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Syria thread - Erdoğan edition Bernd 10/24/2019 (Thu) 01:43:41 [Preview] No. 30865 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Erdogan has met Putin and ironed out the partition of northeastern Syria. He gets to keep everything he conquered and the rest stays with Assad. YPG retreats from a 30km strip along the border, leaving the bulk of Kurdish-populated areas. Russo-Turkish patrols guard the safe zone. The deal shows two things:
By inviting Assad the SDF have completely relinquished their sovereignty. This was why they were so relutanct to receive aid during Olive Branch. As long as Erdogan maintains good relations with Assad and Putin, YPG will no longer bother him. If, however, relations sour then he can even expect a repeat of the 90s, when Hafez sheltered Ocalan and allowed PKK to use Syria as its base of operations.
The deal was discussed with Putin, not Assad. It's also clear who calls the shots.

For locals conquered by Peace Spring, the problem is not Turkey itself but its Syrian rebel puppets, who are thugs and mistreat the population, as has already been the case in Afrin. For the war as a whole, peace is now closer. Once Idlib is sorted out, a simple deal with Turkey can grant Assad the whole country except for al-Tanf.
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Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 19:25:59 [Preview] No.34235 del
And suddenly red dots everywhere with neat little bombs on them.
Judging by those two green Kalashnikovs (they say rebels stopped advancing, infiltrating SAA troops) about those two depressions in the front the govt. forces started a new offensive.

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Knock knock.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 07:21:39 [Preview] No.34254 del
Who's there?

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 21:54:12 [Preview] No.34281 del
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Rebels counterattacked the army's spearhead pointed at Maraat al-Numan to no avail and have now lost the city's northern flank and highway connection. There's more activity elsewhere, a lot of loyalist casualties in Aleppo, a car bomb in Azaz and Turkish shelling of yellow territory.

Bernd 06/20/2019 (Thu) 23:32:19 [Preview] No. 27456 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Name some idiomatic expressions from your language, give a literal translation and explain their meaning.

Cutucando onça com vara curta: "Poking a jaguar with a short stick". A reckless act.

Encher linguiça: "Filling sausages". Meaningless filler speech. Comparable to "padding out" or "beating around the bush".

Lei para inglês ver: "A law for Englishmen to see". In a strict sense this is the Feijó Law of November 7th 1831. It banned the slave trade but went completely unenforced, as it was passed only to appease Britain, which was pressuring the government to cease the import of Africans. Thus, at the time the law was said to be just for Englishmen to see, and the expression now applies to anything used only to maintain appearences. Comparable to "Potemkin village".

Tirar o cavalo da chuva: "Removing one's horse from the rain". A reference to 19th century etiquette: visitors left their horses exposed to the elements, expecting to leave quickly, but their hosts could offer to take their horses off the rain and leave them sheltered so they could spend more time. By some poorly understood semantic shift, this invitation came to mean giving up: you take your horse off the rain if you abandon some pretension.

A vaca foi pro brejo: "The cow went to the bog". A situation greatly worsened.

Dar nome aos bois: "Naming the oxen". Denouncing those involved in something, typically negative, or saying something important.

Boi de piranha: "Piranha ox". Sacrificing something of lesser value to save something greater, allegedly from cattle barges throwing away an older bovine into piranha-infested waters to save the rest. For that we have a more easily understood expression, dar os dedos para não perder as mãos ("giving away the fingers to save the hands").

Queimar a rosca: "Burning the donut". Homosex. Bolsonaro famously replied this to a homosexual on Twitter.

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Bernd 12/09/2019 (Mon) 14:48:54 [Preview] No.32964 del
>sataa kuin Esterin perseestä
"It rains as if from Esteri's asshole"
It rains very heavily. Esteri is a woman's name and probably implies and older woman, but it's hard to say with such an old idiom.
I think Finnish has a lot of these pretty weak idioms where you just add dirty ideas to everyday occurrences, instead of saying something clever or timely. I'm pretty bored with them so I haven't developed a good memory for such things.

But then we also have words like "a reindeer's pissening" which is just the measure of land for how far reindeer will walk between two piss-breaks.

Bernd 12/09/2019 (Mon) 16:40:04 [Preview] No.32966 del
>a reindeer's pissening
>how far reindeer will walk between two piss-breaks.
Would fit right in the imperial system.

