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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This is about a questionnaire Obama filled out in 1996. In that very article is says Obama is NOT running on this platform, even in the primary. You are not understanding the article.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This primary is serving as a good reminder that people generally vote for candidates, not platforms.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
You’re quoting an article that talks about how Obama’s standpoints stand in to his then current platform to prove Obama ran for the Presidency as a progressive? It seems to prove he ran away from that label.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Right, and I agree with you. But on that same turn I don’t think Obama’s plan made him one either.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The healthcare plan Obama ran on was significantly more conservative than the plan Biden is running on. Does that make Biden a progressive?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
They will. They always do. It’s the young people who have disappointed us time and time again.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well, that’s certinly a valid topic for debate, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the context of my post.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Umm, yeah I know. It was a rhetorical question. Neither Biden or Obama are progressives.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
He didn’t, it became Organizing for America and was operated out of the DNC HQ in DC.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Obama absolutely ran as a moderate. I know, I worked on his campaign.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
We all said Biden will win in November 2016? I’ll totally agree with you that anyone who made that statement was clearly wrong.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s less ridiculous than declaring he will lose. At least we have some data that points to his probable victory. But sure, the future is not set.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The problem with this line of reasoning is it assumes Bernie is the best progressives can do. He’s not. His campaign made a ton of mistakes that could have been addressed but were not. And Biden’s gonna win in November.
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Thread Is anyone else's inbox getting slammed with "A note about Coronavirus" e-mails?
It might be somewhat excessive, but for example LensCrafters probably sent out notes because people who were scheduled for examinations we asking if those were still on. And if the spam helps to convince the populace that this is a serious issue, it’s not the worst thing in the world.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
Congress sets the day of the election. States not holding the election would be in violation of both state and federal law. But the public election does not choose the President, the electoral college does. That would still be called, and if they have 270 votes for someone, that person will be President. If they don’t, the House would pick the President as you said, with the Republicans controlling 26 states as of now. But yes, the response of Democrats at this point in this fantasy would be to boycott the vote, and the same would happen in the Senate. So yes, that means President Nancy. But again, none of this is going to happen.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
What you describe would be a coup. There wouldn’t be any middle ground, it would be a coup. It would be stopped in a million ways, down to the fact that no one would execute that order.Do you know what habeas corpus is? Because it is not relevant to this discussion. Congress has the power to move the election (a power that has nothing to do with the suspension clause). But A, they aren’t going to for any number of reasons, and B, the President’s term of office will expire anyway. Moving the election to after 1/20/21 would just mean Nancy becomes the President.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
Also, not that it’s really relevant, but most of them personally hate the guy. He treats them like shit and he embarrasses the office they have pledged their lives to every single day. You know who they ? Joe Biden. Because he’s treated them well and with respect for 50 years. But, that’s really all besides the point.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
He’s not legally allowed to stay in the White House. He would be asked any number of times politely to leave. If he refuses, he eventually will be dragged out, loaded on Marine Two (probably), and asked where he wants to go. If he won’t give an answer, he will be taken to his previously designated main private residence. And if during all of this the USSS feels his irrational and idiotic ramblings raise to the level of an actual threat against the United States or the Office of the President, he will be detained in federal custody.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
Bush v Gore was absolutely legal. It was a bad decision by the SC, but it was not unconstitutional, and it is absolutely nothing like the situation proposed in this thread. The imagination shown here would be great for a pulp political thriller, but since we are talking about the real world, ”imagination” has become fantasy. Again, if I’m wrong, someone please explain to me the actual mechanics of how this coup would work.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
It’s not “insane”, it’s factually accurate. It’s obviously a thing that Bush v Gore went down the way it did, but that doesn’t make it illegal or unconstitutional. The constitution does not provide guidance on mediating state election recount procedures, so the SC is free to decide as it did. The constitution is clear on succession. The situations are not the same.
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A lot of his crazy shit DOES just get ignored and never acted upon. Specifically, much of the stuff that is demonstrably illegal or just impossible. Like orchestrating a coup would be. The man is a loudmouth moron who is constantly declaring things that will never come to pass. We only hear about a very small percentage of them.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
Seriously what are you talking about and what are you doing. Trump will give orders that get ignored. Just like today, where he often gives orders that just get ignored. So the idea that Trump giving orders means something will happen is false, even when he is still the President.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
What exactly are you trying to accomplish here? Trump tells people all the time to do things they can’t do. They ignore him. If he replaces them, they likewise can’t do the same impossible things, and the cycle continues. When he’s no longer President, the cycle will end. There is no order he can give or replacement he can make that will change that.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
So, he obviously should have been. But that situation really isn’t anything like the one being talked about in this thread. For one, with Ukraine the legal and constitutional process did run its full course. The Senate was under no legal or constitutional obligation to remove Trump from power. For another, a coup is on a whole other level of insanity than anything Trump has done. It’s not even close.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
He would have to do everything to remain in power. He has no authority after 1/20/21. The Executive branch would no longer be under his command. No one will listen to “orders” he gives, no one will care what tantrum he throws. Again, he’s just not the President anymore, and if he physically refuses to leave the White House, the USSS will just drag him out, because he has no authority to be there. Someone needs to actually articulate how mechanically Trump would remain in office past that date, because so far no one has been able to do so.Crazy people make baseless plans that will never work all the time. You can’t say this government can be overthrown because in the past at some point some people wanted to do it. So what if they wanted to? They didn’t, they didn’t even try.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
What are these other offenses? And, again, the only remediation for those offenses is impeachment by the House and trial by the Senate. The Senate can then make whatever decision they want. But his term of office is constitutionally limited. He is just not President anymore on 1/20/21. No one has to do anything to make that the case, and no one has the power to stop it. It just happens.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
Yes, we did. And he was impeached by the House and tried by the Senate. As the Constitution mandates. The Constitution does NOT mandate he be removed from office for what he did. That’s entirely the Senate’s decision. The federal government is made up of millions of workers who are not politically appointed. They are not down for a coup, they have no reason to support a coup. When Trump is no longer President, he can stamp his feet and yell and do whatever he wants, but it won’t change the fact that he simply isn’t President anymore, and the same Secret Service agents that would take a bullet for him on 1/19 will just as easily put a bullet in him on 1/20.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
There wouldn’t be any turmoil. The military’s leadership (who, by the way, largely HATE Trump’s guts and consider him a complete idiot) know the law, are sworn to uphold the Constitution, and aren’t about to overthrow the Republic for the benefit of that man child. This is not a realistic concern. It’s, like I said, fatalistic fear mongering.
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Thread PSA: Trump cannot delay elections
That’s not true. Legally he can do the vast majority of the awful stuff he’s done, and when the courts or Congress have actually stepped in, he hasn’t violated those orders. Trump and the GOP exploit the unwritten rules this country has always operated under. But elections are clearly defined activities with clear owners and timetables.
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Thread Why is the Last Samurai sad
So, as a movie, I’m a fan of it. But the ending was always a big problem to me, because in reality Japan modernizing while still maintaining elements of the Samurai ethos and principles heloped lead to...genocidal war and death on an incredible scale. The ultra nationalism and abject brutality of Japan and Japanese soldiers from ~1890-1945 can be traced directly back to this line of thinking. Like, no Tom Cruise, don’t encourage the emperor to keep to the old ways. The oppressive system the nobles want to maintain (which is what the rebellion was about, keeping power in an entrenched militaristic noble class) needs to end.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well it’ll have to do for now, because we had our chance to elect Bernie and he lost. We’ll do our best with what we have, and try again next time.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
“Anybody have any white stuff” is great material for Last Week Tonight on Sunday.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s kinda amazing how opposed we are on this. You see Sanders being able to have disagreements with people while still seeing the good in them as a fault. I see it as a character strength.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Every politician, including Bernie, is “responsible for all sorts of ghoulish shit.” That is unfortunately the truth of politics, it can never be perfect.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Then this is another area we differ. I’m absolutely sure Bernie’s mistake is that his campaign was too combative and too small, he need to be more welcoming and open to win. Not more negative.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s kinda amazing how much Biden has been vilified when even Bernie himself thinks well of the guy.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Don’t do that. When you present an argument about turnout and demographics, it’s not out of line to ask for the data you’re using to support that argument.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Say what you will, but Biden has a long, long history of being a nice, good to work with guy.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Even being an outsider might not have been so bad. But he should have presented himself as an outside that will bring in new ideas to help move forward and fulfill the dream Democrats have already laid the foundation for. That he wants to help and grow the Party, not burn it down.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s certinly part of it. Bernie could have presented himself as the natural follow-up to FDR, JFK, Johnson, and Obama. That he was pushing the same dream and the same policies they did to the natural next step. That the Democratic Party is the institution that has fought for the rights of minorities, the rights of workers, and he will take that fight to the next level. But, he didn’t. He rallied against the body that for so long has been the only real hope of these groups. He even left the party between 2016 and 2020. That just doesn’t make sense for someone running to lead the Democratic Party, and it hurt him.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Looking at polls as the end all be all is misleading. Hillary was at several points the most popular politician in this country. Actual electoral results, which we now have, are much more telling. And they tell a very clear story.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Running against the Democratic Party, not to be the leader of the Democratic Party, hurt him. Not reaching out as much as he should have to the black community, especially in the South, hurt him. Not being willing to widen his tent in any number of ways hurt him. Relying on youth turnout hurt him. It’s important to learn from our mistakes. Sticking our fingers in our ears and saying nothing could have changed this result accomplishes absolutely nothing.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Not really, because again Bernie ran with basically the same playbook as he did in 2016, and did much worse. Most of the same reasons he lost that election can be applied to this one. His mistake was not learning from that experience. Which seems to be exactly what some are advocating now: not taking any lessons from two failed campaigns.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I honestly think that lets Bernie off the hook. He have won, but he used the same losing playbook as he did in 2016 against a much stronger candidate.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This is the kind of attitude that lead to Bernie using the same plan this cycle as four years ago, with even worse results. Yes, Bernie could have run his campaign differently in any number of ways that could have had a major impact on this race.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I addressed this. For Bernie to win, he would have to perform completely different demographic wise in the remaining states than he has in the previous ones. No one has been able to tell my why that would happen. The voters in the remaining states aren’t meaningfully different than the voters in the previous states. And Biden has only done better and better as the primary has gone on, because he’s the clear leader and that’s what happens. Why would Bernie start blowing Biden out in states that are essentially the same in terms of demographics as states where Biden has crushed Bernie? I just don’t know what situation would lead to that, and that’s what would need to start happening.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I mean, if you argument is entirely about the of the primary, ok maybe. But the data is pretty definitive from a mathematical and demographic standpoint.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Look at my last two posts. The math here has nothing to do with polling, it has to do with the actual results we have so far.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Look at my last response to you. The delegate difference at this point hides the actual problem here. For Bernie to win, the people in the remaining states would have to vote completely differently than their demographic peers in the previous states. And that’s just not going to happen. The states aren’t that different. It would be different if the state results we actually close, if Biden and Bernie were going tit for tat, one takes a state here the other there. In that case smaller shifts could have larger effects. But that’s not happening. Biden is winning the vast majority of contests, and by very comfortable margins. Proportional delegate allocation keeps the total number closer than the actual realities of the results.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That‘s the thing: we have ample data to cover most or all demographics at this point. Biden is so strong across so many there isn’t any room for a weakness to be exposed or exploited. The remaining states aren’t that different from the ones that have already voted. Essentially, at this point the voters in the remaining states would have to be collectively, massively different than the voters who have gone before. And...well, they aren’t.Like I said, it’s not that the deleget lead is ridiculously huge (though it is very meaningful), it’s that there is no reason to think the voters in the next states will behave massively different than the voters in states that have already gone. They will behave similarly, and even if there is a variation, that variation would have to be gigantic.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well thank you, you as well. As for the bold, calling for people to drop at the start of the race isn’t really the same as calling for it to happen at the midpoint, when one candidate is a million votes ahead of his rival. The situations are just different, and since calls to drop always happen at this point in the race, I don’t think it makes sense to think this situation points to any perticular bias towards Bernie, even if you think others do.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
He didn’t. He ran a really bad one. But he still won. If that’s not an indictment of Bernie’s electability I don’t know what is.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
As for your first point, you said that right here:Hillary should have suspended her campaign as well. And, fine. I think the public health issue is a valid on that changes the dynamics of the situation, but again, I do think it is Bernie’s right to stay in. I just don’t think it’s the best decision.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If Bernie was in the position Biden is in, I would be happily calling for Biden to drop out. I voted for Bernie, I wanted him to win. But my personal preferences don’t really impact a dispassionate analysis of the current electoral situation.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The implication that Bernie is receiving calls to drop out when other candidates don’t is just straight up false. It happens every single primary at this point. That’s not a matter of opinion. As for why there weren’t call for this before, polls are not elections. A shit load of people have now voted, and Biden is the clear choice. There is no actual data we can point to that shows any realistic hope of Bernie winning. Comparing now to how thing were when 3 states voted is just not valid.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I never said he was entitled to those votes. It’s absolutely Bernie’s right to continue on if he so chooses. But that doesn’t really change the reality of the situation. And now with the Coronavirus I actually do think there are compelling public health reasons to not drag this on further when the end result isn’t really in doubt.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
For like the third time in the last few pages, whenever one candidate has guaranteed victory in the primary, there are always calls for everyone else to drop out to begin the process of uniting the party. Bernie is not getting anything put on him that every other losing candidate hasn’t had before.This seems oddly fatalistic.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s an uncomfortable argument that isn’t really “fair” to Bernie, and that sucks. But....it’s kinda the reality of the global situation.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s not a matter of ”handling” Bernie, it’s about using this time to come together as a party, rather than sow further division.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yes, and that process has happened. Biden won. There is no reasonable chance for Bernie to get a plurality, let alone a majority, of delegates. It’s Bernie’s right to continue on, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think it’s a bad and fruitless idea with no real upside. If he wants to use the debate to further push his policies, fine. But going hard under a mistaken belief he might win as a result benefits no one.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
...but Bernie has no hope at this point. He’s not going to win. So trying to hurt Biden in such a way now only serves to harm us for the general.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
He’s really not getting much bad press about “policy stances/cognitive health”. Don’t confuse Twitter or the left blogosphere for actual wide press coverage.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s not really possible. The November election is happening in November. Also, the Democratic Party or state parties do not set the date of the primaries. The state governments do.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s literally what happens every single primary when one candidate has guaranteed victory. The sooner a primary season ends, the better position we are in for the general. It means a lot of time, money, and resources can be directed towards the actual enemy.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The only people who would think that are those unaware the exact same calls to drop out happen every single primary when the end result bcomes certain. Bernie isn’t special in this regard.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s not a great look that Bernie is calling for more people to congregate in public spaces at basically the same moment the WHO is officially declaring a pandemic.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Or they are just making what they think to be the best decision? Which is their right, just like it is the younger generation’s right to feel differently. The difference is the older gens bothered to actually vote.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
He’s not going to pivot to attract southern states, as they won’t vote for him anyway. That’s not a realistic worry.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Voting was open in Michigan for two months. They had plenty of time to vote. They just didn’t.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
But held accountable to what? They voted for who they felt to be the best choice. As they should. Saying “but they were ” is what’s unhelpful. Bernie has now proven twice that his strategy is not a winning one. That’s the lesson we need to take from this election, or else we are never going to get anywhere.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s strange to blame older people for voting instead of blaming younger people for not voting.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Absolutely nothing about these turnout numbers or demographics is like 2016. Just like on ST, tonight is the best evidence possible that we will beat Trump.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Just like ST, the actual results today paint an incredibly good picture for our chances in November.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s certainly an uncomfortable argument, and I’m not saying I necessarily subscribe to it, but it’s not without logic. Bernie has no viable path to the nomination at this point, and polling sites are perfect vectors for the Coronavirus to exploit.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Frankly, at this point an argument could be made that Bernie dropping out is the right move for the good of the public’s health.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
”I don’t believe in this thing for myself but it’s not right to limit the choice of others” is actually a very mature position to have. The idea that Biden would appoint anti-choice judges is completely baseless.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Very, very little. Elections are run by states, even primaries (only caucuses are run by the Party). California is the one counting ballots in California, not the Democratic Party.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
All of those a problems created by the states who run the primaries. They decide on voting requirements and polling locations. The Democratic Party has nothing to do with them. There was no DNC plot to suppress turnout. That would be the most self-defeating thing they could do.
