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 on: September 29, 2016, 08:21:33 AM 
Started by D-Rider - Last post by Dincrest
"Wheels can take you around
Wheels can cut you down
We can go from boom to bust
From dreams to a bowl of dust
We can fall from the rockets' red glare
Down to 'brother can you spare?'
Another war
Another wasteland
And another...
Lost generation"

"Between the Wheels" by Rush is my favorite song from one of my favorite bands.  And the album it's on, Grace Under Pressure, is my absolute favorite Rush album. 


 on: September 29, 2016, 08:17:21 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Dincrest
There's a meme about how Trump is like that guy who'll say anything to get into a girl's pants and is trying to fuck the nation. 

I feel like the current sociopolitical climate in the US is festering me into the very thing I despise- a loathsome, hateful misanthrope.  The fearmongering is getting to me, the conspiracy theories are getting to me, the thought that people who buy into all that could compromise my safety and well being, etc.  I don't consider myself a violent person and I only reserve genuine hatred for a small handful of people who have directly hurt me and/or someone I truly care for, but there are now a handful of politicians (and I count Trump as one) who I want to punch in the face.  The fact that I'm directing hostility toward people who are so distant from me, who don't know me, frightens me because I feel like I'm losing my grip with reality.

I have a feeling I posted earlier in this thread about wanting to maintain my resolve to NOT let the fearmongering cloud me, but it's getting really difficult now what with the sociopolitical climate really trying to browbeat me into submission. 

 on: September 29, 2016, 03:57:31 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Tomara
I'm curious, though.  What is foreign opinion of Clinton in general?

The Dutch generally prefer the Democrat candidates, as the country as whole tends to lean to the left (even most of our right wing parties could be considered a little leftisch by outsiders). However, these elections are different from usual: whenever I flip through Dutch newspapers I read about people being worried, worried that Trump will be voted into office. Clinton, while not perfect, is an experienced politician who understands her actions have consequences. She's less likely to make big mistakes and if she does, the damage will probably be limited. Meanwhile, Trump is just spouting whatever he thinks will make him more popular, regardless of how his decisions could change the international political and economical landscape. The thought that he might gain actual power scares people.

 on: September 28, 2016, 11:23:17 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Annubis
I find this to be pretty damning, although I guess some would agree with the statement

 on: September 28, 2016, 11:00:57 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Kevadu
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.

 on: September 28, 2016, 08:57:31 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Hathen
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.

 on: September 28, 2016, 08:36:59 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Kevadu
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.

 on: September 28, 2016, 07:15:27 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Annubis
I'm curious, though.  What is foreign opinion of Clinton in general?

Quite good in (French) Canada. All the 'dirt' on her is stuff we really don't give a damn about.
Also, we're never talking to the US again if you elect Trump. Please give us a wall too if you do.

 on: September 28, 2016, 07:10:55 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Annubis
Princess Maker 5 is quite the experience. I haven't actually ever played 2 so I'm interested.

 on: September 28, 2016, 07:03:41 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by glassjawsh
^ re: Being From Indiana

fuck. Mike. Pence.

He's a complete dirtbag and if the world wasn't insane (and Donald Trump didn't exist) RFRA would've justifiably ruined his political career.  Basically everyone with any sort of pulse on public sentiment told him it was a bad idea to try and push it through and he went ahead and did it anyhow (and ended up taking enough shit from within and outside of the state for trying to legislate bigotry that the law was scrubbed almost immediately)

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