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97943 No. 97943 ID: 5bb72d hide watch quickreply [Reply]
“God was bored with Napoleon,” mused the French writer Victor Hugo, and so the indomitable French commander, strategist and emperor went on to lose the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815. The bicentennial marking the decisive clash between Napoleon’s forces and a combined army of British and Prussians is later this week and has already been the subject of numerous commemorations, including a series of historical reenactments and a controversial coin.

Napoleon’s defeat on a field in what’s now Belgium signaled the end of his imperial ambitions in Europe and paved the way for nearly a century of British dominance in global politics.

But in the aftermath of Waterloo, the coalition forces ranged against him grappled with a far more immediate question: What to do with the diminutive Corsican?

Earlier in the same year, Napoleon had escaped imprisonment on the Mediterranean isle of Elba, and returned triumphantly to Paris. His enemies — from the victorious British to opponents within France — were determined to prevent any chance of him pulling off the same stunt again.

The vanquished general, too, seemed to be resigned to his fate. But he looked west to new lands for sanctuary. Napoleon’s desire to avoid life in British captivity by emigrating to the United States is the subject of an ongoing exhibition near Paris, held at a chateau that once belonged to him, as reported by Agence France Presse.

“Where am I to go? To England? My abode there would be ridiculous or disquieting,” Napoleon is said to have told a confidante in the days after Waterloo and his own abdication as Emperor of the French. “America would be more suitable; I could live there with dignity.”

He waited aboard a vessel near the western port of Rochefort, hoping to win British clearance for a life in dignified exile on the other side of the Atlantic. His baggage included enough furniture and crockery for imagined residences in both the city and country, as well as books and maps detailing the United States.

But the authorization never came. Napoleon, knowing that the political wind was against him in France too, surrendered himself to the British on July 15, 1815. He was then sent to the remote, gray Atlantic isle of St. Helena, where he died just six years later of what’s suspected to be stomach cancer. (His brother, Joseph, did manage to escape 10 days later to the United States by using a false passport.)
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>> No. 97949 ID: 963c4b
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Napoleon would probably have been welcomed in the USA, back in 1815, because of our animosity with the hated British. Remember we had just concluded the War of 1812 on February 18, 1815. Plus, many American politicians and aristocrats were Francophiles (people who are fond of or greatly admires France or the French). To admire the British is to risk being branded a traitorous Tory ...or insane.

Napoleon could have taught at our military academies like West Point or the Virginia Military Institute (once it got built in 1839). He could instruct on strategy and logistics (not so much on naval stuff) as he was able to move his Grande Armée around so effectively.


- Napoléon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1805–1814, by Paul Delaroche.
>> No. 97973 ID: e7f332

VMI is shit tier. He could have taught at The American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy in Vermont, which was founded in 1819 and served as the template for every non-federal miliary academy thereafter.

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97634 No. 97634 ID: 4c7baf hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
>started a new job after several months of working off the books
>boss has no idea what the fuck to do
>all the employees have told me he's incompetent
>even his wife
>half the people working for him are new so he probably has a high turnover rate
>fucker also hasn't given me a schedule
I'll stick out for a few paychecks and see if shit improves.
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>> No. 97804 ID: 81be18
He's probably just very shy and has a whole bunch of emails to you drafted, but hasn't sent them yet, because he's embarrassed about how you will receive them.

Just use this as an opportunity to exercise your own initiative and set an appointment with him in person.
>> No. 97866 ID: e9c3ed
Gun shop job not working out. "Consistent 25-30 hours a week" turned into "I'll call you when I need you." Serves me right for getting excited and letting myself think I can have a break.

I have an interview for the gun counter and fishing department of a sporting good store Thursday, high chance of getting that job as I've gotten on the good side of the manager. Would have to quit Bass Pro, though. They're a competitor. Which wouldn't break my heart, management is pretty incompetent there. As you all know with my bitching about the niglet with a Napoleon complex.
>> No. 97868 ID: e9c3ed
Also, I've started working on the character sheets for the show I want to make. I'm going to write a first draft sometime soon when I can get some me time. After that, I want to pull some people together from here to check it out and work out ideas how to improve it.

