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Getting political in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

It was actually a draw. We were supposed to have liberated the whole thing, but we only got half. And really, we won every other war we started to stop communism except this one and Vietnam. We really do have a decent war record.
Well, if you go by % of wars won. I prefer to look at % of wars waged that should have been waged, and the US doesn't look quite so rosy there.

Also, the old Yugoslavia just broke up a bit more, with Kosovo declaring independence. I'm calling Bosnia going out on its own next. :P

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Poll of the Executive Branch in General
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Scary thing is that Bush used to be fairly sharp. Whatever you think of his policies, he could at least express them clearly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvVilAlCBYc&feature=related

I was a little shocked to see a George Bush who looked like he wasn't a gibbering retard.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Getting political in General
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Originally written by Arancaytar:

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Why are people assuming Huckabee is closer to Bush than McCain is?
Bush has always seemed like a hard-right religious conservative. Is Bush so much less conservative than Huckabee as to put him closer to McCain?

Bush's defining issue is Iraq and terrorism, and McCain loves to talk about those things a hell of a lot more than Huckabee. And as Drew said, Bush's religious rhetoric comes across more as pandering than genuine.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Getting political in General
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Why are people assuming Huckabee is closer to Bush than McCain is?

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Hey, Australia's close enough to being the 51st state of the USA that I feel justified in taking an interest. :P

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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...and Huckabee just smashed McCain in Kansas, 60% to 24%. I hope this means we still have a contest. :)

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Originally written by Arancaytar:

To win, he'd have to keep changing his position. This is political suicide in the US. :P
By the way, is this written in ignorance of Romney's evolution, or a reference to him?

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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I actually think Huckabee has a shot still, bizarrely enough. If he takes essentially a 50/50 split of the remaining delegates with McCain, McCain won't have an outright majority and it'll go to a brokered convention, and Huckabee is a really good speaker - I wouldn't put it past him to pull out a suprise win.

I mean, he basically performed on par with Romney on Tuesday, despite Romney having all the "We have to stop McCain" votes and everyone writing Huckabee off completely.

I would love Huck to get the nomination, if only for the awesome underdog story of it. I'd also love to see an Obama vs. Huckabee election because it would be so refreshingly polite. :)

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Release the old games as freeware? in General
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What, degrees in microeconomics are required to know how to run a business well now? :confused:

Just because a business is successful does not mean it is perfect, and just because someone doesn't have a degree doesn't mean they have no ability to discern good business sense.

Not saying the guy's right, but challenge his argument rather than trying to disqualify him from having an opinion, eh?

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Regulation - Complexity sidebar in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Stillness, speaking as a fellow ID proponent, you're in the wrong on this one. You haven't actually presented a properly structured argument. And there's no point in asking for the same from common descent when your opponents are saying it doesn't even matter whether or not common descent is logical or defensible. Common descent could be completely discredited hogwash, but it wouldn't make any difference to whether or not ID is valid.

This is something along the lines of what they're looking for:

NOTE: THIS IS FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE DON'T BOTHER DEBATING THESE POINTS.

Premise: All irreducibly complex systems that we have observed the creation of, such as cars*, airplanes*, and computers*, are the result of deliberate intelligent design.

Premise: There have been no irreducibly complex systems observed to have been made by any other means.

Assumption: The amount of time that we've been able to observe and record the emergence of new irreducibly complex systems (since the beginning of human civilization, let's say) is a sufficient sample to expect to be able to see all the ways irreducible complexity can arise.

Assumption: Where there is only one observed mechanism for the creation of a type of thing, it is reasonable to assume that things of that type whose origins are not directly known were created by the same mechanism.

Conclusion: Old irreducibly complex systems of whose origins we have no direct record (such as those found in nature) must have come about in the same way as more recent ones (such as cars*). That is, they are the result of deliberate intelligent design.

* - Yes, I know these aren't technically irreducibly complex. But still.

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A logical argument, you see, is itself an irreducibly complex thing (and most definitely a product of intelligent design :) ). You've presented arguments, but they've been missing parts, and thus haven't been able to perform their function. Describe all the parts, rather than simply assuming them, and then the discussion can progress.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Regulations in General
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If you want to make televangelist jokes, there's a plethora about Tedd Haggard liking Oral...

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Regulations in General
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Originally written by Dr. Alorael:

ID tends to require more biology than the average non-scientist can manage. As the late original Regulation thread brought up over and over, there's a lot of important stuff in detailed protein structure and function.

—Alorael, who thinks it's ultimately a problem of faith over reason. No argument will convince someone who's fundamentally convinced of something regardless of evidence.

I actually don't worry too much about ID vs. Evolution. I'm interested in its relevance to the origin of life.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Regulations in General
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Originally written by Student of Trinity:

Ash: I'd be interested in a discussion with you sometime, but right now I'm very busy, and also a bit tired of evolution and design. Next time the topic comes up, which it eventually will, we can try something. I'm not sure one-on-one would really be best, though, simply because I have very little training in biology. But how to make a larger discussion work efficiently is another interesting problem.
I have very little training in biology either. And for that reason I tend not to argue things involving that too much (if I argue at all), because I recognise it ain't a simple subject and there's a lot I don't understand. I tend to be more interested in the more layman-level philosophical discussions of ID. I say one-on-one because I don't want to end up arguing against ten different people. But yes, I'm busy too, so maybe some other time.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Regulations in General
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Trinity, I agree completely. I've never really put it into words, but I've seen the fruitlessness of such debates for a long time and often wished that we could find a way to rise above it to something actually worthwhile and productive. If you can muster the time and interest after the whole Stillness saga, I'd be really interested to "debate" (I don't like the agressive connotations of the word - "discuss" might be better) ID with you one-on-one.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Avernum 5, April Update in Avernum 4
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Action packed tutorial is good. But can old-timers and/or those who have played the game before have an option to turn off the tutorial tips and just play through it? I've been playing Spiderweb games for quite a long time now and get sick of being told how to equip a knife and open a door every time I replay one.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Second 1/10 Contest Final Results in Blades of Avernum
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Huh? Blades isn't dead?