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Thread Seriously the new Some more news episode (Who Can Beat Trump) is so good I'm was screaming at my TV.
But Bernie hasn’t shown an ability to do either.... I voted for Bernie, I wanted him to win. But from a completely dispassionate view, his performance in the primary so far has not provided any evidence that he has a better shot at winning the general than Biden does. In fact, it’s the opposite.
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Thread Seriously the new Some more news episode (Who Can Beat Trump) is so good I'm was screaming at my TV.
None of this video seems to be backed up by, you know, actual data. In fact, the only actual data we have now seems to indicate the polar opposet of his argument.
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Thread 2K Games titles removed from GeForce NOW
Again, Nvidia isn’t offering 2K games on their service. You have no standing to sue 2K or Nvidia in this situation, as neither one of them has any legal obligation to create and operate a system to stream 2K games to you. You can’t sue an entertainment company for not offering you a product you want.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel explains the link between Luke's force projection, Leia's death, and the Knights of Ren's final fight
The lightsaber passing is like the one new thing in the whole film that worked, felt earned, and was actually pretty cool.
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Thread Castlevania Season 3 | OT | Out now! (Mark spoilers for two weeks)
So, I like this show a pretty good amount. Not because of the setting or the video game connection or anything, just because the writing is pretty good. I’m free tonight, my partner is out of town, I’m home alone with the TV. I barely watch anime. Someone recommend another series (on a streaming service, Netflix Hulu etc.) for me to watch. I have seen Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, and Code Geass.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I mean, that just shows Biden didn’t need to run a better campaign to win. Bernie does. What works for one candidate doesn’t mean the same will work for another.
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Thread Bunnies are so cute, man
It’s the only thing that keeps me from allowing our rabbit to be completely free-range in the house. The door to her habitat is the first thing we open and the last thing we close when we come home or leave, but we can’t let out stay out without any supervision. She’ll damage stuff, but more importantly she could hurt herself by chewing on something she shouldn’t. Maybe once or twice a year though we randomly forgot to close up her cage, and the smug look on her face when we get home is almost worth it.
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Thread Bunnies are so cute, man
So, one of the issues with having a rabbit as a pet is their personalities are a lot more varied than, say, a cat or dog. That's because they haven't until relatively recently been bread for reasons outside amount of meat they produce and their coat. Personality wasn't a factor. My rabbit (a very large mini-rex) is incredibly smart, affectionate, and confident. She knows basic verbal and physical commands, she loves people (she will sit there and lick my leg for hours if I let her, and she likes meeting new people), and she’s not afraid of anything. She will chew on things if given the opportunity, so her area has been made rabbit safe, but no other behavior issues. She's also 10 years old and still in fantastic health. She's basically a dog. But, this is not really the norm for rabbits. None of the rabbits my friends own (and I randomly have a surprising amount of friends with rabbits) are near her level of affection, intelligence, and confidence. I'm not sure what exactly we did so right, but a constant supply of (perhaps an excessive amount of) attention and love since the moment we got her certainly helped.You very well might not be, as a Rex's coat is very different than those other animals (it's actually the result of a mutation humans have breed for).
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Thread The Intercept explains in article how Democratic superdelegates make U.S. Presidential elections unfair.
Until superdelegates actually change the results of an election (which they never have), it’s hard for me to call the entire primary “unfair.”
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Frankly I have no interest in answering a question asked in such a rude and condescending manner.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I really can’t stress enough that, from a purely data-driven view, today is the best evidence we have that we are beating Trump in November.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s a message that seems to resonate well with the middle class too.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
To be blunt, anyone who thinks picking Biden will destroy our chance to win in November is either not looking at or not appreciating the turnout and demographics Biden has achieved tonight. Like, today is just about the best evidence possible that Biden will beat Trump.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Joe Biden is absolutely not more conservative than Obama.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s the thing: in terms of beating Trump, the demographics and turnout tonight are actually really, really encouraging.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No state is “winner takes all.” You can’t just add the total delegates of a state together and give them to the statewide winner. They are awarded proportionally.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
“The DNC” does not spend money backing anyone in the primary. They are not allowed to.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Wow. There is no way around it, Biden is having just about the best night possible. Well, at least a contested convention could very well be avoided now.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If Biden wins MN and TX tonight, it’s possible he could actually get a majority of pledged delegates by the convention.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
So far that does not seem to be the case in terms of actual voters.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
There, unfortunately, seems to be little evidence of that so far in this primary.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
There are two progressives in the race and two moderates. I really don’t understand how that equals everyone unfairly ganging up on Bernie.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Pretty good turnout at my polling place in the Bay Area this morning, and seemed overwhelmingly pro-Bernie.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
But we’re not discussing and preparing, we‘re getting angry and spiteful because of something that has not happened. That’s not reasonable or appropriate.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I’ve said I don’t think it will happen. I’ve also said I could be wrong. Either way, I find it incredibly unproductive to spend time complaining about the future assured theft of an election when it hasn’t even been won yet.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Ah, true, thank you for the correction. Change the “you“ to ”they” than.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
You’re insisting you know for sure how events that have not taken place will transpire. That’s not really anything I can argue against, because it’s a fantasy state that exists only in your mind right now. The number of words you expend describing your prediction to us does not change that fact. I think you’re wrong. Maybe I’m wrong, which would be awful. But we’ll find out together.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well that’s the electorate’s decision to make, as it should be.
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This is just some fantasy scenario right now. If it actually happens, I’ll be just as mad as you. But first Bernie has to get the most votes.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
...are you actually saying that Bernie should get the nomination even if he is not the plurality winner?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The nomination hasn’t been “stolen” until the Convention denies it to the person with the delegate plurality. Which hasn’t happened.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
And Bernie disagreed in 2016. That’s politics. Bernie is, at the end of the day, a politician.I disagree.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
They can say what they want. I believe the person with the delegate plurality will win the nomination. If that’s not what happens, then we can start bitching about how unfair this all is, and I would absolutely agree.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
All Bernie has to do to win is get more votes than anyone else. I don’t understand why so many are acting like that is some sort of unfair standard.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Four candidates reaching viability in CA would be a serious blow to Bernie :-/
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Both hoped for a miracle, neither got it. Also Amy will be especially embarrassed if she loses MN without dropping out first. Also, there very well might have been strategy involved, but the strategy is the candidates themselves acting in a way to ingratiate themselves to who they think will be the eventual winner. That’s not the DNC coming in and rigging the race, that’s the very nature of politics.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I don’t think it is nefarious, and at the same time I don’t think you need outside actors exerting pressure for Pete and Amy to make the decisions they made.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Don’t think so. And even if she does pull MN out, now it just ends up being the cherry on top of a respectable campaign that ended on her terms. And if she loses, well she had already dropped out, of course she lost.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The part where this requires any intervention from “the party” at all. Pete had no path forward. It’s looking like Amy will lose her home state. Both of them had very good reasons to decide for themselves to drop out when they did, while they both have some dignity. And in doing so, they are endorsing the candidate closes to them ideologically. Just like Bernie supporters want Liz to do. Like, none of that needs anyone applying outside pressure to make logical sense. Stories exactly like those are repeated every single primary. This is normal. No one had to make or pressure anyone to do anything. Why are we supposed to feel differently about these actions in this primary than how we feel when this happens every other four years?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
But that’s just guessing and building theories out of those guesses, when the simplest answer is most likely to be the correct one. When we start assuming nefarious intent to explain actions that are completely rational and logical on their own, we’re just injecting our own biases.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Pete was gonna get killed on ST, and Amy will probably lose her home state. It’s totally logical for them both to bow out when they did.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The first step is progressives not becoming Trump parrots. Once we accomplish that, stoping the spread of FUD will be all the easier.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I mean, you don’t seem to be very empathetic for the voters whose agency you are completely discounting. If Bernie gets the most votes, he will win. If he does not, he wont win. That’s as it should be.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
...but it’s also ignoring the much simpler explanation: They endorsed the person closet to them ideologically, just like Bernie supporters want Warren to do. What’s the difference?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s also what candidates do when their campaigns are clearly not going anywhere. Again, the idea that moderates endorse other moderates when they drop out is not a crazy, out there notion. That’s logical. That’s what always happens. Like...where is the conspiracy? Where is the corruption? Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
When you start repeating Trump, it’s time to reevaluate your thought processes. I interviewed a candidate the other day that had a similar career history as Hunter. It’s not that strange.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Candidates have the right to drop out of the primary and endorse whoever they want for any reason. I really don’t understand the thought process where Amy and Pete are corrupt monsters for dropping out and endorsing the person most ideologically similar to them, but at the same time Warren is a corrupt monster for NOT dropping out and endorsing the person most ideologically similar to her. Bernie winning the election, even if that’s what I would prefer, is not the “right” outcome here. The person with the most votes, whoever that is, should be the nominee, and nothing in the past few days has really thrown that off course.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well it certainly makes things easier for yourself if everyone who disagrees with you is inherently corrupt and wrong. It’s just not particularly honest.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Or Amy and Pete just think Biden would be a better President.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Again, every member or supporter of the party deserves a say in the nominee, no matter where they live.”That state” is picking nothing. Democrats that happen to live in SC made their selection.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s entirely irrelevant. The Primary is about Democrats choosing who they want to represent them. Democrats in SC deserve just as much say in that as Democrats anywhere else.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well, then let’s see how the actual election goes before talking about it being stolen. Because so far this primary has gone exactly how primaries are supposed to go. And Bernie is still in a strong position.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If the person who gets the most votes ends up winning, that’s not corruption. That’s democracy.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Not really, no. Primaries tend to come down to two people. Everything that’s happening now is quite typical.
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Yeah...but that’s not happening and the government still exists and massively impact the lives of billions of people every day. It’s either use what few tools we have, or not do anything.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
OK, well that’s just not true, and would only lead to government shutdown.
