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Thread The books that taught you game development
Books from the 1970's and 1980's. Still have some in my attic. Joined the computer programming book club in the 80's, order by mail and wait weeks for a book to arrive. Had an early abrash book with all the details you could want about drawing a line segment from any angle. There were even books on doing RPGs. Code listings from magazines too. Assembly, turbo pascal, BASIC. Nothing really so useful today, fun to think back on it all though.
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Thread RPGamer's RPGs Top 50 RPGs of the Decade
HZD has less than a handful of choice and quest elements that affect who may be with you during the final battle. You have dialogue options throughout, but they are for aesthetic enjoyment only. Every run for every player is a bluegleam warrior solo run. I'm really stretching things here. The list is a list of great games, for sure.
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Thread Sony Bend NEED to hire MUCH better writer/director
You're "only" 10 hours in. This is a long game. The way they did this, nothing about the storytelling and characterizations makes much sense at this point. It's kind of a tough sell this way. Skipping cutscenes will just make this worse because the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. But - if you decide to persevere through the next few dozen hours, and go after most everything, I can tell you that everything will come together and make sense. And in a pretty good way, too. I can accept if you don't want to do this, for this game the 8-10 hour mark is the breaking point.
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Thread Car keeps dying after sitting for days
Had this problem last year during a period of seldom driving. After jumping the car, gotta rev the car at your charging rpms for several minutes, or go for a nice drive at highway speeds. Then periodically rev or drive every few days. All good since.
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Thread RDR2 and Horizon ZD Which Platform Should I Play?
RDR2 feels fine on base ps4, in nature settings. But in any town, the framerate feels uneven and slows in parts. To this day it is annoying, unfortunately. I don't think the image is blurry, though. A decent PC running at 1080p/30fps has got to be better than this. HZD on PS4 base is totally fine.
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Thread Trolls World Tour is out Today, 48 Hour Rental Period really sucks for a Kids Movie
At least you didn't have to go out to a store, hope it was in stock or make repeated trips, bring it home, have the kids make sure it was the movie they actually wanted to watch, watch it while frequently adjusting the picture quality, wait minutes to rewind the movie if you wanted to watch it again, and still have to stop watching it in two or three days while having to go out again to return the movie - all for close to the same price in today's dollars.
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Thread Crysis Remastered announced (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch - Saber Interactive)
One of the first games I remember getting pre-dawn lighting right. Lots of ways to play encounters, but few really mastered fluidly using all the abilities (I am certainly not one of those few).
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Thread PS4 Is A Beast!
Only complaints performance-wise on a base PS4 are with Just Cause 3, Final Fantasy XV, RDR2 (when in towns), Control, AC Odyssey (occasional times with pauses in the action while assets load), and Days Gone (full speed on bike). That is a relatively small list this close to the end of a generation. My PS4 is loud though.
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Thread The White House Has Gathered A Team of CEOs To Reopen The Economy - and it's a greatest hits the forums favorite people
Can't wait to find out from some of these CEOs that "this is the first they've heard of this."
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Thread Picross S4 announced for Nintendo Switch, coming April 23rd (485 puzzles, including 30x30 and 40x30 puzzles!)
That last point is too bad. The games magazine I get every month has at least a few picross puzzles of that size, it's the one thing holding me back from getting on board with the non-3d picrosses.
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Thread Millennials are the new lost generation (Atlantic article)
Articles that pooh-pooh labeled generations have been around for...well...generations. I've been reading them for that long. Every generation since X has been called a "Me" generation. But unlike X, other generations have higher populations and thus voting power. So look forward and outward, not downward reading articles. At least with the pandemic, people are finally acknowledging that going "back to normal" is no longer possible.
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Thread NA Switch eShop: Assassin's Creed III Remastered is 60% off, Rebel Collection is 40% off
Have had no audio issues with Rogue. Both games look and play great on Switch. Game mechanics wise, they are the best of the old-style AC gameplay, and Rogue even rings in a couple of things from the old AC multiplayer. Rogue introduced the Red-Dead-like dynamic events and missions that many games seemed to start getting after RDR was released. Both games also have a fleet minigame that gets you resources, money, and collectible prizes. Black Flag's map is almost as big as Odyssey's, lots of sea but not as much explorable landmass and locations as Odyssey. Freedom Cry is an emotional experience.
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Thread Former ARENANET, GUILD WARS 2 Technical Art Lead and 343 Industries developer "Jens Hauch" Has Passed Away at 46
I'm sorry for their loss. My age, too. Let those you care about, know you do. And only because people were asking: the government lump-sum death benefit in the US is $255. A funeral in the US, including services, casket, transportation, and burial can run you up to a good $25000 in some areas. Presumably the gofundme is a larger fund for multiple purposes for the family.
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Thread The perimeter of a rectangular building is 102 meters. The area is 518 square meters. What are the dimensions of the building?
My 5th grader has already been taught how to do estimates, so they have the students get somewhat close to the answers that way. Arithmetic can get them the rest of the way. While they have done some very basic use of variables, they would not be approaching the problem algebraically.
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Thread We need to have a talk on how we treat sexual assault victims on this site
This should be clarified. No moderator is allowed to perm on the spot just like that, even when it may seem blatantly obvious that a perm is the appropriate course of action. The offending post(s) must be reviewed by the available team and a quick turnaround on a perm must be approved by higher-ups in charge. Other than an easy-to-make mistake because of the forum's own interface, when it comes to quick perms specifically, I haven't seen it done other than through review and approval.To be fair to both you and other members, what you recently brought up in PoliEra was - which frankly no one here can actually give you any satisfaction on. Many here refuse to watch said media, and others post quite often that the media needs to be called out on both their coverage and lack of coverage of allegations, so they agree with you more than you realize. Even people who did respond to you at length knew they couldn't fully address your complaint. And that mod was talking about the media, not whether we ourselves as a community have to wait for the right time. At least people were willing to listen to you and hear you out about the media. And people are willing to continue to listen to you, but also just know that you are not the sole or premier arbiter of what "believe women" means on Era, nor are you the designated hall monitor on this issue. People are ignoring you because of your sustained hall-monitor campaign and surprise litmus tests, not because they don't want to listen to you or other people regarding sexual assault. I'm sorry that it feels like the world passes you by on this topic. And you should have the space and place to discuss these things without every thread being taken over by "what is your vote and what does it mean and answer me now before I disrespect you forever" interjections that are taking over even this thread. When a thread like this comes up, we as a community shouldn't feel the immediate need to pop up countervailing posts and threads about the implications of voting, IMO. We really should be listening and acknowledging this space and who needs it, and allowing for venting - even about something that is months away.
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Thread White House Says To Avoid Grocery Stores If You Can For The Next Few Weeks
Went to costco today, they have been limiting capacity for a few weeks now. Most people were wearing masks and gloves (including me). Most people were practicing proper social distancing in the aisles, except for the very elderly and young adults who would just go wherever they wanted, but you just had to look out to avoid them. They had toilet paper, finally. Checkout was controlled and spaced appropriately. Upon returning home, I scrubbed hands and forearms, and wiped down packages before storing them, repeating hand-washing as needed.
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Thread Daily Mirror [UK]: "Terrifying model shows what avid gamers could look like in just 20 years"
People thinking boomers never played video games. They are the ones who brought video games and computers into the home for the first time. It's just an article designed to get reactions, and on that score it has succeeded.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
That IHME model assumes full social distancing in the US, including air travel restrictions which no one is actually doing. So your peaks are going to happen later than the model suggests. In CT alone we expect three different peaks, one for each major population area, so this may happen in other states too. The model says it will be updated sometime today so we'll see how things are adjusted.
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Thread Governors of US States reaching out to other countries for help with COVID, trying to avoid being detected by Feds
Especially the governors who were just elected, why didn't they start this before they took office? States cannot do "infinite" numbers and types of things, otherwise they would be able to be nations unto themselves. But, states have been going it alone connecting with other countries going back to Trump's swearing off the climate accords, and connecting with each other going back to the first travel ban. This is one thing that some states have already learned to do. And in terms of natural disasters the feds are NOT the backup of the states, and Trump is wrong when he says this. The heavy amount of grousing at today's presser (and Pence's attempt to paper over their resource racket) is proof that they know they've been caught, and that the only thing they are truly interested is the economy getting back to benefitting them as soon as possible.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Yes, though economies are also centered on regions which may include multiple states. And the governor of CT today outlined three separate curves for the three major population centers of the state, each a couple of weeks apart.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Lamont of CT now describing resource needs in terms of multiple peaks inside the state, one per major population region. In fairfield county (where I am), peak is projected around April 25. For New Haven (40 minutes away by car), peak is projected around May 7. For Hartford (a little over an hour away), peak is projected around May 20.
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Thread Have You Ordered Food Since The Pandemic?
Basically been following a similar pattern with washing hands when handling takeout. But drive-thru, pickup, etc. have all been fine. Already had our favorite Chinese place close down temporarily (hopefully?), but we've made it a point to order from our favorite places. Unfortunately they all tell us the same thing: business is way way down. On one hand, it's good that people are staying home and staying in. On the other hand, these places need help.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
And if you are receiving (or able to pay) for insurance, right now the "choice" you are paying premiums to make is between a hospital with no resources for you, or nothing - which is also no resources. So much for "liking" your insurance. Not even a concierge doctor can be guaranteed to be at your bedside right now.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
As the counts get more accurate, daily counts are now including confirmed cases and deaths that may have happened prior to the day they are counted.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
Trump will try to make calls tomorrow and make "deals" as only he can, but based on today's presser they don't understand half the aml/kyc or other issues involved. Saying "well we will up the loan rate to 1% from 0.5%" isn't a band aid they can get away with.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
Cuomo said the New York apex may happen anywhere from 7 to 30 days from now, though he thinks it will be earlier rather than later. Looking at the models, he believes the apex will drop quickly from its high, followed by a much lower but sustained period of cases (presumably still with deaths) from June possibly extending into August. He didn't get specific with numbers for that time period, or go beyond August or mention anything about 2nd-wave type stuff.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
Public hearings coming from an investigation would have to practice social distancing, which means less questions in less time. And some witnesses may not want to come forward because a) their work on the virus isn't done, and b) they could be fired and replaced with low-to-no competency people.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Even the ones that are open are not getting much business. For as long as social distancing needs to be practiced, these places will need to be propped up by aid.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
Cuomo claims he'd rather have the medicaid money year-over-year than a larger sum that can't all be spent in a year. There's some variation among Democratic governors beyond heeding health officials. NJ and CT brought banks and insurance to bear to allow people to defer payments and premiums without impacting credit. Cuomo keeps deflecting questions concerning rents, because he knows the landlords provide the state revenue via their property. Still, none of them can enact the total payment freeze that some economists have been advocating.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
For those not watching, Trump is suggesting that there should be a return to corporations being able to make restaurant dining expenses tax-deductible, so that restaurants would open back up very quickly.
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Thread Perhaps it's time to resuscitate Motorstorm franchise on PS5
The look and feel of Motorstorm's crashes and wipeouts were great in the first game, but weren't as good in the sequels, for some reason. Would love to see these, and the mud of the first game, return.
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Thread Gen Xers, how are you doing?
We grew up having to spend some afternoons alone while parents worked - entertaining, feeding, making schedules, and getting things done ourselves. Stay-at-home is something we know how to do, and now our kids will, too. Now having to wait days for a book to be delivered, living with a threat of global doom (back then it was global thermonuclear war, then AIDS), having a public star persona as president - we've had those experiences already. What we haven't had, that almost no one alive has had, are all the deaths to come. Having to take care of and worry about both our younger and older family members, even before this time, is just heightened by the pandemic. We will continue to be there to provide care that spans generations.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Cuomo saying the McKinsey models have the apex for NY state at the end of April, just with less beds needed if there is better social distancing.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
The news media has had this other thing going on that is sucking the air out of the room. They are likely in the phase of trying to corroborate/investigate. Also no people are single mindedly focused on eliminating trump so unless there ends up being a deluge of more information that comes out people will ignore this because he is a white man. [/QUOTE] They've had Biden on a couple of times this week already, they had the opportunity to ask about it.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
In CT they have acknowledged having supply problems with reagents and other materials needed for testing, which slows test results availability down. Now Birx is claiming that states just don't know that the Abbott tests are available right now, so they need to learn that the tests are available. I expect this to be debunked by at least a few governors within the hour.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
Non-comprehensive medical coverage requiring 65+ year-olds to have supplemental insurance to cover costs, in a medical system they have to navigate themselves (assuming they have access to one), and can digest pages and pages of supporting documentation per month, is the only ethical position? For everyone else, a strained application process for coverage that varies in resources and funding state by state, with special carve-outs for children that can be halted by the President or Congress at any time, is the only ethical position? The medical debate this election cycle has utterly failed. In a time of pandemic, the medical systems may well follow.
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Thread Gamescom 2020 will take place "at least in a digital event" at the already announced dates
I'd imagine they don't want to be the ones kicking off a second wave of infections in the fall. Glad to see they are at least thinking about having the event, we're all going to need it.
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Thread NY Sport Radio stalwart, Mike "The Pope" Francesa, goes off on his buddy Trump's lack of action on COVID-19
One of the biggest reasons the Republican congresspeople have been sticking with Trump is that the electorate is no longer influenced by people like Francesa, Rep. Peter King, etc. who would call out these things when pushed into a corner. This turned out to be a "good" rant, and made just in time. Between the month/rent cycle turning over and the virus resource "peak" imminent in the NYC area starting the end of next week, things are about to get worse.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
One step towards flattening the curve is slowing the growth so that it us no longer exponential. We're still on the upswing in the US currently, even if growth is retreating from an exponential factor in a few areas. Cuomo can't help dunking on his brother during the presser: "...he's strong...not as strong as he thinks..."
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT5| Guidance recommends quarantining PoliERA
All of Sanders' accomplishments were achieved inside the system, and/or because the system agreed to accommodate him. Including his Senate tenure, his party platform changes in 2016, and independent-fundraising success. But he has no track record of success involving any kind of overturn, much less revolution - in rhetoric, staffing, or political contests.
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Thread Self-Isolation, New Consoles, and the Next Generation
If you're getting xbox/gamepass for access to games first and foremost, you'll be fine with an S. And even if you go with an X it can be traded in (but IMO we're gonna end up with more residences with secondary same-maker consoles next gen). I'll probably be on standard consoles until next gen, my 1080p plasma refuses to degrade or die. With few third-party exceptions, PS4 standard has been fine. Switch is Switch and I'm digging all the "impossible ports." S is more prone to occasional third-party sub-optimal situations, but first-party is good.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
No offense to Germany today, but the thought of Germany issuing papers to its citizens deciding who can work and not work under wartime footing, and thus whether they can go out, feels creepy to me just by the sound of it. Plus, people will just go out if they think they are allowed, certificate or no certificate. But yes, in general the antibody test is the key to determining whether larger populations can get back to participating in the economy. The only thing is that if you've done an exceptional job preventing yourself from getting sick, and you don't have antibodies, you can't really be certified until you risk getting sick or you're forced to get back out there with everyone else.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Getting on someone else's case during a time of heightened worry and anxiety isn't going to help either. Let's move on from this now, thank you.
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Thread Weekend Box Office - 3•27-3•29 - Outbreak continues to dominate the BO
I don't think I went to the theaters that weekend, but I had gone to see the Brady movie earlier on. It would be good if we could have an actual box office back before we do this again on the anniversary of Apollo the 13th, but right now I'm not so sure we will.
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Thread I just spent 6 hours in line just to get into the supermarket
Trader Joe's always has a line going into the parking lot now. Costco has you form a line but it moves quickly and once you're in you can do whatever. One thing people aren't buying much is fish, at costco the pack dates were 4 and 5 days old with hardly any new cuts. My in-laws give us a few blue eggs from the farmers' market every now and again.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Ventilators or hope-against-hope doses of medication don't know who they are assisting. Coronavirus already killed a local politician that was in well-known in my town, and someone I had met a year or so ago. It doesn't and shouldn't matter whether someone is big-name or not, we're all going to be affected by this before we are vaccinated. Maybe for the sake of our community we should minimize the conjecture on "who will die" for now.
