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Signed On Feb 11, 2001, 01:57
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
283. Re: The real Last Word -Pedle Zelnip Mar 29, 2003, 18:53 KaRRiLLioN
Sorry, can't resist, but some people would say that any economy based upon capitalism is inevitably headed towards disaster (anybody read their Rousseau or Marx?)

Well, we certainly know that those based upon communism fail miserably, although arguably most of those attempts were perverted forms of socialism more than Communism. Human nature tends to fight against the root tenets of Communism.

Capitalism tends to work best with a small dose of Socialism, which is basically what the US has, although to a much lesser degree than many European countries. I'd say that Capitalism has also worked pretty well in Hong Kong where it's much more laissez-faire economics.

China is also turning towards Capitalism to save it from the destruction that Communism wrought there.

BTW, my wife is Russian, and she can tell you first hand that Marx and Rousseau had very wishful imaginations, but in practice, their theories have brought living nightmares.

Stalin, anyone?

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276. Re: IRAQ (The Last Word Poop) Mar 29, 2003, 00:36 KaRRiLLioN
Regarding the economy, what most people (mainly anti-Bush) tend to forget is that the economy was already headed to recession during the end of Clinton's term. The mid to late 90's were full of overexuberance regarding the tech sector. Companies and individuals were ready to believe that the "New Economy" based on the internet didn't really need to show a profit to work. By disregarding a primary law of Capitalism, the economy was set on a collision course for disaster.

Not only did Bush inherit a bad economy, but 9-11 happened and accelerated everything into the dump.

You're obviously anti-Bush so it's no surprise at your giving him all the blame for the economy, and the rest of your argument blatantly hinges on your negative sentiments toward him (and probably the Republicans in general). It's no better than those who blamed Clinton for everything bad that happened during his term.

One could argue, quite convincingly, that Clinton only initiated the Yugoslavian "conflict" in order to remove attention from his other activities in the Oval Office. I believe, however, that the action was the correct one to take.

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269. Re: Anybody read this yet? Mar 28, 2003, 10:18 KaRRiLLioN
Would you be supporting this war if liberation was the only reason?

There are plenty of cases where I'd support military action, including this one, if liberation were the only reason. I'd like to liberate Cuba and North Korea as well. Most politicians, however, tend to think of National Interest as the overriding priority rather than anything else. If I were President, then everyone would really be pissed at me for the actions I'd take militarily. That's not to say that I enjoy war, or that I'd be correct in doing so. It's a double-edged sword and while liberation or any kind of meddling in another country's affairs can do good, it can also create harm.

It's a very politically risky thing that Bush is doing in a lot of ways, but I'm in complete agreement with his reasons. Even if there are no WOMD, I feel we're justified since Saddam has been lying to the world about his compliance in many ways already. So much so, in fact, that it's made us suspicious enough to invade just to see if he's lying or not.

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262. Re: The Only way to peace...... Mar 27, 2003, 21:23 KaRRiLLioN
If no WOMD are found, it probably means that he's done a very good job of hiding them.

I also seem to remember Regime change and liberating the Iraqi people as being goals of this campaign. WOMD was just one of many.

I read that article, and while it's quite long and thought-provoking, it still seems to me that it's more of a conspiracy theorist's wet dream rather than what really happened. Joe Vialls seems to be one of those people who can find a conspiracy in anything. I ran a google search on him and found tons of such articles.

Maybe's he's right and we're all the proverbial sheep, but I doubt it. The government is made up of a lot of people and is seldom the monolithic entity that it's made out to be. If such conspiracies existed like that, then I think the news would be much more wide spread on it because someone who had been part of it would've spilled the beans.

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251. Re: The real Last Word Mar 27, 2003, 16:53 KaRRiLLioN
So what if he really doesn't have them? Is it going to be ok with you that we killed innocent civilians over bad intellegence reports?

I would argue that many more will die under rule of the Ba'ath party than will die as collateral damage in this war.

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248. Re: The real Last Word Mar 27, 2003, 15:20 KaRRiLLioN
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Wow, nice quote.

