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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:01:00 pm »
So, assuming that Putin ordered the hit. Further assuming that he knew a nerve toxin assassination was not going to go unnoticed by whom it may concern. He must have known zombie thatcher was going to get all hardass rhetoric on the subject. What's his next move?

Is this some tzarish dick waving thing? Like "what the fuck you gonna do about it now I have the US President in my back pocket?" or am I missing something?

Strangely enough, the Guardian just posted an article on the strategic logic of why Putin may have ordered this

Russia has already learned from intervening in Syria that there is almost no red line it canít cross there, no war crime so unspeakable that the west wonít quietly let it slide rather than get dragged into another war where all the likely outcomes are bad. It learned from Ukraine that all is not entirely well in Nato, and from dabbling in the US election not only that social media is a gift to information warfare, but also that western democracy isnít completely resolute in defending its integrity; that even a tainted victory might be preferred to defeat. Now itís moved on to testing all the other ties that used to bind, and which could present an obstacle to its ambitions, from the once-special relationship to historical EU alliances. It will surely be watching hawk-like for any sign that Brexit has weakened solidarity between Britain, France and Germany, or that the EU is now more preoccupied with internal than external threats.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:59:17 pm »
According to the latest reports, Tillerson didn't know he was going to be fired.  Interesting.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:23:35 pm »
And...Tillerson is out at the State Department.  Pompeo at the CIA is to take over State, and some horrible Bush-era black site rendition relic is to take over at the CIA.

Tillerson knew he was being fired on Friday, which may be why he made such a forceful statement blaming Russia for the Salisbury nerve agent attack - it was his parting shot at the administration.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:56:20 pm »
I had a small side bet on it being the risotto at Zizzi's.  I know Salisbury very well, and Zizzi is overrated as fuck.

However, May's statement today confirms that it was a Novichok nerve agent

I am opposed to Space Anarchism for two very important reasons:

1) the probability of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress comparisons and quotes rises exponentially. We have a duty to the future to not force them to live with Heinlein's insufferability.

2) It's not Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 11, 2018, 08:20:44 pm »
Getting the components needed for a nerve toxin isn't easy.  In addition to the specific expertise and equipment needed to produce it, you then have to get it into the UK, because there is no way you can import those components without some very heavily scrutinized import licences.

Beyond that, it's a terribly expensive way to kill someone.  A guy with a gun, or a knife, is always a sure bet.  So why do you use a nerve toxin, or polonium or similar? To make it clear it was you, without saying it was you, and to send a message.  That message is you will die horribly and in pain and it will take weeks, and you deserve it for being traitor scum.

As for why this doesn't appear to have killed them, there could be a number of factors.  Dispersal may have caused a lower than lethal payload to be administered.  The spy and his daughter were found relatively quickly, and nerve agents take time to work (they make it so the body cannot produce important enzymes, leading to the eventual breakdown of the body's ability to maintain itself).  Nerve toxins also appear to be hard to use, the Tokyo sarin attacks should have killed hundreds but only managed to kill less than 10 because dispersal lessened the impact of the sarin.  It may also be a new compound, which would explain why they are cagey when it comes to naming what it actually is.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:44:13 pm »
It's probably not gas, nerve agents can come in liquid forms as well and that would be better for a targeted attack.  However nothing has been confirmed so far.

The other reason that Russia is the likely culprit is that terrorist groups and organised crime simply don't have the kind of sophisticated personnel or labs to create these kind of weapons.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:08:08 am »
No word as of yet.  A couple of the more popular agents, like sarin and (I believe) VX, have been ruled out by chem warfare experts, but that still leaves plenty of possibilities.

Amy chemical warfare units were also deployed in Salisbury yesterday.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:32:54 am »
Fascinating that Trump tweets endlessly about Islamist terrorist attacks in the UK, but the moment a chemical warfare attack is undertaken, likely by Russia, he doesn't have a word to say...

« on: March 08, 2018, 08:54:29 pm »
Just wait until someone does a FATAL crossover...

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:46:40 pm »
Deficits only matter if it's a Democratic president.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 07, 2018, 06:48:17 pm »
Uh oh.  I've discovered two things which may completely "ruin" this playthrough for me.

First, the Apocalypse spell package has a spell called "Entomb".  It allows you to capture an NPC in an underground prison, only to release them in a location of your choosing.  I'm sure you can see where this is going (all the way up to the Throat of the World, where I will Fus Ro Dah them off.  Or alternatively in the middle of the Thalmor Embassy).  This completely negates the "solo enemy" problem I outlined before, even if it is a "modded" solution.

Secondly, it turns out summoning uncontrolled Ash Guardians doesn't count them as being "your" summons and so their kills don't go on your counter.  And Ash Guardians are on a par with Storm Atronachs in terms of health and damage, so they're pretty tough.  I don't know if they are susceptible to "Command Daedra" spells if they're already unbound, so they may be a very viable option for dealing with named Dragon Priests.

This may actually allow the game to be completed.  All 3 main quests, the Dork Brotherhood, even the Companions.   

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:28:53 pm »
Looks like he's competing with Carter Page for "most idiotic former Trump advisor".

RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:15:47 pm »
Yeah, I wasn't sure if that was going to work at all, but my hope was to drive him towards a giant or mammoth or something.  I'm actually surprised ice wraiths could hurt him, you'd think a lich would be immune to frost damage.

My main takeaway has been that this whole playstyle would be much easier with a mod to disable combat boundaries.  The worst enemies are those you face on their own, because unless there is a convenient trap (hello Bleak Falls Barrow) or height to knock them off, you are completely fucked.  At least with disabled boundaries, you can kite enemies back into other enemies, and then use the old "frenzy-shadow warrior-whirlwind sprint-invisibility" trick to escape the chaos. 

For instance, I should be able to kill Morokei and Raghot, maybe Nakhriin as well, but the other masked Dragon Priests are out of the question. 

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