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  • posted a message on [[SCD]] Contract from Below
    You should give up talking about this here Ambivalent Duck. The more doctrinaire these guys become the more sure you can be they have an ulterior motive. They live in a world where Conspiracy cards make perfect sense on the first glance and Contract from Below is too horribly complicated for anyone to ever understand.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Yeah, classifying hybrids as mono-colored creatures is just an excuse to run more multi-colored creatures heh


    This line of thinking has never made a bit of sense. The argument (and I use the term loosely) appears to be that if you count Cackler as a gold card you can "cheat" on gold cards since it really isn't gold. First, this is an admission that Cackler isn't a gold card. Second, if you want to play less gold cards in your Cube you can simply..I dunno..play less gold cards in your Cube. Which has nothing to do with Rakdos Cackler or hybrid cards in most cases (obviously things like Boros Reckoner or Boggart Ram-Gang push the envelope)

    Using hybrid mana as a strange technicality to claim/pretend that you have more gold cards in your Cube has absolutely nothing to do with Cube design whatsoever. If anything, it creates the opposite problem where you decree a quota of gold cards but some of the color pairs have hybrids in those slots and some don't. Which produces a higher density of true gold cards in the color pairs which don't.

    The only explanation I've ever been able to muster is that Cube taxonomy has turned into a fetish.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [ARTICLE] Reid Duke rates the top 40 first picks in the MTGO Legacy Cube
    Half of his top 10 wasn't even in our cube the last time we had it together. Primarily because we didn't think they did enough.
    Posted in: Articles, Podcasts, and Guides
  • posted a message on [720][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    If those cards are drawing you one card per game that makes them terrible.
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on [720][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    Quote from wtwlf123 »
    They both drew about the same amount of cards per game on average. The Scrivener either drew none or drew a bunch, but not a whole lot in between. Whereas I was usually able to get a card out of Pain Seer almost every game. The ceiling was lower on the Seer, but the average performance was better. And the second point of toughness was relevant, even though the average amount of life lost per card was slightly higher. So both cards are really similar, except instead of the card draw per game being 0, 0, 0, 4 it was 1, 1, 1, 1.


    How in the world does Blood Scrivener draw you 4 cards in one turn?
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
    By way of comaprison, it seems many Cubes are dropping Silverblade Paladin already..and the double strike Ajani isn't the most popular either..
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [CUBE TOP 10] 2 CMC CARDS
    I've been banned for a week so I couldn't do mine until today


    White:
    Thalia, Guiardian of Thraben = 10 pts
    Stoneforge Mystic = 9 pts
    Wall of Omens = 8 pts
    Soltari Trooper = 7 pts
    Nearheath Pilgrim = 6 pts
    Seeker of the Way = 5 pts
    Lenonin Relic-Warden = 1 pt

    Blue
    Magical Hacker = 10 pts
    Phantasmal Image = 9 pts
    Snapcaster Mage = 8 pts
    Spellskite = 7 pts

    Black
    Pack Rat = 10 pts
    Bloodghast = 9 pts
    Oona's Prowler = 9 pts
    Reassembling Skeleton = 7 pts
    Dark Confidant = 6 pts
    Blood Artist = 5 pts

    Red
    Young Pyromancer = 10 pts
    Stormblood Berserk = 9 pts
    Frazzled Editor = 8 pts
    Ash Zealot = 7 pts
    Generator Servant = 6 pts
    Lightning Mauler = 5 pts
    War-Name Aspirant = 4 pts

    Green
    Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary = 10 pts
    Scavenging Ooze = 9 pts
    Wild Mongrel = 8 pts
    Lotus Cobra = 7 pts
    Strangleroot Geist = 6 pts
    Wall of Roots = 5 pts
    Fauna Shaman = 4 pts
    Wall of Blossoms = 3 pts
    Sylvan Caryatid =2 pts
    Old Fogey = 1 pt

    Artifact
    Loreseeker = 10 pts
    Porcelain Legionnaire = 9 pts
    Arcbound Ravager = 8 pts
    Steel Overseer = 7 pts
    Phyrexian Revoker = 6 pts

    Multi
    Gaddock Teeg = 10 pts
    Lotleth Troll = 9 pts
    Qasali Pridgemage = 8 pts
    Grenzo, Dungeon Warden = 7 pts
    Voice of Resurgence = 6 pts
    Fleecemane Lion = 5 pts


    White
    Balance = 10 pts
    Unexpectedly Absent = 9 pts
    bunch of pacifisms = 8,7,6.. pts