It nicely sums up a lot of these arguments.

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232. Re: The real Last Word Mar 26, 2003, 16:17 KaRRiLLioN
I didn't actually think this thread was so full of personal attacks, aside from the verbal pushing and shoving which normally accompanies this sort of debate. Then again, most of the time the verbal lashings (at least on this forum)come from disagreements about which games readers like, hate, have casual disregard for, and/or ones they wish had better netcode.

Until the F-you post by tanto, perhaps.

Then again, we all get frustrated.

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220. Re: The last word... Mar 26, 2003, 09:57 KaRRiLLioN
Tanto, you're going to need a lot of Viagra for all of that.

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203. Re: The last word... Mar 25, 2003, 14:16 KaRRiLLioN
"I want to tell you something very clear, McDonalds is the Jewish fast food of choice, and the Americans know it."
Ariel Sharon to Shimon Peres, October 3rd, 2001, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

"I want to believe" - poster on Fox Mulder's wall

Do you beleive that the "Final Solution" was a good thing, babar?

Regardless of the news sources on the "WhatReallyHappened(Inmyparanoidmind)", the small quotes to the side of each story show a propensity for the webmaster there to get a tad anti-semitic. Is he based somewhere in Montana or Waco Texas? The paranoia exhibited on that website is amusing, but scary when I consider how thoroughly some people believe in all of the "plans within plans" and conspiracies that he rants about.

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193. Re: The last word... Mar 25, 2003, 10:35 KaRRiLLioN
I love how that "what really happened website" is so completely distrustful of the US government's statements, and yet it takes all Iraqi statements as fact.

Obviously, while that website screams about the US government using the war to gain oil reserves and such, the website seeks to profit as much as possible by scaring people into thinking there are conspiracies behind everything the US government does. It's also abundantly clear that they are staunch liberals.

Another thing is that they are very much anti-semitic, or maybe they just don't like Isreal while it has a conservative government? Either way, it reminds me of these mass-mail letters that some guy from Montana used to blanket everyone's mailboxes with (when I lived in North Dakota). He complained of the "Jewdicial" system and how Jews ruled everything, etc. It's ironic that this website would be aligned with racists like this person. I work with Jews, and had a Jewish roomate for a while, and I can tell you that if they rule the US, they sure do work hard to make it seem like they don't.

I'd be interested to know if that site has archives. I'd like to see some of its coverage of the conflict against Milosevic's regime.
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150. Re: No Reason To Protest Mar 22, 2003, 14:04 KaRRiLLioN
Babar, most of those news accounts you've pointed out sound very well-thought out and rational, but only to the most extreme hard-core "peace" activist.

Just because most true news outlets don't show the massacre that you all want, doesn't mean it exists. There will be civilian casualties--hopefully not on a large scale though.

I understand that it's interesting and a good way to meet some fine college girls being in the anti-war movement and all, but I don't think you'll find many college girls hanging out on this web site.

It really seems to me that all of the energy of the anti-war movement could really be better spent cleaning up the environment and helping the poor or something. It does look like a fun party though. If I weren't married then I'd be out there hitting on some of those nice looking women I see picketing some corners here near Emory University in Atlanta. Just yesterday I saw a really damned good looking one waving her fist and shouting at all the cars that drove by.

Anyway, have fun, enjoy the big "peace" party. It'll be something you can tell your kids about some day. And hopefully some day you'll have your eyes opened.

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148. Re: No Reason To Protest Mar 22, 2003, 13:53 KaRRiLLioN
It also seems like Bush's continuing his father's doings in a sense.

I would actually look at it more as a son correcting his father's mistake. He's basically saying that his father was wrong in not pursuing the 1991 war to a true conclusion. Bush Sr. told the Iraqis to rise up against Sadaam, and those who did were basically left to fend for themselves when Bush Sr. didn't continue the assault on Iraq. That's when so many of them were killed. It followed the old US policy of encouraging people to revolt, and then leaving them out to dry with no further support.

I think Bush W is doing it right this time (so far).

