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Ahaha... I totally support this ))
Okay... We suddenly got a bit more people in the club, and Couples voting is nearing its end... so, I think this is a good time to plan another chess tournament.
So, please write here if you want to participate, so I can make up a list. Also, I plan to do this somewhere in the following month, but I think, in universities, it's time for exams, so do say if you can play during June, or you would prefer the tournament to take place later.
Sig Curtis & Izumi Curtis - Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (10 votes)
Ryuuji & Taiga - Toradora (9 votes)
Isaac & Miria - Baccano (11 votes)
Voting rules! Because this is a final round, we have 3 couples in it, and we should be able to clearly define 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, voting is slightly changed. When you vote, you can cast up to 2 votes. You can vote for 1 of the couples, or you can vote for 2 out of 3. 2 votes are preferable. I will break any ties that might appear at the end of the voting time.
So, this is the very final round of this contest, so cast your votes!
Winner: Isaac & Miria - Baccano with 11 votes.
@Lieutenant well, that was a pretty epic description ) Thanks, even though you know well that I don't celebrate this day. Oh, yeah, and thanks for the cake )
Hmmm... looking back, I joined this fucking place, when I was Kadota's age... time sure flies.
So, this was a very interesting week. Mostly because of two events. But let's go over it all in order.
These days I have a feeling that everyone now know that the country will fall and break into pieces. And a lot of people are waiting for it. Poland for example. They are waiting for Ukraine to go down to get some of our western regions, which at some point historically were part of what was then Poland.
Now, this would be very funny, cause more stupid Ukrainians want to join Poland. And Polish government is already preparing a list of everything they think they historically own in Ukraine. Well, it's nothing new, Poland screamed for long time that Russia owes it something since WW2. But if paft of Ukraine becomes part of Poland, I seriously doubt our people there will get good life. More likely, it will be back to lord/serf relationships those regions had few hundreds years ago.
Anyways, that's not new, but that's something that it possible in current situation.
Financially we still look bad. And now Russian banks are just pulling out of Ukraine. I am no economist, so I am unsure what that will mean for us in the long run, but yeah, seems like Russia sees no need to keep financial representation here. Though, it's not only Russia. I think, other foreign banks are starting to pull out of here too. That surely can't be good for our economy.
Though, hrivna to dollar exchange rate is more or less the same still. It's 24.8 hrivnas for dollar now. Though, I am still pretty sure it doesn't represent the real situation. Thing is, people in post-soviet countries are kinda used to exchange rates very exactly representing the real situation of how bad things are. Here in Ukraine we got used to that idea from 90-ties, when exchange rates did just that and we entered horrible inflation period at that time.
But now exchange rates are being firmly controlled, so, while rates are rising, they aren't rising as fast as they should be. Articles I read state that hrivna would just fall the fuck all the way down right near the end of the country itself.
Speaking of money. Our pension fund is now officially bankrupted. And that's the place that pays people their pensions. Well, paid. It's a real chore to get your pension here, and now, I guess, it will be even harder. Will thin out local old people - we already had a few news of some grannies dying of hunger cause they had no pension money.
Currently government states that it's doing all it can, obviously, to fix that. I am pretty sure they ask more money from other countries, but we all know that money never reches its intended destination.
The governor of my region - Mikheil Saakashvili, forger president of Georgia - now claims that he will participate in parliament elections. Back at Georgia. And yeah, he's still the governor here. But he claims that he got a whole political party in Georgia and will present himself as the leader the country needs.
This is retarded for many reasons. Well, we all know that Saakashvili gt no allegiances of any kind. He will just do what's best for him, no matter what country he's in. But the fun fact is, there's still a criminal case against him. In Europe and in Georgia. And if he returns to Georgis - he would be arrested immediately... actually, I hope he returns there and stops fucking with my region.
Okay, now we come to 2 big ones.
First of all Nadiya Savchenko - war criminal I wrote about who was detained in Russia - is now returned here. She was traded for a few Russian detained in Ukraine. And this is a very funny situation... because Nadiya is... Well, she was pumped up to be a national symbol. While she was detained in Russia, in Ukraine she was made member of parliament and a living saint - no joke, she is saint in Ukraine church. And now we got her back.
