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Posts posted by DogOnPorch

  1. 49 minutes ago, Goddess said:

    Coolio.  I'll check it out. 🙂


    Great. From what I understand, Alpha used to be a trial period and then it would end and the game stopped working etc...this was killing the game. The population of the galaxy was actually going down...not up. This new way is pretty clever as it populates the place with 10s of thousands at a time that are free to play at Alpha as long as they wish...and if they get rich enough, can use in-game money to go to premium. Brilliant...there's usually 20-30 thousand online at any given moment. Eve apparently makes its big money in merchandise, now.

    Female friendly...but there are still a lot of dudes...like most games. But if you like Star Trek/Star Wars...this is up that alley.

    It's really good looking...but surprisingly doesn't need the video horsepower of many of todays games. 


  2. 7 hours ago, WestCanMan said:

    The Japanese were protecting their homeland.... wiiiiiiiith a huge pile of dead bodies????? 


    I didn't even know about this 'til now. WTF.

    Seeing as it happened at least twice in the last century (Nazis), I wonder how much of that was done in the past that we just don't know about.

    If it's more common than I thought I don't want to know just yet. Ignorance actually is bliss sometimes.

    I forgot about this: https://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm . IIRC the Americans were injecting people in hospitals with radiation and other fun things. This just went dark.


    Japan's war-crimes were at par with the Nazis on some levels.

    The big threat in the Pacific theater was that if China fell it would free-up the massive Japanese army there for other purposes.

    Japan's weak spot was its transport system. It was considered a dishonor to be sent to guard convoys in the IJN...so ASW methods were sloppy and half hearted at best. US submarines quickly became the best on the planet once they figured out their torpedo issues...so the Japanese transports, oilers, tankers, etc, sank in great droves. Never to be replaced...

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  3. 11 hours ago, Aristides said:

    The Aleutians were intended as a diversion from from the Midway attack and also part of their strategy to capture islands that would protect the homeland. Anything the Japanese could do to the continental US could do no more than divert resources from the western Pacific theatre. 


    They could have used your ability to use hindsight to predict the future in 1942.



    The Aleutians were intended as a diversion from from the Midway attack


    No kidding.

  4. 2 hours ago, Goddess said:

    I tried to play a game similar to this and all the people who had been playing for a long time and had amassed huge armies - their only strategy was searching for small first timers who hadn't build up enough assets and armies to protect themselves, then attacking them with their huge armies and taking everything from you.  It was impossible to play against them.


    Hi Goddess.

    This isn't that. :)

    If you choose, you can stay safe. My wife has even taken to it after being wary of the whole 'free' thing. Unlike 'freemium' games you might have encountered, Eve allows the free Alpha player the same game as the Omega and the opportunity to work one's way to premium with in-game cash. The difference between Alpha & Omega comes in what LARGER star ships/star bases you can operate...Alpha players can be Han Solo...but not Darth Vader...if you get my drift.

    Joining a corporation allows access to many allied players that might be either Alpha or Omega. Many corporations give Omega memberships to their most promising Alphas. 

    Scott Manley whom you might have heard of is a big Eve player...he has some good vids on it.


    An old game...updated constantly. It first appeared back in 2003.




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  5. As far as Japanese determination, I might remind folks that it was called "Bloody Attu" when it came to "just the Aleutians."


    And of course...Dutch Harbor...which was another 'classic' Japanese hit and run with carriers.


    It's why Japan was a threat....they could project power in ways the Germans only could hope for.

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  6. 4 hours ago, WestCanMan said:

    Scary doesn't cut it. Watching a Hitchcock movie is scary.

    The Japanese Navy was a legitimate threat to attack the west coast. They were bombing towns and airfields in Australia, they could just as easily do that in Canada.



    Yes, the IJN decimated Darwin in a day and then buggered-off. It's not just invasion places like Vancouver had to worry about. A couple of carriers and a bombardment fleet protected by a large submarine screen was pretty much a nightmare scenario circa 1942.

