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Title: Today In The News
Post by: Dice on June 22, 2012, 02:41:02 PM
Lots of cool news article or some fancy reading pops up, and sure you can post them here as a seperate topic; but I want to keep this more like our YouTube thread: quick, accessible, and you can comment on it if you want.


(please describe the article or make sure the URL gets the gist of it though)
If you don't know it, try the: [ url= LINK] text[/ URL] (without the spaces) method


Let's get to it...



 You are too *thin* for this gym! (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/21/plus-size-friendly-gym-bans-skinny-people/?hpt=hp_t3).  I don't know.... Id' think having thin people around is a motivator, no?

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 22, 2012, 03:26:54 PM
Having thin people around isn't a motivator for all people.  Some bigger people are really self-concious about the thinner people judging or mocking them while they are trying to get in shape and thus stop going because they can't take the pressure. If they are around people of a similar or bigger size, they can work out without their brain going on overload.


EDIT: Ps, thanks for the new threads, the board was getting stale.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 22, 2012, 10:05:49 PM
Get some like morbidly obese people that are constantly having heart attacks to just lounge around the gym so you can be all THIS IS YOU IN TEN YEARS to the fat-but-not-QUITE-that-bad people. That'll motivate them.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 22, 2012, 10:17:28 PM
Get some like morbidly obese people that are constantly having heart attacks to just lounge around the gym so you can be all THIS IS YOU IN TEN YEARS to the fat-but-not-QUITE-that-bad people. That'll motivate them.
Hell thay would motivate me....right to the plastic surgeon for some liposuction.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 25, 2012, 04:40:35 PM
What is it with women and hair? (http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/sideshow/mom-cut-ponytail-judge-daughter-utah-151037132.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US)

I would have my daughter shave her head bald if she did that to a kid. But in this day and age, mom thinks she knows best....which is why the girl did this in the first place, cuz mom is doing such a great job, right?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZeronHitaro on June 25, 2012, 04:56:14 PM
An eye for an eye, that's not how you teach kids right from wrong.

Really sad when people can't differentiate between the basic concepts of 'revenge for revenge' and 'actions have equal or greater consequences'.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on June 25, 2012, 05:05:03 PM
What is it with women and hair? (http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/sideshow/mom-cut-ponytail-judge-daughter-utah-151037132.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US)

I would have my daughter shave her head bald if she did that to a kid. But in this day and age, mom thinks she knows best....which is why the girl did this in the first place, cuz mom is doing such a great job, right?

I don't understand what your comment has to do with the article...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 25, 2012, 05:07:11 PM
WE ARE ALL STARTING TO SOUND LIKE GROUCHY OLD MEN AND LADIES.

"Back in my day..." said the 20-something.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZeronHitaro on June 25, 2012, 05:37:57 PM
WE ARE ALL STARTING TO SOUND LIKE GROUCHY OLD MEN AND LADIES.

"Back in my day..." said the 20-something.

I would say there's some legitimacy to that though seeing as culture is 'evolving' at a far quicker pace than it did for previous generations. Used to be that it took a generation in order for enough difference in opinion and standards to create the 'Back in my day' culture gap. Now all it seems to require is the next generation of Ipad. XD
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 25, 2012, 05:45:53 PM
What is it with women and hair? (http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/sideshow/mom-cut-ponytail-judge-daughter-utah-151037132.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US)

I would have my daughter shave her head bald if she did that to a kid. But in this day and age, mom thinks she knows best....which is why the girl did this in the first place, cuz mom is doing such a great job, right?

I don't understand what your comment has to do with the article...

Mostly a humorous jab at the fact that a girl did this to another girl, and that mom is upset and filing a complaint. If it were dad, he would probably have been fine with that idea. I mean, how was that intimadation? Judge said cut her ponytail off and I'll cut the community service time in half. Sounds pretty awesome to me, but the mother was actually upset by this? Fucking whacko, YOUR DAUGHTER IS A FUCKED UP PSYCHO, she deserves what she got.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 25, 2012, 05:50:51 PM
What is it with women and hair? (http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/sideshow/mom-cut-ponytail-judge-daughter-utah-151037132.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US)

I would have my daughter shave her head bald if she did that to a kid. But in this day and age, mom thinks she knows best....which is why the girl did this in the first place, cuz mom is doing such a great job, right?

I don't understand what your comment has to do with the article...

If it were dad, he would probably have been fine with that idea.

Where did you pull that one from? Some fathers are even more protective of their little girls. No matter how wrong the girl was, many parents would not allow their little girl to get humiliated like that infront of strangers. That doesn't make them bad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 25, 2012, 07:59:26 PM
That judge is a psycho. In a different case two brothers were charged with luring another guy in to their car at a McDonald's to shoot him and he said he'd reduce one of their sentences if one of them shot the other.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 25, 2012, 08:40:56 PM
Big fan or ironic justice then.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 25, 2012, 08:55:38 PM
Also, 100% of his cases involve McDonald's based crimes.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 25, 2012, 11:20:35 PM
That was a weird punishment... I don't know how I feel about it though (something about it sounds really medieval too; today you usually just pay some crappy find and move on). 

I agree the 11 year old was wrong -- but she's fucken 11, kids do crazy stupid shit when they're kids.  And it was against a 3 year old; how much do they really know or care about what's going on with their hair really??
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZeronHitaro on June 26, 2012, 01:26:33 AM
That was a weird punishment... I don't know how I feel about it though (something about it sounds really medieval too; today you usually just pay some crappy find and move on). 

I agree the 11 year old was wrong -- but she's fucken 11, kids do crazy stupid shit when they're kids.  And it was against a 3 year old; how much do they really know or care about what's going on with their hair really??

I find it rather refreshing actually. 'Paying your fine' really does nothing to teach a person about how their actions makes others feel. You can try to verbally drill it into them all day but empathic understanding is a rare thing in humans these days; especially the younger generations.

Two things about his second half rub me the wrong way though.

Ageism: You can't absolutely judge someone based simply on their age. Even in the lower numbers maturity, intellect, and awareness of one's actions can vary immensely. Speaking from experience, I was a bit of a jack*** when I was 11 (and parts of 12 where it was wearing off), being raised by my grandfather at the time I was met with punishments equal to ones like that; if not greater (In example of one such lesson; albeit this one from when I was 6-ish: I once thought it was funny to repeatedly press the red button on the dog shock collar while the dog was wearing it. Grandpa told me to wear the collar and I got a very brief dose of the lowest setting button myself along with spankings and grounding. I never thought shocking a dog was funny again.)

Guess what? I learned my lessons in a hurry. XD Giving kids a free pass to be pathetically cruel just because of their 'age' is a bad thing. Unless you develop that sense of action and consequence young people are likely to grow up thinking they can get away with anything. Why do you think there are so many people who get into so much crap once they hit that college age? It's because they never learned that lesson and mommy/daddy are no longer within arm's reach to shield them from this fact.

Secondly: While someone around that child's age is probably not going 'My hair! It's ruined! ;_;' the fact that a friend took advantage of them and betrayed them (they'll infer this from parental reaction more likely that concluding that themselves) could potentially have some form of long term psychological effect. Things in the long distant past, even at the youngest of ages, can and will stick around in the child's memory and has every chance of effect their growth in some shape or manner. For a less dramatic example let me use myself again. For the longest time as a teenager I kept pulling up this vivid memory of a road and a house in extreme detail (from the make of the walls to the blueprint of what rooms were where, ect.). I finally asked my parents if it sounded familiar and they said I was describing dot for dot the house we used to live in...which we moved out of when I was but naught 6 months old. I still remember the details. Memory is a tricky thing.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on June 26, 2012, 01:46:58 AM
That was a weird punishment... I don't know how I feel about it though (something about it sounds really medieval too; today you usually just pay some crappy find and move on). 

I agree the 11 year old was wrong -- but she's fucken 11, kids do crazy stupid shit when they're kids.  And it was against a 3 year old; how much do they really know or care about what's going on with their hair really??
Well, you have to show kids HOW and WHY hat they did was wrong, not just that it was wrong.

What better way for them to understand than having what they did done to them?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 26, 2012, 02:45:31 AM
That was a weird punishment... I don't know how I feel about it though (something about it sounds really medieval too; today you usually just pay some crappy find and move on). 

I agree the 11 year old was wrong -- but she's fucken 11, kids do crazy stupid shit when they're kids.  And it was against a 3 year old; how much do they really know or care about what's going on with their hair really??
Well, you have to show kids HOW and WHY hat they did was wrong, not just that it was wrong.

What better way for them to understand than having what they did done to them?

I cost my dad a LOT of money this year.... a fine can work as punishment enough, at least when you're that age to "understand the value of money" and all that shizz.

I don't think I'd be upset with a haircut punishment... just I think it's a weird revenge punishment for something that doesn't feel like too big a deal in the first place. 

The entire thing feels like much ado about nothing since I'm in more of a "it's hair -- it grows back" angle of thinking.  It's not like the mum at first raised a stink either, she "reluctantly agreed", but nothing more.  I think mum and me are looking at this as a "wtf" since it's not very standard practice. 

I don't like the judge pulling this though:
"I'm going to give you this option: I will cut that by 150 hours if you want to cut her hair right now," Johansen said in court."

Kind of weird to bargain a sentencing through reprisal hair cutting.  Again, it just sounds medieval.
Quite frankly, a smack on the ass was enough for me to feel sorry; courts take long enough to settle matters as is.

I'm not for or against what happened otherwise -- it's just weird.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZeronHitaro on June 26, 2012, 05:14:32 AM
I think you're looking at it slightly backwards Dice. Yes it is 'weird'; but more on the point of it being 'modern' than 'medieval'. A judge is under no obligation to go easy on anyone. They have no obligation to bargain. The fact that he presented this option is actually a 'modern societal mercy'; allowing for a lesson to be taught more directly (and really; more gently) without handing down a full blown punishment. Medieval would be 'I don't give a damn what age you are or if you're guilty or not; this is my court, maximum sentence. No arguing. Next case please.'

You didn't see medieval judges go 'Well; you are a heathen. But you'll only get 300 days in the tower instead of being burned at the stake if you tear up your seditious literature.' XD
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 26, 2012, 12:36:08 PM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/the-worlds-most-iconic-tech-sounds-slowed-down-8
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 26, 2012, 12:43:40 PM
I think you're looking at it slightly backwards Dice. Yes it is 'weird'; but more on the point of it being 'modern' than 'medieval'. A judge is under no obligation to go easy on anyone. They have no obligation to bargain. The fact that he presented this option is actually a 'modern societal mercy'; allowing for a lesson to be taught more directly (and really; more gently) without handing down a full blown punishment. Medieval would be 'I don't give a damn what age you are or if you're guilty or not; this is my court, maximum sentence. No arguing. Next case please.'

You didn't see medieval judges go 'Well; you are a heathen. But you'll only get 300 days in the tower instead of being burned at the stake if you tear up your seditious literature.' XD

I meant medieval in the "eye for an eye" look at it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 26, 2012, 01:38:26 PM
Seriously though, in a situation like that, how do you explain to the kid it's bad otherwise? Ground an 11 year old? That just makes em angry...and sneakier. Stern talking to? That went out the window already seeing as the parent was so on top of her kid to begin with. Having cut this girl's hair, just a ponytail mind you, she wasn't shaved bald, shows the young girl that it wasn't nice, it is demoralizing and embarassing. Thankfully, her hair will grow back, and she will never cut some little girls hair off again.

Also, she's 11 years old. Right and wrong should be established by now, consequences for actions are necessary. Also, she sure as shit knew what she was doing. 6 or 7 I could understand this as excessive, 9 maybe, but after 10 years old you have to be responsible for your actions. Murder is still a little out there as the concept of taking a life is still a bit extreme, but causing pain and or suffering to anyone at that point is something we would consciously be aware of. The "just a kid" excuse has is a bit late.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 26, 2012, 01:46:53 PM
I love threads where a bunch of people that don't have kids act like child reading experts!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 26, 2012, 02:09:03 PM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/the-worlds-most-iconic-tech-sounds-slowed-down-8

Haha these are really cool. xD
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 26, 2012, 02:13:02 PM
I love threads where a bunch of people that don't have kids act like child reading experts!
I always enjoy how people who are above the age of 21 forget that at one point we were kids. Adults in general seem to forget that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 26, 2012, 02:20:43 PM
Acting a like a child and raising a child are probably two different things

(http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1033/icondarinsz3.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 26, 2012, 02:41:21 PM
True, but looking back at the the good things you did and the bad things you didn't and wouldn't do could generally be credited to how your parents raised you, leading me back to the fact that when I broke my sister's toy, my mother broke one of my toys to show me how mean it was. Never intentionally broke ANYONE'S toy again, and even stopped people from doing stuff similar to that (breaking a video game, breaking a pencil in class...etc). It's true, I never cut a person's hair for lulz as a kid, so this EXACT experience doesn't apply, but I'm 99% sure that if any of you ever had a similar experience at a young age, you probably didn't do said thing again.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on June 26, 2012, 04:42:57 PM
I love threads where a bunch of people that don't have kids act like child reading experts!
Yeah, me too. It's entertaining.

Acting a like a child and raising a child are probably two different things

(http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1033/icondarinsz3.gif)
Indeed they are. Being a kid in no way prepares you to raise one. The only advantage I can say that it has given me is that I can always tell when my son is up to something he should NOT be up to. Kids trying real hard to be quiet = trouble-making kids. Or a child who is suddenly doing something that he doesn't normally do, like taking out the garbage. My sensors flare and I know I should check and see what he's up to.

The whole "eye for an eye" thing is very case sensitive. Personally, I would not go break one of my sons things if he broke something of mine. That's just ridiculous. Same thing with causing bodily harm. He certainly gets punished, but I'm more concerned about him knowing WHY you don't do these things, and the repercussions of such. He's a very intelligent and sensitive kid. We sit down and discuss the matter, then I dole out the appropriate punishment(he does extra chores to earn money to pay for something, or he loses gaming privileges for a week, etc etc.).
I am in no way one of those new agey parents who wants to be best friends with their kid. My first priority is to get him ready for the real world. To learn how to deal with other people with respect and courtesy. To appreciate everything we have, and this awesome world we live in. I sometimes feel like I am the only parent doing these things.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 26, 2012, 04:51:52 PM
With you until that very last, incredibly conceited sentence there Grim. :P
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on June 26, 2012, 04:56:27 PM
Some of the condescension is kind of irritating.

Yes, many of us don't have kids. But many of us want to, and are hashing this out before we do so. some of us also have advice from our own parents regarding kids so its not some kind of "haha look at them talking about shit they know nothing about" crap. Do we have to have kids before we're allowed to.comment about child raising? It makes no sense. it'd be like saying nobody should be talking about medical procedures because nobody here is a doctor.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 26, 2012, 05:12:42 PM
I don't think that's a very good example. I would never tell someone how to perform an operation BECAUSE I am not a doctor. I could tell someone about an operation in the most general of senses.

So, someone without a child could talk about child raising in a general sense, but not really have any ground to stand on in regards to the actual execution because they haven't actually got any experience.   

I think it's worth noting that kids can be incredibly manipulative in regards to their parents emotions and can usually play them quite well. The parent is also going to be deeply emotionally invested in their child and might not always have the heart to punish every little infraction. I'm just saying that because I don't know how many people take into account that it is actually a person they will be dealing with and not one of those toys that claimed to learn the more you interact with it. :P

I'm not saying anyone is right or wrong, I mean, I've no kids either (thank god), so I'm in the same boat as most of us, I just don't pretend that there's some sort of perfect plan that will produce children that grow into good adults.  Your kid could be psychologically predisposed to hate authority and being the sort of no-nonsense parent isn't going to be productive at all and will end up creating a rift in the relationship. The same could be said for a parent who tries to be their best friend when maybe their kid is the kind that needs a lot of guidance before they can cope on their own.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZeronHitaro on June 26, 2012, 05:16:29 PM
I personally prefer this analogy-

I don't have to be a master chef to see a few dozen people setting scrambled eggs aflame due to keeping the pan at 'HI setting' to be justified in saying 'Hey, you might be doing it wrong'.

There are plenty of 'right' ways to cook eggs; one not inherently superior to any other and mostly just a matter of personal preference. Burnt into ashes is not one of them.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 26, 2012, 05:19:42 PM
I like that one much better. :)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on June 26, 2012, 05:28:02 PM
Some of the condescension is kind of irritating.

Yes, many of us don't have kids. But many of us want to, and are hashing this out before we do so. some of us also have advice from our own parents regarding kids so its not some kind of "haha look at them talking about shit they know nothing about" crap. Do we have to have kids before we're allowed to.comment about child raising? It makes no sense. it'd be like saying nobody should be talking about medical procedures because nobody here is a doctor.

Could not agree me. We don't want kids but people's parenting decisions can have a direct impact on us and the world we live in.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on June 26, 2012, 06:54:46 PM
With you until that very last, incredibly conceited sentence there Grim. :P
Conceited? Why? Because my own observations tell me these things? We all know most people are good people, and most kids are good kids, and most everybody tries their hardest to do the right thing. Still, I see my sons friends, and his classmates, and his fellow daycare inmates, and I wonder. So many parents SEEM to let their kids get away with so much. Why are 10 year olds staying up as late as they want to without a set bedtime? Why are 10 year olds being allowed to sleep until noon? Why are these kids tromping through other peoples property and destroying their things, with no remorse whatsoever? I could go on and on.
I am in no way suggesting that I am a perfect parent. I AM suggesting that I'm pretty darn good at it, though. I never thought I would be, but even my wife agrees that kinda rock at this Dad thing.
Guys, no one is saying that we all can't offer our opinions on things. Just know that if I ever need parenting advice, I'm not asking a bunch of young rpgfans without kids. Just like no is asking me about how to play hockey or make schnitzel.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 26, 2012, 07:10:47 PM
The conceited statement is that you think at times your the only good parent out there. :P It was a stupid statement XD

I don't doubt your a good parent, dude. :P
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on June 26, 2012, 09:59:23 PM
The conceited statement is that you think at times your the only good parent out there. :P It was a stupid statement XD

I don't doubt your a good parent, dude. :P

Grim said this: "I sometimes feel like I am the only parent doing these things."

I say things like this because I am frustrated. I WANT to be proven wrong. I want a kid to actually respond back when I say hi to them when I'm out walking my dog. I want a kid to hold the door when they see me coming instead of letting it slam in my face. I want to see kids out running around and playing like  they should be, instead of sitting on the porch playing with their phones(which they are too young to have, IMHO). Of course, there are good parents out there encouraging their kids to do all these things, but sadly, it's just not that common anymore. Or at least not where I live.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 26, 2012, 10:21:11 PM
Grim, part of me wants to ask you a question. But I don't think I want to know the answer.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 26, 2012, 10:22:07 PM
You should kidnap a kid and use it as a test run.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on June 26, 2012, 11:54:05 PM
Grim, part of me wants to ask you a question. But I don't think I want to know the answer.
Mesh. I'm not really sure I want you to ask that question. I can only imagine.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on June 27, 2012, 12:15:20 AM
Grim, part of me wants to ask you a question. But I don't think I want to know the answer.
Mesh. I'm not really sure I want you to ask that question. I can only imagine.

I want to see him ask you the question!  Just to see what chaos ensues.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 28, 2012, 03:55:34 PM
Dotcom search warrants ruled illegal
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/7188234/Dotcom-search-warrants-ruled-illegal

Unlawful entry, arrests, seizure of material and frozen bank accounts all done with now proven illegal warrant.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 29, 2012, 03:05:21 AM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/annanorth/12-best-online-reviews-of-swords
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 14, 2012, 12:53:34 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171930/X-Box-Live-Boy-playing-Call-Duty-Fifa-ran-1-150-bill.html

As always, I have to laugh at this. Not because it's funny, byt because the parent is stupid enough to think the kid didn't realize what he was doing. 12 years old, I'm absolutely certain he can read at least at a 5th grade level, and when you go to add xbl points, you have to accept these transactions, seeing as it takes you to the xbox live window to do so, as well as confirm certain information like how you would like to purchase these points. Once again, a case of stupid uninformed parent and a child who does what he wants without care.

I still confirm with my dad when I use my credit card for any purchases. He eyeballs the bills, so I stay safe and keep tabs on what I do. Old habits die hard.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 14, 2012, 01:22:26 AM
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I still confirm with my dad when I use my credit card for any purchases. He eyeballs the bills, so I stay safe and keep tabs on what I do. Old habits die hard.

Aren't you like 20-something?

Actually I haven't checked my bank account in a few months I wonder how much money I have.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 14, 2012, 01:26:24 AM
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I still confirm with my dad when I use my credit card for any purchases. He eyeballs the bills, so I stay safe and keep tabs on what I do. Old habits die hard.

Aren't you like 20-something?

Actually I haven't checked my bank account in awhile I wonder how much money I have.
27 actually. Helps (maybe hurts?) that I still live with him and all the bills and such are done via my name and debit card, etc. Still, it was always a good practice of mine to confirm whenever I was about to make a purchase of any sort, just in case. Never wanted to be the one who came home without toilet paper because I spent my last 20 bucks on a mexican dinner, you know?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 14, 2012, 01:31:05 AM
My mom actually has access to my bank statements and bank account.

I really need to change that. Except I think I need her consent to do so. And... yeah.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 14, 2012, 01:48:42 AM
I generally have a habit of checking my finances every week to make sure I'm within budget.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dade on July 14, 2012, 02:07:39 AM
If you aren't using https://www.mint.com/ (https://www.mint.com/) yet, i highly recommend it.

It's scary to start thinking about budgets and planning and shit like that, but seriously, this service is free, has mobile apps for just about every platform AND it gives you alerts of when you have a bill coming up, helps you to be on track with your goals to save.

You can set budgets per month on everything from coffee shops to bars to video games to gas. It's pretty fucking rad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 14, 2012, 03:55:37 AM
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mobile apps

Presumably, an individual who buys consumer electronics on a regular basis would have a greater need for an app that helps them manage money.

Aaaand why do I have a 30 dollar charge to my savings account for some restaurant yesterday.

Oh wait that was cab fair THIS THING IS WEIRD.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on July 14, 2012, 12:24:53 PM
I figure out how much I need each month and then set up standing orders at the bank to transfer a set amount of money each month from my chequing into a savings account. Out of sight, out of mind....
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 14, 2012, 01:43:49 PM
Yeah, with direct deposit it's super easy to have a percentage of my check split off into my savings account. I never even see it until I have to make a big payment like property taxes or something.
I really don't check my bank balance in between paychecks. I have a decent idea in my head what's in there, and it's been awhile since I've genuinely had to worry about running out of money.
bonus! My son will. be done with Kindercare next month! That's $800 freakin' dollars a month back in our pockets. Kick ass. Considering we've been doing OK without this money, it will be directed into savings and bills. It's like getting a raise without actually getting one.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 14, 2012, 02:42:40 PM
kindergarten was the best fucking grade. I remember so much of that vividly, including the room (in a really old catholic school in chicago). fucking nuns and shit.

I wish I could billy madison it up for a year and just relive certain grades. 7-8 were the worst because most people were assholes.

9 was probably 2nd to kindergarten because I met a damn good chunk of my friends in my german class.

The only thing that was shitty about HS was that I didn't get laid despite beeing comfy talking to chicks. Just sucked at sealing the deal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 14, 2012, 02:46:13 PM
fucking nuns

Yeah, I can see why you'd want to relive certain grades.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 14, 2012, 04:45:31 PM
WTF is Kindercare?

I got groped by a ginger in kindergarten. This was the first, and last, sexual encounter I had with another human being.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 14, 2012, 09:46:57 PM
WTF is Kindercare?

I got groped by a ginger in kindergarten. This was the first, and last, sexual encounter I had with another human being.
I find it odd that you don't know what Kindercare is. It's a daycare place. They basically bend you over and pull money out of your ass just to watch your kid for a couple hours a day. Sadly, my son has been going there for 5 years now. That's just the reality of things when both the husband and wife work. He can't wait to be done with it.

I wouldn't mind being groped by a ginger. Do I get to pick? Christina Hendricks, please! Karen Gillan would be a close second.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 14, 2012, 09:50:19 PM
No, you certainly not get to pick which ginger gropes you!


Life is ginger Russian roulette.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 14, 2012, 10:21:57 PM
Quote
I find it odd that you don't know what Kindercare is.

Why would I know?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 15, 2012, 11:54:09 AM
Quote
I find it odd that you don't know what Kindercare is.

Why would I know?
I don't know. They're all over the place. Kinda like Wallymart. Still, you're better off not knowing. Hopefully, you'll never need their services.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 20, 2012, 08:57:19 AM
So yeah, huge news....

http://m.yahoo.com/w/ygo-frontpage/lp/story/us/2435205/coke.bp%3B_ylt=A2KL8xppVQlQlnsAjxli_tw4%3B_ylu=X3oDMTFzYTZvODE0BGNwb3MDMQRjc2VjA21vYmlsZS10ZARpbnRsA3VzBHBrZwNpZC0yNDM1MjA1BHBvcwMyBHNsawN0aXRsZQ--?ref_w=frontdoors&view=today&.tsrc=attcf&.intl=US&.lang=en

Sorry, on my phone, mobile yahoo is mobile. Also, where's batman when you need him?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 20, 2012, 10:18:20 AM
Makes me wonder, will they start heightening security in movie theaters after this incident?  I mean, it's easy as hell to sneak in outside food (a mere sign will not deter me from doing so; a patdown might), so it's probably just as easy to sneak in homemade explosives and firearms.  I remember 12-13 years ago or so when there was that scare of people putting HIV infected needles between movie seat cushions to infect people. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 20, 2012, 10:35:16 AM
Yeah, I just read about this a little bit ago. Totally tragic. Whenever something like this happens, you have to wonder what kind of mental state that person had to be in. You simply can not be right in the head to walk into a packed movie theater and start shooting. It's just so fucked up.
Of course, you get the usual calls for stricter gun laws, which would not have made any difference here. People really don't seem to get that we already have tons of gun laws. They just need to be enforced. Plus, criminals don't care about them, anyway. All they do is hamper law-abiding citizens.
Then there's the "This is what happens in a godless society" people. All I can do is roll my eyes.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on July 20, 2012, 10:39:37 AM
Trying to place blame is often our way of trying to make sense of the world - if there's one thing I can blame something on, the world is easier to parse.

Doesn't mean it is right - but it is understandable.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 20, 2012, 11:03:59 AM
Re: gun laws.  And don't forget, they're inconsistent state by state.  For example, New Jersey has some of the strictest gun control laws, yet Camden NJ has one of the highest crime rates in the nation.  Why?  Because Pennsylvania has some of the most lax gun control laws, and it's all too easy for someone in Camden to hop across the Delaware River, be in Philly in 5 minutes, and score some contraband.  So even if one state has strict gun laws, a neighboring state may not and everything renders moot. 

Joke response: I highly doubt Marilyn Manson will get blamed for this one.  He's gotten blamed for everything else, though, right? 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 20, 2012, 12:44:09 PM
My favorite part of this story thus far is how the media is trying to blame the movie for the person's actions. He was wearing black tactical gear and a gas mask and riot helmet, and in the movie Bane wears a specialized mask and fatigues. Obviously the relation is there...because bane uses guns to brutally beat his enemies to death....owait.

Meanwhile, the "glorified" violence of the film aside, a man is taking a stand against psychos and villians using non fatal means. But hey, don't blame the movie for the police officers and soldiers of the world fighting to make a difference. Fucking media.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 20, 2012, 04:28:04 PM
My favorite part of this story thus far is how the media is trying to blame the movie for the person's actions. He was wearing black tactical gear and a gas mask and riot helmet, and in the movie Bane wears a specialized mask and fatigues. Obviously the relation is there...because bane uses guns to brutally beat his enemies to death....owait.

Meanwhile, the "glorified" violence of the film aside, a man is taking a stand against psychos and villians using non fatal means. But hey, don't blame the movie for the police officers and soldiers of the world fighting to make a difference. Fucking media.

In other words, what Marilyn Manson said following Columbine continues to be relevant here.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/wvdj6/marilyn_mansons_commentary_for_rolling_stone/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 20, 2012, 05:51:36 PM
I'm not blaming the parents for this, but who the hell are these parents that bring their infants and kids to a midnight showing of a show that is not kid-friendly? What in the hell.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 20, 2012, 07:26:33 PM
I'm not blaming the parents for this, but who the hell are these parents that bring their infants and kids to a midnight showing of a show that is not kid-friendly? What in the hell.
They are fucking morons, sir. Mother fucking morons. A child should be asleep at THE WORST 10 pm, not at a movie theater. If any of the fellow rpgfan-ers have done this, just know that I do not intend to reword it to make it seem less serious, or certain situations are exempt. No, if you have your young child out at 12am watching a goddamn movie, I don't care if it's the little mermaid 3; ariel's shiny new comb, you are a fucking moron.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 22, 2012, 11:51:38 AM
I'm not blaming the parents for this, but who the hell are these parents that bring their infants and kids to a midnight showing of a show that is not kid-friendly? What in the hell.
They are fucking morons, sir. Mother fucking morons. A child should be asleep at THE WORST 10 pm, not at a movie theater. If any of the fellow rpgfan-ers have done this, just know that I do not intend to reword it to make it seem less serious, or certain situations are exempt. No, if you have your young child out at 12am watching a goddamn movie, I don't care if it's the little mermaid 3; ariel's shiny new comb, you are a fucking moron.
Yup, yup, and yup. My son is 11, and I would never even consider taking him to a midnight screening. His bedtime is 9, for christsakes! I don't understand why they couldn't just wait to find a babysitter or something. Or heaven forbid, NOT see the movie in the theater. Some people have fucked up priorities.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on July 22, 2012, 04:35:06 PM
Speaking of parents. Did anyone else see the quote from the shooters mother that when the police first approached her she wasn't surprised it was her son? What the fuck kind of response is that. Most parents, of seemingly sane children, would be denying it for at least a little while. Insisting it couldn't have been their sweet little boy.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 22, 2012, 05:04:21 PM
Well, not all parents love their children. The boy who I lived next to growing up had a bitch of a mother, ignored him, hit him, kept him outside until well after dark. My mum looked after him a lot, but I guess she was scared to report the abuse due to the family being an Irish gangster family. She was always saying stuff like "What did the little cunt do now?".

He's in jail now, broke into an old ladies house and robbed and assaulted her.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 23, 2012, 12:00:51 AM
I'm pissed, I was going to link an article where CNN blamed video games for the shooting friday, but I lost the page. I had a huge rant and everything too.

It's funny though (yes this is part of said rant), how whenever major violence breaks out these days regarding younger adults and children, video games get blamed. If you take a second to look at the games generally blamed, they're all american made. So....america is blaming itself for our stupidity, and viciously attacking itself in regards to it as well. Same thing with blaming the movie....an american comic book made into an american feature length film. Is it kind of retarded or am I just seeing things?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 25, 2012, 07:38:43 PM
Here come the games.

They're American games -- made in America.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 25, 2012, 08:54:30 PM
Here come the games.

They're American games -- made in America.
I'm not sure if you're sarcastic quip is directed at me, or at america. Either way, you're a terrible american.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 25, 2012, 09:19:13 PM
Agent D. is Bandit Keith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z56P8lT9nlE).

You're not American, you're not even wearing a flag on your head!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 26, 2012, 04:03:30 PM
Nationalism, ho!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Alhizzy on July 26, 2012, 07:06:33 PM
Well, not all parents love their children. The boy who I lived next to growing up had a bitch of a mother, ignored him, hit him, kept him outside until well after dark. My mum looked after him a lot, but I guess she was scared to report the abuse due to the family being an Irish gangster family. She was always saying stuff like "What did the little cunt do now?".

He's in jail now, broke into an old ladies house and robbed and assaulted her.

This statement reminds me of the contents of the last Zeitgeist movie, Moving Forward, where the scientists interviewed were indicating that the most common driver of violence in people is being abused as a child.  Not video games, TV, movies, or music.

And Star, your last comment of "Nationalism, ho!" is funny because I'm actually playing Recettear right now.  Thank you summer Steam sale!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 26, 2012, 08:20:17 PM
There are a few scenes and I believe codec calls too in MGS1, 2 and 4 that mention how stupid and inefficient the concept of "virtual training" is trough video games. I remember a YouTube video where some guys from Fox News where talking about how video games are raising our children to be criminals and be prepared for war.

I was rolling my eyes so hard.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 29, 2012, 07:22:17 PM
love the picture they used for the hate-filled teenager

http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/164102256.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 29, 2012, 08:08:10 PM
love the picture they used for the hate-filled teenager

http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/164102256.html

"What were kids around here saying when they saw it?"

"Uhm... a lot of things"


Journalism at its finest.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 29, 2012, 08:25:10 PM
Waukesha, WI... hitting all the big topics.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 10, 2012, 11:01:48 AM
http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/lawsuit-claims-black-sacker-ban-from-big-sandy-grocery-store/article_211e8217-acdf-5489-8915-8f6cc7900470.html

Word of the Day: "Negroidly", for all the wrong reasons.  Ohhh man.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 14, 2012, 09:17:25 PM
Today's hot new trend! All the craze! All the hepcats are doing it! ...

ASSHOLE TATTOOS

NSFW video here.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/08/florida_psychic_predicts_new_a.php

That chick is absolutely insane. Bent over, in public, almost completely naked, talking like a lunatic all fucked up on who knows what, and getting her chocolate starfish scribbled on by some dude.


Hey I wonder if Klyde has done any  ASSHOLE TATTOOS

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 15, 2012, 12:46:01 AM
Today's hot new trend! All the craze! All the hepcats are doing it! ...

ASSHOLE TATTOOS

NSFW video here.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/08/florida_psychic_predicts_new_a.php

That chick is absolutely insane. Bent over, in public, almost completely naked, talking like a lunatic all fucked up on who knows what, and getting her chocolate starfish scribbled on by some dude.


Hey I wonder if Klyde has done any  ASSHOLE TATTOOS

Oh man that woman.... I think she is scarier than the fact she has a bunghole tattoo.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/daniel-tosh-rushing-to-find-some-jokes-that-arent,82455/
I totally missed this when it happened. Interesting?
+ I get a woman standing up in defense of what she believes in
+ Dan Tosh "going on with the show" in spite of an unnatural hiccup
- The woman not taking a joke while attending a "comedy show"
- Dan's tasteless and almost pointless "rebuttle", but more than that, bidding the audience to join was just stupid.
= Trying to cover the situation and help make things better, Dan Tosh decided to edit the first episode of his upcoming TV show to get rid of the rape jokes in it, and in a rush as well.... this begs the question; how much of the first episode was centered around rape? 

I like this since brings up all them questions about "what's funny" and "when" that always hits a blurred line.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on August 15, 2012, 01:44:19 AM
Am I the only one who finds Tosh to be completely unfunny, rape jokes or not...


Edit: OK, some new too
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/14/158773637/leader-of-anti-semitic-party-in-hungary-discovers-hes-jewish (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/14/158773637/leader-of-anti-semitic-party-in-hungary-discovers-hes-jewish)

Left the URL 'cause it pretty much says it all.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 21, 2012, 12:21:53 AM
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1243960--bank-of-canada-apologizes-for-asian-looking-woman-debacle

Racist Canadian Monies.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 21, 2012, 12:41:42 AM
Canada... we try so hard not to offend anyone's anything that we end up insulting everyone's everything.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 21, 2012, 01:15:42 AM
Canada... we try so hard not to offend anyone's anything that we end up insulting everyone's everything.

I'm more confused by the woman than her colour of skin (I AM "COLOUR"BLIND...i.e.; not racist).  Right below it says 'insulin' and some medical lady even though it was men who had the bigger hand in the discovery. 

I didn't really find she looked really Asian either...?  Ah well, I have no idea what's going on.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on August 21, 2012, 02:02:37 AM
WTF, she's supposed to look asian?  Ridiculous controversy aside, how on earth is that woman asian?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 21, 2012, 02:21:12 AM
WTF, she's supposed to look asian?  Ridiculous controversy aside, how on earth is that woman asian?

I think the article was saying it's a redraw or something (it's written kinda weird, or I suck at reading).
EDIT: Yeah, it's a redraw to remove yellow in favor of white.  Differing paper confirmed that.  haha -- can't believe the bank went and redrew a white woman over an asian one

Whatever.  Just put Banting on there, it'd make more sense.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 22, 2012, 08:23:59 AM
:(

http://kotaku.com/5936821/sony-closes-one-of-the-oldest-video-game-developers-in-the-world?utm_campaign=socialflow_kotaku_facebook&utm_source=kotaku_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 22, 2012, 02:55:32 PM
I'm sure y'allz know, but childhood nostalgia magazine Nintendo Power is done, just before their 25th. :(
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57497733-1/lights-turning-off-at-nintendo-power/



In other news....
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/us/politics/todd-akin-provokes-ire-with-legitimate-rape-comment.html
It's been everywhere on the news, but Todd Akin on "legitimate rape"...
Quote
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

Ashton, what's a professional's opinion on this?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 22, 2012, 03:50:21 PM
Pregnancy from rape is rare, but it definitely happens. Most rape survivors have to deal with the PTSD already (which is already a terrible cross to bear for anybody). Clinical descriptions of sex incoming.

If you've ever had sex you'd probably know that to get any decent penetration the woman would need to be lubricated down there. Best way to get pregnant is if you have maximum penetration so the semen can reach the uterus and fertilize the ovum. With rape, lubrication is probably a no go. Either the rapist has to lube up his own penis (which is weird but rapists are kind of sick bastards already) or the woman is already pretty horny - but rape probably shuts that down really fast. But note that pregnancy is a fickle mistress, some men are more fertile than others and some women are more fertile than others - you also have to consider ovulation periods and such. I remember a case (and this was also in Scrubs) where a man ejaculated only around a woman's vagina without any actual penetration and the woman got pregnant because a small amount of it got into her vagina.

So, in short, yes, pregnancy as a result of rape is definitely a possibility. During rape, the female body has a way to biologically protect itself, but it doesn't always work. It takes some massive amounts of misfortune to hit all the right requirements, but it has happened before.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on August 22, 2012, 04:14:06 PM
Very tough op-ed that I read today related to this, written by a woman who was raped at 21, elected to have the baby that she became pregnant with, and the challenges of that decision particularly when it comes to custody rights of the rapist: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/22/opinion/prewitt-rapist-visitation-rights/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/22/opinion/prewitt-rapist-visitation-rights/index.html)

Not an easy read.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 22, 2012, 06:04:21 PM
Very tough op-ed that I read today related to this, written by a woman who was raped at 21, elected to have the baby that she became pregnant with, and the challenges of that decision particularly when it comes to custody rights of the rapist: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/22/opinion/prewitt-rapist-visitation-rights/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/22/opinion/prewitt-rapist-visitation-rights/index.html)

Not an easy read.

Sad...but odd story.
Is there like... a lot of these cases where a rapist will come out of the darkness to get visitation rights of the kid he fathers??????


EDIT: BEST STORY of the DAY.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921
"It looks like a monkey in an oversize tunic"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 22, 2012, 06:13:50 PM
Yeah, I find that story REALLY odd, considering that any man even accused of rape, guilty or not, is pretty much put through the ringer.

If anything it just proves that rape law is fundamentally broken and needs to be looked at, if not completely redone.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on August 22, 2012, 06:49:22 PM
"A 1996 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that “among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.”  This study said the rate of becoming pregnant after sexual assault is considerable, estimating that “the national rape-pregnancy rate is 5.0 percent per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45).”

Also:

"Each year, an estimated 32,000 women in the United States become pregnant as a result of rape. Of those women, many decide to terminate their pregnancies, rather than cope with the psychological torment of going through the pregnancy. Many others, for just as legitimate reasons, decide to carry the pregnancies to term. Most would assume that in this latter situation, the rapist would have no legal parental rights to the child. Sadly, this is not the case. For many women in this situation, there is a high likelihood under state family laws that the rapist could, indeed, gain parental rights. That risk is heightened for women receiving public assistance benefits."

Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/08/21/todd-akin-challenged-by-doctors-on-rape-and-pregnancy/ (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/08/21/todd-akin-challenged-by-doctors-on-rape-and-pregnancy/)
http://legalvoice.org/focus/health/rapists-rights.html (http://legalvoice.org/focus/health/rapists-rights.html)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 22, 2012, 06:53:04 PM
Kind of fucked up that rapists can have more rights to their children than many actual fathers who conceived children under normal circumstances.

Also, not to diminish what those numbers state, but what is the definition of rape under which these people do research? It seems to differ from person to person.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on August 22, 2012, 06:57:39 PM
With a wife who practices family law for a living, I would actually say that US law is very, very much in favor of biological parents no matter how unbelievably messed up they are. But I take your point.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 22, 2012, 07:06:24 PM
Like I said, rape law as a concept needs to be revisited, since, as it stands now, it's very much a broken system that has way too many problems (truthfully I have this opinion on many laws where gender issues end up coming into play). If we wanted to be nitty gritty, I could name some cases where rape law was misused and abused by women to gain an advantage against a man. When a system is so screwed up that someone can take advantage of it in either direction, then we seriously need to either revisit it or create a new one to replace it.

I don't doubt your (and by extension, your wife's) expertise, I've just seen way too many stories about how people abused the system for their own benefit. Right now it just seems like it's creating more problems than it is actually solving.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on August 22, 2012, 07:16:08 PM
I can't think of a human created system as complex as a codex of laws, for example, that is totally immune from abuse. Sometimes the things that get headlines have to do with bad judges. Sometimes bad laws. Sometimes somebody finding a loophole. I do agree it is far, FAR from perfect, no question, and sometimes people who shouldn't be screwed end up being screwed, but I guess my main questions remains "What's a better way to do it?"

We actually are in agreement on certain gender issues, certainly more so in some states than others, that are clinging to antiquated gender roles that have been codified into their laws. I'd also argue with equal fervor that there a lot of states and lawmakers that have gone out of their way to ATTEMPT to address it, some with modest success, some with well intentioned ideals that have had disastrous consequences..

But family law in particular is very, very much, a state by state issue, sharing only a very few laws at the federal level. And rape in particular is one of those areas that falls into that category where it is handled very differently depending on the state. I have no idea what the answer is to fix any of it, but I do agree that there are many parts of it that are broken.

EDIT: Also, just because I'm not sure a perfect system is possible doesn't mean we shouldn't try to do better! Totally in agreement with you there. And at any rate I think we can all probably agree with the original point here which is that Akin is probably is a dingus.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: John on August 23, 2012, 09:25:51 AM
http://www.sfgate.com/news/houston-texas/article/Lubbock-official-warns-of-Obama-civil-war-3807672.php

A Lubbock, TX judge is trying to raise taxes to put together a militia in case of civil war if Obama is elected again.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 23, 2012, 09:36:17 AM
I'd like to be the first person to simply punch him in the face. Civil war because Obama is re-elected? What, are you a fucking lunatic or something, or do you just want all that unused militia budget to go in your pocket? I hope someone kicks him square in the balls.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on August 23, 2012, 04:43:18 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/news/houston-texas/article/Lubbock-official-warns-of-Obama-civil-war-3807672.php

A Lubbock, TX judge is trying to raise taxes to put together a militia in case of civil war if Obama is elected again.

He probably listens to Rush or gb everyday.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 23, 2012, 06:12:13 PM
leave rush alone! (http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/5497/angryfiretm3.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on August 23, 2012, 07:28:36 PM
Prince Harry naked.


All the Royals are ugly so I don't know why anyone is ogling.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 23, 2012, 08:31:47 PM
Prince Harry naked.


All the Royals are ugly so I don't know why anyone is ogling.

Probably because he's so ugly tbh
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 23, 2012, 08:32:57 PM
I call your Prince Harry naked and raise you one Miley Cyrus naked.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on August 23, 2012, 09:53:49 PM
leave rush alone! (http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/5497/angryfiretm3.gif)
Huh? Rush Limbaugh is a friggin' idiot blowhard. I should know, as I used to listen to him. I discount anyone, Dem or Repub, who thinks one side is all right, and the other is all wrong. That's simply not possible.
(you're probably being silly, and responding as if it's the band Rush, but I took the excuse)

As for naked royals. I would be a very happy man if Kate Middleton got all naked. She's crazy hot.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 23, 2012, 10:10:44 PM
Pardon my complete stupidity and lack of political sense, i thought he meant these guys:
(http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/Rush-Rush.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 23, 2012, 10:12:45 PM
RJISH?

Wait shit J doesn't bend that way.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on August 23, 2012, 10:45:38 PM
It's clearly RLISH.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on August 24, 2012, 08:56:02 AM
Pardon my complete stupidity and lack of political sense, i thought he meant these guys:
(http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/Rush-Rush.jpg)
Yeah, well, they pretty much suck, too.
*dodges tomatoes*
Actually, I like Rjish just fine until that guy with the ball clamp opens his mouth.
*dodges watermelons*

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on August 24, 2012, 04:51:58 PM
I call your Prince Harry naked and raise you one Miley Cyrus naked.

Are you sure?  From her twitter:

(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/2526179209/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 24, 2012, 09:30:06 PM
Well, it's all over the news now. It's easily found if you really want to go look for it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 24, 2012, 10:19:45 PM
I call your Prince Harry naked and raise you one Miley Cyrus naked.

Are you sure?  From her twitter:

(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/2526179209/image.jpg)

I never found her pretty.  But she kinda pulls the hipster 20-something with the boy-short hair and arial-black-looking glasses.
Quote
... Damn Liam Hemsworth.... WHY!??!?!  HOW COULD YOU???! D:
If only he knew a Dicey were out there <3
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on August 27, 2012, 08:36:49 PM
Dig this.  Researchers in Israel are working on developing a special drinking straw that changes color if date-rape drugs are present in a drink.  I think this is a great and practical idea and can only wonder why it hasn't been thought of or done before. 

http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/08/israeli-anti-rape-date-straw-lets-women-take-back-the-night/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 27, 2012, 09:03:32 PM
ib4 people buy date rape drugs just to see if it works.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 27, 2012, 09:05:27 PM
I imagine it's difficult to get the measurements and reactions just right so that there are very few (hopefully no) false negatives and positives - but then even chemical contraception is not 100% effective. I can see this becoming a massive headache if it isn't tested enough. I also don't see people using this responsibly.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on August 28, 2012, 03:30:00 AM
I can't even remember the last time I drank anything with a straw...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 28, 2012, 03:34:48 AM
I can't even remember the last time I drank anything with a straw...

I think it's a chick-drick thing (i.e.; them "fruity-coladas").
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on August 28, 2012, 07:30:21 AM
As with any new idea or invention, there is a lot that can go wrong, whether it's a device glitch or a human glitch.  It wouldn't surprise me if some nutjob attempted to make drugs that could "beat the straw."  I still think the impetus behind the idea is sound, though, and is a step in the right direction. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 28, 2012, 11:41:37 AM
http://www.kronosfreegyros.com/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on August 28, 2012, 11:47:38 AM
OHHHH.

I gyro is a donner kebab. I see. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on August 28, 2012, 07:15:47 PM
I imagine it's difficult to get the measurements and reactions just right so that there are very few (hopefully no) false negatives and positives - but then even chemical contraception is not 100% effective. I can see this becoming a massive headache if it isn't tested enough. I also don't see people using this responsibly.

I could also see a ton of women not using this because they would be worried that it would offend their date.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on August 28, 2012, 11:47:29 PM
Well here's a practical question:  Who the heck carries around their own straw?  Don't the drinking establishments usually provide that?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 28, 2012, 11:53:39 PM
I imagine it's difficult to get the measurements and reactions just right so that there are very few (hopefully no) false negatives and positives - but then even chemical contraception is not 100% effective. I can see this becoming a massive headache if it isn't tested enough. I also don't see people using this responsibly.

I could also see a ton of women not using this because they would be worried that it would offend their date.
I assume it'd rank somewhere between asking your date if s/he has a STD and asking if that spare tire around your date's stomach is for a truck or a van. In other words, Tuesday night for me.

Well here's a practical question:  Who the heck carries around their own straw?  Don't the drinking establishments usually provide that?
Some OCD people like carrying their own utensils and stuff around. You probably can't do so without looking like some sort of neurotic though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 01, 2012, 02:19:41 PM
http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/6-terrifying-spiders-that-will-haunt-your-dreams/?wa_user1=3&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=quickfix&wa_user4=feature_module
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 05, 2012, 07:06:59 AM
Quebec elections yesterday, fucking crazy news today
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2012/09/04/20166356.html

« One dead, another injured at Parti Quebecois rally shooting »
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 18, 2012, 11:54:24 AM
http://www.uni-watch.com/2012/09/18/yunel-escobar-wears-anti-gay-slur-on-his-eye-black/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 21, 2012, 03:26:57 AM
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/bugs-that-live-on-you.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on September 27, 2012, 02:39:39 AM
http://perezhilton.com/2012-09-26-hong-kong-real-estate-tycoon-63-million-to-marry-lesbian-daughter#.UGP0MRj9hnY

I'd probably turn lesbian for that kinda cheddar.

Still kinda sad I guess.

Ah well, pretty Asian lady inside, Yoda, click.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 27, 2012, 08:06:14 AM
Can't they put a phone number in that article?
Hell, I'd take the challenge.

(do you still get the 63kk if you ménage à trois the whole thing?)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on September 28, 2012, 08:14:30 PM
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/graphic-carjacker-shoots-self-on-live-television-at-end-of-high-speed-chase/

After a police chase, a man commits suicide on live camera.
The site warns it's graphic, but it's so far away.

Still, kinda weird to see someone "in the process" of dying like that. =/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 29, 2012, 02:18:39 AM
I like how the presenter has the balls to admit they messed up and apologizes for it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on September 29, 2012, 10:30:39 PM
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/global-bacon-shortage-predicted-for-2013/

Uhoh.  Eat while you can, that stuff is gonna become a delicacy only for the rich and famous!!!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on September 30, 2012, 01:22:27 PM
I'm ok. Canada is a bacon exporter.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: (Tunnels) on September 30, 2012, 01:33:57 PM
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/global-bacon-shortage-predicted-for-2013/

Uhoh.  Eat while you can, that stuff is gonna become a delicacy only for the rich and famous!!!

I'm one of the few people I know that thinks bacon is just okay. I don't hate, but I don't love it. Sometimes it's a bit too greasy for me. Because of this, I'm not too distraught over the looming bacpocalypse
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on September 30, 2012, 09:13:25 PM
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/global-bacon-shortage-predicted-for-2013/

Uhoh.  Eat while you can, that stuff is gonna become a delicacy only for the rich and famous!!!

I'm one of the few people I know that thinks bacon is just okay. I don't hate, but I don't love it. Sometimes it's a bit too greasy for me. Because of this, I'm not too distraught over the looming bacpocalypse

Beef, Chicken > Pork

I agree, the true issue will be if either of the first two are in the news for the same reason
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on October 01, 2012, 06:51:24 PM
If chickens went extinct, im sure I would too within a month.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 01, 2012, 08:23:49 PM
Pork is so awesome two major religions banned that shit
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on October 01, 2012, 09:07:44 PM
Pork is so awesome two major religions banned that shit
Yup. Pork kicks chickens ass all over the place. Pulled pork sandwiches, anyone?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 01, 2012, 09:46:45 PM
Pulled pork sandwiches, anyone?

Hell yes!  Bacon I can do without, but pulled pork is amazing stuff!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on October 02, 2012, 07:56:42 PM
Yup. Pork kicks chickens ass all over the place. Pulled pork sandwiches, anyone?

So delicious.  If I lived in the south, I would eat it all the time.  They have so many good recipes for pulled pork.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 02, 2012, 08:12:32 PM
So delicious.  If I lived in the south, I would eat it all the time.  They have so many good recipes for pulled pork.

You can make your own.  A crockpot does a pretty good job.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on October 02, 2012, 09:22:45 PM
So delicious.  If I lived in the south, I would eat it all the time.  They have so many good recipes for pulled pork.

You can make your own.  A crockpot does a pretty good job.
Indeed it does. My wife has tried several different kinds of pulled pork recipes. Crockpot + pork tenderloin + imagination = yum.
I am SO going to find me a pulled pork sandwich for lunch tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 03, 2012, 01:05:44 AM
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/reasonsbanned
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on October 04, 2012, 08:54:45 PM
You guys are making me hungry....

*is making pulled pork simmering in cider tonite*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on October 04, 2012, 09:38:23 PM
I love pulled pork. I make one that uses coffee and beef broth to cook it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on October 05, 2012, 10:32:01 AM
I DID get my pulled pork the other day. Went over to the The Patio for lunch. Good stuff. Not quite as good as our local Baby Back Blues BBQ place http://babybackblues.com/ (http://babybackblues.com/), but it will do in a pinch.
My wife makes this teriyaki pulled pork stuff that rocks. I believe she's done the apple cider thing before, too. It's all good stuff.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 10, 2012, 11:04:31 AM
http://casemed.case.edu/alumni/publications/mailers/mailer2-9-2012b.htm

Great news about the battle against Alzheimer's!!!

And just to take this news to a whole new brand of stupid; I imagine that after a period of getting better, people turn to zombies, and then we gotta grab the shotguns, like some of those vaccine-mutation disaster flicks.

Anyways, while this is cool, count me as always skeptical of remedies that sound to good to be true.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 15, 2012, 02:05:41 AM
I love my country, but at times I shudder to think where it's heading and how fast we're circling the drain
http://youtu.be/J-dRSqJRI_Y
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on October 15, 2012, 03:41:53 PM
I love my country, but at times I shudder to think where it's heading and how fast we're circling the drain
http://youtu.be/J-dRSqJRI_Y

I've been showing everyone I know that video to see their reaction.  I originally saw it on Shoryuken where a couple of people posted sound overlays with Guile's theme beginning to play when he gets up.

Overall I completely agree with you.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 15, 2012, 04:18:31 PM
not a good week for cleveland

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/10/15/video-browns-fan-dunks-head-in-bucket-of-urine-for-450/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on October 15, 2012, 04:49:58 PM
not a good week for cleveland

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/10/15/video-browns-fan-dunks-head-in-bucket-of-urine-for-450/

If the guy really needs the 450$, there's nothing wrong with it. Urine is pretty clean biologically speaking.

*mumble mumble* Sailors of old *mumble mumble* peeing on wounds to disinfect. *mumble mumble*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Parn on October 15, 2012, 06:27:36 PM
Urine ceases to be sterile the moment it hits the urethra.  It is also a fantastic breeding ground for bacteria the moment it is out of your body.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 15, 2012, 06:40:06 PM
Several things about that video bug me:

1) how full the bucket is
2) it's out in the open
  a)either that's where everyone used it
  b)or some slob actually carried a sloshing bucket of urine out from some hidden pee spot
3) the fact that we're led to believe that guy actually cares what his wife thinks and that would factor into bobbing for piss
4) they actually need a pee bucket and there's not any portajohns or anything in a place where people clearly park and drink and party every game.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Parn on October 15, 2012, 07:04:02 PM
the real question is what amount of money would it take before you would be willing to do that

for example

if i was given the offer to have my house paid off if i dunked my head in that bucket of urine

i would do it without hesitation
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 15, 2012, 07:54:05 PM
If you could hold your mouth, eyes and nose closed then sure. Also there's probably 100s of coolers filled with ice and water he could do another dunk in to wash off
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 16, 2012, 10:23:34 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc0n5i683g1rno750o1_500.gif)

Also that weirdass "binder full of women" answer. And the comment about how women need to get married before they have babies to cut down on gun violence.

(Paraphrasing!)

Romney: So let me get this straight -- the day after the attack, you stood in the Rose Garden and called it an act of terror?

Obama: I did.

* meaningful zoom in on Romney looking smug *

Romney: I just wanted to get that on record.

Obama: You can check the transcript.

Moderator: He actually did say that.

* Audience bursts into applause *
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 18, 2012, 08:06:24 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219525/Mother-gets-cancer-clear-dies-car-crash-days-later.html

Daily Mail knows how to make you feel like poo. 
I saw on the other day about a woman who found out she had cancer.... on her wedding day.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on October 18, 2012, 08:08:07 PM

Daily Mail

*shudder*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 18, 2012, 09:00:53 PM

Daily Mail

*shudder*

Got me there.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on October 22, 2012, 10:36:43 AM
http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/uci-agrees-strip-armstrong-7-tour-titles-111847460--spt.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US

So Lance Armstrong got owned. Poor dude, he's had such a terrible few years...being with Sheryl Crow...what a horror.

(obvious gag should be obvious)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on October 29, 2012, 08:05:42 AM
Jury convicts man for orally raping baby to death (September 21, 2012) (http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/blog/2012/09/21/jury-convicts-man-for-orally-raping-his-baby-to-death/index.html?1)

(ーー;)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on October 29, 2012, 12:08:06 PM
I know I'm focusing on the wrong thing here, but the moron really didn't think to take the condom out of the baby's mouth, yet still defends that he didn't do it and used a logic of "the 15 week old baby who probably couldn't hold her own head up, managed to crawl out of a bed, fall a couple feet without dying as a 15 week old baby, and then pick up and put a condom in her mouth, and choked to death on it."?

