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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:01:26 PM »

Looks like somebody recognized that supporting Trump was costing him street cred and is trying to get it back.

Meanwhile I hope he does run for president. Why would anybody presume he'll take votes away from Biden when he aligned himself with Trump for so long? Please run, Kanye!

People forget. Just like they forgot how Trump earlier this year did everything he could to downplay and blow off the coronavirus outbreak, leading to his approval ratings bizarrely going up once he started going through the motions of taking it seriously. I don't know if he'll end up taking votes away from Biden, but anyone who's dumb enough to vote for Kanye fucking West is presumably going to have completely forgotten how supportive he was of Trump.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: July 04, 2020, 05:07:26 AM »
It's a giant stretch to assert that Trump wanted a crony in place because of the Epstein case.

I don't think it is. The timing matches up, Trump's connections with Epstein give him a strong motive, and he's repeatedly interfered with federal investigations for his own benefit before. Again, there's no proof, but it looks like the most likely scenario, especially when you bear in mind that Trump's only real priority is looking out for himself and Barr's only real priority is catering to Trump.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: July 03, 2020, 07:02:53 PM »
Barr was Berman's boss, not a member of the public. Why would he be limited to taking action on cases that the public knew about? If anything, quashing future cases would be a smarter strategy than quashing current cases, as the public can't get mad about scandals they don't know about. Not that Trump and Barr have ever let public knowledge deter them from interfering in cases before.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:23:00 PM »
Hey, remember when Trump and Barr tried to replace the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York with a crony? First of all, it's important to note that they failed. They did manage to force Geoffrey Berman out, but he ended up being replaced by his own deputy, not the crony Trump and Barr had in mind. That court is the same one that handled the Epstein case, and is now in charge of prosecuting the recently arrested Ghislaine Maxwell. Again, it needs to be stressed that this happened despite Trump and Barr's interference, not because of it. They had wanted to put a crony in charge, not Berman's deputy. Of course, there's no proof that the impending case against Maxwell is why they suddenly wanted to force Berman out, nor that the crony they had in mind would have done everything he could to stop the case once he was in charge. But I think any reasonable person can put the dots together.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Cyberpunk 2077 E3
« on: July 02, 2020, 06:06:49 AM »
Yes, I'm sure I'll have a lot to say about the game once it's out. I hope it'll be as great as you expect it to be.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Cyberpunk 2077 E3
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:47:31 AM »
We've got some more gameplay:

There is more I could criticize here, but I'm sure it's nothing that a few more months of polish can't fix. Besides, I've been negative enough about the game already; it's best to just give it a chance to prove itself at this point.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Black Lives Matter
« on: June 29, 2020, 12:30:33 AM »
Well, we do have freedom of speech and anyone can condemn that speech all the same. Regardless though, flying an obviously antagonising banner in the sky during sensitive times is just stupid and can easily be considered purposefully offensive or hate speech. Yes, all lives should matter but the point with BLM is that they don't think all lives matter if black lives don't matter as much. There are memes floating around showcasing why it's stupid to say all lives matter in this context, let alone saying white lives matter...

I was being snarky, but to be more serious, you don't have freedom of speech if hate speech is criminalized. I agree that nobody who says "white lives matter" is acting in good faith, but it shouldn't be a crime to say that, nor anything hateful or offensive.

So, why am I watching British sports stars bending the knee? Why is the British press so desperate to import America's problems to the UK? Why are they telling black people in the UK that they are victims and white people that they are colonialists? The British aren't colonialists. We are descended from the people who didn't get on the boats ... people who chose to stay at home and not be colonialists.

