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by Mercurius
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (trying to) Vote out Ahmadinejad (+Twitter War resources)
Replies: 307
Views: 17346

Re: (trying to) Vote out Ahmadinejad (+Twitter War resources)

Even if Mousavi had the charisma to pull it off, I don't think that would work. Ghandi's tactics worked, because they shamed the British, and because the colonial forces were not willing to cause mass bloodshed. Violence, sadly, works very well at stopping people trying to change things, so long as ...
by Mercurius
Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (trying to) Vote out Ahmadinejad (+Twitter War resources)
Replies: 307
Views: 17346

Re: (trying to) Vote out Ahmadinejad (+Twitter War resources)

Can I just remind people that the reason Ahmadinejad was apparently so popular was because of his working class heritage and his use of oil money to help the poor. Mousavi on the other hand oversaw the execution of many innocent prisoners in the 80s, participated in the Iran contra scandal and want...
by Mercurius
Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK could ban teachers from being BNP members
Replies: 254
Views: 15661

Re: UK could ban teachers from being BNP members

The assumption here of the NASUWT seems to be that a BNP member automatically wont be able to seperate their job from their political affiliation. Now, I have to say, that in many cases, my dealings with BNP members seem to suggest this, that they interpret their worldview and everything they do thr...
by Mercurius
Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1151745

Re: What are you listening to?

John Frusciante - Unreachable

I think The Empyrean might be his best album to date. Its certainly between this and To Record Only Water for Ten Days
by Mercurius
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 33813

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

I used to do some drugs, when I was at University. Surprise, I know. Occasionally smoked pot, took shrooms and LSD too. It was never a big thing with me though, I mainly tried them because I was interested and wanted to see what it was like (I blame my psychology modules). I don't even really drink ...
by Mercurius
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1662486

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that the xkcd forums are at at different URL to when I was last here, and that it can be very hard to remember the password for an account you haven't used in ages.
by Mercurius
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you rather be happy and healthy, or free?
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Would you rather be happy and healthy, or free?

I actually don't believe anyone could guarantee my happiness in the first place, so I tend to look upon the second more favourably. It doesn't make any promises, it just has the potential for what I want to do or have. And that's good enough for me.
by Mercurius
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SNOOOOOOW!!!!!!
Replies: 100
Views: 6882

Re: SNOOOOOOW!!!!!!

I'm going to something impressive later tonight. Snow sculptures, maybe. There should be enough, its barely stopped snowing since about midnight, at least around here.
by Mercurius
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SNOOOOOOW!!!!!!
Replies: 100
Views: 6882

Re: SNOOOOOOW!!!!!!

I enjoyed the snow.

I'm not sure why the BBC decided to have eleventy billion reporters on News 24 talking about it, however.
by Mercurius
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Topics that make your brain hurt
Replies: 31
Views: 2961

Re: Topics that make your brain hurt

Ontology in philosophy. As soon as any book reaches that territory, my eyes glaze over and my brain switches off, in self-defence.

I blame Heidegger and Sartre.
by Mercurius
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your last words?
Replies: 221
Views: 17052

Re: Your last words?

I've always had a soft spot for Pancho Villa's final words. "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." Except in my case it would probably come out as "bugger...um, uh...oh shit why can't I think of anything poignant, witty or memorable? Crap. Woah, this death is taking...
by Mercurius
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wall Street Bonuses
Replies: 39
Views: 3215

Re: Wall Street Bonuses

I view the entire bailout/bonus thing as a living breathing labortory on competing interest groups. If the bankers can get bailout and reward their employees with massive bonuses, it just proves that they have really good lobbying groups and spin. I think it is ultimatly bad for America, but I kind...
by Mercurius
Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1662486

Re: Today I Learned

Riffing on the Finland theme, today I found out that Christopher Lee was one hell of a badass IRL. Went to Finland to fight in the Winter War against the USSR (but wasn't allowed to actually engage the Red Army), served in the Special Operations Executive and RAF during the rest of the war, is the s...
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3379127

Re: Rant Thread

Somedays I find myself subconciously selecting possible household appliances based on their, uh, impact, as it were, if the above scenario were to play out.
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1151745

Re: What are you listening to?

Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold

Its impossible for me to not to like this song. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is probably my favourite Western of all time, and this track never fails to remind me of the film and why I love it.
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2702515

Re: Confessions Thread - Large Hadron Confider

Confession: upon being told about a pretty nasty news story about a child murder, I was more annoyed at my friend for trying to manipulate my feelings with said story at the story itself. Abstractly, I know which is worse, but in terms of emotion, I reacted the other way around entirely. I do this ...
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3379127

Re: Rant Thread

The next person who tells me I'm obviously not trying hard enough to get a job, since I have some decent qualifications and yet am 'inexplicably' unemployed (in a recession? quel surprise), is going to get something painful shoved up their posterior. Sideways, if my mood is bad enough.
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2702515

Re: Confessions Thread - Large Hadron Confider

Confession: upon being told about a pretty nasty news story about a child murder, I was more annoyed at my friend for trying to manipulate my feelings with said story at the story itself. Abstractly, I know which is worse, but in terms of emotion, I reacted the other way around entirely.
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2898493

Re: Postify your facerity

I wouldn't have guessed 25. I'm pretty terrible with ages though anyway.

And doogly beat me to my other point, damn them
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1662486

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learnt I can go until evening without eating a thing and still churn out a perfectly reasonable research proposal. Presumably this will have applications in countries suffering both famines and lack of possible PhD candidates.
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2898493

Re: Postify your facerity

I've probably posted this before, but since I haven't been on here (or the internet in general) for forever, I'm gonna post it again http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/5671/imag0187jv7.jpg All this picture makes me think is that I should really try and shave more regularly, not just whenever the fan...
by Mercurius
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1151745

Re: What are you listening to?

