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Consumer Goods in Socialist states Anonymous Comrade 06/11/2020 (Thu) 02:17:25 No. 10420 [Reply] [Last]
I'm interested in what sort of consumer goods were there in the USSR, Maoist China, etc. Like what kind of toys, games, books, snacks, clothes, drinks, etc. they had?
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>>10469 >>10445 >>10444 This is really cool stuff. Would you be interested in writing a summary of this for our magazine?

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Avatar thread Anonymous Comrade 03/06/2020 (Fri) 21:29:09 No. 6738 [Reply] [Last]
Thread for discussing ATLA and LoK or rather analyzing both, appreciating the effort of creating the former and shitting on the lazy liberalism of the latter
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>>16580 >the lack of makeup makes her look more like Zuko too Speaking of, it's fairly obvious, however the whole inability to groom herself properly prior to her Coronation as Fire Lord and the subsequent face off with Zuko was fairly symbolic of how she was deranged and losing control (pic related). Also I keep forgetting she was so young. I thought she was Zukos age and keep forgetting she's not. >>16575 Nice effort post >does she think the fucking tides fear her? This made me laugh. Also related to pic 2 from >>15204 >only time I think Azula is ever seen without her makeup Yeah this and some other smaller moments where she shows hurt feelings (for a moment) really demonstrate her humanity >>16581 >>16583 Top kek >>16576

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>>16580 Another example of the makeup motif is the painted lady. >>16587 >the whole inability to groom herself properly prior to her Coronation as Fire Lord and the subsequent face off with Zuko was fairly symbolic of how she was deranged and losing control (pic related). It also makes logical sense because as a princess she had attendants to groom her (as we see when she fires them out of paranoia). It works both symbolically and literally as a case of reality ensuing. I think the people who say it's a cheesy part of her breakdown are unable to relate to her as a noble who's not used to doing these things for herself.
>>16580 >According to the wiki Zuko was 16 and Azula 14 cut me some slack I was one year off lmao
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>>16575 (me) something I also thought was cool was how the show not only had Aang experience the four elements in relation to being the Avatar, but also had the co-protagonist Zuko experience the four elements in much the same way. obviously in the capacity in which he is chasing Aang who, bar the first season, spends most of his time trying to figure out how to do the bending of that element in the respective lands of said element, but also in more interpersonal relationships he forms throughout the show, and through the places he goes. Of course he fights with, beats, occasionally gets humbled by, befriends, betrays, and then reconnects and makes up for it with Katara, which is a subplot of the show with so much nuance you could really make up its own effort post on it, but also through interactions he has with the Northern Water tribe and his actions in contrast to Zhao (though granted, pretty much guided by Iroh) where he learns a lot about the spiritual aspects of balance in the world and even shows fairly unexpected mercy in trying to save Zhao, who had done nothing but fuck him over and attempt to kill him and his own crew. Of course he expands on this learning in chapter 2 more when they are on the run, and Iroh tries to expand on the necessity for not only inner balance, but the importance of understanding other elements in order to bend your own element well in lightning-bending. Lightning-bending is not something that is strictly inherent to fire-bending, at least to the cultural conception of it by the fire nation. It instead relies on a personal balance of the self and fluid movements of the body to channel things which is much more in the vein of waterbending - literally showing the ability to take the aspects of another culture (arguably two since the N and S water tribes are hella different but thats a digression) and translate those principles into something usable in fire-bending. Of course season 2 is also where Zuko learns a fuckload about earthbending. "But anon", I hear you shout, "Zuko doesn't fuck around with earthbenders much!" And you are partially right in that, but mind something Toph remarks to Aang early on during his training. How earthbending is reliant largely on stance and stability, using those as the basis for your form to move and shape the earth. And, of course, season 2 Zuko is on the run as a fugitive of the fire nation, he cannot firebend. So what does he primarily use to fight? Dual sabers, and of course sabers rely on a form of martial artistry which focuses around stability and stance as the basis for a fluid form of attacking. So, he experiences much the same principles of Earthbending through his use of swords, all while also being in the Earth kingdom itself. And of course he has a relationship with Jin, lives a long while in Ba Sing Se, generally absorbs the culture and how the fire nation's war has changed society for them, so on. Though its nothing as apparent as lightning-redirecting powers, I would say that both the principles of earthbending he kinda learned through swordsmanship and the cultural learning he had from the Earth Kingdom was pivotal in reshaping his idea of not only firebending, but also the fire nation's place in the world as a power. And, of course, airbending came in when he became the fire-mentor for Aang and the show is even more direct about that aspect than the fucking lightning redirection so I'll not waste your time with the specifics of that. That ultimately is what I meant by Zuko learning and growing from his experiences and giving his firebending the strength that finally outplayed Azula. While he likely did just become a better firebender overall through constant practice, he as well learned different ways to apply firebending through the inspection of other elements and how they functioned to form a more holistic understanding of the elements.
You guise make Avatar sound so cool and interesting but all I remember when watching some episodes was teen melodrama and fairly average action scenes where no one ever gets hurt or dies.

