U.S. FIRST STRIKE
USSR FIRST STRIKE
NATO / WARSAW PACT
FAR EAST STRATEGY
US USSR ESCALATION
MIDDLE EAST WAR
USSR CHINA ATTACK
INDIA PAKISTAN WAR
MIDDLE EAST HEAVY
MIDDLE EAST OFFENSIVE
OP is off to a good start.
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There is a Bear in the Woods
There Will Come Soft Rains
Hannibal Rex fucked around with this message at 08:58 on Jan 13, 2020
|# ¿ Jan 13, 2020 08:55|
C-SPAM will be recognized by historians as a national treasure:
|# ¿ Jan 24, 2020 23:57|
Revolutions provide a great environment for narcissistic sociopaths to quickly rise through the ranks, and scheme their way to the top.
I don't know if there has been any serious scholarly work that attempts to view the rise of Stalin or Mao or Kim through that lens, or whether doing that is even feasible, but it makes the most sense to me.
That doesn't mean they considered themselves frauds, quite the opposite - of course a narcissist would believe only they could lead their nation to greatness.
|# ¿ Mar 16, 2020 03:11|
The idea of field amputations has hosed me up since I saw Dances with Wolves and learned such things happened.
Before anesthetics were a thing, the trick was to be quick about it. Reportedly, Larrey performed 200 amputations within 24 hours during the battle of Berezina.
He also performed a pre-anaesthetic mastectomy on Frances Burney, who wrote a letter about the experience.
I mounted, therefore, unbidden, the Bed stead – & M. Dubois placed me upon the Mattress, & spread a cambric handkerchief upon my face. It was transparent, however, & I saw, through it, that the Bed stead was instantly surrounded by the 7 men & my nurse. I refused to be held; but when, Bright through the cambric, I saw the glitter of polished Steel – I closed my Eyes. I would not trust to convulsive fear the sight of the terrible incision. Yet – when the dreadful steel was plunged into the breast – cutting through veins – arteries – flesh – nerves – I needed no injunctions not to restrain my cries. I began a scream that lasted unintermittingly during the whole time of the incision – & I almost marvel that it rings not in my Ears still? so excruciating was the agony. When the wound was made, & the instrument was withdrawn, the pain seemed undiminished, for the air that suddenly rushed into those delicate parts felt like a mass of minute but sharp & forked poniards, that were tearing the edges of the wound. I concluded the operation was over – Oh no! presently the terrible cutting was renewed – & worse than ever, to separate the bottom, the foundation of this dreadful gland from the parts to which it adhered – Again all description would be baffled – yet again all was not over, – Dr. Larry rested but his own hand, & – Oh heaven! – I then felt the knife (rack)ling against the breast bone – scraping it!
|# ¿ May 19, 2021 01:54|
Ah, duh. Yeah okay I should've guessed that, that's not quite as bad as I was afraid, I thought the doc would be tying a knot in it or something horrid.
Ambroise Paré (re)introduced ligature into Western Medicine in the 16th Century, before that the practice was to cauterize bleeding with a red-hot iron. That didn't always work.
Edit: Boy, is reading up on the history of surgery fun.
Paré was also an important figure in the progress of obstetrics in the middle of the 16th century. He revived the practice of podalic version, and showed how even in cases of head presentation, surgeons with this operation could often deliver the infant safely, instead of having to dismember the infant and extract the infant piece by piece.
Hannibal Rex fucked around with this message at 13:51 on May 20, 2021
|# ¿ May 20, 2021 13:47|
The big break-through for barber-surgeons' esteem was in the 17th century, when Charles-François Felix successfully treated the anal fistula of the French king. He practiced on condemned prisoners for months beforehand, to develop the necessary knowledge and instruments.
|# ¿ May 20, 2021 14:59|
I got in touch with David Mace and told him a forum full of goons still reads and recommends his books. He was astonished and moved, he thought of himself as a totally forgotten writer
Hey, that's awesome! A few years ago, I bought all his books second-hand thanks to the repeated discussion of Fire Lance on SA. Now you've reminded me that I still have three of them left to read. Had you read Demon-4 before you wrote your Cephalopod Command story, or was that just a coincidence? Thanks for letting us know you reached out to him.
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|# ¿ Jun 20, 2021 12:26|
Soooo Russia and its satellites are going for air piracy now, cool. Cool cool cool.
Suwalki is the new Fulda.
|# ¿ May 23, 2021 16:31|