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About Yukle

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  1. How was anybody supposed to know which battles would be forerunners to later warfare and which were specific to the political and geographic conditions of that one specific war? As more than a few people point out above, even within WWI there was a wide variety of battles, terrains and tactics, and only some of them would have benefitted from paying heed to some specific battles of a much earlier war. And it also assumes that people have an agreed upon strategy for countering specific tactics. which they don't. Even today, historians will debate whether particular strategies (even winning ones) were the optimal decision.
  2. That's accurately summarised. Furthermore, the Allies continued to have difficulties with naval encryption. German naval commanders weren't convinced that their codes were secure and wondered how the Allies just to happened to hit *only* the most crucial targets. Were they compromised? Were there too many spies slipping through? It makes sense: when you know your enemy's secrets, you never let them know, so perhaps the Allies were selectively playing their hands while always knowing just what was going on. Just to be sure, though, naval commanders increased the number of rotors that the naval messengers had to use. Even this small change added so many more permutations that Allies couldn't effectively break naval codes in most cases within the timeframe of any information being relevant. They still managed it now and again, but it's more realistic to think of cracking the Enigma as the Allies picking intercepted messages more or less at random and then devoting their expensive hardware at cracking it in the hopes that they'd have something useful. One of the side-effects of always looking for key phrases such as "weather report" was that, while they managed to often crack codes with a short cut, they also ended up with a lot of decrypted meaningless weather reports before being able to make headway into the important stuff. And, of course, they had no idea what was important and what wasn't until after they'd decrypted it. A whole day of successful code-breaking could end with nothing much useful learned.
  3. Oh wow, I wish for that feeling! Congrats!
  4. I assume because Virginia and West Virginia have a disproportionately high level of federal government workers. Republicans in similar positions also seem to have opposed the bill.
  5. Thank goodness that the Republicans hold all majorities in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Otherwise the government might have come to a complete standstill from politicians failing to put aside their lobbyists' ideologies for the benefit of their people. There might have even been a shutdown!
  6. Yes, absolutely true. To further add to this: the scale of WWI was far faaaaaaar larger than anything in the US Civil War. It's also only partly true that the frontlines could have been predicted by following the lessons of the USA. For one thing, the front between the Russian and German Empires, and the Russian and Ottoman fronts, were not stagnant trench warfare. Rather, they were highly mobile due to the defending party being far to slow to mobilise into defensive positions. Once that happened, even cavalry charges were effective in many battles. Similarly, the machine gun's effectiveness wasn't fully understood because of how small ammunition stockpiles were when WWI broke out. The great powers had no idea just how quickly they'd run out of ammo and how manufacturing bottlenecks became a massive equalising factor in trench warfare. Once the war became a battle of attrition on the Western Front, it's not as though that much could have been derived from the USA's civil war. Their battles were industrialised, but much more mobile in comparison. Even the idea of rotating troops to stop them getting sick (or going insane) didn't occur to WWI planners, as that wasn't a consideration that really had to have been made before.
  7. Actual genuine link to Museum Australia below: https://australianmuseum.net.au/drop-bear Sent this to a friend when he immigrated. He asked if it was serious. I never replied to that.
  8. I understand your point and agree for the most part, except for this: America's taxes are much too low. Income tax rates and corporate tax rates mask how few people actually pay any taxes. Very little of anything is fully funded. For all of their hatred of socialism, the plain and simple truth is that when it comes to borrowing for large infrastructure projects, nobody can accrue debt as cheaply as a government. Ordinarily it is because a government will also be the most reliable institution to pay it back. Although in the USA that has changed of late. I think the same thing is now happening in most liberal democracies. Tax cuts are nothing to do with economics and everything to do with being re-elected. They demand tax cuts and then wonder why education, healthcare, infrastructure and disaster relief are now underfunded, almost as if the taxes were being put to good use after all...
  9. Is there an award for best comment?
  10. Well I was joking with that particular post, I just think that the lack of inherent ingenuity in the Elves was on display that not only did Elrond and Cirwan allow Isildur to go, but they didn't make somehow destroying the Ring a priority. They had 3,000 years to think of *something* and in that time they didn't seem to do anything about it. They didn't have to murder Isildur, but surely a decent gust of wind or whack with a stick to knock him out? And then just ask some weak minion to pick it up on the end of a long pole? It's worth a shot, but Elves wouldn't think in these ways. Hey! Cirwan isn't even in the film, is he?
  11. Hahaha! Touché. I concede this, both in terms of its principle and its delivery.
  12. Hmm... the civil wars weren't Bloodraven's fault, nor was the plague and nor was the drought. He was dealt a really difficult hand and it's kind of hard to know what anyone else would've done differently. For instance, banning travel was draconian, but it was an effective means of stopping plague spreading. And yes, he did not intervene promptly when the Iron Islands began raiding but it's also worth pointing out that, for one thing, it is implied that he eventually did quash their fleet. For another, preserving his army was a prudent move as it turns out and the Blackfyres did make more plays for the throne. Look at his bloodless victory at Whitehall - that was a masterstroke. Botching that and having another war breakout would have been worse than allowing the Iron Islands to raid in the meantime. He wasn't perfect, but he really did well with what he had.
  13. It's not a facade, although I don't deny that every public person would have on to some extent. It's more, in the simplest terms, if somebody gave me $50 and then walked away, I'd be happy. If somebody gave me $50 while they were, with the other hand, fondling a woman's breasts, then I'd scream for the police and never accept anything from him again. Suggesting that somehow his polices can be divorced from his policies is also disingenuous. A central feature of his platform is the racist and sexist dog-whistling he does for the worst in America. His refusal to condemn a KKK endorsement, claims Obama isn't American, boasts about fondling women being locker-room talk, endorsement of a child molester in Alabama, frequent bravado against North Korea - these aren't slip-ups, they are the cause of his success. He validates the people who marched with torches chanting, "Jews will not replace us," and is the last bastion of the Confederacy who never gave up slaves by choice. He is the literal angry white man crying about how hard life is when everybody else is jealous of his privileges. If you remove those parts of his personality, he has no policies. He hasn't made any efforts to argue for anything much at all in terms of policy. Even his stupid wall was nothing but a racist dog-whistle, and once in power it went out the window like everything else. He has no policies beyond reversing what he sees as the tide of whites-no-longer-winning in America. Make no mistake, he believes white people are superior to others, which is why he was criminally convicted of discrimination in his hotels earlier in his life.
  14. Yes, of course. Since he wouldn't be a molester.
  15. Just in case this isn't tongue-in-cheek, it's not at all true. The men in my life are indispensable to my happiness and I would be truly incomplete without them.