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ICT / Superman vs Blue Marvel
« on: April 06, 2017, 08:15:34 PM »
Just to feel this out

Standard and Superman all-out

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Debate / How much will the FBI reopening matter?
« on: October 28, 2016, 05:43:04 PM »
Hillary is at 80% on 538, if she loses two points in the popular vote her odds go down to about 68%

The flip side is that Anthony Weiner is involved in the case and emails in question, which could insulate hillary.

So overall how close do you think scandal 534678 of the election will affect the possibility of Emperor Trump?

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Debate / Brits (Nigel Farage)
« on: June 26, 2016, 01:51:31 AM »
I was on the comments sections on one of my geopolitical websites and I came across a fascinating article by John Maudlin. He isn't a well-known writer but he is associated with a few well-know, high-profile intellectuals like Nial Ferguson et al and I personally find his ideas to be astounding.

If anyone wants the original article that these comments were about, let me know and I'll post it either on the forum or send as a pdf or  article via pm or email. Anyhow I thought it gave an unexpected perspective on Niall Farage's perspective:

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Robert Morcom-Harneis
This is a very good letter. Debt is what it is all about and what it will do to us. Brexit - yes Nigel Farage is a noisy showman. But as a journalist I interviewed him in 2009 before the British is started to take him seriously. I was impressed with the simplicity and clarity of his thinking. Forget the beer drinking and the showmanship. Basically He thinks two things. A united Europe on the Brussels EU Commission model is an impossibility. "Like Communism, a good idea that went wrong." It follows from that that he thinks not that Britain should leave the EU but that it must, whatever the consequences because they will be better than staying tied to a shipwreck. Second he is a Europeanist - yes I am serious. But he wants a collective Europe of independent (with all its practical limitations) states. Sound familiar? It should do as it is precisely the view of General de Gaulle whom he told me he greatly appreciated. It is very important to take in all of what he actually says. And don't forget he knows a great deal more about how the City works than George Osborne and Communicator Cameron as an ex successful commodity broker.
Finally I doubt the majority Prots in Northern Ireland will go along quietly with a United Ireland. But I agree the canny Scots will wait and see. They will not want to go for independence whilst the North Sea Oil industry is in financial ruins. But then again we are thinking the unthinkable...



I think I mistook home for a UK Donald Trump, but he's apparently at the very least put some thought into some things. The irish and Scottish perspectives were interesting as well.

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Debate / Most Reliabe News Sources and Pundits?
« on: June 16, 2016, 03:02:18 PM »
The election has been a mixed blessing Those of you who know a bit about what I'm most interested in know that I've always loved and studied geopolitics. Recently I've developed a need to understand politics - domestic and international, as well.

I've been quite surprised at how much clear bias I've found in the media and instead of relying on any particular source I've used keywords to lead me to great research, op-eds and news.

After a few months, I found much to my surprise that MSNBC is a Democratic establishment shill. Fox (this wasn't news) is a propaganda arm of the RNC and neo-conservatives, certain newspapers don't even try to hide their lack of objectivity and so on.

So I'm putting together a list of information sources, my opinion on them, and asking all of you where you get YOUR info and what you think of certain news outlets.

General News:

The most lacking category. I don't have one source to go to that I trust for general news (the best one's cost money) I'm using a hodge-podge of:



Vox - I don't know what this publication is about, but their op-eds are brilliant. I consistently find incredibly bits of info and unexpected insights. Ironically, I never visit them directly, they always pop up at the top of the search engines.

Old School Newspapers: Washington Post, NY Times (no NY Post), LA Times, other major city papers

Daily Show: Yeah, old news but between Stephan Colbert (technically no longer Daily Show but) Old Jon Stewart clips, John Oliver, Trevor Noah (like him quite a bit) Seth Myers (same format - different network)

MSN Network - Distasteful, but if something is big enough its a launching pad to dig deeper.

