Where Empires go to die.
Soviet BTR-152 is being used as a support pillar for a footbridge in Afghanistan, in the 1990s.
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The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S.-based think tank, said Russian forces are clearly using Belarusian military infrastructure, including bases, supply chains, and railroads, but that there is no indication that Russian forces are starting to position themselves for offensive operations in Belarus. Right now Vladimir Putin is working his options.
** Texas Strong – Texas announced Monday that the state government hauled in a record-setting budget surplus of $32.7 billion that topped the forecasted surplus by $6 billion. I can only guess that LSP paid his back taxes.
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** Let’s go Brandon!
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** Final drive for the 60cm Karl Gerat SPG
Identify the Tank
Yes, there is writing on the side of the tank…a hint?
Past and Present
Excerpts from Ryotaro Horiuchi:
The Samurai still live in today’s Japan.
In the Soma region of Fukushima prefecture, there is a traditional Samurai festival called “Soma Nomaoi”, which is said to have continued for more than 1000 years. At the festival, the descendants of the Samurai continue to protect their culture in parallel with living their current lives.
Today they have the same strict hierarchical relationships and rank system that they used to, and they have a strong sense of protecting their general. Before the modern era, “Samurai” was a profession in itself but now they all have their modern profession.
Nevertheless, the spirit of the Samurai is inherited from them.
Some are lucky to have armor that has been passed down in their family. But some purchase antique armor and repair it to make it to its unique and others custom order armor for themselves. Armor for them is more than an heirloom, it is a functional instrument, which acts as a tool to display their character.
They have been “preserving the traditions they should inherit” and “accepting the changes that come with the times” in parallel. With this effort, they pass down their culture by keeping it alive. The Samurai spirit living in them is indispensable for them to continue to be Samurai in today’s society.