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Every time I see this thread title, I can only think:

Sorry to hear that Pix.

One advantage of working the night shift - I've already done a good amount of research for my next degree essay.  Chosen topic: were anti-Nazi resistance movements "terrorists".  Answer: yes, if they were Soviet partisans. In Belarus, the partisans decided killing the Wehrmacht and SS was too dangerous, and so mostly stuck to killing small town teachers, peasants, landowners and minor political/administrative figures.  Because that'll show Hitler, or something.

Some on Youtube, but lots of conspiracy theorists cherry-picking or very small segments, unfortunately.

Well, lecture is over anyway, so whatevs.

I'm not sure why we're discussing the Charlie Hebdo attacks.  By which I mean I'm not comfortable with it.

I was asleep when this happened, so I missed a LOT of what went down, the media coverage etc.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Roger and Prez Televisions's Plot Hole
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:35:55 pm »
It was good enough for JK Rowling, so it's good enough for you.

That's the best bit.  It's so bizzarely and nakedly partisan it makes no sense even from within a conservative rhetorical frame (except maybe the one Grover Norquist has been pushing re: Islam).

They've been a big contributor to PBS Learning Media in particular, if I recall right.


« on: January 28, 2015, 03:02:50 pm »
Jeb Bush is hotly rumoured to be running.

There are many, many shitty things about London.  The easy availability of coffee is not one of them.

I live directly next door to a cheap, independent coffee shop, which is next door to a Costa, which is next door to a supermarket which is next door to another independent coffee shop which is next to the tube station.  Convenience has rarely ever been so convenient.

« on: January 28, 2015, 11:59:45 am »
Palin vs Clinton vs Warren deathmatch.

Sleep-deprived commentary and shooting.  Still managed 20 headshots within 25 kills, which is pretty good for someone who had been up about....28 hours at that time?

I, on the other hand, narrowly avoided killing a busker with an accordion this morning while getting a coffee.

How did you miss?

Not had my first coffee of the day  :sad:

I've recorded like, 4 more videos, but I'm currently optimising my textures for Skyrim, which is putting a bit of stress on my processor, so no uploads until this evening.

Bonus: two videos recorded while exhausted, two recorded after only one coffee this morning.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 27, 2015, 02:57:04 pm »

Basically, this happened 21 years ago.

The AMIA bombing was an attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) building. It occurred in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds.[3] It was Argentina's deadliest bombing ever. Argentina is home to a Jewish community of 200,000, the largest in Latin America and sixth in the world outside Israel (see Demographics of Argentina).[4]

Over the years, the case has been marked by incompetence and accusations of cover-ups. All suspects in the "local connection" (among them, many members of the Buenos Aires Provincial Police) were found to be "not guilty" in September 2004. In August 2005, federal judge Juan José Galeano, in charge of the case, was impeached and removed from his post on a charge of "serious" irregularities due to mishandling of the investigation.[5] In 2005, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who would later become Pope Francis, was the first public personality to sign a petition for justice in the AMIA bombing case. He was one of the signatories on a document called “85 victims, 85 signatures” as part of the bombing’s 11th anniversary.[6]

On October 25, 2006, Argentine prosecutors Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martínez Burgos formally accused the government of Iran of directing the bombing, and the Hezbollah militia of carrying it out.[7][8] According to the prosecution's claims in 2006, Argentina had been targeted by Iran after Buenos Aires' decision to suspend a nuclear technology transfer contract to Tehran.[9] This has been disputed because the contract was never terminated, and Iran and Argentina were negotiating on restoration of full cooperation on all agreements from early 1992 until 1994, when the bombing occurred.[10]


The central piece of evidence cited in Nisman’s original 900-page arrest warrant against seven senior Iranian leaders is an alleged Aug. 14, 1993 meeting of top Iranian leaders, including both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and then president Hashemi Rafsanjani, at which Nisman claims the official decision was made to go ahead with the planning of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA).

But the document, recently available in English for the first time, shows that his only sources for the claim were representatives of the MEK or People’s Mujahideen of Iran. The MEK has an unsavory history of terrorist bombings against civilian targets in Iran, as well as of serving as an Iraq-based mercenary army for Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraq War.

And according to the same author:

William Brencick, who was then chief of the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires and the primary Embassy contact for the investigation of the AMIA bombing, told me in an interview in June 2007 that the U.S. conviction about Iranian culpability was based on what he called a “wall of assumptions” — a wall that obstructed an objective analysis of the case.

The first assumption was that it was a suicide bombing, and that such an operation pointed to Hezbollah, and therefore Iran. But the evidence produced to support that assumption was highly suspect. Of 200 initial eyewitnesses to the bombing, only one claimed to have seen the white Renault van that was supposed to have been the suicide car. And the testimony of that lone witness was contradicted by her sister, who said that she had seen only a black and yellow taxicab.

That is only the first of many indications that the official version of how the bombing went down was a tissue of lies.

His full investigation into the bombing can be read here.

In short, Iran and Hezbollah are the prime "official" suspects.  However, there are good reasons to believe they may not have been guilty.  Whoever did carry out the bombing is, of course the prime suspect for the murder of the public prosecutor.

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