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Thread French pastor sorry after service (Feb 17-24, before lockdowns) caused wave of coronavirus infections. 17 dead.
Well thank goodness we're not being denied his wisdom and religious advice. I mean if God didn't want him to continue preaching, obviously he'd have made a sign of some kind.
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Thread Go see Mandy - It has a coked up Nic Cage, Bill Duke, and a Cheddar Goblin
Thanks for the bump. Just hit resume on Amazon Prime (purchase) and it was literally Cage opening the door to his house - which is the moment he becomes transfixed by the Cheddar Goblin. Now at the Tigersmith Seer - who recognizes the Jovian Warrior sent forth from the eye of the storm. He abandons his reach for the chrome luger because he knows he is outmatched by the righteousness of the blade wielding Cat enthusiast and that Lizzie must be freed. The Jovian Warrior from the eye of the storm exudes a cosmic darkness because he hath been wronged. Send him North. He must complete his journey now. Beyond the Lumberjack. To the Red chpel No earthly force can stop his ascent. No living woman can slow his progress. No matter how sensitive her anticipation. No man can withhold his justice. Not through violence. Not through admonition. Not through prayer. Not through offering to blow him, man. In fact it is Jeremiah who shall be given Head this day.
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Thread Colorado State University forecast predicts an above average hurricane season in 2020
East and Gulf Coast is going to be hit hard by so many man made problems. Insufficient and in some cases politically motivated reckless failure to prepare for an epidemic we knew about in December. The dismantling of health insurance for the most vulnerable. An utterly destructive failure to fix rotting infrastructure. Political leadership that will literally kill the same people it encouraged to hatred and ignorance pursuing the agenda of a sociopathic know-nothing narcissist - all to feed a short -sighted economic philosophy that had already transformed into an unworkable uroboros by the disguise of populist xenophobia it was trying to harness. It's one thing when your sponsored politician is to be a second amendment drown the government folksy bigot - but when it's no longer a rabble rousing act -- then your federalist birthed master plan now has morons at the wheel. I guess the upside is going to be affordable housing for millennials if they're willing to do the repairs on Grandma Ruthie's flood damaged sea level rancher. Get your ass to the polls in November and vote for basic common sense and decency if you can even find it on your ballot. Even if you love Trump and fantasize about saving your backwoods compound from ravening Mexicans or zombies, at least consider how inconvenient canceled movies or unavailable lysol wipes or the brutal cost of your diabetes medicine is and maybe hold your nose and vote for someone who thinks your fellow racists should also have affordable health insurance and a decent wage. Government is not there to agree with your biases or cheer on your anger -- It's there to run a complicated country. It should at least be competent.
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Thread Stabbing of Asian-American 2-Year-Old and Her Family Was a Virus-Fueled Hate Crime: Feds
Not going to repeat what he said but wtf at CeramicDragon's ban post. Like do you not get the part where he acted based on irrational feelings about their race?
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Thread Paid shipment of face masks intended for France 'bribed/hijacked' by US at the last minute, similar occurence happens to Canada as well
The GOP sucks at everything that isn't the corrosive manipulation of government and the electorate to stay in power when the demographics should make it impossible. They've abandoned any pretense of or interest in governance. They're enacting intense short term efforts to extract as much profit as possible from the body they've infested and cheating as openly as they can get away with to retain those reins. The Hood has come off.
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Thread Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a stay at home order for the entire state. The order goes into effect tomorrow
Ftfy (I am dragging him btw not you.) DeSantis and Tate Reeves are going to be remembered for waiting till Trump gave them permission and killing a lot of elderly voters.
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Thread Did Mace Windu beat Palpatine, or did Plaps throw the fight?
He is absolutely feigning defeat specifically to get anakin to save him, attack Mace and jam himself in a permanent sith-hole. I'm not sure how McDiarmid could have hammed that any hammer. John Hamm and Armie Hammer couldn't have combined their power at a Hamtramck Honey Baked Easter buffet and hammed it more hamly.
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Thread I think the MCU’s greatest realization of a villain was Mysterio
Thanos and Loki are better - Thanos because execution vs Underlying concept is incredible - ridiculous purple goon with a disco glove? Even if other villains are better, they all started near the top of the mountain relative to Thanos. I concede Loki may be ineligible.
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Thread WaPo: The list of those who won’t get a $1,200 check is growing (SS recipients must file simple tax return, Most HS/College students won’t get any $)
Good luck. Orban is planning some emergency "adjustments" to the constitution and rule of law. The mayor one seems to have failed for now but he's It's absolutely bizarre yet predictable that a bill designed to help those of n the most immediate and serious danger of financial ruin and health r u sk are being roundly excluded abd at the same time Barr's justice department us doi g an end run around congress to have the supreme court strip the already bare bones obamacare protections. Don't know how the federalist party expects serfdom to work when all the serfs are dead and the American economy is gone, but they've never really seemed to plan past the next weirdo right wing judgeship. Whatever crypto fascist paradise their Yale loner losers dreamed up is being gradually destroyed by their forgetting that you need a functioning economy and rule of law to have more than twenty wealthy people.
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Thread Criterion Channel streaming service launches April 8 (US/Canada)
My year is almost up and I'm afraid I had to cancel. The only app that "reliably" works for me is the android tv version. It's not available on my Samsung, my Xbox, my Playstation - I can't watch from my laptop to big screen or from the firetv devices I happen to have and I can't airplay or use hdmi out! The android tv version on my xbr continually fails back to the menu screen with no explanation and movies frequently just halt while network conditions are perfect for every other device and app. And I have fios. I'm out. Sorry criterion but I'm not being picky. The app situation was, is and continues to be ridiculous.
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Thread RBG still working out at Supreme Court gym
The refusal to consider Garland was a historic abberation. Don't fall into McConnell's strategy of rewriting history to normalize his disgraceful treacherous attack on the constitution. Garland in fact was carefully and strategically chosen to avoid McConnell's predicted "regular" obstructionism.
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Thread The Intercept: Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run
Eeehhhh trust me I think this whole thing requires diligence by the press and the law - but the vast, teeming majority of rapes, sexual assaults and more go unreported, unpunished and unlegislated - because it's traumatic for victims, societies punish claimants and it's ruinously expensive to take legal action. I don't know if this woman's accusation is true or not but I start every instance by assuming they're telling the truth so that the victim is given the benefit of the doubt - that doesn't mean I can't also listen to the accused's denial fairly - but not suing is utterly meaningless.
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Thread Trump starts his new narrative: He was the holdout against people who wanted him to do nothing about COVID-19 and his actions will have saved millions
His rambling recalibration after he said "two million people could have died and nobody would have done anything" was surreal. I'm paraphrasing but I'm new mischaracterizing at all -- He basically on live TV, talked himself out of thinking "nobody would be doing anything about it" as he slowmo "realized" in real time that "well maybe they'd have to do because people would be dropping dead all over the place... How many dead people have we seen [almost none] but with two million you'd see loads of them [and have to do something I suppose] "
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Thread Why are microwave burgers as good as they are?
For some reason if I eat meat that has been flash frozen, or frozen and refrozen (from thaw or partial thaw) I am absolutely guaranteed to get nasty indigestion. Only thing that ever causes it. Microwave burgers are the number one culprit.
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Thread Zack Snyder's BvS Commentary Summary
I mean the negative reaction wasn't about the premise - most thinking adults understood it was "he's human like me and has people like me " it was the clunky dialog and framing accidentally making the scene about the name. The easy way to avoid it is to name one of them - script for empathy for the mainstream audience and let hardcore fans enjoy knowing one unspoken detail that's irrelevant to the point and actually distracting as we famously saw.
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Thread McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat
Traitor Turtle. If I'm wealthy one day I'm going to build a granite monument to these people and put it somewhere extremely public with pictures and an explanation of what they did to destroy the reputation of their surviving descendents. And it will be quite dense and necessarily compromised to fit as many as I can.
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Thread Windows 10 is a confusing mess
BTW when did macs become the malware destination of choice? Mrs Stinkles complained her iMac (last year's model) was "kinda slow" - it was utterly unusable thanks to a search malware that had infested every browser and installed a profile so it couldn't be adequately scrubbed. It was so bad I ended up archiving her files and nuking the whole thing from orbit. I haven't seen that kind of horror show since the early oughts on grandpa's Windows PC. (He still opens every goddamned pdf anyone sends him) - I used to BEG him to get a mac to avoid exactly that. This one got on the Mac via a fake Flash permission window - to be fair it's pretty convincing - and thankfully it's just adware (or at least that's as far as it got) - anyone have a reccs fir a free sturdy anti virus for Mac? And why doesn't apple have one? This specific malware is two years old now.
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Thread Trump Cabinet bible study leader claims U.S is experiencing "God's wrath" in regards to coronavirus, suggests LGBTQ people are partially responsible
It's how you convince your flock that when Jesus says "love the least among you" that he doesn't mean EVERYONE - obviously not the gays or the foreigners - and that in biblical times, "Samaritan" was Greek meaning "one of the good ones" and inferred an employee class not entitled to benefits or health insurance - and that "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" only applies to individual filing for non religious affiliated individuals and that it didn't apply to churches or corporations. Without Bible study it's not realistic to expect civilians to understand the nuance of Jesus' careful financial and racial advice.
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Thread Totally sane Pastor packs his church to capacity with worshipers, "If you can't be saved in church, you in trouble."
Hmmm the Bible is pretty explicit about people dying from disease requiring personal and specific help and intercession from Jesus, not his . There's also various instructions about cleanliness and disease as well as admonitions to not trivialize or rely on God to do everything for you. Jesus is all about common sense in life and government too: Matthew 12:11 is about not simply waiting for God to fix your problems: And Leviticus even advises 14 day self quarantine.
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Thread Need help with buying a soundproof booth (or at least help on where to get help for this)
Hey Era, what's the best way to dissolve about 150 pounds of meat and bones? It's a, um, whole hog I won at a County Fair and I would really like to dissolve it so there's nothing left and it can be poured into a culvert. I am not interested in recipes or other ways to dispose of it. Has to be melted into liquid.
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Thread NBC News reports the Strategic National Stockpile was NOT designed to be the "sole solution" to coronavirus crisis, was designed to be a "stopgap"
Also worth remembering that our entirely private healthcare is designed to be as efficient as possible (as in cost to provider, not efficiency for consumers) and that means it literally runs on as few beds, ventilators, surgeons, etc, as possible in order to maximize profit. It is designed the opposite way you'd design for mass casualty events.
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Thread Shmup recommendations
I always knew you were the best but this proves it. BTW there's a sequel called "Final Star Force" that's surprisingly good. You probably already knew but I had somehow missed it for a couple of decades. Just got to play it recently. I'm also considering Konami Anniversary collection - but it's a bit pricey and I can't decide whether to get it for Xbox or Switch - I seldom play my Switch ever, especially now my kid is hogging Animal Crossing, but it feels like a portable version might be more satisfying... I also had a good time with the 360 version of R-Type Dimensions. The updated 2.5D graphics are really crisp and pleasant. Works on B/C too.I finally got around to playing this from my backlog - extremely relaxing and chill and gorgeous - but then BAM Furries out of nowhere. Not sure what's going on in the story but it's a really good balance of pleasantly easy and bullet hell.
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Thread Shmup recommendations
It's rotated out of Game Pass for now, but there's a deal on the bundle of Sky Force reloaded and Sky Force Anniversary. Not sure if I should just get Anniversary or the Bundle - somebody tell me what to do! I haven't played it, period and I like the Anniversary graphics a lot better.
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Thread So has anyone's else's plans for this year been totally flipped upside down by this?
I didn't realize it was a contest dude. Let people wallow in their own private misery. This thread is for venting but there's no entry qualifications. One man's tragedy is another man's comedy and vice versa.
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Thread Trump says he won’t comply with key transparency measures in the coronavirus stimulus bill
maybe and certainly go after it later- if he’s dumb enough to try it before November then it’s not great campaign material for Trump.
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Thread Trump says he won’t comply with key transparency measures in the coronavirus stimulus bill
Trump is a lot of things but he’s not stupid or brazen enough to try and directly profit from this bill, it’s not like he was eager to sign this so he could skim off a bunch for himself or risk putting a political appointee in charge of the purse strings, is something I could have said about any other president except this one.
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Thread Trump says he won’t comply with key transparency measures in the coronavirus stimulus bill
trump’s entire business is predicated n falsifying ownership, hiding money, defrauding taxpayers and private industry and laundering funds for other shady bastards. The fact that they’re going out of the way to prevent even basic oversight tells you that at the VERY least he’s planning to reward or launder via friends and supporters. But shell companies and other entities are extremely simple with no oversight.
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Thread Trump says he won’t comply with key transparency measures in the coronavirus stimulus bill
it can be manipulated to be legal and neither Trump nor tax lawyers are famed for having any shame. Think about it - Trump has to consider that by November he might never have a chance to recoup these losses (or find a way to profit) and he was weirdly silent about the stipulation.
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Thread Trump downgrades quarantine comments on New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut to Travel Advisory warning only(Updated)
It’s shocking to me that we’re all having this conversation, three years in - about his lying and intellectual vacuity and amoral narcissism. It’s like a slow motion re-realization of something everyone already knows- but a strong economy and relative lack of crisis meant we didn’t really feel the ramifications- deported law abiding parents, caged children, bluster and brinksmanship with North Korea - all horrifying- but not directly affecting everyone. what’s worse is that it’s not newsworthy- even the mainstream media that enabled this situation and profited from it in the first place- has normalized it so much that daily presidency ending gaffes for any other potus in history don’t even merit discussion except on MSNBC. as a nation we’ve thoroughly boiled the frog. Everyone knows intellectually how crazy it is - but we should be absolutely freaking out that the captainisn’t just steering towards the iceberg, he’s tying women and children to the hull as fenders and insisting we’re about to dock in the Bahamas thanks to his skill. that evolution happened to a lot of Trumpers too - there’s a local assclown commenter on our local Newspaper website who started as a “serious business focused R - willing to give this unconventional and occasionally insensitive president a chance” and he’d even criticize gaffes as “unfortunate “ and now three years later he’s full on MAGA crazy and finishes every comment with BuildTheWall!! And freely uses racistdog whistles.
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Thread Trump downgrades quarantine comments on New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut to Travel Advisory warning only(Updated)
Yes. He was absent from a single day of presser with no explanation the day after he directly contradicted the president in a tv interview. I think Trump attempted to oust him and was talked out of it. I may be misremembering the specific day but I believe it was last Friday. Fauci wasn’t seen or heard from till Sunday and the explanation that the Task Force rotates staff and that happened to be the day Fauci was out - is a falsehood. Fauci says there’s no issue but of course he would- apart from anything else Fauci understands the public needs reassurance. edit. Ivanka simply an example of the few people able to reverse him on a position. Obviously I’m making a lot of assumptions and guessing but it’s not crazy talk either.
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Thread Trump downgrades quarantine comments on New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut to Travel Advisory warning only(Updated)
he missed a day of press conference with no explanation right after an interview where he’d directly contradicted the president. I thought it was last Friday. May have been a different day. one thing I’ve noticed about the majority of the us coverage is how sterile and pg-rated it is - how much they’re avoiding showing people dying or morgues. I realize it sounds grim but if I get it — I volunteer to go on camera and hopefully scare the shit out of people slow to accept this reality.
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Thread What's the Most Underrated Movie You've Ever Seen...
apparently there’s a sequel written that cavill says he’d be interested in returning - I think it’s Guy Ritchie’s best film in a decade but the marketing I saw was super weak- I suspect everyone involved knew it was a good action film and just didn’t land right. not sure how you fix that next time but I’d watch it.
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Thread So has anyone's else's plans for this year been totally flipped upside down by this?
Ignoring work - which is a LOT, here’s a list of impacted things: 1. first day of lockdown I broke my toes and couldn’t get into ER in reasonable time so two weeks later they’re still pretty bad. I think they’ll be ok but eehhh it still absolutely aches and screams times are f I accidentally knock it- I think there may be a fracture at the foot bone. Colors are still VERY wrong. 2. Got huge debilitating back spasm on Friday and same deal - ER packed with bigger problems, cross contamination and exhausted staff - regular doc is absolutely mobbed. So I’m curled up for a while. 3. Trip to Singapore with my daughter for Spring Break using air miles- I could have canceled but decided to wait them out and that way get a full refund. That worked eventually. Bummer because they kept improving and upgrading the itinerary as they shifted aircraft. We’d have ended up in a business class pod with all direct flights instead of the horror show I initially was able to book. 4. Schools here haven’t started online backup yet so we’re paying a neighborhood kid to tutor her on Teams/zoom 5. She was going to be in a kids’ musical theater production which is now an online broadcast so she’s blasting horrible showtunes from something called “Honk!” 6. Summer camps and activities for her are all up in the air which means even if we get back to work we may be screwed. 7. Stores ran out of everything at first but now stocks are decent except for rice. And produce is all on sale or spoiling because people want frozen or canned goods. Locals apparently still haven’t figured out that ground beef is just beef that you grind. So there’s never any hamburger or ground meat but plenty of Chuck, pot roast etc. 8. Home Depot is limiting the number of customers in the store at a time and there was a thirty deep line of people waiting to even get in the store - yet Lowes (identical basically) two blocks north was open, empty and peaceful. 9. Mrs Stinkles is going out with the girls every other night for wine and shrieking laughs - via Zoom multichats... 10. Starbucks drive thru still functioning so suicide averted for now.
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Thread Article paints scary picture of Trump - What if he seeks revenge on US if voted out this year?
although twitter may keep him around for clicks and to hold onto his followers they’re MUCH more likely to ban him once he’s a powerless failure. bizarrely they arguably have a legal fiduciary duty to shareholders to keep him around.
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Thread Article paints scary picture of Trump - What if he seeks revenge on US if voted out this year?
Dad: “Little Donnie, I know he’s a jerk but you gotta be the bigger man.” Little Donnie: “yeah dad I completely understand what you mean by that!”
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Thread Stay home, Chicago: Thunderstorms, golf ball-size hail, high winds, and tornado threat in forecast
I swear whatever pilgrims settled in Chicago must have arrived on a Tuesday morning in May and said “wow the weather is so perfect we should go ahead and burn our wagons!”
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Thread Russia is beginning what Vladimir Putin called a "non-working week", but strongly insists there is no epidemic
I think Putin and his government have the power and influence to achieve similar levels of cooperation from the public and certainly the mayors and local governance as China did eventually - but I’d argue that the vast majority of their “competence” has been focused directly on the retention, concentration and maintenance of power for those twenty years - at the cost of a normal economy and geopolitical reputation. Both things that might help in an international crisis. but this is also an excellent time to remember that we’re all in the same boat and almost every nation so far very much appears to live in a glass house, so I’ll reserve further stones. Hope folks in Russia including some of my peeps stuck in St. Pete’s right now get through this intact and as safe as possible.
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Thread Best remote work group collaboration tool thing?
I work at Microsoft so obviously Teams but I’m really really digging it. You can add green screen backgrounds too so I created a looping gif of the behind him. doesn’t fit right but I think it’s hilarious. zoom seems fine but I have a really hard time getting videos to work for other people. edit. Yikes at zoom story above. I only use when other partners insist
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Thread International Monetary Fund head says global economy now in recession
Thanks Obama (Trump literally blamed the virus and inadequate response on the Obama pandemic contingency organization... that he had dismantled completely and whose recommendations he ignored...)
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Thread Artist Marco Bernard turns the Lion King characters into anthropomorphic versions of themselves
The artist appears to be a traditional anime influenced illustrator with huge talent but it’s extremely weird that the author (apart from bein “shook” by the most common mashup of art and subject matter on the Internet) has apparently never heard of or been exposed to furrydom. that’s the buried lede for me. “pop culture expert last person on earth to discover decades old ubiquitous pop culture”
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Thread Artist Marco Bernard turns the Lion King characters into anthropomorphic versions of themselves
maybe, but her audience for sure and even my mum have been exposed to furrydom at least as a joke or oddity. I prefer his other stuff. Reminds me of Don Bluth but with a pinch more grit and humanity.
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Thread Walmart is racist, kicks out black customers for wearing medical facemasks
Was there any reason the selfie mask guy had use such vulgar language just because they were systematically profiled, insulted, harassed, physically intimidated and publicly humiliated for doing a socially responsible thing while just trying to live their lives? I was sadly unsurprised by the content of the story but I admit I was a bit surprised to see a law enforcement professional in good physical shape with relatively normal facial hair.
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Thread Hans Zimmer - No Time For Caution, or Time?
It’s gladiator. I mean it’s not even close. Like listing John Williams and forgetting Star Wars. popularity, melody, memorability, execution, atmosphere, appropriateness and most important of all - melding with and uplifting of the underlying material. it’s rich, complex, impossible to forget and cements the atmosphere and scale of the film. Like Lord of the Rings and Howard Shore, it’s fantastic on its own merits but married to the film they both become more than the sum of their parts. it not original or unique and it borrows a ton of cliches - middle eastern mystery from Lisa Gerrard, antique sounding instruments, bombastic and melodramatic tunes and on the nose military marches but it all works perfectly.
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Thread USA indicts Maduro on criminal drug charges, offers $15 million for arrest
Maduro spotted evading justice: Joke’s on Trump too - $15 million US dollars in Venezuela right now would go some way to fixing Chavez and Maduro’s colossal mishandling of the economy. He could turn himself in and fix a couple of government institutions.
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Thread Nest WiFi or Eero Mesh?
I bought a dirt cheap three pack of Deco mesh nodes. It was replacing a shitty old wifi router and a terribad wifi access point/repeater. Compared to my old situation of a couple of dead zones, frequent drops and spikes and latency, it's a godsend. I'd love to have gooten a more expensive set but I'll wait till wifi6 I think. I do wish I'd made the change ages ago tho. Gamechanger.
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Thread ContraPoints on the "Feel the Bern" Podcast: "Speak to the center, speak to the general public" "Don't get caught up in being ideologically pure"
In a ridiculously fractured two party system with massive voter suppression and gerrymandering, all working strategies . There's no great strategy in this environment beyond enthusiasm - which can dishonestly and disastrously be ginned up by charisma, fear, hate, panic and idiocy. If GE voting were afederal holiday or political vote manipulation actually put people in jail, our elections wouldn't be crafted by evil villains trying to use a completely information and reality bereft minority as a viable way to get elected.
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Thread Forza Horizon 4 |OT| Seasoned to Perfection
I don’t know if it’s the best Forza because that’s down to your preference between sim/Motorsport aspects and free roaming bitesized missions of varying terrain- but both scratch the collector and car love itch. FH4 is a fantastic way to tour a kind of little (but still VAST and hugely varied) Britain. And it has seasons and weather as in snow, autumn etc.
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Thread White Supremacist Terrorist Killed After Planning To Blow Up Missouri Hospital
If you assume that facts, veracity and reliability of information are essential to the proper functioning of democracy or science or law - and I think most people would agree that notionally at least they are, then I also think it's safe to say that NO conspiracy theory is harmless - something we see in GamerGate, Vaxxer ideology and Flat Eartherism - because once one fictional conspiracy is plausible - they all are. Some chump believing the Earth is flat doesn't endanger the publican its own, but those chumps spread other more important lies within their web of nonsense and are unwitting patsies for external forces who manipulate those chumps to do real and more significant harms. Vaxxers cause deaths, Gators harassed, assaulted and SWAT-ed people and all of those groups continue to feed into other more horrifying conspiracies and are easily indoctrinated into everything from Naziism to Mysoginy. Many of them begin harmlessly enough. Sometimes it's a lonely teen just doing it for "lulz on the chan" - sometimes overbearing or guilty parenting of a beloved but ill or impacted child - but in a quest for validation and tiny incremental hits of dopamine from peer acknowledgment and acceptance, they can rapidly become either true believers - or blinded or oblivious adherents. And the more you try to reach them, the more they double down.
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Thread White Supremacist Terrorist Killed After Planning To Blow Up Missouri Hospital
One of the many amazing things about these people is that in the exact same giant Aryan brain they plan their own pogroms and final solutions and mass murder of (((certain peoples))) they also contain the notion that the Holocaust is . A moon landing level of cover up that somehow Jewish people have masterminded for three thousand years. Like, "they're extremely powerful and they control everything from information to money to nuclear weapons to every major politician, but this plan of theirs has taken longer than you'd think and for some reason relies on us rubes thinking they're simultaneously omnipotent and have to operate in total hermetic secrecy."
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Thread Trump’s positive coronavirus polls
The good news is that literally, adjusted for crisis effect, this is his lowest ebb. It won't change, because the people who support him won't budge. But Bush and others gained significant support even from people who hated them because of the rally effect. Trump is not gaining that - and it's effectively the same thing as a drop.
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Thread Prince Charles (first in line to UK throne) tests positive for Covid-19
Well, he's spent propagating homeopathy for decades and directly causing false hope, amplifying a fraudulent scam and possibly harming or indirectly causing the deaths of who knows how many it was. He's actually one of the most destructive "vaxxers" in UK history. He actually got a taxpayer funded Homeopathy wing opened at one of the most lauded hospitals in the country. So he'd guilty of being a POS minimum, and very likely much more serious actual harm. He's not just spreading harmful bullshit, he's enabling financial fraud. Perhaps he just needs an undetectably dilute solution of willow bark to get him through the Coronavirus.
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Thread "You're nothing": Joe Biden rape victim comes forward in brave audio interview
If there's any veracity to it, they're going to report on it. The idea that the entire media is all in cahoots for anything except clicks and money has been disproven with every single scandal for every single president. Sometimes it's a peanut farm or a tan suit and sometimes it's rape or murder. Both of those in fact, were reported on with regard to Clinton(s). If nothing else, Fox will be all over it if they can back up the reporting with anything north of an interview. Unless this story is easily disproven, and I'm not sure how it could be, it will be major news. Even if they go with the "unsubstantiated allegations" and "we're just saying what they're sating route. You're right that it's likely to be overshadowed though but it won't go away unless there's cause for it to go away. Fox doesn't give a shit about Trump allegations or balance, despite their old tagline.
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Thread Tele-evangelist Jim Bakker has a $125 "Silver Solution" for the Coronavirus
this fuckin snake reading one of the most carefully worded legal statements I’ve ever witnessed. found a legal wormhole to wriggle through without acknowledging agency, intent or responsibility and still somehow able to insinuate he’s right.
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Thread Man Who Said, ‘If I Get Corona, I Get Corona,’ Apologizes
kids are stupid and do and say stupid stuff. the kid apologized because he got caught fucking up. That’s why the vast majority of people apologize. his apology contained reasonable wording and a couple of the passive aggressive cliches “if you were offended” but as others have noted he’s a private citizen not a politician or celebrity or educator. the media did in fact take footage of inebriated young people and amplify it for profit not for public education. Stocks and rotten tomatoes in the village square. he is what he is but we could do this kind of character assassination (or suicide) by pointing a news camera at any American college kid. it’s also a sad unintended consequence of strict US alcohol laws which is the infantilism of 20 year olds and increased binge drinking. Many other nations get that shit out of their system at 18. Not that it’s a magic cure either but it’s a different dynamic.
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Thread The Intercept: Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run
Completely fair. It was sustained and repeated and egregious harassment - followed by a published and false character assassination he even admitted to - but it was not directly physical.
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Thread The Intercept: Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run
Anita Hill is a victim of sexual abuse, you're thinking of Anita Dunn. Anita Hill made an extremely credible sexual assault accusation against Justice Clarence Thomas, whose asshole wife actually had the temerity to make an unsolicited call to ask Anita Hill to apologize AFTER the disgusting I LIKE BEER rape fiasco. Two credible sexual assaulters on the Supreme Court and one cuckoo (in the stolen nest sense). That combined with John Roberts' recent heel turn (from right wing jerk with principles and a sense of decorum to regular right wing jerk) makes me extremely nervous. If Roberts thinks "ah fuck it" I can just do anything I'm askedf and hide in a yacht club from now on, then we're seriously doomed.
