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« on: September 28, 2021, 11:20:57 PM »
While reading through the first volume I have found many quotes, stories, and other writings only halfway through this book that I found noteworthy and have further light shined upon them. While I'm sure there's someone, somebody
out there that seethes at the existence of this piece of literature (probably the son of some Blue Cap who worked in the Lubyanka), the fact that Putin himself has decreed this essential/compulsory reading in Russian High Schools lends untold amounts of credibility. Regardless, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was not a controversial figure in any circle and I'm sure anybody can take a little piece of what he has to say with them.
My only regret was starting to mark these writings at around page 175. Massive walls of text obviously follows.
On Rights and Doctor Examinations:
At nine o'clock the morning check-up took place. For a long while beforehand, we could hear especially loud turns of the key and particularly sharp knocks on the doors. Then one of the duty lieutenants for the whole floor would march forward and enter, almost as erect as if he were standing at attention. He would take two steps forward and look sternly at us. We would be on our feet. (We didn't even dare remember that political prisoners were once required to rise.) It was no work at all to count us - he could do it at a glance - but this was a moment for testing our rights. For we did have some rights, after all, although we did not really know them, and it was his job to hide them from us. The whole strength of the Lubyanka training showed itself in a totally machinelike manner: no expression on the face, no inflection, not a superfluous word.
And which of our rights did we know about? A request to have our shoes repaired? An appointment with the doctor. Although if they actually took you to the doctor, you would not be happy about the consequences. There the machinelike Lubyanka manner would be particularly striking. He didn't ask: "What's your trouble?" That would take too many words, and one couldn't pronounce the phrase without any inflection. He would ask curtly: "Troubles?" And if you began to talk at too great length about your ailment, he would cut you off. It was clear anyway. A toothache? Extract it. You could have arsenic. A filling? We don't fill teeth here. (That would have required additional appointments and created a somewhat humane atmosphere.)
The prison doctor was the interrogator's and executioner's right-hand man. The beaten prisoner would come to on the floor only to hear the doctor's voice: "You can continue, the pulse is normal." After a prisoner's five days and nights in a punishment cell the doctor inspects the frozen, naked body and says: "You can continue." If a prisoner is beaten to death, he signs the death certificate: "Cirrhosis of the liver" or "Coronary occlusion." He gets an urgent call to a dying prisoner in a cell and he takes his time. And whoever behaves differently is not kept on in the prison.
On Soviet POW's
It was already clear to them that the Germans were not the heart of the matter, or at least not the Germans alone; that among the POW's of many nationalities only the Soviets lived like this and died like this. None were worse off than the Soviets. Even the Poles, even the Yugoslavs, existed in far more tolerable conditions; and as for the English and the Norwegians, they were inundated by the International Red Cross with parcels from home. They didn't even bother to line up for German rations. Wherever there were Allied POW camps next door, their prisoners, out of kindness, threw our men handouts over the fence, and our prisoners jumped on these gifts like a pack of dogs on a bone.
The Russians were carrying the whole war on their shoulders - and this was the Russian lot. Why?
Gradually, explanations came in from here and there: it turned out that the U.S.S.R. did not recognize as binding Russia's signature to the Hague Convention on war prisoners. That meant that the U.S.S.R. accepted no obligations at all in the treatment of war prisoners and took no steps for the protection of its own soldiers who had been captured.* The U.S.S.R. did not recognize the International Red Cross. The U.S.S.R. did not recognize its own soldiers of the day before: it did not intend to give them any help as POW's.
*We did not recognize that 1907 Convention until 1955. Incidentally, in his diary for 1915, Melgunov reports rumors that Russia would not led aid go through for its prisoners in Germany and that their living conditions were worse than those of all other Allied prisoners - simply in order to prevent rumors about the good life of war prisoners inducing our soldiers to surrender willingly. there was some sort of continuity of ideas here. (Melgunov, Vospominaniya i Dnevniki, Vol I, PP. 199 and 203.)
