Israel Fires on Syria

Slight change of pace here, yes, still political in nature, but it's something I consider important. Yes, I know I already have a topic for this but it's old and this is new.

As you may or may not be aware, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) responded to an incident in the Golan Heights today. The Syrian military had fired several shells over the border, with one mortar attack directed toward an IDF forward base there. The IDF responded by firing a guided missile at the artillery station responsible for the mortar attack. This, in combination with Syrian military bombings along the Turkish border, has raised the ugly specter of a regional conflict involving Syria, NATO, and now potentially the IDF as well.

This marks the first time since the 1973 Yom-Kippur War that Israel has fired into Syrian territory for any reason. Whether you happen to support Israel or not, this is a hugely dangerous situation that can get out of control quickly if the Syrians or Iranians decide something has to be done about it. Both are known to be openly hostile to Israel, and it isn't a given that Syria lacks the power to engage just because they're busy slaughtering their own people.

Given the results of the US presidential election, this becomes even more dangerous. Obama is already well known as being cold to Israel, and his re-election assures that coldness will continue. So this raises real concerns about our alliance relationship and whether or not the US will come to Israel's aid should all out war break out. I for one am not hopeful, and while the country sits distracted by General Petraeus' resignation, nobody seems to be paying attention to Syria. In fact, many seem to think ignoring the problem will make it go away.

Many of us have been subconsciously aware something like this was coming. A regional war in the Middle East will turn ugly, fast, and we need to be ready for what may come. For those of you, like me, who believe in the End Times, this is really nothing terribly surprising as this is what is widely expected to lead up to eventual Armageddon. Let's just hope this isn't what it looks like.
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Posted on Nov 11, 2012 1:39 pm by Samson in: | 65 comment(s) [Closed]
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Is everyone dead here? I keep checking in and no one is home. No new posts, not even a murmur.

       
Not dead, just absorbed by Dragonborn.

       
I am waiting on this comming out of beta, it is going to be pay for perks. http://nw.perfectworld.com/

An MMO with build your own content, http://nw.perfectworld.com/about/foundry i just hope the game does not suck balls, because it looks like it is going to be good.

       
Edited by The_Fury on Feb 10, 2013 3:08 pm
The Pope is retiring

I did not think that gods representative on earth could retire, but it seems the pope can do just that if he chooses. God chooses pope, pope is god on earth, everyone kisses his ring, pope quits job because it is too hard. It would seem to me, that there is an issue here in catholic theology, because god just ain't allowed to quit. Is he?

       
Edited by The_Fury on Feb 11, 2013 5:59 pm
North Korea is testing nukes. Duck and cover people.

       
The_Fury said:

Isnt that computers in general, the paperless office and all that. All we have done is change from one burden to another, but the burden still remains.

Pretty much. It's not really that our lives are easier and less stressful, just that now we have different excuses for the day to day stresses and difficulties. :shrug:

Cute phone joke too, btw.

The_Fury said:

Is everyone dead here? I keep checking in and no one is home. No new posts, not even a murmur.

Samson said:

Not dead, just absorbed by Dragonborn.

Well, some of us are busy being distracted by that, and some of us are just being distracted by real life "stuff", lately my cup's been runnith-ing over something fierce, and not with joy and happiness either. :sigh: It's not a story worth sharing, but suffice it to say that I really feel like I need a vacation already. ;)

The_Fury said:

I am waiting on this comming out of beta, it is going to be pay for perks. http://nw.perfectworld.com/

An MMO with build your own content, http://nw.perfectworld.com/about/foundry i just hope the game does not suck balls, because it looks like it is going to be good.

Looks pretty cool, and it's already open for beta so I suppose you could find out how the game is without the wait if you wanted to. ;)

The_Fury said:

The Pope is retiring

I did not think that gods representative on earth could retire, but it seems the pope can do just that if he chooses. God chooses pope, pope is god on earth, everyone kisses his ring, pope quits job because it is too hard. It would seem to me, that there is an issue here in catholic theology, because god just ain't allowed to quit. Is he?

The man is getting old enough to merit retirement, and I suspect that he's not the first Pope to enter retirement either. I suppose the Lord will just have to appoint another to take Benedict's place.. oh, wait, he wasn't chosen by God either, he was chosen by some panel of Archbishop types or whatever they call themselves over in Rome.. guess it's really a very human and bureaucratic matter after all. :P ;)

       
prettyfly said:

North Korea is testing nukes. Duck and cover people.

Fury was complaining that no one was posting here anymore and here you go posting while I'm posting. :D

One can only hope they accidentally blow their own asses off the map in their testing, because the world definitely doesn't really need North Korea armed with fully functional nukes. :sigh:

       
North Korea armed with fully functional nukes. :sigh:


Given the choice between fully functional and dysfunctional nukes, I think i would prefer they had ones that worked correctly, lest they do blow themselves up and bring on a nulcear winter to take the rest of us out with. :)

Looks pretty cool, and it's already open for beta so I suppose you could find out how the game is without the wait if you wanted to. ;)


Unfortunately Conner it is a closed beta, that is being run over 3 weekends, and to get the privilege to join it, you have to pay 200 bucks. And well i am not that anxious to try the game that i would pay with kidney and half a lung just to see it for 6 days.

