war is expensive

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mcu + phase three:

           captain america: civil war, 2016
  “victory at the expense of the innocent, is no victory at all.

You know that last post got me thinking: what is up with the these alleged fans who don’t think Star Wars is funny? Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely am here for the Skywalker Family Drama (because hello I have a pulse) and the Kenobi Sads and the Lore but like…at the end of the day? Star Wars is ridiculous! It’s so delightfully humorous. How do people not see this?! Who are these guys and why don’t they want to actually have fun with any of this nonsense?

Unfinished Foreshadowing

In Legacy of Mandalore, there were a bunch of things I noticed that could be foreshadowing, but it wasn’t expounded on. 

There was Sabine’s jetpack crackling… 

And the ice on the lake breaking. 

Honestly I don’t see any reason why the crew would specifically animate such detailed signs if they weren’t gonna lead to anything. Sure, they could have just been there to set the mood and create suspense, but in SWR most foreshadowing has a greater purpose, even if it’s not for the episode it first appeared in. Like the condor from Mystery of Chopper Base was followed up in Twilight of the Apprentice Part 2. So these signs might just be used in future episodes as crucial plot points. 

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The Worst Hyperinflation in History and the Death of the Hungarian Pengo,

Inflation is when money loses value over time causing prices to rise. Money is just like any other commodity; it’s value is derived from it’s rarity.  When it comes to fiat currency (paper money that is backed by nothing but trust), money tends to lose value when governments print more of it, the price of goods rises, and thus inflation sets in. When governments print a lot of it at once and money loses value very quickly, hyperinflation sets in.

For most of World War II, Hungary was a member of the Axis Powers.  After suffering severe defeats on the Eastern Front, the Hungarian Government quickly went broke, and being an Axis Power, there weren’t many countries it could burrow money from.  In order to fund the war, the Hungarian Government desperately began to print money to pay for expenses.  In 1944 the largest denomination bill was the 1,000 Pengo note. As the war came to a close, expenses only grew as the Hungarian Government had to fund projects to repair and rebuild the war torn country, provide employment for returning soldiers, and fund many new social programs. Government printing accelerated in order to meet the demand for cash.  As a result, the largest denomination bill at the end of 1945 was the 10,000,000 Pengo bill.

By this point, hyperinflation was seriously disrupting the Hungarian economy. People saw their life savings instantly made worthless. In order to buy basic supplies like food and groceries, people had to go to stores with wheelbarrows full of bricks of cash. Prices doubled on a weekly basis. By July 1946, Hungarian hyperinflation had reached it’s worst. By then the price of goods doubled every 15 hours and the daily rate of inflation was 195%, making an annual rate of inflation of 41.9 quadrillion percent. During this month, the Hungarian government began printing the largest banknote in history, the 100 million billion Pengo bill, or the 100 Quintilian pengo bill (100,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10^20).

In August of 1946, the Pengo had become so worthless that the entire Hungarian money supply of 400 quadrilliard Pengo ( 4×1029 ) had the buying power of 1/100th of an American dollar. On August 1st, the Pengo was declared defunct by the Hungarian government and replaced by the Forint, which was to be exchanged at the rate of 400 octillion Pengo. By then the Pengo had become so worthless that government workers had to be hired to sweep up piles of money from the streets.

One of the most difficult things about cleaning when you have hoarding tendencies is that it’s always an emotional process as much as it is a physical process.  Everything has a story attached to it, part of me feels like everything matters, because I have so many memories of wearing that old shirt I haven’t touched in three years, but I remember being on the road with it one time–!  And fighting back against that urge to keep it just because of the familiarity of it, the feelings I have invested in it, despite that it’s not actually useful to me anymore, is an uphill battle.  An battle worth fighting, of course, and I’ve made a lot of progress, I’m not a full hoarder, but I have enough of it that I’m exhausted emotionally after a cleaning binge just as much as I am physically.

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for those curious, here’s the whole “mothvari” look

(the dyes are cocoa, glint’s isolation, and imperial red)

GUYS. Why did no one tell me...

…That there is a talking Kylo Ren figure that says “Don’t be afraid, I feel it too,” and other choice phrases in Adam Driver’s glorious voice?! I could have had this in my life for over a month! I am so rectifying the situation ASAP. Do any of you have this? Do you listen to it every night before bed? I would totally never do that, I’m way too grown up for that kind of thing… (haha yeah right whatever we all know the truth.)

