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  1. In Topic: Saudi Arabia and the Middle East

    16 September 2019 - 07:34 AM

    View PostAptorian, on 16 September 2019 - 05:43 AM, said:

    What's up with the attacks on Saudi Arabia this weekend?

    I've been listening and reading about this yesterday and today but I'm not sure what to make of it.

    Like, what does Iran gain from this serious an escalation? This is skirting on WW3 scenarios.

    Moreover what's up with the footage? Really small precision impacts or explosions that poke relatively small holes in the oil tanks? What kind of weapon does that?

    The conspiracy theorist in me says that Saudi Arabia did this themselves.

    The Iranians probably think that Trump is too chicken to do anything about this (based on his previous sabre-rattling and last minute backing off). And SA is already doing all it can short of outright war to cause damage in Iran, including funding terrorists (or oppressed minorities, depending on your POV). The Iranian government believes that a war is being waged against them by the US, Israel, and SA. They feel their existence is under threat and they want to make this war too expensive for the other side. Their main leverage is oil, so that's what they go after (both with the tankers and now this).

    I find it fascinating that four years of brown people being slaughtered by their ally SA in Yemen doesn't concern the Americans, but god forbid the world oil supply be threatened. That's definitely the cue to cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.
  2. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    13 September 2019 - 12:34 AM

    View PostMorgoth, on 12 September 2019 - 10:45 AM, said:

    View PostMaark Abbott, on 12 September 2019 - 07:17 AM, said:

    View Postworry, on 11 September 2019 - 06:48 PM, said:

    Corporations are people, my friend.

    From a legal standpoint literally any company is a person.

    Noooo, unless common law has changed substantially since I finished my degree, there's still a distinction between a legal entity and a physical person.

    That is still the case in Canada. I don't know what those funny people in the UK are doing though.
  3. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    28 June 2019 - 03:13 AM

    View PostBfuckinK, on 28 June 2019 - 03:03 AM, said:

    Wonder how long Harris practiced in front of the mirror for that closing remark? What a fake!

    If you think any of these guys are "genuine" you're deluding yourself.
  4. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    25 June 2019 - 06:21 AM

    View PostAptorian, on 25 June 2019 - 06:11 AM, said:

    View PostEmperorMagus, on 25 June 2019 - 03:03 AM, said:

    Why are you guys making fun of the war tax? It seems well-suited to the purpose it is supposed to accomplish, which is providing healthcare to veterans of American wars.

    Now I haven't read the fine print but it sounds like blatant fascism. The people who will not shed their blood for the flag will be taxed so that the brave sons and daughters of the American Empire can be provided for. Maybe the state could confiscate some land as well, so that the Soldiers can retire after 20 years and provide for themselves.

    You are framing this in a horrible way. It can also be re-stated as: "there is a large number of citizens who are suffering from serious health issues as a result of the government's policies. In order to assist those citizens, we will tax the general public and use the revenue to provide them with healthcare."

    I still don't think it's a terrible policy proposal on it's face. Specially when considered from the POV of "I need 2000 votes in that specific riding to vote Democrat rather than Conservative next year. Those 2000 voters have conservative leanings, so I need something to mollify them which won't enrage my left flank.Hey, what about a policy to help the veterans?"

    Now, considered from the POV that these guys are trying to run against Trump, yeah it's a stupid proposal.
  5. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    25 June 2019 - 03:30 AM

    View Postamphibian, on 25 June 2019 - 03:23 AM, said:

    View PostEmperorMagus, on 25 June 2019 - 03:03 AM, said:

    Why are you guys making fun of the war tax? It seems well-suited to the purpose it is supposed to accomplish, which is providing healthcare to veterans of American wars.

    Just make it universal healthcare. Troops first is a dumb idea for something as massive as a healthcare specific tax.



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    14 Feb 2019 - 08:33
    Has it been another year already? My goodness ... Happy birthday.
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    14 Feb 2018 - 09:08
    That time of year again
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    Tiste Simeon 

    09 May 2017 - 11:45
    Hey just saw your comment on my profile, thank you!
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    11 Feb 2017 - 07:48
    Sorry, that rep was meant to be positive.
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    17 Dec 2016 - 20:42
    Heh, can't argue with that
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    14 Feb 2016 - 03:01
    Happy birthday :)
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    18 Apr 2015 - 09:24
    Something happened today that even 10 years ago I thought I'd never see: our female Foreign Minister dropped in on yours for a chat. Hopefully the start of something good. :)
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    14 Apr 2015 - 02:19
    Hello and thank you for the kind words.
    I used to be a real jerk in discussions. Age, experience and my successes/failures have led me to take more time thinking about things and taking better positions on things. Glad you appreciate the results of that process.
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    24 Mar 2015 - 11:10
    How could I forget after we dicussed in chat how much more sense it makes to start a new year in spring instead of winter. ;)
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    23 Mar 2015 - 13:37
    I know I'm three days late, but anyway:
    Happy New Year, Emmy. :)
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    29 Nov 2014 - 20:58
    ha, awesome. That is pretty normal in my neck of the woods (Theoryland); I had read them about that many times between the time I read WH in 2001 and the time I joined Theoryland in late 2004. I've lost count of how many times I've reread them; I'm about to start again soon to brush up for JordanCon in April.
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    29 Nov 2014 - 14:29
    Are you a WoT fan? Or just happy to know a real fan exists? :D
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    15 Nov 2014 - 02:25
    Yep all true. :)
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    01 Nov 2014 - 11:54
    no, I am the devil. Duh!
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    31 Oct 2014 - 19:06
    I'm not the devil, man.
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