We would prefer to say that such people cannot exist, that there aren't any. It is permissible to portray evildoers in a story for children, so as to keep the picture simple. But when the great world literature of the past - Shakespeare, Schiller, Dickens - inflates and inflates images of evildoers of the blackest shades, it seems somewhat farcical and clumsy to our contemporary perception. The trouble lies in the way these classic evildoers are pictured. They recognize themselves as evildoers, and they know their souls are black. And they reason: "I cannot live unless I do evil. So I'll set my father against my brother! I'll drink the victim's sufferings until I'm drunk with them!" Iago very precisely identifies his purposes and his motives as being black and born of hate.
But no; that's not the way it is! To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.
Macbeth's self-justifications were feeble - and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare's evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.
Ideology - that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.
Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers do not exist? And who was it that destroyed these millions? Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago.
There was a rumor going the rounds between 1918 and 1920 that the Petrograd Cheka, headed by Uritsky, and the Odessa Cheka, headed by Deich, did not shoot all those condemned to death but fed of them alive to the animals in the city zoos. I do not know whether this is truth or calumny, or, if there were any such cases, how many there were. But I wouldn't set out to look for proof, either. Following the practice of the bluecaps, I would propose that they prove to us that this was impossible. How else could they get food for the zoos in those famine years? Take it away from the working class? Those enemies were going to die anyway, so why couldn't their deaths support the zoo economy of the Republic and thereby assist our march into the future? Wasn't it expedient?
That is the precise line the Shakespeare evildoer could not cross. But the evildoer with ideology does cross it, and his eyes remain dry and clear.
Physics is aware of phenomena which occur only at threshold magnitudes, which do not exist at all until a certain threshold encoded by the known to nature has been crossed. No matter how intense the yellow light you shine on a lithium sample, it will not emit electrons. But as soon as a weak bluish light begins to glow, it does emit them. (The threshold of the photoelectric effect has been crossed.) You can cool oxygen to 100 degrees below zero Centigrade and exert as much pressure as you want; it does not yield, but remains a gas. But as soon as minus 183 degrees is reached, it liquefies and begins to flow.
Evidently evildoing also has a threshold magnitude. Yes, a human being hesitates and bobs back and forth between good and evil all his life. He slips, falls back, clambers up, repents, things begin to darken again. But just so long as the threshold of evildoing is not crossed, the possibility of returning remains, and he himself is still within the reach of our hope. But when, through the density of evil actions, the result either of their own extreme degree or of the absoluteness of his power, he suddenly crosses that threshold, he has left humanity behind, and without, perhaps, the possibility to return.
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« on: April 05, 2021, 11:30:42 PM »
It was kino
« on: January 24, 2021, 04:15:36 PM »
Where's my Biden Bux? I don't care if he sniffs children's hair, just give me my NEET dollars.
« on: January 20, 2021, 09:25:13 AM »
« on: January 02, 2021, 02:07:29 PM »
I’m taking my $100 meme investment to the moon.
Cya later poorfags!
« on: December 08, 2020, 10:42:03 AM »
>Covid cases surging across Japan
>Japanese journalists come out with sources saying packed cinemas for Demon Slayer's success had no involvement in it
>Khara announces 4D release of 1.11, 2.22, & 3.33 in select theaters leading up to release of Shin
>Adds more theaters because of increased demand
>Covid cases soar even more
>"A-Anno-sama! Please! You have to delay your movie!"
>Anno: "Lol no way fag."
>Khara announces release of Revival (Death(True)2 & End of Eva) in cinemas leading up to Shin also
Anno is going to release this movie after eight years and there's NOTHING anybody can do to stop him.
Next Time Preview at the end of Q:
Trailer 3: Main theme song for 3.0+1.0 is new Utada Hikaru single "One Last Kiss"
NEW TRAILER 12/24/20:
TV spot 1/22/21:
« on: October 03, 2020, 01:29:22 PM »
Soviet sympathizers need not reply.
