1. One woman killed her husband's sister. They shared an small apartment and had lots of arguments. Allegedly after a fight over inheritance, the woman killed the relative, then sealed the dead body with concret in her room. Somehow her husband didn't notice his sister didn't come out from her room for three days, until the company the sister worked for began to worry for her. 2. A controversial writer died. He had been a political prisoner in martial law era and a lawmaker later. 3. Coal power plant expansion program got into controversy.
>>18596 Interesting perspective mate, and yeah, I understand why people hate mainlanders, heck I'd prolly hate them too if I wasn't one. And yeah, we've got quite alot of ultra-nationalists on our side too even the diaspora chinks are nationalistic af, it's ridiculous. For me as long as my home 青田 is fine I don't give a shit what americans, japanese etc. say about china. I do not believe in a chinese nation, I believe that every chinese province has it's own culture and language and thus cannot simply be summed up as only "china". That's why I'm ok if taiwan gets independence, because they get to have their own identity. However that is highly unrealistic since declaring independence would only endanger taiwan's sovereign rule.
>>18617 After you asked me about Wu language, I notice that master Xingyun is from Jiangsu. He heads a big rich Buddhist order in Taiwan and set up many properties and facilities (colleges and university, tv station etc). He was also once very influential to politicians.
He identified with his hometown strongly. He organized many exchange with Chinese Buddhists and religious officials, especially those from his hometown. This attracted many criticism from pro independence people. He also organized many cultural exchange and exhibits featuring his hometown.
>>18605 I don't know about china but in Taiwan They are...less flourishing than Buddhism.
As a religion, Taoism is doing alright. The Taoist priests are needed for many calendar rituals of temples and funerary rituals. The young successors are trained so there are no succession problems. Fengshui (geomancy) is very popular but it does not require priests. But some complained that they are marginalized in modern society. They don't have huge business or media coverage. They do have organizations, and they once supported Taoists in China to restore some buildings. I don't know how that works now.
In Taiwan most priests are "jushi", meaning they get married and stay in their family. I don't know the details but there are two schools. One is hereditary the other is passed down to disciples. They have complicated dances and lyrics to perform. Some would say it's entertaining. One notable phenomenon is there was once a series of Hongkong action movies featuring Taoist priests but that series has ended in 90s.
Confucianism as a religion is probably a museum showcase now. The government kept up the good old tradition of state official worship of Confucius, and maintained his temples in each town, and we have our Master Kong's Offspring here. but that's about it. Koreans do it more seriously I heard.
In schools, excerpts of Confucian classics are still mandatory. Taoist classics Dao De Jing and Zhuangzi were taught less.
There are some other miscellaneous stuff lumped into traditional lifestyle: Han dress, "Life Support" (yangsheng) diet and exercise routines, Tai Chi as a martial art, geomancy as architecture and interior designs. They are quite popular everywhere in the world, though people probably don't see them as indicator of religions.
I have seen this strange Malaysian movie on tv. OLA BOLA. I think it features Chinese Malaysian players, but the theme of it is unity across ethnicities.
The funny thing is, last time I saw it in original dubbing, this time I saw it in local dubbing made by Taiwanese studio. The original dialogue emphasized the ethnic diversity of Malaysia. They casted English, Tamils, Malay and Chinese actors, each spoke their lines in their native tongue.
The dub made in Taiwan replaced English, Tamil and Malay lines with accented mandarin, but the funny thing is they reproduced the two dialects from different Chinese ethnicities: Hakka, and they used Ming-Nan language of Taiwan to replace Teochew. I only understand mandarin They also mentioned the news of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Today I had to bury the 6th dead bird this year. Not even this year, this summer! I would say I never ever buried this much but frankly before this I had to do this only twice in my whole life. I dunno what's going on with them. It would be easier to just dump them into the dumpster but frankly I rather spend some energy and give them an ok final rest. During digging I came across a very interesting archaeological findings: this tank on picrels. It wasn't mine and not any of my pals owned such or even played around that spot in our childhood so I suppose one of my family members owned this there are some possibilities. What Bernd think what type of tank is this? I think it has the Sherman looks.
