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    What shouldn't be done...about climate change

    No one used the word undeveloped before you. This is quite frankly a bizarre argument.If you want to argue India is a developed country actually use the standards people/organizations use to measure a country’s development. Having a big carbon footprint is not one of those measures.
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    UK politics - The Yellowhammer Made The Robin Weep

    Many, people only like the idea of Democracy when they think they are in a position to win the thing they want. Democracy has less appeal to those who recognize they’re either in a minority or at least not in a overwhelmingly majority on a particular issue. Having a third referendum at this point is not more unreasonable than having had the second one. The only reason for anyone see such an action wrong is if they think there’s a more than fair chance their side will lose this time. “Democracy” be damned unless the majority of people could be safely relied upon to vote a certain way.
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    Aussies: NSW Politicians, keeping ICAC in business

    Obviously. It’s unacceptable to them that a private organization chooses to separate themselves from a bigot who rants online about gays being perverts an deserve to be eternally tortured along with some other groups of people. That infringes upon the bigot’s religious freedom rights. Man says he finds Christianity dumb and silly? Unacceptable. Religious Freedom=Christian supremacy in most of these people’s minds. It was never about freedom. It has always been about absolute domination. It has literally never crossed most of their minds that the privileges they heavily fight for need to be given to everyone-not just those who have religious beliefs they like- to have a modicum of fairness.
  4. Well Logen would say you have to be realistic when it comes to writing Fanfic lol. Honestly, I don’t know about Logen killing Stour being a gratifying concept in principle. Its just an evil man killing another evil man. At this point in Life Stour is no worse than Logen at that age. I mean in Sharp ends Logen’s introduction has him having probably raped a woman, and torturing and savagely butchering his prisoner just so he could cause a war to which he could kill and torture more people with impunity.
  5. True. Also true. My only point contention of with your statement was that it seemed to imply even the possibility of the police doing this was unrealistic. Apologies.
  6. Why? It's not unheard for some those in LE to use violence against those who dare speak out against a peers ill behavior. Especially when speaking out leads to a "good" cop being sent to prison. The shooting could be totally unrelated. But the guy so far hasn't been reported to have any enemies in his private life that would/could kill like this Curious to see how far this guy will be Demonized by those who'd want to keep negative attention from the Police. I imagine ideas are already being floated that this guy was again ganbanging drug dealer and was killed by a fellow gang. The evidence of he was basically any of that? Basically none. But who cares. Where he was shot is in dispute. The fact he was clearly the target isn't.
  7. Honestly...I think he’d like it quite a bit. Dying trying to kill his hero? What death could be worthier for him in his mind? I honestly expect him to try to kill Logen if they ever had the chance to meet.
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    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    Hmm, just re-watched this movie a few days ago. Thought of this thread, and your post. This is in my opinion an interesting interpretation for a society how a society could develop after presumably following Rand’s advice although in my opinion not a totally unrealistic one. The parasites had given complete control of society over to the Genius capitalists. There was no regulation, no checks against corporate greed. And they(the genius capitalists) fuck up the world so much they just decide to leave it. And we end up with a society totally enfeebled and intellectually degrading by the day. Because their general people’s prosperity isn’t really a concern for the Genius capitalists who’ve managed to destroy the world. They’ve made the people who would be their “customers” comfortable enough to not rebel get the products when called upon and have structured society in a way that pays no real attention to their intellectual, or even just physical needs. As much as Rand and B16 complain about the general masses being parasitic by all reason such individuals who only care for profit should try to weaken the general masses. If everyone is an addict to your drug/food/game etc then you’re the most powerful. Everyone is worse off but who cares? You’re prospering. Also, I just saw an old video of a KKK doing a news interview where he was rather polite in explaining the virtues of his activism and cause. Try as I might I could bring myself to congratulate this guy for being civil as he civilly tried to white-wash a terrorist organization. Oh how intolerant am I for thinking the person is a bad person by virtue of pushing for a society where I’m literally treated less than human? I would say not very. True. Why people dub others as being terrorists almost always rely more on the cause the individuals are fighting for than the actual actions taken. If the people find a cause as “worthy” they’re more likely to excuse/glorify those who commit violence in the name of that cause as freedom fighters, heroes etc. Think of the “freedom fighters” America repeatedly sponsors in countries that don’t have a friendly Government. Most of the time there’s really no difference in tactics between these “freedom fighters” and the groups the US counts as terrorists. Hell, look at Cruz’s attempt to get the Antifa movement classified as a terrorist organization. The things he literally listed as proof they are one could be found in any movement and aren’t even as extreme as some of the actions found in other movements. And he was silent when right wing political activists (on video) deliberately sought out their political opposition to commit violence against them. Because in the end he never cared about civility. He cared about shutting up those who opposed his side.
