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  1. On another note, as a long-time fan of the Homeworld series, I am extremely excited about the upcoming prequel game Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak... and I must point out that it's practically begging for a Dune mod.
  2. Thank you for the warm wishes, everyone! I happen to be located in the U.S. at the moment, although that may change, and... Wait. Gob has a twitter account!?
  3. Oh, and as it happens, it's not just my birthday today. FED2k, the "First Ever Dune 2000 Website", went online for the first time on 15 January 1998. So: Happy 18th Birthday FED2k! You're now officially an adult! ...but not an "adult website". Please don't be that.
  4. So... hello again, everyone. I've been gone for over half a year (looking back, it appears my most recent post before today was in May 2015). I honestly don't know how that happened, but I don't intend to let it happen again. I came back today because it's my birthday - and also Fed2k's birthday - and on this day I always get nostalgic and think of home. And, you see, after all these years, no matter how long I may be away, I still think of Fed2k as my home on the internet. Or, to quote a line once said by a brilliant actor we lost too soon: "After all this time?" "Always."
  5. I know what you're thinking. You're looking at the post above, which was from 2011, and you are telling yourself "wow, this thread is old". Well, you're wrong. This thread isn't old... I am! :) Today, the Earth has officially completed 30 revolutions around the Sun since the day I was born. I'm still working on my first revolution, so the Earth has quite a head start. But in any case, ahem, Happy Birthday to Me!
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    Tileset » Arrakis Release » 2002-05-23 Players » Two Map Size » 128 * 96 Additional Info » The two rock plateaus in this region were once used by the Guild as testing grounds for new weapons. When they left, they didn't dismantle all their experiments. Two prototype Guild weapons can be found on small rock outcrops next to each of the two plateaus...
  7. Thank you for the links! The pictures are really interesting. I've never seen them before. I don't know much about the CPGB specifically, but I do know that the history of the CPGB follows quite closely the general pattern of the history of most "official Communist Parties" in the West in the 20th century. The "official Communist Parties" are the parties that were created in solidarity with the Russian Revolution in the period 1917-1921, and which took on the official name "Communist Party of [country]" and were members of the Third International before WW2. There is (or was) one in almost every country. Some were huge, like the French or Italian Communist Parties, while others were rather small, like the CPGB or the CPUSA. The larger ones are mostly still in existence, while the smaller ones typically ceased to exist after 1991. The major distinguishing feature of the "official Communist Parties" is that they took their lead from the USSR - they copied the ruling ideology of the Soviet Union as long as it was around. They were Leninist in the 1920s, then became Stalinist in the 30s, 40s and 50s, then denounced Stalin after 1956, and so on. They faithfully reproduced whatever was happening in Soviet politics at the time - although some stopped doing this in the 1970s or 80s, and obviously after the fall of the USSR they all stopped doing it. In the 1990s, some disbanded themselves, like the CPGB, while others went off in all sorts of different directions. For example, today, the Communist Party of France (PCF) is basically social democratic, while the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is hardcore Leninist. But for a very long time, they were all together, doing more or less the same thing. It's amazing when you think about it, really. It was the most synchronized global political movement in the history of the world. The fact that it continued in almost perfect lockstep for over five decades (serious cracks began to appear only after 1968) is a testament to the overwhelming international prestige of the Russian Revolution. Even when the Soviet Union was doing highly questionable or even completely indefensible things, the official Communist Parties still had more support, typically, than any other communist or socialist organizations. They did not face any serious political competition on the radical left in any country until the 1970s. Such was the prestige of the heirs of the Russian Revolution.
  8. Oh, and if you're reading this thread early enough that you'd like to join me in watching the election night coverage live, here is the link to the official results page on the BBC. The map will get filled in as more results are announced: http://www.bbc.com/news/election/2015/results
  9. Well, first of all, hello again everyone. I have been absent much too long. I couldn't help but think of Fed2k - and PRP in particular - as I was following the news coverage on the British election. We have (or, at least, had) quite a few active posters from the UK here... So it's election night in the UK, and, as the votes get counted, we can look forward to one of the most unusual election results in decades, because: 1. Not only is there going to be a hung parliament, but, according to pre-election projections, there won't be any possible majority coalition either. Post-election exit polls, on the other hand, give the Tory-LibDem coalition a razor-thin majority. 2. The Scottish National Party looks set to sweep almost all the seats from Scotland. After the defeat of the Scottish independence referendum last year, I thought the SNP was going to collapse or at least decline. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The precise opposite happened: the SNP surged ahead and seems to be (paradoxically) more popular than ever. I think this is great news. 3. The much-vaunted rising popularity of UKIP seems to have been much ado about nothing. UKIP looks set to grab two or three seats at most. So, what say you, British and not-so-British loyal readers of PRP threads? :) Is David Cameron going to be able to hold on as Prime Minister, either at the head of a minority government supported by the Ulster Unionists, or maybe in a continuing coalition with the burning wreckage of the Lib Dems? Would it have made any difference if Labour won, anyway, given how much they've moved to the right? Considering the rising fortunes of the SNP, is Scotland going to get another independence referendum soon? And have the Lib Dems been sufficiently humiliated for their betrayal in 2010, or do they need to be wiped out completely?