« on: September 15, 2020, 02:53:48 PM »
I was at Target today doing my typical grocery shopping, and they had the 2020 Yugioh Megatins in stock for $20. I had less stuff to buy than I normally do so I went ahead and bought one on an impulse. Here's a picture with the four notable pulls I got. Witch's Strike
and Strength In Unity
are pretty cheap despite being pretty good cards so I'll probably incorporate both into my Dark Magician deck since I haven't made any changes to it since I finished my Thunder Dragons & Sky Strikers. The real luck I got was from Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon
& Borreload Savage Dragon
. Here are their prices on TCGplayer:
If I sold them together and threw in another random staple like a Red Reboot
I have laying around, I could sell them for $60 and make $40 off the tin. Red-Eyes would be very powerful in my Dark Magician deck; however the Japanese ban-list came out yesterday and banned Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon but here in NA we got one last week and Red-Eyes didn't get hit and we wont have a new list until December so I have a few months to decide on him. Borreload
has no reason to get hit and he'd be kind of
useful for my Thunder Dragons but I was hoping more to get Apollousa
instead and she's only $10 on TCGplayer.
Even if Red-Eyes gets banned here in NA, he'd still make a pretty nice collectors card and I have more than enough room in my Collectors Binder.
« on: August 10, 2020, 09:53:00 PM »
I can only guess because I criticized their decision not to undo the ban on the word trap. I wasn't even defending the word, I was just saying that lifting the ban would solve literally all of their problems.
It's pretty fun how literally the only thing they have to do to make all of this go away is undo the ban and they wont. They wouldn't even need another discussion thread, a vast majority of the shit posting would disappear instantly and they'd stop hemorrhaging subs overnight if they just undid the ban. Every time I refresh the main page the sub number goes down, and it's been going down faster to boot.
Shadow bans are literally the most cowardly thing you can do. The post was in the sticky meta discussion thread so it's not like it was just a random shit post like the literal thousands of other comments that are right now. JFC
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:27:07 PM »
Everything they'll be linked to will all just be coincidences right?
« on: June 26, 2020, 06:39:31 PM »
We would've gotten our first look at the reactions of 3.0+1.0 by now.
« on: June 22, 2020, 03:29:55 PM »
Maintenance is swamped and we don't know when they'll be out to repair, it's already been two days.
« on: June 05, 2020, 08:18:21 PM »
Look, look, look, look, LLOOOOKK
« on: June 01, 2020, 01:41:28 PM »
After doing some cleanup in my tiny apartment room to add in some new shelving units (they're "meh") I now have space for ONE (1) (Uno) model kit at the top, but over the years I have gotten my hands on six different kits. All the ones at my mom's place are broken (I'm really bummed about the MG Turn A) so I can't use any I've already built.
Which one should I put together?
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:55:49 PM »
I'm not sure of it's just a passing interest that will fade with time but I've been giving serious thought about wanting to learn to play the clarinet. Regardless of whether or not I'll go through with it, I'll have to wait until I'm back to work anyways, a good beginner's clarinet starts at around $650. I've never played an instrument before in my life, which is partly what led me to choosing the clarinet over others. I originally thought about the oboe but they are not only significantly more expensive, but supposedly extremely difficult to play. The clarinet came up after some light research and supposedly it's no harder or easier than most instruments.
Has anyone ever played an instrument before? How was it? I'm still figuring out how to start if I do decide to go through with it.
« on: May 09, 2020, 03:58:52 PM »
Discuss one of the most iconic anime characters of all time.
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:27:39 PM »
Press S to spit on his grave. Good riddance to that lazy fuckwit who created an ideology leading to the deaths of untold millions. Even his own mother thought he was full of shit, constantly asking her for gibes literally wishing for her death just so he could get money for booze faster. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henriette_Pressburg
Over the years he complained repeatedly that his mother did not want to help him out of his financial distress, and openly hoped for her demise in order to hasten receipt of his inheritance. Henriette's view was that he should do more to earn money, she commenting "if only Karl had made Capital, instead of just writing about it".
« on: May 02, 2020, 07:51:15 PM »
I debated whether or not to put this in Serious, but I figured it wasn't super serious business technically so....
With movie theaters shuttered for a while, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not they were even viable even before lock-downs became common place and the virus has certainly gave it a blow to the knees. Big companies like AMC are rumored to be filing for bankruptcy and several big titles have made their way to VoD in time frames where they should've still been in theaters had they been open.
