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by Eric the .5b
37 minutes ago
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Words I Happen to Dislike
Replies: 477
Views: 20094

Re: Words I Happen to Dislike

Warren wrote:
Today, 13:04
When people use jail when what they mean is prison.
It's pedantic, I suppose, but I have the same annoyance.
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 20:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

The SJWs that I come across are fucking livid at the guy. He's not turning into any sort of rallying figure for them. He's just going to be the go-to name on the right for not giving a shit about hate crimes (because they're all faked, amirite?). Or maybe I'm over-compensating. I'm a guy who gets ea...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Unpersoned: Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from Empire episodes, producers say It's hard to sympathize with the guy, but if we're going to push back on outrage culture then there needs to be some forgiveness, not more banishment. Forgiveness can wait for at least an apology, honest rep...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2024 for AOC
Replies: 181
Views: 4201

Re: Calling 2024 for AOC

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by Eric the .5b
20 Feb 2019, 23:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 313
Views: 30216

Re: Earworm Infestations

by Eric the .5b
19 Feb 2019, 20:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6696
Views: 222966

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I'd think the bigger real danger would be to staff who stood around the radioactive buckets giving demonstrations daily, probably multiple times a day. Kinda like how it's NBD to get an x-ray, but if you're an x-ray tech, you wanna be behind the lead barrier when you give people x-rays.
by Eric the .5b
16 Feb 2019, 00:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Man, some people are freaking the fuck out and having to be called down by explanations that this doesn't mean he's seasoning absolute power. No President will ever seize absolute power. They'll just seize a bit more power than their predecessor, while Congress comes closer and closer to being a ve...
by Eric the .5b
16 Feb 2019, 00:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Man, some people are freaking the fuck out and having to be called down by explanations that this doesn't mean he's seasoning absolute power. No President will ever seize absolute power. They'll just seize a bit more power than their predecessor, while Congress comes closer and closer to being a ve...
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 19:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2260
Views: 100761

Re: Twitter!

Jennifer wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 17:12
Which made me kind of wince because, well before Weigel decided to make a logo out of his disembodied head-hair, that wretch of a Roosh did it first.
[Wince]

[Wince]

[Full-body wince. I wonder if maybe this counts as 'exercise'?]
I don't think either were the first to do that, if it helps.
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 18:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

So instead of "It's all about the benjamins" (or even a straightforward "It's about money"), it would be preferable to say "Well, SOME of it is about the money as with all powerful lobbying groups, but Israel also gets a strong contingent of support from fundamentalist Rapture-Christians who suppor...
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 18:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Man, some people are freaking the fuck out and having to be called down by explanations that this doesn't mean he's seasoning absolute power. No President will ever seize absolute power. They'll just seize a bit more power than their predecessor, while Congress comes closer and closer to being a ve...
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 16:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The book will be better
Replies: 20
Views: 293

Re: The book will be better

The Rivers of London series would work well as miniseries or one of those short-seasoned British shows. I'm actually a little surprised it hasn't already, given that the writer has done so much TV.
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 15:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Man, some people are freaking the fuck out and having to be called down by explanations that this doesn't mean he's seasoning absolute power.

But yeah, it's shitty precedent. Fortunately, even Team Red might realize it enough to go along with Team Blue.
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 15:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The book will be better
Replies: 20
Views: 293

Re: The book will be better

After reading the Lost Fleet books, I was amused at the idea of a movie or TV show about it. If only because nobody could ever gripe about the castings, due to the only physical descriptions of a human character in the whole series being one minor character referred to as "stout" and another having ...
by Eric the .5b
15 Feb 2019, 14:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

When Thomas Friedman, who has endorsed a good number of aggressive military action by Israel, said something similar he also was called anti-semetic. Anyone who makes the slightest bit of criticism of right wing Israeli policy gets called anti-Semetic. Never heard of that, but then, every public fi...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 20:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Which means that it's probably impossible to criticize AIPAC in any sort of productive way. I don't believe this. I think the real problem is that many people have left the public criticism of Israel to anti-semites and people who run in the circles of anti-semites. (AIPAC didn't invent the actual ...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 19:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Criticizing "money in politics" and "lobbyists' money in politics" is bog-standard on both sides of the American political aisle, and doesn't suddenly become anti-Semitic just because the lobbyist money in question comes from Israel. EDIT: I just-now saw this post from you: "It helps to clearly pre...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 19:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

No, it's that I deplore the outsized influence of one particular lobby and one small country that can 'wag the dog' on the US. The Jordan River and Dead Sea are not the US border. No shit. I'd like to abandon them entirely. But that's just evading the question that you quoted. I think we can walk a...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 19:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Criticizing "money in politics" and "lobbyists' money in politics" is bog-standard on both sides of the American political aisle, and doesn't suddenly become anti-Semitic just because the lobbyist money in question comes from Israel. EDIT: I just-now saw this post from you: "It helps to clearly pre...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 19:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Do you really support the old dipshit conservative, "If they call me racist no matter what, I'm just gonna be racist, then!" approach to dealing with one shitty PAC and one small country? The problem I have is that 'one shitty PAC' and 'one small country' have a hugely disproportionate influence on...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 19:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Do you really support the old dipshit conservative, "If they call me racist no matter what, I'm just gonna be racist, then!" approach to dealing with one shitty PAC and one small country? No. I don't want people who dislike Israeli policy to go all-in on racism, I want space for reasonable critics ...
by Eric the .5b
14 Feb 2019, 18:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

So why don't you tell us, since you're the one that said her tweets are blowing anti-Semetic dog whistles. Pretending not to see it in the course of multiple tweets doesn't actually fly. Pointing at one particular tweet and going, "Whahhhhhhh, it's just a P. Diddy reference???" doesn't make it fly....
by Eric the .5b
13 Feb 2019, 22:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 908
Views: 65910

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I've walked down this street:

'Doom Patrol' sneak peek featuring Lawrenceville Square turns up on YouTube.

(My friend Alex lives there, and Doom Patrol is yet another production in the area.)
by Eric the .5b
13 Feb 2019, 19:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

I don't see what's anti-Semitic about "It's all about the benjamins, baby" (specifically in response to Greenwald's tweet) -- that's such a well-known hip-hop slang term for $100 bills (or large sums of money in general) that even *my* white self has known about it for years. Perhaps find someone a...
by Eric the .5b
13 Feb 2019, 19:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Gentry from the block
Replies: 107
Views: 5044

Re: Gentry from the block

Ever since 2016, I'm finding it easier and easier to withhold my sympathy from people whose only reaction to change is not to try to survive it (much less benefit from it), On the other hand, I'm rather skeptical of the notion that it's reasonable to expect these low-income people have the know-how...