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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 12, 2016, 12:23:39 AM
Yeah they were looking for an excuse- the excuse was "it looks like he won't actually win". Before that most of them were willing to just bow down to the guy though- that's one thing Trump supporters got right, the Republican establishment has no spine whatsoever.

I was actually a bit disappointed at the second debate, because I was expecting a complete Trump meltdown and all I got was Trump giving incoherent blabber answers but remaining relatively composed, which isn't as fun. But there might be a God after all because my prayers have been answered.

While there's a small part of me that's concerned at the idea of one of the parties self-destructing and letting a single party run free with no checks, I'm mostly pleased to see the Republicans getting cannibalized for pandering to idiots.

Re: Wikileaks

I think this is a pretty good article on it. tl;dr is that Wikileaks probably isn't posting any outright false information, and people should apply some critical thought to the whole "Russia is trying to interfere with our elections" thing. (Assange is still a douche though)

As for the content of the leaks themselves, many quotes involve Clinton's commitment to open borders and free trade- said quotes are from years ago, before her current rejection of the TPP on the campaign trail, but I've said before, I personally don't buy Clinton intends on holding to that part of her platform.

Then the other quote Trump supporters (and I guess the mythical Bern-or-Busters) like to focus on is:

If everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least...So, you need both a public and a private position.

I can get why the quote rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but for my part I don't think she's wrong at all. Hell, I'd argue this election proves somewhat why what she's saying is right.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 10, 2016, 08:24:47 AM
I think the thing that surprises me most about the Trump recording is the reaction to it.

His remarks, while certainly horrible, were 100% in character for Donald Trump.  They were completely in line with other things he has said and his general attitude towards women.  There was no revelation here.  Yet suddenly we have all these high-profile Republicans saying they can't support Donald Trump anymore.

Just who did they think they were supporting up until now?!

Somehow people actually noticed this time, so they need to make a show of giving a shit instead of ducking their heads until the public forgets about it a week later.

I also want to point out that while you're right that the Republicans shouldn't have been shocked Donald Trump is an ass, you shouldn't be shocked that they like feigning ignorance. =P

EDIT: And after that he insults Canada...

He's just honoring an age-old American tradition.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 08, 2016, 08:21:59 AM
Oh yeah, I think I've posted politics maybe once or twice on social media before (though I'm not someone who spends that much time on it to begin with), and when I do I try not to be a sarcastic asshat like I do here. I instead post politics in places like this because find it's easier to converse freely about this stuff when there's nothing personal involved (well, assuming I didn't post something the government finds provocative for some reason, also hi NSA workers). Various message boards have become my pressure ball for politics, heh.

And by "not taking it seriously" I meant more that I'm taking a twisted pleasure out of the circus American politics has become this year. I've mentioned before I live outside the US right now- some people I meet curious about the US are both confused at what's going on, and confused why I react to outrageous statements like Trump's Oprah-style "everyone gets a nuke" policy with laughter instead of concern. I'm helping contribute to the moral decay of the US. =P

In my defense, I'm pretty sure we won't have an election year nearly as fun as this one within our lifetimes.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 08, 2016, 02:18:59 AM
So after that whole "Trump tweeted that people should check out a sex tape at 3 in the morning" thing, the recent recording has given us this. All the reactions are great, but Bob Beckel's is the best for me by far.

Also here's another jab at Johnson because I'm feeling like a bully.

I know some of you guys think I don't take this election seriously enough but I just can't do it. This election is going to break me.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: October 05, 2016, 08:55:11 AM
I guess the starter evos seem to imply the earlier leaks were legit, if there were still any doubt.

More notably, there will be a demo in about 2 weeks! Looking forward to that.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 05, 2016, 06:17:44 AM
Yeah, I was referring to just the tax stuff...it really highlights one of the ways the current wealth gap came to be. Only the rich have the resources to make it worthwhile to hire legal experts that know how to exploit convoluted tax loopholes.

