Errant Bard

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  • Birthday 05/29/1977

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  1. U.S. Politics Inaguration Sensation: Be Prepared

    But isn't it expected that poor (and rough) areas would vote for democrats, and the richest for republicans? Maybe the implication arrow is not in the direction you think, at least not always?
  2. Ha, yeah, family meetings. It's not as bad as you, but I have had my only aunt tell me my presence prevented her from coming, among other minor annoyances inherent to such reunions. Screw that, calling the cops reduces the risk of him killing someone else, not only himself, AND it forces him and you to face the situation and mayyybe have a chat, all out in the open, about it. It only has positives. And if he persists in a destructive behaviour despites that, well, it's better if things are clear and you burned the bridges.
  3. Has anyone here written a book?

    Also multiple appearance of Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, Richard Morgan, Peadar O'Guilin, Scott Lynch, among others ETA: Those threads are on page 1 and 2, I respectfully wish, next time, that you took the time to look around the threads already up, sometimes they provide what you seek without the need for you to ask for it.
  4. "Family Values" What now?

    And yet they had at least two kids?
  5. A Single Country in the World

    Hmm, did you miss the latest news from Europe?
  6. china mieville

    Kraken is awesome fun, I love it. (For the record )
  7. A Single Country in the World

    Kinda like Europe, the integration policy works well, the US even proposed to join. Oh wait...
  8. A Single Country in the World

    Excuse me? Did you not notice most of my examples were of tensions within a single country? I fail to see how giving the world less independence will decrease those tensions. Anyhow, you did not answer the real question: HOW DO YOU FORCE THE WORLD TO ADOPT THIS IDEA? "People", huh? Why should minorities accept the majority vote? ETA, actualy, screw that, why should and would they agree to vote on that? Oh, no, just advocating killing diversity on earth, and somehow not seeing that people will fight to the death against it... I repeat: how are you going to make everyone comply, already?
  9. A Single Country in the World

    Yeah, no: Increased cultural tensions in existing superstrutures. For example: Uygurs in China, Catalonia in spain, Syria, Tchetchenia, Sudan, Belgium, Brexit-->UK vs Scotlant/Ireland. Rise of cultural divisions, notably with religion (islam around here) but also around race issues (see: black lives matter) Social divisions reaching an all-time high, with the poor (getting poorer) class voting en-masse for nationalistic parties and populist bastards (all of EU countries, Trump, most notably) and thus showing a specter of national fragmentation Unrest against state rule rising, and civil society weighting more, to a point where the state feels the need to show its muscles (Occupy, Podemos, and various civil movements -often linked to ecology- refusing the law and founding sortof autonomous region: example in France would be the occupation of an airport contruction site or a nuclear junkyard site) But all of this is wind: the real question is: how do you implement that? Force YOUR language on others, your laws, your worldview, your capital? You don't, that's what. What you are advocating is a third world war, with US as the aggressors (and they don't even have the military power)
  10. Has anyone read______?

    This one?
  11. "Minor" IS attacks in Europe

    Yes, of course, because when it's a pilot who kill hundreds of people, or some guy who kills his family or random people, it's just the act of an unbalanced man that is never put in the "terror incidents" headlines, or something, so what you say is kind of a tautology, but that is not a response to the question I was asking: why in one place it's natives, where in another it's refugees who act.
  12. "Minor" IS attacks in Europe

    Worth mentioning: There are almost never "refugees" involved in the incidents happening in France. It's mostly done by French citizen, born in France, contrary to the recent ones in Germany. Why? It's a question that can be interesting to explore. One thing seeming to link all the attacks is the young age of the attackers, this being said. The French murderer was only 19 here. French politics reacted to that attack (link in french): For the "left", the president said that "killing a priest means profanating the republic" For the "right", the previous president said that "the juridic arguments lead us to an incomplete action against terrorism", calling for the jailing of people on the basis of mere hinches from the police (he always hated the justice). (Note: both reactions from the French politicians make me want to vomit)
  13. Shooting in Munich

    Would you please explain what you mean by that exactly?
  14. Shooting in Munich

    Right. I just heard that the shooter had that exchange with a Munich inhabitant prior to the shooting where the man called him out, telling him he belonged in a psychiatric hospital or outside the country, and the shooter replied that he was German, and actually just got out of psychiatry. Should this incident, beside examining the focus given by the media, really be conflated with terror attacks more than with people just blowing a fuse, something that happens everywhere in the world, all the time? (for example)
  15. Shooting in Munich

    Some choices, considering the evolution of society, will be harder and harder to make, though. Compared to cases in history, we have against peaceful coexistence new factors like mondialisation, overpopulation, resource starvation, and growing micro and macro inequalities. Let's take Greece and its debt (that Germany insists must be paid in full.) Sure, Greek society has a choice to continue sinking their country into the mire (selling production units to other countries, diminishing salaries, pensions, making promising people leave, seeing debt grow 10% per year, etc), but at one point people, those who actually have the power, will switch from Siriza to Golden Dawn, like they did from Conservatives to Siriza before, because society is composed of people, and those people don't want to choose misery... (this is why neo-con make me laugh sometimes here, when they insist on fiscal righteousness and debt reimbursment: Do they think a people will stay sheepish and do everything they say no matter the pressure. I see those guys as big unconscious proponent of dictature.) Anyway, if their growing misery is also linked to immigration (like it's done in Hungary despite them having very very few migrants staying), then it does not really stays what I would call a choice: society will follow the anti-misery discourse and elect government that will act against immigration, despite what we would call reason and generosity.