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So, small update now that initial dust has settled down somewhat. I will try to be informative about the issue.
The details of the incident actually have historical roots now, so let's start with that.
After events of the past years, Crimea belongs to Russia. It's connected to Russia through Kerch strait, and after getting the region, Russia has been making a bridge over it, to have direct connection. But, as you can see from the map, through Kerch strait you get into Azov sea, which is still pretty much Ukrainian territory with ports and everything. Meaning, Ukrainian ships just have to go through the territory with Russian bridge.
As you can imagine, this is very heated place by it self, due to these reasons. Russians take the bridge very seriously, especially with threats of some Ukrainians (including politicians) to bomb the bridge. Plus, I think there were incidents with some Ukrainian fishermen trying to ram the bridge, but I am unsure about details. Let's just say, Russia keeps a close eye on the area, and not without reason.
Now, the recent incident had 3 Ukrainian ships intercepted and taken into custody. These 3 ships went from Odessa (that's where I live) to Mariupol (on a map), and the only way to go was through the Kerch strait. There is nothing unusual in that movement itself.
Ukraine claims, that ships were just going along their normal course, when Russia demanded they leave, and then attacked, without any provocation.
Russia claims that ships were going into Russia territory waters, and did not respond or change course after a warning. Also, Russia claims that 2 members of Ukrainian Security Service were on board, and ship logs contained direct mention of plan to break through Russian border.
Radio communications pieced together over these last days show that Russian side warned Ukrainian ships that the area they plan to move through is currently temporarily closed. We don't really know why the area was closed, though.
To be honest, it's all a bit controversial, and noone looks clean here. But what happened happened, and 3 ships are now taken by Russia, along with the crew.
This allowed the president to enable martial law. However, of course, as everything in the country, it's pretty retarded. Let me show you the map of the martial law areas.
Red ones are the one with martial law enabled. Crimea isn't red, cause, really, it's not even Ukraine anymore, they have no power to declare it there. Donetsk and Lugansk territories are under martial law, as they are partly still controlled by Ukraine. And, as you can see, basically eastern ridge of regions is martial law zone, including my region. This, absolutely coincidentally of course, is very similar to the regions that generally don't support the current course of the government.
That's not the only thing, though. Martial law is declared in case of invasion, for example. And I take this as an example, because that's what Ukrainian government is saying - Russia is ready for war and will attack soon. Like, tomorrow or smth. However, in case of martial law during invasion, general practice is to have it until victory or defeat. Again, until you beaten your opponent in a war or lost a war. But since there is no actual war with Russia (and if there was, it would be over in about 5 days), Poroshenko declared martial law to last 1 month.
That is the notion that went into parliament - martial law for 1 month over specific regions. As selective as it is, there's another aspect to think about - Ukraine will have its next presidential elections in march next year. And another - after martial law is in effect, president, as commander-in-chief, can extend it. Considering that everyone yells about Russian aggression, there would be no trouble to find a reason for extension and keep 'unloyal' regions in check under martial law.
By the way, it is really feels like the only way for Poroshenko to extend his presidency. From relatively high support in 2014 he now has less that 10% public support. Though, he isn't the only one - out of all the candidates we got now, not a single one is having over 10% support, which is a political disaster in its own right.
In any case, along with martial law, Ukraine also restricted Russian citizens from entering Ukraine. Not to all, but to males from 16 to 60. I think, there are some stipulations to that, but generally, that's the restriction we got in effect. As means of retaliation, Russian apparently plans to... simplify traveling across border for Ukrainian citizens and also process of getting Russian citizenship. Which is a funny move, really - while Ukraine fears that other side will send soldiers, Russia welcomes people who want to fuck off from all this.
That's where we stand right now. Currently I am waiting to see if there will be more armed incidents between the countries, and whether martial law really would be extended beyond original schedule and/or regions. Will be interesting new year, that's for sure...
Fuck yeah, you motherless fucks, we are back in business again!
Alright, actual news. 3 Ukrainian ships (2 artillery boats and 1 support boat or smth.) were found crossing sea borders of Russia, here in the Black Sea. Next to Crimea, of course, cause every local shittery has to be around Crimea. Now, I have no fucking idea why the fuck they went there. It is said, they did not respond to radio hailing. So, what did Russia do? The thing you do when someone quietly crosses your border - they opened fire.
