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by Hugh Akston
Yesterday, 20:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 133
Views: 3130

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

If Donald Trump is able to turn the foreign policy and economic elite away from KSA long term, I will concede him a big win. How would he do that? Apparently, Trump's bear hug of MbS and KSA, particularly following this, have made a bunch of people who happily glad handed the Saudis before are now ...
by Hugh Akston
Yesterday, 04:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 133
Views: 3130

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Mo wrote:
Yesterday, 04:14
If Donald Trump is able to turn the foreign policy and economic elite away from KSA long term, I will concede him a big win.
How would he do that?
by Hugh Akston
15 Oct 2018, 14:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Market Failure!
Replies: 2250
Views: 141291

Re: Market Failure!

Cable TV must be fucking amazing if people are willing to not only pay $100+ a month for it but also endure a quarterly call to shitty customer service threatening to quit if they don't get a lower rate.
by Hugh Akston
14 Oct 2018, 23:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 133
Views: 3130

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Yglesias had a good take re: the reaction to one journalist vs. Thousands of Yemenis. Stalin was right. That and, what would the US do that would have any impact on Saudi Arabia that we'd want it to do? Evil, shitty governments do evil, shitty things. Unless we're gonna bomb them or start an oil tr...
by Hugh Akston
14 Oct 2018, 22:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7738
Views: 257845

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

Free State of Jones is probably the most libertarian movie I've ever seen, and not just because it's structurally kind of a mess.
by Hugh Akston
14 Oct 2018, 17:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 3662

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread

I feel like there's a home-invasion horror movie to be made about a group of house-flippers trapped inside their half-demolished hot potato by a group of murderous millennials who are tired of being outbid by cash buyers and who want to drive home values down by turning them into murder houses.
by Hugh Akston
13 Oct 2018, 23:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology
Replies: 256
Views: 6897

Re: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology

Millennials are killing America(n cheese) Don’t rely on anecdotal evidence. The data show it, too. U.S. sales of processed cheese, including brands like Kraft Singles and Velveeta, a mainstay of delicacies such as ballpark nachos, are projected to drop 1.6 percent this year, the fourth-straight yea...
by Hugh Akston
12 Oct 2018, 16:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 251
Views: 16613

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

I assume we're skipping over the explanation that she's interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so she wants to study in the area even if that means doing so on the "wrong" side (even while doing so may give her a fresh perspective) because it's not plot-twisty enough and the audience will ne...
by Hugh Akston
11 Oct 2018, 15:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 279
Views: 16829

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

The WA supreme court has ruled the death penalty unconstitutional " because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner ." Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. The court unanimously converted...
by Hugh Akston
09 Oct 2018, 03:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1156
Views: 39555

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

As usual, non-voters are the real heroes : Not enough people turned out to vote in the referendum, which asked voters redefine the constitution to specify that marriage could only take place between men and women. Only 21.08% of voters cast their ballots, according to Romania's national news agency...
by Hugh Akston
06 Oct 2018, 17:20
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 3662

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread



The comic is good and I like the tone of the trailer.
by Hugh Akston
05 Oct 2018, 00:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Setec Astronomy
Replies: 1357
Views: 57428

Re: Setec Astronomy

Apple and Amazon both have pretty detailed denials of the particulars in the Bloomberg story, and this article is full of hardware bliz-blaz about how it can't be true.
by Hugh Akston
03 Oct 2018, 18:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5973
Views: 145379

Re: Orange is the new President

Unlike every other phone in the restaurant, I didn't receive the alert.
by Hugh Akston
03 Oct 2018, 09:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 708
Views: 27793

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

Russia undermines something that actually matters : Bay examined a corpus of messages tweeted at Rian Johnson between December 13th, 2017, and July 20th, 2018 — a total of 967 tweets — ran a sentiment analysis (using a tweet’s language to characterize it as positive, negative, or neutral) on them, ...
by Hugh Akston
03 Oct 2018, 08:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6581
Views: 204318

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Can someone explain why this is upsetting?
by Hugh Akston
02 Oct 2018, 03:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2598
Views: 134584

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Isaac Bartram wrote:
01 Oct 2018, 23:20
Hugh Akston wrote:
12 Sep 2018, 14:33
Am I the only one watching the Good Place? Because that show is terrific.
Just watched 2 seasons of it. Wasn't sure at the beginning if I would like it but now I can't wait for Season 3.
Fortunately you don't have to wait. Season 3 started last Thursday.
by Hugh Akston
29 Sep 2018, 22:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5973
Views: 145379

Re: Orange is the new President

Mo wrote:
29 Sep 2018, 19:09
I agree with Hugh. The Yemen stuff is pretty normal. I would, however, go with Jennifer, that the family separation stuff is both aberrant and horrific.
Give it a few years. Once official procedures are established and it becomes commonplace, it will cease to be immoral.
by Hugh Akston
29 Sep 2018, 19:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Setec Astronomy
Replies: 1357
Views: 57428

Re: Setec Astronomy

So last month the FBI tried to force Facebook to break the encryption on the Messenger app so they could listen in on some MS-13 gang members. Facebook refused, saying that Messenger conversations are encrypted end-to-end. The FBI doesn't need the messages anyhoo, considering that all 16 suspects ha...
by Hugh Akston
29 Sep 2018, 18:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5973
Views: 145379

Re: Orange is the new President

Donald Trump the guy probably won't ever face charges, but I"m pretty sure the Trump Organization can look forward to being gutted by the NYAG over the next 3-5 years, which actually might be worse for him. I want footage of the Sheriff's deputies dragging him out of Trump Tower. I will watch it on...
by Hugh Akston
29 Sep 2018, 16:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5973
Views: 145379

Re: Orange is the new President

Donald Trump the guy probably won't ever face charges, but I"m pretty sure the Trump Organization can look forward to being gutted by the NYAG over the next 3-5 years, which actually might be worse for him. I want footage of the Sheriff's deputies dragging him out of Trump Tower. I will watch it on...
by Hugh Akston
27 Sep 2018, 23:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5973
Views: 145379

Re: Orange is the new President

Washington was held in contempt for refusing to disclose why he killed his sensei in a duel.
by Hugh Akston
27 Sep 2018, 17:20
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 317
Views: 20526

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom



We all talk about slapping antipodeans with octopods, but this seal is actually doing something about it.
by Hugh Akston
27 Sep 2018, 11:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: In the Not Too Distant Future...
Replies: 81
Views: 3376

Re: In the Not Too Distant Future...

The pace actually evens out as the season unfolds.
by Hugh Akston
26 Sep 2018, 19:35
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: In the Not Too Distant Future...
Replies: 81
Views: 3376

Re: In the Not Too Distant Future...

Finally something to do on Thanksgiving

Six episodes is kind of a headscratcher. Netflix can pony up for 4 seasons of Fuller House, but MST3k has to go begging for the money to make half a season.
by Hugh Akston
25 Sep 2018, 16:54
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 3662

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread

Disenchantment Season 1 was fun. Confirmed to be in the Futurama universe. https://news.avclub.com/damn-it-nerds-stop-trying-to-jam-disenchantment-and-f-1828567842 I know you're just ragging me but: http://sciencefiction.com/2018/08/21/easter-egg-confirms-disenchantment-set-world-futurama/ I'm actu...