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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.
  15. I guess I disagree somewhat, because according to the news, there's an internationally accepted 'level' of spying. I thought that was one of the purposes of the Chinese-US meeting a few weeks ago. They were going to attempt to come to an agreement on the acceptable level of spying. But that's the thing. I'm not sure anything leaked that the US is doing is actually illegal. If there's an internationally accepted level of spying, perhaps the US is acting within their bounds? We really don't have any information to compare against. I've been told personally by people who would know, China hits our defense installations often. Internal spying is definitely legal via the patriot act. Eh, an exact correlation of this situation to CN is tough. I guess I can kind of see it like that dude who published a bunch of TOP's FA direction to the OWF. TOP gave the guy access to that information. It's not known if Snowden 'hacked' the information or not. Like that TOP leak, Snowden may have just been given access to the information. I don't think admin can really do anything about it. I don't think that's a criminal act OOC either. At least, good luck getting someone to seriously investigate the TOP Leak. (Although I'm sure Crymson would have pushed for it though if he had some OOC popo contacts xP) Did TOP have a right to roll the leak? Yeah, and they did I heard. That TOP member knew what he was doing was wrong, but he chose to do it anyway. Was any of the information in the TOP leak embarrassing? Yeah. Was it surprising? Not at all, but he still got rolled for it. Same situation for the United states. Is the information embarrassing? Yeah. Was it surprising? I don't think anyone finds it surprising. But what the NSA is doing is legal under the patriot act! When the patriot act was passed, we knowingly gave up some of our rights. TOP said things on their boards that would have been "illegal" in 2007, but were deemed by the community as perfectly "legal" in 2013. Even though TOP was acting perfectly within the "law" the leak still got rolled for his 'illegal' actions. If murder was legalized. People started murdering others, and there was no prosecution, would you be surprised? You could cry injustice all day long, that doesn't change the fact that it's legal. We "the people" legalized it!
  16. Awesome post! This is precisely what I'm trying to articulate; however, to add to the complexity, "China", "Russia", and "EU" are spying on the US too. I find this parallelism so hilarious and interesting. I dare say it's why I'm still playing this game today. EDIT: knowing that you appear to see this predicament similarly to me, you never answered my last question: Do you believe Ecuador (or any country for that matter) can have a valid reason to harbor this guy? EDIT 2: thanks for the post, I hope you enjoyed the read.
  17. I think you're getting confused between RL and CN. However, if I understood your post correctly, couldn't all these things be said about RL? War is always occuring in RL. It's just that the media drowns out what is occurring in third world countries. Furthermore, how do you win RL? There's just as little definition for winning RL as there is CN. The only difference is that you can escape CN by quitting. You can't quit RL.---err well, you can, but it's not pretty. xD I think the analogy really only applies for a very specific event: rogue behavior, and from a high level view. Obviously Snowden isn't a nation, but in reality, "nations" are just text defined by admin. I sometimes think of alliances as "nation simulators" and the nations as "individuals". Admin could change the text, and I don't think gameplay would change at all. Don't forget bradley manning was sought after by the US military after he leaked some serious government documents too. Yeah, sometimes CN rogues do get accepted into alliances in CN; however, in my experience, that usually doesn't bode well for those alliances. Dave93 was arguably the last straw for MK, for example. And no, I don't think the US will go to war over snowden either, but I do somewhat expect that they will get the opportunity to punish him with prison time. Cheers and thanks for the post
  18. I see. So instead of just disagreeing and moving along, you're going to come and mindlessly troll a Cybernations OOC OP-ED Blog. Makes sense. You are vastly missing my point. You must really take me for a fool if you think I'm just porting over my CN knowledge to RL, heh. Have you never read an employment agreement? I believe even for the most trivial jobs, such as flipping burgers at Mcdonalds, you have to sign a non disclosure agreement stating you won't give away trade secrets to Burger King. If you decide to quit Mcdonalds and go work at burger king; first day on the job you say, "Whoa you're flipping burgers all wrong. Mcdonald's flips the burger precisely 3 times. Only then, burger perfection can be attained". You may be doing Burger king a huge favor by giving them this information; however, you're in gross violation of your Mcdonalds NDA. Lawsuits can be filed over that. It's punishable by law. People have been punished by law for it. People will be punished for it in the future. This is not a new concept. The fact that most CN alliances have psuedo non disclosure agreements required (or implied) for membership is entirely a footnote, but my point, that everyone is roid ragin' about, is "NDA's" exist in CN for the same reasons NDA's exist in RL. It's one of the many tools with which to protect your enterprise. If you don't want to accept the analogy, then fine. The guy still violated an NDA, which is a criminal act in RL.