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110. Re: Questions... Mar 21, 2003, 13:09 KaRRiLLioN
1) Why is it not an issue that the US has weapons of mass destruction? Or China? Or Russia? Or the UK? Or Germany? Is Bush going to wade in and disarm all those countries too?

Well actually it is an issue, and in fact that's what keeps other countries from wading in and trying to take them away. Once a country has nuclear weapons, then it's the perfect blackmail tool to keep unwanted visitors out. Obviously some regimes are considered more responsible than others at their ability to guard these secrets and keep them from the hands of terrorists. North Korea is a perfect example of a nation that is desperate for money and would sell weapons like this to anyone for the right price should they manage to get nukes (if they don't have them already).

Basically Nuclear weapons are tools used to keep regimes in power, whether they be the USA or North Korea or Pakistan. It makes it too risky for another nation to risk trying to go in using force because they risk nuclear retaliation.

Personally, I'd rather North Korea, Iraq, Iran, etc. not be allowed to get their hands on nukes because once they have them, then there's no telling what will happen. I can't guarantee that the US or Britain or India, or any other nation with nukes won't allow these to get into bad hands, but I certainly don't want them to propogate to other nations that most of the world consider unreliable.

Because, should a terrorist organization, i.e. an organization with no recognized state get their hands on something like that, they can use it with little or no fear of reprisal since they really have no home country, and then pick up roots and go hide somewhere. At least the US is trying to hold terrorists responsible, but as anyone can see, it's a very difficult process.

2) Why is it not an issue that the US has funded terrorist activity in the past?

This is a big issue. The US funded terrorists in Afganistan to defeat the Soviets, and the US supported Sadaam in his war against Iran as well. Every time this has happened, the "dog" has ended up biting the master on the hand and running away. Osama and Sadaam both got their starts from the US. I think we've learned from these mistakes. Regime change cannot be achieved simply by giving weapons to questionable groups. Rather, it is our responsibility to go in and take care of business ourselves and then spend the necessary money to do things right if it is at all possible. It IS possible. Japan and Germany are perfect examples. Japan and Germany already had excellent human resources on hand, plus very high opinions of themselves (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) so rebuilding was very successful except in places where the Soviet Union had control and generally made a mess of things.

I'm hoping that we take lessons learned and can do this right. Funding resistance groups on a low level can be useful, but for large-scale operations the US and the other responsible nations of the world MUST get their hands dirty in order to effect any sort of meaningful change. WWII is the best example of this, and Vietnam is perhaps the worst.

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85. Re: Canada's position, eh? Mar 20, 2003, 20:42 KaRRiLLioN
Try to understand this: Opposition to war != favoring Hussein's regime

I can understand that. I think what I see in the anti-war movement isn't so much of an opposition to war, as it is anti-Bush. Most of the protest signs and such that I see are more about Bush than anything else. It doesn't look as anti-establishment as in the 60's. I would venture a guess that were most of the protesters to be polled, they'd overwhelmingly be former supporters of Gore.

Also, I think that the "Bush is an idiot" line of thinking is dangerous. I mean, if he's really this stupid and is just following the instructions of advisors, then it's surprising that he's really stymied the Democrats more than they'd care to admit, and gotten his way at least as much (if not more) than Clinton did in his first 4 years in office.

I would suspect that Bush might be a case of looking less intelligent than he is. Or maybe his advisors are just that damned good.

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84. Re: Iraq... Mar 20, 2003, 20:32 KaRRiLLioN
to #28 Heretic:

Yes, ironically, Jimmy Carter (then the President of the US and now Nobel Peace Laureate) is the one who encouraged Iraq to attack Iran, and then that conflict cost over a million lives. And yes, the US indirectly intervened in many, many other conflicts, often doing more harm than good. It does seem, however that when we actually intervene directly it might work out better. Of course rebuilding is the expensive part. Maybe they can use some funds from Iraq's oil to help out with efforts in Afganistan.

