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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 29, 2016, 01:43:58 PM
What the heck, Gary? How was that a difficult question?
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 11:00:57 PM
Sorry to keep hammering the point but this seems timely.  Today's episode of Fresh Air features an interview with David Fahrenthold, the Washington Post reporter who has been looking into the various abuses by Trump's 'charitable' foundation.  It's a pretty good summary I think.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 08:36:59 PM
I'm still sort of half-convinced that Trump's secret plan to make Mexico pay for the wall is to make the US into such a shithole that our neighbors will build walls to keep us in.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 01:03:04 AM
Apologies in advance for actually taking the future of democracy seriously, but I find the whole "six of one, half dozen of the other" attitude that a lot of people (here and elsewhere) seem to be taking towards things candidates to be--frankly--utterly flabbergasting.

You may not like Hillary Clinton.  Hell, I don't like Hillary Clinton.  I'm a proud Bernie Sanders supporter.  But you sure as hell better believe I will be voting for her, because the alternative is unthinkable.

We have a choice this election.  A choice between a moderate, establishment politician and a sociopathic narcissistic pathological liar who's rhetoric would make Joseph Goebbels proud and who waxes fondly over dictators and tyrants while failing to show our own democratically elected president even a modicum of basic respect.

I watched the entire debate last night and Trump's relationship with the truth is so tenuous that even putting aside the many easily disprovable claims he made during the debate itself, in post-debate interviews when asked about certain statements from not even an hour ago he turned around and claimed he never made them.   I mean what the hell?  Either he thinks Americans are the dumbest sacks of shit in the universe who will fall for literally anything he says or he is mentally ill.  Or maybe both.

But that's not even the worst of it.  I know Hitler comparisons are so over-used they've lost all meaning, but that's kind of the whole problem.  People called Obama Hitler because...uh, he wanted people to have health care I guess.  Now we have a serious presidential candidate who is blaming all of the nation's problems on specific ethnicities and religious groups (whether they have anything to do with it or not) and wants to round up people by the millions.  He advocates war crimes and torture and even uses an actual 1930s nazi sympathizer slogan in his campaign.

It's not even a fucking metaphor anymore.   But hell, don't ask me.  Ask an actual holocaust survivor.

But hey, Hillary is "just as bad" because she committed the heinous crime of using a private email server for government business, right?

Part of this nonsensical false equivalence is thanks to the media being so terrified of being accused of bias by the right-wing spin machine that they have resorted to swallowing any BS political talking heads feed them without complaint.  On all this political talk shows, no matter how ludicrous or easily disprovable your talking points are the hosts will just smile and nod.  Nobody has the guts to call out BS anymore, because doing so will inevitably result in them being called biased and unfair.  (Just today I read an article on a right-wing website that claimed the moderator of the debate was clearly biased because he interrupted Trump more than Clinton.  Because obviously the only reason that a moderator of a debate would interrupt one of the debaters is out of a personal vendetta and has nothing to do with the fact that one of the debaters would not stop talking or stay on topic.  BTW, the moderator is a Republican.)

But what about all those other Clinton scandals?  Have you heard of all the horrible things the Clinton Foundation did?  They...uh...wait, what did they do?  This is a charitable foundation that has received the highest possible ratings from independent charity watch groups for its transparency and accountability.  The only concern seems to be that since there are a lot of foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation (it does a lot of work globally so that's not really strange), it's possible that some people used donating to the foundation as an excuse to get access to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.  There's no evidence that this actually happened, but it's possible.

Yes, they've actually gone and made a scandal over the theoretical possibility that something might have happened despite a complete lack of any evidence that it did.  Meanwhile Trump also has a charitable foundation and the Washington Post has dug up some interesting details about it.  Trump has been collecting money from people in the name of charity (while his name is on the foundation he has put amazingly little of his own money into it) and using it to pay his personal legal bills.  Which has got to be one of the sleaziest things a human being can do but it hasn't gotten a lot of attention because it's been lost in the noise among all the other horrible things he's said and done.

