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Gerhard von Scharnhorst played a major role in the final defeat of Napoleon by spearheading the reorganization and revival of the Prussian army. Thus he helped secure the continued independence of Prussia, who then went on the absorb the rest of Germany later in the century, as well as being a pioneering military theorist and writer on military matters. He did have quite a reputation in Germany as a national hero. Whether he still holds that position after Stalin destroyed Prussia after WWII (most of it was absorbed into Poland with its German residents forcibly expelled, and the remainder was incorporated into the puppet state of East Germany) is open to conjecture on my part.

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9 minutes ago, death tribble said:

It is odd that people who go mad don't say they are Scharnhorst or Blucher or Von Clausewitz. Napoleon, yes. Gneisenau, no.

There was a man being treated at the same mental health clinic who had the idea that he had the same sort of personal relationship with Adolf Hitler that Christians have with Jesus. I found it pretty revolting, for obvious reasons, and hated having to overhear him at clinic social events.

 

Few people know who Scharnhorst was outside Germany, which may help explain your observation. and Clausewitz is best known in military and wargaming circles as a theorist on strategy and tactics.

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11 hours ago, death tribble said:

No WW1. The WW2 Scharnhorst was lost in the Battle of the North Cape in the Arctic Circle.

The WW1 armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were sunk in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

 

If you think that's confusing, try looking up the Lützow.

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On 11/8/2019 at 8:58 AM, ScottishFox said:

Actors will have to be much more careful about signing away their likeness for movie rolls.

 

Sorry Mr. Rock, we won't need you for the next 5 installments of Fast and Furious.  We're going to use a digitally created version of you to save on payroll costs...

 

 

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On 11/9/2019 at 1:58 AM, ScottishFox said:

 

Actors will have to be much more careful about signing away their likeness for movie rolls.

 

Sorry Mr. Rock, we won't need you for the next 5 installments of Fast and Furious.  We're going to use a digitally created version of you to save on payroll costs...

 

 

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you mean this?

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A Chinese-Canadian animator has been accused of plagiarizing work from numerous animated films and shows in a spot for the PlayStation, and his career is ruined.

 

Kevin Bao was commissioned to do the ad for Sony. He is accused of using and tracing over entire sequences, frame for frame, from numerous recent films including FLCL and Steven Universe: the Movie. After complaints, Sony pulled the ad from Youtube, Bao's former studio cut all ties with him, and even his agent has dropped him.

 

Animation is grueling, lengthy, and often unappreciated work. Shortcuts such as reusing shots and music have always been a part of the form. But no artistic community likes an open plagiarist. Bao may well find he's going to have to do something else for a living from now on.

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12 hours ago, assault said:

 

Of course, not all Napoleon impersonators are mad.

Napoleon III wasn't mad -- probably -- and was good at domestic politics (even with his dictatorial leanings), but he also fancied himself a soldier and that was his downfall. He did help unify Italy and secure its independence (and took more credit for it than he probably deserved) But the Mexico adventure was a disaster and the war with Prussia/Germany a catastrophe that resulted in abdication, exile, and enormous suffering in France. It was especially bad in his beloved Paris which was besieged and starved out for more than a year.

 

But he did last twice as long as Napoleon I did (he antagonized many, but didn't antagonize the entirety of Europe or go on conquering sprees), rebuilt Paris into a modern metropolis, and encouraged the arts and sciences. Art, music, and literature flourished during his regime, even if a lot of it was satirizing it. The hilarious and biting operettas of Jacques Offenbach are as beloved in France as those of Gilbert and Sullivan are in the English-Speaking world.

 

Still, the disasters in Mexico and at Metz almost completely overwhelm the memory of his accomplishments. Since then, the Bonaparte family has been completely locked out of French politics. There will be no more Napoleons.

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On 12/9/2019 at 9:27 AM, Old Man said:

 

Also happening in Queensland, though thankfully not as badly as in New South Wales. The city where I live (Toowoomba) was covered with smoke haze for a couple of days, but it has mostly blown over.

Unlike Sydney.

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10 hours ago, assault said:

 

Also happening in Queensland, though thankfully not as badly as in New South Wales. The city where I live (Toowoomba) was covered with smoke haze for a couple of days, but it has mostly blown over.

Unlike Sydney.

 

Are they going to finish burning out Mt Stromo Observatory this time?

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7 hours ago, Cancer said:

 

Are they going to finish burning out Mt Stromo Observatory this time?

 

They seem to be working on burning pretty much everything at the moment.

 

Mt Stromlo's near Canberra, which is having its own issues with smoke haze, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was out of action at the moment.

 

 

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