Nazi CultureThe term 'Nazi' is a shortened version of the Hitler-led NSDAP's (National Socialist German Workers' Party) name and as such, National Socialism (or Nazism) is more often than not associated with Germans and the German culture, which is an understandable mistake, but mistake nonetheless.Nazi Culture3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
While undeniably Nazism marked the 20th century through the bloodbath that was its reign, both within Germany and in the entirety of World War II, using the German Nation as its vessel to reap havoc and mayhem upon the world, it is not a 20th century phenomenon, and its culture has had centuries of grooming to reach to the (albeit grotesque) pinnacle it did in the 1930s-1940s.
So in order to truly understand the nazi culture, we have to see it not as part of the German culture but as it really is: a pseudo culture that is a composite of patterns and principles as ancient as the earliest civilizations, all gathered up together to form a concentrated doctrine that is adaptable through the distortion and
World War 2: Britain Stands AloneWorld War 2: Britain Stands Alone3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Preparing the Defenses
On June 22, 1940 Britain was now only the country standing against the Germans after the surrender of France. Still British Prime Minister Winston Churchill would not consider defeat and raised the unity of his country in a speech over the radio where he stated that the British people would defend their island no matter the cost. Britain still had all the resources of its enormous empire. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Egypt, and a series of other nations from Britain's colonies and commonwealth all declared war on Germany, but they were thousands of miles away across the oceans and their military power would be difficult to bring to support the mother country. Adolf Hitler, the German dictator, believed that Britain would quickly accept any peace terms.
Hitler entered the the German parliament (the Reichstag) and made a peace treaty to give to Britain. His offer was for Britain to keep its entire empire and virtually walk free so he could h
Shark intelligenceMany people stupidly assume sharks are dumb, instinct driven killing machines. However, this is pretty much not the case, rendering whoever believes that an ignorant fuckwad.Shark intelligence5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
In terms of brain shape, the shark brain differs a lot from that of mammals and birds. However, in proportion to the body size shark brains usually are similar sized or bigger than those of most mammals and birds, and while arranged in a different way it seems to share the seme level of mental capacity. Some shark species seem to be as intelligent as mammals such as dogs, which is really impressive for a non-tetrapod. Cetaceans in general are as intelligent as the most intelligent shark species (except derived beaked whales like dolphins), thus rendering whoever thinks cetacean protection should be more important because whales are smarter is really just an ignorant hypocrite who needs to do some research work.
Sharks indeed can solve problems very easily, but in terms of social skills they are also very gifted. I
Last GaspHalfway through 2011 we find ourselves in a much more complicated world than anytime since the Age of Enlightenment.Last Gasp4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In America 52% of the country has stated that they don't have a problem with Gay Marriage and the US Military has begun the process to let gays and in many cases Women serve openly. Texas, California, and New Mexico have all become Majority Minority States and the others will soon join that status. A larger percentage of Americans are in favor of Legalizing Marijuana today (46% as of 2010) than ever before.
In the Middle East a new generation of activists have in many cases peacefully overthrown old authoritarian governments and installed new democratic regimes. Even in the cases where revolution had gone violent or failed, the new tools of political movement, the Internet and a camera, have enabled a new wave of political change and liberalization.
As of 2011 the United Nations declared access to a Free and Open Internet a fundamental right of humanity...
...and yet, th
InterceptorInterceptor2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
When they came in, they always came in fast. They skid low across the atmosphere like silvery stones, flushed with coldness and dawn. It seems like they had been coming for a few years now, and perhaps observing for some time before that. We knew what they had been doing for awhile, but due to the scale of the previous conflict their depredations went unnoticed. Unnoticed at least by nations and armies. The inhabitants of a remote farm would go missing. Bandits, of course. A fishing vessel might disappear, just before dawn on a clear calm night. Drift mine, most likely. However, the disappearance of all the human inhabitants from certain remote island chains seemed harder to explain.
As things were rebuilt, one missing person became ten, then a hundred, then a thousand. A sort of harvest was suspected. It took radar and collective will to finally see them clearly. Silent, swift, and hungry. We almost never saw them at all. We never found any trace of their victims. They came o
SharksSharks5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Many people go around defending cetaceans and wolves, saying they are misunderstood and endangered. While some cetacean and wolf subspecies/species are in fact endangered, people only focus on the american grey wolf and iconic cetaceans like the bottlenose dolphin and the humpback whale. Considering how none of said animals is in fact endangered, said people are mentally ill and delusioned if they insist on that.