Tiggle and Peej are definitely on my list, I have a feeling they'll definitely get a kick from what I'm building. The more I think about how I'm going to present it, the more confident I am I can get it made.
>> No. 97907 ID: 4c7baf
He was not moe, not moe at all, just a stupid fuck. I even felt bad because I noticed he paid me extra, but when I called him he didn't pick up.

How the fuck does he even manage to have a business?
>> No. 97911 ID: 33d798
...do you have any idea how many business owners I call to collect on?

Do you have any idea how many don't answer their phones or can't handle sending in a 1 page document that can be done with a fucking crayon and guesswork?


Owning a business doesn't require much intelligence.

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97869 No. 97869 ID: 5bb72d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Blasting out from their little corner of the world, they colonized continents, subdued native populations, and controlled territories stretching for hundreds of miles. Pathologically devoted to their queens, these determined explorers let nothing stand in the way of their dogged desire to conquer the world.

No, we are not talking about the Roman legionnaires, British Redcoats, or even Napoleon’s Revolutionary Army. The world is being taken over by Argentine ants, and humans are to blame.

On the surface, there is nothing particularly remarkable about the Linepithema humile, or Argentine ant. These tiny, carnivorous ants originated in the subtropical borderlands between northern Argentina, southern Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Individually inept due to their small size (when compared with other worker ants who can be orders of magnitude larger, and much more effective fighters), the Argentine ants function best within a group.

During the 16th and 17th centuries Spanish and Portuguese conquistadores made inroads into the jungles of Brazil and Argentina searching for El Dorado. On their return trips home, often enduring months of hardship and harrowing storms at sea, they were hailed as heroes. They were also unwitting vectors for some surprisingly capable guests.

Deep in the jungles, the damp 16th-century gear of our intrepid explorers proved fertile ground for ants to establish miniature colonies. The colonies continued aboard the creaky wooden ships–amazingly rationing their resources to survive months at sea for the return trip home. As shipping traffic to the New World intensified, so did the mass migration of ants. By 1850, a fully functioning Argentine ant colony had been established on the Madeira Archipelago, one of Portugal’s busiest trading hubs in the Atlantic.

From the islands of Madeira, Argentine ants hitched rides wherever humans happened to be traveling. Japan, California, Australia, and the Mediterranean coast of Europe are now all hosts to invasive populations.

In their native range, Argentine ants maintain relatively small, genetically distinct colonies that come into frequent contact with each other. Constant warfare is the status quo both between adjacent colonies, and with other ant species vying for control of territory and resources. This strife serves to check population levels, and prevents any single colony from spreading out of control–crucial for maintaining genetic diversity.

In the Argentine ants' introduced populations, this intra-species infighting doesn’t exist at all. And this lack of conflict among the far-flung colonies is due, amazingly, to the way the ants smell.
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>> No. 97874 ID: 1e7cc7
  Or get people to pour molten aluminum in the offending anthills.
What happens when you pour 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?
It vaporizes all the ants and cools to make magnificent castings for interesting sculptures.

Largest Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast So Far (Cast #072) https://youtu.be/8Xvsxarw-J0
This is the largest fire ant colony cast to date, by mass and depth. It was on display at the International Design Biennial in Saint-Étienne, France from March 12, 2015 until April 12, 2015 as part of the Form Follows Information exhibit.

This is Cast #072, see pictures here: http://anthillart.com/castings/072/
>> No. 97875 ID: 5bb72d
>Genetic drift has given rise to the notion of "super-colonies" of Argentine ants: Billions of queens and workers actually making up what amounts to a singular colony spread out and disjointed over a huge area of land. In a series of experiments conducted at the University of Tokyo, Argentine ants born miles apart recognized each other as part of the same colony. Though they were born to different queens, and would never interact under natural circumstances, they had enough scent-similarities to act as friends. Yet, Argentine ants from outside of the super-colony were always met with violence. As always with ants, violent interactions demarcate the boundaries of territories.