Currently Ukrainian ships are captured and crew is provided with medical help, as some apparently were wounded when shots were fired. I think they surrendered without much of a fight. As far as I know, there's UN meeting about all this buggery, though I have no idea if it had any results.
Now, why is this important?
First of all, this is a direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia. I mean, sure, the was in the east of the country is going for fourth year now, but that was is not against Russia, it's against regions that separated from the country. But this one is direct - Russia, Ukraine, shots fired.
Second of all, if I am reading this right, Ukrainian military ships went and crossed Russian border, and were shot at in retaliation. Technically, Russia can take fucking offense and finally war the fuck out of the country I live in. And right now we have no idea if there actually will be a proper war, but Kiev is already full with talk of martial law being put into effect.
By the way, this can also just be a ruse by president Poroshenko - it's time to elect him out of the office, so the cocksucker might have decided to use this to implement martial law and stay in power. Seriously, good thing I am not in Kiev.
And with all the talks of the martial law, hrivna already dropped today. Not by much, but it was very noticeable. Lucky me for keeping my money in USD instead of local currency, and for getting my salary in USD rates. But yeah, panic on all social levels will hit hrivna, worsening already bad financial situation. And all that in a middle of unexpectedly cold season. I keep repeating that, but the general population of the country is getting more and more fucked.
So hey, time to keep an eye on the fucking news again!
Not your amigo either. I do believe you idiots think that trying to act pretentiously friendly supposed to have some effect, because I see same dumb shit all over the net, but trust me, it isn't working.
@DictatorHilton not your buddy or friend, and I don't post on facebook, which should be obvious even to you, but hey, you just go and keep being retard. And hey, nice to see you identify at least one commercial gimmick. Who knows maybe you will realize few more, which you buy into, at some point.
Well, that's some for real weird shit. Can you imagine, black motherfucker becoming a legitimate (in a way) member of a KKK, with license and all? So yeah, apparently, that happened.
So, thankfully, my usual place has some nice info on what's true here and what's not. Apparently, the core is very much true - first ever black police officer decided to try for a KKK ad in a newspaper and just happened to establish contact with the organization. Motherfucker even used his real name, because he was sure nothing proper would happen. But it did, so for face to face meeting he had to send other cop, who's real identity is still unknown. Together they were the member of KKK, with a license, for 9 months, and even were almost made a leader of the local KKK chapter. Which, honestly, is hilarious on many levels.
Now, that, and some minor details represented in the movie, is true. However, most of the movie is actually full of dramatizations for the screen. There was no bomb plot, there was no storyline with that black power girl, we don't even know of the white guy was Jewish or not, cause, as I said, his identity remains secret. And the whole movie is structured to be very... how to say it... racial? It shows the clash of black and whites in US at the time, in a very focused way.
There are obvious reasons why it was done - race is a hot topic even today, apparently, for US, and without all those storylines the movie, while representing interesting factual event, actually would have been quite boring. Just some undercover police work, yep. Still, the event is based on is pretty damn funny.
This one is for good old Ouran Host Club. And the song is 'The Other Side' from The Greatest Showman. Our main hero looking for a final hire in his crazy show. Surprisingly, this is a pretty good fit and a lot of fun to watch as you make parallels between the song lyrics and the characters.
Second one is for Seven Deadly Sins anime, with the song 'White Flag' by Daughtry. This one, inspired by the anime second season, is more serious, showing off both the show's action and some of the darker moments.
DmC 3 of course. And that was just the intro for that motherfucking game. Rest was even more over the top.
Before everything got ruined by fucking WoW, Warcraft 3 had some great fucking orks. Plus, Blizzard always were making awesome cinematics.
And then there's Halo. I love first three games of the series equally, but the 2nd one really gets you into epic mood right from the start.
So, I picked up this game, and realized, that I have already played it!
Alright. A bit of history here. Few years ago I saw this, as a small beta at the time, on one of them flash games site. Kongregate, possibly. Not sure now. It pretty much consisted of the tutorial level, with a small boss fight at the end. Nothing special, but thing is, it felt pretty nice. So I definitely wouldn't have minded playing more. But as I said, it was just a beta. But since then they went through few years of development and early access of sorts, and now the game is properly released.
The game opens up with us controlling a girl who combats several weird looking enemies to reach and, supposedly, save someone. However, after she reaches that person, scene ends, and we start the game properly, as a different girl, blue-haired and with a scar on her face. Her name is Lea, she has complete amnesia, and she is mute. Not heroic mute, she literally cannot speak. Due to some bug.
