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  1. I was more thinking "Who's going to be in chat" but thanks anyway.
  2. I missed the first semi (just got back from Stockholm, and had the choice between newly released Stellaris and Eurovision... I picked the former) So who's on tonight?
  3. Police abuse thread 4: end police unions?

    Unionization is a right for any employee, if you want to get rid of the ability to unionize, you'll have to find some other way to take care of policing than paying them.
  4. US elections: Kang vs. Kodos

    Wait, what, people are seriously upset about Bill Clinton being at a polling place and greeting prospective voters? When his wife is running for president?
  5. The clintons are of the same generation though, and neither Bill's nor HIllary's family was part of the elite. If they're aristocracy they're a self-made one, unlike the Bushes (who have been prominent for ages, even before Bush the Elder) The Kennedys were largely 2nd. gen bigwigs as well.
  6. The problem is that because of the way US politics work, most states are actually pretty evenly split. It just looks as if they aren't because of the winner-takes-all nature of the system (so say, a 10% lead is a gigantic advantage) Disenfranchising the millions of democrats in southern states would be... Unwise. Especially if you want to win those southern states.
  7. Colonialism: ah, ye olde glorie!

    Honestly, I think lumping about 450 years of history together as "colonialism" is... A bit problematic. The concept isn't entirely vacuous, but the consequences, methods, time periods, etc. were so varied that it's hard to lump it together in one thing. The slave-merchants of the 17th and 18th century were not the EIC officials of the 19th, or were they the spanish conquistadors of the 16th centuries. I think that when speaking of colonial atrocities it's probably more useful to look at specific issues/countries rather than trying to put 450 years of history involving hundreds of modern-day countries into the same box.
  8. Books similar to "The knight of seven kingdoms"

    Beat me to it
  9. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

  10. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    This is just One Of Those Random Observations things:   I have a dog. I walk it a lot. (as you do) sometimes children come forward and want to say hi/pet the dog. (since he's a good dog I usually let them) what I've noticed recently though is that the vast, vast majority of kids who do that are girls. Like, probably more than 90%.   It feels really weird, since I haven't really associated being fond of animals as being a gendered thing. 
  11. The question is to what extent either of these things are inherent to christianity. (I suppose unless you use it in the very literal sense of "inherited" it works, otherwise it becomes much more debatable)
  12. The Acts of Caine by Matt Woodring Stover

    I liked the books a decent amount (my kindle broke, again, about 2/3 through the fourth one though) I definitely liked the first oone the best. He kind of went off the rails later, throwing concepts out rapid-fire without giving them the attention they deserved. (and a lot of the concepts were hit-and-miss)
  13. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    It's interesting how weird that is. The number of times I've heard anyone talk in ME multiplayer is very small. Like, I'm not surprised there was harassment, I'm surprised there was communication at all.
  14. The Legacy of Generals Grant and Lee

    Yes, I definitely think they could. Largely it's a matter of leadership and coordination on the highest level. They did about as well as they could tactically and operationally, but they didn't have much of any strategic coordination. Just a bunch of colourful personages more or less pursuing their own private wars.
  15. The Legacy of Generals Grant and Lee

    Grant was clearly the superior strategist (to be fair, a lot of credit also goes to Winfield Scott) He knew what his objectives were and pursued them until he succeeded in getting them. Lee being fairly good tactically but had no really consistent idea of how to win the war other than "keep beating the yankees". I think it's very interesting how strategically superior the North was, very early on they were doing all sorts of multi-pronged naval and land cooperation, etc, while the confederacy largely seems to have had a bunch of uncoordinated field armies each trying to do as best as it could. The Union was fighting a single war with a coherent strategy, the confederacy at least four, only vaguely connected in strategy.