Also this can be a general vehicle/weapons thread as well.
We also developed helicopter(s). The K.u.K. Fliegerarsenal assigned the task to Hungarian factories and engineers to build a helicopter to replace observer balloons during the summer of 1917. The PKZ-1 was a dead end as there wasn't enough manufacturing capacity to build the electric engines for that one. The PKZ-2 was more successful, it had 36 experimental flights but at the end of June 1918 it crashed and with the end of the war the project was abandoned. Both model have several "the world's first..." titles but I'm not sure how to translate them, but for example the PZK-2 held the record of flight height and period of time, which remained unofficial as wartime achievements weren't recorded by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
>>18540 >Buglarians and Magyars are closer to Huns, Turks and Mongols (hail Tengri!) culturally than they are to the Irish, but they're both "fellow whites". I have to step out of character for a minute - and I also have many other things to write, but just no time - and interject for a moment. Right now the reality is that our culture is closer to Irish than Mongol. Here, today's Hungary (and pretty sure Bulgaria is the sames) culturally is a very typical Central Eastern European. The closest culture is German and Slav, didn't hear that here, kids, I visited East Germany and everything was fucking sames. Except they had wider selection in beer. And maybe a hint cleaner streets. And no pedestrians crossed red light. This is the day to day reality of common life. If we really go at it and scratch things ofc we find differences, different folk tales, songs, Hungarian folk music is typically pentatonic. Traditional costumes - which are never worn in everyday life except a person has a job that requires that somehow - are different. But if I mention traditional costume Hungarian and nearby Slavic costumes are very similar. One who research the topic - cultural anthropologists for example - probably can tell differences but to the average eye only sees flower motifs and that's it. Christianity and feudalism pretty much destroyed everything which made real difference between ethnicities. And maybe the forty years of communism added some more on that for example in the forms of proletarian houses and commieblocks.
>>18547 >4% of Bulgarian genes are of Central/East Asian origin.
That is nothing. Yes, Bulgarians have some genetical relation to asians, but mostly they are European-looking. Maybe somewhat Turkish, but not any Mongol-like.
>Hell, their name derives from the Turkic tribe, the Bulgars, they're geographically and culturally closer to Turkey, they've been part of Turkey for more than 500 years, and their language has a large Turkic vocabulary, from both the Turks and the Bulgars.
They were part of Ottoman empire, not Turkish state. And Ottoman empire was relatively diverse, and didn't push their culture much in non-Muslim countries. Even more: many of Ottoman sultans weren't Turks. And modern Turks are mostly mix of Anatolian Greeks, Armenians and Kurds, not the real Turks from Central Asia.
It is hard question actually, because comparing cultures is not easy task. I was in Bulgaria, they are pretty Slavic-like in cultural sense. Even language sometimes is understandable.
Language closeness doesn't guarantee cultural closeness, nor genetic closeness. For example, some small nations in Russia even has own language (like Komi or Mordva), but you couldn't tell difference between them and average Russian. Even many Tatars (from Tatarstan) are 100% Russians in appearance, language skills (in Russian) and mindset. Assimilation works if applied properly and people didn't differ much externally.
I can't say anything about Hungarians, but looks like they are pretty European, and also suffer from same post-communism cultural experience too (although communism didn't hit them hard as USSR countries).
>>18609 >That is nothing. Yes, Bulgarians have some genetical relation to asians, but mostly they are European-looking. Maybe somewhat Turkish, but not any Mongol-like. What is "European-looking"? >They were part of Ottoman empire, not Turkish state. And Ottoman empire was relatively diverse, and didn't push their culture much in non-Muslim countries. Even more: many of Ottoman sultans weren't Turks. And modern Turks are mostly mix of Anatolian Greeks, Armenians and Kurds, not the real Turks from Central Asia. Osman was descended from Central Asian Turks that migrated west. I'm pretty sure they mixed with Ruthenians, but otherwise, they were pretty damn Turkish. >I can't say anything about Hungarians, but looks like they are pretty European, and also suffer from same post-communism cultural experience too (although communism didn't hit them hard as USSR countries). Russia was communist, Ethiopia was communist, ergo; Russians are Ethiopians. Checkmate!