More explanations are needed. As the people who help you explain (I still have no idea why they help and who they are really), you are a character in a MMO game. This is a sci-fi level of virtual reality, where the whole game is happening on a continent of a moon of some gas giant planet, and people control their avatars made, like other game-related things, from some specific material. Now, all other players can log in and out as they please, of course, but Lea is special for some reason, as she can only play, and for her logging out means a sort of a sleep. Oh, yeah, and due to some weird problem, she can't speak, other than few pre-coded words (list expands eventually), so most of the time she communicates with gestures and elaborate combinations of 'Hi', 'Lea' and 'Bye'.
All that may seem like a lot of stuff, but it's just exposition you get during the first game stage. After that you are entering the MMO for real, and start doing quests and communicating with other players. Or, rather, they communicate with you, and you nod, wave and smile. Or not.
The technical part of this is... well, it's basically a single-player game about MMO, if that makes any sense. You are on the way to perform a global story-line quest, while constantly being side-tracked by side-quests and exploration. Exploration is actually pretty big in this game - areas may look as jumbled mass of rocks and layers at first, but everything is elaborately crafted, making every area in the game into a jump puzzle. Sure, you can run through and kill a few monsters, but if you want to get that chest or those collectables, you better start thinking how to get to the high ground. It is challenging and at times frustrating, but is not tedious. Movement is very fluid, so you never feel controls problems when jumping around.
Other aspect is of course combat. You have melee attacks, you can throw spheres, either at machine-gun rate or overcharging them, which is slower, but breaks enemy concentration on hit, and your defensive options are dash to avoid damage or putting a stationary shield, protecting you from one side. As you level up, you gain skill points, eventually unlocking special moves for each 4 options - strong mass melee attack, more rapid firing, sphere, protecting you from all sides, pushing enemies away while you dodge... there are several variations for those, and as game progresses, you also unlock more skill trees, so to say, opening up more options. Naturally, as this is RPG, you gain experience and level up, raising your stats, and also get better and better gear. Gear is pretty bland - meaning, there are no icons or visuals for it, but it provides bonuses, and that's what counts.
Combat is hectic, often with many small enemies attacking you at once, or with huge boss attacking half the screen to get you. With just 4 basic actions to chose from you actually got a lot of variations of how you prefer to play, and you can spend your skill-points into preferred direction. And in addition to that, as part of the game story, you actually party up with people you met and befriended in game, and they provide combat support.
Except in dungeons. By the game rules, dungeons are instanced, meaning there's one for each player, and only one player can be in one instance. meaning, they have to solve puzzles and fight alone. That's where you also meet the biggest bosses, and while if sucks to not have your party with you, it's understandable - proper boss battle should be the test of your own skill without any outside help.
All this is good enough, but what I absolutely love about the game is that it is a story about MMO, that does MMO right. It may be hard to explain for non-MMO players, but... Low-level locations are overrun by newbies running around, there are people who are good at jump-puzzling who AFK at high places, there are AI-driven NPCs with scripted responses, there is dueling PvP mode, there are player guilds, contacts, parties, guild bases, loot grinding, raiding till morning... and you DIE AND RESPAWN IF YOU FALL IN WATER! This is as endearing MMO representation as single-player game can get.
And with all that, dialogues are great too. Mostly it's other characters doing the job, but in addition to words, characters got a decent amount of images during dialogues, making it easy to judge their emotions. And Lea, not able to speak, got the most of them all, of course. There are even images made for her showing 1, 2, 3 or 4 fingers, for answering multiple-choice questions, which is pretty nice attention to details.
I am still playing this game, and actually, I haven't gotten far, but I am already damn impressed with how much soul this game has. Good characters, easy controls, fast-paced combat and the small details that make an old MMO player smile.
Sometimes it's nice to start the morning with a few AMVs, eh?
Alright, this one is for Panty and Stockings, with the song 'Na Na Na' by My Chemical Romance. And honestly, I never even seem a damn show, and I don't think I ever will, but I liked this anyways. There's good rhythm, good clean editing, and even some lip sync thrown in. Pretty fun to watch.
Another one is for the show I seen a lot - Cowboy BeBop. Makes me glad this anime gets AMVs even 20 years after its original run. Song is 'Down The Road' by C2C. No lip syncing in this one, cause song really doesn't feature all that much lyrics, but this one got some fancy editing - both subtle and not so subtle.
Spammy idea from similar user. Nope.