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Thread The Intercept: Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run
Victims have the right to make their case political, I do have to give side-eye to using accusations as political fodder regardless of who's doing it -- at least without context - at least with Trump we could point to his own admissions and court records - these weren't unproven (yet) accusations. They were facts, court records, admissions and tapes. On the other hand, Biden's sheer depth of even nonsexual touchy weirdness isn't unproven accusations - it's an extremely awkwards series of indisputable things he definitely did. We have a weird spectrum of forgivability in this country - I'd contrast Trump "grab her by the pussy" and multiple forcible rape and assault accusations - with Al Franken's inappropriate and disrespectful chicanery as an example of that gulf. Shoulld Al Franken have resigned? Maybe. Should Donald Trump have been rewarded with the most powerful job in the world? Obviously not. From a POV I think forcing Franken out was dangerous and a blend of actual and feigned or exaggerated outrage, but then I wasn't humiliated or embarassed in his photos.
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Thread The Intercept: Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run
You're fine, people do this all the time. We knew who you meant. I just took the opportunity to disgust and terrify people rather than keep it all inside.
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Thread The Intercept: Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run
I wonder what would happen if Biden won the primary, then had to withdraw because one or more allegations ended up with really indisputable receipts? Like how do you draft a viable candidate with a couple of months to go? Maybe we just get any half decent person with charisma under the age of 60 to do it. maybe Clooney or Tom Hanks or Oprah.
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Thread What do you put (if anything) in your Mac and Cheese?
I put mustard powder in the roux. It adds flavor but also tricks ungrateful children into thinking it’s processed so they’ll eat it. if there’s no vegetarian guests I’ll add bacon fat to the butter for the roux.
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Thread Samurai, are they over romanticised?
They are romanticized exactly as much and in the same ways as medieval chivalric knights. The real difference is the sheer numbers/ratio and the focus on consistent details. At one point the Samurai class represented 10% of the Japanese population - and that's not counting the businesses and infrastructure they needed for that lifestyle. It was MUCH lower than that in medieval Europe although the numbers aren't terribly clear and open to a lot of fudging. But in terms of active military landed knights - an extremely small percentage. But both were just as likely to murder peasants for sport or profit as rescue a damsel or daimyo. After Portugal opened up Japan (and again towards the end of the Samurai era) the fascination was very much based on nostalgia for the Arthurian vision of knighthood and chivalry - the analogs to Bushido are obvious. One weeaboo thing that blew my mind a little - because of the hyperbolic romanticization - was finding out that Japanese Samurai steel was actually pretty trash - a Spanish sword of the same era would have been vastly superior - thanks in part to cultural and technological inertia in Japan - and the isolation of the nation - they were slow to improve metallurgy. Since they were mostly fighting Japanese steel with Japanese steel, it suffered. This is partly my fault for thinking Highlander was a documentary.
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Thread How come Travis Fimmel never won any awards for his portrayal of Ragnar Lothbrok? (spoilers, I guess?)
they absolutely ravaged Von Trier’s antichrist and burned Breaking the Waves pretty comprehensively. They were on the horns of a dilemma about Midsommar tho. Ecbert settled for it but Ragnar felt it had hidden treasure that should have been shared with the audience. So he killed it and flayed it for all the other filmmakers to see.
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Thread COVID-19: Ontario lists alcohol and cannabis sales, car dealerships as "essential workplaces" during shutdown
In the US Cadillac just started offer to let consumers buy cars “directly “* online with home delivery so people wouldn’t have to visit the dealership. of course they only did this by getting some agreements to let dealers act as a middle man and even then it can’t be offered in several states because dealer networks SPECIFICALLY warped legislation to outlaw even a hint of direct sales to consumers. our nation’s insistence on creaming off profits via often needless and counterproductive middle men is being highlighted by the crisis- cars, healthcare and more — all tangled in industries that are artificially enabled in the first place. Chris Christie’s New Jersey prohibition on Tesla stores and sales was written by rival dealerships and enacted into law less than 12 hours after it was revealed. There are nine states restricting any such method of selling cars in various ways. car dealers and their networks are among the most influential lobbying groups in states and nationwide and that influence is why buying a car at a dealership is annually listed as the worst consumer experience in the country. They bought the exclusive rights to screw you.
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Thread “Very soon,” Trump on when the US economy will reopen. Comments come as leaders of UK and Canada instate new sweeping measures and restrictions
to be fair- he definitely only just won and with a popular and I suspect like Gore/Bush we’ll eventually find out he didn’t legitimately win the electoral college either- but even then the fact that he was able to get close enough to hide the tip of the malfeasance thanks to our combination of low information voting and the abuse of 18th century traditions is just as damning. those 70k votes across multiple states are a margin of error tabulation- and the perfect reminder since we already forgot about Florida Butterflies- that we can’t assume anything anymore. Vote.
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Thread “Very soon,” Trump on when the US economy will reopen. Comments come as leaders of UK and Canada instate new sweeping measures and restrictions
With a hundred years and a laboratory filled with the finest scientists and writers and dreamers in history you could not create a more specifically incompetent and unsuitable leader for this crisis. The blood on this man’s hands after this is done may not reach the levels of W. Bush’s catastrophic adventure in Iraq- but the reasons for it will be much more venal and pathetic than a spoiled son’s desire for spectacular revenge. and in this case the “9/11” ignition point was decades of diminishing mental returns from one of the worst human beings ever to escape being drowned at birth. the man has done everything he could to disqualify himself from every position north of leprous arse wiper — and the GOP’s nexus of demographic irrelevance and full throated commitment to corruption and bigotry is the perfect storm that sunk this ship. When we emerge from this we had better implement a democratic colonic or we’ll simply stumble into the same problem with a different face. November is the most important chance we’ll ever be given. If the country votes at a level that even mildly reflects the seriousness of the moment then we have a chance to fix these foundations. If not, then we simply didn’t deserve that opportunity. anyone who stays home that day is complicit. And downballot is vital too.
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Thread Times where you prefer a cover to the original classic version
Prince covers may not be better than the originals but they prove another aspect of possibly the most talented pop artist in the last 100 years which is that he’s one of the strongest songwriters in the same period. Tom Jones’ KISS and Sinead’s Nothing Compares 2U being the most memorable. Foo Fighters’ Darling Nikki and Chaka Khan’s Feel for You are arguably as strong.
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Thread Welp, my OLED finally got burn-in
Are you the guy I heard about that still uses 3D?! (kidding- I know the real numbers) although personally while I know it would rankle me to lose a feature just for enacting a repair - it’s personally one of the rare occasions where it might feel like a slight reliability improvement psychologically. if I were a 3D fan though that would piss me off something fierce.
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Thread Devs react to PS5 specs - Twitter edition
I understand completely why people get emotionally invested in a console platform. When I was a kid, I was an obsessive gamer - and broke - so I usually had to compromise - either by waiting till I could affford something, or by saving money and buying the not-quite-best-thing. Or older, used systems. So I justified it. Sometimes it was easy - I had an MSX when everyone had moved on - but I was getting the best Konami arcade ports - sometimes it was hard - when I had an Atari ST and really would have been better off with an Amiga - but I had things like Starglider, a beloved OS and the weirder bits of the demo scene before Amiga took it over completely. Sometimes it was harder, when I got an Acorn Electron instead of a BBC Micro, or watched the metal keyboard surround unpeel itself from the liquifying glue on my 16k Spectrum with a RAM pack as it heated up beyond even basic safety and quality guarantees. I personally looked for the advantage in whatever system I had - Vectrex was the only place to play perfect vectorscan games - ColecoVision had fewer games but better graphics than the 2600. I get it. I genuinely understand some of the irrational adherence to a brand or company or format. Hell, I still think HD DVD was a better format than Blu-ray if only for price and the unified (and smooth UI). But getting emotionally invested in subjective anecdotes from strangers about unknowns and gaps and missing information - would have been a bridge too far for even 14 year old me. Blast Processing is real, my friends.
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Thread An religious school in Illinois won’t close its doors despite repeated requests. Now sheriff’s deputies are appealing directly to parents.
Until everyone from everywhere in Illinois stops saying they're "from Chicago" because they can't be bothered explaining where they're actually from (See also, Detroit, Seattle, LA) then you're stuck with this.
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Thread I know not everyone liked that Leia scene in The Last Jedi, but to me it was cathartic (Spoilers)
Look, I'm not going to say that it was perfect or that it was telegraphed, but the second biggest revelation in the entire series is Palpatine mentioning that Luke is not the most powerful force vessel in the Universe and that there is very much another JUST like him. The series is chock full of wise Jedi explaining that the simplest way to the Force's apparently UNLIMITED potential is the mere act of letting go - of letting the Force pass through you - and nothing clears the mind like Bushido's acceptance of death mantra. Not only that but Leia knows as much about the Force as anyone living except Luke and (spoiler?) Palpatine. Yoda wasn't half as capable as Luke, yet trivially lifts a couple of tons of metal out of a choking bog. The physiological effects from space check out except for her being able to open her eyes and see. I'll allow it.
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Thread Bernie Sanders was one of six senators to miss the vote for the relief bill today
Jesus christ people stop eating each other. Shitty bill, shitty arguments about a shitty situation. Fighting with each other isn’t even as useful as the shitty bill.
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Thread Unprecedented scenes as Britains flock to holiday areas
they’re not global level - but they’re easily top ten , top five anywhere in Europe and Deffo number one on any Mediterranean coast. and BOY do we export some amazing microcultures in terms of fashion and linguistics.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Anyone here an allergy expert? Mrs Stinkles who’s ethnically Asian and has a chronic, decades long asymptomatic cough - exacerbated by the season and allergies is basically a cross between the Outbreak a Monkey and Hitler to passers by. I’ve had a very slight runny nose every morning for a couple of weeks. I mean a single dab of a tissue at 8am and it’s gone. I used to only be allergic to cats (proper full spectrum test) but as I get older I’ve become sensitive to dogs too - wonder if I’m becoming allergic to pollen etc too. not much of a symptom and barely detectable but it is a novel virus after all. We’ve been on lockdown proper for a couple of days now - going out for a bike ride later somewhere quiet and isolated.
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Thread Should I watch the film Major League?
Gentle Ben 2 was on Pixl this morning but I woke up too late. I was pretty distraught. Sequels are normally terrible but I don’t have to tell you guys that , is considered The Godfather 2 of misleadingly safe ursine companion cinema. if Criterion didn’t play it so safe there’d be a 4k remaster by now.
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Thread Emirates Airline to suspend all passenger operations by March 25
My spring break air miles redemption trip to Singapore got canceled first by Alaska then again by Alaska when they realized they’d only canceled half of it. Singapore Airlines whose flight it was never actually communicated any such thing even after the trip became impossible because of their 14 day quarantine. I have a now VAST number of air miles that I may never get to use - Alaska is really great about stuff like that - if you’re pregnant for example, they let you pause your mileage status for a year for free so that you can retain it even though you can’t fly - but domestic carriers are going to be absolutely ravaged by this. I’ve no idea who’ll survive and in what shape. Boeing is already in deep shit.
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Thread White supremacists discussed using Coronavirus as bioweapon; "They suggested leaving saliva on door handles", report says
I’m sure their Aryan genes will simply shrug off this (((inscrutable exotic ))) malady. also I wonder if they’ve checked the average age and Pantone reference for the median Coronavirus fatality? I’m sure they’ve thought this all through to a logical conclusion where America is whites only and an extremely successful international economic powerhouse and not The Road.
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Thread UK "Herd Immunity" idea came from Dominic Cummings: "if that means some pensioners die, too bad”
Much as I detest the Eton to Downing Street pipeline monopoly there did used to be something reassuring about our elites being rigorously educated in the classics and history and competing with each other for power and influence in part by breeding and marrying and networking for access to the finest minds and ideas and inventions. Now that everyone has discovered the racism, falsehood and cruelty cheat mode to skip the boring grind of normal democracy and governance — we no longer need even the appearance of superior intellects. so we still have the Eton pipeline — but now the bullies and rugby wanks are guarding the entrance to the slide. the Age of Enlightenment was a switch from the emphasis on bloodlines to brains but it was a temporary glitch. The days of Darwin and Hume and Watt and Washington and Hamilton and Franklin are now the days or Boris and Trump and Gove and Gohmert.
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Thread Hahaha, but seriously. How. How has Always Sunny never been recognized with an award/even fucking more nominations?
I considered saying that but my point was really the opposite of yours- the show didn’t have a following or momentum but it absolutely established an identity in season one. The post Frank Always Sunny is absolutely the same show- just better in a really unexpected way. not disputing your point at all - just better expressing my intent and the feeling I had about season one and beyond. Obviously you’re correct.
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Thread Hahaha, but seriously. How. How has Always Sunny never been recognized with an award/even fucking more nominations?
the introduction, mid series, of a huge Hollywood a-lister looks like Poochie 101 on paper but Frank ended up being the most amazingly counterintuitively brilliant decision in the history of TV. obviously DeVito is a genius anyway but he went to the show from pure passion and love and rather than distort or outshine their talent he became this incredible pressure valve to let them ratchet up the show to heights it may never otherwise have reached and it was already one of the best shows on TV. the fact that these profoundly evil agents of chaos and selfishness could be humanized or amplified by this newcomer was eye opening. And if there’s any justice the Emmies will fix it for the final season. It won’t be a consolation prize it’ll be an admission of prior failure and a deserved apology.
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Thread Hahaha, but seriously. How. How has Always Sunny never been recognized with an award/even fucking more nominations?
No, no, not danger. It’s not danger. They knew what they were getting into when they tuned in. It’s not Mac.
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Thread What are the best and worst airports you have had experience with?
Worst, Newark New Jersey- not just the meanest tsa staff in the nation but also a death trap. If there’s ever a fire both exit and enter lanes from/to the terminals which are one person wide are going to be carnage. And the food. Oh my god. Best? St. George, Utah is like private jets for regular people. I am also fond of any outdoor tropical island airport that smells of plumerias and the ocean. Shoutout to San Diego for being walking distance to downtown. Reverse shoutout to “Reykjavik” for being in a different part of Iceland from actual Reykjavik.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
I know there are several immigrants to the US on era and I’ve been surprised at the fact that USCIS is being partially flexible right now. I’m already naturalized but they still send the odd text alert because I’m signed up to their e-filing Service for my GOES/Global Entry card and they’ve been relatively proactive in announcing flexibility for folks who owe documents or signatures. I’d assumed that pending immigration would be more negatively affected- although I’m positive there’ll also be horror stories emerging at this scale of event. And I’ve been super impressed by Alaska Airlines customer service- they followed up twice personally to help me cancel and refund a complicated trip.
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Thread At what point do you agree that AI should gain similar rights to humans or animals?
I mean you’re right. The ultimate question of what that really means - “if it’s synthesized, is it really suffering? “ Is a reasonable question but the answer is both obvious and subjective: It’s real to the subject and the subject is who we should care about. if we imbue anything with the capacity for suffering- from birthing a child with painful physical ailments- to resuscitating an elderly patient in chronic agony, to building a program that is designed to experience and express pain or anguish- we damn well better balance that against the value of that effort to the subject. when we put down ailing pets we do so n part because the animal has no concept of the value of life through pain - a sick cat only knows it’s in hell and can’t use a little extra time to say goodbye or wrote a memoir.We should apply that thinking to anything artificial we build and even labrats are sometimes tortured in the pursuit of some greater good. Babies are saved because they might live through that pain and enjoy some decent quality of life. If the “good” is bullshit cosmetics or a philosophical answer or an arbitrary moral principle then let’s not do it.
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Thread At what point do you agree that AI should gain similar rights to humans or animals?
It would be far easier to create AI that enjoyed their jobs and never make AI capable of suffering. If we can’t learn from nature’s “mistakes” then we shouldn’t be doing its business.
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Thread At what point do you agree that AI should gain similar rights to humans or animals?
no Bronze Age sword could eliminate an entire city. No 13th century poultice could cure bubonic plague. We can’t do it yet but computing advances even shackled by Moore’s law suggest that we will actually be able to do this. And we’ve created plenty of systems that are vastly more capable of specific tasks- including reasoning and learning than any insect. We can’t yet emulate the complexity of their physiological brains (nervous systems) but we can trivially outperform them at specific functions with extremely primitive computers. We’re decades from creating a genuinely intelligent computer but there’s no fundamental physics or obstacles on that horizon. we don’t need to match a human brain to create human-analog behaviors or phenomena.
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Thread Normal, everyday sounds that you don't normally think about... but enjoy
Cork plonking from bottle with a light accompanying squeak of friendly friction. The sound of waxed paper being torn from a block of fine vintage cheddar. The gentle snap of an After Eight wafer to herald the scent of mint and chocolate. The lamentation of their women. The ever more desperate and muted pleading of hitchhikers as they realize their skin is getting looser. The small indignant ruff of a golden retriever puppy demanding to be taken seriously. The sound of unfamiliar birds on a tropical morning abroad. The gurgles and squeals of a baby cooing from its crib. The muted crack of a splintered tibia as a young athlete’s career is ended. The chime of Balinese bells in a beautiful village. The lapping of waves and the gently rushing tumble of smooth pebbles on a distant shore. The distant contest of a chainsaw’s buzz and the howled anguish of its intended subject. The warming resonant purr of a mellow cat nestled against your shoulder. The explosive shouted rage of violence and the rattle of shaking wood from a crowd fighting outside your flimsy double wide door. The contented sigh of a sleeping partner as a sliver of dawn creeps across the cost bed. A distinctly and joyously analog melody from a vintage arcade game that vividly recalls halcyon days of youth. The sudden and startling silence of jet turbines failing at 40,000 feet followed by the furious rush of air and buffeting plummet. The crackle and snap of firewood in a Christmas hearth. The mewling awe of the tethered Dirtybirds as they witness the Majesty of Your Becoming and the pathetic wracked sobbing of their final understanding of your Glory. The pleasant concussive whomp of New Years Fireworks and reassuring cries of joy and celebration Echoing from downstairs as you drift into childhood dreams. The soporific lullaby of Gilbert Gottfried belting grind core lyrics from a riot police loudspeaker.
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Thread TheWrap: WB debating straight-to-digital release of Wonder Woman 1984
I think Americans will initially balk at a $40 rental even if taking the fam would cost more than that. I think it will just feel wrong at least until people get used to it. Or maybe they can market well as huge ppv event. I feel really bad for folks who made great summer movies this year because it’ll never be the same measure of relative success.
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Thread Scotland: Hotel Staff homeless after being fired.
If only they had a large unoccupied building to house them temporarily in. I get the job issue, but if they have nowhere else to go, they can keep the place functioning and clean while they figure out their next steps (I mean lights on and doors locked at night, not working or serving meals).
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Thread CNN: Trump administration asking states to delay release of unemployment numbers
We actually need these numbers for you know, hospital beds, services, economies and so on. They are not political tools, they are governance metrics with practical applicability. We ESPECIALLY need these numbers in emergency scenarios.
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Thread Senator Burr (R-NC) Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Prep (update: Loeffler, Inhofe, Johnson too)
I’m not cynical but it wouldn’t be outlandish to think he’d 1. made an enemy or been abandoned by the White house possibly for something unrelated 2. Pissed off someone at Fox 3. Fox getting out ahead of a larger scandal
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Thread An uninsured COVID-19 patient got a medical bill of $34,927.43
One thing to watch America spiral down a drain dug by insurances and healthcare systems but it’s depressing to watch the UK try to slavishly copy that system. I broke my toes at the weekend (again!) and decided it wasn’t worth navigating the system during a health crisis- and I have “Cadillac “ health insurance. I reset the displaced little toe (soft notes of fruity anguished agony and heady, bright overtones of rosehip and crying) and keeping an eye on the rest of the foot to make sure it heals normally. I’ll go in if anything goes wrong-er. I think the second to little toe is probably fractured and there might be a crack on the foot beyond. but the fact that someone with great insurance is just too tired and annoyed to deal with it is also a red flag. if I went to the ER I might wait all day in a chaotic environment full of panicking parents, ODs, gunshot victims and chaos, if I went to my doc I’d be waiting for secondary imaging at another facility and X-ray tech and mri billing. Might be another week before I get the information and meanwhile my foot is mostly healed.
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Thread Breaking: Dow erases gains since Trump's inauguration
I’m really really doing it. I think Biden is a dusty old mess. I wish he hadn’t run. Bernie is almost the same age and had a heart attack a couple of months ago and is a “socialist “ Anyone who tells you one of these guys is a can’t miss no brainer most electable candidate is crazy. but as i specifically pointed out, his voters are aligning with polling. I prefer Bernie’s policy - I’m an immigrant from a poor and once working class unemployed mining family from Northern Europe— but I suspect it’s impossible to pass Bernie’s ideas in the current climate so I voted for Elizabeth Warren by mail before she dropped out and before Biden’s surge. I also think Bernie us untested in a GE for oppo or sticky attacks - but that could be better or worse than Biden. I don’t know what they’ve got or what they plan to invent. I do know the eventual candidate 100% needs African Americans to vote for and support him. That’s about the only solid stat I can point to. And Al Gore won both the popular and electoral college votes. The Supreme Court interfered with that result. One day I expect we’ll see similar data about Clinton. But you’re yelling at a cloud. I’m simply stating what happened. You’re the one applying judgment of that happenstance.
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Thread Senator Burr (R-NC) Dumped Up to $1.6 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Prep (update: Loeffler, Inhofe, Johnson too)
true story - Congress is protected from insider trading laws and undid much of the legislation designed to prevent them from openly benefitting from that.
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Thread Everyone with a booked flight across continents in the next 6 weeks... what are you going to do?
I was going to Singapore with my daughter for spring break on air miles- I tried to wait it out and weirdly got improved flights and upgrades as they shifted stuff around but eventually realized it was never going to happen- Alaska refunded everything smoothly and politely. Their customer service has been great.
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Thread Trump: Hydroxychloroquine approved by the FDA for prescription to treat COVID-19 (UP: FDA says it is NOT approved, but currently in testing)
I mean everything. “George W us the stupidest president ever!” “This pop artist is the most egotistical narcissist ever!” “Martin Shkreli is the most out of touch sociopath in history!” “Nixon would put his political survival in front of a dying child while everyone watched!” “There is no low that some CEO wouldn’t stoop to even if it destroyed the country “ “I wouldn’t be surprised if that famous dude had actually had people killed “ “that guy is the worst businessman of all time! A broken clock would make better decisions “ “I think that politician is a a traitor to his country “ “He’s probably a serial rapist “ “I bet he paid someone to do his entire degree in college and just screwed around there’s no way he could even graduate high school! “ “How can you tell when he’s lying? His lips move!” All of these hot takes are typically easily disproven hyperbole — yet all of them are potentially factual statements about Donald Trump. Zero hyperbole. They’re all credible.
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Thread Who was better : Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin?
A big group of us rented an airbnb (cheaper than a hotel) in Palm Springs to go see some tennis thing (Indian - it got canceled but we decided to go ahead and spend a couple of days rather than lose money. then the homeowner canceled at the last second but the agency felt bad and gave us an available replacement home for the same rate - it was Harold Lloyd’s estate and kind of a museum- amazing photos and history and the “caretaker “ - a fancy dude who may well have been the ownerchatted with me for AGES about Harold and the house - he was delighted anybody knew anything about Lloyd! it was thunder and lightning most of the time and a thoroughly horrible weather weekend for what’s normally guaranteed sunshine. I didn’t care and rode my bike up the road all the way to the cable car and what’s normally a barren desert gulch had transformed into a miraculous verdant spring with a swimming hole and a rushing creek! Cellphone shot of miracle creek: weekend was ruined for everyone except me! Everything’s common’ up Stinkles! Except for the giant global pandemic and depression...
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Thread Let's work on our grocery store etiquette during the COVID-19 pandemic, shall we?
you can borrow mine. Go to the post office on the other side of the forest. I loaned it to Margery the squirrel. But you have to go to the post office and collect her package of board games so she can return the Animal Crossing cartridge to me. When you’ve done that come find me at the beach.
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Thread Kenneth Copeland: If You Lost Your Job in the Pandemic, “Don’t You Stop Tithing”
there’s a very large swathe of the prominent pious who must be far more atheist privately than even the biggest edgelord - because even a hardcore euphoric Fedora - sorry, trilby- enthusiast has a couple of bucks on Pascal’s Wager as a hedge. These guys have made a profound bet that it’s horseshit.
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Thread Pennywise or Rose the Hat, who would you rather face?
Rose getting her ass knocked clean out of the Astral Plane and off the top of a bus was weirdly satisfying. I always enjoy movies where the protagonists are one step ahead of the antagonists and even the audience. The best thing about No Country For Old Men was Anton Chigur first getting his ass handed to him strategically, morally and physically by Llewelyn - a smart, ethical, capable man that Chigur massively underestimated - and not only did Chigur fail to get his target - he was effectively outgunned and crippled permanently by Llewelyn's actions. Then Chigur got his snatched by Carla Jean who was made of the same stuff as her late husband -- and simply refused to put up with Anton's bullshit ego. It's one of the small stories from the movie that gets missed in the chaos and darkness - which is that it's not just good people and law and order that are undone by the movement of modern times - but legends are erased by it too. In this case Chigur's. The movie is in part about him being overtaken by events he can't control. Back to OP question: I would probably get killed by a Lobstrosity even if I saw it coming, or scared to death by bedridden Zelda. Hell, I'd be defeated immediately by Gerald's handcuffs.
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Thread The Criterion Collection Appreciation Thread
Wow. So Criterion Channel finally works on my main TV. A 2018 Sony XBR - I already bought a 4k TV stick for it, which enraged me. But at least it's available on that TV now. The lack of console apps is still baffling tho. I've never heard a single explanation that makes any sense. They're leaving money and subscribers on the table for no reason.
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Thread Apple Announces New iPad Pro with Trackpad Support And New Keyboard Cover
I just somehow forbgot the price until I went to the site to preorder. Then I saw it in real liefe and I literally said "naaaaw" out loud. $350 Three hundred and fifty dollars.... As another poster said, it's almost $100 more expensive than a new iPad.
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Thread Breaking: Dow erases gains since Trump's inauguration
They voted in the vast majority of cases because they think he's the most effective candidate to beat Trump in a GE. Everything else right now is tertiary. So you should stick to that electability argument because most of them voted before the Coronavirus crisis actually hit. Their interests were . They voted in alignment with general polling wisdom, not . Their interests and their choices will be validated or otherwise in the long term, starting with November and for god knows how long. Bernie lost the current delegate count democratically. He hasn't quit yet so applying malintent and stupdity to those voters is premature as well as faulty. You might well turn out to be right, but not in March 2020. And you'd still be wrong about their interests right now.
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Thread George RR Martin says he’s Healthy, Isolated and Getting PLENTY of Writing done
I've read all the books - I'm thinking more along the lines of a revisionary "fable" - "remember the white walkers once had a king..." - not that he appear suddenly in the story. I'd be happy to see his take on it even if it's a literal punch and judy show gag
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Thread George RR Martin says he’s Healthy, Isolated and Getting PLENTY of Writing done
I wonder howGRRM is looking at the blowback on the (extremely successful and beloved) show as an opportunity to enact giant “revisions?” The biggest opportunity from my perspective is to give the Night King a persona and a story- and give the Mountain a proper comeuppance - his brother suffered the least of any of his victims and arguably is the only personal beneficiary of the Mountain’s horror shows. this could be the written equivalent of the Kingdom of Heaven Director’s Cut.