2Pac - Starin' Through My Rear View

going into

Alien Sex Fiend - Ignore the Machine
by Mercurius
Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportionality in warfare
Replies: 20
Views: 3568

Re: Proportionality in warfare

I think this link is relevant to the discussion http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/p0793 Prorportionality, as a concept within Just War Theory, is notoriously dodgy and hard to quanitfy, to say the least. But then again, so are all the concepts within Just War, because its the application...
by Mercurius
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The greatest enemy of capitalism
Replies: 56
Views: 6221

Re: The greatest enemy of capitalism

...was, it turns out, its creator, Alexander Hamilton. If you don't feel like reading the whole article (it is kind of long) the gist is that a truly free market has never existed in the US. The article blames this on Hamilton who, as Treasury Secretary, interpreted the "general welfare" ...
by Mercurius
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wind turbine hit by UFO.
Replies: 15
Views: 2516

Re: Wind turbine hit by UFO.

To be honest, if I had travelled from another solar system to find out I was in Lincolnshire, I'd be tempted to violently damage something as well. Its really quite explainable when you think about it like that.
by Mercurius
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'
Replies: 198
Views: 21380

Re: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'

PETA are awesome trolls.

Absolutely terrible animal rights activists, but brilliant trolls. When I first heard this story, I nearly spat coffee on my laptop, I was laughing so much.
by Mercurius
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US torture policy caused the deaths of American soldiers.
Replies: 15
Views: 8001

Re: US torture policy caused the deaths of American soldiers.

This is more or less the same issue we find in our domestic courts. The people who feel the need to show that we're tough on crime/terror/etc. implement policy that's inevitably counter-intuitive, but really LOOKS like we're taking a stand. It's all horseshit. Yup. Nail on the head. "Looking t...
by Mercurius
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel preparing unilateral strike against Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 3710

Re: Israel preparing unilateral strike against Iran

It makes sense that Israel would seek to circumvent the USA. Since the strike would involve, as the above poster mentions, flying through Iraqi airspace, the fear would be that if the US were alerted, Iran's allies in the Iraqi government, military or security forces may also get wind of it, or at l...
by Mercurius
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3403
Views: 738903

Re: What were your dreams last night?

As related on another forum: And then, I said to Henry Kissinger "Prof Chomsky raises a very good point, what is your response"? And Dr Kissinger said "why are you asking a zombie about our 1960s policy to Indonesia? Braaaaaaaaaains" And he started to screw the top of Chomsky's h...
by Mercurius
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tabbed browsing.
Replies: 38
Views: 3256

Re: Tabbed browsing.

Random tabbing all the way baby. Open as I feel necessary, flip between them as I get bored.
by Mercurius
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Facts you won't accept
Replies: 85
Views: 7614

Re: Facts you won't accept

I refuse to accept that bacon is unhealthy.
by Mercurius
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Holodecks: What would you do?
Replies: 99
Views: 6932

Re: Holodecks: What would you do?

Holodeck RPGs would be a must. Aside from that, I would want A Dojang (for TKD and Hapkido practice. Full compliment of weapons, varying levels of force in sparring). A simulation of the area around Manchu Picchu, because its great for hiking and trekking through the rainforest. I'd also like some b...
by Mercurius
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3379127

Re: Rant Thread

Well, it's a change in the places we're bombing, for one. True, but it doesn't really live up to the hype of change we can believe in. After all, George Bush wanted to stop bombing Iraq and start on Iran, and I didn't see it doing his progressive credentials any good. Rant: Cynics tend to like to b...
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3379127

Re: Rant Thread

Hate to ruin anyone's illusions, but choosing a candidate who is going to mass-murder Pakistanis instead of Iranians isn't really "change". Sorry. I'm not really sorry either. You've got a choice between a big pile of shit, and a slightly smaller pile of shit. Don't get carried away here.
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1662486

Re: Today You Learned

Okita wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:Teddy, or FDR?

- RG>


Twas Teddy.


That's pretty badass. Not as badass as Andrew Jackson having to be dragged off his would be assassin after beating the shit out of him, but fairly impressive nontheless.
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3379127

Re: Rant Thread

Dreams after waking up in the morning always seem the most realistic. Its caught me out a couple of times as well, though usually something (floating bread, bright purple sky, talking animals, velociraptor attack etc) tips me off before I get too into it.
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama cancels campaign events; grandma is dying
Replies: 44
Views: 5939

Re: Obama cancels campaign events; grandma is dying

I also congratulate Von Gogga, for being more self-aware than Vanessa Feltz.
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama cancels campaign events; grandma is dying
Replies: 44
Views: 5939

Re: Obama cancels campaign events; grandma is dying

Then I commend him on overcoming his natural disadvantages.

Mercurius,
is head louse-ist.
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3379127

Re: Rant Thread

Thanks.

I'll probably shrug it off tomorrow, I'm just annoyed today because I've only had 3 hours sleep and don't need this shit.
by Mercurius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama cancels campaign events; grandma is dying
Replies: 44
Views: 5939

Re: Obama cancels campaign events; grandma is dying

I almost puked my coffee all over my steering wheel. This morning on BBC London Radio Vanessa Felts had, as one of her talking points, is it right for Obama to suspend his campaign to go see his grandma on what might be her death bed. Is it right ? Are you fucking kidding me?? Well, Feltz has just ...

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