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Firebrand Jace

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  1. 1 hour ago, SeanF said:

    Much as I'd like Putin to be heading for The Hague, it may make sense to offer him comfortable retirement, if he quits, in somewhere like Mar A Largo.

    No need to trouble the Hague, I'm sure an improperly parked car somewhere needs attention. We can drop the good Comrade off in the same Assisted Living facility Bin Laden went to. I hear the staff are unimpeachable.

  2. 40 minutes ago, Zorral said:

    Germans were at Iwo Jima ... get rid of history. it teaches rong!

    I can't take credit. I stole that from some sitcom of the 00's. Probably Two and a Half Men, it was always on marathons on all the TVs on (I think) TBS during my internship. I think I saw every goddamn episode of the first five seasons at least three times over. All in like 1 or 2 minute segments where I'd be standing around near a TV, but EVERY DAY, so eventually it all added up to seeing basically all the episodes in their entirety.  

    At some point it became The Office that was on all the time everywhere. Repeat.

    I suspect this may be the catalyst of my madness.

    27 minutes ago, Varysblackfyre321 said:

    2 words: hard men.

     

    14 minutes ago, Varysblackfyre321 said:

    HARD MEN.

     

    Hard Men 2: Hard HARDER

  3. 22 minutes ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

    In other words, Jace retirement fund has bought up shares of a Russian film studio, and she is now busy advertising for the upcoming Russian remake of Saving Private Ryan. The better the box office numbers, the earlier she's off to, not Florida for retirement.

    I am all for shameless advertisement and self-promotion. So apologies, that I don't have the Russian movie title, I am sure you can help us out here.

    There have been some script changes at the urging of the Information Bureau. We're now calling it:

    The Brothers Bidenazov

  4. 19 minutes ago, Ser Scot A Ellison said:

    Sending untrained troops onto the line isn’t going to be “low value”… it’s going to be negative value.  These people will be terrified and have no idea what to do… aren’t they going to make things worse?

    Listen, when the Marines hit the beaches of Iwo Jima they didn't have better weapons than the Germans. What they had was heart! Not a one of you has been able to forget about the water in your boots or the sand in your mess kit long enough to complete the mission!

    (The joke is that I don't have a coherent answer to your question)

  5. Just for the record, I didn't say that freedom isn't something that people believe in. In fact I stated exactly the opposite. That's what "common myth" means. A myth common to all, which explicitly assumes that folks believe in it. At least regarding themselves.

    I said that as a motivating factor it carries less than no weight because everyone everywhere will cite freedom when justifying their actions, and thus I cannot measure its impact on national policy. You can see that in what I wrote. 

    15 hours ago, Firebrand Jace said:

    Freedom is a common myth, used to reinforce devotion to a preferred oppressor. As a motivating factor it carries less than no weight. Every political grouping in the history of Earth has invoked it as justification. It is an empty word in any language. 

    Safety, on the other hand? Perceived risk? That's something I can measure. 

     

    Do not mistake me. I am a democrat. You know this. I do not approve of harming others who would not harm you. I don't like the amount of money we give over to our military corporations and the things they use it for. 

    I did not create the structures of the world inside which we all operate. I am merely describing them as accurately as I am able. Something that schools could have done if we, as Americans, weren't so lazy and apathetic that we just let the civil government become subsumed by the realities of MAD. 

     

     

    I am not advocating against liberal values, I am explaining how they are already compromised and will be dismissed entirely the moment hot nuclear war is allowed to become a cost-benefit analysis to belligerents.

    14 hours ago, Firebrand Jace said:

    I'm glad you're alright down there. 

    But I do not share your academic certainty in these definitions, sir. History is not written on scantron, but on precedent. Hence my unqualified horror at the world which would unfold in the aftermath of improperly punished nuclear deployments.

    Like that's literally what every one of my posts yesterday outside the NFL thread is about. The potential consequences of allowing Russia to nuke Ukraine without adequate response out of a very kind but very misinformed sense of compassion and where that road leads to. 

    I take it for granted that in a world where nuclear armed states are nuking non-armed states that there will be a second arms race and that -combined with global warming- will be a disaster for human lives and FREEDOMS everywhere for everyone. 

    Apocalyptic is my response to events I see leading to apocalypse. 

    A personal failing, to be sure.

  6. 35 minutes ago, Raja said:

    It looked more like a fencing response as opposed to a seizure, but the clips I've seen are short.

    I ain't no neurologist. I was mostly just upset that they kept showing an obvious brain injury while Al Michaels mused about an elbow injury. 

    'guarding' was the wrong term anyway. I inaccurately associated general injury limb hesitance ("guarding") with seizure response motions years and years ago and I've never successfully eradicated the conflation.

  7. 15 minutes ago, The Anti-Targ said:

    Feels not so far from the Peter Thiel school of being in charge of everyone and everything: Democracy and freedom are incompatible. I guess in the Jace school of being in charge of everyone and everything freedom and safety are incompatible. Which is I suppose related to the saying of whoever it was that those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither. The logical conclusion of that is such people deserve oppression and threat.

    Freedom is a common myth, used to reinforce devotion to a preferred oppressor. As a motivating factor it carries less than no weight. Every political grouping in the history of Earth has invoked it as justification. It is an empty word in any language. 

    Safety, on the other hand? Perceived risk? That's something I can measure. 

     

    Do not mistake me. I am a democrat. You know this. I do not approve of harming others who would not harm you. I don't like the amount of money we give over to our military corporations and the things they use it for. 

    I did not create the structures of the world inside which we all operate. I am merely describing them as accurately as I am able. Something that schools could have done if we, as Americans, weren't so lazy and apathetic that we just let the civil government become subsumed by the realities of MAD. 

