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by Stormbringer
2009-05-18 09:02pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Honor Harrington Anthologies
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Re: Honor Harrington Anthologies

A few years back, I started reading the Honor Harrington series and read through the first nine books in about a month and a half and have been keeping up with the new releases and the spin-offs. The other day I noticed that there's a series of four Honorverse anthologies with stories from various ...
by Stormbringer
2009-04-11 01:02pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Turncoat Preview chapters up
Replies: 15
Views: 1285

Re: Turncoat Preview chapters up

Skinwalker! TV series shoutout? No, and Jim Butcher has already confirmed that no it wasn't. For one thing, the book portrayal is pretty close to accurate. The TV show, almost painfully generic. Simply a case of borrowing from the same source material. Fuck that sucks for Thomas! Yeah, Thomas reall...
by Stormbringer
2009-03-08 08:49pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 202
Views: 13382

Re: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]

LOL, which is why it works dramatically that they're casual murderers who never even mention it again and yet revile other, similar murderers and maniacs. Your hilariuos attempt to paint it as 'kill them all or get murdered' is great, though. Again, we're supposed to believe that a gang wielding le...
by Stormbringer
2009-03-08 08:26pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 202
Views: 13382

Re: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]

Either way they were outnumbered, there seemed to be more than just seven thugs. Outnumbered, and yet they casually defeated all of them. That's why it's okay that they killed them and doesn't damage the characters at all. Again, why the hell should a movie shooting for gritty (oh so gritty) realis...
by Stormbringer
2009-03-08 08:13pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 202
Views: 13382

Re: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]

Twenty plus? Get your eyes checked. I'd be uncertain it was more than 7. How do you know they intended to kill them? I'm sure they cornered them in a dark back alley in the ghetto to ask them kindly for a donation for their church group's fund for poor starving orphans and maybe ask Laurie to go a ...
by Stormbringer
2009-03-08 06:34pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 202
Views: 13382

Re: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]

Free energy would not eliminate the cold war, and Ozzy knows that, or he wouldn't need his 'blow shit up' plan in the first place. The roots of the conflict are in ideology and superpower politics, not lack of energy (that would've been more plausible in the 70s but the 80s was awash with energy). ...
by Stormbringer
2009-03-08 06:07pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 202
Views: 13382

Re: Watchmen. [SPOILERS!]

Sure. And all the world is going to unite against him and...do what, exactly? Pray he won't swat them like flies? Ultimately that's pretty much it. Whether you go with the original or the movie ending it isn't a long term solution. Movie-wise it's Adrian trying to pull things back from the brink, d...
by Stormbringer
2009-02-17 07:59pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Turncoat Preview chapters up
Replies: 15
Views: 1285

Re: Turncoat Preview chapters up

Like Ender, I'm going to be doing my damnedest to get to the release book signing. Too good an oppurtunity to pass up. Given Butcher's record, I think calling it as Anastasia is too easy. My money is on LaFortier having faked it. I too doubt that Luccio is the traitor. If she was, she had plenty of ...
by Stormbringer
2009-02-15 10:25pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Making Chicago Silky Smooth
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: Making Chicago Silky Smooth

Wow. Are those spoilers for Backup or Mean Streets? I wish they'd been marked, as I was just about to start reading those stories, just as soon as they ship. They're not from either. The black court attack on the mall is from one of the short stories ("It's my Birthday To" I think). I haven't read ...
by Stormbringer
2008-12-03 09:51pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

You're quite the tap dancer. But the fact remains that you made a rather bold claim: that Obama's race was "almost certainly" a net positive. And you have provided no real reason for anyone to agree with you. You cited a few mechanisms that might work in his favour and assumed that the ones which w...
by Stormbringer
2008-12-03 09:25pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.
Replies: 143
Views: 11204

Re: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.