Bernd 01/25/2020 (Sat) 07:48:50 [Preview] No.34241 del
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Conscripted military service is a thing of the past (there's always some talk to bring it back) so military slang is less relevant, younger generations hear expressions which were born in the military and were implanted and inherited during service, less and less, probably not at all. But back then when a large proportion of the society spent some mandatory time in the military these idioms sipped into civilian life too. Maybe I'll list more in the future, right now only have time for a couple.
centit vágni or vágom a centit = "cutting the centimeter", "I'm cutting the centimeter"; waiting for the end of something, in the military typically the end of service. This isn't a figure of speech, they bought tailor's measuring tape (back than it was paper based I think, now I could only find images of plastic) and every day passed they cut one centimeter of it, then on the last day they used as confetti.
kopasz = "bald/baldie"; fresh conscript, those in still basic training, maybe longer, depending on the length of service. The lowest in the ranks.
fóka, fókázni = "seal" (the animal), "doing the seal"; mop and mopping. This served as both cleaning purposes and bullying the baldies. Longer serving soldiers spilled soap foam all over the barracks by the buckets and on the basis of seniority demanded the baldies to clean it up. The cleaning went with a piece of flat wood wrapped in a rag, this was called "seal", and the crawling around on four and cleaning is the "doing the seal".
motoros fóka = "motorized seal". Senior conscript were done with doing the seal they could use more advanced tools, flat peace of wood with long wooden handle (they could use proper mop basically), so they didn't have to crawl on four.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 17:44:40 [Preview] No.34271 del
I want to ask to the hues, how is Xiiiiiiii pronounced?

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 21:48:18 [Preview] No.34280 del
That x at the beginning of the syllable is the same phoneme as ch (chamada, chapéu). The rest of the expression is just a matter of emphasis and intonation. Context and the ellipsis it's invariably paired with mean you'll fade out as you progress among the is.

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Politics Serious Discusson - Brexit Edition Bernd 03/21/2019 (Thu) 20:43:13 [Preview] No. 23966 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Anything politics.

For those who want to qwop-xit from the EU:
This athlete needs matching colors with picrel.
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Bernd 01/13/2020 (Mon) 20:12:16 [Preview] No.34029 del
In June Moro's position was shaken by leaked conversations with prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol when he was a judge. They show him taking a more active role than what is typically expected of a judge, which may or may not be grounds for deeming him biased and rolling back Lula's condemnation. Only a proper trial could assess this, but there likely won't be one as his opponents immediately used it to attack Lava Jato and justify their push. Nonetheless he still has strong popular support and the backing of a handful of center-right parties. The only practical effect is that he will no longer be nominated to the Supreme Court and nor Dallagnol to Prosecutor General.
Congress and the Supreme Court have transferred the Financial Activities Control Council (Coaf) from the Justice Ministry to the Central Bank, passed the "Authority abuse law" which can be used to target judges and prosecutors if they're deemed too harsh, seriously watered down the "anti-crime packaged" Moro had forwarded to Congress and set Lula free as part of a wider relaxation of arrest conditions.

The Supreme Court, on its part, is drunk with power. They issued a gag order to some journalists and decided criminalized homophobia by defining it as part of the Constitution's ban on racism. The major criticism on legal grounds is that in doing so it was effectively creating legislation and thus invading an exclusive prerogative of Congress. The counterargument was that it was a creation of legislation but the Supreme Court is allowed to do it for laws that are already meant to exist anyways.

Bolsonaro is weakened and has to deal with corruption scandals among his sons and bitter infighting in his party, which he intends to leave and form a new one. His foreign policy has brought little fruit and Trump hasn't done much in his favor. Anyone who speaks of the "threat of authoritarianism" in Brazil is clueless.
He does, however, still have a dedicated and zealous core of followers who defend him no matter what he does. This was also the backbone of PT rule for years and he managed to replicate it.
The economy was stagnant but doing fairly well with low inflation and interest rates and positive prospects for this year. The BRL is dropping but that is good for exports.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 20:45:30 [Preview] No.34276 del
Is liberalism still a progressive ideology?

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 20:45:55 [Preview] No.34277 del
Forgot to read these. Will do.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 21:01:34 [Preview] No.34278 del
Technically no since it's already in place for 200 years? Using a strict definition of "progressive" of course.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 21:21:40 [Preview] No.34279 del
Yeah. In daily politics the definitions can become quite elastic.

A related question: can be the terms conservative and progressive used in other epochs without being anachronistic? Liek in antiquity, e.g. when they turned Rome into a republic from monarchy, and then when the turned the republic into monarchy.

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Vidya Thread Bernd 07/31/2019 (Wed) 18:08:06 [Preview] No. 28357 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Since the previous reached bump limit.

Played some moar Atom RPG. I don't really have any coherent text drafted but some impressions, moments and such.

This game is depressing. It's like they extracted all the misery of the Soviet Union, ground it, added a hint mutants and monsters, then crammed it into one misery-sausage. Ofc there are funny lines and situations in there, always when you least expect. And you never expect them because the whole thing is so depressing.
NPC interactions are animated nicely. Heart warming meeting of father and daughter. Then they started to gossip about me.
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Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 14:38:43 [Preview] No.34267 del
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Here's our "many core" processors. Ironic that "many core" is a year before the Ryzen comes out.

