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  1. Not reading the WoT, but the gold standard was removed for the same reason most people want to reinstate it. There's only a fixed amount of gold on the earth. You can't flood or starve the market of gold to avoid a financial crisis, and that adds a tremendous amount of flexibility for the economy. But because the government continually prints money to prop up the economy and pay debts, people want to go back to it. Personally I think we should stay away from the gold standard, and just regulate our expenditures more closely. EDIT: I'm an engineer. The weird thing about gold is that it's like a god material. If Gold was a more widely available metal, you would probably see it used on many more things. It's non-corrosive (it doesn't rust!) It's not very strong, but it is malleable and very thermally and electrically conductive. Not to mention it looks nice.
  2. The game is 7 or 8 years old. How many console or PC games do you play that are that old? My guess is not many. This is a silly browser game. It's kind of amazing it's lasted this long. Just let it die. At this point, any change you make risks making the game worse.
  3. Eh, The time to act was before NG was asked to oA. The sides were forming and NG chose sit right in the middle of all of it. That's how it looked to most.
  4. Lmao, you "were in government" , but didn't realize that wars are just "dogpiles without any meaning" until now? You've got to be !@#$ting me. Those big ole boogie monsters in XX/SF rings a familiar bell to me. Sorry bud, I had to stop reading at this point. You've still got a lot to learn about Cybernations. It's funny to see NG is collectively in the state of harsh realization I was in about two years ago, when Umbrella told us TOP asked them to hit FARK. I was pretty indifferent to all non-allies before that war, but now I literally do despise pretty much every alliance out there that's not directly allied to me. NG "hated" everyone before they got rolled, but now you'll have a real reason to hate alliances. I expect it's going to change how you do politics. The coalition asked NG to get away from MK/TOP last war and you refused. You became a linchpin of the war, and in doing so set up your own demise this war. I want to feel sympathy for you, but I can't. You've been your own undoing. Imo, there's bigger fish to fry in this world, but alliances aren't going to save you from yourself.
  5. $%&@ I hate this quote system That is true, different alliances do have different goals, but I would think one primary goal would be to generally avoid getting rolled. I wouldn't think you could achieve your goals if you're getting rolled. Yes, you're right, you could just jump to the other side to avoid getting rolled, but that's generally an awful strategy. You might be able to avoid a rolling the first time by switching sides, but you're creating a whole new set of grudges by doing so. You might be able to get away with switching sides if you're a small player, but bigger alliances will almost certainly get rolled soon after switching sides once or twice. I'm certainly not championing int for wriggling out of your curbstomp If they were more politically relevant, they might get more flak by the community too. Well, again, I think there's more to it than just goals. It's how you go about achieving those goals which is where your decision making comes in. Careful here, it sounds like you're advocate acting stupid to annoy people. Which would be in direct violation of the 0th goal: Avoid getting rolled where possible
  6. ROFL, that pretty accurately describes how I view global politics
  7. Yeah, I agree with JR. I think the treaty system is intentionally structured such that no one is left on the sidelines. If you try to ride the fence and stay out of war, many many alliances will be angry at you. Peer pressure is a beotch. I agree that alliances should make more decisions based on what they feel is wright or wrong, but I'm not necessarily sure that's a problem with the treaty system itself. It's more an issue of what people do with their treaties. Why does anyone have treaties with NG, considering their allies even call them pricks? Why did CnG get so far behind MK, when they were making so many questionable decisions? I think it boils down to some people (many people) like RPing the jerk. Treaties won't change that.
  8. Well tbh, OOC I hold both CnG and NG in high regard, even though I have my reasons for despising them IC. IC, I think it's unfortunate (and oh-so delicious) to see alliances that I do hold in such high regard, making such poor decisions in the past, and then having those poor decisions thrown in their faces by the very people they thought were their friends. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens to IRON considering their current fiasco. Rumor mill suggests yes, but there's still a lot of war left. EDIT: didn't see you magical trevor. I'll try and respond later
  9. Oh boy, let's not get too excited
  10. Yeah, I'd say most were prepared for that long. XX/SF/DR/NpOSphere were the majority participants, and they were definitely ready. NPO sphere was certainly prepared for a long haul as well despite their strategic interest in the war changing midway through. TOP is respectable and responsible, but I've dealt with them long enough to know I'd rather not deal with them. xD
  11. Once again, war is in full swing. The outcome of this war seems a little more clearcut than the last global war, but as always, we have to go through the motions so we can form our grudges and get our troll on for the next six months. Before I discuss the current conflict, I want to recall what ultimately happened in the previous war. And as a sidenote: This blog entree is meant to be a follow up to my previous blog post regarding the previous global war. In the lead-up to the war there was two competing power spheres: TOP/MK and NPOsphere. NPO was trying to build a powersphere with CnG and the sphere superstar, NG. TOP/MK were simply doing everything in their power to maintain their stint of jackassery (see: dave war). NPO decided TOP/MK's time as most influential powersphere was over. Unfortunately for NPO, in order to win a war against TOP/MK, NPO had to sacrifice their future powersphere buddy, CnG. NPO decided this was a fair trade. CnG was joined at the hip to TOP/MK/Umb, and NPO couldn't change that before the