What’s funny is that this actually happened.
I’m unfamiliar with this story please elaborate
Finnish soldier gets separated from the rest of his unit but he’s the only one carrying the emergency amphetamines for the unit, takes too many and goes on a one man rampage for like 2 weeks straight giving the opposing Soviet soldiers nightmares for decades. Oh and he did it all on skis.
Did he survive?
Yes, during his methed up 2-3 week rampage he got injured by a land mine, travelled 400km on skis, and only ate pine buds and a Siberian Jay that he caught which he ate raw. When he made it back to Finnish lines he was taken to a hospital where it was found his heart rate was nearly 200 beats per minute and his weight had dropped to 43kg (94.7lbs).
His name was Aimo Koivunen if you want to look him up
Those are the eyes of a man who has seen god and laughed
Important distinction, it wasn’t “amphetamines” like Adderall or Vyvanse or something, it was Pervitin, prescription grade methamphetamine.
That validation when you go to physical therapy and you’re like ‘yeah stuff kind of hurts’ all blaze and your therapist starts working on you and says ‘dang your muscles are all super tight!’
I always need to be told I’m not making things up for attention
dumbassrights replied to your post “After the election fraud that happened in Bolivia was uncovered and…”hey! are you bolivian? can you explain bolivians situation right now? everything i see is outsiders opinions and i know that i can’t really trust that. if you can’t, thats fine, thank you!
Hello! Yes I am Bolivian, though I currently live in a different South American country, but I’ve been keeping in touch with my family with WhatsApp and I try to keep up with the basic news from back home, so I think I can explain the basics.
The basic start is with Evo Morales, a cocalero (coca leaf grower) who became a politician and came to power as president in 2006. He’s the first indigenous president of Bolivia (he is Aymara), and when he came to power was widely seen as a game changer, destroying the oligarchical, upper white class hold on Bolivian politics. He was received with much fanfare, including from white leftists, who were keen on a president who would enact social reform and change and concentrate on helping reduce poverty and racism. I was too young to vote back then, but the majority of my family voted for Evo. He was… he was hope. It’s hard to explain. We thought it was the turning point. Finally, an indigenous president, someone who knew discrimination first hand and would be able to listen to the many indigenous peoples of our country. Someone who would fight imperialism, and the scars of colonialism.
He managed to do some good things. If I remember correctly, education spending and welfare spending increased, he increased the taxes on many companies, such as hydrocarbons, allowing the state to invest more and have less of a deficit. Bolivia also received an economic boom unrelated to his actions and policies (it had more to do with the price of minerals, since Bolivia is a mining country, and so on and so forth), so for a while poverty did reduce and the middle class grew. He also increased the number of indigenous and campesino (farmer/rural lands) representatives and their influence in politics.
However, as time went on, Evo’s party began to systematically remove any opposition they could, with many political leaders jailed for charges of tax evasion and the like. There is a lot of shady stuff going around that topic, and it’s too much to get into in a short explanation. It turned out that the party sought to remove any rising leadership, even within their party, that could threaten Evo’s dominance. His party also began to stack the legislative branch and pushing new judges through, setting up people who’d be grateful to him and thus legislate in his favor. While this was happening, MAS, the party’s social base, expanded their power and influence in other ways.
Now, the actual constitutional fuckery that angered a lot of leftists. He had the constitution rewritten in 2008 and it was approved in 2009, which had really mixed opinions from people, though I personally liked that he changed the name of “Republic of Bolivia” to “Plurinational State of Bolivia” to recognize the indigenous nations of Bolivia. The constitution maintained its two term limit for the presidency, but the thing was, he claimed that since there was a new constitution, his first mandate/government no longer counted, and he got it approved legally that he could run two more times again, which he did. Which like. What the fuck?
In the process, we began seeing cracks in his pro-indigenous, pro-environmental discourse. For example, he ignored and overulled the indigenous peoples of TIPNIS, a national park and indigenous territory, when they legally stated that they did not want a highway built through their lands, because it would bring in deforestation and cocaleros who are known for deforestation. He basically steamrollered over this, despite indigenous peoples of the TIPNIS walking all the way to the city of La Paz to make protests. He began to approve infrastructure projects that would destroy natural spaces, including hydroelectric dams that can and will flood Madidi, one of the most important national parks and biodeverse areas of Bolivia. And so on and so forth, he began to act in such a way that was at odds with the platform he ran, betraying indigenous peoples and Pachamama (mother earth) at every turn. He also never took any reasonable criticism in stride, blaming it all on American Imperialism.