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Thread Apple Announces New iPad Pro with Trackpad Support And New Keyboard Cover
I know and the word “Pro” should have been removed alongside it. I LOVE my iPad Pro and I use it incessantly but I encounter issues with the lack of headphone jack daily and I’m a light Video/Audio user- what makes it all the more frustrating is that Apple still uses pointless proprietary methods so that android usb c adapters don’t work so I have to carry two and you can’t just use a headphone adapter you need a redundant usb c dongle AND headphone jack unless you want to give up charging. It’s absurd and there’s no mechanical reason a simple 2.5 (or frankly 3.5 ) port couldn’t be included on the iPad or on this new keyboard. it has the potential to be THE machine of choice for tons of AV professionals, hobbyists and other creatives but a stupid marketing decision hamstrings an essential industry standard. I’m over it on phones. Fine, stupid but you win Apple. But for professionals in related industries the analog audio jack is here for at least another decade- maybe more and there’s currently no equivalent wireless audio performance let alone Bluetooth which is anathema to current needs. if a future iteration of BT or another standard can solve latency, fidelity, isolation, insulation, compatibility and power- then it could make an argument that it’s equivalent -but still not superior- and that’s years away. It’s the only “perfect “ unified standard around and there’s a reason it’s been that way for almost 150 years (75 if you wanna get persnickety on 3.5mm) .
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Thread Apple Announces New iPad Pro with Trackpad Support And New Keyboard Cover
I’m gonna try it. If the typing feel is good the usb c, backlight and cantilever might be worth it for me. why not put headphone jack on keyboard Apple? 2.5mm (subset of 3.5) is smaller than usb c. I mean it should be on the Pro... TRACKPAD - mark my words - Apple is planning to merge OS X with iOS and go touchscreen on its now comical (lack of touch I mean) desktop and laptops.
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Thread Apple Announces New iPad Pro with Trackpad Support And New Keyboard Cover
I bought my pro 12.5 FOR the folio keyboard because it has my favorite typing action ever- will this new keyboard work with existing pro? The previous situation on pencils and keyboards is disgraceful. mouse support has been fantastic although I wish I could disable the touch icon completely. the file system is still hilariously half baked though. It is to files as Gimp is to coherent intuition.
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Thread Got my first sports car last week!
Grats OP. it might be beyond trivial but the roads are empty enough for you to go fling it around (safely) - if you get the chance find a big plot of level graded gravel or dirt - parking lots - and learn not the car’s limits- but yours- figure out what you’re comfortable with first and don’t be pressured into exceeding those limits. I say gravel or dirt because it’s kinder to your tires in most cases and the lessened traction will be fun to explore versus tarmac. We have a ton of forest service roads nearby and some of them are accessible and safe- but figure out what’s legal and practical in your vicinity and remember no matter how middle of nowhere you think you are there’s a tractor or a deer or a family of cyclists around every bend. AWD and electronic assists can make it a little harder to sense the edges of traction and safety but for the most part they’re there to help you enjoy driving- and while it’s fun to tweak a rwd vehicle into flinging it’s butt out, the fact remains that your awd will let you drive faster and better and there’s plenty of excitement there.
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Thread Trump tweets about the "Chinese virus"
President is speaking and every time he says something stupid stocks ratchet slightly lower. He started by calling it "the Chinese virus" and with five second delay stocks immediately halted slight uptick and began to decline more rapidly. Claims the test is "not very nice I can tell you but I did it!" Arrested Development Narrator: "he didn't do it " Then he said "enacting defense production act you all know what that is I don't have to tell you" DROPPO Then "international Red Cross ship its a big white ship with a big Red Cross!" DROPPO
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Thread Breaking: Dow erases gains since Trump's inauguration
ignoring politics for a moment- a smart responsible president would have created an environment where the US was a leader on this and one of the first to emerge and recover. The market is of course tanking for any president - but Trump’s incompetence and genuine mental and moral issues have massively increased the depth and duration of this crisis and worse - meant that where the US could be using its wealth and power to help the world out of this - we’re dragging them down with us. The Coronavirus is not Trump’s fault but our hopeless and pathetic continuing reaction to it is his fault. Every American should ask themselves the following question 1. is Trump’s primary concern and focus the wellbng of the Country and its people, it his own political survival? 2. Does Trump and his cabinet have the intellectual horsepower to create an exit strategy that is the best and most rational to save lives and properly invest in the future health and welfare of the country? 3. can Trump fundamentally change or adapt his behaviors? I’m actually just as nervous about how warped the GOP has become. They cannot be relied on for either governance or even baseline competence anymore so we’re swimming upstream with one hand tied behind our backs that wouldn’t have been even fifteen years ago. Hopefully voters understand that you can’t hire a butcher to fix your plumbing no matter how much you love red meat. hopefully America is seeing starkly why having a government is just infanticide with no upside.
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Thread Side-by-side official next gen flagship specs: Xbox Series X and PS5 spec sheets
presumably he was reporting what he’d heard. Don’t forget that companies can and have made reactive development decisions in the wake of competitor announcements - including upgrades but also financial decisions- if a spec was too expensive to chase or match they could leave that alone and shift budget or effort to a differentiator- Wii for example using control method as its selling point vs graphics performance. Jason may have been accurate until things changed. Happens all the time. In this case the combination of e3 and gdc flux meant nobody could enact their normal planning cadence- and Sony or others may have had to adjust planning to accommodate that flux. This may be a hybrid of gdc and other work. As a player and enthusiast it may be dry but I appreciate the insight. I have zero insight into their business- but Sony being based in Japan, marketing globally, manufacturing in Japan, Korea and in China and building their next gen from a different place in the market and technology means you shouldn’t expect either a copy of the Series X or a clone of the PS4 plan or approach. the SSD stuff is an example of both companies thinking about how to all that horsepower beyond flinging pixels at players — and on both systems that will provide unexpected and unpredictable benefits - but both companies have had traditionally very different ecosystems and OS features where that infrastructure will be as important as the underlying tech. and that’s without considering price, play patterns and developer output.
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Thread What's your WFH setup looking like? (POSSIBLY IMAGE HEAVY)
I use Duet so that my iPad Pro can be a second monitor - and a touch screen - it's surprisingly good. I wish there was a way to use it with an external HDMI source like a console. In fact it's been counfounding me for years that 99.9999% of tablets and laptops can't act as second monitors without some monkeypaw. Duet annoyed me at first because of the cost and subscription antics but it really really works great. Latency is minimal and photoshop works great with Apple pencil weirdly enough. It's possible I'm forgettinng something important or am wrong, because I did a quick test blast on a day with a lot going on so I'm gonna double check.
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Thread What's your WFH setup looking like? (POSSIBLY IMAGE HEAVY)
company and management have been great and fast but it’s too soon to say. Personally it’s been mixed for me - I’ve gotten a ton of backlogged writing done but in person stuff is challenging and we’re adjusting work methods- so different disciplines are impacted differently. We’re extremely lucky to work at a company taking it seriously from the outset and with great infrastructure. I can’t help worry about folks less fortunate.
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Thread Tesla forced to shut down Fremont factory
Those are considered essential for now with some exceptions. In fact as bare as the stores (in WA) have been of canned tomatoes and dry pasta/rice, there's been plenty of fresh dairy. As soon as my neighbors figure out that ground beef is.... beef that is ground, then the current abundance of chuck roast will vanish tho.
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Thread Phil Spencer responds on E3 cancellation. Xbox digital event planned. More info in the coming weeks
E3 is like any industry event. For some sections of its industry it serves an essential function and is embraced and beloved. For some - an extra tax on bandwidth or precious production resources - and for consumers, a moment- like Film Festivals where the news and reveals are exciting and welcomed. Very few companies begin a big game production without considering those events and so if they’re properly planned for they are incorporated into the calendar of human and logistical resources. launch years for big games can squeeze the effort and create tricky branches- polishing art and frame rates that would otherwise be ready in a more natural or organic cadence- and like any production landmark- it often doesn’t go as planned and feels “extra” (and sometimes unexpected asks ARE extra - those suck) but usual, ultimately those efforts are in a plan somewhere. the big companies will be challenged since some of that work is now sunk cost - but the smaller companies and indies are dealing with that at sometimes more profound scale and worse - I. The aftermath of GDC impact- normally the “Sundance “ for indie and small devs to network and collaborate and sign deals and get vital learnings. I’m heartbroken for anyone who worked with love and pride on something they truly cared about only to see that work go to waste or worse- and in an environment of extreme doubt and no horizon to scan - but especially for the folks impacted by the triple whammy of two giant events and an economy tumbled into chaos for a period we can’t guess right now. There’s upside for some - more players with more time- and games are still one of the best bangs for buck (Three levels of Donkey Kong on a 4k cartridge used to cost the equivalent of $70 or so adjusted for inflation compared to lord knows how many hours of The Witcher 3) so there’s going to be more engagement- but money’s going to be tight for many. I can’t take even a second of joy in E3 being gone this year for those reasons and thousands more - most of them with faces and families - who wanted to use that show to delight and surprise and entertain us. Best of luck to everyone- gamers, families, cities, studios, publishers, people and nations- and in this context- especially to those directly impacted by the cancellation. I don’t begrudge the folks saying “screw e3” that opinion and in some cases they’d have salient points - but I can’t go along for that particular hayride. Allergies, you know? That’s why my eyes are watering. Edit. Whoops DP
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Thread Tom Brady to leave Patriots (UP: Signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to Colin Cowherd)
So long to and a terrible talentless player who only ever won by engaging in the most destructive and desperate cheating matrix in history*. Don’t let your Uggs trip you on the way out. * I concede that there have been a couple more evil monsters in history and that he was ok at football. But that’s my limit.
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Thread I still can't believe the UK plan is to speedrun it. [UK Coronavirus strategy, see threadmark]
I had to point out I was being facetious last week immediately after I posted that. It’s the same situation here in the states- private leagues make their own decisions. I used to live directly between Murrayfield rugby stadium and Tynecastle (Hearts) so I was always extremely aware of the crowd differences. But I wasn’t seriously suggesting this was the government.
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Thread Confused about proper handwashing? Let Alton Brown break it down for you
The simplest piece of advice for kids is the happy birthday song (wash for entire duration of singing -at least once and preferably twice - with hot water and soap) which is now even easier thanks to the defeat of what turned out to be an absurd copyright claim that made Warner Chapell a huge fortune over the years.
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Thread The Dow is down AKA Stock Market Watch 2020. Update: Bear is victorious.
deregulating the market to own the libs! yes the investors should be in charge of the henhouse to unshackle the ethical selfless genius of the invisible hand. Something something protecting your 401k. Anyway this won’t be necessary because the over the weekend Trump claimed after the markets had closed that his brilliant plan had fixed the Chinese Foreign Caused EuroCrash and literally suggested doing similar measures five times a day.
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Thread Pelosi’s Coronavirus bill is fucking useless.
Who’s celebrating!? The bill is trash. A wet towel for a grease fire. I don’t think it’s enough. I’m certainly not CELEBRATING. I am trying to put out the fire in my house with the extinguishers on hand - I’m also trying to fireproof the house for future blazes by voting for insulation and more fire stations using the tools on hand which unfortunately are ballot based. I’m not a revolutionary - because I’m an old-ass man with people relying on me and painfully aware that would require abandoning my family and house to the flames- and being granular (because I know that this isn’t you and I’m speaking to that particular reaction) refusing to vote in fall is directly counterrevolutionary and will more or less permanently change building codes to eliminate sprinklers and fill the crawl spaces with gasoline. I don’t take any pleasure in telling anyone to hold their nose and vote as a short term measure, but the alternative would be death by smoke inhalation. I hoped Biden would have retired or dropped out by now. He didn’t. He’ll probably win the nomination. I have huge concerns about his viability in the GE - his health, his age, his policy positions, his vulnerability to a Barr enabled smear campaign, the same idiotic media that canceled, smeared, promoted, demoted, ignored and then resurrected him for the drama — etc etc etc.? I’m The rational and achievable path to dousing this conflagratory shitshow is not available to me until November. If you’re a revolutionary then I wish you the best of luck and politely and imploringly ask you to vote against Trump as an insurance policy. I’m not going to budge from that position until the facts and reality adjust significantly so I’d understand if you put me on ignore because I’m repeating myself and supporting the nominee no matter who from now till November. Godspeed either of them but the winner gets my money and time and support. if someone wants to outline a sane plan for a successful revolution that doesn’t require anyone to vote for a candidate they don’t like - or explain why Trump/McConnell/Barr are equivalently evil and incompetent, I’m all ears. tell me your plan to extinguish the flames.
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Thread US Federal Reserve just slashed interest rates to 0%
On my grip - This interest rate cut may be a great thing. It may do wonders for the economy and we'll get some idea Monday morning onwards. I have no issue with the policy or the decision in a vacuum - only the recent (literally yesterday when Trump was cornered on Live TV and asked why he hadn't gotten rid of Powell for not lowering interest rates BEFORE Coronavirus) and less recent (Trump and Powell's entire professional relationship where he has threatened, complained and cajoled Powell And been frudstrated that he can't simply fire him) historical context - which is hugely problematic and begs consideration. As I've already stated, Powell has shown tremendous resilience and independence - and Trump has done everything in his pwoer to pressure Powell to lower interest rates without the slightest concern or understanding of the broader economic impact. It's also - because of that, nowhere near as big a jolt or pressure release as it would have been in a normal Fed situation - it's a huge deal, but a drop to zero from record lows in the first place. And for an economy some have argued has been artificially buoyed in the first place - and argued by reasonable economists rather than doomsayers. The fact that this extremely fraught and potentially risky decision was made in that context is important to remember. Nowhere have I suggested that this rate decision won't or can't work, or isn't a good idea. Only that it's happening in an exceptionally volatile situation and directly feeds into a demand Trump has made non stop with or without cause. This might be the best possible decision - but it's a decision made in a preexisting atmosphere of externalities that are not related to the financial crisis at hand. Fed chairmen have ALWAYS been under pressure from administrations but it's usually backroom, behind the scenes, proxy whining or diplomatic outreach - not insulting and inflammatory rhetoric from the president.
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Thread US Federal Reserve just slashed interest rates to 0%
no not the same— - the financial crisis was extremely complex but happened in large part due to previous calculable lending crises- the market knew how long it had been fiddling the books for and to whom for what- and the impact and sharpest spotlight (not necessarily harm or blame mind you) was across a limited Set of financial institutions and investors- the “innocent” parties were affected in a broad but sort of “evenly distributed” hurt (nobody was ) - this crisis also has real world direct economic and logistical impact on every single industry and government and no solid understanding of an exit path beyond seasonality of well understood older virii- but basically no industry or nation can return to business as usual once the corrections and plans are fully enacted- for example - restaurants and movie productions and plane flights are sunk irrecoverable cost - they won’t slowly bounce back over the years like a 401k or a stock price - those investments are destroyed and the entire world economy is recalibrating on the fly. So in this one, (extremely reductively because last time it obviously wasn’t just a single culprit and the harm wasn’t literally evenly distributed)- - it’s not just “bad mortgage loans” that are toast. this is more like 9/11 AND a recession (it’s not actually a recession yet and might not become one) or financial crisis (we don’t know how deep this will go or how resilient the markets are) in that businesses can’t simply begin trying to recoup losses or grow business or take advantage of failed competition- because a significant chunk of the economy and social order is on pause. we will need spectacular international cooperation to get to a better place in a reasonable time frame- and some economies and infrastructures will be hurt more than others- and some industries permanently changed. Mrs Stinkles for example, writes European travel guides for older Americans. That’s not going to be hot cakes this spring.... it may not be than the Great Recession but it’s definitely not the same. a big issue for the US in particular was that the long period of record low interest rates and other financial factors was pointing to a potential recession before Coronavirus anyway. the Fed was under non stop pressure from Trump personally to suppress interest rates because it was generally good for the stock market- but not necessarily the economy writ large. that may be separate from this decision and indeed Powell has shown plenty of backbone and independence- so this decision may not be affected by Trump at all -/but Powell is also aware that if he quits or is pressured out(Trump can’t actually fire him) then the next Fed chair might be a dangerous yes man. Powell is stuck between a rock and a hard place. This may be a wise decision or it may be a canary in a coal mine.
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Thread US Federal Reserve just slashed interest rates to 0%
I’m not sure how you got to my but thanks for filling on the gaps so people realize I have no clue what I’m talking about or referring to. the bottom bolded paragraph happened yesterday and is what I was specifically referring to - not macroeconomics . I have no insight into whether they’re related or not and but we don’t reliably live in an “ordinarily this would be a sensible measure “ environment.
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Thread US Federal Reserve just slashed interest rates to 0%
I know? You understand that Trump has put Powell under tremendous pressure to do this for his entire term, right? And he was put on the spot last week when an idiot at nbc asked Trump why he hadn’t tried to fire him. Basically daring him to try.
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Thread US Federal Reserve just slashed interest rates to 0%
Trump strongly believes* that low interest rates are a magical panacea for the entire economy and has been pressuring and threatening Powell to lower them from the moment he started- while there may be a rationale for it in this emergency — the long term effects are the same as putting the recession in a swollen tin can on a hot summer day and kicking it down the road into direct sunlight. * he’s so stupid and ignorant and narcissistic that the line between genuinely believes, selfishly insists and has no clue what he’s talking about is completely irrelevant.
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Thread ISIS suspending European operations due to coronavirus.
This is very responsible. Last thing they'd want is for innocent people to be inconvenienced or made sick. Have they said anything about hand sanitization?Correct. It's National Enquirer tier, but they're quoting The Times (of London) which is a right wing paper but in the WSJ style of sneering but professional reporting. Like the NYT their skew and opinions are trash, but with even bigger and indubitably more cromulent words.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
you just said it . The onus is on you to cite evidence or information aligned with that claim. You weren’t arguing about the Media (the same media that sent Biden to the woodshed for two thirds of his campaign and breathlessly reported it was Sanders’ to lose and talked about Trump’s international dysentery as if it was just a regular politician doing stuff and repeated Bill Barr’s Censored propaganda As if it were true ). You were arguing specifically that Russian bot farms producing agitprop were having literally no effect.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
if you’d take a minute to read the thread you were responding to instead of doing more random ad hominem and subject changes you’d realized what your response was embracing. And since I didn’t once suggest Biden was in any way “good” I’d just like to put a spotlight on your “look into a Palestinian child’s eyes” addendum as beyond embarrassing. You should have just gone ahead and accused me of supporting gas chambers and hitler.
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Thread Pelosi’s Coronavirus bill is fucking useless.
Just to address the title of the thread: “pelosi’s bill” is in another era — a disgraceful inadequate compromise that does too little, too late and is best described as better than nothing. In this post Gingrich, post-Tea Party McConnell Trump era - it’s a surprisingly muscular and vital piece of emergency legislation which is extremely practical and will have immediate beneficial impact on the woefully inadequate administration response. It’s better than the bill the GOP tried to force through and the 40 Republicans who voted against the bill AND the presidential guidance are receipts to that effect. The title and content of the OP is a valid critique but completely ignores the context and does EXACTLY what the GOP and media have done- which is to present both parties as equally guilty of the same behaviors and effectively tell people that Dems are exactly 50% of the problem with governance. that’s nonsense and exactly why we got to this point in the first place. We should not be amplifying that nonsense. bill is a compromised Frankenstein shitshow and we need to eradicate the extreme ideologues and grifters from the government in 2020. you can argue about what the Dems shoulda woulda coulda all the livelong day but to paraphrase a recent GOP war criminal, “we fight with the army we’ve got not the one we’d like to have”
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
You want to tell us why staying home on principle and potentially giving Trump congress and four more years will be a superior outcome, with realistic examples of positive change as a result?
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
he should earn their vote by being their guy. That’s the only thing that will prove to me your guy is my guy. If he’s actually, literally my guy.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Climate Change for Boomers: Imagine if fifteen years ago a bunch of scientists had predicted the specific year and cause and method of prevention for Coronavirus and the accompanying stock market crash? only in this scenario Coronavirus has 100% contagion and fatality rate? and Coronavirus destroyed houses and farms and vacations? That’s Climate Change.
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Thread did you notice that Dalton (from Roadhouse) does not know the difference between nouns, verbs, and adjectives?
Scottish Deadwood would say “Bawbag” and Al Swearingen would be called Malky Clartymooth and the town would be called Deedwidd.
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Thread Popeyes removes Asian Man from Chicken Sandwich commercial that's been airing since the beginning of the year
Mrs Stinkles is ethnically Chinese and has a chronic, profound , permanent cough with no underlying health issue- it’s more or less a mild physical tic that she’s had for the twenty years I’ve known her and it’s not all that noticeable... UNTIL NOW! I’ve taken to pretending I don’t know her and calling her Wuhan Solo. but seriously- boy does she ever get side eye when she coughs in public right now....
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Thread Frozen 2 coming to Disney+ Sunday!
I really enjoyed it but I didn’t think any of the songs were on the same level as first one - and I was also surprised at how straightforward the story was as a direct continuation of the same themes of sisterhood and owning of strength as the first. The “twist “ that on the other hand I liked that they honored the characters from the original.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
this is possibly good news for either candidate in that boats rise on that tide - and that Black voters DID vote in higher numbers anyway- but more importantly shy or regretful Trump voters and the main voting bloc period, is being motivated by fear - which a the most powerful voting motivator in a general election- and part of the phenomenon that got us this orange turd in the first place. also suggests some cushion for Bernie’s weakness with black voters should he somehow pull off a math upset in the next few weeks. the missing data is relative enthusiasm for the other candidate.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I’m fine voting for Biden or Bernie. I wish Biden was consistently sharp and I’m terrified that he’s reaching a point of diminishing acuity for an ostensible eight year term - and I’m nervous about avowed Bernie Busters staying home - because there’s a lot of them even n this fairly rational forum - when record narrow margins and GOP fuckery are guaranteed at the polls. I’m nervous AF that Hunter Burisma will resonate with the same credulous public that believes Hillary directly caused Benghazi and has rivals killed. Ironically I’m much more aligned politically with Bernie on policy — but pragmatically believe that Biden is more electable in the traditional sense than Bernie - and that the same Bernie policies I believe in are anathema to the voting margins— but I’m more and more deeply unhappy with the inescapable fact that no matter what happens now - our voting choices are limited to one of three elderly white men who’re prime candidates for dangerous coronavirus complications who frequently interact with vast swathes of infectious public. That means that the VP choice this year is going to be PROFOUNDLY important for more voters than ever and there’s no perfect choice: 1. youth and vitality to contrast with the health and/or mental capacity risks of either candidate 2. Diversity of race and gender for obvious reasons 3. Political alignment to balance out socialism or centrism 4. A person who can tip the scales on a vital purple or pivotal State 5. A good connected and respected bipartisan navigator or dealmaker or whip to deal with fractious internal and house politics 6. Someone who can appeal to most Americans as a true deputy and replacement president There’s no such person. There’s no miracle veep I can think of and BernieChar/KlobBernie is the closest I can think of to thread that needle. And if Biden takes it as expected — he doesn’t have a Klob equivalent. hot take: Bernie might help a few things as a Biden veep - but then you’re back to two at risk elderly white men - but Biden as a Bernie Verp makes no sense as an eight year term safety net and doesn’t calm socialism paranoia. somebody please remind me I’m forgetting someone. And there’s a car parked outside with a goddamned Tulsi sticker in the window!
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
He’s been significantly sharper in the last week or so but that could be either focus and optimism - or a spike on a graph. Or his dustyness for the last couple weeks f months was a dip on the same chart. That said he’s (even at his lowest ebb) vastly more competent, intelligent and sane than Trump and was s not an egomaniac- he’ll take advice and maintain dignity and statesmanship short of a stroke. sad that this is now a rational and strong position to take but we’re bereft we f options. If Dems win in 2020 there has to be scorched earth on voting integrity and constitutionally enforceable “norms and traditions “ where there are legal teeth for shit like McConnell stealing judges or Trump ignoring subpoenas and Barr openly politicizing his crime spree. if they lose — then I think mini revolutions at the local and state level will be needed to claw back the ability to even this discussion ever again. If Trump and Barr and McConnell get four more years - the justice and electoral system will be warped permanently beyond recoverability. There won’t be a 2024 Democratic savior, because the institutions will be deliberately and permanently dismantled to secure the GOP’s future as an immovable and permanent minority party in power. A quiet Weimar Republic supported by billionaires, corporations and a disgraceful and impotent click and market driven media landscape. Trump, Barr and McConnell will do literally anything they can get away with. There’s no moral or shame or appearance based limit to what they’ll do to stay in power and out of prison.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
I’ll be careful n how I represent this: the NYT story on Monday with the King County (Seattle) doctor who was pointing out the issues with the federal testing bottleneck- she’s a personal friend of ours and doesn’t give a shit about politics - she has told us in plain language and in that story that your 1800 number (now updated to ~4000) is actually “we only have enough test kits and bandwidth to 1800 infected people out of a vastly larger number who are untested or asymptomatic” and that’s Italy - the US version of that problem is likely way worse.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
He was responding to a question about that exact thing. I thought for sure he’d say “I’m preternaturally immune to disease and my yooge bearclaw/human catcher’s mitt hands kill the disease on contact and secrete a cure” Extra Note: Dr. Deborah Birx is the most coherent diplomatic helpful voice in this entire fiasco- and the only person who understood what was actually happening. There’s been more bipartisanship in the last three minutes than the preceding three years. In Birx and Mnuchin’s case - unambiguous abd unasterisked. Mnuchin will probably be corrected on his Pelosi “outburst “ just now.
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Thread Chinese official spreads conspiracy theory "US Army" brought coronavirus to Wuhan
As others have said this is for a domestic audience and further - our own orange bag of shit started his Oval Office speech by calling it a Chinese virus, then a foreign virus and then blamed it on Europe for not reacting as brilliantly as Trump. the UK is blaming it on Euro banana regulations and basically trying to cure it by hosting a brexit pox party. china is behaving atrociously as expected - both with the initial suppression- then a period of very serious effort we’d do well to understand and now back to slurpingXi Jinping. But they’re in good company...
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
i was certain he was going to say it was ok for him to shake hands because of a preternatural immunity to disease that meant he couldn’t even transmit it. If Trump tests positive he will suppress that information and continue to infect his lickspittles.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
his entire “list” of successes and therefore presidency and reelection is premised in the idea that he’s been good for the stock market. Every other metric is fuckery. This last week he reminded the market that he has no direct responsibility for a record bull market and on the contrary through his ingrained incompetence is the greatest risk to American fiscal success. The market pulled itself back from the teetering brink of death back to mere toxic shock and an intubated coma. The market knows that even this level of precarious hope can be undone by Trump’s refusal to speak about facts or plans that do not directly benefit him - and that his ego and lack of even baseline intellectual rigor - prevent him from even reading a teleprompter properly- and indeed he refuses to correct misstatements abd doubles down on what are obviously verbal gaffes. He just congratulated himself on stuffing a temporary gob of balled up tissue into an open shotgun wound and claimed it was a that he blasted the country in the torso with a shotgun and then stuffed toilet paper in the hole. He said, “maybe I should do this every day- five times a day!” * “this” being artificial triage of the stock market rather than sensible addressing of the pandemic.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
President Trump literally just suggested it would be a good idea if SOCIETY perhaps considered stopping handshakes forever. he did this after explaining he ONLY shook hands since becoming president. And the only reason he even spoke was because he couldn’t stand the idea of Pence getting any glory. then an NBC reporter put a suggestion in Trump’s brain that the fed chairman is making him look like a bitch and maybe he could fire him.
