Using Ritual Magic to Trap Self-Driving Tanks

"A Russian T-80BV tank was hit by Ukrainian fire, losing a track and with the crew killed/wounded - but the engine was still running, leading to a never ending collection of circles."

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15 Responses:

  1. Mark says:

    Reminds me of the scene in Midnight Express where the prisoners are mindlessly walking around a pillar. Just the form is left; no function remains.

  2. Misty Jean says:

    Churches - Never Ending Circles

  3. Thomas Tany says:

    Reminds me of a short story that came with one of the GEV/OGRE supplements that was basically "Daniel and the Lion" but with an OGRE autonomous tank instead of the lion.

  4. Karellen says:

    It looks like the self-driving tank is what's performing the ritual magic tbh. If it draws a set of intersecting circles in *just* the right pattern...

  5. Baggypants says:

    Are we watching dead people?

    • Marcello says:

      youtube has a strangely lax policy about showing russian soldiers getting killed.

      • Jonny says:

        Good.  Throw an age restriction and warning on so that no one has their day ruined by accident, but beyond that, I can't think of a single legitimate reason to censor straight combat footage on YouTube.  Legitimate and real depictions of reality and world events shouldn't be censored.  Seeing a dead Russian isn't going to turn you into a serial killer, but it might give you a better and more accurate appreciation for the horrors of war.  

        Coddling doesn't do anyone any good. It just infantilizes the public.  You should know where the meat comes from.

        • Marcello says:

          I would agree if the videos were presented as part of some kind of general discourse or news coverage but, considering most of what youtube's algorithm shows on my feed comes straight from Ukraine's media accounts, they're not really showing "legitimate and real depictions of reality" (just to avoid misundestandings: Putin sucks but propaganda is propaganda).

          That said, i'm not calling for censorship, i was simply musing about youtube's schizophrenic policies (i.e.

          • jwz says:

            I am shocked, shocked to learn that Youtube is less than even-handed and consistent.

          • Jonny says:

            I'm pretty sure that most Ukrainian media accounts are in fact showing legitimate and real depictions of reality, not CGI presented as real.  You'll be shocked to learn that you don't actually need to make up horrors to show people during a Russian invasion, as Russia readily provides them with no prompting. Having a "bias" against being invaded and murdered doesn't mean you are not showing legitimate and real depictions of reality.

            Not that it matters, as you weirdly appear to agree with me, even while saying you  don't in one paragraph, and do in the next.

            I'd consider your example as another very good reason why mindlessly censoring things that just because they are horrible is a very bad idea.  Reality is horrible sometimes. Censoring it for that fact won't make it go away, it will just make you poorly equipped to deal with reality.

            Slap an age restrictions on, throw up warnings so no one has their day ruined by witnessing murder, but there is no legitimate reason to hide actual depictions of reality just because what's happening in the video is bad thing that you don't want to  happen.

    • tfb says:

      Or dying people trapped inside it, yes,

  6. Nate says:


    Looks like there was one person inside

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