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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 09:28 AM
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Posted By theprestige
I've seen it claimed that in such matters, the...

I've seen it claimed that in such matters, the tyrant doesn't find it necessary to convince observers, but simply to put the region and its people through the process. The referendum happened. It had...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 01:06 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 1,670
Posted By theprestige
I'm pretty sure it's the exact same mechanism:...

I'm pretty sure it's the exact same mechanism: Exploitation of perceived advantage.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 01:01 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 4,970
Posted By theprestige
Bringing it back around to the topic of the...

Bringing it back around to the topic of the thread, women are more likely to endure the oppression of men over the long term than men are. So if we let men into women's spaces, they're bound to tire...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 12:22 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 4,970
Posted By theprestige
It's almost like there's some monstrous program...

It's almost like there's some monstrous program to stop girls from developing, and telling them that means they can be boys, and to stop boys from developing, and telling them that means they can be...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Even if they blame it on Ukrainian shelling, that...

Even if they blame it on Ukrainian shelling, that just means that the vaunted Russian counterbattery and air power can't actually defend against Ukrainian artillery. What happened to those Russian,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 09:25 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Translation: Liman has been liberated, and...

Translation: Liman has been liberated, and precision strikes from Ukrainian ground and air forces continue to cause casualties and destroy equipment as Russian forces withdraw from the area.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
Haha oh wow. The absolute state of Russian...

Haha oh wow.

The absolute state of Russian fixing, ladies and gentlemen.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 01:04 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
Look at how Germany, Japan, and South Korea have...

Look at how Germany, Japan, and South Korea have prospered, compared to the vassals of lesser, demented, regimes.

Where is the Russian Sony? The Russian Samsung? The Russian Rheinmetall?

The US...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
They were expecting to have all summer for...

They were expecting to have all summer for driving the one or two actually functional BTGs in their army around Ukraine, mopping up the rest of the resistance.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 12:25 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
ETA for clarity: I don't even hate the...

ETA for clarity:


I don't even hate the Daily Stormer. If you're hitching your wagon to the utterances of ineffectual neo-nazi clowns, well.

But I'm well familiar with the penchant of statist...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 12:11 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
When possession is nine tenths of the law, all...

When possession is nine tenths of the law, all you have is the other one tenth, and nobody else even recognizes it as legal
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st October 2022, 12:05 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 4,970
Posted By theprestige
It'll be interesting to see how long it takes...

It'll be interesting to see how long it takes Twitter to ban this account for hate and violence.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Being vulnerable to a flank attack requires an...

Being vulnerable to a flank attack requires an enemy force of sufficient strength to threaten the flank. I don't think the Russians have that many forces maneuvering in the theater. I expect a lot of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
Lookit the Great Satan delivering strategic...

Lookit the Great Satan delivering strategic masterstrokes, while Russia just stands there with a mouthful of teeth. That are presently getting kicked in.

Putin probably wishes this was enemy...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
I fixed it. I honestly didn't think the...

I fixed it.

I honestly didn't think the damage to the NS pipelines was really that significant, in military and geopolitical terms. But the level of copium in this thread has risen quite a bit...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
I wonder how close we are to seeing the cutover...

I wonder how close we are to seeing the cutover from "Russia's special military operation is succeeding, don't be fooled by their crafty deception operations and false western propaganda" to "Russia...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 1st October 2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,328
Posted By theprestige
You seriously think that economists don't account...

You seriously think that economists don't account for infrastructure improvements and lowered transaction costs?

Also, I'm pretty sure nobody thinks that microtransactions and freemium content...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st October 2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,389
Posted By theprestige
What gets me is that the local lore has always...

What gets me is that the local lore has always been the spooked horse story. But no:

"Forget what you people have been telling each other for generations. What you really meant all along was...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st October 2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
I like how on the one hand we're supposed to...

I like how on the one hand we're supposed to think that the US destroying this pipeline is supposed to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing...

... And on the other hand we're supposed...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st October 2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 4,835
Posted By theprestige
Only makes "pursuit" difficult if for some reason...

Only makes "pursuit" difficult if for some reason you're unwilling to say that pornography cannot be displayed on campus
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 1,670
Posted By theprestige
Hard to respect a report whose editor passed...

Hard to respect a report whose editor passed "pedaled" for "peddled".
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 4,835
Posted By theprestige
Taping the nipples doesn't solve the problem, in...

Taping the nipples doesn't solve the problem, in my opinion. Same as throwing a censor bar across 20‰ of a cock head's silhouette doesn't stop it from being hentai, and pixelating the vulva as such...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 1,670
Posted By theprestige
It probably has to do with it being illegal to...

It probably has to do with it being illegal to openly offer advantages to white people based on their race, and generally counter-productive to complain when someone gains such advantages through...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
It's not about finding a legal loophole on a...

It's not about finding a legal loophole on a technicality.

It's about basic pragmatism and common sense. If NATO wanted Ukraine in right now, they wouldn't need to find a loophole. They'd just...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
Or intentionally allowing the conditions for...

Or intentionally allowing the conditions for hydrate plugs to form, and once you were pretty sure you had some, creating the conditions for them to do the thing.

But my provisional hypothesis is...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
I could see a poorly-maintained Russian pipeline...

