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North Yuan
Political Columnist
 
Posts: 2
Founded: Jan 30, 2022
Father Knows Best State

Postby North Yuan » Mon May 02, 2022 9:17 am

"Persian Fire" (by Robert Marshall) it is a book about Persia,Sparta,Athens the Persian invasion of Greece and the fall of Persia.


I find it very interesting to learn more in depth about these civilizations

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Ellbonnia
Diplomat
 
Posts: 846
Founded: Sep 26, 2020
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Ellbonnia » Mon May 02, 2022 12:09 pm

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, by Albert Einstein; I've never been a STEM whiz, and the only reason I'm reading this is for my college class.

Chartreuse is my favorite color.
"NS Stats"? Nova Scotians are nerds.
"Actually, it's more of a low-pitched, wheezing kind of short mumble. Like, do tapirs make any noises? It's a tapir sneeze."
We're having a party and you're invited~

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The Grene Knyght
Minister
 
Posts: 3168
Founded: May 07, 2016
Left-wing Utopia

Postby The Grene Knyght » Wed May 04, 2022 4:33 am

Re-reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Socialist Women wrote:Part of the reason you're an anarchist is because you ate too much expired food
Claorica wrote:Oh look, an antifa ancom being smartaleck
Old Tyrannia wrote:Bold words from the self-declared Leninist
Currently
Reading
2015: x=-8.75,y=-6.56
2016: x=-8.88,y=-9.54
2017: x=-9.63,y=-9.90
2018: x=-9.88,y=-9.23
2019: x=-10.0,y=-9.90
2020: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
2021: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
     
PRO: Socialism, Communism, Internationalism, Revolution, Leninism.
NEUTRAL: Anarchism, Marxism-Leninism.
ANTI: Capitalism, Liberalism, Nationalism, Fascists, Hyper-Sectarian Leftists.
Portal Nationalist | Proletarian Moralist

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Chemernity
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Posts: 10
Founded: Oct 14, 2021
Democratic Socialists

Postby Chemernity » Wed May 04, 2022 4:37 am

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Bombadil
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Founded: Oct 13, 2011
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Bombadil » Wed May 04, 2022 11:55 am

Finally got around to reading a Max Barry book - though I’d read the initial excerpts of Machine Man when he was publicly posting the first few chapters - but just finished Lexicon, which is genuinely superb.

Hat tip.
Eldest, that's what I am...Tom remembers the first raindrop and the first acorn...he knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless — before the Dark Lord came from Outside..

十年

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Big Bad Blue
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Posts: 473
Founded: Oct 24, 2021
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

Postby Big Bad Blue » Wed May 04, 2022 8:02 pm

Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Don't be put off by the thickness, it's a rollicking history a la Barbara Tuchman with short, easily digested chapters. Some gleanings so far:

A racist idea is any idea that individuals of any race are better or worse than those of another race in any area of achievement simply because of their race.

It is not the case that hate, ignorance and fear give rise to racist ideas that result in racist policies. Rather, racist policies are justified by racist ideas that give rise to hate, ignorance and fear. It's not necessary therefore to change human hearts in order to eradicate racism; all that is needed is to eradicate racist policies.

Some enslavers objected to Christianizing the people they enslaved because they felt if they did they would have to meet them in Christian Heaven. Wrap your mind around that one.

During a smallpox outbreak in Boston in the early 18th Century Cotton Mather learned from a man he enslaved that he had been inoculated against the virulent disease while in Africa by having matter from a smallpox pustule scratched into his skin with a plant thorn. Mather advocated the same treatment but was opposed by physicians who claimed the lying Blacks were simply trying to infect their enslavers. Some things never change do they.
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"There will come a day when [the disgraced, defeated former president] is gone, but your dishonor will remain." -- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) | "...the Big Lie is less of a literal belief...and more a myth embraced because it speaks to their deeper belief: That they're entitled to rule, no matter what. They don't believe the 2020 election was a "fraud" because of any actual evidence...they just think that people who voted for President Joe Biden shouldn't have a right to vote in the first place...Attempting to overthrow democracy was their desire all along."

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Partybus
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Founded: Oct 20, 2007
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Partybus » Thu May 05, 2022 1:42 pm

Re-reading The Dice Man by George Cockcroft. I forgot what a disturbing, strange, and entertaining book this is.