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Thread Rhode Island police, National Guard begin stopping cars with NY plates and going door-to-door to enforce quarantine
The governor gave a rather odd and a bit disturbing interview on MSNBC the other day, not nearly the same kind of leadership response that other Democratic governors have been doing.
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Thread Why haven't essential retail chains that have remained open immediately adopted a "pick-up only" strategy?
Just went to best buy, they got it all worked out with the curbside, was even faster than the usual regular store pickup.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
That's the whole thing, it's not very responsible to do right now. Plus, people wouldn't do it. Was out at the post office before, the postal clerk this morning said: "Trump says it will be over by Easter, so it won't be long." Ugh.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
This seems to be pretty much everyone's initial reaction to the order, it's how it was here too. Playgrounds, golf courses, etc. had to be explicitly closed after the initial order began. Even today, there were teenagers running down a supermarket aisle close to each other, laughing like nothing was going on. Other people socializing like "how's your dog? nice day today" while everyone else who actually seems to be aware of what is going on, just wants to get done shopping as soon as possible.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Yes the protection walls at the supermarkets are up now. But I'm not even sure MLB will play this year. The thing about "flattening the curve" is that you're flattening the apex, too. If the apex in the NYC area is, say, 21 days from now - how sharp or round is the non-flattened version of the apex? Is it a day, a few days long, or might it stick around for a week? And does the back end of the curve mirror the escalation, or have a longer tail? A direct mirror of the escalation-to-apex in the NYC area, in this example, would be 21 + 14 = 35 days - which post-apex would put us close to Memorial Day. Then consider that throughout February and the beginning of March we were at risk but with no stay-at-home yet. So mirroring that on the de-escalation side, though with proper social distancing this time, adds at least a month - which would put us in late June. Can't say if it will work out to this time frame though. Now consider the stay-at-home flattening. What is this apex flattened to? A hump? A plateau? Will flattening squeeze the curve like a toothpaste tube, where the de-escalation gets pushed out to last longer than the escalation? Not sure.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
As we go along, what would of help to people using this thread is to ease up on coming in and asking things like "Any place I can check out info about the deaths?" Any news organization's web site can get you that info, and there will be time enough for milestones. If we can, let's try to keep this thread focused on who is involved in helping with the pandemic, who is being affected, and each other. Thank you.
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Thread I went to do some grocery shopping a few hours ago, and the experience was very eerie...
Today teenagers running down the aisles, folks talking like there's nothing special going on right now. Amazing. Still no TP anywhere. Price for eggs is going to go up, so it's selling out now. No rye bread, had to do with a loaf of regular wheat for tuna fish sandwiches, grilled cheese, toast, etc. Some parking lots are really empty. Others are just quiet. But we had to go out to get some things, last time was almost two weeks ago. Had to go to two supermarkets to cover our needs, will go out later today for bulk stuff, and then probably stay in for at least a week straight.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
This press conference today is really really incoherent, the most coherent of it all is him admitting he wanted governors to kiss the ring, and told Pence not to make contact with the governors of Washington and Michigan. The rest is not even bad information, but just nonsense. He's going to Norfolk tomorrow to wave goodbye to the hospital ship.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Yes, the DMV in CT is using it on one of their offices this weekend. But yeah,the next time people come back in the office someone could be carrying it.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
He's telling GM, a private (non-government) business, to invoke the power the president has to invoke the Defense Production Act. With this and the Tom Brady thing yesterday, we are in for some ride.
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Thread In an exclusive interview with The Hill, top CDC official Dr. Anne Schuchat warns that New York's coronavirus outbreak is just a preview
I'm there too, fairfield county had its own outbreak (a party of as many as 100 people). Himes' town hall today said Stamford Hospital badly needs n95 masks. We live in one of the states that is doing a relatively "good" job with stay-at-home and the hospital systems are strapped anyways.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
21 Deaths in CT, the one death in my town was a well-known public figure and I had met him before. And it's been only two weeks of schools closed stay-at-home here. It's still the early days and the hospital here is already low on masks. We have a long road ahead.
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Thread The first Pirates of the Caribbean film was the last great adventure/swashbuckling film
5 is pretty alright, actually. Better than 4. I still remember seeing the end of 2 in the theater, kinda cheesy but also kinda cool. The first movie is pretty well done though, for sure. I also recommend Lego Pirates of the Caribbean on PC or backwards-compatible console.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
On a town hall with Himes right now, a question was asked "When will the checks arrive?" He said the intention was to have the direct deposit payments in by the first or second week in April, but he relented and said no one actually knows when the payments and checks will be sent.
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Thread Telling people they shouldn't vote this year is irresponsible and shows your privilege.
There have been multiple accusations and stories told by women about Biden's invasion of space, and worse. One of the women recently tweeted that even after telling her story, she would have to vote for Biden if it came down to it. A vote is not an endorsement, and it should stop being treated as such. On the debate stage, only Bloomberg was taken to task over this type of behavior. The other candidates could have addressed this with Biden, but did not. And though the DNC gets blamed around here for things they aren't involved in, this is one thing that the DNC should be addressing as candidates run in the party - do the oppo research and vet the candidates. It's still a long way to November, and one of the women's experience has been recently newly disclosed. Leave people alone please. Because of the electoral college, every state has its own situation - and in some states the majority of votes will be assured already. Allow people deeply affected by this to process, feel, and make their own decision when election day comes. It would be irresponsible to do otherwise.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
CT has 7 more deaths since yesterday, and a slowdown in testing because of supply problems with reagents and other needed materials. Hospitals in the state are beginning to get stressed, the state health commissioner saying "there will never be enough ventilators" to satisfy every state's request. Doesn't know when the peak may hit, but said 6-8 weeks without social distancing, and possibly 10-12 weeks with social distancing. State lab can turn around test results in one day, so they are doing tests for acute care hospital patients only. University labs and private company labs and drive-thru tests for everyone else can take 4-7 days. The impact of not having a nationally-driven work effort to produce supplies and equipment is becoming clearer and clearer.
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Thread Senate, White House reach $2 trillion stimulus deal to blunt coronavirus fallout ($1200 checks & 4 months of expanded unemployment benefits)
The checks to individual people will be direct-deposited in three weeks, or mailed as late as four months later. People will be asking Schumer and Pelosi what it is they negotiated.
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Thread Trump administration ignored detailed playbook on pandemic response
Not nice, not nice at all. In the next couple of days the governors in the northeast will reach their limits in procuring supplies. A few hospitals in NYC are already full. The unemployment numbers tomorrow will blow people away. People stand on line for tests all day and don't get them. His artificial 15 day time limit will be in tatters.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Last Tuesday was 1000 years ago, old news no one cares about (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I had nothing to do with the thread reply banner. It was already there when I came on this morning. But I am not the only moderator who has been troubled by the use of "dementia" in political discussions. The discussion in here shifted to senility, which the thread banner seems to allow ("presence of mind"), so I weighed in on that from a personal standpoint and from a standpoint of someone's personal dignity - not from a standpoint of censoring people.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Last Tuesday was 1000 years ago, old news no one cares about (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It is not "medically accurate", and is too general a term to even be considered "accurate" when applied to an older person. If an older person wrinkles even slightly, or loses a bit of speed, they would be put under the loose banner of "senile". It is not a specific concern for Biden nor Sanders either. "Sanders had a heart attack, he needs to go"? Not for that reason, he doesn't. "Biden seems to have lost a step, and just look at him in this short video clip, he needs to go"? Not for that reason, he doesn't. IMO senility is an outmoded classification of aging and societal treatment of aging. There are realities of aging, yes, but those realities alone do not and should not diminish the dignity of someone as a person - and we should not allow people to be so casually robbed of that dignity. If you think someone is not dignified enough to be a presidential candidate, there are plenty of representational, policy, and political-record reasons to cite as to why. ANYONE
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
Or file jointly and don't have a joint bank account, or have a new bank account, or don't have a bank account, or or or etc. And it will still take a few weeks for those who have direct deposit. I said they were stupid to blurt out "checks" the first time they did so, because their timetable was impossible. Without enacting emergency powers to print checks now and freeze payment obligations for at least a month, this bill won't help.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
Governor Lamont of CT having his daily presser - number of new daily confirmed cases doubled from yesterday. Now, like Cuomo before, he is speaking in terms of protecting and providing for people for 4-6 months.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
I have an aunt suffering from actual dementia right now, and my uncle can't go see her at all because of the pandemic. I watched my father lose his mind while he was suffering from cancer. I've felt all these comments people make, too. I've mostly avoided the primary thread because I haven't been comfortable with much of its content, and I don't have the authority to handle the multitude of these types of comments in there or elsewhere. Younger people are always going to have something to say about older people based on time's arrow pointing towards old age, but these comments cross a line that I think some people are less concerned about, or not concerned at all.
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Now that Fauci IS standing there while Trump repeats all the same lies about the hospital ships, the auto companies making ventilators, and how this was nobody's fault and no one could see this coming, maybe Fauci will think about doing something differently after this.
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This "we're not reliant on any help from other countries" from Trump, and Birx taking credit from states and giving credit to Azar/HHS instead for the number of tests performed, just means they are digging further. Especially after Cuomo laid into HHS this morning over not getting equipment to the state. Fauci playing it cool politically by side-stepping Birx's assertion that DeSantis is handling things ok.
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Thread Weekend Box Office - 3•20-3•22 - I'm getting too old for this shit...
Jumpin jack flash was ahead of it's time. What a time: Contra game came out, a Star Trek series began starring Patrick Stewart, a James Bond movie with a British Bond, Macgyver and Magnum PI on TV... Of course, I'm talking about 2020.
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It already is a two-way street. New York provides the federal government with revenues and taxes, and financial institutions, among many other disciplines. Politically, the state also has voters that contribute to his popularity polls and popular-vote totals. He'd rather have individuals kiss the ring in public than try to win reelection.
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Amazing, so during a pandemic the Governor of the (potentially) epicenter of coronavirus is going to abandon the suppression and recovery effort to follow political ambitions and bust up the surely-social-distanced convention in order to snatch the nomination from Biden.
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Cuomo's presser is completely obliterating Trump's and Pence's view on this crisis, not to mention some in the Senate. Cuomo is talking about doing apollo 13 type stuff like splitting ventilators so that more than one patient can get breathing assistance. Someone last night said that the Trump pressers are an an outlet for him since he gets to talk to people in lieu of having rallies and pressers with foreign leaders. The media shouldn't give him this type of outlet anymore.
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Gov. Raimondo (RI) this morning saying she wants to balance health needs with not shutting down the economy. Also is upset that "everyone" crafting the Senate bill wants their own favorite thing to be put in the bill. What is she seeing that everyone else isn't?
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Depends on your state. No way NY NJ CT WA CA go back to work next week - they all have hotspot cases. Any state starting stay-at-home now,will have to go through their own two-week eval period as they construct drive-thru testing sites. There is no actual 15-day challenge outside of VP Pence's one sheet of paper.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
What Birx ended with was dangerous, not only is the virus across the country by now, New York isn't the only place that needs to social-distance.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
CT update, 415 positive, 10 deaths. Noticing that unlike the average four weeks in China, the time spent in ICU in CT hospitals has been two weeks. They will convert university dorms to patient beds if needed. 30-40% hospital resources have been freed up by canceling some elective procedures.
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Thread Half-Life: Alyx - Review Thread
What am I reading in here? Leave your humanity at the door while playing games during a pandemic? Don't write about being human while reviewing a game during a pandemic? Don't have emotions while holding/wearing gaming gear because it would be too funny to imagine, no matter how the reviewer is feeling or the state of the world? Disgusting, all of it.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Even with Medicare there's still cost and billing breakdowns, so whether they actually end up having to pay or not, more dollar figures will be exposed.
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Thread For those holed up, what have you been eating/cooking?
Last week was: - tacos - corned beef and cabbage (st. Patrick's day) - mac and cheese - chili - jambalaya - roast chicken This week will be: - stew - pasta and maybe meatballs - some dish with chicken thighs - pierogies Also did takeout a couple of times. Breakfast and lunch are basic stuff or leftovers.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
The mapping conventions all these orgs, and media, are using - with the ever-enlarging circles overlaid on maps - reminds me more of the global thermonuclear strike scenarios from media and movies of the early-to-mid-'80s. The size of the diameters of the circles themselves, representing the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in an area, have no geographic coverage correlation the underlying land mass: areas outside a circle also have coronavirus cases. We also now have sidebars on media broadcasts and videos showing the number of cases and deaths. The combination of the maps and live counts, on all the time, is sure to soothe people's nerves.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
Sorry, but no. We now have to cover everyone, and immediately, largely because we don't have a choice currently. Anniversaries of bank bailouts and healthcare in the time of pandemic are not being well-received. Plenty of people are home right now, some now without work, who will react to this tweet with "it didn't help me." The exchange offerings, after years, are meager and not great cost-wise. No one who needs coverage is in favor of throwing ACA away and leaving nothing, of course, but this message needed some better framing than "remember when."
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They tried that once before, they made it through two days before being hounded with "Where's Dr. Fauci?" Between that question and "Where are the supplies you promised?" from states, there's no escape for them, and no way for Pence to paper over things on a daily basis. Pence is finally in the position that Spicer, Sanders, Mulvaney, etc. have been and ultimately departed from - futile public spokesperson. How Pence is getting away with impressing anyone right now, especially after his own health performance in Indiana, is unclear to me.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
The 15-day thing has been a thing that Pence has shown as a piece of paper, for the past few daily briefings. Probably for Trump's benefit more than anyone else's, but it's been publicly shown anyways. I have a feeling based on nothing tangible that Trump complaining about the 15 days, the "cure", and what to do after, will only encourage states to make their stay-at-home regulations longer - and make this happen earlier rather than later.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
I posted this in the main coronavirus thread but I think I meant to post it here. Apologies for the duplication. The guidance for what is considered an "essential business" in CT for stay-at-home considerations was posted. It covers quite a bit, so there will be plenty of people still making their way to work each day:
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
Yeah. Since the NYSE is all electronic on Monday, what if the systems "crash" due to activity overload, or trading is halted due to steep drops, before then? Or other Senators "call out sick" due to self-quarantine in the almost 11 hours until then? Or Cuomo decides to give his daily briefing at 9 am? You'd think this would be a perfect late-night run if you wanted to get away with passing something, but no it will be done at the riskiest time. Talk about playing chicken.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
And the thing is, a lot of those people aren't even being tested yet. The increases in numbers right now are from access to tests in the already-confirmed hotspots.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
The guidance for what is considered an "essential business" in CT for stay-at-home considerations was posted. It covers quite a bit, so there will be plenty of people still making their way to work each day:
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Did Chinese takeout the other night. Been going to this place for over 20 years. Found out that that night they were closing starting the next day, temporarily because there are less overall customers and they have young children in their family they are concerned about. I hope they will be able to reopen eventually.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
A house-originated bill without unanimous consent would have to go through the whole cycle of debate and amendment, and would take days to get to a final floor vote. Schumer speaking instead of mcconnell looks bad on schumer right now? Where's McConnell?
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
We should probably keep the debates over generations to other threads. We all have people in these generations - young, old, etc. - that we care about and don't want them to be harmed by the virus. Let's focus on the pandemic in here.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
My town has linked to a site to help people manage some of their resources at home, and keep panic shopping to a minimum. And this is not a joke, that site is howmuchtoiletpaper.com
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Cuomo just said in his briefing a few minutes ago that NY is NOT giving up on testing, and that he also wants to bring in the antibody tests so that medical staff can know it's okay to come back to work.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Stop with the fear-mongering about going for a walk. Check your local municipality's guidance, but many places with stay-at-home ordinances are advising and allowing walks as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to. There are also plenty of people who still have to travel to work, and/or work outside their homes. Please remember to keep their concerns and well-being in mind. Thank you.
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Thread i wont be buying anymore video games for the foreseeable future
I hear you OP, it's a very uncertain time, not the "vacation" some are making it out to be. Having to make decisions about where and when to buy food, and not being able to work from home, or not work, are simply more important considerations.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
With all the Trump briefings, there's one person up there that is not like the others, and that is Fauci. He has been working on this stuff long before Trump became President. What he is doing now is trying to get the near 50% who approve of Trump to heed as many warnings as possible, which is a tall order and maybe a futile effort. But a replacement not only won't have the medical knowledge, but won't disseminate good information either. I get that people don't want to trust anyone in authority or who stands next to Trump for any reason, but once we get through this and get beyond Trump, we're still going to need to be able to sort out the competent from the not-so-competent, and realize who was working the pandemic for the sake of the country rather than out of loyalty to party or person.