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I don’t know what it is that you think Bernie will be able to do differently.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I actually completely agree with this on a theoretical level. The abuse and overuse of EOs is inappropriate. But, the basic reality of the modern GOP’s obstructionism makes their use largely necessary for a lot of government functions to operate effectively, and in the case of reversing Trump’s EO’s, within the bounds of acceptable morality. If the GOP was a reasonable partner, I would absolutely support the drastic limitation of the power of EOs, even if that meant sometimes liberals weren’t able to get everything they wanted on an issue.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yes, that is one of the main reasons I’m supporting Bernie on Tuesday. I do think he will pass more progressive policy via EOs than the other candidates would. I just don’t think he will be particularly successful in terms of major legislation.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
We don’t know Biden is “unable“ to make deals with the GOP. He has a long legislative history of doing that. One possible example of a bad deal out of a 50 year public career is hardly indicative. The GOP is going to continue to be incredibly obstructionist, and I don’t have faith in either Bernie or Biden making any meaningful improvements there. I'm voting for Bernie, but I have no expectation he will work magic.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Biden has a ton of similar stories. Bernie’s legislative accomplishments have been limited in scope enough that I don’t find them particularly meaningful in terms of his ability to pass large peices of legislation. Would love to be wrong though.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I honestly don’t think it matters in terms of what legislation they will ultimately be able to pass. Republicans have an inherently stronger hand most of the time, because they don’t care about hurting the people we most want to protect. Bernie or Biden isn’t going to change that.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Like I said, I just don’t think this difference in attitude will have any sort of meaningful impact.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yeah, I find that statement to be the height of hyperbole, and don’t agree with it.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It doesn’t really matter what’s ”first,” as the compromise will always happen. Being stubborn at the outset just to plan to compromise later isn’t a particularly good trick, and tends to just serve as a ugly looking roadblock.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
There is really nothing in Bernie’s political history, or Warren’s, or Pete’s that show any of them will be able to make “better” deals with the GOP.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Is it? Because it doesn’t really matter where you start from if Republicans will just say no. The negotiation skill people seem to think the Democrats lack isn’t really the issue. The issue is Republicans have a lot more they can hold hostage than Democrats do. Whatever obstruction the GOP does can be argued as them fulfilling their platform by limiting government. Democrats are the ones who want a more active state.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
“By all accounts”? Which accounts? I missed them if they were in that article.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Whoever the President is, they will need to make compromises to get things done.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
We’re just going around in circles at this point, because you believe the primaries main purpose is to pick the strongest general election candidate, whlie I believe it’s to find the candidate supported by the most people within the party. Like I said, otherwise we would just use a simpler means to pick them than a primary. And I had no desire to be condescending, I meant that comment literally. What you suggested does have an internal logic that seems obvious. It’s just that that doesn’t mean it’s actually going to acheive the intention. Most popular candidate in a primary for a given state does not really have predictive power for how that candidate will fare in that state in the general.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No, that’s just falling for Trumps shit. Republicans won’t extra special want to win because Trump calls Democrats cheats. They already think we’re cheats.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I never said the current system is great, but if we’re replacing it we might as well replace it with a system that treats every voter the same, at least as much as possible. Your proposal does not.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
In what way is it dishonest? And i’m voting for Sanders on Tuesday.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It seems obvious becaue it’s an easy answer, not because it’s the right one. And again, the primary should not on an institutional level be geared around deciding who has the best chance of winning the general. It’s to make sure the candidate with the most support within the Party becomes that parties’ leader.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
There is nothing in the situation at all to support your point. Who are these “party officials”, and what have they done here?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Calling this “collusion” is like accusing people playing Risk of cheating because they made alliances. That’s a legitimate and core element of the game. Every candidate running would welcome the support of any candidate who dropped out.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
But your proposal doesn’t do that, as appealing to Dem Primary voters in, say, Ohio doesn’t necessarily mean a candidate would be more appealing to swing voters in that state. It’s possible the candidate who can win some support of at least a few traditionally conservative voters in Conneticut (for example) could be better equipped to win Ohio in the general, even over someone that won the primary there. So in the end, you’re just making some members of the party more important than others using a similar flawed standard as what we have now.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The point of the primary isn’t to win the general above all, the point is for the members of a party to choose who they want to represent them. How they expect that person to perform in the general is a part of that consideration, but it’s not the only element. Otherwise, if the goal is just to pick the nominee with the best chance of winning the general, there are certainly more efficient and likely accurate ways to do so without all the hard work and acrimony of a primary. And again, If you vote in a party primary you are very very likely to vote in the general for that parties’ nominee. Those are not the voters whose enthusiasm you generally need to worry about on Election Day.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
How a state votes in the primary has little to do with how it votes in the general. Letting swing state Democrats pick the nominee doesn’t mean that nominee will perform well in those given states, as primary voters are already exceedingly likely to support their parties’ candidate in the general, no matter who it is. And again, swing state Democrats don’t deserve more control over the party than Red state Democrats. They are all equally members of the party, or at least supporters.
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I don’t get why people keep thinking this matters. How SC votes in the general is irrelevant, a primary is about the members of a political party deciding who they want to represent them. Democrats in South Carolina have just as much right to influence that decision as Democrats in California.
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I’m not sure what everyone Is so surprised by. This is for likely Dem primary voters, which in CA and TX is a pretty progressive lot (especially when there is an actual socialist on the ballot for them to support).
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Thread Pete Buttigieg dropping from the presidential race
It’s not weird at all. They both think they can still be relive the to the conversation by staying in, or choosing aneither moment to drop out. Again, this is the system working as primaries do. It’s not weird, corrupt, or strange.
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By that logic no one is playing the superdelegate game right now, and we have to wait until the Convention happens to cast aspersions. Which I’m actually totally fine with.
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Because Bernie was playing it in 2016 until he gave up and endorsed, which was right before the convention.
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I think there is a big difference between the standard that should be used to determine who someone supports in a primary vs a general election. But, that’s just how I feel. Others can feel differently.
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Given that Pog and I were talking about Biden and his and Bernie’s comments on superdelegates, I’m not sure what point you’re making.
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Yeah, I’m not about to say a voter is irrational because they want to vote for Warren.
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Considering her home state is Massachusetts, no Democrat would pick her for that reason anyway.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Warren supporters not voting for Bernie isn’t Warren’s fault, it’s Bernie’s. He needs to earn their votes, they are not owed to him.
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All politicians on some level are hypocrites, Biden and Bernie included.
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I actually don’t know, has this been shown to be the case across multiple polls?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If Bernie isn’t the nominee, it’s because not enough people voted for him. He isn’t owed anything, Warren has just as much right to compete as he does.
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I don’t know why people keep insisting this. Even if she can’t win the nomination, the more delegates she earns the greater the impact she can have on the Democratic platform. She has every right to continue the race, and her supporters deserve the right to cast their votes for her.
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I have serious reservations about the impact ”young people” will have in the election either way.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s not a matter of unearthing anything. Bernie has never faced anything close to the kind of assault a national Presidential general campaign will bring. None of the current candidates have save for Biden, and we have literally just seen how damaging the GOP machine can be even when you have been through it before.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I never said it didn’t, whoever gets the nomination will have a serious erosion in their poll numbers. I happen to think Bernie’s numbers have more room to fall compared to other candidates, but that remains to proven out in practice.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
There is very little reason to think that. Even in the best case scenario, that attack won’t have “[no] effect.” We can just hope it’ll have a limited one.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Socialist = bad has been a messages hammered into the American public for over a 100 years. It’s going to be a problem. Hopefully not a debilitating one, but a problem none the less.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The conservative propaganda machine has purposefully avoided really taking aim at him.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I...never said it was “proof” of anything, as it’s impossible to “prove” future events. And my point is Bernie hasn’t gone through the focused national Republican smear machine, which is true.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I think a lot of people are going to be surprised at how drastically Bernie’s poll numbers will start to change if and when he becomes the nominee.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s just a ridiculous thing to say. Bernie isn’t owed any delegates, they aren’t his by default. They belong to the voters.
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Thread Report: Morale among Microsoft's Mixer team is at an all-time low
It’s certainly not great. Honestly Mixer at this point seems pretty incongruous with the rest of MS’s strategy. They would probably be better off trying to develop as close a relationship as possible with Twitch.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Fortunately the President doesn’t have that power.Bernie and most other candidates have also employed superdelegates during the Presidential Primary. It’s not unusual, and it’s not being done in any sort of volume that would materially change the outcome of the Convention. Bloomberg blanketing the airwaves with ads is in and of itself a great example of the problem with money in politics. We don’t need to muddle that message by condemning him specifically for something most candidates are “guilty” of.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Great, so talk about that. But using the fact that his campaign employees two superdelegates as evidence doesn’t help the argument that Bloomberg’s actions are extreme or unusual, because that’s very normal.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
COVID-19 will probably end up having a huge impact on this election, and that’s just one way. I’m a little worried about how it will impact turnout, both in the primary and the general.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Superdelegates are simply high-ranking Democrats. Almost all of those people outside of elected officials (and some elected officials too) have “actual” jobs separate from their position in the party as, for example, Vice Chair is more of an BoD type role than a 9-5. So these superdelegates work as political advisors as their main way to earn a living, which is normal. Most campaigns employ several superdelegates in one way or another. Hell, most of the people running are themselves superdelegates.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No I know. I think you saying to backwards from how I think of it tripped me up. Obama DID win the popular vote in 2008, MI just isn't included.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Making a statement about what? Unpledged delegates get to vote for whoever they want, the DNC can't decide that for them.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
Because consoles are a part of their strategy. They just aren’t the core of the platform anymore. As for MS buying studios, that has nothing to do with the consoles. That has to do with trying to own as much of the content on Game Pass as they can, just like Netflix is doing.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
So obviously I wasn’t in the room for these talks or anything, but my understanding was always when Nadella took over he made it clear to Spencer that he was only interested in staying in games if the business could actually be a profitable one, hence the more reserved Xbox we had for a few years. Then the Game Pass “Netflix for games” strategy was fully formed and pitched, and that business plan was what made MS open up the wallet again and go back to not worrying too much about more immediate returns.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
You both seem to think I’m talking about changing the public perception of Xbox. I’m not, I’m talking about the business case made internally as to why games are a field worth doubling down on. That argument was based largely on Game Pass and the potential in owning the “Netflix for games”, not the sales of the One X.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
Before the Game Pass pitch, it was very possible the Xbox biz was not a path MS would have wanted to continue long-term. The X was a gamble to change the narrative and get some wind back in their sails. This isn‘t even a secret, it’s been talked about publicly.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
Again, that‘s only for Smart Delivery titles. A publisher can make an SX version of a game that you have to buy separately from the One version of the game. In that case, you can play the One version on the SX without an additional purchase.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
Well if you know something for a fact, you can’t really “guess” it. Ask any journalist in any field how much easier it is to find someone that will simply confirm information you already have vs. telling you something you don’t already know.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
You can play an XBO game on the SX, but it unless you own the SX version of the game (either through Smart Delivery or buying it separately), you won’t be playing the SX version, just the BC XBO version.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
I think it depended. Some were free, some were free with digital purchase, some were free for pre-orders and a small fee if not, etc.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
We actually did have that during the early days of the PS4 and the One. From memory I think Assasin’s Creed, Destiny, and Battlefield 4 at least gave you the next gen version if you bought the previous gen.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
On the PS4 disks and digital licenses have separate metadata, that’s why your disk install can’t just turn into a digital install. Xbox One doesn’t have this problem because the system was designed from the beginning for the disk to just be another install medium for the same exact digital copy. It’s a leftover benefit of their original “no used games + always online” design.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
As a guess I would be pretty surprised if you had to purchase TLoU2 or GoT or other Sony PS5 titles separately from their PS4 SKUs, but that will be Sony’s business decision. The technical capacity is there for any publisher that wants to use it.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
Again, how a publisher wants to use that ability is up to them, just like it is with Smart Delivery. But previous cross-buy titles have had that as a constant feature, not time-limited.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
It’s just Cross-Buy, they have had the option available to publishers for a long time now, and it will be available for PS4 to PS5 if a publisher wants to use it.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
Pre-One titles still need to be made BC. I expect MS to return to growing that list.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
Smart Delivery is not mandated. A publisher can sell separate SX and One SKUs.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
Almost. Any One SKU will play on the SX. If a game is Smart Delivery enabled, buying a One SKU will also get you the SX SKU, and vice versa.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
PS5 has enhanced BC and its own version of Smart Delivery.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
It’s a standard backend framework, but yes, publishers have to chose to use it. They can still sell separate SKUs if they want.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
Someone else already hit the thing I thought to add.
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Thread Xbox Series X: What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming (12TF, RDNA2 & Zen 2, Hardware Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading) OFFICIAL SPECS
It’s the ones that are already BC, but they will add more.
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Thread Maureen Dowd of the NYT thinks that Parasite is about "con artists who invade an elegant house and wreak chaos" and that Trump should empathize
Yeah, I am too. You’re right the themes are obvious, which is why it’s odd to see so many assume an intelligent and accomplished woman such as her is completely oblivious to them.