See, Nazi Germany’s ‘wunderwaffe’ were real cool, but in the end they contributed to the Reich’s downfall. Hitler and his cronies were obsessed with getting The Biggest Things, like the Maus or the H44 battleship that never left the drawing board.
One of the things I’ve always found interesting, and what could be called the decision that saved Britain, was the fact that Hawker decided to produce the Hurricane - a rugged, easy to repair but slow fighter, compared to the fast, sleek, and complicated Spitfire - rather than enter in an arms race with Supermarine to get The Best And Fastest And Most Modern plane. Because they chose the easier to repair and produce plane, the RAF had sufficient numbers to at least challenge the Luftwaffe.
Meanwhile with Germany, aside from their continued use of the Bf 109, by the end of the war, more and more expensive prototypes that were hard to build and repair, produced with either extremely rare and getting rarer materials or shitty replacements of those materials were being built.
Stuff like the Me-163, Me-262, Do-335, Maus, Jagdtiger, King Tiger, Panther, all of those were formidable weapons on paper. But due to bad resources (thanks allied bombing) and shoddy construction practices, they ended up costing more than they should’ve in both money and materials, for much less of a gain then they should’ve if produced under optimal circumstances.
Many say the Me-262 could’ve saved Germany, but I’m skeptical on that – maybe if it had been introduced earlier. Like, 1941 earlier. When Germany had the materials and didn’t have to deal with daily raids by a thousand+ bombers each day. I am of the opinion that, at the point of the introduction of the Me-262, all it did was contribute to Germany’s downfall via using up yet more resources.
That’s one of the things that made the M4 Sherman so good. It was easy to produce, had the best steel put into it (American steel in WWII had a quality unlike anything the Axis could make), had the best of construction practices, etc.
That’s why there’s just so many prototypes of German make that saw combat, while you can find weird and wacky prototypes everywhere in allied countries that saw nothing – the F4F3S Wildcatfish, the Spitfire with a pontoon, the XP-47, B-17 with a fifth propellor on its nose, M22 Locust, Hurricane with a second wing, etcetera.

Ezra’s new haircut. I’m assuming it went down like - 

Ezra: Hey Zeb, watch me make this shot

Zeb: You’ll miss it.

Ezra: Bet you I don’t.

Zeb: You’re on

Ezra: If I make it, you have to shave your beard

Zeb: And if you miss, you have to shave your head

Ezra: *misses*

Ezra: Haha, we were just joking around, right?

Zeb: I’ll go get the clippers. Buzz buzz.  

EXXJs & Accomplishing Things

Got an ask about how EJs work the system differently. Half-assed a private response and now I’m going to half-ass a public one.

History. I love it. Such a fountain of examples. Two of them are Katharine of Aragon and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, from the reign of Henry VIII.

Something you need to know about Henry – as an ESTP, he was more about living the high life than tending to actual business. Hence, why he needed Wolsey so much (and later, Cromwell… and after cutting everyone’s heads off, why everything about his reign basically imploded and went to hell. No more high Te).

Wolsey (EXTJ) started out a nobody and wound up Lord Chancellor of England. He knew how to negotiate in ways that kept England on favorable terms with other nations but also allowed them to profit financially. He kept Henry in line in terms of advising him on foreign policy and (as much as he could) keeping him out of expensive wars, which in his mind were a waste of money, resources, and human life, for no real gain. France is a classic example – how could you hold it, even if you had it; how can you supply an army, and how can you ever expect an occupied nation to embrace their conquerors? (Cromwell, another Te, also understood this.) Basically, Wolsey took care of business, he made England profitable, and he made a tidy fortune of his own in the process. But his major mistakes are inferior Fi mistakes – underestimating Henry’s lust for Anne Boleyn, and trying to get too high of taxes out of London’s merchant class, which made him unpopular.

Katharine (EXFJ) was a whole other brand of intelligence – she had people-smarts. She knew how to work them, appeal to them, and take their side in very public ways – and as a result, they adored her. They defended her. They protested for her. She spent years cultivating Henry’s image, in the process, becoming a beloved queen who they saw as caring about them – and it all came in very handy for her and backfired spectacularly for her husband when Henry tried to divorce her. All of a sudden, he realized much too late that his greatest PR person was his wife. She appealed to public sentiment and support while undermining all his schemes! He got booed everywhere he went; she got “God bless Queen Katharine!” I think Cromwell made some statement at some point that if the case were based on emotions alone, Katharine would win it hands down. Her major mistakes are inferior Ti mistakes – such as rationality in the midst of emotional turmoil and in knowing when to quit.

One of the major shared areas of influence between them was the May Day Riots. Because of anti-immigration sentiments, London erupted into violence and the royal guard arrested four hundred souls, most of which were teenage boys, sentenced to be hung, drawn, and quartered, since acts against foreign dignitaries and merchants in England was a treasonous offense. There is no proof of who concocted the solution but both Katharine and Wolsey were involved.

Henry pardoned the lot – after receiving very public, emotional appeals from Wolsey and Katharine. It was staged dramatics that made him out to be Extremely Merciful and earned the gratitude and loyalty of London. It prevented further riots and kept the people of London happy so they would continue to support the king and pay taxes (Te) but it also made Henry look good (Fe). Furthermore, Katharine was a foreigner and by her interceding on their behalf, despite them attacking other foreigners in the riots, she earned their unfailing gratitude and admiration (Fe) which later came in handy when London was unanimous in their support of her in the divorce.

These two later went head to head in the divorce, with Wolsey trying to remove her in order to remain in the king’s good graces, and Katharine targeting him as the source of her increasing unhappiness. Even then, Wolsey was intelligently trying to play both sides for as long as possible in order to maintain his status and influence in the event anything went wrong (Te-dom)… and Katharine convinced herself that it was all Wolsey’s idea rather than accepting Henry’s part of the blame, because she could not bear to think her husband so callous as to put her aside (Fe-dom).

Wolsey’s emphasis and interests lay in business and financing; Katharine’s were in humanitarian work and funding colleges for the education of the lower class.

Distinguishing between the two ultimately lies in – how are they accomplishing things, what is their motivation, and what are they interested in the rest of the time.