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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 22, 2014, 06:14:30 AM
Not news, but here's my reaction of it.

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And that's my two cents.

Thanks for weighing in.
Mind elaborating on your opinion of Mass Effect 3?
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: November 22, 2014, 06:13:37 AM
 Cheesy
Huh.
Not only have I never seen any substantial criticism of Homeland, I'm actually intrigued that it would fair so poorly with a core Crafty-ite such as yourself Morg.
Fascinating. Cool
33  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 12:53:10 PM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?

One did.  Failed their will check and started having hallucinations.  The other died on impact.  Further in the fight, 1 died to a trampling, 1 to a gore and 1 had their sanity literally fail them before the Insane Priest / Ghosthunter was able to slay the beast. 

 Cheesy
Just to make myself clear if there's ever a chance I can reliably travel to wherever you host your games I WANT IN!

LOL.  Duly noted.  They're currently thinking of replacement chars.. so far.. "Southern Baptist Evangelist / Firebrand" hit my email.  lol

Ex-Mounty Lawman/Grunt?
"I've seen some weird stuff there man..."
34  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 12:20:38 PM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?

One did.  Failed their will check and started having hallucinations.  The other died on impact.  Further in the fight, 1 died to a trampling, 1 to a gore and 1 had their sanity literally fail them before the Insane Priest / Ghosthunter was able to slay the beast. 

 Cheesy
Just to make myself clear if there's ever a chance I can reliably travel to wherever you host your games I WANT IN!
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix to be in Oceania on: November 19, 2014, 05:26:27 PM
Grin
+1 to you, good sir.

*bows* Glad somebody is paying attention.

The Ministry of Love does so much to make being in touch worthwhile. Cool

Also I sometimes like audiobooks when gaming. ADHD is like a superpower!
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 05:22:26 PM
Oh, to lighten the mood I'll link this presentation I saw about the Psychology of Suicide Bombers soon as I can find it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpImeYCZKBk

Hey, found it.
Reason being that the presenter gets into the psychology of human group violence for them who seriously wonder about things like killing school children because of them getting improper education -ala Boko Haram.

Enjoy!
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 05:16:40 PM
TSK: Yeah, 72 "white raisins."
AHHH HAHAHAHAHA!

Thank you God. Cool
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 05:15:16 PM
TSK: 'Murica? Hodor?
...I blame Bush.
Ha ha, easy right? Grin
Bush actually upped gov't tech research spending; Republicans rarely have problems with the idea of cutting edge tech meaning opportunities for financial gains.
But the blame is with making standoffish ignorance a virtue. Thrust that chin out and proclaim, "HODOR!" like that's all it takes.

I think this is about that idea of respecting information and learning. Early in this thread there was the assertion that FDR did it wrong and had little or nothing to do with America's recovery; that "The New Deal" was in fact "the Giant Fuck-Up."
I don't think that's right, but I'm open to evidence that it is. I don't do dogma, I do facts. Cool
*unf unf unf*

To the vet's quote the answer is "you don't get to fight for the nation you want, you do it for the nation you have." Also let's be real, those people have always existed and some of them were on Omaha Beach, too.
It helps that I don't watch TV. Popular culture's a short route to collective loathing.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 05:02:23 PM
I'd rather see a "try, fail, and expect to improve" over not trying at all.
We're all a work in progress; as long we intend to keep improving there's always a reasonable hope.
That said what the fuck is with the VA's lack of efficient information management? Is there some kind of underlying issue like secrecy of records? Is it just being bass-awkward with 80's era tech clogging everything?
This really shouldn't be harder then the DMV, the DHS, or the IRS.
Just...what the fuck. Angry

Samara's story is also very understated, which is a real credit to Bioware.

Agreed. Smarter citizens found smarter nations. Smarter nations last longer. Putting aside any sticky moral judgement just for the sake of survival is reason enough.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 04:32:25 PM
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However admired or despised the underlying nature of a soldier (here used as a stand-in term for any members of formal military structure) is that of a government worker. They fight for We The People. We decide when, how, why where and against whom. And they stop when we demand it.
Ish.  The US Oaths of Service, which are different for officers and enlisted members of the military, are to defend the Constitution; not the government, not the people, not the land.  There is a Long tradition, basically venerated, which is good, of civilian control of the military, but I don't find it difficult to imagine a "mutiny" if the military is ordered to violate the Constitution.

That's some of, btw, the reasons why veterans deciding to recommit to returning to hunt ISIL as civilians is a super bad idea.
Why?  Is that worse than veterans gathering supplies for Ukrainians to help them resist Russian aggression?  (If so, why.)