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Thread Stop buying cheap tickets to Hawaii and flooding our beaches with 100x the normal amount of people
This is happening in a bunch of states, unfortunately. Interstate travel can't be prevented. What can be done is making it not worthwhile to make the trip. Usually after natural disasters strike it's tourism that can lift communities back up. Not this time, not right now.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
If you can demonstrate you had some proximity to someone who tested positive, you can get a test. The higher in status you are, the far easier it is to demonstrate. No, that's not fair. The outbreak centers, at least in the Northeast where I live, have gotten priority for testing as well. They haven't given up on having testing yet, but we'll have to see today's NYC update later to see where this stands.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
To best answer these questions, I would find Governor Cuomo's daily briefings online and watch them to get an idea of how testing has progressed. Testing in New York has now eclipsed both California and Washington states.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
The government suppressed a lot of information initially. Also in this thread, it's already been proven than the robots aren't coming for our jobs, and any actual advances in automation are also on pause during this crisis.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
This thread has been monitored the whole way. A lot of things would be nice to have right now. Report what you see as problematic and we'll take a look when we can. Other than that, keep the lanes clear so people can discuss the pandemic. Thank you.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
So the campaign really wanted the Democratic party to self-immolate via a civil war of "moderates", while avoiding the constituents they were counting on to make this happen? This is terrible on several levels, and a disservice to many of Sanders' supporters who were counting on him for systemic change.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
The Vice President is currently telling the country that we have done six days of a 15 day slowdown process, and that we have a week and a few days to go. All evidence is to the contrary.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
"What can people do who are going to be laid off?" "They can continue to receive their paycheck." Yep, that was the answer. Trump also said both the Senate and House will pass the same bill on Monday.
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Thread Bernie Sanders Coronavirus virtual roundtable is live right now
Dis-informative posts like these need to stop. My state has hospitals begging for medical supplies. The governors in the five-state coalition (NY NJ CT PA DE) are sitting in on all-governors calls with the President where Trump is visibly nodding off and not caring, on camera. While on the back end he is telling the nation they're ordering and shipping supplies, yet the governors are finding themselves outbid on supplies by the federal agencies and not receiving any of those supplies. Trump spent half of today's press briefing arguing with reporters (including his former press secretary and a former white house easter bunny), and the other half flat-out lying. None of this is coherent nor presidential, it is rather dangerous instead. The only people who are allowing Trump to do this right now are his cabinet. Biden nor Sanders are responsible for what Trump is doing. The best they can do is represent what an Earth 2 timeline would look like so people will elect them for the benefit of Earth 1. And/or try to help out Earth 1 right now, which it looks like Sanders is trying to do.
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Thread Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81
My brother invited him to his sixth birthday party. He "couldn't make it" but sent a letter and signed pic back. He was a big deal, once...TV movies, too. In later years his act was him in a purple blazer handing out $20's to the audience, and his hits were condensed to a medley. Too bad. But, will always have memories of the music.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
Supposedly this guidance on "essential" will be posted Sunday night, and will go into effect Monday night. It's going to be a lot more than people think - if you're on any part of the supply chain that goes to the state, you might be considered essential. My wife is in telecom, and even though a lot of her work is remote-conference and customer-facing work, she's considered essential so she has to go in.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
NYC to begin serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to kids at various school sites, no questions asked. In addition to day care for essential city workers.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
This is happening in some US states as well, people who are staying home are deciding to do it in their vacation homes in another town or state, potentially bringing the virus with them to the locals there.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
They tried this already, he was gone for two days and the media flipped out on Trump. Trump has been trying to keep the CDC out of these briefings in favor of ego-strokers.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
Then numbers of testings and cases and deaths are going up (because testing is now happening on a more appropriate scale), which is starting to freak people out. Trump is promising equipment to everyone, and even said at today's presser that $1000 checks aren't going to be enough. So the debate's been squashed, people are being forced home now, and the Republicans are being seen as getting ahead of the pandemic by dumping stocks. After the nation's weekend of stir-crazyness, virus updates, and financial woes, whatever's left to debate will start again on Monday I think.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
This press conference just went all Jerky Boys, with Trump calling a reporter "smart guy". He then trotted out a "what the hell do you have to lose" with Trump's approach. Now arguing with a reporter over a question, telling the reporter "I've been right a lot."
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
I am calling on every CEO in America to publicly commit now to not buying back their company's stock over the course of the next year. As workers face the physical and economic consequences of the coronavirus, our corporate leaders cannot cede responsibility for their employees.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
Yeah this is important, thanks! Schools without resources to cover district-wide distance learning, and/or those that have school years ending in early May, might elect to just end the school year.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
Starting sunday night - essentials remain open, businesses and offices that are not essential are ordered to have 100% occupancy reduction, which is basically closing them. You go out for essentials and walks, but no congregating outside or inside in groups of any size.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
Listening in to Himes' town hall, a doctor in the district is making masks out of paper towels and cellophane. Also, the Governor of CT may announce a business aid package on Monday. Himes says he hasn't seen an abandonment of House partisanship to this level in a long time, but had nothing new or notable to say on any phase 3 bill.
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This happened under Obama too, Democrats backing away after 2010, and especially 2014 using approval ratings from the ebola crisis as an excuse. These things need to begin to be seen as the emergency relief and assistance it is, and not merely a "benefit" from a liberal government. "I don't want to give $1000 to a millionaire" when the tax code changes are already doing this anyway, is such a non-point.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
The testing (at least for people telling their doctors they are sick, and getting referrals to be tested) has been set up more thoroughly. Based on the increasing number of confirmed yes-you-have-corona test results, the projections on hospital capacity are indicating the dire situation to come unless more hospital space and equipment is procured or built.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
Yep. And in recent years people have bought houses from the milford PA area to the border of NJ/NY, because the prices were lower, and they commute to NYC daily from there.
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Thread Grocery-ERA Support Thread
Target changed their hours to close at 9 pm so they can stock and wipe everything down. A few days into this, around noon things were calm at the local stores. One of the local pizza places is going ok (they have a few tables to sit that no one can use right now, but they're used to mostly takeout anyways). The supermarket has things today that they didn't yesterday, so that is helpful.
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Thread POLITICO: CA Governor Newsom: 'I don't think the schools are going to open again (before summer break/end of the academic year)
And if you are planning and able to go to college/university in the fall, you may be working to have a few of your classes count for academic credit at your next school. They may not be able to administer those qualification tests.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Only one death in CT, the first. More cases though, but relative to other states not as many. But you can tell testing is now available because more cases in more places. The governor said today to assume that for every confirmed case in the state, 100 people out there have it.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
In ct here, our district was on top of this and sent the kids home last week with lesson plans and materials and chromebooks (if they needed them). They get daily assignments and have to submit their work. The teachers are online during school hours sending messages and answering questions. We're set up this way through spring break in early-mid april. We'll see what happens after that, when we get there.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
According to the continuing tweets, basically it's a warning - "if you can't do this, we'll have to shut everything". I don't expect them to do it sufficiently either (or at all), the stories about people's jobs on here alone have indicated that. The numbers are going up anyway, we'll see what/when they decide to take the next step.
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Thread US Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B in checks to millions of Americans, first round coming April 6
Bringing this up out loud without a definite plan and timetable, and at least one house of congress voicing a majority commitment to supporting it, is going to prove to be a mistake. Most of this admin's "say anything to survive the current news cycle" approach is harming the coronavirus response. While not ideal, it's why states have been opening up their SBA functions to apply for emergency loans - it's because those facilities actually exist currently, and can at least record applications if not fund them all (whether they end up being actual loans to repay, or emergency assistance).
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Thread The Only Thing More Contagious than COVID-19 Is Stupidity: As Coronavirus Spreads, Fewer Americans See Pandemic As A Real Threat
My mom is watching her lunch group debate whether to go out to lunch. No one will serve them. It hasn't sunk in yet with some people.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
No House bills were going to the Senate floor, per McConnell's way of running the Senate. Maybe a few of the 275+ bills the House passed would have allowed for expansions to things like sick/family leave and pay sooner, had they been considered and passed by the Senate in the first place.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
Changes the definition of "win" by pardoning some people to keep them quiet, getting a pardon from Pence for federal, and settling with as many state cases as possible before fleeing to exile in another country. (at least it would indeed be crazy)
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The problem with this part of the article is a) no one has "long said" anything about this crisis (which is part of the problem in that this crisis was let go for too long to get to this point), and b) the house is a deliberative body and certain things will take the full deliberation cycle to get set, not everything can be done through unanimous consent fast-track. Pelosi said this very thing upon passage of the first bill, which McConnell scoffed at on the floor of the Senate. If Mnuchin can really direct the Treasury to cut even one-time payments to all American households inside of two weeks, why does he even need to meet with Senate Republicans specifically about it?
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
My kid's pediatrician is converting to a new schedule for the next few weeks (and presumably longer). Only two-week, one month, and two month exams will be conducted, in the first few office hours of the day. The rest of the day will be for sick patients, by appt. only. Only one person can accompany the child to the appts., and you have to check in by phone while staying in your car or outside. I'm not sure even urgent care would be able to offer exams for children during this time, we'll have to see. Kids having to go months or over a year without regular yearly physicals, vision, and dental appointments is potentially yet another side effect of having to focus on flattening the curve and keeping it flat over a period of months.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
"Flatten the curve" is easier to explain to people, which is why governors are doing that, even though the actual methods employed may be more on the suppression side.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| Disaster Voltron
He called it a hoax. He let HHS workers get in contact with it, then bring it into the country. He insisted on repatriation and screwed that up too. Then let it into the country from other travelers. Then an immediate measure was needed, after weeks of hedging and days of selfish market manipulation attempts and mockery from the Senate, which stalled the efforts. There is no outflanking. There is just a narrative that people are especially attracted to.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
In some states evictions and utility shutoffs are on hold. Nationwide, internet shutoffs are on hold. I remember getting a check from George W. Bush, because of almost no reason. They can do it easily if they want to. That $1000 won't be enough and the implications of making it larger include admitting this situation is going to last longer than they want to say right now.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Before last night's "Chinese virus" tweet from Trump, people were saying "someone must have gotten through to him". We've seen him act this way in so many situations, more than enough to know that this isn't the case, he just doesn't care. That conference yesterday was designed to give him non-negative press, and it worked.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
I dunno...he may also think the country and states won't have enough energy and resources to go after him once he leaves office. Those pardon tweets suggest an effort there may be coming, even if it means leaving this cleanup to pence while getting pardoned at the federal level.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
They are not the only people affected. The hospitalized are also of younger ages (one in my state is in his 40s and is in a medically induced coma), and all their family members are affected by their loved ones' medical condition.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Yes. The FCC already has decreed for internet that it can't be turned off, and some states have decreed utilities cannot be shut off for non-payment.
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Thread Major US shutdowns due to COVID-19: NYC, Illinois, California, Ohio, Massachusetts (will keep updated)
Stop and shop cut their hours to 7:30am to 8:30pm. But now they added back 6am to 7:30am ONLY for age 60+. Helps that population shop while adding back some of the hours the employees were losing. Not bad.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
They already ran away from having a briefing this morning, doesn't seem like they'll have much to add if they hold a briefing this afternoon. As it is, it seemed like a lot of yesterday's briefing was stalling and trying to make it seem like they are further along than they are.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
The House democrats already passed coronavirus bills before this one. Look up McConnell's reactions on the Senate floor to these. Not to mention the hundreds of other bills they have already passed.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Yes, and that truth is a) operating in the Senate as the minority party, and b) winning crucial states and constituencies order to win an election, to be able to address all the things he said tonight he agrees with her on. On point b, Sanders is currently "less true" than Biden. AOC is just frustrated, I don't blame her but she learns quickly and no doubt will continue her escalating rise.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Biden acting like he's losing something just because Sanders mentions a weakness of the current insurance system. Then says "I don't want to get into a back and forth..." But it's a debate! I expect Trump's crew to crib off this debate and parrot the points that both candidates are making.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
With these questions, is this a debate for Tapper or an extension of a Sunday show? (arguably one format might be better than another right now) Still, both candidates are way better than the VP's not-at-all-reassuring bs.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
"Normally" you can get away with a dissent-type vote like that when you know it will pass with an overwhelming majority, where it doesn't go far enough to address some particular thing. Congresspeople do it all the time, when they want people to know what is deficient about a bill. Why wasn't Amash's vote the one that immediately communicated to everyone via Twitter that a technical correction was needed? Yeah.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Yep. And one of the Apollo 13 astronauts was replaced with an alternate because they thought he MIGHT be getting sick (though he ultimately didn't).
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Thread Pelosi’s Coronavirus bill is fucking useless.
A) The CDC has the authority to do some of this on their own. Congress just squeezed them via questioning to make all tests free regardless of having insurance or not. B) Other coronavirus relief bills were passed this week and sent to the Senate, where McConnell publicly decried them on the Senate floor. C) No one is celebrating, and even Pelosi regards it as the least that could be done by congress in this time frame, and that they plan to do more after this. Most of the power of immediate action lies with the administration, the private sector, the Senate, and state governments.
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Thread Pelosi’s Coronavirus bill is fucking useless.
Except that the virus' progression path is clear and isn't giving anyone a choice of path except to follow it and end up with masses of cases and death, or take measures to encourage as many people as possible to social distance with financial support. This thread is way more politics-as-usual than anything Pelosi has been engaging in the past week or so. She even said there are things that need to be worked on that require the full debate cycle of the House, which would hold up any immediate measures like this. Not to mention the previous 275+ bills the Senate won't even take up. And the coronavirus relief bills that McConnell has already decried on the floor of the Senate. Making the perfect the enemy of the good, against a virus that doesn't give a shit either way, won't change the path the curve is tracing. The only ones that can take quicker action right now are corporations who can enact their own benefits, the Trump admin, the Senate, and state governors once they receive waivers from the Trump admin to do so. What are they all doing? In your state, do you even know?
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
I did it today along with grocery shopping. Everyone working and serving is wearing gloves. People also have to work and eat so stores, pizza and fast-food places are open. Not nearly as many customers as usual for a Saturday lunchtime. For the condiments, straw wrappers, and some containers, we wiped/sanitized both before and after opening, and right before eating. And again after shopping, and again after coming home.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
The next two weeks really is just to get testing in place, so that people who feel unwell can at least get tested. Then the next-phase stuff would kick in. As it is, people went tornado in the groceries and will be throwing out food they won't be eating. Don't want to induce more panic than there is at this point.My town's police stopped voluntary fingerprinting for things like weapon purchases, so they don't come into contact with people. Purchases would be put on hold. I guess this doesn't apply where that store is.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Pelosi was saying last night that even after this bill there's things that they have more legislation to create, some of which requires the full house floor debate cycle and would take too long to get something passed now. I don't know if those comments were related to this or not, but even after this bill becomes law they plan to do some more things. If the next two weeks of installing testing across the country is going to be "successful", states need funds right now for testing, unemployment insurance, and medical assistance (when the WH will waiver oversight, like they did for New York state). I understand in principle the desire to see holdouts amid brinkmanship, but the virus does not.
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Thread Yesterday Costco had a line around a quarter of a mile long
The local supermarket chain has announced an earlier closing time so they can do all the restocking at night. But Costco was fine today, not crowded and only out of toilet paper and mesquite wings and ground beef.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
(rhetorically, of course) If that's the case, then why are people in their 40's in the hospital? Why are 20 year olds also getting it?
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
My town's mayor enacted a 50% occupancy emergency measure yesterday, so basically no room in any restaurant, etc. can be more than 50% full. Look out for something similar in your area, and avoid places that continue to seat people right next to each other. Some restaurants here are converting to curbside/takeout for that reason.
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Thread ParentERA: what the hell are we going to do for next 2-6 weeks due to Corona Virus
My kid was given materials and lesson plans for the next two weeks for now. The teacher is online during normal school hours. The class can chat with each other and the teacher. Also, between Minecraft, SMM2, and Dreams there's enough creative outlets to stretch the brain. It's been warm in the Northeast so we can go outside here and there. It's a shame the recreational centers closed but they had to be super careful.
