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My think tank is submitting a report to Parliament, to do with our fancy defence strategy overhaul.

Hopefully, this means my name will be on something that gets given to MPs, which will help me find employment where I'm not stacking shelves and working tills, or writing for peanuts.

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By coincidence, I'm also writing a book.  It's about a REMF with Neocon tendencies who dabbles in racism and the Pick Up Artist community, who gets banned from a forum and thinks it would be the height of wit to come back on while making a bunch of Wu-Tang Clan references and references to his own previous account, because he thinks he is so smart no-one else will get it.  And he'll show them.

Unfortunately, admins had him pegged from the moment he signed up his alt account, and he was banned and went back to furiously masturbating into a sock, in his parents basement.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Cooperation and Collaboration
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:04:50 pm »
this community does actually give a shit

Not about you, it doesn't.  Obviously seeing the ban notice on your other account didn't sufficiently clue you in, but you're not wanted here.

Well you've said many words which interest me.

Hi New Guy. Say more things and I'd be glad to contribute if/where I can.

It's not a new guy.  It's Pope Lecherous, trying to make you forget his spam/racism/PUA apologia/Neocon ravings by having a new account. Not banning this one must've been an oversight, which has since been corrected.

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I never saw the point in being a packrat.  The game throws so much money at you that you don't need to go all Morrowind and steal everything that's not nailed down, in every single bandit camp, to make a buck.

You know, I eventually realized that after a couple of weeks of playing.  I'm not sure where the compulsion comes from.  I suspect that it might be old habits of playing point and click adventures where if something isn't nailed down, chances are I'll most likely need it.  So the tendency is to grab everything in sight "just in case".  I'm not so much of a hoarder anymore though--especially with my blacksmithing and enchantment maxed out.

Playing the Requiem overhaul cured me of that compulsion.  Lower overall carry weight, plus weight affecting stealth, plus no fast travel (and expensive horses) means you have to plan each quest like an individual expedition.  Coins also have weight...so gems become truly valuable.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited "Israel, What the fuck" thread
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:42:39 pm »
It's a popular position among Democrats, too.

The real question is why political support is so strong among the political classes, when only 51% of Americans feel more sympathy with Israelis than Palestinians.  And that comes back to lobbying, pressure groups.

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I never saw the point in being a packrat.  The game throws so much money at you that you don't need to go all Morrowind and steal everything that's not nailed down, in every single bandit camp, to make a buck.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited "Israel, What the fuck" thread
« on: July 19, 2014, 10:11:07 am »
But gee, didn't you know that according to conservatives and Libertarians, it's okay for Israel to do this as retaliation for the Holocaust. Or something. You know, gotta blow off all that steam, because the war of 1948 wasn't enough.

The only "conservatives" I know who support israel are those campy asshole, televangelised christians who take their cues from shitdicks like John Hagee...or AIPAC funded shitdick politicians.

Outside of that, on the ground, I don't know anyone who supports israel as a state...

So, apart from the majority of conservatives, conservatives do not support Israel.  Good to know.

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Makes sense. Im probably just reading too much into this. How do you think Putin is going to play this? Keep blaming Ukraine? Maybe distance himself from the separatists? "Mistakes were made"?

Speculation is fun, but at the end of the day, Occam's Razor is usually a good rule of thumb until the evidence points otherwise.

I suspect Putin will pretty much stop supporting the rebels entirely at this point.  He wont publically say anything, I'm fairly sure, but Moscow has to prioritise its relationship with America, as rocky as that is, over the rebels.  Crimea is secure, eastern Ukraine was always a bonus prize at best, a testing ground for the limits of  "special warfare" in actuality, and now a headache and pain in the arse.

In Putin's position, I'd close the border and let NATO support Kyiv to the hilt.  Russia has the long-term advantages in Ukraine anyway, a fight was never the smartest option from that POV.

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Ah, apologies for my misinterpretation.  In my defence, I'm normally reading seven different things at once, and yesterday was no different.

The problem is the narrative has been this for a long time before now, and I don't see this changing that in any way at all.  Ever since before the fall of Slaviansk, Russian nationalists have been bitching that Putin isn't doing enough, isn't supporting the rebels enough, isn't putting the full pressure of the Russian state on the Ukrainians.  Downing a plane wouldn't really change that narrative, at this stage it's too firmly entrenched.  I've gotten the strong impression from Russian nationalist circles I keep an eye on that nothing Putin does, short of dunking Obama's head down a toilet at the next international conference, is ever good enough for them.

Plus, based on the information we have currently, it is sufficient to posit a seperatist cause for the downing of the flight, based on capabilities, previous actions, suspicious Twitter deletions and (interestingly, though not confirmed) intercepted phone calls between the Donetsk Militia and some commanders on the ground.

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When done properly, it is pretty delicious.  I mean, it's not bacon or anything, but it's certainly less bland than chicken or fish.

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Fresh haggis is fantastic.  Any other kind of haggis is an abomination.

Twid seems to be the only one ITT who has actually had haggis, and not some kind of offal abomination, because he knows it tastes spicy.  And that's because there is a ton of seasoning and spices already present in haggis.  Oatmeal, onions, nutmeg, sea salt, black pepper, parsley, thyme, sage and mace at minimum.

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Ah, but you didn't hear the call they did screen...:

HELLO CAPTIALIST RUNNING DOGS OF DECADENT WEST!  I AM PEOPLES GENERAL IVAN IVANOVITSCH IVANOVSKY OF GLORIOUS PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF DONETSK.  UKRAINE SHOT DOWN THE PLANE. 
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited "Israel, What the fuck" thread
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:33:33 am »
Well, when they start going officially after Arabs inside their core territory, that will be a bad sign.  Most countries will accept bad behaviour "on the frontier", which Gaza is to Israel.  More or less.   But if they start importing the concentration camp style tactics back into the Israeli core, or escalate them outside of them...then they'll be heading straight into Godwin territory.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited "Israel, What the fuck" thread
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:16:50 am »
Israel's political culture is pretty sick.  A lot of it reminds me of Amurrica circa 2003...you probably remember those years as almost a fever dream of dumbfuckery, exaltation in violence and crass racism.

Israel's smaller than America, and it's also been boiling longer.  I really worry that, one day, they'll go way over the edge and entirely beyond the pale, unless things change and soon.  Their political institutions can only hold for so long against the forces they've unleashed.

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You know who has surprised me with the border children issue?  Glenn Beck.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-republicans-are-bordering-on-heartless/2014/07/13/cc152306-092e-11e4-8a6a-19355c7e870a_story.html

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Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States.

“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said. “Anyone, left or right, seeking political gain at the expense of these desperate, vulnerable, poor and suffering people are reprehensible.”

Beck, not averse to a certain grandiosity, let us know that “I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this.” But assume he’s right — and he may well be. It’s one more sign of how the crisis at our border has brought out the very worst in our political system and a degree of plain nastiness that we should not be proud of as a nation.

When Republican talking points are to the right of Glenn Beck, you know something has gotten fucked up.

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