     

     

  8. 1 hour ago, Mindwalker said:

    Aaand, here we go:

    Judge again sides with Trump in Mar-a-Lago documents fight

    Cannon, a Trump appointee based in Fort Pierce, Fla., essentially adopted a slower timeline proposed by Trump’s attorney for the document review to be conducted by Dearie, who is based in Brooklyn. Under Cannon’s new order, the review and her handling of any objections to Dearie’s rulings will almost certainly stretch into the new year.

    In addition, Cannon rejected Dearie’s plan to require Trump to say at the outset of the review whether he believes the FBI’s inventory of seized materials is faulty, either by omitting items that were seized, including items that were not seized or both. Trump has repeatedly suggested, without offering evidence, that the FBI planted evidence at his home during the court-ordered search...

    Under Cannon’s ruling, Trump will be allowed to raise such concerns later in the process. Cannon also wiped out Dearie’s plan to break the documents into sets and handle objections on a rolling basis. Instead, there will be one deadline — which is likely to arrive in early November — by which Trump’s side must state which specific documents it believes are subject to attorney-client privilege or executive privilege as well as which he believes qualify as presidential records or personal records under the terms of the Presidential Records Act...

    Cannon’s ruling aligns with Trump’s preferred schedule, contemplating Dearie finishing his work by December 16. She would then take up objections by either side to the special master’s rulings in a process that seems destined to spill over into 2023.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/29/judge-again-sides-with-trump-in-mar-a-lago-documents-fight-00059644

    He hasn't been charged with anything yet, right? He's just gotta declare that candidacy before they file the charges, according to Comey 

     

    eta: and Mueller

  9. 10 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

    Do you really think that if the US were to nuke Moscow that any of us would live out the day?  I certainly don't.  

    Destroying the entire Russian military in Ukraine is not some minor slap on the wrist.  And NATO is quite capable of destroying basically the entire Russian military in Ukraine in a day.  

    I think that if U.S. failed to nuke Moscow (in responses) then every single country on this planet has a moral obligation to its dependants to pursue the accumulation of nuclear response capabilities. And from there the game is unmanageable and U.S. must shift all available assets to ICBM interception/deflection technologies as fast as possible. 

  10. 3 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

    Can you explain what was happening with his hands? I've only seen that a few times and it's always a bad sign.

     

    Tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure. In simplest terms, he went to sleep very suddenly and violently and his body reactively constricts all of the muscles (guarding) in an effort to protect itself. That stepped-on spider reaction is your body trying to defend its most vital areas on instinct. 

    I hope he is okay. And that they don't rush him back. Let his brain heal for the love of God.

  11. 53 minutes ago, Werthead said:

    Poland's foreign minister has now said that if Russia uses even a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine, NATO should make it clear it will respond with a conventional strike mission, probably cruise missiles and air-launched weapons from outside Ukrainian territory aimed at specific Russian-held targets in Ukraine.

    The idea seems to be not striking inarguable Russian soil and not using WMDs themselves but also launching a counterstrike on a large enough scale to deter further actions.

    A lot of people seem to be getting very comfortable with this idea.

    Also, even Russian channels are now suggesting that "losing" a confrontation against NATO is something they can accept but not against "inferior" Ukraine.

    Which all sounds great, but still a very clenching moment.

     

    The worst of all cases. I hope the U.S. position is much more enlightened as to the long-term consequences of allowing Russia to start making rules of modern warfare.

    We have undone ourselves in indulgence of long outmoded ideals. 

    I would say that future generations will curse us and our leaders of the day, but I don't think there will be many of those generations to come if imbecilic policy such as ^^^ is what out masters think will save lives. 

    So I'm here to take my lumps, if this becomes the official NATO line (not just Poland, who may be playing it cool waiting for louder denunciations from allies) then I was way wrong. If U.S. position was to allow the unilateral deployment of nuclear weapons in Ukraine by Russia (declaring in effect that nuclear powers may nuke non-nuclear powers with impunity, regardless of how many cruise missiles you shoot in response) then not only should U.S. not have helped Ukraine, we should have helped Russia topple their government as quickly as possible and annex as much of the region as they wished as peacefully as could be done. 

    Because that's the rules, if a power is permitted to use nuclear weapons in offense then they get what they want every time (geography allowing) as long as another nuclear power isn't willing to stop them. Big victory for y'all pacifists, I imagine. 

    Meanwhile, it's the worst case scenario for humanity that we get a slow rolling back of nuclear taboo (in anger), but because U.S. is, just, like the most fantastic piece of geography around there's upsides. 

    Don't need no navy no more. We split space with China, they can have the East (lol fuck you and your tactical nukes Russia. Enjoy your New World Order with a side order of kowtowing), we get the West. ICBMs are so 20th century. We will just push a big tungsten spike out the door of the ISS (slightly more technical irl) and turn your cities into perfectly un-irrdiated craters. 

    Navy is crazy expensive. In a nuclear exchange there is no longer a purpose for any surface vessel that isn't towing drone barges (the new aircraft carrier). So that pays for the expansion to the space force. 

    And if we wanna protect our resource chains worth protecting we will need more soldiers to *die in fire* ahem, defend strategic interests and those folks are very cheap to find. So that's a boost to Army/Marine recruitment that might even drive the full socialization of healthcare. 

  12. 40 minutes ago, Mexal said:

    Sure. Or he tears his ACL again. That’s the risk with a one year deal.

    And? That's kinda the argument for getting that fully guaranteed deal. 

    Classic American worker strategy. If the employer won't give you what you want, fold immediately. Sometimes you have to assume risk to seek a greater reward. 

     

     

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