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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Turkey shoots down Russian Jet
« on: Yesterday at 07:57:34 pm »
39 Turkish businessmen arrested in Moscow today.

Have I mentioned lately that I love you all?  Because I do.

Hoopla's been at the sauce again.

Uh oh.

I just figured out how to use ENBs while recording and preserving a watchable framerate.  Behold the power!

Bleak ENB:

Grim and Sombre - Hircine preset

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Paris attacks thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:56:29 am »
That can't be right, because there's no way to make it into an easily digestible soundbite.



But, seriously, thanks, Cain.

No worries.  It just pays to remember, everyone has some form of agency.  Ethno-linguistic groupings, history, religion, culture and resource division matter as much as geopolitical rivalry and oil, if not more so.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Turkey shoots down Russian Jet
« on: Yesterday at 01:18:52 am »
I'm sure that won't stop Putin from using it as a wedge issue to ratchet tensions between Turkey and the rest of NATO by pretending he'll consider war over it.

Nothing official, of course, but he did just send a much of missile systems to Syria, for example.

People in Syria sympathise with those who have been unfairly maligned due to their support for Gamergate.

They have a Kickstarter for them and everything.

Hrm. I'm having difficulty guessing which faction sympathises... Rebels, Assad or ISIS?
I'm going to go with ISIS pro Gamergate, Assad pro zoe quinn and the rebels caught in the crossfire.

Seems pretty reasonable.  But who can tell, in the topsy turvey world of Middle Eastern politics ethics in game journalism.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Paris attacks thread
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:21:56 pm »
I don't really follow the news much, but the Paris attacks really got my attention - probably because the situation at the Bataclan was a . . . how do you say . . . relate-able environment?

Anyhow,  I did a bunch of reading and I found this article which I feel is a pretty likely explanation for why this mess exists in the first place.

essentially saying that the syrian civil war and resulting jihadist bullshit started over conflicting interests regarding a pipeline through Syria.

I thought the article was enlightening, so I thought I would share.

Also, if anyone thinks the article is bullshit, I'd like to know about it and why.

Zerohedge is....not an entirely reliable source.

There's always pipeline politics in the Middle East.  Sure, that's part of the picture.

But it ignores basic human agency on the part of...well, everyone.  The Syrian people rose up because of the Arab Spring in other countries, because they were suffering economic malaise while under a dictatorship.  That dictatorship responded with extreme cruelty to demands for more political freedom (they kidnapped and tortured kids, to death.  Then they dumped the bodies on the streets).

The Arab Spring then got co-opted by conservative Middle Eastern states, who hoped to use it to destabilize the Shia Crescent, the arc of alliances that was forming from Hezbollah held territory in Lebanon, through Syria, central Iraq and into Iran.  They saw a chance to take out a major Iranian ally, and they jumped at the chance.

Conservative Muslim states = code for Saudi Arabia and Qatar, btw.  Turkey also saw an opportunity to spread its own influence in the Middle East.

But it backfired in their face.  Assad's regime was more durable than they gave it credit for.  They put Assad's back against a wall, funding the most extreme jihadist elements against the regime, such as the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra.  That it turn meant elements in Syria who feared Sunni Islamic extremism, including the Alawites, had little qualms about throwing in with the regime.  They were only going to be killed anyway, right?

Al-Qaeda in Iraq takes advantage of the chaos.  Sends experienced fighters across the border, captures large swathes of territory in the poorly held eastern regions of Syria.  Creates a special division, Jabhat al-Nusra, to fight in Syria.  Al-Qaeda Central see AQI as cowboys, assert control over their Syrian puppet via the Khorasan Group of advisors they sent in-country to aid the fighting.  AQI tries to reabsorb JaN....unsuccessfully.  Creates the ISIS-Al-Qaeda split.

Add into the mess the Kurdish desire for their own homeland.

Add into that mess intervention by Hezbollah, Iran and Russia on behalf of the Syrian regime.

Add into that mess intervention by Western powers against ISIS.

Add into that mess the whole civil war potentially boiling over into the clusterfucks that are Iraq and Lebanon, with their own histories of sectarian violence.

Everyone's too invested to back down, the moderates (the Free Syrian Army) are mostly slaughtered, (though the Syrian Democratic Front has made some promising moves of late) and lines of mutual alliance and distrust are so tangled that the early 20th century Balkans is impressed.  And then you have a crazy as fuck faction which happens to be sitting on most of the oil and has a penchant for genocide.

People in Syria sympathise with those who have been unfairly maligned due to their support for Gamergate.

They have a Kickstarter for them and everything.

Wondering whether the hostage-takers in France today were planning their heist for last week but decided to wait a few days for everything to calm down.
"Nah, in a week or so everyone will be less on edge about armed men taking hostages. Wait until then for the robbery."

 :lulz:  Once again, proving the point that criminals are rarely masterminds.  "No, trust me, they totally won't send out a small army of gendarmes after us."

I think it was 4 hits, but yeah.  Three hits brought the health down to almost nothing...I think this proves melee is not only viable, but maybe actually OP.

That's a good one. And also, a point that I can't believe so many people don't understand.

Some days, it's tempting to buy into Marxist conceptions of false consciousness.

In gameplay news, I'm working on my modlist now.  I'm going to hold off for a few days and see if the Requiem Survival Experience patches for Frostfall 3.0...if not, I'll use an alternate patch and iNeed, (a lightweight alternative to Realistic Needs and Diseases) and perhaps let Hunterborn sit by the wayside, at least until it also updates to integrate Campfire better.  Backstory and character personality decided character will be Dunmer, a minor noble of House Telvanni sent to Skyrim to keep an eye on the Thalmor.  No necromancy, partly because it's OP (resurrect Lokil or Malkorn and faceroll every enemy in the game) and partly because it's against Dunmer traditions of ancestor worship (ghosts and daedra are cool, however).

I assumed those were for the peons.  Kinda like in Skyrim, how I make a thousand shitty iron daggers, then craft a legendary daedric broadsword for myself.  Once I level up my crafting skill, I'm going to make a McMansion.

I'd also like to point out, despite whining in certain corners, melee on survival is completely viable.  Viable enough to kill a Mirelurk Queen, anyway.

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