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
The CDC has the authority to waive the cost of testing wherever you get it, which is the point the Rep was hammering the CDC director on.
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
As of last night, no. A representative grilled the CDC, clowning them into waiving the cost of the test.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
He got at least 1200 more DJI points off this conference. It's ok to ask the private sector to assist, and it's good for people generally to know that walmart, target, etc. weren't shutting down. Still nothing about employment compensation though, unless I missed it. Fauci is proving to be pretty politically savvy though.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
He can't read this one either. He doesn't even need to read all this like a king's proclamation. HHS can just do this stuff. And what partnership with private sector? "No test if you don't feel like it"? Sign a bill already.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Where I vote they use a felt pen that they provide to fill a bubble next to your choice with black ink. You then walk your ballot to the machine which "eats it" (scans it in and keeps it in the machine). The "privacy booth" is just a carrel now (no curtain), so nothing really needs to be touched there. So it makes a little sense to be concerned about touching the pen. I wouldn't operate a polling place right now without enough hand sanitizer and wipes.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It's getting tiresome seeing people questioning what other people realize and don't realize about a candidate's political history. A vote for a candidate is not caping for them or their entire political history, nor does it mean someone is acting on "low information". Sometimes a vote simply means "I'm voting this way absent of better/other options, and to prevent worse options from winning." We've established the "why" on this in multiple threads and posts over the past few months.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Some lighthearted info - my kid's teacher already left the class a note online about upcoming assignments. I guess the class can leave each other posts (not unlike here), so one kid posts asking the class what they're all doing today, and the teacher replies reminding the kid to use proper grammar and sentence structure. Hilarious.
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Thread Nintendo of America employee tests positive for COVID-19, other employees who have been in contact self-quarantined, all employees allowed to wfh.
When I see the acronym, my mind wants to translate it to "What Fresh Hell is this". Also, it doesn't roll off the tongue as well as just saying "remote."
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Saw both Biden's and Sanders' coronavirus speeches. Biden's was more of an "if I was Pres..." and Sanders' was more of a policy speech, but both were very good and obviously way better than anything we've gotten on this to date.
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Thread Fortune.com: Will Remote Work Become the Norm?
We've gone back and forth from remote to back-in-office to remote again. It would be good for office-based people to have flex-days but some work will still need to be in-person collab. Distance learning, however, has been such a big thing the past decade or so that some educational outfits are well-equipped to handle a few weeks of remote education.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Everyone is just shocked by the events and their own regions getting hit. To be fair, it is the biggest story going right now. Also, states can be different in resources and approaches. Some will have a harder time than others getting connected to help with coronavirus. A lot will be exposed over time.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Thanks! Here's the update from Stamford - it now has its first case, the person is isolated in the hospital. Tomorrow kids can get the medications they need from the schools, and meals will be available midday each day. My kid was sent home with a folder of books/papers and a lesson plan for the next two weeks. Lessons will be available online each day, and they have work to submit (not that much, though). Kids who do not have a chromebook at home, were given one to use and access to the internet. In the town generally, hotlines have been set up for meal assistance since the senior centers had to close.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
We had a couple of urgent care centers close for that reason (a practicioner, not a patient). Not that they would take coronavirus patients, they would tell them to stay home or conduct drive-thru tests if they have them. But still, you lose those resources.
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Thread Something I find Heartening About the Pandemic
I'd actually say they haven't. Every measure that starts now is in the category of "too late to contain". What you are finding is that corporations can actually adapt pretty quickly under changing circumstances when pressured to - despite what you may hear from them, in the media, and online. The much bigger concern right now is, and has been, what national and local governments are and aren't doing.
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Thread World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says "internet is not working for women and girls"
The input into that medium comes from real life. Gamergate started from a real-life relationship. I'm also referring to my wife's real-life experiences with things being brought on-line, and how she has had to protect herself and her family's business from harassment. I'm sorry you don't find this helpful.
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Thread World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says "internet is not working for women and girls"
I'm not pushing down anyone, just merely sharing an experience. - that is the point. She is not a weapon, and for you to even characterize her as something other than a valid person is highly inappropriate.
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Thread World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says "internet is not working for women and girls"
Yes it is terrible. Because things were brought online and weaponized against her, and amplified to the point where instead of people speaking up, she lost friendships, relationships, and online-only connections because of the facebook activity. Not to mention fearing for her safety. A couple of rounds with law enforcement has demonstrated how little they help until something is actually perpetrated. So now she does only linkedin and one or two other professional sites so she can at least look for a job when she needs to. Further, her mother's business had to be scrubbed from the internet for a time (as much as possibly could be done) because her information was being used to deny her business, until they got a more secure web site. They need the online presence to interact properly with state regulators and reach markets to sustain business. The article cites Lee as saying "More data needs to be collected and published on women’s experiences online". Well, this is just one data point. As you were.
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Thread Has Coronavirus shutdown or shifted your school/workplace online?
Kid's school just announced closing indefinitely after today, after the surrounding districts closed because of an outbreak in the county. Another patient at a local hospital just tested positive, and was sent home.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
I just want to point out that my local pizza place has put out a more informative and comprehensive coronavirus advisory than the US federal government has.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Yes. In the summer, CT provides free meals to kids every weekday, from the schools. You don't even need to apply for anything. Which is great, and yeah they probably should do that system. But, in my town they have their own school buses and if those don't operate because schools are closed (and it's not summer where they'd be bussed to camps at the schools), they still need to get the meals to them, or them to the meals. They've been on top of this so far, they'll figure something out.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Indeed. Our district just announced a few minutes ago, they're trying to get a waiver from the state to be exempt from the 180 days, but for the moment I just want to know how the kids who need the meals are going to get them.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Keep in mind that the US is also different state-by-state, and there are 50 of them plus DC, PR, and other territories. Some states have taken up the coronavirus action plans on their own, in absence of federal leadership. You should check to see what your state and local community is and isn't currently doing about this. Many action plans, including school closings, are underway. I'm close to the New Rochelle outbreak, and we've had a small mass outbreak in my county which has prompted school closings because kids were in contact. Drive-thru test-kits have arrived and some doctors are beginning to use them. The test takes a few hours to process, but the turnaround is still 3-4 days because there aren't enough labs to test. Schools close all the time in the summer and on holiday breaks. They can close, and some parts of the curriculum can be conducted online. The disruption for people is in being fed by the schools, and work schedules. Get well soon Serebii.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Trump sounded terrible last night, and the other day Pence looked blotchy as hell. Whether they have it or not, they did not look or sound well. I missed the Biden speech, but the conventional norms on candidate speeches is "We're supposed to have only one president at a time." (which the Romney 2012 press-conference setup got criticized for, which was mentioned here). From the sound of everyone's posts, and based on Trump's address last night, Biden didn't violate that norm.
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Thread The biggest casualty of E3's cancellation? Giant Bomb's nightly shows
It really is a lockdown. "E3 is over...in the books...but we're still here!" Who would have thought this would be the case - on March 11th. I remember when Giant Bomb did the GDC streams too. At least games are coming.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
"Community transfer" is underway in my county. Some school districts closed for the rest of the month because kids and parents went to a party with coronavirus in attendance. Other events closed too, senior center, a couple of urgent care centers because a practitioner got it, so this is how it's going to be for the next few weeks at least.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
The second sentence of the tweet is not what the article says, they have not confirmed aerosol-transmission of the virus. The testing results are similar to what was found with SARS. But this is spreading more widely and rapidly.
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Thread Era members who live where the Corona outbreak is its worst, how have you adjusted your life around it?
Stamford CT here. I had always washed my hands (with soap, which seems to be a difficulty accomplishment for some) several times a day. Doing it even more times now. We had the St. Patrick's Day parade last Saturday, but the other parades in the state all seem to be cancelled now. Sports tournaments across the state have been cancelled. Even my kid's intramural soccer playoffs have been cancelled. Report card parent-teacher conferences will be done by phone instead of in person. The schools are preparing contingency plans to get meals to kids in the event schools have to close (CT provides free and reduced-price breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner to kids - and free lunch to all kids during the summer). One office building in town temporarily closed after one of the employees had confirmed contact with someone. People are working from home, and many other businesses are preparing to do the same. My wife's office building also had someone who was at an event with someone who got it, so that person is self-quarantining while the office gets extra cleaning. Supermarkets seem ok. I notice more people working retail, postal, etc. jobs are wearing disposable gloves to handle money, etc. But I just found out this morning that one of the practitioners at an urgent care center got it from the case New Rochelle, but thankfully was quarantined before they got it. But now they have to close a couple of urgent care centers temporarily. There are other urgent care centers available, but it just shows you how the impact can ripple through a community and beyond.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This is what I heard as well. I don't know if/when he plans to drop out, but having viewers see where Biden already is on some issues, isn't a bad thing. And getting him further there (and reminding the party how their own platform has shifted in 2016 and forward) isn't so bad either.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Your posts alone do a much better job of highlighting what needs to be immediately addressed than the candidates did ("people shouldn't have to beg to save their lives", "why does deciding how we pay for things seem so arbitrary"). That's a problem, and it is squarely on all the candidates who have ran. Every single debate has muddied the message on healthcare. Only one person was clear on how rich people can pay for it, and it wasn't Sanders. And really, only one person was clear on how you can get something right away - and that was Biden, of all candidates ("you're automatically enrolled"). All this has not been fair to those who need it, or to those who want it.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If you're set for 50 posts per page, you'll note that we're on page 538. That is all.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Same, we're getting bits and pieces of what happened here and I don't know what events/info we might be missing, vs. what assumptions Biden seems to be making.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Related to this, crossposting from poliera: Saw that video of Symone Sanders getting knocked down from the protesting crowd, then getting right back up and telling them "we will hear you."
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Well, now you all did. The woman narrating the video doesn't say this. It's an editing mistake, nothing more. Move along.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That episode actually went one better. It presented a skit of Fox News without mockery or irony, straight up as they would have run it themselves. It highlighted the danger of misinformation, particularly about the coronavirus. This skit is what Warren appeared on. I thought both the skit and her appearance were very effective and just what people needed on the eve of the outbreak news getting really bad. How Warren knocking out the billionaires in the race, holding off on PAC money until the last desperate moment, running as a woman, and several other things doesn't forward progressive causes is...she's still in the Senate, unless people want her to not appear there either? When people focus on gatekeeping "progressive", they run the risk of not letting anyone in at all.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
There's a segment of the "return to normal" crowd who wants a candidate in November to swoop in and put the top of the White House back on, then give everyone a kiss so they forget about the past four years. No matter who the nominee is, January and February next year are going to be full of people complaining they never got a kiss.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
He should have had a better answer ready to the question (which the question was part of the problem, as you mention). But hIs whole answer addressed the pandemic - that people will still have questions and need resources, and that its concerns need to be addressed whether you have m4a or not.
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Thread WaPo: Roughly 25% of all U.S. workers lack paid sick time, are more likely to work while ill, data show, exposing colleagues and customers to COVID-19
There are bills to address this waiting to be brought to the Senate floor, even to this day.
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Thread RTTP Bioshock Collection
I thought 2 in some ways was an improvement over 1, had an interesting theme on the effects a parent can have on a child. I also thought that what Burial At Sea Part II did was interesting, both gameplay and story. The whole series deserved the gameplay of Burial At Sea Part II
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No one needs to do this. We've had posts and threads after South Carolina explaining why people vote a certain way. If you don't understand why people aren't voting for the candidate you prefer, you should give those a view.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
We've had threads on Era concerning the myth of the "low information" voter, and the voter that "makes up their mind at the last moment." It's already been explained to you who is hurt by these comments, and in what ways. Yet we're still seeing these comments being made. And now people are adding "bad faith" to the mix. Especially with upcoming votes where many people will be voting their SECOND or THIRD choice, not their first. Some may not feel they even have a choice by the time they get to vote. This is neither low-information nor last-minute consideration. This entire notion doesn't hold up and it should have stopped a while ago.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Find my post earlier in the thread. With all the plan changes I experienced, every movement was an opportunity to raise. Especially after being laid off. They were raised, I paid them. I have yet another new provider and plan in 2020. Please don't tell me what I did and didn't pay, thank you.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Biden made this exact point in the interview. Don't know if the clips got around from this part.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Disclaimer: this is just me talking, not as staff. I haven't been thrilled with how the community nor staff have treated this topic, and before we completely lose the ability to speak about anything at all (like that Biden "quote", I saw the interview and it's not what he said), I want to address a few posts made a short time ago regarding healthcare: Under the ACA I have been made to change plans several times, including having to pay full price for coverage for one period of time, and losing my doctor to concierge service (meaning paying extra for more "private services" which I didn't want to do even if I could). I have a kid to look out for. You want to stick with the ACA or "go back" to it? Me neither. I don't know if I'm ever sharing a doctor's office with a "poor person". My medical is with the city's health system, so I assume I am, and that my doctor is as well, she has many types of patients. As do Urgent Care centers open to the public, which we utilize since they are closer and more direct than emergency rooms for acute ailments when we can't see a doctor. Some days, all I want to hear about getting a majority in the Senate. Why? Because that's how anything is going to get passed. That's how you will get your medical coverage, your insulin supply. How you and I will not have to worry about an out of pocket maximum, so it won't lord over us forever, or at all. And not because I think YOU don't know that the Senate is needed. But because the sooner this is done, the sooner more people get actual relief. But yes, step 1 of this entire thing is really the most immediate, important thing - . The most "effective way" possible, which means the way that as many people as possible will either stay home to not vote for Trump, or to show up to vote for the Democrat on Election Day. I don't know for sure what that is yet, but it's possible it may be "elect Biden". There were a range of candidates and campaigns to choose from, and people polled and chose - but I have to move forward under these constraints now. So if there is more talk about Biden or Sanders rather than other candidates, well that's what people in the early polling and early states set us up for. Many of the campaigns the candidates ran, did not seek out enough people to reach, which was also a problem despite the strength of their political platforms. This includes the front-runners, progressive or not. Step 2, which has to happen the same time as Step 1, is the Senate majority. Bullock was encouraged to run in Montana, another seat that was needed. A bit of a minor miracle, this about-face. Step 3 is pressuring Congress post- election to follow through and get the bills to the president's desk. It doesn't stop on election day, it only begins. I have experience with Medicare, and the candidates have not done a good job explaining to the public what is missing from Medicare and what needs to be covered, so this will be a crucial time to make sure elected representatives are focused on helping people in the immediate term and getting things set up for progress. Since the company providing our healthcare coverage at the time ACA was passed, was prepared two years in advance for the ACA start deadline, I know firsthand that changes and adaptations can be made quickly. Step 4, running parallel to everything else, is everything that can be done at your state level. I know people who had to move from Pennsylvania to New York for job relocation and lost - LOST - a great deal of special-needs medical services for their children. It's not a rosy situation in seemingly the most "blue" states, either. Pressure at the state level is a key part of getting more coverage. There is nothing incremental for me to accept or settle for about this, the steps and actions to be taken by the people are all the same no matter which Democrat is the nominee. No elected official or candidate has "got this" or "can be trusted" to do the right thing IMO without the firm consistent pressure from their constituents. Pressure and activism worked in many cases and in many states in 2018, it can work again. People would have paid family leave for the coronavirus now, if the Senate and President had different party/majority. Suggesting I'm speaking in bad faith or I'm a dick for supporting/not supporting a candidate or making up shit about me, I think it takes the focus off of just how much has to be done. All the above is much more important anyway if I want medical coverage to be there for everyone. And I do.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Biden mentioned cost, yes, but he mentioned raising taxes on the middle class as the method of paying for it. He said he would veto THAT. That would be an improvement over the ACA in terms of net costs, at a minimum. Under ACA I didn't mind paying more so that others could get healthcare coverage, but to pay more and for all of us to end up with less or none is where things ultimately landed. The ACA didn't even protect itself from that.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This strikes me as a polite way of telling them all "no".