>>18612 >Russia was communist, Ethiopia was communist, ergo; Russians are Ethiopians. Checkmate! That's not at all what he said. Communism has uniformisation effect tho - just like Christianity I mentioned above (or rather the medieval Christian Universalism) -, it's part of the "equality and internationalism package" and being part of the Eastern Block gave a certain character for sure. If you travel in those countries all are gonna have that typical post-communist air which is part of the culture.
Co jest waszym celem życiowym? Moim celem życiowym było cieszenie się i czucie szczęścia w każdej chwili bez żadnych używek i wyraźne przeżywanie wszystkiego, niestety zostało to przerwane przez parę rzeczy.
>>18559 Camo pants and pink t-shirt, the clothing of champions. >Skyrim Absolute pleb tier. I really enjoyed it until I got bored by the lack of everything an hour later. The only redeeming thing was Muiri. Oh, Muiri... Installed a mod back then that made her a follower as well and when I searched for a mod there were over 1488 of them that changed her appearance supposedly for the better but all were uglier, in this case vanilla was the best.
>>18567 > camo pants and pink tshirt Those pants are $10 pqnts, bought like 8 years ago in military shop. Pink tshirt was gifted by mommie, so I need to wear it somewhere, wearing it on dacha is best choice
I've already mentioned the book titled On Killing - The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman (Lt. Col. of US Army). It gave some food for thought and I'm planning to write some of my speculation.
But what did the author write? Let's summarize. He starts with the observation that most men has a natural resistance to kill (only 2% of men - those who have "predisposition toward aggressive psychopathic personality" - can go on killing without becoming a nervous wreck). This resistance is so high that even at times that our life is directly threatened (like others shoot at us) still difficult to overcome it. This resistance is the reason why infantry fire was so embarrassingly ineffective in the past 300 years - with the exception of machine guns - despite the fact that infantry weaponry (rifles) are reliable and accurate enough to cause massive losses among the enemy. The author gives examples and sources, such as a Prussian experiment in the late 18th century, several reports and notices from several authors during 19-20th centuries (American, French, Israeli etc.), and an interesting work by a US Army historian who (and his coworkers) made mass interviews with fighting GIs during and after WWII. Also he cites his own conversation with veterans of WWII and Vietnam. He gives new ideas on what's really happening on the battlefield. He compliments the widely known fight-or-flight model with two other options: in reality the soldiers can fight, posture, submit or flight. And most soldiers choose the second option. Then he ponders on what enables killing (I'm gonna write more about this later) and how modern (post-WWII) armies achieve this. Then he compares these methods with the ways of contemporary mass media. His conlcusion is (after pointing out the exponential rise of violent crimes) that mass media has an undesirable effect on society.
What interesting for me is this resistance, and the enabling part. These things are actually give an entirely new way of looking warfare, and how and why battles were won. For example the part officers (the demanding authority to kill) play in the enabling. When people (professional historians, history pros and other armchair generals) comparing the Hellenic phalanx with Roman manipulus and why the latter was more successful they compare everything but the officers. In the phalanx he's only one among those who stand in line and do the poking with pikes, but a Roman officer is one outside the formation and pressuring the soldiers to kill. It makes a huge difference if someone shouting in your ears "stab! stab! stab!" and generally pressuring you to kill. Especially if this one person is an exemplary one, a veteran whose skill in killing surpasses all the others in that particular unit. However noone talks about this because noone thinks about it.
I'll continue this sometimes, maybe only next weekend, we'll see. If you wish to read the book you can probably find it on libgen.
>>18572 >claims he led the campaign against the Byzantines on basis of his wife's claim on that region - and the Byzantines used/payed the Saracens to cool his ambitions So, the Arabs were supported by the Byzantines?
