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  1. Great thread, well done all. My degree is History, and I continue to enjoy reading and studying all forms of it today. When Marco Polo came out on Netflix a couple years ago, I became fascinated with the Mongols, Kublai and the other Khans, and listened to a lot of Carlin and read a lot. I've been on a Roman Empire kick lately, from the late Roman Republic times of Julius Caesar until the fall of the empire some 4 centuries + later. Adrian Goldsworthy has written some fantastic stuff in this regard, highly, highly recommend any of his books on Rome and the Roman army. As stated, Carlin's info regarding the Galic wars under Caesar - fantastic, I could listen for days and never grow tired or disinterested. Still, IMO Caesar and his legions showed their true steel backbones during the civil war, particularly at Pharsalus where they were so outnumbered and starving, yet still prevailed due to their experience, espirit de corps, and some timely decisions made by the Centurions. Antony and the third line being deployed using their typically thrown javelin/Pilum weapons as hand held spears vs enemy cavalry as well. Such an interesting battle, a shame we only have Caeser's account of it. Secret History is on my to do list during Xmas, I'll post back after finishing it. Just a quick tidbit, found this diorama of a complete Roman Legion, every century, cohort, and attached units present. Great look at what a single legion looked like, any fan of Roman history could spend hours looking at these pi tures IMO. I try to imagine what battles of the period must have looked like, particularly Phillipi, where there could have been as many as a quarter million men and dozens of legions on the field those days. I've seen our RCMP musical ride do charges here, the thundering of just a few dozen horses is impressive, what it must have been like with tens of thousands of cavalry charging in such a small area...
  2. Agreed, my father and his brother own 10 sections of land and one of the largest farming/seed farming operations in Western Canada. I've not heard anything about this, and neither has he, and more grain is grown per acre here than pretty much anywhere else on the planet. Regarding drought starting the civil war in Syria - that's a tough pill to swallow. More like Obama having tasked various intel agencies with pulling the same regime change stunt a la "Arab Spring" that was pulled in oh, Libya, Egypt, etc. The trouble is Assad was far too strong for that to work as it did in other Arab nations. You can argue this if you like, I worked with several x-intel agency employees at 2 different private military companies who had been directly tasked for operations in Syria to this effect. Drought = .0005 %, Obama's administration, 99.9995 % responsible for what happened in Syria. I do agree that there are calamities likely coming, those wishing to impose a one world government and new order will ensure it. Climate change could play a part, but IMO it'll be far more likely that politics and useless leaders such as Trump et al will ensure enough mistakes happen to push us all over the brink.
  3. 4 Episodes in, I'm really enjoying this. After being disappointed by Longmire, and somewhat by the Punisher as well (extremely unrealistic, even with belief highly suspended, it still was just...ridiculous in many ways, and I had been hoping for SO much more), this new "Godless" has renewed my faith in the Netflix Gods. I hope it continues to improve, every episode has sucked me deeper in. I'm a sucker for Westerns, having been an extra in "Legends of the Fall", as well as having been around many Western productions in and around Calgary, as I was friendly with another shooting/firearms business locally that handles all the movie/TV armament/training needs for local productions. Not since Hell on Wheels have I been this into a Western though. 9.0/10 so far IMO, don't miss it.
  4. Brad Dourif is one of my favorite actors, he saved the one episode IMO, I only wish he'd been given a larger role in the B5 world. His character and arc in ST Voyager was fantastic, particularly his final episode, it was one of the few redeeming things about ST V from my perspective. Interesting read as usual, I particularly enjoy the "behind the scenes" information. The convent and nuns bit, this is a specific example of one of the many reasons I enjoy reading Werthead's work and analysis.