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Post-Apocalyptic Media and Ideology Anonymous Comrade 05/09/2020 (Sat) 17:01:13 No. 9335 [Reply] [Last]
Going off this >>9332 anon's point about post-apocalyptic films; how does such fiction reproduce capitalist ideology generally?
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List the best (and worst) Post-Apocalyptic films and books you know.
>>11097 >Pripyat >The preserved ur-example of late stage USSR collapse >Still looks a hundred times better than any burgerstani city I have seen >Would be a pretty comfy place to live if not, you know, the radiation
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>>9346 >If these things didn't immediately start falling apart it would undermine the vision being created. If buildings just stood on their own (like they always did) and the world kept turning without the status quo continuing, that makes people ask questions. Just look at how people have responded to the corona virus impacting the economy. Reality is being clarified Yes this is related to the point one of our writers makes about the age of 'coronacapitalism'. In order to respond humanely and save lives we have to rethink what purpose of the economy is/should be. However Capitalism as an autonomous system reacts against this new ontology and thus the only avenue left to it is to demand death instead https://newmultitude.org/demonic-capitalism/ I've been following the conversation about Snowpiercer and thought it was a good one, especially the debate as to whether the train is capitalism or the state. Would like to put up an summary article about it. Will do it myself unless someone here wants to do it. "The capitalist realism of post apocalypse fiction" is also good, anon. Would you be interested in having this published on the site? If so, and you want to develop your essay more, just make it a pastebin, or if not, just let me know what your name is so I can credit you.

/k/ - Guns in general Anonymous Comrade 02/03/2020 (Mon) 11:24:19 No. 5906 [Reply] [Last]
Just don't talk about gun control
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There are only 300 win, 12 gauge and 6mm creedmoor up in ashland.
>>10518 >They're just looking for self-defense. If that's the case, then just get yourself a good, concealable handgun Handguns are good for carrying obviously, but are pretty terrible for home defense situations. Rifles/shotguns are more accurate and are MUCH more likely to stop someone in a single shot than a handgun. There are countless horror stories of people unloading handguns into an assailant, only for the assailant to be mostly unaffected and keep charging them. Now obviously that's a rare occurrence, but that kind of shit will almost never happen with a rifle or shotgun.
>>16477 There's not really much of a point in carrying a snubbie .357 over a compact 9mm. The .357's reputation as a "manstopper" comes from guns with 4-5 inch barrels, anything shorter than 3 inches and it starts to lose a lot of it's power and velocity. Not to mention that a snub .357 has a ton of recoil and is loud as shit, and will probably give you tinnitus/permanent hearing loss if you ever actually have to use it.
>>16591 then whats a good compact 9mm hangun
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>>16628 glock 19 lmao

