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  1. Yeah, playing EUIV as a minor nation isn't very fun, especially if you have a major power on your doorstep. I remember playing as Venice and enjoying myself, right until I hit the brick wall called the Ottomans. I couldn't defeat them no matter what I tried, and my other avenue for expansion (Italian minors) was entangled in a web of alliances that meant any war would involve half of Europe. Also, Poland is a seriously tough enemy for any Eastern European nation in the game, I even had trouble with them when I played Muscovy/Russia.
  2. The name is actually a variation of my real-world name To be honest, my biggest problems with Unity were historical and political - as someone who is both very familiar with and fond of the French Revolution, I was really annoyed with the game painting the Jacobins as mustache-twirling villains, Robespierre as some proto-Stalin, and French royalty and aristocracy as blameless victims, although I'm resigned to the fact that this is pretty much the default in English-language depictions of the period. So far, I'm enjoying Syndicate much more. The story is crap, but at least I can zip around the rooftops like Victorian Bat(wo)man, and I like the fights and the carriage riding mechanics. The side activities are also fun, and I intentionally stopped myself from buying the maps of secrets, which prevented the open-world section from turning into an icon hunt. I also appreciate the game skipping the origin story for once and letting me play as a full-fledged Assassin from the start. I'm at about 25% completion right now.
  3. Things that would really help with both the obesity crisis and the environment: 1. Making cities more pedestrian- and bike-friendly (especially in the US) 2. Applying social pressure on people not to use cars for short distance trips that would require less than 20 mins of walking 3. Putting an end to zoning and encouraging mixed-use developments.
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    U.S. politics. thread

    I'm kinda late to the party with this, but I was fascinated to hear that 1 million volunteers have already signed up for the Sanders campaign in less than one week - that's 1 out of every 300 Americans! I couldn't find the numbers to find out if it was a primary record or not, the best I found that Obama had 2.2 million volunteers in the general election.
  5. I recently quit Assassin's Creed: Unity, and I agree with the critical consensus that it is the worst Assassin's Creed game. Aside from the fact that its royalist/reactionary sympathies leave an unpleasant taste in my mouth, I disliked the change in fight mechanics, co-op play being forced upon me, juggling multiple in-game currencies, as well as major bugs which still remain unfixed to this day even with the latest patch. The protagonist is boring, the main story is meh, and it misses huge opportunities provided by its setting. My breaking point was when I accidentally started the Dead Kings DLC midway through the main game, played it for an hour, became bored and wanted to return to the main game, but was not allowed not do so. I quit and uninstalled it. I started Syndicate instead, and from what I've seen so far it's a major improvement.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    While I have often been critical of Israel and its policies myself, I have nothing but utter disdain for anyone who calls themselves an "anti-Zionist". Anti-Zionism may have been a valid political stance before 1948, but today it simply means that they want to destroy a real, existing state with 9 million people living in it. Someone saying "I'm not an anti-Semite, I'm an anti-Zionist" basically means "I don't want genocide for all the Jews, just the ones living in Israel".
  7. HoI IV is a completely different game from HoI III. I also thought that III was overwhelming, but they rebuilt everything from ground up in IV, and made what I consider to be a much better game.
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    It's not really that different. If, say 10% of engineers from the Philippines emigrate to USA, the 90% who remain in the Philippines will be in more demand, and will be able to demand higher salaries.
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    As someone from a "cheap labour" country with high unemployment, I can definitely tell you that this is not true. Once EU countries made it easier for people to emigrate to work in the EU, there was a sharp increase of wages for skilled jobs, and a significant improvement in working conditions. You don't have to take my word for it, check at the statistics for the new EU members from Eastern Europe. For example, Poland had an average 5.2% yearly wage growth from 2006 to 2018 (with a record 13,16% growth from 2007 to 2017), and that's with the effects of the global economic crisis.
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    Mieville made me feel empty

    My favorite book of his is City and the City, mostly because of his excellent depiction of Eastern Europe / Balkans setting. One thing I really liked is that the reader can have a completely different reading experience, depending on whether he/she believes there is anything supernatural going on in the book and the setting. I personally don't, but I don't want to go into spoiler territory. On the other hand, I'm ambivalent about his Bas-Lag books. Even The Scar was a bit meh for me, mostly because I didn't find the setting believable and couldn't suspend my disbelief. One way to tell you're growing old is when your reaction to a concept of floating pirate city isn't "awesome!" but instead "where does the fresh water and food come from?"
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    This article about Harris and her history as a prosecutor cooled me a bit on her candidacy: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/kamala-harris-prosecutor-record-2020-campaign.html
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    While he came from a Muslim family, Selimovic himself was a Communist and his personal beliefs were most likely agnostic, which adds an additional layer of complexity to his work.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    An excellent novel, although it can be a difficult read. I hope the translation is good, since I haven't read it in English. If you like it, The Fortress by Selimovic is also very good (if you can find it).
  14. I don't get this part. Which constituents are affected by the wall, and in what way? I mean, sure, it's a stupid waste of taxpayer money, but the same could be said of at least half of each Pentagon budget since 1991. When you remember the Muslim ban, and ending the DACA protections, and child separations, and rejection of refugees, and mass refusal of asylum for spurious reasons, the wall isn't even among the top 5 most awful Trump immigration policies.
  15. Why not forbid the military from accepting recruits younger than 35? Why not forbid them to own a gun? After all, if teenagers are too emotionally immature to vote, surely they are too immature to handle firearms as well. Why not forbid them to marry? After all, marriage is a major decision which requires emotional maturity. If they become parents, surely that child should be taken away from them and given to a responsible older couple?