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Jagdraben

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About Jagdraben

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  • Birthday 05/13/1985

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    2001
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    Eat cheese?
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    Airsoft, cheese, guns, chocolate, gear, womenfolk, life, death, teh uber gr8 mystery, all that is good and pure in the land. Which land? The helif I know.

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  1. Jagdraben

    FN Picture Thread

    Something seems... odd about that weapon....
  2. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    I was listening to an analysis of the civil unrest in Egypt, yesterday, on NPR. The analyst said that it was likely due, in large part, to the increasing price of food, worldwide... some of those prices have jumped 50% over the past year. This same analyst linked this increase in price to droughts in Russia and the United States, combined with the shear amount of American crops that go into biofuels (those are among other reasons, but those are the three I remember). Apparently something like half (45-55%, I don't remember the exact number) of all the food that the US produces ends up being converted into biofuels. Of course, if you could go after the sacred cow of farm subsidies in the US, you'd likely solve a significant part of the issue. Unfortunately, the US pays its agricultural sector to grow and then destroy their crops... and the farmers who do it are all too happy to do so. In any case, it's not the food that Americans are getting that people are worried about. It's the people in Third World Countries, where a small jump in the price of grain makes a huge difference in the price of food. (In the Western world, we buy marketed, packaged food, so the actual price of the food is typically so minute that price increases for food are insignificant compared to the money spent on marketing and packaging, refrigeration, &c. In the Third World, the cost of food pretty much only effected by two things: The availability of that food and the price to transport it.) This is pretty much a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation. On the one hand, we could keep going to Third World countries to get our oil and destabilize the planet with climate change and dictators fighting over increasingly limited natural resources. On the other hand, we could keep pouring our food into making biofuels and destabilize the planet with high food prices and dictators killing their own people to stay in power. There's also the third option, drop biofuels and adopt fuel-cell-powered cars (along with shutting down coal-fired plants and opening up more nuclear plants and wind farms). Then we can still feed the world and not have to buy oil from dictators. As for wind farms being NIMBY. Give me a giant backyard. You can put a whole bunch in there. I'd love to have a few ginormous wind mills to watch over breakfast. I remember at St Olaf College in Minnesota, there were wind mills all over the campus, and they were nice to have around, cool to watch. Although they did tend to make creepy noises in Spring and Fall (and even creepier noises in Summer, when they were the only noises to be heard).
  3. Join me, and together we can destroy the evil polymer empire and bring balance back to the Real Steel thread.

  4. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    My internet has recently decided that it will only download so much of a file and then it will stop. And it's not consistent. It can download something as large as a couple of megabytes without a hiccup. Or it will only download a couple of kilobytes of that file and stop. Dead. Consequently, I cannot up-date my anti-virus software and I cannot watch anything on The Escapist (and I have to re-load a page a half-dozen times or more to get things like Pimp-My-Gun to work).
  5. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Woah! You're still alive!? God must love you!
  6. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    "I'm confused. No, wait... I think you're confused." -Dr. Simon Tam Am I not communicating effectively? Did I not say that Hedge was correct when he pointed out that Irish citizens are not British citizens? Did my comparison of an Irish citizen calling themselves British on account of geographical location (the British Isles) with a Mexican citizen calling themselves American on account of geographical location (the Americas) really make what I said that much murkier?
  7. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Which is something that you would have basically read in my posts if you had, you know, read them.
  8. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    True. I suppose that someone from the Republic of Ireland has as much right to call themselves a British citizen as someone from the United States of Mexico has to call themselves an American citizen. The more correct terminology would be that they are citizens of a British or American nation, I reckon.
  9. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    I can understand that someone might want to be thought of as Welsh or Scottish or Irish or English before being British, just the same as I can understand how someone might want to be thought of as a Virginian or Texan before being American. But a government organization tasked with investigation and staffed primarily by individuals with Juris Doctor degrees should, I think, know that anyone who is a British citizen is going to be a citizen of either the Republic of Ireland or of the UK (and anyone saying that they're from the Republic of Ireland would simply call themselves Irish). @Kyrian: Actually, the original plan was for each colony to become its own sovereign country, it's own state. Hence the term 'United States'. Even after the dissolution of the Articles of Confederacy and the ratification of the Constitution, it was not uncommon for someone to think of themselves as being a Virginian or a New Yorker, rather than an American. (This lasted until the Civil War, with the rather famous change in terminology from the United States being a plural to a singular term.) 'United Nations' is very nearly a synonym. Indeed, the very name 'United States of America' could be derived directly from the name 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland'. Although, according to Wikipedia, that would be factually incorrect as, apparently, the Union created in 1707 was the 'Kingdom of Great Britian'. The UK did not become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until 1800. In any case, the terms United Kingdom and United States (and United Nations and United Emirates) are all closely linked terms.
  10. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Apparently, the FBI is convinced that the United Kingdom is not a nation/country/state that one can be born in or have citizenship from. Apparently, one can be a citizen of England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. According to the FBI. And we wonder why we cannot find Osama and how the 9/11 hijackers slipped through the cracks.
  11. Who moved my cheese..

  12. Happy birthday, man.

    Ben.

  13. Jagdraben

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    People ( Brits and others ) who write 'Lego' instead of 'LEGO'. Perturbs me, it does.
  14. Jagdraben

    What music are you currently listening to?

    The soundtrack to Moulin Rouge, of all things.
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