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And this is when things get unrealistic.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 15:36:20 [Preview] No.34269 del
>Trigger Article 50

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When this is all in one picture, you know things are going wrong.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 19:08:32 [Preview] No.34275 del
More likely than you think.

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Films, tv-shows and related media Bernd 01/01/2020 (Wed) 18:08:25 [Preview] No. 33703 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The previous thread is at 499 posts, on the brink of autosage. So I open up a new one, because I have a thing to discuss as well with Bernd. But first thing first.

Finally I wanna watch these in their entirety, a series of Japanese films from the 70s The Yakuza Papers or Battles Without Honor And Humanity - which is also the title of the very first one.
I think the first five (what I'm planning on consuming) cover one full story, based on an OG yak's memoirs, published in a newspaper first. Then they made another three in the 70s, all standalone, and three more, two of them in this millennia.
They are in a certain subgenre of yakuza movies, which were fresh breeze at that time with their more realistic narrative and breakup with the "honorable samurai" romanticism of the previous era. They are also filmed in a documentary style, with handheld shaky cameras, and sometimes they even timestamp certain events as the movie plays - as far as I can tell based on the first one which I seen (but will rewatch).
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Bernd 01/15/2020 (Wed) 10:29:18 [Preview] No.34059 del
Iremember seeing the miniseries as a kid and scared the utter fucking crap out of me. Although, The BFG, an actual kids film, gave me nightmares for years with the thought of giants taking children through windows and eating them.

Bernd 01/15/2020 (Wed) 10:31:04 [Preview] No.34060 del
Miniseries? The old two part movies?

Bernd 01/15/2020 (Wed) 19:19:04 [Preview] No.34069 del
Yeah that's it, from 1990. I was just a little kid but it was pretty scary.

Bernd 01/16/2020 (Thu) 08:43:36 [Preview] No.34074 del
Hmm. I saw some of that not sure when and was scared I kinda remember, but I was too young as well for that. I read the books later, when I was about 20, it was intense, a very good read. I consumed much Stephen King and I think that is his most scary book, maybe the one actually scary. Few years after I watched that "miniseries". I fell asleep during part I, and laughed on part II. It felt boring and lame.
In general the "tragedy" of King, that his works are rarely adapted adequately on screen - I think The Green Mile turned out well - not movies, not shows couldn't capture anything what's in the books. They are all boring with bad acting and cheap effects.

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That Witcher show was really ok. Some cheap stuff were in the mix, but I found it entertaining all in all, and will watch next season.
Apparently a bunch of scenes were shot at us, here's an article - in English - and pictures with it:

Now I'm thinking of dl-ing the "old" Polish show, mabye due to the popularity of this new, Netflix one, this also can be found somewhere.

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Tech Thread Bernd 05/16/2018 (Wed) 18:34:14 [Preview] No. 16528 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Newest Edition, with less Ghork.

First thing first:
That dude of the Primitive Technology channel and all his copycats have a great advantage: access to unlimited supply of bamboo. Unlimited to their objectives. That stuff is great, tuff as shit, light as feather, can be used to many purpose with little modification and not too much work.

I also read most of this:
I think technology and it's use are running forward and lawmakers lag behind. Those who spent any time in the past two decades on the internet have a giant heap of data about them. I think Bernd posted a video about a security eggsbert, I think he works kind of a private investigator many time cooperating with officials and he said in that video anonymizing data worth nothing it can be de-anonymized with ease, and both companies and govt agencies do.
Now this law was passed at 2016. This year the EU countries have to start implementing it. Who knows how long it takes until it finishes. The whole stuff is kinda vague (it can be modified when necessary tho), and I don't know for example how the EU can force a foreign company to do whatever? There are sanctions but what jurisdiction the EU has over a US based firm for example Facebook and how the EU will force the sanctions onto for example said company?
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Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 20:16:20 [Preview] No.34238 del
Oh. I use Palemoon by default. I stopped with experimenting IceCat.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 21:03:17 [Preview] No.34239 del
Also using it ever since I abandoned Firefox. Never bothered to move to an alternative.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 10:31:05 [Preview] No.34256 del
Yeah. Sometimes I have to dust off FF again, since Palemoon little lags behind and not supports everything and doesn't display some pages properly.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 17:38:59 [Preview] No.34270 del
On principles, it's fucking botnet. On usability, it makes simple things way more cumbersome that they need to, and sometimes there's no reason for them to be on the house.
Amazon echo is a prime :^) example of this.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 17:49:16 [Preview] No.34272 del
House automation systems don't have/need to be connected to the internet, and don't need the involvement of amazon or google or whatever. It's more about programmable and/or centrally controllable lights, temperature (house, fridge, boiler), appliances, or even doors, shutters and pretty much anything that need electricity. Reaching it from the internet is more a feature and not a necessity (and again it doesn't need the involvement of multis, tho probably if one wants to use access through smartphones the odds are some of these multis will have some level access..., at least for data).

