BulletproofBrony, Ace Law Student

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Joined Nov 13, 2011 at 12:58PM EST


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About
I’m 22 years old and a graduate of the University of Georgia in history and political science. I recently finished my senior thesis with a research grant from the Center of Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Counter-Enlightenment thought. I won the 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha essay contest in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs on the question of whether American culture tends to emphasize being an individual over being a citizen. The essay can be read here.

I am attending the Duke University School of Law. I will graduate with a Juris Doctor in 2017.

Fluttershy is my favorite pony.

I find Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones inexplicably attractive:



I’m also a fan of the Duchess of Cambridge.

My favorite movie score is from How to Train Your Dragon:



Political drama is, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite movie genres. Some of my favorite movies include Lincoln, Charlie Wilson’s War, Amazing Grace (2006), and The King’s Speech.

I think everyone should see the final Twilight movie (I went with my girlfriend -- she watches it for the lulz too) just to hear Kristen Stewart’s vampire sex talk. It’s side-splittingly hilarious.

I think Wreck-It Ralph deserved the Oscar for best animated film over Brave -- by a lot.

Even so, I love that Brave introduced me to Julie Fowlis. I want to use this song as a lullaby for future children -- it’s fantastic:



I’ll add more as I think of it, but you can also ask random questions and I may pick a few to field.

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Commented on ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix

Agreed. If it’s just a translation issue, then it’s excusable and can be remedied without much trouble.

Nevertheless, the central claim (that the Japanese generally exhibit little concern for or little apprehension towards Islamic terrorism) needs a cite. I’d say that’s probably generally true, but contentious enough that it is not self-evidently so.

Jan 24, 2015 at 06:18PM EST

Commented on ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix

“Unlike Euro-American countries, this non-christianity country doesn’t have considerable Muslim or Islamic immigrants issues and both Japan and Japan’s Self Defense Force in UN’s peacekeeping operations haven’t come under Islamic terrorism attack. Because of this, Japanese people tend to lack a sense of reality to the Middle East issues and risk of terrorism. Half of their optimistic behavior in this online craze comes from this social background.”

My inner social scientist is crying. Grammar and style need some serious reworking, but even then, what does some of this mean? Does “lack a sense of reality to” mean “a lack of public concern for”? Where does “half” come from? Do we mean that these circumstances are “contributing factors” for this behavior, or that literally half of the people participating are doing so because of these socio-politcal factors? Where are the citations for any of this?

Please. Don’t make social scientists cry. It’s not very nice.

Jan 24, 2015 at 03:25PM EST

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Jan 22, 2015 at 10:50PM EST

Commented on 00f.jpg

And then Hub Logo ran. It will be missed.

Jan 22, 2015 at 05:08PM EST

Commented on amiibo

+1 looking good.

I would recommend a subsection on the shortages, reselling (beyond martiotehplumber), and discontinued amiibos. It’s been a major source of criticism, as Nintendo of America appears to have severely underestimated the number of amiibos it expected to sell, with amiibos like Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager becoming exceptionally rare and valuable on auction sites.

Here’s an article on engadget about the controversy, with substantial links for research.

Jan 19, 2015 at 01:26AM EST

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Jan 19, 2015 at 01:17AM EST

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Jan 19, 2015 at 01:04AM EST

Commented on Islamic State (IS)

I think the biggest factor is that human beings fight each other regardless of the borders, and I think it’s reductionist to say that’s solely the result of colonialism. There has always been war in that region, since the first Mesopotamians began civilization. Europeans could’ve let it be, and it would be in the same state -- if without guns. After all, the Ottomans paid as little attention to ethnic differences as has any nation-state at any point in world history except the most recent. It was not new, nor particularly malignant.

If anything, what the West did was support an ideology that promoted ethnic strife -- called the “self-determination of nations” by Woodrow Wilson, and is a corollary of what you’re arguing (i.e., that ethnic groups, for the very fact of being an ethnic group, are entitled to nationhood).

Really, the only way out for that region is more westernization, not less -- but by that I mean classical western thought of individualism, discarding religious, cultural, and ethnic differences as irrelevant. Only by approaching each other as individuals, rather than just members of some group, do humans live in peace, and do so regardless of the borders.

Jan 17, 2015 at 11:03PM EST

Commented on here have a cute Saria

Technically, the Kokiri are grown-up with the appearance of children. Saria is, theoretically, the same age as Link -- while Link grew into an adult Hylian, however, Saria stayed the same.

Not sure if Pedobear would consider that a cruel trick, or a legal loophole jackpot.

Jan 17, 2015 at 10:28PM EST

Commented on Islamic State (IS)

I wouldn’t say “to cause [ethnic/religious] tension,” but certainly in ignorance of it.

Before WWI, you had a single empire. Afterwards, the British mostly divided things up geographically -- i.e., Iraq was drawn to encompass the Tigris and Euphrates River basins, which is logical to do, except that people are living there.

Moreover, many of the groups in the Ottoman Empire welcomed and aided the British in overthrowing it. The Saudis, in particular, were instrumental in that regard.

It’s more complicated than, “Mean old Europeans mess everything up.” It’s more of a “historical and modern geopolitical forces converge in a way that makes a bad region of the world worse.”

Jan 17, 2015 at 12:09PM EST

Commented on Islamic State (IS)

Well, the underlying ideology has been there since before European involvement in the region. The Ottoman Empire wasn’t exactly a beacon of liberalism.

What we did is we gave them guns. Pretty much every dictatorship or insurgent group we’re fighting today, we put into power or armed in the last century.

Our foreign policy has sucked. Politically I’m a capitalist, but I have a Communist friend at Johns Hopkins. We’re in perfect agreement on that point.

Jan 16, 2015 at 11:53AM EST

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