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News Comments > One Must Fall, Spring or Summer
1. Heh Mar 4, 2003, 14:00 KaRRiLLioN
I Love the extra effort that is always put into the news headlines. Fall, Spring or Summer. Nice.

I still liked Such and Such Game to March forth on March 4th.

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2. Re: Gampro's just sad Feb 11, 2003, 12:15 KaRRiLLioN
I think Gamepro is after some advertising $$$. Unreal II was beautiful graphically...especially Aida =). Otherwise it was boring, repetitive, and nothing new.
In fact there is almost NO variety in the character models you encounter. There is the Skaarj and some strange blue creatures on the first level. Then Big and small very poorly made arachnids on the next level. From then on out all you fight are different Mercenary groups, which are all identical except for the color of their armor. Oh, one group of them is women, but of course they are all identical as well. There are a few indigenous creatures you encounter, about 3 different types. Other than that there are a few round robotic creatures that aren't very detailed, and then one more new enemy in the last mission.

Overall I can only think they spent all their time over the past few years on making the levels as pretty as possible, but had nobody doing character models (except Aida of course) and then someone said "Oh crap! We forgot to do the character models, let's throw something together fast!"

I had been hoping from all the hype about the Unreal engine that we'd have some big-ass landscapes with forests, cities, etc. I mean think of what they could've done!


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News Comments > Quake IV Modeler Q&A
23. Re: wait a sec... Feb 4, 2003, 16:08 KaRRiLLioN
Yep I guess there are the beginnings of what I'm thinking out there. I'm thinking also more along the line of this: what if no two people with the same game saw the same textures/models? In other words enough unique differences were injected so as to render completely different landscapes?

Probably not possible with the CPU power right now, but we're getting close I would think.

Anyway, all of this is completely pointless without good gameplay.

Insofar as MP goes, however, it would be amazingly cool to have a landscape which changes depending upon the weather etc. in a realistic mannner. I've seen it attempted before in football video games, but not in FPS's. Sure they have rain, snow, etc., but it doesn't actually affect the landscape.

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12. Re: wait a sec... Feb 4, 2003, 12:47 KaRRiLLioN
Are they dynamic, or are they already pre-set textures, i.e. like damage textures where if you hit someone, then they get bloody clothes?

By dynamic, I mean that algorithms could conceivably create completely unique looking units by applying weathering patterns etc. I'm not up to date on most 3D engine technology, but I've played Q3 and most of the stuff in it was pretty bland. I mean, you could shoot a rocket at a wall and it would leave a black mark, but that's just a decal texture, similar to Half-Life. A dynamic approach would inflict a unique mark on the wall for each impact depending on angle, force of impact etc. Red Faction had some of this with the Geomod, but that was primarily dynamic carving out of the brush, i.e. polygonal structure that comprised the map and didn't use dynamic texturing.

Maybe it has already been done, I dunno.

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9. Re: wait a sec... Feb 4, 2003, 12:29 KaRRiLLioN
What would be really cool is if someone could come up with ways to make dynamic textures. I.e. textures that could dynamically age, splinter, peel, crack, etc. I was just driving down the road yesterday and saw a convoy of buses, and noticed how different each one looked even though they all shared the same basic colors and schemes, however, each one had been through its share of weather, etc. to give them each a unique look. Perhaps one day that will be possible with games. If you think about it, the polygons that make up the models only give it a shape, the textures breathe life into these objects.

Heck, dynamic models would be cool too. Just create some algorithms based upon several different base models, and then have the engine create unique models based upon those, plus dynamic textures to give each model a different look.

Probably a crazy idea, I know, but that's what these new games need to keep it fresh. The models in UnrealII are pretty darned nice, but it's all so limited right now. They need something new. Red Faction started it off right insofar as the game engine abilities go with the Geomod stuff. Unfortunately the game itself was pretty boring. So far most new FPS's I've played have pretty bad single player stories, so obviously new technology doesn't solve that, but it'd make the environment a heck of a lot more realistic.

Oh yes, and think of using dynamic models/texures for large environments, where each tree, mountain, etc. is unique using that.

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