  5. I've been disappointed by season 4 - I hope the final 3 episodes make up for a lackluster fist 5/6 of this final season... I loved the first 3 seasons, and felt that the final episode of the 2nd and the first episode of the 3rd were some of the best animated TV - or TV period - I've seen this year. I had such high hopes for S04. What a disappointment. If I see Dave F at a convention I'm going to take that stupid hat he wears and stomp on it right before I throw it frisbee style as far as I can, in disgust. I'll wager Ahsoka will show up in the "part 2" of season 4 in 2018. At least she better. If she doesn't, I won't stop with the stupid hat... And WTF is with Star Wars falling prey to the whole "wolves and dragons" BS BS BS that SO many films and tv programs have fallen victim to, riding the GoT coattails with such nonsense. If I had a dollar for every time I've seen some show/film incorporate either wolves, dragons, knights, or swords into their content where it makes little to no sense, right out of the blue, since GoT aired, I'd buy the world. This subject deserves it's own thread too IMO, programming/films that have exploited the popularity of GoT by adding some stupid crap regarding wolves/dragons/knights/swords/etc. I can think of over a dozen right off the top of my head.
  6. You would be remembering incorrectly. As per GRRM's description many times throughout his books, the Mountain is 8' tall, or extremely close to it, and over 30 stone, which is 420+lbs. As I said, the actor they have playing him is much smaller, and shorter, as finding such an actor, that has the combination of height, and weight - and that weight being "mostly all muscle" again as per the author's description, doesn't really exist. He wields a 6 foot two handed great sword with one hand easily in the books. Go find a 6" great sword and try that yourself, it gives a great idea of the height, size, and power of the character alone.
  7. I never said he was critical of free press, only that from all I've read and the interviews and cons I've heard JMS speak, he respected the press, and the freedom of the press. Yet, in the story, regardless of who was controlling or giving the marching orders, still wasn't afraid to make ISN look both very bad, and then, very heroic after Clarke's fall. There were episodes pre Clarke and very early in Clarke's rule prior to him consolidating his power where ISN was shown to have its own agenda IMO. That's how I look at it, I certainly didn't say he was criticizing free press, or ISN as free press, that wasn't my intention at all, sorry for not being clear. The prescient part, I was referring to the advent of technology, and the effect it would have on the press. None of the communist regimes, as I recall at least, had anything resembling what we have now, or ISN represented in that future - that was my point specifically, that abusing authority and turning that on the press - something that is happening right now with the current regime and certain news orgs - very similar to the Clarke/ISN theme, made possible by us all being interconnected instantly thanks to technology. Busy couple weeks, I'll read your new stuff tomorrow Werthead, thank you again for all your work with this.
  8. Hah, I'm surprised I've not thought of that before, but you're absolutely right, so much of B5's portrayal of the media through ISN was very prescient. Everyone always gives ST TNG and DS9 cred for things like Ipads and such, but B5 and how they handled the press is even better IMO. Surprising to me in a way too, as JMS is and always has been a big supporter of the freedom of the press - impressive that he wasn't afraid to criticize them, particularly since back then the only "big" cable news service was the mighty CNN.
  9. Again - you can't use a negative to prove a positive future outcome regarding this issue. I'm telling you and everyone else, again, that I can set up a simulation with cardboard targets on a 360 range in the desert or on safe crown land some place, with one of the LEAST "offensive" types of firearms allowed in Australia, and PROVE that any barely or untrained nut can create a mass casualty event. I'm talking 50+ fatalities. Easily. Australian, Canadian, British, etc, firearms legislation and regulations are NOT enough. I'll grant that at least they are a start, but that's all they are, and the illusion that they protect the population is exactly that - an illusion. More drastic action is going to be required. The next event that happens in Canada, Australia, what have you, anyplace held up as a "safe" example nation due to their laws, I"ll bump/link this. I wish I'd never have to, but it's inevitable. Regarding Canada, the very semi auto rifle that started our firearms act legislation back in 1989, bill C17 that came into force after the Ecole Polytechnique mass shooting by Gamil Gharbil/Mark Lepine, is still a NON restricted firearm. See what I mean?
