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Comment Re:Worse than clickbait ! (Score 1) 385

... the only thing that makes the news in a big way is a successful terror attack.

just like, we don't hear about successful terror attacks in cities we don't really care about. Russia, the middle east, africa, asia.

this one was sexy because it had a high body count, France is fucking FRANCE, and its got europe scared.

incidentally, you hear about the couple of europeans (think there was a brit) and 3 americans that prevented a mass shooting on a train half a year ago?
the answer is, nobody died so who fucking cares?

You want to know why this happened? they have no borders internally, like states, and they've got no "federal government" to mandate and allocate resources to "national" border security. I mean, we've got canada to the north, which has good border security, and mexico to the south. Which yeah, we've got a porous border on the mexico front, but it's also fucking terrifying to try to infiltrate the US from mexico unless you're mexican.

We've got a good neighbor to the north, and to the south you've gotta wrastle this here badger. wrastle the badger and you can come in... what do you mean you don't want to wrastle this here badger?

Comment Re:Parade of the Pedants! (Score 1) 211

fire is still hot in fantasy. make a fireball, and you're not going to freeze your target... unless it's a blue flame, then anything goes really. your central conceit may be that thermodynamics doesn't apply, and a blue fireball is a cold flame... because magic.

but that's part of the fantasy, and gots to be explicit in a way. if it's a standard orange flame, it's hot hot hot. in keeping with any color flame in our world.

Comment Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 211

i've kickstarted maybe 8-10 things, i've received my reward for all of them, certainly, almost always, not in a timely fashion, and one of them, i'm not sure was "worth it." but all things done in good faith.

I'm just saying, if it smells like a scam... or if it smells like they're biting off a bit much for them. use your discretion to wait.

lawsuits will determine what the relationship is.

Comment Re:Follow the money (Score 3, Interesting) 211

it's slightly different, it's a conditional purchase/pre-pay.

i make a pre-payment with the understanding that there's a chance that the venture might completely fail, but also with the understanding that if i don't, collectively i mean, then this item/idea that i find intriguing WILL never materialize.

But if it does succeed, then i am owed this thing that i payed for.

it's a purchase conditioned on them not completely screwing the pooch.

Comment Re:Before a human walks on Mars... (Score 1) 285

pakistan ain't that crazy, and israel is going the MAD strategy. Neither one is one to provoke a war. our conflict won't start in india/pakistan and it won't be started by israel.

so, all you've gotta worry about it someone looking at N. Korea funny, or a joint invasion of Israel by too many players to repel with conventional weaponry.

Israel's current stated strategy is, we're going to burn this muthafucka to the ground before we'll give it up, and also, "we get nuked, we're not going to take the time to figure out who nuked us." israel is not going to be the aggressor.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.