On the other hand, there's a far more decent, intelligent predator that is largely ignored: the shark. Sharks are about as intelligent as mammals and birds, and are very far from the antisocial, mindless machines they are portrayed in media as. Sharks show complex behaviours like playing and are generally quite curious by nature. Some species can even form attachments with zookeepers, not to mention that the vast majority of sharks are harmless. Less people die each year by shark attacks than people killed by horses or cows, not to mention that most attacks are not even fatal.
Mike's Guide to Making LanguagesPhonemesMike's Guide to Making Languages3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Phonemes are the most basic units of language, the individual sounds that make up words. Each letter in the alphabet represents an array of phonemes, and depending on your dialect, you may utilize anywhere from 30 to 50 in everyday speech. If you're designing a language for an alien, then chances are they'll have a different mouth structure than humans. Hence, their phonemes won't be exactly the same as ours, but there will be similarities, so it's still important to understand how our phonemes work so you can infer how your alien's phonemes will work.
Firstly, you can divide phonemes into two clades, consonants and vowels. Consonants are usually defined by three parameters: voice (whether the vocal chords vibrate during articulation), point of articulation (where the tongue is articulating), and manner of articulation (how is it articulating). For example, the phoneme [t] is a voiceless alveolar plosive, meaning the vocal chords aren't vibrating, the tongue is pressed against
Are Gryphons in The Bible?That question is very much founded upon the question: were Gryphons real? If they were, then yes, they're in The Holy Bible. If not, then no. Proving whether Gryphons were real or not is something many have tried to do, the same as with dragons, unicorns and any supposed mythological creature. As such, I will leave this question to be answered by the one I am posing: are Gryphons in The Sacred Scriptures?Are Gryphons in The Bible?5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
More specifically, are gryphons mentioned personally in The Bible? As I said before, if gryphons were real, then they are mentioned in Scripture. Every creature that ever existed was created in the first chapter of Genesis. Therefore gryphons would be included here, if nowhere else in The Bible. But this does little to help answer the question, as The Creation Account gives very few specific kinds of animals.
Everything is summed up into categories (Genesis 1:20-30): moving creatures that have life in the waters, dragons (great whales), fish of the sea, winged
Wolves are inferior toDolphinsWolves are inferior to5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Yes, I don't like dolphins either, but compared to wolves the reasons of anyone liking them are far more understandable. They rely on sonar to search for prey, not needing vision in areas where it is difficult to use, whereas the wolf sense of smell is most inferior. They hunt in packs far more organised than wolf packs, and they show a wider variety of social behaviours. They are more intelligent than wolves, and some species are very adaptable in terms of ecosystems they can occur on. Several species can hold their breath for long periods of time and dive to depths that humans could only dream of. While the idiotic bottlenose dolphin is common, many species are endangered and deserve more protection than both wolves and bottlenose dolphins.
Birds of prey
To begin with, they can fly, something wolves obviously are incapable of. Their sight is far superior to that of wolves, many species being able to see something kilometers away from them in detail. Eagles are powerful enoug
The Silo Complex"You won't believe what I just saw in the field."The Silo Complex4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I sighed at Eloise in the doorway. "Another dead raccoon? How big was it this time? You know it's just maggots, right?"
"No, that wasn't it. I saw a man."
"Was it John?"
"It was a man, but it wasn't really a man. Almost a man."
"Almost a man?" She had recently taken to wandering in the fields under gray skies, thinking that she'd find her answers among the abandoned farm equipment and rows of dried corn husks. She never did. Just raccoons. I never heard anything about men who were almost men. "How can someone be almost a man?"
"Never mind. You don't believe me."
"Just tell me what he looked like."
"He looked like smoke."
I didn't realize what she meant until the next day when a woman who was almost a woman appeared outside the back door, peering through the window. She was in the form of a woma
Hunting the WitchHunting the Witch:Hunting the Witch3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I tracked her down to a squalid cave
Where the entrance smelled of rotting flesh.
Putrid and vile, bloated with maggots;
It stung the nose with every breath.
I avoided choking and steeled my will
For the mouth was a facade to deter the weak.
But the inside was opulent, rich and vibrant;
It matched the prey which I had to seek...
She sat in the center, confident and calm
Displayed on a throne of solid gold.
She wore a dress of beautiful silk
Red in colour, and very bold...
Her scent reminded me of gentle flowers
It soothed the soul to behold this sight.