Also I was joking about Gary Johnson earlier, but I guess he thought the sarcastic remarks being made about him could be used as a serious stump speech. This election man...lol.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 03, 2016, 09:54:30 AM
I was being facetious.

The funny thing is that I'm sure plenty of people will try to spin this as a positive, like a "Trump can fix it because he knows how to exploit it" thing, since even if you wanted to plot that logic, that flies in the face of Trump's rhetoric of Laissez-faire policy masturbation.

Even with all that, the real joke here is how even if every single accusation made about Trump here is true, nothing he did is technically illegal.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2016, 09:47:34 AM
Got past that random roadblock in Birthright. Friendship magically made an exploding rock appear I guess. Thing is, I actually wouldn't really mind the story taking away a unit for story reasons if its meant to make a loss feel more personal or whatever, but the whole situation just feels totally contrived and the solution to avoid it is absurd.

Up to Chapter 18 now. Short rant over the story so far:

I'm pretty disappointed how black/white the two sides seem so far, but that might be because of the whole split games thing. I have heard that the story in Conquest is a lot better so I'm looking forward to getting around to that, but I hear the overarching plot is as straightforward as it appears. Seems like a wasted opportunity to me.

Flora killing herself after Chapter 17 was ridiculous. It was less tragedy and more just idiocy. The whole self-immolation aspect in particular is such a cheap dramatization effort since she specifically has...well, ice powers.

In other news, Takumi is broken as hell. Or I guess to be more accurate, the Fujin Yumi is broken as hell. Almost nothing he can't take out in a single turn for me.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 03, 2016, 05:23:24 AM
This has been making the rounds so I'm guessing most of you have seen it already, but oh well.

NYT investigation suggests that our champion of the common man may not have paid taxes for 20 years using loopholes in the tax code. What a shocking turn of events.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 02, 2016, 03:01:34 AM
On Chapter 15 of Birthright. After beating the map once, I decided to reset and save scum, because apparently the developers decided that it was cool to randomly take away one of your units right after this map unless you fulfilled a requirement that was never foreshadowed as being important. Guess I'll do some side missions until I get that.

The scene didn't even really work since I didn't feel bad the character was gone, I was just annoyed the game decided to take away a unit for no real reason.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 29, 2016, 07:46:14 PM
hey if your basic policy is to barely interact with them, that means you don't have to actually know any of them, duh
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 08:57:31 PM
What is foreign opinion of Clinton in general?

Here's what I know at least:

The "western world" (aka the only people who matter™) generally has a favorable view of her I'd say, but the propaganda machine that's been crapping on the Clintons for decades has had its effects. Low-information individuals and reactionaries, of course, dislike her.

Putin's stance on Clinton is really no mystery. The big issue everyone's talking about, of course, is the Syrian Civil War. This is probably a big objection even people at home have with Clinton- her hawkish foreign policies. (I guess it was somehow a shock to everyone that Russia would side with Assad just because the Syrian military has lots of ties with Russia after being trained there)

Things are getting uncomfortable in East Asia. China, of course, hates Clinton (and probably Obama) for the whole "Pivot to Asia" thing. Obama/Clinton are the architects of the policies which they consider to be the most aggressive since Richard Nixon's (and they're not really wrong about that, really comes down to if you think it's justified. It does make the Republican characterization of Obama is being soft in foreign policy laughable though). North Korea's actions over the last few years has set off a chain reaction of saber rattling since lots of people think China isn't doing enough to contain it. That and all the stuff China does in the South China Sea. Japan, of course, has changed their constitution so that they're now allowed to sent troops abroad (Though it was far from a decision everyone agreed on). South Korea is letting the US deploy THAAD but also don't want to piss off their largest trading partner. 2016 was also a big year in Taiwan since the DPP won the presidency and a great deal of seats and they're more buddy-buddy with America (read: more confrontational with China) than the previously reigning KMT. Vietnam is also gravitating towards the US a bit more (you gotta fight commies with commies, that's just logic). Really it seems like the only Southeast Asian country that has moved towards China somewhat is The Philippines, since Duterte's whole "kill people in the streets with my death squads" thing doesn't go over well with the US. He has a pretty high approval rate in The Philippines though IIRC. We Americans know to respect democracy except when you pick someone we don't like.

