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GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY AS IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!

Lord Awkward posted:

Vietnam stays Nguyễn-ing

This is bumper-sticker worthy

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Midjack
Dec 24, 2007



Lord Awkward posted:

Vietnam stays Nguyễn-ing

madeintaipei
Jul 13, 2012

The only thing that has threatened to actually paralyze public life in Vietnam during the last 100 years is the abject failure of the post-1975 communist regime to account for the transition of pho stands/carts/trucks in the south of the country from a capitalist method of procurement to a socialist one.

Does that sound like bullshit? Could it be true?

Were it me, I would not take the chance of loving up the Vietnamese people's soup.

As an aside:

A non-zero amount of GiPers end up in Huntsville, Alabama at some point. Try Viet House on Airport Rd. Great food, wonderful service, and very agreeable prices. Open 1100-2030 during the week, 1100-2130 on the weekends, closed all day Tuesday. Try not to order the Banh Mih past about 1400, the bread gets a bit too crunchy for my taste.

The Thirsty Turtle around the corner is great during the day for a drink and a sandwich. They will not let you leave hungry. Employee owned, too, by people that loved the place so much they bought it off the owner's family after he died.

(user was put on probation for this hungry post)

bennyfactor
Nov 21, 2008

madeintaipei posted:

The only thing that has threatened to actually paralyze public life in Vietnam during the last 100 years is the abject failure of the post-1975 communist regime to account for the transition of pho stands/carts/trucks in the south of the country from a capitalist method of procurement to a socialist one.

Does that sound like bullshit? Could it be true?

Were it me, I would not take the chance of loving up the Vietnamese people's soup.


I know this isn't the cold war thread, but, for a moment, pretend it is and :justpost:

Voyager I
Jun 29, 2012

This is how your posting feels.
🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥

Borscht posted:

After I found out that after kicking our rear end, the Vietnamese turned around and whipped china’s they gained a permanent place on the “do not invade under any circumstances” list right above Russia but below Afghanistan.

I don't know. A lot of initial invasions of Afghanistan are successful. Once Vietnam got the French out, nobody really got back in.

shame on an IGA
Apr 8, 2005

. wrong thread thought this was CE

Cable Guy
Jul 18, 2005

I don't expect any trouble, but we'll be handing these out later...




Slippery Tilde

McNally posted:

How dare you, Admiral Rozhestvensky's 1905 expedition to chart the sea floor was an unqualified success.


:hmmyes:

PurpleXVI
Oct 30, 2011

Spewing insults, pissing off all your neighbors, betraying your allies, backing out of treaties and accords, and generally screwing over the global environment?
ALL PART OF MY BRILLIANT STRATEGY!
Somewhat tangential to the main thread topic, but I figure of interest to anyone following it:

https://twitter.com/KyivPost/status/1772905487819841712

quote:

Thousands of people took to the streets in #Budapest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister #Orban and the country's chief prosecutor, Reuters reports.

The protest was sparked by a published audio recording by Hungarian opposition figure Peter Mádár revealing government corruption cover-ups.

https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1772900338221097028

quote:

Viktor Orbán UNDER FIRE in corruption scandal again as thousands came out in Budapest on Tuesday demanding the Hungarian prime minister to resign after former diplomat Péter Magyar released a tape of Justice Minister Judit Varga stating how other government officials caused evidence to be removed from court records to cover up their roles in corrupt business dealings.

We watch closely as we believe in the will and fairness of the Hungarian people tired of 14 years of Fidesz (ruling party) in power.

I realize it might be a bit early to celebrate getting rid of Orban, but once people are marching in the streets with torches, it's usually a bad sign for whoever's in power.

steinrokkan
Apr 2, 2011



Soiled Meat
Interestingly the government before Orbán also fell due to a leaked audio of gvt officials talking about their lies, which led directly to his wannabe dictatorship.

orange juche
Mar 14, 2012



Be interesting to see what he does, liable to do a military/police crackdown you think to hang on to power?

Jimmy Smuts
Aug 8, 2000

I really wish Americans would protest legit BS like Europeans do.

psydude
Apr 1, 2008

Heartache is powerful, but democracy is *subtle*.

Jimmy Smuts posted:

I really wish Americans would protest legit BS like Europeans do.

George Floyd, basically the entire Trump administration, SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade. Are those not legit enough?

The Door Frame
Dec 5, 2011

I don't know man everytime I go to the gym here there are like two huge dudes with raging high and tights snorting Nitro-tech off of each other's rock hard abs.
Not to the French

Alan Smithee
Jan 4, 2005


A man becomes preeminent, he's expected to have enthusiasms.

Enthusiasms, enthusiasms...
the french: "10 hour work week! BURN IT ALL DOWN!!!"

America: "Right to work laws? I want the right to work!"

psydude
Apr 1, 2008

Heartache is powerful, but democracy is *subtle*.
France is less of a country and more of a large, ongoing protest movement that occasionally takes a break to invade a foreign country.

orange juche
Mar 14, 2012



psydude posted:

France is less of a country and more of a large, ongoing protest movement that occasionally takes a break to invade a foreign country.

Occasionally? poo poo the FFL and its ancestors have been loving around for longer than America has existed I'm pretty sure.

Stultus Maximus
Dec 21, 2009

USPOL May

psydude posted:

George Floyd, basically the entire Trump administration, SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade. Are those not legit enough?

It’s not legit until you park your tractors to protest the removal of fossil fuel subsidies.

jaete
Jun 21, 2009


Nap Ghost

Jimmy Smuts posted:

I really wish Americans would protest legit BS like Europeans do.

