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  1. Gorn

    The Answer is (allegedly) Sex Robots

    Not really. There are many, many situations when you are ready, willing and available, but your partner isn't, and vice versa. Some of those from my experience include: different work shifts, tiredness / lack of sleep, medical reasons, pregnancy, menstruation, business trips, etc. Porn is the backup option in those cases.
  2. Gorn

    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    I tried to get into the Star Wars: Old Republic for the second time, this time progressing with an Imperial Agent up to lvl 30-ish after briefly attempting playing as a Jedi Knight first. I'm finally giving up on it. The writing, the characters and the plot are all interesting, but they are spread too thin among tens of hours of tedious, repetitive, mind-numbing MMO gameplay. Any challenge is removed from the game by your party members, which (when set to the default healer preset) mean that losing any PVE fight intended for your level is literally impossible. Since I'm not interested in the PvP side, I think I'm done with the MMO genre as a whole - Old Republic was the only one which I found even remotely interesting. I'm getting back into the Assassin's Creed series instead. I started playing III, since I never actually finished it, and I'm enjoying it so far. I never really got the online backlash against the series got over the last couple of years, especially I get the feeling that the developers are actual history buffs who put in a lot of love into them. Sure, the icon hunt and the map-clearing can get tedious, but most of that is completely optional.
  3. Gorn

    Middle East and North Africa

    To avoid further off-topic discussion of Israel-Palestine conflict on the US Politics thread, I'm switching it to this thread instead. I'm quoting my last post on the subject:
  4. Gorn

    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    But Israel did remove the Palestinians, first in 1948, then again during the 1949-56 period, then again in 1967. This is why more Palestinians today live in diaspora than in Palestine and Israel combined. If their primary interest was simply securing a safe space, they would stop supporting West Bank settlements, as well as creating new ones. The Israel-Palestine conflict is, primarily and above everything else, about land. Both sides would like 100% control of the entire land, either de iure or de facto, with a clear demographic majority for their side on that area. Since this is not achievable, they will both settle for an acceptable compromise, but they have different definitions of acceptable compromise. No Israeli government would accept the return to 1967 borders and the right of return (unless given an outright ultimatum by the US), which is the bare minimum that Palestinians demand.
  5. Gorn

    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    First, there are dozens of non-lethal ways to disperse protesters, even violent ones. Israeli forces deliberately selected the live-ammo option instead. Second, if Palestinians dropped their arms, they wouldn't have even the little they have at the moment, and they would instead live as refugees in neighboring countries with Israel controlling 100% of the territory. The only way to obtain any concessions in a peace agreement is to negotiate from a position of (relative) armed strength.
  6. Gorn

    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    Reagan colluded with the Iranians to delay the release of American hostages until his inauguration to deny favorable press to Carter during the 1980 election. Nixon sabotaged the 1968 Vietnam peace talks by secretly promising the North Vietnamese a better deal once he is president. Republicans colluding with US enemies during presidential elections is hardly unprecedented, and considering Roger Stone's involvement in Trump's campaign, it was possibly inspired by previous "successes".
  7. Gorn

    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    When discussing McCain, his ultra-hawkishness often gets ignored. Personally, I will always associate him with "Bomb, bomb, bomb / Bomb, bomb Iran". People don't realize what a major bullet-dodge for the world happened in 2008.
  8. Gorn

    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    Yeah, NATO cannot guarantee peace in Europe by itself. Greece and Turkey fought each other in Cyprus in the '70's while they were both NATO members.
  9. Gorn

    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    Just started on Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon, and I'm really enjoying it so far, I'm at maybe 25% of the book so far. However, one plothole I noticed is bugging me. Maybe this gets explained later on, so I'll give it time.
  10. Again, USA bans polygamists from becoming US citizens. This is a way of life which is specifically permitted by Muslim religious law, widely practiced in Gulf monarchies, and which does not harm the state in any tangible way. It is also something far more defining and irreversible for a person compared to shaking (or not shaking) someone's hand.
  11. Also, the US Oath of citizenship is not the only problematic part. In order to even get to that part, you need to fill out the Form N-400 (https://www.uscis.gov/n-400), which among other things, asks you: - Have you ever been a member of Communist party or any other totalitarian party? - Have you ever been married to more than one person at the same time? (a much more clear-cut violation of Muslim religious rights than the handshake thing) - Are you willing to take arms on the behalf of United States? (a violation of rights of pacifist religions)
  12. If I, as a non-believer, refused to say that oath because of "so help me God" wording at the end, I would not be allowed to become a US citizen, correct?
  13. Gorn

    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    An economy is grown by increasing production and consumption. One way to do this by a) increasing population, which grows the workforce and increases the number of consumers. However, you can achieve the same effect by b ) increasing productivity of your workforce by technological advances and c) improving the purchasing power of your existing consumers. As long as b ) and c) grow faster than a) is falling, you won't have a problem.
  14. Gorn

    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    While discussing Romania, it's interesting to note that it is experiencing one of the strongest economic growths in Europe, while simultaneously losing population. Bulgaria has lost at least 20% of its population over the last 20 years and yet keeps growing economically. The same is true of Hungary, ex-Yugoslavia and the Baltic countries. It is definitely possible to keep growing the economy while the population is shinking. An increase in productivity can offset the loss of workforce, and increase in standard of living can offset the loss in quantity of consumers.
  15. Gorn

    US Politics: What Price Loyalty?

    According to the military analysts I've been reading, Assad has very few land troops capable of major offensive actions. His army is large on paper, but most of them are conscripts best used for defending trenches and little else. His elite "Tiger forces" only number around 1000 men. For this reason, he avoids risking the troops that are actually capable and loyal in sustained urban fighting. His air force (+ Russian air force, of course) is what really gives him the edge, but it is not applicable in every situation. Also, his planes are old Soviet models from 1970's and 80's, which are probably starting to fall apart after seven years of extensive wartime use.