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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: Today at 03:08:15 AM »
From what I understand, the issue with proving obstruction charges would be that they would have to show corrupt goals for Trump rather than him just trying to save his ass, or curry favor with voters. Super unlikely. Trump 2020 is happening.

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If it were me I would only give the option to like a post, but it’s not a crucial feature.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:55:36 PM »
Yes, after literally two years of the anti-Trump crowd eagerly awaiting the second coming of Jesus Christ in the form of a steaming charge, we get absolutely nothing. Clearly not a victory for Trump.

Maybe, just maybe, it's all a conspiracy.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1118876219381026818?s=19

Not nothing. The investigation exposed multiple criminal actions that were prosecuted and secured convictions. Unfortunately not many Trump voters care about any of it. Just look how hard Total Lackey spins everything.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:21:45 PM »
https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/robert-mueller-report-public/index.html

Lol Trump totally treats the AG not as a spokesperson for him.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:17:24 PM »
I don’t hate the idea as long as it has no effect in visibility. It’s a quick way to show agreement which might cut down on redundant posts.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Episode IX
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:14:03 PM »
Yeah, just making the point that the reintroduction of a character who has already completed their arc isn’t a bad idea on its face.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Episode IX
« on: April 18, 2019, 02:34:51 PM »
It’s not a bad idea, it’s an idea you don’t like. You not liking an idea says nothing about it’s value. Avenger: Infinity War managed to bring back Red Skull in an interesting way without overemphasizing him because he already had a complete journey. Something like that could work.

The journey in to the underworld is extremely fertile mythological ground and it would be not only simple but could also be effective to see the spirit of Palpatine in that context. If they try to have him actually come back as a living, corporeal creature I doubt it could work but the beauty of film making is that a lot of things can be imagined.

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If anything it’s worse being a billionaire in this case because some regular schmoe wouldn’t have made the news.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Episode IX
« on: April 17, 2019, 03:33:43 PM »
Without knowing what they are doing the character you are just talking out of your ass.  I am dubious, but to say there is no world where the return of Palpatine doesn't work is just close-minded and over-reaching.

Such is the point of speculation. It's okay to speculate without tacking on "in my opinion" or "though it's potentially possible to do right maybe".

I don’t know how “Palpatine shouldn’t return...” can be construed as speculation. It sounds more like his personal preference. If he only wants the movies to play out in a way that he thinks is correct, that’s cool for him.

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The dark side told her she came from nothing.  We don't know if its the actual truth.

I think it's best that she be of inconsequential parentage. The whole "chosen one" schtick is played out too much in this series, and having a character make their own destiny would be far more interesting at this point. In my opinion. Though it's potentially possible to do right maybe.
I thought that was the most interesting part of the Last Jedi and Rey’s relationship with Kylo Ren: that he proposed a blank slate to her. No more destiny, no holding on to past forms. It could be a great way to introduce the idea of grey Jedi to canon.

Inb4 Rey is the child of midichlorians

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Episode IX
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:49:06 AM »
Eh, if Yoda, Ben, and Anakin can be force ghosts, why not Palpatine? 

Also, remember that Anakin Skywalker was the son of a slave mother and a daddy who didn't exist or was the force so who knows on that.  Rey could be related distsntly or something to Luke. My grandfather was Anakin's half-brother kinda thing.

I enjoy discussing lore lore lore as much as the next person, but pointing to canon is not a justification for poor artistic decisions. Palpatine shouldn't return because as a character, he is done and dusted. He was the overarching villain of the first six movies, and now he's all played out. We saw his rise, we saw him at his prime, we saw his defeat in a strong cathartic moment, and that's all we need. The current saga is doing just fine with Kylo as the new main villain - someone who is nothing like Palpatine and has a very different dynamic with the hero. It's good to be doing something different. We don't need to see Abrams give us something that the first three movies have already done better.

Without knowing what they are doing the character you are just talking out of your ass.  I am dubious, but to say there is no world where the return of Palpatine doesn't work is just close-minded and over-reaching.

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Regarding the relations, I'll need to assume a bit about what's coming up, but we've already had six movies emphasizing the importance of prophecy, destiny, and heredity. TLJ established Rey as someone who genuinely came from nothing and making her own destiny. That's different, and it's good that it's different. There's no reason to go back to doing what the first trilogy already did when there's no chance of doing it better.