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D U N E Anonymous Comrade 09/09/2020 (Wed) 21:42:47 No. 15979 [Reply] [Last]
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>>16582 It's a question of does Vinille have what it takes
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>>16474 Honestly I didn't find anything about it "weird", it seems like a typical 70's era scifi with LoTR level worldbuilding. Dune + Messiah are basically one book and is a must read for any scifi fan, Children is a fucking slog and NOTHING happens except the last few chapters, and Emperor is Herbert trying (and failing) to write a smarter than human character, albeit with some really fun moments along the way. I tried reading Heretics and gave up around 100 pages in, it was just more of the same and it didn't really jive with me. If you want some real fun, just read Emperor going in blind. If you like it, go back and read the first 3, if you don't then you've just saved yourself a lot of time.
>>16474 >all the sequals tital's start with the word dune this is dumb naming
thanks OP i was thinking of making this thread but i haven't read the books
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The state of animation today Anonymous Comrade 07/26/2020 (Sun) 18:10:21 No. 13238 [Reply] [Last]
Aight, so I've heard folks talking about how lazy a certain "toon-boom" style is, I just wanted to hear opinions and show off some art I made
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>>16072 >so enlighten me with some actual arguments Why bother? You're just going to ignore them or shift goal posts, or nay other fallacy you've been using so far. It's boring and pointless; nobody except losers are interested in reading through long argumentative responses about why "person X is a dumbass with shit taste". >random, surrealist absurdist humor I don't mind that, If you want absurd surreal shit the drug-trip grotesqueness of Ren and Stimpy, Cat-Dog, Rocko's Life, Courage the Cowardly Dog or even the original Power Puff Girls. I wasn't a big fan of half of those shows, but I can admit that they had good work put into making them unique and weird and funny. That's not what TTG or LH do, they're just fucking really shitty sit-coms with cartoon effects and a "hurr random colorful movement = funny" which is only true for babies and children who don't know any better. >That’s just the style And it's garbage that is made worse by the absolutely lazy toon-boom format. It's like current Family Guy but with TTG characters and no swearing or blood. At least with Gumball, you get a lot of fun variability and even if it has random humor and other things.
>>16087 >Why bother? You're just going to ignore them or shift goal posts, or nay other fallacy you've been using so far. I just said "Anamaniacs" sucked because it had a bunch of jokes 90's kids only pretended to get. You keep insisting that kids are smart enough to get Hollywood gossip jokes as if that was a mark of intelligence. And an indicator of a mouth breather. >That's not what TTG or LH do, they're just fucking really shitty sit-coms with cartoon effects and a "hurr random colorful movement = funny" which is only true for babies and children who don't know any better. They're sitcoms only in the loosest sense. They rely a lot on a either an escalating comedy of errors, absurdist comedy, and metahumor. They're like "Family Guy" but without the cruelty. And yes they're dialog driven. A lot of people like that kid of humor. You don't, okay, doesn't make it bad. >And it's garbage that is made worse by the absolutely lazy toon-boom format. You got me on the Cal-Arts styling. I can't defend that, these TTG cartoons are cracked out like sausages. But if you think "Animaniacs" never took so pretty egregious shortcuts themselves, you should get your eyes checked. >At least with Gumball, you get a lot of fun variability and even if it has random humor and other things. TTG a much slower paced slice of life. It's good, but not scratching the same itch. Some people like cartoons paced like a rollercoaster ride. You're a mean old adult so that shit is too jarring, but kids love it. Time moves slower for them because each day they live is a much bigger part of their lives than someone that's lived a long time. Plus Gumball is not nearly as cynical and not nearly as meta. TTG touches more on the ridiculously cruel aspects of life without glorifying them. One of my favorite episodes is when Beast Boy joins a pyramid scheme. I wish they were cultivating this kind of cynicism when I was growing up, maybe so many of my peers wouldn't have gotten sucked into such obvious scams IRL. I feel like TTG is more like a cartoon version of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" but again without the cruelty and violence.
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>>16099 >And it just keeps going. The sheer facepalm-worthy inability to see the obvious never grows old. You're just starting this again and it's going to circle back to the massive rant posts which I refuse to waste my time with this. >scratch an itch If you accept mediocre trash just to scratch an itch the quality of product will only get worse over time. It's your life, but I suggest you think really hard about why something like Tom & Jerry or TMNT is near universally considered actually fun and worth watching, and why TTG is regarded as unironically brain-rotting garbage. Farewell PS if we're going to go for a modern cartoon that is of the same type - The Ducktales reboot. I don't much like the art-style but it's still detailed and unique, with smooth animation and decent story-telling.
>>16631 >replying to a 2 week old argument to whine <killing this thread Given that it literally created a lot of discussion that was on topic and thus posts... that's the exact opposite.

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Rail Appreciation Thread Anonymous Board owner 08/15/2019 (Thu) 22:33:23 No. 11238 [Reply] [Last]
It's that time again. Post trams and trains and other rail vehicles. Both vehicles from AES and c*pitalist countries welcome.

