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by Prefanity
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 12915

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Zamfir wrote:How much improvement would people expect from something like hate speech laws in the US?

We'll never see any stick, given contemporary First Amendment jurisprudence.
by Prefanity
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3354
Views: 202487

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:And then the House will pass another identical billl, and play these games. Have to wait until Repubs lose their jobs.

So we'll just be seeing ACA repeal measures until we're all dead.
by Prefanity
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Replies: 21
Views: 2037

Re: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The entire opening set to "Space Oddity" is utterly pointless, as is the marriage subplot, as is the stripping scene, as is the John Carter-esque swashbuckling, etc., etc. The movie has a glut of unnecessary exposition (e.g. "Hey ship, tell the audience about the city"), while i...
by Prefanity
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Wakeup Call on Writing Instruction
Replies: 9
Views: 1445

Re: A Wakeup Call on Writing Instruction

A good writing teacher helps students develop skills on BOTH the analytical side and the imaginative side. Each of these makes the other more effective. Disparaging and neglecting either aspect of writing education as "less important" is a bad idea, if the goal is to help students become ...
by Prefanity
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Replies: 21
Views: 2037

Re: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

I don't get why they got the two least charismatic actors in the universe to play the leads. Dane Dehaan bugged me far more than Cara Delevingne, and I thought her deadpan performance may have been a fun counterpoint to a male lead with a bit more dopey swagger (Chris Pine came to mind after his pe...
by Prefanity
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Wakeup Call on Writing Instruction
Replies: 9
Views: 1445

Re: A Wakeup Call on Writing Instruction

Since I've spent the last four years working at a university writing center, I am admittedly not the target audience for this article, and as a result I didn't find the reportage too awakening. I recoiled at the alarmist title—surely incorrigible SMSers can write in that genre—but teachers working u...
by Prefanity
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3354
Views: 202487

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think Trump is getting impeached (maybe in his second term), but if he were to be, Pence would just pardon him.
by Prefanity
Mon May 22, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3354
Views: 202487

Re: Trump presidency

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-2018-senate-elections-are-looking-bad-for-both-parties/ Democrats are looking forward to the house election but are going to be sad in the Senate. There are a bunch of red state Democrats up for office and Senate seats follow presidential margins. That m...
by Prefanity
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 5099

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Soupspoon wrote:hardly Trump heartlands


More so than you'd might think.
by Prefanity
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 96
Views: 11426

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Liri wrote:
Spoiler:
Not one kiss in the whole movie! Excellent@@@@

Spoiler:
I'm never going to understand why romance in nerd media is something to complain about
by Prefanity
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd like the Dems to clean house of the anti-science crowd. The anti-vaxxers, the anti-gmos, the anti-nukes. Let the Republicans have the monopoly on the stupid. They'd have to alienate their critical theory-affirming pomo humanities major college undergrad base. Which ain't happening. Since I've w...
by Prefanity
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd like the Dems to clean house of the anti-science crowd. The anti-vaxxers, the anti-gmos, the anti-nukes. Let the Republicans have the monopoly on the stupid. They'd have to alienate their critical theory-affirming pomo humanities major college undergrad base. Which ain't happening. Since I've w...
by Prefanity
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Getting drafts of articles before they go to print has happened to me, and it can be for things as simple as fact checking. While your second clause presents a reasonable action, as a former journalist I'd be pretty damn wary of anyone submitting to-be-published information for reviewal by a source...
by Prefanity
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Links I'm going to put on my writing consultant hat for a minute: could you edit your post to include clear connections between your claim (i.e., Hilary Clinton's camp is colluding with the media toward an unspecified aim) and the information you've already provided? I can't speak for the rest of y...
by Prefanity
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

morriswalters wrote:Or which ones will be drinking Tequila on election day and give the booth a pass, because, wah, wah, Bernie isn't the candidate or Hillary stinks?


That percentage is approaching 100 percent in my cohort. A slim minority is picking Trump to watch the world burn.
by Prefanity
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It looks like there might be a violent reaction if Trump loses. I could be cynically playing Devil's Advocate here but... uhm... Good? Don't get me wrong, the damage that such riots do will be horrible, possibly even horrific, but I'm getting to the point of thinking that old saw: " Nobody doe...
by Prefanity
Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 729893

Re: Police misbehavior thread

elasto wrote:The only 'good' thing about this case is I think it's impossible the officer won't get convicted of murder - but only because his actions were so monumentally inappropriate.


At this point, I'd bet good money that he'll be acquitted.
by Prefanity
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:Ok, that makes some sense. You're completely discounting his anti trade and anti minority positions? No mentions of the threats to war or alliances?


Look. People want desperately to hold onto their false equivalences. We should respect that.
by Prefanity
Mon May 23, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 702405

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A MESSAGE FROM THE GRAMMAR POLICE: I can just quietly roll my eyes and say nothing when people in this thread use "who's" ("who is") instead of "whose" ("belonging to whom")...and "it's" ("it is") instead of "its" ("belongin...
by Prefanity
Mon May 09, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 126
Views: 11525

Re: Captain America: Civil War

Prefanity, those are some good points but they weren't really touched upon in the movie. It isn't worse off for skipping them, I suppose. The movie may not give either character's motivation much time, but it's not like they were left on the cutting room floor. Peter talks about doing the right thi...
by Prefanity
Mon May 09, 2016 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 126
Views: 11525

Re: Captain America: Civil War

The conflict between Steve and Tony was very well set up. A few of the other heroes seemed to join teams on random. Falcon and War Machine are semi-sidekicks anyway so whatever but I am not sure why Vision chose a side at all let alone how he picked Iron Man's team other than they were setting ...
by Prefanity
Thu May 05, 2016 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 126
Views: 11525

Re: Captain America: Civil War

charliepanayi wrote:Huh? What 'cheap romance' in The Winter Soldier?