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Thread Microsoft says Bill Gates stepping down from company's board; comes moments after Berkshire Hathaway said Gates was also stepping down from its board
Might be related to Gates Foundation charity efforts - he may wish to release himself from conflicts- I’m purely speculating here. No insight tbh. Also on timing- April first is new fiscal year and thousands of “coincidences “ have to happen to create clear fiscal year separation and the two weeks beforehand are often the cleanup buffer for transactions, acquisitions or divestitures etc. same for management changes. So this timing happens this time every year on all sorts of things.
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
If it’s anything like other healthcare transactions it could look like this on billing statement(example only): 1. novel coronavirus test : $400 - (covered/waived) 2. Doctor office visit: $300 (partially covered by insurance) 3. Administration/tax/baffling items: $50 4: standard patient copay thing: $36 6. Basic flu remedy prescription or antibiotics for respiratory risk: $120 (subsidized co-pay) you (or somebody like your employer or the loaded atm card you get in some plans) owe: $112 It’s almost never truly zero. YMMV
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
After hours trading will be telling but we won’t know if it’s a rally or a vacillating spike till Monday. No argument from me that this was a tactically big deal for stock market but the hangover from the realization that retailers are literally creating pox parties and Trump is bailing out Exxon etc from crisis created by unrelated actions of his two main sponsors/blackmailers - and worse - Trump’s GUARANTEED contradictory and disastrous statements, revelations, backtracks and details this weekend - is going to be extremely real.
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
Holy shit Pence just shat himself on TV ensuring that his one chance to show leadership or initiative was actually just Another chance to slurp at the leader's bung.
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
This is surreal. 1. It will just go away like a miracle! 2. This website flow chart will save your life! 3. Let's shake hands with everyone live on TV! 3. Everyone gather at these big box and retail stores to get tested and go shopping during an emergency! 4. We're subsidizing the oil industry and pretending it's related to CoronaVirus and not the price war between my two blackmailers. 5. VP stands for Vice President, who knew!? Edit. It's Friday 13th. Of course it is.
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Thread Apple |OT|
man - I found out last night the usb c headphone adapter I have works on all android and pc devices but not iPad “pro” I’ve also had terrible luck getting usb c video to work, period on any device- I have two displays that support it in theory but hard no from iOS and flaky detection on Android and PC works with my Anbernic handheld console thing but nothing else
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Thread The Trump Presidency is Over [The Altantic] (NOT LITERALLY, UNFORTUNATELY)
It’s absolutely true in the messaging sense but the pie chart of: 1. people who already knew and acknowledged this guy’s incompetence 2. people who know but loyally continue to support the team anyway 3. people too stupid to understand or change their minds hasn’t changed. The main change is Wall Street finally realizing the parasitic immoral party is over and some of the media. It will shift but not by and large with voters.
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Thread Take a film title and ruin it by adding one word
Stallone edition First Blood Claat Trouser Cobra Over the Top Knot Demolition Man Scaping Judge Dredd Scott Rocky Marriage Klute Chute Tango and Checkinto Cash Stop or my Mom will Shoot Heroin Get Aaron Carter Spy On Kids Reach Around Me Legal Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Men in Black Stockings
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Thread Are hospitals ready for coronavirus patients? A health official ducks question 4 times in Fox News interview
This is the same lady sued for violating the Hatch act by running a consultancy firm at the same time she worked for their client and a local health district- and the lady who filed a reimbursement claim with the Federal govt for almost $50k of allegedly stolen jewelry and property- including a $300 moisturizer and a $2.5k Ivanka Trump necklace....
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Thread I still can't believe the UK plan is to speedrun it. [UK Coronavirus strategy, see threadmark]
Soccer Matches banned. Rugby matches continuing. I see the government has accurately identified Coronavirus as a dirty working class business rather than a pink cheeked nice middle class family virus.
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Thread New White House News Conference with Trump on Corona at 3 PM today. Update: National Emergency to be announced.
After the previous one I’m actually more scared of his Teleprompter incompetence- when he misreads things - instead of doing what a normal person does and correcting himself - he doubles down on errors and makes them policy or throws agencies and citizens under his ego bus.
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Thread Federal judge orders Chelsea Manning's release from jail in Virginia
posting Manning comparisons with Assange is embarrassing. If anyone genuinely believes Manning is a hero who risked her freedom to reveal US wrongdoing but can’t take ten minutes to read the facts about Assange and the behavior of Wikileaks post-Manning then I don’t know what to say. Manning may have been clumsy and naive but she did what she did out of genuine concern about what the government was doing. Assange is none of those things. And Wikileaks is not a champion of US freedom.
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Thread NYT: Harvey Weinstein suffered heart attack hours after his 23-year sentence was handed down
This is extremely disturbing Era people. The poor guy just had a and is now fine - yet you’re all celebrating I think in your rush to judgment — you’re forgetting that while this man may have done a couple of - he’s not a criminal — and it’s not like he’s done nothing for society- he made Shakespeare in Love for gods’ sake. maybe lay off the hatorade for a minute and pray for him? Hmm? I’ve been listening to his defense lawyer’s version of events and I think a trained defense lawyer probably knows more about the man’s character than we can... on a more serious note, the number of people who must have enabled, collaborated, assisted and looked the other way over these decades is almost as disturbing as the individual behavior. The first thing that happened when this became more than rumor — was dozens of people in the industry saying, “aw yeah everyone knew this...” he can’t destroy an actor’s career on his own. I want the studios, directors and producers who enabled this to either own up to it, apologize or frankly be outed for it. think about that for a second: Studio: “h” Agent/Producer/Coke Fiend: “” I get that he also lied frequently “” - many of those enablers and blackballers KNEW. Some of them already had their own power and could fight that - Salma for example- but think how many award winning actors lost their shot for saying no or even just for this corpulent bag of shit.
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Thread McConnell ally says Senate won't take up House coronavirus bill until after recess. Update: Recess cancelled
Unfortunately for common sense and discourse - the stock market will be the final straw for Trump's dangerous incompetence. While the market felt it was just flat (and destructive) interest rates from the Fed - and unfunded tax cuts for those who least needed it, absorbed directly without being invested - it was all fun and games. Now Wall Street, like the President, has been reminded that the Economy is a complex interconnected ecosystems. They're lucky in a way that they didn't get all the way to Guillotines and Bastilles - but now the people most at risk from the physical danger - and least at risk from the financial fallout, will die, retire, vote for more of this shit and shrug as this disaster is used to defund social security and medicare after people stop paying attention to the facts, and only listen to the billing statement. The President's incompetence has already caused the actual Pandemic to get geometrically out of control - he's exposed people to danger by laughing it off as Democrat hoax - and he's bankrupt more than a few people by telling them treatment will be paid for by insurance - not just because he's a regular kind of idiot, but because his ego is literally so out of control, that he refused to correct his mispronounced words and misread facts from the teleprompter. He's definitely the stupidest person ever to hold the office - and by a country mile - but he's amplified his stupidity with some of the most venal, selfish, narcissistiuc behavior of anyone who's ever been in the public eye - and I don't say any of that hyperbolically - I mean it literally and factually. I don't know anyone as dumb and evil as him. His colleagues don't have the excuse of mental illness or lack of intellectual capacity. They're all in that sense guiltier than he is - nobody should have let him drive the bus. Of course he was going to crash it. The people who voted for him and wear Maga hats are beyond hope or redemption - but we can at least pray they're disillisioned or embarassed enough to stay home in November. Everyone else, vote like your life and welfare depend on it. Because... y'know. And don't forget that local elections are one of corrosives that rotted the hull.
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Thread PepsiCo announced they are acquiring Rockstar Energy, 50-year-old founder of Rockstar receiving $3.2 billion+ payout from PepsiCo
“I’m proud of how we’ve changed the game in the energy space!” - Albert Einstein ... no, wait... Russell .
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Thread Federal judge orders Chelsea Manning's release from jail in Virginia
refusing to cooperate with a grand jury. she needs help, not prison- but if she hasn’t ditched them by now, she had surrounded herself with people who don’t have her best interests at heart. her refusal to cooperate with the grand jury is not aligned with the reasons she distributed that material. That happened after her pardon (commutation) for the original case. From a legal perspective it’s a rock and a hard place - the jury she failed to comply with disbanded-tempting politics from it for a second- the Justice System is just operating on its built in logic - she’d need to be pardoned from the failure to comply or have the fines dropped- but without intervention she’s technically guilty of the failure to comply and owes the money. I doubt Trump is going to help her unless someone tells him to or he decides it’s helpful to him.
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Thread I genuinely think the Xenomorph is the coolest monster design ever and will never be topped, so post monsters you think beat or come close to it.
Boomer Theory: they’re literally Space Invaders.
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Thread Images that scare you
movie made me motion sick and I literally forgot the line about the witch/murderer making victims stand in the corner- in part because it was edited to make you think the locals were idiots who knew something bad had happened but were filling in loads of blanks or unreliable sources-so when I saw this guy it was a just a calming blend of befuddled relief like exiting turbulence on a plane.
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Thread Harvey Weinstein: "Jennifer Anniston should be killed" and other stories emerge
She was doing the rounds yesterday insulting the judge, the jurors and the victims. I do understamd that a lawyer has to, by law and logic, be a passionate advocate for their client, but there are a bunch of lawyers, like her and Dershowitz who seem to relish pro-bono hours of what seems to me like unnecessary fuckery and evil slander. They can make their advocacy case in the court of law. There's no need to do it on an impromptu red carpet - complaining about how publicity and media harmed their client while effectively and sometimes literally calling rape victims liars - TO THE SAME MEDIA, seems like hypocrisy as well as a step too far. And before somebody responds with the perfectly reasonable, "" I know and it's irrational, but I can't help being incensed by it when I see it.
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Thread It's sad that there's a pandemic on
BUT I CARE. I still think the Paul Rudd Wilford Brimley fact is one of the most mind-blowing things ever. Wilford Brimley was the same age when he made Cocoon - as was as Paul Rudd when he made Ant Man. I can only assume Paul Rudd's swimming pool has more Space-Eggs than Brimley's.
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Thread Why is the Last Samurai sad
Occasionally samurai used to practice sword blows on “logs” - which was a euphemism for unlucky passing peasant. That euphemism crops up again in the Japanese occupations of China and other regions in WWII. you know where else the upper class warrior caste did that and worse? All over Europe during the dark and Middle Ages. Chivalry and Bushido were a class based Mileage tier that didn’t apply to the gluemakers and chimney sweeps.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
I mail-in voted for Warren, then after she tanked I got my new WA license and a second voting ballot (because my new license counted as a name change because they removed “jr” and took an inch off my height and added ten pounds and in Washington State they send you a new ballot) so I changed to Bernie in a fit of pragmatism before the Biden resurgence but I won’t know which one counted for months and it may be neither but I thought about my vacillating worry schedule for the last four years: - Hillary gaffes, GOP, Hillary gender, real baggage, fake baggage, Bernie crazies, Putin on the Ritz, misogyny - Depression, suicide, nuclear apocalypse, Manchuria, “principled republicans,” election machinery - existential crisis, hurricanes, race war, nuclear apocalypse, media failure, Ruth Bader, Dominos coupon forgetfulness, a growing darkening freckle - Manchuria, constitutional collapse, fascism, McCarthyism, race war, depression, suicide, chaotic infighting, Ruthie, race and gender collapse, justice department politicization, Ruth Bader, brexit, Scottish independence, Boris, McConnell, Barr - Mainstream electability, Biden senility, Bernie health, Bernie Proxies, Liz Gender, Candidate Age, Biden resurgence , Liz gender, Vote rigging, candidate enthusiasm, Biden Health, Hunter Burisma, principled revolutionaries, Bloomberg, coronavirus, public gatherings, Biden stamina, media failure, election rigging, party unity, 3rd party candidates, Ruth
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Thread It's rush hour in the Bay Area and there's 0 traffic on the 101 or any of the bridges
LA gridlock — all red. Still the best it’s been in 20 years. Only a matter of time before someone steals a tank and heads to riverside county obviously.
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Thread It's rush hour in the Bay Area and there's 0 traffic on the 101 or any of the bridges
i5 is almost always a shitshow at Everett, then Edmonds/405 interchange area, then Northgate to Boeing Field then ALL OF TACOMA then stop and hoot reasonable to Portland. I take weird pleasure in driving from Vancouver toSeattle around 3am because you can usually do 60-70-80* from Peace Arch to Seattle. *70 is upper limit but I’m a firm believer in +5/10 over in dry safe clear conditions.
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Thread Is Vancouver Canada really the "Paris of the North?"
That’s a pretty bizarre comparison. It’s more like the Taipei of the North or Singapore in at it’s extremely modern and cosmopolitan but expensive and glitzy- it’s also got a lot more nature and landscape- hiking and boating and mountain biking and climbing in summer- and snow sports and spectacle in winter- very close by. it’s also a bit like Seattle with upgraded architectural v-ram and all the homeless condensed into one superdense spot Instead of spread among every overpass and on-ramp- although it’s got that too. food is fantastic- nightlife is decent but depends on your scene . They finally allowed seaplanes to land from Seattle in Vancouver proper so you can easily see both cities in one day and do that comparison yourself with a gorgeous hour long aero tour in the middle. I wouldn’t consider Vancouver a “whole” vacation destination without most of that vacation taking place outside of the city- whereas Paros could fill a week. But unlike Paris you won’t suffer the indignity of “Paris Syndrome “ which is a very real negative for the unwary optimist. If you want to spend a whole WEEK in Canada then I recommend Chilliwack- aka The Vienna of the New World.
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Thread Political firestorm erupts after convicted killer murders woman while on day parole
Although this case sounds hideously mismanaged (violent sexual predator being given day parole AFTER we discovered he’s planning to visit sex workers to fulfill apparently desperate urges with his PO’s blessing!?) these anecdotes can do serious harm to the general underlying inequities in justice systems- and for every mistake or horrifying tragedy there are hundreds of overprosecuted or counterproductive institutional injustices. Less so in Canada but still a real issue. In this specific case i probably agree with the zealous prosecution and or right wing justice system politician- but as a broader principle we need to ensure that prison is serving a rational evidence based purpose. the media has a habit in the US and the UK of using exceptions to prove a knee jerk rule- and it feeds into our baser vengeance based ideas of what prison is for. I’m guilty of that knee jerk reaction myself, frequently. I do think there are people like this guy who are possibly irredeemable and frankly want them to suffer as well as be off the streets- but we should be trying to make sure they’re not sweeping up hundreds of false positives at the same time and creating professional criminals in the prison system when rehabilitation would have been possible and preferable.
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Thread Cosmos (ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson) returns for Second Season
IF I recall correctly- he got canceled for an allegedly creepy situation and was investigated and apparently “cleared” by his employer and his accuser has some credibility issues that appeared related to her having some difficult personal issues. I’m predisposed to believing accusers but also in facts and findings - so I’ll concede that he may not have committed the incident as his accuser described it - but it was easy for me to join the cancel train because his regular behavior is so grating. in that same period Lawrence Krauss was credibly accused of some creepy stuff too but his issues seemed more numerous and icky. And a couple of prominent skeptics got tangled in their own asshattery too. It was a bad time for cosmology and skepticism. but Professor Brian Cox should have gotten the Cosmos gig regardless because he’s the best and so far no creepy accusations.
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Thread Bloomberg Pledges $17M to Help Register Black Voters in Battleground States
who’s forgiving him and overlooking his lifetime of trash? I can think this action is good without marrying him and he’s not running for anything so I don’t have to vote for him? Why’s everything gotta be 100% one thing or the other?He’s not running for anything. He’s paying to get out the vote for an underserved group that he owes a personal debt to. If he runs for anything I’ll vote against him and as long as he spends his money on good causes I’ll be glad of that - and on bad causes I’ll besmirch them. If it’s a “coup” you’re going to have to point out of what- because if it’s general political visibility or prominence in have some bad news for you. this money is being spent on a good cause. he’s an awful person. more than one thing can be true at once. I’m not lauding him, I’m lauding the specific receipt.
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Thread Bloomberg Pledges $17M to Help Register Black Voters in Battleground States
I’m simply standing up for my principles by contributing to a situation that undermines everyone else’s and creates a scenario directly counter to the policies I recently claimed to support!who’s forgiving him and overlooking his lifetime of trash? I can think this action is good without marrying him and he’s not running for anything so I don’t have to vote for him? Why’s everything gotta be 100% one thing or the other?
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT4| "What a tremendous year the past 12 days have been"
Liking your insurance provider is the most Stockholm Syndrome thing about America. A close runner up is the weird fixation we have on "Canada has waiting lists just to see a doctor or have a heart transplant!" As opposed to America where you can just take Doc some fresh churned butter and a warm pie from the missus and have a check up and a heart transplant on the spot.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
hillary had thirty years and millions of dollars spent marketing her as an evil Lying witch. Not the ordinary venal bullshit for regular politicians- but an intense gender focused deliberate and passionate and hateful effort to destroy her even before they thought she’d be a candidate. Biden’s getting a concentrated blast of that via Hunter Burisma, who changed his name by deed poll from Swiftboat Benghazi. is Hillary dishonest? Sure, but Hillary was also the single most scrutinized politician in history and one of the most expensive acts of personal destruction the GOP ever sponsored and it worked. her “” quip was the GOP’s moment. They started that day and never quit. She was a terrible candidate at least in part because of the fictional and FUD version the media continued to repeat. If Biden wins the nomination then he is just getting started with his cliff’s notes version for 2020. It’s going to be ugly and the media is going to amplify it with complicity. Bernie too but his will be red scare baiting rather than scandal or innuendo.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If only there was something you personally could do to affect this predicted outcome.
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Thread Slang that makes you cringe
To be fair to the 87 yerar old lady who's "lazy" - her 86 year old sister looks like more like her 54 year old daughter. The genetic lottery came up all Bells for little sis. Big Sis looks like a Spielbergian cadaver that just popped out of a rotten coffin. Also this video is full of deep cuts (including an unexpected Y'ALL at 2:26! In Norfolk!!!) : WHO LOVES YA, BABY! (Alt) RUNAROUND! YOU SLAAAAGS!
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Thread Slang that makes you cringe
I was recently amazeballed to discover that he is in fact the brother of Rick Bayless, the chef who spent his career promoting authentic Mexican cuisine and was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eaglefor his contributions to the export of Mexican culture. those munchy grinds are lit as fleek
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Thread In The Heights - Official Trailer
the deal is supposedly already signed- he got 70+ million for the stage musical- which will be a tough sell for theater audiences who don’t already know the musical- that amount is designed to incorporate lost box office sales for the stage play- but a proper movie is an entirely different prospect- it’s likely that they’ll announce it shortly after milking the stage movie. Possibly earlier of In the Heights performs. they have to use the different formats to build hype for the grand spectacle. I bet we have it by 2023. And while the music is still fresh.
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Thread Do you eat spices that most people throw out?
Yesterday I made Moussaka* and Chocolate covered Bing cherries** from scratch so I used: whole cloves Cinnamon Nutmeg Orange peel Lemon zest Vanilla beans Bay leaf Saffron cayenne Paprika grand marnier in just two dishes. I am the man from the back of the cabinet. The spice must flow!! * photogenic and delicious ** ugly and delicious and I made an equally ugly bar with the leftovers that were too scrappy to dip.
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Thread Harvard Computational Social Scientist: Bernie Bros aren't more negative on twitter than supporters of other candidates
Everyone should bear in mind that there are literally people being paid to make potential demographic voters fight with each other and try to not reward them so easily.
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Thread If you have an upcoming flight, you might save money by re-booking it
Alaska out of Seattle ain't budging on any of the flights I have or want. Our Xmas flights this year are eyewateringly expensive. Doubled in two years and they're almost sold out already. The two shorter flights I have booked already are still the same price.
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Thread If you have an upcoming flight, you might save money by re-booking it
You're lucky United didn't physically strike you for talking out of turn. That airline is so gross these days that I can't even. The other thing they do nowadays is actually punish you for losing status. You don't just go back to pleb status, you get extra screwed to remind you that you're NOTHING. Meanwhile Alaska actually offers to let you keep your status for a year if you take parental leave or have a baby and can't travel! And lets you check a bike for free.
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Thread When did you start feeling like a grandpa/grandma in clubs?
I always liked hanging out with friends and listening to music but I can’t dance. I used to do this sway like I could totally dance but was too cool (at least that’s what I told myself it looked like - I also used to think I looked like an assassin waiting for his target to arrive if I got anywhere early) and I would only try to actually dance if I thought snogging was a potential outcome. I’d way rather go see bands when I was a student in Edinburgh or themed music nights at various pubs and clubs in the city. It’s also easy to forget how much fighting there was in Scottish clubs compared to the US. I mean of course it happens here but back there it was GUARANTEED. You’d see people reflexively cover and hold their beers when they sensed it was about to kick off. Even if you couldn't see or hear where the incident was festering you'd grab your pint instinctively. And yes it was always Begbie. I moved to Bath in England after college and there wasn’t exactly a big club scene but there was a notorious beloved and almost literal shithole nicknamed ”Bog Island” (edit. Yaaasssss . ) because it was a converted part subterranean Victorian toilet complex. We’d go there when we were desperate to meet girls, ANY girls, little realizing that the sentiment was mutual. San Francisco had 1014 Folsom and the creepy place that served breakfast to the zombie clubbers. I once saw the (American) boss of a famous and respectable foreign company get off his face on illicit snacks there and become the Warning Chris Rock tried to give us.
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Thread Bill Maher Goes Full Sexist, Defends Chris Matthews and Mocks His Sexual Harassment Accuser
When even Chris Matthews is more gracious and self aware than you then you fucked up. Matthews was plainly incensed that he blew up super fast - and I doubt he sincerely thinks he’s architected his own doom - but was either cynical enough or self aware enough to call out his own behavior as “always inappropriate.” Bill Maher is like a sort of slo-mo version of Dennis Miller who killed his career and turned into (or revealed his true inner self) a right wing douchelord almost overnight after 9/11. It’s an excuse. Maher’s “traumatizing event” appears to be a decade of learning that you can’t hide your misogyny and bad takes inside ever more snide comedy. Even successful conservative comedians like Tim Allen and Larry the Cable Guy succeed by avoiding conservative ideas in their comedy. The art has always relied on punching up. Sure you can make a few assholes laugh at racist jokes in a club but it never scales. Punching down is radioactive to successful comedy. And the rare times it works are self effacing (you might be a redneck). Maher isn’t conservative- but he’s rapidly becoming a living embodiment of the otherwise imaginary “coastal liberal elite“ and apparently doesn’t have anyone smart to cautionary tale his ass.
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Thread Bill Maher Goes Full Sexist, Defends Chris Matthews and Mocks His Sexual Harassment Accuser
at home to someone you have a personal relationship with and not a professional one. Look, I have complimented people’s appearance at work- sometimes through the lens of a joke - when they’re dressed for a fancy night out or an award show- but only people who know my sense of humor or I have a close enough relationship with and mutual understanding of intent with - and never in a sexual, romantic or euphemistic way — the other day a colleague was interviewing for a promoted version of her existing job and had dressed up for it- I don’t remember my exact phrasing but it would have been “you look really smart (as in elegant and professional) “ - the intent is to compliment and acknowledge the unusual circumstance and imbue confidence. It’s possible to be yourself and still maintain a reasonable decorum that can be free of misinterpretation. It may be a joke to you but are you sure it’s not embarrassing to the other person? Matthews said repeatedly “I could fall in love with you “ which may be a joke or ironic exaggeration but he’s a senior officer in the company and joking about romantic intent is a really easy line to avoid crossing. I wouldn’t put “beautiful “ or “attractive “ or anything beyond the professional rationale behind her outfit- and I wouldn’t have said anything at all if we weren’t mutually respectful of and very familiar with each other. Matthews had a history of this stuff. And he’s in a work environment where equality and respect are a part of their philosophical messaging let alone essential professional courtesies.
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Thread Rapist Roman Polanski wins Best Director at the César Awards (French film awards); Audience members leave the theatre
At least France has the excuse of him being a citizen. Hollywood has no such excuse for giving the guy a standing ovation and frequently defending him as a tortured artist who was being unfairly treated for a misunderstanding. And just a reminder for people reared on a diet of Statutory and “Romeo and Juliet” laws, Polanski, 43 at the time, drugged a 13 year old girl and violently raped and sodomized her and then while awaiting results of his mandatory court ordered psych evaluation, fled the country before facing trial. and Harrison Ford looks like he’s taking names for a list in that video.
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Thread Third MCU Spider-Man entry's working title is reportedly "Serenity Now"
Huh. Yesterday I randomly watched the end of Legion, then read the story about Johnny Depp texting Paul Bettany. This morning, I randomly watched the Serenity Now episode, and subsequently sent the car gif to a stress email thread. RESET AM I PSYCHIC OR IS COINCIDENCE A THING? Also could Kraven be hiding in plain sight as a malcontented soup vendor? And could Javier Bardem play Kraven? The answer is yes.
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Thread Biden admits he was never arrested in South Africa, adding to the long long list of lies he's told about his civil rights involvement.
pls retire Joe pls stop fighting each other pls vote dem in november pls pick good vps pls don't get disheartened if your guy loses the primary pls accept the rules that are and have already been in place the whole time
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Thread Biden admits he was never arrested in South Africa, adding to the long long list of lies he's told about his civil rights involvement.
He was actually ticketed for watching Deep Impact on his phone at a stoplight. Which is basically the same as being arrested at a Mandela rally. Accepting what unconditionally? I want Joe gone. There's a good chance I'm going to have to accept something conditionally in November.
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Thread I'm thinking about getting a ferret
Ferret owners who tell you they don’t absolutely reek are not your friend. And they will do this as regular as clockwork. They are fantastic animals but if you have neighbors or roommates don’t do it. and if you rent prepare to lose all your deposit and more.
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Thread NY Times: Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders
obama authorized legal intelligence investigation and had to stay out of the appearance of political interference. He increased and enforced sanctions on Russia and directly addressed this with Vladimir Putin. That’s also his duty as president. As for brokering peace in the Democratic convention (which is the suggestion you’re responding to and pure rumor anyway) “destroying his legacy “ - that’s one of the worst takes I’ve seen in a subject rife with terrible takes.
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Thread I feel... empty
Just wanted to point out to people reading this - that it's common - the poster who wrote this dealt with it himself in the aftermath, but I'd caution people looking to get therapy or see a medical professional that they should accept this aspect BEFORE going and ignore it or not take it personally. Think of your health as a vehicle that needs essential service or repairs. The dealer is sometimes the best place to go. They don't actually care about your car, but they mostly have the parts and tools to service it - your head gasket is leaking and it's 60k miles on the clock, and your timing belt threatens to wreck your big end at any moment. It sucks going to the dealer, nobody likes it, but You may get lucky and find one of those mechanics who listens and doesn't overcharge and leaves the interior cleaner than they found it, but if you're in a dark place, you still need a qualified mechanic to get under there with a flashlight, even if he or she's a dick and leaves crumbs on the seat.
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Thread A CDC infographic resurfaces urging shaving facial hair before putting on a facial mask
Charlie Chaplin sported a Hitler mustache long before he made the Great Dictator. Might have actually been some cause and effect there. But Charlie Chaplin without the mustache was actually a goddamned dreamboat - which he sacrificed for decades in the name of comedy and art. I'm now old enough to have been through several beard, pants and food fashions. I lived through the extremes of Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck and Midge Ure mustaches. Now only cops sport a stache unironically. They may ruin it for regular people for decades. I lived through everyone having a goatee in the late 90s-earlu oughts. It's a look best left to medieval or Die Hard villains. I admit the Edwardian beard is impressive if done correctly - but it rarely is. And it's inextricably linked with IPA for me, so I have to reject it. I'm proud of y'all for rejecting two major attempts to bring back flares. I'm disgusted that you allowed skinny jeans another pass - although that did lead to better tailored suits and pants. But if having a beard actually puts your life and that of others at risk,* and your first reaction is to say, "hell naw, I grew this beard and I'm gonna eep it, hang the pandemic!" then congratulations. You're an old fart like me. * I don't actually think this makes you a murderer naturally.