Now now, not all Europeans are like that! For example in the UK there haven't been any significant protests about anything in 40 years. In fact the government recently made protesting that could cause inconvenience to anyone anywhere completely illegal, just to make sure. :pseudo:

bird food bathtub
Aug 9, 2003

College Slice
From what I understand French protests can see some results. What do American protests get for the effort? Usually black-bagged leaders committing suicide to the back of the head then lighting their cars on fire and mass arrests for everyone in these few city blocks.

Rude Dude With Tude
Apr 19, 2007

Your President approves this text.

psydude posted:

France is less of a country and more of a large, ongoing protest movement that occasionally takes a break to invade a foreign country.

How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?

Alan Smithee
Jan 4, 2005


A man becomes preeminent, he's expected to have enthusiasms.

Enthusiasms, enthusiasms...
spend less time on governing

EasilyConfused
Nov 21, 2009


one strong toad

bird food bathtub posted:

From what I understand French protests can see some results. What do American protests get for the effort? Usually black-bagged leaders committing suicide to the back of the head then lighting their cars on fire and mass arrests for everyone in these few city blocks.

Right all the those US protests that end with the protest leaders being murdered by the government. That totally happens all the time.

Jimmy Smuts
Aug 8, 2000

Our mass protests seem to not get anywhere as much traction as they should.

That Works
Jul 22, 2006

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy


Jimmy Smuts posted:

Our mass protests seem to not get anywhere as much traction as they should.

Yeah its weird.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hampton

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jul/13/michael-reinoehl-activist-killed-police-family-lawsuit

Soul Dentist
Mar 17, 2009

EasilyConfused posted:

Right all the those US protests that end with the protest leaders being murdered by the government. That totally happens all the time.

You're right it's corporations doing it now

Lovely Joe Stalin
Jun 12, 2007

Our Lovely Wang

EasilyConfused posted:

Right all the those US protests that end with the protest leaders being murdered by the government. That totally happens all the time.

You might be surprised how many black protest leaders end up dead after the spotlight moves on.

Wasabi the J
Jan 23, 2008

MOM WAS RIGHT

Lovely Joe Stalin posted:

You might be surprised how many black protest leaders end up dead after the spotlight moves on.

People really are willfully ignorant of how corrupt and violent the police are.

"What do you mean 40% of cops?? What does that mean??"

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007



We may be losing the focus a bit here.

EasilyConfused
Nov 21, 2009


one strong toad

Midjack posted:

We may be losing the focus a bit here.

Fair

Hekk
Oct 12, 2012

'smeper fi

Alright thread, focus! I believe in you. This is the Ukraine thread. Use this to talk about the ongoing conflict related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Rust Martialis
May 8, 2007

At night, Bavovnyatko quietly comes to the occupiers’ bases, depots, airfields, oil refineries and other places full of flammable items and starts playing with fire there

Midjack posted:

We may be losing the focus a bit here.

US politics is, as always, a cancer. How's the situation west of Avdiivka?

Madurai
Jun 26, 2012

Russians decided that hey, maybe there's something to this JDAM thing.

https://en.defence-ua.com/news/russia_increases_number_of_strikes_on_ukraines_rear_cities_with_new_umpb_d_30sn-9793.html

Coquito Ergo Sum
Feb 9, 2021

So with the Ladoga gone today, is there a list of weird prototypes like that and the T-80UM2 that have been spotted/destroyed?

Dick Ripple
May 19, 2021

Rust Martialis posted:

How's the situation west of Avdiivka?

The Russians continue to make small (10s of meters per day) gains. However, spring has arrived and with that the mud. How that will effect Russian advances we will have to see, I doubt that they want to let up the pressure and have the Ukrainians dig in more/better. It has been reported the Ukrainians are getting their act together and building new and improving existing lines in that region, which they have neglected to do since the war started.

It does seem like the Ukrainians are going for the Hold and Build strategy this year, hopefully this spring we will see more mobilization efforts and increased funds and arms shipments from the West.

tiaz
Jul 1, 2004

PICK UP THAT PRESENT.


Zelensky's Zealots

Coquito Ergo Sum posted:

So with the Ladoga gone today, is there a list of weird prototypes like that and the T-80UM2 that have been spotted/destroyed?

the oryx list is still kicking, though it isn't ordered by weirdness.

Cannon_Fodder
Jul 17, 2007

"Hey, where did Steve go?"
Design by Kamoc
Ukraine is looking grim. I'm amazed and disgusted what this is costing the Russians and it will never be justified.

psydude
Apr 1, 2008

Heartache is powerful, but democracy is *subtle*.
Apparently Voice of Europe is a front for Russian intelligence to bribe European officials.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-68685604.amp

PurpleXVI
Oct 30, 2011

Spewing insults, pissing off all your neighbors, betraying your allies, backing out of treaties and accords, and generally screwing over the global environment?
ALL PART OF MY BRILLIANT STRATEGY!

psydude posted:

Apparently Voice of Europe is a front for Russian intelligence to bribe European officials.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-68685604.amp

quote:

BIS did not name the politicians allegedly involved. However, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo alleged they included members of the European Parliament.

I'm deeply annoyed they won't name-and-shame the assholes who took the Russian money, what's even the point if they don't?

psydude
Apr 1, 2008

Heartache is powerful, but democracy is *subtle*.

PurpleXVI posted:

I'm deeply annoyed they won't name-and-shame the assholes who took the Russian money, what's even the point if they don't?

My guess is there might be criminal or counter intelligence investigations that could be compromised.

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Sir John Falstaff
Apr 13, 2010
There may be some diplomatic considerations, too, since it would essentially mean authorities in Poland and the Czech Republic making accusations against politicians from other European countries (apparently, Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary).

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