet, has warned of a weekend heatwave of an “extraordinary intensity”, with temperatures between 10C and 15C above the seasonal average and more akin to high summer than mid-May.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/21/spain-heatwave-temperatures-highest-on-record-may

Spycops targeted anti-racism campaigners in the wake of the Brixton riots
The riots, sparked in April 1981 amid anger over the abuse of stop-and-search powers against the black community in the south London area, were considered the “most significant event in the public order field” by senior police officers in a secret Metropolitan Police unit.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/spycops-targeted-anti-racism-campaigners-in-the-wake-of-brixton-riots

Meet the Derbyshire communists helping feed the city’s poor
Like Harney, Derbyshire's communists are battling the “capitalist system” but also helping to supply Derby’s food banks and provide nutrition for those in need. They can frequently be seen helping out at Mandela Centre, in Pear Tree Road, delivering food and drink.
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/meet-derbyshire-communists-helping-feed-7112021
https://archive.ph/dbMMM

Russia cuts off gas exports to Finland in symbolic move
Russia halted gas exports to neighboring Finland on Saturday, a highly symbolic move that came just days after the Nordic country announced it wanted to join NATO and marked a likely end to Finland’s nearly 50 years of importing natural gas from Russia.
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-putin-moscow-helsinki-6f6ce1c5d65e643d76bcd66e5ebbd4ea

China-Russia relations: Chinese producers lament loss of once-lucrative Russian deals
Gone are the days when Russia was a reliable source of big profits for Chinese producers, who have become wary of running afoul of Western sanctions
Before the war, more than 40 per cent of Chinese exports to Russia comprised various kinds of machinery and electrical equipment, but deliveries of such goods have since plunged
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3178563/china-russia-relations-chinese-producers-lament-loss-once

Australia's prime minister concedes despite millions of votes left to be counted
Australia's center-left opposition party toppled the conservative government after almost a decade in power, and Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese in his Saturday election victory speech promised sharper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while he faces an early foreign policy test.
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/21/1100533342/australia-scott-morrison-concedes-election
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Immersion in videogames

First let me get two points to establish before I go with this thread

>immersion doesn’t equate to good game design

>getting a player immersed in a game has little to do with graphics

The actual key components in immersion are AI and animation. The reasons are the fact that complex AI builds complex ways of fulfilling and interacting with goals in videogames, and animation brings a level of believability for what’s happening in games further allowing players to find enjoyment from the visuals.

AI provide players with a mountain of methods to solve problems and play the games they like any way they want due to how they respond to the things around them, for example if I have an enemy mob in a game and simply give a region on that ai that when hit does more damage than attacking any other region suddenly the player can decide and plan how they want to kill a mob than simply mash buttons until victory. This is already seen in games like Tarkov or the stalker series where a single bullet well positioned enough can clear a target in due time encouraging players to get better as they play and that’s just the beginning. Generally you can expect that the more complex an ai is not just in its available reactions but how it interacts with other ai to provide more and more options for gameplay until you can wind up with exploits for these mechanics by players whom have enough playtime to have learnt and excelled in them. Like mob farms in terraria, or megabases in games as dense in opportunities like dwarf fortress.

Animation also improves the immersion a game can provide to a player simply by providing a level of believability to the events on screen, it may not seem like much but simply having a door open by having an ingame model animated to physically open the door rather than just having it open goes a long way especially with simpler animations for things like crafting objects in tlou2, mounting yourself on horses within rdr2, seeing zombies actually take time to bleed out in left 4 dead or just watch mobs fucking go wild on each other in monster hunter. It all makes a word feel alive and dense with detail that simply can’t be faked with only high resolution textures and meshes.

In conclusion a game maker when designing a world to be immersive should focus primarily on the animation and AI components of said game. It goes a long way at least for me.thanks for reading
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Sims is a nightmare

Wake up, get ready, go to work, come back, level up some skill for a bit, eat some shitty food and shower, go to sleep, repeat until you receive paycheck to spend on AESTHETICS, do it all over again.

Why did I find this fun when I was younger? What's the POINT? Earn virtual money to CONSUME virtual decorations? For what purpose? Nice """escapism""" Will Wright
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Television

Let's make a thread to discuss, review and analyze tv shows. Everybody is binging something these days.
Argue about dvd commentaries, Post your thesis on King of the Hill, Reminisce about a tv show you used to watch but don't quite remember it's title. Just about anything related to shows. Post your highscore on those Ben 10 CN flash games. Anything goes.
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Opinion on altwoke?