She is violent foul-mouthed idiot with no control over her own actions, and she already stated that she will join the next presidential elections. Nice, right? No school education to speak of, never knew anything except army or prison and.. wait, actually, she would be perfect for next president of this country.
So yeah, for now Ukraine is being ecstatic about getting her back, but I do wonder how fast that would wear off, when they would have to actually deal with her being here. I guess, she will make Timoshenko look like a reasonable and cultured woman.
And I have no idea if that is connected, but seems like we are so ecstatic now, that we attacked Novorossiya again. Well, we attack Novorossiya every day, with artillery. So much so, that OSCE members who are observing the Ukraine/Novorossiya borders are thinking about actually carrying guns these days.
But no, what happened is, in addition to artillery strikes, few days ago Ukrainian army actually tried to advance the frontline - something that hasn't happened in a while. They got pushed back, both sides had some losses, and Ukraine never reported that attempt on local news. But it happened, and I wrote before that there may be some increase in conflict, and it seems even more possible now. Don't know if it was just a show of force or trying out the strength of Novorossiya defenses, but now I am waiting for more news about escalations like that.
Hello, one and all, let's take another jab at America, shall we? Yeah, that's right, with another documentary.
So. This Michael Moore guy seems to be an active critic of the, how you call it, globalization and stuff like that. Pretty much a political activist who holds a very critical view of USA's government and ways of life. And what he does in this movie is he travels to different countries and learns about some social problems are being dealt with there.
I will say right away, that I found this to be pretty interesting. However, at the same time, it's a sort of movie that goes for effect, and leaves a lot of research out. Let me tell you what I mean. During the part of the movie about female political leaders, screen at one point got filled with photos of female political leaders from different countries. And I recognized one photo - Timoshenko, who is a leader of a political party here. And while she's certainly a political leader... she's a horrible fucking example of a politician.
Well, what I mean to say is, this movie is good for taking those interesting facts shown there, and doing research on it on your own. You can consider it not as image of how things can or even should be, but on different perspective on doing things. And I certainly can say that it was interesting to see a representatives of a lot of different countries. So, while I feel like this is an instrument of political propaganda, it is quite educational in its own way, and I do recommend it.
The Finest Hours (2016)
Disney movie about what is called one of the greatest rescues in the history of the coast guard. In 1952, during a storm weather, two WW2 era tankers just broke in two. One managed to send a distress signal out, but not the other, so while one got a lot of attention, all the second one got is one boat with 4 people going out to save them.
This is pretty much a very standard rescue drama. We have a main hero - awkward but likeable, his girlfriend - a strong female character in 1950-ies, they even got a sort of an antagonist of the movie - main hero's boss. Story is pretty simple, but visuals are quite amazing, so, if you like that sort of thing - you will like this, but you really won't find anything new in this film.
So, how true is it? My usual website gives a pretty extensive breakdown of facts. I think, some of those are taken from witness accounts, some from the books about that whole story. The whole movie is based on the book of the same name.
It seems that a lot of this is actually true to the real story. Just 4 people on a small boat went out and saved 32 people from the tanker that just snapped in two. They lost compass along the way, but managed to return safely. Still, some things are obviously not true. For example, while a lot about how Bernie and Miriam met is true, she didn't go to the coast guards station to plead for him. That arc is pure hollywood drama. Additionally, the tanker wasn't set aground, the crew actually steered it away from ground, so it wouldn't break up completely. Plus, it seems, the episode with life-boats os overdramatized. Still, key facts seem to be there, and that rescue really was just as daring and improbable as it was shown in the film.
Round 3 Group 3
Ryuuji & Taiga - Toradora (6 votes)
Megumi Noda & Shinichi Chiaki - Nodame Cantabile (4 votes)
Winner: Ryuuji & Taiga - Toradora with 6 votes!
You know, Fate/Zero is a more deep relationship... more complex... more mature.
So yeah, I vote Isaac/Miria, because goddamn, they are just adorable together.