  10. And, as expected, Scotland voted No, by 55% to 45%. Now the question is, what next? More devolution, as the No camp promised? Or are they going to go back on that promise? And what's going to happen to the SNP and the Scottish separatist movement - are they going to fade away from politics, as the Quebec separatists did after narrowly losing the 1995 referendum to break from Canada, or are they going to remain strong and try to get independence again in 10-20 years? ...and is Gordon Brown getting ready to lead a proletarian revolution? :D
  11. So yesterday, Gordon Brown (of all people) delivered a passionate speech for the "No" campaign. Who knew he had such fire in him? He spent his entire time as Prime Minister displaying the emotional range of a lump of coal. But, even more shockingly, if you pay close attention to the video, at 1:40 Gordon Brown proudly proclaims: "From each according to his ability to contribute, to each according to his needs. And that is the best principle that can govern the life of our country today." So there you have it, comrades. Gordon Brown promises that if Scotland stays in the UK, it will get communism! :D Maybe he was possessed by the ghost of Karl Marx. That would explain the sudden passion...
  12. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to bring this thread back from the dead after over two years, because today is the big day! Today, Scotland decides. Is it going to be independence, or the end of Alex Salmond's political career? For a long time, the result looked like a foregone conclusion, with polls showing a massive lead for the "No" side (against independence). But, over the last several weeks, the "Yes" campaign has made tremendous gains, such that some polls have even put them in the lead (very narrowly), and most polls now have the difference between the two sides smaller than the margin of error. This is going to be close. But, in all likelihood, the result will still be No. Which is a bit of a shame, considering the fact that I have recently been persuaded to (weakly) support Scottish independence, as opposed to being staunchly against it. The types of arguments that changed my opinion are best summarized in this article: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/why-scotland-should-vote-yes/ Essentially, the situation we are now facing is one where even in the case of a No vote, there will be further devolution in the UK and Scotland will get all the costs of independence with none of the benefits. So they might as well go with full independence instead. In addition, Scottish independence would severely weaken the ability of the British state to serve as the junior enforcer of American imperialism around the world.
  13. Paladin, I have no desire to focus on my original questions in the first post if people would rather talk about some other aspects of WW1. The only reason I included any questions in the first place was because I was trying to spark more discussion than usual. The flame war that developed in this thread was brought up by another moderator in the staff forum, someone suggested locking the thread, and I proposed splitting the thread instead of locking the whole thing in order to salvage the original discussion. Then I carried out the split and locked the resulting new thread. Obviously I could not respond to the ongoing discussion and then lock the thread, because a moderator shouldn't try to "get the last word in" before locking a thread. I could have just said "thread locked", but I chose to add a little humour instead. So that's how we got to the "ribbing about marble emperors" (a joke about Constantinople). The entire time I was under the impression that people wanted the thread locked and the flame war ended. I really have no strong opinion either way about that.
  14. We will only be able to stop babies being killed by bombers if we understand the root causes of war, oppression and injustice in the modern world, and if we have a serious plan for ending it. Blind revenge may be good enough for a grieving parent - and trust me, I understand the desire for revenge - but revenge alone isn't going to stop other bombers from killing other babies in other places. Changing the global system, not revenge or grief, is going to make the world a better place.
  15. The British Empire did many horrible things and committed many atrocities and massacres. I am the last person who would ever defend it. Same for the French colonial empire and France's current actions in Mali and elsewhere in Africa. European powers are guilty of many crimes against humanity. But you can criticize the British and the French without accusing them of weird conspiracy theories. * * * The above is my opinion as a regular forum poster. As for my opinion from a moderator point of view, what matters is not so much what you say, but how you say it. You can attack the British government (and the Greek one) all you like, but when you start saying things like "england rule, kill, loot, drink blood, make wold blood bath" and talking about "greek dogs", that's when we have a problem. If you had instead said "England is responsible for much death and violence around the world" and referred to "murderous Greek troops" respectively, that would not be a problem. It's about how you say things.
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