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  1. I have, perhaps once or twice in the past, been known to become over indulgent in my cynicisms. It's all love. An angry, hateful love that consumes like a fire lit by the gods. But at least I'm not boring, eh? A very... lively... personality, mine has been called.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. ... Or invade and satellite every country with the capacity to develop said nuclear capacities. In the interest of world safety.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Tru. That 4th down just now is like a screaming endorsement of the under-center tell criticism
  10. 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.
  11. Didn't Mahomes get sacked a bunch early last year, then the line rounded into shape? I'll not write off the Bengals yet
  12. God, I've always loved that tall talkin' little motherfucker. Can Mark Davis just fire his ass already so he can go fix NE offense where he belongs?
  13. The Last of Us 2 had a very bold, very good, idea for a story about revenge. Unfortunately they edited the story script with a fucking weed whacker.
  14. If he hits FA he will get a fully guaranteed contract.
  15. 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.
  16. Ya but in that year of taggedness the annual value of his future deal goes up, not down. He sacrifices ten mil or whatever off his potential value in 1 (or 2) year(s) worth of tag, but in return his eventual fully guaranteed long term deal is going to be worth five to ten mil a year more than if he'd signed it the year (or two) earlier. If the Ravens tag him twice he will get a Mahomes-length deal at Watson-guarantees when he leaves in FA
  17. All that tagged money is guaranteed playa. I love Lamar and everything he's doing. Fuck them. Bet on yourself every day.
  18. A much smarter, much more genderless [gonna check that box right now so I'm allowed to offer a science-supported hypothesis], individual than myself would argue passionately that the female-standard brain and informational processing capacities are more fit to navigate a world in which escalations of violence are measured by the holocaust than a male-standard brain. (My best friend from HS is literally a genius. Brain the size of a Volkswagen and twice as fast.) Alas, we as yet lack the data to do more than guess. The elimination of societies by way of verbal order has, until now, been an entirely masculine affair. Though if I know my humans, the scarier things get the stupider/biggerer/more manly man they'll look to for protection and so this will probably remain an open question even after whatever successor species inherits this world we homo sapien (singular, to identify agency of species rather than individual) have so manfully mismanaged. But hey, hooray for nature, that successor species will probably be naturally equipped to handle radiation poisoning better than we are. Bright sides, and all that Five-hundred million years from now the cockroachians of Roche, New Roach -U.S.R. won't even know you were supposed to feel bad for nuking an enemy hive.
  19. Give me names. Political leaders. We will make a province of them. Laughably self-defeating is what it is. These inward searches for bretherenship among all men are nearly finished. A few more years. A few more superstorms and school massacres and these dead-eyed, barely-literate, can't-think-for-shit TikTok addled chiren (every one of which a walking audio/visual stimuli dependant of the Chinese government) are gonna goose step from class to class learning about how THEY can make sure that America the Beautiful's neverending demand for raw materials and GDP growth is only sated through the precision piloting of advanced unmanned aircraft. The future is gonna get dark. Embrace the horror now and you can have some fun with it. Probably clear by now that I think the first strategic (city(like, usually)) target of a hydrogen bomb will be in Pakistan or India (and the second will be either Pakistan or India as a response to the first). That will be the moment when the Age of Enlightenment is really over. We've been flirting with the Nuclear Age for a long time, but credit to the men (yeah, men. Take your credit in this breath because the next one gonna sting) who held relevant power since the fifties for managing to keep us from really entering the next stage of human development before now. Whatever the meany meanness of nation states and their policies (grow up, it is become stale) throughout the long peace, the major powers all managed to keep most of their subjects from experiencing the horrors (and now, potential apocalypses) of total war. Good job to those men. Bur they also never really got 'round to, like, solving the problem of nuclear capabilities among great rivals because there was a WHOLE WORLD to exploit (that's what that WWII was about). Everybody was makin' money! Everyone who matters, at least. So we missed the boat on some kind of peacefully unified Earth Alliance. Just wasn't time. The stock market, y'know? Kid's got a baseball game that I just gotta make by the end of the third act. Shit falls off the to do list. Whaddya gonna do? Interesting comparison. I think I disagree (entirely superfluous comment incoming). I think the assassination of the heir to the Empire was a much more... relevant... thing for the Austrians than the loss of some towers and a piece of a too-sided shape. I know you said destructive not relevant, I just had to quibble. It was an interesting thought I've not entertained before. Lots and lots of time I've heard them compared as catalysts to war, but the question of which was actually, practically, more politically relevant never occurred to me. I think I go with the death of the dude who would have been the next head of state. It's more than the fact that this guy is gonna have the job, and so like he himself is important for that reason. There were years and years of politicking to get Franzy selected as the heir. The demands around his relationship to his common wife and their children's political rights alone probably meant a lot more to the upper crust of Austria-Hungary than three thousand dead laborers meant to the senators of the U.S. But obviously that's some idle hair-splitting and ultimately irrelevant. I mean I've been politically opposed to this inevitability for a long time, but buddy... The conceit of "don't be monstrous" is already hanging by a thread in America and we're the safest most powerful people in human history. Do you think that desire to be decent is going to increase or decrease amongst the population as resources require increasingly overt protection by a safe strongman conveniently like the U.S.A. ? I'll take my answer off the air.
  20. Concur. It's an odd hour I'm cheering the Cowboys
  21. But not relevantly opposed to the war. I have always been most disgusted with the media for this. They got full access to the fireworks in return for abandoning that admittedly flimsy fourth estate facade and helped encourage the American people to mutilate our credibility on the world stage. And then they just brushed it away, out of public mind, for fifteen fucking years while our tax dollars were hoovered away by mercenaries and manufacturers. Afghanistan was not a war, besides. It was a wealth redistribution scheme masquerading as an opportunity to test long-term occupation capabilities in response to the failures of Vietnam.
  22. Welcome back to Great Power politics, out in the open again. Hegemony is the only path to peace. Peace for your citizens, of course! That's the point of farming out your military capacities to America that Trump was too pants-on-head retarded to understand. Weaken your allies while increasing their dependency. It's just good politics, (and medicine, if you ask the Sacklers). Kissinger would be stroking himself in his grave... If he'd had the good grace to be dead yet. If I can borrow/alter a line from Herr Bismarck: In a world of two, be one.
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