What a pleasant suprise. :)

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Deathmatch Tournament -- Round One, Part Two in General
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1. WKS vs. Jewels

Jewels is a mother. The worst WKS could possibly throw at her is nothing next to multiple childbirths, and she survived those. Jewels wins.

2. Smoo vs Ash

I'm kind of liking the image everyone's presenting of me as a guy who goes around decapitating people with a chainsaw while loud Christian rock music plays in the background. In fact, I know just the right song... *cues iPod and starts chainsaw*

3. Zepher vs Goldenking

Can we have them kill each other, please?

4. Nicothodes vs. Marlenny

This has been characterised as a battle between sexy and cute, but I think Marlenny is cute in her own way as well. So it's cute vs cute, with Marlenny's sexy deciding the result.

5. IFM vs Magma

Magma is Italian, and that automatically makes him a Mafia boss. IFM goes to sleep with the fishes.

6. Zeviz vs. MM

MM is an ex-mod, but Zeviz is an ex-admin.

7. SoT vs Niemand

Niemand's opponent is a devoted student of Trininity from The Matrix, and has learned how to fight in bullet time. SoT.

8. Riibu vs. Lurker

The lurker doesn't show up, just sort of hangs back at the edges watching. Riibu wins by default.[/QB][/QUOTE]

[ Wednesday, May 02, 2007 19:51: Message edited by: Ash Lael ]

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Blades of Exile Source Code in Blades of Exile
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YES.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Learn how it's done. in General
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(1) What's your main goal in life?
-It's threefold. 1) Be a good man. 2) Be a good husband. 3) Be a good father. Beyond that, it's all gravy.

(2) If you won a million dollars, what would be your first thought?
-Check to make sure there wasn't some mistake.

(3) When you are mad; do you usually stay angry or do you yell to release the anger?
-I don't yell. But I do pace.

(4) Tell us an anecdote of anything that happened to you today.
-I spent the day auditing financial records. A young girl teased me about it. :(

(5) What's your current Philosophy on life?
-Give before you get.

(6) If you created a deadly disease, what would you call it?
-Whoops.

[b](7) What should you be doing right now?
-Going home.

(8) If this were Southpark, what character do you think you'd be?
-Butters. because Butters is awesome.

(9) What occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid ?
-Writer.

(10) What happened to those dreams?
-Radio is easier.

(11) Describe the last dream you can remember.
-N/A.

(12) If you were a supermodel, which supermodel would you be?
-I don't know any, and would be very freaked out by being one.

(13) If you had to live in a hole, what kind of creature would you be?
-A wombat. Because wombats will mess you up.

(14) If you could have one thing right now, what would it be and why?
-Practically speaking, something I didn't actually want, but could trade for a lot of other things I wanted. But the thing I want most right now? I dunno, hugs do sound pretty appealing.

(15) Name one thing about you that embarrasses you.
-Heh. I'll skip the first thing that comes to mind and say my tendency to mess up while trying to look cool. :P

(16) Do you usually walk around your house with sandals or barefoot?
-Barefoot. Never wear sandals.

(17) Have you ever gotten something you really wanted but thought you wouldn't get?
-Yes. No comment. :P

(18) Name one thing you are presently excited about or fascinated by.
Same thing. :P

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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VTech in General
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Originally written by Spent Salmon:

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Originally written by Ash Lael:

Illegal guns begin as legal guns, generally. More legal guns means more opportunity for people to get illegal guns.
Short of banning the manufacture, distribution, ownership, possession, or use of firearms by anyone, there is no way to keep them from people who get them through illegal means. Countless thousands of military weapons have gone missing over the years. Thousands of police issue weapons have been lost. Reduce the motive to use/possess a gun illegally, and there will be fewer illegally possessed guns.

Edit: Tully, don't be silly. We all know that the government thinks you are mostly harmless.

The objective is to make illegal guns LESS AVAILABLE rather than UNAVAILABLE. The latter is clearly impossible. But the former is both POSSIBLE and BENEFICIAL. Not every criminal who uses a gun is determined, well-connected, or particularly bright.

Reread that a few times till you get it.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Illegal guns begin as legal guns, generally. More legal guns means more opportunity for people to get illegal guns.

Yes, some people are determined and will always get what they want no matter how illegal it is. But some people are just stupid kids who think guns are cool.

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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Originally written by Spent Salmon:

I own rifles because I hunt for food.

I own a pistol because there are cougar and bear that live in the woods around me. I carry when I am out fishing or hiking so that if I was to be attacked I could either scare the animal or kill it.

But honestly, why the heck do you feel enabled to require a motive check for weapon owners? No one is running around asking prospective car buyers why they need a car and then checking the list of reasons to see if they will be granted that right. No one asks why a person buys or possesses anything that commonly kills people, except of rifles and handguns. Why is that?

Edit - splng

Rifles and handguns are made for the express and sole purpose of killing, unlike cars, knives, or household chemicals.

EDIT: I say this as someone who grew up with guns. I don't see guns as evil. But they really have no place in cities.

[ Tuesday, April 17, 2007 15:37: Message edited by: Ash Lael ]

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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All In The Family in General
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Okay. I'll grab top left box. And nobody make me married to TM - he belongs in the other deceased slot. :P

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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What kind of hippie commune are those people in the top right corner living in?

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
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I saw this just a moment ago and completely forgot it was April 1, so I was all "...what the hell?" :P

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