Fury was complaining that no one was posting here anymore and here you go posting while I'm posting. :D


I am still waiting on Dwips mega post. :(

       
Edited by The_Fury on Feb 11, 2013 9:00 pm
Oh and on a side note, I have the flu, feel like shit, which has given me time to get into some reading, which is currently book 4 of the Malazan Empire by Steven Erickson. Turns out this guy has a long history as a pen and paper RPG player. I have thoroughly enjoyed the series so far, 10 books in all, so i have plenty to look forward to in the main series, before i take on some of the side books based in the same world.

Robin Hobbs new book is out soon, final in a series and I hope that Terry Goodkind pulls his finger out and releases the 2nd part of the Omen Machine, and George RR Martin finishes the last book in his series also some time this year, but not holding my breath on that.

       
Edited by The_Fury on Feb 11, 2013 9:09 pm
The_Fury said:

and George RR Martin finishes the last book in his series also some time this year, but not holding my breath on that.


*second last

Although, I am so eager to see what happens with Stannis and the battle on the ice that I might actually show some excitement in my emotions for once when the book comes out.

       
*second last


He is not splitting it in 2 again? Sheet, i knew it was going to be huge, but i was hoping to get the 1800 page monster in 1 go.

Oh you are right, damn, going to have to wait 1/2 my life before that series is done, he bloody better not die of a heart attack before it is all written.

Have you seen this Prettyfly Game of Thrones MMO what a total waste of a brilliant world, to build a brower game out of it.

       
Edited by The_Fury on Feb 11, 2013 10:57 pm
The_Fury said:

Conner said:

North Korea armed with fully functional nukes. :sigh:

Given the choice between fully functional and dysfunctional nukes, I think i would prefer they had ones that worked correctly, lest they do blow themselves up and bring on a nulcear winter to take the rest of us out with. :)

I don't think they have enough nuclear material on-hand to accomplish seriously hurting the rest of us in a self-destructive accident, but.. I'd much rather them accidentally take themselves out than intentionally take someone else out.

The_Fury said:

Conner said:

Looks pretty cool, and it's already open for beta so I suppose you could find out how the game is without the wait if you wanted to. ;)

Unfortunately Conner it is a closed beta, that is being run over 3 weekends, and to get the privilege to join it, you have to pay 200 bucks. And well i am not that anxious to try the game that i would pay with kidney and half a lung just to see it for 6 days.

Ouch, that's just not right. Seriously that much? *shaking his head in disbelief*

The_Fury said:

Conner said:

Fury was complaining that no one was posting here anymore and here you go posting while I'm posting. :D

I am still waiting on Dwips mega post. :(

It'll come when we all least expect it. ;)
Seriously, there's two problems with that, first, he'd said he was waiting on Samson to create us a new "post" area just for idle chatter like that before he'd post it, and, second, he's probably in the same camp with Samson being busily distracted by Dragonborn. :shrug:

The_Fury said:

Oh and on a side note, I have the flu, feel like shit, which has given me time to get into some reading, which is currently book 4 of the Malazan Empire by Steven Erickson. Turns out this guy has a long history as a pen and paper RPG player. I have thoroughly enjoyed the series so far, 10 books in all, so i have plenty to look forward to in the main series, before i take on some of the side books based in the same world.

Robin Hobbs new book is out soon, final in a series and I hope that Terry Goodkind pulls his finger out and releases the 2nd part of the Omen Machine, and George RR Martin finishes the last book in his series also some time this year, but not holding my breath on that.

Really sorry to hear that you're under the weather. Just got home from taking my daughter to the emergency room earlier myself, she had all the symptoms of a bad flu or sinus infection but their tests showed it's just her first UTI.. at 5 years old, you know that totally sucks...

Haven't read that series (or that author, for that matter) myself, I take it that it's pretty good?
I also am not following either Robin Hobbs nor George R.R. Martin, and while I used to avidly read Terry Goodkind's books as quickly as I could get my hands on them (specifically The Sword of Truth series), for some reason I was thinking he'd died so I'd stopped looking for books by him.. I may have to correct that now that I know otherwise.

prettyfly said:

Although, I am so eager to see what happens with Stannis and the battle on the ice that I might actually show some excitement in my emotions for once when the book comes out.

Don't get too worked up now, we wouldn't want you to hurt yourself. :P ;)

The_Fury said:

He is not splitting it in 2 again? Sheet, i knew it was going to be huge, but i was hoping to get the 1800 page monster in 1 go.

Oh you are right, damn, going to have to wait 1/2 my life before that series is done, he bloody better not die of a heart attack before it is all written.

