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Anonymous Comrade 01/25/2020 (Sat) 01:02:46 No. 5664 [Reply]
What do you think about learning the North Korean dialect of Korean?
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>>5709 You proof is a bunch of drawings in a pro-NATO anti-communist museum which just repeat standard anti-communist propaganda?
>>5723 There were drawings but I’m talking about the photographs. You chagrin my sources yet you spout your regimes rhetoric. Do you think I don’t know that NATO is a failure? I’m not there to masturbate, I’m there to pay respect.
>>5731 Anti-communists routinely use photos of famines in British India to depict Soviet famines. They have even less credibility when it comes to the DPRK.
>>5664 I like her thighs.
>>5709 how can someone be retarded enough to believe that ?

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I'm thinking of ending things is a very liberal movie Anonymous Comrade 09/06/2020 (Sun) 19:34:48 No. 15787 [Reply]
I had to just vent this somewhere. Spoilers below of course. Overall this is a good movie, I think it did what it set out to do quite well, but it is basically a reactionary and insular view of existential dread and depression through aging. The director is actually very forthcoming about what the film is "really" about, so there isn't much interpretation except death of the author alternate versions of what the movie was about. Kaufman said the movie is mostly the fantasies of the janitor, who is kind of trying to escape his regret and depression by imagining a better life. But in the process, he is basically so depressed and broken that he can't even achieve that. Kaufman kind of suggests he is interested in a wider notion that it can't be achieved at all, but within the movie it is specifically the janitor who can't fantasize. His own fantasy girlfriend kind of looks down on him, isn't totally interested in him, wants to leave him. He can't decide what her name is, how they met, what her career is. He keeps changing his mind about what happens on the night that they go meet his parents. He even inserts himself into his own fantasy as a creep, when the girl and the janitor's younger self kiss in the car and suddenly the younger self notices the janitor peering at them and rages that there is a pervert watching them. Ultimately the movie ends with the janitor killing himself by getting in his car during the blizzard and not turning it on. So maybe it is obvious why this movie feels like it has a very liberal or even reactionary message, but I'll spell it out anyways. The director, Kaufman, is kind of a pretentious guy. I like a lot of his movies, but he is very concerned with existential crises and memory and identity and stuff. He is a good filmmaker, but I want to highlight how his focus is kind of idealist. I think he has very metaphysical notions of what drives human beings to behave and think the way they do, so to him this movie isn't about a depressed janitor so much as about the human condition. However, the movie is literally about a depressed janitor. Not only that, but the movie has several key lines in it that feel like they almost directly confront and endorse the concrete form the movie takes. Basically, the movie explores this guy's regret and depression by kind of suggesting that there is no resolution to it, it is just a part of the human condition to have regrets and fear aging. The viewer just watches it to feel the pain of the janitor and maybe cry about how cruel the universe is. In particular there is a line that is stated after the janitor goes in his car to die and starts hallucinating the pig with a maggot infested belly. This is a callback to earlier in the film when he tells his fantasy girlfriend that some pigs died on his farm a long time ago when the family found their bellies were infested with maggots, and they were being "eaten alive". So he hallucinates himself following the pig back into the school, and the pig reassures him that everything is going to be ok, we are all actually the same, and that he