  10. While I agree with the sentiment, he didn't NEED to own more than just one. One semi auto AR15 with a bumpfire stock, and 100 60 or 100 round SureFire magazines would keep a nut shooting for 1/2 an hour or longer. Bucket of water nearby to cool the barrel/rifle, and there is nothing going to stop him. This is just one of many full auto to fail videos, all without a bucket/water to cool it, just air cooled. 2500 rounds non stop, enough said? Also, a revolver, in any caliber, be it 38/357/44/whatever - I can reload one with speed loaders in under 2 seconds. I've seen guys who focus on revolvers do it much faster than that. Anyone can self train to reload a revolver in a few seconds. See where I'm going? While your concept has merit, the specific idea doesn't - one revolver in a major caliber, 50 speed loaders in a bag/on belt/whatever - 300 rounds of rapidly replenish-able ammunition for that "safer" revolver solution. I'll continue to repeat - even the most basic firearm in even untrained or little-trained hand, can be a massive threat. This isn't going to be fixed with restrictions on calibers and types, or magazine capacities.
  11. Even then, there are still areas where people in the "free West" congregate in large groups at scheduled/regular times. The malls, churches, etc etc - it doesn't need to be a concert or sports event to give a nutjob a large soft target. If you were speaking metaphorically, I do believe that some in the media are complicit with this, while paying lip service and wringing their hands on air, they certainly aren't donating the extra $ in add revenue they get from the increased CPM views to things like the victims groups of the very events they are covering. If we don't start taking action, and fast, freedoms we enjoy in the West, even the very nature and fabric of our societies, can, and will, rapidly unravel. I've seen it in other places. Nobody who saw Sarajevo in 84 would in their wildest dreams have guessed what it would look like 10, 15 years later. I do NOT want that happening here, not that firearms were necessarily the primary cause of the collapse/war in Yugoslavia, but they certainly could be here, and it all looks the same once it comes tumbling down, the reasons don't matter. We have a reason. One we CAN stop, but it'll require radical action and change.
  12. This is what I've been alluded to all along - more than alluded, I've essentially said much the same thing. Until there is a fundamental shift in culture - including, in fact mostly in the "gun" culture, these mass shooting events will never stop. Disarmament, a massive culture/attitude shift, or likely BOTH, will be required IMO. I realize that many see hope in new forms of restricitions and laws. Who knows, maybe they will have some effect on the culture, it's possible. I still maintain that this alone will still leave the window open for more mass shootings. Nobody is willing to restrict bolt action/basic weapons, that's always a "non starter", but I'm telling all of you, and I can prove it, that such a weapon is ALL someone needs, even an untrained someone, to kill 50+ people over, and over, and over again. Until we're ready to face the facts that even the most basic firearm is capable of mass destruction versus unarmed civilians, nothing will change. Certainly the risk for more mass shootings won't, and that's what should be concerning us all, more than hunting safety and other related subjects. It's not going to stop unless we as a society and culture decide it's worth taking drastic action over, and by drastic I mean more than just training, restrictions (like Canada/Australia) and so forth. That, in my humble - not humble, but trained and experienced opinion, is what is going to HAVE to happen. Or it'll just be same time, same channel, thoughts and prayers and we're sorry for your loss, catch you at the next event! Over, and over, infinitum.
  13. If you guys discussing Cromwell/etc want to read some interesting stuff about how difficult it was for America to raise troops and arm them in the first conflicts (and potential conflicts, also one of the first potential acts of succession that President Washington had to march to put down), I have an excellent source material collection of this I can lend you to read, a lot of similar threads to your posts. PM me a contact if you're interested. TrueMetis - you have the makings of a great soldier based on that mindset, and if you follow it through with action, IMO. Story time 2 - my direct anscestor was tried and convicted of supplying arms and other logistical support to Louis Riel during his Metis/NorthWest rebellion.