Disney's Onward is now on Disney+ after only a small window of being in theaters before the lock down really went into place; but the biggest movie in the discussion is Trolls 2. That movie went instantly to VoD via Amazon Prime and despite Amazon being very stingy with their revenue numbers, it's estimated that it already made back its initial investment in only a few days. The fact that this was a family movie only further creates problems for the theater business. Most families will look at streaming as a much cheaper alternative for getting to see the same movie.
Big studios like Disney, Universal, & Paramount would immediately cut out the middle-man theater business if straight-to-streaming was proven to be a viable alternative and Trolls World Tour has been a perfect example of that being the case. I don't know how to feel about this. One the one hand, most of the movies I go to see nowadays are Fathom Events, either anime screenings, classic re-releases, or art-studio plays. Those have a higher premium ticket price than the already high ticket price for a standard movie in most locations. I'm easily looking at $30 for just myself when I also take concessions into account, although using various reward programs has helped alleviate the price somewhat.
On the other hand, I'm also one of those snobbish art critics who considers seeing my Chinese cartoons on the big screen with the sticky gum on the floor and hearing the crowd go nuts at whatever bullshit happens on screen as an authentic movie-going experience. Certain movies have become social events (Hence I guess why its called Fathom Events) and you just can't recreate that experience from the comfort of your home. Going to the movies is also a social experience, I think the last time I went to see a movie by myself was Pacific Rim 2 and needless to say ignoring the fact that it was a garbage movie, it was also a lonesome experience and I've always gone with somebody to see a movie afterwards.
In my personal opinion, family movies will begin to get phased out of theaters regardless of when society reopens. It simply makes too much sense for both the consumer (budget-focused families) and the producers (cutting out the middlemen) to maximize efficiency and cost. But big KINOPLEX 9K theaters will still be around for generic Marvel capeshit #843 and college-dropout director films that are thinly veiled pornos disguised as Neo-Noir NC17 art films.
What are your thoughts?
« on: April 26, 2020, 06:50:04 PM »
I would just like to publicly tell Verbatim that I believe he is the most quality member here on this forum. Not a single letter on the keyboard he presses when posting here is a wasted effort. While I may not agree with him on a lot of things, Hell even 99% of things, he is truly an eye-opening individual. I have this newfound interest in aspiring to be more like him. I'd even go as far as to say that telling LC he was going to eat his innards or whatever it was was still a worthwhile endeavor.
Verbatim, I sincerely hope you continue to post as you always do.
Now please post your Evangelion Q review.
EDIT: Updated title as news/information on the last Eva movie comes out.
« on: April 25, 2020, 02:11:24 AM »
North Korean rumor mill is in full swing with news on their leader's health. As of right now there's supposedly a Chinese news channel claiming Kim Jong-Un is dead.
« on: April 22, 2020, 07:27:05 PM »
A while back I had preordered the LE Japanese release of the Konosuba Crimson movie on Bluray. Luckily CDJapan is still doing deliveries through FedEx priority and I received my copy the following the afternoon after it had shipped. When you choose the most expensive option for shipping, not even a port-closing pandemic appears to stop deliveries. Here is all the product information for my order.
Images below were also taken to test the quality of my iPhone 8 camera in darker areas without the use of the flash.
- 9800 yen, so roughly $91. I believe with the shipping my total was around $114.
- Package came with a CDJapan bonus exclusive, a leisure sheet with artwork of the main girls, it is very big.
- Before I thought only UFOtable/Type-Moon works had a special sleeve wrapped around the digi-pack box; but then I remembered that when I imported my Japanese release of Shin Godzilla on Bluray it also came with a sleeve and I plan on getting the Your Name BD box and I've seen that box also comes with one. Still a nice touch to have generic info on the product without ruining the box itself.
- The limited edition also comes with a short novel written by the creator(?), it's a very small book; it can almost fit in your pocket. Seeing as this is the Japanese release I have no idea how to read it since I don't know moon rune.
- The cardboard box the book comes in also has artwork on the back, I'll just keep it stored with the digi-pack sleeve.