In conclusion, stop acting like they're equivalent.  They're not.  And I understand the appeal of wanting to say "fuck the system" and voting third party.  Hell, I've done that in past elections.  But not this year.  Now is not the time for that.  We are dealing with the single worst presidential candidate in the history of this country and while he is behind in the polls the margin is shockingly narrow.  We absolutely have to stop that monster from getting in the White House.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 26, 2016, 10:50:56 PM
This picture pretty much says it all:
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 24, 2016, 01:33:52 PM

Proof that Nintendo has always been the more forward thinking console developer.

Speaking of history repeating, the G1--the first ever Android phone--released back in 2008 did the same exact thing and everyone hated it for it.  It's funny watching Apple fans trip over themselves trying to explain how this is a feature now...
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 10:44:29 PM
I bought a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans on a whim once... They were so damn good, I almost ate the whole bag in one sitting, and of course ended up crazy jacked. Not gonna do that anymore.

This.  (Well, except I've done it more than once...)

I find it pretty difficult to have too much normal coffee.  I mean sure there's caffeine in it, but it's also a hot liquid.   There's just a natural limit to how quickly you drink it (and how much you want to drink).

But caffeinated candies?  There is no limit.  Sure you can tell yourself that there's not nearly as much caffeine in just one of them as a cup of coffee.  Maybe that's even true.  But are you really just going to eat one?  I have this problem with caffeinated mints too.  It's so easy to just subconsciously snack on them until suddenly you realize you've eaten the entire container and your heart feels like it's going to explode.

I'll stick to coffee, thanks.  It's safer.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 16, 2016, 05:30:35 AM
Grass-fed collagen?  I didn't even know collagen could eat!
24  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 15, 2016, 01:18:22 AM

Aaaand it's a mobile game. Take that for what you will.

Having DMM as a partner doesn't exactly fill me with confidence either.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 14, 2016, 11:12:29 PM
Quote from: Dincrest
Now I await someone refuting my other "universal truth assumption" that the people with the loudest car stereos always play the worst music.

Well, "worst" is totally subjective so I don't know how anyone could prove or disprove that claim...
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 11:14:33 PM
And it looks like my universal truth assumption about all college anime clubs is being validated. 

Well, I guess I have to come here with a counter example.  My college anime club was actually quite different.

Mind you it was a very old club (by anime club standards anyway) with actual history and traditions behind it.  I believe it's one of the oldest still operational anime clubs in the country.  They go back to the days when if you wanted to watch anime with English subtitles you had to make those subtitles yourself.  "Fansubs" were made by college anime clubs back then (and they were on tape, none of this digital crap) and commercial anime was non-existent.  Actually AnimEigo--the fist company to ever commercially release anime on home video in the US--was founded by my club's alumni.

Obviously the club changed a lot over the years.  As commercial anime became a thing they got out of the fansubbing business and during the time I was there we started going in the complete opposite direction.  We used our industry connections to start getting official permission from the license holders to show their stuff (even if you own something on home video, showing it in a large public venue is normally against copyright law) and in some cases they even started sponsoring us to a degree.  But we never lost sight of the club's history and our focus wasn't just on showing whatever was popular at the moment (though we showed some of that too of course) but also on old classics so people could learn where this stuff all came from.  And we also participated in more general Japanese language and cultural events.

Actually that club is the whole reason I'm an anime fan today.  I had barely even watched any anime when I went off to college.  It's probably not an exaggeration to say that club had a pretty profound impact on my life (for better or worse...).  It's been over 10 since I graduated and I still keep in touch with people I met there.

Mind you when I went to grad school I tried out the anime club there and couldn't even stand it.  I think it wasn't until then that I realized just how special my college anime club was.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2016, 03:18:50 AM
I guess Shuumatsu no Izetta looks interesting enough to at least give a shot.  It's an original series so we're going into it knowing basically nothing.

Though does anyone else think these like-WW2-but-not-quite settings are getting sort of trite?
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2016, 03:00:41 AM
Oh god they made a Keijo anime.  I'm ashamed I even know what that is...
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 12, 2016, 04:11:43 AM
The entire FFX OST remixed with Tidus' "hahaha"


That is horrifying...
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 02:17:39 PM
It's becoming more and more obvious that the company I work for is a sinking ship and isn't going to be around much longer.  I really should be looking for a new job but damn I hate job searching...
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