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by thejester
2014-02-14 11:49pm
Forum: History
Topic: WWI centenary- How peace kept WWI alive
Replies: 5
Views: 2096

Re: WWI centenary- How peace kept WWI alive

With what, with the french army being unable to field defences and a huge chunk of the armies from the east coming back? You (and the article) are severely overstating the effect of the mutinies on the capabilities of the French Army. They were still perfectly capable of 'fielding defences' and con...
by thejester
2013-06-30 04:19am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: NSA spied on EU
Replies: 160
Views: 10132

Re: NSA spied on EU

Are you fucking serious? This is what the NSA is supposed to do. Spy on other nations to gain the US an advantage. Where exactly is the cause for outrage? The part where several of the nations allegedly targeted by the NSA sent soldiers to fight and die alongside yours in Iraq, and I think I'm just...
by thejester
2013-06-29 07:44pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: NSA spied on EU
Replies: 160
Views: 10132

Re: NSA spied on EU

Are you fucking serious? This is what the NSA is supposed to do. Spy on other nations to gain the US an advantage. Where exactly is the cause for outrage?
by thejester
2013-06-26 04:05pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Deja Vu - Leadership ballot on 7PM AEST 26/6 for ALP (Aust)
Replies: 7
Views: 1275

Re: Deja Vu - Leadership ballot on 7PM AEST 26/6 for ALP (Au

JULIAGGEDON AVERTED What a dismal day in Australia. Watching Gillard's acceptance speech you could see why she never broke through with voters - the nasal voice, the terrible turn of phrase, the clunky repetition - but also why she is a fundamentally better person than Rudd or Abbott. Her hand may h...
by thejester
2013-06-21 06:28am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Australian Army CiC Responds To A Sex Scandal
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Re: Australian Army CiC Responds To A Sex Scandal

Morrison's an awesome bloke, and I've no doubt he means what he says, but it remains to be seen the extent to which this kind of intent can reform an entire service.
by thejester
2013-06-18 12:01am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Obama the Clueless backs the murderers of Syrian Christians
Replies: 31
Views: 3564

Re: Obama the Clueless backs the murderers of Syrian Christi

Wait, you mean to tell me the US is backing potentially unsavoury Sunnis against Shia in order to thwart Iranian regional ambitions? This is indeed a radical departure from the foreign policy norm. Fucking Obama!
by thejester
2013-06-06 08:57pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: "The Killing Star" - R-bombs and interstellar genocide
Replies: 77
Views: 11696

Re: "The Killing Star" - R-bombs and interstellar genocide

The idea that the Fermi Paradox exists because other species have figured it out and are hiding is pretty interesting and cool, but the rest of the premise makes some enormous assumptions about alien behaviour that are really grounded in a pretty narrow view of human history and interaction (maybe I...
by thejester
2013-05-26 07:42pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: So, New Xbox Reveal In About 14 Hours.
Replies: 383
Views: 24665

Re: So, New Xbox Reveal In About 14 Hours.

Just as concerned by the change in the way content is charged for as the privacy angle TBH. It's hard to see Microsoft implementing it given (as outlined above) how marginal the One's utility as a media centre will be in the next five-ten years anyway. Stream content off an app built into the TV tha...
by thejester
2013-05-15 07:41am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The economist: Time for Obama to man up
Replies: 72
Views: 4831

Re: The economist: Time for Obama to man up

That is a valid point, but my general idea was more that it is possible for democracies to allow for a quick removal of a leader or head of government. I am not in favor of allowing parliament to dismiss a member of the cabinet per se, only the head of government/Government as a whole. Except I'm n...
by thejester
2013-05-15 07:07am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The economist: Time for Obama to man up
Replies: 72
Views: 4831

Re: The economist: Time for Obama to man up

It is more than hilarious that nearly all democracies in the world except the USA have some sort of recall mechanism or vote of no-confidence and manage to do just fine, but such a mechanism is too threatening to the home of the brave. Not sure you can seriously compare recall mechanisms and votes ...
by thejester
2013-05-07 07:53pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: "It's a library as conceived by the Amazon.com generation."
Replies: 37
Views: 4767

Re: "It's a library as conceived by the Amazon.com generatio

My experience is the complete opposite TBH. The 'internet generation' (in Australia at least) is so conditioned to the idea that analysis/critical thinking is what's important that they totally ignore actual data and find it totally bewildering when they're assessed on their knowledge of facts. That...
by thejester
2013-05-07 07:26pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gamechange (HBO Original movie)
Replies: 39
Views: 3760

Re: Gamechange (HBO Original movie)

John McCain didn't lose because of Sarah Palin. No and nobody claims so in the movie. They make it quite clear that they are already losing before they pick her in the movie. The movie makes the claim that John McCain lost because of several factors, one of them being Sarah Palin. Which is a fair (...
by thejester
2013-05-07 04:49am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gamechange (HBO Original movie)
Replies: 39
Views: 3760

