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  • #65226
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    First Sergeant
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    Interesting look at how humans deal with some of the worst conditions they can be put through.

    Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag

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    #65227
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    Also, consider reading, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is excellent. I would also like to read his book, Two Hundred Years Together, but it is banned in most free countries and prevented from being translated into English. Guess why.

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    We were listening to Gulag Archipelago last time on the drive up to VTC.

    These and “The Soviet Story” (one Dimitri recommended) should be mandatory viewing/reading before someone can complete high school. Never happen though, they are too busy hearing about Grapes of Wrath, Death of a Salesman- at least those were the anti capitalist shit we had thrown down our throat 25 years ago in college.

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    #65232
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    Most in our culture won’t understand and in no way can relate to this. I was talking with a buddy of mine yesterday. I guess kind of a metrosexual cool businessman type. He was saying after hearing in a conference he attended, that we need to try and see the other persons viewpoint and find some common ground so we can all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. That’s my take on the conversation. It sounds nice, but if said other person really doesn’t have any desire to do so, and just wants to cut your head off and put it on a stick, then your Kumbaya moment becomes a shit storm. I told him this and because of his background had no reference point in his mind to even begin to understand what I was trying to say. I believe many in our country today fall into his category.

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    #65233
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    Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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    Most in our culture won’t understand and in no way can relate to this.

    Well fortunately our audience here is a different culture. ;-)

    These are excellent recommendations and worth the time to read.

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    …and because of his background had no reference point in his mind to even begin to understand what I was trying to say.

    If The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, is too subtle, then you could suggest he read the excellent book, Hellstorm: The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947, by Thomas Goodrich.

    Ooh, a storm is threat’ning
    My very life today
    If I don’t get some shelter
    Ooh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

    War, children
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
    War, children
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

    Ooh, see the fire is sweeping
    Our very street today
    Burns like a red coal carpet
    Mad bull lost your way

    War, children
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
    War, children
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

    [Guitar Solo]

    Rape, murder!
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
    Rape, murder!
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
    Rape, murder!
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

    Mmm, the floods is threat’ning
    My very life today
    Gimme, gimme shelter
    Or I’m going to fade away

    War, children
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
    It’s just a shot away

    I tell you love, sister
    It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
    It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
    It’s just a kiss away, (kiss away kiss away)

    #65235
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    Haunting words from First Sergeant’s original post…

    42. I understood what power is and what a man with a rifle is.

    #65237
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    Most in our culture won’t understand and in no way can relate to this. I was talking with a buddy of mine yesterday. I guess kind of a metrosexual cool businessman type. He was saying after hearing in a conference he attended, that we need to try and see the other persons viewpoint and find some common ground so we can all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. That’s my take on the conversation. It sounds nice, but if said other person really doesn’t have any desire to do so, and just wants to cut your head off and put it on a stick, then your Kumbaya moment becomes a shit storm. I told him this and because of his background had no reference point in his mind to even begin to understand what I was trying to say. I believe many in our country today fall into his category.

    @Raodkill Right on. I know some of those “metrosexual cool businessman type(s)”, and I’m thinking they may be referred to #30 on Shalamov’s list.

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    #65363
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    Lineman
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    Number 5 is the most important one in that…IMHO…

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