    Blue
    Time Walk = 10 pts
    Mana Drain = 9 pts
    Mana Leak = 8 pts
    bunch of counterspells = 7,6,5.. pts

    Black
    Demonic Tutor = 10 pts
    Bitterblossom = 9 pts
    Animate Dead = 8 pts
    Hymn to Tourach = 7 pts
    Exhume = 6 pts
    Cabal Ritual = 5 pts
    Go for the Throat = 4 pts
    Smallpox = 3 pts
    Enter the Dungeon = 2 pts
    Diabolic Edict = 1 pt

    Red
    Goblin Bombardment = 10 pts
    Arc Trail = 9 pts
    Pyroclasm = 8 pts
    Shrine of Burning Rage = 7 pts
    Magma Jet = 6 pts
    Smash to Smithereens = 5 pts
    burn spells = 4,3,2.. pts

    Green
    Oath of Druids = 10 pts
    Channel = 9 pts
    Survival of the Fittest = 8 pts
    Sylvan Library = 7 pts
    Regrowth = 6 pts
    Life from the Loam = 5 pts

    Artifact
    Time Vault = 10 pts
    Umezawa's Jitte = 9 pts
    Chaos Orb = 8 pts
    Ratchet Bomb = 7 pts
    Grim Monolith = 6 pts










    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    That was Blinking Spirit.


    My apologies. Is that your alter ego or are there actually two of you advancing your garbage?

    Is that why you asked why I didn't reference the Sedition Act when I did? Cuz that kind of sounds like someone who didn't look up the actual case.


    You only referenced it by its formal name because you were clearly unaware that the case you were talking about WAS the Sedition Act. Which you then somehow tried to claim ended up defending socialists (???) I suppose the Reichstag Decree was friendly to socialists too, on the grounds that surely at least one person must have dissented to it.
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  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    You don't understand why I object to someone who can't be bothered or is too much of a klutz to get the facts straight playing the expert? Or is it just a coincidence that every point you got wrong was entirely self-serving?

    Perhaps there is more to understanding a subject than spending five seconds on Google? And your readers are left to suppose that your opinions on anything else (say, communism or history or society) are grounded in much deeper thought and research? You already dispensed with that theory (you claim you slogged through -- another of your synonyms for "perused on the toilet" I'm sure -- Marx's Capital at university)

    Not to mention you're doing the exact same thing. It's not as though you knew about Abrams v. United States prior to this debate either.


    It IS as though I knew it prior to this exchange. Pretty much everybody but you knew about it.
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  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    And then you link to a Wikipedia article? Really?


    I posted the link so that people could see for themselves where you tried (and, sadly, failed) to crib your information. Since that is beyond obvious I can only assume you are being disingenuous in an attempted cya. I hope you're not as clumsy at covering for yourself as you are at getting stuff right in first place, although I guess a lifetime of playing the expert has given you plenty of practice being caught with your pants down.

    So clearly it is possible for someone to go off on the idea of the "marketplace of ideas" without recognizing that it is employed to defend the rights of people like himself.


    The entire history of anti-communism in American disagrees with any whacko notion that "the market of ideas" somehow incorporates protection for socialists. For starters, you could look at the Sedition Act itself (which has reasserted itself rather dramatically of late). Communists and socialists have been (and are) openly persecuted and targeted in the United States any and every time they have ever had a presence in the country. I don't know how oblivious one would have to be to deny that. I would rather not find out but I have a feeling I'm going to.
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  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    Quote from Crashing00 »
    Quote from KBH »
    You have it entirely backwards. You are so sure that all readers are completely ideologically indoctrinated into your philistine belief system that you think throwing around wild claims in colorful language (oceans of blood, mountains of corpses) somehow overwrites the well documented and indisputable genocides of the last century -- by the murderous, barbaric capitalist class.

    Do you know what a tu quoque fallacy is? No, I thought not. Well, this is the part where you go learn everything you know about a subject from wikipedia during the middle of a discussion. Don't worry, though, I'll wait. But meanwhile, I will observe that the silence on the actual question raised about your position continues.


    Functioning as a mouthpiece for the most vile and reprehensible propaganda does not constitute "raising actual questions about my position". Tu quoque my ass. Yours is more the "tu madre" style of debate.