I fear for the future of the U.S.....we're seriously getting more retarded each day.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 29, 2012, 07:21:01 PM
fisticuffs break out in a Pho restaurant in toronto! (made hilarious by the costumes)

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/29/youtube-video-of-fight-at-chinatown-restaurant-pho-xe-lua-in-toronto-goes-viral

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 29, 2012, 07:38:49 PM
A replica of the HMS Bounty was sunk in the hurricane (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/29/14775512-14-rescued-1-unresponsive-and-1-missing-after-hms-bounty-sinks-off-nc-coast?lite).

Why on earth were they sailing the Bounty in a hurricane?  If I was in that crew I would have mutinied.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 15, 2012, 10:55:27 AM
3 new seasons of Cities of Gold
http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/the-mysterious-cities-of-gold/21589/trailer-here-for-new-season-of-the-mysterious-cities-of-gold

(http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/30257237.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 30, 2012, 12:32:36 PM
http://www.contactmusic.com/news/it-s-official-dr-dre-is-the-richest-man-in-music_3395365

Between Beats by Dre and Dr. Pepper, the dude doesn't have to put out another album.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on December 01, 2012, 03:49:17 PM
(http://i41.tinypic.com/2yxp06v.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: AJR on December 10, 2012, 11:36:47 AM
http://www.contactmusic.com/news/it-s-official-dr-dre-is-the-richest-man-in-music_3395365

Between Beats by Dre and Dr. Pepper, the dude doesn't have to put out another album.

I love that their photo for the article is a full shot of Sean Combs with only the top of Dre's head making an appearance the background.

On another note; Dre got super buff this past decade. That totally took me by surprise.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on December 11, 2012, 03:09:30 AM
That totally took me by surprise.

Shit you're right.


I wish I was super rich and could devote 3+ hours to being in a gym each day.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on December 15, 2012, 02:40:59 PM
http://www.destructoid.com/mass-effect-and-more-attacked-over-school-shooting-240657.phtml (http://www.destructoid.com/mass-effect-and-more-attacked-over-school-shooting-240657.phtml)

So CNN directs an angry mob to the wrong person's Facebook account and the mob notices that person (the wrong person...) liked Mass Effect.  Since it's obvious that liking a video game is indisputable evidence that the game is the sole motivating factor behind any horrible acts of violence you (or in this case, someone else...) commit, the angry mob starts  harassing Bioware telling them to burn in hell.

Yup, this is where society is at.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on December 15, 2012, 03:00:28 PM
Pft, society had ALWAYS been like this. It's nothing new. Witch hunts are called witch hunts for a reason. :P
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 15, 2012, 03:07:45 PM
http://www.destructoid.com/mass-effect-and-more-attacked-over-school-shooting-240657.phtml (http://www.destructoid.com/mass-effect-and-more-attacked-over-school-shooting-240657.phtml)

So CNN directs an angry mob to the wrong person's Facebook account and the mob notices that person (the wrong person...) liked Mass Effect.  Since it's obvious that liking a video game is indisputable evidence that the game is the sole motivating factor behind any horrible acts of violence you (or in this case, someone else...) commit, the angry mob starts  harassing Bioware telling them to burn in hell.

Yup, this is where society is at.
I seriously hope one day, a significantly important figure in government who helps resolve a disastrous problem using peaceful methods blames video games for his desire to avoid conflict. 23 years of playing video games and all I've ever wished to do because of them is heroic deeds.

My favorite is how of ALL fucking video games to blame for mass murder, they use Mass Effect 3, a game where you are trying to save the lives of galaxies worth of people. You go so far as to sacrifice yourself to end a conflict, but yeah, ME3 promotes killing innocent kids. He must have thought they were Volus, right?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on December 15, 2012, 08:31:00 PM
Christ, that is ridiculous.  I think it broke my stupidity meter, in fact.  It reminds me of a conversation I had with my (self-described) hippie uncle a few months ago:  He said that video games should be banned because they involve 'symbolic murder' and this encourages children to commit acts of real violence.  I held my tongue because I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to avoid yelling if we got into that subject, but given that he's made his career as an actor and singer I seriously considered suggesting that plays and operas should be banned since those involve a form of 'symbolic murder' that will seem more real to an individual than any 'murder' in a virtual world.

I honestly think that people that suggest that we should ban video games -- or what the hell ever -- because that will theoretically reduce violence don't understand what that means.  In the US, at least, bans are enforced by sending police to shoot up peoples' houses if they're suspected of possessing something banned.  (Say, marijjuana.)  I love the logic that says banning X *might* reduce violence, therefore we should order police to bring in anyone possessing it dead or alive thereby guaranteeing additional violence.

EDIT: On a lighter note, the term 'alleged analyst' is awesome.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 17, 2012, 07:22:26 PM
What's even better about it is that video games are just interactive forms of the tv shows we watch. In theory, tv is the culprit behind video games...and who controls tv? The same people who damn video games. Obviously, corporate bigwigs are tired of video games cutting in on profits to be made off network television.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 11, 2013, 12:54:38 PM
http://paritynews.com/government/item/552-anonymous-files-petition-to-make-ddos-legal-form-of-protest

This kinda makes sense in a sick twisted way actually.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on January 11, 2013, 01:06:33 PM
http://paritynews.com/government/item/552-anonymous-files-petition-to-make-ddos-legal-form-of-protest

This kinda makes sense in a sick twisted way actually.

It is an interesting angle. However I'd argue that the reason distributed denial-of-service attacks are not okay is that from a practical standpoint this is the same as physically denying entry to a place of business you are protesting. Which is not legal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on January 11, 2013, 01:07:19 PM
Considering the things certain hacker groups like to "protest" about, I certainly can't see any good coming from allowing that...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on January 11, 2013, 01:20:09 PM
Goals of the DDoS aside, aren't most DDoS attacks done using botnets of zombie hosts without the computer owner's consent (or knowledge)?  That's kind of blatantly illegal...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on January 11, 2013, 02:34:57 PM
Goals of the DDoS aside, aren't most DDoS attacks done using botnets of zombie hosts without the computer owner's consent (or knowledge)?  That's kind of blatantly illegal...

That is one way to do it, yeah.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 11, 2013, 02:49:53 PM
Well, if it is to be a form of protest, you would indeed need to be sure it's human actions and not a botnet.
Then you have to consider if tools like LOIC are valid or not.

Final problem though is that when you nuke a server... there can be some severe collateral damage.
That's the biggest problem I find.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on January 11, 2013, 03:02:52 PM
Yeah, I can't see it as being a form of protest when there's actual damage done.

That being said, people shouldn't be going to jail for it, it should be handled as a civil, not criminal, matter.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on January 11, 2013, 03:04:46 PM
It is simply not legal to deny people access to a place of business, even in a protest. You can, like, yell at them and stuff and make a big stink, but you can't deny them entry. You can't do it in the physical universe and it seems reasonable to me the same thing should apply online.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on January 11, 2013, 03:15:40 PM
Well, the difference is that in the physical world there would be... well, physical obstruction. In the digital world they wouldn't be actually physically harming or preventing people from doing stuff, which is why I think it should be civil, not criminal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on January 11, 2013, 03:29:01 PM
Well, the difference is that in the physical world there would be... well, physical obstruction. In the digital world they wouldn't be actually physically harming or preventing people from doing stuff, which is why I think it should be civil, not criminal.

When you bring a site down completely, you absolutely prevent people from doing stuff. You prevent them from accessing the website, which in many cases is the same thing as the store. So I actually don't agree. They are not physically harming people, agree 100% there. But they are definitely preventing people from doing stuff.

The potential "physical damage" to the servers themselves is a little more dubious to me, although it could potentially be costly. But more important is the notion of blocking business.

What I really mean is that I'm not sure that launching a DoS attack against, say, some blog or whitehouse.gov is the same thing as launching one at, say, amazon.com or something.

Obviously there are ways to sniff out DoS attacks and prevent them, just like there are ways in the physical world (hiring security guards or something) to do it, but failure to protect yourself does not necessarily mean you are complicit as a victim of an attack.

It is definitely an interesting approach though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on January 15, 2013, 07:16:03 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57563919/report-twin-deaf-brothers-going-blind-undergo-euthanasia/

Jesus....
Deaf twins going blind opt for euthanasia.  A sort of sad version of the typical euthanasia tale since this time "suffering" isn't coming from being terminally ill....  Just a choice they wanted since they were going to be deprived largely of their two most important senses...

Dunno how I feel, really.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on January 16, 2013, 04:47:11 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57563919/report-twin-deaf-brothers-going-blind-undergo-euthanasia/

Jesus....
Deaf twins going blind opt for euthanasia.  A sort of sad version of the typical euthanasia tale since this time "suffering" isn't coming from being terminally ill....  Just a choice they wanted since they were going to be deprived largely of their two most important senses...

Dunno how I feel, really.

It doesn't seem that different than them committing suicide and really, I can't blame them.  I couldn't imagine not having eye site and not being able to see friends/family, random daily functions, play games, or scope out a nice rack.  Because of it, I really hate when people fuck around and shine shit in my eyes.  I smacked a co-worker in the balls for doing it too many times before.  Annoys the hell outta me.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on January 21, 2013, 01:13:15 AM
Today's News...

I had two bowel movements.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 25, 2013, 09:57:20 AM
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/subway-sandwich-chain-sued-over-11-inch-footlongs

Only in the US...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on February 06, 2013, 01:13:23 AM
Soft drink addict William Kennewell loses all his teeth at the age of 25 (http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/soft-drink-addict-william-kennewell-loses-all-his-teeth-at-the-age-of-25/story-fneuzkvr-1226570295887) -- Source: News.com.au
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 06, 2013, 10:45:37 PM
Soft drink addict William Kennewell loses all his teeth at the age of 25 (http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/soft-drink-addict-william-kennewell-loses-all-his-teeth-at-the-age-of-25/story-fneuzkvr-1226570295887) -- Source: News.com.au

Aaaannnd the all-water diet starts now.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on February 06, 2013, 10:57:12 PM
Soft drink addict William Kennewell loses all his teeth at the age of 25 (http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/soft-drink-addict-william-kennewell-loses-all-his-teeth-at-the-age-of-25/story-fneuzkvr-1226570295887) -- Source: News.com.au

Aaaannnd the all-water diet starts now.

Oh my god. I will show this to my boyfriend next time he calls me a nag for making him brush his teeth. >.<
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on February 15, 2013, 08:59:00 PM
METEOR POPE.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 15, 2013, 09:45:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Omh7_I8vI

CLOSE ass meteor in Russia from the other day.  Russian drivers are crazy, and everyone had a dash cam to capture it.

Really amazing.  Yodes, you on this?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on February 18, 2013, 11:23:28 PM
I was all over it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on February 21, 2013, 08:21:18 PM
1Up is being shut down (http://www.1up.com/news/true-1up-reached).  This makes me sad, that site has some of the best video game writing on the web.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on February 21, 2013, 08:45:24 PM
1Up is being shut down (http://www.1up.com/news/true-1up-reached).  This makes me sad, that site has some of the best video game writing on the web.

Don't worry, IGN lives on.  They have some of the worst video game writing on the web!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on February 21, 2013, 09:05:54 PM
1Up is being shut down (http://www.1up.com/news/true-1up-reached).  This makes me sad, that site has some of the best video game writing on the web.

Don't worry, IGN lives on.  They have some of the worst video game writing on the web!

Yeah, I'd hate to see 1Up staff pressed into writing in an 'IGN style'.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on March 05, 2013, 12:00:22 AM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-04/father-dies-sheltering-girl-from-japan-blizzard/4552156

Father dies while shielding his daughter against blizzard cold and bitter wind.  Daughter survives.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 05, 2013, 12:08:21 AM
This part of the story is particularly Japanese
Quote
The paper quoted neighbours as saying Okada had been a doting father who would often delay the start of his working day to enjoy breakfast with his daughter.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on March 07, 2013, 04:12:01 PM
Rand Paul pulled a Caesar today. You guys should be proud of your Senat (at least for today).

Hour 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MwjvOxSgic

Hour 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9J_UXn5dZo

Hour 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgVokfq92hI

Hour 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unuHu-UAcj4

Hour 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KuzeeBJQJU

Hour 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C70xB97R6d4

Hour 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evu24ik76l8

Hour 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os6GcBBIWHQ

(supposed to be 13 hours long)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on March 07, 2013, 04:42:00 PM
WWE's Paul Bearer, real name William Moody, died tuesday. I sadfaced.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 08, 2013, 11:21:29 AM
I also sadfaced
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on March 12, 2013, 01:03:31 AM
Hey guys, remember how Bloomberg bamned sugary drinks in restaurants in new york city starting tomorrow? Yeah...about that.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE92A0YR20130311?irpc=932
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on March 19, 2013, 01:16:12 PM
In today's news, Cyprus is planning to levy a 'one time' tax on the deposits of citizens and non-citizens.  Anyone with under 100k euros in their bank account will have 6.75% removed, more and 9.9% is removed.  Needless to say, this is totally not causing any problems like people rushing to banks or ATMs to drain their accounts before their money is stolen.

EDIT: Good news, they've (shockingly) voted against this.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on March 22, 2013, 03:15:15 PM
Three articles.  The first two detail the event, a teacher who had recently gotten a sex change was found killed.  The final article is an editorial by a writer who said the teacher should have been let go (written several months before her death). 

SEX CHANGE TEACHER FOUND DEAD: http://news.sky.com/story/1068118/sex-change-teacher-lucy-meadows-found-dead

"Sir" who became "Miss", school in shock over SEX CHANGE teacher: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sex-change-teacher-dies-aged-32-1777363

"Nathan Upton is not only in the wrong body...HES IN THE WRONG JOB" - http://web.archive.org/web/20121226073921/http:/www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2251347/Nathan-Uptons-wrong-body--hes-wrong-job.html

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on March 22, 2013, 03:23:24 PM
Thanks, Dice. When I posted these to my Facebook I put emphasis on the sex change part in the titles. As if a school teacher committing suicide wasn't enough, they had to make a freak show out of it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on March 22, 2013, 04:44:59 PM
Thanks, Dice. When I posted these to my Facebook I put emphasis on the sex change part in the titles. As if a school teacher committing suicide wasn't enough, they had to make a freak show out of it.

It is indeed too bad that they had to make a freak show out of it.

The really sad part is that when I saw 'found dead' in Dice's post my first thoughts were 'Was she murdered?' and 'Was the murder because of the news about the sex change being released?' :(

It didn't occur to me that it was a suicide until Starmongoose's post mentioned that. (I hadn't read the articles yet.)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on March 22, 2013, 07:44:03 PM
The articles didn't mention that, simply that her death was 'not considered suspicious.'

It's really unfortunate that they made it into a freakshow though, and just because it was a suicide doesn't also automatically mean that it isn't also murder, if only by proxy. I can understand how an issue like this can be complicated, especially at an elementary school, but God damn if the parents weren't a bunch of assholes about it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on March 22, 2013, 07:45:23 PM
"not considered suspicious" because she had been talking about suicide since the article by Richard Littlejohn in December practically called her a pedophile for being a transgender school teacher.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on March 22, 2013, 07:48:36 PM
I didn't really get that implication from the article, what I DID get was more of the 'WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN' nonsense that idiot tabloid reporters like to churn out.

For sure, there was a complex issue there (as kids can be impressionable), but the writer's tone was out of line and completely and utterly fucked up. As I said, just because it was a suicide doesn't mean it wasn't also a murder.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on March 22, 2013, 08:33:08 PM
When I chose those three articles, I also included a little bit on Facebook where I talked about how this is the state of the conservative British tabloids. These weren't the actual ones I would send people too to inform them, as I've been reading more liberal sources that handle the situation with the respect it deserves and interviews with friends and co-workers revealed that she was thinking about suicide.

Though I get what you mean, that Littlejohn has a lot to answer for, though he never will.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on March 26, 2013, 02:02:06 PM
Anyone looking for easy money? (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/25/creationist-trial-bible-genesis-evolution)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on March 26, 2013, 02:07:31 PM
Anyone looking for easy money? (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/25/creationist-trial-bible-genesis-evolution)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/susanwilson/9-year-old-building-an-rpg-to-prove-her-brothers-w
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 26, 2013, 03:55:35 PM
http://consumerist.com/2013/03/26/snack-food-world-collapses-in-upon-itself-as-doritos-announces-doritos-locos-tacos-doritos/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: beLIEve? on March 26, 2013, 08:14:19 PM
so yoichi wada was fired from squenix.... i'm curious to hear the rpgfan message board take on it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on March 26, 2013, 08:15:08 PM
so yoichi wada was fired from squenix.... i'm curious to hear the rpgfan message board take on it.

Nothing will change.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on March 26, 2013, 10:09:58 PM
Nah, I doubt a loss of $50 million is going to be met with apathy.

No good change? That would be probable.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on March 26, 2013, 10:14:22 PM
Nah, I doubt a loss of $50 million is going to be met with apathy.

No good change? That would be probable.

No good change is pretty much what I meant. I fear a lot of people are taking this is a "Yes! Old Square is coming back!". No...just no.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 05, 2013, 12:22:21 PM
http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/04/05/microsoft-creative-director-on-always-online-deal-with-it

Quote
Orth also got into a minor spat with BioWare employee Manheer Heir. "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always-on' console," he said. "Every device is now 'always-on'. #dealwithit"

Good PR right thar.  I guess you expect a bit more decorum about something troubling future players.

HASHTAG# DEAL WITH IT!!

Ah well, he's got a meme already anyways.  It's alright.
(http://t.qkme.me/3tpkxo.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on April 06, 2013, 05:45:20 AM
Anyone know what happened to that guy for a finish?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on April 08, 2013, 08:48:35 AM
Margaret Thatcher is dead. Despite my intense feelings of hatred towards her, I'm gonna try and not be to crass about it. However, I do find it amusing that the hashtag on twitter #nowthatchersdead is being taken as "Now that Cher's dead" and not "Now Thatchers Dead".
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 08, 2013, 01:29:56 PM
Anyone know what happened to that guy for a finish?

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/04/05/microsoft-apologizes-for-employees-xbox-durango-always-online-tweets-claims-customer-centric-approach/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 08, 2013, 01:35:07 PM
Margaret Thatcher is dead. Despite my intense feelings of hatred towards her, I'm gonna try and not be to crass about it. However, I do find it amusing that the hashtag on twitter #nowthatchersdead is being taken as "Now that Cher's dead" and not "Now Thatchers Dead".

I've seen some widely differing opinions on her death.  Pretty interesting from a 'Murican perspective to notice that Eastern Europeans seem to love her and Brits seem to hate her.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on April 08, 2013, 01:48:12 PM
I believe she supported Eastern European dissidents at the time, that may be why.


Not all Brits hate her. The middle class in the south of England adore her, they made a lot of money when Thatcher sold off the industries in Scotland, Northern England and Wales. Services temporarily had more money, and all it costed was the livelihood (or just the lives, many people commited suicide because they couldn't bare the shame of being unable to provide for their family)of the working class.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 08, 2013, 01:53:33 PM
Allow me to clarify, noisy Brits (and by that I mean British people that inhabit the internet) seem to hate her. ;)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on April 08, 2013, 01:54:55 PM
Oh fuck no, there are literally people dancing in the street. WE DO HATE HER. I'm just saying there is a circle of posh people that think she is their old-fashioned mother and the war goddess Athena rolled into one.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 08, 2013, 08:01:22 PM
She was the Reagan of the UK basically?

also ib4 Roger Waters.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 08, 2013, 10:21:04 PM
also ib4 Roger Waters.

Wut
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 12, 2013, 03:52:52 AM
http://www.policymic.com/articles/34339/dr-kermit-gosnell-s-abortion-trial-why-isn-t-the-media-covering-it

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion clinic doctor who carried out abortions passed the legal 24-week mark.  This happened back in 2011, but this is the first I've heard about it (I'm guessing the issues in covering a story like that are deep in hot water about "what's suitable for TV", protecting people, and it's not as if the voices against abortion aren't loud enough already -- but choosing to *not* cover a story is is certainly an issue on its own).

Y'know, I got thoughts on this, but I'm just gonna leave and go to bed.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 12, 2013, 04:27:13 AM
I tried to take that article seriously, Dice, but the clown who wrote it obviously doesn't speak english well. It made for a very shitty read.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Lard on April 12, 2013, 05:58:46 AM
also ib4 Roger Waters.

Wut

It was largely the inspiration for Waters' last album with Pink Floyd.
I personally like it more than The Wall, but I know I'm in the minority.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuq1_bhf638
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 12, 2013, 06:39:28 PM
The Final Cut is maybe my favorite or second favorite Floyd album. Kekekekekekekekeke.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on April 12, 2013, 11:51:02 PM
Liking that collection of trash makes no sense.

Proof = Mesh likes it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 13, 2013, 02:07:39 AM
Liking that collection of trash makes no sense.

Proof = Mesh likes it.

Pax Romania, motherfucker >:C

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m40r8gpStu1r9h681o1_250.gif)(http://www.freetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/TimFlynn.jpg)(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m40r8gpStu1r9h681o1_250.gif)
666
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: kyuusei on April 15, 2013, 03:25:02 PM
So there were explosions at the Boston Marathon some 20 minutes ago.

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Boston_Marathon_Explosion The pictures are not pretty.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: daschrier on April 15, 2013, 03:55:46 PM
I work and live 3 miles from there.

If it was an attack things are going to get ugly.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on April 15, 2013, 04:18:51 PM
From the early reports they seem to have been package bombs. There's no way explosions like that are accidental, IMO.

Well wishes to those affected.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Fadedsun on April 15, 2013, 08:43:10 PM
I live about 15 minutes by train/bus from where it happened. Really scary. It's incredibly surreal. I still can't believe this happened. The videos are disturbing and an 8 year old boy has died, as well as many being injured. Why someone would do this is beyond me.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 16, 2013, 02:14:14 AM
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/04/terror_at_the_boston_marathon.html

Warning, some graphic stuff.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 16, 2013, 10:22:06 AM
Thanks for the link Dice.

What frustrates me most about this mess right now is that instead of waiting for evidence to come in  and covering the facts, various political groups and/or segments of the media (hardly a difference between the two, frankly) are busy throwing blame at each other for the attack.  For fuck's sake, have some respect for the victims and take a day off from screaming at each other and focus on covering the facts, finding out new information, and giving people information about charities that will let them help.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Lard on April 16, 2013, 10:43:05 AM
It would be nice, but you are talking about the media.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 16, 2013, 01:44:05 PM
It would be nice, but you are talking about the media.

I know, I know.  Getting ratings and pushing a political viewpoint is consistently more important than accurate reporting and sensitivity when it comes to important issues.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on April 16, 2013, 05:48:40 PM
Thanks for the link Dice.

What frustrates me most about this mess right now is that instead of waiting for evidence to come in  and covering the facts, various political groups and/or segments of the media (hardly a difference between the two, frankly) are busy throwing blame at each other for the attack.  For fuck's sake, have some respect for the victims and take a day off from screaming at each other and focus on covering the facts, finding out new information, and giving people information about charities that will let them help.

That's why I barely watched anything yesterday.  No one really (except maybe whoever is on the case) knows anything yet.  Guessing shit is annoying and does nothing.  I watched some and turned it off until actual facts come to light.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on April 16, 2013, 06:19:04 PM
It's not just the media. The masses love a good circus show and any chance to validate hatred or outrage of any kind. If people in general weren't susceptible to this kind of behavior then the media wouldn't be the joke it is today. Even now on twitter and facebook are countless people spouting epithets and nonsense. It's really disheartening.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 17, 2013, 12:45:46 AM
wrt people complaining about Bieber's comment in the Anne Frank house guestbook, I think the greater implication of that statement was that if Frank was, currently, a belieber, then Anne Frank would not, currently, be dead.

Most people aren't going to write something like "I wish you'd survived," just because that forces the person writing it to look at their OWN mortality.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on April 17, 2013, 12:55:49 AM
wrt people complaining about Bieber's comment in the Anne Frank house guestbook

Complaining about?  This is the first I've even heard of this drama...

And I could have happily lived my whole life never knowing about it, thank you very much.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 17, 2013, 02:33:00 PM
It's kinda funny though (http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/15/justin-bieber-hopes-anne-frank-would-have-been-a-belieber/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on April 17, 2013, 02:35:12 PM
I never even knew this was a thing.

It's a non-issue. I don't get the fuss.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 17, 2013, 11:36:06 PM
Aaand Waco blows up.

What the fuck is up with this week?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on April 18, 2013, 12:12:16 AM
Wow...boom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROrpKx3aIjA).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 18, 2013, 01:07:51 AM
Things are starting to look grim here in the ole U S of A.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 18, 2013, 01:11:37 AM
Jeesus Christ that was insane.  Never knew explosions are that damned quick (Hollywood's slow-mo has ruined me).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 18, 2013, 08:43:23 PM
And now, Chicago is underwater.

Fuck this week!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Monsoon on April 18, 2013, 11:59:09 PM
Campus police officer shot in MIT.  Too much death.  Also, anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting was a few days ago.  I've had enough of this week. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 19, 2013, 12:04:59 AM
Campus police officer shot in MIT.  Too much death.  Also, anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting was a few days ago.  I've had enough of this week. 

*nudge nudge* (http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=7841.msg282970#msg282970)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 19, 2013, 01:27:45 AM
http://livewire.wcvb.com/Event/117th_Running_of_Boston_Marathon

Hey it's getting worse.

All things considered, the fertilizer plant explosion was almost certainly an accident, because that shit just happens, but...

(Does anyone feel like reality's kind of breaking?

I have this feeling that stuff'll peak on Cinco de Mayo. I attribute a weird spiritual significance to that date.)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 19, 2013, 01:52:40 AM
the fertilizer plant explosion ... shit just happens, but...

Pun intended?

This just seems to be a bad week for the news all in all.
I joked earlier with the Boston Explosion, then the Waco one that "third time's a charm", but I wasn't hoping to be right.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 19, 2013, 02:20:15 AM
Quote
Pun intended?

No, because it was an ammonia nitrate afaik. Not even an unintentional pun.

Oh and

http://inagist.com/all/325126047278436353/ Hospital in the area is either under a bomb threat or there might be another dead guy, depending on what code black means.

http://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/1cnwms/mods_removed_thread_live_updates_of_boston/ What the shit

https://twitter.com/AKitz/status/325132600161234944/photo/1 <- Oh for fuck's sake.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Fadedsun on April 19, 2013, 09:41:41 AM
Holy shit, you guys. I live in the area where all this is going down right now.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 19, 2013, 01:39:58 PM
http://americanlivewire.com/nestle-ceo-says-water-is-food-that-should-be-privatized-not-a-human-right/
Hey kids!  Today Im gonna teach you a lesson about $GREED$!!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 19, 2013, 01:57:35 PM
People have put dollar values on every other natural resource, including water. As much of a douche as he sounds like, is it really that surprising to hear it?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 19, 2013, 02:07:55 PM
People have put dollar values on every other natural resource, including water. As much of a douche as he sounds like, is it really that surprising to hear it?

Im more amazed he's got a camera crew to document it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 19, 2013, 02:16:25 PM
People have put dollar values on every other natural resource, including water. As much of a douche as he sounds like, is it really that surprising to hear it?

Im more amazed he's got a camera crew to document it.

If you mean surprised that he was stupid enough to allow himself to be quoted saying that on camera, then I completely agree.

RE: Boston stuff, I'm glad that one is down (and thus not going to hurt any more people) but I can hope they can take the second one alive and get some information out of him about the bombing.  Also, between politicians already rushing to leverage this situation for political gain and the conservative sites my father reads picking apart every quote they can from the bombers and/or family members to get an "HOMG MUSLIMS ARE TEH EVIL" reaction I'm getting really sick of people--across the political spectrum--using this tragedy as an excuse to push their shit.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on April 19, 2013, 04:25:49 PM
http://americanlivewire.com/nestle-ceo-says-water-is-food-that-should-be-privatized-not-a-human-right/
Hey kids!  Today Im gonna teach you a lesson about $GREED$!!

As far as I can remember water is, in a global sense, becoming more scarce as the population of Earth rises.  However, that's an issue for us as Human beings to rise up and figure out a solution so as many people as possible can have free, clean water.  Not hoard/privatize so only the privileged can have it.

I'm getting really sick of people--across the political spectrum--using... tragedy as an excuse to push their shit.

Kind of like how a few hollywood people got their twitter acct hacked and some congressional douchenozzle was all like, "Hey this is why we need cispa gaiz!"  cuz fuck constituents, right?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 19, 2013, 04:38:12 PM
2/3 of earth is comprised of water....you'd think some environmentalists would figure out how to make it drinkable instead of converting our own piss back to drinkable water. Priorities...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 19, 2013, 07:50:50 PM
Unfortunately, while doable, desalting water is quite expensive.  They're working on engineering solutions to make it cheaper, but these things take time.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Fadedsun on April 19, 2013, 09:23:20 PM
We got you, you fucker! Woooooo! Can't believe this all happened 20 minutes away from me.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 19, 2013, 09:40:01 PM
For many reasons I am very happy to know that they got him alive.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 19, 2013, 09:57:17 PM
Just putting it out there.. Let's wait until all the facts and hard evidence come out before this kid is crucified. Lotta this scenario is very weird..
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 19, 2013, 10:15:32 PM
I'm concerned that about the possibility that there were more people involved in the attacks. REALLY hope that the suspect they have in custody doesn't die. Sorting everything out get a lot harder if he does.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 19, 2013, 10:36:59 PM
I'm concerned that about the possibility that there were more people involved in the attacks. REALLY hope that the suspect they have in custody doesn't die. Sorting everything out get a lot harder if he does.

Basically.  I can't wrap my head around any possible motive in an attack like this. =S
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on April 19, 2013, 10:40:47 PM
Who can guess at the motives of madmen?

In any case, I have a feeling it's far from finished yet.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 19, 2013, 10:58:37 PM
Who can guess at the motives of madmen?

In any case, I have a feeling it's far from finished yet.
This kinda makes me want to don a large metallic suit of armor with buily in weaponry and an AI navigator/HUD attendant/butler....hmm.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 20, 2013, 01:19:46 AM
Oh.

1. Pressure cooker bombs are probably heavy, and there were four of them. Part of the reason why I think more than two people may have been involved.

2. Seeing some speculation being posted from friends/family that that older brother may have been masterminding things and exploiting his brother's trust to get him to commit murder, which is beyond fucked up if that ends up being true.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on April 20, 2013, 02:52:42 AM
I'm concerned that about the possibility that there were more people involved in the attacks. REALLY hope that the suspect they have in custody doesn't die. Sorting everything out get a lot harder if he does.

I assume there is more people involved. Terrorists like this don't usually attack alone. I'm sure they have some help from whichever group they are affiliated with.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 20, 2013, 03:03:58 AM
Terrorists?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 20, 2013, 03:21:29 AM
Pressure cookers don't weigh too much, mesh. Maybe 10 lbs for smaller ones, and given that this shithole was planting them and moving they couldn't be that big. A box of nails weighs may e half a pound for several hundred, and ball bearings depend on how big and what metal. Add your explosive cocktail recipe and the overall unit weighs under 25lbs I'd say. Easy to carry 1 or 2 without much effort in a sack or backpack as they did. It'd make for a very easy placement and evasion, allowing for one guy to do the work and seem less conspicuous. Honestly I'd be surprised if anyone else was involved in this, as it seems designed to be quick in and out.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on April 20, 2013, 04:12:42 AM
Terrorists?

Yeah.



Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on April 20, 2013, 10:17:21 AM
Terrorists?

By definition these guys were/are terrorists. They set bombs to kill a lot of people and cause mass fear. Whether they were working with a larger terrorist group or not we will have to wait and see. So yeah.. Terrorists.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 20, 2013, 11:31:09 AM
Probably one of five moments in history (between now and the end of time) where people actually cheered cops in the streets.

That'll change by next week by the first ticket someone gets.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on April 20, 2013, 11:51:08 AM
Terrorists?

By definition these guys were/are terrorists. They set bombs to kill a lot of people and cause mass fear. Whether they were working with a larger terrorist group or not we will have to wait and see. So yeah.. Terrorists.

Spot on.

I assume there is a connection to a group based on the older brother (Tamerlan Tsarnaev) going to Chechnya for a period of time and, apparently, coming back "changed." That and the FBI was warned by a foreign government that the older brother might be a terrorist.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/fbi-interviewed-boston-bombing-suspect-in-2011/article11436483/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 20, 2013, 01:19:58 PM
Probably one of five moments in history (between now and the end of time) where people actually cheered cops in the streets.

That'll change by next week by the first ticket someone gets.

Lol.

Well, let's just hope that it's only a ticket that results in the change in attitude rather than anything more serious.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZshadeZ on April 23, 2013, 01:14:26 PM
Simcity and the ongoing love for EA... as the new 2.0 patch fails to patch things.

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/04/22/the-power-of-silence-why-the-simcity-story-went-away/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 23, 2013, 01:26:51 PM
Why witch hunts are bad:

Missing Brown University student's family dragged into virally fueled false accusation in Boston
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/19/17826915-missing-brown-university-students-family-dragged-into-virally-fueled-false-accusation-in-boston
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on April 24, 2013, 03:44:57 PM
A prison inmate gets four guards pregnant (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/24/178799235/1-inmate-impregnated-4-guards-at-md-jail-prosecutors-say?ft=1&f=1001) amidst a massive corruption scandal...

You can't make this shit up.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 24, 2013, 04:57:22 PM
A prison inmate gets four guards pregnant (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/24/178799235/1-inmate-impregnated-4-guards-at-md-jail-prosecutors-say?ft=1&f=1001) amidst a massive corruption scandal...

You can't make this shit up.

This is a bit on the side, but as I grow older and read more of the crazy shit that goes on in the world (like that one for example), I find that I understand Gendo from Evangelion more and more. There is no "God's in his heaven, all's right with the world" and without one, I don't think it's going to get better anytime soon.

/cynicism
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 24, 2013, 06:18:06 PM
how the hell are none of these women on the pilland who is this romeo who "won their hearts"???

jesus h...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 24, 2013, 06:41:32 PM
how the hell are none of these women on the pilland who is this romeo who "won their hearts"???

jesus h...

My father worked in law enforcement for a while and spoke to me about one particular meeting with a jailer; the guy estimated that about half of the female guards on staff were having affairs with prisoners.  Easy pickings and all.  But yeah, it's odd that those women didn't have the sense to be on contraception.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 24, 2013, 09:49:23 PM
Oh my god, people have sex.

Thanks, Obama.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 24, 2013, 10:41:04 PM
Oh man imagine being a middle easterner about to open an IDK Lebanese restaurant or something right now, and you have a real need for a shitload of pressure cookers.

Awwwkwaaaaaard.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 25, 2013, 09:33:23 AM
Oh man imagine being a middle easterner about to open an IDK Lebanese restaurant or something right now, and you have a real need for a shitload of pressure cookers.

Awwwkwaaaaaard.

Williams & Sonoma have announced that they're going to pull pressure cookers from their shelves for a couple of weeks in Massachusetts in respect for those who were injured by the bombing; personally I think that's extremely silly, I can't imagine anyone being offended and/or traumatized by seeing a pressure cooker on the shelf.  I wonder if they hope hardware stores in Massachusetts are going to pull all the nails from their shelves for a couple of weeks in a similar gesture of respect.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 25, 2013, 01:52:23 PM
Oh man imagine being a middle easterner about to open an IDK Lebanese restaurant or something right now, and you have a real need for a shitload of pressure cookers.

Awwwkwaaaaaard.

Williams & Sonoma have announced that they're going to pull pressure cookers from their shelves for a couple of weeks in Massachusetts in respect for those who were injured by the bombing; personally I think that's extremely silly, I can't imagine anyone being offended and/or traumatized by seeing a pressure cooker on the shelf.  I wonder if they hope hardware stores in Massachusetts are going to pull all the nails from their shelves for a couple of weeks in a similar gesture of respect.

For goodness sakes I hope that's not true.  When did/do people get so easily scared?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 25, 2013, 02:24:16 PM
The day terrorists won.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 26, 2013, 10:34:40 PM
BTW if I felt like putting on my conspiracy theorist hat, I think the worst possible case for the Boston bombings is if the bombers were not, in fact, Muslim radicals, but were acting on behalf of the Russian government in an attempt to get the US to crack down on Chechnya.

Conspiracy or not, though, I am pretty concerned about Russia using this as an excuse to invade Chechnya again. Because if history's told us anything, Russia really fucking loves invading the Caucasus and it's been like five years since the last time they did.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 27, 2013, 01:01:14 PM
Oh man imagine being a middle easterner about to open an IDK Lebanese restaurant or something right now, and you have a real need for a shitload of pressure cookers.

Awwwkwaaaaaard.

Williams & Sonoma have announced that they're going to pull pressure cookers from their shelves for a couple of weeks in Massachusetts in respect for those who were injured by the bombing; personally I think that's extremely silly, I can't imagine anyone being offended and/or traumatized by seeing a pressure cooker on the shelf.  I wonder if they hope hardware stores in Massachusetts are going to pull all the nails from their shelves for a couple of weeks in a similar gesture of respect.

For goodness sakes I hope that's not true.  When did/do people get so easily scared?

It is true, I verified the original story going around on Facebook with a Google search and several news sites popped up with the info.  Truthfully, I think it's silly precisely because no one is likely to get offended or traumatized by seeing a pressure cooker in one of their stores.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 27, 2013, 06:28:08 PM
Hey, my dad was raped and murdered by a pressure cooker back in Vietnam. I don't care if it's racist, I want those things out of my America >:C
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on April 27, 2013, 06:44:30 PM
Fuck, I am so sorry Mesh. :/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on April 29, 2013, 01:59:27 PM
So, there was a news report on just now claiming that several states--Texas, Massachusetts and Virginia among them--are considering assessing hybrid car owners a yearly fee for use of a hybrid car to make up for the lost gas tax money caused by the lower gas usage of hybrids.

I could post a long, eloquent argument on why this is wrong but I'll just keep it short instead:  Fucking those fucking greedy fuckers.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 29, 2013, 02:05:45 PM
The day cars run on water, you won't be able to afford to drink it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on April 29, 2013, 08:35:27 PM
The day cars run on water, you won't be able to afford to drink it.

I imagine drinking a car is pretty hard. ;)

You know the government has to get their money.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 03, 2013, 01:06:34 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 03, 2013, 01:56:03 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study

I don't doubt it, but living at home really hampers the idea of it... =/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on May 03, 2013, 04:10:22 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study
While certainly enjoyable, I wouldn't rate it higher than a few other things in my life. Perhaps I'm just not doing it right.
: - (
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on May 03, 2013, 04:35:43 PM
I think people put too much stock on the importance of sex. So many people say relationships cannot function if the sex isn't just the best thing to happen to you.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on May 03, 2013, 06:31:41 PM
Well, the study they reference is entirely based on self-reporting.  That really doesn't prove anything, other than what people think makes them happy.  Also got to wonder about the demographics.  How many of the people in this study even had kids?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 03, 2013, 06:48:17 PM
I think people put too much stock on the importance of sex. So many people say relationships cannot function if the sex isn't just the best thing to happen to you.

Eugh, yeah this.  I hate the way sex is described as this "be all, end all" sometimes and if I'm not having it 5-8 days a week then I'm unsatisfied.  I like sex enough, but goddamn, like you said, the stock put into it drives me nuts (bear in mind, I formed a lot of these opinions way back when one of my girlfriends was an unhappy fuckbuddy because she wanted more, and another girlfriend of mine was the "other girl" to a fella cheating on his girlfriend).

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on May 03, 2013, 07:06:26 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study

*sigh* I've lost count of all the "studies" of what a bunch of people around the world has enjoyed for years. Like, eating healthy food is good for you and other dumb stuff like that.

Also, a life surrounded by alcohol and sex sounds pretty shitty in retrospective even if is enjoyable in the moment... but hey, what the fuck do I know.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 03, 2013, 10:10:38 PM
Is it sex as the physical act or the emotional component of it though?

Whatever, though, I think marriage is weird and creepy and codependent as a concept and I don't see how anyone could stand to spend that much time around another person.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on May 04, 2013, 07:24:37 AM
I've lived with my boyfriend for so long I can't stand not being around him for very long. We give ourselves a lot of space in the house to do our own thing but I like knowing he is there.

Spending time with your husband/wife just gets to the point where it isn't like having friends around, which I agree can get exhausting, but there shouldn't be any pretense about who you are with your partner, so the effort is minimal. I don't  think its possible to hide who you truly are when you live with someone 24/7, they might know you better than you know yourself.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on May 04, 2013, 12:27:48 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study

I'm curious as to where (New Zealand?) and what group they asked. I imagine the list might be different in other parts of the world.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 04, 2013, 01:00:56 PM
I've lived with my boyfriend for so long I can't stand not being around him for very long. We give ourselves a lot of space in the house to do our own thing but I like knowing he is there.

Spending time with your husband/wife just gets to the point where it isn't like having friends around, which I agree can get exhausting, but there shouldn't be any pretense about who you are with your partner, so the effort is minimal. I don't  think its possible to hide who you truly are when you live with someone 24/7, they might know you better than you know yourself.

Yeah, but you're European. I think you guys have a better concept of "relationship != we own eachother" than Americans.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on May 04, 2013, 01:10:38 PM
What are you talking about, I totally own him.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 05, 2013, 12:22:37 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study

*sigh* I've lost count of all the "studies" of what a bunch of people around the world has enjoyed for years. Like, eating healthy food is good for you and other dumb stuff like that.

Also, a life surrounded by alcohol and sex sounds pretty shitty in retrospective even if is enjoyable in the moment... but hey, what the fuck do I know.

Man you take everything way too seriously. It was posted tongue in cheek and sex/booze can easily be juxtaposed with games/food or sleep/reading and an article that basically says "if you do what you want you'll be happier!" is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 05, 2013, 12:57:20 PM
DUH!

http://now.msn.com/sex-makes-people-happiest-per-new-study

*sigh* I've lost count of all the "studies" of what a bunch of people around the world has enjoyed for years. Like, eating healthy food is good for you and other dumb stuff like that.

Also, a life surrounded by alcohol and sex sounds pretty shitty in retrospective even if is enjoyable in the moment... but hey, what the fuck do I know.

Man you take everything way too seriously. It was posted tongue in cheek and sex/booze can easily be juxtaposed with games/food or sleep/reading and an article that basically says "if you do what you want you'll be happier!" is ridiculous.

It's a discussion topic, not necessarily meaning we have to respond all like "lol, fucken A+, that was ill-arious Yoda, good one!!.
I'm passed my hardcore party days anyways.  I'll have a few beers. but I don't get shitfaced anymore because I don't enjoy the stupor (I certainly don't prefer beer over a game or shop session). And I'm sure I'd hate myself if I prioritized sex and alcohol over the enjoyment I get from my actual and personal hobbies; sex is a helluva perk but I don't count the minutes till the next time I get it.  Granted, I don't speak for everyone, so if the majority love sex the most than that's the way the cookie crumbles I guess (I was merely offering my input earlier and now).

The list itself is just a pretty whack, it sounds like they asked the local college to respond.  "I love sex and booze; I hate studying, cleaning, going to lecture, and being sick".  I'm surprised about "gaming" (guess I wasn't aware so many people in "their demographic" game), "meditating and religion" is awfully vague and, oddly coupled, and also surprisingly high-ranked (and poorly explained from this type of survey).  The rest are DUH -- like going to work, class, and commuting sucking ass.  I don't doubt sex and drinking can be pleasurable, but I also don't like the article because it shows 20 of only 30 potentially un/pleasurable items that people could select (http://www.psyc.canterbury.ac.nz/rss/news/?feed=news&articleId=614), and again, we have no demographic which could tell about half the story too (and also, how does one become part of a "cell-phoned sample"?).


...

....how the fuck is "eating" not on the list? >=/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on May 05, 2013, 01:05:50 PM
The only reason the concept of pissing your life away drinking and fucking doesn't sound desireable is because you know you can't support said lifestyle. If you were a multimillionaire (or a hippie bum), you'd probably have a very different outlook on life to begin with, and much less concern regarding things like responsibility, the driving force behind us not simply catering to our own primal desires all the time.

To be fair though, I do not like drinking much, myself.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on May 05, 2013, 01:31:09 PM
I like booze, sex, and being married. Am I weird?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 05, 2013, 01:32:58 PM
The stupid fucking thing doesn't say "a life dominated by drinking and fucking is the singular root of happiness." It says that a group of horny asshole college aged kids think so to which I said "DUH."

No shit one shouldn't spend all of their faculties in one area. I enjoy sex, and I do booze it up (maybe too frequently), but I also walk to the damn lake and stare at it for an hour and walk back every now and then.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 05, 2013, 02:00:11 PM
The stupid fucking thing doesn't say "a life dominated by drinking and fucking is the singular root of happiness." It says that a group of horny asshole college aged kids think so to which I said "DUH."

No shit one shouldn't spend all of their faculties in one area. I enjoy sex, and I do booze it up (maybe too frequently), but I also walk to the damn lake and stare at it for an hour and walk back every now and then.

Horny college kids ranked taking care of kids as fifth??  Uh-oh.
New Zealand has some other problems then. x)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 05, 2013, 02:45:16 PM
New Zealand has some other problems then. x)

(http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sheep-e1366973994398-650x650.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 05, 2013, 02:51:40 PM
http://www.anorak.co.uk/336316/tv/all-of-murrays-new-zealand-tourism-posters-from-flight-of-the-conchords.html/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on May 05, 2013, 02:57:24 PM
Man you take everything way too seriously.

(http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/8356/nofunx.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on May 05, 2013, 06:52:05 PM
I don't know what to think about this... (http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on May 05, 2013, 09:17:58 PM
I don't know what to think about this... (http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/)
It's real simple, this guy wants to tell the government to fuck off by giving idiots abroad a way to create a death-dealing device that can go anywhere. Even better is anyone actually giving this guy some form of press coverage to further spread his idea and concept.

Congrats man, you've got the new terrorist weapon of choice, AND it's eco-friendly.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 05, 2013, 10:17:50 PM
Doesn't it break after three shots?

Aren't you better off with a 3D printed knife?

Or just a normal knife?

Or a pressure cooker? And I don't even mean a pressure cooker bomb I just mean beating someone to death with a pressure cooker.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 05, 2013, 10:48:49 PM
http://www.anorak.co.uk/336316/tv/all-of-murrays-new-zealand-tourism-posters-from-flight-of-the-conchords.html/

Aww, that's not all of them though!  Where's the "New Zealand Rocks" ones? x)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on May 06, 2013, 03:00:29 AM
I don't know what to think about this... (http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/)

Merica.

Dude needs to make an Iron Man suit.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on May 06, 2013, 04:18:25 AM
I don't know what to think about this... (http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/)

I guess that this is relevant: 3D Printed Guns (Documentary) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DconsfGsXyA)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on May 07, 2013, 09:59:26 AM
I don't know what to think about this... (http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/)
It's real simple, this guy wants to tell the government to fuck off by giving idiots abroad a way to create a death-dealing device that can go anywhere. Even better is anyone actually giving this guy some form of press coverage to further spread his idea and concept.

Congrats man, you've got the new terrorist weapon of choice, AND it's eco-friendly.

What I find most amusing about this whole situation is the 'OMG WE MUST BAN THE 3D PRINTED GUN' freak out going on in Washington.  Yes, because you're going to have great luck banning something that can be uploaded to any torrent site in the world.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 07, 2013, 10:55:34 AM
That and by design the gun is a single bullet shooter.
The media is right, this is clearly the tool for mass massacres as opposed to semi automatic rifles with clips in the hundreds of bullet

/sarcasm (in case it wasn't obvious enough)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 08, 2013, 09:31:50 AM
Double post worthy:

http://www.rfgeneration.com/news/Disc-Rot/An-important-note-to-Video-Game-Sellers-and-Buyers-1337.php

I never knew this was a thing. Interesting... I should check some of my older PSX games.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on May 08, 2013, 09:34:37 AM
My understanding is that it has about three or four shots before the barrel breaks.  In theory that would make it a good 'Saturday Night Special' gun if it wasn't so large and obvious ("OH SHIT, HE'S BRINGING A HUGE BOTTLE OF WINDEX INTO THE BAR, RUN!").  That said, one could just print out several and switch between them for a mass shooting, but that's not the issue that concerns them.  The issue is that it's a weapon that's impossible to ban with any real effectiveness if a gun ban does occur, which is a terrifying prospect for any government on that particular power trip.  What are they going to do, send police to kick down the door of every person suspected of using a torrent site the file is on?  Ban libraries from carrying 3D printers?

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 08, 2013, 10:47:22 AM
Double post worthy:

http://www.rfgeneration.com/news/Disc-Rot/An-important-note-to-Video-Game-Sellers-and-Buyers-1337.php

I never knew this was a thing. Interesting... I should check some of my older PSX games.

Now I want to laugh at the people who talked back at me about being all-for "going digital".
MWAHAHAHA
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 08, 2013, 12:15:44 PM
Now I want to laugh at the people who talked back at me about being all-for "going digital".
MWAHAHAHA

It's not that common though. Although I would be really bummed if it happened on something like my VP disk.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on May 08, 2013, 02:22:30 PM
My understanding is that it has about three or four shots before the barrel breaks.  In theory that would make it a good 'Saturday Night Special' gun if it wasn't so large and obvious ("OH SHIT, HE'S BRINGING A HUGE BOTTLE OF WINDEX INTO THE BAR, RUN!").  That said, one could just print out several and switch between them for a mass shooting, but that's not the issue that concerns them.  The issue is that it's a weapon that's impossible to ban with any real effectiveness if a gun ban does occur, which is a terrifying prospect for any government on that particular power trip.  What are they going to do, send police to kick down the door of every person suspected of using a torrent site the file is on?  Ban libraries from carrying 3D printers?


Why bring several guns, when you can just bring several barrels?

The REAL issue is that this weapon is plastic. All plastic, save a nail for a firing pin and any ammunition you have for it. This thing can be brought anywhere with little to no suspicion raised. President visiting your town? Great opportunity to print a gun up and dispatch him. Not like anyone would take notice of a large plastic block being pointed at him, considering how many cameras are always pointed at him.

This is a frightening thing. Maybe not for mass murder, but assassination attempts for sure. I don't know how anyone can shrug this off as inconsequential. This gun is going to kill someone important, guaranteed.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on May 08, 2013, 06:24:11 PM
It's not so much that I shrug it off as inconsequential as that I take no pity on politicians who go out of their way to try to rob people of their civil rights and then raise hell when they get an (in this case, particularly effective) 'fuck you' in response to their trouble.  I feel particularly strongly about this given that the politicians raising hell are the same ones that were perfectly fine with the ATF/DoJ forcing gun shops to sell to known buyers for Mexican drug cartels and also helped see to it that no one but the whistle-blowers got punished for the deaths that resulted from that atrocity.

Now with that said, time will tell if it will be used in a successful assassination attempt, but I do have some doubts about that.  Keep in mind that even given the assumption of it remaining undetectable (i.e. no advances in technology improving to detect, say, a nail required to fire it) and cheap and easy access to a 3-D printer and any colors you please (you can print it out cheaply at a library, but the shape is so notorious that the idea of no one noticing and raising any alarms seems unlikely and with the kinds of funds required to buy one of the damn things a would-be assassin also has the money to set up a less risky operation than that, say, hiring a sniper), this is not a weapon which will be useful for shots requiring any level of marksmanship (i.e. anything beyond a few feet) and it takes some really damn poor security to let someone get that close to a president with a piss-poor imitation of a security camera and no press credentials to give evidence of their identity and purpose for being there.  They don't just let any random person walk straight up to politicians with a video camera or large bag in hand.  It is possible in theory, but I don't think it's particularly likely.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 08, 2013, 06:44:34 PM
Double post worthy:

http://www.rfgeneration.com/news/Disc-Rot/An-important-note-to-Video-Game-Sellers-and-Buyers-1337.php

I never knew this was a thing. Interesting... I should check some of my older PSX games.

Used game stores check for that. I mean, sane ones do. I don't know about Gamestop. Old games you bought NEW are probably more likely to have that than recently purchased used games.

I'm totally going to laugh the first time one of those teachers getting a concealed-carry-in-school permit accidentally blows one of their students' heads off.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 08, 2013, 06:45:33 PM
it takes some really damn poor security to let someone get that close to a president with a piss-poor imitation of a security camera and no press credentials to give evidence of their identity and purpose for being there.  They don't just let any random person walk straight up to politicians with a video camera or large bag in hand.  It is possible in theory, but I don't think it's particularly likely.

Actually, what you say is valid in the states, but read this from not too long ago:
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/120905/montreal-quebec-pauline-marois-shooting-gunman-canada-parti-quebecois-french

Not every place has the same security measures as the USA. In fact, I think the USA might be in the top 3 for VIP safety.

EDIT: Speaking of which, Harper once came to where I work and I crossed him in the hallway while him and the VPs were going somewhere. I don't like him or his way of governing... but I'm not a lunatic. I imagine that if someone where I work wanted to hurt him, it would have been easy that day.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 08, 2013, 06:53:16 PM
I think the assumption is that nobody gives enough of a fuck about Harper to try assassinating him.

Aww shit what if some guy with a concealed carry firearm is at an event and he sees some guy carrying a plastic block and THINKS it's a 3D printed gun, caps him, but then it turns out it's just a camera/Dreamcast/etc.

Also I am assuming that women would not be murdering people with guns because it is a well known fact that they don't have fingers.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 09, 2013, 12:17:23 AM
Double post worthy:

http://www.rfgeneration.com/news/Disc-Rot/An-important-note-to-Video-Game-Sellers-and-Buyers-1337.php

I never knew this was a thing. Interesting... I should check some of my older PSX games.

I first read about this in an early 90s playboy. Some guy wrote a thing on disc rot in laserdisc movies. He was in Hawaii and the humidity ruined his collection
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on May 09, 2013, 12:29:32 AM
8 months after the Benghazi attacks, Gregory Hicks finally provides his account of what happened (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/benghazi-hearing-promises-partisan-fireworks-144356871.html). This really should be the number one story every US news outlet is running but I guess people don't give a shit about this sort of thing anymore. It's really hard to find any news report that's not charged with some amount of partisanism so I wouldn't take just this report about it.

It's my take that during the actual hearing on C-SPAN that Democrats were basically trying to discredit the witness while Republicans were pursuing a very slanted and aggressive line of questioning. I fail to see how, though, that a lack of a "cover-up" somehow excuses ineptitude on the part of the SoS.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on May 09, 2013, 07:35:28 PM
Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov Plans on Becoming Immortal by 2045 (http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/russian-billionaire-dmitry-itskov-plans-on-becoming-immortal-by-2045) -- Source: Motherboard
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 09, 2013, 08:30:31 PM
Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov Plans on Becoming Immortal by 2045 (http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/russian-billionaire-dmitry-itskov-plans-on-becoming-immortal-by-2045) -- Source: Motherboard

Whelp, who's to say otherwise?  So far, he's off to a good start I suppose!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on May 09, 2013, 09:04:39 PM
If we have the technology to do that in the future, why not just copy your brain into a blob of goo and make your brain experience nothing but ecstasy constantly.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on May 09, 2013, 09:14:18 PM
If we have the technology to do that in the future, why not just copy your brain into a blob of goo and make your brain experience nothing but ecstasy constantly.

I thought we were doing that already with internet and video games...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on May 09, 2013, 10:15:38 PM
I thought we were doing that already with internet and video games...

And soon Oculus Rift!

Seriously though, as humans we are never satisfied. We are always searching for ways to scratch that desire to be "X thing" more or to have "X more" of something, and so on...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 09, 2013, 10:25:09 PM
Speaking of which, y'all know that 90% of the things printed on 3D printers are going to be plastic dongs.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 09, 2013, 10:29:37 PM
Speaking of which, y'all know that 90% of the things printed on 3D printers are going to be plastic dongs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/3d-printer-penis-dildos_n_2257373.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on May 10, 2013, 12:40:32 PM
Quick, someone inform Obama! (http://news.antiwar.com/2013/05/09/pakistan-high-court-us-drone-strikes-illegal/)  Oh wait, this won't change anything?  Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Speaking of which, y'all know that 90% of the things printed on 3D printers are going to be plastic dongs.

Quoted for truth.

EDIT:  Just saw a news report saying that the US government is clearing some space for wi-fi on planes and plans to sell the license for it to the highest bidder.  I imagine that will get some ridiculously high bids; complimentary and good wi-fi on long flights would help make for a very popular airline!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 13, 2013, 01:29:59 AM
Well, that sure was a malformed earl.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 15, 2013, 09:10:25 AM
(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.dailyfinance.com/media/2013/05/xmichael-jeffries--225cs051313-1368457875.jpg.pagespeed.ic.955sjm3ZMl.jpg)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2320868/Thin-beautiful-customers-ONLY-How-Abercrombie--Fitch-doesnt-want-larger-people-shopping-stores.html

Fun story hitting the net: Michael Jeffries, Aberbrombie & Fitch's CEO (who looks like a mix of Gary Busey and Bif from Back to the Future) is getting a slap on the hands lately.  Despite looking like some Plastic Surgery troll, it's true, he does only want to hire and market to beautiful-people.  To make matters worse, he refuses to make XL or XXL sizes for women -- because he doesn't want large ladies wearing his brand.

