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    Re: H.P. Lovecraft's birthday :)

    Lovecraft was a very good "scene setter": the police raid on the Louisiana cultists or the despairing nature of the outsider's lair are very good examples of the strong points in his narrative style....
  2. Re: Humans are not biologically meant to have civilization

    BREAKING: evolutionary processes are not supposed to be teleologically oriented or normed, it's all quite random.
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    Re: Your favorite hobbies

    Procrastination
  4. Re: What happened to change the Japanese Military mindset from 1900 to 1937?

    My point is, in a certain way, you point man. All I'm saying is that a traditional moral code of rigorous expectations, like the Bushido, has it's roots (at least it's romanticist ones) in a world...
  5. Re: What happened to change the Japanese Military mindset from 1900 to 1937?

    Mishima is relevant, the utilization of Bushido by the IJA intelligentsia is relevant and even the "intentional twisting and deforming" argument has a certain sound to it truth, it is evident that...
  6. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    Not a muslim but as a godless heathen that has picked up some fragmentary info by people within said religion this "cover your face thing" derives from the global "modesty mandate", then that gets...
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    Re: Copa Libertadores 2014

    Can't believe a player in Ortigoza's physical condition is going to play RM. He has the looks of a Sunday league forward.
  8. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    Never ruled out that one, that's why I clarified that I don't care about individuals who chose to wear a sheet over their face. Even if said choice is a strongly conditioned one.
  9. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    A measure I'm not advocating, as I previously stated a few pages back. I'm more of a legal and social assistance kind of guy. Except when these garments pose a situational security risk or ID...
  10. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    For pluralism's sake this is not about the "happiness" of individuals who "chose" (through previous strong cultural isolation and indoctrination I might add) to walk around with a sheet over their...
  11. Re: Every idiot knows Austerity can never work

    The problem with 'austerity' isn't that it doesn't work, well maybe in some cases it just doesn't, but that the political and social costs of keeping it indefinitely are just too much for many...
  12. Re: Capitalism vs. Socialism: Which is the better economy? [elfdude vs. Legio Italica] commentary thread

    Planned economies only worked somewhat consistently during the times of Ancient Egypt and, to a lesser extent, in Mesopotamia cultures. Roman, Medieval and eventually Soviet intents to suppress...
  13. Re: Should the West (mainly USA and EU) support the Syrian Army in it's war against ISIS?

    Well, it's good to hear that the US leadership is somewhat coming to it's senses, realizing the situation in Baghdad is far to complicated right now to wait for "Iraqi troops" to do the fighting...
  14. Re: Should the West (mainly USA and EU) support the Syrian Army in it's war against ISIS?

    That's very relevant to future implications, but I believe a bargain between the Turkish government and a progressively independent Kurdistan can be arranged; for starters the US is a major supplier...
  15. Re: Should the West (mainly USA and EU) support the Syrian Army in it's war against ISIS?

    Juridical protocol and "the legal international system" are of little to none significance when the actors in the ground are moved by interests or contemplated within groups that have absolutely no...
  16. Re: Should the West (mainly USA and EU) support the Syrian Army in it's war against ISIS?

    I have a feeling that has something to do with the Israeli artillery being able to blow Damascus to pieces from the Golan the minute an IDF jet gets shot down by the Syrian government.
  17. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    I've just been reading the article on the Yazidi exodus toward the mountains and it seems like the ISIS troops might catch up with them at any time (with Peshmergas in completely defensive positions...
  18. Re: Should the West (mainly USA and EU) support the Syrian Army in it's war against ISIS?

    No, the russians and chinese can take care of Assad's logistical problems... what "the west" should do is drop the Wesphalian approach and accept Iraq can no longer be held together a political...
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    Re: Argentina to default (again)

    Hehehe, that's because the root of Argentine "economic misfortunes" aren't to be found inside it's economic structure or performance... the causes are within the political system.
  20. Poll: Re: Which amendment in the original bill of rights is the most important?

