So what message would the average fourteen-year-old take away from Black Ops Cold War? To riff on a phrase coined by Mark Fisher, the game evinces an “imperialist realism” that can’t quite justify American actions abroad, but also can’t imagine a world outside of a militarily dominant U.S. empire. This idea is clearly expressed in Bell’s trigger phrase (“We’ve got a job to do”), which implicitly affirms that in the Cold War, and perhaps in every war, all a soldier can do is put his or her head down and get to work. Though nothing — not the CIA, not the Soviet Union, not even one’s own mind — can be trusted, no other world is possible, so you might as well support your own empire.
After finishing Black Ops Cold War, our hypothetical young American will have learned very little about the actual Cold War itself. Historians have spent decades underlining the importance of ideology to the battle between the United States and the Soviet Union, but the game’s players never learn what, exactly, the two sides are fighting over; the words “capitalism” and “communism” are barely uttered. Instead, the game presents geopolitics as being about nothing but power, accepting the rather blinkered vision of so-called “realists” who reduce international relations to a struggle of might. This perspective is not just wrong — ideas, as innumerable scholars have demonstrated, inform how countries act in the world — but it also teaches young people that the only thing that matters in global politics is strength, and that they therefore must support the grotesque structures of the American empire: the 750 overseas bases, the enormous defense budget, the hundreds of thousands of troops stationed abroad. After all, the game argues, if they don’t, some other antagonist will arise to defy, and ultimately overtake, the United States.
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POV: you’re the last Pringle
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Cold War/Black Ops Characters, Summed Up in Out of Context SpongeBob Stills: Part Two
Imran Zakaev after meeting the two "new people" in the elevator at the KGB HQ:
Adler, in the middle of the fight with the Tiger:
"Bell, sweep for mines."
Lazar thinking of any safehouses:
Mason getting brainwashed by Dragovich:
Hudson in the basement after Menendez unalived him:
Zombies when you run past them:
Lazar, giving Park his best angles while Bell gets knocked out by Franz Kraus:
Sims running on no sleep but his 10th cup of coffee for the day:
Part three coming soon!
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Soldiers in Vietnam in 1966.
Photograph: U.S. Army
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Absolut Vodka, 1984
Because most people associated vodka with Russia and this was still the Cold War, this ad not-so-subtly highlights that Absolut is made in Sweden.
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Is it just me or does all of there suit Woods, Mason and Bell (Bell is the short one, like their they smallest out of everyone, you can't deny them being tiny-)
(Picture not mine, I literally was browsing pinterest and saw this and thought hey these fit these trio)
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American foreign policy tl;dr
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Afghanistan didn’t “fall.” It was pushed.
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“This generation wants to cancel any speaker that makes them feel uncomfortable. In my day you’d be able to hear any speaker.”
In your day communists and lgbt people were blacklisted.
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We need more than fake histories that absolve the system and lay blame on individuals’ gumption or lack of it. Women and working people generally need real social programs and policies that value them and allow them to realize their talents. The makers of The Queen’s Gambit claim that interest in chess has gone up after the series debuted — highlighting the show’s influence. Yet a documentary on Soviet Georgian women chess players that appeared around the same time, Glory to the Queen, won’t have a fraction of the views Netflix has.
It is distressing that when most people think of trailblazing woman chess players, they’ll think of fictional Beth — and never know of Nona Gaprindashvili or Maia Chiburdanidze, or the fact they, along with two other Georgian chess players, were called Druzina, meaning “combat unit.” Such viewers will know little of the social platforms that gave women a chance to succeed, that didn’t just rely on them battling against the odds.
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Cold War/Black Ops Characters, Summed Up in Out of Context SpongeBob Stills:
Park after explaining to Adler that Volkov needs to be captured alive and all he says is "Your preference has been noted, Agent Park:"
Hudson literally anytime he hears Bell's named being mentioned in a sentence:
Bell, trying to get some sleep but they hear Adler play The Stroke by Billy Squier for the 107th time at 3 AM while shotgunning a tall boy:
Qasim Javadi when he saw the three shilouettes on his back patio:
Mason's face when Woods brought up Raul Menendez on the ride to the bar for guys night for the 6th time this week:
What Russell Adler thought Perseus looked like years after Vietnam:
Sims thinking of all the magazines he has back on the heli while on mission:
Lazar when he couldn't buy Park any Knackwurst:
Mason, after Woods literally breathes:
Stay tuned for part two!
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Atlanta, Georgia, June 2020; Tiananmen Square, Beijing, June 1989
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The 1961 Goldsboro Nuclear B-52 Crash
On the midnight of January 23-24, 1961 a B-52 Stratofortress took off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The bomber's mission was to conduct a regular air patrol over Arctic airspace just in case the Cold War should suddenly become very hot. Shortly after takeoff, the bomber's pilot, Major Walter Scott Tulloch, noticed a fuel leak coming from the right wing. Suddenly, the plane lost 37,000 pounds of fuel as the leak worsened. Major Tulloch decided to cancel the mission and return to base, but suddenly the right began to rapidly disintegrate. Before the B-52 could land safely, the crew lost control of the plane, and the B-52 began to spiral to the Earth at 9,000 feet.
The crew abandoned the plane, with five bailing out or ejecting, one being killed after bailing out, and two dying in the subsequent crash. While the loss of life is certainly a tragedy, what makes the 1961 Goldsboro crash an especially noteworthy incident was the payload that the B-52 was carrying at the time; two Mark 39 nuclear bombs. The Mark 39 was a nuclear fusion hydrogen bomb with a yield of 3.8 megatons, roughly 200 - 300 times the power of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The two bombs were accidentally jettisoned before the crash, resulting in one plummeting to the ground and embedding itself deep within the muck of a muddy North Carolina field. The second's parachute deployed, resulting in a somewhat gentle return to earth. Both bombs were recovered safely. However, analysis of the bombs determined that before being ejected from plane, the bomb whose parachute had activated had actually completed it's arming sequence. It's theorized that the centrifugal forces of the spiraling plane had pulled a lanyard in the cockpit which was used to arm the bomb. The only reason the bomb did not detonate was due to a single safety switch not being activated, which would have armed the conventional explosives in the bomb which would detonate the nuclear component. So in other words, the nuclear components of the bomb were activated, had the conventional explosives detonated, well... then ... this would have happened ...
Fortunately for the good people of Goldsboro, North Carolina, that did not happen. The US Government and Air Force downplayed the incident, claiming that there was absolutely no chance of an accidental detonation occurring. It wasn't until 2013 that the true extent of the accident was revealed after an investigative journalist named Eric Schlosser was able to obtain declassified documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
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Cold War (2018) dir. Paweł Pawlikowski
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This came from a sketch dump I had where I drew Canada as Duke Caboom from Toy Story. I had a bunch of stuff with the Hetalia characters in this AU but I hated they way they all turned out.
This is the only thing that made it out of there that I kinda liked
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Abandoned Radar Base, Trinidad
Part of the United State’s Early Warning System against missile attacks, the radar station built in Trinidad near Chaguaramas operated from 1958 until 1971.
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