Political Sites:

Thehill.com: Surprisingly comprehensive

Politco.com: Not sure about there biases yet, but they seem comprehensive and well-written without the pretentious palavering of pundits who like to burn through their thesaurus.

www.redstate.com: they are obviously Republican surrogates but despite the occasional "Obama or Hillary is the antichrist" type of commentary, they're research is very good

Reuters: These guys are tops, simply tops. Only problem is that I'm a forecaster at heart and they're pure analysis

Private Sites:

This is just for anyone who likes geopolitics but I've been in touch with

Geopoliticalfutures.com (George Friedman)
Stratfor.com (has declined but still does some great work)
Mauldioneconomics.com (much like Friedman - if you're not reading them, you should be)



       For anyone who has any sites that I haven't thought of in terms of category please fell free to add them. I have a smattering of individuals that I check out from time to time, to get a feel for what they're thinking, but they aren't necessarily "sources." I'll look at Dick Morris's site to see what the depraved minds are thinking.

Let er rip gents and ladies. I need help. I'm on my meds so feeling reasonably well-balanced! :-)



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Food and Fitness / Question for Jessie
« on: May 26, 2016, 01:27:18 AM »
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Day 1, Leg Day #1:
-Squats, competition stance.  Max Effort single or heavy singles 3-5
-Olympic stance pause squats 3 sets x 3 reps
-Suspended good mornings 5x3
-Leg curl, single leg 4 x 25

Day 3, Leg Day #2
-Box squats 6-10 sets x 3 reps.  Heavy-ish.  I generally work between 495 and 595, depending on how strong I'm feeling and which bar I'm usingDon't listen to any youtubers that say you can do them with a narrow stance, don't have to sit all the way back and all that jizz.  There are box squats and then there's just squatting to a box.
-Sumo stance squat 2 x 15

Day 5, Deadlift day
-Max effort single or heavy singles.  I have numerous back problems, so I don't fool around with rep work.  Always keep my technique clean
-Glute ham raise 3-5 sets of 10-15 if I'm not adding weight
-Banded back extensions
-reverse hyper usually 3-5 sets of 10
-leg curls 4 x 25


OK - this is a really nicely laid out leg routine. I'm going to adopt a lot of it, though my biggest challenge is psacing out to have recovery time in order to train MMA and its component arts. In general - stand up work - mostly boxing - is hardest when my legs are too sore as I do a lottt of leg work and I'm trying to make a point of daily rope jumping and shadow boxing.

I'm very curious:

1 - Could you post your upper body routine? It's easier to work around that - especially given a dynamic speed day.

2 - How low do you go on box squats? I try to use the most stable bench I can find in the gym (always below parallel) and I drag it into the squat rack and use pins to make sure I can use great form. If I had my druthers I'd use plyo boxes but no such luck

3 - How often do you use bands? I truly love chains but I can't get them here. I use bands every chance I get.

4 - Do you rotate your triceps exercises? I think I can impive in tri's and general back strength - I'm pretty good in those areas, just think I'm underperforming in areas I shouldn't be.

Thanks ahead of time - I really enjoy your dedication and advice

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Debate / Why Trump is dangerous!
« on: May 08, 2016, 11:03:15 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f00njIl9iAM

I'm going to post all of Trump's pearls here.

I tried discussing this in a few threads but this is Donald Trump explaining how he plans to bankrupt the US system. Worldwide economic collapse - this is the most terrifying thing I've ever heard a candidate say

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Ben affleck jla executive producer
« on: May 06, 2016, 04:17:19 PM »
Beginning of some oversight, and control over thre franchise (dc eu) or stop gap damage control?

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Debate / Larry Wilmore WHCP
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:58:19 AM »
Did I....just see that........seriously.....WTF was that???????

When did I wake up in an alternate dimension. One second it was Bill Clinton and cigars and suddenly, rape jokes on the Presidential dais??????? What happened world, what happened?

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General Chat / Question for all posters of Haitan descent
« on: April 23, 2016, 02:16:33 AM »
OK. Lots of questions about the Haitian language and culture here.

1 - How would most ethnic Haitains react to a white guy speaking to them in Creole. I'm pretty sure first generation Haitains who speak English as a second language would be thrilled, but I'm curious as to how native bilinguals would take it - a compliment, an insult? I'm leaning towards complimentary but better to ask

2 - Are their Haitain enclaves in major cities? Most cities have their Chinatown, little Italy, various ethnic districts etc... Are Haitain districts tight knit?

Big question because outside of 2 or 3 major cities, Japanese districts are famously scattered. Brazilian US districts are also limited. Spanish-neighborhoods often divide themselves between specific nationalities.