However, because of MAS’ stronghold and no unity among the opposition, Evo ran two more terms after his first (including the third which really shouldn’t have been legally recognized), and he stated that after his third he wouldn’t stay in power.
If you guessed that he changed his mind or was lying, you’re right.
He called for a national referendum in 2016 for whether he should be allowed to run for a fourth term, but he lost the referendum, which voted “No”, though it was a narrow margin. And instead of respecting the will of the Bolivian people, he ignored it and pushed himself forward as a candidate for the next (these) elections, to the point that he pushed so that the Supreme Tribunal of Justice would rule that the constitution was inconstitutional (wtf) because it did not respect his right to reelection (wtf) and decided that no public office would have a term limit. I hope I don’t have to explain why that is just. A horrible decision for democracy. Term limits exist for a reason. It’s so no one person can get a stranglehold on power. After this it became clear to us that he had become enamoured with power, and was mainly seeking to establish himself in power indefinitely, which well, it pissed a lot of us off. It was heartbreaking too. To see someone we’d pinned our hopes on becoming… a dictator.
This finally brings us to three weeks ago, when the general elections were held. Now, in Bolivia, we have it so that any winner of the presidential elections has to have at least 10% points more than the guy in second place, or we go into a second round of elections between the higher scoring candidates. And as the official electoral authority reported throughout most of the counting process as results came in, Evo didn’t have the 10% lead needed to avoid a second round, and statistically even if the remaining votes were majority Evo, he wouldn’t be able to get the 10% needed. Also, the remaining votes were City votes, and the cities are in general, not Evo supporters anymore. Until at around 80% of all votes counted, the website and reporting of the electoral authority just. Stopped. It cut off. It cut off for 24 hours, during which the government first claimed that oh, it’d had some technical difficulties, and then (this part I actually don’t understand, so I’m paraphrasing what I maybe undersood) claimed that because some voting places had finished counting already, so they wouldn’t have two places reporting results, they stopped the main authority. Which like.
That’s really fucking fishy.
So people were really suspicious, and when the authority began reporting again those 24 hours later, reporting that oh, actually, Evo had won with the required 10%, a lot of people didn’t believe it. This smelled like electoral fraud. So people began gathering to protest because Evo shouldn’t have been running in the first place and now he wanted us to take this lie and swallow it.
Evidence came out over the next few days about electoral fraud: non-Evo vote ballots were found in trash bins, and the official databases of the electoral authority were found to have “irregularities” that all favoured Evo. People got pissed even as Evo claimed that it was imperialist forces and that the counts were all valid and legit and transparent. But the damage was done. Bolivians took to the streets in big numbers to protest and froze the cities, stopping transport and literally putting the cities in a standstill, only letting emergency services and food trucks coming to the supermarkets through so people could live. The protesters in the cities began to get threats, because Evo began trying to sell these protests as “the racist cities trying to stamp the rural vote”, from Evo supporters, that they’d shut the water supplies to the city off. Counter protesters began massing too. Clashes happened. Evo supporters were pushed out of the city of Cochabamba, but they set fire to the grasses around a city landmark and place of pride because they wanted to give a last fuck you. MAS supporters attacked hospitals that had protesters and even the doctors and nurses who weren’t supporting MAS. Photo and video evidence, and people coming forward, showed that the government was paying people to counter protest. The protesters were mostly non-violent, but there were clashes when the police wasn’t able to keep people separated. One mayor near Cochabamba was found to have paid two thugs to beat up protesters, to the point that one young man of 18ish was thought to be dead, and her hair was cut off and she was sprayed red - supposedly by protesters, but now there are cliams of people from her town that it was her own people that did it to make the protesters look bad. (My opinion? It could be either at this point, I don’t know). The protesters wore the Bolivian flag and called for democracy to be respected. The Evo supporters primarily wore the party flag, and got their hands on dynamite that they set off on streets to intimidate protesters. Protesters have died at the hands of Evo supporters - I haven’t heard of one case of dead Evo supporters. The police started to get unhappy, because they didn’t want to throw tear gas at the people protesting. To try and sweeten them, the goverment paid a bonus… but it turned out the bonus money was taken from the police officer’s pension. Police departments began to … not sure if mutiny is the right word, but to defy the government, in several cities.