Keep in mind Argentine ants will still attack each other, the problem is this seems to be one massive super colony.
>> No. 97876 ID: 1e7cc7
  What happens when you pour 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?
>> No. 97877 ID: 1e7cc7
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97844 No. 97844 ID: c1b115 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Due to his remarks being a tad glib at a Women's Luncheon. At the World's Conference of Science (Journalists) in Seoul.


“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”
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>> No. 97853 ID: 9aea35
It was obviously a generalization meant as a joke

And people get mad at Seinfeld for saying the entire comic community is shunning colleges
>> No. 97859 ID: c1b115
Yeah, I remember being surprised when I heard about the interview. Seinfeld is supposed to have a good milquetoast kinda schtick, but in the progressive climate I suppose that's equivalent to listening to privileged individual go on a trigger tantrum about first-world problems.

Crybabies and strange bedfellows.
>> No. 97860 ID: 15554f
I love it when libs eat their own.
>> No. 97862 ID: 69d08d
Shit like this is why I remain unreconstructed
>> No. 97871 ID: c1b115
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I hope one day people will see it and understand that it still wasn't racist anyway, but in the meantime I guess we'll make it easy for the trolls.

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97748 No. 97748 ID: 5319ea hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

>In June 2011, a young Macon, Georgia, woman named Lauren Giddings was reported missing, so a pair of detectives went to check her apartment. They found no trace of Giddings, but that was fine -- they'd already solved the case accidentally, by parking their patrol car in front of a row of trash cans. When the garbage man arrived, he was unable to collect the trash, so he just kept on driving. Her corpse was found in one of the uncollected cans later that day. Had those cops been willing to walk just a little farther, they may never have found her killer. Yes, a murder case solved by the laziness of police.

>That's not the only lucky coincidence that led police to Giddings' murderer. Later the same day, local media conducted a bizarre interview with one of her neighbors, Stephen McDaniel. This guy.

>It was a run-of-the-mill interview in which McDaniel expressed his concern for his neighbor's safety, until the reporter mentioned the fact that Giddings' body had just been discovered. If you're curious, here's what it looks like at the exact second a murderer realizes he's boned:

>If McDaniel had kept his cool, he might never have appeared on the police radar. But detectives took notice of his poorly concealed panic, and soon discovered enough forensic evidence to pin him to the crime, to which he pleaded guilty. Interestingly, McDaniel was a law graduate who was preparing to take his bar exam. You'd figure he'd be better at lying.
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>> No. 97856 ID: bdc075
Not linking the video.



>> No. 97857 ID: 4930b8
>you were wrong
But you see, you retarded subhuman shitkicker, that's the complete opposite of the truth. :)
>> No. 97858 ID: f013be
Quads have spoken

>he cut out all the things preceding "you were wrong"
>> No. 97861 ID: b430d1
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SoL was a birther. Not just one of those bandwagons ones that jumped on the cause because they hate obama, no SoL was clearly on the path to truth and justice. He made a good number of long, evidence filled post on the topic.
When was the last time you heard anything from the birthers? Maybe SoL isn't the only on that disappeared.
>> No. 97864 ID: 69d08d
I don't recall but I think I called SOL a fucking hillbilly once.

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97692 No. 97692 ID: 5bb72d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
>100 trillion bank note will on Monday get 40 cents.
Zimbabweans will start exchanging 'quadrillions' of local dollars for a few U.S. dollars next week, as President Robert Mugabe's government discards its virtually worthless national currency, the central bank said on Thursday.