I am looking for this one very aesthetic picture of a tram going down a grassy incline. I think it was from Czechoslovakia but not sure.
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>>16405 That image was already part of the mistake. Letting road vehicles clutter up the streets and compete with light rail was how they argued to get rid of the light rail.
>>16406 Letting private business own public transport was the first and biggest mistake.
>>16407 I work with the municipal government and the idiots cannot fathom the idea of a carless society, despite the fact that most people have to use the dreaded and super expensive private collective transport (and most have to walk at least an hour a day on top). During the day, there are more cars in the city than there are people who live there by like 2x. It's pathological at this point, nobody gives a fuck it seems. There's no such thing as bus lanes and busses are so slow, inaccessible, and expensive, you are better off buying a cheap car. We also lead the country in bike deaths and car crashes. We're not even the largest city. The government workers are so fucking dense, I told them they should ban private use cars, one of them asked, "but if I need to go to the hospital, how would I get there?". Like nigga, ask half the people you represent which don't own cars.
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Animation/Modeling thread Anonymous Comrade 04/13/2020 (Mon) 21:51:43 No. 8275 [Reply] [Last]
Any of you like modeling in blender? I'm really amateurish at it but I recently made these two and felt like sharing them somewhere. and what better place to share than on lefty pol.
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>>8275 I've made some low-poly models and animations for those models during the development of the game project that me and my team are working on as part of our curriculum. Hadn't really used Blender before this project since the first two courses of 3d modelling were taught in 3ds Max.
>>8379 the models look great, but I'm not a big fan of this textureless, flat shaded artstyle.
>>8343 the model itself seems fine, i've never worked with blender so i'm not exactly sure how cycles works but you definitely need to introduce surface imperfections and at least a bump map. it looks too smooth right now.

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Horror discussion from a leftist perspective /Leftyhorror/ 08/15/2020 (Sat) 15:52:31 No. 14910 [Reply] [Last]
I've seen only a few other threads about horror on here and they seemed too specific, so I thought I'd make a broader one. How do you feel about the current state of horror media? To me it seems at it's always been in a way; a mixed bag. However I feel like I've noticed this trend and, correct me if you think I'm wrong, a lot of more successful recent horror seems to be more creator-driven than in the past. This is natural I think, as the internet has opened a lot of opportunities for more unique visions and riskier decisions that large studios would otherwise reject. In a strange sort of symbiosis, though, these large studios attempt to acquire these successful creators and even properties for themselves; see the phenomenon of Slenderman for example. Once an entirely community made, solely internet creation has gotten several of his own movies, and has by and large become an 'artifact' of sorts of 2010's-era web. Studios cannibalize these unique properties and, once they've made some modicum of a profit, utterly destroy the integrity of them, leaving communities to look for the next big thing in horror. With that aside, feel free to discuss almost literally anything horror related here; movies, books, ARGs, games, creepypasta (the rare good kind, if you can find any).
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>>14969 No we’re in a fools gold age
>>14910 I've been told before that horror has had a history of being progressive, and that it is a reactionary genre. Is there a progressive horror lineage?
Zombie movies are great, especially when done in a fresh way, like Train to Busan. I like that the genre was started as a critique of consumer capitalism -- mindless people consuming everything in sight, set in a mall. Zombies are consuming a finite resource (humans) and they do it so that the resource cannot multiply itself, zombies represent unsustainable capitalism. Looking at it in a dialectical way, zombies are often caused by research and experimentation. Unlike other disaster movies where the threat is always without, zombie movies show us that human activity itself carries the seeds of the destruction of our civilisation. In disaster movies there is a threat that the whole Earth will be wiped out, the damage is always total. In zombie movies, there is no such expectation. Zombies are ultimately a threat that can be defeated, either by killing, or by hiding in a bunker until they die off. In zombie movies they're always fiddling on the radio, trying to find army bases (yeah, shit implication), and so on, implying that no one assumes that zombies can get everyone on the planet; unlike an asteroid that destroys all life on Earth, or the Sun dying, or the Earth's core stopping rotating, etc. Zombies are a threat to our civilisation, not on human life. Human life will continue, even if it is some fucked up mad max society.
>>14911 I think most contemporary horror movies start off with an interesting premise but they never deliver an interesting ending, it either ends without explaining anything or it's a scatterbrained attempt of just trying to wrap it up. Like with Annihilation, I liked the surreal horror of it but the ending (aliens and shit) is just lazy writing. I think a recent horror movie where I liked the ending was Get Out! But yeah, I feel like many times writers are just starting with "wouldn't it be scary if..." but completely forget to write a story.

Anonymous Comrade 01/11/2020 (Sat) 02:47:32 No. 5161 [Reply] [Last]
How did these clearly left wing books become a symbol for ancaps?
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>>15707 >some rando on twitter fires a spicy take and gets ratioed >"it's literally just loike 1984 look at this tweet bros it is 1984"
>>16493 Ok liberal, stay mad and keep strawmanning >>16490 Wait seriously? LOL
>>16493 the numbers 2 and 4 and 5 are derived from Arabic numerals, which is NOT Western. The idea that 2+2 might not equal 4 because "muh culture" is absolute brainworms and resembles Orwellian propaganda. It's also something consistent with parodies and insane people. If you're getting mad over this being pointed out... you're probably one of them.
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>>5207 >anti-white (especially anti-U.S.A.)
>>16490 Is there any evidence for this claim?

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