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Thread Guy hacks arm prosthetic to output CV so that it plugs into a synth: Thought-controlled music!
Daft Pinky. Limberace. RadioArm. This is fantastic. We're working with a prosthetics company to make arms - mostly for kids - and this kind of hackathon stuff continually blows my mind.
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Thread First Trailer for Candyman drops this Thursday! (Jordan Peele writing, producing/Nia DeCosta directing)
One of the strongest aspects of the first movie was the kind of class, race and real estate version of body-horror - the buildings, the neighborhoods, the decay and the ever present danger of violence - you saw the contrast with the deluxe condo VS the project - identical architecture but a gulf of wealth and inequality with Virginia Madsen being placed as contrast in both places. She also ties the racial disparity by being this perfect, blond, waspy figure. She's sympathetic as a character and to the plight of the people in Cabrini Green, but she's completely out of her depth. Her resurrection subplot also shows the cycle of violence and the utter lack of change. The slaves are still in the same place in the future, and the legal status has changed, but the decay and violence and societal ceilings are intact. So you have the terror of the supernatural, the sort of societal fear of the other, and the fear of violence and crime - Madsen being shocked by it and the locals being ground down and corroded by it - and becoming it - so there's this permanent all encompassing Matryoshka doll of different layers of fear and dread. That's actually one of the things I loved about Get Out - which was that it recaptured elements of Candyman - especially for white people - the dread and discomfort came from knowing that the underlying facts are true and that people - who should be your equals and peers and safe in the nice condo - are living in a nightmare that you only have to - either as a theater goer or through the eyes of Madsen's character. All of that discomfits and undermines the foundational sense viewers have of the film - so that when th traditional horror happens, you're already in a very bad place and a place that isn't fantasy - it's recognition of something totally real. Imagine watching the Exorcist but in a world where demonic possession is actually real. That's a bad place and it amplifies the scraes and the substance. Candyman is such an amazing film - the score, the subject, the power it all has - for what should have been just another schlocky horror film, but it's deliberately and artfully subversive. Glad Peele is involved because he's the spiritual successor to the original. Wish he was directing tho. I hope they lean into those aspects hard.
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Thread #JusticeForJohnnyDepp trending following Amber Heard admitting to hitting and throwing pots, pans, and vases at Depp in leaked audio [See Staff Post]
Bizarre coincidence - I just watched randomly the end of Legion. Then read this. Those texts are unforgiveable obviously - if true - but this case is a rollercoaster of fuckery - I'd be hesitant to even try to ascribe blame or the weight of responsibility to either partner till the whole thing is bleached in daylight. If his texts are caustic and exemplary of how he talks about women in general, there's an extremely serious problem - if they're isolated as a reaction to one-sided physical abuse then they're still extremely troubling but don't rise to the level of physical assault - and there's always the very real possibility that this couple are mutually abusive and there is no "baddie."
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Thread Trump election campaign files libel suit against the New York Times
The NYT can't get "buried" by a baseless and frivolous libel suit. they have a squad of lawyers for libel sitting around waiting for shit to do. ANd the basis for this suit is kind of open and shut discovery. "We said you did bad things and covered them up." "I didn't, that's libel" "OK we request the following reasonable and directly pertinent documents and witnesses" "No wait.."
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Thread Trump election campaign files libel suit against the New York Times
Yeah but lawsuits have outcomes. There's a winner and a loser. He will have to drop the suit. Or lose the suit. Or get scolded for frivolous antics. There is a guaranteed negative outcome for Trump UNLESS the NYT for some reason decides to capitulate. Which they'd be INSANE to do. And further, Trump is a public figure, a public servant and the NYT already enjoys tremendous First Amendment rights here. NYT can ask for transcripts, tapes, witnesses, the content's of the National Enquirer Pecker safe - redacted elements from the Mulller probe and so on. This is madness.
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Thread Trump election campaign files libel suit against the New York Times
LOL DISCOVERY Does Trump not remember how many tapes, transcripts, witnesses and evidentiary elements there are? If he doesn't submit to discovery, he loses the case. If he does submit to discovery, he loses the case. If he calls executive privilege, there is no case.
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Thread Is anyone listening to HD Radio?
I thought it was because of the OLED screen and a bit of like, audio fidelity branding (which of course it still is) - this is what happens when you get shit for free with no box or manual.My man. Donate. Rock a t-shirt. Probably the best music station in the nation all things considered.
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Thread Remember Joe Maguire, the DNI who mishandled the whistleblower complaint to the WH? He learned about his firing from the press
Literally the primary things he is famous for - firing people and being a billionaire - are things he does not actually do. I am starting to think this guy may not be on the level.
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Thread Jojo Rabbit |OT| A film by Taika Waititi with himself as Adolf Hitler... really(Open Spoilers)
The use of shoelaces as the device to set it up is super sneaky. You are lulled into a false sense of security thinking it's just going to be a metaphor for growth - that Jojo will learn to tie his shoelaces, that his mom's shoes and their laces represent adulthood and sophistication and responsibility and light and happiness. And then BAM right in the kisser. It's also - maybe unintentionally - a primary difference between the Nazis with laceless jackboots and the citizens. Thank GOD it had a happy ending. Because if it had the same ending as the actual Anne Frank or worse, I'd have never made it off the planeI watched it on. I'm not sure how anyone could think this movie isn't the plainest message ever. Never Forget. Don't get boiled like a frog. This stuff is happening around us. And .
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Thread The Truth About Nonvoters
Anecdote: Nonvoters are my mum. God rest her soul. Single parent, busy, exhausted, can't get time off to vote, doesn't follow politics closely, feels disempowered to change anything, isn't particularly sophisticated or apprised of issues, is an intelligent moral person overwhelmed by more pressing immediate issues like feeding three kids and paying the rent. Happens to be working class and would believe in union power and common sense legislation but again, no time to think about it or do anything. No financial freedom to take the day off. If voting day were a national holiday that was rigorously adhered to, like Christmas Day, then the GOP would be gone basically forever. That one step could solve vast amounts of horror.
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Thread Do you randomly read scientific papers?
Yes. Some of it is for light work research, some of it from personal passion and enthusiasm. For most of the weightier topics though, my level of comprehension is popular science filtered. So I'll be reading about Hawking Radiation. Black Holes don't necessarily destroy information after all - OK Black Holes aren't permanent and slowly dissipate radiation over time - OK The process is so slow that the universe will be utterly dark and comprised of degenerate matter by the time the last Black Hole evaporates away - OK EVEN BASIC MATH
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Thread Characters Who Writers Want You To Sympathize With/Root For (and fail)
That's unfair. Firstly, he was a pretty fraudulent professor so there's no real conflict of interest or power dynamic at play, intellectually and academically speaking. Secondly, in the 1980s, hitting on students was extremely progressive and cool - so it's completely absurd to judge 20th century ethics with 21st century standards. Thirdly, I got nothin.
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Thread The ‘Dating Market’ Is Getting Worse
This all sounds hellish. I was off the market before dating apps and went through a couple of evolutions on looking at it from the outside: 1. haha nerds so desperate they have to look online for love like craigslist murderers. 2. Nervous self aware jokes about how young people don’t go through the rigor of pretending to dance, getting trashed and hooking up with a stranger in a nightclub at 2am. 3. damn these kids are matching with highly compatibile people based on rational and helpful criteria. 4. whoops now everything is Twitter unforeseen circumstances.
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Thread Variety: Steven Spielberg Won’t Direct ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ James Mangold in Talks to Replace
Good, here's what I've decided: Spielberg has always wanted to make a big MGM era musical. His West Side Story might knock it out of the park. In which case he needs to make HAMILTON next.
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Thread South Carolina Democratic Debate, 8PM ET on CBS | Can Love Bloom on the Battlefield
I’m not sure you get what being in the lead with this many candidates in the race does to your math. Bernie is the leading candidate- he does not have majority Democratic Party support yet - not by a long chalk. most Dems are currently supporting other candidates. The point here is to win and consolidate the rest.
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Thread Trump slams Sotomayor and Ginsburg, says they should recuse themselves from ‘Trump-related’ cases
Roberts has to make a statement on this. It’s extremely dangerous. If he sits on his hands without support for that position from his liberal colleagues then this country is effectively toast. Long since given up on the gop to say anything. if Dems win then Court packing and mandatory retirement should be pursued.
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Thread Fashion Institute of Technology officials put on leave after 'racist' runway show
Reading on phone at the passport office and clicked on the image, zoomed in to see the print or tailoring. what exactly is the problem? Zoomed out to include the head. oh my god Although his photo speaks for itself
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Thread What is your favorite city in Texas?
Austin but I was legit surprised at how nice and artsy Fort Worth was. As a SEA-TAC airport user I always assumed Fort Worth was the Tacoma of Seattle. Dallas was the only place I had ever been with TWO medieval times restaurants. I thought we’d gone in circles. I suspect Texas countryside is gorgeous and intend to go there one day but not yet.Salt Lick off the random freeway near Austin but tbh I am easily impressed. I also like the riverside shack next to Austin convention center.
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Thread South Carolina Democratic Debate, 8PM ET on CBS | Can Love Bloom on the Battlefield
Tv news went IN on Bernie this morning on Cuba Libre-gate. It was a shockingly bad political gaffe by Bernie - not the content which was logical and true in a removed sense - but simply invoking Castro in any positive way has probably cost him Florida, period — but the double standard vs Donald Trump verbal atrocities was striking to me. not just Bernie but any dem candidate who flubs a response is dissected as if we don’t have a president who stated that liberal justices on the SC should recuse themselves today.
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Thread South Carolina Democratic Debate, 8PM ET on CBS | Can Love Bloom on the Battlefield
There’s no nuance to be had after the primary. It’ll go like this: Bernie: Communist Warren: Estrogen Biden: HUNTER BURISMA Buttigieg: Pervert Klobuchar: Establishment Violent Femme Gabbard: Trump’s VP Replacement Bloomberg: (((elitism))) Steyer: Crickets
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Thread Is nobody talking about the fact that Hindu nationalists are killing people in Delhi while Trump is visiting?
Unfortunately none of this is coincidence. Right wing extremism, ethnic tension, the erosion of international alliances and norms as countries fracture internally and hatred is the most combustible fuel of even stable democratic politics. All of it is directly interlinked - all of it can be placed on the shoulders of a remarkably small number of individuals - some through deliberate interference, some through ignorant blundering, some through opportunistic seizure. There's a list of heart attacks or aneurisms you could write on a post-it note in sharpie that would make a spectacular difference in this climate. Normally one bad actor would simply be replaced with another, but in this moment the concentration of venality, evil, stupidity and monstrous indifference has been concentrated in the fewest hands I can remember. A few strokes here and there, a couple of elections free of interference and malfeasance and we could return to a more stable moment. Sadly that's not realistic. The evil have a way of outliving the good, preserved in their own mischief and stout health like cadavers in formaldehyde. So if we do this, we do it the hard way. Get off our arses and vote and campaign and cooperate and fight for rationality and he Golden Rule. And start by not fighting each other. And by refusing to let them divide us to conquer.
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Thread Why don't you run?
I have never been able to run for sport or distance on flat ground. When I was a kid and a young man I engaged in a lot of sport, soccer, rugby, boxing, Karate, general working out - I was in great shape technically but I found out later I had undiagnosed asthma - so what I considered a ceiling on my performance was probably a single puff of an inhaler away from being broken. But it wasn't cardio or respiration that killed me on running - I could sprint pretty fast - top ten in my primary school at least - not even noteworthy - but fast over short distances. (I'd have been destroyed in high school, naturally.) But it was shin splints, not lung capacity that did me in. Even as a kid. Any time I run on flat packed or solid surfaces, I get crippling shin splints the next day. Without fail. To be fair I haven't tried much in the way of solutions - special running shoes etc. Bizarrely and someone here probably knows the answer - I can trail run for hours without a single twinge. Something about the cadence and types of impact? Softer terrain? Different pronation etc? No clue, but when I lived in San Francisco I would run the Dipsea trail every weekend at a fair clip without any ill effects. never even turned my ankle. The zen you get from the intense yet casual concentration as your brain does thousands of calculations instantly to gauge each landing on steep, scrabbly, root choked hills and treacherous pine needle carpets is one of my favorite meditations. But five minutes on tarmac or track and my shins are a burning thread of agony for 24 hours. I really, really, really wish I run - so that I wouldn't have to spend twenty minutes each business trip trying to find out if the gym at my hotel has a recumbent bike, or somewhere to use one - because I LOVE exploring cities - especially by bike because I can't run. That has led to a quasi-hobby of folding bikes*, so that I can travel with one on vacation or business trips and get the exercise and exploration of alleys and neighborhoods at the same time. *
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Thread Where are my fellow Scottish people on ERA?
I love both of those films (the first is the better film but the sequel was much more personal for my specific situation) , but the most historically accurate biopic ever, Highlander, has a place in my heart. I also love the Mary Queen of Scots adaptation with Vanessa Redgrave, Robin and Marion (sean connery) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie are fantastic. Not 100% Scottish obviously, but Whisky Galore, Local Hero. Gregory's Girl and a few others spring to mind.No there's a statue of a gangster pummeling a hooker to steal her Buick tho. For real though this new statue was built long after I left and while I bet the locals have mixed feelings about it, I think it's absolutely badass. It's called The Kelpies (evil Scottish mythical horses that live in the water - sometimes as surf, sometimes as malicious silent horrors from deep blackness of lochs and kill children by dragging them below) and they're 100 feet tall and lit up at night. I think they're INCREDIBLE.
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Thread Where are my fellow Scottish people on ERA?
Fun fact I always tell tourists not to sleep on the Borders- by all means do Edinburgh and the highlands and st Andrew’s but the border country is a hidden gorgeous gem especially in summer. Start at st abbs head and drive inland for forests and hills and beautiful villages and castles and a different side of Scotland than postcards show. Same for the trossachs
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Thread Where are my fellow Scottish people on ERA?
Whoa. Scotland Trivia Note for Americans: See those little stubs of shaved metal on the stone hummock, bottom left? That's where the Victorian railings were sawn off in WWII to supply steel for the war effort. It happened disproportionately in Scotland in working class neighborhoods - and fancy neighborhoods and London were not impacted by it as much - although they were blitzed on the regular so it's kind of a balanced inequity. So in a lot of large Scottish towns and cities, you'll see this everywhere there are larger stone-built neighborhoods - the original iron railings either left unrepaired (as shown here) leaving otherwise inexplicable stone trip hazards in front of parks and tenements - that and the near absence of elderly men vs women in the 1970s, were mind-blowing revelations of the sacrifices of WWII for me as a wee toerag. No. I already have to tell Americans that Root Beer is disgusting. Don't give them a retort.
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Thread Where are my fellow Scottish people on ERA?
Hoots.A boatel eh Irn Bru, a black puddin' egg and bacon oan a floury roll wi' brown sauceA bucket. Who's bucket? Oor bucket. Bawbag, Jobbie, Radge Wee Jimmie Krankie's love life. Big Yin, Limmy, Gregor Fisher, Craig FergusonBig Country, Runrig. Deacon Blue, Simple Minds, Shirley Manson, Annie Lennox, Mike ScottBumper Radio Times and TV Times editions at Christmas, Welcome to the Ceilidh on Hogmanay Porage with a pinch of salt and a splash of milk. Waking up at 6am and having to watch this for an hour before the cartoons started on Saturday.
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Thread Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture
Silicon Valley certainly to it, but not through HR practices or even deliberately - Silicon Valley contributed to it by creating that crumbled the barriers between work and life - there were always industries where crunch culture and constant availability "ruined" home life - journalism, television, movies, deadline driven production environments where anything other than perfect adherence to plan resulted in crunch, late nights, unpaid overtime and so on. Many of those industries account for this in the culture - and the staff are either naïve neophytes who learn quickly whether it's for them or not - or are seasoned pros who accept it and have their own tools to either deal with it - or don't actually care about it - many embracing and enjoying it. I was in print journalism in the early 90s before the internet was a viable tool - before cellphones were ubiquitous and long before smartphones existed. The barrier between work and home life was a technological one. To get a hold of an employee, or for employees to be aware a problem existed, or a task available, was a herculean problem of land lines, couriers, even telegrams. The most recent erosion for me is long haul flight. That used to be a pocket of silence - an oasis of planning or rest or catchup on media and literature because for 8-14 hours, I was unreachable. Now I can stream HD movies (when it's bloody working) from my seat, but that also means I am available to solve or create problems for and with my colleagues. I don't personally mind because it suits my restlessness and scratches various creative or problem solving itches, but I always advise my staff to use me as an example of what not to do. I never email or call at the weekend, evenings or holidays - with rare actual emergency exceptions - but I'm often working with people internationally across time zones, so I HAVE to be available to people in St. Petersburg or London or Hungary or Tokyo or Taiwan and so on. They need answers during work hours, or I'm contributing to THEIR life/work corrosion because my responses or queries would be coming at those very same off hours. They have different holidays, traditions and social norms.
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Thread Vice: ‘It Smelled Like shit.’ Why These Workers Quit Toronto’s First Legal Weed Shop
"he didn't realize the weed may have been contaminated by sewage" When your weed is so dank you keep it in Gahiggidy's Litter dispenser.
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Thread Please help me reframe my potentially backwards view on sex work
That's the tension: Sex workers should be protected not shamed or imprisoned. Johns are often scum and create a market with often horrifying consequences. Pimps are an affront to god and create much of the danger outside of the Johns - and often imprison or enslave workers. The real answer is to create a society where that kind of work is not the only option for poor, damaged or vulnerable people - and if there is a regulated industry that it is safe and fair for its workers. The problem with that is that the demand outstrips the supply even in an ideal world. If there are well paying safe jobs that don't require exploitation of your body, then those will be preferable I imagine for the majority of would be workers. That would lead to a market where prices were high, supply low and workers voluntary - effectively becoming a luxury service of sorts.
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Thread Whose fault is it that people think the G in GIF is pronounced like Give instead of Gin?
This passage from the Bible and repeated in the Bayeux Tapestry settled it in the 14th century at the Council of Dos. Let us move away from this nonsense path. The battle's won before it began. The creator is himself deluded. A Graphic format was the plan The word has been of denuded To think th' other sound is madness A nonsense word 'tis just a lark We live in god's light not in sadness And never in Park
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Thread Your favorite *less* known guitar solos?
Not exactly obscure, but Crossroads final guitar duel. Worth watching the whole thing, but the Karate Kid moment comes at about 3:35 SPOILERS FOR OLD ASS RALPH MACCHIO MOVIE Ralph's guitar mentor sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Ralph was learning classical guitar, and was naturally amazing at it, but really wanted to play blues. Ralph ends up playing against the actual Devil's apprentice guitarist in a duel for the old man's fate. Both solos are played by Steve Vai - who also acts as the evil apprentice. ralph gets MANGLED by supernatural evil guitarist, but then realizes his trickbag is his classical training and he mashes everything up into a face melter that still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
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Thread DUNE | OT | Denis Villeneuve movie, Frank Herbert books etc.
Although I hope that when my deep seated Atreides memories and latent abilities are resurfaced it is not through exquisite pain of a T-Probe torture, but maybe in the aftermath of the next most painful thing. Stubbing my toe on the metal coffee table when getting up early for work, or perhaps kneeling on a lego in the shag carpet in the basement. Or both. "As Stinkles lay coiled on the shag carpet, the rectilinear imprint of the preternaturally sharp lego block still outlined in visceral crimson lines on his alabaster Atreides knee, he howled a primal stream of physically impossible curse words. Through the fog of pain, he could vaguely make out the retort of the Honored Matre, Mrs. Stinkles "." The Bashar Stinkles ignored the vile witch's Voice powerful command, concentrating purely on surviving this Lego. His toes still throbbed from its unexpected collision with the ugly metal coffee table, and even through the lens of the yellow plastic block's evil ministrations, his foot felt like a bag of broken Fabergé eggs and human teeth, crying from the deepest pit of hell. But somewhere, a still voice called to him through the ages and the agony. Quiet at first, fainter than the witch upstairs, but growing in power. He became aware at once of a series of choices ahead, each an infinite corridor, like a hall of mirrors presented by something deep in his genetic memory. "" it said, "" When the two pajama shrouded Witches - the girl and her mother, watched Stinkles rise from his pain prison, his movements were a smooth blur of motion and colorfully implausible Scottish swearing. Even with their Honored Matres training and reflexes, they were too slow to stop his ferocious tirade, as he clutched his knee and foot, hopping at supernatural speed around the room, invoking the Litany Against Fear, "I" At the speed Stinkles moved, the witches heard only "" By the time Stinkles exited the Honored Matres modest single family home, the interior was a charnel house of bacon smells and dirty breakfast dishes.
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Thread Best Mustard recommendations.
I swear mustard has gotten worse and worse and worse. The only ones I can even taste anymore are Colman's English, that sinus blasting Chinese mustard and this one our local sandwich shop Sarduccis uses. Full Disclosure, I consider mustard pointless unless I cry so hard my mascara runs.
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Thread Samsung S20 Ultra's new 100x space zoom is pretty insane
That's fantastic but the off screen detail is not helping -- anyone got links to the actual capture results? - it's already Destroying my ancient iPhone X - but I'd want to see what it does on resolution and resolving of detail - I'll also add to its credit that it's handling the low and mixed light conditions like a champ.For the purpose shown, if it's capturing real photons, the two ideas are not contradictory and the results are what's impressive, not the specific method. I was just doing a reccy for some locations in Europe and this thing would have absolutely saved my ass and a shit ton of time. I could have avoided some fairly precarious walks down scree in freezing winds, and even spotted some locations that weren't on the list. And that's ignoring holiday snaps of like Whales breeching, or sneaking pictures of celebrities or weirdoes at the airport and so on.
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Thread Maureen Dowd of the NYT thinks that Parasite is about "con artists who invade an elegant house and wreak chaos" and that Trump should empathize
Look, while Parasite is a movie about the shocking harms we do to those without the means to support themselves adequately - it doesn't shy away from the greed and venality that the broke con artist family is murderously carrying out with no regard to their hosts. In fact it goes to some lengths to show that they're amoral before they meet their hosts. Yes it's absolutely a movie that takes a turn to express how the rich family is just as greedy selfish and driven and unaware of the damage they're doing to the people who are literally under their feet. It's not a movie about antagonists and protagonists - it's a movie about cycles of greed and despair and exploitation - a mobius strip of shit through which to squint at people's behaviors. So Dowd's pithy extract is absolutely . I can guarantee you two things - Dowd is probably as hopelessly out of touch as the mom with regard to the struggles of real working people - but she is also 100% aware of the content of the movie and the not terribly subtle messages it contains. She is in fact USING that irony and that focus on a fragment to point out the president's hypocrisy. It's a well-used rhetorical device, not her view of the movie in toto. This is also the NYT's fault in a sense, because it keeps propagating these reductive takes by proving time and time again as an institution, that it's completely out of touch with readers. But Dowd herself isn't that writ large.
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Thread Is Sprite considered “lemonade” in the UK?
Betty Crocker published the name - but the book you're referring to literally contains testimonials about the recipe that predate the book - which means it may have been (and probably was) extant as a folk or colloquial term before the book and used rather than invented. It may also have applied to different recipes, since recipe books tend to hone in and adapt a recipe to encompass available ingredients and methods, rather than repeat it verbatim. Further, there are dozens of variations of the dish going back to at least the 17th century, so "UK snatching a name to use it for something different" is not much of an accusation. people repurpose terminology all the time - and since Pigs in a Blanket is a euphemism that literally means "pork in bread" then Betty Crocker can't claim invention, ownership or definition of it. Sprite = Lemonade in UK? Yes and no. If you order a Sprite, they'll bring a sprite - or offer to substitute a 7Up or whatever they've got that's close. If you order say a Vodka and Lemonade in a working class pub, they'll happily put Sprite in it because it tastes ballpark like Lemonade as we brits understand it. Fact is that Globe made the best Lemonade before they were lost to the sands of time. Barr's a close second.
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Thread Mornings in Pyongyang, North Korea
Maybe this is normal Pyongyang food, maybe. But you should know that visitors, especially visitors with huge camera rigs - are only permitted to go to certain spots and they are followed, cajoled, stopped and focused by government handlers. It wouldn't be conspiratorial to suggest that these stands were set up to look prosperous and normal by Pyongyang.
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Thread The Dow is down 600 points right now (update: Down 1000 points)
Trust me I prefer your take, but I don't actually believe it. I suppose that argument has validity - but I can't obviously prove the negatives until they happen. Which I also hope I'm wrong about. But I've seen this movie five times in my lifetime in two different but similar countries with similar rhythms. Trump of course is a wild card.
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Thread The Dow is down 600 points right now (update: Down 1000 points)
The market was also expecting rational and necessary interest rate hikes. Once Trump showed that he wrongly and dangerously considered the stock market to be the whole economy - and his entire economic strategy- well the Street got pretty busy. That will come home to roost before or after November. But roost it will. The market didn’t grow in spite of Trump’s incompetence and graft - it has irrationally swollen because of it. And when it bursts, we will all be showered with the ordure. in fact it’s a simplification to say - but not necessarily wrong - that the markets are overperforming on the predicate of - “hey it could actually be a lot worse! We expected absolute insanity that hurt everyone! But we got a pass!” meanwhile wages, property, healthcare and basic living standards are a ticking time bomb. sadly this is a pretty normal GOP/DEM cycle - gop does absurdly damaging economic short term policy- boosting billionaires and ignoring fundamentals or chopping them. Boom turns to bust in first or second term and Dems are elected to fix it. slow improvements and fixes mean Dems get blamed for not doing enough fast enough - or succeed to the point where prosperous Americans want a tax cut or a change. Rinse, repeat.
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Thread I hate the "aliens gave us all our tech" trope
sorta - they were explaining as best they could to a much shallower species but it’s also inferred that they were helping design a desirable outcome by both predicting/showing her the future but also crafting it to push our species to a place where it could help them with a problem they couldn’t solve themselves- only they COULD solve it themselves by crafting the situation from the movie and novel.
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Thread How rough is the area you live in, ERA?
Family oriented neighborhood near downtown seattle- almost no violent crime but absolutely absurd levels of car prowling and package theft and burglary. wife continues to get her car broken into because she absolutely cannot get it through her head that yes a heroin addict will absolutely smash your car window for a dime and two pennies, or to see what’s in an empty grocery bag or because she keeps leaving stuff in there that she regards as useless and therefore invisible to scumbags and addicts. Our car prowlers also insist on using cars to shelter from rain and smoke a few cigarettes. the former I have some modicum of empathy for but the latter drives me insane. I sleep very lightly so I’ve chased a few of them over the years. as an immigrant though I still think of America as safe relative to rough parts of my own country- but the complete saturation of the country by guns makes the outcomes of the lesser amounts of physical assault much more catastrophic.
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Thread Which villain had the most successful schemes?
Palpatinr from Star Wars.* We still don’t know if he won or not because his scheme may still be in progress. I think he wanted to get revenge on Skywalker for wrecking his details and so rather than dong on a weird old loner, he deliberately created a brand new Skywalker girl just so he could long term mess with her and cackle. * notice how I was able to actually identify my villain and what they’re from even though it’s not an extremely obscure anime or comic?