She appeared in the form of an ancient goddess;
Bathed in a pillar of mystical light...
Do you like what you see, my dearest hunter?
She cooed in musical twit.
I'm afraid I do, my fairest lady
I'll admit that I liked her a bit.
She smiled and stood from her golden throne;
Coming close without a hint of fear...
She licked her lips and smiled at me
Shall I please you now my dear?
F-59A Sabre II SpecificationsF-59A Sabre II Specifications2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
F-59A Sabre II
The F-59A Sabre II is an advanced 5.5 generation medium weight stealth fighter designed for air superiority. It is powered by a single PDT-60 variable cycle engine that produces 40,000-60,000 lbf (18,143.69-27,215.54 kgf) of thrust via a 2 dimensional thrust vectoring nozzle. This advanced engine can propel Sabre II to a maximum speed of Mach 2.4 at 30,000 ft (9,144 m) while providing efficient cruise performance. Agility is on par with the F-22A Raptor due to the 2D nozzle and very large control surfaces and wing area.
Dimensions & Capacities:
63 ft (19.2 m)
47 ft (14.32 m)
12 ft (3.66 m)
2, Pilot, WSO (2 seat models)
22,000 lbs (9,979 kg) empty
55,000 lbs (24,947.6 kg) MTOW
45,000 lbs (20,411.6 kg) TCW
Internal Fuel Capacity:
18,000 lbs (18.143.7 kg)
2,666 gallons (10,092 L)
Mach 2.4 (1,416 kts, 1,629 mph, 2,623 km
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Johnny Depp, we met in Sleepy Hollow
I knew one thing, you weren't From Hell
We spent the day Finding Neverland
And you wanted to bring me home Before Night Falls
You had told me of that Secret Window
When we had passed the Ninth Gate
There is only one thing I wanted to know
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Into The MarshesMama once sayed not to go down to the marshes because the snakes and monsters and creeping crawlies live there. They gone eat you up, she says, gone eat you up like a sundae on Saturday morning.Into The Marshes1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
What you think Donny Two Cents and I gone do on a boring afternoon?
We gone down to the marshes.
“You don’t think this real bad, do you, Squeaky?” Donny Two Cents asked me. Boy is scareder than a fish in a crocodile pond. Makes me scared too, but I ain’t never telling him that.
“Course I don’t think that, why you ask?” I snapped back. “We gone to the marshes to look for the Oogey Boogey Man.” I raised my arms real high and grinned like one a them crazies you see down by St. Ann’s. They just walk around in circles all day in St. Ann’s fenced in yard and sometimes stare at the sun.
“Oogey Boogey Man?” repeated Donny Two Cents. He already trembling, that shakey boy. If we filled him with pecans he’d be a walking ma
Billy's PterodactylsBilly was in what his mother called 'his dinosaur phase'. He'd been firmly ensconced in this phase for the past six months, ever since his Dad had taken him to see the Natural History Museum in Oxford. The first thing he'd seen on entering was the huge bones of the Tyrannosaurus Rex glaring down at him, and that was it; he'd been hooked ever since.Billy's Pterodactyls3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
In the time since then his entire room had been re-decorated with a Jurassic theme. Dinosaurs were on the bedsheets, the curtains, the posters on the walls, and little plastic ones covered his floor to the point where it was dangerous to walk across it. Unless you were Billy, of course. No dinosaur would dare to harm Billy, who reigned supreme among them and controlled their every move. Billy was in his element and entirely at home within his dinosaur-infested room.
Every now and then the dinosaurs would venture outside of Billy's room, in an effort to invade and infest the rest of Billy's house. On one such occasion his mother inadvertently
Medieval MisconceptionsHeavy, cumbersome swordsMedieval Misconceptions8 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
- The issue of weight seems to be one of the most commonly mistaken aspects of medieval combat. Smiths all made swords slightly differently and each fighter had his own preferences. It is impossible to generalize when it comes to the technology of an entire continent from c/ 500-1500 AD, and both very heavy and very light swords existed. In terms of what was typical, though,, here’s a rough guide to averaged:
Single-handed sword (aka sword) - 2.5 pounds
Hand-and-a-half (aka bastard sword) 2.5-3 lbs
Two-hander (aka longsword) - 3 to 3.5 pounds.