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Thread NY Gov declares state of emergency as number of confirmed coronavirus cases in NY rose to 76
It's currently believed to be all from the one lawyer. A few NY residents work in CT hospitals and now people are self-quarantining. But there's another reported contact in CT and indeed.com's office has temporarily closed. My wife's office building had a reported contact, person is self-quarantining and people are preparing to work from home if that call is made.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Biden doesn't have dementia, and I don't know why anyone would want to do anything to feed into the notion that "ya know, maybe they have a point" about Biden having dementia. Trump "took the test" to satisfy his own ego, nothing more.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
A bias in what is considered "negative sentiment" could skew those results one way (or another). What is considered not harmful to some, can be harmful to others. Analyzed data in no way diminishes the arguments candidates make about actual people hurt, not does it get other candidates off the hook for not talking about it.
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Thread Dear White People, Please don't do this...... Ever..... No, Seriously
Cuomo also gets the quote wrong, which was a twist I probably should have seen coming. Looking at twitter, did she really make four or five "apology" tweet attempts overnight? The OP has a tweet that capped one of them.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
The one 50 year old who's essentially "responsible" for all the contacts/quaranties in my area got sick, but then got really sick and had to be hospitalized - after he got his whole family sick. He's starting to get better now. But hospitalization can happen, so it's serious enough to be alert with your hygiene and travel behavior.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
I was going to let it go, but adamsappel you're wrong. There were places in the zone where Jews were not allowed to live. And no, that was not the origin of the phrase. Like I said, an attachment had developed over time.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Hilary Rosen is a "Democratic Strategist", she's been around forever. This isn't stopping "Biden surrogate" from appearing on reddit or youtube videos.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
The "pale" in this phrase refers to the Ashdown Forest in the UK. "beyond the pale" is considered to mean "beyond the boundary". There is the Pale of Settlement which refers to the Russian settlement where Jews were forbidden to inhabit before, during, and even after the 19th century. This phrase has gotten mixed in with the expression a bit over time.
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Thread MSNBC agrees with math-challenged tweet claiming Bloomberg could have given every American $1m instead of spending $500m on campaign
It seemed like Brian Williams noticed but the segment was already in motion, so they just rolled with the major point anyway. I wouldn't mind, if Trump watched it and thought that Bloomberg could actually do that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Sanders should talk about it. He talks about the media often enough. And you know what? Jason Johnson and Chris Matthews are no longer on NBC news. Maybe he could have a similar effect on poor discourse and harassment in social media if he talked about social media.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Warren going in on online Sanders supporters exposing personal addresses and info of women, with threats, including women in the working families party. Says candidates are responsible for people who claim to be supporters but do this, and is a particular sanders problem. I can predict people now just skipping to the "fuck off" when referring to Warren.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
This is not the way votes or voting works. A vote for Biden and all those things you mentioned are NOT mutually exclusive things. Nor are people who cast a vote for Biden wanting the status quo back, or no improvements to healthcare, or no justice, or...even the woman who was in the Washington Post article tweeted she would vote Biden if he were to be the eventual nominee. We have everything from threads on Era to tweets out there, like the one from this woman, where people respond to them giving them flack for voting - when they all want to vote out Trump. Is there only one acceptable progressive voice, ever?
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
No, the woman did. People should read the article again and her twitter thread to see what she plans to do and what she really wants going forward.
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Thread The Console Screenshot Thread | 2020 Vision
Great car interior shots! I should look at the interiors more in the games I have. As someone who grew up with 8-track players in the dash, I always appreciate seeing all the little LEDs, cassette players, buttons, and console levers. My dad's 1974 Ford Maverick had air conditioning (which was kind of a big deal then) that was all lever-controlled on the left side of the steering wheel.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Sanders already made them do this four years ago. Biden has moved left even beyond Clinton, but yes people want and deserve more.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Risking a Republican governor to choose a Senator to replace Warren? Yeah no, you want the senate for Democrats? She'll have to remain there for now. Now that Warren's out of the race and it's down to these two, I can say I think she would have made the best chief executive with a smart wonk-like cabinet. Not infallible of course, but diverse and with many more women. It's still possible for Biden to get closer to this. I can see a lot of WH veterans trying to get back in of course, but with Biden's sentimentality on full display I can see him going for new younger people like Buttigieg and O'Rourke too. Sanders' cabinet possiblities are still a complete mystery to me. All Biden has talked about since Tuesday is winning the house and Senate. Because the Biden campaign has been so barebones, it will be easier to incorporate freed-up resources from campaigns that recently dropped out. If Biden somehow ends up recruiting a progressive Megazord to stand beside Voltron, with Warren helping choose the components, that may satisfy enough people who are also ready to take it to Trump. Through all this it's clear that AOC is learning, and quickly.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I can't help but say that this was told to me by my uncle at nintendo! About the actual tweet, we'll see what happens I suppose.
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Thread 'The Last of Us' Series in the Works at HBO From Neil Druckmann and 'Chernobyl' Creator Craig Mazin
Jackman is going to be on Broadway in the fall, don't think it will be him unless the show takes a year or more to develop first. Would be good of them to get the whole game cast (I and II) into the series somewhere somehow. Hoping for HBO and not HBO MAX exclusive.
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Thread Eating at the Costco Food Court Will Now Requires A Membership
IIRC correctly all the margins are in membership fees. Their model prices and times shipments and sales so there's no wasted inventory, but they barely make any profit on that. The board frequently complains about having to make the five dollar rotisserie chickens, but the guy insists they must keep making them because it increases membership visits.
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Thread Eating at the Costco Food Court Will Now Requires A Membership
This is what they say about it. I've been going to Costco for almost 20 years, never used the food court once. It honestly doesn't look all that appealing to me. Where I live there's no shortage of great pizza or hot dogs, if I'm in the mood for those, and I've just never had the urge to try any of it out before/after doing some shopping.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
His version of Obama's staying out of the primary is different than Biden's. Biden says he didn't want Obama to be involved. Sanders says Obama was the one who said he didn't want to be involved. Ugh, which is it?
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Sanders: "Clyburn's politics are not my politics." No elaboration on that. Can't just leave that one out there with nothing else.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
He did say he would during this interview, but pitting the opponent as corporate before then, as he's doing now, didn't work in 2016 either.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
After today's Sanders presser, there's no way anyone will see sanders = warren or warren = sanders. Warren supporters already know they're not getting Warren in Sanders. But that presser - being purposely, stubbornly unappealing and insulting to those who voted yesterday is inexcusable and maybe unrecoverable. I was stunned and disheartened watching it. He'll be on Maddow later with what I assume will be a do-over of today. I said last night that it wasn't over, at all. But with that attitude on display today, I just don't know now.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Bullock: good. He finally discovered the excitement that is legislation! Someone mentioned about Biden's gaffes being endearing: Obama helped soften up Biden's image a bunch. Years before that, Biden's national campaigns and prospects were gaffe-generating duds.
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Thread Bernie implies Obama endorsement in new ad
The electorate at large doesn't see Obama as the establishment. The Bloomberg "Obama-endorsement" ads worked for him in multiple states, contrary to many other eyes and ears who witnessed those ads. From a political strategy standpoint, the other candidates should have done this before Bloomberg. IMO "Obama" is something that is currently the most likely thing that can drown out any Burisma or Hunter or they-took-it-from-Bernie or socialism-bad talk from Trump. The Democratic candidates' talk of revolution, or "I can take him on stage", or "I'm in this fight" from the roster of candidates doesn't really do this. Trump should in principle be the easiest target to take out, especially now that he has a record including impeachment in the first term. But no other political strategists anywhere have offered up anything better to knock out Trump. With the voters of South Carolina deciding that Obama's legacy is represented by Biden, and Sanders' gains of latinx support, political strategists that are used to moderate-style power plays have been flummoxed. Look, both Sanders and Biden can run rings around Trump in a debate, but the thing they need the most is for as many people as possible to show up on election day and vote for them. Debates just don't accomplish this. So if invoking Obama will be the thing that puts the Democratic ticket over Trump and the best chance for the Senate, then that's a goal to aim for. I wish that talking about policies and platforms were enough to win the election, but in absence of an all-inclusive coalition pointing the country forward (no candidate truly has this right now), the electorate seems to just want Trump out for the moment. The indications from the primaries and caucuses are that they'll at least show up for that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
I just learned something new: Bloomberg didn't waste his money on his campaign, he simply spent it "against Trump". That's enough news for today *closes browser window*
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The poll closings, designed to affect the general election outcome in TX, affected every candidate running in the primary.
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Thread We need to have a serious talk about the way the black electorate is discussed on here.
"Low information" is also being used by media to label people who make up their minds very shortly before voting. The "reasoning" is: "how could you wait until the last minute to think about this and vote when there has been so much information out there on the candidates for months!" Obviously this is not correct, plenty of people have been paying attention and thinking the entire time, some just not deciding until it was "go" time. Since polling has shown Super Tuesday to be full of voters making up their minds shortly before or at the ballot box, people got labeled with this on top of everything else.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Biden looks like he's building a coalition. Looks like. If he really is, it would be in people's best interest to make connections now and actually BE a coalition, instead of assuming they can do so once a majority of delegates is amassed. Sometimes it seems to me like this is also Sanders' approach when it comes to some groups - wait for the masses to rise, then reach out. Neither seems to be examining congress from the past two years and seeing who their representatives are and what they have been up to. Failing to do this means your vision of a coalition in 2020 is flawed and incomplete. Sanders enjoys the support of a few congresspeople but does not communicate their accomplishments in the house to his supporters, and sometimes makes it seem like no one is working towards his agenda. Biden can't just "Obama" his way to a coalition, either. Congress is different now than when he last served.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
A few takes of a (bizarre) voting day (where people in ca and tx are still voting, ugh): - Biden is clearly being buoyed by voter aspirations well beyond Biden himself (who has historically been unsuccessful national-election-wise). I think these aspirations are "obama connection" and "beat trump". He can lose all of this on his own, and might still do so. - What Sanders is running for, is for the most part the inevitable future of the country. It's already beginning to happen: minimum wage gains, the stack of house-passed legislation, and polling results on healthcare are evidence of this. As is his campaign of only individual contributions. - For all the talk of who's cutting into whose support, turns out it is Bloomberg preventing Biden from taking a commanding lead and this is the factor that is keeping Sanders competitive. Warren's small collection of delegates doesn't even begin to cover the spread. All of this runs counter to Sanders' unwavering rhetoric of "establishment" and "millionaires and billionaires" - all of it. The establishment left Biden for dead up to and including South Carolina. A bunch of the changes in primary and caucus voting were things Sanders wanted, and they've turned out not to be to his advantage. Unlike with Clinton, the electorate doesn't view the Obama era as "establishment". Biden is beginning to get Obama-admin surrogates while Sanders' surrogates disappoint. So what is Sanders going to do? After tonight, it's not over, at all. Biden could wreck his own campaign still, which any "establishment" influence can't prevent. Sanders has the latinx majority to date, which gives his campaign some voter potency Biden currently doesn't have and doesn't know how to message to. Sanders needs to put this rhetoric on pause and add something to his campaign pretty quickly.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
This is so so off topic, and I don't know where they get their ice cream from, but I have yet to find a chocolate peanut butter swirl as good as the one served at the Brewster Scoop.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
To meet any other woman in person who may want to run as (or vote for) a woman president in the future, that's a very good reason to stay in for as long as you can.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
It was a joke based on the ads being served up. A bunch of times I'd see a page of poliera where someone mentioned Tulsi, and then sure enough a tulsi ad would load in.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This texas vote so far is early vote numbers, not today's vote.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Taking this train all the way to Milwaukee, baby!!! (I don't know, we'll find out I guess) As for the putting-the-old-sweater-back-on analogy, earlier today I was telling someone I used to work with that I don't think it's possible to do that. It's just been made too plain to too many people that the old sweater no longer fits, is itchy, and is kinda ugly. Too many people have seen that government is useful and necessary and not something to be crumpled up and tossed away. All the state-level conservative taxation and funding experiments have been exposed as failures. The robots aren't coming to take our jobs. With all the support from Biden beginning to come from Obama-era officials, it won't be possible to go "back to Obama" either. So in early 2021 there will be some people who will be agitated about this, like Chris Matthews got about Bernie, but it will pass and a new congress (with Senate) will get to work and the President will sign that backlog of legislation, and then some.
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
Yeah I've done this in other things. If the planet was completely round it would work, but I'm experimenting with a bean-shaped or pill-capsule-shaped type mass,. Following a tag has the ball roll towards the tag in the central point as you'd expect, when I just want it to stay in place on the surface of the mass no matter it's location on the surface. Maybe a series of tags in the lateral core of the mass would get it closer. Then it would be on to figuring out how to keep a puppet's orientation to the mass while preserving the puppet's own physics and movement characteristics. I haven't even gotten hands-on into any puppet stuff yet beyond the tutorials.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Yeah possibly. Also, it's great to stand and greet people who come see you until the very last person has been greeted, but what about the people who couldn't or didn't come see you? Gotta seek them out too.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Coronavirus now confirmed in my local area. Part of the testing availability problem is that the test kits themselves were defective. We should be trying to get more from the WHO and others.
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Thread I hate "oof" so much
I remember that one day, see, when I lost control of my hoop, see, and it rolled plumb into the fruit stand right outside Mr. Woolworth's general store. All the oranges fell over and rolled into the street. The passing stagecoach driver saw all this and let out a big old "Oof!", staring at me as if I was Peck's bad boy. Now Mr. Woolworth, see, he was none too pleased with that happened. He grabbed the stick right out of my hand and chased me halfway home.
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
I've been watching a bunch of the MM jam videos of months past, so many examples of how one person can do create so much within an hour's time. I tried creating a super mario galaxy type thing, just a mass in "space" that can be walked all over. Since I didn't have enough time to drill into a puppet, I just tried basically with a controlled ball. With global disabling of gravity and an array of cloned force push gadgets I got close to total stickiness, but it was still wonky in control and movement. One of the things I'm trying to keep in mind in dreams is all the potential tools and solutions. I might be able to do this using an invisible elastic that doesn't collide with anything, but is attached to an inner core that can slide around. It's fun thinking about potential solutions.
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Thread Variety: Harrison Ford’s ‘Call of the Wild’ to Lose $50 Million at the box office
Is that dog in the GIF the one they actually translated to in the movie, or did someone just make that for fun? Because people are using the (human) puppet in Dreams on the PS4 and turning it into animals, sometimes with "interesting" results. That's what the guy performing the dog reminded me of a little.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
This worked last time. Obviously he didn't win the nomination, but he was able to put a LOT of pressure on the party and the nominee. The concern I have is what if the voters decide in the next couple of months that "running on Obama" is the best way to counter Trump's Burisma and fake news stuff, and counter Trump himself to a decisive Democratic victory? Some voters already see Biden as that acceptable Obama legacy holder. But Bloomberg just went and took some Obama endorsement for himself, even before Biden really did, and it worked for Bloomberg. It's possible this is how voters will want this to go down leading up to November. Sanders' campaign should have evaluated this possibility and been better prepared than tonight's "LOL" and "...the establishment..." remarks. Does the kind of pressure that was so effective in 2016 just go away just because Biden is getting some momentary popularity? How does complaining about the establishment help any of the people who need financial and medical help now? His rally speech tonight was focused more on Trump than on the people who need help. Same with Warren's campaign. We'll see what Warren says when her rally comes up a little later tonight.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Chris Matthews announced his last Hardball tonight. Edit: Beaten badly, so I'll just mention Michael Moore a short time ago expressed displeasure at Pete and Klob leaving before Tuesday. They were supposed to leave the race after Tuesday, according to him. He says that people are flocking to Biden's campaign and endorsing him just to go against Sanders.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Just because someone makes a comment that doesn't seem to favor Sanders, doesn't mean they don't agree with what you agree with. If you've kept up with my posts on here, you would know how disappointed I am that the 21st century so far still has too much in common with the 20th century. I was one of the first people in this thread to say Sanders should run this cycle. And you're right, it's not a game. But if it's true that Warren hasn't really assembled a wide-spectrum base that needs change, then who are those voters and why would another campaign think they would want to support them? Still, the coalesced-enough coalition majority needed to win might, and I stress MIGHT be there for Biden. It also MIGHT be there for Sanders. One riding on "I was with Obama" while the other calls everyone else "the establishment" isn't going to get it for either of them. Both campaigns need to know who these voters are. If both of them wait for a coalition to appear instead of working towards one, then it will be the two of them that could bring about a contested convention. But certainly not a woman who has a relative pittance of delegates - thanks to her listening to her sub-optimal campaign operation a few too many times, while sticking up for women during presidential primary debates against a billionaire for as long as she could.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
The people in South Carolina had a range of candidates to choose from. They chose. As do the Super Tuesday states (though smaller range, they will choose as well). This wasn't the same as 2016 at all, even for Sanders as he performed even better, earlier. And some of the phrasing here is beginning to suggest that women are conspiring to keep a particular man out of the election. We're not there yet where we can casually tell women they're not viable and should drop out now, they get that plenty from other areas of life as it is.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Local news just said NY state has its first coronavirus victim, in their thirties. Bloomberg's address is on now, blindng me because it's very brightly lit for some reason. People dropping out who were alternative picks to Biden for some people, won't hurt Biden. Without Senate majority control, little to nothing will likely get passed, so...a progressive agenda is going to have to be won state by state anyway, not through one single person. There are many important "who can win best in what state/district" conversations still to be had after Tuesday. I hope the candidates have been keeping this in mind.
