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  1. Re: Why can pikemen run in phalanx?! And why cant hoplites run?!

    I don't think the rank behind you would be breathing down your neck. The lateral space might have been tight but the ventral dorsal directions should be looser. I mean you want a strong fighting...
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    Re: The new E.A.Poe statue in Boston

    The monument in Baltimore (where he died) is far better. He is a Bostonian so he should have a statue, especially in his eponymous square, but I'm not in love with the one depicted. It's a bit over...
  3. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    If we ever meet remind me not to buy you a beer. :tongue:
  4. Re: Why can pikemen run in phalanx?! And why cant hoplites run?!

    No, Alexander's Foot Guards appear to have done a quick march, and stormed the enemy line, but calling that running is silly.

    Hoplites definitely carried javelins in most sources so yes, they...
  5. Re: Ex Special Forces operator kills three outside Jewish community centre in Kansas.

    Yeah the monuments to traitors suspected of war crimes against the US are kind of weird. But you know, Mississippi is pretty :wub:ed up in general.

    I'm okay with the cult of Lee because he was at...
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    Re: Afghan Elections on Saturday

    If they can't decide who won I suggest they reinstate the monarchy and then set all the candidates up as ministers.

    An apolitical hereditary head of state could bring some advantages in these...
  7. Re: Ex Special Forces operator kills three outside Jewish community centre in Kansas.

    I'd make an Illinois Nazi joke but it's not very funny at the moment.

    I mean this isn't some thrill kill maniac shooting up a movie theater, this is domestic terrorism. The KKK should be...
  8. Re: Which Ancient Battle Would You Like To Have Seen With Your Own Eyes?

    Yeah Red Cliffs had a huge number of soldiers involved, but they weren't congregated at a battlefield, but positioned in a number of corps within a wider area. Only some of the elements actually...
  9. Re: Would a Scottish warrior have used a falchion at the battle of Stirling Bridge?

    Contrary to popular opinion the only different between the two sides at Stirling were the size of forces and the colors of their surcoats. We're talking mail armored professionals for the most part....
  10. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Religions are intrinsically based on said revealed knowledge.

    You can't deny the possibility of revelation and still think religions are plausible. If you don't believe in prophecy why would you...
  11. Re: Ex Special Forces operator kills three outside Jewish community centre in Kansas.

    Hardly, the man was smiling and saying "Heil Hitler" when they put him in the car.

    He was not an American patriot. He was an Aryan nationalist type.
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    Re: Seleucids = Power itself

    Seleucids are supposed to be back stabbed and collapse beyond their core provinces. It should be one of the harder playable factions to conquer with. They managed to reconquer most of Alexander's...
  13. Re: Firaxis announces Civilization: Beyond Space for Fall 2014

    Just saw and advertisement for this. Very nice presentation. Never been a huge fan of Sid Meier games though, not sure why.
  14. Poll: Re: If NATO attacks Russia, which territories should we annex?

    If Putin grew a beard like that I'd give him the Ukraine. His Russian levels look over 9000.

    Perhaps they will not submit to a foreign premier, but how can they refuse their Tsar (and his polks...
  15. Re: Official Statement from The History Channel

    I think the internet is going to be a better place for a real "History Channel" than Television.

    Something with global breadth and ancient to modern width. Then make a "Science Channel" equivalent...
  16. Re: The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

    Sometimes we use rivers damn it.

    Anyhow, I'd like to see someone label the Provinces of the PRC from memory. That would be a laugh and a half.
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    Re: Remastered Age of Mythology!

    I'm one of the people who are glad its only a visual update. The original game was good. You've already got 12 Factions in the game (not 4). It's an RTS not a RTT I don't need a million factions.
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  18. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Agnosticism is a position against the existence of revealed knowledge.

    Atheism is a position against the existence of deities.

    Deists are agnostic theists. They believe in God but not in...
  19. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    Several buildings of what? Tens of thousands?

    It's the context. Accidents like that happen when millions of invaders are coming to annihilate you. You don't need to put that in a video game.
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    Re: Unit Chatter

    I've always liked the Blizzard RTS school of unit chatter. Normal selections and orders will get random serious responses. However if you intentionally keep clicking on them you get to the funny...
  21. Re: Why can pikemen run in phalanx?! And why cant hoplites run?!

