Nonilex, to Russia
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to Hold Drills on

Russian ofcls claimed the order was in response to comments from the West about the possibility of more direct involvement in . called the announcement “irresponsible.”

said on Mon that it would hold exercises w/troops based near to practice for the possible use of ….

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/06/world/europe/russia-tactical-nuclear-weapons-drills.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

Nonilex,
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These #weapons, referred to as “#tactical,” are designed for #battlefield use & have smaller warheads than “strategic” #NuclearWeapons meant to target cities. #Russia’s DM said that #Putin had ordered an exercise for #missile, #aviation & #naval personnel to “increase the readiness of nonstrategic #nuclear forces to carry out #combat missions.”

The announcement of the exercise was Russia’s most explicit warning in its >2yr #invasion of #Ukraine that it could use tactical #NuclearWeapons there.

Nonilex, to history
@Nonilex@masto.ai avatar

Donald has launched his general election campaign not merely rewriting the of the , 2021, Capitol attack [], but positioning the siege & its failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election as a cornerstone of his bid to return to the .


https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-jan-6-pardons-2024-campaign-2401ead35cb1402a7b289c2c99761373

Nonilex,
@Nonilex@masto.ai avatar

And they’re not alone. in are embarking on a re-investigation [] of the , 2021, attack [] that seeks to shield of wrongdoing while lawmakers [] are showcasing side theories [] about why thousands of his supporters descended on Capitol Hill in what became a brutal scene of hand-to-hand w/ police.

punkmetalnbowie, to random
@punkmetalnbowie@kolektiva.social avatar

The "Spoon Theory" aka
"You Don't Look Sick"
https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/
If you haven't read this, take the time. don't ask us to "push just a little harder."
The energy that we're saving in the moment is most likely needed for the nightly tasks the others take for granted like feeding the animals and similar activities or just actually getting in bed.

nilsskirnir,
@nilsskirnir@kolektiva.social avatar

@punkmetalnbowie
Wonderful analogies and story.


tness16, to politics French
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boilingsteam, to gaming
@boilingsteam@mastodon.cloud avatar

New trailer for Silent Hill 2 Remake focusing on combat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fsQjJmYx6U

kokurya, to LEGO
@kokurya@mastodon.social avatar

Qman 23011 - Chengdu J-20 incl. WS-15

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dada, to anime_titties French
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Le retour des combats médiévaux | ARTE Regards - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5saYBg3tK0

Je suis toujours fasciné par ce genre de milieu même si je sais que ça traine tellement de nationalisme et de trucs d’extrême droite à base de mythologie fantasmée :/

itnewsbot, to Battlefield
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Saving Australia’s Ants With Age of Empires II - Australia’s native meat ants are struggling. Invasive species of foreign ants have... - https://hackaday.com/2023/10/30/saving-australias-ants-with-age-of-empires-ii/

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mobilehugh,

@AndreasDavour @ttrpg

I love science fiction RPGs, but I find combat troubling. It is hard to make combat 'fun' with bombs, guns, drones, satellites, night vision, etc. Fantasy combat allows for a sword vs dragon combat. Sci fi combat should take place long range. Also modern combat is too real. No one knows anyone who was killed by a dragon, but we all know someone who has been shot.

The high tech science fiction RPGs need a conceit or story to make combat fun

chrisschmitz, to Ukraine
@chrisschmitz@nafo.army avatar

Ukrainian forces clearing russian foxholes in the Serebrianka Forestry

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chrisschmitz, to Ukraine
@chrisschmitz@nafo.army avatar

"Hot Potatoe", russian Infantry throws live grenade at a tree, bouncing back to him.

Blyat, one very lucky russian soldier.

video/mp4

itnewsbot, to science
@itnewsbot@schleuss.online avatar

Age of Empires and live ants used to test theoretical ideas on combat - Enlarge (credit: Jesús Alberto Ramírez Viera)

Anyone who has p... - https://arstechnica.com/?p=1964101

slcw, to anime_titties
@slcw@newsie.social avatar

This little is well past his expiration date. He's one of the responsible for handing over to , and now he prances around in his boots like a spoiled, delusional prince. Fuck around and find out, . We'll always have plenty left over for you.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1806536/putin-ally-Ramzan-Kadyrov-Chechen-troops-ukraine-quran/amp

chrisschmitz, to Ukraine
@chrisschmitz@nafo.army avatar

Inside Robotyne, russian Mortar Fire incoming. M2 Braley protects ukrainian Soldiers from the russian Fire.

video/mp4

[Video] Operators of the "Perun" drone from the 73rd Maritime Center of Special Operations of the AFU discovered and destroyed a russian tank and two armored vehicles (streamable.com)

Watch "Operators of the "Perun" drone from the 73rd Maritime Center of Special Operations of the AFU discovered and destroyed a russian tank and two armored vehicles" on Streamable.

Arotrios, (edited ) to 13thFloor
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Lyft driver last night decided to tell me his life story. The guy was more than a bit unhinged, so I just let him talk.