>>18584 The other way around. Kinda. Southern Italy was in the possession of Byzantium, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle calls it Greece despite it's Italy because of this reason. Comyn claims Otto went there to conquer it and the Byzantines hired the Saracens who owned Sicily at that time. The question is what Otto's intentions were, what the fuck did he do with an army on lands which wasn't under his suzerainty? He married a Byzantine princess and Comyn adds 1 and 1 and concludes he wanted to take over the place on the right of his wife. He did started to pursue imperial ambitions. His Italian chancery just adopted the title of imperator Romanorum augustus in 982 which also could be used as a basis for claiming the whole peninsula. Modern authors say he went there to drive away the Arabs - on the same basis (he was the Roman emperor that was his land). Comyn wrote his book in the middle of the 19th century modern authors can have far more sources to evaluate than he had, it would be nice to read those but that's not a short work. Without further research the topic I'm not sure who owned what in Southern Italy at that time. I know Arabs raided the region many times, Byzantines - who really owned places there - had problems with them all the time. I can also make sense liek this: Byzantium had the claim of the land and normally it was theirs but Arabs overrun places then Otto came and tried to make these places - but not those which were still under Byzantine control - his own by chasing away the Saracens and occupy them with his own men, legitimizing the whole move with his imperial title and maybe with his wife's rights.
Ehhh anoni powiem wam tak, że idę sobie do kościoła i stoi tam taka ładna opalona dziewczyna w białej sukience... Tzn jak się odwróciła na znak pokoju, to miała trochę takie zmarszczki na twarzy jak mam ja koło ust, ale i tak mi się podobała bo była taka sexy, skąpa sukienka itp......... No i bardzo smutno mi się zrobiło, bo może to była moja bratnia dusza i nigdy się nie poznamy itp. nigdy na mnie nie wpadnie na chodniku i nie umówimy się na kawę jak w filmach albo nie zgubi torebki..... No i właśnie pomyslalem sobie, że moim przeznaczeniem było być takim super przystojniakiem i pytać się wszystkie ładne dziewczyny o numer, bo wiadomo jak to jest zagadywac do dziewczyny będąc takim mocnym przystojniaczkiem, nawet jak cię spławi to będzie pamiętać o tym jako najgorsza decyzja w jej życiu i będzie do końca życia żałować ...
No i jak ja mam być szczęśliwy ja się pytam........
A year passed and again this day commemorates the foundation of Hungary, this is 1018th birthday. We celebrate this national holiday with listening to politicians mixing irrelevant daily politics into historical events in the morning and watching fireworks in the evening. Budapesterners can witness the procession of state founder Saint Stephen's Holy Dexter. Also all the local communities have their own little celebrations. This is the third time I make this thread, and I won't post much, maybe I'll post something about what happened today - if anything interesting - later.
pic #1 After 80 years the first time we have flags with crosses on the Parliament Building pic #2 János Áder, President of Hungary, is talking boring stuff and unrelated daily politics mixed in historical references as predicted pic #3 fresh officers of the Hungarian Defence Forces take their vows
>>18586 I googled and found this saint was from 10th century. And he was a king. We have Chinese saints but they were recent. They were never famous to general Chinese . There were no king saint either. But to be a king saint you seem to have to convert the whole people
>>18595 Thank you, mountain Jew! I won't forget you are responsible for the Habsburgs...
>>18593 >>18594 His canonization along with his son's happened about 45 years after his death by another king, Ladislaus I, who was also canonized a century later. While Christianity was introduced to Hungarians earlier Saint Stephen made Catholicism state religion and he was the one who created the framework of the Church in Hungary (among other things). During the ages 20th of August had different feasts/holidays. In the middle ages it was a religious feast as Stephen was canonized on this day. In the interwar era in the 20th century became national holiday for the first time. During the communism it was the holiday of the (Stalinist) Constitution and People's Republic. After '89-90 it returned back to the national holiday of the Hungarian statehood. This Hungarian statehood is counted from the coronation of Stephen in 1000/1001. The actual date is very uncertain so that's why his date of canonization was picked instead. It's not even sure it was coronation, it might been a different type anointing. The point is he become rex from dux what he was since 997.