    You can definitely run in armor with a Dory and Aspis. Although it wasn't the norm as can be attested from the specific incidents of when it was done.

    Good luck running with a Sarissa and a...
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    Re: Mobile Warfare: Touch Control for Total War™ ROME II

    Back in my day patches were for tweaking balance problems and unforeseen bugs. Maybe even adding more content that didn't justify an expansion and was too juicy to wait until there was an expansion...
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    Re: Rome 2 Touch Control

    It's bad enough what Games Workshop has done to their own business. If CA makes a bad game I'm going to be pissed for months.

    I hope they read this.

    And honestly who the hell develops a game...
  24. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    When did the red army burn their own civilians alive in their homes?

    That's not how scorched earth works. Defeats the purpose.
  25. Re: The disconnect between the 'Leitkultur' and the actual society

    I find it comforting that the aristocracy are intellectually and morally superior to the masses of serfs, so long as the serfs are treated fairly it shouldn't be an issue.

    The fact there is a...
  26. Re: Thatcher/Britain in the 1970's - Are people dumb, forgetful or deliberately obtuse

    Centers of trade and manufacturing are intrinsically nomadic. Glasgow was a small town for most of its history. It became a center of trade because of colonialism and a center of manufacturing...
  27. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    Some, not all, and its distasteful to completely ignore the Holocaust and Wehrmacht war crimes and focus on the much smaller and less severe Soviet ones in a context of comparing the two against each...
  28. Poll: Re: Do you think of yourself primarily as a world citizen or as a citizen of your country?

    I consider myself cosmopolitan rather than globalist.

    I'm American because I am American and I like it here. So long as I don't get lumped in with ignorant bastards in Oklahoma because of...
  29. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    I think its fair to say the actual Vikings were worse than the Anglo Saxon civilians they were killing but if we put Anglo Saxon Thegns attacks against Norse civilians during the reconquest of the...
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    I'm not too worried about it. At this point I think the sane portions of the west have forgiven Germany to the point that Germany during WW2 and Nazi Germany are practically different things. I'd...
  31. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    I don't want to shock anyone but this is clearly based on a musing by comedian David Mitchell. Or at the very least its a similar point of view. I can't be bothered to find it, but Mitchell was...
  32. Re: Are there black people in Fantasy Warhammer?

    In my view almost everywhere in Warhammer has humans because they are the default race. So there should be American-like people in Southern Naggaroth and Western Lustria where the concentrations of...
  33. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    If we're more concerned about oil than morality clearly we'd take take the oil in the traditional fashion, storm the place and kill everyone, set :wub: on fire, grab the stuff we want, and walk away...
  34. Re: Waco 2.0 imminent: Nevada burger farmer threatens 'range war' against federales

    I don't think its fair that small farms have to buy feed or use their own land for grazing when these big ranchers can use public land.

    Give us Easterners a competitive advantage damn it.

    /I...
  35. Re: USA's supreme court lifts campaign funding limits

    Oh no! Increased advertising budgets, how will democracy survive in the wake of such tragedy?
  36. Re: Rand Paul says (in 2009) that Dick Cheney wanted war with Iraq for Halliburton profits

    Ron Paul lost the election because some of his ideas were bad and all of his ideas were contrary to politics as usual.

    Ultimately the news has some influence on controlling who gets coverage and...
  37. Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    After much genealogical research I've decided I'm English American not Irish American because I prefer cider to beer. /sarcasm
  38. Re: Rand Paul says (in 2009) that Dick Cheney wanted war with Iraq for Halliburton profits

    The way I see it, most of the things I disagree with him on are legislative matters and most of the things I agree with him on are executive matters. As such I think he'd be fine as a president, but...
  39. Re: so we all died and 100'000 of years later...

    Why? Did that movie trailer have a humanoid raccoon in it? I don't remember.
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    Re: US has a drone ship, now what?

    It's not a :wub:ing drone. Drones are remotely controlled vehicles. This vehicle has crew on board and requires crew on board.

    The 1938 B-17 had a 10 man crew. The 1952 B-52 has a 5 man crew. The...
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