The absolute largest swords still rarely hit the 5-pound mark. These were designed to serve very specific tactical functions on the battlefield and were not intended for general-use purposes. Experience showed smiths and warriors that this was the ideal weight range for their weapon. It’s essentially natural selection at work: people whose swords were too light or too heavy went off to battle and
Science denial examplesPeople tend to deny reality, it seems. Becaause appearently stupidity is more reliable than science.Science denial examples4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
1. Evolution denial
At the present far more evidence supports evolution than anything else. One could argue about the existence of a creator deity or not, but regardless of how life appeared it has ever since evolved. And indeed, the process of evolution, natural selection, is pretty much so obvious that only a lobotomised, mentally ill or blind person could not see it; ever since as early as Ancient Greece that people noticed it, and accepted the changes of the world as real. To add further to the injury, there is no difference between "macro" and "micro" evolution; scientists nowadays use cladistics, not taxonomy, and thus rely on genetics, not ill defined human made definitions, to classify organisms. And so it happens that the difference between a species and another is unclear. However, genetic and morphological change is still there, and it increases generation after generation.
Tearful RealizationTearful Realization3 years ago in Romance More Like This
You don't understand Iroh. My world crumbled. Everyone I loved or held dear became enraged with me or disgusted by what I had done. And I can't blame them. Even afterward I continued to hide behind my pregnancy in order to save myself. The guilt and shame is something I live with every day. Along with the images of their faces as they found out what really happened.
And than you swooped in. The little boy who's garden I snuck into when I was small was now grown into handsome and honorable man. Out of all the people in this world the one who actually knew my birth name appears! Who knows all the secrets I keep. And my little tells when I'm trying to hide them. The only man who actually treated me like a friend and a person. The man that taught it was all right to stand for something when I thought it was needed. Someone who was very precious to me and that I thought I would never see again. The first person I cried for. Crashed back into my life and rescued me.
You took me in
To all the photography lovers out there.Have a look at this short selection of Leonard Freed's New York City Police work (1972-1979).To all the photography lovers out there.2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
And do not forget to keep browsing through magnumphotos.com, where you find gems like these below.
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Tempesta Caelestis: PrologueThe first thing that hit you was its stench.Tempesta Caelestis: Prologue4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It stank heavily and relentlessly of cleanliness. It had a smell so clean that it stopped not being dirty and came out the other side. It had the smell of dirt particles getting massacred by the invading forces of clean, taking no prisoners. It was like acid, burning the throat and nose, making the eyes water and the skin raw and red, while its artificially lemon-like fumes curled around you.
Or at least it would, if the person holding its tube had such skin to speak of, or eyes to speak of, or a throat, to speak of. A strange, four-digited hand held the tiny glass tube. The hand was ragged, scraped and, by the looks of things had had its dirt massacred by the foul substance recently. Another hand was stirring it with a silver rod, which it was slowly dissolving. This other hand looked if anything worse than the first a large, cumbersome gauntlet riddled with scrapes and burns and what looked suspiciously like bite marks on
How do you say goodbye?How do you say goodbye?4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Three days after you started to die,
when it was just you and me,
and while your tongue roamed restlessly
inside your drooping mouth,
I asked how
do you say goodbye?
Do we hold hands -
your baby-soft grip already receding back
and out to sea, with the winking
calm of a rip laying itself
flat, while the surges of your fasiculations
in the shallow grooves of your ribs.
Do we say the words we already know -
I can see the delay
of words from your brain to your tongue,
and your sunken chest
heaving with measured words and
Do I study your face, to remember -
of your eyes are already drifting
half to sleep,
your waterlogged body bobbing, undecided
on the sea or the clouds.
Beating the summer's heatBeating the summer's heatBeating the summer's heat3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
By The Shadow Demon
(Women into mermaid)
"God I hate this weather!" Heather moans whipping away the sweat from her brow as the air conditioner in the apartment was broken causing her and her room mate and best friend Samantha to feel the heat.
"Hate the landlord for not fixing the air conditioner!" Samantha said using her hand as a fan to cool herself down as she sits next to her friend.
"When did he say he'll get around to it again?" Heather asks.
"About two weeks ago!" Samantha moans.
"God, there's got to be something to beat this heat!" Heather explains standing up whipping off the sweat off her face.
"We got no air con, we're roaming around with just a bra and undies and unless you want to attempt to jump into the fridge's freezer we got nothing else!" Samantha explains.
"Well I wish we could just beat this heat!" Heather growls.
"Yeah well if wishers were horses " Samantha began to say before a knock on their door cause the two to turn it.
"Just a mi