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  1. This may be a morbid way to start the thread off, but I found this not-quite-anatomically-correct statue of Death to be pretty haunting. It is on display at the Louvre: I won't veto the inclusion of postmodern art in this thread. Hell, if you can make me appreciate that genre, then more power to you.
  2. Documents Repository: Small Arms

    Oh hey, it's the Davis Gun. We have that at work.
  3. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Both of those places are gun free zones, and also wasn't there a guy shooting a gun right outside the White House recently? And I mean, it's not like there aren't shitloads of armed guards and plainclothes officers at the White House, or anything...
  4. So, first suggestions would be Gen Urobuchi and Satoshi Kon, masters of writing and directing, respectively. Anime is an interesting medium, because it affords a great deal of creative control. Put someone like Kon at the helm, and you get some of the finest motion pictures ever put to screen. Put someone else... And you may well get derivative, perverted garbage. This thread is for discussing anime. It is subject to moderation at any time. Any devolution into closeted pedophilia will be moderated with extreme prejudice. Any banal spergouts will be removed. Let's bring forward the best and mercilessly deride the worst of anime.
  5. Military.com has an interesting - if a bit pop-y - segment on body armor. One failed project mentioned, the "creeper tank", I cannot find any other information on.
  6. Even if the movie's awful, it'll at least be better than the book.
  7. Education and throwing away your life.

    It's better to teach a kid to teach themselves than to crush their Independence and force learning down their throats. Which is why homeschooled kids are generally better educated and more literate.
  8. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Mostly because about 90% of public school employees are Democrats. It's a big welfare program for them, unfortunately, and whenever anyone tries to stop the gravy train they holler and yell about them being "anti-education".
  9. United States Gun Control Megathread

    The people who care will homeschool, and the same standards apply for homeschooled kids as anywhere else. Well, sure. But my parents didn't have very much money at all, and mostly I was left to my own devices with a bunch of books. It's pretty amazing how self-motivated kids can be when you don't crush their souls in school. Right, and I'm not saying public school should go away. It needs reform, but in concept it's a good tool for people who lead a certain kind of life (either have to have both parents working, or they're a single parent, or whatever). But if the option is available, homeschooling does consistently produce better results. Well our public schools here in the US certainly are second- or third-rate. It's a sad truth. They badly need reform, and I think (sorry to say) it's the Left that obstructs that the most - though both sides are culpable.
  10. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Nope. Books are cheap. Homeschooling is pretty cheap.
  11. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Yeah, homeschooling does not result in under-educated people. Quite the opposite, actually. The common objection to homeschooling in the US is that it does not mold kids according to the same pattern as public schooling does (usually phrased as "socializing" or something similar). IMO that's a feature, not a bug.
  12. Yes, yes it does. Here I was all, "I'd like a nice fun scifi book, what is out there? Oh, this Ready Player One thing sounds decent." NARRATOR: But it was not decent at all.
  13. I think a lot of people on this forum are interested in this game, so I figured we might as well have a thread. I haven't bought it yet. Interested to hear which "level" of purchase people think are worth it. EoD is expensive, but I guess it does give you a Season Pass? And the game is supposed to have no microtransactions. From what I have read, all of the perks of the different preorder levels only come with release; everyone gets the same shit in alpha/beta. But of course, that's all promises as of yet. From what I hear though, the actual game itself is shockingly polished for an "alpha". It is supposed to be heading into beta soon, but evidently you can still get the preorder perks during beta, so there doesn't seem to be any rush to buy the game. I've heard there are server issues right now, and it can take up to an hour to connect. Not good. Hopefully fixed in beta? I'm not sure what to think. I'll probably buy in at at least the lowest level here soon. Considering EoD, but I'd really like more assurances that this game isn't going to be dropped like a hot potato once the devs cash in.
  14. We apparently don't have a general Star Wars discussion thread. Well, now we do. To start off, here's the fan theory that Jar Jar Binks was originally intended to be a Sith Lord and collaborator to Palpatine, but that the tremendous negative fan response to his character in TPM caused George to chicken out and nix one of the most ridiculous reveals in movie history... And that Disney will resurrect this for TFA.
  15. United States Gun Control Megathread

    I was homeschooled. It's fine.
  16. United States Gun Control Megathread

    It's a rough world out there. Only person you can count on is yourself. Strong argument for homeschooling, actually.
  17. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Thanks for keeping an open mind with us.
  18. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Can always count on the incompetence of the police to pull through!
  19. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Yes, almost certainly; it's a country of 300 million people. But accidents are rare. No, I'm talking about being concerned about one thing and not other things that are potentially more dangerous. Then a concealed firearm is no issue at all. Despite the fact that they have a gun? Really? Sure it won't mystically transform then into a killer?
  20. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Hmmm, I feel like there's an analogy to "education vs. abstinence" here... A school shouldn't be a hunting preserve for people, either, yet here we are. Really? LEOs don't have accidents? But anyway, it's weird that you are worried so much about accidents (which kill fewer kids than swimming pools). Nope, sorry, this is nonlogic. Either you trust a teacher with your kids' lives or you don't. The gun makes no difference. If Mr. Balding Spot is willing to shoot your kid, he's also willing to stab, beat, or rape them.