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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'Corner of State and Madison after the Great Chicago Fire, 1871'

    Its just my opinion, but I can't see that having been done by fire alone. It reminds me of pictures of Dresden after the Allied bombing. Maybe even Stalingrad.
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    Foundlings and Orphan Trains: video by CONSPIRACY-R-US

    Possibly those children didn't take to the indoctrination. I have to wonder if a lot of the wars in the early 1800's and possibly the late 1700's weren't post reset clean up wars. And who knows what the timeline really was.
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'The pincers of Vitruvius'

    Those large center pincers must be for sticking down into a hole and then they spread to grip the object since the teeth are on the outside. Maybe for large blocks into which they have drilled a hole. But they are not using this method with the crane in the previous picture.
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'The way in which the large travertines and the other marbles were raised in the construction of the great Sepulcher of Cecilia Metella'

    That crane looks like it would rely heavily on what it was anchored to, are those just guys pulling on the anchoring ropes? It looks like it would take a lot of man hours to use and reposition. Maybe Piranesi exaggerated the size of the stone it is lifting? His drawings seem very precise.
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'View of the rear side of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella'

    Also interesting that they used large stones in the top construction over smaller stones in the middle. Most ancient structures, such as the temple of Zeus in Lebanon have the larger stones at the bottom.
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'Plan and construction details of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella'

    Interesting that they used five wedged stones over the doorway rather than one large stone as we see in central and south America, though they did use large stones in other areas we can see.
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'Decorative details of the walls of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella #3'

    Looking at this stuff makes me feel like we've missed out on something important.
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    Foundlings and Orphan Trains: video by CONSPIRACY-R-US

    Well, you guys didn't pummel me over my comment above so lets look at this from a far more practical if nefarious point of view. I think that was the whole point of the exercise if we consider the event to be the following: Children are removed from their parents/schools and placed in a...
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    Foundlings and Orphan Trains: video by CONSPIRACY-R-US

    So... I've had this crazy idea lingering at the back of my mind about this subject and, at the risk of sounding foolish, I'm going to give it to you guys and see what happens. It revolves around the use of the word "foundling" for these orphans, and also around these abandoned cities which we...
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus'

    This picture strikes me as very weird and that's because of the focus on the big guy's butt. He appears to be wearing some sort of raggedy shorts or skirt but it must be clenched between his butt cheeks to display his butt like that. Unless the cloth is see through. Why would they put such a...
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    Suvorov, Yermak, Pugachev, Razin and the Siberian War

    It's clear as mud! Good research putting those pieces together, though. I actually do think there is an attempt to hide our history, whether that is defined as being a conspiracy or not. I think it might be a little more haphazard than that. But I got a good laugh at this shot! Sometimes the...
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    52 BC Battle of Alesia: where and when did it happen?

    I'll have to agree with you on this one KD. I've looked at this before when I first saw the Feselen painting with the canons. One of the basics of the development of weapons is that an old weapon is made more or less obsolete by the invention of a new weapon to counter it. In WW1 the infantry...
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    Year 1834 - Russian Submarine Rocket Launch

    Well, KD I'm going to have to call BS on this one. Not so much the existence of the sub or even that they could have fired rockets from it but that they fired the rockets from underwater. We don't have a lot of info. And what we have is contradictory. For example we have a very capable...
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media '52 BC Battle of Alesia by Melchior Feselen'

    Doesn't seem like you would have to have much of a siege if you have canons.
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    18th-19th centuries: Bazookas, Rockets, Comets and Destroyed Cities

    That is interesting. I will make a comment over there after I ponder it a bit. Right off the bat it seems there's not much info and one thing I would like to know was the range from the sub to the target ships it hit. Did it surface 50 meters away and fire or were they a respectable 500 meters...
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    Comment by 'Silhouette' in media 'Resurrection of Jesus by Jan Joest'

    Ha, ha, that's a good one. While the very first fire arms might have been around in 1508, they wouldn't have looked as refined as the rifle in the painting. Even crossbows were a relatively new weapon. But neither would have been around during the time of Jesus Christ. According to the official...
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    18th-19th centuries: Bazookas, Rockets, Comets and Destroyed Cities

    Brief History of Rockets according to NASA I've been a military strategies and tactics buff since I was a teen back in the '70's. I remember going to the library on William O'Darby Kaserne and looking at Jane's All The World's Military Vehicles or Jane's All The World's Military Aircraft and...
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    Abandoned 1867 Moscow, Russia. Where are the people?

    jd755 I think your explanation of the ladders as fire escapes is the best so far, as long as we assume that people are intended to get onto the roof from inside the building and then go down the escapes. Explains why the ladders appear permanently mounted, though some of those buildings don't...
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    Fortress of Mongatz aka Palanok Castle aka Mukachevo Castle. Who built it?

    I don't get to use my German as much as I would like and I always have problems with some of the unusual letters in the old writing, such as how the double 's' looks so much like an 'f', but here's my effort. Isst ein uberaus fesstes Schloss in Ober-Ungarn an den Polniche Grautze (grenze?) hat...
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    1862: Experimental Ironclad USS Keokuk

    That is a pretty cool ship, or ships if there were two (Keokuk and Woodna) in terms of military innovation. During conflicts weapon systems and tactics tend to evolve very quickly, such as during WW1 where machine guns made infantry charges obsolete and then tanks did the same to machine guns...