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Thread Maureen Dowd of the NYT thinks that Parasite is about "con artists who invade an elegant house and wreak chaos" and that Trump should empathize
Which is why it’s pretty ridiculous to think Maureen Dowd, a Pulitzer Prize wining journalist, doesn’t understand that. It’s a joke at Trump’s expense, not a literal analysis of the film.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
They aren’t ineligible, the question has just never before needed to be answered. I find it highly unlikely it would actually be a major issue.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Sanders is in an incredibly strong position now. It would take the moderates largely coalescing around a single candidate by Super Tuesday to knock him off the prime position. Very impressive.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I don’t think the Democratic Party allowing Bloomberg to run for the nomination has anything to do with going high or going low. I think the only people who have any right to chose the party’s standard bearer are the voters.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Thank you for the thoughtful post. I disagree with some of your points, but I appreciate the time and effort you invested to put them down.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I think that could be a totally reasonable rule, as long as anyone with media ties has a process they can use to come into compliance.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well your example is a straw man, because the Democratic and Republican candidates in any given race are not exactly the same. But yes, I wouldn't call making decisions for the electorate against their will giving them "more choice." Elites alone choosing which candidates will be on a final election ballot is also "indicative of non-democratic regimes."
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
First of all, I've worked in national politics, so I understand how they work. Secondly, in that Florida example no one is being blocked, they just aren't being helped, though I don't have a problem with ending that practice. And yes, that's a fair choice. What would be unfair is making that decision for the people.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No, I'm not. There should be spending restrictions, but their existence or nonexistence doesn't make Bloomberg's current support invalid. Those voters support him as of now, no matter how they made their decision, and they have the right to express that decision in the Primary. I'd love if the DNC placed personal spending limits on the primary tomorrow, forcing Bloomberg to start taking donations to run.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
So, again, the solution here is placing spending restrictions. Not disallowing specific individuals from running for the nomination.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I...never said they couldn't be lied to. They aren't necessarily the arbiters of truth and justice, but they are the arbiters of who gets to lead them in a Republic.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yeah, I just don't agree at all. Party members should have the choice of who runs their party. Failure in this case would be removing that choice from their hands.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I really don't understand your point here. Are you saying party primaries are inherently undemocratic? Because no matter who wins the nomination, the Democratic party will be offering the public the exact same number of choices.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I've responded to your points on why he should be disallowed and I don't find them to be compelling practical reasons to not allow his participation in the race. They seem to boil down to "his positions don't represent the policies the Democratic party should embody," which I certainly agree with, but that is a decision that belongs to the Democratic primary voters, not anyone else. If i'm missing something in your argument, please tell me.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Umm, placing polling standards on debate participation this late in the game isn't nearly the same thing as disallowing a specific individual from running for the nomination. And, yeah, you figured it out, I'm actually in the tank for Bloomberg. Thinking the electorate has the right to decide who is our parties' nominee is such a ridiculous position it's impossible I could have arrived at it genuinely.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
At no point have I said the Democratic party doesn't have a right to place spending restrictions on campaigns. They do, and they should. But that should be their reaction to Bloomberg's entry, not disallowing him specifically.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I'm not distorting anything. You don't like him, you shouldn't, he's gross and awful and unfit for the office, that's all true. But our feelings on him should not be the arbiter of who gets to be the Democratic parties nominee. The voters should decide that, that's their right. Otherwise what's the point of all this?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It's disheartening to see people unironically support party rule by elites and fiat, rather than democratic support. The Democratic nominee for President should be the person the party electorate chooses it to be. Not you nor I nor anyone else has the right to steal that decision from the party, even if a potential result would be incredibly distasteful.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Bloomberg was a Republican for six years, which ended 13 years ago. You don’t want him in the race because you don’t like him. Which, great, you shouldn’t, I don’t. But I don’t believe you or me or anyone else should make that decision for the party. The voters should. That’s how the system is supposed to work, and I find these arguments against the democratic process to be disheartening.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Hu? Bernie has always been an independent. He changed parties to run for the Democratic nomination in 2015, changed back to an independent in between, and then switched back to a Democrat last year to run again for the nomination. Bloomberg has significantly more years as a Democrat under his belt than Bernie does.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yes, and they should have. Again, a not insubstantial number of voters currently support him. The party should it be denying voters the ability to hear from a viable candidate. They deserve that information.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Then you checked wrong. Primary voters have the right to bases their decisions on whatever criteria they want. They best way to fight against the influence Bloomberg’s money has on the election is to allow him in the debates, where his money doesn’t matter and he will have to face his opponents and the electorate directly.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Bernie has run against Democrats. Bernie has taken every opportunity to put daylight between himself and the Democratic Party. Bernie has historically has poor participation in Democratic Party fundraising and functions. But he qualifies for the primary so he gets to run, as it should be. The Party standard-bearer should be decided by the actual members of the party. I am not in favor of an authoritarian party structure.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The “why” honesty doesn’t really matter, because he is still in the race and still has that level of support. Those voters picking Bloomberg have every right to make their decision for whatever reason they want to.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s honestly strange to see Bernie supporters arguing for backdoor party machinations to ice out candidates they just don’t like.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Because 3rd place is viable and, say, 10th isn’t. A polling standard for debates at this stage isn’t arbitrary, it’s a practical necessary.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No, I read it, I just think it’s a very poor rational for trying to implement a system Bernie supporters have been decrying for years. The primary voters should decide who will represent the party, not party elites. Be that Bernie or Bloomberg.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Change the rules to allow the third highest polling person to participate in a debate. Again, he should be in the debate. The voters deserve to hear from him in person, to better make an informed decision. That’s the point of the debates.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It’s only bad optics if you think providing voters with more information and more exposure to viable candidates for the party nomination is somehow a bad thing. It’s not.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
He is a legitimate candidate. He’s also legitimately terrible, but primary voters should make that determination, not the party apparatus.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This I don’t get. He’s like the third or fourth highest polling candidate. He SHOULD be in the debates, primary voters deserve to hear from him in person.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Every day people just show they don’t understand what the DNC is, what it does, or what powers it has. The DNC as an organization had no control over the votes of Convention delegates, or really much power, ability, or reason to influence individual votes. Whoever goes into the convention with a delegate plurality will win the nomination. Deals will be struck over who is Vice, cabinet posts, etc., but the top of the ticket won’t change.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It's Klobberin' Time (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yep. Dems hate Trump. This primary isn't particularly relevant to many of them, as whoever wins will fulfill their sole requirement of not being Trump.
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Thread Sony paid $229 million, mainly in cash, to acquire Insomniac Games in November 2019
I don’t believe I’ve ever said that....companies generally sell for more than their public value (because you have to make it worthwhile for the owners), but double would be pretty extreme.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If Pete lands at #1 and Bernie at #2, AppGate will end up being the worst thing that could have happened to the former and the best thing for the latter.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well hopefully this whole thing helps put a final nail in the caucus, which at least would be good coming out of this disastrous showing.
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Thread Brad Sams: Microsoft was looking into buying Platinum Games last year, "deal fell apart or they decided to go another direction"
There is a general arms race going on for development teams right now. If that wasn’t the case, I don’t know if the deal would have happened.
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Thread Analyst Daniel Ahmad: Switch in 34 months estimated to have shipped more consoles than Xbox One in 74 months
That’s a weird statement. The number 1 thing that drives Xbox’s revenue is game sales on the Marketplace, and those are dependent on console sales.
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Thread Trump legal team gave thousands in contributions to Republican senators ahead of impeachment tria
The Senate is not a “court of law.” These proceedings are essentially a mock trial for the purposes of providing information to the Senators who will vote on the outcome. Almost every element of it would be grounds for a mistrial if done in an actual courtroom.
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Thread Trump legal team gave thousands in contributions to Republican senators ahead of impeachment tria
Trump didn’t do anything. Rich conservative lawyers contributed to prominent conservative senators. Just like these exact same people do every year.
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Thread Trump legal team gave thousands in contributions to Republican senators ahead of impeachment tria
It’s not a bribe because it’s not a bribe. Unless we are to think every member of the House Impeachment Management team has also bribed Democratic Senators, as every single one has engaged in fundraising activities for members of the Senate.
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Thread Trump legal team gave thousands in contributions to Republican senators ahead of impeachment tria
This is silly. Conservatives months ago gave contributions to conservative senators. A senator isn’t being bought for 5k to their campaign, and these donations had nothing to do with impeachment. When you want to bribe a senator, you slip him a briefcase with 500k inside. There is enough actual corruption on the right that we don’t need to reach for examples.
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Thread [GameSpot] Bleeding Edge's Development Process Was Changed By Xbox Game Pass
Of course the rise of subscription services will what games are made and how they are designed. Just like the rise of steaming services has for tv and film. It’s not inherently a bad thing.
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Thread Tax help needed! I filed the wrong w-2 and was told wait for it to fail.
It will be, this stuff happens and it shouldn't be a problem. The IRS is not actually out to ruin lives, especially of those who make real mistakes, rather than those who are intentionally committing crimes.
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Thread Bernie Sanders: Barack Obama won 10% of the white vote in Mississippi. That speaks to very bad work done by Democrats there
This response has been the bog-standard type of response to this question in American politics forever. It means nothing, it’s a polite answer to a silly question.
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Thread A Verified Twitter Troll tries to exploit an obvious Target pricing error
If this is true, the officer was just humoring the guy to get him to leave. The law is meant to apply to food (not expensive electronic toothbrushes), it requires the price tag to actually be for that item (so the DCPI codes have to match, which they don’t), and it has a “gross mistake” clause, which this would obviously qualify for. The law is meant to keep food sellers honest in their advertisements and signage. Fuck this guy for trying to abuse that.
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Thread Variety: Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand Divisions as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures
You actually linked to an article that echos what I said:But sure, Murdoch might have wanted to keep it too. Either way, it wasn't a legal problem, which was the point I was making.
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Thread Variety: Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand Divisions as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures
Yeah, having both Hulu and D+ is a perfectly reasonable strategy for now. If that eventually changes they can merge them.FX and FXX. Most people don't really associate those names with Fox anyway.
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Thread Variety: Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand Divisions as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures
Disney could have bought Fox News, they didn't want it. It's the Fox broadcast channel that it would have been illegal for Disney to buy, because they already own ABC.
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Thread CNN: GAO concludes Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid
Sigh. He doesn’t get to refuse, as he doesn’t have to accept the results. The President has no authority over elections or the transfer of power. If he loses, he’s just not the President anymore after 1/20/21.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT7| Discover Your Next Favorite OT
Sort of like an Uncharted 4 situation. Continuing creative differences that lead to other issues. But that’s just what I’ve heard, and like I said, that’s not unusual for Halo and it’s generally worked out in the end. And if it makes you feel any better, I’ve heard quite the opposite for a few other projects.
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Thread Sony Is Not Anti-Consumer for Making PS5 Exclusives - Push Square
Like I said:As for releasing a buggy game, in that case the publisher has taken money from the consumer for a subpar product, and has a duty to make that right. If they don’t, it’s anti-consumer. That’s not in any way the same as just not producing a product that they are under no obligation to produce. No one has been promised this product, no one has exchanged money for it. It doesn’t exist.
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Thread Sony Is Not Anti-Consumer for Making PS5 Exclusives - Push Square
I honestly think the EGS situation is an edge case. I don’t really think companies making their games EGS exclusive is inherently anti-consumer unless those games had previously been advertised or sold as being available on other platforms, in which case the harm is in the deception. But I think you can make the argument that Epic is acting in an anti-consumer manner by explicitly paying for games to be available on other platforms when they otherwise would have been, without having any hand in those games’ creation or execution. At that point Epic is spending money specifically to make the experience worse for consumers, and then I think it could be considered an anti-consumer action.
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Thread Sony Is Not Anti-Consumer for Making PS5 Exclusives - Push Square
It’s more that I think the term should only be used when it involves harm being inflicted on the consumer, and I generally don’t consider not having access to a game in the way you would most want to be harm.
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But it doesn’t really matter, because it’s still performing an action vs. not performing an action. This is of course ignoring the fact that what you call forced exclusivity has a HUGE monetary value to it. If only releasing one version of a game causes a user base to transition quicker or increase their investment in a new platform, that has a serious impact for a platform holder. There is no real world situation where the monetary impact is meaningless or insubstantial.
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It’s not really about ownership, it’s the simple fact that creating another version of a game takes labor, and Sony does not inherently owe anyone their labor. If Sony does not owe us anything, they can’t be harming us by failing to provide said labor.They just aren’t doing exactly what we want, and that’s ok.
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Again, it’s an edge case, but the intention and execution of their action plays a part here for me. In this case I’m not expecting Epic to provide labor they don’t want to. Epic is giving these companies money to remove options from consumers, options said companies would offer had Epic not intervened. It’s judgeing an action Epic is actually taking, rather than judging them for not doing something I want them to do but they don’t. Actually, I think in this case I would call Epic’s actions anti-consumer but not unethical or immoral, as the actual harm inflicted remains low or non-existent, but the motivations for their actions is, in fact, to actively limit consumer options that would otherwise exist.