Everything the colonists did, they did in Britain's name and with Britain's authority. They were funded by British money and protected by British military power, and the taxes they paid and profits they earned were sent back to Britain. I'm not saying you should feel guilty about it or ashamed of it, because it's ridiculous to blame anyone for what their ancestors or predecessors did, but it's ridiculous to try and act like Britain can just wash its hands of the dark legacy of colonialism on the grounds that it happened somewhere else. Incidentally, you're confusing colonists, the people who left Britain to settle foreign lands, with colonialists, the people who perpetuated and supported the practice of colonialism. The British weren't colonists, but they were colonialists.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Cyberpunk 2077 E3
« on: June 26, 2020, 02:05:27 AM »
In addition to the CRPGs already mentioned, I'd also like to recommend Planescape: Torment and Disco Elysium, both of which I have recently shilled here. Anyway, to get back on topic:

fuck fuck shit cojones fuck shit mis bolas son más grandes que mis bolas fuck fuck fuck

This is a lot more informative. I like everything about it except for the dialogue, which remains awful, and the FPS action, which still looks very standard and unimpressive. To elaborate on that second point for a second, I strongly suspect that the first demo they showed us two years ago, which did look like a very interesting and creative FPS, was mostly scripted and/or hand-crafted. None of the gunplay they've shown us since then has looked anything like that, and it's entirely possible that CDPR in the two years since realized that they couldn't design the entire game to be like that and scaled the combat back drastically. I'm not saying that the game is going to suck, just that my guess is that the combat will end up being the least interesting part of it. That would give it something in common with the Witcher games.

Speaking of The Witcher, the hand-to-hand combat looks a bit better than it was in those games, though still not great. I'd like to see the return of boxing tournaments or other optional content that'll let you fight like this more. I really like that you can choose between three possible beginnings that give the protagonist different backgrounds. Not a lot of RPGs do that, but it's a great way to encourage roleplaying and varied character builds. The braindance feature looks interesting, sort of like a more in-depth version of scene reconstruction features found in various other games, but I really, really hope you're only being walked through the process because it's (presumably) your first time doing it. The whole time I was thinking about how cool it would be if you were looking through the footage for the clues on your own, and you had to spot the security camera and access it to see what it picked up. It's like the problem I have with Jackie. Having somebody next to you constantly saying, "Okay, do this, then you do this, and now we're going to go ahead and do this..." just sucks the fun out of it.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Black Lives Matter
« on: June 24, 2020, 11:25:00 PM »
Here is the article:

DNA is majority European. Her parents are from Latin countries. Someone asked her if she was black when she was 10. Proceeds to self identify as black.

35.7% is not a majority, but this article is ridiculous all the same. The DNA test didn't tell her she's white, so why did even she bother saying something so silly as "My DNA test is wrong"?

If you need further evidence ... this was flown at a game this week

This outrageous statement has been referred to the police.

And Burnley football club issued the following statement.
Quote from: from the racists at Burnley football club
Burnley Football Club strongly condemns the actions of those responsible for the aircraft and offensive banner that flew over The Etihad Stadium on Monday evening," the club said. "We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor. This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans

And all because someone dared to say white lives matter.

It's a shame that Britain doesn't have freedom of speech like we do.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Political compass
« on: June 24, 2020, 11:07:35 PM »
The right can't meme.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Black Lives Matter
« on: June 24, 2020, 04:57:51 AM »
"...the point is that it's entirely believable that Alexandra Burke was told by people who ought to have known better that she shouldn't be "too black,"...
Please describe in your own words what it means to be, "too black."

I suppose having darker skin, as well as wearing afros, beads, or other cultural trappings that suggest pride in an African heritage or traditional black fashion? I'm not pretending it's sound or logical, far from it. I think a lot of the time it really just comes down to the biases and prejudices of these industry people (possibly unconscious ones) which they then assume are shared by the general population, even with plenty of evidence indicating that's not the case.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 24, 2020, 04:30:07 AM »
>Trump has "failed businesses" yet is a successful billionaire.

Because he is a successful con-artist. A very good negotiator, and exploiter. These are not my opinions. These allegations are based on sound, documented evidence.

