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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: November 16, 2019, 05:56:49 AM »
It's not exactly witness intimidation.  But it is something.  I think it's more embarrassing for the GOP than anything.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: November 07, 2019, 07:06:08 AM »
I am seriously baffled as to why this bothers them so much.  Just let the House impeach.  Put together a 'trial' in the senate.  Everyone considers the facts very carefully and then makes a determination as to whether the president is a Republican or not. 

The angle they'll almost certainly go with is that it was bad but not impeachable and besides there's an election a year from now.  Let the voters decide.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: October 01, 2019, 02:13:22 PM »
It's all lies by the pro shark media!

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 26, 2019, 02:05:32 PM »
how could anyone possibly be so naive as to think trump gives a shit about corruption in ukraine.  or literally anything else that happens in ukraine.
I'm confused - Trump's entire campaign has been about uprooting corrupt elites and draining swamps. Of course this would extend to countries the USA has signed mutual legal assistance treaties with. Are you suggesting that the President was lying?

Indeed.  And let us not forget that Trump has fired or forced out a record number of cabinet officials that were corrupt enough to work for Trump.

In addition.  many people focus on the criminality of conspiring with a foreign power to subvert our elections but not a lot of people are pointing out that he's fulfilling his campaign promise of directing his AG to investigate his opponents. 

Promises made.  Promises kept.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: August 30, 2019, 04:08:21 AM »
Honestly he should lose his job. Firing him is the only way I can see MSNBC being able to even try to claim credibility after this incident.

Devil's advocate. He did say the story was weakly sourced. Not quite the same thing as made up. There could still be a lot of truth to it. But still, massively unprofessional.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: August 29, 2019, 09:31:50 PM »
Yeah I cringed even before I read the retraction. 

Some hosts I like on MSNBC.  O'Donnell I really don't.  All he does is repeat the things Trump has done with an incredulous tone of voice.

But all he has to do is wait a week and some new nonsense will drown this out.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Star Citizen
« on: August 28, 2019, 10:14:28 PM »
It's amazing that this is still going on.  One would have thought that people would have wised up to this by now.

I don't think Chris Roberts is a scammer though.  I think this is what happens when you give a game designer unlimited resources and zero pressure from management to actually finish.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:26:10 PM »
Trump’s supporters seem to be incapable of criticizing him (see: Lackey, Total) so why would this strategy be successful?

Its not for base.  His base is only about 30%.  Its for the moderates who are on the fence about supporting him.  The people who voted for him, thinking he'd calm down after the election.

I'm surprised that there are still people that haven't made up their mind about him.

His nonsense is so inescapable that surely everyone knows about his many flaws whether they want to or not.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 07, 2019, 04:04:18 PM »
Oh look, hard proof Republicans manipulate districts alot.
Redistricting Guru's Hard Drives Could Mean Legal, Political Woes For GOP https://n.pr/31fjQfl

Things like this are why it's a little hard to take foreign interference in our elections seriously sometimes.  Tactics like the ones mentioned in this article, the electoral college, voter suppression.  Those are much bigger threats to our democracy than a bunch of twitter bots and facebook ads.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 23, 2019, 05:25:54 PM »
The show has been pretty much off the rails since that plan to travel north of the wall to abduct a white walker. That was their Matrix Reloaded. Everything after that was basically like watching Matrix Revolutions.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:24:14 PM »
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-real-reason-fans-hate-the-last-season-of-game-of-thrones/

This is a terrific article that provides a new, scientific perspective on the problems with this last season. A lot of it probably applies to the previous season too.

Good read BTW.

It rings true.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:22:51 PM »
so arya is now magellan all of a sudden wtf

She mentioned this idea last season I think. After the war was done, she had no place in the world, so she goes off to find a new one. Considering how much travelling she did in the series, its really not that strange.  It would be weirder to me if she just settled down and instantly put her life of revenge aside.

Two more realistic endings for her, starting a company murdering people or smoking pot and playing video games. She is a teenager.

I didn't hate this episode. It was just OK, a little predictable maybe.


So.

Sansa is queen of the north. The only capable monarch in Westeros.

They made Bran the king of the 6 kingdoms? WTF? He knows stories I guess. It qualifies him to be a mediocre librarian. When he ends the show by blowing off a council meeting to warg a dragon I just don't think his heart is in it.

Jon Snow they sent off to the Night's Watch again? Huh? There's no wall. There's no Night King and Wildlings just sort of hang anywhere now. What are they even there for? To fight ManBearPig?

The kingdoms are now being run by the Peter Principle Small Council. None of these people have the qualifications to run a kingdom. Brienne is tall and kills people. She knows nothing about a balanced budget. Braun's only qualification is that he didn't murder Tyrion 2 episodes ago. Sam isn't a maester. He robbed the place and then just dropped out. Ser Davos is barely literate.