  9. He’s an extreme sadist with tons of power with no real checks being placed on him. I fully expect him to do those things to Rikke if he had the opportunity. Not because he wants to impress anyone. But because he likes hurting people and the greater pain he inflicts on people the more he gets off. If it prolongs the war...the better. His primary interest is less to do with winning the war, or being king, his main interest is spreading as much pain and death as he can.
  10. It always baffles me when Evangelicals who preach about how America must support Israel pretend to be friends with Religious Jews. When the mission of these ultra-Conservative Christians efforts is literally trigger the apocalypse where all these Jews would be killed and sent to Hell. Like, imagine if a woman said she loved her husband but only married him so she could slowly poison him to cash in on a life insurance claim. That’s the type of “love” these have for Jews. Bonkers. Oh and the types recognize the God the Jews worship is the same guy they worship. So long as you’re praising the Judeo-Christian god in ways that conform enough to their beliefs you’re religious freedoms are limitless.
  11. The time he could have killed was in the ring. Beyond that it’d be a fight he and his men would still have a fair chance of losing. Also, he(like Stour), aspires to be like the bloody-nine. He broke Stour and spared him just like Logen did for his crew. Ignoring the moral repugnancy of the actions Stour wanted to commit He could have used that Rikke as a hostage that would win the war outright. Dogman would kneel to save his daughter. Hell Stour could have taken Rikke as a wife to help consolidate his claim on Dogman’s lands. It would seem a waste to just grizzly kill her. I’m surprised this hadn’t been proposed before by Calder. Theoretically the child of such a union should unite the north. But each of those approaches while quickening the war’s end in his favor would mean less blood for him.
  12. Yeah there being dark and black people in the union isn’t the issue. The issue comes what the majority or at least the Demographic who controls society sees when dealing with people of a Darker complexion. Which often in this society(and often in real life), a potential enemy, or savage. I would disagree. Glokta while be a torturer had shown some degree of empathy I’d say surpasses Vik. He does give advice to Jezal at the behest of West’s request after thinking he’d abandoned him. Although what he did in Dagoska was pointless he did try to save/spare some. And even voiced objections when he thought the emissary he was supposed to torture was innocent and for that telling the the truth. He even initially told Jezal they’d work to help the common man where they could when Bayaz isn’t looking. He’s still evil imo but I find him(in the first law) to be less callous than Vick whose one kind act so far is helping save a boy she’d nearly got tortured and killed through her betrayal. Still it’s the first book. She may surprise me. Yeah bringing back a dead character who died like this almost never plays well imo. It dramatically reduces the tension of the story. Yes. They’re acting like the nobility did in the the First law. As if he’s just some benign clown. When the fact that he’s still alive is quite honestly enough reason to greet him with awe. Hell I’m surprised we don’t see cults springing up in his honor, or at least more people talking the possibility of god given his entire backstory would point to being ones. Hell, Glockta was a middle management at best in the Inquisition who had no political allies, no military allies, and universally despised before Bayaz chose him manage the Union. Like no one should think him suddenly gaining control of the country alone realistic. It literally makes more sense that the immortal wizard whose discovered and crowned the last King, is the true master of the Union. An idiot whose learned absolutely nothing from his defeat. Patience was not the thing that cost him his victory. Too little control of his blood lust. He did not accept Leo’s challenge because he was patient. He did not prolong the battle because he was patient. He did both because he’s a sadistic gloyhound. He could have easily poisoned Stale and used the outrage caused by it to direct his allies to pursue any war he’d want to wage with the Union. Rather than being the traitorous kinslayer(Scale was probably seen more a father to Stour than Calder), he’d be seen as the avenging hero. But more enemies means more fighting. Means more killing. I guess in the end that’s enough for the man who fashions himself the next bloodynine. But it makes for a poor leader. There’s a reason the Hilltribes wanted him to Bethod’s successor. The north would quickly become fragmented and fighting. The guy has a history of killing/trying to those close to him for no reason-including his allies.