Have not seen much discussion about this shit. I think its interesting atleast.
https://tripleampersand.org/alt-woke-manifesto/
https://monoskop.org/images/f/fa/The_AltWoke_Companion_Apr_2017.pdf
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“But plants are living things too”🙄

One different plants actually want to be eaten and shittted out as seeds can feed off the spare nutrients and dead cells found in feces that’s rich in detritus decomposers can also feed off of providing even more to plants
Second there’s literally billions to trillions of those things making eating them pretty much irrelevant to their actual populations assuming your not eating them in a place like Antarctica where there’s barely any desalinated water or good temperatures that can support life in abundance
Third the impacts of eating meat in excess is not only bad for your health due to the fact that plant based foods not only have over 10 times more potential energy left in them compared to animals which is why 80% of the planet eats grain foods but also due to the sheer amount of empty calories created which can cause fat building up in blood vessels forming god awful disorders like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, increased risks of obesity etc. every macronutrient you can get from an animal can be obtained from a plant and mass killing farm animals that are so genetically mutated from what they should be in nature to the point where we can’t release them without risk of fucking up ecosystems is a waste

Fuck you tofu, lab grown meat and veganism is the safe less destructive alternative(stfu about monocultures there’s already containment procedures for that I can hear you typing that asshole)
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Veteran hate thread. Fuck the troops.

Can we get a soldier hate thread going? Also reminder that babykillers aren’t working class or revolutionary.

https://anti-imperialism.org/2016/12/08/legionnaires-defeating-the-soldiertariat-myth/
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Docs

Let's talk about dox.
No, this thread is not for sharing dox, that's off-topic and there are a thousand better places to do it.
This thread is about looking at groups who do it, discussing its merits and effects, and whether it is (or can be) a valuable use of time for activists and orgs.

>what is it

Fundamentally, distributing dox is just sharing private personally identifying information, like someone's real names, physical addresses, workplaces and hidden online accounts. For an everyday person, its trivial information, but it's usually performed against targets of internet harassment, political opponents and/or perpetrators of crimes.

>why it may not matter

I'm sure most people have heard a variation of a quote with the following line:
>"These people have names and addresses."
And yet despite millions of people thinking they know who is responsible for destroying our environment and a myriad of other global crimes against humanity, and where they live… nothing happens to them. Maybe a couple of CEOs got knee-capped in Greece, but that's about all.
The bottom line is not many people are willing to do anything beyond petty trivial harassment, apart from deranged serial shooters who can't even pick a worthwhile target. Seriously, they hate mega-corp jews and not one has aimed at Zuckerberg or Soros yet.

The point is, I believe that most people aren't that important or vulnerable that having public information about them actually matters.

>why it can matter

Doxing can be effective against to people with views seems as socially unacceptable (like it or not, capitalist parasitism is generally accepted under liberalism so those people responsible aren't going to lose their job or have their life ruined, but a white supremacist in a liberal area or an LGBTQ+ person in a conservative area might).
Some recent concrete examples are evident in the ongoing doxing of Patriot Front members by various antifa groups:
>"Update […] his employment has been terminated." - https://torchantifa.org/daniel-turetchi-patriot-front/
>"Update: Gancarz’s BJJ gym membership has been terminated." - https://torchantifa.org/paul-gancarz-patriot-front/
This is probably particularly effective against people with exclusive/hatred beliefs (like racism) living in liberal areas where they cause reputational risk and social ostracization.
Naturally, I'm sure this activity would just radicalize them further, but it might help to hinder their resources and waste their time if they're being kicked from services.

There are a few groups who participate in collecting dox with intent to identify for political purposes. A couple of American examples:
Right-wing:
https://antifawatch.net/
[intermittent /pol/-orbitting threads like https://mlpol dot net/mlpol/334600 ]
fbi.gov groups (e.g. https://theintercept.com/2017/09/06/how-right-wing-extremists-stalk-dox-and-harass-their-enemies/ )
Left-wing:
https://torchantifa.org/patriot-front-members
https://phillyantifa.org/starting-tomorrow-keystone-united-exposed/
https://rosecityantifa.org/articles/

Again, this thread is about looking at groups who do it, discussing its merits and effects, and whether it is (or can be) a valuable use of time for activists and orgs. Keep it on topic, there are plenty of better places to discuss other stuff.
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Times you read and Oof'd

Just learned about Sablin ;_;

>"Trust the fact that history will judge events honestly and you will never have to be embarrassed for what your father did. On no account ever be one of those people who criticise but do not follow through their actions. Such people are hypocrites—weak, worthless people who do not have the power to reconcile their beliefs with their actions. I wish you courage, my dear. Be strong in the belief that life is wonderful. Be positive and believe that the Revolution will always win."

>Valery Sablin's last letter to his son before his execution.

>"I am convinced that a revolutionary consciousness will catch fire among our people."

>Valery Sablin's farewell letter to his parents.
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who the fuck was this guy

https://en.wikNicola Bombacci (24 October 1879 – 28 April 1945) was an Italian Marxist and later, Fascist revolutionary. He began in the Italian Socialist Party as an opponent of the reformist wing and became a founding member of the Communist Party of Italy in 1921, sitting on the fifteen-man Central Committee. During the latter part of his life, particularly during the Second World War, Bombacci allied with Benito Mussolini and the Italian Social Republic against the Allied invasion of Italy. He met his death after being shot by communist partisans and his body was subsequently strung up in Piazzale Loreto.ipedia.org/wiki/Nicola_Bombacci
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News 5/23/22