I could see a poorly-maintained Russian pipeline developing several plugs, and I bet that twelve-mile stretch is a bendy bit.

Honestly this makes a lot more sense than sabotage by any party.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 406
Views: 9,057
Posted By theprestige
As far as I can tell, it started out as...

As far as I can tell, it started out as conspiracy-theoretical jargon. Kind of an AAVE reference to the concept of the special sunglasses in They Live. You used to be asleep to the Unjust System of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 406
Views: 9,057
Posted By theprestige
Have you considered switching to a stipulative...

Have you considered switching to a stipulative polythetic definition that is based on present function and will eliminate all confusions? I have some lexical references and selections from Bartlett's...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 406
Views: 9,057
Posted By theprestige
Probably because it's not worth hanging on to....

Probably because it's not worth hanging on to. Whatever noble purpose it was ostensibly to serve, it got overtaken too quickly by clowning to really establish itself as a serious word for serious...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Not just between democracies; within the US...

Not just between democracies; within the US system of government himself. Within the limits of his office, Biden has near-absolute power. Outside the limits of his office, he's basically just another...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 4,970
Posted By theprestige
My provisional hypothesis whenever teenagers do...

My provisional hypothesis whenever teenagers do something horrific that also happens to violate some recently-emphasized taboo, it's because they're trying to do the most transgressive thing they can...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 5,697
Posted By theprestige
By the principle of Russian Propaganda Inversion:...

By the principle of Russian Propaganda Inversion: Russian politicians are freaking out over the idea that their supposed 'allies' are sabotaging their collective interests, and the whole premise of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
RUSSIA: Ukraine can't join NATO, we dispute...

RUSSIA: Ukraine can't join NATO, we dispute certain territories.

NATO: Literally no one in NATO recognizes your claim. There is no dispute.

RUSSIA: There is if we cross the border again.
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
I'm assuming it's symbolic also, but the...

I'm assuming it's symbolic also, but the symbolism is, "by the time NATO has finished its preliminary deliberations and diplomatic wrangling, we'll have ended this territorial dispute and NATO can...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 406
Views: 9,057
Posted By theprestige
"You can't use 'Democrat' neutrally because that...

"You can't use 'Democrat' neutrally because that guy over there is using it to be mean."

"I had no idea. I'm just using it neutrally."

"Nope. Now that you know he's using it to be mean, you...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 06:28 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 4,970
Posted By theprestige
When you put it that way... I figure we're only...

When you put it that way... I figure we're only two to three years away, at most, from a mainstream media opinion piece with a headline to the effect of "the gentrification of trans-identity".
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th September 2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
One thing's for sure: It'll get rebuilt a lot...

One thing's for sure: It'll get rebuilt a lot faster and a lot better under Ukrainian rule than Russian.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 06:15 AM
Replies: 406
Views: 9,057
Posted By theprestige
A lot of liberals have already woken up - so to...

A lot of liberals have already woken up - so to speak - to the idea that "Democrat" is now a dirty word.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th September 2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,389
Posted By theprestige
I'm okay with this.

I'm okay with this.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,389
Posted By theprestige
I suggest you start with an example usage "in the...

I suggest you start with an example usage "in the wild", and we can work from there.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1,263
Views: 21,132
Posted By theprestige
I disagree. If the monarch were the executive...

I disagree. If the monarch were the executive head of state, I'd think otherwise, but it seems entirely appropriate to me that a figurehead's death should be recorded as having a figurehead cause.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Posted By theprestige
It's kind of offensive to me that an Australian...

It's kind of offensive to me that an Australian would consider 200 deaths in Bali as equivalent to the 9/11 attack.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,389
Posted By theprestige
Why is the word offensive now? Past usage? You...

Why is the word offensive now? Past usage? You say not. Present usage? No, present usage is devoid of meaning except as a label for a place.

There seems to be no coherent history of how or when or...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Secret is the lowest level of security clearance....

Secret is the lowest level of security clearance. They hand it out to pretty much anyone who qualifies for the job role and isn't an obvious jackass.

I will not comment here about the implied...
Forum: USA Politics 29th September 2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 986
Posted By theprestige
It's cute when lay observers try to play...

It's cute when lay observers try to play gamesmanship at the level of US senators. It's pretty obvious that the actual players at that level are already way beyond such penny-ante gotchas.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 03:09 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 4,970
Posted By theprestige
I for one am totally okay with revoking trans...

I for one am totally okay with revoking trans accommodation for traitors. Unless some clearly demonstrated medical necessity requires otherwise.

ETA: From the Buzzfeed article:Henry says her story...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
What I'm wondering is how the FBI managed to...

What I'm wondering is how the FBI managed to insert itself between the woman and the Russian embassy.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Hell, the territorial defense troops around Kiev...

Hell, the territorial defense troops around Kiev may now be better organized and equipped than the Belarussians.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2,623
Views: 69,576
Posted By theprestige
Everything is relative. There are reasonable...

Everything is relative. There are reasonable doubts that Belarus could cross the distance to Kiev, in the face of even desultory Ukrainian opposition.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 11:25 AM
Replies: 406
Views: 9,057
Posted By theprestige
"Social justice warrior."

"Social justice warrior."
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