This guy honestly never left the "bully stage" from his High School youth:
Quote
“Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don't market to anyone other than that.” He went on: “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

Brrr. =/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 15, 2013, 09:56:25 AM
Good for him. If people don't like it then don't buy it. Some company shouldn't have to produce clothes to fit every size of fat out there. I'm sure this has been the practice in smaller boutique stores since they've existed.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 15, 2013, 10:24:25 AM
Good for him. If people don't like it then don't buy it. Some company shouldn't have to produce clothes to fit every size of fat out there. I'm sure this has been the practice in smaller boutique stores since they've existed.

While I agree I think it's ...strange to make clothes to fit the "widening" population (I don't think it's good incentive and a sort of excuse to "stay that size"), but I do think it's bad business practice nonetheless. 

However, the whole "only attractive people should wear my clothes" thing is just 100% bigoted, especially coming from a man who'd hardly be hired by his own store.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 15, 2013, 10:39:07 AM
It doesn't bother me in the slightest and if that's the way he wants to market his stuff then good luck buddy. They've been doing this forever and it seems to be working for them.

I walked into one of their stores once and promptly walked out. Clothes are a brand to be geared towards a certain demographic. You may fit the pants but you might not fit the mold.

I don't remember an outcry when FUBU came out. If a clothing line for "urban brothers" can exist without people getting in an uproar than so can a clothing line for Chads and Trixies.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on May 15, 2013, 10:43:17 AM
Is that the company with the smokin hot male models?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 15, 2013, 10:46:33 AM
Is that the company with the smokin hot male models?

I love A&F models.  Literally, a billboard when you enter the store isn't a model with the clothes on --- just a blown-up poster of gorgeous man-chest staring you down.
(http://www.shopnorthlake.com/asset/get.asp?asset_id=6048)

I avoid their brand mainly because I refuse to pay thirty-fucking-dollars on a tank top, and $80 on a flimsy sweater.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on May 15, 2013, 02:41:28 PM
I don't get what that guy is so proud of. I can think of one target demographic that would consistently fit in XS-M and that would be crack addicts. Also, what cool highschool kid would value some old, surgically misshapen dude's opinion on 'cool'?

I'm fine with some stores catering to the smaller crowd, because it can actually be kind of difficult to find clothes in XS-S when the world around you is getting larger and larger. My mom usually shops in the children's sections nowadays, because more and more stores don't carry adult clothes in her size. It's not like she's too thin. She's short and has a healthy weight to match. My sis and I are like that too. But it's stupid that our size is seen as ideal. I know plenty of attractive healthy young women who generally look best in XL simply because they're tall and curvy. Good boobs take up a lot of space, you know?

Edit: took a look at the A&F webshop. Wow, that stuff is kinda really boring. Some of the sweaters look like something grandma would knit and not in a good way.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 15, 2013, 07:47:34 PM
The Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue is basically porn, and you get a free copy whenever you buy any article of clothing there.

Nobody's REALLY shopping at A&F for the CLOTHES, people.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on May 16, 2013, 12:48:40 PM
Is that the company with the smokin hot male models?

I love A&F models.  Literally, a billboard when you enter the store isn't a model with the clothes on --- just a blown-up poster of gorgeous man-chest staring you down.
(http://www.shopnorthlake.com/asset/get.asp?asset_id=6048)

I avoid their brand mainly because I refuse to pay thirty-fucking-dollars on a tank top, and $80 on a flimsy sweater.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3-WzqfbVHU
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on May 16, 2013, 01:31:21 PM
Atmospheric CO2 reaches 400 ppm for the first time in history. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/05/10/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-concentration-400-parts-per-million/)

I propose we eat pieces of dry ice to celebrate.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 03, 2013, 11:02:09 AM
So Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been confirmed as a free-to-play iOS exclusive with in-game purchases. That was the joke several people made given that PopCap has been bought by EA. We all laughed, and then it came true.

It's kind of like waking up from a nightmare only to realize you're still having a nightmare.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 03, 2013, 12:51:45 PM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57587189-235/oculus-vr-co-founder-33-killed-by-speeding-car/

Now, imagine if the Oculus ends up being a revolution in technology and the guy never even got to appreciate his own work =/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 13, 2013, 03:05:07 PM
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/jesus_christ_spotted_on_dogs_butt
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 14, 2013, 01:03:38 AM
^ Poor dog.... I also hope there isn't any crazy religious person to grovel at a dog's butt thinking it might be a sign or something...I saw this, because strange things do happen.

Curious what you guys think about this; I don't really know or have any input...IN TIME FOR FATHER'S DAY TOO.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/is-forced-fatherhood-fair/?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_IFF_20130613
So, is forced fatherhood fair?
On one end, no one forced the man to do the deed, it was a choice and a consequence you pay for or deal with if a kid comes from it.
On the other, if he doesn't want it, but she does....what does that do (certainly fucks up mum and the kid's chances at poverty)?

...or maybe we should just go the Chapele Show route: Sign a love contract before sex. :P
(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lglu2wSQhn1qzhb75o1_500.png)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZshadeZ on June 14, 2013, 06:35:00 AM
Colorado'ss on fire again this year.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on June 14, 2013, 08:47:13 AM
On one end, no one forced the man to do the deed, it was a choice and a consequence you pay for or deal with if a kid comes from it.

There's no easy solution to this issue and as a result of that I try not to be too harsh toward any given viewpoint, but that argument always creeps me out just a tad because it's the very same one used to justify banning abortion. :(

EDIT: I'm not aiming that at you, of course, I know you're just throwing out ideas.  Unfortunately I've seen more than one (really bad) feminist blogger rant about how anyone who takes the "You took the risk, you need to take the responsibility" argument against abortion is a filthy misogynist and then be shocked!  Shocked I say! when they later insist that any man who gets stuck paying child support/marrying a woman because of a kid he was manipulated into having (the woman lied about use of contraception, for example) should "deal with the consequences of putting your dick where it didn't belong" and gets responses that involve quoting the previous post and calling the blogger a filthy misandrist.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 14, 2013, 12:47:47 PM
On one end, no one forced the man to do the deed, it was a choice and a consequence you pay for or deal with if a kid comes from it.

There's no easy solution to this issue and as a result of that I try not to be too harsh toward any given viewpoint, but that argument always creeps me out just a tad because it's the very same one used to justify banning abortion. :(

EDIT: I'm not aiming that at you, of course, I know you're just throwing out ideas.  Unfortunately I've seen more than one (really bad) feminist blogger rant about how anyone who takes the "You took the risk, you need to take the responsibility" argument against abortion is a filthy misogynist and then be shocked!  Shocked I say! when they later insist that any man who gets stuck paying child support/marrying a woman because of a kid he was manipulated into having (the woman lied about use of contraception, for example) should "deal with the consequences of putting your dick where it didn't belong" and gets responses that involve quoting the previous post and calling the blogger a filthy misandrist.

I posted it here because I definitely want more of the guys-side (but I'm happy being a girl asking it, insofar I don't want this to go all "BROS BEFORE HOS" and *immediately* fight for their own side).  And also, while I threw some thoughts out there, I really didn't have "my answer" to the issue.
And I agree, if the woman is willing, it's more than "he put his dick in and he's responsible" because it takes two to tango.

But I just wonder if there should be a contingency to the issue in the event that one or the other doesn't want the child (talking more about the man in this situation) where he shouldn't HAVE to be responsible.
Even still, I find it's a really bad idea for most young couples to have a kid (be it teens or peoples who just aren't making enough money in their careers to support a kid; income-wise, you will increase your chances of poverty). 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on June 14, 2013, 01:51:07 PM
On one end, no one forced the man to do the deed, it was a choice and a consequence you pay for or deal with if a kid comes from it.

There's no easy solution to this issue and as a result of that I try not to be too harsh toward any given viewpoint, but that argument always creeps me out just a tad because it's the very same one used to justify banning abortion. :(

EDIT: I'm not aiming that at you, of course, I know you're just throwing out ideas.  Unfortunately I've seen more than one (really bad) feminist blogger rant about how anyone who takes the "You took the risk, you need to take the responsibility" argument against abortion is a filthy misogynist and then be shocked!  Shocked I say! when they later insist that any man who gets stuck paying child support/marrying a woman because of a kid he was manipulated into having (the woman lied about use of contraception, for example) should "deal with the consequences of putting your dick where it didn't belong" and gets responses that involve quoting the previous post and calling the blogger a filthy misandrist.

I posted it here because I definitely want more of the guys-side (but I'm happy being a girl asking it, insofar I don't want this to go all "BROS BEFORE HOS" and *immediately* fight for their own side).  And also, while I threw some thoughts out there, I really didn't have "my answer" to the issue.
And I agree, if the woman is willing, it's more than "he put his dick in and he's responsible" because it takes two to tango.

But I just wonder if there should be a contingency to the issue in the event that one or the other doesn't want the child (talking more about the man in this situation) where he shouldn't HAVE to be responsible.
Even still, I find it's a really bad idea for most young couples to have a kid (be it teens or peoples who just aren't making enough money in their careers to support a kid; income-wise, you will increase your chances of poverty). 

Like I said, I've seen people use the argument in a very hypocritical (and nasty) manner which makes me find it off-putting, but I didn't think you were delivering The Answer or necessarily advocating for that viewpoint. :)  Of course, it is an argument that must be considered.

In any case, I agree that it's a really bad idea for young couples to have a kid (even if they're planning on a long term relationship) before they can afford it, and there are a number of issues that factor into that problem, some cultural and thus rather difficult to discuss without things getting ugly, but I think that one issue that people should* be able to reach agreement on would be easy access to reliable contraception for people, including teenagers; I'm often skeptical of government subsidization of various things but helping out with contraception pays off well both in terms of reducing government expenditure (less people on welfare) and in raising standards of living.

*I say "should" because, as you have probably been informed, there is a cultural divide between the US and Canada on this matter.  Witness the battle we had over people under 17 being able to get access to the Plan B pill as an example.  I recall seeing one woman from a "pro-parent" group on the news arguing that it should only be available with a prescription because allowing it to be sold over the counter "destroys the ability of parents to control their children's lives." (Actually used that phrase.)  Lady, if you seriously have to worry about your thirteen year old daughter sneaking off to buy a plan B pill you've already lost control of her.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on June 14, 2013, 09:56:45 PM
^ Poor dog.... I also hope there isn't any crazy religious person to grovel at a dog's butt thinking it might be a sign or something...I saw this, because strange things do happen.

Curious what you guys think about this; I don't really know or have any input...IN TIME FOR FATHER'S DAY TOO.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/is-forced-fatherhood-fair/?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_IFF_20130613
So, is forced fatherhood fair?
On one end, no one forced the man to do the deed, it was a choice and a consequence you pay for or deal with if a kid comes from it.
On the other, if he doesn't want it, but she does....what does that do (certainly fucks up mum and the kid's chances at poverty)?

...or maybe we should just go the Chapele Show route: Sign a love contract before sex. :P
(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lglu2wSQhn1qzhb75o1_500.png)

That's a really tough question.  So many angles that come into play.  Ultimately, whether the man wants out or not, it's the woman who has to live with the consequences (to carry it or use Plan B and live with what happened) no matter what happens.   

I really don't have a good answer/opinion on the issue. There's just no really good answer to it except that more women should be open to doing anal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 14, 2013, 10:33:56 PM
That's some brain teaser and I don't think I'm qualified to answer or even cover all the bases.

If I had to say, due to a million billion ways circumstances can be unique regarding the matter, it's one of those things society should morally uphold but not...by law.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jotacon on June 14, 2013, 11:48:48 PM
Yup, very tricky situation. I can say this growing up poor I've seen my fair share of shitty dudes who skip town leaving too many women to fend for themselves. Heck, it happened to my sister. If a Mom can get money from a deadbeat dad, more power to her. So as you can see I have a bias. Of course that is totally emotionally motivated and doesn't look at all into the actual business at hand regarding freedom of the individual in this capacity. IMO it is not fair, not by a long shot, but it is a way to help those who need help. If the government would do it that would work too. /communism

Ultimately I agree with Starmongoose in that this SHOULD be something that isn't legislated, but there isn't a good way for this to work if you do that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZshadeZ on June 16, 2013, 05:13:27 PM
In todays news, I was recently surprised by:


(http://i.imgur.com/TwSyKCK.png)

I remember this as being a very frowned upon topic. Has that changed? o_O
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 16, 2013, 05:27:41 PM
Targeted ads. They pull from your google search history or w/e.

Seeing a PCSX2 is distributed as freeware and couldn't legally be sold anyway, however, I see no reason for them to advertise, and based on the looks of the ad, I'd... actually say that's a misleading ad bar that probably leads to malware instead.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZshadeZ on June 16, 2013, 05:29:39 PM
Ahh, I didn't know the ads were targeted. That makes more sense, I was wondering why this site would have that one up. ^^
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Seultoria on June 16, 2013, 11:23:29 PM
I really don't have a good answer/opinion on the issue. There's just no really good answer to it except that more women should be open to doing anal.

While it may seem like a good idea in porn, in actuality, anal sex should rarely be done (if it's done at all). Just looking at the risks (http://www.webmd.com/sex/anal-sex-health-concerns), it's a bad idea.

Quote
The anus was designed to hold in feces. The anus is surrounded with a ring-like muscle, called the anal sphincter, which tightens after we defecate. When the muscle is tight, anal penetration can be painful and difficult. Repetitive anal sex may lead to weakening of the anal sphincter, making it difficult to hold in feces until you can get to the toilet. However, Kegel exercises to strengthen the sphincter may help prevent this problem or correct it. 

tl;dr The woman is going to end up needing a diaper since she'll be shitting herself because she took it up the butt one too many times.

(http://global3.memecdn.com/Dont-stick-it-in-her-pooper_o_141271.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 16, 2013, 11:30:55 PM
Well if she/he'd just relax then damage to the sphincter would be minimal.

Plus, anal is good for stimulating the pudendal nerve
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 17, 2013, 01:21:34 PM
Well this thread certainly no longer reads like a random news thread 0_0
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: (Tunnels) on June 17, 2013, 01:43:15 PM
Well if she/he'd just relax then damage to the sphincter would be minimal.

Plus, anal is good for stimulating the pudendal nerve

Pretty much this. Relaxing is probably the 2nd most important part, outside of using a condom.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 17, 2013, 07:44:07 PM
I really don't have a good answer/opinion on the issue. There's just no really good answer to it except that more women should be open to doing anal.

While it may seem like a good idea in porn, in actuality, anal sex should rarely be done (if it's done at all). Just looking at the risks (http://www.webmd.com/sex/anal-sex-health-concerns), it's a bad idea.

Quote
The anus was designed to hold in feces. The anus is surrounded with a ring-like muscle, called the anal sphincter, which tightens after we defecate. When the muscle is tight, anal penetration can be painful and difficult. Repetitive anal sex may lead to weakening of the anal sphincter, making it difficult to hold in feces until you can get to the toilet. However, Kegel exercises to strengthen the sphincter may help prevent this problem or correct it. 

I thought that was just a myth created due to homophobia.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 17, 2013, 08:16:05 PM
I really don't have a good answer/opinion on the issue. There's just no really good answer to it except that more women should be open to doing anal.

While it may seem like a good idea in porn, in actuality, anal sex should rarely be done (if it's done at all). Just looking at the risks (http://www.webmd.com/sex/anal-sex-health-concerns), it's a bad idea.

Quote
The anus was designed to hold in feces. The anus is surrounded with a ring-like muscle, called the anal sphincter, which tightens after we defecate. When the muscle is tight, anal penetration can be painful and difficult. Repetitive anal sex may lead to weakening of the anal sphincter, making it difficult to hold in feces until you can get to the toilet. However, Kegel exercises to strengthen the sphincter may help prevent this problem or correct it. 

I thought that was just a myth created due to homophobia.

Well...

I was talking about the homosexual thing. I don't really care that they're homosexuals even if I disagree with their lifestyle
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 17, 2013, 08:22:38 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite#Forms_of_Kryptonite
Beware of pink kryptonite then....
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 18, 2013, 01:14:54 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite#Forms_of_Kryptonite
Beware of pink kryptonite then....

Coincidentally, I'm at the part in Shenmue where I'm looking for sailors. I better eat like fifty of those.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 19, 2013, 07:53:15 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/james-gandolfini-dead-51-article-1.1377435

James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack....  Daresay, I'm not too surprised given the man's size and (probably) diet, but still sad nonetheless.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite#Forms_of_Kryptonite
Beware of pink kryptonite then....

Coincidentally, I'm at the part in Shenmue where I'm looking for sailors. I better eat like fifty of those.

I giggled. x)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZshadeZ on June 19, 2013, 08:15:48 PM
50 kryptonites, or 50 sailors?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 19, 2013, 08:53:48 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/james-gandolfini-dead-51-article-1.1377435

James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack....  Daresay, I'm not too surprised given the man's size and (probably) diet, but still sad nonetheless.

James Gandolfini dead at 51: 'Sopranos' star suffers massive heart attack in Italy

Not just any heart attack, a massive one at that.
Here I was thinking they were all equally bad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 19, 2013, 08:55:25 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/james-gandolfini-dead-51-article-1.1377435

James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack....  Daresay, I'm not too surprised given the man's size and (probably) diet, but still sad nonetheless.

James Gandolfini dead at 51: 'Sopranos' star suffers massive heart attack in Italy

Not just any heart attack, a massive one at that.
Here I was thinking they were all equally bad.

Well, some people live through them.... I guess this wasn't the type you live through.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 19, 2013, 10:26:17 PM
Heart attacks can involve varying amounts of blockage.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 21, 2013, 01:21:47 PM
You guys might have to cover a VN of Megatokyo.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fredrin/megatokyo-visual-novel-game
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on June 21, 2013, 03:28:52 PM
Megatokyo still exists?  I remember reading that...13 years ago.  Then it completely went to shit when Largo left the staff...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 21, 2013, 04:27:50 PM
went to shit when Largo left the staff...

Pretty much.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 21, 2013, 04:48:09 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23583-mindscapes-first-interview-with-a-dead-man.html?full=true#.UcP0T_nviSo
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 21, 2013, 04:51:40 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23583-mindscapes-first-interview-with-a-dead-man.html?full=true#.UcP0T_nviSo

That's fascinating.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 21, 2013, 06:34:25 PM
I know! It's fascinating and horrifying. Imagine meeting that guy.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Bytor on June 21, 2013, 06:40:46 PM
The brain is weird, that is almost surreal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 21, 2013, 07:01:42 PM
That's how I feel when my alarm goes off at 6am
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 21, 2013, 07:48:25 PM
Quote
The central symptom in Cotard's syndrome is the delusion of negation. Those who suffer from this illness often deny that they exist or that a certain portion of their body exists.

Does this apply to individuals who intentionally convince themselves that they do not exist so to get closer to the noumenon?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on June 22, 2013, 12:12:44 AM
Watch a Fox reporter demolish a hackneyed anti-game argument (http://kotaku.com/watch-a-fox-reporter-demolish-a-hackneyed-anti-game-arg-535096517) -- Source: Kotaku
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: (Tunnels) on June 22, 2013, 12:54:48 AM
That's how I feel when my alarm goes off at 6am

I have a similar sensation when jarringly awoken in the early morning, except its not that I think I'm dead, but more like there's a separation between my consciousness and my personality. Meaning I wake up and I know I'm awake, but I don't remember who I am, where I am and what I am doing. The feeling only lasts a second then my personality reloads and I remember things. I'm sure most people experience this, I just kind of find it fascinating.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Esper_Crusader on June 22, 2013, 06:36:04 AM
I was in the hospital once and it took almost an hour to remember who and where I was. No joke. It was terrifying.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 24, 2013, 02:14:23 PM
http://www.gameskinny.com/swp8t/four-hour-mobile-gaming-session-ruptures-breast-implants

Wonder how many male gamers have had a similar problem?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on June 24, 2013, 06:55:42 PM
I don't know if this is news, per se, but I don't know where else to put it, and it's interesting.

A discussion with an author of a book on sex in the Arab world. (http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/03/30/sex-in-the-arab-world)  I don't know if I'd call it safe for work, per se, but it's an interesting discussion on the intersection of religion, sexual mores, culture and human rights.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on June 25, 2013, 03:49:51 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23583-mindscapes-first-interview-with-a-dead-man.html?full=true#.UcP0T_nviSo

I wonder if his medication altered his physiology?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on June 26, 2013, 11:22:06 PM
In other news people in Mexico are getting so sick of how shitty the politicians are that they're now running campaigns for various animals as mayor of their provinces.  The most popular one is named El Burro Chon.  He has a Facebook page, which I have of course liked.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on June 28, 2013, 07:33:48 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22524719/chart-boston-turns-to-porn-after-game-6-loss-in-stanley-cup-final
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 05, 2013, 08:47:28 PM
 http://www.vice.com/read/an-open-letter-to-the-worst-waxwork-museum-in-america
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 06, 2013, 09:23:59 PM
Watch a young boy explain why Egyptians threw out the Muslim Brotherhood (http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/a-first-grader-explains-why-egyptians-threw-out-the-muslim-b) -- Source: BuzzFeed

"In a video posted in March, that is picking up steam now, a young boy laid out much of the reasoning behind the country's growing discontent with its government."
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 08, 2013, 02:46:55 AM
SOOO UMMMM.... LOOKS LIKE BRAZIL WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP NEXT YEAR.  YUP.  ...or else...

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/south-american-football-referee-beheaded-fans-killing-player-084120459.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on July 08, 2013, 10:07:43 AM
^ Holy. Fuck.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Darilon on July 08, 2013, 11:27:25 AM
Boy, that escalated quickly.

The whole story confuses me. I mean, even if we ignore the way the crowd reacted, why did the referee even have a knife.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 08, 2013, 12:52:32 PM
Plenty of people in the US carry pocket knives around habitually because they're excellent utility tools.  Maybe it's the same in Brazil?  Also, do we know what the reason for stabbing that player was?

...maybe he argued with a call the ref made?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 08, 2013, 08:09:36 PM
We had a giant accident in Quebec this weekend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-M%C3%A9gantic_derailment

A tactical warhead would have done less damage than this major fuck up.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on July 08, 2013, 08:37:52 PM
They use that term in the article "possibly missing." How is somebody *possibly* missing!?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 08, 2013, 08:55:20 PM
If you live in that small town and gave no sign of life, they assume you are dead right now.
The bodies are burned so badly that they can't know who all the corpses belong to.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 17, 2013, 06:22:35 PM
http://youtu.be/gxxRaNMKzmM
I won't lie, I've used YouTube for makeup tips (not the crazy stuff like brushing galaxies on your eyelids or how to apply false eyelashes, but 'normal' makeup tips).  Here's a 13 year old who did the same.  Unlike most, she was battling cancer and recently lost the battle.  That's her last video, and I admire the girl's spirit while in the middle of chemo.  Too many in my family and in friend circles have had someone lost to cancer, so I kinda wanted to give a nod.
And also, because Ellen Degeneres is awesome, she got in touch with Cover Girl to make her an honourary Covergirl-girl

In more light-hearted news:

http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/internet-rigs-contest-so-creepy-dude-can-smell-taylor-swifts-hair-0
Yeah, so a 39 year old is in a contest with a bunch of teenie-bopping girls to meet Taylor Swift backstage....to sniff her hair.  And thanks to the internet, he's in the lead!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 17, 2013, 09:24:58 PM
In more light-hearted news:

http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/internet-rigs-contest-so-creepy-dude-can-smell-taylor-swifts-hair-0
Yeah, so a 39 year old is in a contest with a bunch of teenie-bopping girls to meet Taylor Swift backstage....to sniff her hair.  And thanks to the internet, he's in the lead!

Bahahaha.  The internet is awesome.

Also: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/17/elon-musk-mission-mars-spacex
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 17, 2013, 11:55:24 PM
weird
http://memolition.com/2013/06/11/how-the-humans-will-look-like-in-100000-years-4-pictures/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 18, 2013, 12:04:54 AM
weird
http://memolition.com/2013/06/11/how-the-humans-will-look-like-in-100000-years-4-pictures/

THIS IS IN JUST LIKE IN ONE OF MY JUST LIKE JAPANESE ANIMES IN MY JAPANESE LIKE JUST ANIMES!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 18, 2013, 12:24:20 AM
weird
http://memolition.com/2013/06/11/how-the-humans-will-look-like-in-100000-years-4-pictures/

THIS IS IN JUST LIKE IN ONE OF MY JUST LIKE JAPANESE ANIMES IN MY JAPANESE LIKE JUST ANIMES!

Japan will now find a way to accelerate the evolutionary process ten-hundred-fold.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 18, 2013, 06:51:26 PM
http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/internet-rigs-contest-so-creepy-dude-can-smell-taylor-swifts-hair-0
Yeah, so a 39 year old is in a contest with a bunch of teenie-bopping girls to meet Taylor Swift backstage....to sniff her hair.  And thanks to the internet, he's in the lead!

WaitwaitwaitwaitWAAAAAAAAIT

WHY THE FUCK IS TAYLOR SWIFT HOLDING A CONTEST TO GET UNDERAGED GIRLS TO SNIFF HER HAIR?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 18, 2013, 08:23:52 PM
^Because she can.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on July 19, 2013, 11:40:05 AM
http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/internet-rigs-contest-so-creepy-dude-can-smell-taylor-swifts-hair-0
Yeah, so a 39 year old is in a contest with a bunch of teenie-bopping girls to meet Taylor Swift backstage....to sniff her hair.  And thanks to the internet, he's in the lead!

WaitwaitwaitwaitWAAAAAAAAIT

WHY THE FUCK IS TAYLOR SWIFT HOLDING A CONTEST TO GET UNDERAGED GIRLS TO SNIFF HER HAIR?

She needs new material for her songs.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 19, 2013, 07:39:03 PM
"I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22 different underage girls up while they sniff my hair."
"You're still an innocent (but not after tonight)."
"Your little hand's wrapped around my finger. And it's so quiet in the world tonight."
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 20, 2013, 08:05:48 PM
http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/internet-rigs-contest-so-creepy-dude-can-smell-taylor-swifts-hair-0
Yeah, so a 39 year old is in a contest with a bunch of teenie-bopping girls to meet Taylor Swift backstage....to sniff her hair.  And thanks to the internet, he's in the lead!

WaitwaitwaitwaitWAAAAAAAAIT

WHY THE FUCK IS TAYLOR SWIFT HOLDING A CONTEST TO GET UNDERAGED GIRLS TO SNIFF HER HAIR?

She needs new material for her songs.

OMG
(http://i.imgur.com/2QdocT0.jpg)

(http://nooooooooooooooo.com/vader.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 20, 2013, 08:09:57 PM
Seriously though she had to know that her biggest fans were all creepy middle-aged men.

... Even though she, herself, was trying to get young girls to smell her hair.

um...

um...

um...

COUNTRY MUSIC, FOLKS!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 20, 2013, 08:45:05 PM
Guys, I know it's funny and all but I don't think smelling her hair was ever an official part of the contest.  That's just what the creepy guy said he would do if he won, and how he convinced 4chan to help him out.  So no, Taylor Smith was not trying to get anyone to smell her hair...

(http://cdn0.dailydot.com/uploaded/images/original/2013/7/16/taylorswift_contest_3.png)

I know it's possibly less amusing that way, but it's the truth.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 20, 2013, 08:47:47 PM
Guys, I know it's funny and all but I don't think smelling her hair was ever an official part of the contest.  That's just what the creepy guy said he would do if he won, and how he convinced 4chan to help him out.  So no, Taylor Smith was not trying to get anyone to smell her hair...

(http://cdn0.dailydot.com/uploaded/images/original/2013/7/16/taylorswift_contest_3.png)

I know it's possibly less amusing that way, but it's the truth.

Yeha I don't know how the part about sniffing her hair got out as part of the "prize" (I should have said "HE wanted to sniff her hair" and not just "TO sniff her hair").  But I still found it pretty goddamn funny.
I'm kinda sad this was considered a "compromise" of the contest.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on July 20, 2013, 09:35:19 PM
I'm sure there will be a song about this botched contest. Something along the lines of how they couldn't be together.

What if the creepy 39 year old guy offered more stability than the dudes that she has dated?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 21, 2013, 07:32:00 AM
:(

http://americablog.com/2013/07/russia-olympics-sochi-gay-law-putin.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 21, 2013, 10:54:09 AM
:(

http://americablog.com/2013/07/russia-olympics-sochi-gay-law-putin.html

Yikes.  =/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 21, 2013, 12:01:28 PM
:(

http://americablog.com/2013/07/russia-olympics-sochi-gay-law-putin.html

WTF? Way to revert humanity, Russia. So sad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 21, 2013, 12:27:15 PM
:(

http://americablog.com/2013/07/russia-olympics-sochi-gay-law-putin.html

WTF? Way to revert humanity, Russia. So sad.

Hopefully in another generation or two we'll be passed seeing this as any sort of "deal" at all.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on July 21, 2013, 01:25:34 PM
I think the above Picard image says it all....
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 21, 2013, 01:53:15 PM
:(

http://americablog.com/2013/07/russia-olympics-sochi-gay-law-putin.html

WTF? Way to revert humanity, Russia. So sad.

Hopefully in another generation or two we'll be passed seeing this as any sort of "deal" at all.


Certain places in the west?  I wouldn't be surprised.  The world as a whole?  Doubtful.  But yeah, every time someone tries to say "Russia isn't that bad" they do something like that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 21, 2013, 01:56:16 PM
:(

http://americablog.com/2013/07/russia-olympics-sochi-gay-law-putin.html

WTF? Way to revert humanity, Russia. So sad.

Hopefully in another generation or two we'll be passed seeing this as any sort of "deal" at all.


Certain places in the west?  I wouldn't be surprised.  The world as a whole?  Doubtful.  But yeah, every time someone tries to say "Russia isn't that bad" they do something like that.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2009/07/02/india-court-gay-ruling574.html
If India could do it, I have faith in the future generation.....s.....!!!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 22, 2013, 10:19:46 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/18/dubai-woman-raped-jailed-extramarital-sex/2554045/

Good grief.
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9alzfda7V1qgv0j3.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 22, 2013, 12:47:47 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/18/dubai-woman-raped-jailed-extramarital-sex/2554045/

Good grief.
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9alzfda7V1qgv0j3.gif)

That's just sick, but what's even worse is that this sort of thing is apparently common in the UAE...

Edit: Well, at least she got pardoned (http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/22/world/meast/uae-norway-rape-controversy/?hpt=hp_t1).  I mean, it's completely ridiculous that a pardon is even needed for something like this, but it's better than her not being pardoned...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 22, 2013, 01:21:54 PM
THE BABY JESUS IS COMING!!!

Well, that's what one would think with how the country is reacting, but no, it's just another woman living off the state giving birth to a baby.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 22, 2013, 04:23:36 PM
THE BABY JESUS IS COMING!!!

Well, that's what one would think with how the country is reacting, but no, it's just another woman living off the state giving birth to a baby.
And isn't the royal family pretty much just a formality nowadays? Do they actually have any power to DO anything? I'm still confused on that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 22, 2013, 04:39:34 PM
THE BABY JESUS IS COMING!!!

Well, that's what one would think with how the country is reacting, but no, it's just another woman living off the state giving birth to a baby.
And isn't the royal family pretty much just a formality nowadays? Do they actually have any power to DO anything? I'm still confused on that.

Charity I think.

I find it more comical that "peasants" are giving the royal family baby gifts... and yeah, I don't get how or why peopel lose their mind over this unless you're an old woman with nothing else in her life..... or whatever.  I like hearing about the Royal Family I guess -- but nothing I'd fawn over...  Ah well, hopefully Kate's baby will have a nice thick head of hair.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 22, 2013, 04:49:28 PM
Gives people something to talk about in their dull, dreary, meaningless lives I guess.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 22, 2013, 05:02:03 PM
Rather this than the news on the Kardashian-West baby
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 22, 2013, 05:02:16 PM
Gives people something to talk about in their dull, dreary, meaningless lives I guess.
I swear that was the point of video games,I thought?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 22, 2013, 05:02:57 PM
Gives people something to talk about in their dull, dreary, meaningless lives I guess.
I swear that was the point of video games,I thought?

Damn straight!  We need to enlighten the masses!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 22, 2013, 05:07:19 PM
Gives people something to talk about in their dull, dreary, meaningless lives I guess.
I swear that was the point of video games,I thought?

Damn straight!  We need to enlighten the masses!

I've never been bored with a good game in hand.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 22, 2013, 05:12:48 PM
It sill amazes me in this day and age how awkward it feels to bring up video games in general conversation. I can talk about this fucking itchild being born from the hotty-turned-princess Kate Middleton and feel fine, but talking about that awesome moment in the last of us when (any moment applies they're all awesome) is so scandalous. It saddens me that morons can slam games on the news about violence or feminists can call the misogynistic and the men who play them rapists in training, but why is having a discussion about that story point x game so awkwardly hush hush still?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 22, 2013, 05:41:48 PM
This thread got all existencial and shit. :v

Damn straight!  We need to enlighten the masses!

About what? That people need to be less shitty? Good luck with that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 22, 2013, 06:00:53 PM
Damn straight!  We need to enlighten the masses!

About what? That people need to be less shitty? Good luck with that.

Not sure how you got there.  I meant that we should enlighten them about the virtues of video games.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 22, 2013, 06:15:58 PM
This is like the Superbowl but for Brits and instead of spiking the ball the doctor spikes the baby
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 22, 2013, 06:27:50 PM
@Kevadu: I was thinking in general when I posted that, but yeah I understand what are you saying.

Also late reply...

It sill amazes me in this day and age how awkward it feels to bring up video games in general conversation.

Sometimes it can be really weird to talk with someone that you know that play games but never understand what you are saying. Maybe I'm too "hardcore" about this sort of stuff for him/her. :|

...eh.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 22, 2013, 07:26:02 PM
THE BABY JESUS IS COMING!!!

Well, that's what one would think with how the country is reacting, but no, it's just another woman living off the state giving birth to a baby.
And isn't the royal family pretty much just a formality nowadays? Do they actually have any power to DO anything? I'm still confused on that.

Charity I think.

I find it more comical that "peasants" are giving the royal family baby gifts... and yeah, I don't get how or why peopel lose their mind over this unless you're an old woman with nothing else in her life..... or whatever.  I like hearing about the Royal Family I guess -- but nothing I'd fawn over...  Ah well, hopefully Kate's baby will have a nice thick head of hair.

Dice the UK is a country populated entirely by old women with nothing else in their lives.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 22, 2013, 08:05:05 PM
THE BABY JESUS IS COMING!!!

Well, that's what one would think with how the country is reacting, but no, it's just another woman living off the state giving birth to a baby.

HAHAHA

I never thought of the royal family as being on wellfare. Awesome
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on July 22, 2013, 09:55:02 PM
It sill amazes me in this day and age how awkward it feels to bring up video games in general conversation. I can talk about this fucking itchild being born from the hotty-turned-princess Kate Middleton and feel fine, but talking about that awesome moment in the last of us when (any moment applies they're all awesome) is so scandalous. It saddens me that morons can slam games on the news about violence or feminists can call the misogynistic and the men who play them rapists in training, but why is having a discussion about that story point x game so awkwardly hush hush still?
It's especially true when your 38 and working in an office full of stuffy conservatives. I've been there 13 years now, and I can count on one hand how many times my gaming hobby has come up. Like on Monday morning when everyone's talking about their weekend activities. I might have just played through Journey, and want to tell the world how amazing it is, but no way would I bring it up. Blank stares and chirping crickets is all I'd get. Then get told how they climbed Pikes Peak or something.
Outside of the internet, I talk to my son about games, and on occasion my youngest brother. That's it. Definitely sucks when so many great games are worth talking about.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 22, 2013, 10:02:57 PM
One time I went to lunch with some coworkers, and they were talking about anime and videogames, and I still didn't want to mention that I play videogames. Mostly because I don't want to show any personality.

Also I'm having a hard time not screaming at my test lead right now because he's completely fucking clueless about everything. Like, for example, he told me some server was down. Few hours later, he asks me what happens when that server goes down, and why I told him it was down when it wasn't.

WTF?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 22, 2013, 10:06:33 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=19735432&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Anyone who's still on the fence about Zimmerman can get fucked
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 22, 2013, 10:12:50 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=19735432&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Anyone who's still on the fence about Zimmerman can get fucked

That's nice but he still murdered a kid.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 22, 2013, 10:17:58 PM
A kid who was on top of him beating him down and telling him he was going to die.

I find the tons of cries for vigilante justice and posting his address on twitter to be far more disgusting.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 22, 2013, 10:18:27 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=19735432&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Anyone who's still on the fence about Zimmerman can get fucked

That's nice but he still murdered a kid.
Yes, that's what a murder does...finds a flipped SUV and helps save 4 people. I am seriously dumbfounded at how many people have sent this guy death threats and violent calls, meanwhile in spite of most of the ignorant americans and their idiocy he helps a family of 4 survive what could have been an incredibly deadly situation.

If this was simply a stunt he pulled to save face, he could have just donated a few thousand dollars to unicef.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 22, 2013, 10:19:03 PM
The Zimmerman thing reminds me of the local case of Fredy Villanueva.
A cop ended up shooting a Hispanic kid who, with his 'gang', surrounded her and was about to get physical.
As the case went on, more and more info pilled up to show that the kid was far from being an angel.

Yet, it was obvious that some people didn't want to see that because to them, a cop shot a racial minority.
Of course, some parts are very grey akin to the ZImmerman story... but the similarity is that if those kids didn't get aggressive, they would both be alive today.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 22, 2013, 10:20:35 PM
For reference:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/1374104448388_zps8a12639e.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 22, 2013, 10:24:43 PM
Okay, so Roderick Scott murdered a kid too.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 22, 2013, 10:28:09 PM
A kid who was on top of him beating him down and telling him he was going to die.

According to Hans Zimmerman...and no one else.  Funny how the only other witness was dead.  And Hans Zimmerman didn't even have the injuries to back it up, nor was any of this consistent with the events leading up to this supposed beating.

But ultimately it doesn't matter because Florida says you can shoot anyone you want so long as you feel threatened.  It's completely subjective!  That law was the only reason he was acquitted, because it's not up to lower courts to challenge the laws no matter how stupid they might be.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 22, 2013, 10:29:50 PM
Wrong, Kevadu. There was a witness corroborating Zimmerman's account. Zimmerman also had cuts on the back of his head and a broken nose, consistent with the beating he says he got. Read up on the court case and watch the trial. It's all in there. Also, this case had nothign to do with Stand Your Ground. They argued traditional self defense.

Mesh: Kids who were breaking the law and assaulted other people. And 'kids' is a relative term, these were 17-year-olds, not preschoolers. They have the means to kill and were going to do so. At that age you already know what is right and wrong.

So at what point were these men allowed to defend themselves? When they were irreparably hurt? When they were bleeding out? Where they were dead?

I'm not going to say these kids deserved to die, but I'm not going to be shedding any tears for delinquents.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 22, 2013, 10:31:53 PM
I'm glad we live in a world where breaking someone's nose is punishable by death.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 22, 2013, 10:33:00 PM
Yes, because that was all Martin was going to do, just break someone's nose and let that be the end of it. He didn't stay on top of another man beating him against the pavement or anything.

Oh wait.

If someone breaks my nose and then tries to finsih the job should I let him kill me so that people can sit around afterwards and say "That Ashton, he may be dead but he was a good little pacifist to the end"? And Trayvon Martin was a brawler. He was 5'11" and muscular. He'd be able to kill me with relative ease. I'd be well within my rights to shoot him if he told me he was going to kill me.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 22, 2013, 10:37:47 PM
I'm glad we live in a world where breaking someone's nose is punishable by death.

Mesh, I understand where you're coming from... but when you start a fight, you have to expect that the other person can and will do anything to save themselves.
You really have no idea what you'd do to survive until you get put on the spot...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 22, 2013, 10:39:09 PM
If trayvon hadn't attacked zimmerman, zimmerman wouldn't have had to defend himself. What if zimmerman had defended himself with just his bare hands and struck the kid in his temple or throat and killed him? Would he sill be a murderer? I'm sorry if you feel like everyone should have some basic knowledge of self defense, but if my head is getting bashed off the ground by someone, that's grounds to stop him ANY WAY POSSIBLE.

ANY FUCKING WAY possible.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 22, 2013, 11:04:02 PM
Ever think that maybe Trayvon Martin was trying to defend himself ANY FUCKING WAY possible from the guy with a gun who was stalking him for no reason?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 22, 2013, 11:09:30 PM
No, because in the time between the phone call from Zimmerman to dispatch to the confrontation, Martin had time enough to return home. By that point Zimmerman had lost track of him and was returning to his car. Martin circled back to confront Zimmerman.

Also, there is nothing wrong with looking to see if someone might have been a burglar. Stalking is repeated harassment, which clearly didn't happen here (people keep using that word and I don't think they know what it means); Zimmerman pursued, lost Martin, went back to his car. Martin came back and started beating on Zimmerman.

Concisely:

Following Martin - Not illegal
Martin returning and confronting Zimmerman, asking if he had a problem - Not illegal
Zimmerman saying he had no problem - Not illegal
Martin saying Zimmerman now had a problem - Not illegal
Martin punching Zimmerman in the face - illegal, misdemeanor
Martin getting on top of Zimmerman and pounding his head into the pavement - illegal, felony assault; possibly aggravated assault
Zimmerman pulling out a gun and shooting at Martin - Not illegal, self defense
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 22, 2013, 11:26:10 PM
Ever think that maybe Trayvon Martin was trying to defend himself ANY FUCKING WAY possible from the guy with a gun who was stalking him for no reason?
But that's the thing, did Martin know Zimmerman had a gun on him? If he did, do you think he would have even attacked Zimmerman then? I'm a huge guy with an incredibly big ego and the balls to step up to anyone threatening me, but if you have a gun, I'll sit that out thanks much.

Only cuz I don't wanna double post...
http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2575117

Dennis Farina died today :(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 23, 2013, 09:02:06 AM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 23, 2013, 09:43:00 AM
Every country in the world used to laugh at The Great Firewall of China...
A decade later, they are all building their own.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 23, 2013, 09:44:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUifLbLVXFo
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on July 23, 2013, 09:50:08 AM
Only cuz I don't wanna double post...

Dennis Farina died today :(

Damn shame.. Too early. He played a good asshole. I loved him in Get Shorty and Big Trouble.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 23, 2013, 10:05:03 AM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

Playboy mags will probably sell like hot cakes again.

Only cuz I don't wanna double post...

Dennis Farina died today :(

Damn shame.. Too early. He played a good asshole. I loved him in Get Shorty and Big Trouble.

Avi: 86 carats.
Guy: Where?
Avi: London.
Guy: London?
Avi: London.
Guy2: London?
Avi: Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary-fucking-Poppins. LONDON!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 23, 2013, 10:18:09 AM
Only cuz I don't wanna double post...

Dennis Farina died today :(

Damn shame.. Too early. He played a good asshole. I loved him in Get Shorty and Big Trouble.

He was from Chicago, we're master adepts at being assholes!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 23, 2013, 10:35:11 AM
Ever think that maybe Trayvon Martin was trying to defend himself ANY FUCKING WAY possible from the guy with a gun who was stalking him for no reason?

Given that Zimmerman was following him from a distance in low visibility and had his gun concealed under his shirt and jacket the idea that Martin knew about the gun is simply grasping at straws.


And since people are addressing this as a case involving Stand Your Ground law:  No, no, no, no, just. FUCKING. NO.  The Stand Your Ground law had NO application in this case.  The chief of police said it was irrelevant in deciding whether or not to make an arrest.  Zimmerman did not attend an SYG hearing.  The defense did not cite or attempt use it.  The prosecutor did not cite it except when trying to assassinate Zimmerman's character by citing an interview with Fox News discussing SYG law.  It had no bearing whatsoever on the case.  Stand Your Ground (or laws requiring you to flee when attacked) have no legal relevance in a situation where you cannot run, such as when you're pinned to the ground.  This was a straight up self defense case and would have been argued the same way in court in a state that doesn't have a stand your ground law.

By the way, I'd like to point out that laws that say 'you must flee' are at least as vague--often moreso--than any SYG law (most if not all of which require a defined standard of having good reasons for believing your life is in danger), because there is no defined standard of how hard you must try to flee or how far you must flee before you're allowed to defend yourself.  The case of CeCe McDonald (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/05/cece-mcdonald-transgender-hate-crime-murder) is an excellent illustration of what happens in places where there is no SYG law.  Did she flee?  Yes.  But according to the state, she didn't flee enough so defending herself against an attacker was illegal.

Also, I'm terrified by the idea that we live in some Orwellian world where defending your life against someone who has ambushed you and is trying to kill you is murder.  While we're at it let's just admit that war is peace and and love is hate.

In the meantime, between Kate's baby and demonizing the (half) white dude, the world seems to have failed to notice the fucking prison break in Abu Ghraib, which resulted in hundreds of inmates escaping.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on July 23, 2013, 10:47:30 AM
Avi: 86 carats.
Guy: Where?
Avi: London.
Guy: London?
Avi: London.
Guy2: London?
Avi: Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary-fucking-Poppins. LONDON!

Haha yes! Excellent film/role!

Doug: Avi!
Avi: Shut up and sit down, you big, bald fuck. I don't like leaving my own country, Doug, and I especially don't like leaving it for anything less then warm sandy beaches, and cocktails with little straw hats.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on July 23, 2013, 11:41:14 AM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

I was just coming to post about this.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on July 23, 2013, 11:42:48 AM
Only cuz I don't wanna double post...

Dennis Farina died today :(

Damn shame.. Too early. He played a good asshole. I loved him in Get Shorty and Big Trouble.

He was from Chicago, we're master adepts at being assholes!

As someone who grew up on the east coast and then moved to Chicagoland 10 years ago, I must agree with you. I feel like living here has transformed me in some way over the years...

(http://i42.tinypic.com/124vgwh.jpg)

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 23, 2013, 12:00:23 PM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

I'm having a hilarious mental image of a mass exodus resulting from this.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 23, 2013, 12:37:56 PM
THEY MAY TAKE OUR FREEDOM BUT THEY MAY NEVER TAKE OUR PORNO!!!!!

(http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Braveheart-braveheart-727143_413_479.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 23, 2013, 12:39:11 PM
Only cuz I don't wanna double post...

Dennis Farina died today :(

Damn shame.. Too early. He played a good asshole. I loved him in Get Shorty and Big Trouble.

He was from Chicago, we're master adepts at being assholes!

As someone who grew up on the east coast and then moved to Chicagoland 10 years ago, I must agree with you. I feel like living here has transformed me in some way over the years...

(http://i42.tinypic.com/124vgwh.jpg)



If you're from Boston or NYC then Chicago should feel like happy town by comparison
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 23, 2013, 12:48:35 PM
Actually NYC is fairly mellow, I felt.

Then again I come from California, which is the world capital of assholes, particularly SoCal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 23, 2013, 12:55:28 PM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

I was just coming to post about this.

Worst of all it's not even a case of even if you opt out you aren't affected. He plans to make looking at "extreme" pornography illegal, which includes BDSM. My anger isn't even about him trying to ban porn or throwing in the old "I'm doing it for the good of the children" routine, but this is censorship so blatant I don't know why people aren't rioting.

EDIT: And peoples obsession over this stupid fucking royal baby is helping brush it all under the carpet.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 23, 2013, 01:27:41 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/945722_211162765705193_1176610574_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 23, 2013, 01:37:54 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/pool-owner-has-bathing-suit-that-touched-his-penis,33222/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on July 23, 2013, 02:05:22 PM
EDIT: And peoples obsession over this stupid fucking royal baby is helping brush it all under the carpet.

I don't get why anyone outside of England gives a shit about that damn baby, let alone anyone inside.


Only cuz I don't wanna double post...

Dennis Farina died today :(

Damn shame.. Too early. He played a good asshole. I loved him in Get Shorty and Big Trouble.

He was from Chicago, we're master adepts at being assholes!

As someone who grew up on the east coast and then moved to Chicagoland 10 years ago, I must agree with you. I feel like living here has transformed me in some way over the years...

(http://i42.tinypic.com/124vgwh.jpg)



If you're from Boston or NYC then Chicago should feel like happy town by comparison

I hail from the Virginia Beach area. The asshole mentality ratio is definitely lower than Chi-City, but like any place, there are still plenty of them there...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 23, 2013, 02:39:36 PM

EDIT: And peoples obsession over this stupid fucking royal baby is helping brush it all under the carpet.

Replace the UK with the US and this is exactly what's going on with the Abu Ghraib prison break. :(

Hundreds of escaped inmates, most of them confirmed terrorists (unlike Gitmo), but yeah, fuck that shit, the Royal Baby rules all.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on July 23, 2013, 04:32:22 PM
They should just go ahead and name it "Centre of the Universe"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 23, 2013, 06:08:53 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/vRydZCS.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 23, 2013, 07:27:14 PM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/602678_10200996129479686_1964338554_n.jpg)

George Takei posted this on Facebook.  The shitstorm that resulted was hilarious.  Among other things, I learned from a Brit that the reason the American Revolution was fought was to stop a ban on slave ownership...even though Britain didn't ban it until roughly fifty years later.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on July 23, 2013, 07:42:01 PM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

To add to the stuff you posted later, this also conveniently allows them to censor many other sites that they don't like because someone may upload something they deem offensive.  I wonder if they'll ban twitter since Adult Film Stars often upload nekkid pictures of themselves.

Not surprised it's not getting more attention here.  It should be though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 23, 2013, 07:46:06 PM
To add to the stuff you posted later, this also conveniently allows them to censor many other sites that they don't like because someone may upload something they deem offensive.

This strikes me as an excellent point; if the law is broad enough to allow for that it can open some pretty large floodgates.  Mind you, I don't know enough about British politics to comment in any kind of detail on the likelihood of them abusing that power, but generally speaking a government will be...welll...a government.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 23, 2013, 07:58:27 PM
http://mobile.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/low_concept/2013/07/carlos_danger_name_generator_use_our_widget_to_get_a_name_like_anthony_weiner.a.html

If I use "Chris" = José María Jeopardy
Christopher = Benito Catastrophe
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 23, 2013, 08:09:23 PM
Worst of all it's not even a case of even if you opt out you aren't affected. He plans to make looking at "extreme" pornography illegal, which includes BDSM. My anger isn't even about him trying to ban porn or throwing in the old "I'm doing it for the good of the children" routine, but this is censorship so blatant I don't know why people aren't rioting.

Star, how would you rate your bullshit as opposed to this gem?

Vic Toews Canadian Public Safety Minister said on February 13, 2012: ".. either stand with us or with the child pornographers" in response to questions from Quebec MP Francis Scarpaleggia regarding extensive Privacy Commission concerns about 'warrant-less access' to all Canadian Internet and Cell phone accounts under the proposed legislation contained in bill C-30 "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act" introduced the following day (February 14, 2012) in the House of Commons of Canada.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 23, 2013, 08:27:33 PM
That's just infuriating.

Worst of all people are SO AFRAID of even being called a pedophille even when it's clearly untrue that they won't speak up.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 23, 2013, 09:06:23 PM
Well, among the politicians, and even normal discussions, accusations of being a pedophile is basically an "I WIN" card.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 23, 2013, 09:08:06 PM
"Why didn't you do the dishes?"

"Because you are a pedophile"

"Next time, Gadget"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 23, 2013, 09:18:32 PM
That's just infuriating.

Worst of all people are SO AFRAID of even being called a pedophille even when it's clearly untrue that they won't speak up.

Holy shit.  That strategy is even more brilliant and evil than, say, calling something the PATRIOT Act.  I didn't think that was possible short of naming something the Don't Kick the Puppy Act.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: (Tunnels) on July 23, 2013, 09:50:51 PM
Every day an Independant Scotland seems more and more like a good idea. Whatever will separate us from the Conservative party that's in power.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

Measures to block access to content on the internet never work out the way those in power tend to think they will. Not only does it just encourage the seekers of the content to find ways around the blocks, but such provisions tend to be aggressive, in that they block legitimate, non-pornographic information. Classic example is safe-sex information; despite the fact that such information is for the good of the public, the fact that it deals with sexual content causes it to be blocked. Information dealing with homosexuality also tends to be blocked, since it often gets lumped in with other "adult" content.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 23, 2013, 09:53:15 PM
I don't even think pedophiles USE Google. That seems like asking to be caught. I thought it was all be peer-network stuff, or you know a guy who knows a guy.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 23, 2013, 10:09:45 PM
I don't even think pedophiles USE Google. That seems like asking to be caught. I thought it was all be peer-network stuff, or you know a guy who knows a guy.

I figure the idiots get caught and the really dangerous smart ones are the one that roam free.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 23, 2013, 11:05:38 PM
Glad to see politicians in Europe think like soccer (football for you euro oddballs) moms in America.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 24, 2013, 08:44:39 AM
Relevant, saw this on Taelus' Facebook.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 24, 2013, 09:42:50 AM
I don't even think pedophiles USE Google. That seems like asking to be caught. I thought it was all be peer-network stuff, or you know a guy who knows a guy.

Terrorists don't tend to use sites and message boards that show up on Google either (or search for compatriots on Google), or their personal cell phones for that matter, and yet that's the excuse the US government has given for collecting internet and phone data on everyone in the country.

I'd say the common sense answer is that these operations have fuck-all to do with catching terrorists or catching pedophiles when it comes right down to it.  It's just an excuse that the public is expected to be willing to swallow.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 24, 2013, 04:27:00 PM
I don't know if this is real or not, but apparently dead baby soup is now a delicacy in China to improve virility.  http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2013/07/chinese-eat-baby-soup-for-sex.html

Ummm... yeah... if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 24, 2013, 04:32:58 PM
(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/5683/chunks.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 24, 2013, 05:27:20 PM
I firmly believe that in 100 years, the male population in China will be so high that China will be the gayest and most flamboyant country in the world.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2GMZjkNW5b8&t=164))
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 24, 2013, 05:36:08 PM
I don't doubt there's some messed up shit in this world but I have trouble believing this.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 24, 2013, 05:40:17 PM
Well in Asia there's this thing with doing porn with eels so the Chinese serving babies as an aphrodisiac (when really they are just doing cannibalism) is kinda obvious at this point really...

Still, stop being so nasty China. Seriously.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 24, 2013, 05:41:20 PM
In Scotland we eat babies just out of routine.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 24, 2013, 05:48:10 PM
In Scotland we eat babies just out of routine.
And now I'm imagining Sean Connery eating a baby and saying "Looks like I'm having Baby Back Ribs for dinner tonight".
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 24, 2013, 05:48:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nixR6wVa4HY
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 24, 2013, 07:18:53 PM
Villains beware of...the Burkha Avenger! (http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ap-exclusive-pakistans-hero-burka-avenger-19759553)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 24, 2013, 07:48:56 PM
Villains beware of...the Burkha Avenger! (http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ap-exclusive-pakistans-hero-burka-avenger-19759553)

Reminds me a little bit of this book/movie called The Taqwacores (a fictional story about a Muslim punk house in Buffalo NY).  One of the characters, Rabeya, is an anarcho-feminist who sports a burkha covered in band patches. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 24, 2013, 08:09:08 PM
Reddit / Discovery News stuff (http://es.reddit.com/r/science/comments/1iy9ku/death_happens_more_slowly_than_thought_a_new/)

I hate reading shit like this even if its interesting.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on July 25, 2013, 11:02:45 AM
I don't know if this is real or not, but apparently dead baby soup is now a delicacy in China to improve virility.  http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2013/07/chinese-eat-baby-soup-for-sex.html

Ummm... yeah... if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves. 

Yeah, that's all kinds of wrong right there.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 25, 2013, 12:00:55 PM
glow in the dark TATS

http://bit.ly/172eyzo

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 25, 2013, 12:07:48 PM
I don't know if this is real or not, but apparently dead baby soup is now a delicacy in China to improve virility.  http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2013/07/chinese-eat-baby-soup-for-sex.html

Ummm... yeah... if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves.  
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/cannibal/fetus.asp

Don't believe everything you read, folks.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 25, 2013, 01:03:52 PM
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/cannibal/fetus.asp

Don't believe everything you read, folks.

I forgot this site was a thing...

And now that I remember there was a guy on the comment section putting a link from Wikipedia about Zhu Yu, but he didn't give any context as to why that was important though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 25, 2013, 01:27:40 PM
Sometimes the best method is to leave evidence as to other people's gullibility and leave them to their shame.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 25, 2013, 02:06:38 PM
^Nah, I wouldn't give him too much credit. At best he was being lazy, but hey maybe now I'm being gullible for believing that. :p

Who cares anyway.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 25, 2013, 02:14:42 PM
Well, I imagine you would; if taking 30 seconds on Google to fact check is too much to ask I gather you'd look like a fool more often than not.