basically shouldn't fight his regret and depression because "somebody has to be the maggot infested pig". This is at the very end of the movie, maybe the last 15 minutes, and it feels like the capstone message to the whole thing. Ultimately what the movie is about is the regret and depression of an extremely unaccomplished and lonely man at the bottom of society, and the movie tells you "it's ok, this is just the way the universe works. You were just born as the maggot infested pig. But don't worry, we are all made of the same dirt". And then the audience nods and cries and says the movie was very deep. But the movie has a clear ideology. What is "sad" about the movie is the defeat of hope and the acceptance of that defeat. The movie isn't giving you any other message about suicide or even the wider context of this man's life. In fact, he really is barely a character for how indulgent it is of his mental state. He really is just a blank sad guy, and we get some glimpses into the fact he grew up on a farm or that his parents probably died of dementia, but nothing that is too revealing. We aren't really sure if he was even actually a physicist or he made that up as a part of his fantasy. He is just a sad old loser janitor guy. So it obfuscates a message of the acceptance of the existence of this kind of regret, defeat of hope, of people being able to continue living but being forgotten and neglected beyond their utility in their jobs at the bottom of society, and it just suggests that this is the eternal human condition. The pig directly tells him that somebody has to be in his situation, but he can basically take comfort in knowing that even the person he wishes he was would die and turn to the same dirt. And while there is some truth that again, everybody grapples with existential dread from aging, the concrete form the movie took was all revolving around these other themes. The guy was a loser, he was at the bottom of society, he was forgotten and socially neglected. So the concrete experience of the movie has become a bunch of people in the society that may produce this kind of person simply consuming a piece of media making them feel sad about it in a matter of fact way. Like it is a kind of emotionally or intellectually sophisticated piece of fiction that allows the liberal subject to view the horror of a person in their own world suffering from things very rooted in that world, and cry about it and say "it couldn't have been any other way, and understanding that makes me feel as though I've understood the universe".
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It's ok. You don't have to fight it anymore.
What the maggot-infested pig hallucination says is not meant to be taken as the film's own position. It might as well be taken as the janitor's cynical self-hatred, saying it for the sake of hurting himself more. Or maybe it's a cope. IMO the whole film is clearly a collage of conflicting thoughts and emotions that the janitor can't control, and it's impossible to single one of them as the explanation for the rest. Maybe the point of the film is that we're inescapably pathetic, fake and delusional, which is also Kaufman's shtick in his other films it seems. If that's really the case then the film's point is very weak indeed. At best the film is an existential amusement park ride. Existentialism for the sake of dread, because that's what existentialists enjoy more than anything else.
YMS just did a summary on this movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv9Zv-rpWzs gotta say from what i've seen, looks like people are right and the pigs and things are his own self hatred, not so much an endorsement of the movie itself. That said, seems like a movie that's very individualistic and about self-reflection. Even under socialism, some people are just going to end up feeling subjectively unfulfilled and linger on 'what ifs' So it doesn't seem so bad to me in regard to capitalist ideology
what a weak bish honestly. I think about killing myself daily and I'm not even 30
>>16595 Imagine not killing your self.

