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by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 12:57pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Bobby Jindal is the Republican Barack Obama (apparently)
Replies: 58
Views: 6388

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

Anyway, that disgruntled Republicans are already pinning hopes on this guy is, I guess, unsurprising. They actually think they weren't conservative enough this time around. I think it's more telling that so many are focusing on social conservatism, rather than fiscal and policy conservatism. They s...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 12:31pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: The more evil Elf
Replies: 38
Views: 2770

Re: The more evil Elf

To buttress this with an example everyone knows, Legolas is a "Dark Elf" in Tolkien. It just means when the Elves made their original exodus to be with the Valar (the divine powers of that world), some of the elf tribes stopped for various reasons and never made it across the see to see the Trees o...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 12:25pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Jim Butcher - Dresden Files: Backup
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Jim Butcher - Dresden Files: Backup

How does Welcome to the Jungle contradict Stormfront? The only continuity goof I noted in it was Harry quoting Training Day (2001) in a scene set in 1999. In it, Harry is working on the extremely high profile and vicious murder of a councilman's son, not to mention squaring off against a god-spawni...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 01:48am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Jim Butcher - Dresden Files: Backup
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Jim Butcher - Dresden Files: Backup

It's been awhile since I read Small Favor but I thought the war between the wizards and vamps was just at a bit of a lull and that there hadn't been any official cease fire or victor even though there also hadn't been any recent fighting Lara's proposal from White Knight actually went through, it's...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 01:36am
Forum: The House of Commons
Topic: a suggestion for behavioural "rules"
Replies: 25
Views: 3795

Re: a suggestion for behavioural "rules"

This has been discussed at various times, and yet we're not seeing action. Fact of the matter is that without vigilant moderation a place this large is going to hold itself toguether about as well as lolbertarian utopias. The effectiveness of good discussion moderation was just recently illustrated...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-30 12:00am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.
Replies: 143
Views: 12282

Re: Wal-Mart Worker killed by throng.

While you make an excellent point, don't forget that the mob killed the guy. A lack of security should not excuse murder any more than lacking a concealed firearm (for example) should. 1) There's no way you could charge this as murder with out a very clear intent on the part of the members of the c...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-29 10:51pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Jim Butcher - Dresden Files: Backup
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Jim Butcher - Dresden Files: Backup

I finally got Backup after much ordering hassle and read it today. The story is a really good one, if predictably short. It's really almost impossible to summarize it with out spoiling it entirely but it seems like it introduces a lot for down the road. Unlike Welcome to the Jungle , or the various ...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-29 10:38pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: The more evil Elf
Replies: 38
Views: 2770

Re: The more evil Elf

Elric, from what little Moorcock I could stand reading, on the other hand seems to be nothing more than another endless tortured soul of sort Moorcock cranks out ad nauseum. Rotten but nothing compared to Malus Darkblade. Elric of course is not evil at all. Most Moorcock's characters in his 1960s a...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-26 11:37am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.
Replies: 147
Views: 5725

Re: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.

The explanation I've seen for that is that the lead actor either left or wanted them to accommodate his pursuing other projects to the detriment of the show. The show was doing respectably but not enough to make it work in the face of something like that. The lead actor? I thought it was the direct...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 02:54pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: [DC Comics] Lets kill Bats off!
Replies: 36
Views: 2475

Re: [DC Comics] Lets kill Bats off!

Why do comic fans put up with this shit? Are they really so brain damaged as to think this is good entertainment? Or are they just too insanely loyal to give it up even when its this bad? I've never understood the phenomenon where by comic book fans will put up with stuff like this year in year out....
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 02:47pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.
Replies: 147
Views: 5725

Re: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.

The huge expense on S:AAB was our sets. Remember the fighter bay with the huge sliding doors and practical cockpit elevators? That was a hugely expensive set to build, to ship, and to maintain and operate; the cockpit sets were also pricey. While most of the carrier interiors were pretty sparse and...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 02:37pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

Nitpick: I'm not sure Chicago, with 5 of the world's 10 tallest buildings, is the best example for your argument. You make a pretty good point and you're probably right that it isn't the best example to use as it's downtown is very built up. I was thinking more of the Chicago metro area rather than...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 02:35pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

You seem to be blissfully unaware that this makes you guilty of precisely what I accused you of: generalizing about highly built-up urban areas when in fact your argument only pertains to a very specific kind of construction that is not universal or necessary to them. Except Ray was blathering on a...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 02:11pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.
Replies: 147
Views: 5725

Re: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.