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Soveiniesberg
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Founded: Apr 17, 2021
Authoritarian Democracy

Postby Soveiniesberg » Thu May 05, 2022 3:59 pm

I'm reading Dead Ground by M.W. Craven.
Russo-Germanic city-state near the Ural mountains in Russia. Half anomalo-tech, half PMT.
a bit of info
COGCON LEVEL: 4
DEFCON LEVEL: 4
Minutes 'Till Midnight: 3 minutes

news ticker day
doing donuts on the neighbors lawn
Tynaslau News at 9 | Mafia shootout on 290th street, 8 dead, 171 injured | BTR-80 washed up on shore full of dead bodies, origin still unknown | United States Department of the [REDACTED] to investigate Burmese vacationer found dead without fingers | [REDACTED]

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Elwher
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Founded: May 24, 2012
Capitalizt

Postby Elwher » Fri May 06, 2022 12:44 pm

Simms and Laderman - Hitler's American Gamble
CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.
Ambrose Bierce

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The Orwell Society
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Posts: 1290
Founded: Apr 16, 2022
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby The Orwell Society » Sun May 08, 2022 5:38 pm

The Order by Jeremy Robinson
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

A totalitarian, socialist, fascist society ruled by a ruthless dictator known as Big Brother, the First Triumvir Donovan Xavier. The omnipresent and endlessly oppressive government is made up of four ministries: The Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Love, the Ministry of Peace, and the Ministry of Surplus.

Takes up present-day Russia, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

Big Brother is watching you…

NEWS: 42 42 42 42 42 42 42

I am a 15 year old weirdo living in the United States. I like politics, reading, and goofing off. Aspiring WA author.

Bendicion wrote:This is America. The only thing that changes is the gas prices. And it's changing for the worse.

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Hwiteard
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Posts: 55
Founded: Sep 14, 2021
Iron Fist Consumerists

Postby Hwiteard » Mon May 09, 2022 5:09 pm

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Bulwark of Western Civilization Since 2021
Disillusioned socioeconomic libertarian
Might does not make right, but it does decide it.

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The Grene Knyght
Minister
 
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Founded: May 07, 2016
Left-wing Utopia

Postby The Grene Knyght » Tue May 10, 2022 3:49 am

Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino (translated by William Weaver)
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Socialist Women wrote:Part of the reason you're an anarchist is because you ate too much expired food
Claorica wrote:Oh look, an antifa ancom being smartaleck
Old Tyrannia wrote:Bold words from the self-declared Leninist
Currently
Reading
2015: x=-8.75,y=-6.56
2016: x=-8.88,y=-9.54
2017: x=-9.63,y=-9.90
2018: x=-9.88,y=-9.23
2019: x=-10.0,y=-9.90
2020: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
2021: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
     
PRO: Socialism, Communism, Internationalism, Revolution, Leninism.
NEUTRAL: Anarchism, Marxism-Leninism.
ANTI: Capitalism, Liberalism, Nationalism, Fascists, Hyper-Sectarian Leftists.
Portal Nationalist | Proletarian Moralist

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Radiatia
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Founded: Oct 25, 2011
Capitalizt

Postby Radiatia » Wed May 11, 2022 6:53 pm

Ulysses by James Joyce

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Pax Nerdvana
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Founded: May 22, 2017
Capitalizt

Postby Pax Nerdvana » Wed May 11, 2022 8:26 pm

The Runelords David Farland
The Internet killed gun control.
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We Will Not Comply
They can’t stop the Signal
"The universe did never make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract."
-Robert Heinlein

"Affordability
Suitability (.22LR for squirrels, bigger .22s for long range little things, and big-bore for legal hunting reasons, etc)
Ammunition supply-chain (6.5x55 Swede and .303 British, although available, isn't exactly everywhere)
If it's ugly, uncomfortable, and can't shoot straight, but it accomplishes the above, then it's either a Mosin or a Hi-Point."
-Hurtful Thoughts on stuff you want in a gun

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Ethel mermania
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Founded: Aug 20, 2010
Father Knows Best State

Postby Ethel mermania » Thu May 12, 2022 2:44 pm

Southern storm. Sherman's March to the sea

-- Noah Trudeau
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion … but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.

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The Grene Knyght
Minister
 
Posts: 3168
Founded: May 07, 2016
Left-wing Utopia

Postby The Grene Knyght » Tue May 17, 2022 2:14 am

Re-Reading The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
[_★_]
(◕‿◕)
Socialist Women wrote:Part of the reason you're an anarchist is because you ate too much expired food
Claorica wrote:Oh look, an antifa ancom being smartaleck
Old Tyrannia wrote:Bold words from the self-declared Leninist
Currently
Reading
2015: x=-8.75,y=-6.56
2016: x=-8.88,y=-9.54
2017: x=-9.63,y=-9.90
2018: x=-9.88,y=-9.23
2019: x=-10.0,y=-9.90
2020: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
2021: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
     
PRO: Socialism, Communism, Internationalism, Revolution, Leninism.
NEUTRAL: Anarchism, Marxism-Leninism.
ANTI: Capitalism, Liberalism, Nationalism, Fascists, Hyper-Sectarian Leftists.
Portal Nationalist | Proletarian Moralist

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Lirza
Civilian
 
Posts: 1
Founded: May 17, 2022
Ex-Nation

Postby Lirza » Tue May 17, 2022 12:55 pm

Currently reading Ward whenever I'm not playing FNV or busy with work. Got a bunch of goodies (Dune, some Bradbury stuff) in line but Ward is a thiccc read so it might take a while to get to those.

