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    European Sword

    • Maker: unknown
    • Dated: 1300-1350
    • Culture: probably made in Italy, Europe
    • Medium: steel [blade]; blackened iron, copper alloy [hilt]; wood and leather [scabbard]
    • Measurements: overall length: 42 15/16 inches (109.1 cm). Blade: 36 inches, 2.6 lb. (91.4 cm, 1.16 kg). Pommel: 2 1/16 inches, 1 3/8 inches (5.3 × 3.5 cm). Blade length: 35 15/16 inches (91.3 cm). Blade width: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm). Quillon width: 6 3/4 inches (17.2 cm). Quillon block depth: 9/16 inches (1.4 cm)

    The sword features Arabic inscriptions at the base of the blade, but it was probably made in Europe for the Middle-Eastern market.

    Source: Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art

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    Any internet users who use or even read about privacy services online will be targeted for surveillance by the NSA, according to a new report from German broadcaster ARD.

    According to leaked source-code of the US spy agency’s ‘XKeyscore’ software, individuals who search for information about anonymising services such as Tor have their IP addresses logged by the NSA and can be flagged for further monitoring.

    This just in: The NSA is tracking people. If you try to stop being tracked they will track you harder.

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    Israel would have us believe that bombing civilian homes, hospitals & public infrastructure is a compromise. It is simply barbarous violence. Homelessness, shattered limbs, families frantically digging through rubble to find loves ones, this is what Israel has brought to Gaza. That our tax dollars fund the weapons tearing apart the people of Gaza should outrage us all. We are not silent actors. We are complicit.

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    Five books to get you started on Military History.







    Military History is often seen as being either dull, a constant deluge of depression, or taught by old white dudes with no contact with reality. As such, it’s started to wane over the years. All military history that’s come out within the past decades can be summed up…

    Gonna be 100% honest, I haven’t read The Art of War in a year or two, and have done zero study on Chinese Military History, so you’re most likely correct.

    I am not an authority figure in Chinese history lol. I would love to be an equal rather than a superior :)

    But let me help you with that if you allow me…

    Here’s the 36 Strategy from the book of Qi, later on known as the book of Southern Qi. Translated in English and French. However translation for Chinese classics tend to be ‘explanative’ because of the way classical Chinese is written itself. I’ve talked about this with sapper-in-the-wire

    Now that’s what I call a pure art of deception. I mean you have things like “围魏救赵” - Besiege Wei (a state) to rescue Zhao (a state), lol. Also there’s actually a chapter where deception by beauty is encouraged, as in, taking your opponent off guard by presenting a pretty / seemingly unthreatening envoy to them.

    Now you have Sunzi’s. He talked about maneuvering, eg. if you could position your troops at a higher land, you’d be advantageous; if your opponent is retreating like this or like that you should / shouldn’t pursue.

    Enjoy >:)

    I haven’t truly finished Clausewitz because honestly some parts feel ‘too academical’ as in theoretic so I humbly say I can’t speak much of On War.

    holy shit thank you, the only copy of the a art of war was a shitty library copy with no mention of any of this

    Hahaha dig dig dig because classical Chinese history is COMPLEX interesting xD 

    I got my The Art of War looong ago, a translated one, enough to satisfy my curiosity at that time but not enough to dig deeper so eh, I started looking for more

    That’s how I differentiate Sunzi’s and Clausewitz’s—-IDK if it’s just me but the former does sound like a applied warfare, the latter more of the ‘stuff you learn in class’ thing. Like, I think there’s a part where Clausewitz spoke of character building (“a good officer is he who is enthusiastic, brave, and loves firearms,” or something like that). It’s good, both are good, but I think both have their own areas and we can’t really compare each other. 

    I personally think if one already set a comparison (eg. Herodotus vs Sima Qian’s historiographies) then it’s kind of hard to get deeper understanding of each other’s nature. Of course I don’t mean you, this is me digressing when I saw it happened.

    From what I’ve read of both, I think you’re very right on that. Clausewitz, while he did have experience, was writing to people on an academic, not necessarily a practical level. Sun Tsu/Sunzi (I have had several Cuba Libres, forgive me for my idiocy) seems to be more focused on practical shit.

    Not to be rude or anything but what got you interested in middle east politics? It's great that you are but what started it

    Asked by Anonymous

    Hmmm that’s a hard question to answer. I’d suppose it would’ve been my keen interest into history. What happens in the Middle East usually has a dramatic affect on the world as one only has to look at how many of the great civilizations and empires that have rose there have left their mark on mankind. Today the results of Western Imperialism and Zionism are much to blame for the destabilization of the Middle East. I’d say growing up in a nation whose government is the root cause for the widespread conflict throughout the world and then pretending like it is the savior of humanity is what got me interested in the politics of the nations and regions throughout the world. Thank you for the question friend.

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