Russian, Israeli, Indian, and Chinese communities are famously tight knit.

I need to know if I can go to NY and fid a little Haiti - or the equivalent in Miami or Boston etc...........

3 - How well do Haitians usually speak French? I looked into it and I recognized a lot of vocabulary in Creole from French. Do most Creole speakers have a good mastery of French as well? I'm hoping so.

If so, how does it sound? Canadian? African? Something unique sound wise?

4 - Is there a decent amount of pop culture. I can imagine a lot of literature, music, and the whole nine. A small, independent film culture? A well-established diaspora that creates film or tv in Creole?

Thanks in advance for any feedback  :)

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Debate / Ted Cruz Question
« on: April 13, 2016, 12:29:26 PM »
From the beginning of the race up until now, I consider myself one of the few who has always considered Donald Trump a very real threat.

I still consider him to be the spoiler. He's the best chance for a Democratic White House, but if he becomes nominee he has a real chance at becoming the POTUS. In today's political Bizarro-world, he's become the country's best chance for a progressive future. If he's the nominee, th4e Dem's will have to consolidate and do so around a more progressive message, ala Bernie Sanders, than if they run against an establishment candidate.

  The Donald has been slipping up recently, and the word on the grapevine is that his barebones campaign is not only poorly run, but that he's running out of steam, funding (his personal fortunes largely illiquid), and his stubborn refusal to learn policy is becoming a real issue. It's starting to reflect in poll numbers, albeit some of it being standard republican obstructionism and rigging the playing field.

Then I read this:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cruz-likely-to-block-trump-on-a-second-ballot-at-the-gop-convention/ar-BBrHv51?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCDHP

Ted Cruz is terrifying because as horrifying a human being as he is, he is a terminator-like efficient political machine in a country that seems to want a theocracy. Ted Cruz is the exact politician who can deliver that.

So three questions:

1 - In the now very likely chance of a brokered convention, what are the chances of the Republicans nominating Cruz just to spite Trump.

2 - Once that happens, what are the chances that Trump then runs as an independent, and how does that affect who becomes the POTUS

3 - What are Cruz's more specific and insane policies? I'm going to look them up, but if anyone knows more about him than my generalized knowledge of his long history of leading obstructionism, general lunacy, and the refusal of any friends or family to acknowledge him as a decent carbon-based oxygen breathing organism, I'd be grateful. Thanks!!!!!

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / DC Film U Good News
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:45:25 AM »

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Posting this because it's too fucking surreal!

A not-too-close friend from the Jiu Jitsu world moved to the outskirts of Rio. Before his move, we talked a lot in the gym, and occasionally hung out after training etc.......

I was taking a nap and my wife woke me up to watch a news report. The reporter was talking about a Jiu Jitsu master who had murdered his girlfriend and gave the cops (I don't understand how he wasn't shot dead on the spot but....) tasered him and he shrugged it off. I didn't notice at first - since the last time I'd seen him he's put on some pounds, shaved his head and grown a goatee, but then they mentioned the town he went to and his name.

I did a double take and recognized that he was the fucking murderer!!!

It's cliché, but he seemed so........decent and normal. Out of all the people I know who I would have expected something like this - he was low on the list.

      This was shocking. I've met people in crazy situations here. A mob right -hand man to a VERY well-known mobster who was trying to start life over. A few people hiding from the FBI. A couple of people that I just decided that the less I knew about, the better. Even a couple of guys who got into very funny crime situations. One guy was driving his buddy to the bank, only to have his "friend" run into the car and yell "step on it," informing him that he'd just held up said bank much to his surprise.

Even the mob guy wasn't bad. He was an awesome guy. Helped me a lot in the gym, always wanted to go hang out and have a beer. Just wanted to escape his old life, lift weights and fight with a low profile, and have as much sex and beach time as possible. I felt bad for the dude when Interpol got him.

This guy on TV tonight literally murdered his girlfriend and stuck her in the trunk of his car. WTF!!!!!!!

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Batman v Superman possible suprise!
« on: December 04, 2015, 11:39:04 PM »
Rewatched the trailer and found a few bizarre things

Is it possible Bizarro is in this somehow?

