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Yeah, marksmanship let the North win the war.  Not vastly superior numbers, a strong navy encforcing a blockade and a stronger industrialising economy.

It was being able to pew pew just that little bit more accurately.  And as we all know, shooting in your spare time against tin cans is completely transferrable to shooting in massed combat.

Having objectively superior firearms helped, and did improve their accuracy. Civil War letters bitching about Union weapons are kinda hilarious.

Oh, it certainly didn't hurt (except the Confederate soldiers).

But Germany's an object lesson in what happens when even a technologically adept and militarily well trained state without the industrial/population/resources picks a war against states with those attributes.  Unless the technological disparities are massive, the training doesn't matter massively either, and so things go down to the numbers and resources.  Germany's probably a more extreme example, given it was the economic and population might of the Soviet Union, British Empire and USA ranged against them, but there are some similarities (in particular the weak economic base, combined with unrest within the territory and inability to effectively use all their population in the war effort.  An important difference is that the Confederacy could've played defensively, whereas that was not an option for Germany.  Without conquest and slave labour, the German economy would collapse entirely).

Of course, the main similarity is that both were really fucking racist.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: Yesterday at 02:47:21 pm »
The UK would lose out on the North Sea oilfields, at the very least, and have to relocate military bases.  I can understand, to an extent, wanting to wash our hands of NI, but losing Scotland on purpose would be crazy.

Then again, Boris Johnson...

Also no word on if London is going to get any representation.  Sadiq Khan has argued for it, no doubt to bolster his eventual bid for Labour leadership, but also on the basis that so many London residents and businesses will be affected that again, it would be crazy not to.

I mean, I'm assuming something is going on, behind closed doors, but they're pretty closed right now, and there's no telling when they may even invite other stakeholders.  If they do at all.  If they don't...then yeah, this will be a fully blown constitutional crisis.  Probably more than one.

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Yeah, marksmanship let the North win the war.  Not vastly superior numbers, a strong navy encforcing a blockade and a stronger industrialising economy.

It was being able to pew pew just that little bit more accurately.  And as we all know, shooting in your spare time against tin cans is completely transferrable to shooting in massed combat.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:14:01 pm »
From the sounds of it, it's a combination of the positive reception Daud got, as well as having a choice of two different characters for the main game and wanting them to reflect differently on the events as they occur.  So Emily doesn't just have different powers to Corvo, she also has different opinions and commentary on things.  Increasing replay value is always good.

"Low chaos" is the canon ending for the game and the DLCs, right?  They've not said much about Daud at all, but I figure if Delilah is back, Daud has to figure into this somewhere.  Probably as DLC again, is my guess, though it would've been nice to have him as a main character option.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: Yesterday at 02:07:25 pm »
At this rate, I think no-one, including government, has much of a clue as to what they're doing.  And no-one except the government is even being invited to take part in the initial planning, it seems.  No cross-party committee, no House of Lords input. Certainly no Scottish, Welsh or NI input thus far.  Things that, if I were PM, I would be looking at setting up very quickly.

May's just coasting along, seemingly more concerned with grammar schools than the direction of the country.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: Yesterday at 01:04:39 pm »
Yeah, but that would mean this country understands how we finance things, or how the EU works.  I don't think we can rely on either being the case.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:49:32 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPzsH4lZjM

I wasn't sure about giving Corvo a voice, but I have to say that Stephen Russell (Garett, Mercer Frey in Skyrim) is an inspired choice.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: Yesterday at 12:29:49 pm »
Further fun

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37465452

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Former PM David Cameron felt "badly let down" by Theresa May during the EU referendum campaign, his former director of communications has said.

Sir Craig Oliver, a former key aide to Mr Cameron, said the then home secretary failed to back the Remain campaign 13 times and was regarded by some as "an enemy agent".

He also said Boris Johnson believed the Leave campaign would be "crushed".

Neither Downing Street nor the foreign secretary has responded to the claims.

The claims are made in a book - Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story Of Brexit - serialised in the Mail on Sunday.

In it, Sir Craig says Mr Cameron briefly considered staying on as prime minister, despite losing the referendum.

However, he says he decided against it, saying he feared remaining in Downing Street would have left him "being prepared for the slaughterhouse".

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Sir Craig says Mrs May only came "off the fence" in favour of Remain after Mr Cameron became "visibly wound up" and gave her a dressing down over the telephone.

"Amid the murder and betrayal of the campaign, one figure stayed very still at the centre of it all - Theresa May. Now she is the last one standing," wrote Sir Craig, who was Mr Cameron's director of communications for five years.

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Sir Craig also claims Mr Johnson, now foreign secretary, was "genuinely in turmoil" about supporting the Leave campaign and had been "flip-flopping within a matter of hours" of declaring his intention.

The former Mayor of London became a prominent leader of the pro-Brexit campaign.

Sir Craig writes that, the day before throwing his weight behind the Leave campaign, Mr Johnson sent a text to Mr Cameron warning him that he would be campaigning for Brexit.

However, he says Mr Johnson later sent a second message suggesting he could back Remain.

Meanwhile, government appears to have woken up to the fact that if they don't trigger Article 50 at some point, we're going to be voting yet again in European elections, which is almost as farcical as the rest of this process.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:11:53 pm »
Jeremy Corbyn remains Labour leader, actually gaining vote share on his previous victory.

Look, I'm not exactly thrilled with him as leader myself (it's not so much his policies, but his inaction and apparent inability to lead), but when the dude wins twice, as convincingly as he did and with a media as hostile as he did, it rather suggests continuing Labour's ongoing orgy of fraticide is going to go very badly.

Hopefully the party make accommodation with this and move on, though I wouldn't place any large bets on Labour doing something sensible.

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 :lulz: Dude, it's literally called Jacob's Ladder.

You really did sleep through Bible Studies.

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That's because you didn't pay attention in Bible studies:

http://biblehub.com/amos/9-2.htm

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Quote from: MLK
I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."

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Sounds like she's defective.  Return her to the store and ask for a refund.

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As is encouraging war by stating you may not fulfill your mutual defence treaty obligations.

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Nuking ISIS isn't an act of war, you see.

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