Judging by the number of people who were actually taken in by this (6 year old) article on this very board, it only confirms my pet peeve: people would rather be outraged and ignorant than be rational and fact check.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 25, 2013, 02:52:44 PM
I still stand by the statement that if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves. 

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 25, 2013, 03:27:50 PM
I still stand by the statement that if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves. 


You know what's an aphrodisiac? Women. I always get aroused when I think about them in sexual context.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 25, 2013, 03:31:08 PM
Hm, doesn't work for me? Am I using the woman wrong?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 25, 2013, 03:32:54 PM
You know what's an aphrodisiac? Women. I always get aroused when I think about them in sexual context.

That sounds dangerous!  We should ban women.

Hm, doesn't work for me? Am I using the woman wrong?

Hmm...maybe we should ban men too.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 25, 2013, 03:34:37 PM
Wouldn't that just leave Rosie O'Donnel?

Hm, I think you might be on to something.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 25, 2013, 04:19:33 PM
Judging by the number of people who were actually taken in by this (6 year old) article on this very board, it only confirms my pet peeve: people would rather be outraged and ignorant than be rational and fact check.

For reference, see: The discussion that occurred about four pages ago.

Wouldn't that just leave Rosie O'Donnel?

Hm, I think you might be on to something.

This seems an effective strategy, in particular if the goal is to reduce the population size by inducing mass suicide after people try to think of her in a sexual context out of pure desperation and can't get the PTSD inducing images out of their minds.


In other news... (http://www.smbc-comics.com/comics/20130725.png)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 25, 2013, 04:51:15 PM
Hm, doesn't work for me? Am I using the woman wrong?
You just need a stronger dose of woman, lol.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 25, 2013, 09:28:58 PM
Wouldn't that just leave Rosie O'Donnel?

Hm, I think you might be on to something.

What about dickgirls?  They'd still be left too, right?  And what about transgendered folks? 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 25, 2013, 10:16:53 PM
Wouldn't that just leave Rosie O'Donnel?

Hm, I think you might be on to something.

What about dickgirls?  They'd still be left too, right?  And what about transgendered folks? 

I consider transgender people to be whatever sex they identify with, I don't think they are some "in-between" people forever. Of course you get gender-queer people, and they would probably be happy to not be considered part of our binary sex system.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on July 26, 2013, 02:11:08 AM
Well, I imagine you would; if taking 30 seconds on Google to fact check is too much to ask I gather you'd look like a fool more often than not.

Judging by the number of people who were actually taken in by this (6 year old) article on this very board, it only confirms my pet peeve: people would rather be outraged and ignorant than be rational and fact check.

I didn't fact check because I knew it would get on your nerves if I played gullible.

Seriously, I'm the type that usually double checks before I tell someone else. I'll dwell on the possibility of something like that actually existing before I research it to see if it is true or false. It wouldn't surprise me if there were people out there that would actually do something like that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 26, 2013, 03:12:29 AM
I don't know if this is real or not, but apparently dead baby soup is now a delicacy in China to improve virility.  http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2013/07/chinese-eat-baby-soup-for-sex.html

Ummm... yeah... if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves.  
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/cannibal/fetus.asp

Don't believe everything you read, folks.

Ah, so instead of eating babies, it was actually a pretentious avant garde artíst.

In other words, worse.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 26, 2013, 08:26:51 AM
Wouldn't that just leave Rosie O'Donnel?

Hm, I think you might be on to something.

What about dickgirls?  They'd still be left too, right?  And what about transgendered folks? 

I consider transgender people to be whatever sex they identify with, I don't think they are some "in-between" people forever. Of course you get gender-queer people, and they would probably be happy to not be considered part of our binary sex system.

And that's not even considering the "third gender" folks in so many Asian countries, like the ladyboys, hijra, kathoey...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 26, 2013, 09:19:25 AM
I don't know if this is real or not, but apparently dead baby soup is now a delicacy in China to improve virility.  http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2013/07/chinese-eat-baby-soup-for-sex.html

Ummm... yeah... if everything the world claims is an aphrodisiac really worked, then we'd all be walking around with perpetual boners humping everything that moves.  
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/cannibal/fetus.asp

Don't believe everything you read, folks.

Ah, so instead of eating babies, it was actually a pretentious avant garde artíst.

In other words, worse.

...Hmmm....

Yeah, that is worse.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 29, 2013, 07:53:36 PM
After trying and failing at not including 'loser' in several variations of the title of the link to this news, I'm just going to link to it without comment. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/socially-anxiety-dating-government-should-pay-women-date-men_n_3293626.html)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ZshadeZ on July 30, 2013, 09:16:32 AM
After trying and failing at not including 'loser' in several variations of the title of the link to this news, I'm just going to link to it without comment. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/socially-anxiety-dating-government-should-pay-women-date-men_n_3293626.html)


"incel" men (short for "involuntary celibacy"). According to the anonymous author of the blog, who says that he identified as incel from age 14 to 24...


In other news, SJW activists are usually idiots. Sources: tumblr; this article.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 30, 2013, 11:47:38 AM
I'd seen the term 'involuntary celibacy' used once before by a guy on a message board arguing (very badly, unfortunately) for legalization of prostitution, but given that that guy was not the sharpest knife in the drawer I figured he just came up with it himself.  Then I saw it on that bit of news and was like "Oh fuck, it must be some new MRA term. :("
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 30, 2013, 11:54:29 AM
This seems appropriate...

Show me your genitals~♪ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqXi8WmQ_WM)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 30, 2013, 11:54:45 AM
What's this MRA and why is there so much internet hate surrounding it? I've been accused of 'being an MRA' more than once and apparently it's some sort of "i win" card.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 30, 2013, 11:58:07 AM
I've never heard of this phenomenon.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 30, 2013, 12:01:24 PM
@Ashton: Is this right?

MRA -- Acronym for a group called 'Men's Rights Activists':

"A bunch of whiny pedantic morons that think there is some vast Illuminati feminist conspiracy while seemingly ignoring the fact that their own gender runs the majority of the world."
-- Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mra)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 30, 2013, 12:02:05 PM
Oh Good Lord.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 30, 2013, 08:20:53 PM
Uhhh, yeah Urban Dictionary pretty much summed it up.  They have some good ideas once in a while but it generally consists of whining about the excesses of a straw man version of feminism, Bill Maher style.  I'm pretty sure there's a MRA Reddit floating around somewhere if someone wants to venture in and take a look.

And yes, Ashton, it's also used by morons as an "I win" card, much like declaring your opponent racist and then running away.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 30, 2013, 08:40:03 PM
I'm pretty sure there's a MRA Reddit floating around somewhere if someone wants to venture in and take a look.

http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/

(http://www.cute-factor.com/images/smilies/onion/4519626a.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 30, 2013, 08:46:51 PM
I've never heard of this phenomenon.

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/dittoyu8-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 30, 2013, 09:11:16 PM
Top post on that subreddit. Daily Mail.

Rage inducing. I wanna puke.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2381061/Todays-young-women-think-theyre-victims--Do-stop-whining-sisters-Weve-WON-sex-war.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 30, 2013, 11:13:02 PM
And this is why I think all modern activists are morons.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 30, 2013, 11:56:14 PM
(http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_640x430/public/ferrisbueller_12.jpg)
Ferris: Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on July 31, 2013, 12:59:01 AM
This story pisses me off. A lot. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch)

I don't care how you feel about the troops and what they are doing, but you do not fuck with a mans dog.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on July 31, 2013, 09:26:24 AM
This story pisses me off. A lot. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch)

I don't care how you feel about the troops and what they are doing, but you do not fuck with a mans dog.

What an asshole.  Frankly, I give kudos to that soldier for asking around about it (and hopefully filing a lawsuit in the future) rather than just beating an answer out of the guy.  I'm pretty sure those who would take that approach are not a small minority, in particular among soldiers.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 31, 2013, 11:26:47 AM
This story pisses me off. A lot. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch)

I don't care how you feel about the troops and what they are doing, but you do not fuck with a mans dog.

I'd be pissed.  He trusted his good friend only to lose his best friend.
I'd be so bummed if someone gave away my dog one day, and why would you do that with someone else's pooch/property??  I really hope he gets him back -- dogs are kinda..."funny" when they're with new owners, at the very least, they're just not the same.

Oh, Dagger, this is for you:
(http://i.imgur.com/t1YYmp7.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 31, 2013, 11:25:10 PM
This story pisses me off. A lot. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch)

I don't care how you feel about the troops and what they are doing, but you do not fuck with a mans dog.

That's the worst thing ever. The thought of that pup probably kept that guy going in some hard times and some jagbag got rid of it. I feel for him.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on August 01, 2013, 11:44:19 PM
That sign is fabulous.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 02, 2013, 12:57:42 AM
This story pisses me off. A lot. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/washington-soldier-dog/index.html?iref=storysearch)

I don't care how you feel about the troops and what they are doing, but you do not fuck with a mans dog.

That's the worst thing ever. The thought of that pup probably kept that guy going in some hard times and some jagbag got rid of it. I feel for him.
They are called man's best friend for a reason. I hope that guy burns.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 04, 2013, 09:20:04 PM
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1207007339243.gif) (http://s193.photobucket.com/user/Chips347/media/1207007339243.gif.html)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 05, 2013, 07:44:55 PM
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1207007339243.gif) (http://s193.photobucket.com/user/Chips347/media/1207007339243.gif.html)

^ God I wanted to cry over a cartoon dog so bad...

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/08/05/bachelor_all_his_life_69yearold_new_yorker_finds_love_in_toronto.html
69 Year old bachelor from NYC finds love in Toronto! :D

Come one down, we're great people!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 05, 2013, 08:01:58 PM
All I saw in the article is the more uninterested the guy seemed, the hotter the woman got for him.

Quote
Robertson thought this was incredibly romantic. But Becker, a practical-minded man, had not intended the chocolate-giving as a gesture of courtship.
“I wasn’t thinking of anything,” he recalls, “other than the fact that this woman likes chocolates, and I have chocolates.”
Quote
He figured she, like the others, probably just saw him as a nice guy to hang around with.
Quote
he thought they were just friends.

This man has mastered reverse psychology.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on August 05, 2013, 09:19:03 PM
Kind of like how the more a woman emphasizes that she "Doesn't want to play games" the faster you get the hell away from her.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 06, 2013, 07:03:15 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/czech-republic-pastafarian-allowed-wear-colander-head-id-192622512.html

I AM OFFICIALLY A NEW RELIGION.  HAND ME THE OFFICIAL COLANDER.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 06, 2013, 07:54:28 PM
Sweet mamacita that is the best thing ever.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 06, 2013, 09:48:23 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/czech-republic-pastafarian-allowed-wear-colander-head-id-192622512.html

I AM OFFICIALLY A NEW RELIGION.  HAND ME THE OFFICIAL COLANDER.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on August 07, 2013, 07:42:53 PM
Raven Symone from That's So Raven came out as a lesbian last week and apparently had a shit ton of backlash. People saying their childhood is ruined.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/raven-symone-fans-tweet-childhood-ruined_n_3720254.html?1375911329&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 07, 2013, 08:02:04 PM
I could have sworn she's been 'out' much longer than that.

Anyways, looking forward to the day when homosexual relationships aren't a priority and we can focus on curing disease, fixing worldwide hunger, and stopping bullying instead of protesting silly things.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 07, 2013, 08:39:43 PM
I could have sworn she's been 'out' much longer than that.

Anyways, looking forward to the day when homosexual relationships aren't a priority and we can focus on curing disease, fixing worldwide hunger, and stopping bullying instead of protesting silly things.



A. You can grind up a gay person's organs to make powerful medicines that will cure all known, and many unknown, diseases.
B. Gay people are 100% edible and completely delicious.
C. Gay people also make adequate human shields if a bully is punching you.

Unfortunately, because of homophobia, these powerful resource has remained largely untapped.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 07, 2013, 11:41:47 PM
I could have sworn she's been 'out' much longer than that.

Anyways, looking forward to the day when homosexual relationships aren't a priority  and we can focus on curing disease, fixing worldwide hunger, and stopping bullying instead of protesting silly things.



Dice hates HOMOS and wants HOMOS to stop GAYING up her news and tv and such!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on August 07, 2013, 11:42:52 PM
I'm sorry if you don't think equal rights are a PRIORITY, Dice. >:[
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 08, 2013, 12:09:16 AM
I'm sorry if you don't think equal rights are a PRIORITY, Dice. >:[

Haha c'mon, they definitely are.  But it's one of those things I feel should be a 'given'.  Just let people love whoever they want without retarded notions of "corruption" and fear of god and all that.

Nevermind, you guys are mean.
\I protest YOU both

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3589/3435393943_41c91010a1.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 08, 2013, 12:25:33 AM
Raven Symone from That's So Raven came out as a lesbian last week and apparently had a shit ton of backlash. People saying their childhood is ruined.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/raven-symone-fans-tweet-childhood-ruined_n_3720254.html?1375911329&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008


That's so Raven.

Sorry, sorry. I couldn't resist.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 12, 2013, 11:37:55 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Girl with a long and troubled history of seizures gets a lot better with the use of a special type of medical marijuana.  I don't advocate the MJ, if people don't want to use then that's good for them to uphold.... but I suppose it's sad when something that can be potentially beneficial in certain instances and comes naturally is so stigmatized usually for stigma's sake (or at least in overblown effects).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on August 12, 2013, 10:21:33 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Girl with a long and troubled history of seizures gets a lot better with the use of a special type of medical marijuana.  I don't advocate the MJ, if people don't want to use then that's good for them to uphold.... but I suppose it's sad when something that can be potentially beneficial in certain instances and comes naturally is so stigmatized usually for stigma's sake (or at least in overblown effects).

Agreed.  On the other side of that spectrum, I beat my head against a wall repeatedly a week ago while arguing with a page admin that posted a meme on Facebook claiming that grass cures lung cancer.  I repeat, cures.  And, of course, every article and blog post he linked to on the subject referenced the same fucking study which said that it significantly slowed the progress of lung cancer in mice, but did not cure it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 13, 2013, 12:22:37 AM
http://www.playerattack.com/news/2013/08/13/australian-gold-farmer-sues-over-75k-stolen-gold/

How.....wha.......huh.......I mean......wait......but how.....fuck?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 13, 2013, 12:35:41 AM
http://www.playerattack.com/news/2013/08/13/australian-gold-farmer-sues-over-75k-stolen-gold/

How.....wha.......huh.......I mean......wait......but how.....fuck?

Quote
Her then-boyfriend, who she'd met online, tipped off the criminals in exchange for a paltry $500.

Hahahaha! What a fucking retard.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on August 13, 2013, 04:04:19 PM
Words fail me...

http://metronewsday.com/news/11170-utah-sheriff-s-deputy-arrested-for-beating-his-father-after-catching-him-having-sex-with-his-wife-in-son-s-bedroom.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 13, 2013, 04:41:25 PM
Words fail me...

http://metronewsday.com/news/11170-utah-sheriff-s-deputy-arrested-for-beating-his-father-after-catching-him-having-sex-with-his-wife-in-son-s-bedroom.html

And justice wasn't served.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 14, 2013, 09:11:56 AM
http://ifyousmell.com/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 14, 2013, 09:28:39 AM
http://ifyousmell.com/
Every time I kinda wanna kick you in the nuts, you pull off one of these. Well done sir, I was entertained.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 14, 2013, 09:33:15 AM
Kick me in the nuts? Way to be a woman
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 14, 2013, 10:20:13 AM
Kick me in the nuts? Way to be a woman
If a woman kicked you in the balls, you'd be in pain. If I kicked you in the balls, you'd be a Yodette.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 14, 2013, 11:12:39 AM
(http://www.robotmutant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/worf-denied.jpg)
A man who aims for the testicles is without honor
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 14, 2013, 11:21:24 AM
(http://www.robotmutant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/worf-denied.jpg)
A man who aims for the testicles is without honor
Dead men tell no tales....
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 14, 2013, 11:23:01 AM
Yawn.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 14, 2013, 11:32:29 AM
Dost thou needeth a cushion to rest thine weary head upon?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on August 14, 2013, 05:08:44 PM
Judge declares NYPD use of "Stop & Frisk" unconstitutional. Well, no shit. It's a clear violation of civil rights. I'd be irate if that happened to me.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324085304579008510786797006.html



Btw, no man should ever attack another man's jewels. You just don't do that.... Unless you're playing roshambo.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on August 15, 2013, 05:34:11 PM
Judge declares NYPD use of "Stop & Frisk" unconstitutional. Well, no shit. It's a clear violation of civil rights. I'd be irate if that happened to me.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324085304579008510786797006.html

Exactly.  It's a clear abuse of a more basic policy known as the "tort search", which is intended to allow police for search for weapons on people they come into contact with while on the job for their own safety.  It was never intended to be used for police to harass random people.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 16, 2013, 10:50:35 PM
Some people call it stop and frisk, I call it "free and legal prostitution."
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 17, 2013, 01:17:55 AM
So uh, New Zealand has an obesity problem. What is their solution?

Deport the fat people (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100955951).

Personally I find this kind of hilarious.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 18, 2013, 04:36:02 PM
That's what you get for living in a place called CHRISTCHURCH.

Get fucked, that name.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on August 18, 2013, 05:52:22 PM
That's what you get for living in a place called CHRISTCHURCH.

Get fucked, that name.

*high fives*



Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 19, 2013, 01:25:16 PM
That's what you get for living in a place called CHRISTCHURCH.

Get fucked, that name.

*high fives*





(http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/4589/thlegendkiller20042yu9.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 21, 2013, 08:17:40 PM
I like how the NSA keeps getting caught with their pants in the cookie jar and nobody's willing to call them out on it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on August 27, 2013, 12:43:06 PM
So the US and a few allied nations (like England) are in positions to do a surgical missile strike on Syria because of the use of chemical weapons on its own people.  Was it Asaad who used the chemical weapons or was it the rebel forces?  And there doesn't seem to be a follow through to the plan of "pull the pin off this grenade and throw"  If there's no follow through to the strike, then whatever message is being sent is hollow at best.  And it doesn't help that Syria has backing from China, Russia, and Iran so any US/Briton strike will turn into a debacle.  

And it seems off the coast of Canada, large populations of herring are bleeding from the gills (which happens when there's a lack of oxygen in the water) and their eyes.  One of the going theories is that the Fukishima fallout's already contaminated waters this far.  Other theories say that it's not Fukushima alone, but the combination over the years/decades/maybe centuries of water pollution through drilling, dumping, fracking, etc.  So, if the level of damage being reported is not an exaggeration, we're potentially seeing what could eventually become a large scale contamination of a big chunk of our food supply.  We humans have such a weird relationship with the ocean.  It's our pantry AND our toilet.    

But who cares about all of that when we Americans can all hypocritically shout righteous indignation over Hannah Montana grinding her patootie all up in Beetlejuice's business.  Because, after all, THAT is the top news story nowadays. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on August 27, 2013, 01:23:38 PM
Hannah Montana grinding her patootie all up in Beetlejuice's business. 

At first, I thought you were referring to this guy:

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2lbyfky.jpg)


And I was thinking: "I gotta see this.".  ...Of course, I was not correct.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on August 27, 2013, 02:38:07 PM
So the US and a few allied nations (like England) are in positions to do a surgical missile strike on Syria because of the use of chemical weapons on its own people.  Was it Asaad who used the chemical weapons or was it the rebel forces?  And there doesn't seem to be a follow through to the plan of "pull the pin off this grenade and throw"  If there's no follow through to the strike, then whatever message is being sent is hollow at best.  And it doesn't help that Syria has backing from China, Russia, and Iran so any US/Briton strike will turn into a debacle.  

And it seems off the coast of Canada, large populations of herring are bleeding from the gills (which happens when there's a lack of oxygen in the water) and their eyes.  One of the going theories is that the Fukishima fallout's already contaminated waters this far.  Other theories say that it's not Fukushima alone, but the combination over the years/decades/maybe centuries of water pollution through drilling, dumping, fracking, etc.  So, if the level of damage being reported is not an exaggeration, we're potentially seeing what could eventually become a large scale contamination of a big chunk of our food supply.  We humans have such a weird relationship with the ocean.  It's our pantry AND our toilet.    

But who cares about all of that when we Americans can all hypocritically shout righteous indignation over Hannah Montana grinding her patootie all up in Beetlejuice's business.  Because, after all, THAT is the top news story nowadays. 

All of these issues are importantly, even the disgust with Miley. ;)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on August 27, 2013, 02:42:16 PM
Miley Cyrus is such a cliche at this point, I don't understand why anyone is at all shocked.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 27, 2013, 04:19:30 PM
Yeah, this business in Syria is doubly troubling, due to chemical weapons actually being used and the American reaction to it. Americans consistently whine about oppression, well I say they wouldn't know oppression if it sodomized them with a searing hot knife.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on August 27, 2013, 04:22:57 PM
Child star with squeaky clean image goes cartoonishly skanky... yeah, haven't heard that before.  And I have to love how the people shouting righteous indignation grew up with Alice Cooper, KISS, GG Allin, GWAR, and Marilyn Manson.  Now THOSE were shock artists.  

Heh, and it's telling that despite a powder keg in the Middle East and contaminated oceans wreaking havoc with the ecosystem, we're mostly talking about a hot mess pop-tart acting like a hot mess pop-tart.  Still, I do like this article that uses the incident to reflect on the hypocrisy of American cultural sensibilities: http://www.bust.com/in-defense-of-miley-cyrus-at-the-vmas.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on August 27, 2013, 05:25:37 PM
Deleted this because I forgot the link, can't find it now, and slander is a terrible thing without some type of factual basis.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 27, 2013, 05:57:25 PM
If to be popular one as to be more shocking than the previous one... you have to wonder where the cycle will end.

When do we get skin colored micro bikinis ?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on August 27, 2013, 06:02:13 PM
I think someone once said that the only way shock rock could get more shocking is if a live suicide occurred on stage.  GG Allin almost did that.  In his twilight years, he kept saying how he'd randomly commit suicide on stage at one of his shows, but he died of a drug overdose before he ever got to do that. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 27, 2013, 06:58:51 PM
Besides the fact Thicke is a good-looking cat (and so is his wife, actually), and the awesome fact he looked like Beetlejuice, I will share this....

http://youtu.be/qidWi7cRYWk
BrBa's HankxMarie meets Cyrus.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 27, 2013, 07:13:08 PM
My only concern about the Miley Cyrus thing is that the US is so dead from the waist down, as a culture, that they get upset when a 20-year-old turns out to have a sex drive.

Except the VMA thing was just campy and silly, and I don't see how anyone could regard that as... actual eroticism or something.

Quote
And it doesn't help that Syria has backing from China, Russia, and Iran so any US/Briton strike will turn into a debacle.  

IDK. Russia and China support them, but neither would be willing to get involved in an actual conflict. I'd expect a lack of cooperation and some passive-aggressive diplomatic hostility, but nothing more.

Old regime from Iran would be a major concern. Not as worried about the new one though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on August 27, 2013, 08:32:07 PM
Fair enough.  I mean, the average foreign country hates the US but loves US dollars, and China would be a dead Peking duck without US dollars.  Either way, I see it turning into a drawn out, messy conflict that puts further strain on the US economy and THAT is what scares me.  The US economy is still in shambles, people are still without health insurance and/or jobs, schools and community resources (i.e. police, fire departments, public works) are getting shafted left and right... Funnel the war machine monies back into OUR country, dammit!  I foresee this being another Bay of Pigs, maybe even another Vietnam. 

So either way, this is going to be a hotter mess than Miley Cyrus (who was quite the hot mess.) 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on August 27, 2013, 08:47:28 PM
Russia supports Syria, but China long abandoned any real support and is their ally pretty much in name only.  I don't think they seriously care what happens to Syria.

And today the Arab League of States came out and said they would support military action against Syria.  That's a pretty big deal.  Syria was one of the founding members of the Arab League but they got suspended for their continued use of violence against civilians.  Now it seems like even they can't turn a blind eye to what Syria is doing.

Really, the only support Syria has is Russia...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on August 28, 2013, 03:54:01 PM
Heh, and it's telling that despite a powder keg in the Middle East and contaminated oceans wreaking havoc with the ecosystem, we're mostly talking about a hot mess pop-tart acting like a hot mess pop-tart.  Still, I do like this article that uses the incident to reflect on the hypocrisy of American cultural sensibilities: http://www.bust.com/in-defense-of-miley-cyrus-at-the-vmas.html

As far as I'm concerned it's because our news is 100% complete and utter shit and the average person doesn't know any better.  They think they're getting enough info/the whole picture and they aren't getting anywhere close to it with the "news".
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on August 28, 2013, 04:11:38 PM
Nah, it's not complicated. It's just money.

Nobody ever lost money betting on the lowest common denominator.

Also, thinking about things in a nuanced fashion is hard. It is a lot easier to simply pick a side and stick with it. Our brains are wired that way for a reason - nuance did not help you avoid being eaten by a predator. Certainty about a course of action (what's that sound it probably wants to eat me RUN) was usually better than stopping to think about it, even if it turned out you were wrong.

http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/ (http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/)

Over time, media have evolved to capitalize on this by appealing to a certain type of sensibility as opposed to some kind of "just the facts" objectivity. One is a lot easier and pays better than the other. Guess which one.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on August 29, 2013, 01:37:31 PM
Heh, and it's telling that despite a powder keg in the Middle East and contaminated oceans wreaking havoc with the ecosystem, we're mostly talking about a hot mess pop-tart acting like a hot mess pop-tart.  Still, I do like this article that uses the incident to reflect on the hypocrisy of American cultural sensibilities: http://www.bust.com/in-defense-of-miley-cyrus-at-the-vmas.html

As far as I'm concerned it's because our news is 100% complete and utter shit and the average person doesn't know any better.  They think they're getting enough info/the whole picture and they aren't getting anywhere close to it with the "news".

Indeed.  Seriously, Syrian rebels were caught with sarin gas and this should be blasted to the heavens by every news network in the country.  It's entirely possible that the gassing was a false flag operation to get the US involved, and I'd really rather not get involved anyway--other countries can play World Police, too--but we damn sure shouldn't get involved and pick a side until we know who is doing what.

Also, RE American news and Cyrus, The Onion nails it. (http://www.theonion.com/articles/let-me-explain-why-miley-cyrus-vma-performance-was,33632/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: dyeager on August 29, 2013, 03:54:08 PM
Least funny Onion ever: http://www.theonion.com/articles/so-whats-it-going-to-be,33662/ (http://www.theonion.com/articles/so-whats-it-going-to-be,33662/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 29, 2013, 08:59:45 PM
Indeed.  Seriously, Syrian rebels were caught with sarin gas and this should be blasted to the heavens by every news network in the country.  It's entirely possible that the gassing was a false flag operation to get the US involved, and I'd really rather not get involved anyway--other countries can play World Police, too--but we damn sure shouldn't get involved and pick a side until we know who is doing what.

It's also possible that a cache of chemical weapons was inadvertently detonated for whatever reason, too. Or some other third party.

Whether or not the media's hammering it or not, I don't think many people in the US hold any of the Syrian rebel groups in higher regards than they do Assad. I think the general assumption is that the rebels are pretty closely tied to Al Quaeda, so...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 29, 2013, 09:09:54 PM
Well, given how much the US spends on weapon... they need to use them to buy more.
That's how rich folks get richer.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on August 30, 2013, 04:59:19 PM
Whether or not the media's hammering it or not, I don't think many people in the US hold any of the Syrian rebel groups in higher regards than they do Assad. I think the general assumption is that the rebels are pretty closely tied to Al Quaeda, so...

Agreed there.  I just think that if the media was pointing this out regularly that politicians would be forced to at least make an attempt at justifying their war-hawk attitudes.  Given the low approval rate for intervening in Syria (lower than Congress' approval rate, based on polling) it seems that they don't give a damn if people silently dislike the idea of intervening on behalf of the rebels.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 30, 2013, 08:01:29 PM
Is anyone outside of John McCain being that hawkish over Syria? I mean yeah okay Obama's suggesting a three-day missile barrage now, but I mean this is after two years and that's more of a symbolic action than anything. And I don't think that's someone anyone actually WANTS to do, they're just kind of stuck with it now.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 30, 2013, 08:03:31 PM
Canada outright said we're too poor for this shit, so we're not doing anything.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 31, 2013, 03:31:35 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/1I5qybB.png)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on August 31, 2013, 01:52:10 PM
3D printing drugs? (http://reason.com/archives/2013/08/29/turn-your-office-into-a-pharmaceuticals)

I'm loving the developments being made with 3D printers now; whatever risks come with them, both anti-self defense laws and anti-drug laws are going to end up taking a huge hit when the price on 3D printers goes down.  (Never mind all the other cool stuff that is being done with them, like plans for a potential moon base. (http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/giant-nasa-spider-robots-could-3d-print-lunar-base/))  Putting aside for a moment the morons who are going to want a printer so they can pretend to be Walter White, it may greatly assist in lowering production costs for pharmaceuticals.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Akanbe- on September 03, 2013, 07:38:38 PM
Kevin Smith: I'm not saying I MADE Ben Affleck but... (http://www.tmz.com/2013/09/03/kevin-smith-im-not-saying-i-made-ben-affleck-but)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 03, 2013, 09:30:19 PM
when the price on 3D printers goes down.

Already there kinda. You can get a descent printer for 10,000$
Considering the drug trade and weapon trade... you'd easily make that back.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 03, 2013, 10:37:32 PM
http://blogs.thescore.com/djf/2013/08/30/toronto-police-empathize-with-rogers-centre-interloper/?fb_action_ids=10100791720647575&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210100791720647575%22%3A391367510985107%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210100791720647575%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on September 04, 2013, 03:25:21 PM
So, Ariel Castro hung himself.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on September 05, 2013, 11:45:27 PM
I'm pretty sure this is "satire" in only the most tightly defined technical sense possible. (http://www.theonion.com/articles/poll-majority-of-americans-approve-of-sending-cong,33752/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on September 06, 2013, 12:29:56 AM
Have you seen the thing about how John McCain was caught playing online poker on his iPhone while Congress was discussing whether to go to war with Syria?  That sounds like something that should be an Onion headline, but it was actually true...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on September 06, 2013, 01:14:56 PM
Have you seen the thing about how John McCain was caught playing online poker on his iPhone while Congress was discussing whether to go to war with Syria?  That sounds like something that should be an Onion headline, but it was actually true...

Well to be fair, his mind was pretty fucking clearly already made up on the matter and nothing he would have heard would have changed his opinion.

All I'm sayin' is I'm not surprised....

EDIT: YOU BASTARDS, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THEM?! (http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnekdahl/14-principled-anti-war-celebrities-we-fear-may-hav-a1x1)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on September 07, 2013, 11:33:56 PM
Are there any foreseeable outcome in Syria that doesn't end in genocide?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 10, 2013, 03:16:59 PM
Recettear (ENG only) selling more than some AA games:

http://www.destructoid.com/japanese-indie-recettear-sells-over-300-000-units-on-pc-261581.phtml
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Darilon on September 10, 2013, 04:29:11 PM
Recettear (ENG only) selling more than some AA games:

http://www.destructoid.com/japanese-indie-recettear-sells-over-300-000-units-on-pc-261581.phtml

Glad to hear it. I loved the game and have a soft spot for Carpe Fulgur.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 13, 2013, 09:09:43 AM
The French MMO company Ankama is opening an office here in Montreal.

http://www.lesaffaires.com/blogues/julien-brault/le-studio-de-jeux-video-francais-ankama-arrive-a-montreal/561412 (French)

I don't care much about any of their MMO, but I really loved the Wakfu TV serie.

Update: oh they're going to make 3x 45 minutes specials
http://www.wakfu.com/fr/forum/20-discussions-generales/320228-suite-serie-wakfu?page=8#entry2660228
yay~
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on September 16, 2013, 04:33:53 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/j0HBtM2.jpg)

Not that I expect anything clever on the internet over 80% of the time (RPGFan is a good place though!), yeah, this kinda stuff happens.

Ah well, congrats to the first-ever Indian-American Miss America (and yeah, she was born in NY).

EDIT: Sorry to post more of a meme-like picture, but it summarized things quickly and easily
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on September 16, 2013, 04:35:00 PM
I agree that the new Miss America doesn't represent American values. She needs to be at least 150 pounds heavier with an exceptionally poor understanding of geography of she's going to represent the America that I know and love.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on September 16, 2013, 04:40:21 PM
That last comment is the best one, hah.

How ignorant can people be.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on September 16, 2013, 04:42:24 PM
That last comment is the best one, hah.

How ignorant can people be.

She was actually in charge of telling which terrorist was to go each of the two planes....or something....wtf?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on September 16, 2013, 05:07:27 PM
So, does this mean RPGFan's readership is now going to decline because they've had me on their staff since 2004? 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on September 16, 2013, 05:16:01 PM
I think readership started declining when I started writing on staff and was"blatantly anti-JRPG."

Also I'm a commie.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 16, 2013, 05:37:31 PM
My favorite video codec pack is a commie too.

People always freak out when I go to http://www.cccp-project.net/ on their computer.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on September 16, 2013, 07:30:59 PM
Dude what if someone was half American Indian and half Indian-American and people'd be like "WHAT IS YOUR RACIAL BACKGROUND" and they'd be all "I'm an Indian" and the other person'd be all "INDIA INDIAN OR AMERICAN INDIAN?" and they'd be all ":D"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 16, 2013, 10:02:27 PM
If you treat that like converting in chemistry then that person would be ... nothing
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 16, 2013, 10:04:30 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/j0HBtM2.jpg)

Not that I expect anything clever on the internet over 80% of the time (RPGFan is a good place though!), yeah, this kinda stuff happens.

Ah well, congrats to the first-ever Indian-American Miss America (and yeah, she was born in NY).

EDIT: Sorry to post more of a meme-like picture, but it summarized things quickly and easily

It's amazing that there is a wide world of hate beyond that little corner of the internet we frequent every day
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 16, 2013, 11:09:44 PM
I just realized... where's her birth certificate?

And long form please.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on September 16, 2013, 11:22:06 PM
In other news, KITTENS!

(http://www.ansonroad.co.uk/photos/DSC02984W640Capretpile.jpg)

KITTENS!

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/cat-saturday-113.jpg?w=500&h=331)

KITTENS!

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FdbXLu3lZwE/TOc6o64iU1I/AAAAAAAAB40/mRvd043DzF4/s400/IMG_1270.JPG)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on September 17, 2013, 01:55:02 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/j0HBtM2.jpg)

Not that I expect anything clever on the internet over 80% of the time (RPGFan is a good place though!), yeah, this kinda stuff happens.

Ah well, congrats to the first-ever Indian-American Miss America (and yeah, she was born in NY).

EDIT: Sorry to post more of a meme-like picture, but it summarized things quickly and easily

It's amazing that there is a wide world of hate beyond that little corner of the internet we frequent every day

I was surprised to see that stuff; on the other hand, one article that I read on the subject pointed out that the fact that the ranting has to be limited to peoples' Twitter accounts and/or blogs is progress from where we used to be.  The cave dwellers essentially have to pick up a megaphone to have a voice now.

Also, I found the whole thing bizarrely hilarious and/or because neither her name nor her appearance say "Arab" to me.

Also, lol at Indian Indian/American Indian mix and the confusion that would result.



....My father just says Bhopal Indian or John Wayne Indian. >_>
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on September 22, 2013, 12:29:05 PM
Elizabeth Hasselbeck is a moron.  It's sad that I get my news from Comedy Central and get my comedy from Fox news. 

http://liberal-agenda.com/fox-news-hasselbeck-believes-the-focus-of-mass-shootings-should-be-on-video-games-instead-of-guns-video/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 22, 2013, 12:39:20 PM
Elizabeth Hasselbeck is a moron.  It's sad that I get my news from Comedy Central and get my comedy from Fox news. 

http://liberal-agenda.com/fox-news-hasselbeck-believes-the-focus-of-mass-shootings-should-be-on-video-games-instead-of-guns-video/

The government should track how much violent video games our kids are playing.
God knows it's impossible for parents to do it. Who'd spent time with their kids... bleeeeegh !
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on September 22, 2013, 01:23:10 PM
God knows it's impossible for parents to do it. Who'd spent time with their kids... bleeeeegh !

I've seen several people talk about tracking games and/or banning them (generally people on the left/not Fox News sorts, ironically), and they never seem to come across the idea that parents should pay attention to what type of games their kids play.  Seriously, we don't suggesting banning movies because little kids shouldn't be watching violent, R-rated ones aimed at an adult audience, the same should apply to video games.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on September 23, 2013, 09:44:31 PM
Great story on how fucked up border security is:

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/my-detainment-story-or-how-i-learned-stop-feeling-safe-my-own-country-and-hate-border-patrol (http://www.onthemedia.org/story/my-detainment-story-or-how-i-learned-stop-feeling-safe-my-own-country-and-hate-border-patrol)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on September 25, 2013, 01:37:22 AM
Apparently someone's doing a massive filibuster in the US Senate right now.

Except there wasn't a vote going on anyway.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on September 27, 2013, 05:09:57 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57604865/ariz-poison-control-center-reports-first-u.s-cases-of-krokodil-use/

It's been all over the news, this Russian drug craze called Krokodil that, when injected, basically immolates your flesh and is apparently highly addictive.  I remember accidentally taking a modern Russian lit course in college and one of the books I read was Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev.  It was a very surreal book about a guy who was such a booze addict he would guzzle stuff like shoe polish to try and get a buzz.  Life imitating art, no? 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on September 27, 2013, 07:41:51 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57604865/ariz-poison-control-center-reports-first-u.s-cases-of-krokodil-use/

It's been all over the news, this Russian drug craze called Krokodil that, when injected, basically immolates your flesh and is apparently highly addictive.  I remember accidentally taking a modern Russian lit course in college and one of the books I read was Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev.  It was a very surreal book about a guy who was such a booze addict he would guzzle stuff like shoe polish to try and get a buzz.  Life imitating art, no? 

Oh man I need to re-read that book. The ending is brutal though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on September 28, 2013, 11:58:52 AM
Never heard of it before but it sounds like I may have to buy it.  Interesting book.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 01, 2013, 05:12:30 AM
So the government shutdown (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304373104579107051184641222.html).

God forbid people have healthcare (like in every single other civilized country in the fucking world)!  Stopping that (because it will "hurt the economy"...says the rhetoric, anyway) totally worth shutting down the government for (because that won't hurt the economy...yeah right)...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 01, 2013, 12:17:30 PM
Government shutdowns don't really do much except give government employees free holidays :(

Not that they work anyway.

* flashbacks to last january when I was working in a government office OOOOOH MY GOD THE LEVEL OF FUCKING BULLSHIT THAT WENT ON GET OFF OF PINTEREST AND DO YOUR JOBS YOU WORTHLESS TITS. *
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on October 01, 2013, 12:45:02 PM
Your taxes at work.

Oh wai...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on October 02, 2013, 11:29:11 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9864326/Turtle-gets-artificial-legs.html

A bit old, but an awesome story.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 02, 2013, 11:43:12 AM
^ I love anything where animals get better.
I wonder how much they can acknowledge stuff like limbs [as a gift from humans], or when they do dental surgery on a lion and the like.

Anyways.  um. RIP Tom Clancy
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Prime Mover on October 02, 2013, 06:20:15 PM
In world news:

"America rapes itself!"

Yay for us! The most ridiculous thing about this is there's no possible way the House could win... so it's just a big mindless hissy fit. Even Senate Republicans are telling them to fuck off. I also love how government shutdowns stop everything that helps its people, but leaves open everything that dicks them and the rest of the world over. How did we come to this?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on October 02, 2013, 06:31:17 PM
As an outsider, the entire situation seems very bizarre.

Me thinks all the power went to the wrong people at some point.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 02, 2013, 06:34:38 PM
As an outsider, the entire situation seems very bizarre.

Me thinks all the power went to the wrong people at some point.

(http://i.imgur.com/fqXgbeM.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on October 02, 2013, 06:37:33 PM
It's true, they did.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 02, 2013, 06:58:50 PM
In world news:

"America rapes itself!"

Yay for us! The most ridiculous thing about this is there's no possible way the House could win... so it's just a big mindless hissy fit. Even Senate Republicans are telling them to fuck off. I also love how government shutdowns stop everything that helps its people, but leaves open everything that dicks them and the rest of the world over. How did we come to this?

My favorite thing right now is that, from a political standpoint, this doesn't really benefit the house republicans at all. I mean, it's like this:

A) It's basically a really small handful of Tea Party dudes forcing Boehner to do this, and they are succeeding at this for... some reason?
B) The GOP's allowed to be upset about Obamacare, but Obama won in 2012 against Romney, Romney had repealing Obamacare as a major platform, and the supreme court said Obamacare was constitutional. They don't really have any legitimacy in opposing it right now.
C) There ARE appropriate channels for trying to repeal laws. Forcing a government shutdown because none of the appropriate channels gave you the outcome you wanted is not really a good approach.

And there aren't any outcomes that help the GOP, as a party. The best case scenario is for the house republicans to just give up, send a bill the senate will pass, and let everyone forget about this whole thing.

Let's assume they get what they want though, and that the senate dems vote to defund/delay Obamacare. What happens?

1. Dems get viewed as the good guys for making a noble sacrifice to restore order to the government.
2. GOP, especially, is going to get blamed for causing it, since they weren't the ones to resolve it.
3. Left-leaning individuals are really pissed at the GOP for sabotaging Obamacare.

They started a fight they couldn't win over something they didn't need to win and even if they DID win it'd be a Pyrrhic victory.

Anyway.

Hey Dice, doesn't the Canadian parliament just fire everyone en masse and hold an election if a massive vote fails? And then Quebec loses?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 02, 2013, 07:41:47 PM
Well said, Mesh.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on October 02, 2013, 08:10:19 PM

1. Dems get viewed as the good guys for making a noble sacrifice to restore order to the government.
2. GOP, especially, is going to get blamed for causing it, since they weren't the ones to resolve it.
3. Left-leaning individuals are really pissed at the GOP for sabotaging Obamacare.


Except party supporters only watch Fox News who will make sure to make it sound like the Dems could have prevented this whole shutdown to begin with if only they had just given up Obamacare right off the bat. I mean, they were going to eventually, see?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 02, 2013, 08:14:17 PM

1. Dems get viewed as the good guys for making a noble sacrifice to restore order to the government.
2. GOP, especially, is going to get blamed for causing it, since they weren't the ones to resolve it.
3. Left-leaning individuals are really pissed at the GOP for sabotaging Obamacare.


Except party supporters only watch Fox News who will make sure to make it sound like the Dems could have prevented this whole shutdown to begin with if only they had just given up Obamacare right off the bat. I mean, they were going to eventually, see?

Yeah but they vote Republican anyway so it doesn't really matter.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/09/meadows-boehner-defund-obamacare-suicide-caucus-geography.html

This is another thing someone turned up! Also heard speculation that this is just because Bohener doesn't want to lose his speaker position. Guess he's blocking votes on bills that don't defund/delay Obamacare, even if they turn up? Because there's enough GOP support to pass him, but that would make the far right mad enough to make him lose his seat? Or something?

... Except he's kind of fucking his own party over by doing this so uh I mean uh if his goal's not getting kicked out ... GOOD STRATEGY.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on October 02, 2013, 09:38:42 PM
In world news:

"America rapes itself!"

Yay for us! The most ridiculous thing about this is there's no possible way the House could win... so it's just a big mindless hissy fit. Even Senate Republicans are telling them to fuck off. I also love how government shutdowns stop everything that helps its people, but leaves open everything that dicks them and the rest of the world over. How did we come to this?

My favorite thing right now is that, from a political standpoint, this doesn't really benefit the house republicans at all. I mean, it's like this:

A) It's basically a really small handful of Tea Party dudes forcing Boehner to do this, and they are succeeding at this for... some reason?
B) The GOP's allowed to be upset about Obamacare, but Obama won in 2012 against Romney, Romney had repealing Obamacare as a major platform, and the supreme court said Obamacare was constitutional. They don't really have any legitimacy in opposing it right now.
C) There ARE appropriate channels for trying to repeal laws. Forcing a government shutdown because none of the appropriate channels gave you the outcome you wanted is not really a good approach.

And there aren't any outcomes that help the GOP, as a party. The best case scenario is for the house republicans to just give up, send a bill the senate will pass, and let everyone forget about this whole thing.

Let's assume they get what they want though, and that the senate dems vote to defund/delay Obamacare. What happens?

1. Dems get viewed as the good guys for making a noble sacrifice to restore order to the government.
2. GOP, especially, is going to get blamed for causing it, since they weren't the ones to resolve it.
3. Left-leaning individuals are really pissed at the GOP for sabotaging Obamacare.

They started a fight they couldn't win over something they didn't need to win and even if they DID win it'd be a Pyrrhic victory.

Anyway.

Hey Dice, doesn't the Canadian parliament just fire everyone en masse and hold an election if a massive vote fails? And then Quebec loses?

Mesh, that was perfectly said. You mind if I copy it and share it on fb? With all credit, of course. Or is that too much?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 02, 2013, 10:07:06 PM
Sure, if you want to. I don't have any confidence that my opinions are rational or rationally worded, but if you liked it, go ahead.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on October 02, 2013, 10:50:58 PM
In world news:

"America rapes itself!"

Yay for us! The most ridiculous thing about this is there's no possible way the House could win... so it's just a big mindless hissy fit. Even Senate Republicans are telling them to fuck off. I also love how government shutdowns stop everything that helps its people, but leaves open everything that dicks them and the rest of the world over. How did we come to this?

It political grandstanding from both parties. America will implode at some point.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on October 03, 2013, 02:49:53 AM
As an outsider, the entire situation seems very bizarre.

Me thinks all the power went to the wrong people at some point.

Yeah, I'm not entirely sure shutting down the government is in any way benificial. What is it supposed to accomplish? It sounds more like a forced vacation.

Or is it kinda like the 'motie van wantrouwen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_of_no_confidence)' certain Dutch politicians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_wilders) like to wave around to get what they want? Kinda like a little kid dramatically dragging himself over the floor of the candy aisle, screaming he'll never love his mom again if she doesn't buy him treat? And the embarassed mother, who's had a really rough week, ends up buying him a bag in the hopes the little shit will keep his trap shut for atleast half an hour?

I get that. That happens here every year or so.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on October 03, 2013, 03:58:21 AM
In other news....this happened...
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html

Sad times.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 03, 2013, 09:02:34 AM

Me thinks all the power went to the wrong people at some point.

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/dittoyu8-1.jpg)

(http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/7476/helloexactlyle3rk8.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Prime Mover on October 03, 2013, 03:11:29 PM
Holy crap, someone's pissed!

Gunshots near Capitol lock down Congress (http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/03/politics/u-s-capitol-shooting-main/index.html)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on October 04, 2013, 10:18:56 AM
Holy crap, someone's pissed!

Gunshots near Capitol lock down Congress (http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/03/politics/u-s-capitol-shooting-main/index.html)

Indeed...the police.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 04, 2013, 11:49:22 AM
Random concern about government shutdown: what if the shutdown isn't a means for the GOP to cripple Obamacare, but rather, if the goal of the suicide caucus is just forcing a shutdown in and of itself, with Obamacare being the means to do that?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on October 04, 2013, 11:58:25 AM
My biggest issue is that people don't understand "Obamacare" or as it is actually called "Healthcare Reform" or even "Affordable Care Act". All some of these people see is the word Obama and then immediately they have hate boners for it.

If they tried to cancel, change, or otherwise fuck with Healthcare Reform at this point I am pretty sure it would cause more issues than letting it run it's course. And cost more too. Especially once health insurances got involved since they have had to put so much time, effort and money into the current plans. The only thing I could see removing without much issue or pushback is the penalty for not having healthcare, but even that seems like a necessary evil based on the way the program is set up.

The part that bugs me about the shut down is that...why do I have to pay my taxes if they aren't going to do any work?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 04, 2013, 12:25:40 PM
Quote
My biggest issue is that people don't understand "Obamacare" or as it is actually called "Healthcare Reform" or even "Affordable Care Act". All some of these people see is the word Obama and then immediately they have hate boners for it.

Still in line with what I was thinking, though -- how many of the people demanding the shutdown still think that Obama's not a US citizen and has no legitimate right to be president? I don't really know, and I'm hoping it's none of them, but...

Smear campaigns that try to paint the opposition as inept are fine. Smear campaigns that try to paint the opposition as not having the right to rule are reminiscent of nascent middle eastern and post-Soviet democracies. !!!11!!

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If they tried to cancel, change, or otherwise fuck with Healthcare Reform at this point I am pretty sure it would cause more issues than letting it run it's course.

Yeah, that's the point. It's already priced based on the individual mandate. If people get out of that, the costs get messed up in weird ways. Causing the entire thing to fall apart and then the GOP can say it was a bad law in the first place and repeal it.

I think pushing back the penalty would be appropriate if, say, there were more unexpected issues with the system/web pages/whatever that slowed things down and prevented people from enrolling despite of an earnest effort to do so. That'd be fine, but doing it preemptively doesn't make much sense.

Also I'd definitely agree that the legislative branch shouldn't get paid during a shut down.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 04, 2013, 01:41:07 PM
My biggest issue is that people don't understand "Obamacare" or as it is actually called "Healthcare Reform" or even "Affordable Care Act". All some of these people see is the word Obama and then immediately they have hate boners for it.

Not exactly scientific, but... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2scvIFGjE)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on October 04, 2013, 01:56:07 PM
My biggest issue is that people don't understand "Obamacare" or as it is actually called "Healthcare Reform" or even "Affordable Care Act". All some of these people see is the word Obama and then immediately they have hate boners for it.

Not exactly scientific, but... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2scvIFGjE)

Yeah, someone posted that on Facebook. It is an interesting look at the situation, even if not scientific.

For those that don't know I work in the health insurance industry. I am one of those evil people that is just out to get money and is in league with the devil. From my experience the above clip isn't abnormal. I have heard calls where people say "Obamacare" and a rep says "Healthcare Reform" (because we don't use the term Obamacare) and customer corrects them and says "No, I mean Obamacare. I don't know what this healthcare reform stuff is about". People are ignorant. Willfully or just because of the misinformation in the media.

I don't like politics. As a logical. Rational person I can look at a situation and say "If A+B=C and C is good then let's do A+B" whereas both sides in politics say "If A+B=C and the other party wants C then lets fuck each others asses until A+B goes away" It seems to be the worst with the Teabagger party, but both sides do it and it needs to fucking stop. it won't. I know that. But fuck....it is so useless.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on October 04, 2013, 03:47:59 PM
Since we seem to be focused on the shutdown, a friend of mine on Facebook posted an excellent quote on the subject:

“Think about the precedent. What’s next? What if the Democratic extreme said, ‘Well we’re not going to sign a budget unless you do away with assault weapons?’ What if we’re not going to have a budget unless 20 people around here decide that everybody under the age of 40 should wear a tin hat around? This is not the way you govern a great country.”

— Rep. Jim Himes
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 04, 2013, 07:14:10 PM
Someone was linking me to political cartoons from a long time ago.

(http://i.imgur.com/otsNfkt.jpg)

I blame opium for, and on, this shit.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 11, 2013, 11:34:00 PM
I was there that night

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/10/08/suspect_named_in_nuit_blanche_murder_of_rameez_khalid.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 16, 2013, 11:53:15 PM
Quality journalism here:

http://www.destructoid.com/uk-newspaper-the-sun-thinks-deus-ex-is-real-263698.phtml (http://www.destructoid.com/uk-newspaper-the-sun-thinks-deus-ex-is-real-263698.phtml)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 17, 2013, 12:00:40 AM
(http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/3393/sd9k.png)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 22, 2013, 10:36:35 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/latest-china-smog-emergency-shuts-city-11-million-055104682.html

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on October 23, 2013, 10:13:16 AM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/latest-china-smog-emergency-shuts-city-11-million-055104682.html



Speaking of which, What each country leads the world in. (http://thedoghousediaries.com/large/5414.png)

Based on this, China says "WE'RE TRYING, DAMN IT!"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on October 23, 2013, 10:26:34 AM
^ Favorite entry on that map has to be Germany.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on October 24, 2013, 12:03:08 AM
I love me some fascist movements.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 24, 2013, 12:08:39 AM
Hello Estonia!
(http://www.theblogismine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Pure-Estonian-Beauty-1.jpg)
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1241667414920.gif)

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 24, 2013, 07:20:52 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/panicked-newborn-didnt-realize-breathing-would-be,34333/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:1:Default
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 28, 2013, 10:31:58 AM
More Mayor of Toronto haps

http://youtu.be/aWmLJLOZYm0
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 31, 2013, 06:18:01 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/derek-hough-addresses-julianne-hough-blackface-halloween-costume-article-1.1499889


Julianna Hough's (a white girl) is in a bit of controversy for wearing a Halloween costume that was deemed inappropriate.
She dressed up as "Crazy Eyes", a black character from the TV show "Orange is the New Black".

.... I WILL say the costume looks bad, but I seriously don't see this as offensive or use of what "Black Face" actually is (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Minstrel_PosterBillyVanWare_edit.jpg).  It's no better than Nelly's song "Batter Up" (http://youtu.be/HNGaa5Opfmc) or this Japanese guy "black facing" Sazh (http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/kotaku/2009/09/cosplay_lightning_sharz.jpg). 

She didn't act out of line and it looks like she was with a group of girls doing the same theme.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on October 31, 2013, 06:30:51 PM
Maybe she got a bad tan and said fuck it, I'm making it my costume.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 31, 2013, 07:32:45 PM
Maybe she got a bad tan and said fuck it, I'm making it my costume.

Be just as easy to interpret it as a bad fake tan. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on October 31, 2013, 07:33:43 PM
Welcome to the Y2K.
Where people need to be offended by everything and shame everyone for anything.

No need for understanding and acceptance. Those never solved anything, right?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 31, 2013, 10:03:29 PM
If it's politically incorrect to dress up in black face, would it still be politically incorrect to dress up as Al Jolson performing as Jack Robin performing in blackface?

Or what if you wore an all-black bodysuit with a face painted on it? Actually that would just be terrifying. Let's get a flash-mob to do it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on November 01, 2013, 11:51:20 PM
If it's politically incorrect to dress up in black face, would it still be politically incorrect to dress up as Al Jolson performing as Jack Robin performing in blackface?

Or what if you wore an all-black bodysuit with a face painted on it? Actually that would just be terrifying. Let's get a flash-mob to do it.

White Chicks was/is a racist movie. Implication or not, Julianne Hough had a tan face and not a black one. I break bones on technicalities.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 02, 2013, 02:44:19 AM
OH SHIT GUYS THE OBAMACARE WEBPAGE BROKE CLEARLY THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO CREDIBILITY AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE FIRED AND IMPEACHED AND THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FILING BUG REPORTS AND JUST CALMLY RESOLVING PROBLEMS BECAUSE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE WORST POSSIBLE THING AND EVERYTHING IS A FUCKING CRISIS FOR SOME REASON.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 03, 2013, 05:01:51 PM
So our Toronto Mayor basically did a "I don't confirm or deny -- but I apologize" to smoking crack.

I totally want a GTA* game based on the GTA**.

* Grand Theft Auto
** Greater Toronto Area
(for all Australians and other aliens who don't know)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 03, 2013, 05:31:36 PM
So our Toronto Mayor basically did a "I don't confirm or deny -- but I apologize" to smoking crack.

I totally want a GTA* game based on the GTA**.

* Grand Theft Auto
** Greater Toronto Area
(for all Australians and other aliens who don't know)

I love the picture of him used on the paper there.
(http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/7731/9zcq.jpg)

In that picture he's yelling a reporters to "get off his lawn"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 03, 2013, 05:38:12 PM
He's honestly matching up with Mayor Quimby's level of incompetence and scandal for their position
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 03, 2013, 05:48:45 PM
Is he mayor of all of GTA or does each city have their own?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 03, 2013, 05:55:56 PM
Is he mayor of all of GTA or does each city have their own?

This is my city's mayor (you probably saw our city hall)!  She's kept us in the green for years and doesn't even advertise at election time.
(http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/gta/2013/05/24/mississaugas_hazel_mccallion_hastens_to_seal_her_legacy_in_a_final_term_that_may_be_cut_short/hazel_3.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpg)

Here's more of her 120 year old self being wonderful
(http://www.citynews.ca/files/2009/12/65e7f7d0417e955badc05166c869-473x315.jpeg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TwAbZhMGVEw/S2i9mdDkYeI/AAAAAAAAJuU/5BJz8nHznFQ/s1600/hazel.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 03, 2013, 06:39:54 PM
She smells like bengay and syrup
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 03, 2013, 06:40:34 PM
Today we're voting on our city mayor.
I'm guessing the most corrupted guy will win.

