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Messages - Saif al-Malik

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:20:02 AM »
They voted secession from Ukraine. Are they going to be a new nation or a new state in Russia? If they're going for independence by way of the ballot then it would seem very odd for the democratic countries to talk about economic sanctions in response.

The population is mostly Russian to begin with, but I think that they may devote an area for the Crimean Tatars as they have done for other ethnic minorities.  It does not mean much in practice, but I think that this is not going to be just the end of it all.  The Ukrainian government may cede the territory, but there has already been a call by radical religious forces to flock to Crimea from the Middle East and neighboring areas.  One can only hope it does not turn into a repeat of what happened in the Caucasus.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 16, 2014, 04:02:08 AM »
Ukraine gave birth to Russia.  There was a state called Kievan Rus for a reason.  While Belarus is not so distinct from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary are very much distinct and share common ties to non-Slavic nations by either inception (Lithuania is Baltic, Hungary is Magyar), or by ancient relations as Poland and Ukraine were very much attached to Germanic peoples even though many of the people were Slavic.  Such a truth may upset nationalists and pan-Slavists, pan-Germanists, and pan-Turanists, but it is the reality.

There's a flux to human nationality. Migration, colonialism, imperial expansion, slavery. All these mechanisms ensure that nationality is a fleeting thing.

Yes, but in the case of these nations, their cores remain despite losses of territory.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 16, 2014, 04:00:38 AM »
Fuck Russia. 
Every Ukrianian I know wants them out of their country.  No matter what you intellectuals say about their roots the fact of the matter is Ukrainian people want their country to be free.  The fact that their government has been ridden by corruption and always influenced and sabotaged by Russian power and other foreign forces is a different matter.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/people-in-crimea-are-taking-selfies-with-soldiers?s=mobile

They sure look like they hate those awful, imposing Ruskies.

Ethnic Russians are the majority in Crimea.

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Interzone / Re: Friendship.
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:42:25 AM »
I know what you mean about cats and people. Recently I've had some massive losses, not that I'm one to put it out there but it truly was remarkable just how many 'caring' people were revealed not to be. The cats on the other hand seemed to see right through everything. A shaved head after so many years - they didn't even notice (you are NOT your shaved head!).

May you be honored for your love of cats.

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Interzone / Re: Friendship.
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:39:08 AM »
Almost anybody can be my friend. As long as they are friendly.
I have almost no friends.
In fact, it is my very friendliness that ensures that this is so.
It scares people off.

I often see people 'acting friendly', but if they are to continue in this acting-out of friendship, it is required of those to whom this acting-out is directed, that they vocally display the 'right' attitudes. Usually political ones. In fact, a visible and vocal display of 'nice-ness' is required, in order to win this 'friendship' which is actually nothing to do with what it purports to be.

Ugh.

Animals, birds, trees, even insects, along with my wife, like me and befriend me, and I them.
They are able to detect my friendship, whereas the vast majority of - almost all - people, are not.

Many people due to their hypocritical nature cannot be true friends and are distrustful of the truly friendly.  They regard hospitality and generosity as a deceptive measure of enslavement.  They disdain wisdom and authority of character even if they have to live and work in a hierarchical structure.  Friendship is a sacrifice and gift that can be frightening to those who do not understand that it is an ultimately altruistic exercise.  I gain nothing materially, socially, or psychologically from my friendships, and I do not expect to.

I do not know if you have experienced this, but many people I know have refused water and food from me even after knowing me for years thinking that I would leverage such against them, yet these same people enter into contracts with require the sacrifice of honor and dignity such as sex and "love" in exchange for free rent or a need for receiving attention or help that they so believe is the "essence of love."

I guess I'm just a dinosaur that I think that a guest or friend is a gift from God.

It seems as well that many people fear a magnanimous and chivalrous personality because of their own desire for anarchic atomist sensibilities.  Such can strike fear into a baser person.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:26:13 AM »
Ukraine gave birth to Russia.  There was a state called Kievan Rus for a reason.  While Belarus is not so distinct from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary are very much distinct and share common ties to non-Slavic nations by either inception (Lithuania is Baltic, Hungary is Magyar), or by ancient relations as Poland and Ukraine were very much attached to Germanic peoples even though many of the people were Slavic.  Such a truth may upset nationalists and pan-Slavists, pan-Germanists, and pan-Turanists, but it is the reality.

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Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:46:38 AM »
Currently, I am conducting genomic and metagenomic analysis of local water samples to test for invasive species.  The method we are using is a "barcode" method based on the presence of cytochrome oxidase I which is small enough to be sequenced easily, but large enough to show significant differences between organisms.  By taking such an inventory, we can try to find ways to deal with the problem.  It is easier said than done since they are too small to be appealing.  The blue crab can deal with them well, but we have yet to find a predator that can live in the local ecosystem without becoming dominant due to lack of local competition.  Some solutions have arisen as how to stop their spreading, however, but that does not address those already established.

http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Millions-of-zebra-mussels-infest-lakes-Zoar-4930913.php

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Interzone / Re: What is love?
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:31:53 AM »
Love is many things and exists in many categories.  Is your love one of reverence and devotion?  Is it zest and joy?

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Metal / Re: How do people exit metal?
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:24:29 AM »
It seems that few here have left metal, rather we may be too discriminating or busy with other things to be immersed in some of the less flattering parts of the metal underground.

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Being that I live in an outpost of Brazil in the United States, I am aware of their problems, but they are not all degenerate thieves regardless of whether they are mixed or not.  The issues that saturate Brazilian society go beyond government corruption and popular complacence, as indjaseemun has very well mentioned.

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I would think that it is better to treat harlots and sluts in a strong, firm, and moral fashion because epiphanies are not closed to anyone.  If in the grip of addiction or underlying problems, they will not likely change, but other people seeing such a sight may at the very least praise your decorum.

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Interzone / Re: Tell me this...
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:51:08 PM »
The equality of value in humans is a base value.  Ideally, it does not negate the hierarchy of deeds, or the selectivity of action.  It does not disregard class (in the economic sense) or caste (in the spiritual sense).  It does not relegate people to be a void, but is supposed to stand to safeguard against abuses of law and power unbecoming of those who should lead.  How far have we strayed from this lofty belief?

At least, this is the interpretation that has been conveyed to me through scholars and texts.

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Interzone / Re: Nature and anti-art
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:26:11 AM »
Nature superbly crafts lifeforms and non-lifeforms which are elegant, functional, mysterious, and beautiful.  Is it the functional and mysterious qualities which makes these anti-art?

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Interzone / Re: Winter Boozing
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:18:05 AM »
What are the benefits of alcohol?
Well, a bit of history would suggest that drinking wine before battle can make the attacking siege army think you're wild maniacs who feast on blood before fighting...

Also it weeds out the Saracens from the infidels :)

Tell that to the Turks, Bosniaks, and Albanians who love their drink!  That aside, alcohol does have health benefits in moderation, and is something omnipresent in most food and drink in varying amounts.  Alcohol is simply a by product of bacteria and yeasts, and in some cases, only yeasts, with naturally occurring sugars.  Due to this, it is even present in cultures which abstain from most alcoholic drinks.

You did not need me to tell you this.  If you are adventurous, find a "Chinese Yeast Ball" and mix into some steamed rice to find out what you get after a week or so.

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Interzone / Re: Caste systems in internet use
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:11:48 AM »
To be honest, it takes a person with a steel will and intrepid character to keep on persisting in the creation of content in the face of those who constantly criticize.  The people who are blessed in their artistry, however, will have more defenders than detractors, especially when they strive for their art over a long period.

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