Joe Biden launches IPEF initiative, making explicit the goal of blunting China’s clout
The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) seeks to restore ‘US economic leadership’ across the region, without Taiwan for now US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says the long-awaited plan aims to make Indo-Pacific countries beyond China more attractive as manufacturing hubs
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3178804/joe-biden-launches-ipef-economic-initiative-making-explicit?module=lead_hero_story&pgtype=homepage

China says it will take targeted steps to support the economy
China will broaden its tax credit rebates, postpone social security payments and loan repayments, roll out new investment projects and take other steps to support the economy, state television quoted the cabinet as saying on Monday.
https://www.reuters.com/markets/asia/china-take-targeted-forceful-steps-support-economy-cabinet-says-2022-05-23/

Venezuelan businessman given probation in top bribery case
A bribe-paying Venezuelan businessman whose criminal case implicates a prominent opponent of President Nicolás Maduro was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation in recognition of his efforts to expose rampant corruption in the country’s judiciary.
https://apnews.com/article/politics-caribbean-venezuela-miami-f2eb35cff19bebefc642b847837d490d

Colombia’s election campaigns come to an end amid extreme tensions
Candidates in Colombia’s elections finalized their campaigns on Sunday amid extreme tensions. Opposition Senator Gustavo Petro, the frontrunner in the race, ended his campaign on the central Bolivar Square in the capital Bogota. Petro’s main rival, Federico Gutierrez, ended his campaign with a mass gathering in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin. According to multiple polls, the two candidates are most likely to make it to run-off elections after the first round on Sunday.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-election-campaigns-come-to-an-end-amid-extreme-tensions/

Former Sao Paulo governor drops bid for Brazil’s presidency
The former governor of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, João Doria, dropped out of October’s presidential elections on Monday, saying he lacks support of top party leaders. His decision narrows the field ahead of a race expected to be dominated by President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
https://apnews.com/article/jair-bolsonaro-politics-south-america-elections-presidential-1fc1f56cd4df66feee146fb589eb926a

Turkey: Circassians commemorate anniversary of mass killings by Tsarist Russia
Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul’s Yenikapi Square on Saturday to commemorate the mass killings of Circassians by the Russian empire in 1864. Hundreds of thousands of Circassians are believed to have been killed by the Russian empire in the three-centuries-long war with Circassian peoples in the 19th century. ..
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-circassians-demand-justice-anniversary-mass-killings-russia

Iran: Revolutionary Guard officer assassinated in Tehran
Hassan Sayyad Khodayari was killed by five gunshots as he returned home near Mojahedin-e-Islam Street at about 4pm (11:30 GMT), reported the state news agency IRNA on Sunday. The news agency published images showing a man slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, with blood around the collar of his blue shirt and on his upper right arm. The IRGC, the ideological arm of Iran’s military, identified Khodayari as a colonel.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/22/iran-irgc-quds-force-member-assassinated-in-tehran-state-media

Israel raises security alert level abroad following killing of IRGC colonel
Israeli diplomatic missions have raised their security, as it braces for Iranian retaliation following the assassination of a senior member of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran on Sunday. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the killing of colonel Sayad Khodai, who was shot by two gunmen riding a motorbike outside his home in Tehran before fleeing the scene.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-security-raised-following-irgc-colonel-killing

Russian Children with Cystic Fibrosis Facing Shortage of Vital Drug
Children living with cystic fibrosis in Russia are experiencing shortages of a vital drug as the state charity responsible for its supply faces logistical issues due to sanctions over Ukraine, The Moscow Times’ Russian service reported Monday. … Although vital medicines are excluded from Western sanctions against Russia, mutual airspace closures between the West and Russia as well as a departure of shipping companies from the Russian market have led to supply chain snarls.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/23/russian-children-with-cystic-fibrosis-facing-shortage-of-vital-drug-a77770

Root cause of Ukraine conflict named by ex-German SPD leader
In an interview with left-wing newspaper Junge Welt published on Saturday, Lafontaine argued that “for a long time, we have been in a situation where Russia and China have been militarily encircled by the US.” The former SPD leader said Moscow had made it clear to NATO for 20 years that Ukraine should not become part of the military alliance – a scenario, which, according to Lafontaine, would mean US missiles deployed on the Ukraine-Russia border.
https://www.rt.com/news/555905-spd-ex-chair-nato-ignored-russian-interests/
https://archive.ph/jDKUM

Greece: Mass rally at the Ministry of National Defence against involvement in the imperialist war
A mass rally was held on Sunday 22/5/2022 at the Ministry of National Defence of Greece, the finishing line of the 40th Marathon Peace March, which had started at 8 am from the Marathon Tomb, conveying the message of opposition to the imperialist war, Greece’s involvement in it, and the country’s entanglement in the dangerous plans of NATO.
https://www.idcommunism.com/2022/05/greece-mass-rally-at-ministry-of-national-defence-against-involvement-in-imperialist-war.html

European trade unionists celebrate record French fine for McDonald's
The European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) has welcomed a record fine handed to fast-food giant McDonald’s in France last week for tax avoidance. General secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan said it was great news that McDonald’s “will not feed on impunity” after the bumper €1.1 billion (£93 million) fine was issued on Friday.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/european-trade-unionists-celebrate-record-french-fine-mcdonalds