    On EDIT: are you seriously throwing in with High Roller on the point of cribbing from Wikipedia? You realize that what he tried to do (ineptly with quite a bit of haughtiness thrown in) constitutes EXTREME intellectual dishonesty, no? Since you are so concerned with points of order regarding argumentation. Honestly, you guys are borderline solipsists. You think you can throw any old crap out there and it will simply be accepted without scrutiny.
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  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    . Your response to every question concerning your position has been silence (a silence I find particularly salient when it comes to the matter of the oceans of blood and mountains of corpses that accrue to the practice of the ideology you're defending)


    You have it entirely backwards. You are so sure that all readers are completely ideologically indoctrinated into your philistine belief system that you think throwing around wild claims in colorful language (oceans of blood, mountains of corpses) somehow overwrites the well documented and indisputable genocides of the last century -- by the murderous, barbaric capitalist class.

    It seems that you would like me to defend the lies you attribute to be my position and hope that I thereby adopt them as my own. I note that you provide not a shred of evidence regarding your "oceans of blood" nor do your try to fashion a comparison to the prevailing capitalist system.

    Or are you pretending to not be aware that capitalists were behind the Holocaust and the concurrent holocaust in India that seems to have been orchestrated merely on the whim of the butcher Churchill? These killing sprees being only a fraction of those immolated in two conjoined world wars with a worldwide Depression sandwiched in between? Do you really think everyone else is an ignorant, credulous Americana like yourself?

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  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    One final bizarre exchange that bears recognition:

    I wrote regarding Obama:

    Its not possible to materially support thug excrement mugging for the cameras with their swastika neck tattoos and then claim any moral high ground.


    And the intrepid Blinking Spirit responded au contraire

    I suspected he was a passive fascist enabler but this seems a bit much..

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  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    Wow, I've talked to raving loon College Republicans who were less unhinged than you two. Not everyday you meet two shrill anti-communist pygmy intellectuals of this magnitude. At any rate, I have neither the time or the patience to be drawn further into your pissant BS. Sound your state department ideology (almost verbatim no less) to the rafters.

    I will close with a curious historical note:

    What, that you made a snide remark about the person who coined the phrase "marketplace of ideas," without having the historical knowledge to know that John Stuart Mill was was a utilitarian, an advocate for the rights of the individual, a supporter of worker cooperatives, and at times a defender of socialist policies, or that the Supreme Court Justice who was famous for bringing this phrase into the US political dialogue did so during a case in which he was defending a person who was protesting against the US from providing military assistance against the Bolsheviks?

    Sadly, no, I don't find that strange at all. The demonstration of a complete lack of historical knowledge in your arguments has proven itself to be well within the parameters of what is normal.


    If I may offer a suggestion, learning everything you know about a subject from wikipedia during the middle of a discussion is a bad idea. I tried to let you off the hook gently.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marketplace_of_ideas

    Two things are obvious.

    1. the odds of anyone knowing off the top of their head the entire notable history of the phrase "marketplace of ideas" is vanishing and zero in your case

    2. You didn't even bother to read the article since your claims are explicitly refuted in the article especially since the article addresses the concept and not the phrase.

    JS Mill coined the phrase you say?

    The marketplace of ideas metaphor was first developed by John Stuart Mill in his book, On Liberty in 1859 (although he never uses the term "marketplace").


    Oops..swing and a miss

    Oh,it was Oliver Wendell Holmes then

    The first reference to the "free trade in ideas" within "the competition of the market" appears in Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s dissent in Abrams v. United States.


    Huh, 0 for 2..

    If you had continued reading..er, skimming, uh..cherry picking you could have also invoked Milton and Jefferson.

    At issue was never the origination of the idea (and even JS is a bit late in the game to claim that) but rather the appearance of the phrase as it is bandied about by philistines like yourself in casual conversation. You honestly think whenever some modern sh!t-for-brains throws out the term that he is harking back to Holmes and the irony of dissenting against THE SEDITION ACT? (yeah, you clicked one wiki link too few on that one, old buddy)

    Again, before you try to squirm out of this do be sure and tell us how you knew off the top of your head that it was Holmes dissent in Abrams while failing to note that this was the well known Sedition Act.



    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    First of all, John Stuart Mills, and no, he wasn't.

    Second, and how's this for irony, in terms of US politics, the phrase "marketplace of ideas" is famously linked to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the case of Abrams v. United States, in which Holmes defends the free speech rights of the defendants who were protesting United States involvement against the Bolsheviks.


    Strange, don't you think? Only a few years ago the modern US liberal would have made quite a production distancing himself from Mill. Today, the repugnant resemblance is too uncanny for anyone to deny. The truth is that the liberals have always professed such profoundly right wing ideas but they are taken as such articles of faith and commonplaces that it scarely necessary to repeat them. To them it is not even a question: of course human ingenuity and knowledge are subject to the same fetters as all other sphere's of human life. Of course it has always been so. Those are bedrock statements of liberalism.
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