At first, people were pushing for a second round of elections, but when we realized that actually, legally, when there is fraud of a significant impact the elections have to be annuled and new ones held, and the people who did the fraud jailed, the movements began to call for new elections completely, with a new electoral authority that could be trusted.
In the meantime, the military was quiet and not sent out to repress anything even after the police began to rebel, with military subordinates presenting letters that they would not repress the people, while it was known that military high command is pro Evo.
While this was going on, the OEA, The Organization of American States, had issued from the start of the 24 hour blackout from the electoral authority that they had concerns about the election process. Evo ended up accepting an audit from OEA representatives, and said that he’d stand by their resolution. When they finally came out with a report saying there were serious irregularities in the election that cast it into doubt, he called it politically motivated, but did call for new elections…
Then the high commander of the military said Evo should resign so that the country can be peaceful again. And a few hours ago Evo presented his resignation to the presidency.
It’s not over by a long shot - we need to establish a transparent, trustworthy electoral process in record time and hold new elections, and people are afraid that Evo will take back his resignation, and Evo incited his supporters in his resignation speech - but we’ve managed to get this far after three weeks of non spot protests.
There’s a lot more going on, a lot of context I’ve skipped, on Evo, on the political opposition - including Camacho, a religious right wing religionalism whose gotten a worrying amount of support with the protests in reaction to Evo’s excesses - but so far, I am proud of Bolivia. We’ve not let a wanna-be dictator establish himself. Now we just need a good left wing leader to help build us up to the promise that Evo gave us, and to stand strong against right wing pendulum reactionaries.
I leave you with the protest chants that spread in Bolivia these past three weeks
Quien se cansa? Who gets tired?
NADIES SE CANSA! NOBODY GETS TIRED!
Quien se rinde? Who gives up?
NADIES SE RINDE! NOBODY GIVES UP!
Evo de nuevo? Evo again?
HUEVO CARAJO! [Pun involving the word egg, which sounds like Evo, and a swear word that doesn’t have a translation]
Last year I trained a neural net to generate new names for kittens, by giving it a list of over 8,000 existing cat names to imitate. Starting from scratch, with zero knowledge of English or any context for the words and letter combinations it was trying out, it tried to predict what letters might be found in cat names, and in which order. Its names ranged from the strange to the completely nonsensical to the highly unfortunate (Retchion, Hurler, and Trickles were some of its suggestions). Without knowledge of English beyond its list of cat names, it didn’t know what letter combinations to avoid.
So I decided to revisit the cat-naming problem, this time using a neural net that had a lot more context. GPT-2, trained by OpenAI on a huge chunk of the internet, knows which words and letter combinations tend to be used together on the English-language internet. It also has (mostly) figured out which words and letter combinations to avoid, at least in some contexts (though it does tend to suddenly switch contexts, and then, yikes).
When I trained GPT-2 on the list of cat names using Max Woolf’s colab notebook, it still retained a lot of what it had learned from the rest of the internet. Gone were the strange names like “Tilly-Mapper” and “Balllucidoux” - it had a bunch of real words it could use instead. Here are some of the names it came up with - and the Morris Animal Refuge (who you may remember from that time they used neural net names for their guinea pigs) has given some of these names to some highly adoptable kittens.
First, neural net can do fancy:
M. Tinklesby Linklater Soap
It can also do the opposite of fancy:
Scat Cat Butthole
And it can also do names ranging from tough to downright sinister:
Lillith The Vamp
Romeo of Darkness
Scarlet Be Thy Coat
Kill All Humans
Bones Of The Master
(Starmaker and Sparky Buttons are from a litter that had upper respiratory infections that damaged their eyes, but even though their world is kinda cloudy, they love to play and cuddle.)
I’m a particular fan of the Very Weird cat names:
You’re Telling A Lie
You Name It
EXTAs (Eye Stalks)
Checker Spin Donut Quin
Two Patz Grandpa
Accepted A Tribute
Notable PRODUCT LEGEND Weird Science Platinum
Not Suitable For Character the Enforcer
Did I mention these cats are adoptable? If you live near Philadelphia, you live near these kitties!
Bonus content: yet more cat names!
