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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 03:29:49 PM
Which, of course, is why we carpet bombed England in 2006.

I hold dubbaya is seething contempt and I still would have been outraged if I'd heard about it at the time.

Not cool is not cool.

So, Salman Rushdie deserved it.
Kurt Westergaard should have known better.
Theo van Gogh had it coming.
Anita Sarkeesian obviously deserves the death and rape threats.

Way to blame the victim.

I know the first three.  Who and / or how does Anita Sarkeesian fit with the furor of the political & religious satire?

"Person says something I don't like so it's ok to threaten their life and safety! GRRRR!"

For the record, I dislike Sarkeesian. She raises a number of valid points, but looses too much credibility but sticking to her brand of critical theory so you get stupid things like interpreting PacMan as an example pf misogyny. It's not that her thesis is wrong, it's that her arguments and case studies are so flawed it makes it impossible to take her seriously.

No excuse for the horrific crap the internet's thrown at her, even if the claims by scum that 90% of it is faked is true.

Ah ha!  I had to look her up.  I had no idea who she was.  Feminist who dislikes the overly-overt man tones of gaming and got into some sort of internet tif with the internet over something involving another gamer female?  Apparently, she inflamed the man-baby crowd that is the backwater, basement dweller crowd of the 4chan-style folks.  Yea.  Damn. 

As for the decision for Sony to pull "The Interview", it's an interesting question.  I'm still not sure that this isn't the stepping stone to publish something similar to the Patriot Act, but for the Internet instead.  But.. you know.. *adjusts Tin Foil and puts on his X-Files T-Shirt*
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 02:11:47 PM
Which, of course, is why we carpet bombed England in 2006.

I hold dubbaya is seething contempt and I still would have been outraged if I'd heard about it at the time.

Not cool is not cool.

So, Salman Rushdie deserved it.
Kurt Westergaard should have known better.
Theo van Gogh had it coming.
Anita Sarkeesian obviously deserves the death and rape threats.

Way to blame the victim.

I know the first three.  Who and / or how does Anita Sarkeesian fit with the furor of the political & religious satire?
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 01:58:18 PM
You can't obliterate North Korea.  Its a solution that would almost never be on the table save very few possible instances.

  I'd have said the same thing about the United States overrunning and occupying Afghanistan, directly on the Russian border and a hotly contested region between the two superpowers for decades. And yet here we are. The whole world averted their eyes because the Americans were PISSED.

  I have little doubt China would let that pimple of a nation go if it looked like the Americans were in their bloodrage again.

I more mean there is a very real chance North Korea would turn their, albeit juvenile yet very functional, nuclear arsenal on South Korea if they thought their regime were about to topple.  That's on top of the chemical stores and whatever other civilian tragedies they can fit in before they fall.  Korea is that dangerous kind of crazy. 
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 01:48:37 PM
  Part of me wonders if somebody, somewhere involved with "The Interview" isn't seeing this play out almost exactly as planned. Grotesque provocation disguised as art. The almost inevitable response. We only need a little more escalation, something a little more direct and on US soil, and then we get another free pass to obliterate another nation. You have to think that's an outcome that would agree with the minds behind "The Interview".

You can't obliterate North Korea.  Its a solution that would almost never be on the table save very few possible instances.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 01:09:05 PM
You think that's bad, wait til they start shutting off your power for a few days.

  This country could only benefit from some live demonstrations of how vulnerable our infrastructure is that aren't simultaneously accompanied by a shooting war. I'd take 48-72 hours of inconvenience in exchange for national awareness that we are fuck-all terrible at guarding our infrastructure in a heartbeat.

The problem is the impact of those 72 hours.  The damage infrastructure attacks do, economically, can be staggering.  How many of us could afford to lose 1-3 weeks of hourly wage and still pay our bills?  Upper middle+ folks?  Probably.  But it's going to cut down on our fringe buying.  Lower middle and the impoverished?  Tell them to throw away what food they do have and rebuy it, while at the same time have zero income coming in?  Anyone working paycheck to paycheck, you're going to cripple those people for YEARS and in doing so, we further drive the wedge closer to lords and serfs. 

No one wants to hear the "risks" of cyber security, because it's expensive and filled with IFs.. but man... those IFs are more powerful than briefcase bombs.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 11:56:16 AM
No comments on the whole Sony/The Interview Debacle? Because it really seems huge to me... Chuck Wendig has posted an interesting entry on his blog about it...

Art held Hostage

You think that's bad, wait til they start shutting off your power for a few days.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 18, 2014, 05:01:23 PM
Yeah, it's been a good day for feeling bad about politics.

The Cromnibus details get worse (defund the EPA!), the Veteran Suicide Bill was blocked on account of being "financially" irresponsible by dickbag, some other crap happened that also sucked...