EDIT: Yeah, all signs point to us electing the overweight + most corrupted guy.

What is it with overweight corrupted men that is so attractive to voters?
Is it some kind of Freudian thing?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 03, 2013, 09:18:30 PM
In Chicago we finally have an in-shape corrupted asshole.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 05, 2013, 01:37:12 PM
He's honestly matching up with Mayor Quimby's level of incompetence and scandal for their position

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/11/05/rob_ford_yes_i_have_smoked_crack_cocaine.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 05, 2013, 01:50:37 PM
He's honestly matching up with Mayor Quimby's level of incompetence and scandal for their position

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/11/05/rob_ford_yes_i_have_smoked_crack_cocaine.html


God this almost feels familiar (http://youtu.be/KiIP_KDQmXs)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 05, 2013, 02:12:03 PM
"Yes I have smoked crack cocaine"

"probably in one of my drunken stupors"


Hahahaha.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 05, 2013, 07:32:40 PM
He's honestly matching up with Mayor Quimby's level of incompetence and scandal for their position

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/11/05/rob_ford_yes_i_have_smoked_crack_cocaine.html


God this almost feels familiar (http://youtu.be/KiIP_KDQmXs)

In his defense, he probably thought Lewinski was a man.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on November 05, 2013, 08:25:21 PM
He's honestly matching up with Mayor Quimby's level of incompetence and scandal for their position

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/11/05/rob_ford_yes_i_have_smoked_crack_cocaine.html


God this almost feels familiar (http://youtu.be/KiIP_KDQmXs)



In his defense, he probably thought Lewinski was a man.
I'm not sure why you would say this. I actually thought she was kind of cute. I wonder what she's up to nowadays.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 06, 2013, 12:08:52 AM
I don't think she looks masculine I was just being me and saying me things.
He's honestly matching up with Mayor Quimby's level of incompetence and scandal for their position

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/11/05/rob_ford_yes_i_have_smoked_crack_cocaine.html


God this almost feels familiar (http://youtu.be/KiIP_KDQmXs)

I'm not sure why you would say this. I actually thought she was kind of cute. I wonder what she's up to nowadays.

In his defense, he probably thought Lewinski was a man.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 06, 2013, 03:38:36 AM
The Toronto mayor admitted to crack smoking and announced his re-election campaign in the same breath.

I love that amount of sand
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on November 06, 2013, 08:55:53 PM
Cutest thing in the universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBWmTh9WlYY).

Corgis <3
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 06, 2013, 09:22:55 PM
While that is adorable I prefer dogs that can't be crushed underfoot.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 06, 2013, 10:59:22 PM
Cutest thing in the universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBWmTh9WlYY).

Corgis <3

I also support the decision to have adorable corgi pups deemed as "News".  Bravo.

Yodes:  Yeah, the bigger the pooch the more to hug. Daww.

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/11/20131104-142226.html
Ottawa Students wearing white "peace" poppies instead of red.
...I can't help but feel they're missing the point.

And this is old, but amusing:
http://couplesandco.blogspot.ca/2013/11/man-successfully-sues-wife-for-ugly.html
URL says it all; she had plastic surgery, got married, and surprise, the kid was born ugly.
I can't help but think about the kid's thoughts on this one day.  Sure, dad's a jerk, but mommy lied.  Still; dad sued mom because I was ugly.   *SADFACE*. D:
PS: The amusing picture in the URL is, allegedly, a *real* plastic surgery ad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on November 06, 2013, 11:15:00 PM
Cutest thing in the universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBWmTh9WlYY).

Corgis <3

I also support the decision to have adorable corgi pups deemed as "News".  Bravo.

Oh, damn, I thought I posted that in the Youtube thread.  They're right next to each other.

...er, I mean that was totally on purpose.  Right.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 06, 2013, 11:36:34 PM
http://couplesandco.blogspot.ca/2013/11/man-successfully-sues-wife-for-ugly.html
URL says it all; she had plastic surgery, got married, and surprise, the kid was born ugly.
I can't help but think about the kid's thoughts on this one day.  Sure, dad's a jerk, but mommy lied.  Still; dad sued mom because I was ugly.   *SADFACE*. D:
PS: The amusing picture in the URL is, allegedly, a *real* plastic surgery ad.

People on the Internet are so stupid, all the comments are from offended women...
Only 2 of them understood that it may be satire, and even then they aren't sure.
So much fail...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on November 07, 2013, 02:46:01 AM
While that is adorable I prefer dogs that can't be crushed underfoot.



Hey, corgi's were originally used for herding, not of getting crushed by large mammals is kind of there thing.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 07, 2013, 08:07:41 PM
If you walk into a corgi you'll probably trip over it, while the corgi just sits there, completely unmoved.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on November 08, 2013, 04:30:36 AM
At times he reminds me of Don Vito from Viva La Bam

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/11/07/mayor_rob_ford_caught_in_video_rant.html

Man this guy is fascinating as hell. I hope he gets reelected
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 27, 2013, 03:38:10 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/ex-lostprophets-frontman-ian-watkins-pleads-guilty-to-sex-offences-against-children-1.1562542

Jesus Christ....
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 27, 2013, 07:34:24 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/ex-lostprophets-frontman-ian-watkins-pleads-guilty-to-sex-offences-against-children-1.1562542

Jesus Christ....

I have no idea why but the wording of that article cracked me up. It's just so... nonchalant.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 27, 2013, 07:54:50 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/ex-lostprophets-frontman-ian-watkins-pleads-guilty-to-sex-offences-against-children-1.1562542

Jesus Christ....

The article I read went into a lot more detail. A very sick and twisted man. :/

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 27, 2013, 08:01:27 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/ex-lostprophets-frontman-ian-watkins-pleads-guilty-to-sex-offences-against-children-1.1562542

Jesus Christ....

I have no idea why but the wording of that article cracked me up. It's just so... nonchalant.

Maybe it's because "twisted perverted ass" doesn't work in print (or official news sites).

And yeah I wouldn't want more detail.  I've heard of children, or rather, infants being sexually assaulted, but when I did it's because the fella was legitimately functioning with screws loose in the brain.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 27, 2013, 08:06:30 PM
My dad is a member of the Children's Panel in the UK.  They make decisions regarding abused and/or troubled children, so he sees horror stories beyond imagining nearly every week. Since he is in contact with the kids who get abused, news like this just breaks him.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 29, 2013, 12:14:10 PM
Quote
Neverland Company, the developers of Lufia, Rune Factory, and the Shining Force Neo and EXA games, will cease operations on November 29 2013 because they have failed to successfully raise funds to continue their business. In a few days they will officially begin bankruptcy proceedings.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=724873

I guess I'll never play a Rune Factory game now.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 29, 2013, 12:17:11 PM
Why, are they burning the old copies?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 29, 2013, 12:40:30 PM
I was always hoping that the next one would be good enough for me to finally make the jump.
Sad because, according to the reviews, they were getting really close.

(kinda like I'm doing with Atelier games... I'm pretty sure I'll play the next one though. Seriously!)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on November 29, 2013, 12:50:39 PM
My dad is a member of the Children's Panel in the UK.  They make decisions regarding abused and/or troubled children, so he sees horror stories beyond imagining nearly every week. Since he is in contact with the kids who get abused, news like this just breaks him.

Let me just say that I'm very impressed by his work.  He has to be extremely strong to engage with that kind of thing on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 29, 2013, 01:08:35 PM
My dad is a member of the Children's Panel in the UK.  They make decisions regarding abused and/or troubled children, so he sees horror stories beyond imagining nearly every week. Since he is in contact with the kids who get abused, news like this just breaks him.

Let me just say that I'm very impressed by his work.  He has to be extremely strong to engage with that kind of thing on a regular basis.

Thanks! I'm very proud of him, he's a great role model.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on November 29, 2013, 05:11:06 PM
The weird thing about the Neverland bankruptcy is that Rune Factory 4 was their most successful game ever.  There are plenty of companies I can understand going bankrupt because they just don't have the sales but how badly managed was Neverland to go bankrupt right after a hit like that?  Or how much debt were they holding onto...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Darilon on November 29, 2013, 05:14:30 PM
My dad is a member of the Children's Panel in the UK.  They make decisions regarding abused and/or troubled children, so he sees horror stories beyond imagining nearly every week. Since he is in contact with the kids who get abused, news like this just breaks him.

Let me just say that I'm very impressed by his work.  He has to be extremely strong to engage with that kind of thing on a regular basis.

Thanks! I'm very proud of him, he's a great role model.

Fair play to the guy.

I know dealing with stuff like that would break me.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: CluelessWonder on November 29, 2013, 11:24:58 PM
Quote
Neverland Company, the developers of Lufia, Rune Factory, and the Shining Force Neo and EXA games, will cease operations on November 29 2013 because they have failed to successfully raise funds to continue their business. In a few days they will officially begin bankruptcy proceedings.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=724873

I guess I'll never play a Rune Factory game now.

What!  If there was ever a time for that Star Wars NOOOOOOO picture it is now.  I just discovered how great Rune Factory 3 is (should have been in the DS top 20 list).  Please tell me that Rune Factory games will not cease to be made.  Sad news indeed.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on November 30, 2013, 10:29:17 AM
Since I believe Marvelous produces the Rune Factory games, I'm hoping they won't just let the IP die into oblivion, but whether or not they actually do anything with it is another question altogether.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on November 30, 2013, 11:55:58 PM
Paul Walker died today...

http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1533786

Guess fast 7 isn't happening after all :(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on December 01, 2013, 01:34:49 AM
Depends how much is filmed?? :S

Damn, that is a shame.  I watched Running Scared the other day too...

Worst way to go for a fellla who's claim to fame was in a series of car flicks.

Too fast, too soon.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on December 01, 2013, 02:12:12 AM
speed kills

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on December 02, 2013, 02:16:45 PM
http://youtu.be/98BIu9dpwHU

Is this fo' reaal?

And if so, why do I have a feeling it'll be abruptly ended by skeet shooting?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on December 02, 2013, 02:40:14 PM
Somewhat true Dice.

Amazon is looking into making it real.
Right now they are dealing with the FAA to see if they can even make the drones use the airways.

---

Quote
Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.

http://www.winamp.com/media-player/en

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
I don't want to use itune and Winamp has Pacemaker (best plugin ever evar aevara)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Desert Walker on December 03, 2013, 12:42:41 PM
And if so, why do I have a feeling it'll be abruptly ended by skeet shooting?

Hilarious mental image, but I think that the skeet shooting will be reserved for government drones. ;)

Also, check the pics thread, it has something related to this very topic in it.

EDIT:

(http://softbodysweethearts.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/amazon-drones.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on December 04, 2013, 11:58:21 PM
interesting!

http://io9.com/why-is-nycs-freedom-tower-making-this-moaning-noise-1476452243
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on December 05, 2013, 06:48:46 PM
Nelson Mandela has died.

The Onion is the only one who can accurately report on this.

http://goo.gl/sfAOeH
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on December 05, 2013, 07:00:15 PM
It's really weird since in the newspaper this morning there was an article about how he is getting sicker and probably won't be long for this world.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 05, 2013, 07:50:30 PM
Rule of Three. Lou Reed, Paul Walker, Nelson Mandela.

Rock out in heaven, y'all.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ultra7k on December 06, 2013, 06:22:03 PM
So, Disney has bought the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise from Paramount.

Please, please, please I just want a good Indy game.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 06, 2013, 08:33:57 PM
Just saw this headline.

"Obama Administration to Allow Companies to Kill Bald Eagles for Wind Power"

OH MY FUCKING GOD YOU GUYS, IF YOU STOMP THE SHIT OUT OF A BALD EAGLE IT GENERATES WIND POWER.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on December 09, 2013, 11:38:16 AM
http://www.lbc.co.uk/how-london-would-have-flooded-without-thames-barrier-82592
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on December 30, 2013, 10:31:17 PM
http://www.avclub.com/article/netflix-to-help-subscribers-new-years-resolutions-106678

Not terribly urgent or breaking news.  But still, Netflix is cutting a bunch of stuff.  Being Canadian, I just wanted to add this list does not affect me at all... it's kinda sad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on December 31, 2013, 02:02:22 PM
http://www.avclub.com/article/netflix-to-help-subscribers-new-years-resolutions-106678

Not terribly urgent or breaking news.  But still, Netflix is cutting a bunch of stuff.  Being Canadian, I just wanted to add this list does not affect me at all... it's kinda sad.

There isn't even 100 show to cancel on Canadian Netflix.

(http://tabb-emote.appspot.com/assets/emotes/burnsauce.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 01, 2014, 07:39:29 PM
UNCLE PHIL IS DEAD.

EVERYTHING IS SHIT NOW >:C 2014 CONFIRMED AS WORST YEAR EVER ALREADY.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on January 01, 2014, 10:00:07 PM
UNCLE PHIL IS DEAD.

EVERYTHING IS SHIT NOW >:C 2014 CONFIRMED AS WORST YEAR EVER ALREADY.

Good news! He died on NEw Years Eve, which means 2013 just ended shitty.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on January 01, 2014, 10:09:38 PM
UNCLE PHIL IS DEAD.

EVERYTHING IS SHIT NOW >:C 2014 CONFIRMED AS WORST YEAR EVER ALREADY.

Good news! He died on NEw Years Eve, which means 2013 just ended shitty.

rip Shredder
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on January 02, 2014, 02:30:37 PM
UNCLE PHIL IS DEAD.

EVERYTHING IS SHIT NOW >:C 2014 CONFIRMED AS WORST YEAR EVER ALREADY.

Good news! He died on NEw Years Eve, which means 2013 just ended shitty.

rip Shredder
....then every turtle breathed a sigh of relief in unison.

Seriously, all the good ones are going. What the hell?!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 02, 2014, 01:59:09 PM
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

You were in and made a ton of great movies.

Apparently he OD'd.  What a drag.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on February 14, 2014, 06:56:57 PM
Coolest thing at the Winter Olympics so far?  The helmets on the skeleton competitors.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pictures/the-most-amazing-skeleton-helmets-at-sochi-olympics-2014-9119335.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on February 14, 2014, 07:32:38 PM
OH MY GOD WHY DOES THE SKELETON NATION HAVE REPRESENTATION AT THE OLYMPICS not that I'm racist or anything I mean some of my best friends are skeletons BUT STILL.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on February 14, 2014, 09:15:42 PM
OH MY GOD WHY DOES THE SKELETON NATION HAVE REPRESENTATION AT THE OLYMPICS not that I'm racist or anything I mean some of my best friends are skeletons BUT STILL.

"And all my friends are skeletons
Beat the rhythm on their bones"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0_zzCLLRvE&feature=kp (that line's about 1:30 in)

And as for the helmets, Sarah Reid of Canada's is my favorite. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on February 18, 2014, 02:21:24 PM
Ken Levine closes Irrational Games (Bioshock, System Shock), keeps 15 of his best dev and opens new studio under 2K.

http://www.irrationalgames.com/

This made me laugh though:
https://twitter.com/KazHiraiCEO/status/435852255615807489 (https://twitter.com/KazHiraiCEO/status/435852255615807489)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on February 18, 2014, 07:20:18 PM
Ken Levine closes Irrational Games (Bioshock, System Shock), keeps 15 of his best dev and opens new studio under 2K.

http://www.irrationalgames.com/

The weird thing about this story isn't that Ken Levine wants to make smaller games with a tighter team.  That's actually pretty normal.  Lot's of big game designers have gone that way in the past (Sid Meier, Cliff Bleszinski, etc.).

The absolutely fucking bizarre thing about this story is that he apparently feels the need to shut down the entire studio and fire everyone who worked there to do this.  Bioshock Infinite was not made by Ken Levine alone.  There are (or rather, were...) a ton of very talented people working there.  And as thanks for making one of the most successful games of last year they're all getting the pink slip just because Ken Levine wants to do something else...

WTF?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on February 19, 2014, 11:56:12 AM
I completely agree, I'd rather not have a games industry where as long as your name has enough recognition you can get away with the most heinous acts and still PR your way to looking like the good guy.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on February 21, 2014, 10:49:38 PM
Space Jam 2
Starring LeBron James..
...
....
......
........
I got nothin'

http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/space-jam-2-works-monstars-revenge.html (http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/space-jam-2-works-monstars-revenge.html)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 21, 2014, 11:07:34 PM
Space Jam 2
Starring LeBron James..
...
....
......
........
I got nothin'

http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/space-jam-2-works-monstars-revenge.html (http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/space-jam-2-works-monstars-revenge.html)

YES!!!

Semi relevant!
(http://i.imgur.com/f0eGl.png)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on February 23, 2014, 12:08:10 AM
Game journalism is a fucking joke.

So a couple days ago Gematsu did this story (http://gematsu.com/2014/02/famitsus-wanted-issue-1316) where they reported on the "most wanted" games from a particular Famitsu issue.  This is something Famitsu compiles from reader submissions every week, though there is naturally a big selection bias there (since only the most hardcore fans who are also Famitsu fans are going to bother to write in about it) and it shouldn't really be taken seriously.  And the Gematsu story makes it pretty clear that they reported on it on a whim.

Since then I've seen this story picked by all manner of other news sites but filtered down the blogosphere like a game of telephone, losing all context and turning into headlines like "Japan's 30 Most Anticipated Games".  But if you actually follow the source links they all come back to (eventually...) that Gematsu story about a stupid Famitsu poll that nobody really takes seriously.  But since Gematsu isn't reporting on the Famitsu results every week (even though Famitsu is doing them weekly) it makes this weeks results seem a whole like weightier than they should.

But hey, who needs context?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 23, 2014, 12:28:07 AM
Can we kickstart Andriasang to come back?

Yeah I feel like we don't have a reliable news for Japanese gaming atm...  I kinda hit up Gaf, and usually one of the 2,000 (minimum) members are on the ball in some form.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on February 23, 2014, 09:33:13 AM
Game journalism is a fucking joke.

Amen to that. Not this site, I have yet to see any non-news articles on RPGFan, but all the major sites are terrible, most of their news articles are along the lines of "Game Developer Says Their Game Will be Good."
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on March 19, 2014, 05:23:05 PM
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/health/boys-organs-to-be-donated-helping-five-to-seven-others

...In a Word: Bittersweet.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on March 23, 2014, 11:30:40 AM
Quote
Neverland Company, the developers of Lufia, Rune Factory, and the Shining Force Neo and EXA games, will cease operations on November 29 2013 because they have failed to successfully raise funds to continue their business. In a few days they will officially begin bankruptcy proceedings.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=724873

I guess I'll never play a Rune Factory game now.

What!  If there was ever a time for that Star Wars NOOOOOOO picture it is now.  I just discovered how great Rune Factory 3 is (should have been in the DS top 20 list).  Please tell me that Rune Factory games will not cease to be made.  Sad news indeed.

I didn't even realize this happened until just now when i randomly looked for news about Lufia. I don't know how Rune Factor 4 did but it's pretty well known that Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals crashed really, really hard. It launched at like, 17th in sales for its first week, got lukewarm review from Famitsu and was largely ignored in the States despite decent reviews. After a game crashes that hard its hard to expect good news, I guess.

Really makes me sad because I think every time Neverland made a Lufia game it was pretty good (YMMV with III, but I thought it was pretty ambitious for a GBC title). Likely we'll never see another Lufia game again.

Dunno if it's a seperate team, but the Rune Factory team is said to be working on a new game (http://www.maql.co.jp/special/game/3ds/kinki/) though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on March 23, 2014, 04:53:07 PM
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/health/boys-organs-to-be-donated-helping-five-to-seven-others

...In a Word: Bittersweet.

Aw, sthat really is bittersweet :(

One of my classmates died in a traffic accident and he was a donor as well. It encouraged several of us to register too.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on March 25, 2014, 06:07:14 PM
Facebook just bought Occulus Rift for ~2 billions.

DFGHJKLKJHGFVCRTGYHJUHNGBVFCRTGYHUILKJHYGFRTGHJ
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on March 25, 2014, 06:11:34 PM
I just came here to post that!  Damn you Annubis!

Oh well, here's a link (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/03/facebook-purchases-vr-headset-maker-oculus-for-2-billion/)

Seriously, though...WTF?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Elegance on March 25, 2014, 06:15:44 PM
It's not surprising that they're looking to explore new markets...but it is surprising they went with this.  I wonder how Sony is reacting.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on March 25, 2014, 08:27:36 PM
I've had no interest in the Oculus Rift whatsoever, so I don't have any sort of investment in the news other than a source of entertainment as I watch the outrage explode all over the Interwebs.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on March 25, 2014, 09:04:31 PM
I wonder how Sony is reacting.

Champagne?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on March 26, 2014, 01:52:48 PM
I am curious in this new virtual reality world (and a new form of gaming addiction that may follow it?).

In other news:
Some sick fuck set up putty and razor blades in a park
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/vandal-glues-razor-blades-playground-equipment-illinois-park-article-1.1734111
(http://i.imgur.com/SUhhCYc.jpg)

Sorry and all due respect to Gandhi, but I believe in an eye for an eye here.  I feel the same about poachers who steadily kill off an entire species of animal too.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on April 15, 2014, 02:32:32 PM
We're over the hill at 24, study says
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414172240.htm (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414172240.htm)

*The researchers analyzed the digital performance records of 3,305 StarCraft 2 players, aged 16 to 44.

Now I know why all the strategic fighters in Ender's game were all youngins'.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on April 15, 2014, 03:28:28 PM
We're over the hill at 24, study says
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414172240.htm (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414172240.htm)

*The researchers analyzed the digital performance records of 3,305 StarCraft 2 players, aged 16 to 44.

Now I know why all the strategic fighters in Ender's game were all youngins'.

I thought this was known for a while. But also, this doesn't apply to everybody in the same way.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 15, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
CNN: Sweet Regina's gone to China, cross-legged on the floor of a burning jet that's smoothly flying.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 09, 2014, 05:20:46 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/josh-d-scheinert/nigerian-girls-slavery_b_5283050.html

It's been making news, and I think it's important to share.

200 Nigerian girls between the ages of 12-15 were kidnapped from their school and sold to slavery thanks to efforts made by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

I'm childless and probably will be for a long, long time, but I can project my mum and dad, or just try to even imagine the amount of grief felt by the parents right now...  I think it's one thing for your child to die (heaven forbid), but a whole new hurt when they're alive and someone's property.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 09, 2014, 06:36:03 PM
A couple of world governments have offered their assistance in localizing and rescuing the girls.
Lets hope that leads to something.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on May 14, 2014, 11:34:57 AM
My feelings about dogs over the years has gone from apathy to disgust. My feelings towards cats, however, has always been admiration.

Here's proof of concept:

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/amazing-video-cat-saves-boy-from-dog-attack-in-southwest-bakersfield-051414 (http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/amazing-video-cat-saves-boy-from-dog-attack-in-southwest-bakersfield-051414)

(https://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/852902785.gif?1400080457)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on May 14, 2014, 12:40:56 PM
Hey, if you dislike dogs, you'd better hate the owners who ruin them. Dogs that are raised right don't pull shit like that.

Badass cat though, can't argue with that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on May 14, 2014, 12:58:01 PM
Hey, if you dislike dogs, you'd better hate the owners who ruin them. Dogs that are raised right don't pull shit like that.

Badass cat though, can't argue with that.

Absolutely! My comment wasn't directly reflective of the behavior of the dog in the video, just a lifetime of dealing with crazy dog owners.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on May 14, 2014, 10:35:09 PM
I saw that video earlier. Cats are fucking awesome and that one is the king.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 15, 2014, 12:17:01 AM
As much as I love dogs there's no doubt that a fully motivated cat will kick one's ass
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on May 15, 2014, 06:04:26 AM
Half of my parents' neighbourhood's cats love getting into fights. If a strange dog entered their territory (and attacked their property), they'd make him pay just of the hell of it.

They're surprisingly nice to other animals they do know, though. For years our rabbit hutch was the favourite lounge area of half a dozen cats. Now that I think about it, when some of my parents' friend brought their dog with them and let it near the hutch, our cat bravely defended that fortress with lots of swiping and hissing.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 15, 2014, 07:25:37 PM
Not shown is the part where the cat only chased the dog off 'cause it wanted to maul the kid by itself.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on May 15, 2014, 08:11:25 PM
Not shown is the part where the cat only chased the dog off 'cause it wanted to maul the kid by itself.

Or the part where it wasn't a kid; it was the T1000 disguising as the kid.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 15, 2014, 10:29:48 PM
Oh man then does that mean that the dog and cat were Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Silverman?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on May 21, 2014, 06:06:46 PM
Only in Canada... (http://gawker.com/this-baby-moose-at-a-tim-hortons-may-be-the-most-canadi-1579729783)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on May 22, 2014, 10:54:51 AM
If any of you guys have an eBay account, you may want to change your password. Most news sites covered the story yesterday, but I forgot to post it here. USAToday followed up with a good reminder on keeping passwords safe and more secure: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/05/22/password-protection-cybersecurity-ebay/9432075/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/05/22/password-protection-cybersecurity-ebay/9432075/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 07, 2014, 10:24:09 PM
http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/neil-degrasse-tyson-counts-top-ten-scifi-movies.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 16, 2014, 12:43:25 AM
http://www.accuweather.com/en/travel-articles/leisure/road-salt-creating-beefier-but/28507483

SHIT WE'RE DOOMED.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 20, 2014, 07:38:00 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/dead-facebook-friend-from-high-school-still-has-ca,36328/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:1:Default
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 02, 2014, 05:16:24 PM
http://www.abevigoda.com/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on July 16, 2014, 06:04:03 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-15/get-more-acquainted-with-your-knees-as-boeing-reworks-737.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-15/get-more-acquainted-with-your-knees-as-boeing-reworks-737.html)

Yikes... I feel bad for people who have to fly often.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on July 17, 2014, 12:16:56 AM
I feel bad for whomever has to sit in front of me (5'11") and my husband (6'5") given that our knees will be embedded in their kidneys...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 17, 2014, 01:32:04 AM
I would honestly prefer it if they shoved passengers into coffins and stacked them vertically to the god-awful seats they have now...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 17, 2014, 09:50:39 PM
I would honestly prefer it if they shoved passengers into coffins and stacked them vertically to the god-awful seats they have now...

Russia is way ahead of you!

Hello!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 17, 2014, 10:35:25 PM
I would honestly prefer it if they shoved passengers into coffins and stacked them vertically to the god-awful seats they have now...

Russia is way ahead of you!

Hello!

This is what Yoda is referring to: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/world/europe/malaysian-airlines-plane-ukraine.html?_r=0
A civilian plane got shot down over Ukraine.

WW3 inc

(EDIT: fudge... I just realized... if there was a WW3, I'm a fit individual still in my prime... I'd be drafted...)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 17, 2014, 11:34:54 PM
Dear god.
Poor innocent folk.  And such a terrible coincidence to have both Ukraine and Malaysian Airlines taking the headlines --- this time in the same damned article.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 18, 2014, 10:50:48 AM
So either Ukraine Rebels or Russia shot this plane down.

Well, I think I'm too old to be drafted! (32)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on July 18, 2014, 11:01:08 AM
Just turned 29 myself, so I'm probably still in the "prime" area for drafting.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on July 24, 2014, 04:19:51 AM
From what I heard, there were a team of AIDS specialists on that plane. Whoever did this may have well shot the future cure for AIDS right out of the sky.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on July 25, 2014, 11:00:46 AM
Yes, six passangers were on their way to the National AIDS Conference. Among them was Joep Lange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joep_Lange).

Most of the news here has been about the Dutch passengers and about the identification proces of all victims. It was weird seeing the coffins loaded up into trucks and planes, especially when they said one such coffin could contain the remains of more than just one person.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 25, 2014, 11:15:04 AM
If you think about it, in less than 6 months, Malaysia Airline has accumulated over 500 deaths.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on July 28, 2014, 12:02:46 PM
$500 (51,300 yen) plush Godzilla from German toy maker, Steiff to commemorate Godzilla's 60th birthday. My god, that must be one of the most expensive plush toys ever to be released.
http://kotaku.com/heres-a-godzilla-plush-toy-priced-at-500-1611941831 (http://kotaku.com/heres-a-godzilla-plush-toy-priced-at-500-1611941831)

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Tiln0yiv--/i45cxmwnyzsf7ofsy7cg.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on July 28, 2014, 04:13:34 PM
calculate the effects of various atomic warheads on your city!

http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/classic/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on July 30, 2014, 12:53:14 PM
What a Final Fantasy themed restaurant may look like:
(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Irdycsc3--/yu52m0miyz8wlpizfruz.jpg)
(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--F28jvooP--/wjbcdvngczqc3pryq6pv.jpg)

More pics at:
http://kotaku.com/tokyos-new-final-fantasy-cafe-is-beautiful-1613179423 (http://kotaku.com/tokyos-new-final-fantasy-cafe-is-beautiful-1613179423)

I could see this being a smash hit if they included recipes from this blogger:
http://ffrecipes.wordpress.com/ (http://ffrecipes.wordpress.com/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 30, 2014, 02:36:00 PM
Since we talked about monopoly a bit ago:
http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/28/5936959/comcast-confessions-when-every-call-is-a-sales-call
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 10, 2014, 12:34:16 AM
In light of recent events in Iraq, I hope that President Obama remembers two important things:

1. Don't pull the thang out unless you plan to bang.
2. Don't even bang unless you plan to hit somethang.

#dadjokes
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on August 11, 2014, 02:05:33 PM
Interesting article (and social experiment) on Wired.com about the Facebook "Like" phenomena. A great read.

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/i-liked-everything-i-saw-on-facebook-for-two-days-heres-what-it-did-to-me/ (http://www.wired.com/2014/08/i-liked-everything-i-saw-on-facebook-for-two-days-heres-what-it-did-to-me/)

Interesting quote from artist Andy Warhol:
"...Everybody looks alike and acts alike, and we’re getting more and more that way. I think everybody should be a machine. I think everybody should like everybody."
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 11, 2014, 08:47:07 PM
RIP, Robin Williams.

What Dreams May Come was a great flick and you contributed to a big and wonderful filmography for many film lovers.

In honour, I will listen to Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel" (http://youtu.be/HpyZEzrDf4c) which has a cameo by him and Zelda for some reason. 

PS: Robin Williams --- LoZ fan.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on August 11, 2014, 09:34:36 PM
Celebrity deaths suck. Not only are you losing a fantastic entertainer, but so many social media slacktivists find a way to warp every tragedy into their own specialized brand of humanitarian guilt trips.

"This is why we need to take depression more seriously, guys."
"Oh sure, now you all suddenly care about mental illness."

Maybe take a moment to grieve over the loss of a great man before smugly using his death to feel better about yourself.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yggdrasil on August 11, 2014, 10:01:59 PM
^They definitely take the wrong side in which they show what it is a serious issue to the public. In many cases they are the ones that end up being the problem of why people don't care or understand how dengereous depression can be, and has been.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 11, 2014, 11:31:10 PM
I just watched the ep of Louis where Louis and Robin go to a comedians funeral to pay their respects. They're the only ones that show up. At the end, they both agree to go to the other's funeral if they die first.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Ashton on August 12, 2014, 02:34:48 AM
Robin Williams: Comedian (http://www.cinemablend.com/images/sections/52187/robin_williams_52187.jpg). Actor (http://thecomicscomic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/robin_williams-comedyawardsjpg.jpg). Genie (http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/04/GENIE-DANCE-GIF.gif). Bitchin' Zelda fan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINUfbLV_0M).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on August 14, 2014, 06:02:47 AM
For some reason this feels like the saddest things I've read about Robin Williams: "Though a tabletop fan with a multitude of Warhammer 40K armies, he never got to play any of them."

Guy had enough money to fulfill several big geek dreams, but was too famous to enjoy them to the fullest (as in: together with other fans). That's sad :(

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 22, 2014, 03:26:53 AM
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Dead+noon+grandma+ends+life+rather+than+suffer+indignity+dementia/10132068/story.html

85 year old chooses to end her life before dementia kicks in to spare herself the indignity.

After seeing what dementia can do.... hell, I'd do it too.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on August 28, 2014, 06:47:34 PM
Wasn't sure if we have a movie news thread, but I couldn't believe the news when I heard this announcement today:
http://www.superherohype.com/news/313829-an-underworld-reboot-is-on-the-way (http://www.superherohype.com/news/313829-an-underworld-reboot-is-on-the-way)

Keep in mind Underworld: Awakening came out only two years ago and the original Underworld first premiered in 2003. I just wish Hollywood would let these movie franchises rest when they exhaust their ideas. Reboot shouldn't be their go to push button.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on August 28, 2014, 10:01:05 PM
How do you even "reboot" Underworld?

Underwoirld done in a different style is just another brand of vampires vs. werewolves.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on August 28, 2014, 10:08:33 PM
How do you even "reboot" Underworld?

Underwoirld done in a different style is just another brand of vampires vs. werewolves.

Werewolves and vampires hide underground from humans who kill them and sell their flesh as fine cuisine - mainly sushis.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on August 28, 2014, 10:25:01 PM
What if it's like
ReBoot.

But with zombies.

Like, Bob's fighting Botnets and shit like that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 29, 2014, 08:10:08 PM
How do you even "reboot" Underworld?

Underwoirld done in a different style is just another brand of vampires vs. werewolves.

Probably.  And with a market saturation of vampires/occult, now's the time to strike since they were too early for the first wave that was, unfortunately, kicked up with the Twilight Saga.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on September 03, 2014, 11:34:37 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BwnJcZdIgAAI_5w.jpg)

Samsung Gear VR hands-on: Note 4 goes 3D with Oculus http://wp.me/pj722-1rw1 (http://wp.me/pj722-1rw1)

I don't have a Samsung smart phone or any smart phone for that matter, but I would like to see this tech in action. I like how the phone just snaps into the Occulus Rift headpiece and it becomes instant VR. I wonder how disorienting it is to play/watch something on this device after a lengthy matter of time.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on September 03, 2014, 03:49:11 PM
As I understand it, many of the Occulus Rift prototypes use a display from a Samsung phone.  Not the whole phone, of course.  But if you already have the appropriate phone then maybe that thing isn't as crazy as it sounds...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on September 03, 2014, 05:16:17 PM
In other related phone news... people are lined up for the iPhone 6 already in NYC. The debut event isn't supposed to take place until September 9th and yet here are these Apple fans devoted in sleeping bags and such. Pictures included in the link.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101967509 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101967509)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on September 03, 2014, 05:24:35 PM
In other related phone news... people are lined up for the iPhone 6 already in NYC. The debut event isn't supposed to take place until September 9th and yet here are these Apple fans devoted in sleeping bags and such. Pictures included in the link.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101967509 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101967509)


oh jesus christ that lady's name is Moon Ray...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on September 03, 2014, 07:30:41 PM
...and if they don't have an iPhone 6 there? I mean, that machine hasn't even been confirmed yet, has it?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on September 04, 2014, 10:24:03 AM
From Macrumors:

Quote
Apple's iPhone 6 event will take place on Tuesday, September 9, but it remains unclear which devices will be unveiled and which will be available for shipping in the near future. Both the company's wearable device and its 5.5-inch iPhone may not ship until later in the year or early 2015, leaving campers to pick up a 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Based on past timelines, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could become available beginning on Friday, September 19.

Event happened today. New iPhone formally announced two sizes and Tim Cook using famous Jobs liner "one more thing" with the Apple Watch. Looks fancy. multiple bands to scale up the watch to be a sport watch or a fancy smancy shiny watch.

Best thing about the event was this presenter going viral @KeynoteScarf. Dude wearing a purple scarf being tweeted about for his fashion sense rather than the product itself.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/scarf-guy-quickly-becomes-the-apple-events-biggest-fashion-s#ugrt0w (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/scarf-guy-quickly-becomes-the-apple-events-biggest-fashion-s#ugrt0w)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on September 24, 2014, 12:52:53 PM
This article makes me lose faith in humanity
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/24/threat-post-naked-photographs-emma-watson-hoax-4chan

The shit people would do for clicks/money.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on September 25, 2014, 10:13:52 AM
http://gawker.com/fucked-up-frontman-will-moderate-toronto-mayoral-debate-1637655487
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on October 24, 2014, 04:46:13 PM
http://politics.suntimes.com/article/washington/sign-language-interpreter-steals-show-during-de-blasio-speech/fri-10242014-130pm
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on October 28, 2014, 08:17:39 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/rocket-blows-up-seconds-after-launching/2014/10/28/92ca8c62-5ef1-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html

Short version, unmanned supply rocket that was to be sent to the International Space Station blew up about 7 seconds after launch.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on November 02, 2014, 07:34:09 AM
So apparently, Wayne Static of the band Static-X died yesterday and now everyone and their kid sister is a Static-X fan.  I never got into that band and thought the most interesting thing about them was Wayne's gravity-defying hairdo.  Still sucks that anyone dies before 50 these days, he probably has a family and stuff.

Still, celebs have been dropping like flies the last 4 years. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on November 02, 2014, 08:26:16 AM
^ Get used to that. Celebs drop like flies every year, it's just gotten to the point that the ones "dropping" are celebs our generation grew up with and actually care about.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on November 02, 2014, 08:49:11 AM
True.  Though that won't stop all the conspiracy theorists of our generation saying that the Illuminati or New World Order is somehow behind all these celebrity deaths.  I feel like that's going to be a constant too- high profile people pass away, conspiracy theorists pontificate.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 03, 2014, 09:21:30 PM
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/25412186/man-invites-daughter-rapist-to-tea-murders-him/

I think the URL says it all.  That's some dark shit, but I'm ....actually not terribly surprised (my dad gets pretty huffed up thinking about anything even CLOSE to that happening to me).

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 03, 2014, 09:55:00 PM
I won't say good cause I'm totally Buddhist zen about that shit. ;)

Yeah, I won't say that's good.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 03, 2014, 09:57:20 PM
I won't say good cause I'm totally Buddhist zen about that shit. ;)

Yeah, I won't say that's good.

Yet, I can't say it's bad either.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on November 03, 2014, 09:58:07 PM
I won't say good cause I'm totally Buddhist zen about that shit. ;)

Yeah, I won't say that's good.

Yet, I can't say it's bad either.

READ BETWEEN THE LINES ANNUBIS. :P
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 03, 2014, 10:00:44 PM
...I won't say that's good.

Yet, I can't say it's bad either.

basically.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 11, 2014, 08:05:44 PM
Gut bacterias have been shown to influence a person's weight and also to be linked to genetics.
Twins grew up culturing the same gut bacterias while the twins (not perfect... don't remember English term) grew up still closer than others but less than perfect twins.

In summary, genetics control gut bacteria and gut bacteria influence weight and emotion.

It's crazy to learn how much we are affected by our ass ;)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 11, 2014, 10:45:42 PM
(http://www.cuteculturechick.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/sir-mix-a-lot-baby-got-back.png)

apropos to nothing in particular.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: GrimReality on November 13, 2014, 03:10:16 PM
I'm shocked no one has mentioned the comet landing yet:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Touchdown!_Rosetta_s_Philae_probe_lands_on_comet (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Touchdown!_Rosetta_s_Philae_probe_lands_on_comet)

This is exciting! And just plain cool. I'm amazed they pulled it off, even if there were a few hiccups.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 17, 2014, 02:01:06 AM
https://twitter.com/KuKluxKlanUSA

Anonymous has taken over the KKK Twitter (yes) account...

Quote
FERGUSON, Mo., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- After members of the KKK put up fliers saying they would use "lethal force" against Ferguson protesters, as the grand jury announcement over the shooting of Michael Brown approaches, the hacktivist group Anonymous has begun publishing names of area KKK members on social media.
The fliers the KKK distributed said: "There will be consequences for your acts of violence against the peaceful, law-abiding citizens of Missouri," according to Vice News. "We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri Law to defend ourselves."

Along with posting names on their own social media accounts, the hackers have taken over the Klu Klux Klan's Twitter account, @KuKluxKlanUSA. "Under anon control as of 16 NOV 2014 09:11:47. You should've expected us," the account's description now reads.

The KKK claimed they were not worried about the threats from Anonymous before their account was taken over.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/11/16/Hacker-group-Anonymous-publishes-names-of-Ferguson-KKK-members/9011416181999/

Umm.... well, wow?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 21, 2014, 09:26:27 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/21/tech/web/online-comment-sections/index.html?sr=tw112114trollingcomments430pStoryPhoto
CNN and a few other News sites will be getting rid of their comments section due to trolls.

Shit, who can blame them sometimes?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 04, 2014, 08:58:10 PM
if a black entertainer singing a song about "white christmas" offends you, you are a moron (and probably a closet racist).

I just, I don't even....

ugh

http://www.inquisitr.com/1654692/darius-rucker-white-christmas-criticisms/ (http://www.inquisitr.com/1654692/darius-rucker-white-christmas-criticisms/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on December 04, 2014, 09:16:21 PM
A black man I once worked with told me that the worst case of racism against him he had ever experienced was at the hand of other black men.
After the 'episode', he was informed that it happened because he wasn't black enough and he should leave Africa.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 05, 2014, 01:02:47 AM
if a black entertainer singing a song about "white christmas" offends you, you are a moron (and probably a closet racist).

I just, I don't even....

ugh

http://www.inquisitr.com/1654692/darius-rucker-white-christmas-criticisms/ (http://www.inquisitr.com/1654692/darius-rucker-white-christmas-criticisms/)

That song's always offended me because I'm like 99% percent persositive that it's about bukakke.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Horchata_jar.jpg)

alternative post:

MAYBE DARIUS RUCKER SHOULD SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GO BACK TO FIGHTING ROBOT SPACE FISH.

....

woah dang i just realized like
darius rucker
hootie and the blowfish
blowfish
fish
darius
fish
darius
fish
daaaaang
queen fossil
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on December 05, 2014, 03:09:45 AM
And here I thought the whole discussion about Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands was getting really ridiculous, but you win, America, you win.

Funniest/saddest part: only racists make everything about race.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on December 05, 2014, 04:31:58 AM
if a black entertainer singing a song about "white christmas" offends you, you are a moron (and probably a closet racist).

I just, I don't even....

ugh

http://www.inquisitr.com/1654692/darius-rucker-white-christmas-criticisms/ (http://www.inquisitr.com/1654692/darius-rucker-white-christmas-criticisms/)

Too be perfectly honest, I can't help but feel that the article is intentionally blowing things out of proportion.  Like somebody said, "hey find some idiots on twitter and write a story about it".  (Not like finding idiots on twitter is hard to do)  Is it really a 'firestorm'?  How many people are actually saying dumb shit like this?  Hell, most of the tweets they quote aren't even attacks exactly (despite the article's headline), just pointing out the incongruity.  I think it's more a case of inflated self-importance and thinking stuff like, "he's black, he should be joining our protest instead".  Which is still fucking dumb, but perhaps not as rage-inducing.

But it's easier and more profitable to write clickbait trash.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 05, 2014, 09:06:44 AM
I have nothing but hate for the protesting of the Eric Garner case. Idiot people running around claiming what the officer did was illegal...it's ridiculous. The chokehold used wouldn't have been effective if the guy had simply stopped resisting, but no, lets forget that whole part, OBVIOUSLY the cops should have just let him go because any physical effort to stop a fucking giant guy could have possibly injured him and cops shouldn't be allowed to cause harm to FUCKING CRIMINALS. The chokehold isn't illegal, either, just his station house banned the use of it. So is he (the officer I mean) liable to get fired for breaking station protocol, sure, but did he break the law, fuck no.

...FOR FUCKS SAKE THE GUY HAS A GODDAMN HISTORY OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, WHY ARE PEOPLE EVEN UPSET ABOUT THIS? Maybe he didn't deserve to die, but the officer who was in fa t doing his job doesn't deserve the horrors being thrown his way for taking a scumbag off the street. Sell a loose cigarette today, a dime bag tomorrow, maybe a few hits of ecstacy next week...this is just bullshit. Fucking police officers in America get so much heat for dealing with the worst street criminals the world over, risking their lifes for ingrateful fuckholes every day who'd rather instigate them into forceful arrests to file lawsuits than simply do the fucking lawful thing and stop when told to and such. God I fucking hate how we treat law enforcement.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 05, 2014, 06:36:35 PM
I have nothing but hate for the protesting of the Eric Garner case. Idiot people running around claiming what the officer did was illegal...it's ridiculous. The chokehold used wouldn't have been effective if the guy had simply stopped resisting, but no, lets forget that whole part, OBVIOUSLY the cops should have just let him go because any physical effort to stop a fucking giant guy could have possibly injured him and cops shouldn't be allowed to cause harm to FUCKING CRIMINALS. The chokehold isn't illegal, either, just his station house banned the use of it. So is he (the officer I mean) liable to get fired for breaking station protocol, sure, but did he break the law, fuck no.

...FOR FUCKS SAKE THE GUY HAS A GODDAMN HISTORY OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, WHY ARE PEOPLE EVEN UPSET ABOUT THIS? Maybe he didn't deserve to die, but the officer who was in fa t doing his job doesn't deserve the horrors being thrown his way for taking a scumbag off the street. Sell a loose cigarette today, a dime bag tomorrow, maybe a few hits of ecstacy next week...this is just bullshit. Fucking police officers in America get so much heat for dealing with the worst street criminals the world over, risking their lifes for ingrateful fuckholes every day who'd rather instigate them into forceful arrests to file lawsuits than simply do the fucking lawful thing and stop when told to and such. God I fucking hate how we treat law enforcement.

troll??

Jesus I hope so

he was a black guy who, like a massive portion of the marginalized minorities in this country, was constantly being harassed for being a marginalized minority. 

congrats on not being able to see the forest for the trees from your white male cisgendered privileged perspective...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 05, 2014, 07:15:11 PM
Cool news, hit a new high on my Bench Press record. 345 pounds.

Bad news, got in a small fight afterwards. I thought my knuckle broke again, but I just bruised my hand a bit. Barely hurts now, but it sucked last night. I can't even call it a fight really, long story short some asshat got in my face after doing something dumb which got me hurt and someone else disrupted. Been having a bad day so I lost my shit, threw him to the ground in the street and just started punching the shit out of him. Never seen him there before last night, so I dunno if he's a regular, but I'm sorta nervous if he's gonna come back and start problems. He did get up and run when a blaring siren came into view, which was when I stopped. Honestly,I was so wrecked from my workout idk how I managed to even push the asshole, nevermind do anything to him.

Gotta love NY, quiet evening working out leads to brawling in the middle of a street.

Meh, he waited outside to start a fight, and he approached threateningly. No video, no witnesses, and no idea who he was...I'm not concerned with legal issues. I'm more concerned with him coming back with a few friends.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on December 05, 2014, 07:55:27 PM
*Observes thread from a safe distance*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 06, 2014, 12:54:21 AM
I'm not gonna argue this shit, fuck Garner, let everyone know that resisting arrest is against the fucking law, and stop fucking blaming racism on every black guy who gets arrested and injured during the process, you're only telling them it's ok to be a criminal thug because we shouldn't assume they are. It's all our fault that criminals choose to be criminals, because right and fucking wrong isn't so easy even  7 year olds understand the basic concept of it...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 06, 2014, 01:09:13 AM
fuck Garner, let everyone know that resisting arrest is against the fucking law

Been having a bad day so I lost my shit, threw him to the ground in the street and just started punching the shit out of him.

If trayvon hadn't attacked zimmerman, zimmerman wouldn't have had to defend himself. What if zimmerman had defended himself with just his bare hands and struck the kid in his temple or throat and killed him? Would he sill be a murderer? I'm sorry if you feel like everyone should have some basic knowledge of self defense, but if my head is getting bashed off the ground by someone, that's grounds to stop him ANY WAY POSSIBLE.

ANY FUCKING WAY possible.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 06, 2014, 02:04:59 AM
I'm not gonna argue this shit, fuck Garner, let everyone know that resisting arrest is against the fucking law, and stop fucking blaming racism on every black guy who gets arrested and injured during the process, you're only telling them it's ok to be a criminal thug because we shouldn't assume they are. It's all our fault that criminals choose to be criminals, because right and fucking wrong isn't so easy even  7 year olds understand the basic concept of it...

The willful ignorance of white privilege saddens me on the deepest levels.

From between 2007 and 2012 the Wall Street Journal estimated that police officers in America killed over 2400 people.  THIS IS INSANE.  To put that into perspective, during the same time frame 1783 American soldiers died in Afghanistan.  In case those numbers don't get through to you, that means that more people were killed in America BY THE PEOPLE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT THEM than were killed IN AN ACTUAL WAR AGAINST AN ACTUAL ENEMY TRYING TO KILL THEM.

And terribly, and not at all surprisingly, of those people killed by police only about 300 (around %13) were white (even though white people make up almost 78% of our population). 

It's racist and horrible police tactics and denying it only makes you sound like a fool.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/hundreds-of-police-killings-are-uncounted-in-federal-statistics-1417577504 (http://online.wsj.com/articles/hundreds-of-police-killings-are-uncounted-in-federal-statistics-1417577504)

=(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 06, 2014, 02:19:41 AM
and before anyone says something horribly racist like "well, black people are committing more crimes, so they're probably dealing with police more often", according to the FBI's own numbers,  in 2012, almost 70% of all people arrested were white.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/tables/43tabledatadecoverviewpdf (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/tables/43tabledatadecoverviewpdf)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 06, 2014, 02:43:55 AM
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Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 06, 2014, 07:52:01 AM
Mesh....what are you pointing out? In all of those quotes of mine, cops are not involved at any point. Zimmerman isn't a cop, and that fuckhead I got into a fight ran because he heard a siren, which btw had nothing to do with our own fight outside as the car never came around. I didn't say my actions were justified, just that I did them, and if I had been stopped by a cop, I would have done as told. Much the same as when some little weiner of a polic officer arrested my dad, a 6 foot 3 300+ pound grown man because he was making a fit about my sister getting in trouble in a hospital. It's called respect for the law.

@glassjawsh it's not fucking racist, it's not horrible police tactics, it's fucking doofs like you who think telling a guy to stop in the name of the law is enough to get a person to put his hands up and settle down...OH WAIT THEY TRIED THAT AND HE TRIED TO LEAVE. So yeah, horseshit on everything you say. And your fucking nonsensical comparison of soliders versus american populace deaths is completely that, nonsense. Last I checked, the military isn't out there stopping THEIR OWN FUCKING PEOPLE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING. Seriously, it's so easy to sit on your fucking high horse and pretend that crime isn't fucking real and police are just paid government lackies looking to bust balls. Know what, if you don't like police brutality in the US, go move to china where if you are out of line,police simply beat your ass.


2400+ people died over the course of 5 years from police involved incidents....I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of crimes they prevented so that number didn't get a zero added for crime relates deaths to American Citizens BY American citizens.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on December 06, 2014, 11:35:10 AM
if you don't like police brutality in the US, go move to china where if you are out of line,police simply beat your ass.

China? Just come to Canada. Here's a shoplifter who got caught and obeyed the police's instruction in surrendering.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JL2K1HpC70&feature=player_detailpage#t=23

That was last year.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 06, 2014, 11:36:29 AM
If the guy you beat up had had a gun, would he have been justified in shooting you?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 06, 2014, 12:03:28 PM
If the guy you beat up had had a gun, would he have been justified in shooting you?
I'm gonna entertain this for a minute mesh. First of all, neither the asshat I scuffled with nor myself made any type of statement demanding the other stopped what they were doing. As soon as the jerk who early nearly smashed my leg dropping weights like an incompetent moron stopped trying to hit me back and just covered his head, I backed off, so if he pulled a weapon at that point he'd be entirely in the wrong. New york gun laws are also much stricter than Florida's so he'd be in the wrong for having it in almost any case, much less firing it at me on a  public street. I also didn't go looking for him to start a fight, he waited for me, so self defense in his case is gone in any regards, he was waiting for a fight, I didn't give him a chance to do much about it. Do you want me to go on about the legality of our fight, aside from the fact that public fighting is disorderly conduct and if someone had filed a complaint we would both have been justifiably detained? Zimmerman/Martin is not similar to what happened to me and that guy that night, so no, short of me attempting to choke him to death the guy would have had no justifiable right to shoot me.

What does this all have to do with blatant disregard for a police officer arresting a person and said person resisted? In the US,if  police officer stops and questions you, you are legally ok to not answer, but then the officer can choose to arrest you and you MUST comply with it. No questioning, no resisting.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 06, 2014, 12:51:14 PM
It's also easy to sit on your high horse and pretend things like racial profiling and police brutality don't exist because they don't conform to your racist white bread picket fence view of the world.  My guess is, many of these people had complied with police orders the first 2 or 3 dozen times they were stpoord and frisked by police for no other reason than the fact that they "looked suspicious"aka were brown, So they finally got fed up and resisted.  You apparently live in New York so I'd assume you'd be well acquainted with how racist they're stop and frisk laws can be.

Eric Garners final words hint at as much "Get away [garbled]"Get away [garbled] ... for what? Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today. Why would you...? Everyone standing here will tell you I didn't do nothing. I did not sell nothing. Because every time you see me, you want to harass me. You want to stop me (garbled) Selling cigarettes. I'm minding my business, officer, I'm minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone. please please, don't touch me. Do not touch me."
" I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe,"

 Would you rather they " yassa boy" it like a good uncle tom instead??

You are like a 5 year old

When I was 17, I was a young dumbass. And, as young dumbasses are wont to do, I was with a group of friends and decided to be moron and throw a granola bar at a passing police car.

When the cop stopped he IMMEDIATELY began questioning my Mexican friend Marcos about what happened.  Even after I went up to him and confessed what I'd the police officer still took Marcos with us to the police station for the crime of being brown in the vicinity of where a crime had been committed.  My other 2 white friends weren't even questioned.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 06, 2014, 04:39:49 PM
You're biased and from a racist town, you're trying too hard to detach from racist roots by defending shit like this. Because that's what it is, bullshit. He commit a crime, he was detained, he resisted and was forcibly grounded and in the process his asthma triggered and, mostly due to the fact that he was trying to get away initially, his pleas for help were ignored. No one should have died from what should have been a simple arrest, but the officer should not be punished for doing his job, nor should this event force an entire restructuring of the NYPD.

You know what,at the end of the day,a jury of people who showed no bias in this incident agreed that what was done wasn't illegal and Garner is not to be indicted for it. Yeah, I'm fairly sure my opinion isn't the minority here.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Parn on December 06, 2014, 05:24:30 PM
mostly due to the fact that he was trying to get away initially

Actually, no he wasn't.  He was resisting arrest, but he was making no attempt to get away.  You are casually dismissive of the fact that he pleaded of being unable to breath, and yet, that is critical.  When an individual is to be detained, their welfare is the responsibility of the police.  Suffocation of your detainee is kind of a big fucking deal.

The police had two options while detaining him once he was on the ground and pleading for air: they could choose to let off a bit so he could breathe, or they could continue what they were doing.  If they had chose the former option, had he been deceiving them and made an attempt to flee, they would have easily taken him down again.  If he wasn't deceiving them, he would have been able to breathe, and the arrest would have gone as intended.  In either situation, Eric Garner would likely be alive.

The police chose the latter option, choosing to ignore his pleas.  That decision cost Eric Garner his life.  It is an unacceptable outcome, one that could have been easily avoided.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 06, 2014, 06:28:53 PM
You're biased and from a racist town, you're trying too hard to detach from racist roots by defending shit like this. Because that's what it is, bullshit. He commit a crime, he was detained, he resisted and was forcibly grounded and in the process his asthma triggered and, mostly due to the fact that he was trying to get away initially, his pleas for help were ignored. No one should have died from what should have been a simple arrest, but the officer should not be punished for doing his job, nor should this event force an entire restructuring of the NYPD.

You know what,at the end of the day,a jury of people who showed no bias in this incident agreed that what was done wasn't illegal and Garner is not to be indicted for it. Yeah, I'm fairly sure my opinion isn't the minority here.

You're wrong, but at least you're well informed. 

Even if it gets a little heated, I'd rather have disagreements with someone I perceive as intelligent.

Let's shake hands and go back to arguing about teh gamez, k?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on December 06, 2014, 07:34:54 PM
Point taken, I can't keep fighting this battle, anyway. I agree that the death of Eric Garner is not something to be taken lightly. I just get so pissed at the lack of sympathy for police officers. There are 35000 police officers in New York, and because maybe 50 of them pull off something stupid or dangerous or less savory than most people are willing to hear, all of a sudden every cop is a racist, power hungry douche. I have reasons to dislike police officers but I stop and consider what the 2 that wronged me and my family account for in the long run...not much. I know, as Parn said, that the situation was handled poorly, it could all have been avoided entirely though if he had just done the lawful thing and stopped in the name of the law.

It just gets to me is all.

Also, I realize I said Garner wasn't indicted...hurr durr Offixee Pantaleo. My bad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on December 08, 2014, 01:09:31 AM
Moments like this....

(http://i.imgur.com/jMXKHOc.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 08, 2014, 07:45:42 PM
Nah there's not enough genderswap incest vampire-reinterpretations for that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 09, 2014, 08:02:17 PM
Nah there's not enough genderswap incest vampire-reinterpretations for that.