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See above. To me there is an essential difference between not taking an action (deciding not to commit the labor and resources to develop and release another version of a game) that happens to be not in line with what some consumers want, and deliberately taking an action to limit customer choice that would have existed otherwise. If I punch someone in the face, that’s assault. If I don’t move to stop someone from hitting their face on a doorframe, I haven’t assaulted them. That person may have a broken nose in either case, but my actions are not equivalent. In one case I have done something wrong, in the other, I just didn’t do something right that wasn’t my responsibility to do in the first place.
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The problem is there are no real world situations where creating and releasing two versions of a game does not take additional time, money, and manpower over releasing just one version. Games being completely finished and then not released is an incredibly rare thing, and even in those cases, releasing a game still costs a ton of money and effort. If there were a situation where it would require no resources at all to create and release another version of a game, I would be more amenable to your position, but the reality is that’s just not the case. It will always take money, time, and manpower, all of which a company can better allocate to things they actually want to do. For your BotW example, to me the issue there would be the fact that BotW was explicitly promised to Wii U owners for many years. It is that promise, which influenced buying decisions and other actions on the consumers’ part, that would be anti–consumer to break. If Nintendo never publicly promised to deliver BotW to Wii U owners, I don’t think it would have been anti-consumer to not release that version.No worries there, I am enjoying this conversation and do intend to reply to your own words and positions, so please let me know if I am not.
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If a company is actively damaging your property after they sell it to you for no reason other than to force you to spend more money, that is anti-consumer. I don’t think it’s anti-consumer if the natural forces of the advancement of technology make your purchase less useful. I think at the point maybe your struggle is you don’t think EGS exclusives are anti-consumer, and I honestly think you can make a reasonable argument to that effect. I wouldn’t agree with that position, but I think it could be internally logically consistent.
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I absolutely disagree. Again, games are a luxury good. No organization has any moral or ethical mandate to make a luxury good in exactly the way a given consumer wants it made. It’s their product, it’s their choice how to expend their resources and what to create with those resources. If you don’t want to pay the asking price for that item, fine, that’s your decision. No one has been taken advantage of or abused in that situation, and the consumer who has not purchased that item won’t be harmed by acquiring it.
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Which doesn’t make any sense at all, because, at least when it comes to luxury goods, the creation of a good the consumer wants for the price a consumer is willing to pay is, in and of itself, a benefit to the consumer. And the creation of a good that the consumer, for whatever reason, does not want or is priced higher than the consumer is willing to pay is not a detriment to the consumer in any way. It’s just another item amoung billions of other items that consumer does not want.Depends what you mean. If a manufacturer is dishonest or misleading about the life span of a product, or takes action to reduce the usability of an item for no practical reason other than to force a consumer to buy another item, sure, I’d say that’s anti-consumer.
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It’s not, I just don’t think an organization inherently owes you labor to suit your own desires. If their labor creates a product you want for a price you want, great. If it doesn’t, that‘s also fine. The idea that a luxury good company isn’t doing anything wrong by creating a product they want to create and selling it for a clear price isn’t “incredibly pro big business,” it’s the most basic idea possible in commerce. Why does a company owe you the creation of a luxury product they don’t wish to create?
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See above. “Anti-consumer” means the consumer is being taken undue advantage of. Not giving every consumer exactly what they want exactly how they want it is not taking advantage of anyone. It’s offering a product for sale that, for one reason or another, a given consumer doesn’t want to buy. Just like the vast, vast majority of other items available for sale.
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You can play those games, you are choosing not to. No one is preventing you from buying a PlayStation, you just don’t want to. Which is fine, but it’s not anti–consumer to not cater to your individual whims.
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OK, think of it this way: Creating and selling a game on multiple platforms required more and different labor than doing it for just one. Why is Sony obligated to expend that labor if they don’t want to?
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I’m not particularly arguing that those examples are anti-consumer, but there is a clear difference between creating something yourself (or even having a hand in its creation) and therefore choosing what to do with it, and paying another party simply to keep their goods off a storefront it otherwise would have been on.
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Exclusive games are often developed with the goal of attracting players and demographics to the wider ecosystem, and are therefore given resources and attention that otherwise might not be warranted given their projected sales. But even ignoring all that: You aren‘t owed a game in exactly the manor you want it simply because it exists. It’s a game, you will be fine if you never play it, and it’s not the creator of a luxury goods’ job to ”benefit the costumer“ at their own expense.
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If I own a furniture store where I sell pieces I create, am I anti-consumer for not also selling my work at Target? Anti-consumer should be defined as preying on human weakness and using exploitive mechanisms to extract money from customers only somewhat aware of what’s happening. Creating a clear product and selling it for a clear price is not anti-consumer.
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No? Again, you’re talking about games Sony made themselves. It’s their business and really only their business what they do with the product of their own labor. And also again, no one is forced to do anything. These are games. Someone’s life will go on just fine without them.
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What? Sony is making these games themselves. That’s inherently different than going out and paying for games that someone else has made and would otherwise have been available on multiple platforms.
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I hate how “anti-consumer” has been so diluted as to mean almost nothing. Preying on human weakness and using exploitive mechanisms to extract money from customers only somewhat aware of what’s happening is anti-consumer. Offering a clear product for a clear price? That’s just commerce.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation launch thread |OT9| - For flops sake!
It‘s not really about saving money, it’s more that new leadership almost always makes changes to put their own stamp on a team, and to challenge conventional organizational thinking. We expect a company to act one way because they always have acted that way, but that’s not, in and of itself, a good reason to continue along that path.
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Thread AV Club: Turns out Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually
I don't think that's quite right. Ren is reveling in violence and power by the end of TLJ, and the FO is fully under his command. That's what he has always wanted, to have ultimate power and no limits to its use. Then we get to see how a power-crazed, essentially fanboy of evil isn't at all qualified to actually lead a galaxy. That's also the setup for a tragedy: Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.
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Exactly. That's why his redemption feels so forced: he never wants to be redeemed. TFA had him explicitly fight for strength the Light Side. Kylo is exactly who he wants to be.
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I get that, and it could absolutely be interesting, but I just think that would take too long, not follow up on already established character traits, and mean more focus on Kylo alone when we need him with the FO to avoid a big problem RoS had: a random McGuffin whose defeat somehow also ends the FO, even though they were doing fine without it. Kylo and the FO are the big bads, not Kylo and [random new baddie].
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Thread AV Club: Turns out Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually
It's a better treatment than RoS is a movie, but this couldn't really be made as written even if everyone at Lucas was 100% behind every single idea. It's incredibly overstuffed. But actually following up on TLJ is great and that's exactly what should have happened.
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Actually thinking about this, there is a lot that can be cut. Like the entire Kylo subplot. He doesn't need to search for more power, he already has it. Have him bristling under the pressure and banality of actually having to lead the galaxy. Show him making mistakes that cost the FO support. Have that be the lynchpin of a wider Rebellion along with Luke's sacrifice. That would save a lot of time and be more narratively interesting. Kylo has always been a manchild, let that be his undoing.
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Especially because of the core difference between Kylo and Anakin: Anakin wanted to be a good man, but he fell to the dark side. Kylo to be a bad guy, and fights against the light purposfully. It makes sense that one can be redeemed and not the other.
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Thread Have major back surgery planned for Fri- can’t do it because it’s not covered by insurance
The point is “elective” vs. “necessary” isn’t generally the sole consideration for insurance. If the pain is debilitating enough to limit the OP’s ability to work, that should be enough to cover it. Which means the surgeon might not know his designation is causing insurance not to cover it, and they might change that if made aware. Also, a doctor personally contacting the insurance company and advocating for a procedure can often make them reverse a ruling.
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Thread In my opinion, Halo Infinite has great chances at being Microsoft's Breath of the Wild.
I’ve heard several times now that development has been a bit rough :-/ Hopefully it all comes together, I love Halo and I like the direction the game seems to be going in.
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies(Update: NYT & Buzzfeed Confirming)
It’s not her job to speak for Bernie. All she said was what she heard, no more no less.
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies(Update: NYT & Buzzfeed Confirming)
Maybe she doesn’t feel it was a sexist statement, but a statement about the state of America. Or maybe she didn’t feel it was appropriate to broadcast publicly a private comment made between friends.
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies(Update: NYT & Buzzfeed Confirming)
You are missing the point. I’m not suggesting one of my possibilities is the factual answer, I’m saying that this is just he said she said nonsense that can be influenced by a million different things and doesn’t really mean much anyway. If this comment makes you think Bernie is a sexist, that’s silly. If it makes you think Warren is a lier, that’s silly too. We have no context or evidence to gleam anything at all. It’s just more noise for the sake of noise.
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies(Update: NYT & Buzzfeed Confirming)
Or she doesn’t know, and is just sticking to the pure facts as she experienced them. The point is, using this comment as evidence Bernie is a sexist is just as baseless as using this comment as evidence Warren is a liar. This is less than nothing.
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies(Update: NYT & Buzzfeed Confirming)
If she belives she heard one thing and Bernie believes he said another, what would there be for her to clarify?
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies(Update: NYT & Buzzfeed Confirming)
Yes, that is a distinct possibility. But someone has to be the monster in any disagreement, so.....
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Thread CNN: Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, Bernie denies
I'm not a huge Bernie fan, but it's very possible Bernie talking about the unfortunate inherent uphill fight a woman faces in the election vs. a man has been warped via a game of telephone into this.
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Thread [VARIETY] ‘Star Trek: Picard’: Patrick Stewart on Why He Returned to the Final Frontier
I don’t even mind the state of the Federation being proposed in a theoretical sense. DS9 did amazingly well showing the cracks in the Star Trek veneer, and frankly the future it presented never made any sense anyway. I just want the show to be good, and nothing so far has given me confidence that it will be. But, I would love to be wrong.
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Thread A Jeopardy contestant was told she was wrong when she identified Jesus's birthplace of Bethlehem as being located in Palestine
Roll eyes Palaestina is Palestine, and the empire that we call Byzantine but they knew only as Rome called the province Palestine In various forms. It’s unlikely a knowledgeable Roman of the time would be confused by the term. Under this logic Judea would be an acceptable answer as well, or even Israel as a reference to the original Kingdom of Israel. The point is, it would have been a smarter move on Jeopardy’s part to just take the answer as one of a list of acceptable answers If they wanted to avoid the current day political question entirely. But obviously if they only wanted to accept the current day political designation, Palestine would be the only correct answer.
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Thread A Jeopardy contestant was told she was wrong when she identified Jesus's birthplace of Bethlehem as being located in Palestine
Considering Bethlehem was in the Roman province of Palestine, seems like Jeopardy created a far bigger headache for themselves than they needed to.
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Thread Yooo! Harvard Law: Pack the Union
2/3 is the amount of Congress required to get a constitutional amendment passed. If the argument is our system is so broken that getting to that point through traditional means is impossible, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask that 2/3 of Americans support the untraditional manner and means through which that issue is addressed.
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Thread [VARIETY] ‘Star Trek: Picard’: Patrick Stewart on Why He Returned to the Final Frontier
I really don’t get what some see in S2. It’s just as bad as S1, but goes the extra step of actively throwing away the few interesting ideas S1 had. And we’ve seen this version Trek before, every time they gave Stewart what he wanted (Starship Mine, Captain’s Holiday, Insurrection, Nemesis). It’s always been awful. DS9 is amazing, and if this show reaches those heights then great. But I have my doubts...
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As wonderful a man as Stewart is, his vision of Picard has always been the opposite of what most fans loved about the character. That, plus how truly awful Discovery is, makes me dread this show more than anticipate it.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
And that’s fine. If this were a thread about the overall geopolitical situation as history of the Middle East and not this plane getting shot down, I would be right there with you talking about the culpability of the United States, the UK, France, and everyone else in the current mess. But to me this tragedy is a concrete operational failure, not a political one. So that’s the logic for my thought process.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
I don’t disagree with any of this, and I have said much the same in this thread. The fact that I place the blame for this particular event entirely on Iran does not somehow make all of the other mistakes and wrongs the US has commuted go away, or lessen them. I just don’t agree this airplane being shot down is on anyone but the Iranian government, for the very basic and practical reason that nothing the US has done should have caused the massive and basic operational mistakes that lead this missile to be fired. To me, blaming anyone but Iran means the situation is somehow the cause of this tragedy, when nothing about the geopolitical situation should have impacted the proper functioning of this air defense system.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
I didn’t. I read this:As saying Soleimani was someone who was tired of giving the US a pass. But I wasn’t sure that was what you meant, which is why I asked. If I was sure you were defending him, I wouldn’t have asked that question. So, I’m sorry for not understanding you. It was a genuine question, not an attempt to discredit you.
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I mean, after lying about the incident, and seemingly still lying about the events. But we’ll need to see the compensation package for the victims families before completely comparing the responses. So far they are both seriously wanting.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
So we are just not going to agree, because “high tensions” didn’t shot that plane down. A basic failure of proper procedure and care did. No matter the tension, this shouldn’t have happened. There are any number of steps that should have been taken to prevent this. This is an incredible operational failure of Iran’s anti-air system.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
Soleimani murdered a member of my family in Iran by violently putting down a peaceful protest for Democracy. He has been the chief agent of repression for a brutal theocratic regime for decades. He’s not a monster because he stands in opposition to the US, he’s a monster because he propped up the government of Iran, and worked through violence to spread that government’s interest.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
No, they don’t. They only look that way if you think the act of killing Soleimani can only be judged on the value of Soleimani as a person, and not the inherent wrongness of the act and the damage it caused in response. The man was a monster, both inside and outside Iran. Killing him was dumb. Both statements are true.