war; however, this made it all the more critical to the NPO powersphere that NG not get rolled in the crossfire. And from NPOsphere's perspective, that's a logical wish. What's a powersphere if you have no power? Anyway, NPO and friends where so aggressive about building their powersphere, I think they actually believed NG would stay out of the war altogether. Considering NG had MDoAP partners on both sides of the war, a sanctioned alliance staying out of the war altogether is nearly impossible. (that should give a clue how protective they were of their powersphere) Well, NG had done how they do and ticked off a number of alliances in NPO's coalition, and soon enough NG's allies where hit. NPO's future sphere was in flames. At the end of the day, If NPO wanted a powersphere, TOP/MK/Umb had to be dismantled. Brehon estimated it was going to take upwards of 6 months (and then some) to fully do so. All members of the coalition were prepared for war of that duration. But now that NPO's sphere is burning, the longer the war lasts, the weaker NPOsphere became. NPO had to make a choice: end the war early, or continue being destroyed in a war of attrition. NPO decided their powersphere was more important than the annihilation of Doomhorse and friends, so NPO decided to unilaterally end the war early, despite the desires of the rest of the coalition. The instant the war ended, I think most people in XX, DR, and even many in NPOsphere where expecting another war on MKsphere remnants in the future. I know I personally was fully expecting to finish off that which didn't get rolled hard enough the first time. Things would have been all well and good, except for the excessive outrage coming from NG, NSO, and NPO against the alliances which pulled NG into the war. I have to say it wasn't those alliance's fault NG's membership are collectively pricks, nor is it their fault NG tried to save their own skin playing the fence. The outrage was so inane and severe from NG, NSO/NPO that it in essence scared NpO into a treaty with TOP. Now, I've made it quite clear to a number of folks, I'm not a fan of TOP, and I haven't been for quite some time. Aligning with TOP is not a move I champion, but I can relate with NpO feeling threatened. At that point, all I can say in regards to the war is the following: -Way to go you !@#$@#$ retards. Specifically you, Non Grata. The alliances you felt were so worthy of your defense last war are pounding your !@#$@#$ face in. NPO's beloved sphere is in ruins largely thanks to you. -Way to go CnG, you !@#$@#$ retards. I said in my previous blog post DHsphere didn't give a damn about you, and if that wasn't clear before, it's crystal clear now. While you deserved to get rolled again as much as MKsphere remnants deserved to get rolled again, I actually lobbied against your sack of !@#$ block suffering the magnificent face punching you are currently enduring. I cannot wait for your disbandment, and you can count on a big smug chuckle from me when you finally make the announcement. -As for NPO/NSO, I like you. In fact, I genuinely feel sorry for you. You got greedy from my perspective and I wish things worked out differently, but that's the way things go I suppose. After all this, the biggest kicker of all is that the entire purpose of the previous war was to remove MKsphere's political leg. While it's gloriously true that MK disbanded, many of the sphere's key political players are around and kicking, now latching onto XX. I feel like XX has a goddamn headcrab on it. I just hope XX is still alive under there, and has enough brains left to perform removal surgery time comes. If not, I worry XX could end up as brainless and used as CnG. tl;dr the funniest thing about this war is that NG, CnG and friends tried to play hardline politics and ended up screwing themselves and the allies that cared about them most in the ass. Their actions rendered most efforts from the previous war pointless. I want to thank them for that. :\ Hope you enjoyed the read. Good night and good luck all!
  12. Thank the mother truckin lord! I know, I know, I'm supposed to be gone too. In fairness, I've gotten at least 3 inactivity reminders in a row. One of these days.....it will be all over AND I AINT LOOKING BACK. HELL NAW I AINT LOOKIN BACK. You shouldnt either, rushie.
  13. QFT Best super hero movies are perhaps: The Watchmen The Dark Knight (with the joker) Spiderman (with Dafoe and Tobey Macguire) All the others suck. These arguably suck too, and they're some of the best! Even jessica alba's hot bod couldn't save the Fantastic Four.
  14. Don't you see what's going on here? There's a media frenzy going on right now. People across the country are calling their senators about this. You DO have a voice. Where was the media frenzy over the patriot act? Why weren't the masses calling their senators over the patriot act? The patriot act could have been stopped, but the people allowed it to go through because they thought it would protect them from terrorists. I hate to say it dude, but by not creating a severe nationwide anti-patriot act sentiment, we the people gave up our rights by effectively saying "The Patriot act is not significant enough for me to call my senator about". The patriot act is quite clear in outlining what it was going to do, and internal spying was one of those things. It might not explicitly outline what it's going to do, but you have to use your head and read between the lines. No, you don't have direct control over their vote; however, if everyone in your district calls in too, your senator isn't very likely to vote in favor of the bill I think both situations are quite clear. From wikipedia on the Patriot Act "Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001" What do you think "appropriate tools" means? This is just the title P.A.T.R.I.O.T. lol Furthermore, what do you think terrorism means? Do you think it's just a dude with a turban? Here's another quote from the wiki: "The act, as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, significantly weakened restrictions on law enforcement agencies' gathering of intelligence within the United States" "significantly weakened restrictions on law enforcement" is a nice way of saying, "we gave up our rights". The purpose of the Patriot act was as clear in 2001. Nobody whined about it because they thought it would protect them from ebil terrorists.
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