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Free Talk / Happy birthday Chag4!
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:19:17 am »
Happy birthday! ;D

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The Debate Room / WikiLeaks and reactions to it
« on: July 27, 2010, 01:57:24 pm »
In the recent months, an Austrailian named Julian has made a few more or less vividly discussed videos and documents availiable on his web domain WikiLeaks, Many of these revolve around behaviour of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Yesterday, another batch of 91k 'secret' documents were published, and frankly I was a bit phazed, not by the revelations but by the reactions to the publishing.
To me, the reactions carry an air of sociopathic reasoning, that the most focus and outcry isn't even touching the thought of demanding responsibility for the atrocities revealed by those in charge, but instead is more concerned about how the documents were leaked and that the contents of the documents poses a threat to, mailny US 'national security' and the safety of coalition troops in the middle east.

In my eyes, that reaction is more than a little preposterous and imbecile, since ALL substantial threats to US national security can be DIRECTLY deducted from the way US forces and agencies have, on presidential orders and directives or by administrations willfully turning a blind eye, acted in the field in foreign operations, mainly in the middle east, africa and asia since the 1950's! And that could be made by anyone with a little basic knowledge of modern history and applied logic.

EDIT: Links
1) CBS http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/26/world/main6713230.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

2) WikiLeaks http://www.wikileaks.org/

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I've got no knowledge about such laws outside Europe, but within Sweden and the EU there are a number of such laws beeing debated and implemented in the highest political levels directly against public oppinion and against human rights and expressed wordings of many national constitutions.

Nationally in Sweden, there is the FRA & IPRED laws, the former grants the Defence Radio intelligence bureau the right to wiretap any and every form of communication crossing the national borders. Due to the geography of Sweden, a lot of the telephone and internet trafic is routed through neighbouring scandinavian countries as many scandinavian telecom operators operate in all of the nordic countries. Ergo: more or less all communication in sweden is constantly monitored by our own government.
The IPRED law is derived from a EU directive and in effect grants private enterprises police authorities in regards to intelectual property such as music, films and video games.
Then there are other EU directives that are debated in it's practically closed political hierarchy.
Among those there are two that stand out. the Data storage directive, a directive that, if implemented, will force telecom operators to monitor, record and store personal information about their clients for a set number of years and to hand over such information to government agencies who will be able to pass on that information at their own discretion.
Then there is the SWIFT directive that apparently will be voted on this thursday. That directive grants the US access to EVERY bank record in 27 European countries for the last 5 years and counting with no insurances what so ever.

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Artist's Den / Emp's creative corner
« on: August 29, 2009, 03:13:29 pm »
I felt an urge to post pictures of my miniatures, and I thought, why not here too?
After all, with so many other artists in here, I might even get useful suggestions for future projects :)

So, Here it goes:

A transport tank and two troopers in the two final stages of painting before the finishing touch of shading varnish.


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Free Talk / Flipside Euro Meet-up suggestion thread!
« on: August 18, 2009, 01:05:55 pm »
THE FIRST FLIPSIDE EURO MEET-UP



Ok, to ensure that there is a potential of realising this, I thought it best to create this thread. As to have somewhere to seriously discuss possible places and dates :)

Because I'd love to meet most of you people!

And as such, I would offer my flat as one potential meeting place. :)

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Free Talk / Views on the state of the world
« on: August 06, 2009, 08:59:34 am »
So, I found this blog entry today, and I think it's ramifications is equally intriguing and logical as they are scary

http://thecautionaryrevelation.blogspot.com/2009/08/economy-for-economists.html

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Free Talk / Your Hobby!
« on: June 26, 2009, 02:42:07 pm »
Ok, so here I am sitting by my computer at 23:30 just having ordered stuff for my Warhammer 40k collection worth about £300, an ammount that most people around me thinks is insane to spend on plastic 'toys' as they see it.

And now I wonder, how many others of all the amazing and odd persons in here who have hobbies? Are they 'normal' hobbies or are they considdered weird? Expencive?

Please tell, and the more details, the better :)

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Hall of Games / Giving chase to truth
« on: March 19, 2009, 01:06:06 pm »
A new one by me, hopefully, this one will live longer than three days... :'(

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