  13. Must have might be a little bit of stretch. Glokta was the one who gave Zuri to Savine suggesting she at least didn’t think it was imperative to get a dark woman else lose some social standing. Plenty people, have been denied the ability to prove their competency because of their race by their employer. It’d be a profound risk to think Savine would be particularly enlightened on racial politics. She was(in comparison to her fellow nobles), but still there’s little reason to think she would.
  14. Hmm, I see your point. I would not give this woman life. But 7 years given the carelessness of her conduct post-shooting still seems far too low. To the bolded: Bigger question: why does this Judge feel praying with the convicted is a appropriate thing to do given she’s still acting as government official in a official capacity? Like this seems really inappropriate regardless of the case in question. The Freedom from religion foundation has put up a complaint against her over this and asked for further investigation. It’d be disturbing to see if this type of behavior is a trend. It looks like those conservatives who cry about religious freedom are prepared to stand up for this Judge’s right to preach in court. They would not do this if the book was the Quran, or book of satan, Avesta or even just a book detailing the virtues of Buddhism. If any judge did that they would cry such an action an attack on Christianity. Religious freedom truly does only mean Christian supremacy to these types. They literally Won’t be satisfied until a Judge could legally begin minute part of a trial asking/demanding everyone say a small prayer to the Judeo-Christian god and finding anyone who doesn’t do just that in contempt.Then Christians will truly be free.
  15. Could you give an argument here? Like explain why you feel the circumstances are so unique they justify such a lighter sentence?
  16. It wasn’t in BSC at least. Remember Ganmark(a brutally effective soldiers and swordsman), left the union in disgrace after having had sexuality exposed and went to serve Duke Orso because Stryria has less stigma attached to homosexuality. A lot could happen in a couple decades but I imagine opinions surrounding this issue probably haven’t improved. She does seem to be one of the least appealing new characters to me. Like a rehash of Glokta. Imprisoned. Abused. Joins an institution where the main job is abusing others to establish a sense of power. Takes some peasants under her wing and establish a quasi family relationship with them.
  17. Then why not go with the white face then rather than the dark foreign face that would garner immediate mistrust from the society she’s supposedly trying to infiltrate? Like, Dark skinned women have become sort of a fashion Assesory for noblewomen true. But it’s still a pronounced risk. If Savine was racist(like the majority of her society), she would have never given Zuri the chance to prove her worth. It could’ve very easily lead her to be treated little more than a fancy hat.
  18. This I find dubious that dubious for the same reason I find it it dubious that Zuri and her brothers are eaters infiltrating the union at the prophet’s behest. They’re dark-skinned foreigners. There’s only so money/influence they’ll be allowed to accumulate before being strung up for not knowing their place. They’ll be watched with suspicion immediately because of their race by society. Hell, Orso imo was right, if eaters have infiltrated the union they probably have white faces.
