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    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-113317...

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1133177-amp.html

    And I thought G.W. Bush was an all-time low for USA's international relations. Maybe I ought to be thankful for all of the learning...
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    No, I don't anticipate Putin invading Poland. ...

    No, I don't anticipate Putin invading Poland. He's not megalomaniacal. The scary thing about Putin is that he's fucking smart. He has a keen sense of exactly what he can get away with.

    But I...
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    Let's make a hypothetical situation. The US...

    Let's make a hypothetical situation. The US reacts to widespread instability in Iceland by sending in a major military force and annexing it. There's a tiny attempt at rhetoric, but it's...
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    I don't think it blipped out because it's...

    I don't think it blipped out because it's trivial. It blipped out because there's no tolerable, effective intervention.
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    When it works, immigration is a convenient...

    When it works, immigration is a convenient solution to injustice-- no violence necessary. That's one of the reasons I support relatively unrestrained immigration. But there are too many things that...
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    I've been thinking about this. I'm not...

    I've been thinking about this. I'm not Californian, but the thought of a Liberal States of America is really appealing. Maybe if I whined enough California would admit their northern neighbors.
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    Always Shine is, maybe, a thriller, because there...

    Always Shine is, maybe, a thriller, because there are few characters, no gore, and an act of inexcusable violence by a protagonist at the end of the second act, but the plot is just barely enough to...
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    Silencing people via words is a completely...

    Silencing people via words is a completely different thing than silencing them via legal action, which is ultimately enforced physically. Using the latter to prevent the former is backwards. ...
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    That's really great, thanks. I feel like there's...

    That's really great, thanks. I feel like there's just too much to keep track of. Especially for somebody like me that avoids TV news and Facebook.

    Here's the scariest one to me:
    ...
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    I agree completely that there is no right to be...

    I agree completely that there is no right to be heard. And if you're only encouraging people to not show up to Mr. Yiannopoulos's speeches, that's fine with me.

    You say that we're stuck in some...
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    The usual justification for free speech is to...

    The usual justification for free speech is to promote the "marketplace of ideas"-- that unless ideas are freely aired and debated, it's too easy for us to get stuck in bad ideas.

    Humility is...
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    It's strongly bullshit. Maybe literally-- while...

    It's strongly bullshit. Maybe literally-- while you won't get sucked out through that hole, all of the feces in your intestinal tract might. ...
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    I don't think that there were particularly few...

    I don't think that there were particularly few fascists-- even in 1930s Europe, you famously have Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. That doesn't count all the fascists that weren't European; South...
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    I don't think it's inappropriate to call Trump a...

    I don't think it's inappropriate to call Trump a fascist. As long as we call relatively powerless neo-nazis fascists, we can make that decision on the basis of platform:


    Scapegoating of...
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    Tall Man was great, wasn't it? I love everything...

    Tall Man was great, wasn't it? I love everything Laugier (most famous for Martyrs) makes, and a large part of it is how he paces things. You know there's going to be a twist, but no matter how...
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    Sticky: I bought Endless Legend, not really sure if I'd...

    I bought Endless Legend, not really sure if I'd like it or not (Endless Space was something of a disappointment)-- and I'm enjoying the hell out of it so far.

    I've hardly explored all of the...
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    Nobody linked xkcd yet?

    http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/exploits_of_a_mom.png
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    I thought Looper had the same problem that...

    I thought Looper had the same problem that Inception did-- it didn't establish its rules until the moment they became important. I left me feeling uninvolved, like I was watching somebody play some...
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    I just watched Edge of Tomorrow because...

    I just watched Edge of Tomorrow because "interesting movie" is pretty high praise :)

    And, you know, it was interesting. It was a good movie. Plot hole alarm went off inside of thirty seconds--...
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    Wowsers, Children of Men is 2006. Sadly, 28...

    Wowsers, Children of Men is 2006.

    Sadly, 28 Days Later is 2002, and we're still swamped in zombie crap.

    Halloween approaches, which is to horror movies what Dec 25 is to video games: the day...
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    I went from DAOC to Tera (skipped WoW, me and two...

    I went from DAOC to Tera (skipped WoW, me and two other people on the planet) and saw a huge difference in culture. One that I didn't like.

    What particularly stood out to me was this sense among...
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    I feel like I'm missing something. I don't...

    I feel like I'm missing something. I don't understand the significance of this disagreement.



    I'm no lawyer, but my understanding is that AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion settled this pretty...
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    That's true, but in some film franchises and...

    That's true, but in some film franchises and Marvel Multiverse member nations, you can agree to give up one soul from each generation of descendents.

    ToS are probably different for each country...
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    I actually recently looked over their agreement. ...

    I actually recently looked over their agreement. It's kind of fucked.

    Steam can change the agreement at any time. If you disagree with their changes, you may continue to use the service for...
  25. Even in the early days, they were informed,...

    Even in the early days, they were informed, possibly indirectly, by the cliches of different media: Sergio Leone, Katsuhiro Otomo, Raymond Chandler, etc.

    Still, I was wrong. Planescape: Torment...
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