I'd argue he owes his wealth less to his own hustling and more to the fact that he inherited a fortune from his father, as the NYT reported on a couple of years ago, and was discussed here at the time - "discussed" meaning that I brought it up and literally everyone else brushed it off as unimportant or unworthy of condemnation. ::) I happen to think it's very significant that Trump, someone who owes much of his political success to the popular perception that he's a great businessman, has been a spoiled rich kid all his life and not the self-made man he's always dishonestly claimed to be. Trump's supposed business acumen is fiction, just as much fiction as it would be if Kiefer Sutherland were to run for president calling himself Jack Bauer and hyped his experience of fighting terrorists and protecting America as reasons to vote for him.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Black Lives Matter
« on: June 23, 2020, 02:54:46 AM »
So do you think this may have been a throw away comment once that she has trawled to be relevant, or do you think many music insiders perpetually gave this incorrect advice to her?
Diana Ross
Lionel Richie
The Jackson 5
Jimi Hendrix
Steve Wonder
Bob Marley
Aretha Franklin

It is stupid to suggest black people can't make it in music if they look black. And yet her comments go unchallenged because they fit the narrative that black people face racism from everywhere.

I have no idea if this was a thing that people said to her frequently or just once, but it's worth condemnation even if it was just once. I'm stressing this point because it drives me nuts how so many people on the Internet are convinced that media executives or other professionals are driven purely by profit and would never allow petty human foibles to get in the way of the bottom line. They do, and I can think of countless examples from music, film, and other industries. John Fogerty spent many years after the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival distancing himself from the famous songs he had written and performed with them, undoubtedly hurting his career, in large part simply because he was mad at his old boss. There's a mediocre director named Colin Trevorrow who owes his entire career, most notably the fact that he was offered the chance to direct Jurassic World without even needing to pitch for it, to the fact that he's pals with Steven Spielberg and Brad Bird. Zack Snyder is another director who continues to be given huge budgets and creative freedom for blockbusters, despite the fact that he regularly delivers flop after flop.

I don't want to get too off-topic, but the point is that it's entirely believable that Alexandra Burke was told by people who ought to have known better that she shouldn't be "too black," and the fact that there are plenty of successful black musicians doesn't mean that logically they wouldn't have said that. It is still just an anecdote, and I think that's what Burke meant it as, not as a broad condemnation of society at large.

Unfortunately our left wing press in the UK are dead set on importing America's problems to the UK. This caused BLM riots over here despite us not having a history of slavery. Black people in the UK aren't descended from slaves. They are descended from immigrants who have been given every oportunity for a better life in the UK.
And most ridiculous
^They literally want to tear down statues of Winston Churchill because racism. Don't say it doesn't affect my culture when you have zero idea what is going on, on this side of the Atlantic.

My bad. I was ignorant and made assumptions. That being said, I looked up Edward Colston, and, uh, is this the guy you want representing your culture? Maybe the time has come for the British people to decide on new icons of their culture who deserve commemoration via public monuments. Your country has a rich history, and I'm sure you can do better than someone like Colston.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 21, 2020, 04:30:44 PM »
I don't know where this notion that they only distribute a certain number of tickets and you can therefore guarantee empty seats by buying tickets and not attending came from.

Nobody said that, though. Merely that thousands applied for tickets, the campaign planned on the basis of this for the indoor rally AND an "overflow" outdoor event, only to be shamefacedly forced into dismantling the outdoor stage BEFORE Pence had taken to the indoor stage. Pence took to the stage before Trump.

Online commentary on Fox News coverage refers to the "Blair Witch" camera work; it's rumoured that the allocated fixed camera position was one intended to show the huge crowds, but when that showed all the empty space, the cameraman was forced to go handheld to make the most of it....

It's not a matter of allocated seats, it's pranking the campaign into all the planning for large numbers when there are none.

It seems very unlikely that Trump's popularity has suddenly dropped so low that he can't fill an arena seating 19,000 people. It's probably just that the virus kept most people away.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 21, 2020, 06:34:36 AM »
They can give away as many tickets to these rallies as they like. I don't know where this notion that they only distribute a certain number of tickets and you can therefore guarantee empty seats by buying tickets and not attending came from. They don't reserve seats. If you show up at a rally and there's room for you inside, they'll let you inside.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Black Lives Matter
« on: June 21, 2020, 05:07:46 AM »
The lady here claims she was told she couldn't have black skin or have braids. Presumably she has never heard of Beyonce or Tina Turner. Ooooooooorrrrrrr, she's a liar.

