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by Siege
2015-09-03 09:28am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

My, my, my. Reading comprehension seems to have eluded you. I found YOUR statement batshit insane. You know the one that says "its not piracy because its not a ship" as NOT an argument. Good grief. Ok buddy, if you say so. The fact of the matter is that an international court stuck to the...
by Siege
2015-09-03 07:02am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

If your argument is that Russia has jurisdiction over incidents on oil platforms in their EEZ and not over incidents in international waters, then them having jurisdiction should mean they have more right to prosecute boarders, not less. You cannot both claim that Russia has jurisdiction so it's no...
by Siege
2015-09-03 04:24am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

Now, just for the sake of clarity... do you have a response to this? Piracy as the UNCLOS defines it by definition takes place on the high seas or in places outside the jurisdiction of any state. I see no issue with this definition excluding installations such as oil platforms, because as we've alr...
by Siege
2015-09-02 05:29am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

The problematic passage of the Dutch tribunal's writing is this: It is not a "Dutch tribunal". The Permanent Court of Arbitration is an international organization established at the first Hague Peace Conference of 1899. There was only a single Dutch judge on the case, the other four haile...
by Siege
2015-09-01 09:52am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

1. Its not piracy because the Russian oil rig is not a ship, and piracy can only occur against ships. I am not kidding. That is their argument. That is not their argument, that is the definition of piracy under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Article 101 'definition of piracy' ...
by Siege
2015-09-01 06:43am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

No shit, it is after all Russia, the tantrum toddler of states. Hence my earlier comment about piratical hooliganism and general farcical awfulness.
by Siege
2015-09-01 05:33am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Re: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pira

So if my citizens harass your citizens in your nation's EEZ, I have to get your permission to arrest them? The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled out that the 3 nautical mile 'safety zone' Russia declared around the oil platform was not valid or enforceable under the Convention of the Law of the ...
by Siege
2015-08-29 04:51am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!
Replies: 49
Views: 4002

Seize a Greenpeace ship in your EEZ? You might be a pirate!

Way back in the year of 2013 Russian authorities arrested environmental activists from Greenpeace during a protest over an arctic oil platform. It was suggested on this board that they might be pirates, and indeed the activists were initially threatened with head-meltingly draconian piracy charges. ...
by Siege
2015-01-10 04:17pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: 2014 STGOD Story Thread I
Replies: 336
Views: 120304

Re: 2014 STGOD Story Thread I

https://m1.behance.net/rendition/modules/51004443/disp/1af685b12d2bd6d38b58f5c2a88f21bc.jpg Pyxis Worldwide Satellite News Coldstream Delta delays comsat launch Coldstream Delta is delaying the launch of several next generation Asteria communication satellites. According to a leaked internal memo, ...
by Siege
2015-01-08 07:39pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris
Replies: 297
Views: 17966

Re: Terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris

I strongly disagree with him when he says things like "we respect their religion and they must respect ours". We (taking 'we' as my local political circle here) must do no such thing. No religion, belief or idea is inherently entitled to respect. Having said that, I am obviously utterly fo...
by Siege
2015-01-08 07:15pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris
Replies: 297
Views: 17966

Re: Terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris

What an utterly fatuous argument Hitchens makes in that clip. What he does is he takes what even he himself describes as a "terrible atrocity" and "a genocide more comprehensive than Cambodia", he offsets that against that purportedly Al Qaeda is upset over the loss of East Timor...
by Siege
2015-01-08 05:53pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: 2014 STGOD OOC Commentary Thread 1
Replies: 1384
Views: 140498

Re: 2014 STGOD OOC Commentary Thread 1

I have a Machine now. I was planning to put the first year of Money from Rheinland up for tender for innovative power solutions for my little country. Considering recent history I'm thinking you don't want nukes, you want gas plants. Cheap, efficient, no fallout, what more do you want? Luckily, Ache...
by Siege
2015-01-08 05:22pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: 2014 STGOD Story Thread I
Replies: 336
Views: 120304

Re: 2014 STGOD Story Thread I

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by Siege
2015-01-07 08:06am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris
Replies: 297
Views: 17966