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Thread Jim Sterling Dreams Jimpressions- Pretty Big Planet
Heh, the Media Molecule example he cites as a "short game" and not a more substantial experience, was made during a train jam. There are plenty of good things to play on the platform. Every week MM curates a collection of a dozen or so games that could take up at least a few hours a week of playtime, if you don't want to be exposed to any and every game level out there. I have concerns about the social media aspect of dreams as time goes forward. But there are already platforms where you can remix dreams creations for monetary gain, while disparaging individual creators (who are not triple-ayyy or greedy capitalists or whatever category of rhetoric is the usual for him), for the entire world to see. It happened in this video, of which I could also say I'm bored with his platform and won't be going back.
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
I still haven't touched art's dream or any of the mm-made games yet, so much to do in creation (no, this isn't a LBP but just in 3D, not at all). One of the things yet to be seen about Dreams as a platform is whether it takes on patterns seen in other social media platforms. Will people end up clinging to imitations of games a la fake news, or become a place where offensive views and content will quietly thrive until it becomes just a bit too big to handle properly when the next generation arrives? Will people be outright bullied through the comments section or through dream creations themselves? How can they handle such things without removing swaths of content or handing out whole-PSN bans?
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
They would also want to know realistically which campaign to apply to, which super tuesday may help with. But, I guess there will be no STeyer-mentum after all.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
He's likely to bring up his coalition of mayors across the country. If he gives actual, good information on the virus and people won't accept it past the political stunt that it probably is (I remember Romney's "presidential press conference" his campaign had him do that one time), it could potentially lead some people into harm's way.
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Thread Dreams Is Already Fostering the Next Generation of Game Developers
The thing is, it's not like "any tool". It's made a bunch of disciplines accessible to many more people, all at once: painting, sculpting, animation, sound design, logic design and operation, and gameplay design. And because there are less rules than an interlocking system like Lego or a standardized engine, it's far easier to plug-and-play with others' creations. Even someone who just wants a play-only experience is given a bunch of ways of actively participating in a community right away. Last night I spent "only" a few hours creating a pond that can be both reflective and seen into, with underwater murkiness and water caustics, plus an active surface for objects to float and interact with an animated character. Along the way I gained confidence using painting, cloning objects, lighting, simple animations, and atmospheric effects. Not to sound ridiculous, but I've never had an experience like it before, and I'm no artist or gameplay programmer.
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Thread Trump: “The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus." Called the coronavirus “their new hoax”
This article is from three days ago and the situation in the US has changed significantly enough since then. It is going to be important for people to stay up on the latest news and updates. Trying to be "fair-minded" like that ap article was trying to do is not going to be of use to anyone going into the next few months. Especially since that article was written, the trump admin has silenced their primary communicative disease expert.
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Thread Third MCU Spider-Man entry's working title is reportedly "Serenity Now"
Spidey gonna get caught in the rain, his new all-cotton suit splits in the pants and face, which begins a new series of events. Gets recognized and starts walking down the street giving thumbs-up to passersby Elaine-dance style. Ends up working for J. Jameson. Sees a man in NYC telling an unbelievable story how he's going to take over the city with superpowers, Spidey pushes the man while saying "Get out!" So yeah, confirmed Spidey basically becomes Elaine.
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
Was trying to simulate a sudden wind field affecting all grass, furry creatures, painted trees, etc. in a scene, using a force applier, and couldn't do it. But I was able to record a keyframe that ramped up individual objects' wind effects to 100%, including scoping into objects that were groups. Wind effects are handled differently between a sculpture versus a paint-stroke object. Seems like trying to create weather scenes (high winds or downpours that make water run down all objects) still will be a lot of work. Something else I'm trying to figure out is how to, say, throw an object into a river and have it float down the river. I imagine that a clever arrangement of force appliers could simulate a current, but a basic bobbing/floating interaction on the water surface may require some animation work. Trying to solve these little problems really helps your abilities with the interface and controls, though.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Seems like their only defense against the (currently) most plausible explanation for the un-sourced case of coronavirus in California - the Trump admin's actions in bringing the quarantined citizens back from the cruise ship enabled federal workers to be exposed to it. I'm expecting them to go after the whistleblower sometime today. Meanwhile they're not allowing the CDC to test people who may have been exposed.
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Thread Happy Birthday Horizon Zero Dawn, the best new IP this gen
I may watch the GDC vegetation presentation again later. Painting a whole forest with one stroke, just great stuff. If you have opinions on what went right and what...didn't go so right with the game, their GDC postmortem presentation is also worth a watch.
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Thread The mental health of this community [Read Staff Post Before Posting]
To those who want to see these threads closed: You don't have to convince me that this community doesn't always receive the support that some members need or want. But in the time of crisis, Luckily for you, you can actually just walk away from these threads, if you don't want to send in a report or post a few kind words of encouragement. But you should know something: None of these threads are about you, in any way. Your post about "oh can you believe another thread" or "era is such a downer" is not needed, wanted, or emblematic of a supportive community. Putting it bluntly: your posts are the downers that make others feel negative, not these threads from troubled members. You want to feel better after seeing these threads? Seeing these threads should make you feel good enough knowing that there is a 50,000-strong community willing to provide support and encouragement. The more people you know, the more unfortunate circumstances you're going to hear about and come into contact with. Same goes for the longer you live. It is something everyone must become accustomed to in this life. Era is not going to be a filtered escape from life curated just for you., your comments about people in the mental health OT are unhelpful and show a lack of awareness and understanding of the cycle of even just attempting to find and get help. You are also singling out a community member unfairly and attempting to analyze them publicly. That is not supportive nor is it socially acceptable in any setting. You should be listening more than posting right now. This thread also isn't the place to complain about a community OT.
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Thread NY Times: Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders
The gains in 2018 weren't just due to Sanders. Women ran, and won, on their own. These superdelegates are so fixated on Sanders that they're failing to consider not only these other accomplishments, but also what it takes to switch the Senate majority. Throwing also-ran candidates like Brown (OH) into the wind fails to address...well...anything at all.
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
(Interesting question. Explaining for people who have yet to try Dreams): Lego and Minecraft depend on interlocking systems. Dreams doesn't. Dreams gives you access to having anything exist anywhere without rigid rules. And because of that, the sharing and remix features are incredible and will enable more creations to be realized more quickly. But you are still dependent on a system - the Dreams "way". Technically, there doesn't seem to be any solid uniform surfaces, everything is covered with a series of "flecks" (basically drawing/paint "strokes") . Objects with even the highest density of flecks (near-completely solid) still have variations in them. The trade-off is that all flecks, and thus all surfaces, are easily animated - much of the time with little work required from the "dreamer". Something like the fur of an animal getting blown by a breeze is very easy to do in Dreams: a choice of fleck and a couple of sliders later, there it is. You can paint a doodle representing something moving, then turn that doodle into the actual thing: a raindrop's path quickly becomes a downpour, a spiral line representing the the whirling action of a tornado quickly becomes a loud and forceful tornado that can knock objects over, a fat blue stripe down the middle of a green plane quickly becomes a river flowing through a grassy meadow. Doing gameplay obstacle courses a la Wipeout / Takeshi's Castle is also quite easy to do. As are many common 2D and 3D platforming conventions and animations. But other things are a challenge: the texture of wood, brick, and other materials depends on some cleverness and trickery to get simulated. There's not much out there in the way of paper materials (card stock, cardboard, etc.) a la LBP or Tearaway right now, either - mostly some cardboard box elements people made. There are some LittleBigPlanet Sackboy recreations out there, but nothing that displays the knitting of Sackboy the way LBP did. These are all possible to create in Dreams, of course, but it is not nearly as straightforward as "cover this object in brown knitting" like a skin. You could sculpt an object that represents the basic knitting stitch, with the flecks properties just giving off enough yarn "fuzz". Then soft-blend that object over and over uniformly over a Sackboy puppet's parts. Or do something that they call "tentacle snap", like vines wrapped around a tree or something. Alternatively, you could paint the pattern onto Sackboy - using the right flecks in the right places could end up with a similar look. If it sounds like a lot of work, it is. The "hope" with Dreams is that if someone puts in the hours of work, you can achieve a Mario-quality platform character. You can achieve that Sackboy knitting. You can achieve a Dark Souls -esque boss fight. Or something more unique that no one saw coming, and might not exist otherwise. But no matter what is created, there doesn't seem to be any interlocking rules to worry about. Anything will fit, anywhere.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Maddow rattling off all the quarantines and voluntary travel restrictions - all employees of nestle prohibited from travel. 83 people under quarantine in nassau county, ny. One case in Northern CA of unknown origin - basically they didn't travel or come into contact with anyone possibly having coronavirus. A few of these unknown origin cases are popping up worldwide, scary. Kids don't seem to be getting it, anywhere.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
The best part was the press allowing themselves to be disarmed into laughter by Trump's (likely never happened) story about the person he saw who hugged him and then said they were sick.
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
Yes, you can browse the popular/latest levels, keep up with the mediamolecule-curated collections, and use the Community Jam - which gives you five random Jam-entries to play and rate, then it will give you more levels to play and rate until the voting period ends. You can also curate your own collections of dreams and level-up just by doing that. So there's a lot to see and do if all you want to do is play.
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Thread The guy who made "Blade Gunner" in Dreams has gotten a job offer from a European game developer
That's really cool, congrats! Dreams really makes you appreciate how much work and iteration goes into making a gameplay experience as smooth and effective as possible. Not to mention all the creativity in the art, animation, and music areas - even if you're just "recreating" something in an effort to see if a) it can be done, and b) to learn the tools.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Pundits all thinking it's weird that Warren looked over at a billionaire presidential candidate and basically said to him "Why are you still here?"
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
It seemed the moderator was giving a gimmee to Bloomberg. No matter what is said about Warren tonight, people are going to be thanking her come convention time.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
If he's still in the race, it wasn't an obliteration. His answers are the same as last time, and doubling down on them with no debate persuasion. So it's worse for him this time.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Bloomberg ad during the commercial break basically lifting Kamala Harris' campaign pitch: "what we tell our grandchildren what we did at this moment..."
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Thread Dreams |OT| What Games Are Made Of
I made a small "level", two islands with a bridge and a stone structure at the end of one island. The player crosses the bridge and when they arrive at the other island the camera zooms in and angles up, looking up at the stone structure while some dramatic music plays. The stone structure is emitting some mysterious audible buzzing. After a few seconds the camera returns to the player. When the player returns to that spot just off the bridge, this animation won't play again. Some of this was easier to do than it was to describe to you. Things I know are possible by still have to learn/re-learn: - Having a stone structure rise from the ground - a hand-animated rising/shaking with some animated dust/dirt and a rumbling sound would do it - the dust/dirt are just flecks/brush strokes - Displaying the name of the stone structure when the camera highlights it It takes bit to absorb just how particular things work, even after doing the tutorials.
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Thread Today in Sure, Jan: Members of USA Miracle on Ice Team Don MAGA Hats in Appearance with Trump, Team's Official Twitter Claims It's Not About Politics!
Yeah, seems hockey and baseball love trump.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 3| "I think he's learned his lesson" says The Concerned Immoderate Darling Collins.
Mathews gets too much attention - his wife is in politics so he has vested interest in certain candidates, and not others. What's good to see here is that it is possible to win a state if you a) focus on it early enough, and b) stay consistent on your own messaging. You can even overcome biases and stay ahead of establishment-leaning challengers. Someone will prove this out decisively for their campaign on Super Tuesday. MSNBC with the E3 Giant Bomb esque break camera.
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Thread Small Visual Touches in Games That Make You Happy
Agree with the OP, when foliage animations work well in games, it's a great feeling. One small touch off the top of my head, somewhere in Marvel's Spider-Man Manhattan you can pick up, swing around, and smash jack-o-lanterns.
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Thread Most ridiculous real life location mistakes in games
The map in that game is as fascinating as it is odd compared to the real island. Having a truncated and compressed Manhattan is understandable. For gameplay purposes, splitting up some of the longer streets/avenues is understandable, too. But yeah certain areas like union square, etc. are kind of just squashed. I thought I had read somewhere that getting licenses to some buildings to create them in the game was impossible or too expensive.
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Thread The Last of Us: Part ll was orginally suppose to come out today.. let's talk about the Last of Us today!
Naughty dog did a left behind anniversary stream on twitch two days ago, with Neil and Ashley. Retro Replay has one more episode of their TLOU (re)play coming up on Tuesday on youtube. A recap and reflection episode. Check 'em out.
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Thread Another thread about my trip to NYC lol
Can confirm this about the museum. Was there the other day, arrived before opening so we walked to belvedere castle and the obelisk in Central Park, walked back for the open. After hours walking through (it's a rather densely exhibited museum as far as museums go) we still hadn't seen everything but were basically toast. Do you have a time slot for the 9/11 memorial yet? The lines to/from the Statue of Liberty to Battery Park could be long any day of the week, looks like you have a little time for that factored in. Weather could rearrange this more than anything, I like that you have some space open. Some things can be done Friday night/Saturday and still be fine, not too crowded. Like others said, walking through the village/chinatown/lower-east-side is good too. You don't/won't have to do a touristy restaurant.
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Thread Shocking details you didn't learn about those close to you until later on in life
Moving on... I feel for many of you finding out you have other related-persons out there. One of my friends has spent pretty much his adult life finding out he has more and more relatives every year. Most of that has been for the positive. So I'll give you a funny one. I found out at the age of forty that my mother had stacked the deck of color cards every time she played the board game Candy Land with her young children. Why? To finish the game as soon as possible. Yeah. At least the kids got to win the game though.
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Thread Nothing feels better than a brand new computer that just works right out of the box.
Having bought and built many PCs over decades, yes it's great when things just flat-out work. Especially at the start. And also later when you get that new storage drive/joystick/controller/etc. and they just work. I've had my share of RMAs and sub-optimal performing packages, and those are no fun and still frustrate to this day. But when it comes to games that are not available on PC and are exclusive to other platforms, I've learned to...uh...console myself.
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Thread Media Molecule had a lot of schools and universities already get in touch with them about wanting to use Dreams
I can see savvy-enough school lecturers for any grade level getting in there and whipping up rube goldberg type puzzles, snooper troops type detective cases, incredible machine type puzzles. Non-tech-savvy ones will still want self-guided software. One of the most incredible things about Dreams is the ease of which you can make a doodle drawing in the air, then have it come to life in moments as a 3D animated representation of what you were doodling. Dreams makes it seem like getting 60-80% of the way there is faster than ever. But to get creations into robust "release-ready" quality still takes a ton of development, artistry, programming, and testing. And it's just too easy to pull down a 3D animated character that has had dozens of hours put into it by someone in the community, and start using it in your own creation that is just minutes old. One of the risks of this endeavor is taking for granted the amount of time and effort that goes (and went - seven years to date for the platform itself) into all these creations. I hope there will be better rewards for great creators down the line than just in-game popularity. I see a few have become successful streamers, so that's one way I suppose.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
Yet to be asked of Bloomberg: How many bloomberg terminals does the US government (taxpayers) pay for now, and how many will they pay for in a Bloomberg administration? News subscriptions? Does he have plans for divesting or blind-trusting-his businesses? Suspending or resigning any board seats?