The Unsullied go back to Essos.

Oh and there's like 100,000 Dothraki just hanging out without a strong leader in Westeros. They people who only know how to rape and pillage. No one in the show is going to address this point?

Goddamn learn how to spell the character's names pls


NEVER!

Reading is for sexual deviants.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 20, 2019, 02:48:14 PM »
so arya is now magellan all of a sudden wtf

She mentioned this idea last season I think. After the war was done, she had no place in the world, so she goes off to find a new one. Considering how much travelling she did in the series, its really not that strange.  It would be weirder to me if she just settled down and instantly put her life of revenge aside.

Two more realistic endings for her, starting a company murdering people or smoking pot and playing video games. She is a teenager.

I didn't hate this episode. It was just OK, a little predictable maybe.


So.

Sansa is queen of the north. The only capable monarch in Westeros.

They made Bran the king of the 6 kingdoms? WTF? He knows stories I guess. It qualifies him to be a mediocre librarian. When he ends the show by blowing off a council meeting to warg a dragon I just don't think his heart is in it.

Jon Snow they sent off to the Night's Watch again? Huh? There's no wall. There's no Night King and Wildlings just sort of hang anywhere now. What are they even there for? To fight ManBearPig?

The kingdoms are now being run by the Peter Principle Small Council. None of these people have the qualifications to run a kingdom. Brienne is tall and kills people. She knows nothing about a balanced budget. Braun's only qualification is that he didn't murder Tyrion 2 episodes ago. Sam isn't a maester. He robbed the place and then just dropped out. Ser Davos is barely literate.

The Unsullied go back to Essos.

Oh and there's like 100,000 Dothraki just hanging out without a strong leader in Westeros. They people who only know how to rape and pillage. No one in the show is going to address this point?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 17, 2019, 05:09:40 PM »
No fucking charges of obstruction.
No charges of obstruction is not the same as no obstruction or attempts at obstruction.
Obviously it is.

If obstruction actually took place, he would have been charged, post haste.

No he wouldn't. He officially wouldn't. The report, which I'm guessing no one has read, clearly states that his investigation is adhering to the justice department guidelines that they can't indict a sitting president.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 13, 2019, 06:02:13 PM »
this episode was like if right at the foot of mount doom, frodo decides he's super pissed off, puts the ring on and starts murdering everyone until gandalf has to put him down.  lol wtf even is the point.  i couldn't give less of a shit about who sits on the iron throne anymore.

Admit it! Part of you would kind of want to see that.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 13, 2019, 02:43:41 PM »
Daenerys Targaryen - War Criminal.

I'm sure it'll be worth it.
And that the books will do it differently.

Maybe it's just my low expectations but I liked this episode. Still some things that didn't really make sense. Some things seemed forced. Some people might have a problem with Daenerys turning full evil buy I've always hated that character. In any crisis she always makes the worst possible decision and she gets rewarded for it. She's the Trump of Westeros.

There's a lot to like in this episode I think. It also sets up the finale pretty well.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 13, 2019, 03:52:12 AM »
Daenerys Targaryen - War Criminal.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:08:46 AM »
I'm baffled by the resistance to this.  Shouldn't we require at least the same level of transparency from the most powerful man in the world that banks require from someone applying for a home loan?

It's "motherfuckers," not "mother fuckers," and as I explained some pages back, the IRS is not a political watchdog that would publicize anything noteworthy or concerning in Trump's tax returns. I think the public has a right to know about the finances, business connections, and potential conflicts of interest of anyone who chooses to become the most powerful person in the world, especially seeing how the president is legally immune to conflict of interest claims. Presidential candidates have understood this as a point of decorum for forty years, and it's only now that we finally have someone too shameless to divulge their records unless they're forced to.

Yes however, by forcing it, Trump can and will spin it as a mix of invasion of privacy and democrats who hate him.
So unless his tax returns say he has no money or that he is paid billions by Russia, its not gonna matter to his base.  (And even then, they may not care)

Oh he most definitely will spin it that way.  And if the democrats didn't do it then he'd spin them as being weak  and cowardly.

It's like wrestling with a pig.  Strategy will not avail you.  There's no way you're not getting muddy.`

Let's lay out what we know.  He inherited half a billion from his dad through means that are probably illegal.  He set a billion dollars on fire during the course of a decade.  He actually set a record for this which is impressive.  He got a mysterious bump of 50 million dollars.  Nobody know where that came from.  Then his children said on record that they borrow a lot from the Russians.  That they be broke without them.

There's a whole lot more than that.  His finances are weird.  It is not at all out of the realm of fantasy that Trump is heavily in debt to the Russians.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 11, 2019, 12:39:28 AM »
I'm baffled by the resistance to this.  Shouldn't we require at least the same level of transparency from the most powerful man in the world that banks require from someone applying for a home loan?

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