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  1. Re: Terrorists attack school in Pakistan, killing 100 children

    Yeah. You know who else prevailed in civil strife and was incredibly "popular" after that?
  2. Re: Terrorists attack school in Pakistan, killing 100 children

    Yes, if "Scotland" were an international terror organization that replaced traditional Scottish culture with foreign crazy, blew up any pre-Christian archaeological sites, and prevented half of their...
  3. Re: Common EU language - English vs Esperanto (maybe French/German) - Who cares if a language dies?

    Yeah, IIRC the Communists simplified it to some degree, one of their better deeds.



    The Arabic script, like similar ones like the Hebrew or Aramaic alphabets, is adapted to the structure of...
  4. Re: Terrorists attack school in Pakistan, killing 100 children

    Well to be fair, it wasn't exactly paradise, either, and the constant squabbles between Persians and Romans didn't help.
  5. Re: Common EU language - English vs Esperanto (maybe French/German) - Who cares if a language dies?

    English benefits from using the basic Latin alphabet, which to my knowledge is the most adaptable and easy to learn in the world. Why learn 3000 characters when you can get by with 30 (and even less...
  6. Re: Terrorists attack school in Pakistan, killing 100 children

    Really?



    There is nothing that excuses mass murder of children, neither in Peshawar, nor in Beslan, nor anywhere else. It's universally reviled, even the regular murdering bigots who'll happily...
  7. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    Oh yeah, and:
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  8. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    Precisely.
  9. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    I can only second Mhaedros' motion. For me, it wasn't the most problematic part of the adaptation. Not by far. Nor can I recall many others who hated it with a passion.
    This is almost as bad as the...
  10. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    No, people who hate Tolkien fans always bring this up as a strawman.
  11. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    Isn't free.
  12. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    And I have a problem with people who want other people to "respect XY". Case in point, last year I went to see the second Hobbit movie. It was a whole lot of money for a solidly underwhelming film...
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    Re: The Hobbit Trilogy 2012-2014

    Wait, so the Dwarves have Nydus Worms in this one? Dwarf imba :thumbsdow
  14. Re: China bans Islamic veil in Xinjiang city Urumqi

    That would be hypocritical though since religious veils aren't really a part of Uyghur culture, in fact it says right there in the article that it's a fad from Arabia, and thus even more alien to...
  15. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    There was a graph (a world map, actually) floating around some time ago which showed local preferences for different types of deities. Apparently, people from harsh environments prefer severe,...
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    Re: Is Berlin becoming a "New Jerusalem"

    Well yeah, all things considered NYC is safer for Jews (unless de Blasio gets a second or even a third term...). One factor in Berlin's (and other cities') favour though is the lower rents IIRC.
    ...
  17. Re: Was the Dominance of Abrahamic Religions Inevitable?

    You have to take into account though that Roman Mithraism was quite different from Iranian/Zoroastrian religion and, in essence, a Roman invention with some Iranian/Anatolian elements.
  18. Re: At what point did Western science supersede Islamic science in achievement?

    So in essence, you ascribe agency to things that don't exist on a physical plane? I'd rather say people created civilization. In this case, people who lived under Islamic rule, for better or worse.
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    Re: Is Berlin becoming a "New Jerusalem"

    I wouldn't be quite so optimistic. There are large swathes of Berlin where a Jew can't openly wear a kippa or any other item that identifies him/her as such, because of the risk of getting harassed...
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    Re: Marco Polo - A Netflix Original Series

    Speaking of different cultures, I hope they feature the tension and cultural differences between the Chinese and their nomadic "barbarian" overlords. And maybe a few other Asians that are also...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    Well, if you call 7% "decisive"...


    Not true, especially in Germany. There are huge taboos around and anyone trying to break them is quickly stamped with the usual labels. There's only been a...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    According to me, Islam is much more attractive right now to Europeans and immigrants alike due to the advantages in European society it confers, not the least of those being general acceptance among...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    Well, those in power (usually non-Muslim) wholeheartedly endorse Islam per se (see numerous statements from European leaders, and also American presidents G.W. Bush and Obama), and derive additional...
  24. Re: Political debate -- the most insidious type of argument

    Well, even though I agree with you, I can get behind his line of argumentation to a certain degree. I, too, hate it when people are being deliberately cryptic about something, because that means...
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    Re: Attila Caucasian or Asian?!

    Well, I wouldn't say nothing, since there's the aforementioned ruling caste, plus some cultural elements. In essence though, you are right - the unified "Turkish" identity of Turkey is a 20th century...
  26. Re: Was the Dominance of Abrahamic Religions Inevitable?

    I don't think there's even close to a billion Buddhists. Also, Hindus and Buddhists are mainly concentrated in East and South Asia, with few significant communities elsewhere. Meanwhile, members of...
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    Re: Why China is not ready for Democracy

    Well, despite being invented in Southern Europe, it does face a lot of problems in that region to this day. Though that's less of a question of voter fraud or dictatorship, and more of corruption and...
  28. Re: Political debate -- the most insidious type of argument

    Well, here's hoping your arguments will always be above these tactics.


    The most common example, even more common than conspiracy theorists hinting at something, is "your [sic] a stupid ignorant...
  29. Re: Was the Dominance of Abrahamic Religions Inevitable?

    I guess you were too lenient with those Christians after all ;)
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    Re: Why do so many people love Sparta ?

    Still, there's the possibiliy of exaggerations of certain Spartan traits or customs.
  31. Poll: Re: Best Comic-Book/Superhero Movie of all Time?

    That's more a flaw of the other movies though, and hardly to blame on Watchmen (pretty sure Sin City is R rated, too...). Several of those other movies are PG-13 or less purely for financial motives...
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    Re: What is the alternative?

    It's amazing how you must've failed to notice the huge amount of Asians and Africans of all kinds - both immigrants and temporary residents - present in Europe. I asume you never got to London?
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    Re: What is the alternative?

    OK, I'm with you there. But then, you make the same mistake by making assumptions about the social conditions in Europe that are informed by anti-Euopean prejudice dating back to the 1770ies, instead...
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    Re: What is the alternative?

    And where would one find those conditions you speak of? The only place in Europe I can think of that meets your criteria is Iceland. Which has fewer inhabitants than the average European city, so not...
  35. Poll: Re: Best Comic-Book/Superhero Movie of all Time?

    Well, I think it's easily better than half of the movies on your list. How's it worse than 300? Compare with a few others you've selected (all of which I've seen, too - except V for Vendetta):...
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    Re: What is the alternative?

    Freedom of speech and freedom from despotism.
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    Re: What is the alternative?

    I'm pretty sure that those thousands are either entirely un-political people (probably the majority), or they're anti-Western conspiracy nutjobs (probably only a handful). Living in those countries...
  38. Poll: Re: Best Comic-Book/Superhero Movie of all Time?

    And Dredd, which should be ranked among the top ten IMO (judging it as a movie).
  39. Re: Common EU language - English vs Esperanto (maybe French/German) - Who cares if a language dies?

    I care if a language dies, and I think it's foolish not to. Unless one doesn't care about culture, either. Then again, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.


    Well, most languages in Europe...
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    Re: 'Star Wars' discussions

    From a German StarTrek/Star Wars spoof (about ten years ago). Same movie also had the lightsaber whip, which I couldn't find a picture of.
    http://www.dg0ma.de/caches/taschenlaser.jpg
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