I see somebody's been hitting the fanfictions again

(http://i.imgur.com/s6odQkf.png?1)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 09, 2014, 09:31:03 PM
http://Yoda and Starmongoose, who were now sisters for some reason, were eleemosynarily gorging upon eachother's ichorous bodytube sanguinuities.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on December 09, 2014, 09:43:56 PM
And that was just the foreplay!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on December 09, 2014, 11:11:52 PM
I actually meant a literal space mongoose and Star Wars Yoda because this was in fact a Star Wars fan fic (which I am submitting to J. John Abrams) but I mean if you wanna chime in and make things WEIRD.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on December 10, 2014, 04:34:12 AM
Meanwhile, Switzerland sounds awesome. 



http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2014/12/a-swiss-mcdonalds-accidentally-showed-its-customers-hardcore-porn/ (http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2014/12/a-swiss-mcdonalds-accidentally-showed-its-customers-hardcore-porn/)



Can you seriously imagine ESPN or BT Sport switching over to Belladonna getting her asshole bored out by a baseball bat after the end of a Champions League game?


Chaos
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on December 15, 2014, 12:31:41 AM
http://Yoda and Starmongoose, who were now sisters for some reason, were eleemosynarily gorging upon eachother's ichorous bodytube sanguinuities.

Who in the what now?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on January 18, 2015, 02:48:46 PM
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-01-18/ghost-in-the-shell-singer-origa-passes-away/.83416

I can't believe it....  RIP, she had a lovely voice and has passed on way too soon. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on January 18, 2015, 03:22:58 PM
This was really unexpected... I saw her at an animeconvention just 7 months ago. She had very short hair back then, but that doesn't have to mean anything. Plus, she was performing on stage. People with lungcancer don't usually give concerts. So, yeah, unexpected. I hope her last months were good...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on January 20, 2015, 11:13:44 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/01/canadian-girl-dead-after-abandoning-chemo-for-faith-based-alternative/

URL says a lot, she was 11 years old and urged by parents to abandon chemotherapy (despite a 75% survival stat!) because of Jesus and faith.

I have no problem with religious people or religion, except when stupid stuff like this happens.

As a person of very little faith (besides hoping doggy heaven exists), I've always liked that quote "God helps those who help themselves" --- I feel like this is almost certainly applicable to the scenario.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 21, 2015, 10:58:11 AM
Don't worry, she's in a better place now (cue punching the priest that would say that to the parents)

I agree with you entirely and there's even an old adage in the form of a joke here about that.
Translated for your pleasure (and as best as I can remember a shitty old joke)

A man most devoted to god is walking around and then finds himself caught in quicksands.
Having a deep faith, a proper life and knowing that his work is not yet done on this Earth, he doesn't panic and awaits for a divine intervention to save him.
A passing firetruck sees him and asks him if he needs help.
The priest replies "No need. God will save me."
The firemen leave.
A while later, the firetruck comes again and the firemen ask "We're on our way back, are you sure you don't want us to pull you out?"
The priest replies "No need. God will save me."
The priest dies.
In heaven, the priest goes to god and asks him "God, why did you not save me?"
God replies "I sent you a firetruck and twice at that. What more did you want?"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on January 21, 2015, 12:38:07 PM
^We have a similar joke here, but it involves a flood and several more offers of rescue.
-----------------------------------

Windows 10 just revealed as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8. The paranoid skeptic in me does not know how to feel about this.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on January 21, 2015, 01:21:48 PM
^We have a similar joke here, but it involves a flood and several more offers of rescue.
-----------------------------------

Windows 10 just revealed as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8. The paranoid skeptic in me does not know how to feel about this.

I'd think that Microsoft might be taking a page from the Apple' playbook of sleazy business tactics(by giving people an upgrade that their device can't run properly in order to force them to purchase new hardware) but I don't think that, outside of tablets, Microsoft has a hat in the hardware business (I could be totally wrong though).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 22, 2015, 10:54:00 PM
Don't worry, she's in a better place now (cue punching the priest that would say that to the parents)

I agree with you entirely and there's even an old adage in the form of a joke here about that.
Translated for your pleasure (and as best as I can remember a shitty old joke)

A man most devoted to god is walking around and then finds himself caught in quicksands.
Having a deep faith, a proper life and knowing that his work is not yet done on this Earth, he doesn't panic and awaits for a divine intervention to save him.
A passing firetruck sees him and asks him if he needs help.
The priest replies "No need. God will save me."
The firemen leave.
A while later, the firetruck comes again and the firemen ask "We're on our way back, are you sure you don't want us to pull you out?"
The priest replies "No need. God will save me."
The priest dies.
In heaven, the priest goes to god and asks him "God, why did you not save me?"
God replies "I sent you a firetruck and twice at that. What more did you want?"

A man most devoted to god is walking around and then finds himself caught in quicksands.
Having a deep faith, a proper life and knowing that his work is not yet done on this Earth, he doesn't panic and awaits for a divine intervention to save him.
A passing firetruck sees him and asks him if he needs help.
The priest replies "No need. God will save me."
The firemen leave.
A while later, the firetruck comes again and the firemen ask "We're on our way back, are you sure you don't want us to pull you out?"
The priest replies "No need. God will save me."
The priest dies.
In heaven, the priest goes to god and asks him "God, why did you not save me?"
God shook his mighty head and sighed. "I did save you," He said, motioning to the small, blue sphere very far below him. "Earth is terrible. Trees clawing at the sky. Birds screaming for sex. Water endlessly carving away land. People baring their teeth in joy."
The priest stood back, mouth agape. Part of him wanting to give God a bro-hug or something, part of him wanting to be all fuck this shit I'm going to hell.
The two halves of his internal conflict began to fight like a pair of wolves, and he knew the wolf that won would be the one he fed, but he didn't feed either and so they cannibalized each other and turned into this totally crazy wolf ouroboros.
Shit got ridiculously yiffy.


(Note: additions entirely made up of stuff I found on twittlr this is not my fault).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on January 23, 2015, 09:50:56 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/01/canadian-girl-dead-after-abandoning-chemo-for-faith-based-alternative/

URL says a lot, she was 11 years old and urged by parents to abandon chemotherapy (despite a 75% survival stat!) because of Jesus and faith.

I have no problem with religious people or religion, except when stupid stuff like this happens.

As a person of very little faith (besides hoping doggy heaven exists), I've always liked that quote "God helps those who help themselves" --- I feel like this is almost certainly applicable to the scenario.

I'm curious as to the belief(s) of her parents.  For example, Jehovah's Witnesses (whom I would not identify as "Christian" for theological reasons) usually shun the idea of medical help because it is of the "world". Regardless of the parent's background, it was awful and unwise of them to avoid medical help for their daughter.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 02, 2015, 04:02:04 PM
To any RWBY fans, creator/animator Monty Oum has passed away at 33 years young.
http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=3302319

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on February 02, 2015, 04:15:34 PM
To any RWBY fans, creator/animator Monty Oum has passed away at 33 years young.
http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=3302319



Wait WOAH! WTF???!

Damn...
Dude was awesome.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on February 02, 2015, 04:19:18 PM
That's awful.

Earlier today I realized in a few weeks I'll be as old as Chris Farley when he died (33). John Belushi was also 33.



Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 02, 2015, 04:21:53 PM
To any RWBY fans, creator/animator Monty Oum has passed away at 33 years young.
http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=3302319



Wait WOAH! WTF???!

Damn...
Dude was awesome.

R.I.P.

Honestly, that man knew how to choreograph.  He'll definitely be missed, Oum was a talent for sure.

That's awful.

Earlier today I realized in a few weeks I'll be as old as Chris Farley when he died (33). John Belushi was also 33.

I didn't realize Belushi was so young in things I saw him in then...  Dear god... I'm approaching those digits... not now, if a few years...but approaching....aaaaaaaaaaaaaa------


Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on February 02, 2015, 07:11:07 PM
Honestly, that man knew how to choreograph.  He'll definitely be missed, Oum was a talent for sure.

Yeah... I don't know how the podcast will go today.
I wouldn't have been surprised if they canceled it but apparently it's still on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4kB5jms5SI
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on February 05, 2015, 03:04:51 PM
http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/4/7983049/anthem-medical-insurance-hack-tens-millions-customer-records-stolen (http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/4/7983049/anthem-medical-insurance-hack-tens-millions-customer-records-stolen)
The story appeared late last night, but still relevant today. 80,000,000 Anthem members info hacked. Be on the lookout for identify theft RPGfans who have Anthem. Freakn' hackers...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on February 05, 2015, 05:51:55 PM
I need to get the fuck out of Chicago
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/347972/willie-wilson-whiteys-want-let-know-aint-prejudiced
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on February 12, 2015, 01:41:14 PM
Heard about the three shared Powerball numbers last night from Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Texas. For a combined total winnings of $564,000,000 and then I read this story this morning:

Americans spend more on the lottery than on ...
(http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/150211135359-2015-lottery-spending-780x439.png)
Story: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/11/news/companies/lottery-spending/index.html

"One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds. ~ Dan Bennett"

Playing devil's advocate here, what if that money was crowdfunded into decaying infrastructure, paying off debt, scientific r&d and cancer research. Imagine the possibilities. . .
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on February 12, 2015, 02:06:31 PM
I believe that most American lotto systems are run by the government and the money is usually funneled back into public works projects. 

But I've also read that only about a 3rd of the money raised actually goes anywhere other than right back out as prizes.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on February 12, 2015, 10:01:09 PM
Actually, Last Week Tonight did a segment on how states generally get people to buy lottery tickets by saying the money gets funded to education mostly, but if you follow the money that's hardly ever the case.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on February 12, 2015, 11:56:29 PM
You get "educated" to not waste your money in the lottery?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 13, 2015, 12:04:28 AM
You get "educated" to not waste your money in the lottery?

I usually know better, but I know I feel guilty when I DON'T join the co-workers buying them.
THat "what if" would kill me to the end of days.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on February 13, 2015, 08:49:57 PM
Alas, I am the same way.... *shells out a toonie for this week*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on February 14, 2015, 05:00:08 AM
I only gamble if it's together with my sister. That girl has the most amazing luck in the world. This one time she tried one of those online gambling sites, played for 15 minutes, won a jackpot of over €3000, quit playing right after and put the money towards a replacement for that death trap she called a car.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on February 19, 2015, 05:04:24 PM
Playing devil's advocate here, what if that money was crowdfunded into decaying infrastructure, paying off debt, scientific r&d and cancer research. Imagine the possibilities. . .

The American Dream doesn't include any of those things.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on February 27, 2015, 02:52:10 PM
Leonard Nimoy died today :(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on February 27, 2015, 04:10:06 PM
Leonard Nimoy died today :(

Sad news indeed. At least he lived a long life and prospered. May he rest in peace. Somewhere in space, his star is shining bright.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: pseudonym on February 27, 2015, 07:47:43 PM
Leonard Nimoy died today :(

Somebody will discover his journal only to find out that the like The Next Generation the best.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on February 27, 2015, 10:01:28 PM
Aww man, that is really sad news.

I hope this doesn't sound insensitive, but I kind of hope the recording for KH3 was finished. Nobody can replace Nimoy as Master Xehanort.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on February 27, 2015, 11:40:20 PM
^ I was thinking the same too, to be honest.  He was a great and unique choice for a villain, and starring alongside Mark Hamill was a small nerdy pleasure.

But yeah, Nemoy was a good guy and I was blue to hear he'd passed.  And a little surprised Shatner pulled ahead, tbh...

God rest, he lived long, prospered, and hopefully is on a new adventure in some fantastic cosmos (or whatever wonder happens after we die).

(http://i.imgur.com/nWPUJMt.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/7Jy4aMm.png)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 19, 2015, 12:15:23 AM
Chicago Local news is the best:
http://chicagoist.com/2015/03/18/video_an_inappropriate_st_patricks.php


WGN in the morning here is a constant parade of this kind of "awww shucks" kind of gaffe

https://youtu.be/df3FWKbSYP4

https://youtu.be/XaS3ox-yJ-g
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on March 20, 2015, 11:08:19 PM
Chicago on St. Patricks

All the drunk white chicks passed out outside of whatever Panera/Au Bon Pain-oid thing is on the loopy sky train side of the river.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 21, 2015, 02:18:26 PM
Chicago turns into a zone of awfulness during St. Pats.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on March 21, 2015, 03:20:02 PM
Chicago on St. Paddy's day is nothing compared to Boston, I'm sure. Boston folks are horrible 365 days of the year, and everyone here has to celebrate their "Irish pride" whether they're Irish or not.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 21, 2015, 04:54:54 PM
I actually went out for St. Pats this year for the first time in near a decade.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on March 22, 2015, 03:31:11 PM
Chicago on St. Paddy's day is nothing compared to Boston, I'm sure. Boston folks are horrible 365 days of the year, and everyone here has to celebrate their "Irish pride" whether they're Irish or not.

I'm willing to bet it was extra bad this time around what with everyone also coming out to say a big "Fuck you!" to winter and its record snowfalls in your area. 

And given how much many of us complain about insufferable sports fans (I recall that here at RPGFan, there's a little bit of a pissing contest about who's worse: Boston or Philly), part of me wonders who has the LEAST insufferable fans.  Where it's actually pleasurable to go to a game.  Speaking of, things are going to get cray-cray once again as people bet money on NCAA college basketball.  I love sports as much as the next guy, but it's kinda sad that at the high school and collegiate level, student athletics are more valued than academics.  Schools will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for new turf on the football field while math teachers still have to use outdated textbooks that are falling apart. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on March 26, 2015, 12:02:22 PM
In even more "God my state is embarrassing" news. Today our governor signed a bill that allows companies to refuse service to people based on their religious beliefs.  http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/ (http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/)

It's essentially a bunch of scared white christians (Indiana is GREAT at producing scared white christians) who somehow feel that doing business with a gay man or woman is oppressive to their religious freedom.  Because in America, white christian business owners can somehow convince their rich white christian state legislators that they are being discriminated against BY THE PEOPLE THAT THEY'VE BEEN OPENLY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. 

This is state mandated hate.  It's a new Jim Crow law.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 26, 2015, 12:22:13 PM
I seriously have to read the exact wording of that bill, because there's no freakin' way that could be constitutional if it blatantly allows discrimination. Senate Bill "Religious freedom" 101, correct?

EDIT: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/101#digest-heading

^That one? I'm no lawyer, but that has to be one of the most vague bills I've seen in some time. I can't even tell what it does and does not enforce, and judging from the second sentence, it sounds like...the Government doesn't really have to persue 'certain actions' unless the government feels it is within their best interest. I'm glad people are protesting this, because it is obviously set up to be abused in a multitude of ways.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on March 26, 2015, 12:40:20 PM
I seriously have to read the exact wording of that bill, because there's no freakin' way that could be constitutional if it blatantly allows discrimination. Senate Bill "Religious freedom" 101, correct?

EDIT: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/101#digest-heading

^That one? I'm no lawyer, but that has to be one of the most vague bills I've seen in some time. I can't even tell what it does and does not enforce, and judging from the second sentence, it sounds like...the Government doesn't really have to persue 'certain actions' unless the government feels it is within their best interest. I'm glad people are protesting this, because it is obviously set up to be abused in a multitude of ways.


It's asinine.  Pro Tip: The bill doesn't REALLY uphold someone's "right" to act like a total bigot.  Kind of sorta does on the surface, but not if someone who knows what they are doing tries to sue the pants off someone hiding behind it.  It's just Indiana's vague, right wing and completely misguided attempt to uphold "freedom and liberty" whatever the hell that even means. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on March 26, 2015, 09:13:17 PM
There are businesses in Indiana?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on March 31, 2015, 03:49:35 PM
YOU CAN PLAY PAC MAN ON GOOGLE MAPS!

http://goo.gl/TDNo67 (http://goo.gl/TDNo67)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 31, 2015, 07:42:58 PM
I don't get pac-man. :(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on April 07, 2015, 09:02:52 PM
Welp Agent D.... care to explain away THIS one?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0)


Pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern x forever


edit: the victim was arrested and convicted in 1991 for "possession of a bludgeon" which might be the coolest (and most RPG) sounding misdemeanor I have ever heard.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 07, 2015, 09:41:39 PM
Welp Agent D.... care to explain away THIS one?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0)


Pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern x forever


edit: the victim was arrested and convicted in 1991 for "possession of a bludgeon" which might be the coolest (and most RPG) sounding misdemeanor I have ever heard.

...assholes are assholes, even if they wear a badge and claim to be working for our betterment.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on April 09, 2015, 10:53:38 AM
Welp Agent D.... care to explain away THIS one?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0)


Pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern x forever


edit: the victim was arrested and convicted in 1991 for "possession of a bludgeon" which might be the coolest (and most RPG) sounding misdemeanor I have ever heard.

...assholes are assholes, even if they wear a badge and claim to be working for our betterment.

Mapping Police Violence reports that in March, 36 black people—one every 21 hours—were killed by cops.

read this: http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-police-are-americas-terrorists-1696463523 (http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-police-are-americas-terrorists-1696463523)

And it's only getting worse
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on April 11, 2015, 02:22:04 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0)

I decided to do a bit of reading on the topic after seeing the video- it just seemed horrible, and I don't understand how something like that could happen. Unfortunately my experience with the news has often told me that they enjoy sensationalizing everything, especially something race-related.

So my understanding is that the actual big legal question here is whether or not what Slager actions are fitting of the conclusions from Tennessee v. Garner, that is, "did the officer have probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others"? The knee-jerk reaction I first had on seeing that video was a very strong "no", I mean, the guy was unarmed, and running away.

But Tennessee v. Garner is actually specifically about suspects who are running away. The problem is that there are claims Mr. Scott was struggling for the officer's taser and (supposedly) tried to use it on Officer Slager before trying to run away, which, if true, is actually assault on an officer, which to my knowledge is classified as a felony. Different news sources claim different things (and frankly I don't find any of them particularly reliable when everyone's still upset about it) and this is probably something that will have to be settled in the courtroom.

I think after reading a bit, what scares me more than the fact that this happened is the fact that technically, the officer might've actually been doing something legally justifiable.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 11, 2015, 03:22:59 PM
Welp Agent D.... care to explain away THIS one?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-with-murder-in-black-mans-death.html?_r=0)


Pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern is a pattern x forever


edit: the victim was arrested and convicted in 1991 for "possession of a bludgeon" which might be the coolest (and most RPG) sounding misdemeanor I have ever heard.

...assholes are assholes, even if they wear a badge and claim to be working for our betterment.

Mapping Police Violence reports that in March, 36 black people—one every 21 hours—were killed by cops.

read this: http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-police-are-americas-terrorists-1696463523 (http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-police-are-americas-terrorists-1696463523)

And it's only getting worse
I'm not gonna try to defend actions here, the police officers doing horrible shit only seem to be getting better at it. It kind of makes you think a bit though. Aren't these officers being terrible people just the people who were born in our generation? You become either an amalgamation of what you're exposed to or work hard to avoid becoming it entirely, and it seems like either of the options is making the police officers who stemmed from them power abusing assholes.

I still stand by the fact (yes fact) that the few officers we see being dicks doesn't even come close to the amount of upstanding, diligent, and overall well adjusted police officers of the US by a longshot. But again, it's becoming a harder task every day to defend certain things.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 11, 2015, 05:57:01 PM
Good cops don't stay long in the force because they get bullied by all the bad cops who band together.
Same thing with most women in the force.

It becomes a whole clique of you are either with us or against us.

I'm not just saying this too. My mom's career involved working with the police and she saw that stuff happening a lot.
They even bully non-cops like lab people or administration people (mostly if women).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on April 14, 2015, 06:56:37 PM
I know quite a few female cops in Chicago and Milwaukee-burbs.

They're patrol too, not desk ladies
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 14, 2015, 07:57:06 PM
I know quite a few desk ladies.

Genetic engineering has gone too far.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on April 22, 2015, 10:37:45 PM
http://humboldt.craigslist.org/rvs/4988183907.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on April 28, 2015, 12:54:33 PM
In response to the Baltimore Riots!

 "It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard." - Martin Luther King Jr.

It won't and shouldn't stop until these fucked up situations (and these fucked up police) stop. 

Something BIG is going to happen within our lifetimes that fundamentally changes our society.

Though I'm not entirely sure if it will be for better or for worse.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on April 28, 2015, 01:26:52 PM
Though I'm not entirely sure if it will be for better or for worse.

99 times out of 100, if the change only came about through violence, it will probably be a bad change. Just saying. I think the odds aren't in our favor unless people calm the heck down...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 28, 2015, 06:26:12 PM
For people to calm down, it's... going to mean that peaceful protests need to matter, instead of just being a way of getting ignored. It's not like people haven't tried /not/ rioting. All things considered this has been a pretty gradual build-up over the space of two years.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on April 30, 2015, 04:13:17 PM
there is is violence, but the major outlets are only showing that.

there is plenty of exposure in other places for people being decent humans in baltimore.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on May 01, 2015, 10:56:31 AM
there is is violence, but the major outlets are only showing that.

there is plenty of exposure in other places for people being decent humans in baltimore.


I like the story about Geraldo being made to leave because he's just scoping out fighting and bad stuff, typical fox news. Tell you what, if they blew up his car with him in it, I doubt most anyone would be upset. Hell, it may become the most effective riot ever.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 01, 2015, 07:45:35 PM
CNN's also got its share of total nozzles that I'm surprised Anderson Cooper hasn't straight up murdered yet. cough cough Lemon and Blitzer cough.

idk if Geraldo's even actively douchey at this point, he's just like yr. vaguely senile grandpa/uncle that shows up at Bob Evans and whines about gay Muslims stealing his tax dollars until hapless college student waitress shows up and gives him his orange juice. Geraldo fucking loves orange juice. Geraldo ain't sharing his orange juice with any gay Muslims.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on May 02, 2015, 07:10:52 AM
Geraldo ain't sharing his orange juice with any gay Muslims.

Facebook status update

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on May 20, 2015, 12:18:03 PM
So word is, Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/harry-shearer-leaving-simpsons_n_7280718.html). The door isn't entirely closed, but apparently, it's looking more and more that it may be the case. The show's producers have said they will replace him if he doesn't agree to come back. I can't imagine the show without the actual voices of Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 
To be fair, I haven't actually watched the show in a long time. It became unfunny to me about 10 years ago or so. I've tried to watch a "new" episode once every few years or so since then, but I always end up turning it off early, because I find myself not laughing in any way at all. Anyway, it's just such a weird notion that all of Shearer's characters could have different voices...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Maxximum on May 20, 2015, 06:12:59 PM
So word is, Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/harry-shearer-leaving-simpsons_n_7280718.html). The door isn't entirely closed, but apparently, it's looking more and more that it may be the case. The show's producers have said they will replace him if he doesn't agree to come back. I can't imagine the show without the actual voices of Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 
To be fair, I haven't actually watched the show in a long time. It became unfunny to me about 10 years ago or so. I've tried to watch a "new" episode once every few years or so since then, but I always end up turning it off early, because I find myself not laughing in any way at all. Anyway, it's just such a weird notion that all of Shearer's characters could have different voices...

Chances are they wouldn't. They'd come up with some plot devices to remove them from the show or limit to non speaking cameos. Maybe one or two major characters would get some sort of "X thing happened and now I sound like this" treatment. After over 20 years of voicing those characters, replacing him and hoping no one notices just wouldn't fly.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 20, 2015, 07:02:16 PM
Quote
Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 

Mr. Burns is driving Smithers somewhere, but had a sudden case of the deads from being so old and crashes into a church bus carrying Ned Flanders and Rev. Lovejoy. Dr. Hibbert shows up to try and rescue people and Kent Brockman shows up to do the news, but then the bus explodes killing /everyone/.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on May 20, 2015, 07:45:19 PM
So word is, Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/harry-shearer-leaving-simpsons_n_7280718.html). The door isn't entirely closed, but apparently, it's looking more and more that it may be the case. The show's producers have said they will replace him if he doesn't agree to come back. I can't imagine the show without the actual voices of Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 
To be fair, I haven't actually watched the show in a long time. It became unfunny to me about 10 years ago or so. I've tried to watch a "new" episode once every few years or so since then, but I always end up turning it off early, because I find myself not laughing in any way at all. Anyway, it's just such a weird notion that all of Shearer's characters could have different voices...

Chances are they wouldn't. They'd come up with some plot devices to remove them from the show or limit to non speaking cameos. Maybe one or two major characters would get some sort of "X thing happened and now I sound like this" treatment. After over 20 years of voicing those characters, replacing him and hoping no one notices just wouldn't fly.

Well, I mean. They *are* cartoon characters. Finding someone that can do a perfect impression of any of those characters wouldn't be too difficult.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on May 27, 2015, 10:49:01 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/sports/soccer/fifa-officials-arrested-on-corruption-charges-blatter-isnt-among-them.html

URL made me giggle, but hot damn!  What a night!  And about time!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on June 05, 2015, 10:48:45 AM
Fascinating read on how author Frank Herbert's epic sci fi, Dune can inspire California to save more water.

http://nautil.us/issue/25/water/to-save-california-read-dune (http://nautil.us/issue/25/water/to-save-california-read-dune)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 05, 2015, 07:25:51 PM
Fascinating read on how author Frank Herbert's epic sci fi, Dune can inspire California to save more water.

By mainlining fermented worm venom until you can see the future?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 05, 2015, 07:57:03 PM
Launch a jihad and wipe out 90% of the earth's population?

Shaving off 90% of the population would kinda be good =/
Too many of us right now.
And 750,000 million isn't anywhere near low anyway. We were that much in the 1700s.

At this point, it's sad to say, but we'd need a war, epidemic or people to go live somewhere else than Earth.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on June 18, 2015, 11:01:49 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/charleston-shooting-suspect-identified-fbi-dylann-roof-21/story?id=31851054

Is there a rule that bat shit crazy gunmen have to have stupid haircuts? Hopefully, they find this POS real soon.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 18, 2015, 01:04:04 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/charleston-shooting-suspect-identified-fbi-dylann-roof-21/story?id=31851054

Is there a rule that bat shit crazy gunmen have to have stupid haircuts? Hopefully, they find this POS real soon.


Kid was gifted a .45 caliber handgun for his 21st birthday.  blegh.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 18, 2015, 04:57:42 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/charleston-shooting-suspect-identified-fbi-dylann-roof-21/story?id=31851054

Is there a rule that bat shit crazy gunmen have to have stupid haircuts? Hopefully, they find this POS real soon.

I hate judging books by their cover, even though I often do, but yeah that kid has "psycho" written on his fa---hairdo.

That said, goddamn that's nuts.  A ton of evidence is pointing to this kid flat-out hating black people.  But good ol' Fox News seem to think otherwise:P :
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHyTSk2WcAADdqn.jpg:large)

My heart goes out to the families of this; I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose someone no thanks to some crazy kid with a loaded gun and hate in his heart.  Impersonal killing is just fightening to think about.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on June 19, 2015, 08:47:28 AM
^Indeed. It reminds you how real things are, and how absolutely precious life is...

Thankfully, the SOB was apprehended without incident 200 miles away. A woman on her way to work spotted him and followed him for like 30 miles before the cops snagged him.
He is a pill popping racist, basically. F-ed up how he hung out and prayed with the victims for like an hour before mercilessly killing them. I've also noticed his dad, who gave him a gun for his birthday (as glass mentioned above), has been pretty quiet (AFAIK). Crazy...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on June 19, 2015, 09:04:15 AM
So word is, Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/harry-shearer-leaving-simpsons_n_7280718.html). The door isn't entirely closed, but apparently, it's looking more and more that it may be the case. The show's producers have said they will replace him if he doesn't agree to come back. I can't imagine the show without the actual voices of Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 
To be fair, I haven't actually watched the show in a long time. It became unfunny to me about 10 years ago or so. I've tried to watch a "new" episode once every few years or so since then, but I always end up turning it off early, because I find myself not laughing in any way at all. Anyway, it's just such a weird notion that all of Shearer's characters could have different voices...

Chances are they wouldn't. They'd come up with some plot devices to remove them from the show or limit to non speaking cameos. Maybe one or two major characters would get some sort of "X thing happened and now I sound like this" treatment. After over 20 years of voicing those characters, replacing him and hoping no one notices just wouldn't fly.

Well, I mean. They *are* cartoon characters. Finding someone that can do a perfect impression of any of those characters wouldn't be too difficult.

Chris Latta, who was the original Mr. Burns (and also OG Cobra Commander and Starscream) died of a heart attack around the first season of The Simpsons, so he was replaced.  And my voiceover coach was telling me that over the years, Disney has been doing underground casting calls to anyone who can do perfect, spot-on impressions of any of their characters, major or minor so that they have a stable full of understudies.  I'm sure other companies do that too.  From what I understand, Disney's move to do this happened when Paul Winchell, the original voice of Tigger, got too old to play that role and Disney scrambled to find a new Tigger.  So since then, they've been keeping stables of understudies. 

The issue with Shearer is that he's played so many characters that it would be damn near impossible to find one man who can do a hundred voices.  So they'd probably have to divide his paycheck up among several no-name voice actors (who they'll get to work cheaper as their rookie break, while keeping the purse strings tight.) 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 19, 2015, 09:14:29 AM
^ All this talk is making me wonder again what Square Enix is going to do about Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts 3

Hopefully it's nothing like what Atlus did with Margaret for P4 Golden
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on June 19, 2015, 01:14:05 PM
In a best case scenario, Disney has someone usable in their stable.  If it's one thing Walt was adamant about back in his day, it was consistency in EVERYthing so that the immersive experience for the end user/customer is perfect.  Their movies all had big name talent, but their TV shows based on movies didn't have the A-listers, but the voices were spot on, meaning Disney had a stable of good talent. 

If this was a product of a smaller company without the kind of deep corporate pockets that Disney has, then I'd be more worried. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 23, 2015, 10:53:16 PM
HOLY ****ING SHIT!
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/21/fbi-jail-hair-mass-disaster-false-conviction

Just read the whole thing.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 26, 2015, 12:14:46 PM
HOLY ****ING SHIT!
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/21/fbi-jail-hair-mass-disaster-false-conviction

Just read the whole thing.

That is fucked.  I'm glad they're trying to rectify mistakes but I guess that only does a certain amount of good for people who have suffered so much because of it.

Also, congratulations to the USA, GAY MARRIAGE IS LEGAL ALL OVER (I'm sure this has made everyone even the south very happy)!
(https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/AQ2JqHLHRgxSIqN3Oopnwmz16M4=/800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/3811990/same-sex%20marriage.gif)
(http://i.imgur.com/w4Msn06.gif)

Hopefully this puts such a silly and minor issue to focus on other important things (I mean at least compared to things like war, poverty, disease, wealth distribution, environment, resource strain, racism, and other things fucking everything up, I feel gay marriage should have been a 'no brainer').
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 26, 2015, 05:59:19 PM
GAY MARRIAGE IS COOL AND ALL BUT I WISH THEY WOULD'VE JUST OUTLAWED STRAIGHT MARRIAGE TO MAKE EVERYONE EQUAL INSTEAD.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 26, 2015, 06:17:07 PM
So is there like a voucher system or a lottery I have to sign up for in order for Obama to assign me my mandatory same sex spouse? And also, how soon can I expect to receive my passport to Sodom and/or Gomorrah? Or are we all just naturalized citizens of either city-state since about 10 oçlock this morning? ‪hashtagscotus‬problems
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 26, 2015, 06:43:24 PM
So is there like a voucher system or a lottery I have to sign up for in order for Obama to assign me my mandatory same sex spouse?

HERE HE IS:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/589671637475319808/Re7GZ7Gx.jpg)

if you break his heart i swear to god i will cut you
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on July 07, 2015, 02:34:11 PM
Man arrested after flying over city in balloon chair
(http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJMZ5ttUkAAgTbi.jpg)
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-07-07/man-arrested-after-flying-over-city-in-balloon-chair/ (http://www.itv.com/news/2015-07-07/man-arrested-after-flying-over-city-in-balloon-chair/)

Clearly missing the elderly assistant skills of scout, Russell.

(https://tshirtsandcupcakes.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/russell_up.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 10, 2015, 07:41:47 PM
HOLY ****ING SHIT!
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/21/fbi-jail-hair-mass-disaster-false-conviction

Just read the whole thing.

....oh....oh my god....this is why we don't just believe everything an "expert" says. I'd like to say this is a good lesson learned, but I just now heard about this, and more importantly, nothing can really help all the people who were wronged by a flawed system...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 12, 2015, 08:09:17 PM
Iwata just died
http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150713e.pdf

This is pretty much out of the blue.
Was there any word of him being sick or anything? "bile duct growth" doesn't sound like a quick killer.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on July 15, 2015, 10:44:05 AM
Was there any word of him being sick or anything? "bile duct growth" doesn't sound like a quick killer.
He was noticeably absent the last few Nintendo Directs. I think Nintendo was keeping it under wraps, so attention wasn't taken away from games or anything, but I think I read somewhere that they underestimated how serious his health condition was in. Sad loss for the gaming industry. People didn't always agree with his plans, but he was certainly an innovator and rescuer when Nintendo had been in trouble. He'll be missed.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on August 12, 2015, 05:21:55 PM
Scary explosion in China

http://www.popsci.com/what-caused-massive-explosion-tianjin-china?src=SOC&dom=fb
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on August 13, 2015, 12:53:55 AM
Scary explosion in China

http://www.popsci.com/what-caused-massive-explosion-tianjin-china?src=SOC&dom=fb

(thanks btw)

Unreal.  Movies can't ever due justice to the real thing.  it's so much more sudden and scary.
Hope they recover from this as soon as humanly possible, but that's insane.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Maxximum on August 13, 2015, 07:17:33 AM

HERE HE IS:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/589671637475319808/Re7GZ7Gx.jpg)

if you break his heart i swear to god i will cut you

Segata Sanshiro... Put up a noble fight. He shall be missed.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on September 23, 2015, 01:14:43 PM
Congress is going to shut down the government (AGAIN) because certain people on the right are so freaked out by the mere possibility that unborn babies are getting aborted that they want to remove funding from a nationwide program whose function is 98% providing affordable health care to underprivelaged women (and also my girlfriend). 

I don't really have anything else to say about the Planned Parenthood debacle other than how funny (read: sad) it is that the GOP fights so hard to keep babies from being aborted just to deny them health coverage once they're born.

Infants = THE WORST FREELOADERS OF ALL!

(http://discovermagazine.com/~/media/import/images/4/4/d/infant.jpg)

GET A JOB!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on September 23, 2015, 06:00:23 PM
So is there like a voucher system or a lottery I have to sign up for in order for Obama to assign me my mandatory same sex spouse?

HERE HE IS:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/589671637475319808/Re7GZ7Gx.jpg)

if you break his heart i swear to god i will cut you

Godspeed SS

https://youtu.be/X40cL4U0uTc (https://youtu.be/X40cL4U0uTc)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on October 01, 2015, 11:19:34 AM
So I guess this is a thing again

https://flypigeon.co/ (https://flypigeon.co/)

When you want your message to maybe possibly get there (someday).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on October 14, 2015, 01:00:28 AM
Regardless of your political stance, it's hard not to draw a contrast between the last couple Republican primary debates--which seemed to consist almost entirely of personal attacks with barely and substantive policy discussion--and tonight's Democratic primary debate--which was almost entirely about policy, which barely a hint of personal attacks.  It almost feels like we're looking at elections in two completely different countries...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Towns Car Marty on October 14, 2015, 05:08:42 AM
This lady (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/13/woman-nephew-broken-wrist-hug-lawsuit-no-damages?CMP=share_btn_fb) spent time and money in court to destroy a family relationship and all she got was this lousy t-shirt! Incredible.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on October 14, 2015, 07:07:13 AM
“I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you!’ and there he was flying at me,”

Oh, sheesh, seriously? Sounds like a nice (but energetic) kid who felt bad enough after hurting his aunt.

My uncle dropped me on my head when I was four and left me with a concussion but no permanent damage. He still feels guilty.

told the court that she had found it “difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate” at a recent party

And there we go... From icy bitch to cartoony villain. She probably wears coats made out of kittens.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on October 14, 2015, 11:14:48 AM
This lady (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/13/woman-nephew-broken-wrist-hug-lawsuit-no-damages?CMP=share_btn_fb) spent time and money in court to destroy a family relationship and all she got was this lousy t-shirt! Incredible.

Yucky person. :(
Yeah, I get that medical care in the US is jacked up, but... there are lines you don't cross.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on October 14, 2015, 11:52:09 AM
^ Good thing she was awarded absolutely nothing.
I almost can't believe how much of a complete c--t that lady is... It almost seems unreal that someone could be that much of a living POS. Who the hell sues someone that young?? Especially right after his mother dies?? Especially if he is a member of the family, and was just trying to show love??? How can someone expect an excited 8 year old to display the same tact as an adult?
She stated that she didn't say anything at the time because she didn't want to upset him. So.. waiting 4 years and suing him for over 100K won't upset him? What the hell is wrong with her brain? I'm starting to believe there is something else to this... Like, for whatever pathetic reason, she wanted money from that side of the family, and used an innocent, loving child's hug to try to get it.
Man... I would seriously slap her silly, if it didn't mean I would get sued for her inability to run her stupid mouth at a gathering. Besides, if she is still having wrist trouble after this much time, she must not have sought proper medical treatment, or listened to her doctor. She's not even that old that she couldn't recover properly. Give me a damn break... I don't usually use this acronym, but FOaD, lady.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on October 14, 2015, 12:55:15 PM
This lady (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/13/woman-nephew-broken-wrist-hug-lawsuit-no-damages?CMP=share_btn_fb) spent time and money in court to destroy a family relationship and all she got was this lousy t-shirt! Incredible.

Had to read that twice to make sure it wasn't an Onion article. 

"The 8 old year old boy hurt me so badly I could barely hold my hors d'oeuvre plate at our most recent dinner party" is about the WASPiest thing I've ever read in my life.

OF COURSE this happened to a white family in Connecticut.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on October 14, 2015, 01:00:11 PM
This lady (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/13/woman-nephew-broken-wrist-hug-lawsuit-no-damages?CMP=share_btn_fb) spent time and money in court to destroy a family relationship and all she got was this lousy t-shirt! Incredible.

Had to read that twice to make sure it wasn't an Onion article. 

"The 8 old year old boy hurt me so badly I could barely hold my hors d'oeuvre plate at our most recent dinner party" is about the WASPiest thing I've ever read in my life.

OF COURSE this happened to a white family in Connecticut.
Well duh, if it were a black family in the south it'd have been "Dat 8 year old boy fucked up my hand so bad I couldn't even barely not hold my chicken wing in it"....

Too racist?

Matter of fact, just imagine Chris Rock wrote it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on October 15, 2015, 10:42:39 AM
This lady (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/13/woman-nephew-broken-wrist-hug-lawsuit-no-damages?CMP=share_btn_fb) spent time and money in court to destroy a family relationship and all she got was this lousy t-shirt! Incredible.

I know a lot of people think what she did was horrible (and you aren't wrong). I get it. Let me just say this though-Connecticut law requires that the injured party attempt to sue the individual that caused the injury for damages before an insurance company will pay out. She wants money from the homeowners (her brother/sister) home insurance, but was required to sue the child to attempt to get the insurance to pay after. Now she can go after the homeowners insurance.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on October 15, 2015, 10:45:38 AM
I guess that makes some sense, but to drag a kid through that... The article makes her appear well off, wouldn't she have health insurance?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on October 15, 2015, 11:02:04 AM
Be that as it may... I don't know about any of you, but I try to get my injuries taken care in a timely manner. Why wait 3-4 years before taking action? Was she expecting to be able to almost directly collect from the boy's mother's life insurance payout? Something about it still seems c--ty.
Who knows... maybe she figured she was OK until that fateful moment when she faced the horrible realization that her horse-do-over [sic] plate wasn't going to hold itself.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on October 15, 2015, 02:22:57 PM
Connecticut law requires that the injured party attempt to sue the individual that caused the injury for damages before an insurance company will pay out.

Is this real?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on October 15, 2015, 02:39:16 PM
Connecticut law requires that the injured party attempt to sue the individual that caused the injury for damages before an insurance company will pay out.

Is this real?


Pro Tip: When you hear about a law in the United States, your first thought should always be "How does this benefit massive corporations?"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on October 15, 2015, 03:21:58 PM
Connecticut law requires that the injured party attempt to sue the individual that caused the injury for damages before an insurance company will pay out.

Is this real?


Pro Tip: When you hear about a law in the United States, your first thought should always be "How does this benefit massive corporations?"

I don't want to human anymore...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on October 15, 2015, 03:29:11 PM
Connecticut law requires that the injured party attempt to sue the individual that caused the injury for damages before an insurance company will pay out.

Is this real?


Pro Tip: When you hear about a law in the United States, your first thought should always be "How does this benefit massive corporations?"

I don't want to human anymore...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nc2C9PQJ2A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nc2C9PQJ2A)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 19, 2015, 10:55:34 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CRumj1GUsAAXsdt.jpg)

EXCELLENT USE OF BEIGE NEGATIVE SPACE

THIS IS THE FUTURE

FUCK PERSPECTIVE FUCK SCALE WE GOT BEIGE UP IN THIS BITCH.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on October 20, 2015, 12:28:03 AM
Na na nah na na
Na na nah na na
HEY HEY
GOODBYE!!!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on October 20, 2015, 12:34:16 PM
Eugh thank goodness.  Harper was going insane.  Not only with incredibly false thinking, Islamophobia, paranoia, but he enacted a bunch of creepy bills (no less than a secret police, a secret telephone service to report people, and ability to revoke citizenship).  Fuck that guy.  I personally didn't think many of the candidates were terribly impressive, but I'm glad Harper is done.

John Oliver did a decent segment on it the other night (https://youtu.be/0V5ckcTSYu8) on his show, worth checking out if not for the politics than for a good chuckle....at Canadian expense. :P

(http://media.salon.com/2015/10/JohnOliverCanada-620x412.jpg)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_liw6xmz77o1qiyg2io1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on October 20, 2015, 01:23:07 PM
Eugh thank goodness.  Harper was going insane.  Not only with incredibly false thinking, Islamophobia, paranoia, but he enacted a bunch of creepy bills (no less than a secret police, a secret telephone service to report people, and ability to revoke citizenship).  Fuck that guy.  I personally didn't think many of the candidates were terribly impressive, but I'm glad Harper is done.

I can only hope that the history books (that nobody reads) will shame Harper; if only to make sure nobody ever tries to pull this kind of shit again.
I also wonder how much the Liberals can (or will) undo in the next 4 years.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on October 20, 2015, 04:05:32 PM
On the list of great ideas: Live streaming yourself driving drunk.

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2015/10/12/florida-woman-periscopes-her-drunken-crash/73820710/ (http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2015/10/12/florida-woman-periscopes-her-drunken-crash/73820710/)

Goddamn, people are stupid.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Lard on October 20, 2015, 07:15:44 PM
For everyone so thrilled that Harper is gone - yes it's a good thing, but we've someone who voted for Harper's policies and ushered in the most draconian law to ever pass in Canada.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-terrorism_Act,_2015

And Trudeau has stated publicly he won't repeal it.

I feel like we overthrew the emperor, but elected Darth Vader.

As the Who said: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss".




Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on October 20, 2015, 09:50:12 PM
Wonder what's gonna happen with this now: https://www.gofundme.com/savejohncalvin
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Daggerstrike on October 26, 2015, 05:24:08 PM
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/10/26/man-fails-paternity-test-thanks-to-unborn-twin/21254007/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl14%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D557235420 (http://www.aol.com/article/2015/10/26/man-fails-paternity-test-thanks-to-unborn-twin/21254007/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl14%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D557235420)


This is fucking awesome and a bit sad for so many reasons. Especially if things don't work out between the couple. "Nope...I am not the father...check the test bitch"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 04, 2015, 12:56:46 AM
Pot legalization thing got voted down in Ohio, which I'm happy about even though I voted for it (for reasons. I wish there was an option to vote in favor of something while noting that you're doing it under protest).

Redistricting measure finally passed which I'm really happy about because our it's very, very necessary. Pot legislation was what was getting all the attention but afaic this is the thing that really mattered.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 04, 2015, 02:20:39 AM
Pot legalization thing got voted down in Ohio, which I'm happy about even though I voted for it (for reasons. I wish there was an option to vote in favor of something while noting that you're doing it under protest).

Redistricting measure finally passed which I'm really happy about because our it's very, very necessary. Pot legislation was what was getting all the attention but afaic this is the thing that really mattered.

Not to stick it against anyone's personal principles about smoking pot, you gotta do what you gotta do and no one should pressure you otherwise...

But honestly it ticks me off that the stigma on cannabis is as strong as it is.  It makes no sense of multiple fronts... I don't understand what the point is in keeping it illegal, people will find a way to smoke it anyway, medical uses of marijuana have shown a great deal of benefits/relief to multiple diseases/ailments, Colorado has shown it's a great as far as tax-based revenue goes, and the wasted efforts for cops to curb or fight the "war on drugs" is totally wasted on weed when there are far more serious and harmful drugs out there that DO wreck lives in far worse ways.  But fuck it, let's drink and smoke cigarettes and be happy, because those at least those aren't stigmatized (but also bad for you)!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Towns Car Marty on November 04, 2015, 02:58:59 AM
I think alcohol and tobacco firms and their lobbyists have a lot to do with the illegality of cannabis.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 04, 2015, 08:07:44 AM
Here Justin Trudeau, our new Prime Minister, pretty much promised to legalize marijuana.
Can't say I'm a supporter of drugs (any of them really), but I wouldn't oppose it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on November 04, 2015, 08:47:50 AM
Pot legalization thing got voted down in Ohio, which I'm happy about even though I voted for it (for reasons. I wish there was an option to vote in favor of something while noting that you're doing it under protest).

Redistricting measure finally passed which I'm really happy about because our it's very, very necessary. Pot legislation was what was getting all the attention but afaic this is the thing that really mattered.

Not to stick it against anyone's personal principles about smoking pot, you gotta do what you gotta do and no one should pressure you otherwise...

But honestly it ticks me off that the stigma on cannabis is as strong as it is.  It makes no sense of multiple fronts... I don't understand what the point is in keeping it illegal, people will find a way to smoke it anyway, medical uses of marijuana have shown a great deal of benefits/relief to multiple diseases/ailments, Colorado has shown it's a great as far as tax-based revenue goes, and the wasted efforts for cops to curb or fight the "war on drugs" is totally wasted on weed when there are far more serious and harmful drugs out there that DO wreck lives in far worse ways.  But fuck it, let's drink and smoke cigarettes and be happy, because those at least those aren't stigmatized (but also bad for you)!

Pot should be legal after acquiring a license that involves a class in proper pot-smoking hygiene.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on November 04, 2015, 09:47:32 AM
One big question for me is what happens if you legalize pot as per DUI.
You know people are going to be driving while high as a kite.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 04, 2015, 11:28:43 AM
One big question for me is what happens if you legalize pot as per DUI.
You know people are going to be driving while high as a kite.

Same thing that happens when you're alcohol'd up and driving I'd hope.  I have 0 sympathy for anyone who gets in an accident while under ANY sort of influence.  My fucking stupid ass of a cousin did and I haven't spoken to him since.

Pot should be legal after acquiring a license that involves a class in proper pot-smoking hygiene.

I'm curious what makes you say that.  Not like any of the other "adult-only" things require much the same and can be just as problematic.  Alcohol-related issues have caused far more problem then weed-related ones, cigarette smoking-related illnesses has killed scores more than a the wacky-tabaccy has (honestly it's baffling how significantly less stigmatized smoking is at times), and gambling requires no real 'etiquette' or license besides being the right age.  After working as a waitress, I can also tell you (I know anecdotal evidence isn't the best evidence, but...) I'd prefer to deal with someone stoned than someone drunk.  And at least, unlike smoking and alcohol, cannabis can at least help fight chronic (hah) pain in people with serious disease. (If you want I can get the research, but I couldn't find a one that says smoking pot is more or as serious as any of the other above --- granted, a part of that can be due to its illegality and making it a difficult thing to research). 

If it's legalized I'd hope people would treat it seriously as they [sometimes] do alcohol and cigarette smoking, because indeed it's an altered conscious state much like being drunk or any heavy medication might.  But again, if it's a numbers game, it just doesn't make sense to uphold it's illegality (http://www.med.uottawa.ca/sim/data/Marijuana_e.htm) but find alternate means of "dealing with the problem" (like Portugal (https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/matters-of-substance/drugs-are-legal-portugal) for instance who has shifted their stance from punishment to a more treatment-centered approach to those who are considered problem users).  Colorado (http://time.com/4037604/colorado-marijuana-tax-revenue/) has earned a TON of tax revenue from sales of canabbis, and hell, if anything funnel that back into systems like education that can teach the harms of recreational drug and alcohol ab/use, and again this keeps people from having to deal with the law which costs a TON of money to uphold and keep prisoners incarcerated (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-cost-of-a-nation-of-incarceration/) for a drug that keeps you inebriated for a short time.

EDIT: Again, I was to say I completely sympathize with people who disapprove of cannabis use or any other drug or thing (I myself rarely drink and I hate when people tell me to drink more).  But thinking more long-term, I think it'd be naive to keep marijuana on such tight chains especially in a grand scheme of problems much more worth the time, money, and effort to curb.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on November 04, 2015, 11:56:32 AM
My fucking stupid ass of a cousin did and I haven't spoken to him since.

Was/is he a repeat offender? I mean, if it was only once... Well, we all have low points, and make stupid decisions.



You know people are going to be driving while high as a kite.

Which means we'd have more people on the road driving extra cautiously, which I am all for. I think it's hilarious that anti-drug companies would have people believe that pot leads people to make/take rash, impulsive decisions/actions. If only they knew how misinformative that was. The pothead stereotype alone is not conducive to that notion.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 04, 2015, 12:02:13 PM
My fucking stupid ass of a cousin did and I haven't spoken to him since.

Was/is he a repeat offender? I mean, if it was only once... Well, we all have low points, and make stupid decisions.

Repeatedly caught/arrested? No.  But he has driven drunk before, just "today was his lucky day" and hit someone sober. :)
( I actually do agree/sympathize with the sort of "we've all been bone-headed once" sort of excuse, to err is human and all, but I don't count his incidence as such).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on November 04, 2015, 12:08:03 PM
I was just implying that some people don't know how to not let their vice affect other people. When people walk around smelling like weed (which I and many others find to be a disgusting smell) it's not okay. Regular smoking can be just as bad. I remember two teenagers walking in to a small retail store I was working in years ago and within seconds the entire place smelled like straight-up nicotine, not even typical cigarette smoke smell. All I meant is that some of those people need to learn to change their shirt and pop a mint.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on November 04, 2015, 04:38:16 PM
weed smell > patchouli smell

the thing they are using to cover up the thing smells worse than the original thing.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 04, 2015, 07:00:50 PM
Oh the pot bill in ohio basically would've granted a monopoly over marijuana to a small group in Ohio, also it was kind of sketchy politically anyway. Which probably played a big role in WHY the bill failed, and why I wanted it to fail even though I voted for it.

I'm in favor of legalization, which is why I felt obligated to vote for it, and I could've lived with the monopoly thing if it DID pass. I'm just glad it didn't pass because monopolies are gross.

(fwiw I don't smoke and probably wouldn't -- I need caffeine to have a functional mental state and I think weed would just make me paranoid and tired).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on November 04, 2015, 10:32:46 PM
Colorado this, Colorado that...

Washington state voted to legalize marijuana at the exact same time Colorado did but for some reason nobody ever talks about us.  How come we don't get any credit?!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on November 05, 2015, 10:20:51 AM
^ It would have been far more shocking if the pacific northwest part of the U.S. hadn't been among the first to legalize it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 05, 2015, 08:56:04 PM
I just realized that natros' avatar ISN'T naruto.

it's like some beardy nature guy with a toque.

naturo...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on November 06, 2015, 04:16:12 PM
Naturo.. I like it.
My avatar is an Annubis original.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on November 06, 2015, 06:05:44 PM
I just realized that natros' avatar ISN'T naruto.

naturo...

Naturo.. I like it.
My avatar is an Annubis original.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--nCLc-uG0--/c_fill,fl_progressive,g_north,h_358,q_80,w_636/18g4gnc6xuewujpg.jpg)

Code: [Select]
"news thread"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 06, 2015, 07:30:08 PM
So I heard Ray Bradbury died.

-- edit --

Also I found a new ship:

(http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Todd+Howard+Spike+TV+2011+Video+Game+Awards+ChId3QWWHM1l.jpg)

x

(https://nationalpostcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/justin-trudeau1.jpg?w=620)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on November 07, 2015, 09:44:03 PM
https://twitter.com/jorgemir/status/663175486063775744
https://twitter.com/shaunlyman/status/663178446235787264
https://twitter.com/DustinMSandoval/status/663178084221259776
https://twitter.com/LAHorrorcom/status/663175635884376064
https://twitter.com/easttyronejohn/status/663182357927596033/video/1

Something blew up over Claifrnionaa????

US missile test!?!??!?!? Flllutou4 virl mrketing?

(i relaly ned to get a non-borked keyobard.)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on December 21, 2015, 02:28:32 PM
http://blog.autopartswarehouse.com/2015/12/plumber-sues-dealership-truck-isis/ (http://blog.autopartswarehouse.com/2015/12/plumber-sues-dealership-truck-isis/)

Lesson to be learned: If you trade in or sell a work vehicle, you may want to remove the decals yourself, first...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on January 11, 2016, 09:24:47 AM
(http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5675/51/16x9/640.jpg)
RIP David Bowie
http://www.avclub.com/article/rip-david-bowie-230544

He releases and album and dies no more than three days later.  A rockstar if there was one.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on January 11, 2016, 02:05:18 PM
Something I learned today: Our buddy Amano actually has done art of Mr. Bowie:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYb0lIwUMAASXSZ.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYb0lJNUsAAbL-O.jpg)

rad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on January 14, 2016, 12:57:03 PM
Alan Rickman passed away today.  He was best known for playing villain Hans Gruber in "Die Hard" and Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" franchise. He was 69.
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/british-actor-alan-rickman-died/story?id=36283232 (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/british-actor-alan-rickman-died/story?id=36283232)

(http://global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Entertainment/alan%20rickman%20reuters.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 14, 2016, 02:10:21 PM
I'll always remember him for Galaxy Quest.  T________T
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on January 14, 2016, 02:13:56 PM
I'll always remember him for Galaxy Quest.  T________T

I'm sure he'd prefer you didn't O.o

I kiddddddddddddd
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 14, 2016, 06:22:38 PM
If another famous 69-year old Briton dies by Sunday, I'm disavowing reality.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 14, 2016, 07:35:46 PM
You're lucky then, it's a famous 73 year old Quebecer that died today.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Ang%C3%A9lil
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 15, 2016, 09:43:36 AM
I'll always remember him for Galaxy Quest.  T________T

I'm sure he'd prefer you didn't O.o

I kiddddddddddddd

Galaxy Quest is one of the best movies ever made, you philistine.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 15, 2016, 10:00:47 AM
I like Galaxy Quest. It's a fun film with a good sense of humor.

One of my favorite Alan Rickman roles was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince of Thieves. He did so well there. It's just unfortunately hidden behind a lackluster performance by Costner (Don't talk shit about Costner. Watch A Perfect World and Mr Brooks before telling me he's terrible overall).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on January 15, 2016, 10:11:44 AM
I like Galaxy Quest. It's a fun film with a good sense of humor.

One of my favorite Alan Rickman roles was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince of Thieves. He did so well there. It's just unfortunately hidden behind a lackluster performance by Costner (Don't talk shit about Costner. Watch A Perfect World and Mr Brooks before telling me he's terrible overall).

Out of context comments:

A) that was a joke
B) Metatron
C) Morgan Freeman before he was Morgan Freeman
D) Mr Brooks is a good movie, though it's most notable for Dane Cook getting the shovel in the throat (something millions of people have day dreamed about during one of his awful "wouldn't it be funny to punch a baby in the face!" standup bits).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 16, 2016, 01:33:07 AM
guy that played Grizzly Adams died THINGS KEEP HAPPENING MORE AND MORE.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 16, 2016, 02:32:34 PM
You're lucky then, it's a famous 73 year old Quebecer that died today.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Ang%C3%A9lil

Two days after losing her husband to cancer, Celine Dion loses her brother... to cancer.

http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/16/daniel-dion-celine-dion-mort_n_8991978.html
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on January 16, 2016, 02:40:24 PM
You're lucky then, it's a famous 73 year old Quebecer that died today.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Ang%C3%A9lil

Two days after losing her husband to cancer, Celine Dion loses her brother... to cancer.

http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/16/daniel-dion-celine-dion-mort_n_8991978.html

Gee-zus....
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 18, 2016, 11:37:22 AM
:(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on January 23, 2016, 12:53:17 AM
I don't even... (http://komonews.com/news/local/police-suspected-theater-shooter-brought-gun-to-movie-fearing-mass-shooting)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 25, 2016, 11:49:39 PM
If you had told me 20 years ago that the dictionary would be the hot topic for half a week (and still counting) and that it was because it was judged sexist, I would have laughed at you hard.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/25/oxford-dictionary-review-sexist-language-rabid-feminist-gender
http://www.themarysue.com/oxford-dictionaries-mra-trolls/

times sure have changed...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on January 26, 2016, 02:18:03 PM
So apparently some figure skater dressed up as Spike from Cowboy Bebop and did a routine to TANK! It's kind of cool.

