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  1. Baby Driver. I LOVED this. The action was well choreographed in time with the music, and complimented by witty dialogue from memorable characters with a believable, endearing romance. It's everything I wished the f&f movies were and I don't buy that self-aware argument entirely as Dominic takes himself waaaaaay too seriously but I digress.
  2. I actually... liked the new Transformers despite the numerous cringe worthy attempts at humour. Maybe it was because it's the only one apart from the first one that I've seen, maybe it's because I wanted to revisit my childhood and was in the right mood for it. Enjoyed the action, visuals, crazy mythology, and Wahlberg's natural charisma overshadows his character. Also liked Anthony Hopkins and Cogman. Still way too long, they need to cut the length down to around 2 hours and get someone who can write witty dialogue for these kind of popcorn flicks like the Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy writers.
  3. Wouldn't be the first time someone thinking about nailing Ariana Grande has led to an explosion.
  4. She did, but the UN ambassador position has no actual power and is used (by basically everyone) for hatchet jobbing each other, the only dependant part is who is hatcheting whom at different times and on different issues. Samantha Power did exactly the same thing and said exactly the same things, nothing actually came of it. The US won't fight Russia unless they have to, and if they tried that they'd have to. We've also been told the strike is a one off, and that the US won't themselves remove Assad from power by people like McMaster and Tillerson who are far higher food chain than Haley. If it's Turkey andor Saudi & rebels vs Syria and Russia it's the latter who wins, every time. Saudi loses pathetically to shoeless Houthis and Turkey, well, they were just told that they weren't wanted for the Raqqa campaign because they were too crap. The US will try and leverage Assad out via Russia and try and block Iran off from western Syria with 'their' rebels (indeed, they already tried exactly that last year though they lost rather badly) and that's about it- unless something else changes, or they're bonkers. Well, they're definitely bonkers. You've got a guy who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax as chief in commander, plus the usual Christian fundamentalist suspects.
  5. Sorry mate. Secular democratic leaders in this region??? Even if you could find one of those rare specimens, he would have no political clout whatsoever, because there would be no popular support. Lessons learned from previous disastrous wars in the region? Absolutely NIL! People in Syria will still be mostly Sunnis and their neighbours will still try to gobble up as many of them as possible to increase their political spheres of influence. Saudi Arabia and Turkey first and foremost. Just a little bit of ethnic cleansing so areas can be resettled here and there by Sunnis and be amenable to be included in their respective neighbouring countries. Tell that to a friend of mine studying political science, who said he's pretty sure Assad isn't the only one capable of governing, and that what will probably happen is that mid-level government and everything below would be left intact, while an interim government would be formed at the top, in addition to organised elections. He blamed incompetence for Iraq's failure, rather than the lack of good leadership options. His commentary is usually pretty sound, but I tend to be skeptical, too, that viable alternatives are available in that Syrian cluster****. Like I've said, if it were up to me, I wouldn't touch Assad.
  6. You don't get it do you? It's as if you are talking about how you are going to rearrange your furniture... Trump/U.S/The West has no business in the middle-east. U.S is responsible for the mess in the middle-east in the first place. The U.S deliberately went into Iraq knowing that no weapons of mass destruction were present in Iraq, not to mention that they were the ones who put Saddam into position in the first place. Is all of this starting to ring a bell, sonny?! How about if they would just effectively GO AWAY and leave the middle east to its own fate. I agree with you. The destabilisation of Iraq and Libya is what led to the **** storm in Syria in the first place. I read in a political journal once that Gaddafi wanted to make a gold standard backed currency for all of Africa to make their economy independent of the world bank by using their own resources. You've got a guy like Rex who was the CEO of Exxon-Mobil. I don't think for a minute that this has nothing to do with resource control. Hopefully they don't try to remove Assad.
  7. I can't do anything other than gape at the stupidity of people who believe that "doing it right this time" with the same old regime change recipe is even a remote possibility. Have you been in a coma these last 20 years? Libya had a great standard of living and was one of the most secular Muslim countries. Supposedly, this is where a removal of an authoritarian leader would work, if anywhere. But this did not happen nearly fast and painlessly enough (like in Tunisia), and we got civil war. In civil wars, the most extreme and militant factions are always the ones who will come out on top. Unsurprisingly, Libya is now divided between islamic fundamentalists and the forces of Field Marshal Haftar, who in his disposition to inflict vigilante justice against islamists is looking increasingly like a new Gadaffi. The US solution to Libya if they keep bombing the SAA is essentially handing over Western Syria to al-Nusra which are just as bad as ISIS, which will result in genocide of Christians and Alawites and the war spreading into Lebanon. The Kurds in Eastern Syria are cool at the moment, but if they start to forcibly remove Sunni Arabs and Christians from their areas to declare their own state the US will have another FUBAR situation on their hands, a civil war inside a civil war. Basically, to institute democracy the US would be forced to bomb every single warring faction to corral them into their respective areas, and occupy everything on top of that while eliminating extremists, which would require immense amounts of resources, hundreds of thousands of committed troops, and hundreds of thousands in additional civilian casualties (and that's not mentioning resistance from Russia, Iran, China and North Korea). Really, the best feasible solution is to ensure Assad wins in the West without inflicting atrocities on the Sunnis, and ensure the SDF wins in the East, while avoiding Kurd vs. Sunni Arab vs. Christian free-for-all when the greater threat of ISIS disappears. Then hopefully, the winning parties can commence negotiations about a UN-monitored federal solution including regional self-governance. Worst-case we will get East Syria and West Syria, which is not that bad compared to status quo. **** off. Re-read my comment. I said Libya and Iraq were disasters, the former which you explained very well. If it were up to me, I would've left Gaddafi and Saddam alone. I should have clarified, I'm about as hopeful as Assad regime change working out well as I am Trump waking up one day and realising he's a ****wit. I also should have mentioned that the reason why I said "hopefully they do it right this time" is because one of oranges selling points was that he was critical of the establishments interventionist foreign policy, so maybe if they did decide to do a 180 and overthrow someone like Assad, they'd do it differently, possibly even effectively. Zoraptor, Nikki Haley also said that regime change is not only inevitable, but Trump's top priority for Syria after they defeat ISIS and remove the Iranian influence over Syria.
  8. The Town, extended version. Very good movie. Intense action, solid story. Ben Affleck is better at directing than he is at acting.
  9. "There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime." - Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN "Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria." - Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State What I take from this is that Assad is going to go. Iraq and Libya were disasters. Hopefully, they do it right this time, by appointing, and protecting a secular, democratic leader. The last thing Syria needs is to have a power vacuum filled in by a theocratic, ultra-conservative Islamic group.
  10. Hey buddy, been a long time since I've been back here. How are you? Looking back on old comments... hahaha, Jesus Jong-Christ.

    1. Tale

      Tale

      Welcome back.

  11. 1. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon 2. The Beatles - Abbey Road 3. The Beatles - Revolver 4. The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 5. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV 6. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here 7. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited 8. The Beatles - The White Album 9. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 10. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
  12. Good on ya Nu Zuland bru.
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