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The Grene Knyght
Minister
 
Posts: 3168
Founded: May 07, 2016
Left-wing Utopia

Postby The Grene Knyght » Wed May 18, 2022 6:05 am

Lirza wrote:Currently reading Ward whenever I'm not playing FNV or busy with work. Got a bunch of goodies (Dune, some Bradbury stuff) in line but Ward is a thiccc read so it might take a while to get to those.

We used to have a thread for this back when it was first being released!
https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=426631
What a throwback


Currently reading:
The Stand (Complete & Uncut Edition), by Stephen King
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Socialist Women wrote:Part of the reason you're an anarchist is because you ate too much expired food
Claorica wrote:Oh look, an antifa ancom being smartaleck
Old Tyrannia wrote:Bold words from the self-declared Leninist
Currently
Reading
2015: x=-8.75,y=-6.56
2016: x=-8.88,y=-9.54
2017: x=-9.63,y=-9.90
2018: x=-9.88,y=-9.23
2019: x=-10.0,y=-9.90
2020: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
2021: x=-10.0,y=-10.0
     
PRO: Socialism, Communism, Internationalism, Revolution, Leninism.
NEUTRAL: Anarchism, Marxism-Leninism.
ANTI: Capitalism, Liberalism, Nationalism, Fascists, Hyper-Sectarian Leftists.
Portal Nationalist | Proletarian Moralist

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Riam
Spokesperson
 
Posts: 129
Founded: Mar 11, 2021
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Riam » Wed May 18, 2022 7:48 am

The Bhagavad Gita, again.
Hiperurànion

«S’admet, perquè se sap. Però no es coneix pas.»

In NS since May 31st 2004

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Hamidiye
Ambassador
 
Posts: 1133
Founded: Jan 06, 2018
Ex-Nation

Postby Hamidiye » Thu May 19, 2022 7:50 pm

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Cives, floreat Europa
Opus magnum vocat vos
Stellae signa sunt in caelo
Aureae, quae iungant nos
-ПТН--ХЛО-
☪ 1881 - 193∞!
Pro: Social Authoritarianism, Kemalism, Militarism. Contra: liberalism, capitalism, communism, progressivism, religion

[ kebab intensifies ]
factbook link

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Difinbelk
Lobbyist
 
Posts: 25
Founded: Nov 29, 2020
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Difinbelk » Thu May 19, 2022 7:57 pm

Sarah Kapit’s The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family, young adult so it’s fairly easy content but I’m really enjoying it so far.
NS stats mostly canon, but forum posts take precedence where they contradict. (mostly policies/minutae)
Political tests
Major-Tom wrote:You've stood on so many soapboxes on this forum, you may as well be covered in suds.

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Radiatia
Powerbroker
 
Posts: 8291
Founded: Oct 25, 2011
Capitalizt

Postby Radiatia » Fri May 20, 2022 10:58 pm

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

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Frisemark
Bureaucrat
 
Posts: 48
Founded: Aug 07, 2021
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

Postby Frisemark » Fri May 20, 2022 11:13 pm

Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne

Rereading it, finished it a few days ago. Great book. This and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee are two books I think every American should read.
The Kingdom of Frisemark
GOOD MORNING HAGENAV: Cloudy today in our beloved capital, high of 67° F
Denmark and the Netherlands had a kid, and it loves the color blue.
Proud shitlib and owner of gorilla lamp. This nation is only partially for me to autofellate my personal views. I HATE THE POLITICAL COMPASS. Used NS since 2016.

I WILL revive your page 9 thread at 2am. F7’s resident sleep paralysis demon, striking from the shadows at 2AM.

What music am I listening to right now?

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Snow Bird-Worldism Crash
Diplomat
 
Posts: 927
Founded: Nov 10, 2016
Ex-Nation

Postby Snow Bird-Worldism Crash » Sat May 21, 2022 1:13 am

the very best of barry n. malzberg (2013)
flag by jenny parks. thanks jenny!

linktree

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Red Lake Circle
Diplomat
 
Posts: 720
Founded: May 05, 2022
Democratic Socialists

Postby Red Lake Circle » Sat May 21, 2022 1:15 am

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
✶ ✶ ✶ The Naturalist Federation of Red Lake ✶ ✶ ✶
"For Nature and Liberty!"
- AHAKS NEWS RADIO -
06/20/1582 1300 GST: TV Station Hijacked by Harjis Witoth in Thiudans, Red Lake, Spreading Propaganda to Region - 06/17/1582 1900 GST: Conclusive Evidence Found Linking Devil Affliction, the Psychological Condition That Causes Devil Cults to Form, to Pre-Silence Technology; Cause Still Remains Unclear - 06/14/1582 0830 GST: Members of the Armed Forces of Red Lake Implicated in Killing of Faurgamu Reiks; Investigation Underway
Red Lake does not necssarily represent my personal views. I promise I'll make a tech factbook eventually. NS stats didn't respect the wildlife and got mauled. Language is Gothic.

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