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-01-25/canadian-figure-skater-kevin-reynolds-performs-routine-to-cowboy-bebop-tank/.97866
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on January 26, 2016, 09:23:44 PM
He's been threatening to do it forever, but Trump is finally boycotting a debate (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/26/fox-news-head-ill-let-donald-trump-walk-before-replacing-megyn-kelly-as-debate-moderator/) because he's a whiny entitled little bitch.  How dare moderators ask questions about things he actually said!

(I might be slightly biased...)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 26, 2016, 09:39:02 PM
He's been threatening to do it forever, but Trump is finally boycotting a debate (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/26/fox-news-head-ill-let-donald-trump-walk-before-replacing-megyn-kelly-as-debate-moderator/) because he's a whiny entitled little bitch.  How dare moderators ask questions about things he actually said!

(I might be slightly biased...)

Even if he doesn't get the nomination, Trump doing well in the primaries would make me really question whether I even belonged in this country anymore.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on January 26, 2016, 09:48:37 PM
The world has gone even more crazy. I blame the internet.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on January 26, 2016, 09:56:00 PM
The world has gone even more crazy. I blame the internet.

I don't know how facetious you were being, but the internet is actually a big part of the problem.  There are so many sources of information these days people end up selecting on those that tell them what they want to hear and ignoring everything else...

So Trump supporters will only listen to Trump-Approved (tm) sources and dismiss everything else as "corrupt, biased media".  It doesn't matter how thoroughly researched or vetted a source is if it's dismissed out of hand.  Meanwhile the Trump-Approved (tm) sources are usually completely full of shit but they're not held to the same standards so it doesn't matter...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 26, 2016, 10:36:17 PM
btw are flat earthers actually a thing again or is this just a joke? I seriously can't tell anymore.

Taken from somewhere:

"He also says that West helped squash his beef with Drake."

I hope beef is meant literally in this sentence. Because mental image.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on January 27, 2016, 12:44:45 AM
I can't really tell either... (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/20/flat-earth-believers-youtube-videos-conspiracy-theorists)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on January 27, 2016, 06:50:07 AM
I demand every person who actually claims the earth to be flat be forced to walk til they fall off the edge of the earth...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 27, 2016, 09:37:11 AM
I demand every person who actually claims the earth to be flat be forced to walk til they fall off the edge of the earth...

That won't work because JRPG magic makes the flat Earth continuous.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on January 27, 2016, 09:41:01 AM
I demand every person who actually claims the earth to be flat be forced to walk til they fall off the edge of the earth...

That won't work because JRPG magic makes the flat Earth continuous.
It will work fine, they'll walk to death.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 27, 2016, 10:36:14 AM
Unfortunately.... *sigh*..... Flat Earthers are real.  I know one.  Like, irl.

*siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh*

I have had sleepless nights thinking of all the numerous empirical evidence that the Earth is round, evidence you can see with your own eyes very easily, until I realize that even if I explained it all to him, he probably wouldn't listen.  A friend of mine described it as "a self-desired ignorance".  He just WANTS to believe something that's wrong because he likes it better than the truth.

How do you reason with someone like that?  You can't.

The point about the internet and people only listening to "news sources" that tell them what they want to hear is a good one.  It's only going to get worse from here.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 27, 2016, 11:27:24 AM
(http://i67.tinypic.com/10gbwit.jpg)


We're clearly on our way!

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tooker on January 27, 2016, 12:03:50 PM
I just watched that movie (again) last night!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 28, 2016, 09:43:56 AM
^  I can't believe you like Idiocracy, too. We should hang out.



I've always felt it is a hilarious, but chillingly accurate portrayal of the likely future... even moreso as time goes on... I'm starting to think Mike Judge is a goddamn mystic.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on January 28, 2016, 10:37:28 AM
^  I can't believe you like Idiocracy, too. We should hang out.



I've always felt it is a hilarious, but chillingly accurate portrayal of the likely future... even moreso as time goes on... I'm starting to think Mike Judge is a goddamn mystic.
It's a pretty funny movie. Reminds me of Wall-E if it were less animated and more realistic (though I believe Wall-E came later).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 28, 2016, 11:36:30 AM
^  I can't believe you like Idiocracy, too. We should hang out.



I've always felt it is a hilarious, but chillingly accurate portrayal of the likely future... even moreso as time goes on... I'm starting to think Mike Judge is a goddamn mystic.
It's a pretty funny movie. Reminds me of Wall-E if it were less animated and more realistic (though I believe Wall-E came later).

Wall-E was released later, yes.
I always tell people I believe the future is going to be sort of a mix of Idiocracy and Wall-E. I really hope I'm proven wrong (not that I'd be around to know it)...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on January 28, 2016, 12:32:43 PM
Idiocracy is a terrible movie.  But that was kind of the point. 

It's right up there with Hot Rod for most quotable objectively bad film of the last 10 years.

+1
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 28, 2016, 03:44:23 PM
Idiocracy is a terrible movie.  But that was kind of the point. 

It's right up there with Hot Rod for most quotable objectively bad film of the last 10 years.

+1

"If you have one bucket that holds 5 gallons, and another bucket that holds 7 gallons, how many buckets do you have?"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 28, 2016, 03:57:05 PM
Idiocracy is a terrible movie.  But that was kind of the point. 

It's right up there with Hot Rod for most quotable objectively bad film of the last 10 years.

+1

Never saw Hot Rod, but my wife loved it. Outside of a few hilarious Lonely Island songs, Samberg kind of gets on my nerves. Won't argue with you about Idiocracy being a bad movie, but the point it makes is rock-fuckin'-solid, so I personally love it,
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on January 28, 2016, 05:09:41 PM
I demand every person who actually claims the earth to be flat be forced to walk til they fall off the edge of the earth...

Is this actually real? I read an article on it the other day but thought it was just people trolling. O.o
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on January 28, 2016, 05:35:37 PM
I demand every person who actually claims the earth to be flat be forced to walk til they fall off the edge of the earth...

Is this actually real? I read an article on it the other day but thought it was just people trolling. O.o

The optimist in me would estimate at least 90% of them *are* just "trolling"
...Or at the very least just adolescences trying to be "edgy*" and "unique"

* - ba dum tsh
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on January 28, 2016, 05:47:23 PM
If that's the best humor they could muster, I think their jokes usually fall flat on others.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 29, 2016, 10:35:28 AM
If that's the best humor they could muster, I think their jokes usually fall flat on others.

*slow clap*

And just so we're clear, the guy I know IRL who is a Flat Earther is 100% sincere.  Deluded, but sincere.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 29, 2016, 11:32:01 AM
^ So, according to this moron person, where exactly is the edge of the world, and where does the sun go once it's below the horizon? I'm quite curious.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on January 29, 2016, 11:54:23 AM
^ So, according to this moron person, where exactly is the edge of the world, and where does the sun go once it's below the horizon? I'm quite curious.

I mean, you can just google Flat Earth Society if you want to know.  It's complete bonkers nonsense.

Basically, Antartica is not a continent but a wall of ice surrounding the flat Earth and the sun is a spotlight.  As far as how it goes below the horizon, or how sunsets create different colors, or how the spotlight sun moves at all, they have no explanation at all, afaik.

Remember, people will believe whatever they want to believe.  This is as much true of rational scientists as it is of these brainwashed freaks.  The difference is the degree to which a person will delude themselves.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on January 29, 2016, 12:32:50 PM
I dare not google that. I would not be able to handle the idiocy. I'm wondering if people who believe that dreck have even left their respective countries, or just been in a moving plane?
Like you say, though: Delusion is a nasty beast.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 29, 2016, 06:38:36 PM
Aaaaand Kantner died.

ffs 2016, what did classic rock ever do to YOU?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on January 29, 2016, 07:02:29 PM
Basically, Antartica is not a continent but a wall of ice surrounding the flat Earth and the sun is a spotlight.  As far as how it goes below the horizon, or how sunsets create different colors, or how the spotlight sun moves at all, they have no explanation at all, afaik.

Wait...what?  Are these people not familiar with the easy-west direction?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on February 01, 2016, 10:47:05 AM
Basically, Antartica is not a continent but a wall of ice surrounding the flat Earth and the sun is a spotlight.  As far as how it goes below the horizon, or how sunsets create different colors, or how the spotlight sun moves at all, they have no explanation at all, afaik.

Wait...what?  Are these people not familiar with the easy-west direction?

I assume you meant "east-west" and they believe that those directions just make a flat circle.  Like, if a plane flies west and only west and ends up where it started, then it flew in a flat circle around the flat earth.

I wonder what one of them would say if I handed them a compass and said "Explain to me how this works".
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on February 01, 2016, 12:53:05 PM
I wonder what one of them would say if I handed them a compass and said "Explain to me how this works".

They probably call it the work of the devil and burn the witch that you are at the stake.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on February 01, 2016, 01:17:37 PM
I wonder what one of them would say if I handed them a compass and said "Explain to me how this works".

They probably call it the work of the devil and burn the witch that you are at the stake.

No doubt what you were referencing, but I had to put it up, anyway:


(http://i66.tinypic.com/152njo5.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on February 04, 2016, 09:32:48 PM
[redacted, this was dumb]
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on February 09, 2016, 02:36:40 PM
A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/08/a-sighs-not-just-a-sigh-its-a-fundamental-life-sustaining-reflex (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/08/a-sighs-not-just-a-sigh-its-a-fundamental-life-sustaining-reflex)

Intriguing stuff! There's more going on the body with oxygen, blood flow and state of mind when it comes to coping with stress and depression. Gotta release them neuropeptides to keep the alveoli reinflating to fend off threats to the lymphatic system and more.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on February 11, 2016, 12:07:33 PM
Holy Moley! Scientists Have Confirmed the Existence of Gravitational Waves
http://gizmodo.com/holy-shit-scientists-have-confirmed-the-existence-of-g-1755465297 (http://gizmodo.com/holy-shit-scientists-have-confirmed-the-existence-of-g-1755465297)

Major breakthrough in physics. Excellent video included in the article breaking down how gravitational waves work.

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--qHw_KcZ1--/r1jpuibgmqiqqdncxwgp.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on February 11, 2016, 01:55:14 PM
So on certain levels of reality, even "empty" space can behave just like fluid matter?

I have no idea what this really means.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on February 11, 2016, 06:47:15 PM
I'm not a physicists by any means, but if you watch the video in the article above as well another one I found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJAgrUBF4w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJAgrUBF4w) you can get a pretty good understanding or grasp I should say of mass, space and the distance between two objects. Or as Tesla is quoted in the beginning of the video: "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration" - Nikola Tesla
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on February 11, 2016, 06:49:30 PM
People I've spoken to today have read the news and even all like "Wow, what an amazing discovery! This will totally change the way we look a the universe." And while I'm sure they're right, when I follow up with "So what does it do for us?" they shrug and look awkward. :P
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on February 11, 2016, 07:10:21 PM
To be fair, there's very little practical use that can be thought of with this discovery (yet).
Given human nature, maybe we'll make a bomb or something in the future ;)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on February 11, 2016, 08:01:33 PM
Well gravitational waves were predicted a long time ago.  We just hadn't seen them yet becuase they're freaking hard to measure.  So this doesn't really change the way we see the universe so much as confirm it.  Still an incredibly cool acheivement though.  Though it's not really my field I know some folks who work on LIGO and you have no idea how difficult an experiment this was.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on February 14, 2016, 12:31:12 AM
Supreme Court Justice Scalia died.  Obama said he would nominate a successor but in an election year with a Republican-dominated Congress the odds of any successor being confirmed any time soon are virtually nil.  Meanwhile the court was scheduled to rule on a number of big issues pretty soon.  This is kind of making a huge mess of things...

Scalia was one of the most conservative Supreme Court Justices so if a successor isn't appointed this year (and that looks pretty much out of the question) the presidential election will potential have a huge impact on the direction of the court in the coming years.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on February 14, 2016, 12:11:49 PM
Supreme Court Justice Scalia died.  Obama said he would nominate a successor but in an election year with a Republican-dominated Congress the odds of any successor being confirmed any time soon are virtually nil.  Meanwhile the court was scheduled to rule on a number of big issues pretty soon.  This is kind of making a huge mess of things...

Scalia was one of the most conservative Supreme Court Justices so if a successor isn't appointed this year (and that looks pretty much out of the question) the presidential election will potential have a huge impact on the direction of the court in the coming years.

Social Media's reaction to his death is so weird... Like, I expect plenty of jokes, but usually there's at least a FEW people saying "It's not cool to joke about somebody who just died," but in this case there's none of that... just goofs and political commentary.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Maxximum on February 15, 2016, 07:16:35 AM
So, Kanye West is apparently 53 million dollars in debt.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on February 22, 2016, 09:45:50 AM
Uber driver goes nuts, guns down 8 random people (an hour from where I grew up) and most people haven't even heard about it.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/us/kalamazoo-michigan-what-we-know-and-dont-know/ (http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/us/kalamazoo-michigan-what-we-know-and-dont-know/)

If he was brown all major media outlets would be losing their goddamned minds right now.

But he's white and in America so it's (mostly) just been a local story.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on February 22, 2016, 09:56:54 AM
Uber driver goes nuts, guns down 8 random people (an hour from where I grew up) and most people haven't even heard about it.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/us/kalamazoo-michigan-what-we-know-and-dont-know/ (http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/us/kalamazoo-michigan-what-we-know-and-dont-know/)

If he was brown all major media outlets would be losing their goddamned minds right now.

But he's white and in America so it's (mostly) just been a local story.

For what it's worth, it was covered in Journal Metro this morning (http://journalmetro.com/monde/920047/une-fusillade-fait-au-moins-six-victimes-et-trois-blesses-au-michigan/) here in Montreal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on February 22, 2016, 11:34:48 AM
Really can't stand stories like this.  They hurt.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on February 22, 2016, 06:19:56 PM
It's all over the news in C-bus.

Gosh maybe Kalamazoo's water is fucked up too :T
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on March 01, 2016, 12:56:59 PM
So, the KKK tried to hold a "White Lives Matter" rally in Anaheim this past weekend, with unsurprisingly disastrous results...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-klan-rally-in-anaheim-erupts-in-violence-one-man-stabbed-20160227-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-klan-rally-in-anaheim-erupts-in-violence-one-man-stabbed-20160227-story.html)

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on March 01, 2016, 04:21:29 PM
As disgusting as the KKK is I don't think attacking them with an angry mob was the appropriate response...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on March 01, 2016, 08:09:43 PM
As disgusting as the KKK is I don't think attacking them with an angry mob was the appropriate response...
You mean getting on their level and devolving to shithead tactics and violence ISN'T what the better person/people would attempt? Blasphemy I say!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on March 09, 2016, 03:57:22 PM
The Dark Tower film is happening. Idris Elba (The Wire; Luther) is to play Roland, and Matthew McConaughey is going to be the Man in Black... We shall see what happens.

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/29/dark-tower-rises-stephen-king-idris-elba-and-matthew-mcconaughey (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/29/dark-tower-rises-stephen-king-idris-elba-and-matthew-mcconaughey)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on March 15, 2016, 04:27:45 PM
Syrian refugee children housed in a Canadian hotel get to inadvertently attend a furry convention at said hotel:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/syrian-refugees-in-canada-got-housed-in-same-hotel-as-vancoufur-furry-convention-and-the-children-a6921341.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/syrian-refugees-in-canada-got-housed-in-same-hotel-as-vancoufur-furry-convention-and-the-children-a6921341.html)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on March 16, 2016, 04:24:27 AM
Without the sexual undertones (and overtones...) behind the scenes, they do look like regular mascots/children's tv show characters and the ones I've met always made an effort to act like it towards children. As weird as the situation is, I'm not too surprised the children had a great time.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on March 16, 2016, 10:22:47 AM
There is without a doubt a certain stigma attached to furry... "culture"(?). As you pointed out, that obviously doesn't apply in this case, as they were somewhat-officially gathering at a hotel. Not up in some creepy person's apartment.
I just think because of said stigma, this case is inherently sort-of funny.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on March 16, 2016, 07:53:20 PM
So the thing with furries is like basically I had some internet friends in college that were part of this Wisconsin furry commune (insane West Coast ostensibly-hermaphroditic conperson I've alluded to before was not part of this but was like one degree of Kevin Bacon away) so I knew some seriously weird goddamn furries

The fursuiters are really in it for the showmanship -- showing off their fursuits, acting like their characters, etc. The really weird furries with the /stigma/ tend to not be employable enough or have enough friends to afford fursuits, are way too standoffish to deal with the inherently social nature of the /fursuit parties/, and also they tend to roleplay as shit like, vintage 50s jukeboxes with crablegs.

Also weird furries hate fursuiters because dressing up in cute costumes makes them look bad somehow.


in my experience the weird deviant furries you read about online are too messed up to attend cons/social situations/go outside/do anything besides try to murder each other with cleaning equipment. Also they invariably gravitate towards jorts and not fursuits if they DO manage to get outside.

BUT THE MOST important thing to remember about fursuiters is this: If you're ever alone with one, and they take the fursuit's head off, don't take your eyes off of them. As soon as there's a gap between head and the rest of the suit, you'll be able to tell whether there's anyone inside the suit or not. And if there's nobody inside, YOU RUN. You RUN and you DO NOT look back and you DO NOT stop running until you're outside of the con venue, and even then you're only safe once you've managed to slip into a crowd of people who aren't from the con. Don't let yourself be alone, don't go home. ESPECIALLY don't go back to the con.

... Merrick Garland is sort of hot.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on March 18, 2016, 11:23:30 AM
The Dark Tower film is happening. Idris Elba (The Wire; Luther) is to play Roland, and Matthew McConaughey is going to be the Man in Black... We shall see what happens.

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/29/dark-tower-rises-stephen-king-idris-elba-and-matthew-mcconaughey (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/29/dark-tower-rises-stephen-king-idris-elba-and-matthew-mcconaughey)

Idris is awesome but he's way too much of a physical pressence to play Roland. I always thought the dude that played House Md wouldve been great.  Hes got the eyes of a gunslinger. Mcconaughey is a good choice, he can domdark pretty well. See Frailty for proof.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on March 22, 2016, 12:31:47 PM
So this happened....
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/rob-ford-dead-former-toronto-mayor-dies-at-46-w199831
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on March 23, 2016, 06:46:49 PM
Dear 2016,

CHILL THE FUCK OUT.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on March 23, 2016, 08:29:48 PM
Dear 2016,

CHILL THE FUCK OUT.

Which reminds me.  I got promoted at work...!  Because there was room at the "end of the line" because the assisstant manager is on leave.... fighting breast cancer.  I honestly can't help but think how she's doing and especially with the news these days of people falling one after another to it.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on March 29, 2016, 06:13:15 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-issues-4-4-decision-key-union-142217119--politics.html (https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-issues-4-4-decision-key-union-142217119--politics.html)

Scalia's abscence is already being felt on the Supreme Court.  American worker's right to unionize was upheld.  All of this "right to work" nonsense is basically just another management tactic to strip away employees bargaining power.  Anyone who opts out of their local might as well be a scab or a shill for management.

Power to the proletariat (or whatever)

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on April 01, 2016, 07:41:25 AM
This article is old and is pointed enough to be agenda-serving, but there is a grain of truth in there.  With so many folks in the US pointing to Scandinavia as utopias, the happiest places on Earth, and a model of how the US should be run, it's worth finding out how the other side lives and they're probably lining up at US  embassies thinking the grass is greener over here.    http://nypost.com/2015/01/11/sorry-liberals-scandinavian-countries-arent-utopias/ (http://nypost.com/2015/01/11/sorry-liberals-scandinavian-countries-arent-utopias/)

And although Denmark was rated #1 happiest place on Earth, the US was #13.  13 out of 196 is pretty darn happy.  
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 01, 2016, 06:16:04 PM
idk why but i feel like Denmark having the same population as a larger US metropolitan area probably matters when you make comparisons about how certain policies would work in denmark compared to the US
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on April 01, 2016, 06:25:04 PM
Exactly!  And population make-up too.  Denmark certainly doesn't have the level of ethnic diversity the US has, nor the kind of regional cultural diversity.  Where I live in the northeast is very different from the deep south.  

Still, a recent news report may have said Denmark is the #1 "happiest place on Earth" but the US being ranked #13 is pretty damn good.  Given that there are 196 countries, 13 rocks.  And most any metalhead I talk to jokes that Scandinavia has to be a depressing place to live given the sheer amount of angry Satanist bands that come from that region of the world. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 03, 2016, 01:23:16 AM
hello! i'm not here right now but

iirc northern scandinavia has issues with depression cause the limited sunlight.

Anyway, apropos of no candidate or political platform in particular, I really wonder if a lot of the local businesses around here could afford a 15 dollar minimum wage. That's... something I actually want to support, but like...

McDonalds/Chipotle/etc. could totally afford that and maybe there'd be a minor increase in food costs to cover it. People working there would definitely benefit and there'd be little downside for people that go to said places.

But we've already got issues with gentrification in the campus area and the Short North forcing out local businesses in favor of chains, and it looks like the part of the Old North near the campus is going to start getting hit by that too. I think restaurants in general could probably deal with the increased minimum wage by itself without much issue, but idk if they could handle that AND the increase in rent/property taxes.

But the smaller specialty shops that don't necessarily have a LOT of consistent profit? Small game/book/music stores? Then again maybe there's a case to be made that if idk Play It/Trade It can't afford to pay their employees more, they deserve to get replaced by something that could, like GameStop.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on April 03, 2016, 08:03:13 AM
And I wonder if upping the minimum wage is going to devalue the dollar and create further inflation. I'm having a hard enough time stretching a dollar as it is, and my kneejerk reaction is that if my grocery store jacks up prices to keep up with this trend, then we're back at square one again.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on April 03, 2016, 12:48:06 PM
some places that have already upped the minimum wage have separate benchmarks for corporate and small businesses.  Which somehow manages to both solve and create problems.

Also, in places that have already raised minimum wage there hasn't been much change (yet) outside of people (who previously didn't have any extra money) now having extra money (that is, until they start no longer qualifying for government benefits and have to begin spending all of their "extra" cash on things that Uncle Same was picking up before, but I guess that's sort of the point). 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 03, 2016, 04:23:42 PM
What if there was a literal Uncle Sam and he's this giant dude nailed to a cross in the basement of the White House and all government aid is made from a Tang-like fluid he secretes from where his legs aren't anymore?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on April 07, 2016, 12:22:24 PM
I just read about that Common Core Mathematics program American schools are now teaching children (and required to tech for proper funding) and I am legitimately terrified for the future of this country.

I won't post a link because it legitimately makes my skin crawl, so feel free to do a quick google search if you want a more detailed experience.

Basically it teaches kids to break math down to multiples of 5's and 10's and other very basic principles. Which is fine in theory, except it doesn't ever seem to go to the next step of teaching kids to use those very basic principles to extrapolate more complex principles in order to do math quickly and think logically.

In other words, it continues the American education system's need to treat every child like a brainless homonculus incapable of complex critical thinking.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on April 07, 2016, 12:53:36 PM
I used to tutor kids and maths lessons were always in demand. A lot of kids did okay in primary school, but started to fall behind in secondary education when they were required to use everything they'd learnt thusfar, plus a bunch of new, more complicated stuff. The thing with maths is: once your foundation starts to crumble, it becomes next to impossible to catch up again. I spent a lot of time going over all the basics again, and that always paid off.

Why am I saying this? Because if what I've seen of common core, American kids are screwed (and tutors are gonna be rich!).

Teaching kids different methods to calculate something is fine and all, but common core uses very vague language (what was wrong with 'add' and 'substract'?!), which won't help the kids who are already struggling. On top of that, common core saddles more advanced students with a lot of busy work that'll most likely bore them to tears/make them hate maths.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on April 08, 2016, 04:30:30 PM
What Makes a Person Creepy?
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/04/07/what-makes-a-person-creepy/#.VwgSP_krL0N (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/04/07/what-makes-a-person-creepy/#.VwgSP_krL0N)

Interesting article. I've met a few of these people at social events. Odd behavior makes me want to make a quick exit in conversation at first convenience. Although it's entertainment, you get that vibe with Lex Luthor in the new Batman v. Superman. Standing too close to people's personal space? Check. Licking lips? Check. Awkward random outbursts of laughter? Check. I think another one they should add to the list is muttering a conversation to self amid a group conversation with a downward expression and then looking up quickly with a smile when trying to catch up or reconnect with conversation. Also, another observation is that I think these individuals often have high IQ, they just may lack basic social conversational skills of acceptance and respect of peers in terms of personal space and empathy.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 08, 2016, 05:35:41 PM
That reminds me.

There was a news article about how some guy at a local mall got accosted by security cause a lady complained that he was taking pictures of her kids, but he was probably just taking selfies and the mall found no sign of ill intent.

Conclusion: It's probably best if you just don't go outside, really.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on April 10, 2016, 11:19:13 AM
I just read about that Common Core Mathematics program American schools are now teaching children (and required to tech for proper funding) and I am legitimately terrified for the future of this country.

I won't post a link because it legitimately makes my skin crawl, so feel free to do a quick google search if you want a more detailed experience.

Basically it teaches kids to break math down to multiples of 5's and 10's and other very basic principles. Which is fine in theory, except it doesn't ever seem to go to the next step of teaching kids to use those very basic principles to extrapolate more complex principles in order to do math quickly and think logically.

In other words, it continues the American education system's need to treat every child like a brainless homonculus incapable of complex critical thinking.

Do NOT get me started on Common Core and high-stakes standardized testing like PARCC and that nonsense.  It takes power and efficacy away from teachers themselves who are on the frontlines actually, you know, teaching.  That's actually a big reason why I like working in the special education department.  Our students and curricula for life skills and resource room classes are not held to those bullshit standards, so I feel like we're more open in what we can teach and how we can teach and not have to be in lockstep with what the establishment tells us what we need to teach and how we need to teach it.  

Conspiracy theorists call what's been happening in educational policy over the past 50-75 years or so the "systematic dumbing down of America." 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: insertnamehere on April 13, 2016, 10:59:29 PM
I don't feel like looking to see if it was posted already, but you guys probably saw this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDlQ4H0Kdg8) go down already, well I just read a really insightful comment on that video.

Quote
"You should only stick with your own culture and people. When you start mixing races and culture it's bad for everyone."

Who said it?
1)my racist grandpa
2)a progressive liberal
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 13, 2016, 11:46:38 PM
I don't feel like looking to see if it was posted already, but you guys probably saw this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDlQ4H0Kdg8) go down already, well I just read a really insightful comment on that video.

Quote
"You should only stick with your own culture and people. When you start mixing races and culture it's bad for everyone."

Who said it?
1)my racist grandpa
2)a progressive liberal

1. Part of me wants to make a serious post about how I don't relate to modern liberals, even though I've always considered myself pretty liberal, and how, in a broader sense, that's making me feel alienated this election cycle, and how it's also making it hard for me to relocate because the more liberal-leaning places I'd want to move to out like way to the left of my comfort zone.
2. Part of me wants to just post a picture of Tidus and label it revelant.
3. Most of me wPINK TIGHTS WITH A TRENCH COAT AND A DOUBLE SCARF AAAAAAAARE YOU !@#$ING SERIOOOOOOOOOOUSSSSSSSSSSSS?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on April 14, 2016, 03:15:45 AM
Black dude has some serious white girl fashion going on.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 14, 2016, 10:45:44 AM
I don't feel like looking to see if it was posted already, but you guys probably saw this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDlQ4H0Kdg8) go down already, well I just read a really insightful comment on that video.

Quote
"You should only stick with your own culture and people. When you start mixing races and culture it's bad for everyone."

Who said it?
1)my racist grandpa
2)a progressive liberal

I didn't even click the link and thought "Is this Where's Egypt Girl?"
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on April 14, 2016, 11:45:04 AM
Vivaldi, a new web browser premiers. Designed by a community of developers and co-founder of Opera. Built on Chromium. I still use Chrome, but this may persuade me to switch considering the generous customization that the browser allows me to do.

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--pzI2PzBG--/yh1b8pdwvyhqtjnc6goe.jpg)
Overview with commentary and gif pictures:
http://lifehacker.com/a-screenshot-tour-of-vivaldi-the-new-power-user-web-br-1770875531 (http://lifehacker.com/a-screenshot-tour-of-vivaldi-the-new-power-user-web-br-1770875531)

Nice video 0:55 overview of what the browser is capable of:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPjJszHidhI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPjJszHidhI)

Main website:
https://vivaldi.com/ (https://vivaldi.com/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 14, 2016, 12:03:26 PM
^ Will you use it during all...... Four Seasons?  *rimshot*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on April 14, 2016, 01:26:00 PM
^ Will you use it during all...... Four Seasons?  *rimshot*

Lol. I see what you did there, Arvis.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 14, 2016, 01:36:38 PM
^ Will you use it during all...... Four Seasons?  *rimshot*
Kill yourself...painfully...with a rock.

(I chuckled honestly, heh heh)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 14, 2016, 02:01:08 PM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/rIq6ASPIqo2k0/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on April 14, 2016, 04:45:04 PM
First image released of Scar Jo as the lead in the live action Ghost in the Shell. I'm sure a lot of fans are crying foul at there being a live action movie, but I'm impressed they'd stick so closely to the character design of Kusanagi.

http://deadline.com/2016/04/scarlett-johansson-ghost-in-the-shell-first-look-paramount-dreamworks-manga-classic-takeshi-kitano-1201737565/

The description of the story, I hope, is just a result of the article writers' unfamiliarity with the franchise.

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 17, 2016, 01:33:26 AM
First image released of Scar Jo as the lead in the live action Ghost in the Shell. I'm sure a lot of fans are crying foul at there being a live action movie, but I'm impressed they'd stick so closely to the character design of Kusanagi.

http://deadline.com/2016/04/scarlett-johansson-ghost-in-the-shell-first-look-paramount-dreamworks-manga-classic-takeshi-kitano-1201737565/

The description of the story, I hope, is just a result of the article writers' unfamiliarity with the franchise.

And on that, I'm kinda curious what you all think with the surrounding controversy of Hollywood 'whitewash' here.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CgAdASTWwAIqLZL.jpg)

I kinda wanted to get my $0.02 out there too:

This is definitely unfortunate, and I think speaks little for the 'situation' of a serious lack of Asian talent at a sort-of AAA-level that Scarlet Johansson is at...   I also think work adapted by other countries from a US property would have likely done the same (ie; a differently raced recast).  I do think Johansson sort of "fits the character" (besides her race), and I can "get" that box office money is definitely speaking louder than the need to be racially sensitive about its lead heroine; even though it's awful to say out loud, but I have trouble believing that the 'evil money-making corporations' can operate on another level, or at least a battle they're not fighting right now with this anime-based IP.  As is, this seems like a risky project to take on to get anyone BUT a pretty A-lister like Scarlet is, and the supporting cast is pretty impressive. ...Er, Batou aside, but Beat Takeshi being an awesome choice for Aramaki, as well as many others (http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=200999862&postcount=558) part of the cast).

Still, I think it's great to see people very conscious about why this is wrong and why excuses don't really cut it, and here's hoping they can do better in the future.  It's definitely important to look at race and gender in the Entertainment industry through the scope of those who aren't among the top brass running it.  Here's a pretty great visual on it: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/24/arts/hollywood-diversity-inclusion.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=3

I'll end of this: As much as I love the Major, I think every iteration of her has had a pretty icky hairdo. :P
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Seultoria on April 17, 2016, 06:32:18 AM
I'm Asian and I don't give a shit. Asians make up 5% of the U.S. population, at best, so it's very unlikely they'd be able to find a full Asian cast for the movie. If they did cast Asians, they'd probably be casting Koreans and then weeaboos would be complaining that they're not Japanese.

Anyway, any anime/manga-inspired movie made in America is adapted for an American audience. It's not going to be exactly like the anime/manga and a politically correct casting.

This reminds me of when weeaboos were whining about the Japanese Attack on Titan movies using Japanese people for the movie. Did they really expect the producers to be able to find a bunch of attractive German who had native-level fluency in Japanese to star in the movie? No, the movie was made for a Japanese audience.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on April 17, 2016, 10:27:22 AM
Nobody said the entire cast had to be Japanese, Japan doesn't claim to be the leader of the free world, and Japan doesn't have the same demographics as the US (Especially not Hollywood, which is in, you know, California). When viewed in a vacuum it also creates this weird implication that apparently Westerners like Asian ideas as long as the hero is still White. Even that adaptation of the original 1956 Godzilla feels more respectful than what's happened to Asian-inspired works for the past few years. Or even that Mortal Kombat movie from 1995 (opinions about its quality aside). Both those movies did quite well financially. Let's also not forget the growing importance of the Asian market if we're talking pure economics here.

What I don't understand is that I often see people practicing a double standard, shifting between being apologetic about executive meddling and condemning it. For so many years I felt most people agreed that it's generally a good thing when companies are brave enough to play against what makes sense financially, but it feels like in recent years the people embracing the opposite has increased in number (or at least have gotten a lot louder). I agree that at the end of the day private companies should be allowed to do with their works as they please, but I think these things are worth at least thinking about because you don't want to get stuck in a feedback loop- if you constantly make decisions that leads should be White because that makes more money, then you reinforce that by Whitewashing characters and it'll continue being profitable to Whitewash characters etc.

And yeah, the movie might still be good, and that should be the priority- of course, that's often an argument used by people who don't actually want to address the problem, because it's probably not something they'd even thinking about otherwise.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 17, 2016, 10:55:41 AM
Wait Togusa's supposed to be 27 in SAC? wtfffffffffffffff
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on April 18, 2016, 10:45:21 AM
I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on April 18, 2016, 08:30:59 PM
Wait Togusa's supposed to be 27 in SAC? wtfffffffffffffff

That mullet ages him up like 20 years.

I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.

Yeah, I'm usually very symapthetic to the issue of white washing, but I kinda feel like they were stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one and I think you illustrated very well why that is.  There was hardly this kind of uproar for Day After Tomorrow (that I recall), and they're also being yanked by the fact this has been sort of a hot-button issue this year (the "oscars so white" hashtag got popular, numerous stars and advocacy groups speaking out against it, etc etc).   I don't want to put the heat *exclusively* on the producers and film makers here, really this is pretty intersectional of wrong time, wrong place, and completely the wrong context going in.

Again I'd like to add that the surrounding cast is still pretty impressive.  The main ladies aside, a lot of the minority actors in this aren't exactly big A-listers, some barely even B-listers.  I do think they were explicitly trying for a diverse supporting cast since the starring is decidedly white.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 18, 2016, 08:34:12 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VFki8Z0bTsk/VlrsCNqZ4uI/AAAAAAAAT8E/wCcmnudnYY0/s1600/Ghost%2Bin%2Bthe%2BShell%2BArise%2BTogusa.jpg also goddamn this is not at all on model.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on April 19, 2016, 12:37:20 PM
Wait Togusa's supposed to be 27 in SAC? wtfffffffffffffff

That mullet ages him up like 20 years.

I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.

Yeah, I'm usually very symapthetic to the issue of white washing, but I kinda feel like they were stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one and I think you illustrated very well why that is.  There was hardly this kind of uproar for Day After Tomorrow (that I recall), and they're also being yanked by the fact this has been sort of a hot-button issue this year (the "oscars so white" hashtag got popular, numerous stars and advocacy groups speaking out against it, etc etc).   I don't want to put the heat *exclusively* on the producers and film makers here, really this is pretty intersectional of wrong time, wrong place, and completely the wrong context going in.

Again I'd like to add that the surrounding cast is still pretty impressive.  The main ladies aside, a lot of the minority actors in this aren't exactly big A-listers, some barely even B-listers.  I do think they were explicitly trying for a diverse supporting cast since the starring is decidedly white.

I actually have always liked the supporting cast of Ghost in the Shell more than Kusanagi. Don't get me wrong, she's a great character, but I honestly don't feel that she develops as well as the others. Her character seems kind of stagnant since it seems like most of her growth as a character happened prior to what is seen in the series/movie(s). I haven't ever read the manga, so I can't comment on that. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on April 19, 2016, 05:11:29 PM
Double post, yah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIDQ_DSKHkw)!

So along a similar vein as Scar Jo, the first image of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie reboot has been posted. Can we call Power Rangers "whitewashing?" I don't know, but whatever it is you call it, they've been doing it since 1993.

http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-banks-power-rangers-movie-rita-repulsa-first-look?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag

The design is very, very different from that of the original show. Maybe to make ties to the Green Ranger more discernible?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 19, 2016, 05:28:28 PM
So along a similar vein as Scar Jo, the first image of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie reboot has been posted. Can we call Power Rangers "whitewashing?" I don't know, but whatever it is you call it, they've been doing it since 1993.

http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-banks-power-rangers-movie-rita-repulsa-first-look?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag

The design is very, very different from that of the original show. Maybe to make ties to the Green Ranger more discernible?

I think Hollywood just doesn't give a damn from A-Z with adaptations and directors pretty much make the movie they always wanted to make instead of what they were supposed to make.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 19, 2016, 11:13:07 PM
And in today's "WHAT THE FUCK" moment in new york, 125k+ voters were denied their vote in brooklyn's democratic primary  tonight, because they didn't show up on the lists...

Hillary won new york tonight on the democratic side, and the best part is the amount of local areas that had voted for her were insane, because I can't name 2 people I know personally who have a good thing to say about her. I know more people voting trump than clinton, and yet somehow she still won...I can't even right now...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 20, 2016, 10:06:48 AM
And in today's "WHAT THE FUCK" moment in new york, 125k+ voters were denied their vote in brooklyn's democratic primary  tonight, because they didn't show up on the lists...

Hillary won new york tonight on the democratic side, and the best part is the amount of local areas that had voted for her were insane, because I can't name 2 people I know personally who have a good thing to say about her. I know more people voting trump than clinton, and yet somehow she still won...I can't even right now...

I knew a guy abut 5 months ago tell me that "the powers that be" had "already decided" that Hillary would be the next president.  And I was like "Pfft, she's not even going to win the nomination."  And now... all this weird suspicious stuff is happening... and her likely opponent is going to be the most unqualified Presidential candidate in history......... so I can't help but keep thinking about what that guy said..........
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on April 20, 2016, 10:39:14 AM
I doubt that 125k voters would've been a massive impact on the huge win Clinton had unless you assume every last one of them is a Berniebro (which is pretty much conspiracy theory level logic- it's Brooklyn and not a college campus). You probably don't personally know that many Clinton supporters because Bernie has huge support from the 18-29 age range- in every other age range Clinton has a higher percentage of supporters.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 20, 2016, 12:05:54 PM
I doubt that 125k voters would've been a massive impact on the huge win Clinton had unless you assume every last one of them is a Berniebro (which is pretty much conspiracy theory level logic- it's Brooklyn and not a college campus). You probably don't personally know that many Clinton supporters because Bernie has huge support from the 18-29 age range- in every other age range Clinton has a higher percentage of supporters.
I wouldn't disagree with the logic of me knowing the age group for bernie supporters, but frequenting the gym as often as I do, I have a lot of different age groups to talk to and associate with. No one, and I mean NOT A SINGLE PERSON, showed any interest in Hillary. Again, I had more people show some level of interest in Trump which scared me, but Hillary was usually referred to as a liar and a criminal. I know I'm still tapping maybe 80 people or so for their opinions while the varying counties we're all from numbers more in the thousands, but to see such overwhelmingly large numbers pro Hillary while I can't name 1 personally...something doesn't add up. Furthermore, I frequent my sister's job at a bar and usually strike up conversations with the regulars, maybe another 20 or so people all around their low to mid 40s or better. Most of them didn't care about voting at all, but said Hillary should be in jail (or back in the kitchen twice...), while 3 said and fought how Trump should win, blaming muslims for our countries downfalls.

One other thing,  and this is the one that really tickles that rigged button in my head. Bernie lost brooklyn, his own home turf, by 50k votes...with 130k+ (this number has changed like 6 times already btw) voters turned away.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 20, 2016, 12:46:51 PM
Some people lie about their political allegiance for many a reason and are only truthful when alone in the voting box.
That's why I never trust political polls because they are completely inaccurate.

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Canada just announced their plan on how they will legalize marijuana.
Today is 4/20

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Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on April 20, 2016, 02:37:58 PM
Some people lie about their political allegiance for many a reason and are only truthful when alone in the voting box.
That's why I never trust political polls because they are completely inaccurate.

The polls all predicted a big win for Hillary though...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 20, 2016, 03:00:15 PM
To further these shenanigans, and please bear with me as I've never given a damn about politics til this year because trump is frightening so if I use incorrect terminology I apologize, but ny is I believe a closed primary, so independants can't vote for the democratic nominee. Apparently, the large majority of bernie supporters are independants, so they were all ineligible without a party change, and the deadline in new york to change your party was october of last year. So many votes for him lost because ny has some bootlegged bullshit system. I don't agree with this locked party system. Just because I am a registered democrat doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to vote for a republican nominee if I really agree with his or her viewpoints. It really goes to show how limited our choice really is.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on April 20, 2016, 03:13:26 PM
As a Canadian, I have to say that the U.S. election system sounds like the most complicated thing ever.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on April 20, 2016, 03:14:06 PM
To further these shenanigans, and please bear with me as I've never given a damn about politics til this year because trump is frightening so if I use incorrect terminology I apologize, but ny is I believe a closed primary, so independants can't vote for the democratic nominee. Apparently, the large majority of bernie supporters are independants, so they were all ineligible without a party change, and the deadline in new york to change your party was october of last year. So many votes for him lost because ny has some bootlegged bullshit system. I don't agree with this locked party system. Just because I am a registered democrat doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to vote for a republican nominee if I really agree with his or her viewpoints. It really goes to show how limited our choice really is.

Unless, you know, you don't register with a party >_>
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 20, 2016, 03:32:12 PM
To further these shenanigans, and please bear with me as I've never given a damn about politics til this year because trump is frightening so if I use incorrect terminology I apologize, but ny is I believe a closed primary, so independants can't vote for the democratic nominee. Apparently, the large majority of bernie supporters are independants, so they were all ineligible without a party change, and the deadline in new york to change your party was october of last year. So many votes for him lost because ny has some bootlegged bullshit system. I don't agree with this locked party system. Just because I am a registered democrat doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to vote for a republican nominee if I really agree with his or her viewpoints. It really goes to show how limited our choice really is.

Unless, you know, you don't register with a party >_>
But as I understand it, that means you can't vote in new york, which is the problem...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on April 20, 2016, 03:34:15 PM
Admittedly, I don't know much about New York law, but is that just for primaries? Because that seems like a weird restriction for the general election.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 20, 2016, 03:41:10 PM
Admittedly, I don't know much about New York law, but is that just for primaries? Because that seems like a weird restriction for the general election.
Oh, in the general all bets are off. You can vote for whoever you want, including write ins. I just think it's ridiculous that we can't pick who we want to vote for to begin with. Granted, the whole write in thing kind of allows for it anyway,but it overcomplicates it and most people don't even know about it
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 20, 2016, 07:12:37 PM
Closed primaries are for preventing ratfucking when only one party is holding competitive elections by preventing the other party from trying to give someone unelectable the nomination.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on April 20, 2016, 08:47:47 PM
The whole electoral college system for presidential voting is borked.  That's why so many people get disillusioned by voting because they think, "what difference does it make?"  since the presidential election (the biggie) may be the only one they vote in.  However, that's why I'm always hellbent on voting in the smaller elections, like the township, county, and state levels.  There, I feel like my vote counts more and it's my local legislators who affect my life more than Mr. President. 

Besides, no matter who's elected for president they get filtered through congress.  Let's say your favorite candidate is elected.  If you don't vote in midterm elections and put in a congress who will work harmoniously with that candidate, everything will be a filibustered standstill as happened with the Obama presidency.  The majority Republican congress filibustered anything President Obama wanted to do, so his presidency will be seen in our children's history books as largely ineffectual. 

And don't forget, there are options outside of the donkey and the elephant.  Libertarian Party, Green Party, etc.  Sure, there is the mentality of "what's the use?" since Teddy Roosevelt couldn't win an election with a 3rd party and he was Teddy Roosevelt.  We've been sheepled into believing that we only have a choice between the big two and it's South Park- giant douche or turd sandwich.  I'd love to see a 3rd party shake things up in my lifetime. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on April 20, 2016, 10:36:15 PM
Keep this in mind: Primaries are not really elections.

OK, sure, people vote.  Sometimes those votes actually matter, even.  But primaries are not run by the federal government.  Sometimes (yes, only sometimes) they are administered by state or local governments but every state has made up their own rules which is a big part of why the system is so damn complicated.

Primaries are, strictly speaking, just a way for political parties to decide who their candidate in the general election (you know, the real election) will be.  Keep in mind that political parties have no official function in the US government.  You don't have to have a party at all to run for President.  You are free to make one or join one, of course, but that all happens outside of the official system.  Which is very different from, say, a parliamentary system in which parties have a very big official role.  Of course it's impossible to deny that the big two parties have a lot of influence, but none of that is an official government function.  It's more like a group of people all deciding to vote one way on an issue, etc.

Parties don't have to hold a primary at all.  They could just pick somebody.  In fact many small parties do, because primaries are complicated and expensive to organize.  But the big two parties certainly have the resources and they've generally found that letting the people choose the candidate means their candidate will do better in the general election.  Though they're also not completely willing to let the people decide everything which is why you have stuff like superdelegates.  Or the whole issue of a contested convention which we are very likely to actually see in action this year on the Republican side (and which hasn't happened in a long time...).  Technically they could completely ignore all the running candidates and pick somebody else entirely in a contested convention, though it seems unlikely that they actually will (it would be a great way to piss Trump supporters off...).

None of this has anything what-so-ever to do with the electoral college.  The electoral college is an official system that is described in the constitution and used in the general election.  It has nothing to do with primaries, though there are some superficial similarities.   But many more states allocate delegates proportionally for primaries so in a way they're actually a lot more fair (ignoring those superdelegates anyway...).

Seeing how a primary is nothing more than a way for a party to decide who their candidate should be, is it really strange that some states would try to limit people who are not in that party from choosing their candidate?  Heck, I actually know some people who are left-leaning but voted for Trump in the Republican primary because they think he's going to crash and burn in the general election (though frankly to me that seems like a risky gamble...).

Anyway, this has been your civics lesson for today.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on April 21, 2016, 07:09:36 AM
Kevadu summed it up pretty nicely. The parties have no obligation to conduct their primaries purely based off popular vote (which itself would have its share of problems made obvious if you put a moment's thought into it). Though I will nitpick one thing in his post.

Technically they could completely ignore all the running candidates and pick somebody else entirely in a contested convention, though it seems unlikely that they actually will (it would be a great way to piss Trump supporters off...).

I don't think the Republican party really cares if they piss Trump supporters off, because Trump's chances in the general election are really bad anyway. Might as well pick someone halfway presentable so you can preserve what semblance of dignity the party has, even if it means risking a third-party ticket by Trump. It's why John Kasich is even bothering to stay in. If Republicans gave anything close to a rat's ass about winning they'd have that guy as their frontrunner and not have it being contested by a guy with a bird's nest on his head and a guy who's a slightly less braindead version of Rick Santorum. I'm massively entertained by the Republican party getting what they deserve after decades of verbally stroking the most insane section of their voting base.

While I'm not at all a huge fan of Clinton it's probably best if people didn't put too much stock in the people who constantly accuse her of being a criminal and whatnot. After 8 years of one embarrassing manufactured controversy after another, it's probably best to start questioning the motives of people constantly making mountains out of molehills.

Also regarding polls- people lie about their political allegiance, but usually for purely social reasons. Anonymous polls are decently reliable because there's little reason to lie on them. Obviously there's some bias since only certain types of people will respond depending on how the poll is conducted (Internet polls being the worst). The timing of the poll in this case is also key- the New York polls are obviously more reliable than the ones for the election in November because we haven't been through months of irritating campaign ads for the latter yet.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 21, 2016, 11:23:22 AM
And don't forget, there are options outside of the donkey and the elephant.  Libertarian Party, Green Party, etc. 

This is true, but only technically.  In practice, the US only has two political parties.  A 3rd party will NEVER win the presidency as long as the United States exists as a sovereign nation.  That's like hoping Buddhism becomes the most popular religion in the country.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on April 21, 2016, 11:28:13 AM
^ it has more to do with the nature of winner take all elections at the state level than "the US as a sovereign nation".  If our elections switched to a plurality (like most other democratic countries) there'd be room for more than 2 parties.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on April 21, 2016, 11:55:38 AM
*not sure if this post is better suited for What's the Haps, but here it goes...

Get Over the Stigma That Something's Wrong With You Because You Want More Friends
http://lifehacker.com/get-over-the-stigma-that-somethings-wrong-with-you-beca-1772040627 (http://lifehacker.com/get-over-the-stigma-that-somethings-wrong-with-you-beca-1772040627)

Related: The Science of Making Friends
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-science-of-making-friends-1460992572 (http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-science-of-making-friends-1460992572)

I keep a low profile here by not discussing personal details for the most part, but after going through marital separation and subsequent divorce, I'm back on the hunt to meet fun people who like doing fun activities like hiking and indoor/outdoor rock climbing. Both articles gave good advice on being open-minded, going to places and seeing regular faces to build stronger [and consistent] friendships. I still like my married buddies, yet find it has become harder to relate to them when they talk about travel with their spouse or foodie restaurants that they frequent. I'm doing my best not to drudge up all the past either. Time to blaze new trails and discover new interests while making new friends to chill with as EmeraldSword 2.0 emerges! ^_^
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 21, 2016, 12:35:51 PM
Hang in there, Orson!  I mean, Emerald!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Frostillicus on April 21, 2016, 12:57:14 PM
Prince has passed away. I was never a huge fan, but one cannot deny his influence.
R.I.P., good sir.

http://www.tmz.com/2016/04/21/prince-dead-at-57/ (http://www.tmz.com/2016/04/21/prince-dead-at-57/)


EDIT: BTW, sorry for linking the filth flarn filth that is TMZ. They are the only ones who have confirmed it thus far.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on April 21, 2016, 01:49:53 PM
Ah, 2016...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ScottC on April 21, 2016, 02:18:07 PM
WTF 2016 stop taking all the good musicians from us!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 21, 2016, 06:15:47 PM
WELP, THIS IS HORSESHIT.

-- edit --

So Ohio's going to hell but instead of referring to any actual news, here's this headline:

"Ohio National Guardsman sentenced in funeral honors theft"

there's at LEAST four ways to interpret this. And I mean the way "theft" can be read as both thievery in general AND a specific incident of theft? simply de-vine
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on April 26, 2016, 08:21:11 PM
There are so many things wrong with this story I don't know where to start.  I had to double check the date to make sure it wasn't April 1st...

http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/26/technology/snapchat-speed-filter/ (http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/26/technology/snapchat-speed-filter/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on April 27, 2016, 06:24:40 AM
Quote
crash that left him with traumatic brain injuries

first for obvious joke
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on April 27, 2016, 11:53:40 AM
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/hi-c-ecto-cooler-returns-ahead-of-ghostbusters-remake/

Accidentally posted this in the Misc. Gaming News topic, so now I'm posting it here. Hi-C Ecto Coolers are coming back!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on April 27, 2016, 12:00:54 PM
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/hi-c-ecto-cooler-returns-ahead-of-ghostbusters-remake/

Accidentally posted this in the Misc. Gaming News topic, so now I'm posting it here. Hi-C Ecto Coolers are coming back!
NO, IT'S TOO LATE, YOU'VE ALREADY SCREWED IT UP, I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU!!!!

But man, I can't wait to be the only 30 year old sippin an ecto cooler juice box.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on April 27, 2016, 12:09:40 PM
^ that makes 2 of us.  Health concerns be damned.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Jimmy on April 27, 2016, 12:45:07 PM
^ that makes 2 of us.  Health concerns be damned.

Come on guys, you gotta assume I will be as well since I posted it :P

That makes three.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on April 27, 2016, 01:17:18 PM
Didn't that Ecto-Cooler flavor just taste exactly like their orange flavor?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 27, 2016, 06:28:26 PM
Didn't that Ecto-Cooler flavor just taste exactly like their orange flavor?

Maybe you're backwards. Maybe it's oranges that actually taste like ghost fluids.

also our like third-worst CEO is back in the news cycle again i guess whoooooooooooo
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: missRPGirl on April 29, 2016, 12:33:13 PM
I'm just going to post this even though I know its pretty sad. A while back RPG Fan posted a news about the voice actor Sian Blake who did the voice of Yugiri for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. There's been recent updated about her death and I thought since some of you are a fan of Heavensward, I thought some of you would like to know what happened. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/29/sian-blake-eastenders-partner-admits-killing-her-and-two-children-says-his-lawyer (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/29/sian-blake-eastenders-partner-admits-killing-her-and-two-children-says-his-lawyer)

Sorry for posting something so sad.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 03, 2016, 07:07:14 PM
yo okay I don't wanna get all /the politics/ but I kindof have a beef to pick with Sanders.

it's my understanding that he's been criticizing the superdelegates because they can overturn the popular vote/pledged delegates in a primary, which is undemocratic and kind of skeezy and this is a totally valid criticism and something that very nearly caused problems in 2008.

but at the same time he's losing in pledged delegates by like ten points and the popular vote by 16ish and is apparently trying to get the superdelegates to come over to his side/force a contested convention just so he can overturn clinton's pledged delegate/popular vote lead?

isn't that a bit eeeeeeeeeeeehn?

(Spoilers: Don't actually care, I just want "I have a beef to pick" to catch on as a phrase).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on May 03, 2016, 07:54:56 PM
The thing is: that if Indiana ends up backing Bernie in this primary, it's still embarrassing that more people will probably end up voting for Trump than both Clinton and Sanders combined.

GODDAMNIT INDIANA: EVEN WHEN WE WIN, WE LOSE!

Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 03, 2016, 08:03:35 PM
Legits question though, does anyone even live in Ft. Wayne or Gary? Where are all these votes coming from? Automated steel mill robots and tumbleweeds???

-- edit --

oh snap apparently Cruz is dropping out.

I have no idea what Kasich is doing but I admire his, uh... surrealist approach?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on May 03, 2016, 08:17:10 PM
I'm pretty sure Gary is a myth
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on May 03, 2016, 08:37:37 PM
Weren't the Jackson 5 from Gary?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on May 03, 2016, 09:22:34 PM
allegedly
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on May 03, 2016, 09:25:58 PM
Kasich is Huntsman minus the realization the GOP is too far gone to be saved. The downside to all this is that the GOP race will be boring the rest of the way- if nothing else it's been incredibly amusing watching Trump and Cruz trying to out-stupid each other constantly.

The more extreme Bernie supporters need to get over themselves- they basically act like a left wing equivalent of the Tea Party with their whole "my way or the highway" attitude. But I guess at least many of them have the naivete/inexperience as an excuse- Teabaggers are just too lazy to read anything than their personal summaries of Brave New Nineteen Fountainheads Shrugged.

Anyway Bernie is likely just putting up a front at this point- he's let go a great deal of his staff as I recall. Chances are he's just taking as many delegates as he can to the convention to show there does exist a strong leftist base in the US. Lots of people think he'll make something like a leftist version of Pat Buchanan's 1992 speech, hopefully minus the blatant racism crazy.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 03, 2016, 09:56:05 PM
The more extreme Bernie supporters need to get over themselves- they basically act like a left wing equivalent of the Tea Party with their whole "my way or the highway" attitude.

I mentioned this before but I was for Bernie last year, but the, uh... thing you're talking about started becoming a lot more visible to me around Decemberish? I liked a lot of Bernie's policies but I... feel like they were getting tied to a movement that was making me quite uncomfortable.

But screw that, the democrat side is boring.

Is Cruz going for a third party bid? Can Kasich being the only opposition to Trump force a contested convention now?

More importantly, https://spookypuppies.com/2015/05/07/spooky-tunnel-face/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on May 04, 2016, 04:57:02 PM
Fans: Where's Zelda?
Nintendo: Um.... Oh! Look! We have teamed up with VANS shoes. Please buy. K. Thx. Bye.

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--T3tvG_vc--/dhv5jwijfwwfqzgxbsjc.jpg)

http://gizmodo.com/make-room-in-your-shoe-closet-because-vans-has-teamed-u-1774648717 (http://gizmodo.com/make-room-in-your-shoe-closet-because-vans-has-teamed-u-1774648717)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on May 05, 2016, 01:42:32 AM
Can Kasich being the only opposition to Trump force a contested convention now?

Apparently not. Kasich gave a cute parting message though (https://twitter.com/JohnKasich/status/727857489870393344). That or they already had it made but they didn't want it to go to waste so they just released it anyway.