America didn't like Modi for a while but they need India's help to annoy China so things seem to be going pretty well. I'm not terribly familiar with India myself aside from some pretty basic things though.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 09:53:26 AM
Clinton's actually raising taxes on the rich (well, somewhat, she's adding an extra tax bracket and that's it IIRC) and seems to at least know there needs to be a balance between regulation and preserving incentive, which isn't the least bit comparable to Pence's Trump's solution to the disappearing middle class and the widening wealth gap which is "make it even easier for the rich guys to build wealth, dodge taxes and generally screw people over".

Since Kev put on his serious face, I guess I'll try to imitate and do a not-so-objective breakdown of the major third-party candidates so you know why they're terrible choices even if you don't like Clinton.

The best thing that can be said about Gary "What's Aleppo" Johnson and Bill Weld is that they actually have the second-most qualified ticket in a race against HRC (which should really just be an indictment against the Republicans this year rather than a plus point for Libertarians). Well, ending the war on drugs and a generally pacifist attitude do score you some points I guess. Otherwise they're just running on your typical "the magical invisible hand will fix everything" and "mom you can't tell me what to do" Libertarian platform. Abolishing central banking, returning to the gold standard, isolationism, flat taxes, and I assume a free widely-sold cyanide pill for every American when they realize how fucking stupid those policies are. Of course, his more fringe supporters made sure to have their priorities straight so they could ignore whatever issues those little changes might have so they could get mad at the fact he went full cuck PC over the use of terms like "illegal immigrant". Of course despite all that, Gary Johnson was still by far the most sane Libertarian on-stage at their convention.

As for Jill Stein, I'm sure every Democrat has already heard the story of Darth Nader helping the Dark Side like ten thousand times now, but even ignoring that Stein's completely gone off the deep end. I posted a while ago that I thought she was one of the more sane Green Party candidates, but she's made me eat those words while also proving that she's either totally clueless, or is surrendering herself to the lunatic wing of the Green Party- neither is good. She seemed to cracked down on homeopathy garbage for a while, and now basically turns a blind eye to it, probably to court anti-vaxxers (to be fair, Sanders did do something somewhat similar when homeopathy should be either ignored or actively ridiculed). She also follows her party's platform of being totally anti-GMO and anti-nuclear, neither of which is a workable if you live in reality. More recently she's decided to basically become a left-wing Trump by saying outrageous things like saying Clinton's a poor mother and corporate shill, saying Obama's a bad president, and said Sanders is a DC insider (seriously, what). To help facilitate her newfound insanity she even named Ajamu "[Obama's] your uncle tom president" Baraka as her running mate!
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2016, 10:25:48 PM
I beat my replay FF4 a bit ago and got a ways into the Lunar Ruins before I got interrupted by a Fire Emblem binge.

After beating Awakening, I'm moving onto Fates for the first time now, starting with Hoshido. I like a lot of the changes they've made so far, especially with the weapons. That and pairing up doesn't seem totally broken this time. Like with Awakening I decided to go with Classic Hard mode, so I didn't notice at the brand-new Phoenix mode at first until I randomly flipped around the Difficulty menu (I generally kept my info to a minimum before I played it).

I mean, I know I really shouldn't care how other people play the game, but I'm just...confused as to why this mode even exists. Is there really a big cross section between people who actually need this mode and people who play Fire Emblem to begin with?
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 27, 2016, 10:11:31 PM
online poll


I'm sure Trumpbots will deflect by pointing out Thinkprogress is funded by liberal thinktanks and not to trust the liberal SJW muslim-atheist-globalist-cuck-shills or whatever, but given all the stupid shit that's happened over the last couple years, it shouldn't really be surprising that the loudest voices on the Internet also tend to be full of shit.
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