Warhammer Thread Anonymous Comrade 04/03/2020 (Fri) 02:35:43 No. 7806 [Reply] [Last]
Since Star Wars got a thread why can’t this? Discuss anything you like of the universe. lore, art, diy modeling or even Marxist critique of the setting and gw parasitic relationship with it. To start of the part 5 of Astartes fan film and the promise for more. https://youtu.be/eoCcpMW8fSs
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>>15850 From what I gather, those 3 armies which the Inquisition directly commands are small elite special forces. They couldn't go to war with the whole Imperial Guard to exert authority over them. Alphabet soup agencies are subordinated to the government and so get their power by democracy (indirectly through the elected government) and due to a lot of money coming from the state budget. Drugs cartels had a lot of money which they used to bribe and hire mercenaries to exert the authority. These cases don't seem to me to apply in WH40k. If the Inquisition is a government body, are they the one who decide how much funds go to the army? Could they stop paying a part of the Imperial Guard should they disobey them? Because otherwise, I don't really see how this would work. If they rely solely on assassins to scare military leaders into obeying them, then the Imperial Guard could train their own counter-assassins and start a shadow war (which would be an intersting story). Compare this to the equivalent in Iain Banks Culture series - Special Circumstances. They also do not have a hierarchy and is made by undercover individuals spread out throughout the galaxy who do the dirty work to further the interests of the Culture. But they got nothing on the rest of their society (and are mostly despised by it because of their immoral tactics), so they mostly work by themselves. There is a part in one of the books where a SC agent hitches a ride on a Contact spaceship (the name of their army) and the crew there tells them that they will allow them transport like they would for any other citizen of te Culture but they won't collaborate in any other way with SC scum. This setting makes a lot more sense to me. https://theculture.fandom.com/wiki/Special_Circumstances
>>15871 >These cases don't seem to me to apply in WH40k. If the Inquisition is a government body, are they the one who decide how much funds go to the army? Could they stop paying a part of the Imperial Guard should they disobey them? Because otherwise, I don't really see how this would work. If they rely solely on assassins to scare military leaders into obeying them, then the Imperial Guard could train their own counter-assassins and start a shadow war (which would be an intersting story). The Imperium’s main governing body is the high lords of Terra, basically a conglomerate of capitalist monopolies which changes from time to time based on what monopoly is most profitable with a few reserved positions for traditional purposes. But there’s always: >the mechanicus representing the tech sector like our contemporary Silicon Valley techbros >the imperial cult representing the religious spiritual industry >the imperial guard and navy which represents the military industrial complex >the navigator guilds of the transportation industry >the inquisition which is in all intends and purposes the CIA >the arbites which is the prison and police industrial complex >the astra telepathica which is the only means of interstellar telecommunications >the administratum which is the paper pushers bureaucracy >the assassins which is just the FBI but privatized The imperium is more similar to the Empire of Japan ultra-corporatism than the US. It’s always in the state of war economy so it’s also seems to be planned heavy but still with Rogue Traders selling death-star-sized cargo in a weekly basis between solar systems.
>>15261 well, given the chaos gods are manifestations of the spiritual will of the wider galaxy of being with souls, it would probably be more weird if there wasn't a tech-god.
>>15871 You are thinking about it too abstractly No, the inquisition couldn't go to war with the entire imperial guard to assert its authority, it doesn't need to, that's not how it as an organisation works, that would be a bit like the CIA trying to go to war with the entirity of the US military The two organisations at the higher echelons co-operate more readily than the ad-hoc haphazard way individual inquisitors interact with Imperial guard army groups or regiments The way the very top most levels of the imperial heircharcy actually work on a day to day level is deliberately left vague both because the setting really isn't about that, its about fucking shit up with big guns or at least it was for most of its life, and to grant individual writers flexibility Everything in the imperium is a delicate bullshit balancing act by design to prevent any one part of it being able to rebel and take over, after the Space Marine legions split and dragged the imperium into civil war the last time So the Galactic civil administration is completely divorced from the army despite providing it with supply and financing and the army is divorced from the navy despite relying on it to get from place to place and the navy has to go to the Adeptus Mechanicus for ships who are like a weird empire within an empire that don't really answer to anyone else even the inquisition but they need the rest of the imperium so they begrudingly build everyone else equipment and talk to the Merchant Navy who are related but seperate to the Military navy to get it distributed to the Army and the Navy based on contracts sent by the administratum that due to all the extra layers of deliberate obfuscation and the massive size of the imperium and the fact that the people that the contracts are for probably don't get any input into them are usually stupidly inaccurate The Imperium basically has no central government on the galactic level, its individual planets/systems united under whatever their local govermental model happens to be with 5 or 6 big Intergalactic monolith organisations and a few hundred other smaller ones kind of loosely holding the whole thing together with no guiding administration overtop of them anymore The inquisiton fits into this by basically being the archetypal glow niggers, they get by on excessively shady bullshit and a licence granted by GOD himself (he's not a god though shut up that's heresy against GOD, or maybe it isn't depending on what planet you're on) to do what needest be done, whether that's sacrifing 15k soldiers to secure an alien artifact or executing a loyal citizen to get a hold of his business to secure more capital for yourself, they gain their funding partially through being granted part of the Imperium's taxation by the administratum, partially by just directly requisitioning whatever they need and calling in favours and partially from having their fingers in every pie worth poking in the imperium, being six hundred years old with above top secret knowledge of the political and economic spheres of the imperium and probably also having psychic powers do wonders for your investment portfolio