BTW I feel the need to clarify that I don't really think there's anything wrong with supporting Bernie, like with anything else you shouldn't let a fanbase influence your opinion on the thing itself. But with the SCOTUS majority at stake (and we're not just talking Scalia given how ancient some of the other guys are) it's suicidally naive, especially this year, to have a Bernie or Bust attitude assuming you consider yourself progressive.

It's only May though, maybe they'll come around.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 05, 2016, 08:24:53 PM
Can Kasich being the only opposition to Trump force a contested convention now?

Apparently not. Kasich gave a cute parting message though (https://twitter.com/JohnKasich/status/727857489870393344). That or they already had it made but they didn't want it to go to waste so they just released it anyway.

BTW I feel the need to clarify that I don't really think there's anything wrong with supporting Bernie, like with anything else you shouldn't let a fanbase influence your opinion on the thing itself. But with the SCOTUS majority at stake (and we're not just talking Scalia given how ancient some of the other guys are) it's suicidally naive, especially this year, to have a Bernie or Bust attitude assuming you consider yourself progressive.

It's only May though, maybe they'll come around.

p sure Sanders is, at the least, still going to be in the senate no matter who wins the Presiserpship, and a lot of recognition there. He'd probably have a LOT more /sway/ in a democratic Senate with Hillary as president than a republican senate with Trump as president. I think it'd also be a lot more reasonable to expect/lobby Clinton to give Sanders a cabinet position than, uh, it would be to expect Trump to do that.

(Trying to get Sanders as VP would be sort of dumb though. VPs aren't really supposed to do much. You could also make the case that he'd have more opportunities to get his policies enacted from the cabinet than from the presidency anyway).

... More importantly, though,

... Doubly More importantly though I seriously thought Koch was pronounced like, kawtsh. And I remember thinking this was weird because the actual German-ish pronunciation would be more like Coke (last consonant being a fricative, not a stop, but w/e). But no, it's pronounced like Coke.

(Triply more importantly, ex-HP CEOs seem to be in this year, so still hoping for that Trump/Apotheker superticket).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: EmeraldSword on May 06, 2016, 12:13:54 PM
It's finger lickn' ..... what. you. did. there. sir.
(http://b.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/inline-large/inline/2016/05/3059556-inline-inline-kfc-nailpolish.jpg)
Source: IGN

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/05/06/kfc-making-chicken-flavored-nail-polish (http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/05/06/kfc-making-chicken-flavored-nail-polish)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on May 07, 2016, 09:49:01 PM
I'm pretty sure Gary is a myth

 I went to a minor league baseball game in Gary. Its like a baby version of detroit with even less hope
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: insertnamehere on May 26, 2016, 02:02:36 AM
Skagg 3 is probably my new favorite youtuber (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZANDqVhAB1c)

Seriously, his political views and shit mirror mine so much that it's almost scary, because I'm suuuuper liberal about most issues but stories like this makes me relatively ashamed to consider myself liberal.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on May 26, 2016, 09:09:11 AM
Excuse me while I cry a river over Milo Yiannopoulos, a yellow journalist for Breitbart who once wrote a series of absurd hit pieces about BLM activist leaders, getting hate from BLM activists.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Towns Car Marty on May 26, 2016, 09:29:36 AM
serial harasser and failed tech writer turned agitprop pundit is not well received by society, this story and more at 9.30/8.30 central
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on May 26, 2016, 06:25:10 PM
I thought I was a liberal but I don't really know what that means anymore.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on May 27, 2016, 10:13:27 AM
I thought I was a liberal but I don't really know what that means anymore.

Depends on who you ask.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on May 28, 2016, 04:53:19 AM
Join the modern Internet Liberal movement, where you talk about how you personally believe in liberal ideals but get the a ton of your news from reading crappy right-wing publications like Brietbart and the Daily Mail while listening to right-wing pundits like Thunderf00t or Sargon of Akkad and their legion of insufferable regurgitators.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: insertnamehere on June 02, 2016, 06:13:56 AM
17 year old kid facing potential jail time for mocking religion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKZhtdZ5gp0)
This kid is pretty damn funny imo.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 02, 2016, 07:03:44 AM
He reminds me of when I first became an atheist- he's one of those douchebag kids who thinks he has it all figured out. Amos is like one of those kids who goes to a Catholic school in his childhood and decides to lash out in his teenage years as he becomes disillusioned with the idea of God.

That being said, him being jailed for it is complete bullshit (I seriously doubt him shitting on Lee Kuan Yew had nothing to do with it despite that charge being dropped). You're not going to have a lot of teenagers left over if you start jailing them for saying dumb shit. Having lived in Singapore for a couple years of my life and experiencing their school system, I will definitely attest to that place being very much an authoritarian state...of course, the majority of Singaporeans I know seem to be totally okay with that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on June 02, 2016, 07:51:56 AM
^ Agreed.

I'm no fan of religion either, but there are different ways your that opinion. Looking down on people is easy, but it's not going to change anything. Worse, by blindly hating huge groups of people, you're doing the exact same thing the people you hate are doing. That's just... dumb. That said, jailing teenagers for stuff like this is equally dumb.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 02, 2016, 09:37:48 AM
Religious folks don't have a TOTAL monopoly on hypocrisy, after all.  They're just the easiest to spot.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 02, 2016, 08:15:03 PM
He reminds me of when I first became an atheist- he's one of those douchebag kids who thinks he has it all figured out.

Man I don't think I ever did that. I kind of wish I did -- the jackass haughty atheist teenagers seem a lot more functional than I was 'caaaaause I pretty much spent my freshman year of highschool (and senior year of college) unable to stop dwelling on what the lack of an afterlife would *really* mean. And even if it's not as bad as it used to be -- I don't get the second-to-second panic worrying about *any* possible thing -- there's still times when I'll wake up shouting up at 2AM and run out to the kitchen trying to get my pulse back down from the dread.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on June 02, 2016, 11:02:47 PM
I don't feel like I ever 'became' an atheist.  I grew up without much religion in the first place and for me at least it was just kind of the default.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 03, 2016, 12:18:18 AM
He reminds me of when I first became an atheist- he's one of those douchebag kids who thinks he has it all figured out.

Man I don't think I ever did that. I kind of wish I did -- the jackass haughty atheist teenagers seem a lot more functional than I was 'caaaaause I pretty much spent my freshman year of highschool (and senior year of college) unable to stop dwelling on what the lack of an afterlife would *really* mean. And even if it's not as bad as it used to be -- I don't get the second-to-second panic worrying about *any* possible thing -- there's still times when I'll wake up shouting up at 2AM and run out to the kitchen trying to get my pulse back down from the dread.

This is like, 94% of the cause of my functional insomnia.  I still like to go to the mass that's all in latin in Irvington every so often though.  I mean, I know it's all gibberish even when it's in english, so I feel like less of a tool for being there when it's in literal gibberish.  I have a real issue dealing with how much I WANT* there to be an afterlife juxtaposed to how much I "know"** there isn't.  The irony of course is that the stress and lack of sleep is just going to kill me faster.

* there is still almost enough romance in it to make me want to try to be devout at something...

** OF COURSE we can't REALLY know. obvs.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on June 03, 2016, 01:51:56 AM
** OF COURSE we can't REALLY know. obvs.

From an 'I need to see it/feel it/touch it' type of approach? Absolutely. I don't see anyway it could be possible to prove there is an afterlife. That said, there's occasionally someone who 'died' temporarily and are revived with some sort of heavenly vision. I must admit though I'm always pretty skeptical of those, though it's pretty hard to disprove them either.

That aside, for me, and I am a Christian, I completely believe there is one. There have definitely been points, particularly when I was a teenager, where I had sometimes small, sometimes major, doubts about all sorts of things. But certainly as I've gotten in to my mid-twenties I would say that I am completely confident in an afterlife (ie. heaven). I believe that what the Bible says is true for a whole bunch of reasons and that is undeniable proof for me of heaven. Am I good at living that out? Not anywhere near as much as I'd like to be! Haha. :P

Of course, none of that's very helpful if you're unsure about the bible/are part of a different religion/are not religious.

Excuse me all for getting a little religious, it's not something I do often on the internet. :)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 03, 2016, 08:41:48 AM
** OF COURSE we can't REALLY know. obvs.

From an 'I need to see it/feel it/touch it' type of approach? Absolutely. I don't see anyway it could be possible to prove there is an afterlife. That said, there's occasionally someone who 'died' temporarily and are revived with some sort of heavenly vision. I must admit though I'm always pretty skeptical of those, though it's pretty hard to disprove them either.

I'll start by clarifying I also like to believe that there's an afterlife. However, I wouldn't say any of those NDEs are bogus so much as there's a scientific explanation. Most neurologists believe that deja vu is experienced when a neuron misfires and we "remember" seeing something we just saw. Now if that's true (and there actually isn't currently a way to prove it is), then its easy to extrapolate that in moments close to death, when neurons are probably misfiring all over the place, all sorts of weird phenomena are probably possible.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 03, 2016, 09:32:20 AM
Religion is all nonsense to me, and I say thisbas a disillusioned catholic-raised young man. The bible's been rewritten several times over and by people who either didn't speak the original language or don't speak the language they translated it to. All these "acts" taking place in such short order of one another, all in the same area, and then almost 2000 years of nothing? Yeah, farfetched to me at best...

That being said, who the hell am I to question you or your beliefs? My mother fell on religion when she was at death's door with stage 4 lung cancer, and it helped make her feel at ease. I'll never believe it, but I'll gladly thank it for making my dying mom comfortable to a degree. At the same time it also completely shattered my faith because who would force a person to deal with that for a full year?

Anyone jailed for their beliefs or lack thereof should be set free, unless they are attacking people for disagreeing with said beliefs. I'll never believe in an invisible deity ever again, but I'll never attack you for your believing in one.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 03, 2016, 09:57:02 AM
its easy to extrapolate that in moments close to death, when neurons are probably misfiring all over the place, all sorts of weird phenomena are probably possible.

Considering the entirety of who we are and what we know and experience is 100% held within the brain, I would agree that's probably what these "near-death" experiences are.  How can someone remember something that their brain didn't experience?  Now THAT sounds farfetched, in my opinion.

Religion is all nonsense to me, and I say thisbas a disillusioned catholic-raised young man.

The origin story of many an atheist. :P

The bible's been rewritten several times over and by people who either didn't speak the original language or don't speak the language they translated it to. All these "acts" taking place in such short order of one another, all in the same area, and then almost 2000 years of nothing? Yeah, farfetched to me at best...

Actually, there are sensible explanations for all of that.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on June 03, 2016, 10:06:19 AM
Actually, there are sensible explanations for all of that.

What about dinosaur heaven? Is it separated from human heaven?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 03, 2016, 10:35:50 AM
Actually, there are sensible explanations for all of that.

What about dinosaur heaven? Is it separated from human heaven?

That was a way funnier response than I was expecting.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 03, 2016, 12:53:32 PM
I don't really want to delve into dogma or anything,  but I've always been impressed (and a little envious) of people who possess a lot a faith in a higher power.   You can't really FORCE faith.  You either have it or you don't, and there's no way to force myself to believe in something I clearly don't just for my own piece of mind.  Frustrating.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 03, 2016, 01:08:08 PM
its easy to extrapolate that in moments close to death, when neurons are probably misfiring all over the place, all sorts of weird phenomena are probably possible.

Considering the entirety of who we are and what we know and experience is 100% held within the brain, I would agree that's probably what these "near-death" experiences are.  How can someone remember something that their brain didn't experience?  Now THAT sounds farfetched, in my opinion.


The reigning theory is that the moment you experience the event, your mind simultaneously takes in the experience AND remembers the experience, but confuses it with a memory from long ago.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 03, 2016, 02:25:32 PM
I don't really want to delve into dogma or anything,  but I've always been impressed (and a little envious) of people who possess a lot a faith in a higher power.   You can't really FORCE faith.  You either have it or you don't, and there's no way to force myself to believe in something I clearly don't just for my own piece of mind.  Frustrating.

This is true.  But faith, like trust, CAN be built.  Not just religious faith, any kind of faith.  If your weather man is right a lot, you start to trust him, therefore you put faith in what he says, even if you don't know for sure yet if he's going to be right.  Not a perfect comparison, but you know what I mean.  Even belief in scientific theories requires a measure of faith.

Where things go off the rails is when you're promoting BLIND faith.  Faith based on essentially nothing.  That's not healthy for anyone.

its easy to extrapolate that in moments close to death, when neurons are probably misfiring all over the place, all sorts of weird phenomena are probably possible.

Considering the entirety of who we are and what we know and experience is 100% held within the brain, I would agree that's probably what these "near-death" experiences are.  How can someone remember something that their brain didn't experience?  Now THAT sounds farfetched, in my opinion.


The reigning theory is that the moment you experience the event, your mind simultaneously takes in the experience AND remembers the experience, but confuses it with a memory from long ago.

All I meant was that, sticking within the realm of fact, your brain is ONLY experiencing death/dying.  That's it.  It's not experiencing anything beyond the scope of the physical realm, because even when you're dead or dying, your brain is still physical and cannot experience or remember anything beyond that.  So my question would be: how can you "remember" something that your brain did not experience or have any part of?  The obvious answer is: it wouldn't.  It would only attempt to make sense of the jumbled mess of signals that were sent throughout the body as systems started to shut down.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 03, 2016, 02:39:00 PM
Even belief in scientific theories requires a measure of faith.

The number of science worshiping atheists that refuse to accept this makes my brain hurt
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on June 03, 2016, 06:03:58 PM
The bible's been rewritten several times over and by people who either didn't speak the original language or don't speak the language they translated it to. All these "acts" taking place in such short order of one another, all in the same area, and then almost 2000 years of nothing? Yeah, farfetched to me at best...

If you're interested Agent D., in regards to Bible translations and the history of them, there's some interesting articles out there on it. Here's a few below:

https://www.quora.com/How-do-we-know-that-The-Bible-wasnt-tampered-with-by-people-in-power-who-wanted-to-use-the-texts-to-their-advantage (Written by a self-proclaimed Atheist)
https://bible.org/article/how-accurate-bible (Christian writer)
http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-corrupted.html (Christian writer - lots of good other Q&As on this site too)

(If you were curious, I'm happy to dig up some more scholarly stuff on it rather than just Google search-style websites)

If you're not interested, feel free to disregard the above. :)

In regards to the stories in the bible taking place so close together and then nothing... Across the 2100 or so years the Bible is set across there's actually also one notable large gap: between the Old Testament and New Testament there is 400 years of 'silence' from God (though, in actual fact, numerous things were fulfilled during this time, prophecies, etc.). As for today, God actually still speaks to us now, just in a different way from the great prophets in the days of the bible. God's word to the world is literally the Bible and it's how he communicates his plans for us. I think it's an easy misconception to say the Bible is ancient and doesn't speak to modern experiences, but, in my experience, it totally does. But, at the very least, I don't feel any sort of silence from God in my life. :)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 03, 2016, 06:43:02 PM
I also think that disagreeing on the validity of the Bible doesn't necessarily rule out the existence of god.  The Abrahamic god isn't even the first recorded instance of Monotheism (that would be Ahura Mazda and Zoroastrianism) and many many MANY other options exist. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 03, 2016, 06:48:12 PM
I just wanna be that one asshole real fast....

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Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 03, 2016, 08:54:50 PM
IF THERE REALLY IS A GOD THEN WHY DID HE LET SOMEONE SKIN AND MURDER GENGEN. (http://www.yashuntafun.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/cathead.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 03, 2016, 09:01:49 PM
I can't stand Ricky Gervais.  He is the poster child for smug New Atheists (he is literally on a poster for them up there). The hypocrisy of acting like he knows the answers while categorically mocking those that claim the same thing (but with a different view on the afterlife) is beyond gross.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Agent D. on June 03, 2016, 09:35:51 PM
I can't stand Ricky Gervais.  He is the poster child for smug New Atheists (he is literally on a poster for them up there). The hypocrisy of acting like he knows the answers while categorically mocking those that claim the same thing (but with a different view on the afterlife) is beyond gross.
Not gonna lie, he's full of shit and thinks his is fresh as a spring rain, but I do like that statement of his.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 03, 2016, 10:34:27 PM
Actually, there are sensible explanations for all of that.

What about dinosaur heaven? Is it separated from human heaven?

I mean, while I apply this to many people here, Annubis is one of those people I'd love to meet IRL and chat with for being a stand up chap.

I can't stand Ricky Gervais.  He is the poster child for smug New Atheists (he is literally on a poster for them up there). The hypocrisy of acting like he knows the answers while categorically mocking those that claim the same thing (but with a different view on the afterlife) is beyond gross.
Not gonna lie, he's full of shit and thinks his is fresh as a spring rain, but I do like that statement of his.

Likewise.

Actually, I have to say without getting too much into this (due to time, effort, and general ugliness religious topics can have), I really respect religious scientists who know how to bring both worlds together or keep them separate.  Yo go theologiscientists.

Anyways, in life news, I got a wag of the finger at work.... for dancing...and doing work.  I shit you not.  My eyes almost rolled into the back of my skull.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 04, 2016, 06:19:48 AM
Guess that religion thing turned into a pretty civil discussion- I'll chip in a little. For me, the question of God's existence was actually what led me to "become" an atheist. I was never really that religious though- I kinda sorta practiced Chinese Folk Religion when I was a kid, but Chinese Folk Religion is the Country Buffet of Religions where you get to have a little of every God but all of them taste terrible so you end up not wanting any of it.

Something like that. Also Ancestor Spirits.

As for the concept of Faith itself, as Arvis basically said humans all need to have some amount of it otherwise we couldn't function in normal life. The most obvious and basic one would be "my perceptions are reality". I like to think about these things, but almost any televised debate or whatever surrounding these ideas will almost always be terrible because people will refuse to define their terms and you end up with the Atheist speaking purely about materialism and the scientific method while the religious side will (probably) vaguely talk about epistemology.

As for Scientists themselves, I've yet to see being atheist correlate with being a better one. Skeptical thinking is something that can't really be forced onto someone IMO, and we're often given reminders that amazing Scientists in their field of study are not necessarily terribly good with the concept anyway (Most recent one in memory being Ben "Obamacare is worse than slavery" Carson).

Man I don't think I ever did that. I kind of wish I did -- the jackass haughty atheist teenagers seem a lot more functional than I was 'caaaaause I pretty much spent my freshman year of highschool (and senior year of college) unable to stop dwelling on what the lack of an afterlife would *really* mean. And even if it's not as bad as it used to be -- I don't get the second-to-second panic worrying about *any* possible thing -- there's still times when I'll wake up shouting up at 2AM and run out to the kitchen trying to get my pulse back down from the dread.

I look back on my days of being an obnoxious atheist with a weird mixture of embarrassment and longing- the latter mostly of the stronger confidence I had back then. Though it's not like a teenager confident in the lack of a God doesn't have plenty of other things to be insecure about. I think it's the people who don't feel at least slightly embarrassed of what they were in their teenage years who are a bit of a concern.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 04, 2016, 07:49:04 PM
in other news: the president went to my hometown (again) and they did a PBS special on it.

Typically, residents hate the shit out of him (even though most of their lives are markedly better than they were 8 years ago) because they have a long and storied history of misunderstanding the world around them and voting against their own interests.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/watch-live-president-obamas-town-hall-in-elkhart-indiana/ (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/watch-live-president-obamas-town-hall-in-elkhart-indiana/)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Artimicia on June 05, 2016, 07:27:52 PM
My understanding is that at one point religion and science were more or less the same thing, but they got separated at one point.

Hence a lot of modern science is just this kind of memorization/word processing contest

Consequently, we have tons of highly complex data systems that don't have a point, really modern medicine has a lot more variables and categories and labels but you probably got better treatment 2000 years ago.

Anyway, I saw one thing somewhere which made the point I agree with which is that "religion" or a sense of spiritual/metaphysical element is as important as it ever was, people are clinging to a sense of higher purpose or kind of emotional centerpoint more than possibly they ever have before.

Like if you think about it most people don't care what most scientists etc have to say on things, they go their favorite pop star/voice actor/actress/movie whatever to answer their questions.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 06, 2016, 05:22:10 AM
Religion and science were only the same thing in the sense that they were handled by much of the same people for long periods of time (assuming you want to restrict yourself to a Eurocentric history anyway), a fact that the religious like to twist into saying that the religious were the people safeguarding science, because we all know the non-religious were totally tolerated and were even given funding to continue their work into their blasphemy.

I'm trying to figure out some connotation where "we got better treatment 2000 years ago" might make sense, but I'm coming up with none. That's the sort of non-logic people use to declare cherrypicked quackery from alternative medicine to be superior to modern methods. Things are far from perfect, but the only thing you need to look at is how life expectancy has changed to know that that belief has no basis in reality.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Artimicia on June 06, 2016, 09:26:41 AM
Religion and science were only the same thing in the sense that they were handled by much of the same people for long periods of time (assuming you want to restrict yourself to a Eurocentric history anyway), a fact that the religious like to twist into saying that the religious were the people safeguarding science, because we all know the non-religious were totally tolerated and were even given funding to continue their work into their blasphemy.

I'm trying to figure out some connotation where "we got better treatment 2000 years ago" might make sense, but I'm coming up with none. That's the sort of non-logic people use to declare cherrypicked quackery from alternative medicine to be superior to modern methods. Things are far from perfect, but the only thing you need to look at is how life expectancy has changed to know that that belief has no basis in reality.

Well actually it was based on life expectancy... recall some statistic somewhere that that said while Life Expectancy in terms of the number is sometimes higher there are 2 other factors to consider that I seem to remember reading somewhere..

1. The overall like health expectancy, or like the point/age at which health before the onset of crippling and debillitating illness, has decreased over time at certain points rather dramatically. So, some people might literally live "longer" but not "better," like, we're taking people in elderly care who are demented, enfeebled, drinking out of a straw for 15 years starting at 70 or whatever and going "Look! They died at 85! Long time! Such health!"

2. One of the major reasons life expectancy was so low historically was because of child-birth, when people made it to age... 10 or something? Suddenly their life expectancy doubled.

You could say well look at those modern developments in medical technology that made child-bearing not a killer, for instance. Well you can look at those with a critical eye as well, the technology used to keep people healthy during child birth and the processes cost an extreme amount of resources and are a lunatically high drain on "hospitals" as well as society as a whole, which is NOT to say they aren't an improvement and shouldn't be undertaken. but... basically while true we've made "developments" but they are highly primitive and, whatever developments are often counter-balanced by still-existing or new problems in numerous other areas. Moreover, the possibility to create better solutions is constrained by that same sort of rigid thinking and overly abstract disciplines at it's core, which means that the situation is the relative norm (at least for now). And not to mention, people still die during child birth/miscarriages etc and such are still there.

Developments in "Stem Cell Research" and other areas is usually a consequence of avant-garde approaches that are quickly extinguished by a desire to throw increasing money at the situation, R&D simply becoming a process of huge money... well... basically it's all about money, not about living better.

Anyway, that's my garden variety progressive-y rant thing, whether or not people 2000 years ago truly lived better at their core is ultimately probably impossible to prove, but it's shockingly within the realm of actual possibility, according to the statistics and stuff I've seen.

Er and opinions on the "medical care" system seem to draw lots of ire one way or another and hence that's all I really have to say on the matter..

As for religion and science together yes that was drawing more on pre-European/Greco-Roman history.


Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 06, 2016, 01:17:23 PM
You're going to need to give me something a bit more concrete if you want to convince me there's a single aspect of health care today that's worse than what anyone had 2000 years ago (unless you're just airing out frustrations and being hyperbolic, hard to tell in text sometimes). The point about "overall" health sounds suspiciously similar to the logic people use to try to convince others that vaccines are linked with autism- that because we're more aware of certain illnesses that means our techniques are instead to blame for the perceived "increase" in cases. If you want we could wax philosophical about at what point life isn't worth living if you're constantly living in pain, but I'm pretty sure if we're talking purely about physical health being alive in any capacity is still more healthy than being dead.

To be honest I can't even really tell what it is you're trying to say in the rest of your post. I'm vaguely getting the impression you're trying to say "it has flaws, therefore it shouldn't exist". It's undeniable the US has ridiculously inflated costs for health care, but that says more about the US's system than it does about the health care itself. As for methods of research, Medical Researchers often use far "softer" science than, say, any Physicist or Chemist, but the reason why keeping to that is such a big deal in Medicine should be fairly obvious.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 06, 2016, 03:48:53 PM
I should not have left this topic for the weekend.  So many interesting points of view!

The Ricky Gervais quote

The existence of thousands of "wrong" answers to a question somehow proves that there is no right answer at all?  I'm sure there's a name for that logical fallacy.

You can use theories on The Origin of Life as an example: science can't prove any of its theories on this subject, and yet Life exists, so there has to be a correct answer out there somewhere.  Just because there are, and have been, many wrong ones doesn't mean there is no answer.


Anyways, in life news, I got a wag of the finger at work.... for dancing...and doing work.  I shit you not.  My eyes almost rolled into the back of my skull.

Your own fault for installing that pole in your office.  Hyuk hyuk hyuk....... sorry.


1. Chinese Folk Religion is the Country Buffet of Religions where you get to have a little of every God but all of them taste terrible so you end up not wanting any of it.

2. As for the concept of Faith itself, as Arvis basically said humans all need to have some amount of it otherwise we couldn't function in normal life. The most obvious and basic one would be "my perceptions are reality".

3. I think it's the people who don't feel at least slightly embarrassed of what they were in their teenage years who are a bit of a concern.

1. Doesn't it kinda feel like the idea that "All Religions are right!" is the same thing as saying "All Religions are wrong"?  I've never understood Interfaith; either God has standards for worship and conduct, or he doesn't.  Why would he approve of every different and conflicting belief out there?

2. Really awesome, mind-bendy thought.  When I was a kid I used to try to envision Nothing.  Like, a lack of anything.  Even a lack of my own thoughts or sense of self.  But I couldn't do it (to this day, when I try, I end up thinking about Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang *shrug*).  So, even at a young age, I found myself wondering what else my mind was incapable of grasping.  However, being unable to imagine Nothing created a deeper appreciation for the fact of the universe's existence.  But there's still the question: is reality only what we sense?  Is what we sense real?  GAH!  So yeah, you have to take some things on faith, but that faith should also be based on something tangible (Hebrews 11:1).

3. The truthiest truth that has ever truthed.  But I kinda feel like my teen years had to have been way more embarrassing than most.  Being a teen is this horrible combination of thinking you know everything, but actually knowing nothing.
Does anyone else do that thing where you suddenly remember something really embarrassing and you just start humming or whistling or otherwise making noise, almost as a way of distracting yourself from your own embarrassment?  Or is that just me?


My understanding is that at one point religion and science were more or less the same thing, but they got separated at one point.

It should be noted that what Religion says about Science and what the Bible says about Science are two completely different things.  Where the Bible touches on scientific matters, it's accurate (although these instances are understandably rare).  Can't really say that about Religion.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 06, 2016, 04:24:36 PM
1. Doesn't it kinda feel like the idea that "All Religions are right!" is the same thing as saying "All Religions are wrong"?  I've never understood Interfaith; either God has standards for worship and conduct, or he doesn't.  Why would he approve of every different and conflicting belief out there?

no.

The rest = ok.

carry on.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 07, 2016, 03:39:11 PM
Doesn't it kinda feel like the idea that "All Religions are right!" is the same thing as saying "All Religions are wrong"?  I've never understood Interfaith; either God has standards for worship and conduct, or he doesn't.  Why would he approve of every different and conflicting belief out there?

Short answer: I'd say it's from a difference of the role religion historically played in Chinese society, and the fact China didn't really run into monotheistic religions that much until later into its history (as far as I remember at least).

Longer answer: The Chinese view Gods similar to the way the Greeks viewed the Gods and fate, where things kind of have a inevitability and sometimes have a circular explanation. The Mandate of Heaven is typically how its taught in History classes- if you became Emperor, it's because you had the Mandate, and if you were deposed, its because you acted immorally and thus lost the Mandate. If anything in China was comparable to what most religion was in the Western world I think it would be Confucianism, which isn't technically a religion but was basically practiced religiously (and also set the majority of the moral standards).

So since Religion played a secondary role in the rules of society, it wasn't hard to integrate other religious beliefs like Daoism or Buddhism into this weird mish-mash of faiths. When Christianity came along the Chinese were okay with it existing alongside their own beliefs until the Pope decided Ancestor Worship was a no-no. Then the Emperor get butthurt about it and banned Christianity.

Does anyone else do that thing where you suddenly remember something really embarrassing and you just start humming or whistling or otherwise making noise, almost as a way of distracting yourself from your own embarrassment?  Or is that just me?

You aren't alone there. Sometimes I'll see or hear something that reminds me of some dumb thing I did as a teenager, and I'll quickly start mumbling nonsense to myself to block out the memory, heh.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 07, 2016, 05:12:38 PM
You aren't alone there. Sometimes I'll see or hear something that reminds me of some dumb thing I did as a teenager, and I'll quickly start mumbling nonsense to myself to block out the memory, heh.

AH!  So happy to know it's not just me.

And thanks for that brief glimpse into Chinese religion.  I admit, I don't know as much about Chinese religion as I do others.  Probably because China has been Communist for so long and "disapproves" of religion.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 07, 2016, 06:17:58 PM
My response to Sudden Awkward Childhood Memory is usually just, uh, dropping into a hundred-yard stare and/or getting facial tics.

Basically I spend at least half the day glaring and snarling at /nothing/.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 07, 2016, 10:33:25 PM
I admit, I don't know as much about Chinese religion as I do others.  Probably because China has been Communist for so long and "disapproves" of religion.

Don't worry, nobody hate(d) traditional Chinese culture more than the current ruling party of China.

(Disclaimer: I'm pretty much 100% American so what I say might be contested by someone actually from China.)

Funny enough that kind of brings us back to the earlier point about atheists- it's a requirement that you're an atheist before you're allowed to join the Chinese Communist Party, and they're not exactly paragons of skeptical thought.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 08, 2016, 02:09:11 PM
My response to Sudden Awkward Childhood Memory is usually just, uh, dropping into a hundred-yard stare and/or getting facial tics.

Basically I spend at least half the day glaring and snarling at /nothing/.

I understand this.  But I'm glad my "SACMs" don't last half the day. :P

@Hathen: Dang, that's a great point.  I'll remember that one.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 08, 2016, 02:12:56 PM
"Civil discourse on religion" truly the unicorn of the internet.

thanks RPGFan
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on June 08, 2016, 03:24:25 PM
You aren't alone there. Sometimes I'll see or hear something that reminds me of some dumb thing I did as a teenager, and I'll quickly start mumbling nonsense to myself to block out the memory, heh.

Problem here is I still do.  I speak before I think way too much.  Usually it's comedy gold (in my mind) but every so often it's just an awkward word vomit or something.  I feel like I've said or done enough embarrassing stuff to fill a big book.

Anyways, in life news, I got a wag of the finger at work.... for dancing...and doing work.  I shit you not.  My eyes almost rolled into the back of my skull.

Your own fault for installing that pole in your office.  Hyuk hyuk hyuk....... sorry.

Nope, got nothing, that was good *high fives*
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Towns Car Marty on June 08, 2016, 03:50:55 PM
Ha, Hathen I do the same damn thing. Often when I'm just walking down the street.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 08, 2016, 05:12:55 PM
Ok, so we all do the SACM thing.  Excellent.  I feel closer to all of you.  EDIT: Thanks to Mesh for coining "SACM: Sudden Awkward Childhood Memory"

I speak before I think way too much.  Usually it's comedy gold (in my mind) but every so often it's just an awkward word vomit or something.  I feel like I've said or done enough embarrassing stuff to fill a big book.

Yeah, but you're smart and express yourself in a way that makes non-obtuse people like you, so even though YOU remember the embarrassing moments, most people will remember the cool stuff about you.

"Civil discourse on religion" truly the unicorn of the internet.

thanks RPGFan

Respect goes a long way.  Most people on the internet have no respect at all for each other, assume everyone who disagrees with them MUST be an idiot.  Most of us RPGFan regulars already respect each other and know we're not idiots.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Aurian on June 09, 2016, 01:08:35 PM
I don't post much but I do enjoy all the discourse and points of view here. .
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 10, 2016, 10:11:34 PM
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Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Yoda on June 13, 2016, 11:30:10 PM
I hate how these tragedies bring out the worst in people. And neither side thinks the other might be right about some things and everyone thinks that everyone else is stupid
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 14, 2016, 05:48:39 AM
Hard to care for other peoples' feelings when the points have been refuted a thousand times.

Same talking points every time. Same stalling tactics. And last I checked, we still have pretty much the same laws and the same problem.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 20, 2016, 12:18:29 AM
Saying goodbye to the new Chekov before the old one.

(https://i.imgur.com/HJkFvkt.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on June 20, 2016, 02:03:55 PM
Yeah, very sad.  The guy was a genius, too, but geniuses tend to be very absent-minded.  Blessings and curses and all that....  :(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Klutz64 on June 23, 2016, 11:17:33 PM
My deepest sympathy for all our UK friends, looks like a rough road ahead :(
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on June 23, 2016, 11:33:18 PM
^this. I was just talking with some friend who wondered if Scotland will have another vote towards self rule soon and then rejoin the EU.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 23, 2016, 11:56:47 PM
The Brexit causes a minor global recession which, although it has nothing to do with US policy making, still gets people to turn against Obama and, in turn, Clinton. Buffered by more anti-Muslim sentiment in light alcoholics shooting up various locations after a night of binge drinking and declaring allegiance to the idk Sultanate of Seljuk Turks, Donald Trump handily wins the election.

Just as he's about to give his victory speech, David Bowie and Rick Wakeman run out on stage, declare that 2016 has just been a horrible joke and, at that moment, all the snow that didn't fall during the winter of 2015/2016 that didn't happen blankets gingerly the countryside.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on June 24, 2016, 03:07:32 AM
Once again Scotland gets ignored and has to live with the decisions of England.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: ScottC on June 24, 2016, 03:14:23 AM
at that moment, all the snow that didn't fall during the winter of 2015/2016 that didn't happen blankets gingerly the countryside.

This is the worst part of that whole scenario.  Please god no snow!
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on June 24, 2016, 04:39:19 AM
Look on the bright side Mesh, we might get to see Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in the same room. It'd be more absurd than any post you've ever made here.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on June 24, 2016, 07:31:27 PM
OKAY SO I REALIZE I MEANT ALAN RICKMAN INSTEAD OF RICK WAKEMAN

fuk
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Towns Car Marty on June 25, 2016, 04:57:32 AM
nah, same thing
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 02, 2016, 11:39:02 PM
We need an American Pauline Pantsdown.

-- edit --

Also seriously I see a lot of scenarios where the US elections end up like, Warren v. Cruz going into November.

-- edit 2 --

NOOOOOOOOOOO MY HEADCANONS
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 03, 2016, 01:39:16 PM
Sometimes, the monster is not the unruly child, but rather the unruly parent rearing it.  I know this article is old news, but it's appalling that adults behave so poorly.  It's worse than the little league parents who get so angrily competitive that they take all the fun out of sport. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/27/annual-easter-egg-hunt-ends-after-adults-cause-mayhem/82322972/
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on July 05, 2016, 07:09:42 PM
classic Indiana...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/07/05/indiana-parade-float-depicts-obama-toilet-and-words-lying-african/86700462/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/07/05/indiana-parade-float-depicts-obama-toilet-and-words-lying-african/86700462/)

...yet ANOTHER reason why I'm embarrassed of my home state
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 06, 2016, 01:21:01 AM
The WORST part is, if you ditch the conspiratorial thinking and note where he was actually born, you realize that "Lyin' Hawaiian" actually rhymes and they completey wasted that opportunity.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Tomara on July 06, 2016, 07:12:25 AM
Now I'm glad all you see here are accidental awkward racial stereotypes (as opposed to deliberately offensive) ...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 06, 2016, 07:42:27 AM
Goddammit Mesh. You got me this time.

Anyway maybe I just spend way too much time on the internet, but people saying crazy shit like that just don't surprise me anymore. Really people like that existed even before the internet, but now it's a lot easier for people to find others with common interests without being forced to interact with people with common sense before they find them.

Remember that applies to us as well.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 09:22:41 AM
And while the US presidential election is a farce, politics are no less farcical elsewhere in the world.  Between Brexit and the AU elections, you almost wonder whether the "will of the people" is truly for the best.  Let's face it, the majority of us are complete idiots or, at best, educated fools.  

But what's the alternative then?  I sure as hell don't want an Animal Farm style dictatorship where I'm trampled underfoot by a power-hungry megalomaniac.  Even with enlightened monarchy, the most enlightened monarch will still succumb to the adage of "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  Okay, many folks think that the Illuminati cabal already has us under their thumbs like that, and fleeces us with the illusion of choice and free will.  

Regardless, I think immigration will be under fire more than ever.  Illegal immigration has been a huge problem in the US for decades and now it's become a similar issue in Europe.  The joke in all the old sitcoms is some immigrant janitor snarls, "Ugh, back in old country I was surgeon!"  while unclogging a toilet.  Then why did you leave old country?  Oppressive government?  Fair enough, but ours isn't exactly plum pudding either.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 06, 2016, 09:45:12 AM
And while the US presidential election is a farce, politics are no less farcical elsewhere in the world.  Between Brexit and the AU elections, you almost wonder whether the "will of the people" is truly for the best.  Let's face it, the majority of us are complete idiots or, at best, educated fools.  

But what's the alternative then?  I sure as hell don't want an Animal Farm style dictatorship where I'm trampled underfoot by a power-hungry megalomaniac.  Even with enlightened monarchy, the most enlightened monarch will still succumb to the adage of "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  Okay, many folks think that the Illuminati cabal already has us under their thumbs like that, and fleeces us with the illusion of choice and free will.  

Regardless, I think immigration will be under fire more than ever.  Illegal immigration has been a huge problem in the US for decades and now it's become a similar issue in Europe.  The joke in all the old sitcoms is some immigrant janitor snarls, "Ugh, back in old country I was surgeon!"  while unclogging a toilet.  Then why did you leave old country?  Oppressive government?  Fair enough, but ours isn't exactly plum pudding either.

In despotic Syria, government kills you.
In democratic republic America, you kill government.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 01:36:03 PM
How?  Even with all the guns US citizens can legally buy (gun control laws varying wildly by states notwithstanding), the government has super advanced drones and a fuckton more firepower than any civilian can muster.  Besides, America is a republic, not a democracy.  There's a difference.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 06, 2016, 02:30:04 PM
Well, I was more referring to anyone voting Trump than direct gun toting killing of the government.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 05:05:06 PM
The president is more of a figurehead than anything else.  It's congress who holds more of the power.  President Obama (Democrat) couldn't get anything done because the Republican congress filibustered everything.  And years from now, I'll bet our grandchildren's history books will showcase Obama's tenure as a historic election but an ineffective presidency.  

In other words, Trump can bluster on all he wants, but once he's hypothetically in office he'll have to get into lockstep with congress, otherwise nothing's getting done and the American people will have gotten fleeced again.  Granted, the same will happen with Clinton (who I'm not a fan of either), but I'd take my chances with her because she has a positive relationship with India whereas Trump would look at me and see "national threat" even though I (as a special ed assistant teacher) do more to empower and add positive value to my community than he does as a casino owner.  A casino's sole reason for existence is to exploit and swindle people out of everything they own and bankrupt communities.  With immigration reform being such a hot-button issue worldwide, I'd want a figurehead with good foreign policy... and given that the rest of the world thinks Trump is a buffoon, I say no.  Foreign opinion of America is still the lowest it's been in an entire generation and we don't need that to sink further in this age of globalization.

That's why it's so important that people vote in the midterm elections to get in a new congress, but no one does that.  It's kinda like how everyone becomes a futbol fan during the World Cup then once its over, no one bats an eyelash at futbol any more, except the diehards.  In the case of politics, the "die hards" are the elderly who vote in every single election without fail, no matter what it is.  (And ever since my state started offering mail-in balloting for every election, I vote in all of them too.)  

And this is not even getting to the point that the two-party system is just that.  A system.  A very flawed black and white system without the varying shades of grey in between. In a perfect USA, elections would be across across 5-6 different parties with varying levels of support.  I'm fully aware of "third parties" (e.g. Libertarian, Green) whose platforms align more with my values than the donkey and the elephant, but they don't get anywhere, unfortunately.  Even the great Teddy Roosevelt couldn't win as a third party... and he was Teddy f'n Roosevelt.  I'd love to see a good Green Party or Libertarian leader run this country. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on July 06, 2016, 05:12:16 PM
That "ineffective president" sure got a whole hell of a lot done in spite of the "No" Congress he presided over.

While his legacy will almost certainly be "first black president" I don't really think that "ineffective" is a fair assessment at all.

Especially when you consider how markedly better the country is when compared to 8 years ago.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 05:23:51 PM
Since when have textbooks been completely fair and objective?  

I agree that President Obama has done some good, but a lot of things he tried to push through got compromised and fouled up.  Until my mom got on Medicare, Obamacare pretty much screwed her six ways to Sunday.  I firmly believe that health care should be a basic human right, but the way Obamacare was executed was a trainwreck.  Good intention, crippled execution.  

And let's take a look at 2008 vs now, the state of the US.  

2008:
-The economy was in shambles
-We were mired in prohibitively expensive and unpopular wars
-Foreign opinion of the US was the lowest it's been in a generation
-No Child Left Behind was a failed educational policy that had adverse effects on students and educators.

2016:
-The economy has improved, but it's still in shabby shape.  Especially when you consider the school loan bubble about to burst worse than 2008's real estate bubble
-We're STILL mired in prohibitively expensive and unpopular global conflicts.  Not the same ones as before, but does that even make a difference?  War is war  
-Foreign opinion of the US improved under Obama, but it's still the lowest it's been in an entire generation  
-Common Core is a failing educational policy that's having adverse effects on students and educators.  

And that's not even getting into the crumbling infrastructure where all over the country roads and bridges are falling apart.  Even in well-to-do communities, roads still have potholes from winter 2015. 

I love America and am a proud citizen, which is why it pains me to see the country going one step forward two steps back. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 06, 2016, 05:24:35 PM
Obama is very popular overseas. Global opinion of him is very high.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 05:30:35 PM
Obama himself is, but America as a whole isn't exactly looked upon with much esteem.  Ask anyone on your block in Scotland, and their kneejerk opinion would probably be that Americans are ignorant, lazy, etc.  

Seriously, though, that is a big reason why I do NOT want Trump as president.  Whatever steps Obama has taken to improve foreign opinion of the US, Trump's mere presence completely negates.  And in this age of globalization, good foreign policy is important.  W. Bush was a lousy foreign policy president (unlike his father, H.W. Bush, who was a good foreign policy president despite unfortunate global circumstances) so Obama had that to fix.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 06, 2016, 05:33:19 PM
Weren't we talking about Obama himself?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 05:38:21 PM
I said "foreign opinion of the US" was the lowest it's been in an entire generation.  Collective noun, referring to the US as a whole entity.  

Then again, I think the state of the US, as I outlined, would have been largely the same even if McCain had been elected (I voted Obama.)  Obama having the "cool" factor, though, definitely helped him win more immediate favor among foreign powers.  A good thing, no doubt.  

As for the current election, call me a vote waster if you want, but I won't be voting Trump or Hillary.  I'm voting for one of the other parties.  Besides, I'm more interested in the 2017 gubernatorial election in my state.  My state's governor has been the absolute worst, and I want him out of office before he does even more collateral damage to my state. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Starmongoose on July 06, 2016, 05:46:23 PM
Ah, I wasn't actually replying to that part of your post, you posted that while I was typing my short comment, I just pressed post without reading what you wrote. It was more of a statement on how Obama isn't going to be a no-note political figure in history considering foreign opinion of him is high.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on July 06, 2016, 05:53:34 PM
Remember that time HW Bush vomited on the premier of Japan?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 05:58:49 PM
Grieg- That will all depend on who writes the textbook.  I'm pretty sure foreign textbooks will account particular events in history differently than American ones do.

Jawsh- a terrible gaffe, to be sure, and the one unfortunate thing we will all remember about his foreign diplomacy in spite of him being a good foreign policy guy.

Part of me wants to quit the political discussion before it psychologically wears me down, but I still like that it's been intense but civil and hasn't devolved into monkeys flinging poop.

EDIT: I just saw a political ad with two parents of a child with a disability calling out Trump for mocking a reporter with a disability.  Let's see, I'm brown and my job is working with students with disabilities... Yeah, I'm screwed under a United States of Trump. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on July 06, 2016, 06:39:12 PM
We've just had a general election and everyone hates both our major parties so much that no one knew who to vote for. It's about a 50/50 split with tons of independents and minor parties representing.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 06, 2016, 08:02:00 PM
Isn't Pauline Hanson senate-elect in AU?  From what I've read, she sounds like a Lady Trump.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Andrew on July 06, 2016, 08:33:41 PM
She is, yeah. I think you could definitely draw a comparison between them, now that you mention it.

She's been a politician for a couple of decades though, except she hasn't been voted in for a while.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Annubis on July 06, 2016, 08:57:23 PM
Isn't that Filipino Trump like guy super popular now that the streets are filled with blood?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 06, 2016, 11:10:09 PM
Crime has been a hot issue in the Philippines for a while, so you'd be surprised (or maybe not since he was elected, after all) how many people support Duterte's draconian anti-crime policies.

I'd argue this cynical attitude has become more and more mainstream all over the world. Maybe you'd laugh if I point to superhero movies and how they've changed over the years as a good example of this...society and fiction reflect and influence each other, though.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 06, 2016, 11:13:06 PM
Isn't Pauline Hanson senate-elect in AU?  From what I've read, she sounds like a Lady Trump.

I like when all the dumb australian internet memes i made fun of back in the aughts are suddenly in power again?????
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 06, 2016, 11:39:56 PM
btw Dincrest if its any consolation I'm sure we're only a few years away from the Chinese taking front and center as the evil badguy foreigners again
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Kevadu on July 07, 2016, 12:01:21 AM
The president is more of a figurehead than anything else.

I'm sorry Dincrest, but bullshit must be called out as bullshit.  And this is complete and utter bullshit.

Nobody in the US holds all the power.  That was the entire point of the system with all those pesky checks and balances.  But the president is still very powerful, and this decision is actually important.

Some things the president can do (this isn't everything):
1. Veto any law.  Members of Congress can vote against a law of course, but the president's 'vote' counts a hell of a lot more than any one member of Congress.  Of course a veto can be overridden with a two-thirds supermajority, but in today's super-partisan fractured Congress that's extremely unlikely to actually happen.
2. Appoint Supreme Court justices.  You know, that whole third branch of government.  This is extremely important this election since the new president is guaranteed to be appointing at least one new justice (and given the age of some of the other members of the court it shouldn't be surprising if it ends up being more than one).  Well, unless Hillary wins and Congress suddenly decides to confirm Merrick Garland in their lame duck session since he's likely more moderate than whoever Hillary will pick.  Which would be pretty much the most hypocritical thing in the universe but I wouldn't put it past them.
3. Commander in Chief.  Theoretically Congress has to declare war but we've been fighting an awful lot of wars where that never actually happened.  Outside of that the president has almost total control over the world's most powerful military.  Do I even need to say any more?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 07, 2016, 12:29:22 AM
You don't, but I'll add some needless emphasis regardless!

I'm sure everyone remembers this, but it bears repeating:

(http://www.pgpf.org/sites/default/files/0053_defense-comparison-full.gif)

We're the good guys though, so no worries.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 07, 2016, 09:22:39 AM
...how bad is it that politics are such a mess that conspiracy theories are worming into my head and messing with some of my logic.  (E.g. Who holds the "real" power, puppet governments being closer to home than we realize, the illuminati cabal, etc.).

Thanks for the bucket of cold water reality to my face, guys.  I needed that.  Conspracy theories still fascinate me, though.

Anyway, here is some relevant political humor I posted elsewhere, but fits here too.

Trumps around the world: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/8ijljx/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-the-other-donald-trumps-of-the-world

And Trump is the perfect African president: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/qf2zhn/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-donald-trump--america-s-african-president
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 07, 2016, 09:33:05 AM
Honestly I don't even need talk show hosts to bring the comedy anymore (Really miss Stewart though, Noah doesn't quite do it for me), almost everything Trump says cracks me up now, his most recent ones being the whole Star of David thing (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/07/donald-trump-cites-disneys-frozen-in-defence-of-star-of-david-tw/) and once again praising Saddam Hussein for being a totally badass Terrorist Buster (http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/05/politics/donald-trump-saddam-hussein-iraq-terrorism/). I know part of this is just the 24 hour news cycle making a big deal out of everything, but it's just so amusing watching the GOP trying to keep Trump under control while he continuously displays his poor impulse control (that or he just doesn't give a shit), then a day later Paul Ryan has to come out and make some really restrained rebuke of the guy. It's amazing.

There's a small part of me that wants to see Trump get elected just so this gift never ends. I hate that part of me, but there it is.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on July 07, 2016, 09:44:00 AM
^ lol, Sheriff badges.  what a dope.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 07, 2016, 09:59:45 AM
I'm almost convinced Trump has someone on his team that just browses /r/The_Donald all day and reposts stuff made by internet trolls.

Here's another article for the road. (http://www.theonion.com/article/im-trump-era-conservative-says-horrifying-man-25-y-53182)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 07, 2016, 10:07:35 AM
Politics aside, the only other hot ticket news item seems to be the upcoming Rio Olympics.  

Quite frankly, the news surrounding it has not been favorable this past year.  All I seem to be hearing on the news about the Rio Olympics are stories like facilities not being ready, infrastructure being ill equipped to handle the event, political upheaval and corruption mismanaging Olympic funds, security crises in the favelas, the Zika virus and other tropical diseases being a concern causing several athletes to bow out of the games...  

I know similar sentiments were news in 2008 what with Beijing being a smog capital of the world, political repression in China, etc. and those games went off fairly well.  

So are the Rio Olympics going to be a shit show or is the media just presenting it that way to lower our expectations so we'll be all "YAY!" when it goes off decently?  How will the first Olympics hosted by a South American country go down in history?  If I'm to believe everything I've read and been told, it will be a fiasco.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on July 07, 2016, 10:09:13 AM
^ well, Rio and more black people getting shot by cops.  Ugh, what a mess.

also, I'm boycotting the Olympics for the first time in my life.  Not sure my conscience would let me be complicit with that disaster.  (And no, I still haven't boycotted the world cup, that one is going to be a lot tougher...)
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on July 07, 2016, 10:10:11 AM
You forgot about Rio police greeting travelers at the airport with signs that say "WELCOME TO HELL THE RIO POLICE CANNOT PROTECT YOU WE HAVE NO MONEY" or somesuch.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 07, 2016, 10:28:59 AM
Jawsh- by that token, I should have boycotted le Tour de France long ago.  Cycling itself has become such a tainted sport (everyone's doping, riders littering all over the place, Lance being a complete scumbag) and now there's talk of "mechanical doping" where motors are secretly hidden in bicycles.  
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Rucks on July 07, 2016, 10:38:21 AM
https://youtu.be/ideiS-6gBAc (https://youtu.be/ideiS-6gBAc) yup

But cheating and human rights violations aren't exactly apples to apples ya know?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 07, 2016, 11:01:08 AM
That "ineffective president" sure got a whole hell of a lot done in spite of the "No" Congress he presided over.

He did a lot, I'll agree. I disagree that any of it was positive, but I'm not one to argue over politics. All I know is that this is his last year in office, and I don't like any of the potential candidates looking to fill his shoes...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 07, 2016, 06:30:09 PM
Doesn't the olympics ruin wherever they're hosted?

Why can't we just stop the olympics?
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 07, 2016, 06:40:05 PM
Clinton and Trump are bad, but Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein both have appealing platforms.  Heck, of all the candidates, Stein has my favorite stance on education.  

I hope an alternative party does well enough to at least stimulate the conversation that there is more than just Coke and Pepsi.  

And Mesh has a good point. Many host places, post-Olympics, end up in rough shape.  And readying a host city for the games basically means hell for any locals living in the area, especially in terms of displacement, rushed infrastructure urban planning, etc.  This ties into Jawsh's point about human rights violations concerning residents in Rio's favelas because of the Olympics taking a dump on current infrastructure (like usual.)  I probably could have boycotted Beijing's Olympics since China is quite the leader in human rights violations, and I'm sure the Olympics screwed people over worse than usual.

My dad attended the LA Olympics in 1984 and he said the city primarily used facilities that were already in the area, but they pro sports arenas, college campus arenas, etc. rather than building all new.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 07, 2016, 10:23:57 PM
Clinton and Trump also have platforms that "sound" fine to plenty of people if you were to just sit down and read them. The difference between those two and all the other candidates is that they're the major ones so you hear all the negative buzz and shit flinging for them. The Clintons have had decades of smear campaigns against them and Donald Trump is Donald Trump. If Gary Johnson was front and center you'd be hearing about how he's probably just a paleoliberatarian and not a "real liberatarian" or you'd be hearing about how idiotic laissez-faire capitalism actually is, and if Jill Stein was there you'd be hearing about the typical nature woo of the Green Party (minus all the homeopathy crap since Jill Stein is an MD so she actually knows how stupid all that is). It's like how people bring up how Bernie Sanders polls better against Trump than Clinton does- maybe so, but it doesn't say as much after you consider that Republicans have barely attacked him compared to Clinton and polls months before the election usually aren't reliable.

I agree with the whole "doing well enough to stimulate conversation" though. A minor party receiving 5% of the popular vote gets to qualify for public funding (which is a bit hypocritical when it comes to the Libertarian Party, but whatever).
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dice on July 07, 2016, 10:58:32 PM
Shots in downtown Dallas

Quote
https://twitter.com/cbs11doug

Dallas Morning News ‏@dallasnews 33s33 seconds ago
#BREAKING: Reports of shots fired at downtown Dallas rally #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile http://d-news.co/px343022nGR44
Marie Saavedra ‏@MSaavedraTV 6m6 minutes ago
MANY gunshots heard in video I captured in #Dallas, just before 9p as rally marched through downtown @wfaachannel8

Goddamn...bad week in the US.
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 07, 2016, 11:20:06 PM
Bad year you mean, with only one day of the year where nobody was killed by police for a total of 728 people (http://www.vox.com/a/police-shootings-calendar-july-2016), most recently being the guy in Minnesota who was shot in his car for reaching down to get his licence, the guy in Baton Rouge who was pinned down and basically executed, the kid who was shot in Fresno, and that guy who was shot in Los Angeles because he was totally coming right for them...
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 08, 2016, 12:16:45 AM
:|
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Dincrest on July 08, 2016, 07:50:46 AM
More dead police officers in the news.  Man this sucks.  Yeah, the stuff that went down in Louisiana and Minnesota is straight fucked up but the Dallas police who got killed was innocent bloodshed.  It's like kicking the dog because your boss yelled at you.  Collateral damage sucks.  

You know, I never got behind that that whole "anti-cop" sentiment.   I know I used to play in rock bands and several members of their subcultures are all "growl growl growl, I hate cops, fuck you lightbar!" but that always bugged me because I'm cool with the police and they're usually pretty cool with me.  Even at work, the coworkers and substitutes I got along best with were ex-police officers.  

As an Indian guy, a "brown" guy whom guys like Donald Trump would snap-judgment racially profile as a national threat, I should be the most scared, paranoid, and hateful of police right?  Nope.  Quite the opposite.  I like and respect the police.  In the 38 years I've been alive, I've always found the police respectful, willing to help, pillars of the community, etc.  And if ever I had a negative interaction with an officer, it was ALWAYS because *I* was doing something wrong.  And even then, because I interacted with them in a positive manner, I usually got off easy.  The police aren't out to get me or ruin my day.  One of the sponsors for my cycling club is one of the local police departments and it's important for us in the cycling community that we have positive and open communication with police.  They've been nothing but helpful whenever I'm on my bicycle (be it in a group or by myself) and during event rides I made sure to thank every officer I saw.  

I get where the whole "anti-cop" sentiment  comes from, but is it fair to judge many by the actions of a few?  Police officers are human too and make human mistakes.  And, yes, there are some ogre officers out there who try to pull rank on you, but couldn't you say the same for any profession?  Think about when you were in school- does the one bad teacher you had tarnish your opinion of all the good teachers who supported you and believed in you?  No. 
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Arvis on July 08, 2016, 09:33:54 AM
Humanity sucks
Title: Re: Today's News
Post by: Hathen on July 08, 2016, 02:54:10 PM
Dunno why you edited out your earlier post Mesh, it made me laugh.

Anyway yeah, it's pretty shitty this happened- speaking frankly I've had mixed feelings about BLM for a while now. Tensions like these combined with the 24 hour news cycle and any existing "raw raw fight the power" attitudes lead to nutcases using it justify hatred. I do think there's genuine issues with profiling and what I feel is a constant attempt by police to maintain their image at the cost of everything else. The latter point is especially disturbing, because it's not something that happens because ev