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    [–] Enuff is enuff - we've had it! AirRaidJade 1 points ago in funny

    Is there some kind of joke I'm missing in the title, like a pun or something, or is OP retarded?

    [–] Combat situation in Ukraine as of 12 May 2017 (3000x2494) AirRaidJade 1 points ago in MapPorn

    The opposite - the rebels are gaining ground in Luhansk Oblast, and the city of Luhansk has been under rebel control since about late 2014.

    [–] This is totally what each US state Googles the most. Totally. 100% true. AirRaidJade 1 points ago in mapporncirclejerk

    Funny thing is, I found this in an Imgur post where somebody had apparently posted it without even realizing it's a very obvious joke. Like, dude, did you even read a single thing on here? No way this is legit!

    [–] It’s not even Halloween yet. AirRaidJade 0 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    Well, that's Hobby Lobby, they're an ultra-conservative right-wing Bible-beating Christian fundamentalist establishment, so them having an all-year Christmas section isn't the least bit surprising.

    [–] Darkness, imprisoning me. All that i see _____________ AirRaidJade 1 points ago in AskOuija

    OP is no fun. Cunt deleted his post when he got an answer he didn't like. I hate it when dumb cunts do that.

    [–] Detailed Cold War-era Soviet military map of San Diego, circa 1980 (2064x1548) AirRaidJade 2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 hours ago) in MapPorn

    No, because that doesn't have the information they need. They need every detail you could possibly imagine. Road widths, carrying capacity of bridges, building materials, speed limits, exact dimensions of buildings, distance of visibility, etc. Everything. You can't get any of that from any typical civilian map - you'd be lucky to even get a map that has the roads laid out correctly. You greatly overestimate the accuracy of civilian maps - compared to military maps, and especially compared to Soviet military maps, any civilian map is next to useless.

    EDIT: Quote from /u/Godschamgod in the other thread:

    The amount of detail that the Soviet Union had in their maps far surpasses the maps that were available to the public. Their maps included details like weight bearing loads and widths of bridges and roads, full detailed terrain description, even how far a lit cigarette could be seen at night.

    These maps were designed to aid in an invasion. They were so detailed and so accurate that the maps the Soviet's released in the USSR were actually slightly altered so they could never be used in a time of war.

    Read that Wired article someone linked to, it's really interesting and informative.

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    [–] Name order in Countries [4500x2234] AirRaidJade 2 points ago in MapPorn

    Greek uses Given Name, Father's Given Name, Surname.

    Even for women? Or is it Given Name, Mother's Given Name, Surname for the women?

    [–] Detailed Cold War-era Soviet military map of San Diego, circa 1980 (2064x1548) AirRaidJade 2 points ago in MapPorn

    Wired has a great article about these maps.

    Some was from satellites and aircraft, but many of the more specific details almost had to have come from Soviet agents on the ground.

    Despite the Ordnance Survey’s copyright claim, Davies argues that the Soviet maps aren’t mere copies. In many places, they show new construction—roads, bridges, housing developments, and other features that don’t appear on contemporary Ordnance Survey maps. Many of these details, Davies argues, came from aerial or satellite reconnaissance (the first Soviet spy satellite, Zenit, was launched into orbit in 1962). Other details, such as notes on the construction materials and conditions of roadways and bridges, seemingly had to come from agents on the ground (or, according to one account from a Swedish counterintelligence officer, by picnicking Soviet diplomats with a preference for sites near objects of strategic interest).

    Pretty scary to think that we had Soviet spies among our society, on our city streets, taking such meticulous notes and measurements... pretty chilling from a Cold War perspective.

    [–] Combat situation in Ukraine as of 12 May 2017 (3000x2494) AirRaidJade 11 points ago in MapPorn

    Almost all the ceasefires have been violated in some way, with violations occurring on both sides. Neither side is ready to give it up.

    [–] Combat situation in Ukraine as of 12 May 2017 (3000x2494) AirRaidJade 10 points ago in MapPorn

    Couldn't find anything from 2016, but I did find these:

    July 2014

    January 2015

    Overall, it appears as if the pro-Russian separatists are slowly gaining control of the Donbass region.

    [–] Glasses wearers of Reddit: why did you choose glasses instead of contacts? AirRaidJade 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I don't like the idea of sticking plastic in my eyeballs. Or anything in my eyeballs. The thought of touching my eyes makes me cringe.

    [–] Combat situation in Ukraine as of 12 May 2017 (3000x2494) AirRaidJade 27 points ago * (lasted edited 17 hours ago) in MapPorn

    In 2014, there was a series of protests in Kiev against then-President Viktor Yanukovich. Yanukovich adopted pro-Russian policies and wanted to strengthen economic ties to Russia. The people, however, wanted to shed their Soviet-era Russian ties and become more involved in Europe, to strengthen economic and political ties to the European Union. Protests erupted and Yanukovich was removed from office. However, not everybody was onboard with the pro-EU revolution - in particular, the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Crimea wanted to remain closely tied to Russia. A civil war broke out as pro-Russian separatists fought against the efforts of the pro-EU reformists. In Crimea, the vast majority of which is of Russian ethnicity, they held a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia instead.

    The Crimean referendum passed overwhelmingly, however many question the legitimacy of the vote, with most Western nations insisting that Russia itself interfered in the referendum. Either way, the referendum resulted in the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Russia beefed up its military presence in Crimea. Meanwhile, in Luhansk and Donetsk, Russian military forces invaded; however, they did so with no insignias or patches identifying them, and Russia denied that it had troops in Ukraine. On 17 July 2014, a Russian-supplied Buk missile launcher shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 people, all civilians. No survivors. The jet crashed in separatist-controlled territory, and the rebels/Russian troops denied access to the crash site to international investigators.

    Multiple ceasefires have been called, but almost all of them have been mutually violated by both sides. Russia has continued to undertake more and more overt actions in Ukraine. At this point it's not even a question about if there are Russian troops in Ukraine - everybody knows there are. Since about 2015 or so, the war has dragged on in a stalemate, but tensions could boil over and turn this into a wider war at any moment.

    Ukraine has expressed interest in joining both the EU and NATO, however their admission cannot even be considered while this war is still ongoing, for fears of raising tensions with Russia.

    As for Crimea, the peninsula is under full control of the Russian government. It is claimed by Russia as Russian territory, just as much as Moscow is. However, nobody else has accepted Russia's claim over Crimea. As recognized by the UN, Crimea still legally belongs to Ukraine, although Ukraine has not had any form of control over Crimea in over three years. The referendum is widely considered to have been an illegal and illegitimate one.

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