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Calling Soleimani just a military general really doesn’t convey who this man was or the crimes he committed, inside and outside of Iran. That he stands in opposition to the US doesn’t make him a sympathetic figure. I really just don’t understand the need to paint him in any way besides the man he was. But this conversation has clearly run its course, at least from my end.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
Excuses me? Yes it is. Soleimani has personally ordered the deaths of countless Americans, Iraqis, Syrians, Iranians, and more. Who is defending American militarism? No one in this conflict is a good guy, it’s just different types of bad and the people that suffer because of it.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
The fuck? First of all where am I defending Trump, and secondly where did I say I only care about Americans? I said the US government acted because the death of Americans. You do your argument no service by willfully misrepresenting others.That was obviously a fanatical example of how far back you can trace this conflict.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
The history of the region didn’t shot down this plane. Blame the US for all the shit they have done, but this historic and tragic fuckup is the result of a very basic breakdown in the Iranian military and civilian air traffic and defense system. Period.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
Please stop defending mass murderers. Soleimani wasn’t killed for being strong, he was killed because he killed Americans. I don’t see how an example of the systemic devaluing of human life by the Iranian government isn’t relevant to a thread about their lack of adequate care for human life.
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And if Soleimani hadn’t been a mass murderer, he wouldn’t have been assassinated. That’s why going down this path is pointless when it comes to the plane, because it never ends. The geopolitical situation didn’t shot down the plane, a massive failure of the Iranian command and control system did.
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I don’t know if they will execute a man for shooting down this plane, but they absolutely would execute the same man for being gay.To illustrate that trying to place the blame anywhere but the actual systems that failed these people is a pointless exercise.And again, if Soleimani didn’t kill Americans, then he wouldn’t be killed, and on and on. It’s so pointless.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
Both giant fuck ups, but shooting down a plane as it is taking off from your own airport factually means even more systems needed to fail. And this is a pretty academic argument, as I would argue 655 was also 100% the US’ fault, just like Iran is at fault here.
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Thread Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
This plane was shot down because of a monumental and unprecedented failure of Iran’s government and military. No one else picked the time of their military action, the method, ran their air control system, fired this missile, etc. This is on them.
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Thread Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada, Iran admits to it)
.... They lied about it for days, only admitted it when the proof was incontrovertible, and are even still lying about specific elements of this tragedy. They don’t deserve any “points.”
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Thread Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada, Iran admits to it)
It’s honestly the height of western privilege.Who here is arguing for war? I’m sorry that you view the suffering of the Iranian people as simply a tool in a rhetorical argument. I do not.
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Thread Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada, Iran admits to it)
You don’t need to call them anything, but pretending they are something they aren’t or that Soleimani was anything but a oppressive murderous radical is frankly disgusting. You do a disservice to your argument by infusing it with lies.
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Thread Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada, Iran admits to it)
“Super harsh”? I’m talking about them in accurate terms. That you find the actual situation in Iran inconvenient is really not something I care about. I love an Iranian woman. I have for almost 15 years. Her family is the most wonderful group of loving and compassionate people I have ever known. They mostly live in Iran, a nation full of such people and families, along with a beautiful culture and a deep fascinating history. If I were allowed to visit Iran, it would be illegal for my partner and I to leave our home unescorted. And to live under that roof together. And for her to leave her head uncovered. And for us to advocate for democracy, and freedom of expression, or to criticize the government or the mullahs. And we could very well be killed for trying, as thousands have before, by the orders and execution of the man so many are unwilling to call the monster he was. The theocrats and murderers who run that nation do not deserve your defense, and that suffering does not deserve to be papered over to the benefit of your political arguments. You don’t want war. Fine, I don’t want war. I have people I care about on both sides who would die. But we owe more to the dead and the suffering than our willful ignorance.
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Report them if you see them. I don’t see any on the page where that post was made.
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No, it’s not down, and people communicate using encrypted apps there to avoid that problem.
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Thread Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada, Iran admits to it)
Two things I’m really running out of patience for: 1. The downplaying of Soleimani’s crimes. Even if you somehow can warp his orchestration of international terrorisim as anything less than abhorrent, the man just recently brought Iraqi militia fighters into Iran to kill hundreds of protesters fighting for human rights and political freedom. He was a monster. Stop introducing doubt or diminishing his crimes. 2. The downplaying of Iran’s level of culpability or fuck up here. No, Iran shooting down a passenger plane that just took off from their own airport is not in any way normal, or understandable, or an expected part of the “fog of war.” As far as I’m aware, this has never happened before, and represents an incredibly basic and profound failure of the Iranian government and military. This is that theocratic, murderous, and despotic regime’s fault. They are to blame. They deserve all of our disgust and condemnation for these people’s’ deaths.
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Thread Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada, Iran admits to it)
This is not a reasonable position. The Iranian government has every reason to lie, and does so every day. Canada has no reason to lie, and a history of incredibly honest international relations.
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Of course it’s true. My family in Iran was overjoyed at the news, and want the US to do it again. No one is doing that.
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He was one of the, if not the figure most responsible for keeping in power a government that What the fuck is happening in this thread.
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This scenario. A country shooting down a passenger plane after it took of from their own airport.
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Thread 23andMe used its customers’ health data from the DNA tests they sold to develop a new medication and sell the rights for their own profit
23andMe actively tell customers that their data will be used to develop new medicine...
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Thread 23andMe used its customers’ health data from the DNA tests they sold to develop a new medication and sell the rights for their own profit
But, users know that 23andMe will use this data to develop medicine, and they agree to it. I really don’t know what the problem is here.
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Thread 23andMe used its customers’ health data from the DNA tests they sold to develop a new medication and sell the rights for their own profit
23andMe makes it very clear that this is the intention of collecting DNA information. It’s presented as a feature, it’s not buried in a TOS. Everyone who uses the service agrees to this, and you can opt out if you want to.
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Thread Trump No Longer Thinks Climate Change Is A Hoax Because His Golf Course Consultant Wrote a Book Calling Him An Environmentalist
I’ve actually had a pet theory since before Trump took office that, if the left could properly weaponize Trump’s stupidity and vanity, it would be possible to get some progressive policy through that even a liberal President could not.
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Thread U.S. officials say Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada)
No, the Vincennes did not deliberately shoot down a passenger plane. The Iranian government doesn’t even support that interpretation.
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Thread U.S. officials say Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was accidentally shot down by Iranian missiles (UP: corroborated by Canada)
The answer is poor command and control infrastructure along with inadequate lines of communication between civilian and military bodies.
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Well, I mean, otherwise he just would have just been a random dude, so......yeah? I think it’s safe to say if Soleimani was a flower shop owner, he wouldn’t have been specifically targeted for assassination.
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Thread US forces in Iraq under attack from Iranian cruise missiles. [IMPORTANT STAFF POST]
He’s been refusing aggressive action throughout his entire presidency much of the time, we just don’t hear about it when nothing happens. He’s a coward, hopefully that guides him here.
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Thread US forces in Iraq under attack from Iranian cruise missiles. [IMPORTANT STAFF POST]
The most important factor here is going to be “have Americans died?” The next will be Trump’s state of mind, if his inherent cowardice will make him pull back or double down.
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Thread Trump warns Iran that America has predetermined 52 additional locations to strike, if Iran tries to retaliate for Trump's initiated strike
If there is one thing the Iranian government is known for, it’s political correctness.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation launch thread |OT9| - For flops sake!
Considering the only statement I’ve made on the realative power between the two system is that I would expect the SX to come out ahead, I would be surprised if the same people questioned them.
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Thread I've begun to realize that none of Earth's major problems will even BEGIN being solved for at least another 20 years or so
I’m as pessimistic for the future of our world as the next, but we’re not 20 years away from the scenario you describe. We’ll all be dead before it gets that bad. Which honestly is part of the problem.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Chikor, I’m not doing any of that. You have come to a conclusion on a historical event based on your own feelings and interpretation of the event, and I have said your conclusion may be correct. I am not assuming it’s incorrect, but if you want me to just say you’re right without any direct evidence, I’m sorry, I personally can’t do that. I don’t know what the rationale was for this particular bombing, and when I say I don’t know I mean I don‘t know. That’s not providing cover for the United States, I’m just not the kind of person that makes definitive statements on very specific historical events without something to base that statement on. If I were to write a textbook on the Vietnam War, I could not make the argument you are making in it. Additionally, if you are correct about the My Son bombing, well then that action would have been against US military policy, and I already have said several time that violations of military policy happen and the US has destroyed cultural sites in the past. So I don’t know what larger point you are trying to make that I haven’t already concede. Anyway, if you want to continue the conversation, lets take it to PM.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Source for the rationale behind this particular bombing. But I do understand what brought you to that conclusion. Either way, we’ve gone off topic.I mean, obviously there are irrational people who believe irrational things in the military, but even divorcing morality from the discussion, specifically targeting cultural sites for the sake of destroying cultural sites would be called incredibly dumb and self-defeating by the vast majority of military strategists in the world, those in the US included. Either way, we’ve gone off topic.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
I didn’t mean to imply that the US never destroyed sites of cultural significance (obviously they have), but targeting sites of their cultural significance is against policy, and even if done in secrete (which is of course awful), actively advertising that fact is absolutely insane.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Like I said, it’s considered inherently counterproductive (and obviously immoral) in modern military doctrine. But Trump is an idiot and completly without morals, so you’re right, why would that stop him.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
So, no source, but it’s what you think the rational was. OK, well, it’s certainly posssible you are right.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Again, it’s not just a war crime (which of course is bad enough). It’s against US military rules of conduct and, even completely divorced from any moral considerations, is just incredibly counterproductive to any strategic plan. People respond poorly to having their culture targeted for destruction. It does not pacify them, it enrages them, far more than a forgin power targeting legitimate military targets.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Umm, from that article:I’m completely open to the possibility it was targeted for it’s cultural significance, but do you have any sources for that? I want to know about this. Either way, that’s obviously abhorrent.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
That’s legitimately insane. For all the faults of the United States, it has been military policy basically forever that “cultural significance” is a key reason to attack a specific target.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
There, you just did it again. ”if the guy was bad or not.” He was. You are downplaying his crimes every time you use that phrasing. This man killed people I’m related to and thousands upon thousands of others. Stop covering for him. Make your points without giving him that curtsey.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Frankly “whether he is a bad dude or not” implies there is a chance he wasn’t a bad dude. There isn’t. We can discuss the geopolitical situation or the total damage done by this move as much as we want, but giving this man even the slightest benefit of the doubt is too far. Killing him in this way wasn’t smart, and it may (or will or will not or however you feel) cause more damage than he caused alive. But he was a monster. That is not a subject for reasonable debate. So perhaps “even though he was a bad dude” would be a better turn of phrase.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Don’t you dare accuse me of trying to deflect from your point, and hearing that the man killed members of my family and saying ”I don’t care” is about the most callus thing a person can say. You are better than this.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Thank you. I understand you being frustrated, I am as well, and I really don’t disagree with your main point. I am just seeing way too many people paper over the depth of this man’s crimes, either out of ignorance our rhetorical expediency, and it’s neither necessary or right. We can talk about this act and its impact without giving cover to who this man was. It just might take a few more moments to consider our words, and I think his victims deserve that.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
The reporting is wrong. This is an incredibly divisive issue.There is no question he was a bad guy. This is a man who brought Iraqi fighters into Iran to kill his own people because he was worried Iranian soldiers wouldn’t do it.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
Yes. It’s more fair to say he was loved by conservatives and hated by liberals, but both those camps are the “normal” populace of Iraq and Iran. But even that’s a simplification, as I know conservatives who are in general supportive of the government but still see Soleimani as an extremist who they are better off without.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
This situation is incredibly complex, far more than most are giving it credit for. I sat with my Iranian father-in-law last night who legitimately could not be happier Soleimani is dead, as the man was a monstrous agent of the totalitarian state that ordered the mass killing and subjugation of his own people. Some will morn him, some will dance on his grave. It depends largely on someone’s own politics.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT7| Discover Your Next Favorite OT
Of course they could, that’s not in question.This is correct.I don’t think I said that exactly, more that would be an example of the kind of deal that would be made if Sony had right of first refusal for a Demon’s Souls sequel, but From wanted to take it multi platform or work with another partner. I don’t know specifically that was the situation. It was in response to that idea that a dev can just create a sequel to a game in all but name to get around right of first refusal. That generally won’t fly without an mutual agreement between both parties.
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Thread US Department of Defense confirms it targeted/killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, outside Baghdad Airport
I understand that fear, but even just the actual logistical constraints of war with Iran are gigantic. Iran is not Iraq, Iran has a strong centralized government, large comparatively well-trained and equipped military, and is many times the size and population of Iraq. An actual war with them is not something the US is prepared for, and it would take a lot of time to physically get in that position.