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Thread Dreams - Review Thread
Update: kid grabbed one of those Mario models and made a quick 3D platforming level prototype, after taking the tutorials to learn how some of the visual programming tools work. It's basically just Mario jumping on cube blocks separated in space, but one of the blocks is always rotating around, and a couple of the blocks will drop when Mario steps on them. A few other blocks will move around on their own once Mario steps on them. Gameplay-wise, the level is nothing earth-shattering obviously. But just getting to work through and understand the visual programming tools, the logic connections, and making things amimate and react - all in one afternoon - is pretty good. After coming from, say, Disney Infinity, level-building is much more fluid. The building blocks in Dreams are composed of whatever-you-want, basically, rather than pre-defined sections and cutouts from something like Disney Infinity or some other level editors. So you have to think about shapes and properties more spatially, but your creations look more custom earlier in the construction process.
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Thread Dreams - Review Thread
My kid (10yo) wanted it for Valentine's Day, out of nowhere. We went through the intro up to creating the homespace. "This is neat" was the assessment up to this point. Then we went into the dreams and pulled down the K2SO demo. Then the reaction from the kid was "You really can create anything!!!". Two hours later, still in the dreamshaping area just fiddling with the tools without even doing the tutorials, haven't even played anything yet.
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Thread Dreams - Review Thread
Yes and no. There are so many functions and tools to browse through, but throwing a few things down is pretty quick. But if you like to be guided through things, even the basic tutorials will take a while to get through. In regular MM fashion, doing the tutorials unlocks assets to use in your own dreams, so I know I'll have to do them eventually. So it kinda cuts down the middle for me, everything is accessible and pick-up-and-play from the jump, but that initial investment in understanding how things fit together still needs to be made.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
Yes it's concerning. They still believe someone can just barge into McConnell's office and 10 minutes later they'll have McConnell bringing all the bills to the floor for a vote. Plus, they're all comfortable in life and know enacting a progressive agenda is the end of the gravy train, where they may have to accept reaping 70% of what they reap now. And there's something else. Only post-acquittal are some of them really concerned about the rule of law NOW. Even Maddow, who spent most of the last decade reporting (almost singlehandedly) on bridgegate and the erosion of abortion rights in the US, and ostensibly saw the trajectory leading up to today. Setting aside other candidates in favor of Bloomberg sends messages about prejudice in the justice system and free and fair elections, that these people can "afford" to ignore until polling or twitter-popularity-level traffic forces them to address it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
Without endorsing a candidate it can be harder for trade orgs and unions to generate new voter registrations, which are always needed to help state parties no matter the candidate. Between the culinary union and Sanders it's even more of an uphill climb, when this is part of their history: "Campaign staffers for Sen. Bernie Sanders donned union pins to gain access to worker dining rooms in Las Vegas, the powerful Culinary Workers union said Thursday. “We can confirm multiple reports of Bernie Sanders’ campaign staffers attempting and gaining access to employee dining rooms at Las Vegas Strip properties where over 57,000 members that we represent work,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Culinary Workers Union Local 226 secretary-treasurer. Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver confirmed the action and offered an apology." ... "The union backed Barack Obama over Clinton in the Democratic primary in an acrimonious battle of Nevada Democrats, and it remains a major source of voter mobilization in the state. The union plans to register 10,000 more of its union members to vote in the next six months, it has said. "
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Thread Have you ever been a moderator of a community?
I've never experienced this. I'd hang it up in a second if I did. Besides, there are so many times when I come on to Era and see someone banned who was having fun in a gaming thread just the last time I saw them. Or someone who posted a thread about an important social issue, but had run afoul somewhere else. It's not a dopamine rush, but some disappointment that is felt when you find out someone is banned. Besides, the impact of someone being banned isn't always seen by the community. When someone is banned who happens to be a dependent, helpful or comforting resource for some other members, they can be impacted by the loss of access to the banned member. There is no "too bad ha ha" dopamine rush associated with this at all when you must ban someone.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Ah, there's been some catching up on Bloomberg now. Still, Warren or Sanders (should they be apparent winners) each would gladly accept Bloomberg's resources and help for the general election. We'll see what the first exit polls for NH say shortly after midnight.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Media sending one reporter per man candidate, on location, but the women get one reporter for both of them off-site. Maybe unintentional, but still shows an at-best unbalanced image. Saw Biden's attack ad on Buttigieg. Don't attack mayors on basic municipal initiatives like bridge lighting. Dumb and petty. Saw Faiz this morning. If he is indicative of the Sanders campaign, they are woefully unprepared for the disinformation campaign to come. To be fair, only perhaps the most "un-cool" candidate is currently prepared for this, and that's Bloomberg. Kerry and Clinton were also victims of disinformation campaigns without adequate overcoming efforts. Coolness factor (cool or uncool) will be moot if disinformation takes hold.
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Thread Talking to my boss about my mental health
If you have a health plan at work that includes wellness hotlines and such you can see if they have consultations as part of your plan benefits, that you can use outside the office. But telling co-workers or bosses it's your fault when it's not, is not something you should feel like you have to give up or give in to. I hope you do get to talk to someone qualified to address your concerns before too long. You may be the walrus, but you are not the villain.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Sanders doesn't need a campaign for president in order to understand the extent of prejudice in the justice system. Especially with his record on civil rights participation established decades ago in New York City, mayor of Burlington VT, and years in the Senate, that statement does not compute. Because of course it's not the full quote. In the full quote there are a few things he admits he didn't realize, like the 400,000 incarcerated but not charged with . He also discusses learning the specifics on how the experience differs state by state. Beware of quote-only tweets from journalists without attribution or article. As for Biden's staff vs. Turner, using population percentages and polling data to tell specific people who they are and what they value is always a bad idea.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Seriously, he may have assembled enough data on voters by then to know which ones need a ride, and arrange for ride services accordingly, while knowing peak and low wait times at polling places. This would benefit whoever the candidate is in the general.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
^Finally, bloomberg stop and frisk getting his campaign manager taken to task. More argumentative than Sanders's Weaver, even. He's not prepared for this, yet. More of this will probably be slung and brought to people's attention by the bragmans of twitter first, but this stuff is out there. Still waiting to see when media begins discussing how he got his third term as mayor and what he thought about others having a third term after him.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Please move on to New Hampshire (joke, sort of), where the governor is the brother of the candidate who benefitted from people jamming the phones back in 2002. The governor dismissed concerns of phone jamming today as not an issue, even though it just happened in Iowa. Pace yourself. It's only state number two. I know. As for Sanders "winning", he's already won. Twice. Once in 2016 when he got the party platform changed, a party he doesn't belong to, even. And once in 2020, where he has pressured the "establishment" out of comfort and complacency. Now it's time for him to run a campaign beyond wishes. Congress can be temporarily frozen from time to time by pressure from constituents, but it cannot operate solely by constituent pressure. The elected representatives are of a party, will be under party pressure from time to time (sometimes not their own party) and will be under majority control. "People rise up" every time a bill needs passage isn't going to work.
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Thread Michigan State University apologizes for gift shop display with dolls of notable black figures hanging from tree
There was more than one tree. More than one type of tree. Louis Armstrong with a scarf. Michelle Obama with a necklace. Add hanging rope and tree display. This was unmissable with no possible excuse. And what is this "racial bias training?" - "don't do this again" ?
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
It's one caucus. The rewards for every Democratic primary are proportional. Sanders will get his delegates. His caucus changes benefited him to the point that he has the most supporters counted in the caucus, and will at least have as many delegates for the national race as the "winner" of the state. Further, he has also already won both the platform-change game and the establishment freak-out game. The polls show he has momentum, and has the fundraising that will provide a lot more momentum that can't knock him out of the race this early.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Nah. The recanvass is to put the focus on Iowa and their state's process, not any of the candidates. It's just a thorough check, and also to check that the rules Sanders wanted were followed. We know in large part they were because he picked up the satellite caucuses and more first-rounders were counted. Iowa itself has reporting problems, and has had them way before the app or rules changes or anything else.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The primaries are proportional delegate-wise. Multiple people will get delegates, the top two will get the same number of delegates for the national primary. We get to do this tracking more than 50 times, each state/territory with its own shits and giggles. Iowa can't have all the fun! Then the convention. Brokered, you say? Or just the greatest caucus of all? But truly the biggest story - the needle and the damage done.
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Thread Pablo Hidalgo( A Member of the Lucasfilm Story Group) Pitched a Different Ending for Ben Solo When Episode VIII was Getting Started
Exile as a radar technician would have been too Better Call Saul.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Maybe related, quoting myself from the primary thread: For years Bloomberg has formed coalitions with mayors across the country regarding gun safety and other causes. This coalition hasn't even been activated yet for the campaign.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
I admit I was tempted to just answer "No" to this, but seeing as how an accidental one-word post caused a bit of agitation yesterday (I swiped "post reply" as I got up to answer an urgent summons to kill a bug in the bathroom), I'll purposely make a longer (and obviously better) post here: We recently buried my wife's grandmother, in 2020. She lived in a rural area just about all her life, and she was interred there. The funeral parlor director was in his 20s (not a family business, either). In addition to the regular arrangements, the funeral director spent a whole extra day and night of his time attempting to locate an old family burial plot so that all the last wishes would be satisfied. He could have just as readily not have done this and had her buried anywhere. The local florist who provided flowers for the funeral of my wife's sister years ago is still relatively young, and still there. As he knows well my wife's family, he helped us with the funeral this time as well. The main arrangement ended up being a monstrosity, albeit a beautiful one. Her daughter and son-in-law (my in-laws) still operate a farm in that area, and make several long trips a week to one of the largest cities in the world to sell produce and flowers, make connections, pick up some supplies, etc. I don't know what markets they work in currently, but they have regularly worked markets serving immigrant groups before. Lifelong Democrats, tried to run for local office a few times, too. So while they live in a rural area, they are already part of a city's lifestyle and economic engines. And they have supporting economies and people in those rural areas, which in turn feed into the city engines. Unless there is some suppression going on that I am not aware of in the area, their votes still count. I know this is not the shithole you speak of. But no candidate or constituent should be approaching trying to win an important caucus or vote by not attempting to locate all these people, or writing them off as "olds in a shithole" or "lifestyle-expired".
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Mcconnell went from "they're upset they lost the 2016 election" to getting confused by his own speech: "Heads: I win. Tails: you cheated." and "you're so worried about the bull in the china shop that you would bulldoze the china shop to chase it out" and "the institutions must break the fever, not the other way around." were the choice analogies used. "Today is the day the fever began to break, not the beginning." was the closing sentence. He didn't really need to make a speech, even.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Romney basically cutting everyone down to size while seeming humble, saying they're all footnotes in history. But imagine becoming so obsessed with naming him public enemy number one that you put aside the vindication victory lap. Oh yeah, the pike thing, of course!
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
It's Michael Nutter (former Mayor of Philadelphia) and Alexandra Rooker (California Democratic Party). As long as they're not active on both duties at the same time. If they allow overlap, then they have to explain it for sure. For years Bloomberg has formed coalitions with mayors across the country regarding gun safety and other causes. This coalition hasn't even been activated yet for the campaign. Governor candidates for president tend to have a similar coalition to draw from in addition to the governors' association. Senators have stature and their state-level endorsements, but have to go into each state and really work from the bottom up, which requires more money and/or foregone-conclusion status in that state.
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Even just yesterday media was confusing obstruction of justice with the actual article here of obstruction of Congress. While they can get by an acquittal of that in slippery fashion, obstruction of federal and state investigations is still in play once he leaves office.
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Bravo Jones, that was a great speech with an analogy even the most plain person can understand: basically like a jigsaw puzzle you may do at home, you might be missing a few pieces but you can see what the picture is about with the pieces you have already assembled. Yet you still want those missing pieces in order to have the full picture. In terms of not having all the witnesses/documents, he says there's still enough pieces to assemble the picture, and the picture shows he must convict. The statement he posted on the Senate web site doesn't include the best parts of his speech, when it gets put up in full it's worth the watch.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
The Senate vote to convict is scheduled for 4pm EST. Some of the trial's daily closing speeches given by the house managers were powerful, I will be looking to see whether we get something similar from House leadership after the vote has concluded, or if we get something more akin to "tomorrow is another day" and they wait for the president to make another move before announcing the House's next move
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Oh, and a word about these types of comments about me recently, they haven't gone unnoticed. Sure, I bring into this thread things I see on cable news here and there, because I think they may be of interest to people. If they are not of interest to some because it comes from a cable news broadcast, that's fine, no big deal. What I don't post are all the times I am not watching or turn it off or I am doing something else, because that would be too many posts and that shit is hardly of interest to anyone. I post just a bit of criticism of cable news when I think it's notable, because their weaknesses and turnoffs are legion and well-known here, so generally posting such obvious things would be a waste of people's time. As is how much TV people think I watch, because who really gives a shit about that?
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Booker and Beto both busted their campaigns on day one. Booker with not knowing what's in Trump's heart, signaling a fair-mindedness-above-all approach that doesn't appeal or excite. And Beto with his "born for this" and road-trip-to-randomness national introduction. I say this as someone who likes both and wishes both were able to be in the race for longer and attempt to really emerge.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I saw Carville too. I wish people could stay calm. If there was a race with a only a favorite, an underdog, and a never-gonna-happen like we've had before, then perhaps a 2020 apparent winner would have emerged from Iowa. But there is a slate of appealing candidates, a couple of hangers-on, and a potential "spoiler". All of them are "Trump capable", at least. And at least right now, the only campaign for which this vote is not looking good for, compared with expectations, is Biden. The media is salivating at declaring an apparent winner for all of 2020 as soon as possible - that's their game, not yours - just keep up with what your favorite campaigns are saying and doing. Iowa is only 41 out of 1900+ total delegates. Now, three campaigns made mistakes this time. Biden, by acting like Trump and firing off lawyer letters and suggesting injunctions. Also, by not really leaning into Iowa. Buttigieg, by leaning in to victory talk - not last night, but today. Sanders, by having campaign staff on tv complaining about mythical shady backroom deals and "oligarchs" in the race without giving voters in flux reasons to ditch those folks and go for Sanders. Perhaps appealing to the faithful - but even with the Iowa positioning right now, they need to increase their outreach and its effectiveness. And also being in Iowa midday today complaining while candidates already went to NH. Buttigieg and Sanders should not have released their numbers. I get it, they want to tell donors and voters to keep going/giving, but don't put your thumb on the scale, and don't run when you are not being chased. They lost a bit of luster. And it's a bit Men Behaving Badly. As for Shadow, they'll change their name and start again. There's no appgate. Please take a moment to breathe when you have time.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
The campaigns wanted a result last night to activate funding sources. Sometimes it's not even 100% because a few precinct chairs go to bed if they can't report the results in successfully. It's happened often enough that it's not even unusual. Now the media will attempt to turn partial results into a horse race, like they wanted to do last night, but its actually harder to do for a caucus when you have more, earlier info. But showing strong first round interest numbers may make it easier for 3rd/4th place candidates to stay in the race for a few states longer.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
We likely never had "accurate" numbers from an Iowa caucus. There were Iowa caucus problems in elections past. It's not a new or sudden thing. Really. Accuracy and integrity confirmation of the process was never really challenged until this year.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
It's good to see Warren, Klob, and Yang relaxed. Getting to see them "live" on the campaign trail without winner/loser distractions is good for all of them. Steyer and Sanders spending time complaining rather than campaigning, pick it up guys and get to NH. Weaver was bad yesterday in both spreading "backroom deal" conspiracies in interviews, and releasing incomplete and context-weak numbers. Both a disservice to Sanders. Sanders just called it a bad night for democracy, I think this hyperbole should be discouraged even though he did praise the people of Iowa. Buttigieg's victory-style speech was just fine to deliver last night, but releasing their own incomplete and context-weak numbers and taking time insisting on victory today, just isn't the way. He will learn. Biden - wtf? Sending letters from general counsel and filing injunctions is what Trump does. Come on. Democrats and technology - continue to infuriate. You know how votebot gives you a receipt for your goty submission when it's processed? The app should have provided a receipt to these volunteers. Plus the lack of prepared contingency should cause voters to demand change. It was bad enough with the rollout of the ACA exchanges. Volunteers in Iowa - people out there and headlines should stop shitting on them. Individual caucuses by and large went fine.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
People say the very same thing about Florida when there are snafus related to Democratic races there. Sometimes it is state/local. Steyer saying the race is wide open and anything can happen. Meanwhile he's still in Iowa. Not like this, Steyer.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This would have broken already if true. Sanders and Weaver just spoke to reporters a little while ago and didn't mention it.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Quoting myself from poliera: We likely never had "accurate" numbers from an Iowa caucus. There were Iowa caucus problems in elections past. It's not a new or sudden thing. Really. Accuracy and integrity confirmation of the process was never really challenged until this year.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
It's a caucus with a window of a couple of hours to participate in the evening, never ideal for turnout. Those campaigns that organize locally to hell and back can be rewarded with populations of supporters present. They also changed a rule such that if your candidate was viable in the first round, you couldn't reallocate yourself in the second round. Was supposed to "save time" but it prevented outsized winners in some cases, and in other cases enabled candidates to "loan out" supporters to other candidates such that they would all be viable and all be assured of splitting the local delegate awards. And in yet other cases people just went home after the first round, not choosing to bolster another candidate. Iowa was never going to be the state for any campaign to declare that they'll soundly beat Trump.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Chris Matthews looks like he was hoping the results would beat Trump...tonight. Calm down, dude. The crackle of election night became merely the cackle of election night. No need to write in a candidate over it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
So the responses could be summed up as: Klob: we're still in this thing! Sanders: The millionaires and the billionaires... Warren: Join us! Pete: we won!? Booker: we got one! Yang: 'sup. Biden: Folks, you'll be hearing from my lawyer. Not bad considering no one was voted off the island tonight. Pete's right. He's one step closer to being President. They all are. Also, most of them are one step closer to not being the President, though they don't know it yet.