Re: Gamechange (HBO Original movie)

I've only seen the last third of the movie but I thought it represented most of what is wrong with the framing of American politics. I'm sure that in a narrow sense it's accurate. But its framing of politics as a game in which Sarah Palin turned out to be TO strikes me as missing the point pretty dr...
by thejester
2013-03-04 04:13pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gen. Stanley McChrystal interviewed in Foreign Affairs
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Gen. Stanley McChrystal interviewed in Foreign Affairs

I guess fiction can be fun. He talks about how 'they' (ie the military/intelligence guys) had clearly wrong goals or attitudes and had to change and shift them - which is lovely heartwarming stuff. Too bad this feedback cycle was used to create a machine for kicking in thousands of doors to maintai...
by thejester
2013-02-26 08:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Australia: Where the good life comes at a price
Replies: 66
Views: 4569

Re: Australia: Where the good life comes at a price

It's a hard article to respond seriously to because of how little it is representative of what is actually happening in Australia. Clearly there are structural issues in the economy that are driving high cost of living pressures, and questions need to be asked about the alternatives to the current m...
by thejester
2013-02-19 11:42pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Dream EU casting
Replies: 117
Views: 8212

Re: Dream EU casting

I think we should cast Sachin Tendulkar as Thrawn. He's p. famous. Maybe have Murali cameo as Talon Karrde.
by thejester
2013-02-19 10:36pm
Forum: History
Topic: Best Grand Strategy Thinkers in History
Replies: 43
Views: 7001

Re: Best Grand Strategy Thinkers in History

Since the OP asks about 'planning' and creating a 'geo political plan', Augustus is pretty clearly a candidate. He spent years securing the physical reality of the empire and setting in place plans and institutions that defined its future. That's the interesting part to me - to what extent does som...
by thejester
2013-02-13 09:57pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Skyfall
Replies: 59
Views: 7657

Re: Skyfall

I think that was only part of it. The other part of the narrative was the loss of Empire and of old British values and coupled with the other part it works well IMO. Not what you would expect from a Bond film, but really "old Bond" has been kinda dead since the reboot. So I guess it comes down more...
by thejester
2013-02-13 09:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Drone pilots now more valorous than ever.
Replies: 30
Views: 2186

Re: Drone pilots now more valorous than ever.

WTF? What the hell is so damn "valorous" about piloting what amounts to a glorified RC aircraft? Important, yes, it's arguably that, but valorous? Again, WTF? Nothing is and the award isn't an acknowledgement of valour. All militaries have decorations for outstanding service rather than individual ...
by thejester
2013-02-13 08:19am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Skyfall
Replies: 59
Views: 7657

Re: Skyfall

Really? That was my massive problem with it. As you said, it's about the fundamentally grubby nature of espionage, the way its inherent betrayal destroys everyone who touches it. Which would be great if its name was The Spy Who Came In From The Cold or The Honourable Schoolboy and the lead character...
by thejester
2013-02-05 12:31am
Forum: History
Topic: On the Effectiveness of The Art of War
Replies: 20
Views: 3740

Re: On the Effectiveness of The Art of War

Half of the book is basically just Sun Tzu finding creative ways to say, "Don't be a fucking moron." In other words, it's little more than fortune cookie cliches for milwankers -only adding the words "in bed" to the end doesn't make Sun Tzu's sayings mildly amusing on dinner dates. No, not really? ...
by thejester
2013-01-28 11:36pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm
Replies: 512
Views: 36892

Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Nonsense, Stark. It's a compelling argument she puts forward there.
by thejester
2013-01-28 12:24am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: How under militarised is the Galaxy pre-clone wars?
Replies: 65
Views: 7130

Re: How under militarised is the Galaxy pre-clone wars?

Silly me, I should have known that Mando would come to the rescue.
by thejester
2013-01-28 12:08am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: WWI if Russia & US declared neutrality
Replies: 106
Views: 13284

Re: WWI if Russia & US declared neutrality

The French will attack. They may stop it sooner, but its going to happen. Why? You seem to be totally ignoring the way French strategy was governed by Entente strategy and in particular Russia - and more importantly, if Russia is neutral, how does France end up in conflict with Germany and Austria-...
by thejester
2013-01-27 09:25pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Government, Conspiracies And Stealing My Guns
Replies: 12
Views: 2883

Re: Government, Conspiracies And Stealing My Guns

Why is it that all the idiots and whackadoos that I come across think the U.S. government is complete crap and totally incompetent EXCEPT when it comes to massive conspiracies, converting the country to socialism/Communism and organizing to take guns away from citizens? I WISH our government was cr...