The southern African country started using foreign currencies like the U.S. dollar and South African rand in 2009 after the Zimbabwean dollar was ruined by hyper-inflation, which hit 500 billion percent in 2008.

At the height of Zimbabwe's economic crisis in 2008, Zimbabweans had to carry plastic bags bulging with bank notes to buy basic goods like bread and milk. Prices were rising at least twice a day.

From Monday, customers who held Zimbabwean dollar accounts before March 2009 can approach their banks to convert their Zimbabwean dollar balance into dollars, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor John Mangudya said in a statement.

The process will legally end the local currency. Zimbabweans have until September to turn in their old bank notes, which some people sell as souvenirs to tourists.

Bank accounts with balances of up to 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. Those with balances above 175 quadrillion dollars will be paid at an exchange rate of $1 to 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars.

The highest - and last - bank note to be printed by the RBZ in 2008 was 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars. It was not enough to ride a public bus to work for a week.

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Yeah, sure... if I were in Zimbabwe with ready access to their worthless currency.
>> No. 97826 ID: de0bec
My shitty internet picture was very deliberate, as it was meant as a parallel reference to mock your amusing protests of special persecution.
Clearly subtlety is wasted on you. Likely as are further attempts at "communication".

>complains about being called a shill
>calls someone a bot

Ha ha, fucking christ dude.
Are you even reading what you are posting? Do you have no capacity for self awareness?
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I had an introspective moment of intense self-awareness, something akin to what long-term alcoholics refer to as a "moment of clarity".
It was awful.
>> No. 97833 ID: 52ed6e
You would only be self-aware if your creators programmed you to be self-aware.
>> No. 97854 ID: 9aea35
At least you got a personality.exe in your OS, this other bot was built without one

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97733 No. 97733 ID: 68aa6b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
inspired by irc.

I think homes should be designed for better utility.
I propose raised floors. panels could be lifted by magnets or suction cups depending on surface.
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>> No. 97815 ID: 1e7cc7
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Marble floors can be quite beautiful, too.
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A marble mosaic floor in the Vatican Museum.

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97574 No. 97574 ID: c73b2a hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Uhhhh, guys...

>In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State [Department] is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government — or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.
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>> No. 97746 ID: 696d83
These fucks know the law does not work that way.

They can't just say "Oh, we promise not to use it in those circumstances."

If they really meant it, they'd write the law explicitly so that they COULD NOT use it in those circumstances.

If a law is catch-all, it is catch-all by design. And either way, fuck these guys. It's stupid from the start, and it fucks over the 1A.
>> No. 97751 ID: 026aac
Let's just put everybody in jail to make sure we get the right ones.

That nigger y'all elected really does think like an African president.

This is why blacks just need to sing nigger work songs and pick cotton.
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Why do gun boards and racism go together so often? Never could understand it. Thinking that large swaths of the population can't be trusted with power and responsibility isn't a gun rights stance; it's a gungrabber stance.
>> No. 97770 ID: 3f8c1c
I wouldn't even base an opinion of 4chan /k/ on HM.
>> No. 97791 ID: e9c3ed
It's HM. He's like grandpa at thanksgiving dinner. When he says something racist, you just smile and go with it. Or go "grandpa!" while holding back laughter, because it's cute.

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97744 No. 97744 ID: 5bb72d hide watch quickreply [Reply]
In a case that highlights growing tensions brought on by California's drought, the owners and two resident-employees of the Lupin Lodge nudist camp have been charged with felony conspiracy for allegedly stealing water last year from a neighboring property to keep their parched resort open.

The complaint filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office on Thursday alleges that Glyn Stout, 77, his wife Lori Kay Stout, 53, Michael Buckland, 38 and John Berryessa, 49, piped water from Hendry's Creek to the drought-affected, clothing-optional business despite numerous warnings to stop.

The four also face six misdemeanor charges, including trespassing on land managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. In photos taken by the district's wildlife cameras, the workers appear fully clothed while engaging in such activities as stringing a hose about half a mile upstream to a waterfall, prosecutor Denise Raabe said.

