A horrific, tragic terrorist attack happened today in London and you just know tumblr isn’t going to hear about it because it’s not America.
A more accurate title would be “British Soldier murdered by two men.”
Because I’m sorry, but I’m getting a bit tired of seeing instances like this labeled a terrorist attack right away. Yes, one of the suspects was filmed after the attack (prior to him and the other man being shot by police) using what Western news sources would describe as jihadist rhetoric, and there was no reason for that soldier to die in his home country walking down the street. But there’s also no reason to call this a terrorist attack because the two suspects happen to be black Muslims in Britain, and as far as I can tell that’s the only reason a homicide is being called a terrorist attack.
If we see a bunch of these occurring systematically, THAT is when you start calling them terrorist attacks.
Except the only difference between “terrorism” and other violent crime is political intent. If someone commits an act of violence for political motivations (the two attackers in this case making a spectacle of the murder they committed and plainly telling onlookers it was an act of retaliation against British soldiers killing Muslim civilians in the Middle East), even if that act is done only with knives on one person, the intention of using violence as a means of political intimidation makes it an act of terror.
I don’t really see how it being “systematic” would effect anything, considering so many terrorist attacks on our own soil have been largely two or three people acting without outside help to plant bombs or shoot civilians.
I just heard this on the news today. They spent fifteen minutes on the piece and there were some testimonials from bystanders. I don’t remember seeing the word terrorist.
Season 2 starts with ten million gallons of awkward pouring out of the sky.
Google lets you search by animated GIF now
1. Put your username in image search.
2. Select “animated” under search tools.
3. Post result.
AHahahhahahaha its the truth tho
Hey it’s the gif I made!
I don’t hate dis.
I want to go to the pizza place.
But they’re too busy cutting down all the ash trees on my block and the road is blocked off.
Times like this I wish I still had my bike :<
okay since some of you are still interpreting my post wrong, i thought some picture mights help. please note in my original post that i said that the futuristic technology didn’t bother me, but the style did (actually the post was more about pop cultures references that don’t fit the era, like one to siegfried and roy, which can’t be called anything but a careless mistake, but w/e)
let’s take team fortress 2’s sentry and portal’s turret
technology-wise, they have the same exact function: detect thing and shoot thing. the only real technological difference is that one can talk. but obviously, the two are not the same. one is clunky and rough, the other is sleek and clean. the sentry fits the decade’s style. the turret does not. the turret would look absolutely ridiculous and out-of-place on the battle fields of sawmill/thunder mountain/whatever your favorite tf2 map is. all because of its style
another example (one that i used in the original post): the dr. grordbort promotional items and the deus ex promotional items
both are futuristic. you’d have a pretty hard time arguing that ray guns existed in 1968 along with nano helmets. but once again, their styles are drastically different. the cow mangler 5000 is something that you’d see in a 1950s/1960s sci-fi comic book. it’s wonderful; i just love the look of this weapon. it’s retro-futuristic, which works so well because tf2 is retro. the nanobalaclava however… yikes. the style of it clashes pretty badly with the style of tf2. hell, if you painted it white, it would looks like it came out of aperture laboriousness.
i hope i’ve made my point clear. thank you
OPINION TIME: I’m in agreement with weenie on this one. At least as far as the items go (whatever historical inaccuracies that happen in the comics and such fly over me because I don’t pay enough attention).
One thing that really bugs me about this though is that 90% of the items that are guilty of this crime are all items that come from game preorders. Like with the Deus items and some of the new Poker Night items, they look really out of place in the game. Again this doesn’t so much bother me like in a way that keeps me from liking the game but more in a way that it’s like that could have been handled so much better. I mean, you look at the promotional items and you can see that a lot of them have been worked to keep them true to the game’s universe…but then there are some that just…eh.
I know Valve gets a lot of their TF2 revenue from doing these kinds of promotions, but I think that they can make the items work just a smidgen better. They hold the items they accept from the community to such standards that if someone submitted something like the Deus Specs or Nanobaclava (and Valve had no intention of doing a Deus promotion) then they would have turned them down because they don’t fit the game’s universe very well. Then you have items like the Quadwrangler and Triad Trinket and even the Sydney Straw Boat that work fully well with the TF2 world.
I’m just being nitpicky and it boils down to I don’t like ___ item so I won’t get it but it still makes me sigh at the missed opportunities.
I would really like to see more items in the style of the Pomson and Cow Mangler tho. That Sci-Fi 1960’s look is something I really love. Maybe in the future we’ll get like a “world of tomorrow” update with more items like these in it.
I don’t really disagree with that, really.
I just kind of accept that it’s a thing and while I don’t personally like those particular items I just deal.
Could be worse.
I think a slightly lower gate does work in the game’s favor.
I love the Purity Fist, but it’s slightly out of the style for the game. Lowering the bar lets more good stuff over, but more bad stuff too.
Send me ‘Have You Evers’ and I will reply with Yes or No