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by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: There Have been Some Complaints
Replies: 35
Views: 15883

Anyway - case in point. We just turned this back into a political discussion. I'll play nice with the lefties and avoid using rhetoric. But people shouldn't whine when someone does call them a name.
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: There Have been Some Complaints
Replies: 35
Views: 15883

Oh I agree he's said Communist sounding things. I just think he's your fairly standard cynical politician. Amongst other things, he leveraged the current pseudo-hippies in their early twenties brilliantly. I said during his campaign that he was promising different things to different groups, things ...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: There Have been Some Complaints
Replies: 35
Views: 15883

As for rhetoric, yes, the rhetoric gets quite strong at times. This usually happens in political conversations these days. I've already stated on here that I'm right-wing. However, I do accept that calling Obama a Communist is like calling people like me Nazis. I don't think Obama is Joseph Stalin. ...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: There Have been Some Complaints
Replies: 35
Views: 15883

Yeah, there can really be no more effective discussion in news and theory until one of the following happens: 1. Dr. Nebel/EMC2 and the Navy release more data. Detailed WB-7 and WB-8 data would be preferable. 2. FAMULUS or someone else, like a university project, gets a Polywell to the point where i...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: AGW Supporters always ignore this question
Replies: 183
Views: 19285

Oh, and I should point out that the ghettos were generally a WHOLE lot richer and better off than the non-ghetto surroundings, which didn't help the "us vs "them" attitudes either. This was mainly due to a lack of the idiotic usery laws that the Catholic Church foisted off on the rest of western Eu...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: AGW Supporters always ignore this question
Replies: 183
Views: 19285

I can't understand this incipient anti-semitism that keeps coming back around, decade after decade, century after century. I'm not Jewish, my ethnic ancestry is north European gentile (Brit and some other stuff), but I still don't get it. In the Middle Ages, Christians were prohibited from "usery" -...
by CaptainBeowulf
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glenn Beck's Question And My Answer
Replies: 62
Views: 6390

I actually dislike money in many respects, because I am a literal individualist, I'm saving money so I can buy property and just live on it, free from a daily life of repetition outside of basic chores and hygiene. I don't mind taking out the garbage, I do mind bending over 500 times a day to do so...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: Oh The Irony - I Got A Mention On DU
Replies: 27
Views: 5710

Lol our whole language is broken. Philosopher instead of filosofer. Etc. We have a mash of spellings and structures reflecting Latin, classical Greek, Middle English, Old French, a few other direct borrowings, and the sort of ad hoc way we spell new words which you could call modern English spelling...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Welfare in action.
Replies: 60
Views: 8863

Actually Chris, "we" (I'm British on my father's side) taxed them on a bit more than that. There were ridiculous taxes, like on how many closets or windows you had in your house. And, when funds ran short, we ended up billeting some of the king's soldiers in people's houses - something rather sure t...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: AGW Supporters always ignore this question
Replies: 183
Views: 19285

In a narrow context the Treaty of Versailles could be said to be responsible for Hitler. However, things have to be looked at in overall historical context. What the Allies lost in 1918 was an opportunity to change the cycle of nationalistic violence that had been emerging in Europe for over a centu...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Welfare in action.
Replies: 60
Views: 8863

I've seen similar situations at stores... but then there are also people who genuinely are down on their luck, genuinely need some help, and are genuinely looking for a new job or doing job retraining to get a new job. Very difficult problem to solve. As MSimon says, if you read a lot of history you...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: A perfect example of american Creativity
Replies: 53
Views: 4479

Lol you are right there :lol:
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: A perfect example of american Creativity
Replies: 53
Views: 4479

Name an invention by ANYONE that wasn't an innovation of something that had already been invented. Guys, seriously - my impression is that a number of the posts at the beginning of this thread were tongue-in-cheek, but it seems to be getting taken a bit too seriously. Seedload's comment above is al...
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: AGW Supporters always ignore this question
Replies: 183
Views: 19285

I forgot to use the sarcasm tags :twisted:
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: AGW Supporters always ignore this question
Replies: 183
Views: 19285

Diogenes - I think you and I are basically in agreement on Iraq. Commanders on the ground prioritized what to protect as best they could with the number of troops they were given, although they should have had more (it's an old saw that generals always want more troops, but in this case it wouldn't ...