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They've reverted back to "why does Iowa have to go first" and "we can't beat trump" if there's not a clear winner on the first night, now they're relitigating 2016. Such despairing, it's not that bad, the on-the-ground delegate-negotiating should be telling a different story than this (perhaps for the first time) quality control.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yes, per state and per party. Each political party, and state, has their own delegate allocation and selection rules. This attempts to account for population densities and desired influence making, while generally agreeing that it would be bad to have election vote-gathering conducted at the federal level. Sometimes there is exhibited "unity", like setting dates for certain states to hold their voting on the same day ("Super Tuesday", New York/Connecticut, etc.) So it is possible that states and parties can get so fed up with what happened tonight that they could exhibit similar unity and agree for each caucus state to cease conducting them. That's what it would take.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
This is the first year they're NOT just sending in whatever they think the final numbers are. That's why they wanted all these checks and proof this time. However, this is not the first year they've had to go and wake up precint chairs to get the numbers. This happens with caucuses. We haven't even gotten to caucuses where local ties are resolved with coin flips. As for the "small world" factor, it won't be the last time. People will be connected here and there, not everything is a red string leading to "aha!" This is also not the DNC in operation here. People need to stop doing a disservice to the community by spreading assumptions. There have been problems with caucuses throughout elections past and present, the frustration with them is nothing new in the US.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
No, this is the new more accurate triple-double-checking version with layers of numbers designed to provide earlier reporting easier. The process before was very much just-get-your-final-numbers-into-HQ-whatever-you-think-they-are.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
That will infuriate sanders campaign, going from more than double to splitting the delegate count equally with warren and buttigieg in that one district. Speeches that just enumerate the states itinerary are ugh.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
These stories of trading and cooperating for viability are remarkable. As are the stories about people who left after the first round. The guy being on hold with party hq for a half hour is totally expected.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Msnbc confirming a "shady backroom deal" for real: caucusgoers making handshake deals to split delegate votes to stay viable. In this instance, Warren and Yang benefit with viability and one delegate each.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Weaver was terrible in interviews this morning, and hasn't changed in 4 years. Every person who supports Sanders should be concerned, campaigns can and do sink candidates. As for 2022 backlash, Sanders' 2022 backlash could occur in 2020 instead, if no one learns from 2016. Should he be running away with the majority of delegates, it will be up to his campaign to head this off well before the convention, and as early as before Super Tuesday. Speaking only to "voting for the eventual nominee" will not be sufficient enough of an effort. And they will need to do two things IMO: a) declare victory in "our revolution" (platform in 2016, establishment power tamped down in 2020) and b) convert to "our unity" before the establishment remnants try to make the general election, say, a battle of billionaires or outright hand it to one. At the same time, it would be the most "extreme vetting" cycle of Sanders' life. His campaign and congressional boosters, other than swatting down twitter flies, are untested in this area. Does the Sanders campaign have it in them to handle this? Not even the campaign of a highly qualified candidate, with all the establishment behind her, could overcome public opinion and the selective wielding of institutional prerogatives in 2016. If there is any consolation here, Biden campaign has all the same problems and concerns. Moreover, both campaigns need to express a burning desire to want the Senate for Democrats, like *looks at watch* right now.
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Thread Rush Limbaugh diagnosed with advanced lung cancer
When he had his heart scare in Hawaii, he publicly thanked the medical staff and hospital system, until he realized the hospital system in Hawaii ran counter to his brand. Then he attacked them through his show. I don't expect him to change. My wife just found out about his diagnosis, she asked "Is it bad that I have no sympathy for him?" I replied "No." But this isn't karma. It's possibly but not definitely the result of a sustained series of physiological behaviors. Since there are some addictive behaviors involved, there is likely some untreated mental health concerns in the mix that may complicate the effectiveness or ability to receive treatments, possibly rendering the he-might-have-allowed-advances point moot. How this takes its course through his body, or leaves him financially, is also not karma. It would have to be karma for everyone else who experiences this for that to be true. Instead it is a reminder of the physiological and social inequities of life, and those who were on the receiving end of the effects of the rhetoric, and the disease. Any actual comeuppance would have to come in the form of him and his ilk seeing his legacy and work dismantled and reversed, making sure his influence no longer holds people back. If I was so sure that this process was to begin upon this diagnosis, I would be smiling now too. But being too familiar with the possibility space between now and whatever marks the end of his life, I'm confident in saying we're not there yet. What is helping is when people in this thread are discussing and shining a light on just how shitty his legacy is. This gives me feelings of relief. Celebrating the medical and medical-system experience to come for Limbaugh, as karma or god's justice, does not. It was not karma or god's justice for our friends and loved ones. Hopefully people can understand this.
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Thread Rush Limbaugh diagnosed with advanced lung cancer
This kind of shitposting disrespects people who got cancer and didn't deserve "comeuppance". My father didn't deserve me having to pick him up off the floor because he fell and could no longer move, or lose the use of the left side of his body, or the pain and rashes of treatments, or the final cycle of being physically twisted into a shadow of his former self before finally dying. Cancer is not comeuppance, I can assure you.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Indeed. The problem is that the other Senators are clinging to a half-truth: "The people love him." The other half of that truth they are ignoring is that they are the ones who continue to give people endorsed lease to do so.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Problems with a poll show the divide in the Democratic party, so says a Fox News chyron. (Seems like part of their ongoing strategy to scare people with Sanders, having someone on to talk about it who was identified as a "former Sanders 2016 campaign staffer") Out of the stuck-in-DC candidates, I think Klobuchar is the one who has made the most out of TV appearances from the halls of the capitol. Multiple networks, steadier commentary than the debates, she knows how to give a 5-minute interview without getting long-winded in explanations. It seems like part of a long game rather than trying to outright seize the first few states, but at least it got networks to finally show her on the ground in Iowa this weekend.
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Thread People in 1989 talking about home technology in the year 2020
In 1989, a time where physical video games were $90 each, matching the price of one month of an online information service, it was indeed a time of glaring transition. The McDLT was already showing its age, particularly its focus on packaging. And the 20th anniversary of Earth Day celebration planning, and movement revitalization efforts, were underway. In the meantime, we were asking ourselves "What does God need with a starship?" and "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moon light?" Our TVs would speak to us, saying "Cheers" and "Amen" as we let our family ties go. We stared into the abyss, and the future stared back: we saw flowers made of strong metal, and the Cubs would win the world series in the 21st century. We thought about what our babies would say about us, and imagined a world where our children were minimized and struggled to be seen and heard. Just to be noticed, they would adopt nicknames from their pets, and were intent on rejecting everything we bought, sold, or processed. But we just knew that if we built it, they would come. When they did, they would tell us to do the right thing and be excellent to each other, to seize the day and say "fuck you" to past idols. Still, for all that we did we'd be waiting in vain for our holiday bonuses. Wiping the slate clean and being invited to the party would have to wait until next year.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
That article headline is quite a stretch from its contents. There is one quote attributed to the Sanders campaign (Weaver) saying "first impressions are often correct" when it comes to caucus numbers, and somehow this becomes "Sanders and his supporters plan to game the results". When the caucus process is essentially the Mario Party of US politics, the only thing you can do is "game" the process anyway. The minigames here (net the caucusgoer coins as they flow through the polling place, deliver the delegate apples to the waiting zone, etc.) and the surprise winner decision out of nowhere (coin flip) will have you too ripping the caucus process out of the political machine and tossing it across the room. Fortunately the media excels at reporting number counts accurately and I'm sure we will know who is truly winning by the time the early number set is released. Not to mention all those twitter folks for whom accuracy and fact are foremost in their feeds. Can't wait.
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Thread Your favorite "living world games" (AC, RDR2, etc)
Spider-Man, just swinging through the city, observing from the top of the tallest buildings, then going down to ground level and watching pedestrians and vehicles obey the traffic signals. Then a rat comes out looking for some pizza. Good times.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Sorry for what you are going through, Rag. And having to receive respect-payers that you don't know, isn't always easy and takes quite a bit of energy. As for Parnas, I only heard last night Parnas mention Graham but for some reason he and his lawyer didn't provide any media to back up the claim, he just said Bolton's claims corroborate his. We'll see, I guess. I haven't been watching or reading any news today but my wife just showed me the story about Trump blocking more emails about Ukraine, there's new revelations every day with this and they manage to be both surprising and somehow not a surprise at the same time.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
No, it is referring to the possibility of normalizing monarchy in U.S. politics, as I made direct reference to the Senate proceedings yesterday. No one is going to stop using those terms based on what I wrote, nor did I tell anyone to. But political context is important, as there are implications as a result of yesterday's Senate vote. Yes there are other contexts that these terms support. OmniOne mentioned one more local to Era/gaf history, and you are referring to another context which the values of this site support. You could have plainly mentioned this without trying to play gotcha with me. Thank you.
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People also overestimate their scope and importance legislatively. It wasn't a blue wave of one or four in Congress, it was the work of multiple activist groups to win seats in all states and levels of government. Majorities and chamber control at all levels are going to be needed to make the kind of progress people are putting their expectations in one presidential candidate to make happen.
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Sanders' continued mistake is complaining about the system but not the players. Every candidate is trying to leverage money to buy their way forward. His own pac is potentially in a bit of trouble over it, even. Campaigns also overpay "advisers" and underpay canvassers and other machine-players and call it democracy in action, while donors cheer this on. Even with all that expensive advisement most of the campaigns flat-out lose. All Sanders has to do is bring up how Bloomberg went about getting a third term as Mayor, and stop-and-frisk.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?"
Just read it. Yeah that's the kind of thing that will turn a 15 minute break into almost an hour. And yeah, Philbin just counter-arguing with tenacity, even if/when it is a slippery slope or not true when it comes to legislative responsibilities. He's leaning too much on "the Senate will be forever changed", but when you have so little to work with from the start, that's still the best-sounding of the bunch.
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Thread [NBC Opinion Piece] Trump's impeachment trial is being tuned out by America because no one thinks it matters
Twitter trends says differently, but yes national news has been both-sidesing the impeachment coverage lest they lose viewers.
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Thread Favorite Fictional Artists and Bands Created for Movies/Shows/Games?
Josie and the Pussycats Marvin Berry and the Starlighters And of course (related to my avatar) the one-night-only performance of "Putting on the Ritz" by the inimitable "Man About Talent".
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According to McCaskill, talk in Republican caucus of delaying the vote to acquit until Wednesday, which is unlike McConnell's MO but he may be facing pressure of not being able to secure all the acquittal votes without the delay.
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This was known, people are finally catching up to this. Still some procedural participation to take place before final vote. Bolton's "strategy" is beginning to backfire on whatever positive reputation he garnered from this.
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The angle they've gone with is categorizing it as a "grievance" campaign, which is somewhat accurate. Trump's campaign in 2016 was also that type of campaign, and will probably be similar in 2020 since he really can't run on his record (actual or rhetorical). It's going to be up to the leading Democratic candidates to characterize their campaigns as hopeful and righteous from a democratic-republic standpoint. If we end up with grievance vs. grievance in the general, it will come down to which group of voters sticks with a candidate through all the campaign missteps and competing sub-grievances that are bound to come up. But they can't fully commit to a label or characterization yet because the ticket is not yet complete. VPs for Sanders, Buttigieg, Steyer, Bloomberg and Yang are unknown and hard to imagine then coming from more veteran or "establishment" figures. Plus their support for a better Senate, other than possibly Sanders, is way behind where it needs to be at this point. A VP choice isn't going to give Warren or Klobuchar enough of a bump, they will have to win on their own anyway. But if Harris was already Biden's VP, or had Michelle Obama entered the race, the race would already be over IMO as it would give an appearance of having a contingency plan for 2024, plus show a projection of hope while balancing grievances. We'll see whether Democratic voters lean into grievance of systems and policies as a front-line motivation during the first few primaries, but each campaign will need to make room for hope and the future sooner rather than later.
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Thread Impeachment |OT|
Four hour debate on witnesses, then a vote on witnesses. Then the call to vote for convict/acquit, though Democrats can make motions and delay this call well into the night if they want. With this Bolton story hitting and other buzz regarding possibly delaying the final vote, the timeline isn't totally secured yet.
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That there's no harm in bringing him in? Yeah, and now they will know which senators will have ulterior motives for suppressing Bolton, while providing cover for their own eventual acquittal votes.
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Sekulow and Cipollone have been a bit weak and spread out tonight. Without Philbin they wouldn't have lasted this long. Philbin is probably gonna be able to hit the lecture circuit for the rest of his life, if he isn't doing it already. Both Starr and Dershowitz flew too close to the sun, as predicted, but will continue to find audiences somewhere somehow. In disowning Bolton now, Fox News is preparing for the inevitable release of info, whether that is next week or in March or later after a court fight. Bolton, for his part, could come in right now and do this, but would rather watch things implode first for some reason. That the defense is still bringing up Hillary and butObama shows they don't have enough, as does the feints of being personally insulted by Schiff.
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Thread Rafael Nadal accidently hits 13 year old ball girl -- proceeds to kiss her to make her feel better.
The video title and the slo-mo are creepy additions to this moment. Yet the way Federer approached the courtside woman after being called out for swearing seemed more threatening than this. That said, if there isn't already a rule regarding contact with courtside assistants, there will be now.
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Thread Cringe yourself to a new ERA!
We've had DaddyOFive threads before detailing the abuse videos posted on youtube, and the legal fight to get the two younger kids back out of harm's way. The two younger children are finally back with their birth mother. Probably for the best not to keep posting those as examples of cringe, as this goes well beyond merely an unfavorable reaction.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 1| THE ANTI BENGHAZI (Read Staff Post)
That's not how he and his campaign are selling this. They are selling it as "Our Revolution". And unfortunately what comes with an expectation of a revolution is an expectation of achieving newfound progress without progression. But as noted by your excellent post a day or so ago about endorsements and working for a campaign, people actually need to be willing to participate in the progression - sometimes alongside those whose views are sub-optimal but will put in the work for a better ticket. One of the reasons people are so bothered by the Rogan endorsement is that there's no evidence Rogan or those out there cheering the endorsement are willing to work on the "progression" portion of progress. They also know that the expectation of table-upturning revolution will not be met, and (as mentioned by others before) some supporters will blithely (or in the name of "fair-mindedness") continue to bully minorities of race and gender with the campaign having received "reaching out"-type endorsements such as Rogan. But if people really want to make waves, things CAN be done at near-revolution speed at the state level. That is, if people participate in and elect representatives that will give statehouses majorities to pass the kind of legislation they want, and governors to sign them and do some of the things they seem to have outsized-unilateral power to do. Sanders or any president isn't just going to be able to solve California's and Mississippi's and Michigan's problems all on their own.