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Thread Variety: Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election
Bloomberg has a caustic history of racism and sexism and has done lots of despicable shit. He shouldn’t even be running and I’m glad he’s flailing somewhat and I hope anyone but Tulsi beats him. but he’d be an outwardly rational leader, he’d pass bills to benefit some Americans and he’d probably be pressured into protecting or expanding Obamacare. he’d hire smart capable administration staff and he’d engage internationally at a sensibly diplomatic pace to undo four years of shockingly dangerous graft with Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and mend or improve relationships with our NATO and UN allies - and he’d try to at least appear to fight climate change. He certainly wouldn’t foment white nationalism and anti semitism as an election strategy and he actually understands economic and political information. he’d be a shockingly tone deaf jackass, he’d do very little to improve the short term goals of the working class and he’d likely be one of the most conservative slow rolling democrats in history. He’d fire Barr and try to resurrect what semblance of sanity exists in the intelligence and federal law enforcement profession. He’d serve the number of terms he was elected to and he’d repair the Iran nuclear deal and enact proper sanctions on Russia and NK. He’d exit moronic trade wars and he’d make policy decisions that are not based on staying out of jail, ruling up skinheads or acquiring wealth through his children. none of these things is laudable and frankly should be the bare minimum expected from a republican let alone a democrat but Trump isn’t even from the same planet. Let me put it this way- if I had a magic Button that switched Trump instantly to Bloomberg for the remainder of this term, I’d be thrashing it frenetically. Only Tulsi is worse than Bloomberg but Trump is the most dangerous political figure in American history. Bloomberg is wretched but smart Trump? No. He’s not the same type of thing. And Trump’s success is based on actual insanity but only with the backing of the GOP. That alone makes him better than Trump.
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Thread Man seeks to prove the Earth is flat by launching himself in a homemade rocket
Btw what is the reasoning for WHY the most intricate complex conspiracy of all time has been hatched? Including the alliance of bitter geopolitical enemies and tv networks and gps map companies?
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Thread For my fellow UK ERA Members, anyone else really sick of Lewis Capaldi's Someone You Loved?
Did you know (US folks anyway) that Peter Capaldi was once front man for a Glasgow punk band called "Dreamboys" featuring none other than Craig Ferguson? ANd it was Peter Capaldi who encouraged Ferg to get into standup comedy?
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Thread peeing standing up or sitting down
Why not both? If you need to be quiet for example- or like me after a back surgery you’re injured- or you’re tired or whatever. Women have been peeing sitting down for literally decades and they’ve survived. Less sprinkling too. I stand for the most part - but just habit. On installing a urinal absolutely NOT if you ever want to sell your house to a regular human being without enormous expense to undo it. Every time I have seen a house with a urinal in it , there’s been an overweight dad with a brightly colored leather jacket and a Lamborghini somewhere.
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Thread Hey Era, say something nice about another member!
Slayven has helped resurrect my love of comics but also exposed me to harmful shot like Booster Gold - but largely it’s been positive. Fanboi has a cool avatar that reminds me of when the internet finally got fast enough to load creepy obscure movies. He also has a cool member. Dark1x got me to understand that a love of purely technical performance can exist separately from subjective ideals of fun and that they do not have to be in either conflict or sync. Excelsiorlief is extremely smart and humble. Fat4all has a joyous avatar.
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Thread I'm at risk of having to drop my PhD program
Your situation is extremely complicated and I don’t have meaningfully specific advice for you - but I don’t know anyone who had an easy time of it. My sister in law did something similar - she was in biochemistry and drug metabolism but her plan was to get a PhD, get a JD and use that combo to catch up economically and professionally on where she’d be if she’d stayed in industry with a just a ba, a graduate degree and experience. To be honest when she started this “plan” it sounded insane- she had a terrible time in the first year of her PhD but she had actually built that likelihood into her plan and padded two years to account for it. Now she’s in her mid fifties but a patent attorney/partner at a big firm and likely light years ahead of where she’d have been if she simply stayed in the industry. Her PhD has gigantic practical application in those twin fields because she’s a subject matter expert and a rigorous academic and armed with a secondary skill to exploit it. She’s also dedicated to advancing ethical standards to medical patents and fights trolls sometimes on behalf of accelerating genetics or destroying junk patents. Her PhD time had a lot of horrible wilderness like yours but her initial approach was to assume that as a built in danger. I also know a philosophy PhD who like most of them did it to grow himself with no expectation of direct applicability after academics - but he’s a creative professional and it didn’t hurt. His employer pays phds more regardless of applicability.
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Thread I hate the "aliens gave us all our tech" trope
Arrival SPOILERS (maybe the novel makes me more aware than what I remember being in the film) is actually a really hardcore real science and linguistics problem of what would happen if we ever encountered a species who communicates in four dimensions - we’re extremely limited in that sense- and it’s a version of the Flatlander problem- where it sorta falls down is that the culture is far more advanced than is and would know from observation how we communicate and perceive time- so their lack of ability to talk to us feels silly- on the other hand their visit is an emergency response to a threat that happens in the future so they’re taking what are arguably sudden and desperate measures- or they are so advanced that their communication with us actually helped us achieve the things we needed to know to help them - and it worked- so us being concerned at their lack of comprehension is belief by the fact that the alien efforts worked perfectly and we’re just too dumb to get it.
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Thread I hate the "aliens gave us all our tech" trope
AKCHALLY turns out that’s at the very least gigantically exaggerated - and sort of amplified by the completely false Old Testament account of Pharaoh enslaving the entire Jewish people and the exodus. The current historical consensus suggests paid laborers and skilled craftsmen and engineers built the pyramids and the projects included a giant infrastructure to feed and house and care for workers. It seems likely that slave labor would have contributed to the projects but not as their driving force. On the contrary, the pyramids were built in much the same way we’d find acceptable today- and every “miracle “ of construction is explained through wealth, known construction techniques and common sense architecture- There are even failed construction attempts where bad luck, geology or poor engineering created slumped pyramids, collapsed towers and so on. The aliens doing it has always been absurd. There’s an easy evolutionary chart directly from stone and boulder mounds all the way to Giza. Did the Egyptian pharaohs have slaves? Of course - but they were a mix of conquered peoples, internal castes and were specific to certain tasks. The biblical account isn’t even accepted by serious Jewish scholars and there’s evidence of Semitic people living in Egypt at the time of the exodus as free or prosperous citizens- not slaves- and certainly not en masse The exodus is probably based on a diaspora that occurred historically from Canaan and the region but had no factual connection to the story of Moses and pharaoh and is an amalgam of previous origin myths from the Semitic peoples and other cultures in the region.
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Thread I hate the "aliens gave us all our tech" trope
t doesn’t that’s their tech - when she understands the language she understands more of what they’re attempting to show her. The movie treats it like dreams or visions but she’s engaged with the 4d apparition of a more complex multidimensional species and she’s only grasping what she can
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Thread Variety: Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election
Me in a time machine race through Hollywood: Mel - that’s enough to drink let’s put you in a cab and you really need to hang out with Danny Glover more! Clint - Firefox was cool but remember the Russians aren’t our friends and the Dems aren’t your enemy! Downey Jr - do NOT pass out in that lady’s bed (checks notes) without doing a lot of coke!
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Thread I hate the "aliens gave us all our tech" trope
That's not accurate either. The story pieces - and there are and were conflicting and disparate ones - some dropped or revised, some hardened and preserved - made it initially ambiguous on screen - is Chief a Forerunner, a qualified replacement for them, or has the system and 343GS been mistaken/insane. By the time we wrote the Terminals in Halo 3, some of the ambiguity had hardened through H2 and other background story building. The Terminals remain somewhat opaque in the fashion of their storytelling, but the facts are no longer ambiguous and the species already appear to be distinct and rivals. The human species being re-seeded by Forerunners though is present even in H1 - just left unspecified - but in H3 it's very plain. The Terminals and some of the CG cutscenes touch on it, and the "Iris" ARG follows some of those threads before H3 even shipped. This shows a scene from Earth, post Halo array firing, and one of the re-seeded population curious about Forerunner automation continuing and completing the Librarian's plan - and she tinkered with human and Forerunner DNA to try and create a path for a "good" species to come along and Reclaim the mantle of stewardship of the Milky Way. But WE don't find Forerunner tech till long after we created technological civilizations ourselves. Our own inventiveness is considered vital by the Librarian who doesn't want to create a spoiled, stunted culture. The trope though, of species using found relics and technology to either reverse engineer the principles, or in the Coevnant's case to do that AND treat them with religious reverence - is obviously lifted from the ebband flow of real history, from ancient Greece to the Dark Ages to the Rennaissance - which was an era of remastery of lost techniques in art and architecture and rediscovery of ancient but superior methods as well a period of pure invention. Humanity also serves as a kind of Dark Ages metaphor - a lot of it for gameplay and aesthetic reasons - like the anachronistic weapon and vehicle tech contrasted with high energy FTL travel - then they find themselves outmatched technologically and have to rely on Halsey and others both inventing and demystifying found alien technology - in some cases proving better at that reverse engineering than the Covenant, but still dwarfed by the Forerunners. Yes it's a trope, but it's also a thing that repeatedly happens in human history. And every culture on Earth benefits from aspects of it - and avenues of baffling gaps - like advanced meso-American cultures who built incredible paved, straight roads and glittering immense cities - but didn't utilize the wheel at any scale.
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Thread Daredevil and flat earther Mad Mike Hughes dead
I don’t know- but as funny as flat eartherism is in a vacuum - it’s extremely worrying that it’s growing and along with vaxxer culture is anti scientific and conspiratorial and ruins individual lives, jobs and relationships. So it’s not hardly. Further - many of the leading proponents seem to be grifters taking advantage of credulous believers. His rocketry is square in the evil kinevel camp for me and I celebrate his courage in that sense and don’t wish harm on any of these folks. Looks like the parachute was torn out by force/physics rather than deliberately deployed- that would also have massively affected his initial acceleration and trajectory- he wasn’t going no 60 miles high but his trip was massively affected by that failure.
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Thread MSNBC Host, And Rush Limbaugh Stand-In, Chris Matthews, Compares Bernie Sanders' Nevada Win To Nazi Invasion
Matthews wants a Biden or a Hillary but he doesn’t hate Bernie. He’ll vote Bernie if Bernie’s on the ballot but he’s far from impartial. He’s going to keep boosting moderates nonstop till the nomination is done. He’s a cranky old school kennedy Democrat and he hates Trump passionately. But he’s going to keep doing this kind of stuff and old people watch him. He’s also a slow burn constant gaffe machine at a rate roughly equivalent to his demographic.
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Thread MSNBC Host, And Rush Limbaugh Stand-In, Chris Matthews, Compares Bernie Sanders' Nevada Win To Nazi Invasion
I can’t argue with that. I’m mostly going on what I hear before I can switch the channel. But he’s not literally saying “four more years of trump isn’t so bad.”What he’s saying is dumb enough without reframing it from rhetorical to suggestion.
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Thread What are / were your struggle meals?
minute rice costs about 10x regular rice- if you’re making a big lot at the start of the week you can reheat with whatever you’re mixing. Bonus: cooked refrigerated rice is the magic ingredient for fried rice- so you can have more options. An onion, soy sauce and anything you can find and the struggle becomes a snuggle.
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Thread WaPo: Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign
chris Matthews is hardly representing a movement - he’s a Washington old boy and wants one of his cigar buddies or party apparatchiks to win— and I suspect he’d vote for Bernie over Trump in a heartbeat. I don’t think Bernie is the most electable candidate and I’m concerned that he hasn’t been tested in a GE with the scrutiny and focus (and trashfire media and gop bullshit) that comes with it - but don’t know a single person planning to vote for a democratic candidate in the primary or General who wouldn’t smash the Bernie button as hard as possible come November and if he secures the nomination I’m personally going to transform overnight into the worst Bernie Bro in Christendom. and anyone who’s not taking that position again is trash or being generous- doesn’t give a shit about the people who will be possibly permanently harmed by that position. and the same applies to any of the embarrassing- (and hopefully scarce Bernie fans) on this very site who have offered absurd irrelevant and self defeating arguments for staying home if Bernie doesn’t secure it. And tried to avoid explaining their logic by changing the subject. At that stage it’s probably smarter to just pretend you’re going to vote (d) and keep your absurdity to yourself. Trump is a national crisis and getting snitty about his opposing candidate’s policy or position specifics ignores the catastrophic PERMANENT existential harm that allowing Trump a second term would do. If Bernie’s the guy and you don’t vote, you may not get another chance at whatever it is you think you want. Bernie is not going to plunge America into a socialist dystopia but Trump positioned to destroy the rule of law. He will do anything to stay out of prison and debtors jail and his party is now on the brink of demographic irrelevance- they’ve ALREADY turned completely traitor and they’re on this train till it crashes. They’re evil, irredeemable and now they have no choice. If you don’t like Bernie because - or you love Bernie you’ll refuse to vote for any other candidate — then you two types actually have common ground- which is that he (or other candidates) aren’t being pronounced king — and they can’t just sweep their vision magically into being. You will not actually guarantee the thing you love or the thing you fear because they still have to work with their party and the house to achieve those goals. pragmatism is often confused with compromise today and it’s depressing to see “uncompromising perfectionist idealists” ignore the reality of their respective situations and what those candidates will actually be able to achieve versus what their opponent already has.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
i know- I’m just talking to anyone who thinks that — which in off year elections is disastrous and in presidential ones can lead to unexpected craziness.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
it does matter because of state, house, media coverage, mandate and popular vote. Not to mention upsets and chicanery almost guaranteed at the ballot box and electoral register this year. Thinking it doesn’t matter is how we keep getting shafted. your state may vote in total for a Democratic President but we also desperately need seats and senators to try and fix this horror show.
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Thread Halo: The Master Chief Collection's (PC) Absurd And Unacceptable Lack Of An In-Game Report Feature
I'm in a European airport, it's 6:31 am, I don't smell so good, Mr. Stark, I just fwd-ed this to the MCC team, but I suspect it's almost certainly already on a list of features - which I can't check right now, because Europe. It sounds extremely familiar though, so when I get a better signal than my 2g I will check mail at least and follow up in person when I land. What I can't do is give you any spewcifics right this second because I don't have them to hand and I don't want to misstate anything. I can tell you with some certainty however that nobody on that team has any patience for hate speech or shenanigans - because it's not actually sitting on XBL tech stack all up - and passing through Steam and other non centralized systems, we can't blanket apply some of our platform level addresses that have been m,entioned here - or at least not immediately - but we also realize we can't offload that responsibility and that it's serious. I will keep you posted if I can, or look for announcement or information from community/MCC.
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Thread Doctor Sleep - Spoiler Thread
I enjoyed it for sure. Internet got cut off about halfway through so I watched it over two nights which isn’t fair to the pacing. It had some mixed issues for me - on the one hand there were moments of pure dread - the baseball kid and showing the cruelty and horror of his violent death- that kid is indeed an amazing actor and apparently evil troll himself. everything in the hotel was terrifying - including his brinksmanship with alcoholism weirdly enough- a nice layer of horror of sorts - up to the end where it all got a bit Steven King with too much going on- and although I enjoyed the boxes I wish Carl Lumbly hadn’t telegraphed the solution. Ewan asking what happened to them was so brazen that when the payoff happens you’re waiting for it. and does the novel use the “trick” perspective for Rose and crowdaddy being in the wrong mind/having the wrong prisoner? Or do you know more than they do in those scenes. Mind you Carl as Scatman was fantastic and could have been terrible- which I have to say the jack Nicholson guy was - bad - he redeemed himself with the second half of the performance by showing Jack Torrance was a piece of shit and deserved to be a part of the hotel’s mien. I don’t remember the original novel and how it dealt with the mythology but I liked the inference that the hotel was another species of monster- a rival for the Steam punks’ supremacy. I thought Rebecca was amazing and I really liked Abra— but she felt a bit OP and almost like she was in another movie- like sneaking in from a Spielberg flick. Of course her powers got us the fantastic library sequence all the way up to and including rose the hat eating psychic shit clean off the bus - I literally said “fuck you! “ - and it was a cool take on the vampire gang genre. I thought her BFF crowdaddy felt a bit undercooked and he felt the least menacing of all of them to me - and his comeuppance was a fun device but I’d have enjoyed it more if he’d been scarier- that said it’s sometimes cathartic to have the good guys just wreck shit. I wish they’d had just a little bit more history lesson on him and grandpa and Rose - a couple of examples of where they’d been. Ewan continues to be an international treasure and the suddenness of his sponsor’s fate was shocking and earned through plot. it was also refreshing to see them enact a straightforward plan - but why did sponsor just happen to have two hunting rifles, clean with ammo in his trunk a decade after giving up hunting? And the steampunks being vulnerable to plain old lead was satisfying but diluted both their menace and their history a bit for me. but yeah the last 15 minutes was almost comical in parts and reminded me of the first It TV show with cheese. I wish the hotel had upped its game Or teamed up with Rose or used her. steam valve explosion was also a lot on the nose and fire would have sufficed.
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Thread Doctor Sleep - Spoiler Thread
My Ewan reaction is always Renton and Moulin Rouge. Actually I watched Trainspotting 2 a year ago and I loved it. The underplot of the movie - middle aged man Returning to Edinburgh having been abroad, actually become himself by being away from anchors -- and lost touch completely with his old life was TOO REAL.
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Thread Who wins in a fight: Brad Pitt's Achilles or Henry Cavill's Geralt?
He's got powaz tho. Divination powaz. Like, he could presumably do a spell or something after fighting fruitlessly for a while. Anyway, it's Brad Pitt's Achilles. Vs superhuman Witcher. The thread was doomed. Probably not a coincidence that I just watched the movie - airing on HBO I think? Possible that OP caught it too. I was disappointed because I love a swords and sandals epic and Wolfgang Petersen could have pulled it off properly. Most of the cast was good - Helen and Achilles being notable disappointments - but the pacing was off and the music was shocking. One of James Horner's only bum scores. An a-game James Horner could have really elevated that film.
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Thread Who wins in a fight: Brad Pitt's Achilles or Henry Cavill's Geralt?
He fights him early on with no result - then eventually does the Looney Tunes run three times past the same mousehole - but then he decides to go full ham and fight Achilles properly, but knowing he's screwed. But he stole Achille's boyfriend's magic armor (which only has one weak point at the neck or shoulder I think) and so he fights Achilles with a sword - and Achilles is getting mad assists from Athena, and eventually gets him with a spear. Now the one thing Troy got sort of right was the whole "plz don't treat my corpse like shit" thing - which weirdly in the Iliad has Achilles drag hector's body - but by tying a belt through Hector's heels - dude was giving Paris clues the whole time apparently. Eventually Achilles feels bad and returns the body, which is protected from damage by the gods, but I believe he drags it around like in Troy but for days on end. Actually now that stupid movie has made me mix up some Iliad and Aenid stuff, so I might have conflated a couple of Odysseus things. Wonder if anyone else will take it on but as a fantasy story? It's super long - like the war goes on for ten years. Not sure how you film that - but could be an amazing premium cable show. Just call it the Iliad - and I'd actually be fine with cuts to Aenid stories - flashbacks or symmetrical GoT style map events. It's also absolutely lousy with poor behavior by the gods especially. And bad decisions by people - like ignoring people warning the horse is full of bros.
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Thread Who wins in a fight: Brad Pitt's Achilles or Henry Cavill's Geralt?
I swear in the first episode I saw him Force Push a crowd of bandits and then behead them. Why didn't you spoiler that!!!???? Oh shit. You did. And I ruined it for myself. He basically got I have not played much of the games and I just started watching the show. So now I feel stupid. I have no issue with that spoiler if it's done well. EDIT. YOU ALREADY FIXED WHAT I SUGGESTED YOU FIX! Thanks too late for Stinkles, but you have saved others. I said:
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Thread Who wins in a fight: Brad Pitt's Achilles or Henry Cavill's Geralt?
Geralt is a murderous savage swordsman with actual supernatural powers including telekinesis and who knows what else. He's about 6'5" and built like a brick shithouse. Brad Pitt's Achilles is a mortal man who sulks in a tent and has one move that utterly relies on his opponents not knowing he's going to do a pointlessly showy off target jump that could just as easily end with him self-kebabing onto even an amateur's spear. Even in the movie he seems to rely mostly on people being scared of his rep. Eventually he is defeated by a credibly accused rapist, kingdom toppling gadabout and warmongering kidnapper -- who sensibly stands well back and shoots him with arrows. This after his incontinent dad refuses his very sensible request to burn the giant obvious trap. Now, it's been a minute since I read the Aenid, but I don't believe they find the Horse beside a bunch of plague-ridden corpses - but uh - even ignoring the fact that it looks big enough to be full of murderous Greeks, it's almost certainly festooned with PLAGUE. WHY YOU TAKING IT INTO THE CITY FOR MARDI GRAS PARADE? AND WHY DO YOU WANT THE GREEKS TO MAKE IT SAFELY HOME BY GIVING POSEIDON THEIR TRIBUTE!!!!???? In the Homer epic it's Athena's tribute anyway and a priest guesses it's a trick, even saying, "YO this might be full of Greek murderers don't take it into the city." But Poseidon has him and his kids strangled by sea serpents because Poseidon is Team Greece. Even Helen of Troy, who is either Stockholm Syndromed or just an asshole, tells everyone the horse is probably full of Greeks, but everyone is all, "nah it's fine, let's not even check." Also, Odysseus is in the horse, not Achilles. THAT MOVIE SUCKED. Like, a historical retelling of the Iliad - cool. Mixing it with the Aenid and changing the story for largely pointless reasons? Not cool. Mind you, there's a slight possibility - like King Arthur, that Achilles is based on a real person, or amalgam of persons. If it were the Achilles of the Iliad, invulnerable and son of a god, there would probably be a real match - but even then - not knowing anything about Witcher powers - Geralt could probably scan him with magic or whatever to see his mum's handprint on his heel or the Styx juice all over his body except for there.
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Thread Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Rematch. Who you got?
Which by my count he did handily last time. It still weirds me out that Boxing is so reduced that I don't have a good sense of context for these fighters. Fury continues to be surprisingly good for his age, weight, condition - and Wilder continues to be surprisingly bad at strategy and pacing for someone with his right bomb. Luckily for his opponents I suppose. Anyway it's the same as all Wilder fights - if he gets a perfect one off it'll be devastating, but Fury has taken plenty of bombs from Wilder - and knocked down but not out last time. And Fury's reach and sheer scale just make him a challenging tangly brawler and an edifice for other boxers to bang their heads and chins on. Also with those two in particular, I always think Fury could shed some fat - and Wilder could use a little. Some boxers are just naturally shredded, but Wilder always looks like he's just cut water weight for aesthetics.
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Thread Rurouni Kenshin The Final/The Beginning Live Action Movies Terser.
Miike again? He needs to get back to proper Samurai Drama. Or horror. But not anime. First one was good but I wanna see 14 Assassins. Or Hara Kiri 2: The Inadequate Slice Edit. I'm thinking of Blade of the Immortal live action. Pardon my dust.
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Thread Showering before bed instead of in the morning
I do if I have to get up hecka early. Both because it's rational and a time saver, but also so I don't wake up the household. I also put anti-perspirant on after I shower just before bed, because if I sweat in my pits all night, then I'm gonna need to shower again in the morning. So full disclosure, I simply brish my teeth, wash my face and apply a second coat of pit chalk. It's also kind of relaxing to have a brutally hot shower right before bed - and I sleep very hot, so the residual moisture on my skin has a cooling effect, even after drying thoroughly.
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Thread WaPo: Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign
Boris was an incompetent drunk. He certainly blew a chance to improve his country’s situation and take advantage of goodwill and momentum- and the US is always involved in fuckery- but If you’re suggesting Putin was an improvement — I have contested land in the Crimea to sell you.
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Thread WaPo: Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign
Oh you mean the Russia that has been openly and nakedly trying to incrementally take back former Soviet States by destabilizing their governments, installing pro-Russia oligarchs and actual military land invasions? The Russia fighting a hot land war in the Ukraine? A war solely designed to take back former Soviet territory? The Russia that invaded its neighbors? The Russia that has bet its entire economy on energy and is being starved by a parasitical dictator and his cronies? That Russia? The one that blackmails its European neighbors with natural gas shortages? The one that is building neo nazi movements in every western democracy it can to destabilize them and improve Russia's position? I'd love for Russia to become a part of or a partner to Europe - Russia has and had the potential to be a world-beating economy - a technological, manufacturing and agricultural and energy powerhouse - but what you're suggesting is impossible until Putin is removed from power and Russian democracy is repaired. And there's zero sign of that happening. Russia could and should be one of the shining beacons of Democracy in the world. It had the opportunity post-Glasnost, but the efforts of a single opportunist have paused that development for almost two decades. Like the US, it's a potentially incredible positive influence on the world, stymied by greed and power concentrated into one pair of literally evil hands - and the sooner he's gone, the better off the whole world will be.
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Thread WaPo: Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign
Lolwut That's not on the list of options. They're not literally trying to elect bernie. They're trying to get people to fight.
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Thread Scallops are actually super weird
you may be allergic or reacting to something that got in or on your scallops- rather than to the scallops themselves. Obviously don’t test this by eating scallops. mans if it’s happened more than once then yeah you’re probably not meant for scallops :-( I had a CRAZY reaction to shellfish once but doc said it was likely some nasty business that grows or lives on shellfish.
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Thread Scallops are actually super weird
Helpfully easy to cook too - sear in hot butter and the second the translucent center becomes opaque white, boom! it’s a good cheap way to impress a date first time they agree to come to your murdervault I mean apartment. scallops are just amazingly photogenic when cooked and remarkably cheap, usually.
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Thread Scallops are actually super weird
obviously be careful but individual shellfish can harbor pathogens that cause extremely serious toxic or anaphylactic reactions but not necessarily to the scallops - stuff can enter the shell or packaging that isn’t normally there. But proper clinical testing is the only safe way to check.
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Thread NYT: Russia is aiding President Trump in the 2020 election, intelligence officials told lawmakers. Trump complained Democrats might exploit the news.
I've been saying this since 2016 - Me: "Two things, the absolute numbers - almost textbook example of "not too much, not too little" and the utter panic from Trump with no swagger, just fear and reactive denial. His grim shaken face as those results arrived - watch the footage - not the reaction of a clever person being reasonably cautious - but the relieved stressed reaction of a crook watching police cars pass his house and fade into the distance. His lackies and children in a quite different mood than him. then finally, no assurances from states that hacks were impossible and disproven. Just a lot of we think so." Reasonable People: "that's paranoid, Trump won because we're dumb - if you suggest hack or direct interference with numbers, you are making it worse and shifting blame" Me: "I AM PARALYZED WITH FEAR AND INFORMATION" This looked surgical and to me it still does.
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Thread Twitter testing clear labels for fake and misleading news on the site
I mean, saying almost a quarter of guns would be extremely powerful and apparently more accurate. Can't fault this if it's implemented properly and doesn't end up forcing decimal points or syntax errors.
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Thread Roger Stone sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison
Roger has not been exonerated. On the contrary, he has been convicted and sentenced. Trump cannot exonerate him. On the contrary a pardon says nothing about guilt or innocence and is an expression of mercy for a person already found guilty.
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Thread Another thread about my trip to NYC lol
While objectively I appreciate NYC is one of the greatest cities in the world, the most directly appropriate media representation of the place and my relationship with it is still Homer’s trip to New York. “” It’s like Paris or a USB port- on paper, there’s a fifty percent chance you’ll plug in, first time smoothly, and have a delightful connection, but in reality there’s 100% chance your first attempt will result in a waiter calling you a prick because he didn’t like your pronunciation of “crepe” and you will be pickpocketed by a slimy albino witch pretending she’s selling lucky heather. OP will love it for the objective reasons though.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Definitely for the Primary. I suspect Bernie has a lot of quasi libertarian and gun loving dem fans who might rankle a little at it, but in the general it's poison to a few potentially changeable Trump voters. Mind you, having that group as a kind of proxy reduces his need to campaign on it personally - so maybe?