Books of that magnitude make me very bored very quickly with a given author because it takes forever between books and I start to forget what happened in the previous installments by the time the new book arrives.. or, more to the point, I pretty much stop caring by that time... :headbang:

       
The_Fury said:

He is not splitting it in 2 again? Sheet, i knew it was going to be huge, but i was hoping to get the 1800 page monster in 1 go.

Oh you are right, damn, going to have to wait 1/2 my life before that series is done, he bloody better not die of a heart attack before it is all written.


Oh, the next one will be a 1800 page monster. Its just that he needs two of them to wrap things up...

The_Fury said:

Have you seen this Prettyfly Game of Thrones MMO what a total waste of a brilliant world, to build a brower game out of it.


After all, cash-in games always go well. :tongue:

       
it's just her first UTI.. at 5 years old,


Had to google the abbreviation, the poor darling, that not nice at all at that age.

Haven't read that series (or that author, for that matter) myself, I take it that it's pretty good?
I also am not following either Robin Hobbs nor George R.R. Martin, and while I used to avidly read Terry Goodkind's books as quickly as I could get my hands on them (specifically The Sword of Truth series), for some reason I was thinking he'd died so I'd stopped looking for books by him.. I may have to correct that now that I know otherwise.


Yeah they are good. If you ever want something to read, just send me an email and i will email you my books, drop them onto your andriod phone or tablet and read away. I have everything written by the above authors and then some. :) epub, best thing that ever happened to reading.

After all, cash-in games always go well. :tongue:


I know, but it is sad to see such a lovely world get wasted in such a way. And browser game, yeeesh, could they do anything more crappy than yet another runscape. It just seems like a big joke to me, that he sold the IP for it only to be wasted on a game that no gamer and no avid fan of the series is going to enjoy. It is a mature title and yet they make a game that is aimed at 10 year olds.

       
Edited by The_Fury on Feb 12, 2013 1:39 am
The_Fury said:

Conner said:

it's just her first UTI.. at 5 years old,

Had to google the abbreviation, the poor darling, that not nice at all at that age.

Sorry, wasn't trying to be difficult with it, but it's an abbreviation every women (at least in America) is generally intimately familiar with that usually immediately conjures dread of cranberry juice the moment it's uttered. ;) But it's also a rather personal "illness", so... ;)

But, yes, I agree entirely. I suspect they're not pleasant at any age, but at almost 6 years old.. well, let's just say that, as a father, I hadn't expected to need to address that issue with my daughter for another few years yet. :shrug: Either way, it's always hard to watch your child suffer and know that the best you can do for them is to remind them to drink more cranberry juice, take their medicine, and be more careful in the future. :(

The_Fury said:

Conner said:

Haven't read that series (or that author, for that matter) myself, I take it that it's pretty good?
I also am not following either Robin Hobbs nor George R.R. Martin, and while I used to avidly read Terry Goodkind's books as quickly as I could get my hands on them (specifically The Sword of Truth series), for some reason I was thinking he'd died so I'd stopped looking for books by him.. I may have to correct that now that I know otherwise.

Yeah they are good. If you ever want something to read, just send me an email and i will email you my books, drop them onto your andriod phone or tablet and read away. I have everything written by the above authors and then some. :) epub, best thing that ever happened to reading.

Sounds pretty good to me, I'm always open to new reading material, especially at that price. ;) On the other hand, I'd actually been avoiding George R.R. Martin's works mainly because it just really didn't sound entertaining to me. My eldest son had read part of the Game of Thrones series (last time we talked of such things, by now maybe he's read the rest?) from the library, but the few snippets from it I've read just didn't motivate me to want to read the rest. I'd read (I think) the whole Sword of Truth series, so I know I like Terry Goodkind's writing and would definitely take what you've got of his and, if you feel Steven Erickson & Robin Hobbs were good enough to merit buying digital copies of their books, I'll certainly be happy to give them at least a cursory once-over. I've got a kindle app and a nook app on both my android phone and my android tablet, along with Google's play books app, so I think I can handle pretty much whichever format they're in.

Truthfully, I really far prefer actual books most of the time, but I do agree that epub is pretty cool, not only because it lets you carry your entire (digital) library with you all at once in a single lightweight device that's fairly easy to use almost anywhere, but also because it lets you keep that entire (digital) library synced between your devices and share the books from it relatively easily. On the other hand, a book feels so much more right in your hands and I've had trouble reading off my phone and tablet in sunlight whereas books don't give me that problem. :shrug:

The_Fury said:

It is a mature title and yet they make a game that is aimed at 10 year olds.

This is the part that would irritate me the most. I do know where you're coming from on the idea of wasting the IP on a game no fan is going to want to play, but the fact that they're basically making a mature subject into a game for kids ...I have sons who are 11 & 13 (between my other two sons) and I really get upset when they get excited over a new "hot" game that's based on a book series I know wasn't written for their age range. I think our society has plenty of problems with it and I'm not pointing fingers right at this moment, but, as a parent, I won't let them play games like that, despite what the ESRB might say. :headbang:

       
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