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    [–] Clearing a building. (Marines) Idontknow63 1 points ago in MaliciousCompliance

    Not so beautiful for the kids living in that building

    [–] US House votes in new Russia sanctions and limits President Trumps ability to waive them Idontknow63 4 points ago in worldnews

    Calling an idiot an idiot isn't an ad hominem attack you moron. It's an accurate representation of the quality and validity of their argument

    [–] TIL that, during the conquest of Mexico and due to lack of gunpowder, three Spanish conquistadors climbed the Popocatépetl volcano (17,802 ft/5,426 m) and hung themselves using ropes into the crater to get sulfur for their cannons and succeded. Six times. Idontknow63 5 points ago in todayilearned

    It's speculative alternative history so there's obviously nothing certain, but even if Spain never developed their own industry well they also wouldn't have strengthened their neighbors so much by giving them so much wealth and such a large trading partner. They really screwed themselves in the long-term and only started trying to fix it by stopping the flow of wealth out of their country when it was too late

    [–] TIL that, during the conquest of Mexico and due to lack of gunpowder, three Spanish conquistadors climbed the Popocatépetl volcano (17,802 ft/5,426 m) and hung themselves using ropes into the crater to get sulfur for their cannons and succeded. Six times. Idontknow63 10 points ago in todayilearned

    /u/ionheart's explanation might sound good to a layman, but anyone's who actually understands the history knows that it's the consensus of professional historians that Spain was made MUCH less powerful in the long run due to their discovery of such vast quantities of gold and silver. In the absence of it, they would have developed other industries that would have sustained them long-term. The modern-day equivalent is countries with a lot of oil reserves that collapse when oil prices go down because they never bothered to diversify their industry.

    All that gold and silver flowed directly to the other European powers while they got good at creating and trading things for the Spanish to buy. Spain simply funneled wealth through itself and enabled the massive growth of the other European powers, many of which surpassed them by LEAPS AND BOUNDS. Today they're basically the runt of Europe and a lot of their failures have their roots in this legacy, though they certainly could have done a lot in their relatively recent history to change that.

    [–] TIL that, during the conquest of Mexico and due to lack of gunpowder, three Spanish conquistadors climbed the Popocatépetl volcano (17,802 ft/5,426 m) and hung themselves using ropes into the crater to get sulfur for their cannons and succeded. Six times. Idontknow63 17 points ago in todayilearned

    The Aztecs were a culture, not a genetic identity you moron. The people fighting with the conquistadors against the Aztecs had the same gene pool as the Aztecs. Do you really not understand the genocide refers to eliminating people with specific genetic makeups or did you somehow convince yourself just randomly with no real information to back it up that the Aztecs were a genetically distinct cultural group? You sound dumb

    [–] Here's a brake check to teach you a lesson! Idontknow63 -34 points ago in gifs

    Are you serious? What the fuck? Did you regularly eat lead paint chips as a child? Jesus fucking Christ you are incredibly stupid

    [–] TIFU by shooting a physically handicapped man with a paintball gun at point blank range Idontknow63 0 points ago in tifu

    Lol, being deaf is a physical handicap. It just is. You can't object to reality. This is the kind of stupid shit that makes anyone who lives near deaf communities, even (and maybe especially) deaf people who don't want to identify with those communities, hate deaf people who see it as an identity instead of just one aspect of their life. You're handicapped, get over it. That doesn't mean you're less of a person. It's just a fact

    [–] When you find out what killed hip-hop Idontknow63 3 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago) in BlackPeopleTwitter

    Are you fucking serious? Because Hispanic or Latino isn't a race, dummy. It's an ethnicity. It means you come from a Spanish-speaking country (Hispanic) or a Romance-language descended country (Latino) (all Hispanics are Latino, but many Latinos, such as those from Brazil, are not Hispanic).

    You can be white and Hispanic, black and Hispanic, Native American and Hispanic, mixed in a variety of ways and Hispanic, even Asian Hispanic. How old are you that this is the first time you've come across this concept?

    You've never seen people like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio and thought it would be weird to call them the same race as someone like Bruno Mars, Zoe Saldana, or Carmelo Anthony (they're all Hispanic)?

    [–] So I translated a humorous meme that's recently viral in the polish internet. Hope you guys will like it :) Idontknow63 1 points ago in europe

    What?! People died and that's sad, but Europe is undeniably stronger now than they would have been without WWII. Lots of people dying does not always equal long-term negative consequences.

    [–] So I translated a humorous meme that's recently viral in the polish internet. Hope you guys will like it :) Idontknow63 8 points ago in europe

    The war with Spain wasn't for stupid reasons. It was for a myriad of reasons, some stupid and others not at all. It's often taught in history classes (which are really quite shit at actually teaching history) that the war was caused by yellow journalism hyping up the sinking of a ship that Spain definitely didn't even sink. That was a basis belli, but casua bellis are NEVER the ACTUAL reason two polities go to war. It's just a spark that gives one side an excuse and many people in America had been looking for one for a while and would have found one regardless of this.

    Almost EVERYONE wanted war with Spain. The political right thought that fighting the weak Spain was a great way to gain their own colonial possessions and enrich the country. The left thought that what Spain was doing to their colonists was barbaric and awful and that wthe US should step in and stop it. Both sides felt like it would be in the best interests of the people living in Spanish possessions to be under US domination instead. They wouldn't be brutally repressed when they rebelled and they wouldn't have entire towns, including women and children, raped and killed as reprisals for attacks against Spanish troops by anyone in the area.

    That was the idea at least. It didn't turn out to be that profitable, the people failed to realize they had been liberated by a country of supermen saints and fought just as hard against the US troops, and the US embarrassed itself by committing some of the same atrocities as the Spanish, if at least on a smaller scale.

    It helps to have learned more than a few passing buzzwords about a conflict before you form an opinion on it.

    [–] This is why I have trust issues Idontknow63 15 points ago in facepalm

    That's not what rape by deception is at all

    [–] Bathroom camera update Idontknow63 1 points ago in self

    Lol, the fight against climate change is a 300-year fight. A couple years of the US not doing a few things will cause almost no change whatsoever. Getting China and India out of the late Industrial Age mindset has about 10,000 times more importance

    [–] TIL in 1876 a man died in a duel over the correct way to pronounce "Newfoundland." Idontknow63 1 points ago in todayilearned

    They were both using the correct pronunciation, neither of which is the preferred one today. The only incorrect pronunciation is saying the last part as "Lund" instead of "land" which I do and will continue doing cause fuck those people I don't give a fuck what they think

    [–] Bathroom camera update Idontknow63 1 points ago in self

    You don't have the FBI. Donald Trump's stupid shit will be an extremely minor and short blip on the radar while Theresa May's policies will fuck the U.K. for generations. Good luck with that!