Luthor is obviously able to use Kryptonian DNA and tech to create Doomsday

In the scene where he's playing his Dr Frankenstein bit, Superman is in the background passively looking on - like he was either the original clone or mind controlled. Why would he in any way, shape or form even think of letting Lex play with the corpse of Zod and just stand there.

He's very clear that he doesn't want to hut Batman. He flat out says so.

Yet after the hail of gunfire from the batwing he floats into the air with a vacuous look on his face and fires off a shot of heat vison which Batman barely escapes - even though he clearly states that " if he wanted him dead he already would be"


Mind control?

Suprisie clone?

Doomsday starts out as a Bizarro clone that mutates out of control?


Look at the difference in Superman's blank expression while Lex is creating Doomsday in his lab and compare it with his scowl when he asks him "what have yo done?


Thoughts?

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Debate / National Interest: What's The Limit?
« on: November 01, 2015, 07:45:38 PM »
It seems the Syria thread has died, so I'd like to bring up the biggest question I had from that thread to a new one.

PG/Jelly brought up a few case of national interest and what we're willing to do to achieve our national aims.

Independent of whether you agree with what US goals were in the first place, let's just assume for argument's sake that there was a vital reason to succeed in the conflict (in one case there absolutely was) and we're forced as a nation to authorize some unpalatable things to subvert or defeat our enemies.

1: Case 1 - Russia has been aggressive militarily since 2008, starting with the Georgian invasion but rattling sabers beforehand and looming as a threat to Western Europe and US Eastern European allies. At this point it's obvious that not only was Georgia not an isolated incident, but it has moved against Ukraine and aside from dozens to well over a hundred territories inside it's sphere of influence that it's controlled it's entered the Syrian conflict as well.

Independent of what you think we SHOULD be doing to Russia let's play with the idea that we have to demonstrate strength.

PG/Jelly linked to an article demonstrating that US forces have been training Neo-Nazi Ukrainian groups that plan to antagonize Russia. In this case, Russian aggression is a threat to it's neighbors and is intimidating Europe as a whole. Instead of direct conflict with a nuclear-armed military that possesses massive military capabilities.

Our solution is to use subversion, we are training groups that already have a bone to pick with Russia and arming and training them. The moral question,. Is there a moral line we should follow or should we go for the groups with the best chance of subverting our enemy. Direct conflict is not an option. We're training neo-Nazi's that are already present in Ukraine. Is it amoral line we shouldn't cross? If so, how should we deal with the problem?


2: Scenario 2 - PG/Jelly mentioned our support of the Mujahidin in the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. At the time it made perfect sense. At the height of the cold war the world was squarely divided into US proxies, Soviet proxies and a smattering of unaffiliated nations. The Soviet Union was a military threat in every sense of the word. They had military capabilities that in some cases were superior to ours. Nuclear missiles were pointed at Moscow and Washington. Defeat would have meant th end of Democracy and a Soviet empire spanning the globe.

      We armed and trained the Mujahidin knowing full well that it was a terrible military move on the Soviet's part and that the conflict would bleed their resources dry. As it turned out we were absolutely right, it was similar to their Vietnam.

PG/Jelly did bring up a not insignificant fact. The same Mujahidin that fought the Soviets in the 70;s and 80;s morphed into Al-Qaeda and flew the planes directly into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and were directly responsible for the wave oft terrorism that is arguably threatening Democracy right now, as we cavalierly strip away civil liberties to fight a War on Terror that has no official way to end, so it's carte blanche on government spying on its own citizens.

Were we wrong to support the Mujahidin? Consider what was stake at the time. How would you have acted differently if you had had the option?


3: case 3 - This one is a little trickier. The US is backing ISIS in the Syrian crisis. ISIS are obviously not a good people and morally questionable to say the least. The supposed reasoning is that among the various groups trying to take control of the chaos in the ME, we are likely posting our chips on the group that has the best chance of bringing stability through force. The other contenders for the position are the Taliban, somehow restoring Assad to power, or another group. Either way, the US has obviously decided that one group should be take charge

Assuming that this is a decision based on actual correct military  planning (and I fully accept that there could be corruption involved here) is backing a terror group to stabilize a power vacuum morally unacceptable?




Before this debate even begins I want to make one thing clear. I don't have a dog in this fight. I am genuinely curious as to how everyone feels about this independent of my own opinions.

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