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  1. In Response to Swithin "Vietnam was to stop communism from spreading. Made sense under the zeitgeist of the time. The whole world thought that way. We didn't enter Iraq to stop anything, and it sure as hell doesn't make sense to any other country (except our personal fluffer, 'Great' Britain.)" While this may be true, don't forget that much of our Cold War involment abroad was fundamentally motivated by profit. A perfect examble would be Nixon/Kissinger's "Track Two" plans to oust Salvador Allende, who campaigned on the platform of appropriating much of Chile's natural resources. While this may be decidedly left-wing, it hardly qualifies as Stalinism, or Maoism, and Track Two was only brought to the drawing table after relentless lobbying by IT&T Copper. Another example would be Guatemala, where US intervention was the result of lobbying by United Fruit. "The sad truth is that America *is* racially fractured, why else would we" *need* a Black Caucus? So kinda they are [racist]... in that the stated purpose of the group, who are elected officials, is to represent black Americans more strongly than white Americans." An interesting viewpoint, however that logic could be extrapolated to state that any group championing the cause of a certain demographic is fundamentally inequitious; ie...the womens suffrage movement would have been "sexist." Also, a sizable amount of the members of the Black Caucus are elected from majority-black neighborhoods, so in essence these indivuduals are just representing their constituency. It is also worth noting that only two black men have been elected to the Senate since the Civil War. "...and that's certainly not addressable without a surprise secession (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia - Let Our Powers Combine!!!)" How about BC, Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Alaska? "People's Democratic Republic of Pacifica," anyone? edit...while i realize Alaska is an |R|state, they generally tend to be Ted Negent-esque wierdo Republicans, which I can deal with.
  2. Black Caucus Racist? Need i remind you that the US still imprisons blacks at a higher rate than South Africa during apartheid? And who consistent pushes for mandatory minimum setencing? Republicans And who pushes for tougher drug laws? Republicans And who voted against Martin Luther King jr. day? Republicans "What I want to tell you...Ladies and Gentlemen...That there's not enough troops in the Army...to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theatres, into our swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches." -- Strom Thurman, 1948. "When Strom Thurman ran for president, we voted for him! We're proud of it! And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all of these problems over all of these years either." -- Trent Lott, December, 2002. Oh and another thing... Rehnquist, the Republican Supreme Court Justice, wrote the dissenting opinion in the 1984 Universal v. Sony case. So if the Republicans had their way, VCR's would have become illegal.
  3. Let me just start off by saying i'm not in any way trying to address the legal or ethical considerations in regards to the Cassini project; everybody has already argued that into the ground. This post is to make one point. Many people seem to want to characterize Snail as a "script kiddie" and call Cassini a "blantant hack." I would just like to say that disassembling and reverse engineering code is no easy feat. Many people want to refute "40% claim." Regardless of whether you believe the 40% figure or not, i doubt many people here know how insanely difficult it is to rewrite 1% of 14.9MB.EXE's disassembled code; 1% would be about 1500 lines of code, for which you have no comments, no names for variables, and generally no idea of what's going on. I would like to challenge anyone to pick your favorite 15MB executable, disassemble it, and tell me how your feel after you reach for 50th FAR JUMP. I have written video games in pure ASM, and consider myself to be a moderately talented ASM programmer, and i know first hand that making sense of a disassembly of that size is a gargantuan undertaking. Not to mention all the sync issues one encounters when providing interrupt handling for a different architecture. Legal and ethical issues aside, i would challenge everybody that has had an opinion of Snail's coding to try to accomplish a similar task; you may find yourself humbled.
  4. Yeah i've seen that one before...lol btw Gryphon how's it been, man...haven't seen ya since AGE went down
  5. "The tyrant is always stirring up some war or another such that the people may required a leader" ...Plato I could really care less who "won" the debate, because their positions are almost mutually indeferentiable, since the political discourse has been shifted such that the "center" is now the Reactionary Right. This is not a new phenomenon. I would suggest reading Blinded by the Right (David Brock) which outlines the plan set in motion in the Nixon era to advance a radical right-wing agenda. Nor, contrary to Bush's statements, was the Iraq strike really a response to 9/11 LEHRER: Mr. President, new question. Two minutes. Does the Iraq experience make it more likely or less likely that you would take the United States into another preemptive military action? BUSH: I would hope I never have to. I understand how hard it is to commit troops. Never wanted to commit troops. When I was running -- when we had the debate in 2000, never dreamt I'd be doing that. However The Weekly Standard (a conservative publication circulated in the Beltway and edited by William Kristol) ran an op-ed on their cover in 1997 announcing "Saddam Must Go," obviously in support of a preemptive strike. see http://www.mediatransparency.org/people/bill_kristol.htm for information regarding William Kristol -the editor of The Weekly Standard and head of Project for a New American Century- and his ties to Bush, the Bush campaign and various other Beltway figures. The point i'm making here is that it's should be relatively obvious that Iraq has been on the conservative agenda for years, and 9/11 merely provided a panacea for cynical exploitation...Bush lies outright and says: "when we had the debate in 2000, never dreamt I'd be doing that." and if Kerry can't go after his balls on that issue, and call him a flocking liar, then he's just Diet-Bush for all i'm concerned
  6. The difference in your framerates may have something to do with your processors. Although Chankast will run on a Celeron...it is optimized for P4, and although i have seen scattered reports of it running on AMD, albeit slow, i have yet to see it firsthand.
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