Dems: it's time to dump Dixie.
I decidedly disagree with the ultimate conclusions, but I can't dispute the logic.
Well...I'm sure plenty of folks want to re-fight the Civil War. Tongue
Hey, maybe if we do we can nuke ourselves.
Yeah. That'll show us.

And some plumber from Houston sold his business pickup truck and it was later spotted on film being used by ISIL.
Predictably he got some harassment via phone because stupid.

Actually on the first story there's a topic that might be worth mentally chewing over: why not let the South go?
If separation's really so potentially in demand why not and what follows?

If we're letting the South go, we need to let California go with it.  Coburn is an idiot, that's as much time I will spend on that man.  He's an idiot and I hope he gets hit by a car just right to where he has permanent urethra pain.  As for the truck, you mean he DIDN'T smuggle it to Syria?  You know.. it's just a short drive across the ocean, africa and most of the middle east.  Day, maybe 2 tops! 

And we wouldn't nuke ourselves.  Don't be silly.  The South would just raid the CDC in Atlanta and give everyone the Pox.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 18, 2014, 11:02:16 AM
As an aside, Atheists being dicks.

Goddamn it, guys.
That's not helping. Angry

Mankind's arrogance is terrifying.  We were so sure of ourselves when earth was the center of the universe.  Heresy to say the world wasn't flat.  Punishable by large mace to the face wielded by large white man on an armored horse for worshiping another deity.  ...punishable by a large axe wielded by a large tan man with war paint on his face who could run at amazing speeds for worshiping another deity.  And yet.. he we go again telling one person how their ideas are absolutely wrong and we understand that absolute truth of the universe.

So you take your kids to church.. how does that affect me?  At all?  Or you believe in Buddha?  Or you believe that the only constant to the universe is change, and finding peace in that force is the true way?  Humans, oye... lol
9  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: December 18, 2014, 10:19:31 AM
I typically have a strict non-kickstarter policy.. (It's such a legally grey area.. I just normally prefer to avoid it..) but.. man... it's Crafty and kick ass D6.  Looks like I'm making an exception... lol
10  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Another gadget gone real on: December 17, 2014, 09:54:33 AM

I wonder if Bullet facing high intensity lights defeat the targeting? 

I was thinking kids popping pills at parties and raves as much as anything else.

I'm not sure how effective it is.  Speed, maybe?  Molly?  That stuff is such a toxic waste pit, who knows whats in it to begin with.  The scanner would scan and tell you "Yep.  This is some toxic shit." lol.  Though you could use it for Oxy and Barbs too.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 16, 2014, 07:32:07 PM
The Micheal Brown shooting case is dead and buried unless the feds get involved.
But if they do, this could be part of why.
Witness 40, Sandra McElroy and her untreated bipolar disorder, dubious claims of positioning for her observation of the shooting, history of vocal racism, and how she was critical to the defense's case.

The ability for the feds to get involved is a VERY small window, and even if Sandra McElroy purgered herself to the grand jury, it wouldn't give them a swing at anyone other than her.  I honestly don't see anything else happening with Michael Brown's case, legally. 
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 15, 2014, 05:20:51 PM
This is interesting (in a "huh, maybe there's hope for us dumb humans after all" way)

People offer to escort people who feel threatened on public transport as a result of yesterday's hostage situation

Humans have great capacity for good or evil.  Thankfully this lot was using their capacity for good.

There are great capacities for both sides of the spectrum.  Evil just tends to draw a better crowd.  ..from a news desk / ad revenue perspective.  Running Back spends $16k every year at christmas to help local at-risk kids.  Police officer buys lady eggs to feed family and NOT arrest her.  Bill Gates has donated more money than some national GDPs.  Soldiers adopt stray pets as their buddies after returning home.  There are aspects of 'good' everywhere.  Boogiemen just sell more pages.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 15, 2014, 12:34:10 PM
Oh, it was that particular piece of pond scum responsible for all this. Although my gut feeling remains that this was all about living notoriety and not bodies and that the violent resolution was things going wrong, good riddance.

Yea.  When Ali Ali Whatshisname storms a cafe and demands a flag and a call to the Prime Minister, you are probably spot on about notoriety.  Damn shame it hurt innocent people. 
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 15, 2014, 12:02:24 PM
I'm somewhat surprised the standoff is still going on, but whatever gets those hostages out alive is the clear priority as opposed to storming in without a very clear plan of attack.

Not that surprising for a barricaded subject.  Until the situation deteriorates, time is your friend.  People get tired, hungry, get tired of crying hostages sobbing about their kids.  Until there's a reason to do a dynamic entry, time can sometimes give you access to diplomatic ends.

*edit*  Unfortunately, not this time.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [General RPG] module conversion on: December 12, 2014, 04:34:07 PM
I'll use plots and maps, but everything else I typically hand generate instead of trying to convert.  I'll get the same flavor, but sometimes different specifics.  It's just easier than trying to do the 1:1 conversion.
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