  14. I'm Canadian, but grew up for my formative years in the USA, and left before much of the gun culture had filtered into me. So bear this in mind with my response, as we have a different view up here, as well as very recently I've done an about face on the entire idea of civilians owning firearms at all. Since it's believed to be fact by enough of the courts and government in the USA that the 2A provides a constitutional right to keep and bear small arms I'll proceed under this assumption here. There are no licensing or training requirements in America, at least most of it, to own firearms. Here in Canada there are requirements, however there is little that is really retained in just a 3 or 4 hour course, and I'm a certified instructor by the government and AHEIA here in Alberta to teach the restricted PAL course. I'm also one of 4 civilian instructors that has the cert to train the VERY few people granted a concealed weapons permit up here. Based on my experience training not just civilians, but SOME armed professionals like police and other units, until you get a lot more advanced training and experience, safety with firearms can be a fleeting thing. Sweeping/flagging things with the muzzle of the firearm, finger on the trigger when not making a conscious decision to fire, not taking account of what is in the background of your target should you miss or overpenetrate it...these things happen with shocking regularity in formal training classes, even with guys who claim "I've been shooting all my life etc etc etc", and even with some - not a majority, but enough to take notice of - police officers and other armed professionals. So yes, there is a right to own firearms and carry them concealed, but the training required to do so is a joke IMO, and the vast, vast majority who do so are as dangerous to others and themselves as they are to any potential threat. This is proven IMO as well, as even police officers with the mininum 80 hours of range/classroom training time, as well as the benefit of being with a partner/other officers unlike Joe Blow with his CCW permit, miss 80% of their targets, frequently hit bystanders or other officers, and also frequently wound themselves. The FBI stats on this are shocking. So, if a L/E officer does so poorly after weeks or months of training, how safe is Joe Blow with his 2 hour CCW course really going to be under fire? As I said before, any nutjob can be effective in terms of mass shootings, but to be effective and SAFE as an armed civilian trying to the "right" thing, or as a L/E officer even, when engaging actual threats in a civilian environment...even L/E screws that up as frequently as they don't. As for other posts, I agree, or at least used to, with some of the arguments FOR civilians keeping and bearing small arms. I now maintain that nothing short of a complete ban on civilian ownership of firearms will ever change things as they are now. Until we commit to doing that, nothing WILL change. I've already posted my reasons for believing this in the thread. I'm not sure it can be done, but if somebody doesn't start trying, we're in for more of the same.
  15. This CAN be the case, for some individuals, while others will respond in the exact opposite manner. TrueMetis sounds a lot like a reservist to me, not that his service isn't brave and valid, it's just that he is too new to this, and is still without combat experience. I've been in 3 warzones, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanitan, and for the last 10 years before retiring worked for 4 of the best companies in the world, training troops/security everywhere from Jordan, to Canada, to the USA. (Sig Sauer Academy, Triple Canopy, Globe Risk, Tundra Security). Stress reaction under combat conditions is an extremely unpredictable science, at least in terms of how individuals will react to the common physiological body reactions - (fine motor skill loss, auditory exclusion, flattening of the eye causing the retina/etc tunnel vision effect, the elastic time effect, and so on). I've seen people snap to and become very switched on under fire for the first time, people who under normal conditions weren't very skilled or impressive. I've also seen people who set the world on fire on the range and in training exercises come apart when under fire. The average is usually a few instants of pause, and then training begins to take over, and the majority of those under fire for their first few times function more than adaqutely. So, unless you've been in combat, and/or spent a decade or two studying and applying the adult learning techniques as they relate to combat of all kinds, you really don't have any idea about what people are capable of. This is DANGEROUS, as spouting off regarding public safety, particularly that the threat is somehow "less than" because potential nuts don't have training and won't be able to accomplish x because of y, is completely false. So what you and TrueMetis are saying can SOMETIMES be accurate, but you can't count on that. It doesn't take much if any training at all for a random joe nutjob to become an incredibly hard to deal with threat, thanks to modern firepower and technology. Ask anyone who has investigated many of the mass shootings in recent history, other than the Major at the military base - and he was a desk driver - few if any had any formal training, and had either self taught/trained, or had no training at all. The reasons for this are simple - sane people fear death and bodily harm, so the first time a round cracks by their head, or some kind of outside stress that threatens safety happens (car accident, whatever), the body alarm reaction will take over. Insane, or even sane but nutty people are the ones initiating that first contact, and also frequently don't have the same care for life, in fact they've most often already decided to end their own life very shortly after their mass shooting, and this typically causes the common body alarm and stress reactions to not occur in the same manner as the rest of us to them, if at all. That's according to the FBI and most of the others in the industry that have studied this at least, and I agree based on my own experience.