Firefly was cancelled in very large part because Joss Whedon couldn't resist tweaking the network's collective nose at every last opportunity. Something Whedon himself admits. And so do Family Guy and the staff of the Simpson's. Fox ultimately chose to screw with and kill a viable show largely thro...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 01:54pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

1) You generalized about sky cities, ie- all highly built-up areas. Gee, no shit. 2) You have made no attempt to show what this limit it. The only real limit is dictated by the cost of constructing extremely tall buildings due to structural limits, and the REALLY tall buildings are almost universal...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 01:23pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

Oh I'm sorry; did I forget to post the announcement where I said that it's OK to say something that is blatantly, comically false as long as you've contradicted yourself elsewhere? Or perhaps you're just caught in having made an assumption and consequently misread what I have actually been arguing....
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 01:16pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

Wrong. Urban living is far more environmentally and economically sustainable than highly dispersed suburban living. The most efficient society would be one of highly built-up urban cities for residence and industry, and vast factory-farm operations for agriculture in the rural areas. I'm not arguin...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 01:07pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

I am saying the only viable solution we can have is find a way to increase the usage of electic cars and ensure pollution is curb to a certain extend. ( Am I making more sense now?). After noticing the respond, it might not be viable as well. Your goals, reducing pollution and it's sources, is one ...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 12:43pm
Forum: The House of Commons
Topic: Constitution to make the board into a democracy
Replies: 45
Views: 6299

Re: Constitution to make the board into a democracy

It should be noted that Ray did not say anything about public ban polls, but rather that the public should be in control over board policy while the Senate should retain ban poll rights. I gathered that and perhaps I wasn't as clear as I could have been. From my view of things, ban polls and insult...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 12:20pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

Ideally, I would really hope that people would just live in those sky cities and etc, and give up on the idea of suburbs altogether if your population don't need so much land. Then proceed to link those cities together using trains and etc. Ray, that's nearly flat out not going to happen. The ultra...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 12:01pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: The more evil Elf
Replies: 38
Views: 2770

Re: The more evil Elf

PS: Hey, Stormbringer, what exactly is your avatar? I always thought it looked like some kind of anime version of Elric, which confused me no end the first time I saw you talk about your distaste for Moorecock. My avatar is a Vicious from Cowboy Bebop. It's from one of the scenes in Real Folk Blues...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 11:56am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.
Replies: 147
Views: 5725

Re: Unfairly Cancelled Shows.

Firefly is a very good example in that it was treated badly by the network and then axed when the predictable happened. I then turned around and became a cult phenomenon. Pretty much proof that it could have been a worthwhile, if not spectacular performer, show to keep on the air in the intended tim...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 04:04am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem
Replies: 115
Views: 4651

Re: Americans Drive Less, Creating a Problem

In regards to the US, the better alternative is to scrap the idea of suburbs altogether, Not remotely feasible. Heck, to get anywhere near what you're talking about in your no-private cars fantasy land would require the re-location of hundreds of millions of people all across North America. It's no...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 03:13am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: The more evil Elf
Replies: 38
Views: 2770

Re: The more evil Elf

Malus, no question. The Dark Elves are pretty much social darwinism taken to the insane levels only GW can bring you. And Malus Darkblade is a heartless bastard even among their kind. The only way he knows about remorse or deceny is by looking to concepts up. Elric, from what little Moorcock I could...
by Stormbringer
2008-11-25 03:04am
Forum: The House of Commons
Topic: How do YOU see the board?
Replies: 174
Views: 18038

Re: How do YOU see the board?

Asking questions is also difficult here. Many times when somebody not well established asks a question in n&p, the thread seems to go "No you ignorant piece of shit, [answer to question]" as if going in guns blazing expecting another flamewar/debate, to which the questioner replies "Ok, sorry for a...