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"War" in the sense of some sort of invasion of Iran or uniform military fighting uniform military isn't going to happen. That's just not realistic. It's irregular action & paramilitary and terrorist attacks that are going to be kicked into high gear by this. And that's bad enough.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation launch thread |OT9| - For flops sake!
Ah. It’s a much more focused vision, I think gamers really don’t have anything to worry about on that front. The SX is a game console, Game Pass is a subscription gaming service, xCloud is a game streaming platform, etc. It’s not going to be diluted.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
I appreciate your detailed response, and I know this is clearly and rightfully a really meaningful issue for you and millions of others. It has certainly given me a lot to think about, and I thank you for that. But I do think we are going to see eye to eye on this very specific and largely academic issue, so we should probably leave it at that.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
The Emancipation Proclamation only applied to states that joined the Confederacy. It took the 13th Amendment to end it in slave states that stayed in the Union.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
That‘s kind of a half truth. Mexico actively encouraged colonization of Texas by settlers from the United States, as the territory was barely populated and the Mexican government viewed immigration as a way to create a buffer between the Native American nations to the north and the core of Mexico. These settlers were allowed to bring in slaves, as slavery was legal in Mexico. Over time the immigrant population of Texas grew to a point where the central government became uneasy with the situation, and started trying to limit immigration and the import of slaves to further discourage new arrivals. These laws were often ignored, and Mexico kept increasing the rules and prohibitions on immigration and slavery, eventually outlawing the latter. And while the banning of slavery certainly had a moral component to it (there were many active anti-slavery progressives in Mexico), and slavery in much of Mexico had just outlived its economic usefulness, it also had the realpolitik motivation of attempting to further discourage immigration to Texas and to financially damage the settlers already there. This outlawing of slavery was essentially the last, most impactful straw to settlers that had seen their political autonomy and individual rights curtailed by the Mexican government. The Texas revolution then happened, and though it was part of a larger rebellion with other areas of Mexico over non-slave related reasons, I’m very comfortable saying it was a pretty despicable revolution done to preserve slavery, a far cry from how it is typically presented.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
Like I said, I don’t think that position is outlandish at all. I understand it, and I really mean it when I say I think it’s a perfectly reasonable position to hold. And I would absolutely agree that rape was a core part of the slave experience throughout human history, and in a macro sense, “slave owners were rapists” is a statement I can get behind. It’s just literally not in my personality to make definitive statements about by historical figures without evidence, rumor, anything. I’m truly not meaning to give Washington the benefit of the doubt, I just need to give myself license to say “he did this” beyond the fact that basic sociological and historical factors of the time would indicate that it is a strong possibility. So again, there is nothing wrong with someone believing Washington himself literally raped his slaves. I just can’t sit here and honestly tell you I personally am sure of that. I am sure it’s possible, I can even say it’s probable, but I can’t say it’s a fact. And honestly I wish I was more capable of coming to those decisions, as it would certainly make my life a lot simpler.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
I said there is no historical evidence or rumor of Washington being a literal rapist. In what world does that mean I don’t think a slaveowner could be a rapist? A huge number of them were, and yeah, I think you could consider the very practice of slavery to be the collective rape of an entire people. But we’re talking about a historical figure. I personally can’t ascribe to him a specific literal action without any historical basis for it. But I also don’t think it’s unreasonable for someone to assume he did, which I said.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
That’s a perfectly reasonable and understandable position to take, and I can’t say I really disagree. George Washington was a principled figure that, almost unique in revolutionary figures until that point, turned down absolute power in the name of Republican ideals. He was also a slave owner that, while objectively a less extreme and cruel ”master” than was common at the time and who did has a pretty clear evolution in beliefs from bog-standerd Virginian land owner to active denouncer of the practice, those things obviously have to be viewed through the glass of the basic evil that slavery is and the inherent deep stain it leaves on all its perpetrators. I wish he had lived longer, if only to see what else he might have done to try and atone in some small measure for his sins.Ok, yeah I understand that. I personally can’t go that step of declaring he was a literal rapist without any historical evidence (or even rumor), but I do understand that point of view and think it’s a perfectly reasonable way to view those that practiced such evil as slavery.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
Umm, no one is making that argument, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence at all that Washington raped his slaves...which is what your sources say.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
MS is certainly capable of absorbing losses, and is willing to do so to achieve this vision, but they are not going to let Xbox go off the rails. It needs to bring in money. Part of the way Phil sold MS on the current vision (per my understanding) was to say this is the path to profitability Xbox had almost always failed to reach. And while MS certainly is in a great position (probably the best) to build this everywhere subscription service, it’s not anywhere close to certain they will be the most successful. PlayStation is a bigger brand, every publisher is getting into the field so it will get harder to source third party content, Amazon or Google or Apple could decide to really get into things, etc. I wouldn’t make any bets for the future.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
Umm, it wouldn’t be any different. The point is all these factors make the future impossible to predict. MS is in a good position, and Now is going to continue expanding quickly. And fortunately we haven’t seen publishers being bought yet, and hopefully we avoid it.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
To keep a steady and consistent supply of new content that MS owns flowing to GP, they will be pursuing both AAA and AA titles. Think of it like Netflix. They have giant blockbusters, but they have much more smaller scale stuff. It’s not sustainable to only put out AAA When they need consistent new content.
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Right, maybe that works long term and MS gets to be the “Netflix for games,” reaching across Xbox, PC, xCloud, Switch, etc., and that gives them hundreds of millions of users. That’s their dream, and it’s certainly possible. But A), that’s going to take a very long time, and B), it would be foolish to surrender those core users, as the more of them you convert the the more people you have to help drive adoption beyond the base. And again, they spend a lot more, which will help subsidize the incredible cost required to build “Netflix for games.”
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We’ll have to see, it’s uncharted territory.It’s a huge question, and it will impact every element of games, from design to monetization. But beyond knowing it will radically change the face of gaming, it’s almost impossible to know what that change will look like.Oh I don’t think they will be making money off the SX at launch, but the margins will be better and they will have a planned path to profitability for the hardware.
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When there is one SKU. But if they are going with a low end and high end, part of the point of the high end is to reduce losses with customers who are willing to pay more.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
The market for new people getting consoles is not really that meaningful (save for kids who grow into it). There aren’t 100M new people that want a game console, no matter how good a value GP is. And even if there was a big market to be had there, those users would still spend much less than existing core gamers. MS needs to go after Sony’s userbase. That’s where the money is for many more years.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
Yeah. It’s going to be even harder than normal to get people to switch.Well yeah, it has to be, even just by virtue of the SX launching from the start. It’s the lead platform, it’s going to be a much bigger part of the user base than the X is.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
It was better than the S, which has had pretty constant price pressure. Also the X was largely about trying to reverse a narrative with a relatively niche product. It’s not the basis for their next platform.
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No, that would not be a good idea. Expanding the market is great, and that’s a big focus with Xcloud, but that’s a much longer-term bet. The people that already play consoles will spend a lot more and drive adoption better than those new customers. MS can’t just ignore 100 million incredibly valuable potential customers.
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First year sales were not poor overall, but they were certainly well behind what MS expected and what they could have been.I think Plus, Gold, Now, and Game Pass are all going to get serious evolutions, most parts of that welcome. I think you cant also expect more limited discounts on them to push services.Yeah, ”no used games” was biggest I think (it’s been a few years now), followed by price, power, TV, etc.
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I mean, it still affects the Xbox. Pro outsold the X, much of that because market share is a snowball that is generally really hard to stop. It’s really important to hit the ground running.
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Yeah. Market research around the beginning of the gen showed ”weak graphic power” (or similar) was a pretty meaningful part of the One’s relatively poor performance.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
He stipulated that his slaves that were married to Martha’s slaves were to be released together so the families weren‘t broken up. That caused some problems because Martha’s slaves were owned by her and her family, and Washington didn’t have the right to free them.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
That’s a really interesting point, law at the time actually prevented him from freeing a lot of his slavers because they were married to Martha’s slaves. His heirs also were against them being freed. We can’t really know what family or legal pressure was being applied.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
He did, he inherited them, and he evolved his opinions on it over time, freed the slaves he owned, provided for their welfare, and spoke about the essential moral bankruptcy of the institution. The ability to admit you were wrong and then work to improve the situation as best you can is a sign of strong character.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
Not sure what the bolded means, but he did die pretty suddenly. Who knows what else he would have done if that had not been the case. He did a lot, and considering the environment he grew up and lived in, that deserves to be recognized.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg: "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand slavery was a bad thing."
100%.George Washington is genuinely one of the most incredible figures in world history. He had a ton of faults, but no one else could have done what he did, with the integrity he did it with. Only slightly related, but I’m a Washington fanboy.
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Thread Democratic insiders: “Bernie could win the nomination”
What does that have to do with if my point, that Bernie’s face, message, and ideas are being presented to the democratic primary voters, and that the eventual winner of the primary will be the candidate that the most people vote for?
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Thread Democratic insiders: “Bernie could win the nomination”
Well, yeah. It’s the worst system except for all the others. Big money is a problem, but it’s not a problem that will be solved for this primary. Is the actual process of voting and tallying votes legitimate? Yes, so the will of the people is being exercised. Otherwise you’re just setting up a rhetorical situation where if your prefers candidate wins the process was legitimate, and if they lose it was a farce. I find views like that to be deeply unhelpful and self-fulfilling.
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Thread Democratic insiders: “Bernie could win the nomination”
But...that’s not happening in this primary as far as we know. Bernie has the money other candidates do, he’s using it, his message is getting out there and he has a shot at winning. He’s not being locked out or ignored. Democratic primary voters all have had a lot of time to get introduced to and learn about Bernie and his policies, this cycle and in 2016. If you are arguing his message is being shut out or that he’s an unknown, well I just disagree, and polling seems to back me up. The system isn’t perfect and there needs to be change, but ultimately Democratic Primary voters will decide who their party’s candidate for President is.
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Thread Democratic insiders: “Bernie could win the nomination”
There are limits on how much money someone can donate to a campaign, and it’s not like Bernie is hurting for money, so I don’t know what point you are trying to make. And I spent many years working in politics at the National level, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of It in general.
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Thread Democratic insiders: “Bernie could win the nomination”
Even if she couldn’t win (and we’re not even at that point yet) there‘s no reason for her to drop out. She has money, she’s polling pretty well, and the more delegates she racks up the more power she has at the convention.