Beyonce and Tina Turner had afros and beads, therefore no black singer could ever have been discouraged from having an afro and beads by the music industry? To put it another way, your argument is essentially that she claims to have been told something illogical, therefore she couldn't have been told it.

When I see people from other cultures ripping down statues and monuments from my culture

What are you talking about? The Confederate statues in America? They're not part of your culture. Given how those statues were all practically rolled out alongside Jim Crow laws, I question if they're genuinely part of anyone's culture.

When they demand I kneel before them

Who is demanding that white people kneel before them? Yeah, there are a couple of videos of white people kneeling in front of black people. They're ridiculous, but you're going to see some ridiculous people in every group of movement. I haven't seen anything suggesting that it's particularly widespread (as opposed to simply kneeling in protest, which I hope you'll agree is different), nor that black people are calling for white people to kneel to them.

or that their lives matter and seemingly mine doesn't

Who is saying that your life doesn't matter? ??? Where did that even come from?

When I see them martyr a total piece of shit like George Floyd who is a serial offender and held a gun to a pregnant woman

You don't have to have a positive opinion of Floyd to be outraged by what happened to him and demand better from the police. Who cares if people are making him out to be a martyr, anyway? He's not going to stand trial. He's not going to be back on the streets to take advantage of an unfairly earned good reputation or anything.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Cyberpunk 2077 E3
« on: June 21, 2020, 01:34:24 AM »
Apparently its nothing to do with not being ready, but more to do with launching at the same time as next gen consoles like the PS5. Apparently console peasants wouldn't be able to bear it if the PC master race got a title 6 months earlier than them. Meanwhile PC gamers had to wait forever for red dead.

Given how that contradicts the message from CDPR, do you have a source for this?

Cyberpunk release ... November.
PS5 release ... November.

Also the mainstream press that are going to give you crap about using adblockers if you follow my links are also of the same opinion.
^This article being better. You do need to agree to their terms and conditions to read it. Something about a human centipede and ... just click 'I agree' its fine, I'm sure.

From the article
Quote from:
The release date of “Cyberpunk 2077” has been delayed from September 17 to November 19, CD Projekt Red announced in a tweet on Thursday. The change in date — the second for the title — has led to speculation around the release dates of the upcoming next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.


Quote from:
“Last generation, Sony and Microsoft launched one week apart,” video game business journalist and consultant Mike Futter wrote in a message to The Post. “I expect that it will be about the same for this generation. Additionally, Microsoft has a history of partnership with CD Projekt Red. ‘The Witcher 3’ was shown off on Microsoft’s E3 2013 stage (and it was one of the major highlights). Additionally, ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is one of the handful of currently confirmed third-party Smart Delivery games.”

It's not a next-gen game, which is why waiting until the next gen seems a little pointless. If anything, releasing the game first and then introducing the upgrade when the next gen rolls around would give it a nice post-launch boost.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 21, 2020, 01:10:45 AM »

Trump is once again interfering with federal investigations for his own personal benefit:

This is corruption. Trump is corrupt. And not only is he corrupt, he's also a coward who won't stand behind his own decisions:

Although Barr said Trump had removed Berman, the president told reporters: “That’s all up to the attorney general. Attorney General Barr is working on that. That’s his department, not my department.” Trump added: “I wasn’t involved.”

Despite everything that Barr has done for Trump, he remains nothing more than a potential scapegoat to be blamed and discarded if political pressure grows to be too much. Because that's the kind of person Trump is. He has no loyalty, no gratitude, no sense that he should care about the overall welfare of anyone other than himself. Really, this is the most ethically damning thing about Trump to me - his refusal to accept responsibility and eagerness to blame others. Children are taught to be better than this. For a grown man to behave this way is outrageous, let alone the president.

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