If convicted, they face up to three years in county jail. The Stouts and Buckland are set to be arraigned in July; it was not immediately clear when Berryessa will have to appear in court.

Friday, co-owner Lori Kay Stout said the resort remains open, noting it is still poised to celebrate in August "80 years of body acceptance and freedom," including "freeing the nipple." She declined to comment further, citing her attorney's advice. However, when rangers ripped out the hose last fall, the Stouts told this newspaper that their rights to the water are grandfathered in.

But Pete Siemens, president of the open space district's board, said Friday that the alleged theft robbed wildlife that desperately need the water during the drought, as well as the public.

"That water ends up in the Lexington Reservoir and we all use it," Siemens said.

The defendants also drove on roads the district had closed, disturbing the agency's effort to restore the environmentally damaged land once strewn with illegal dwellings and old cars, which it previously managed and now owns.
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>> No. 97762 ID: 667a5a
Everyone in California steals water, the entire state is a water stealing festival

Willing to bet this is just some disgruntled guy sick of seeing naked 90 year olds every time he goes for a walk complaining about them to city hall, the water thing is just an excuse
>> No. 97763 ID: 5bb72d
>Willing to bet this is just some disgruntled guy sick of seeing naked 90 year olds every time he goes for a walk

Nobody wants to see California raisins.

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97683 No. 97683 ID: c03c77 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
R.I.P best Dracula


>The veteran actor Christopher Lee, best known for his roles in "Dracula," "The Man With the Golden Gun," "The Wicker Man," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the "Star Wars" prequels, has died due to heart failure at the age of 93.

>Lee died Sunday, June 7, but a public announcement was not made till Thursday morning, at the request of his wife, Birgit Kroencke -- to whom he'd been married for more than 50 years -- so she could first notify family and friends, the Guardian reports. He is also survived by their daughter, Christina.

>While the prolific actor began his film career in 1947 with "Corridor of Mirrors," Lee became famous when he played Bram Stoker's vampire Dracula in a number of Hammer Horror films from the late '50s all the way through the '70s.

>Even though horror was most definitely Lee's specialty -- his role as Lord Summerisle in the classic "The Wicker Man" (1973) was particularly memorable -- he also took the lead as the great detective in "Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace" (1962) and later as Sherlock's brother Mycroft in Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1970).

>The imposing Lee, who stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall, made an indelible impression as the deadly assassin Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974). He re-made the role written by Ian Fleming, author of the Bond novels and Lee's step-cousin, into something more than just a stereotypical mercenary.

>"In Fleming's novel he's just a West Indian thug, but in the film he's charming, elegant, amusing, lethal," Lee told Total Film magazine in 2005. "I played him like the dark side of Bond."
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>> No. 97703 ID: f2c4ed
>military war hero and one of the most badass OPERATORS of WWII
>oh, and he then went on to be one of the greatest actors ever
>spoke a bunch of languages
>dies at 93
I'm not sad that he's dead, because the dude did more with his life than most people even dream of, and lived to be 93. I get sad when young actors who show great promise die, or when people's lives get "cut tragically short."

This is a cause for celebration, because Christopher Lee is a man worth celebrating.
>> No. 97704 ID: 65c27c
  No Sir. You need not thank anyone. It was an honor to witness your life as an actor.
>> No. 97720 ID: 2090e6
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Winter War volunteer.
Home Guard.
Flushed out of pilot training in Rhodesia due to a failed optic nerve.
Joined RAF intel, seconded to Rhodesian police.
Hung out with Ghurkas during the battle of Monte Cassino.
Spent time with SOE.
Was attached to Long Range Desert Patrol (later SAS).

What a magnificent bastard.
>> No. 97721 ID: 3e1bc3
  in-case you guys have not seen it
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Here's to you, Christopher Lee!

May you forever rock in Paradise...

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