The dark side told her she came from nothing.  We don't know if its the actual truth.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Episode IX
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:52:17 PM »
Ben Solo is also half skywalker.

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Science & Alternative Science / Re: On Stuff
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:51:12 PM »
Did this progress any further?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Episode IX
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:33:35 AM »
JJ tryin to fix all the dumb shit that happened in Ep 8 and do service to the fan boys while adding a twist. Bound to be shit.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Superhero Movies & Comics General
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:31:30 AM »
Aquabro is the best DCEU movie.

Damning the DCEU with faint praise.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 11, 2019, 04:40:47 PM »
I couldn't give less of a shit about anyone's opinion about political crap.

Including your own?

It's funny when you look at the definition of spokesperson, it seems like the AG filled that role exactly.  Weird.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 10, 2019, 12:10:45 PM »
The problem for me is that the “conclusion” of the report is being released by a heavily biased spokesperson who has a history of spinning these situations. This doesn’t mean he is necessarily doing that in with the Mueller Report but his history, combined with Trump’s repeated misrepresentation of his dealings and the GOPs resistance to releasing the report seems suspicious. All of this can be easily solved by releasing the unredacted report that Congress is entitled to.
The AG of the US is not a "spokesperson."

Why not?
Because he is AG.

I eagerly await an actual explanation but am pessimistic about that prospect.

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Congress is entitled to an redacted report.

Just like everyone else.

Maybe.  The AG will certainly assert that, but depending on the contents, there could quite easily be a need for Congress to see it that supersedes any need for redaction.
No, the law currently asserts that.

If the courts rule otherwise, so be it.

The law provides guidelines under which redaction may be employed. They are generalized and not specific conditions and are susceptible to court challenge. Redactions were successfully revoked with the Watergate report. 

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:18:08 PM »
The problem for me is that the “conclusion” of the report is being released by a heavily biased spokesperson who has a history of spinning these situations. This doesn’t mean he is necessarily doing that in with the Mueller Report but his history, combined with Trump’s repeated misrepresentation of his dealings and the GOPs resistance to releasing the report seems suspicious. All of this can be easily solved by releasing the unredacted report that Congress is entitled to.
The AG of the US is not a "spokesperson."

Why not?

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Congress is entitled to an redacted report.

Just like everyone else.

Maybe.  The AG will certainly assert that, but depending on the contents, there could quite easily be a need for Congress to see it that supersedes any need for redaction. 

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 08, 2019, 06:52:33 PM »
The problem for me is that the “conclusion” of the report is being released by a heavily biased spokesperson who has a history of spinning these situations. This doesn’t mean he is necessarily doing that in with the Mueller Report but his history, combined with Trump’s repeated misrepresentation of his dealings and the GOPs resistance to releasing the report seems suspicious. All of this can be easily solved by releasing the unredacted report that Congress is entitled to.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: March 27, 2019, 10:30:33 PM »
I dont think it was that wild either since there definitely was contact between Russian officials and the Trump campaign during the election. The Mueller Report indicated there was no evidence of criminality, but that doesn't mean it was ethical.  Speculating that Trump, who almost certainly instructed people to commit campaign finance fraud, also colluded with Russians to win the election is not beyond the pale.  In my eyes, Trump was never sophisticated enough to pull something like this off, so I never thought it likely, but I can understand why people did.  The problem comes when people start crowing about it rather than adopting a "let's wait and see what the evidence is" approach as a bunch of people, not necessarily you Honk, did.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: March 27, 2019, 08:55:11 PM »
Funny, the serious legal trouble you mention for Flynn and Papadopoulos...

Neither has yet been sentenced...

Papadopoulos has in fact been sentenced,
Correct...

14 days! OMG!!!

Jesus, must have been tremendously serious!!!

"Papadopoulos hasn't even been sentenced!" -Total Lackey

"Papadopoulos has been sentenced, but it was for a super short time, so that doesn't count mirite?" -Also Total Lackey

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Yeah, when you write true statements, it tends to be very compelling...in fact, HIGHLY compelling.

mfw when Total Lackey conflates an assertion of fact with the fact itself.

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