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Thread Democratic insiders: “Bernie could win the nomination”
Goose, I said none of that. You really need to stop putting words in other posters mouths’, it doesn’t lead to good conversation and is frankly just rude besides. Superpacs are a thing, and money in politics is an issue, of course it is. But in the context of the Democratic primary, Bernie has a ton of money, and Superpacs that support him. He is not being shut out. He is getting his message out to primary voters. He has a real shot at winning. The only thing that will stop him is if he gets less votes than another candidate, which is exactly what should happen. No one is stuffing ballot boxes.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Again, lots of politicians will have these quotes, but unity tickets haven’t happened in the United States for a long time. In addition, 2004 is not 2020. The political situation in the country is pretty different. You’ll notice he said that today there are no Republicans he would want to partner with. Latching on to this is just making a mountain out of not even a mole hill. If you don’t want to support Biden, don’t, but do it for policy reasons, not because he politely answered a question the same way politicians always have.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Strom Thurmond was a racist who served in the Senate for way too long, and I certainly agree eulogizing him is unseemly. Biden really only knew him after Thurmond’s public positions changed pretty dramatically, and his eulogy did not praise those previous positions or try to paper over those facts, but still. The busing thing is also unseemly, but that is again a 40 year old position. I’m not sure what that says about his values now, though he does not like to admit he was wrong, which we see with the crime bill as well. The crime bill did have many elements that were good achievements, but the other negative impacts should not be ignored. Iraq War vote sucks, but almost everyone voted for it, so I don’t know how that was a Republican position. I don’t know what “Pro Wall Street” means. So essentially all of those things are perfectly valid reasons to note vote for Biden, or not want him to win the nomination. I agree with many of them, and he’s not getting my vote in the primary either. But unless you go back 40 years, you actually haven’t presented anything that makes him particularly Republican, or gives any indication that today he would appoint a conservative Supreme Court judge. You just gave reasons why you don’t support him.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
If you actually think Biden’s values are Republican-lite, I don’t know what to say. That’s just factually and obviously wrong.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Fair, I overstated the vote. My mistake. And I’m in no way brushing it off. The Iraq War was obviously awful and a giant mistake, and not supporting Biden because of his vote there is perfectly reasonable. I just don’t see it as a particularly Republican move on his part, which was the context of the conversation.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
That is true, and I understand if you think that’s enough to label him a Republican. I just disagree.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Again, I don’t disagree with any of this. And sorry if I wasn’t clear, my point on the Iraq War was that I don’t think that, even combined with the rest of his record, is enough to label him Republican-lite. He’s a Democrat, always been a Democrat, and while his record is far from the most liberal, it’s also far from Blue Dog status. Don’t vote for him in the primary. I’m not. But the hyperbole around him is just ridiculously unseemly, and it honestly disappoints me to see. I’m a liberal, and one of the most important parts of being a liberal to me is the ability to see grey, to not put everything in two buckets of “this is exactly what I want” and “THIS IS THE WORST THING EVER.” That’s just intellectually lazy. You don’t want him to be President, fine. That doesn’t mean he hates minorities and wants to stuff the SC with conservatives.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
So that’s reasonable. Like I said, I don’t support him for much of the same reasons. I just can never wrap my head around the idea that he’s a racist, Republican monster. He’s not. The policies he’s supporting now are in no way Republican. He does not espouse hateful rhetoric. He has been fairly-forward thinking on a number of liberal causes. He was pretty regularly pulling Obama to the left. Don’t vote for him in the primary. But we have an actual racist monster in the White House, we don’t have to paint everyone we disagree with with the same brush. We can just not want him to be President.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
I mean, you shouldn’t be, and if you really are, it means there has clearly been some disconnect between whatever research you have done and reality. Please, go ahead and list his Republican-lite and Dixiecrat values. This is obviously important to you, so I’m happy to spend some time and explore the topic together.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Really? That’s surprising. I already posted this happening with Trump, but look up “unity ticket.” It happens every Presidential election.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
What? Half the country is Republican or Republican leaning. What am I wrong about? And again, that’s the point: The current Republican platform means there aren’t any worth considering, which is what he said.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Not moving goal posts or clarifying. My first post on the subject from this thread:So your issue is the missing 8%? Or only 5% between Democrats and Republicans? That seems incredibly pedantic.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
I think pulling out a quote from 45 years ago that is somewhat problematic is kinda a reach, but yeah, it’s an ugly quote and it makes sense that it bother you. It bothers me too. I get that you don’t like him, and I think there are perfectly reasonable reasons not to. I just think then entire discourse about Biden has turned him into some sort of a monster that just isn’t supported by reality.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Goose, I quoted my post. I did say “Half the country is or leans Republican.”In fact, I said it several times. I don’t know what you’re doing, but I’m not engaging with it any more.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
I’m not running an election, I’m making a point about the general makeup of the population of the United States, in the context of “these people exist, there are a lot of them, and we can’t pretend that’s not the case.” Come on, you know you are being silly here.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
What comments are those? The Crime bill was supported by the majority of the Congressional Black Caucus and other black politicians at the time. It has absolutely had a very real negative impact on the black community, but painting it’s mistakes as a actual attempt to push white supremacy is not in-line with the actual historical situation. You can disagree with his ideas, but paining him as a white supremacist seems hyperbolic.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Right, which is exactly what Biden said. He would theoretically consider it, if there was a Republican worth considering.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Again, Republicans are half the country. They aren’t disappearing, and a politician labeling all Republicans as monsters is just not going to happen. Biden threw shade at the GOP by saying he we consider it, and then saying no current Republican measures up. That’s paining himself as a reasonable person, and Republican politicians as the ones off the rails.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Joe Biden is not a white supremacist. He does not think it’s a good idea. He‘s not considering this. He was asked an off-the-cuff question and gave a polite answer that still throws shade on all GOP politicians.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
This is ridiculously mundane. Politicians have been asked this question for hundreds of years, and this is the answer they almost always give.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Sigh. He gave a polite answer to an off the cuff question, he’s not entertaining the idea of a unity ticket.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
Half the country is or leans Republican. They aren’t all going to disappear no matter who wins the Presidency, and it’s just not realistic to expect someone who wants to be the President of the United States to adopt an absolute public disdain for half the population. This is nothing. This is standard. This is, again, a normal polite response to a question that is asked every Presidential election.
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Thread Biden asked if he would consider a Republican VP in a hypothetical unity ticket, says "I would, but I can't think of one"
What? It’s called a Unity ticket, it’s existed in the US before and in other nations today. It’s not going to happen and Biden isn’t considering it, but the hyperbole is out of hand.
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Thread Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore announced for Nintendo Switch!
Because porting is cheap and (almost) everything sells on the Switch. It’s kinda a no-brainer. Investing serious ad money into the game would, most likely, make the project harder to justify financially.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
That’s not me being aggressive. That’s me being profoundly disappointed and sad at the state of discourse here. Because, while I genuinely don’t care which plastic box will make shinier grass, I do care about this community. This should be a fun thread full of wonder about the possibilities for the future. Not two camps who alternate acting unduly superior because the toy they had absolutly no hand in creating is “more powerful” than some other toy. Do better. Please.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
Dude, it’s the tech specs of a fucking toy. I can’t even imagine being so pathetic as to launch any sort of “concerted effort” related to them. It’s. A. Toy. Who. Gives. A. Fuck. This is supposed to be fun. It’s a hobby. It doesn’t really matter.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
Tories changing their additives towards gay people is an example of a party adopting a new position due to changing political and social tides in order to protect their other interests. That’s exactly what a politically savvy party does, adapt. Not double down on failing tactics.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
I mean, the election plan detailed here contains a list of issues that could have been addressed without telling POC to “fuck off” or needing to “solve” Brexit. The problem with all-or-nothing thinking is very rarely does an all-or-nothing approach to any situation lead to the most desirable outcome. You can see the issues Labor had here and address much of them without throwing the baby out with the bath water.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
None of that has anything to do with the proper provisioning of tangible party resources during an election, which this plan shows an incredible failure of.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
And it’s not just on the left where this happens. The GOP, for example, should have taken the Senate in 2010 but shot themselves in the foot over ideology.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
The problem is, those numbers won’t stay the same as the population ages. The better Conservatives do now, the more the younger demographics will drift towards them. People love winners.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
I don’t disagree, but looking at current demographic breakdowns and saying this problem is time-limited is a recipe for disaster. As much as it may suck, you need to strike a balance between achieving things now and building for the future.
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Thread Secret dossier reveals Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy was crude and vindictive (Sunday Times UK)
I’ve seen a lot of political action plans in my day. Ones like this result when ideology and loyalty are valued above everything else. It’s rarely a recipe for success.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
Please stop constructing ridiculous conspiracies. No one with any sense gives a single fuck about what company an executive works for, or views themselves on a “side” in some infantile war between consoles. The general behavior in this thread has been abhorrent, and I’m sick of it.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
When that happens, report it. There isn’t a lack of consistency in moderation on this topic, because we’re adults who genuinely don’t care about sides in this pathetic schoolyard fight.And to a hammer, every problem is a nail. Report violations of this forum’s rules and they will be acted on.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Or, he’ll come across as an extreme and twitchy northeast commie Jew. John Kerry is an example. The point is the GOP machine can paint anyone in the worst light possible, and Bernie gives them a lot of material to work with.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Republicans don’t matter, this is about independents. And Bernie says he is a socialist. Attacks will inherently work better when no one is disputing them. I don’t disagree with most of the rest of what you say, but it does come down to what I said before. If Bernie will grow the electorate, he can win. If he can’t, Biden is stronger with the people we know will vote. I think it’s possible Bernie can pull it off, and frankly for the health of the party that would probably be a better result than Biden winning on a redo of 2016. But everyone should be aware that betting on an expanded electorate to win an election is a bet that historically has had a very low chance of success.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
When did “conviction” become this thing the American electorate is looking for? Because it’s not. Americans don’t particularly care if you believe what you’re selling, they just care about how well you sell it. And painting any Democrat being painted as a communist isn’t the same thing as actually running as a devout socialist.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Your description of what an outsider is will work just as well for the GOP to call him a 30 year failure of a member of Congress who is now trying to force his anti-American communist ideology unto the Oval Office. John Kerry wasn’t a service-dodging coward, but that’s what America thought when the GOP was done with him. Bernie isn’t going to get through this clean.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
There isn’t anything to the Ukraine stuff, but yeah, I agree the GOP will investigate whoever the Dem is. Hell, I got called in once to testify before a House committee because of Issa‘s pointless investigations of the President. So it’s kinda a moot point in this discussion.OK, but we have heard that song and dance before and it rarely happens. Nothing about that outcome in anything close to guaranteed, or even probable. But it’s possible, and would be amazing if it did happen.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
That’s...not really wrong? If Biden get elected with a mandate, the GOP will change to account for the new reality. The GOP is actually very, very good at modifying their core platform when the situation demands it. And the vast majority of GOP voters will follow the party wherever it goes, even if that’s a little less conservative than where they are now.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Well that’s stilly too. None of the attacks you’ve listed will seriously hurt Biden with the moderate electorate, and not a single one is as damaging as “Jew” or “socialist.” Again, for Bernie to win, he needs to bring in new voters. The people we already know will vote will have plenty of reasons to hate him by Election Day.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Again, I don’t know why you think that. John Kerry was a war hero before he was a coward. Destroying narratives and building their own are what the GOP excels at. Joe Biden is a white male mainstream Democrat who appeals particularly well to suburban and rural voters (for a Democrat) and served in a pretty popular administration all things considered. Bernie Sanders is a Jewish socialist who has little record of legislative accomplishments to point to after 30 years in Congress. Like, there are clear reasons why the GOP views Biden as their most threatening opponent, and why their attacks during the primary have landed largely on him. They don’t want to face him in the general. They would be happier fighting Bernie. Again, none of that means Bernie can’t win, or even would absolutely be the weaker candidate. If he can actually expand the voter pool on Election Day to a meaningful degree that would be enough to put him in office. But he is not a bulletproof candidate, and if he is the nominee by Election Day he will be hated just as deeply as Hillary. Because that’s what happens.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Every one of these politicians has dirt on them to be exploited, much of which is already in oppo folders at the RNC & Trump headquarters. No one will get a free ride, and every one of their approval ratings will take a serious hit once we move to the general. It’s why general polling in the primary season is interesting, but not super telling.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
It’s really two different questions. Who do you think would win with the same electorate as 2016, and who do you think would win if the makeup of the electorate ends up being radically different? If it’s the former, I think Biden wins enough of those voters. If we need to expand the playing field to win, that looks better for Sanders.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
No matter who you support in the Dem primaries, I think we all need to keep in mind how powerful and effective the Republican attack machine is, and how it has yet to be turned on any of the current candidates with full force. Clinton was one of the most popular politicians in the country before she ran...
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
To be clear, the GOP has absolutely not attacked Sanders (or any other Dem) with anything close to their full weight. Right now GOP strategists view Sanders as an easier opponent to beat, and are therefore largely laying off him, but again they are saving their big guns for the general For every candidate. I’m not sure where you got the idea socialist policies are popular enough with the general public that those numbers can’t be damaged, or that GOP attacks against such policies have not been effective in the past. They have been, very much so.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
It does not matter how he is perceived now, that’s the point. The GOP will attack the idea that he is an outsider, will attack his personal record, will attack socialism, all at a level and intensity that Bernie has never come anywhere close to experiencing. We don’t know how he will be perceived a month after the primary ends (if he wins), let alone by Election Day. Primary results honestly don’t matter much for reading the general.
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Thread WaPo opinion piece: Joe Biden is the candidate of Other People. Is that enough?
Bernie has been in Congress for 30 years. He is not a Washington outsider, or at least no one will think of him that way when the GOP is done. Most of your statements are just theories, which could be true, but I don’t think we have any data to back them up. What we do know is that socialism has been a boogeyman in America for 100 years, and the GOP will pull every trick possible to make the electorate remember that. It might not work, but you can’t just say it will fail with any certitude.
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Thread Phil Spencer: “The only concern I see from consumers about Game Pass is is it sustainable...Game Pass is doing very well for us and developers”
It’s not currently profitable for them. If it was, that would mean the service is being mismanaged. When you want to grow a buisness, profitability just means you are saving income that could be diverted into driving higher growth. Profit comes later, for now and the next several years growth is the objective. And they are doing very well on that front.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
But if the important thing is the ritual, and the apprentices don’t know about the ritual, how have they managed to engage in it time and time again, in such a long unbroken chain? Was Plagueis sleeping part of the ritual?
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
And every time a Sith apprentice has killed their master, it has been as part of the ritual with the master’s consent? That...really recontexualizes the entire Sith. It changes them from inherently self-destructive seekers of power to very committed team players.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT7| Discover Your Next Favorite OT
No, but almost every game has exclusive content, exclusive ad deals, exclusive bundle deals, exclusive placement deals, exclusive preorder deals, special financing deals, special rates, etc. If we call any kind of financial incentives money hats, then Sony and MS are often money hating the same games.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT7| Discover Your Next Favorite OT
For the sake of argument, hey, maybe if Persona is only released on PlayStation, then Sega’s cut of the sales for every single copy is a fair amount higher. That one change alone could produce a massive windfall. So combine that with saving the costs of porting, marketing incentives, prime spots in Sony’s communications, etc. For a series like Persona, which will sell a lot of it’s total copies in Japan, and whose international fanbase is pretty closely collated with PlayStation, like the math could very easily work out in favor of exclusivity.
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Thread What's the legacy of the Star Wars sequel trilogy going to be?
To really succeed at creating/fostering/growing a large scale interconnected film universe, you absolutely take the time to develop a clear artistic and narrative direction for the series your first project enters production.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
"Chinese wall" is a business term. It means to put up legal and procedural barriers so one team is unable to share any outside information with the rest of the organization.
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Thread Xbox Leadership Team keeps an empty chair at the leadership table to “represent the customer”
OK, how about we stop the internet detective work.