- The BD box itself has special artwork different from the other versions of the release, back of the box is just plain white with the series title in the middle. Box itself is also very sturdy feeling.
- 50 page booklet with character/location info, interview descriptions (in Japanese obviously) and some artwork. Upon skimming through the book, I didn't realize just how much effort the animators put into the background of their areas, there's a lot of detail that one can easily miss when watching the show/movie.
- Jewel case has the standard movie poster image as the cover and the fantasy themed background inside.
Lastly, and obviously the most important: Megumin > Aqua. Images below.
« on: April 16, 2020, 05:55:21 AM »
Anyone else playing this? I never really touched my copy of Vanilla 5 after I got halfway through Madarame's Palace but I've just cleared Junya's Palace and I'm still not burned out or anything despite only having Royal for two days.
I can still see the combat changes like ammo for your guns replenishing after every fight and that helps tremendously with the grinding. All the reviews I read just state the same thing; how it made an already perfect game even better, and unanimous praise all around I can definitely see it. I know there was some complaints about rereleasing 5 on the same system and Japanese players asked why I couldn't have just been an expansion DLC, but with the way the entire system feeling overhauled I don't see why not to rerelease it as Royal when Persona 3 did the same thing with FES.
« on: April 05, 2020, 06:10:56 PM »
How are your stores looking during the quarantine? I went to get some basic stuff yesterday and the only thing empty on shelves was TP and rice. Everything else was pretty well stocked compared to what it was like a week ago.
« on: April 03, 2020, 12:22:07 AM »
Against my better judgement I went ahead and preordered the game because I'm a sucker for steelbooks and art books. From what I've been seeing I still don't know how to feel about everything. I never really liked Midgar in the original FFVII and was happy to leave it when I did, but everything I see in the trailers does look fun and enjoyable.
However I also saw a part of the ending and from what people who have the game already are saying, they're adding more of the expanded universe stuff into the game, like they want to reimagine the game now that they can. I don't mind the expanded story of VII but Cloud is definitely weak in comparison to his original release self.
Anyways, what is everyone's thoughts on the VII Remake?
If SE is going to reimagine the game then God Almighty please let us save Aeris.
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:43:08 PM »
And I also watched all the Garden of Sinners movies.
What the fuck. Also, Azaka is an absolute QT.
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:20:01 PM »
This book fucking sucks. Talk about a bunch of ideas/beliefs that haven’t aged well. the more I read it the more I’m confused at how Marxism was taken seriously.
In chapter 2 he talks about how the ruling class only wants marriage so that they can turn their wives into working serfs. It’s funny that around sixty years later in a conservative America that the wife working was a revolutionary idea, completely at odds with what he claimed.
Or how a middle-class person doesn’t exist at all in his mind. In his point of view it’s just hopping between being some caricature of a fat cat or literally starving on the streets.
I get that I have to take into account the time period and location he was in, but all of his notions of how society would turn out is ending up false and is backed by nothing but his own opinion.
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:02:29 PM »
The House has approved two articles of Impeachment against President Trump.
Regardless of whether or not you hate/like him, I think this was an incredibly stupid move on the House's part. With the Republican Senate majority there is no way in Hell he is going to be convicted and removed from office. This was nothing more than a flex move for their reelection. Yes, his reputation will be tarnished but so will theirs when their constituents get angry at the fact that they failed to remove him from office.
Is he guilty? Probably. But looking back on history, Clinton was super guilty and I still think (after the fact) that he shouldn't have been impeached.
Anyways, general discussion on the matter here.
« on: November 26, 2019, 04:33:47 PM »
I play Yugioh at work with a friend of mine but he works in Tomorrowland and our shift times rarely match up so we don’t get to duel often if ever. Never the less I’ve been back into the game and I’ve been wanting to play more.
There’s a game shop about 20 minutes away that does Yugioh nights every Tuesday at 7, but not only have I been bogged down by situations preventing me from going (like tonight I’m at an auto care and they’re raking longer than normal) I’ve been a little anxious going in general.
Does anyone go to card game events? If so, what was it like for you guys?