• Commented on Radio silence
    In terms of numbers, the Pacific War was always about China. And the most relevant numbers there are "Thus, while 37,583 prisoners from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth, and Dominions, 28,500 from the Netherlands, and 14,473 from the United States were...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    Over the entire course of the war, the majority of Panthers were in fact destroyed by the Germans, having broken down during one or another retreat. A defence of the Sherman, however, requires rather more than a quantity/quality apposition; there's...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    No, it's worse than that. In the Bannon culture, 90% of the population don't care whether they get theirs, as long as the world burns. That's why people who think the American electorate will be disillusioned with Trump when he...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I don't think the Putin/Trump situation is Machiavellian plotting; I think it's convergent evolution. Empires in decay destroy the self-image of those who relied on groupthink, leading (after the Soviet collapse) skyrocketing deathrates across the population and (in the US)...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    The problem isn't duelling; the problem is honour. Doesn't the term 'honour killing' mean anything to anyone? An honour-based culture is not a rule-based culture, it's a baboon troupe....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Leaving aside for the moment, as if one could, the prospect that this was a species-ending event from the climate change side, Trump’s election is a genuinely strong argument against democracy as a philosophical position. The one philosopher who should...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    I have an issue with the Dracula model, toothwise. It's obviously impossible to bite into a neck artery with normal human teeth sets. Various mods have vampires with elongated (sometimes extendible) canines or even hollow teeth (though both of these...
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