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Outdoors thread Bernd 12/28/2019 (Sat) 23:54:41 [Preview] No. 33559 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Let's start off with a little game. Guess which countries each photo was taken in.
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Bernd 01/19/2020 (Sun) 08:07:31 [Preview] No.34122 del
>6 hours walk
>with running here and there
>some elevation
Ehh, I can't judge your speed, but let's say 5 km/h. That's a long walk.

I like the panorama of the 3rd pic, and the sharp edges of those hills.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 16:19:02 [Preview] No.34232 del
Tomorrow gonna have a hike, walk, outing. With company but I hope for something to take photos of and can post them too.

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I don't have many photos. In fact only these four. We were too engaged in talking about life and shit to notice interesting details in the landscape. Tho I saw a long stretching patch of pines where I should return (even tho I need a similar day hike for that).
The frost on the vegetation was nice, as always but fog limited our vision. Found some mistletoe, this one was nice round ball. Can you tell I took the photo from the south? I can't. The foggy background is just too bright.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 02:27:55 [Preview] No.34251 del
Nice panorama despite because the mist shrouds everything.
Is all of the ice from frost alone?

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 07:34:11 [Preview] No.34255 del
Yes. We have misty weather with minuses for weeks now. Only a couple of days were with sunshine, which did some melting around, but by the the afternoon all the freed up moisture evaporated and turned into fog. Which again started froze onto the vegetation.
I saw a long flexible frost-thread hanging from a branch in the garden. Next day it was sunny weather and I saw that it was a hair of me moms caught by the branch, that gathered the frost there.

Oh. One notable things happened, we heard a bird making noises, at first I mistook it with dog barking, but as I listened it became clear it isn't ofc, I could say it had vague resemblance to crow croaking. Two such bird was around. One lifted off from the trees and flew around. It was big but cannot make out any important detail, I couldn't even see colors, in front of the white sky it look just like a dark figure.

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Weird Arab-German false cognates Bernd 01/25/2020 (Sat) 10:54:15 [Preview] No. 34242 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Has anybody noticed how some German names are similar to Arab names? For example, Haider is both a German/Austrian name (see Jorg Haider) and an Arab word for lion. There's Jamal and then there's the German town named Jamel.
Romance languages have even more "false" cognates with Arabic that are very similar.

Bernd 01/25/2020 (Sat) 17:22:57 [Preview] No.34245 del
I noticed many Jewish names similar to German words...

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 00:17:29 [Preview] No.34250 del
>Romance languages have even more "false" cognates with Arabic that are very similar.
Iberian languages are full of actual cognates. The "al" particle is everywhere -otherwise rice (arroz) would be just roz or something like that- and Inshallah became the Portuguese oxalá and Spanish ojalá, with the same meaning. The former is antiquated, appearing in older translations of the Bible, but coincidentally an African pagan spirit with a Yoruba name is called by the exact same word.

Worry Bernd 04/27/2018 (Fri) 16:16:36 [Preview] No. 16116 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
If all the pictures and posts of a week are gone for good, why worry? Maybe, real worry is other imageboards' decline and that Odilitime manages things better?

Pls post your worries. I mean worry bears. For real worries the blog thread still usable.
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Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 00:09:04 [Preview] No.34226 del
I drew this.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 06:22:13 [Preview] No.34227 del

Fluffy, fuzzy. Do you have a draw pad?

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 08:54:14 [Preview] No.34229 del
Yes but I didn't use it.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 16:13:33 [Preview] No.34230 del
Let me guess you used trackpad like Slovenia does.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 23:12:46 [Preview] No.34240 del
No, I used the mouse.

Mewsic Thread Bernd 02/21/2019 (Thu) 21:09:41 [Preview] No. 23382 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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Bernd 12/11/2019 (Wed) 09:27:23 [Preview] No.33003 del
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Bernd 12/11/2019 (Wed) 13:38:32 [Preview] No.33006 del
Thank you Brazil for Astrud Gilberto (and Germany too)
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Bernd 01/22/2020 (Wed) 20:21:30 [Preview] No.34202 del
Halestorm. Cover of AC/DC's Mistress for Christmas. Now that we talk women so much.
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Their own songs I listened into are lackluster.

Bernd 01/23/2020 (Thu) 21:37:20 [Preview] No.34223 del
Pretty interesting psychedelic/progressive with some Uriah Heep feel: https://youtube.com/watch?v=SwOTmCllkLY [Embed]

Some part of band is from Orcus Chylde that was posted here before few times.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 06:35:55 [Preview] No.34228 del
Did they confused it with völva?
With the organ it sounds old school. Good music. The vocals a bit high pitched for me, but parts (usually the chorus) are enjoyable.
Night by night is breddy gud.