Veteran, tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Starts talking about his domestic violence towards his ex-wife and children, laughing about how he had only jokingly threatened to break his children's legs, and when he stabbed his wife in the arm with a wire, it wasn't really a stabbing.

"I told the judge, if I had wanted to stab her, she'd be dead."

Complains in great detail about all the money she took from him, his prison time for the assault, and describes with glee hiding his assets in his vintage car. "New chrome, new hood, new tires - bitch wasn't gonna see that money!"

Continues on about how his new girl came from Iraq and knows what a war zone is like. Brags that he'll send her back if she doesn't marry him. Turns out he's never seen her in person, but has sent her over $7k through some online hookup site that charges per message. Goes off on how he helped her move from Canada to Chicago (we're in California), and complains about how each time he sends her money to come out west, she never shows up.

"I've bought the tux, the wedding dress - it's all ready to go - it's that or Iraq."

Note that all of this was punctuated with constant bouts of chuckling and provided completely unprompted - I said maybe three words the entire trip.


Why do I relate this story? First, it was watching bad karma in action, both the fuck around and find out phases wrapped up in a tidy taxi ride.

But I found myself wondering what he was like as a child... he was clearly struggling in the smarts department, but he had a natural friendliness that belied the horrible shit coming out of his mouth. It got me thinking to what this guy might have been like had the army not put a gun in his hand and sent him overseas to kill. He was in his forties, but his mind was that of a violent teenager - almost as if it had been frozen at the point in time when he was deployed.

I speak about this because I've seen the same pattern in other vets I've known, including some I went to high school with (1st Gulf War vets). Something gets permanently broken in them, keeping them in a state of constant angry adolescence that takes childish glee in abuse, cruelty and savagery as a way to normalize their experience.

And then they come home, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they try to integrate to a peacetime existence, unable to grow up, Peter Pan with a gun in hand.

I wish someone had made this clear to my friends who joined up. There's more than one of them who's too dangerous to be a friend to now.

doboprobodyne,
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@Arotrios

I have yet to read it, but I understand the book "Achilles In Vietnam" might be the tome for which you don't know you're looking ;)

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/isbn/9780684813219/

pressenzaDE, to Stoicism German


Das brisanteste Projekt Ghaddafis war die Schaffung einer afrikanischen Währungsunion um der Abhängigkeit von Dollar und Euro zu entgehen. Das löste in der globalen Wirtschaft, bei grossen westlichen Banken, Rohstoffkonzernen & IWF Alarm aus. Es war sicher einer der Faktoren, die dazu beitrugen, dass die die Beseitigung des Störenfrieds Ghaddafi anstrebte.

https://www.infosperber.ch/politik/libyen-warum-gaddafi-beseitigt-wurde/

fulelo, to ukrainian
@fulelo@journa.host avatar

have been signing up in growing numbers to serve as troops against . The spoke to three of the 5,000 female front-line soldiers who are fighting both the enemy and some sexist attitudes within their own ranks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-66254964

grissallia, to gaming
@grissallia@aus.social avatar

I'm not one for "New Year's resolutions", but I am one for overly ambitious projects.

For 2023, Project365 is "One New Game Per Day".

Given that I have 634 unplayed games in my Steam account and {mumble} unredeemed bundle Steam keys, there's a reason my unplayed collection is tagged "Pile of Shame".

I'll pin this to my profile, and give a brief summary here each day (or x, if I miss x days due to work or stuff).

I'll play 15-30 minutes of (at least) one new game I've never played before (or played less than 15 minutes of). I'll give every game at least 15 minutes, even if I hate every minute of it.

I'm also open to suggestions; if you reply to this thread with a game, I'll schedule it, or tell you what I thought of it.

One of the things that's come up is that I have a bunch of games that I've played once, and not touched again.

Unplayed games:
Trying a game again:
Going live on Twitch:

I'll hashtag these with so you can mute it if you're not interested.

grissallia,
@grissallia@aus.social avatar

November 26, 2023 - Day 329 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 349

Game: Monster Racing League

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Mar 24, 2023
Installation Date: Jun 28, 2023
Unplayed: 151d (4m2d)
Playtime: 17m

Monster Racing League bills itself as a "multiplayer combat racing game where you don't have to steer."

The drivers are cartoon monsters, with an almost generic Unreal Engine cartoon-feel, which is why the game built in Unity was a surprise.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the only surprise. Turns out that you do, in fact, have to steer, after a fashion. You just don't need to accelerate and brake. While the game is 3D, it uses a semi-fixed side-on camera angle, which makes the races and targeting weapons somewhat frustrating.

It's Free-to-Play, and like every other F2P game includes a battle pass, but with the frustrating race mechanics (a "well-timed" missile will not only knock you off the track, it will immediately drop you from first to last position, which little chance to regain any ground), the generic design of the monsters and cars, offers virtually no reason to keep playing.

While the blurb bills Monster Racing League as "non-stop fun", which is an odd assertion, because for fun to be non-stop, it would first have to start. I'll soon recover 3Gb of HDD space, because it's a:

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