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by Shem
18 Jun 2019, 13:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2688
Views: 150423

Re: Video Games!

To be fair, the combat system wasn't really the draw of the original game, either. It was workmanlike at best, and that was after massive amounts of fan tweaks. The story was what made it successful.
by Shem
17 Jun 2019, 21:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2688
Views: 150423

Re: Video Games!

Keanu in cyberpunk 2077 doesn't make me more excited about the game bc that initial game play demo was not too hot. I am reserving judgements and a lot can happen in the next nine months. I don't know, I'm pretty sure you couldn't have cast a better Johnny Silverhand. Although I'm kind of curious a...
by Shem
07 Jun 2019, 16:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208098

Re: Orange is the new President

Pretty sure the bigger story here is that the whole reason NASA was focused on the Moon in the first place was that he directed them to make it their focus. And that the only reason he decided it was old hat now was because Neil Cavuto asked why NASA is making the Moon their "next quest."
by Shem
07 Jun 2019, 15:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

This is the kind of thing that I and others have noted - a kind of Maoist intolerance aimed not at real enemies (banning Google from Pride isn't going to hurt the racist, homophobic guy any) but at those who are ostensibly friendly (Google wants to be in Pride, after all) but don't tow the party li...
by Shem
07 Jun 2019, 09:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

It's well covered ground by now, but my view is that the fundamental essence, the animating force behind much of the left in 2019 is open warfare on speech they disapprove of. Is that why none of the 20+ presidential candidates for the Dems have made any of the things you are complaining about the ...
by Shem
06 Jun 2019, 16:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 686
Views: 30737

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

Whitman had a glioblastoma multiforme against his amygdala. Between the known personality changes and the extreme discomfort they're known to cause, his rampage was almost certainly driven by the tumor.
by Shem
05 Jun 2019, 00:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208098

Re: Orange is the new President

Old ladies know how to give the most savage burns. https://thehill.com/policy/international/446610-queen-elizabeth-gives-trump-a-first-edition-of-churchills-the-second Queen Elizabeth II gave President Trump an abridged first edition of Winston Churchill's "The Second World War" after the president...
by Shem
05 Jun 2019, 00:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Also, back on a previous discussion, I had to do my yearly "HR for supervisors" training the other day, and I realized something about the sort of drives to punish Jason was talking about. They exist and are a thing, but they have jack to do with SJWs or anyone else in the larger society. The drive ...
by Shem
04 Jun 2019, 23:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Eh, I begin any discussion of genocide immediately skeptical of anyone who tries to appeal to how a government defines it as evidence that it doesn't constitute a genocide. The UN also doesn't count the Holodomor as a genocide either, even though Lemkin was specifically thinking of it as an example ...
by Shem
03 Jun 2019, 16:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 686
Views: 30737

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

Question: Are young women who starve themselves, obsess over make-up videos, and get a lot of plastic surgery also pathetic losers? Victims of the patriarchy? Mentally ill? I'm happy to concede that these male incel types are, at a minimum, misogynistic assholes that view women simply as objects ex...
by Shem
03 Jun 2019, 16:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208098

Re: Orange is the new President

They don't even really need to move up the economic chain. Looking at people as liabilities ignores that every single one of them needs food, clothing, shelter, and a variety of consumer goods which they have to purchase from somebody who pays taxes on every sale. I mean I've seen a cbo report that...
by Shem
03 Jun 2019, 16:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 686
Views: 30737

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

We can talk all day about the awfulness and influence of this or that group but nobody, NOBODY is more pathetic than incels. Maybe in the history of the earth. They are the Jerry Rice of pathetic. I keep waiting for the authoritarian left and authoritarian right to have their Darmok and Jalad at Ta...
by Shem
01 Jun 2019, 18:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

If only megachurch pastors and televangelists were treated with epistemological parity to the associate sociology professor at the local community college. We pretend that the nonsense spouted by some of these people is moral instruction while the other is basically dumb ideologically-driven cultur...
by Shem
01 Jun 2019, 11:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Dangerman wrote:
01 Jun 2019, 10:58
Fire breathing talk show hosts have more influence than fire breathing preachers do with the working class.
Who are you talking about, and what exactly are they influencing people to do?
by Shem
01 Jun 2019, 11:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

If only sociology and social psychology were treated with epistemological parity to the fire breather preacher down the road. We pretend that the nonsense spouted by some of these people is education while the other is a basically dumb retrograde cultural artifact. There is ... limited justificatio...
by Shem
01 Jun 2019, 11:28
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Make School Hard Again
Replies: 40
Views: 1065

Re: Make School Hard Again

One thing I’ve wondered about is HR new hire effectiveness over time. Say something like percent of new hires still employed by hiring firm 3 years later. We are pretty far into the age of “everyone is a BA” and “everyone must pass”. Is HR successfully screening in this environment beyond elite rol...
by Shem
01 Jun 2019, 10:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

If only sociology and social psychology were treated with epistemological parity to the fire breather preacher down the road. We pretend that the nonsense spouted by some of these people is education while the other is a basically dumb retrograde cultural artifact. There is ... limited justificatio...
by Shem
31 May 2019, 16:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208098

Re: Orange is the new President

The positive feedback Amash got at his town hall moves me from 5% chance of it happening to about 20%. It needs to be zero. Impeachment will all but guarantee a second term. Not sure how the impeachment hurt the Rs. The Ds lost in 2000 and they named the most vociferous anti-Clinton Dem in the Sena...
by Shem
31 May 2019, 15:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208098

Re: Orange is the new President

The positive feedback Amash got at his town hall moves me from 5% chance of it happening to about 20%. It needs to be zero. Impeachment will all but guarantee a second term. If they pull a Ken Start and ramrod it through, yes. But if they use public hearings as a way to bring in people to make TV f...
by Shem
31 May 2019, 00:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 421
Views: 35082

Re: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea

Kim shows how to get subordinates to work harder. I am sure Trump agrees North Korea 'executes envoy to US' after Trump summit failures – report North Korea’s special envoy to the US, who was credited with paving the way for nuclear talks with Washington, has reportedly been executed over the failu...
by Shem
31 May 2019, 00:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Jim Crow. Police brutality against "minority supercriminals." Pinkerton detectives breaking strikes with clubs, guns, and bombs. All the other actual actions that people in power exercised to give those arguments I pointed to weight and terror. That's part of why your insistence that this is new is ...
by Shem
30 May 2019, 22:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Yeah, and "Black on Black crime+they'll just vote themselves more handouts=Black opinions are immediately suspect." Or "we have a meritocracy+poverty is cultural=if they had anything worthwhile to say, they wouldn't be poor." This has existed forever, yet those formulations didn't cause you to fear ...
by Shem
30 May 2019, 18:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208098

Re: Orange is the new President

STRONG SUSPICION: Some staffer noted that the McCain was nearby, and was terrified that Trump would see the name and start riffing on how horrible McCain was while overseas in one of his rambles, and asked the Navy to move the ship to keep that from happening.
by Shem
30 May 2019, 18:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Makes about as much sense to talk about force through advertising and the purchasing of news outlets as it does to talk about force through boycotts and rhetoric.
by Shem
30 May 2019, 15:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

JasonL wrote:
30 May 2019, 15:37
Yes but my ideas about speech are that everyone gets to talk. Their ideas are only people who agree with them get to talk, so that makes me right and them wrong about that.
Well, and that money=speech so while everyone gets to talk, some people also get to pay extra to force people to listen.