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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:25:01 pm »
Not a problem.  Like I said, it' is a bad article, but it's bad in a special way that someone has actually done some research, but clearly not enough, and has quite the political agenda behind what they are saying.  Denying the political relevance of terrorist groups by concentrating on the emphera of their beliefs is a pretty old trick, and usually does little to advance real understanding.  Given the complex, multifaceted nature of political violence, the last thing we want is simplistic notions like "they hate our freedoms" or "they're religious nuts", which is what the latter boils down to.

I mean, the comparison with Koresh is very revealing, IMO.  You can't even begin to compare the Branch Davidians to ISIS.  One is an expanionist, conquering ideology.  The Branch Davidians wanted to be left alone to do their weird and creepy underage "spiritual marriage" things, their outlook was fundamentally defensive, if still militant.  Even the later federal report into the Waco disaster concedes this:

"The violent tendencies of dangerous cults can be classified into two general categories—defensive violence and offensive violence. Defensive violence is utilized by cults to defend a compound or enclave that was created specifically to eliminate most contact with the dominant culture. The 1993 clash in Waco, Texas at the Branch Davidian complex is an illustration of such defensive violence. History has shown that groups that seek to withdraw from the dominant culture seldom act on their beliefs that the endtime has come unless provoked."

But since Waco is considered, at least by mainstream Americans, as a case of crazy cultists with firearms attacking the US government, it's the perfect comparison for drawing out that kind of response.


In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if both North Korea and TED Talks eventually turned out to both being run by an extremely bored AI as social experiments in how to create cult-like movements, essentially for shits and giggles.

Oh yeah.  Morrowind is a fucking work of art when it comes to originality.  And the graphics were pretty amazing, for when they came out.

It's just...well, those graphics on the Skyrim engine.  I've seen the results.  It's gorgeous.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 21, 2015, 01:18:35 am »
"What happens when renewable energy runs out?" - Victoria Ayling, Ukip's candidate for Great Grimsby

We almost need a laughing-while-vomiting smiley.

I always assumed the horrormirth emote was the prelude to that.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:48:59 am »

Were you aware it was book 8 in the series when you first read it?

Skywind is still being worked on.  I mean, its in Alpha, and probably will be until 2016 at earliest.   But it's still being worked on, and it looks pretty amazing.

The minute that shit is public released, I will be all over it.  There are only two things I don't like about Morrowind: the combat system, and the outdated graphics.  Skywind solves both of those problems.

Yeah...there are reasons undergrads do not get the full grad student experience.  I mean, c'mon, it's University.  It's fair to assume at least some fairly intelligent people had a had in designing the appropriate levels of work for various different degree types.

Sounds like typical "Imma super smart grad student" syndrome.

Here's a quick primer on their feud

I lean more towards Sageman's analysis, though I think AQ Central still plays a role (a vastly reduced role).

Thanks.  It is, of course, only one factor among many, but it's one to consider.  They own oil fields, and are smugging priceless artifacts out of Syria.  Obviously, there's a means to an end element to that, you need money to wage war etc. but it's also quite likely a factor in and of itself for some people in ISIS.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ORIGINS thread.
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:27 pm »
Cain now runs a school for superhero sidekicks, which is located in Switzerland, London, and Liverpool, changing locations seemingly at random.

This definitely deels like the case at times.  And was well worth waiting to finish my essay to read.

Looking foward to my next set of essays...I'm currently leaning towards "Competing analyses of al-Qaeda give rise to competing counter-terrorism responses – Discuss".  Theories on Al-Qaeda?  Sure, I can name 4 different ones off the top of my head.  Hell, I can name an author who gives 4 in the intro to his book, and I'm not including him in that first count.  I mean, we all know it'll basically come down to Sageman versus Hoffman and "bunch of guys" versus "clandestine cells commanded from the Khyber Pass", but getting there will at least not want to make me tear my teeth out in frustration.

As for the other one, I'm leaning towards "To what extent do Richard English’s seven policy recommendations in Terrorism: How to Respond apply when conceiving responses to far right terrorism and political violence?"  It's a bit dull, but the problem with the elective essays are that they're a lot shorter than the others.  As such, it's easy to get carried away, try to show off, and end up having to cut most of it and hand in a substandard paper instead.  Which is precisely what happened with my Nazi paper.  Either that or I'll go for "To what extent have governments been ‘blind in the right eye’?"

Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:30:22 pm »
Lorn can barely compete with Tavore Paran.  Like Fiddler says in one of the later books "The Adjunct’s not our Hood-damned mother, Sinter. She’s the will behind the fist and we’re the fist. And sometimes we get bloodied, but that’s what comes when you’re hammering an enemy in the face.’

Ganoes and Feliesin also, as you would expect, make some interesting observations on their sister and her personality.

RPG Ghetto / Re: The Emperor's blockparty RPG ghetto style
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:01:47 pm »
I cant speak to Abnett's novels, but Sandy Mictchell's are hilarious.  He has the dark comedy down perfect, and having the novels focus on the cannon fodder that are the Imperial Guard was an inspired touch.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:51:39 pm »
I'm pretty sure that was designed to give you whiplash.  Just as it looks like the Wickans would pull through...Mallick Rel and Korbolo Dom make their move.  But that story arc definitely aint over yet.  Tavore Paran's on her way, and she's...well, you'll just have to see her. When Korbolo Dom says “I mean to cripple Tavore before she even sets foot on this continent.  I mean to make her too furious to think.  I mean to crack that façade so she dreams of vengeance day and night, poisoning her every decision” he just shows how badly he understands her.

And yes, the T'lan Imass are genocidal dicks. But at the same time, their ability to engage in self-sacrifice is legendary and with good reason.  Like when they massacred the First Empire, after their disastrous experimentation with Soletaken and D'ivers.  Like Trake says "we tore a warren to pieces on that distant continent.  Turned the eastlands into molten stone that cooled and became something that defied sorcery.  The T’lan Imass sacrificed thousands to cut away the cancer we had become."  Silverfox also has some things to say on that subject.

Also, wait until you see the Grey Swords in action.  Brukhalian and Itkovian are awesome.

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