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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Feb 24 00:11:42 2018 [Edit/Delete]
heading out for pizza with group of folks I know...I will be back in a couple hours!

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wolfguard says:
(Sat Feb 24 00:01:59 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Do they think you're qualified?


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Feb 23 23:28:48 2018 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard, Agent Cooper The interview went alright! However, it position appears to demand a lot more than the description let on and I think I'm very much underqualified for it.

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Shan says:
(Fri Feb 23 22:44:08 2018 [Edit/Delete]
"I will agree that much Democratic-
sponsored welfare legislation is
intended to keep African-Americans,
Hispanics, and others down on the
new urban plantations where their
votes can be counted upon ..."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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wolfguard says:
(Fri Feb 23 22:36:55 2018 [Edit/Delete]

In case you were including me in your jab at "intellectuals", I voted for
Reagan in 1984 (I voted for independent John Anderson in 1980). That said,
it's been my experience that many conservatives worship Reagan and view any
questions of his performance as sacrilege.

By "... accomodationism of decades... are you speculating on what-if
there had been no Reagan?

World War I - A few years ago I read Europe's Last Summer by
David Fromkin. While he readily accepts contextual realities, he argues
Helmuth von Moltke started the war and did so deliberately.

- The German officer class, as a whole, believed Russia's economy and
military would eventually overtake Germany's.

- While it was still able, Germany should take Russia down.

- Since France was Russia's ally, it would have to be fought. (As you know,
they devised a plan for fighting both Russia and France)

- It was also believed that the German people would not support a preemptive
war. Consequently, the German officer class waited and worried.

Meanwhile, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Austria) worried the new Serbian
state set a bad example for some of the Empire's subjects. Maybe the Serbs
needed to be taught a lesson?

Austria saw the assassination of the Archduke as an opportunity to smack
down Serbia, but they also felt they needed Germany's backing. Moltka and
company also saw an opportunity: If Austria declared war on Serbia, then
likely Russia would declare war on Austria. Since Germany was Austria's
ally, Germany would be able to attack Russia in the guise of defending

However, there was still France to consider and here the assassination was
mot helpful. If Russia attacked Austria, then it would have less forces to
threaten Germany allowing Germany to first take France out of the war.
There's the irony: Austria wanted Germany's backing to keep Russia out of a
Serbo-Austrian war, but Germany intended to use Austria's attack on Serbia
as a way to elicit a Russian attack allowing Germany to gain the German
people's support for a war. And as a bonus, Austria would draw some of the
Russian forces away from Germany.

Summary: Many of the German elite believed they had to take down Russia
before it became too strong, but the German people would not support an
aggressive war. The assassination of the Archduke created an opportunity to
trick Russia into attacking and Austria into providing a temporary shield.

A few notes:

1 - Kaiser Wilhelm was actually a force for peace and had to be worked

2 - France went to war, because it was attacked.

3 - The British people believed the Belgium had to be defended and Germany
punished. The British elite believed France could not fall to Germany.

4 - While Germany was using Austria, it did believe the Austro-Hungarian
Empire needed to survive.


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Shan says:
(Fri Feb 23 22:31:02 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Given his past body of work (and
the sheer size of it), I'm
inclined to think there might
have been something more going

""Batgirl is such an exciting
project, and Warners/DC such
collaborative and supportive
partners, that it took me months
to realise I really didn't have a
story," Whedon said. "I'm
grateful to [DC president Geoff
Johns and Warners Picture Group
president Toby Emmerich] and
everyone who was so welcoming
when I arrived, and so
understanding when I, uh, is
there a sexier word for
'failed?'" "

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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Fri Feb 23 20:32:30 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Maverick I will agree that much Democratic-sponsored welfare legislation is intended to keep African-Americans, Hispanics, and others down on the new urban plantations where their votes can be counted upon, but otherwise, sorry. but thanks for the details on the economic side.

wolfguard I realize allowing Ronnie any credit is considered anathema by those who wish to retain their certificate which allows them to call themselves intellectuals.
But to my view, while they weren't conscious of it, the Powers in pre-WWI Europe were looking for an excuse to finally "settle things."
The accomodationism of decades of US politics with the USSR would have simply allowed them to sustain their system through gobbling up one parcel here and there in the world, a bit at a time, such a s the Untied Social States of Central America they were working on. Yes, the internal contradictions would have eventually brought it all down, but how long? I think much much longer.

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wolfguard says:
(Fri Feb 23 19:32:19 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Best of luck!


My family moved to the south in the early 50s when it was segregated. I grew
up on the periphery of the civil rights movement (being a white boy). For
whatever reason, after 8th grade I and my siblings got bused to a different
school, out of district. It was an almost new school, two years old.

Sometime in the decade or two after the Civil War, southern Whites regained
local power. They voted Democrat. After the civil rights legislation they
turned to voting Republican. From this one can speculate that labels didn't
matter to them as much as which party was promising to look after their

For now I'm not going to post or ponder on the connections between Reagan's
policies and the economy he inherited, oversaw, and left to future
presidents. Why? Too many analyses to sort through now. OTOH, I will comment
on Reagan and the downfall of the USSR. He was as much a cause of it as
Gavrilo Princip was the cause of WWI. Wait, I'll give Reagan a little bit
more credit. Both were like matches, but Reagan did blow a bit on the
resulting spark.


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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Feb 23 18:03:26 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: Remember, when you slam your briefcase down on the interviewer's desk, try to knock something over. It really gets their attention.

Remember to identify who you are talking to by asking "Are YOU the one in charge around here?" Make sure this person is the decision maker. If not, demand directions to that person's office.

Once you find the right person, maintain direct eye contact and do not blink while you explain why YOU are the best and only choice for the position, and the huge error in judgment it would be NOT to hire you on the spot.

Then explain the salary and benefits you'll require and ask where your new office is.

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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Fri Feb 23 17:37:19 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe Best of luck!

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Feb 23 17:33:01 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Mid-morning drive-by on my way to an interview!

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Fri Feb 23 15:13:32 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Friday, February 3rd 2018 C.E.

We have TWO (2) Birthdays!

major Hobgob (Rainbow's childe)

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to major Hobgob, SWFM!

Mal: Then I call it a win. What's the problem? Inara: Should I start with the part where you're stranded in the middle of nowhere, or the part where you have no clothes?

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Feb 23 14:44:14 2018 [Edit/Delete]
yay fenric!

Happy Thank Joss It's Friday!

Agent Cooper I really hope
Batgirl still gets made!

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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Feb 23 13:35:47 2018 [Edit/Delete]
Well, Joss has backed out of the Batgirl movie. That's a shame, he would have done a good job I think.

Batgirl could still be good, but now Paul Dini absolutely MUST be involved with it.

DC has done such a wonderful job with the Animated Universe. Those are really great, so well done. I wish they could carry that over to film the way Marvel has.

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