    Well, it could be argued that at least "in the north american case" these "rights" where in something of an embrionic normative system within traditional colonies. Later developments like the...
  21. Sticky: Re: The "Say "Cheese" thread (Read OP for rules)

    Yeah, I guessed that was come up quickly after the pic :shocked:...


    that doesn't stop me from lecturing students and undergrads alike on paradoxical consequences of modern life though. :wicked:
  22. Sticky: Re: The "Say "Cheese" thread (Read OP for rules)

    Haven't posted here in a very, very long time so I'll just leave a simple one, serious face and cig:

    http://i.imgur.com/RFCfpRo.jpg
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    Re: National Cohesion of USA

    Yes, as a general rule the cohesion of "the power elite" or "the elites" (in highly differentiated societies there's several of them) guarantees a basic level of unity for the 'herrschaft', the...
  24. Poll: Re: Which amendment in the original bill of rights is the most important?

    The first and fifth form the core of any liberal system: they allow for the creation and recreation of reasonably plural society, they guarantee the basic premises of civil equality around which...
  25. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    First of all: I'm not defending burqa-ban laws beyond very specific situations like IDs or concrete security reasons. What I'm aiming at is to the notion that there's a high degree of individual...
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    Yes, and it's moral quicksand, but in liberal democracies it's the responsibility of the state to impose it's formally approved norms even on domestic issues that are related directly to gender roles...
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    Are we discussing bikinis and comparing them to burqas or niqabs now? I believe not being ostracised and/or beaten into submission for refusing to wear a bikini to the beach speaks volumes about the...
  28. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    Given how much of a geopolitical hazard the ISIS faction has become I would dare say even Hezbollah is a somewhat "reasonable and predictable" actor in comparison.
  29. Re: The irrelevancy of the modern state and how does centralized government still justify it's existence?

    I'll give one simple (and ethical) reason for the continual relevancy of Modern States in their centralized form: upholding civil rights against local majorities.

    Local governments, of the...
  30. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    The ISIS guys and their Caliphate is as grimly caricaturesque as it can get, in an admitedly twisted way I'm going to regret their eventual obliteration by Iranians or the West.
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    Re: Argentina to default (again)

    With a presidential election next year, several economic and corruption problems and the Kirchner's own brand of "populism" on it's way out of the government it's hard to imagine such a development....
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    Re: Copa Libertadores 2014

    A Bauza team winning by a 5-0 score at home and then managing to keep a 0-1 away. This is going to be the worst Libertadores ever. Nacional - San Lorenzo, ugh... all I hope now is that they come to...
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    Re: Argentina to default (again)

    Ohh yeah absolutely, it has always been a somewhat peripheral economy and the systematic reduction of foreign investment through blatantly protectionist policies haven't helped our integration to...
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    Re: Argentina to default (again)

    Well, we've been dealing with a rising inflation rate (it's at 35% annual right now) that the government hid by systematically manipulating official statistical information for more than 7 years now....
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    Re: Argentina to default (again)

    Hehehe

    http://www.urgente24.com/sites/default/files/notas/2014/04/09/kicillofycapitanichserien.jpg

    :surprise:
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    Re: National Cohesion of USA

    In complex societies like the American one political elites form themselves regardless of moral intention or origin, the normative system and institutional order does model their exclusion/inclusion...
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    Re: National Cohesion of USA

    Ok, just to clarify: social cohesion is not social integration. Despite the massive inequalities along the lines of educational-achievement, occupational compensation or income distribution that put...
  38. Re: Orban wants to build 'illiberal state'

    In any constitutional framework there's a basic core of rights that distinguishes "liberal systems" from non-liberal ones (democracy, as in popular sovereignty is another matter): of movement, of...
  39. Re: Orban wants to build 'illiberal state'

    Nope, laws are the product of elected representatives making interpretations and voting on the basis of higher authority charts that can only be reformed through specific means (one of those higher...
  40. Re: Orban wants to build 'illiberal state'

    Wonder what will the Union do with the Hungarian government, if there really is a turn for the authoritarian regarding civil rights and political balances there'll definitely have to do something.
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