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Cripple. History Major. Vaguely left-wing.

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It would need to replace the character barks too.

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It was discovered while they were digging for a water pipeline, I believe! Getting buried under a meter of dirt went a great deal towards preserving it over the years.

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Explanation: Alexander's army famously mutinied near modern-day India because they were tired of campaigning and wanted to go home and see their families again. Macedonian soldiery were professionals, but in a system that operated under traditional warlord's logic - you go home when the campaigns end.

Rome, on the other hand, eventually developed a professional system in which troops were constantly being rotated in and out of service, with a (more or less) definite start and end to one's term of service. 20-25 years is a lot, but it's also certain - the next campaign isn't going to take you away from your home province indefinitely. As such, with the older, more likely to be exhausted soldiery being regularly dismissed to a pleasant (and paid) retirement, and the newer, hungry-for-loot-and-glory troops being constantly brought in, even during campaigning, the Roman Legions maintained a high level of enthusiasm for going on new campaigns, in most cases.

Unfortunately, sometimes this led to the Legions deciding in times of calm that THEIR general would be a better (read: more enriching) Emperor than whoever had the office at the time! Pros and cons!

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Explanation: Sherman for his memetic love of fire, and Grant because he actually couldn't eat steak if it wasn't sufficiently well-cooked (at least later in life), since the red juices reminded him of blood. Poor fellow.

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Well, the helmet was probably taken from a body rather than a living prisoner.

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Gives me an internal server error when I click to view?

Israel's 'Where's Daddy?' AI system helps target suspected Hamas militants when they're at home with their families, report says ( www.businessinsider.com )

As civilian casualties continue to mount in the wartorn Gaza Strip, reports of Israel's use of artificial intelligence (AI) in its targeting of Hamas militants are facing increasing scrutiny. A report by the Israeli outlets +972 Magazine and Local Call earlier this month said that Israeli forces had relied heavily on two AI...

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Every sane country on earth: "We use modern tools to reduce civilian casualties (because civilian casualties are bad PR)."

Old-school countries: "We use modern tools without regard for civilian casualties (because what are they going to do about it? fight back? lmao)"

Israel and Russia: "We use modern tools to INCREASE civilian casualties!"

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Israel must be stopped because it is the one currently committing genocide, and the only one with the realistic capacity to do so at the moment. Not because Israel is the only one which desires to do so.

"We are looking forward to two important things, which are within sight: The first is the cleansing of Palestine of the filth of the Jews, and their uprooting from it, Allah willing. This is within sight. Four years, my brothers… By 2022, we will be rid of them… The second thing is the establishment of the Caliphate, after the nation has been healed of its cancer – the Jews – Allah willing…

“It is unacceptable that the Jews control some of the Arab states – their regimes, their armies, and their security agencies – while the peoples remain oppressed. Oh peoples of the Arab and Islamic nation, oh Palestinian people, you possess a concealed power that you can detonate in the faces of the Jews and the hypocrites. We expect another Arab Spring from you, with new characteristics – a second Arab Spring, which will focus on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Allah willing. We are your embers and your fuel, Allah willing.”

Fathi Hamad, high ranking member of Hamas’s political bureau, 2018

“There was a series of 120 deportations of Jews from Europe. This was because they betrayed the people among whom they lived, and worked against the interests of the societies that sheltered them. They betrayed those societies, in which they lived as spies. For example, they spied against the Persians for the Byzantines. These [Jewish] groups corrupted the societies in which they lived through usury, the worship of money, extreme miserliness, and bribery. Those nations considered them to be anti-Christian. The [Jews] lived in Europe according to the principle of rejection of non-Jews, whom they call Gentiles. They embraced the notion of the Jews being the victims throughout history, in order to take over Palestine.”

Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, one of the founders of Hamas, 2017

“[R]emoving the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle because it appears in the Book of Allah.”

Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, one of the founders of Hamas, 2018

“If we look back at history, we see that [the Jews] were abhorred in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. This is also true of the times of the Assyrians, the Romans, and the Prophet Muhammad. They betrayed him. They were treacherous against him, and he expelled them from the Arabian Peninsula. Even Hitler hated them, loathed them, and got rid of them. However, everything people say about massacres and Holocaust – these are all lies. Hitler may have hated them, but it was because of their deeds and crimes. Hitler was no less of a criminal than them.”

Marwan Abu Ras, Hamas MP, 2019

“Those [cowards] who quake with fear, those who cooperate and collaborate [with Israel], those who normalize relations with the occupation will be gathered with the apes and pigs in the Hellfire. Do you know who the apes and pigs are? They are the Jews who Allah transformed into apes and pigs.”

Ismail Radwan, Hamas Minister of Religious Endowments, 2018

“Over is the time Hamas spent discussing recognizing Israel. Now Hamas will discuss when we will wipe out Israel,”

Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip

When Sinwar would tell him [Ehud Yaari, a fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who interviewed Sinwar in prison four times] Israel must be destroyed and insist there was no place for Jewish people in Palestine, “he would joke, ‘Maybe we’ll make an exception of you’”.

“We cannot, in exchange for money or projects, give up Palestine and our weapons. We will not give up the resistance… We will not recognize Israel, Palestine must stretch from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.”

Ismail Haniyeh, current leader/chairman of Hamas, in 2020

“[Allah] transformed them into filthy, ugly animals like apes and pigs because of the injustice and evil they had brought about.” Al-Regeb also prayed for the ability to “get to the necks of the Jews.”

Hamad Al-Regeb, an official Sheikh (elder official) of Hamas, 2023

“Therefore, we are convinced that if a total conflict begins, the airspace and seaports of this entity will be shut down, and they will not be able to live without electricity, water, and communications.”

Saleh Al-Arouri, now-deceased Deputy Chairman of Hamas, 2023

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North Hemisphere Treaty Organization

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Probably dug out from the cliffside - some lovely little narrow ledge deepened just enough to get a foothold on, and then brick up a wall on the side that gives you vertigo when you look down.

Probably some poor sod hanging from a rope to put the finishing touches on the outside, lmao.

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Bear baiting seems the most intuitive to me. It seems like something that would entertain in the context of blood sports.

Of course, the 19th century was hardly short of fascinating and weird novelties with no purpose, so "because we can" is very viable too.

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Always happy to share a little of the trivia I've picked up over the years!

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Happened in coins too!

Coin depicting Vespasian (Pagan, Principate era, ~70 AD)

Coin depicting Caracalla (Pagan, Crisis of the Third Century, ~210 AD)

Coin depicting Constantine I (Christian, Late Empire, ~320 AD)

Coin depicting Julian the Apostate (Pagan, Late Empire, ~363 AD)

Coin depicting Valentinian III (Christian, Late Empire, ~455 AD)

My favorite is Constantine I. It's idealized to the point where it's almost anime-esque, where it's clearly a representation of a human being, but just a representation - while earlier coin depictions made the Emperor look like someone you could reach out and touch - a real person, not just an abstract holder of ultimate power.

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Heavenly vision and wisdom, I think. Though I wouldn't be surprised if "THE EMPEROR IS WATCHING YOU" was a motivation too.

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