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What the fuck did you just say about the God Emperor of Mankind, you little heretic? I´ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Space Marines, and I´ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Chaos, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in Plasma Warfare and I´m the top Inquistor in the entire Imperium. You are nothing to me, but just another Xeno scum. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of wich has never been seen before on Terra, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that heretic rambling to me? Think again, fucker. As we speak,I am contacting my secret network of Vindicare Assasins across the Emperium, and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You´re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that´s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the Imperium of Man, and I will use it to it´s full extent to wipe your miserable ass of the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have know what unholy retribuition you little clever heresy was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn ´t, you didn´t, and now you´re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you, and you will drown in it. You´re fucking dead, heretic.

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What is a Marxist analysis of it? Anonymous 10/05/2020 (Mon) 12:16:14 No. 16875 [Reply]
This video has some interesting takes https://youtu.be/B3PewHEltpA
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>>16875 its actually not that bad from a marxist perspective, its almost like a childrens book made under socialist realism (except the "muh both sides" ending). Certainly better than harry potter. Basically the capitol is an imperialist power subjugating its colonies by creating economic monocultures in the districts. It has a sophisticated culture industry that reinforces the subjugation of the districts.
>>16875 >A thread died for this And it's libshit by the way
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>>16875 Shitty shit lib shit. Liberal entertainment is garbage for smooth brain corporatists.
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>>16879 It has good concepts, but it fails pretty badly in execution. You could actually improve the movie and actually make it pretty damn interesting. But truly, it's really just corporate trying to skimp out on costs by watering down their swill and then hoping to sell the consumers cheap hooch without them noticing it's crap.

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fashion shows Anonymous Comrade 10/02/2020 (Fri) 18:14:18 No. 16751 [Reply]
are fashion shows too bourgeois?
short answer: yes
>>16751 I don't like fashion shows, the fashion they sho isn't really appealing
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>>16751 Yes, but you should still get into Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova anyway.
>>16751 We already have /leftyfashion/ post this there

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Das Leben Der Anderen - historically accurate or Porky propaganda? Anonymous Comrade 10/02/2020 (Fri) 21:11:13 No. 16754 [Reply]
>>16754 Put this in the movie thread please, I highly doubt it will garner significant thread discussion here on its own.
It's a propaganda movie, pure and simple, made by a Prussian nobleman who later failed in Hollywood.

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Consumer Goods in Socialist states Anonymous Comrade 06/11/2020 (Thu) 02:17:25 No. 10420 [Reply]
I'm interested in what sort of consumer goods were there in the USSR, Maoist China, etc. Like what kind of toys, games, books, snacks, clothes, drinks, etc. they had?
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>>16686 I still remember fruit kefir that my mom bought me when i was a kid. The taste was just the best, nothing that sells now can beat it.
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USSR couldn't build instruments worth shit. Look at this unholy abomination. Thinking about adjusting intonation on that bridge makes me wince.
>>16715 Looks normal to me.
>>15699 That wolf looks fashionable as fuck

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Animation/Modeling thread Anonymous Comrade 04/13/2020 (Mon) 21:51:43 No. 8275 [Reply]
Any of you like modeling in blender? I'm really amateurish at it but I recently made these two and felt like sharing them somewhere. and what better place to share than on lefty pol.
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>>8379 the models look great, but I'm not a big fan of this textureless, flat shaded artstyle.
>>8343 the model itself seems fine, i've never worked with blender so i'm not exactly sure how cycles works but you definitely need to introduce surface imperfections and at least a bump map. it looks too smooth right now.
>>16625 there's supposed to be normal maps and roughness maps on it but clearly it barely makes any difference. >introduce surface imperfections. If you have any that aren't going over the top, share, them please, I still want the thing to look shiny and clean.
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two more renders, got rid of the roughness map and decreased the roughness untill it shined properly
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>animation thread >still using decrepit inefficient GIFs Anon, I...

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Rail Appreciation Thread Anonymous Board owner 08/15/2019 (Thu) 22:33:23 No. 11238 [Reply] [Last]
It's that time again. Post trams and trains and other rail vehicles. Both vehicles from AES and c*pitalist countries welcome.