The waste of lives is on us. The destabilization of nations is our fault.
A government that uses rape as a tool of policy is, IMO, worse than "instability."  It is debatable, though.  Letting the boundaries set by outsiders stand hasn't served Africa or the middle east too well.

1. Ah, indeed. Thanks for the reminder/clarification. I can't find fault in the logic in any way that I haven't presented already.
And for my part, I find "Defend the Constitution" a little ambiguous. As you said, that could be mean a legal military state.
Remember that the military has the advantage of being self-selecting and has a much more (AFAIK) restrictive legal structure. Anyone who doesn't fit in is in violation of it's culture, it's not a culture that has to take on people who don't.

2. Actually I've come to generally agree. MSNBC's been running a series on the Kurdish Resistance in Kobani, and seeing that footage makes a part of my soul roar, "JOIN THE FIGHT. GET THE FUCK OUT THERE AND STAND WITH THEM*!"
So as far as vets going back out Iraq/Turkey/Syria way I've got two general reservations; the first is that said vets are able to navigate the situation and shoot the right motherfuckers, and the other is that we have a grasp on why. To protect/avenge whoever's fine by me, but if they're going back because they can't find peace back in the Real World then I think we've got a problem we need to at least aware of.
And to be frank, and this is part of much larger essay, I'm not sure it's their fight to pick. This goes back to the "gov't employees" point -is it a positive to have citizens, however prepared and experienced, getting into any fight they want regardless of how worthwhile it is?
If this were 1976 and the topic was returning to Viet Nam to avenge themselves would this be a good idea?
I say no.

3. And a gov't that uses Rape as a policy tool has citizens willing to do the same. The people who need to push back against that ultimately aren't the international community.
I don't like it, but for example the above Kurds are the biggest local practitioners of FGM -Female Genital Mutilation.
That's not in the Koran, btw. That's just the locals being fucking barbarians. There's no taking the bad from the good, so there you go.

Also here's a bit of media slight of hand: Kurds are a large majority Sunni. So when chaos in Iraq and it's locales is explained as being "the Sunni, the Shia, and the Kurds" that is accurate in the sense of delineating power blocs, but it's incorrect to let the audience presume the Kurds are somehow "other Muslims."

*what passport, what travel money, what in-country contacts, what access to medications, etc etc. Tongue Reality's a dick.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 04:11:02 PM
*reads*  *thinks*  *whistles*

The problem I've always had is the 'intelligence' of common citizen about these matters.  It's a good idea, in principle, to hold leadership to the fire for misuse or betrayal of their citizenry, but how often does it really happen?  You have a world who's budgets can't balance.  A world where roughly 37 million people live in legit slavery.  A world where power is bought and traded like they're MTG cards at a pro-tour tournament.  The US Congress and the past 2 sitting Presidents have had record low approval scores, yet, the citizenry voted each of them in for a combined 16 years.  I'll love the Warrior all day long, they didn't sell the soul of the nation for a job on a hill.  I will, however, be aggravated by those who don't vote, don't learn, or don't bother. 

Here's my total bullshit theory why with two general components.

1). Regard for information. How do we approach the importance of knowledge? And, let's be real, not everybody cares equally. If voting required high school graduate level testing the registered voter rolls would probably skew dramatically.
Seems to be an unavoidable paradox: we can have smart, informed voters or we can have an all-inclusive democracy.
I think the latter's the wisest choice, but I can get the appeal of the former.

2). Time and effort. I have lots of it, so I have time to look this shit up*.
I remember, back when Bob Dole and dinosaurs wandered the Earth, having two parents raising me. At least for a while. These days the "minimum" standard of living is having two earners able to afford the cost of children.
Once that basic standard's reached that leaves the actual burden of making people out of the little nippers, and ain't nobody got time for that!

*Generation Boomerang, woooo! Tongue
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix to be in Oceania on: November 19, 2014, 03:59:13 PM
By order of the Ministry of Truth, Netflix has always been available in Oceania.

 Grin
+1 to you, good sir.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 19, 2014, 03:58:10 PM
Anyone got news on Dragon Age: Inquisition?

General critical buzz seems positive along the lines of "Bioware, duh!"
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 19, 2014, 03:57:28 PM
Here's something nobody cares about!
While playing Twisted Metal I got 104 kills in Normal Endurance mode.
 Evil

Took two damn hours, sheesh.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 03:56:03 PM
If I shipped, I would ship Tali and Garrus.

When I blundered into them snuggling in the forward battery I achieved Maximum D'awww and was much surer everything would be ok.

Samara's my waifu, for the record. Wink
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