  19. Content or gtfo Honestly, I don't care if you don't like the post. But if you're going to make a post, and least prove me wrong, heh. You took the time to read it and comprehend it enough to believe that I'm off my rocker.
  20. But you don't find it interesting, that cause and the effect of what has been done, has similiar impact on the community, yet you don't want to acknowledge why the public response between both events is being hailed so differently? I find that extremely interesting.
  21. If I'm so wrong, how about putting some content down?
  22. Lmao, what am I being dense about? All I'm saying is that this game isn't so different from real life. Yeah, there's differences. "crime" between the two worlds has significantly different magnitudes, and the punishments are also of different magnitudes, but the way the two world's handle crime and punishment has some striking similarities. I just find it interesting that this guy has done something very serious, and the masses clamor behind "freedom of speech, and don't trodden on my rights", when in fact the guy is quite clearly trying to use his trust privileges and other countries as a tool to damage the US. He didn't have to take an OPSEC job if he had ethical issues against it. That's the first question the recruiter asks you when doing any defense projects. If a leak like this happened to goons (fakeedit: Oh I see you're in LPH now), you guys would be throwing a !@#$%*fit, as you rightfully should. Someone betrays your trust, you have a right to be upset. I'm surprised more people in RL aren't outraged by this. The people barely complained when the patriot act was put into effect. We all knew this was going to happen as a result, and now people are acting all surprised, when it could have significant negative impact on them? I don't understand you, america. I guess it's easy to let this guy go, because the negative impact of his actions won't ever be immediate or clear, although the positive impact will likely be more government transparency. The truth of the matter is that's no excuse for putting people in danger or violating the law. The older I get, the more I realize that accidents, ignorance, or "doing the right thing" are not excuses for violating the law. This guy is not an exception. That applies in RL as much as it does CN. It just goes to show how important it is "the people" carefully look at the legislation put into place. The patriot act was a gateway piece of legislation. It probably never should have been passed as it stood, but it is what it is.
  23. Watching someone leak forum information is a lot less serious than releasing information that impacts 6 billion people, too.
  24. Or bullets, that may or may not have been fired, as in the case of Gulf of Tonkin. Hmm, good post. I went and actually looked up what the Asylum process actually was. As you have stated, there is thousands who apply and receive it each year in the US alone. In 2012, about 50% of the asylum seekers in the United States were from China and Mexico. It says that right of asylum is a human right granted under the human rights act. The human rights act further defines reason for asylum as persecution based on "race, nationality, religion, political opinions and membership and/or participation in any particular social group or social activities" according to wikipedia.After doing this bit of reading, I'm starting to see why this is such a complicated international issue, because depending on how you think about it, this case could fall into the "political beliefs" reason for Political Asylum; however, this guy signed a contract saying he's not going to divulge national security information, and then he went and divulged national security information. As far as I understand it, the purpose of asylum is not to protect criminals. The purpose is to protect people from wrongful persecution. Perhaps the real question is do countries think this guy is being wrongfully prosecuted? I don't know why any country would be happy with someone leaking what they considered national security information after they agreed not to. Granting someone asylum with that logic is tantamount to, "We don't support mass murders, but we'll grant this known, self proclaimed, mass murderer political asylum". I could see certain countries doing that coughirancoughvenezuelacough, but that's highly questionable logic by most countries standards. The only reason I could see someone wanting to grant this guy asylum if they felt they had something to gain from it, but again, wars have been fought over less. Relationships have certainly been damaged over less. I still think this can be applied to CN on a wide scale. I don't know why everyone is so reluctant to see the parallelisms here. If I leaked damaging documents from sparta, or any alliance for that matter and all the documents significantly benefited you personally, none of you would protect me. None of you!
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