I am looking for this one very aesthetic picture of a tram going down a grassy incline. I think it was from Czechoslovakia but not sure.
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>>16405 That image was already part of the mistake. Letting road vehicles clutter up the streets and compete with light rail was how they argued to get rid of the light rail.
>>16406 Letting private business own public transport was the first and biggest mistake.
>>16407 I work with the municipal government and the idiots cannot fathom the idea of a carless society, despite the fact that most people have to use the dreaded and super expensive private collective transport (and most have to walk at least an hour a day on top). During the day, there are more cars in the city than there are people who live there by like 2x. It's pathological at this point, nobody gives a fuck it seems. There's no such thing as bus lanes and busses are so slow, inaccessible, and expensive, you are better off buying a cheap car. We also lead the country in bike deaths and car crashes. We're not even the largest city. The government workers are so fucking dense, I told them they should ban private use cars, one of them asked, "but if I need to go to the hospital, how would I get there?". Like nigga, ask half the people you represent which don't own cars.
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Film Thread Anonymous Comrade 01/11/2020 (Sat) 23:06:57 No. 5191 [Reply] [Last]
Alright filmfags, show me what you've got. <S Tier - Timeless >Tarkovsky: Stalker, Andrei Rublev, Solaris >Klimov: Come and See >Bela Tarr: Turin Horse, Werckmeister Harmonies, Satantango (all very demanding) >Bergman: Persona, Seventh Seal >Herzog: Aguirre (I love them all but this one stands apart) >Kubrick: 2001 <A Tier - Food for the soul >Visconti: The Leopard, Rocco and his Brothers >Fellini: La Dolce Vita, Amarcord >De Sica: Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D. >Pontecorvo: Battle of Algiers >Cocteau: Orpheus, Blood of a Poet >Godard: Breathless, Band of Outsiders, The Little Soldier

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>how do you even measure the intellectual level of movies or do you just 'feel' like they are? You measure by how they treat the viewer. As an example, in Captain Marvel there is a scene where she's breaking out of her chains. If the writer thinks the viewer is a retard, they'll add a shot of a side character going "She's breaking out!", which is exactly what they did. For a movie that expects its viewer to be moderately intelligent they'll assume the viewer can pick up on visual clues, like in Alita: Battle Angel (which doesn't require you to be a genius but you'll miss some stuff if you're not paying attention). This has to do with the changing nature of the film business because of competition from streaming. The number of films released by major studios is down, as are the prospects of mid-budget films https://www.the-numbers.com/market/ https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/is-the-mid-budget-movie-an-endangered-species The studios are competing by betting on epic big budget films, much as they did in the sixties in their first battle with television. They also have the advantage of playing about as well everywhere in the world. So, when you're spending 200 million on a single film, your focus is going to be on making sure the investment pays off, not innovation or art. That's why nearly all big movies are adaptations, reboots or sequels and why they're all so samey. The Marvel films in particular have hit upon a very efficient formula. Modern information technology has allowed media companies to narrow down the most safe and profitable content in media produced today. They almost always have generic plots. And the epic ending is usually either battling thousands of faceless drones or fighting a villain who monologues every time the fight is about to transition, the serious hero says something serious, the jokey hero says a quip, then they generically fight some more, then something something sky beam does shit, the villain gets arrogant because the plan is working, then the hero says the final quip and the villain makes an “oh shit” face then dies. Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, Thor Ragnarok, both Guardian of the Galaxy movies, Endgame and Black Panther to name just a few marvel movies all do this. The reason this slides and is liked is because they don't know nor understand alternatives of the past or future. People have no hope so they look up to mythological tales set in modern era and the destruction takes place which one might enjoy in a nihilistic way. It very much reflects many more simple hero-stories of Greek Mythology, however lacking the counterbalances in the form of tales of Oedipus, Orpheus and Phersephone, the Illiad and Hercules' labours. These criticized many aspects of over-powered Greek heroes like Theseus, who just win at everything and are smarter and stronger than anyone they meet. This reflects Adorno's laments on cultural decay and machinization, in his theory of social spectacle and the resulting industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-m_7G31yh4

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>>16527 there is nothing wrong with pouring beer on your tits
>>16528 Ok porky
Has anyone seen Duck you Sucker? What is your opinion on the final message of the film? That revolution is pointless and that the slayer is no better than the dragon?
>>16531 I've seen this, but so long ago that I've forgotten the actual movie. Imma watch later. Maybe respond


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