I LOVE these so much and my mom says they’re bigoted against cats bc you shouldn’t give them silly names so she won’t laugh with me 😭😭😭😭
Watching an episode of American Monster on ID and the main focus is on this man who, after being married for 20 years, divorced his wife at 37 and left to start a new life. He fell in love with someone else and got married and they had a baby. they’re interviewing the original family and all the kids are like ‘how could he do this at such an old age?!’
He was 38 when he remarried
(Later in the episode he becomes a great grandfather at 53)
i feel like it says a lot about me that i consistently think the first woman to win a Best Director oscar was catherine hardwicke (who directed the first twilight movie)
it’s actually kathryn bigelow, who directed zero dark thirty
which i never saw
The holidays are coming!!
deepika padukone living tumblr’s dream by marrying the ultimate himbo
SHE IS HOME SAFE, SHE IS OKAY.
This is the updated version
Is an anybody in or near Maryland, please keep an eye out, this is my friends daughter. She did not make it to school today and has not come home. (Some of you probably know her mom, same internet circles).
as of 11/13/19 at 1 pm eastern
I apologize for originally posting the first missing poster without a date. It was the first one made in the first few hours she went missing and I made my post in a panic. I am aware that missing posters can be faked as a way for abusers to find people. But this is real, and her name is an easy Google search away. She is in the news on multiple sites and there is a fb page. This is my friend’s child and we want her home.
AS OF 11/13/19 12:30PM (east coast) SHE IS STILL MISSING. It’s been ~24 hours.
Hard core east coast. Do I know you? Even if I do, do you have a REASON to talk to me? If not imma look at you like you’re nuts.
Midwest person checking in! Number of strangers who have commented to me today about being very pregnant: 3. Number of places I was at today outside of work: 3. I’m averaging one per place I visit.
*crouches to a defensive stance in the middle of fucking costco*
Im midwest people
Hows that local weather been treating you, huh? Hoo boy, ive sure been experiencing local circumstances
I’m east coast people
East coast people pass Midwest people in a store and the Midwest people will strike up a conversation and the east coast people will get all creeped out cuz of how the weird strangers are trying to ask them questions when they’re just minding their own business
i had a friend in library school from the east coast, and when her friends came out to CO and we went out they would always get creeped out and ask why the bartenders/waitstaff were hitting on us
they were just talking normally
i guess in NYC ppl don’t talk
I have like 5 followers, but I’m gonna share anyhow. I have known Lemlem’s mother since the Jezebel days. Please share this post and help Lemlem get back home to her loving family.
Is an anybody in or near Maryland, please keep an eye out, this is my friends daughter. She did not make it to school today and has not come home. (Some of you probably know her mom, same internet circles).
Getting ready for winter holiday storytimes
Y'all, check out this absolute treasure from Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina: a re-bound book that is PHYSICALLY FROM 1814 and even better, someone presumably from the 19th century had VERY STRONG OPINIONS about it and ZERO COMPUNCTIONS ABOUT WRITING IN LIBRARY BOOKS:
“Read some other narrative for this is entirely false.” 😲
“Lies Lies Lies a pack of Lies
hurrah for you, you are certainly a judge”
If anyone who knows a lot more about Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and it’s historiography can shed some light on why our anonymous friend was so incensed by Porter’s Narrative–especially these segments in particular–I am literally begging you to chime in!
Guess who’s finally watching Midsommar
hey everyone, this gofundme came to my attention on twitter—please give it a look, donate to fund indigenous education, or pass the word along. to quote:
“The Winnebago Tribe has a field of Indian corn that the youth of the Winnebago Academy bring up and learn to process. This is part of the ceremonies of the Winnebago people and passing on of our cultural knowledge. There is a Green Corn Dance to ensure a good harvest. The morning of August 22, 2019, it was discovered that the entire field was mowed down by a local white farmer. The students usually sell the corn to raise money for field trips, educational events, and scholarships. The students salvaged what little they could.
For Winnebago people, this is about more than just corn. The Winnebago Tribe has been making moves toward food sovereignty through educational cultural programs such as these. Most reservations are food deserts where processed canned and boxed food are the most accessible. This is about building a sustainable future and having something good for our young people.
Please donate to help recover the loss, and ensure our next Winnebago leaders.”
yesterday a patron asked what was up with my ankle and when i explained, she recommended rolfing
i didn’t want to say that it just sounds like a kind of frisbee to me, so i said i’d keep it in mind
then i got home and looked it up and guys, rolfing is based on NONSENSE!!!
why do people keep suggesting this to me???