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  7. Canada handled the Germans somewhat differently of course. The majority were simply under surveillance. But that doesn't mean none were held in camps and such. The UK on the other hand ruthlessly arrested Germans and sent them to camps on the Isle of Man. Over 30,000.

    Russia...well you can guess what ol' Stalin did to the Volga Germans living in the USSR.

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  8. 9 hours ago, Aristides said:

    The Coral Sea is next to Australia. Midway is the other side of Hawaii. The Japanese strategy was to create a barrier by occupying islands that could be used as bases to attack Japan, not to invade North America. They  attacked Midway to draw out the US fleet so they could destroy the remains of it. Backfired.

    Meanwhile, back in the USA, the US didn't have an east coast blackout and their idiot anglophobe Admiral King wouldn't form convoys, so German U boat commanders were picking off merchant ships silhouetted in the lights from the shore.


    You have the clear vision of being able to study the events after the fact and decide that Japan wasn't going to invade the West Coast of North America. Everybody was pretty convinced they COULD at the time (1942). As I've mentioned elsewhere on this forum, the darkest days of WW2 for the Allies came after the Battle of Java Sea when ALL hope seemed lost. There was literally little to stop the Japs. But then miracles involving aircraft carriers happened and Japan lost much of its ability to wage proper carrier warfare for the rest of the war. Training pilots took time...who knew?

    The Americans knew...

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  9. 3 minutes ago, Aristides said:

    Who's denying they existed? A Japanese sub took a couple of shots at the Estevan Point lighthouse, Astoria Oregon and some place in California.  U boats were sinking hundreds of ships in the St. Laurence and within sight the US eastern seaboard


    The threat was plenty real. Or do you not think the IJN and IJA were a match for the Canadian Army in 1942? They clearly beat us ONCE.

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  10. 2 minutes ago, WestCanMan said:

    So you fail to understand how people on the west coast felt threatened after Pearl Harbour? Is that your honest answer? What a joke. You're insane or you play stupid like a champ.


    News round about January 1942 was that the garrison of Hong Kong had been captured, sent on a death march and had yet to be heard from. That woke a few folks up alright. 

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  11. 5 minutes ago, Aristides said:

    I don't doubt it, everyone has spies. I just get a kick out of the idea the US navy would allow commercial fishing by foreign nationals inside one of their largest naval bases. 


    Hawaii had a large Japanese population at the time. If you're familiar with the place's history, people arrived in waves for various reasons. 

    The IJN needed a shallow water torpedo...which didn't exist at the time...in order to launch the attack. Engineers needed exact measurements of what they were up against in order to not have the torpedoes bury themselves into the bottom of the harbor upon release. 

  12. Just now, WestCanMan said:

    When you consider what the Japanese did to the Chinese (estimates are that they massacred a minimum of 300,000 people, but if you include forced labour deaths it could be as many as 10M deaths on the high end), internment camps were a very pleasant alternative.

    German and Italian Canadians didn't suffer the same fate as Japanese Canadians did, but the Germans and Italians didn't just blow through Pearl Harbour with a free shot at the west coast either. 


    Japanese and Chinese have historical differences few North Americans can fathom. Kamikaze...for example. 

  13. 1 minute ago, Aristides said:

    Gee, I didn't know there was such great fishing in Pearl Harbor and the navy would let you do it. LOL Learn something every day.


    Imperial Japan had a vigorous espionage operation on all US holdings in the Pacific as well as the United States. All in the effort to keep the location of the various elements of the US Navy under surveillance. You're free to think that they didn't.

  14. Just now, WestCanMan said:

    I thought that you were part of the "white people are guilty of slavery and systemic racism" crowd.

    I must have been mistaken, because you'd have to be a complete retard to not see the similarity between stereotyping an entire race of people (based on flawed reasoning and incoherent idiocy) and stereotyping ex-pats from a specific country. 


    What is often left out of this tale of mass suffering is that there were certain elements in the Japanese diaspora that WERE sending intelligence back to Imperial Japan. Less so in Canada...but 5th column Japanese fishermen were instrumental in sounding the depths of Pearl Harbor for the IJN's shallow water torpedoes. This set off the internment fiasco.


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