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    What shouldn't be done...about climate change

    The same people who decry any talk of switching to electric, using public transport with the poors, or taking flights to Aspen for vacation, and how the problem of climate change are going to be the very ones who’ll yell these migrants(who’ve probably contributed less to the catastrophes that threaten them then the people trying to deny them sanctuary), shouldn’t be let in as their not their society’s problem. And then unjustifiably victim-blame. Probably complain about something to do with birth-rates totally disregarding the carbon footprint from these places are less than the US. I do wonder if activists would find more success in convincing the people of the urgency of the situation by appealing to their sense of xenophobia.
  20. @Joe Abercrombie How good are Orso and Savine compared to a youthful Jezal in terms of fencing?
  21. We also see willing to submit to Bayaz rather than be another body amongst the legions Bayaz has killed. Though living is torturous, Glokta shows he generally prefers being alive than being dead. One of his fears certainly. And he has no less reason to think the Prophet would stick his claws into her than Bayaz. He is it’s core. The empire has been manufactured to serve the prophet’s ends much as the Union as been manufactured to serve Bayaz’s. Every significantly great or evil the empire is/was at the very least partially responsible for lays at his hands. To the bolded more Reason for Glokta not to broached with any offer to betray Bayaz. Why side with the loser? Also, Glokta has tortured multiple envoys sent to him to negotiate For what purpose? Trying to Usurp Bayaz could/likely would end in failure, put Glokta in a much less secure place to protect his daughter if he isn’t outright killed. Pre-Jezal death I honestly see no legitimate reason for Glokta to contemplate serious treason.
  22. True. For who she was already prior to incident, whose around her to actually discuss the rebellion, and the lack of an empathetic ear from those closest to her it’s unrealistic to expect her to develop some profound awakening on the topic of the importance of worker rights.
  23. Another reason she’d probably have to be killed if Bayaz truly plans to do away with the royal family.
  24. Hmm, I guess I was. Didn’t realize that. Weird.
  25. Perhaps terms like “gay” and “bisexual” may be too simplistic to use here. Sexuality is a spectrum. Though I do think Leo is attracted to masculinity. Rikke and his mother(at least in his eyes), Sabine aren’t as traditionally feminine when compared to the girls/women he’s been with. Meh, I agree that Judge probably isn’t Carlot. I think Carlot by the time we see her in RCJ is too broken to muster up the passion to even try the part of Judge. That she’s fairly resigned to the notion that whatever success she’d win is temporary. I respectfully disagree. We actually do see a B9 fanboy in Craw’s crew in the Heroes. Stranger come knocking, wanted to fight Logan but it’s clear he legitimately respected the man. Hell, people we see pissing themselves over the name of him are on the side of Black Dow. But I don’t think that means those kids didn’t respect the B9. Fear and respect often go hand and hand. I imagine if they were on his side most would probably be super-excited by his presence on the battlefield thinking it’d be the thing that would insure their victory. Well at least he starts killing his allies too maybe. Meh, Pre-Jezal I’d say no. The Ghurkish have tortured and have tried to kill Glokta multiple times. He has a daughter and wife who so far are prospering in the Union. He has no apparent reason to risk betraying Bayaz who doubtlessly has made it so agents of his could kill Glokta at a moment’s notice should Glokta try to betray Bayaaz. But I cannot help but think perhaps killing Glokta is one of the next steps. The torturer was always meant to “play” the role of being the true ruler of the union,. Glockta would play the Ugly mask so more curious minds would stop looking for answers because they think they already uncovered the truth. Jezal was the pretty mask to Glockta. A valuable piece that could appease the masses. Now that Jezal’s gone, there’s only Orso and Glockta. Orso cannot play the role of a young dashing king. He’s worthless as a mask. Both he and Glockta are reviled, but only one is feared. If Bayaz truly wants to wipe out the monarchy and restructure the government, killing Glockta could make sense. People would see the regime as unstable, potential revels would be emboldened to lash out and potentially bring the whole system down.
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