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    Re: What makes a villain?

    That's a fair point where direct, individual interaction is concerned. But what about intermediate interaction? The current pandemic provides an excellent example: Even if someone behaves...
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    Individual autonomy is not boundless and finds its limitations in the rights of others. The autonomies of individuals must be balanced against each other and those overstepping their bounds are kept...
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    I don't think coercion works as a criterion. Societies also use coercion to enforce laws that serve the public good, so it would be hard to label all that as villainous.
  4. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Boing, I lookup up Netherlands' highest point, didn't find anything matching and went for lunch...
  5. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    So that's why Napoleon wanted to expand its borders...

    I think its fair to let Turk spill it out, since he already guessed the right planet.
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    Re: Guess where?

    There's not that many places on Mars with a name...
  7. Re: Have we gone too far with computer technology?

    I think the greatest social danger is the breaking up of the social contract that the poor don't revolt as long as the rich keep them employed: As long as hiring other humans is the best option to...
  8. Sticky: Re: Post of the Fortnight - Competition Commentary Thread

    Obliged :bow:
  9. Sticky: Re: Post of the Fortnight - Competition Commentary Thread

    I had indicated that I wanted to enter the competition with the post from the relativity thread, not the other ones.
  10. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    (Almost entirely) correct! It is Heimaey, though the volcano is Helgafell. The much younger (born 1973) Eldfell is less conic and to the left of Helgfall from this perspective.
  11. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Here we go. Not a castle, for a change:
    https://www.twcenter.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=364591&d=1618012432
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    Re: Guess where?

    That's why I didn't recognise it. Good one for tearing that abomination down.
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    Ruins of Burg Drachenfels in the Siebengebirge south of Cologne. Much of the red limestone for Cologne Cathedral was hewn from the quarry you can see below the ruin. I first didn't recognise it...
  14. Re: Is BLM more racist and dangerous than the KKK or Q Anon or Antifa

    The first link pointed to a D&D post with a random assortment of quotes from god knows where, mostly obscure stuff about supposed late effects of USSR agitprop activities. Barely anything there...
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    Re: The Great Kar thread.

    Isn't he the one who used his ashikaru karquebusiers so successfully against Takeda Kartsuyori' karvallery at the battle of Nakarshino in Mikarwa province?
  16. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    Unlike the EU the UK and the US imposed export bans on vaccine and the UK very probably had a shady deal going with Astra-Zeneca to deliver more to them than the EU. The criticism of the european...
  17. Re: Is BLM more racist and dangerous than the KKK or Q Anon or Antifa

    Right, let's look at it part by part.

    I couldn't find these in the BREATHE Act or the guardian article you linked. Any other sources?

    Below I added remarks in coloured bold (green/unproblematic...
  18. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    I knew this looked familiar, but I had the last one already, so there's just a hint:

    Look what the Cat dragged in.
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    Re: Guess where?

    Aww, I was hoping someone Italian would fall for it and think it's the Loggia dei Lanzi in Firenze (of which the Feldherrnhalle is a brazen copy), but you are absolutely correct.

    Your turn. :)
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    Re: Guess where?

    This time with no added hints, sugar or antioxidants:
    https://www.twcenter.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=364580&d=1617876316
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    Re: Guess where?

    Well, you're not supposed to look at the sourcecode or open the image separately, but just look at it in good sportsmanship, aren't you?

    It is indeed the Vesting Bourtange, the epitome of star...
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    Re: The Great Kar thread.

    Will you take karciofi or askaragus instead? I'll even season it with kardamom and karcuma.
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    Re: The Great Kar thread.

    ...which you can nicely serve with Karrots, potatoes (Kartoffeln in German) and a dry white from Karinthia.
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    Re: Guess where?

    Desolé, I'm missing les ligatures on my keyboard. This side of the Rhine all we get for our tax money is Umlauts...
    ...
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    Re: Guess where?

    Ooh! I know that view. I've sat in front of that gatehouse down below. It is the Haute Koenigsbourg/Hohkönigsburg, a testament to the eventful history of beautiful Alsace.
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    Re: Guess where?

    Some unknown soldier's grave in Germany, but where?

    *hums* Bullet strikes the helmet's head, And it's all over, for the - unknown soldier...

    EDIT: :ninja:'d by Abdul.
  27. Re: Is BLM more racist and dangerous than the KKK or Q Anon or Antifa

    A horse jumps only as high as you set the bar and the post I was responding to was a pretty low bar. Can I have some oats now?

    Notwithstanding oats, what are plausible candidates for that hidden...
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    Sticky: Re: Friday/Saturday/Sunday morning preaching.

    Well, start one, I'm always happy to jump in.
  29. Re: Is BLM more racist and dangerous than the KKK or Q Anon or Antifa

    Activism against racism? Yeah, that sounds terrible indeed. How dare they be against one of the founding principles of the country, a virtue practiced by even the first two presidents?

    If you...
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    Re: Changing your mind...

    Is that really the relevant question? If others change your mind by solid arguments, is that not commendable? And if you change your mind by your own free will but based on a nonsensical whim, is...
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    Sticky: Re: Friday/Saturday/Sunday morning preaching.

    Depends, we had some interesting talk about heroes and villains and another one about racism, though that one got moved when it veered into politics.
  32. Re: ‘Soup Nazi’ joke is no longer funny, a restaurateur learns - After an outcry, the owner of the new Soup Nazi Kitchen in downtown Everett is changing the name.

    Spot the difference. Last I checked life on earth had not developed genetic memory yet.
  33. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Overlooked the edit. You're right. It's the Hühnermarkt in the New Oldtown of Frankfurt. The old city centre was destroyed in the war and has been partially reconstructed recently, with some houses...
  34. Re: ‘Soup Nazi’ joke is no longer funny, a restaurateur learns - After an outcry, the owner of the new Soup Nazi Kitchen in downtown Everett is changing the name.

    Now that is an entirely different statement, because what is "familiar" is subject to early life learning processes, so I guess we have to come to a wording we can both support.

    Will you help me...
  35. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    You're very close.
  36. Re: ‘Soup Nazi’ joke is no longer funny, a restaurateur learns - After an outcry, the owner of the new Soup Nazi Kitchen in downtown Everett is changing the name.

    No, not innate, just learned at a very early stage, and in-group bias would only be a product of evolution if it was tied to sharing the same genes rather than to whom you saw first as a baby.
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    Re: Guess where?

    https://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/media.media.79976c34-98e3-46db-a457-b5ca434aaff3.original1024.jpg
    http://www.feuilletonfrankfurt.de/wp-content/uploads/Fassadenmischung-e1569591980469.jpg
    What's...
  38. Re: First Secretary of the Rings / 30th anniversary of Tolkien's work adaptation

    You are, it is the comradeship of the ring.
  39. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Then it's Rocca Maggiore di Assisi and the tower in the foreground may well be Rocca Minore.
  40. Re: ‘Soup Nazi’ joke is no longer funny, a restaurateur learns - After an outcry, the owner of the new Soup Nazi Kitchen in downtown Everett is changing the name.

    No, you apparently did not read what I wrote. I did not deny that subconsciously we gravitate towards people who look similar to us, I just posited that this may be more due to whom we first get to...
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