Horus Ex Machina

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About Horus Ex Machina

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    Bull Moose Club
  • Birthday 11/28/1978

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    Wandering from the Sahel to the Niger Delta
  • Interests
    First the three F's.
    Females, Fistfighting, and Food.

    My activities include practicing muay thai & jiu jitsu, weight training, Crossfit, free running (Parkour), playing football (soccer), basketball, and just staying fit.

    My lazier side enjoys watching mixed martial arts, soccer (big Chelsea fan), basketball (Go Mavs), clubbing (this is a sport), watching college football (Hook 'em Horns), watching baseball (Go Yankees!), and of course reading.

    I also plan on doing some writing in the future.

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  1. I'm back bitches! Happy to see that the MMA/Boxing threads have continued strong after we got the ball rolling so many years ago. Much love to ya!
  2. Plus he's more a field commander than a general as he lacks the necessary experience and training in command level tactics and movements. He can certainly plan a battle and execute an attack, but he cannot devise an entire war strategy. This is where the loss of Barristan and the absence of Jorah looms huge at this point. Jon and Davos could offer advise, but neither are great generals (Jon may be but he didn't prove it when he let his emotions get the better of him against Ramsay; and Davos didn't really do anything at Kings Landing or Winterfell), nor are allied to her at the moment. She really does have a huge hole in military leadership, especially with Grey Worm tied up at Casterly Rock. She certainly could have used Daario and his mercenary company at this point. It would be difficult to trust a jilted former lover with a leadership role though... One point to note is that her military dearth of leadership is owed in part to her own current lack of allies. Even when the Targaryens first invaded they brought a few of their vassal houses with them and Aegon had likely studied military strategy extensively before he began his conquest, despite his dragons. Dany would have come close to solving this issue rather quickly had she arranged at least a temporary alliance with Jon which would enable her to potentially access some of his allies in the Eyrie. Yon Royce could be a very effective commander for her.
  3. What does that have to do with Missandei's fate exactly? They asked her about herself, not them. They have political clout that and knew that they might be held prisoner when they came as they would under any similar circumstance in a nation at war. She is a trusted advisor and friend who has no other contacts or allegiances in Westeros and is absolutely no risk to Dany except as a potential hostage which likely would not happen if she goes to Nath. What part of this is bs exactly? Illogical tirade...
  4. I think you for providing that Le Cygne.
  5. Possibly, but I'm not holding my breath. There will be a lot more engagement during the next set of primaries for the Dems, that's for certain. Alot depends on the next 4 years and how it's perceived. If Trump is still unpopular then a Bernie Sanders successor might be possible.
  6. The polls at least had Obama winning that election.
  7. It isn't happening because people never make it an issue. Several cities already have ranked voting and Maine voted on it in this election. And several states have already passed the popular vote compact (which will definitely be challenged in court if it ever gets enough states on board to become law) without any type of popular push or media coverage. Imagine if people begin to champion these things as the heart of a cause. We've ceded movement politics to a dangerous element of the Conservative ideology, but this is a movement I think that we should all push for. The Democrats failed here for the same reason that the Republicans should have. There is no need for solutions and ideas when you can simply just try to make the alternative seem worse. Right now that's the only change that I believe in, bringing back issue-based politics and killing the two-party stranglehold on our country.
  8. DO NOT MOVE TO CANADA! Someone has to help us salvage this...
  9. Clinton was a horrible candidate, but it says a lot that even then a man like Trump is still considered the viable alternative. It is a stunning reality to go from possibly taking the POTUS and senate to losing all three and possibly the SCOTUS for a generation. But progressives are far too marginally engaged and that may be part of why this election never got put away. The biggest take-away for me though, and has been the case for some time now, is the problematic and easily manipulative nature of our election system. FPTP gave us this choice when it enabled the 2 major parties to be able to foist these candidates on us without any alternatives. And how can we continue to allow an electoral college systenm which makes elections a game of strategic turnout chess rather than the will of the people? It's time to demand change in the election sytem. It needs a complete overhaul.
  10. This is truly horrible. I cannot believe this. Maybe this will finally drive us to get rid of the electoral college and institute ranked voting. Both of these can be achieved at the state level. If we just legitimized this guy, then I fear where this country might go if we continue on this path...
  11. Okay now that I put in what I thought would happen, now I'm going to reveal how nervous I am...
  12. I want to get this in before it becomes too late to seem prescient. I don't think Clinton loses and would put money on it if there were any to be made. I can't see how the math equals to a Trump win unless a whole lot of Obama voters stayed home and Trump turns out new voters while holding a large majority of Romney's. Prepared to have egg all over my face...
  13. You don't have to tell me. CAF's qualifying system is a joke. I personally think that it's one of the biggest things that has hurt African team's performance in the World Cup. It relies soley on FIFA rankings without regard to current form, new players, etc. Because of that they often do not send all of the best teams they could at a given time. It's a concession to the fact that they play 2 African Cups complete with their own qualifiers. Somehow CONCACAF manages this yet still manages a superior qualifying system which ensures that all of the best teams will play head to head to qualify. Or even AFC's qualifiers. CONCACAF'S setup is only possible because it doesn't treat all teams equal, which will never happen in CAF. I think that this, more than anything, is why CAF lobbies so hard for an expanded World Cup. They have to know that their qualifiers are crap. So upping to 7 spots bails out the system by providing a pathway for group runner-ups and allowing for more continuity for Africa's top sides. It is what it is, sadly. Me and others have hashed out numerous alternative formats which would merge the AfCon with WC qualifying and sufficiently expand qualifying to make it more legitimate. It seems so doable, that it follows that if they haven't done it by now, they will never do it because they can't be bothered to. So that's why I personally have to hold out hope that the WC expands, much as others will hate it. Because it will actually keep CAF from continuing to hamstring its better sides.
  14. Nothing makes me happier than to finally see Iheanacho and Iwobi starting on the pitch together. Defending could use work but, with Rohr's aggressive tactical setup, they seem to be the engine that finally resurrects Nigeria's stagnant attack. And they're both only 20. They can do this together for a long time. Hopefully Success will be back against Algeria. If they can put them away at home, they'll be in really good shape to escape a group that I didn't think they'd have a chance in just a half year ago...
  15. Lik dis if u cry evertim. 5ever