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Thread NYT: Russia is aiding President Trump in the 2020 election, intelligence officials told lawmakers. Trump complained Democrats might exploit the news.
If your senator or congressman supports Trump in this they’re literally betraying the US and there’s no nuance or wiggle room on it now. direct betrayal of the country and the constitution and I don’t believe there’s a way back for that party so almost every single one of them is going to take the position that they may as well stop pretending.
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Thread 'Smart' rental car strands couple in remote highway after cellphone signal was lost.
Btw although the op rightly says “rural stretch of highway “ it’s also one of the most heavily touristed and like the Road to Hana in Hawaii- a place where driving and stopping are 100% guaranteed things tourists will and should expect to do. They should have fixed the app on the first call. Just put a gps exception to unlock and start.
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Thread 'Smart' rental car strands couple in remote highway after cellphone signal was lost.
Yeah it's shocking that there's no such method, especially when you consider the safety implications. Imagine it had been an elederly lady with health issues?
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Thread Stinkles, what would happen if a Covenant energy sword from Halo clashed against a lightsaber from Star Wars?
for an elite it’s the same thing as watching a human stab/thrust with a vertical one. For chief it’s just one more murderousness tool.
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Thread Shocking details you didn't learn about those close to you until later on in life
My grandmother had an identical twin who was alive most of my young life but nobody told me until a few years ago. She briefly gave my mother up for adoption after WWII when grandpa died and she understandably lost the plot for a little bit, but got her back. There's more too but those are the more shareable. Nothing horrifying, but those two are super One Life to Live/General Hospital ones.
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Thread Stinkles, what would happen if a Covenant energy sword from Halo clashed against a lightsaber from Star Wars?
Actually since he’s not even human and from a different galaxy possibly billions of years ago he may not even be comparable relevant height one way or another.... assuming that Han is about six feet tall though and the two users are of equal skill then high ground is unbeatable (I didn’t make these rules! - even though Darth Maul has the high ground to beat all high ground when Anakin does him in...) and the Plasma sword has the potentially exploitable advantage of the split blades to “catch” a light saber I still would give it to the plasma sword.... EXCEPT!!! Plasma Sword in most campaign settings takes damage/depletes energy and eventually sputters out if it makes high energy contact with mass (flesh, armor, vehicles etc) - without extensive testing in real life conditions- it’s not possible to know if the contained plasma blade will take meaningful damage from the saber’s assembly of “photonic molecules.” It’s possible that the saber’s field generated “fake” massy properties will not meaningfully deplete the Energy Sword - and potentially even augment its kinetic impact as a kind of resonant reflection. this is made more complex by the recent revelation of Forerunner “hard light “ technology which uses a different and more advanced technology to imbue photons with useful mass like properties- including far better control over heat and rigidity down to the subatomic level- no clumsy EM fields for Forerunner tech - however the Covenant- while reverse engineering many forerunner concepts from found artifacts- are doing so at a fairly rudimentary level- and humans have shown a far better ability to analyze, replicate and even improve upon both covenant and forerunner tech - a natural ability amplified by our willingness to grant AIs agency and the freedom to innovate- covenant religious and cultural traditions restrict AI to mete obedient number crunching and navigation chores. now - Force users? Trickier still. Jedi can for example use the Force to enhance their weapon skill of course- but also do stuff like protect their skin from excess heat radiation (trade federation ship scene where they melt the bulkhead door) - Elites can’t use the Force- but several humans- Chief included- have exhibited mysterious interactions with dormant and active Forerunner tech - potentially related to an unusual property of their dna- either predicted by or possibly manipulated by long vanished forerunner biologists. Could that be expressed as a surfeit of modichlorians? (Which I have head canoned as a measurable of force power- bacteria like “moths” attracted to a flame and not the CAUSE of the force like some weird old Star Wars enthusiasts insist) I think we have to consider that possibility. In summary then, the Plasma or Energy Sword is, in every possible rational scenario- more powerful and deadly therefore than a light saber. Even a light saber stacked with a thousand dead Jedi Khyber derived “red crystals “ if a Star Wars enthusiast here knows about the saber (my knowledge is f Star Wars is pretty rudimentary) and presents a contradictory fact, I will simply drive to the office and add newly “discovered “ information that leapfrogs any such contradiction. So no matter what, Plasma Sword wins. I rest my case.
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Thread Marvel gives The UK their first superteam that isn't full of stereotypes and surface reads of the country..... Psych at least it isn't Shamrock again.
I think the research was done at a tourist shop in each capital and the Scotland one was all Loch Ness postcards.
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Thread McMillions (2020): Official Trailer [McDonald's Monopoly Scandal Documentary]
Reading the article it’s absolutely amazing how stupid everyone involved was. One family winning like six major prizes. His absurd unprompted stories about coming into money Through sheer luck very soon he hoped
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Thread Journal published backed by 117 doctors pleads to end documented torture of Assange
The guy asking was thinking like, Daily Mail. And I was careful to point out the issues with this being editorial and grouping fringe loons with serious doctors.
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Thread Usher, TLC, Lauryn and more headline Lovers and Friends Festival - Fyre Fest scam or 90's R&B Dream concert?
Serious question, did Usher ... well, usher in the whole sexy face touching move as a permanent move? I’ve seen LL Cool J and Clark Gable do it but not as constant as Usher used to. Dude would be smoothing imaginary face hair, pretend regular hair, honing his chin down like Patrick Swayze with a wet clay pot. also for some reason thinking of usher as a middle aged man is blowing my mind more than other surprise oldies.
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Thread The Ringer asks: "What do you think is the worst thing you have to sit next to on a plane?"
I ain’t even mad. if it is a necessary and trained real service animal I would trade seats to be in horse town. However these days generously 90% of animals on planes are selfish jerks abusing the privilege and defrauding people with real or serious needs.
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Thread Boeing 737 Max: Inspection of whole fleet ordered after debris found in fuel tanks
cost saving, mismanagement and what sounds like a really bad layer of culture. I hope they address all of those things for the sake of passengers and people who rely on their aircraft for their livelihoods. Boeing knows how to do things correctly but they need to eliminate the people who don’t or won’t.
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Thread John Rood, Pentagon official who certified Ukraine for aid, has been asked to resign
Every time someone was fired it would be the reverse of the hiring announcements: The Incoming New Administration just fired the chief Economics adviser, a drunk TV pundit who told people the property bubble was fine. Krakatoa Superfund, the Chief advisor to the Environmental Department, a forty foot tall plutonium robot who lives in a children's cancer ward, famous for shooting cataracts of asbestos and lead acid from his distended radioactive rear, was also relieved of his duties today in what incoming administration officials describved as standard procedure.
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Thread Study: Western-style diet can impair brain function
the good thing about this level of being an extreme polymath is that I can be blamed for everything. Yesterday I came across an old story It’s never too late to take your medicine. Or too early for a healthful chocolate milkshake.
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Thread Journal published backed by 117 doctors pleads to end documented torture of Assange
the lancet is an extremely credible publication — but this isn’t a medical conclusion it’s editorial in nature- many of the doctors on that list are credible and many are not- the credible ones are making the assertion that nobody should be subjected to torture or emotional torture. thr lancet editorially plainly supports that view in a vacuum, subject person aside and irrelevant. there are however a few people on that list who would be rejected outright as scientific contributors were they submitting articles - and several were f course who’re friends and acquaintances of assange and who’s opinions on his ethical professional behavior prior to and since his confinement should be viewed as biased, meaningless or worse. so - Lancet- extremely prestigious medical journal agrees that solitary confinement and the embassy situation should be considered inhumane medically- regardless of whether asange is a tool or not.
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Thread Journal published backed by 117 doctors pleads to end documented torture of Assange
It’s possible to contain multiple thoughts simultaneously in one human brain. We have to stop hagifying or villainizing people in the same way we have to stop deciding movies are either the best thing ever or the worst. assange was kept in deplorable conditions while in prison Assange is diplomatic hot potato who feels forced and cornered into his situation in the embassy assange is a wretched person and credibly accused rapist Wikipedia exposed serious malfeasance by the USA and uk governments and did a public good assange targeted political enemies of his sponsors and buried and ignored negative stories about those sponsors Assange should be offered legal protection or amnesty to end his situation but remain responsible for his alleged crimes and have his day in court - as should one of his accusers who still wishes his charges could be Assange would be a terrible houseguest and he is not your friend assange should be subject to the laws of wherever he ends up and shouldn’t be illegally rendered or extradited without basis in law assange and wikileaks are Russian cutouts and are not genuinely interested in your freedom and indeed support and protect a country with horrific human rights and democratic abuses
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Thread UK Immigration changes: No visas for low-skilled workers
Unsurprisingly positive and or deep exposure to the “other” is the closest thing to a miracle cure for racism and other bigotry. It’s why stuff like employment rights is so important because it’s a force multiplier for understanding and acceptance.using the visas they’re eliminating or do you just mean seasonal waivers?
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Thread Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Fargo) openly discusses hitting his two children and referring to them as "little f**kers" [see staff post]
I’ve never struck my child but I would point out for Americans that “smack” on this context means “spank-“ as in open hand slapping bottom through pants- that’s maybe an irrelevant distinction for some people but it’s a huge difference from my perspective as a parent and occasional recipient in my own childhood - versus “smacking” a kid in the face or worse. Problem is that it’s subjective too and there are a lot of bad parents with no sense of proportion or self restraint so even if science said a mild spank works (science doesn’t say that) then you’d still have kids traumatized or hospitalized by violent parents who felt they had a legally and socially acceptable right to mete out that punishment. We also had corporal punishment in school that was more or less unregulated- we had teachers who’d use a cane, a steel ruler, a belt. It worked in the sense that it would stop a disruptive kid - but of course now the teacher is disrupting his or her own class. “I was spanked and I turned out ok” to be true in my case but certainly isn’t always - but an angry teacher or parent doesn’t know that because they’re not clairvoyant. They’re rolling the dice.And in my experience the kids who were spanked or caned the most did turn out fine and likely had horrifying experiences at home- compounded by being humiliated in front of peers in class - bullies would be engaged in retaliatory vicious cycles of this - taking out their caning on their child bullying victims. Anyway I’m assuming that’s what he meant by “spank” but I don’t know that for sure obviously.
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Thread I'm a believer now. We don't need headphone jacks.
"Why don't you just buy a little bluetooth receiver device that plugs into your aux port and a USB power adapter and take it out of your car every time you leave because a hobo might smash your window and steal the device because he thinks it's worth a few bucks?" "Why don't they just leave the headphone jack on since you can already choose to use bluetooth and it wasn't bothering you before?" "NO"
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Thread I'm a believer now. We don't need headphone jacks.
Well I knew that before buying it, and the iPad Pro is still amazing, but that really irks me and it comes up a LOT in real work. Workaround is a dock either for adapter or for HDMI when rooms support audio and video - but there's a lot of crappy hardware layers in some of those rooms that give weird audio or no audio results from HDMI either because of displayport or just weird iOS stuff.
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Thread Cringe yourself to a new ERA!
To be fair to her - and don't get me wrong she got herself into this, but the cop pronounces she's under arrest at 26 seconds in - she hasn't yelled, cursed or even raised her voice yet - but immediately after her first "i don't believe I should pay $80 for something I can fix - a fixer ticket" - I'M ARRESTING YOU. Like, to ARREST someone for that is a pretty major escalation - then the video is edited to jump to her presumably some time later having herself escalated to locking herself in the car. That still takes uys back to - 26 seconds, a dumb line fundamentally misunderstanding the law - Under ARREST? Like, he doesn't warn her that she could face arrest, or is impeding him in the course of his duties - he goes staright to "I'm arresting you." I wonder how many videos he has that didn't make it to youtube. Plainly doesn't like being "disrespected"
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Thread What's the dumbest thing you ever did to yourself as a kid?
A lot. Stood on a rusty nail on a dismantled shed that came all the way through my shoe. Got stuck on a train when I was only supposed to go one stop, but I couldn't open the door and ended up at an umanned station in a completely different county in a remote part of scotland. Went into an abandoned iron foundry, tipped over several barrels of abandoned chemicals that formed a crazy black crusted surface but it suddenly collapsed and our crew all went about ten inches deep into some crazy glue like slime, which corroded through our boots after we jumped on it to test the crust's thickness and safety. Decided for no good reason to step on the top step of a ladder, having already reached the shed roof and it was rotten, broke and I fell onto a metal spike, which went through my calf, and then my biddies panicked, put me in an abandoned stroller, pushed me to my house, rang the bell and ran away.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
Of course it could and it's not a game, it's unpleasant frustrating reality. I'm just talking about Bloomberg he gets through the terrifying concept of wet noodles winning it for him. Ultimately the General is the only thing voters en masse can impact. Random joes - even seriously invested voters, can't fix the primary system. But random Joes are the ones who will most likely be the ones whose enthusiasm and (D) will be the difference between four more years of Trump and the GOP and four more years of Dems and anyone else as president from Gabbard to Bloomberg. The only thing that makes me optimistic right now is that this situation is unprecedented and EXTREMELY fluid - we've been anointing winners non stop since 2016 (with Biden snatching defeat the hardest) so MAYBE something good will happen? And I'm pragmatically worried about Bernie scaring away old people, the media trying to amplify that fear for clicks and eyeballs, but he could energize them with a good VP pick and trump going after medicare makes bernie a natural old people ally in a really blunt way. Maybe even Trumpers will start sweating that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
The problem is that mathematically, not voting, or voting for a third party, is functionally a vote for Trump. So the choices people would have are: Vote for Bloomberg and try to beat Trump. Vote for Trump. Don't vote for anyone but statistically you're voting for Trump. That math forces you to ask the question: Is voting for a known racist who will potentially put Democrats in one to three houses and is maybe regretful or at least not going to repeat his racism in office, better or worse than voting for (literally or effectively) a known racist who likes racism and doing racist policy right in front of everyone and is a credibly accused rapist, obviously attempting to change the constitution and nature of government and is literally in the pocket of more than one foreign dictator? I've yet to find anyone excited about that outcome, but that's the actual math. Nobody confronting that equation has a fourth item that's like, "heh I'm secretly pumped about this choice."
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
He's right to complain about them , the whole thing is bullshit, the problem is complaining about the rules AFTER you deal yourself in. Nobody should be whining about the rules of a game they chose to enter AFTER they start playing. Especially when he's not even officially on the team he's complaining about. But Caucuses, superdelegates, all of it isn't just antiquated bullshit, it basically says, "yeah there's only two parties so feck off" They need to fix this shit for next time. It's going to be distorted by the GOP and the media so it won't even be a fair version of its own bullshit.
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Thread Anybody have recommendations for lice?
Go to your local excruciatingly pun named “salon “ like “lice knowing you” etc one of the craziest things about becoming a parent in the USA is discovering lice is not an exclusively Victorian Orphanage situation. Schools are a hotbed and there’s probably a vaxxer parent sending the same poor kid back to spread it after futilely trying some useless organic Wiccan formula.
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Thread Anybody have recommendations for lice?
I grew up in Edinburgh and I went to school in Edinburgh in the 70s and 80s and (as you know) we called them “nits” but at least in my school they were more rumor and legend than the situation you describe- which is similar to Seattle where I am now. I know the climate is a huge factor and seattle is very temperate. Edinburgh (and Scotland have seen noteworthy rises over the last few decades and freezing isdeath to lice (actually one of the cleanup methods for bedding apparently- wash on sterilization cycle, dry thoroughly on hot and then freeze for a day to be absolutely sure) so I’ve never been sure if Balgreen Primary school was a unicorn isolated miracle or if climate was a factor. But because it’s so common in seattle there’s none of the shame or poverty implications I associated it with in childhood and tons of lice treatment places. My kid’s never contracted it, touch wood but when we go to summer camp they have a no lice policy and check before boarding the bus so a lot of parents- us included - take out the insurance policy of a professional check/ treatment the day before. Because finding out your kid ISN’T at camp for a week can really throw a surprise wrench* in your work and childcare plans. they not only know what they’re doing but they’re gentler and don’t mistake every particle in the house for a louse or nit. And I wasn’t kidding earlier- often the school infestations are literally coming from the same families multiple times- sometimes poverty or neglect but more and more frequently it’s been vaxxer or delusional hippies who think everything can be treated with herbs. * translator’s note: wrench means Spanner in Scottish
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Thread NY Supreme Court judge orders developers of NYC tower to remove upper floors
It’s assumed that a contiguous lot would have a traditional footprint- so a fifty five floor building would have bigger proportions and typically be on a more equitable and appropriate block- I suspect the workaround they designed used one rule for footprint and number of floors and skyline permissions , but other zoning for architectural and physical properties and that created a loophole for a building that wouldn’t have been permitted even if the lot had been rational- like planting a giant redwood in an apple orchard. it would be genuinely bizarre if nobody from the city had seen the lot Tetris or realized what they were trying. I also assume they managed to find a morally flexible inspector for the plans- or otherwise obscured the problem with paperwork and lawyerball- their plan to just keep going may be relying on suing or more shenanigans- but also may be more economical to finish it while construction momentum is happening and then hoping to win appeal- but knowing it would still be cheaper to delete floors than pause construction. That arithmetic will be driving their gamble.
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Thread NY Supreme Court judge orders developers of NYC tower to remove upper floors
imagine having a “shitty “ million dollar 1000 sq ft apartment that you bought outright- but despite having almost zero amenities except for a scary basement coin laundry and a doorman who is probably a Craigslist murderer, that your monthly condo fees (no parking included) are between $1500-$3000 depending on the building. welcome to Manhattan. Also their reliance on doormen is hilarious- especially when they go on strike and native New Yorkers wonder how any other city gets mail, packages or visitors. my sister in law lives like this and has deluded herself into believing there’s no viable alternative to a weird loquacious uniformed loner sitting in your lobby who doesn’t know how to change a lightbulb and is not allowed to physically prevent trespassing by the union. Also expects a fantastically large tip at Christmas and will passively ruin your life if he doesn’t get one.
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Thread Who's the better 80's villain - Hans Gruber or Clarence Boddicker
Boddicker is better and more original but Gruber would absolutely smash him in a caper or turf war. Boddicker would realize he lost by discovering his fresh victory was just an elaborate ruse to steal something way bigger just before he exploded.
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Thread I'm a believer now. We don't need headphone jacks.
Also tell me where the music studios, video suites and boardrooms that all have Bluetooth audio or unimpeded hdmi with no handshake issues - or what recording studio doesn’t use wired monitor headphones or six analog inputs or which lcd projector has tap to pair audio. or why I have to choose between power or usb headphone adapter etc etc. it’s still never been explained to me by a pro wireless future advocate why the robustly thick iPad Pro designed for consumer and professional use with all the marketing to make the point that djs and directors and mixmasters and film editors can use it, can’t connect to universal industry “pro” standard interfaces. phone? I don’t like it but at least they can claim size/waterproof or any of the other excuses.
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Thread I'm a believer now. We don't need headphone jacks.
I had to show people some dailies on a video app from my iPad Pro but their audio solution was the industry standard (you could say “pro” really, couldn’t you?) analog jack. So I couldn’t. There’s literally no reason the 12 inch iPad Pro shouldn’t have a headphone jack and thousands of reasons why it should. argue about phones all you like but icing it from an allegedly pro capable video editing and production device is fuckery of the highest order and indefensible. same for its music applications.
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Thread The ending of The Dark Knight Rises bothers me for the silliest of reasons.
Yeah but he’s poor the way rich people think being poor is. Wearing an Issey Miyake suit with invisible socks and drinking an exquisite restretto at an exclusive little cafe in his favorite
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Thread Do you mount your TV on the wall? Can I see your setup?
right click the uploaded image and select “copy link” not “copy post link” and only after it’s fully loaded - right click- click off then do it again. click the picture shortcut in the menu here or bracket the link with no spaces between [ i m g ] and [ / I m g ] if on windows copy the share link with
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Thread The Verge - Leaked images show TCL prototype phone with expandable, slide-out display
A slide out case with a springSlide out cover with a spring hinge that slides the screen out under it but folds over the back of the second screen at full extension.But how will I capture very tall vertical shaky evidence of landscape dominating ufos and volcanic thunderstorms?
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Thread Unpaid internships should be illegal
DC is a weird but useful example because Unpaid interning at a politician’s office is something that the children of wealthy people - often with other familial or friendship connections to that politician— can afford to do and who are disproportionately hired from outrageously expensive colleges. Guess what kind of thing that propagates and amplifies? hint: it’s not a nonpartisan nepotism free marketplace of conflicting ideas and healthy bidirectional disagreement. there’s the soft exploitation of old boy networks propagating themselves. That’s how the system works in Hollywood and politics and other elite systems. Keeps the hoi polloi at bay. and don’t forget this picture next time someone tries to shut down the “staying home because my candidate didn’t win “ conversation using race as a “both sides” reason.
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Thread Unbelievably realistic Deepfake - Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland in Back to the Future
what if people could have an RF encryption of sorts to validate video or public appearances? Now rich people have an advantage if money is involved either way. and the anonymous and disingenuous have a way to skip responsibility or create alibis.
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Thread Whoops! Mayo Med School mistakenly sends acceptance letters to every applicant
That’s some rich creamy bs. Doesn’t cut the mustard. Puts everyone in a pickle. Spreading acceptance thin. Thought their bread was buttered on both sides. Toasted their own success. Sandwich.
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Thread California Vacation in May - Tell me where to go!
You should drive down coast to Big Sur and visit Hearst Castle if possible. Death Valley in spring too. co-signed on Alcatraz - best touristy thing in CA and get the award winning audio tour. Muir Woods National Park and do the dipsea trail hike from there. of any other if those if you have cut something cut Napa.
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Thread Sonic the Hedgehog Sets New Record For Video Game Movie Domestic Opening Weekends
get a sonic plushy, wash it on a spin cycle for a whole day, stick it under the seat cushion of a skid row dumpster couch for three months in August, retrieve it and enjoy your extremely limited edition “pre-movie fan reaction revamp Sonic”
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Thread Medicare for All - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
are you comparing unsourced Republican fearmongering and bizarre distorted exaggerations with supernatural impossibilities? This is exactly how we got to have the most expensive and worst outcome value healthcare system on earth. And still glibly ignores the millions of Americans sick, dead or bankrupt because scare stories about socialist dystopias are weirdly effective at getting repeated without evidence. rationing for cause something health insurance companies in the US actually do in real life and sometimes the stated cause is faker than Denmark treating 51 year olds to Logan’s Run carousel. not even your fault- I once watched a us Congressman tell a Canadian healthcare professional absolute nonsense about kids with broken legs being put on waiting lists at the ER and sent home - obviously the Canadian was astonished and when he asked the politician to provide evidence he basically accused the Canadian of lying to save face.
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Thread Slowthai has a great career ahead of him aaaaaand it's gone (up: apology, see threadmark)
Well, this exposed me to his music at least. Which isn't bad. I recognize one of those as an occasional earworm bright spot from sleepless jetlagged misery in British hotels on business trips. Although some of that might be clever production on what sounds like deliberately off beat flow. Anyway, I know everyone has been waiting for me to drop my verdict on SlowThai's future: It's embarasing and destructive, and he may not recover fully - but he apologized - it was pathetic and lecherous and gross - but not necessarily an "oops, look what booze revealed about his inner being" like Mel Gibson. All of his gross and clumsy mysoginy seemed to be coming from a place of intellectually bereft defense, untested Chav reflexes and he was being manhandled with ease by a professional Heckler Smasher, like Neo realizing he's the One and distractedly blocks Agent Smith while thinking about something more important. So I think he be forgiven if he takes on a little extra responsibility in his career and lyrics and example-setting. TBH he doesn't seem that smart from the video, despite how hammered he is, but that's probably not a fair way to judge his capacity for doing better. I say Not Canceled, Pending Future Recognizance. Brits will know whether that's likely or not. But he may at least have learned to lay off the whatever while at or near work.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
Media continues to be the number one expression of the problem with money in politics. Not just Citizens United- but the Invisible Hand too - where earnest prime time reporters try their damndest to explain to the country why we’re in a crisis of unprecedented existential danger- then try to “balance “ that take by pretending there’s an alternative viable position and knowingly giving airtime to doubt-sowing bullshit - and their parent companies make bank from the crisis eyeballs. and that’s just the ten percent of “liberal “ reporting. Then self fulfilling prophecies like squawking about Bloomberg’s ad spend while repeating them for free. meanwhile self-confessed executive branch anarchy fetishist Barr is doing consigliere murders on fifth avenue in broad daylight and it is discussed as “it’s possible his rebuke is part of a strategy and many of the things he said aren’t necessarily factual “ the abuse of “first amendment “ as somehow protecting hate speech and knowing lies means that “fairness doctrine “ now sounds like “no knock gungrab raids by black helicopters “ Our constitution doesn’t define the culture, our constitution is a quaintly worded series of non binding 18th century poems that is interpreted through the lens of a culture that is created and ratified by the media. oh well
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Thread Suppose that… you were sitting down at a table.
This whole business is explained in excruciating detail at the start of 2001 when that one monkey bashes the other one with the stick it just realized is a club. There are several sticks. He chooses the one on the left.
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Thread When was it decided in media that thunder and lighting must always acompany rain?
Can't remember if it was Hitchhikers or not, but I always loved the metastory in a Douglas Damas novel about a miserable truck driver who didn't realize he was a rain god. Drove around his whole life in every kind of shitty rain, ceaslessly drizzling, pounding, lashing, misting, torrential, treacherous, tropical, flash floody, saoking, pelting, OH MY GOD I JUST REALIZED I'M FROM SCOTLAND AND SEATTLE AND I HAVE MROE RAIN WORDS THAN ESKIMOS ALLEGEDLY HAVE SNOW WORDS. Anyway, that guy could have saved the planet, if only the rains knew how to explain it to him, or a statistician had noticed his anomalous life. Btw, Seattle actually gets less annual rainfall than NYC, it just comes down more persistently and slowly over a longer, darker, more misery inducing period of months. Seattle also rarely gets any serious wind, snow, fog or lightning. Considering how much energy and water is coming together over the city from the Pacific, lake effect, Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, it's absolutely bizarre that we're locked in a weirdly stable chaos vortex, like Mr. Burns diseases. Then in summer everyone runs around in gleeful insanity like when a dog finally scoots a stubborn poop out of its rocket nozzle and proceeds to lose its mind with sheer kinetic joy. Growing up in Scotland on the East Coast (actually before the climate shifted radically enough to seriously affect snow) I got a pretty excellent collection of everything except nice warm days. We'd get blazing sunshine a couple of days in July or August, with thin ozone guaranteeing that our paper-hued skin would blister like that chick from Prince of Darkness, despite never cracking 65 degrees, and insane Revenant/King Wenceslas snowdrifts, Texas thunderstorms, Jack the Ripper fog events, and four pound razor sharp slate rooftiles slicing through gale force winds like Final Destination props. When we were kids we would go out in Gales with makeshift "parachutes" aka childsmashers. Seattle though? Long, perfect summers, long days, lakes that warm consistently up to refreshing 70s (night swimming is the trick here, so the relative temp feels warm rather than bracing) and pine and creosote scents as the alpine surroundings dry out on shaded beautiful hikes. Then in October - the sun dies like a druid prophecy and the entire outside world becomes wet and freezing till May.