Alright, fine, then. It is left to Walmart to do something about it, because people won't handle it themselves. :x It is. That's the case for the same reasons we have things like traffic laws or building codes. Even well intentioned and decent people can have bad things happen when you let anarchy ...
by Stormbringer
2008-12-03 09:13pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

Sure, if you look at the positives and ignore the negatives. I never said that it was with out downsides but over all it seems that they were among the factors that contributed to his victory. And blacks are less than 15% of the population, while a third of the population admitted racial prejudice ...
by Stormbringer
2008-12-03 12:27am
Forum: The House of Commons
Topic: a suggestion for behavioural "rules"
Replies: 25
Views: 3197

Re: a suggestion for behavioural "rules"

Well, this is his hobby, and that means it serves as entertainment and fun. At some point I'm sure this has crossed some boundary and become a bit of a chore instead. Hence, a withdrawal into inactivity/low activity on his part. And in such circumstances, I can't say as I blame him. I don't blame h...
by Stormbringer
2008-12-02 11:05pm
Forum: The House of Commons
Topic: a suggestion for behavioural "rules"
Replies: 25
Views: 3197

Re: a suggestion for behavioural "rules"

Here's the flip side to that problem which is that since this isn't just Mike's on terms of personality and leadership its also his property legally so without a firm basis on which to act there are a lot of us that are hesitant to do so. I know a lot of folks think my rule chewing and such is a po...
by Stormbringer
2008-12-02 10:26pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

Okay, yeah, he's also young and articulate. But the point is, the only real difference between Bobby Jindal and another republican is non-whiteness. The gist of the argument: That Republicans think Obama succeeded because he was a black man who was articulate and not because he was an articulate ma...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 08:48pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.
Replies: 143
Views: 11204

Re: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.

Begging your pardon, you stupid cunt, but where I come from, people are intelligent enough to form line ups without somebody forcing them to. I dunno, maybe we're just generally nicer people than you think. :roll: Of course, the lines start getting a little hairy when there's too many people, but e...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 08:39pm
Forum: History
Topic: What if: Communist America
Replies: 55
Views: 3930

Re: What if: Communist America

True, but if the Communist administration can get people back to work and put food on the tables again then anything short of war would be fine and probably supported. The USSA might not actually ship out troops to Spain, but they would be able to openly sell arms, food (instead of paying the farme...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 08:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.
Replies: 143
Views: 11204

Re: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.

It should be noted that the rush didn't "just happen"; it was actively provoked by people in the crowd who started chanting "push the doors in!" as the store neared opening time. People continued to enter the store as emergency units arrived and tried to shove police and paramedics out of the way a...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 08:27pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

Protestant churches typically have no problems giving Catholics communion or letting Catholics marry members of their church. Formal rules such as these designed to make problems for non-Catholic Christians are pretty unique to the Catholic Church. Only because they consider Catholics to not be chr...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 07:08pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

It's not just the Pope that exudes this mindset; it's enshrined into Catholic tradition. For example, if you're a Catholic, you can walk into any Protestant church and still receive communion. Not so if you're a Protestant in a Catholic Church. It's also notoriously difficult for a Catholic to marr...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 06:34pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

And not all of those people believe that God has chosen them to be the leader of an organization that counts its membership in the billions. There's a difference between some yahoo in Alabama and the world's oldest functioning bureaucracy. There's crazy and then there's crazy with a lot of people t...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 05:20pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Firefly "Map of the Verse"
Replies: 78
Views: 4227

Re: Firefly "Map of the Verse"

Or - gosh - they just made up convenient lies to tell their children/prevent attempts to leave/concentrate power in the hands of the few/etc. Since there's no actual evidence as to the status of Earth, all we have is speculation and an idiot like Kaylee saying 'it got used up' is the equivalent of ...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 04:59pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.
Replies: 143
Views: 11204

Re: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.

My assignment of guilt is based primarily on the fact that people continued to push into the store after the initial rush, actively interfered with EMS efforts, and No where in the articles posted does it say that they interfered with EMS personel, lot alone intentionally. The crowd, which was some...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 02:13pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 5457

Re: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)

The Catholic Church is the most profoundly arrogant of the Christian denominations. It believes its leader to be directly appointed by God -- even though a bunch of Cardinals actually elect him with a non-unanimous vote. And damned near every Protestant out there believes that they've got a direct ...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 01:16pm
Forum: History
Topic: What if: Communist America
Replies: 55
Views: 3930

Re: What if: Communist America

Basically, the pre-WWII popularity of isolationism means the American public will not support military adventures outside of the Americas as long as America itself isn't threatened or attacked. Communism is already an interventionist ideology, not an isolationist one. If there are communists in pow...