Re: Muslim attack on satiresite. 11 dead

I understand where the suspicions come from, I even see some of the reports of shouts of "Allahu Akbar" (for example by The Independent). I just feel it's far too early for such a definitive thread title.
by Siege
2015-01-07 07:41am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris
Replies: 297
Views: 17966

Re: Muslim attack on satiresite. 11 dead

Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 10, French officials say. Witnesses spoke of sustained gunfire at the office as the attackers opened fire with assault rifles before escaping. President Francois Hollande said there was ...
by Siege
2014-12-30 04:44am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Air Asia A320 disappears over the Java Sea.
Replies: 29
Views: 2861

Re: Air Asia A320 disappears over the Java Sea.

Here: At least six bodies have been found and at least three recovered in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, Indonesian officials and media say. The bodies were spotted along with debris floating in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of Borneo, in one of the search zones for the plane. ...
by Siege
2014-12-19 05:53pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Companies surrender to terrorists over The Interview.
Replies: 107
Views: 6243

Re: Companies surrender to terrorists over The Interview.

If artistic expression is your business (As SONY pictures is), then you'd damn well better be prepared to fight for it. Why? They're a big studio, not some indie crew struggling to get their artistic vision realized. They can write off their losses and recoup them with whatever their next big comme...
by Siege
2014-12-19 05:27pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Companies surrender to terrorists over The Interview.
Replies: 107
Views: 6243

Re: Companies surrender to terrorists over The Interview.

Those are some pretty great ideals, but Sony is a multi-billion dollar company and probably doesn't give a shit about any of them if they stand to lose money. They aren't obligated to stand up for anything but the profit of their shareholders, and when they run into the consequences of mocking one o...
by Siege
2014-12-19 04:35am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: BREAKING: Obama to annoucne policy-reversal wrt Cuba
Replies: 43
Views: 3077

Re: BREAKING: Obama to annoucne policy-reversal wrt Cuba

Point of order: the situation in Libya is nothing like the situation in Iraq. The bombing of Libya happened after the civil war erupted and the UN adopted Security Council Resolution 1973. Libya was a mess well before it was being bombed, the bombings serving to hasten the fall of Gadaffi's regime. ...
by Siege
2014-12-16 11:16am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: 2014 STGOD Story Thread I
Replies: 336
Views: 120304

Re: 2014 STGOD Story Thread I

http://i39.tinypic.com/2i0rte0.jpg Pentex Advanced Research Lab | 1553 W. Wagner Drive Delta City, San Dorado Footsteps echoed through the narrow steel staircase. Moving from the high-tech laboratories on the surface down the dusty emergency spiral stairs to the old subway tunnels below was like st...
by Siege
2014-12-13 03:50pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The CIA Torture Report
Replies: 63
Views: 5909

Re: The CIA Torture Report

The US Senate report on the CIA's interrogation methods has unleashed a fierce debate about America's intelligence services. CIA director John Brennan has defended his agency's program, in contrast to President Obama. "The CIA is going through a huge morale problem," said US security expe...
by Siege
2014-12-10 04:14am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: 2014 STGOD OOC Commentary Thread 1
Replies: 1384
Views: 140498

Re: 2014 STGOD OOC Commentary Thread 1

The bad guy also started talking as soon as he was asked like three questions. Chances are good he'll offer more incriminating information after repeated questioning... So long as the King of Orion doesn't see fit to execute him after 24 hours, that is.
by Siege
2014-12-07 01:55pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Interstellar (movie)
Replies: 57
Views: 8158

Re: Interstellar (movie)

I just got around to watching Interstellar in glorious IMAX (the way God and Chris Nolan intended), and I loved every second of it. I find a lot of the criticism in this thread extremely overblown, but it's a movie so I suppose it either floats your boat or it does not. One point though: There's no ...
by Siege
2014-12-06 10:50am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Utah proposing to bring back firing squad executions
Replies: 73
Views: 4662

Re: Utah proposing to bring back firing squad executions

It must be for my cultural group, because frankly that strikes me as an utterly insane principle to use to determine the manner in which the state is allowed to execute people.

Thanks for taking the effort to explain though. I'm bowing out of the conversation.