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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 03:37:23 AM
Quote from: Valentina
My ongoing question about the cultural resilience of the Confederate South remains "why does this endure?"
I think I have my answers, but I don't think I've ever heard it directly from a ground-level believer.

Can't speak for the "movement" as it were as I don't think the South should succeed. However I grew up there, left for work and subsequently returned for work. There's not really a monolithic reason. Some just want to "put the brown guy in his proper place," some really believe the South would be better off, some just are tired of Washington DC politics and think they'd have it better with Montgomery or Austin or wherever politics. What really tends to blow people's minds is the white guy in the pickup with the Confederate flag hanging out with his black friends and nobody in the parking lot cares. (Granted, that's the exception; however, I've seen it.)

Personally, I think the bulk is politics. Folks see the "Left Coast" ideologies creeping into their politics and the first thought is amputation. We've gone from what's best for the country to what's best for my party and compromise is capitulation. It's hard to work with those constraints.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 06:28:50 PM
In all seriousness, infrastructure is important and often gets neglected.  It's always sexier to spend money on new things than spend it fixing the older but still functional things.

As for the Sony thing.  Yeah, it's annoying that they caved to the hackers but by the same token, you have to wonder why they thought it would be a good idea in the first place.

I mean, if you wanted to deface a church (or other place of worship) in film, you can.  If you think that it will sell tickets in the Bible belt, or Saudi Arabia, you are probably mistaken.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 06:18:23 PM
The fact remains if you think someone can remotely fry your power grid... you've done something very wrong.

I will never understand the thought processes that lead to people putting vital infrastructure at risk by connecting it to the internet

Skynet has to come from somewhere ...
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 18, 2014, 04:44:12 PM
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.

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?

The article is rather condescending in places.  Not that I'm shocked but it's still disappointing.  Um, huh.  I don't really know.  Some folks would be overjoyed.  I would be sad despite currently living in the south.  I think Texas could make a go of it as an independent country.  the old Confederacy minus Florida?  Doubtful.

As to the why of not letting the South go: same reason Lincoln didn't let the South go.  The US won't brook another nation on the bulk of the North American continent.  Too many security and foreign relations issues.

Now, in a ALT-history kind of thing (but looking toward the future), who knows. 
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 15, 2014, 05:04:54 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.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: December 15, 2014, 04:50:00 PM
Fix Final Fantasy ...

My brain didn't process that because I grew up with and played the original, Mystic Quest and FF3 (6 if you use the Japanese numbering).  There is not need to fix those.

However, I understand that later versions got ... weird.

*Nothing to see folks.  Old grognard coming through.  Move along.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: December 10, 2014, 05:25:54 PM

Quite enjoyable.
8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: December 09, 2014, 11:36:15 AM
Ah, then let us carry on. Lars will head for the campsite with Creamor.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 09, 2014, 11:33:32 AM
The very simple solution is that if you want the religious right to discriminate, you lose access to all government funding and tax exemptions.

Probably the best way to handle it. Doubt it will happen.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 09, 2014, 06:36:27 AM
I'm torn on things like the "religious freedom acts" around the country.  I don't want to be compelled to act a certain way if it offends my religious beliefs.  However, I can see the slippery slope argument* that turns into, "my beliefs say I don't serve people of color " which I can't agree with.  However, Val, I think yours is a step too far.

Could we agree with a law that prevents churches/synagogues/mosques/covens/etc. from being prosecuted for preaching what they believe?  Houston recently tried to subpoena sermons from local churches under thread of lawsuit.  That strikes me as a very dangerous precedent.  (Yes, there is more to the story.)

*The danger of the slippery slop argument is that it magnifies the fears of one side without seriously considering the restraints (handrails if you will) of the other side.

e.g. The anti-gun crowd says that without gun restrictions there will be blood in the streets.  The pro-gun crowd says that any restrictions end in a gun-free public and tyrannical rule.  The truth is, there are restrictions (often unenforced) that didn't stop the blood in certain city streets.  Further, asking me to have a license for concealed carry doesn't mean that the government is coming for me (especially in Texas).  And, yes, I am aware that the gun debate is a charged one on both sides.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 08, 2014, 03:39:34 PM
The big point there is, for the majority of the gear, I want to say high 90%s, the gear is tagged for Tactical use.  SWAT, HRT, ATO, etc.  You're not going to see your local beat cop walking down the street in Dragonskin, Interceptor, PASGT, etc. armor with a full auto M4 and frag grenades.  You will see, however, your local emergency response threat teams rolling around in very nice, very metal vehicles designed to cave in walls and transport those men safely to get done what they need to do.  

Except some of those folks think it's "hero time" (tm) when they grab said carbines - especially the ones who AREN'T part of SWAT*.

And, except in very, very, very rare circumstances, I can't see my hometown police department ever needing an MRAP.

* SWAT, as a general rule, are some of the best trained cops we have in the US.  I'm fine with them having the gear.  If the rest of the force gets - and passes - the same level of training, then they can have the gear too.  Otherwise?  Nope.
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: December 08, 2014, 12:20:39 PM
So, to be clear.  Was the plan to have Lars on an outing with Creamor looking for the soldiers or was he supposed to head back to town.  I thought it was the latter but the IC seems to indicate the former.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 08, 2014, 12:19:22 PM
Good points all around on money.  It drives decisions that make absolutely no sense.  As in, none.

I'd love to see a balanced budget ammendment that phases in over ten years to give congress time to deal with it.  Knowing that they won't I'd like to have part of the same ammendment prevent them from getting paid unless the House passes a budget that the Senate also passes and that the President signs into law.  If they pass different versions or if the President vetoes it, then they don't get paid.  I find that switching the pay stick around and hitting Congress with it tends to get better results.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 08, 2014, 12:16:08 PM
Oh BOY! It's fun happy culture time! Tongue

A buddy of mine driving through Alabama sms'd seeing this "Multiculturalism = White Genocide" billboard in Birmingham.

Point of order.  The billboard reads "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white."  I'm not seeing genocide in there.  Not saying that the folks who paid for it don't see it that way but let's keep it accurate.

And, yeah, my brother lives in Alabama.  He keeps me apprised of the ... lunacy that goes on in certain parts.  Thankfully for me, though frustrating to him, he stands as a voice of reason to those that can't reason for themselves.

I'll be the asshole to say that not all cultures are equal.  (Say yes to shwarma and no to domestic abuse, Iraq.)  That said, WTF?  Hinting that every culture not founded by white people has nothing to offer is genocide is just asinine. 

And I'll be the one that seconds your motion.  My dad always said that "colorblind" was a stupid PC invention.  If you have eyes, you can see color*.  However, he also said that judgement must be based on a man's actions and NOT his color.  Because culture influences actions far more than color ever will.

* Assuming your are not so color defficient as to render everything the same shade.  However, that level of occular deficiency is usually refered to as blind.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 02, 2014, 08:30:22 PM
The Batman, s04e07 "Artifacts". Entirely pertinent to the discussion at hand and a damn good episode on a whole number of levels.

You can watch it here

Quite a good episode.  I also found it interesting how much the young woman got wrong with her suppositions about the Batman's history.  Not to mention it seemed like a slight drubbing of archeology which - after all - isn't a perfect science.  (Though much, much better than that portrayed by Indiana - tomb robber - Jones.)
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