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Thread Ring lost 47 years ago in US is unearthed in a forest in Finland
As they dug through the loamy soil, Johnny Walker gazed cruelly and silently from the trees, considering the young woman’s earlobes that seemed to fascinate the loner Suzuki so much. new murakami novel is weirdly familiar
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Thread Jojo Rabbit |OT| A film by Taika Waititi with himself as Adolf Hitler... really(Open Spoilers)
holy shit “Normalizes “ nazis? the Nazis are presented as absolutely insanely far gone from the opening credits to the close. I can’t imagine how a writer and his editors could craft an article that fails to understand satire a child could grasp and then effectively lies to people who haven’t seen it about the nature of the content. even “fun” Hitler at the start is designed to make you super uncomfortable AND the movie does a better job explaining the banality of evil and the extreme danger rhetoric and media can put the publicity. it’s one of the most powerful and direct movies about the nature of the Trump, Erdogan, Orban et al presidencies and it’s only becoming more accurate as it goes on. that article is like some Armond White levels of disingenuous because I don’t believe anyone could be that obtuse or dense in real life. even if you don’t like the movie you have to concede this article goes deliberately out of its way to miss the point. Normalization IS the point- the movie doesn’t normalize Nazis- the movie slaps you across the face with how terrifying that normalization looks. It lets you view the horror of that of the period safely from the other side of that glass.
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Thread Do you mount your TV on the wall? Can I see your setup?
I bought a Samsung Frame 50 inch - comes with a flush wall mount and an “invisible “ cable - a very thin transparent cable that is extremely subtle and almost lives up to its name. I’m still going to stick it behind the drywall after our houseguest leaves but even that’s much easier since the cable connects to a breakout box with all the hdmi, optical, coaxial and so on so you can stick that in furniture and hide consoles and receivers and what not. The invisible cable is extremely long too so I am currently able to actually run it along the baseboard to a piece of furniture that n another wall. it has a great picture too - qled not oled but the art mode is what made the missus sign off on it (mimics gallery framed picture and you can use your own images or select from theirs). There’s also an “ambient “ mode on some models that makes the tv blend into the wall - you take a photo of the surrounding wall - pattern, color, texture- and the tv tries to chameleon into that pattern.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
If Bernie wins the nomination and doesn’t reverse his old voters and people of color issues then he’s toast. if he picks anyone left of Warren as a veep he’s it only toast- at that point he’d be outing himself as a spoiler with no intention of winning the general. And if he picked Romney he’d basically guarantee no Trump voters would cross over and probably energize them to vote against him. he could do worse than Klob or some younger moderate who looks like they could take over in an emergency. And man he needs to get Nina off tv. She sounds combative and angry even when she’s agreeing with something. I say he test the Obama veep constitutional theory. 22nd amendment only says “elected” president- and talks about running for president. Doesn’t say anything about “happening to president “ I’ll be over here in my sovereign citizen dome...
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Thread Popular Mechanics: Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program
“I want to believe “ is a statement of focused intent rather than a skeptic’s concession for a lot of people. degrees of belief span the gulf from reasonable suspicion about potential black aerospace program being categorized as UFOs either by credible witnesses and air traffic professionals- all the way to kidnapped and butt-researched by the grays.
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Thread White House considering ways to incentivize U.S. households to invest in the stock market.
If you’re talking about a person who can afford it right now I don’t disagree- but the thread is about an insincere government attempting to outsource American retirement and small-s social security. the actual average American - not the median income or somewhat fabulist 50s ideal of a nuclear family- can’t afford to do anything meaningful with any market conditions and can’t survive even a couple of missed paychecks. People who can comfortably afford those risks over time are almost invariably doing so. I’m personally benefiting from the current situation but I think it’s disastrous to ask the bottom half of the population to consider the stock market as anything other than a slow burn aspect of a long term plan is worrying in the big picture. If this were say W or Clinton I wouldn’t be adding that aspect.
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Thread White House considering ways to incentivize U.S. households to invest in the stock market.
While sensible people will include stock or related instruments as part of an investing and retirement strategy there are a few serious a few reasons to be extremely cautious: 1. this is being pitched as an alternative to traditional pensions and to help bouy or boost an already unnaturally swollen market 2. It’s always wise to divest your investments to spread risk and reduce potential harm. 3. This won’t help the Americans who most need help and on the contrary will continue the spreading gulf between the rich and the poor. 4. Literally every single boom in stock market history has been followed by a bust and a recession has been predicted by even optimistic economists as inevitable. 5. 401k as a replacement for company or government retirement plans is being pushed as a cost saving measure for the private sector- a sector that also pushes for tax reductions that exacerbate the problem. 6. The Trump administration and its chief economic officer Steve Mnuchin have literally no idea how the economy works and believe they’re insulated from negative consequences by wealth and power and have shown almost sociopathic disregard for the middle and working class. 7. Donald Trump has frequently made statements and policy decisions that suggest he thinks the stock market is the economy.
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Thread Era what do I need to do to listen to my Television audio through headphones??
And anything with a headphone in or aux out. Most tvs can power it with usb too. This is what the OP needs assuming he hasn't checked to see if his TV supports BT which many do.
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Thread Software engineers are overpaid
It’s supply and demand. it’s tough to make excellent software and there aren’t enough of those engineers. If I was an advanced engineer working on AI that could actually produce excellent code, I would insure my own job Security by making it do fart sounds, act unpredictably weird any time the client interacted with it and crash all the time. which to be fair in a few cases might pass the Turing Test.
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Thread Soooo, what is the TRUE secondary purpose of underwear?
I’m positive you believe your jeans are extremely clean. I’m positive your jeans provide a capacious safe space for your business. I’m positive your jeans have a silken, frictionless texture regardless of humidity. I’m describing the issues some of us would encounter in this scenario.
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Thread Soooo, what is the TRUE secondary purpose of underwear?
Crushing your junk in an unpredictable denim vice and having your pants smell like a bus full of hobos coming back from a bran muffin and coffee convention and chafing like an Antebellum dowager observing etiquette at a yankee cotillion ball.
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Thread Cannot get my Windows 10 computer's PrtSc key to work
this is god’s truth- you don’t even have to copy it goes straight into the cache. Initially I was mad that snipping tool was going the way of that one version of Windows Movie Maker that was amazing for editing video. Or Zune software which was like iTunes but f iTunes didn’t use 300% cpu and demand that you create a baroque library system to copy one song to your MP3 player. but the new capture feature is the That One Version of Windows Movie Maker and Zune of taking screenshots. since we’re asking dumb questions- is there a way to copy more than one thing into a secondary paste cache? Like say I want to copy two separate sentences could I like ctrl -c one and shift-ctrl -c a second?
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Thread Taika Waititi on Star Wars: "I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt *not* like career suicide"
or transcend the entire thing, make it about you and rewrite history on account of
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Thread Author Don Winslow says he knows what made Lindsey Graham flip and says the truth is coming
there was a two day gap between Graham being Trump and Russia’s most vocal critic and golfing and slurping the president. There was no transitional behavior. No softening of stance and no publicly obvious event. CREAMY BUT NOT BASELESS SPECULATION AHEAD: my speculation based on how his Trump behavior literally flipped overnight — at the same time he began to alter and soften his Russian hawk stance — is that Russia saw him as a potential blocker in the senate and pointed to or gave Trump something extremely powerful - with evidence that shook Lindsey into instant submission. his Russia hawk stance slowly evaporated too. just to get it out there- Lindsey’s voters know he’s probably gay and they don’t mind. now does this author have that kind of bombshell or just the far less nowHell, even if he’s not- he knows everybody thinks he is. So it ain’t that. one more possibility is David Pecker’s DeadDrop Safe. Everyone at the National Enquirer knew that’s where untold bodies were buried - that’s how Trump used Michael Cohen to get Falwell Jr to flip the evangelicals for Trump- which was bizarre at the time - actual evidence of a three way with his wife and some pool boy (literally) and that entire thing just went away magically afterCohen “fixed it” FOR FREE!! that case mysterious died after Barr arrived but may still be happening quietly. also if you want to spend ten minutes on Google, watch a skip lapse of Graham before and after his “evolution “ on Trump. The guy looks fucking terrible and getting worse. His skin has become mottled, eyes bloodshot, and his jowls puffy and bloated. His language has gone from Cotillion Ball chaperone to ill tempered potty mouth who snaps obscenities when cornered- he’s not imitating his new boss - it’s only when he’s trapped. His patience has plummeted. to me it looks like stress or insomnia or alcohol or some combination of all three but it’s glaring and distinct. Don’t take my word forit there’s almost daily footage showing the rapid decline. could be aging- could be normal stress- but it reeks of pure terror. Now, does this author have that kind of bombshell or just the far less devastating “scoop” that Lindsey Graham his Russia hawk stance slowly evaporated too. 64 year old unmarried confirmed bachelor Senator with a swishy demeanor is gay? If it’s that he may as well call the book “Well Dur! My Sherlock Holmes Awakening “
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Thread If you had to pick one from this 90s band list who ya got?
One time of n Starbucks, Dave Matthews mistook me for someone else and I didn’t know who Dave Matthews was. I thought he was somebody I knew — and had simply blanked on - so I kept up the pretense and we chatted like old pals. A little while after he left, the Baristas said “whoa holy shit you’re actually with Dave Matthews!!” I said, “I have no idea who you’re talking about “ and the head barista just does a big “suuuure” wink and jaw. Befuddled I went about my business. to this day they think me and Dave Matthews are firm friends. I also discovered he lives close by in a fairly normal absolutely not ritzy little neighborhood.I since listened to a bunch of Dave Matthews Band music. so, my pick is Goo Goo Dolls.
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Thread White House considering ways to incentivize U.S. households to invest in the stock market.
investing in something at record highs sounds like a good idea to you? And in this case investing your future livelihood and wellbeing in a record high stock market that the president has directly put his thumb on the scales via dangerous and recklessly low interest rates? Beanie Babies, aka Boomer Bitcoins would be smarter right now.
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Thread Racist Presidential candidate Micheal Bloomberg once blamed end of redlining as cause of 2008 financial Crisis.
I'm not sure it could have been any more sarcastic. BUT we live in weird times. So it's also not impossible someone would type that with a straight face.
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Thread Looking for a Photoshop replacement?
+ 1 Affinity. But I'm a light user. Don't let anyone with a Linux t-shirt talk you into Gimp. It's very powerful and clever and admirable but it is extremely difficult to use, run and maintain. Effectively each tool works as if it's a separate app and I feel ungrateful for complaining about the amazing work put into it, but you REALLY have to commit to its quirks.
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Thread Cringe yourself to a new ERA!
Nah, that was like a hot initial shock of cringe, but then Rosario reeled it back for him. She's a treasure. Now he did actually go one a loose date with Rosario Dawson. A better video, which is more DOH than cringe, is when Jimmy Fallon finds out years too late, that his megastar movie crush who he "luckily got the chance to meet" was actually there to try and knock boots and he wasn't catching the signal. Straight from the gorgeous horse's mouth. A similar thing happened to me a few years ago - not a movie star, just a girl I was absolutely head over heels in college -- but resigned to being wildly out of my league. Turns out the entire time I knew her she was trying to get with me. I cried for days. My wife and daughter wanted to know why I was crying so I told them YOU RUINED MY LIFE!!!! (I made the last part up about crying and life ruining obviously).
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Thread Harley Quinn is Justice League Member now? (Superman: Heroes #1 Spoil)
Theory: I have never read anything about Booster Gold. Not even his Wiki. The only reason I know his name is because his image is so jarring the same thought goes through my head, unbidden, every time I see it: Booster Gold looks like a douchecheese - being a douchecheese and anachronistic and out of place cheeselord is his entire deal besides what are probably potent powers. He is possibly so cheeselord as yo inspire a weird blend of mirth and sympathy. Like when Chet becomes a turd, or RDJ and his frat brother in Weird Science.
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Thread Shaving against the grain is such a bitch
I have to shave my face and skull every day. My beard hair in particular is dense and metallic (imagine every fourth beard hair looks and feels like a short sharp brass wire) and extremely hard - so my blades often chip and can become unusable after a single shave. For irritation and cuts, against or with the grain makes zero difference, but does for detail patches. As you can imagine, this gets expensive, so I've been experimenting with razors for a decade. Here's what I've discovered for me - YMMV. 1. Electric Razors, including the most expensive well reviewed one on the market, don't actually do anything - literally. I can pass the shaver over short, medium or long growth and it simply doesn't do anything, not even catch for the most part. It's literally as if I left the plastic cap on the damn things. Apparently that's just a thing. Some people can't use electric razors. 2. The cheapest least advanced razors to do a halfway decent job are Schick Slim Twins. If they're on sale, it's a good budget alternative. Definitely only able to shave once with these though, and their lubricant, whatever it is, is fine. No irritation and smooth shave, but takes about twice as long as the best one. 3. I have entirely by feel - with and against the grain. The hardest parts are at the base of my neck and I have to shave these against the grain multiple times before the razor angle catches the base of the hair. Although only the second most likely for me to miss and realize too late. 4. Discovering a missed patch on the road is the WORST. Smoothing my scalp or face and discovering an isolated copse of unshaved vagrancy is awful, so I ALWAYS travel with spare razors in my car and backpack to address on the fly. Such a relief. Scares other drivers though watching a skinhead dry shave in the car (or occasionally a surreptitious concealed movement on the plane). 5. I can shave using a fresh razor without soap, water or shave gel - completely dry - and have done so dozens of times in emergencies, or camping or in the snow where I don't want to wash in a glacier fueled cataract. I ain't Ryu. 7. My favorite disposables of all time are Bic Flex 5 and their weird "budget unisex" Bic YOU - which are way cheaper than Flex 5 yet almost identical design and blades - the difference is that the holder doesn't pivot or rotate on a ball, so you're in charge of angling the blades - which is fine for my style. 8. Replaceable safety razors are worse than most disposables. 9. Cut throat razor is an absolutely ABSURD amount of effort for a face and skull every day and is reserved solely for a spa treatment type experience and further, keeping a razor sharp yourself is a fool's errand, and even high quality steel will chip on my hair (Barber is furious) and some of those can't be whetstoned out and have to be ground. IT is possible to do it yourself safely, but the traditional folding handle is designed to be used on the face and further, by a third person, so cuts or mistakes are INEVITABLE. 10. I seldom wear aftershave or a balm, but occasionally if I'm forced to use the same blade twice, I will apply a tiny dot of sandalwood and aloe to reduce potential redness. 11. I used to use Dollar Shave Club, but they switched manufacturers, I suspect, because the before and after difference was ABSURD. Although they had good customer service.
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Thread "Pale Blue Dot", the famous photo of Earth taken by Voyager I, digitally remastered by NASA for 30th anniversary
So NASA finally shows proof. A dot is flat. It's not a Pale Blue Ball. And it's obviously sitting on flat ribbon of firmament, bathed in the chilly blue ice rays of the moon. And they deliberately flew too far away to capture details like the ice wall circumference. They want to keep the flow of Airline-collaboration money flowing into the Big (((Spheroid))) fallacy.
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Thread Watch DJ Khaled murder a steak and be proud.
LEAVE IT ALONE LEAVE IT ALONE I bet this is at Salt Bae and he puts ketchup on it later after heating it up in the microwave. EDIT OF COURSE IT'S AT SALT BAE, THE SPIDERWEB NECK TATTOO OF FOOD. ( clicked on the quoted link and didn't see the youtube file name) This is like watching one of those monstrous bastards crush animals in high heels, only I never actually clicked on one of those to see if they really do that. My Steak Method is the tried and true 2:2:2- this looks like a lot of steps but it only take about fifteen minutes from start to resting. Remove from oven, and pan, and rest steak on a cutting board with a fluted border for draining or better yet, a wire rack above a large shallow bowl. This will allow the steak to release myoglobin (it is NOT blood it's a protein that carries oxygen and is the reason steak is red - and it contains steak magic - the longer you cook, the greyer steak becomes because you're destroying steak magic!) If you like, you can place a pat of butter at this stage, some people do that for the last couple of minutes in the oven, but I find the butter melts immediately and is lost to the pan, so I only do that if I'm making a sauce from the fond - directions below. If you made a high quality steak - ribeye or NY strip or similar - you're golden. If you bought a cheap cut of steak, make sure as you slice it, to slice against the grain of the meat. This will make each bit more tender as the long fibers have been compromised by debundling them. Like cutting a ribbon from a bundle of scrolls. If you want to make a sauce, use the pan immediately after you rest the steak (careful as the handle will be burning hot) - there are dozens of methods, but I dump a large blob of butter and the drained myoglobin (unnecessary but waste not want not...), over a medium flame (pan still very hot) scraping up caramelized steak fond from the pan with a wooden spatula. The butter will melt more or less immediately and I add a tablespoon of flour (this isn't necessary tbh) or a teaspoon of potato starch (Reds brand, sometimes in baking, but bizarrely sometimes in weirdo organic section) and let it cook until it's golden but not burned, then I add cream, then I grind a LOT of fresh pepper (I like the colorful blends because they have a lot of flavors but in a tight range) and sometimes a little squeeze of crushed garlic near the end - and just a pinch of kosher salt. Stir to blend, cook another minute and serve over your rested steak or on the side. You can thin with more cream or beef stock.
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Thread "The Green Knight" Teaser Trailer from A24 (Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton)
This could be the best one since. Which has Nichol Williamson's and without a single cliché. Not horror, but unsettling and tinged with madness. Williamson plays him as a manic schemer and disappointed enabler of men's worst instincts, which he grants with drippingly obvious cautions which are profoundly ignored by horny or aggro knights and kings. The pace of that movie is insane. It thunders along like a chase movie, and the transformation of Arthur from Boy to King with the same actor is shocking. Also one of the more bizarre set drama anecdotes: Nichol Williamson told Boorman he didn't want to work with Helen Mirren, because he once tried to hook up with her on a production of Macbeth, and she turned him down. Mirren said the same thing - "I don't want to work with Nichol because I tried to seduce him during Macbeth and he wasn't having any of it." So the tension folks, IS REAL. The production values swing from perfect, to 80s chromium glamor, to Star Trek level caverns. All of it set to a monstrous brooding and portentous score of Wagner and even Carmina Burana - that you forget is classical music and believe is scored for the film. I LOVE THIS FILM> I think a young person might be turned off though. It's definitely oddball.
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Thread US PoliEra 2020 |OT 2| Dershowitz says "Quid Pro Quo on the Go?" [See Staff Post]
Then type that. You said he'd "love" to support Bloomberg. Which is the opposite of what he said. And then implied that he would vote for Bloomberg BECAUSE he was racist - when in plain language he inferred he'd do so ins spite of that problem. It's completely disingenuous. Your underlying argument is perfectly fine without resorting to putting words in people's mouths. You could say: "You'd really vote for an openly racist person simply because he's the lesser of two evils and your bigger issue is his age?" There's nothing wrong with that argument, which is the factual one.
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Thread Racist Presidential candidate Micheal Bloomberg once blamed end of redlining as cause of 2008 financial Crisis.
The weird thing about this take and how he phrases it, is that it only serves one purpose - to insulate the Banks from blame and in the worst possible way. Sequence of events: Bloomberg's take is akin to Jack the Ripper running for Prime Minister and blaming the Whitechapel horrors on promiscuous women and their temptingly pierceable flesh. This guy is poison. And there's a non zero chance he could win the primary. This is the dumbest possible solution to a crisis. Replace one incompetent, intellectually bereft, racist billionaire carpetbagger, with a competent intelligent one. Don't get me wrong, Bloomberg is leagues more qualified to run anything than Trump - and is not in thrall to Vladimir Putin at least. They're not the same. One is a far lesser evil. But as an emergency parachute? He's just a backpack full of monkeypaws. I could sort of feel relief if he were Trump's VP and replaced Trump in this term, because it would prevent a lot of specific horrors - but if Bloomberg somehow won the GE - do you think he'd champion the poor? The working man? African Americans? He'd be better, throw the occasional bone, maybe not embarrass us on the world stage, and he wouldn't deliberately rile up the worst people in America, but his matrix of influences would be other billionaires, and he'd be more competent at passing legislation on their behalf. And even if he'd truly evolved, you think Trump stans are just going to go away, not notice he's Jewish? Reform themselves? This primary is a fucking joke. The few basically decent candidates fell first. Now we're in a bizarro world where Klobuchar and Steyer look like the most pragmatic picks, and the media is basically designing a WWE tournament based on ratings not qualifications. Meanwhile Warren is having her timeslot sent to die like a promising sitcom. Conscript Beto. Pressgang Pamela. Bring back Booker. Save us. The Country should change the presidency into a non partisan Hunger Games style draft. A decent moral intellectual with distinguished qualifications should be forced from is job every eight years and ordered to run the fucking country.
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Thread Racist Presidential candidate Micheal Bloomberg once blamed end of redlining as cause of 2008 financial Crisis.
Inflammatory OP title. Just because a person has done and said many destructive things based specifically on race or ethnicity doesn't mean they're racist. Just because describing the economic crisis by placing the blame on African Americans who were bankrupt because they were given predatory loans on purpose designed to default and create massive interest balloons doesn't make somebody a racist. The mere act of ordering armed police to arrest and detain innocent people based on their color or heritage does not make somebody racist. Frankly I don't know why the OP hasn't been sanctioned and the thread title force-changed. The Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam Webster both have the same, solitary definition of the word: A person who openly admits in writing in very specifically delineated context, or directly claims to be Racist. ~ Hitler. But only at the end with the Camps, not the Trains running on time and amazing speeches parts.
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Thread Do you feel positive that death is eternal nonexistence, forevermore?
Every claim to the contrary has been made by people with absurd agendas. I can't possibly know, but nobody has presented a single piece of evidence in millenia of looking for it, and if it's unknowable then there shouldn't be a tax break for saying it's knowable. And I really, really, really want it to be a continuance of me. But it almost certainly isn't. We are SNES cartridges full of epic saves and eventually the battery dies. The saves are gone. Somebody else will start a new game after I'm gone.
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Thread Buzzfeed: Most Popular Romantic Comedies by State.
This thread should be posted every time you lost faith in some rancid hellhole state. This is seriously pretty life affirming. Lousiana, I apologize. Y'all are PEOPLE. Idaho, I'ma hug your taters in PRIVATE. Almost everyone is surprising me. Except Kansas. Kansas staying Kansas for the forseeable future.
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Thread Barr claims Trump's tweets make it impossible for him to do his job
My greatest hope is that Trump gets cornered by his own idiotic instincts into destroying his actual superpower. If Barr is somehow removed then the house of cards loses the entire bottom row. but Occam’s razor says lol no Stinkles this is a work and a shoot here’s a crazier fantasy- What if Barr freelanced this from his application to now and never coordinated - to keep his hands clean? and now he flew to close to the sun.
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Thread Airline passenger films man punching her economy seat after she reclines
The seat pitch is uncomfortable for some people. What time of day is it? Where did they just come from? How long have they been on other planes? Has the person in front of them done the same? Do they need space to type on a laptop? Are they trying to fit a meal on an absurdly short tray? Do they have a chronic back issue (there's something like a 10% chance of that in general) I don't recline my seat because I'm aware that people can overreact, or if I know they can't recline, or any number of personal reasons, but the duration of the flight doesn't really mean anything in isolation. If I did need to recline for some reason, I'd politely ask, or warn them of my intention unless it's a small child or a sleeping passenger. Funny thing is that recline is so minimal these days that on several occasions I've been midly scolded on descent for not returning it to full upright, having never noticed it was reclined when I first sat down, either by feeling or visual cues. I see lots of folks talking about knees being hit - you'd have to be really tall, or have weirdly (vertically when seated) high knees for the pitch angle to do that. It's tilting on an axis, not sliding back on a rail, so at regular knee height, that pitch barely enters the prior space. Also, in the OP, punching a seat is insane. Did he try asking her politely first? Her tweet is kinda dismissive and mean sounding, so it's hard to tell what prior etiquette did or didn't occur. "I'm sorry, I'm very tall and when you recline, it presses against my knees" alternatively: "Excuse me, do you mind if I recline my seat?" or CRAZYTOWN: "Why don't we just make our planes comfortable instead of squeezing money and rage from our customers. We're not Comcast!"
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Thread Airline passenger films man punching her economy seat after she reclines
Why don't we reduce seat pitch so much that the slightest recline causes people extreme discomfort but our profits will go up markedly? But it may create fights on the plane. Ah but we can set it up so people blame each other instead of the airline. Genius. Ship it. But I'd like to note my concern that the public will see right through it. GARGLEFLARGELRAAAHRRRRGGGRAAAAHHHRRRR PUNCH PUNCH PUNCH BTW I fly almost every week. I'm almost at a million miles flown. I'm not tall, about 5'10" average weight. I have been in the worst seats on the worst airlines. Often for between five to twelve hours. speaking, I'm barely ever bothered by someone reclining in economy, even if I'm in a seat that can't recline. People kicking or bumping from behind is much worse. People encroaching LATERALLY into your space is vastly worse. I still find the fact that a morbidly obese person (requiring a lap belt extension should be a trigger) is allowed to sit in a seat they don't safely fit in to be a massive inconvenience for their seatmate - a potentially dangerous hazard in the event of an evacuation and an embarrassing public humiliation that they certainly don't enjoy - to be a crazy unsafe and mean spirited thing to do. The right compromise solution would be to discount the second seat. But they already eliminated discounts for kids decades ago so it's a nonstarter. But there should at a minimum be enforcement of the rules that exist. I do feel like shit that this is financially ruinous, but aside from the discomfort, it's literally not safe. I also see physically incapable people in exit rows all the time - kids, very elderly, etc. I get it. Attendants don't want to cause a scene and just want to take off and get there, but people have burned to death in otherwise survivable accidents. AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON "EMOTIONAL ASSISTANCE ANIMALS" - as opposed to medically necessary trained animal companions. Someone already had their face mauled off because someone I suspect is (I believe he claimed it was like, a lab/cherub mix)- and doctors need to be prosecuted for giving lazy or selfish pet owner carte blanche to ruin a flight. If you have a properly diagnosed condition and a trained, appropriate animal () then have at it. I'm your ally. Including psychological assistance. I've seen some INSANE arguments at the check in desk - once on a trip to Palm Springs, there were something like twenty pets in the waiting area and several owners arguing at the ticket desk - there's a strict and small limit on pets in the cabin - but the exception for real and fake assistance animals overrides it - but lots of owners show up without having filled out the paperwork and assuming all they need is the vest. In this case, they ALL got on. It was bedlam. Eventually (probably already) someone with a seeing eye dog or a much more vital trained companion, is going to get screwed by those people. I won't be the only person in this thread who knows more than one acquaintance who takes advantage of this lax horseshit. I've given one friend an earful because her dog has already bitten two people. It has actually tried to bite me before because it's psycho. She's lucky it hasn't been put down and she KEEPS TRAVELING with it. She has no condition whatsoever and told everyone she just asked her doc to write a note. FACT: People toot out silent rancid cruelty all the time, but the most common source of nose-violence is attendants cropdusting, and then leaving the passengers to glare at each other accusingly, their eyes watering angrily in the caustic colostomy cough. FACT: The person who uses the bathroom before you is an escaped murderer who specialized in padded cell dirty protests and had five boiled egg kebabs and a gallon of Mr. Pibb for breakfast. Or an elderly man whose aging toilet parts have corroded into a rainshower head over the centuries. FACT: If you try to get a better seat or upgrade or anything at all at the ticket desk, there's a USB orientation 50%* chance that you will interrupt an angry embittered thirty year employee who hates passengers more than anythinng on earth, regardless of how nice they are. If you encounter the Blue Meanie, then stop asking immediately, apologize and go a few counters down and ask another. Keep trying till you find the nice one. Her name is Lita. She is in a good mood because she's got a three day deadhead to Maui and her college GF is meeting her there. FACT: Pilots who do jokes over the announcement system are functioning alcoholics who're only ever one tiny Gin bottle from mistaking a snow capped mountain for a cloud. * 100% /rant