Cap and Natasha. I don't think their banter counts as a romance however. In defense of Winter Soldier, I'll say that it had far less exposition than Guardians did.
by Prefanity
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US DOJ discussing legal action against fossil fuel industry
Replies: 2
Views: 2041

Re: US DOJ discussing legal action against fossil fuel indus

This is one of those "in some other world, maybe" moments. Like Sardia, I'll believe it when I'm living it.
by Prefanity
Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 50574

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Most of the land they want isn't worth having, and were it up to me I'd give it to them. They'd overgraze the land and use up all the water resources that are left trying to make a living on land not suited to it. And then they'd come crying for a bailout. As an aside, I live in Nevada and fuck tha...
by Prefanity
Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 729893

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If Mohamed had brought in a liquid hour glass, I'm sure it wouldn't have been a problem Unless, of course, he tried to board a plane with it. Well, and you know, the whole part where neither the school nor the cops followed appropriate bomb scare procedures. The suggestion that this incident was en...
by Prefanity
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 13045

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

Also, why is "genderless" bathrooms a bad thing? I guess that's a tangent to another thread, but there's a parallel to race on this thread. Freeing all bathrooms from gender-based patronage might be problematic because it removes safe zones for women or men who don't want the opposite sex...
by Prefanity
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 729893

Re: Police misbehavior thread

REDACTED , a teenager who appeared to come to the aid of the girl who Casebolt swung to the ground in the video, was charged with interfering with police duties and evading arrest. Those charges have been dropped, Conley said. *Sigh*. Am I the only one who gets pissed off by this? Why the fuck are ...
by Prefanity
Fri May 08, 2015 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Critique of "Choice Feminism"
Replies: 111
Views: 13515

Re: Critique of "Choice Feminism"

Further Zelda related comments: But Diaz's treatment goes beyond that to "literally Purple Link with a chest", which suggests that he finds nothing redeeming in any of Zelda's existing qualities, including her femininity. This is a probably the most concise form of the argument I w...
by Prefanity
Tue May 05, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Critique of "Choice Feminism"
Replies: 111
Views: 13515

Re: Critique of "Choice Feminism"

I personally think Aaron Diaz's Zelda tinkerings were horribly sexist and that he's part of a group that contributes to a climate of open hostility that has served no good purpose; Can you elaborate on this? Based on a google search, this looks like a somewhat standard role reversal of the Legend o...
by Prefanity
Mon May 04, 2015 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Critique of "Choice Feminism"
Replies: 111
Views: 13515

Re: Critique of "Choice Feminism"

Is anyone's choices made in an unbiased, free space? Not if we buy into the writing of Antonio Gramsci, et al. I never thought I'd live to see anything like the affirmative consent revolution that is going through colleges. I don't know if it's ever going to be cross-generational, but a segment of ...
by Prefanity
Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 729893

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A more interesting question on this case is whether once the forensics came out with multiple entry wounds to the back whether he would have been charged regardless (that alone I assume would bury the cops story) It does not. Forensic teams rarely rat out cops. They all work together(prosecutors, c...
by Prefanity
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome to Kentucky
Replies: 98
Views: 13637

Re: Welcome to Kentucky

So putting up a sign that says "Women" prevents a man from walking in there, and thus makes the woman safer? Perhaps my use of "safe" was ill advised. I didn't mean to suggest that our little sematogram prevented violent crime, but that in our current cultural climate, inviting ...
by Prefanity
Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome to Kentucky
Replies: 98
Views: 13637

Re: Welcome to Kentucky

CorruptUser wrote:Wait, why do we even still have separate bathrooms by gender?


I think there is probably a community of woman who do not want men in their bathrooms, as a safety thing.
by Prefanity
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 729893

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Article did not identify race of individual victims and only in some cases the race of the officer. Note also that most of this information appears to be based on what the officers claim happened. The Associated Press advises against identifying race when it's not pertinent to the story. Whether or...
by Prefanity
Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation
Replies: 105
Views: 14107

Re: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation

Did you ever watch the wire? Remember when that dude gets busted by the cops and knows he's going to prison for a while, and is just confessing to everything, nine of which he was guilty of? That dude wasn't even being tortured. Confessions from people in dire straights are worth nothing often time...
by Prefanity
Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1709
Views: 298607

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

If anything I'm disappointing they weren't more blunt about it, and ended the series with them actually kissing. I don't think there's enough in-universe build up for that to work. As it stands, I don't think there's enough build up toward them even being a couple. They're friends, even great frien...
by Prefanity
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7138

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

I was always convinced that Gen Eds had the purpose of generating more money. 400 students taught by 1 grad student? Pure profit margin! At my alma mater, using a tenured or tenure-track professor to lecture 400 students lowers the number of classes taught by part-time faculty (adjuncts, grads, etc...
by Prefanity
Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation
Replies: 105
Views: 14107

Re: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation

mathmannix wrote:I am not a troll.


Of course not.
by Prefanity
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7138

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

jseah wrote:You sure sound like you would sacrifice productivity if it gave better citizens.


Valuing wealth creation for a few elite over all other potential metrics is, like, totally awesome.
by Prefanity
Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 729893

Re: Police misbehavior thread

i honestly can't tell anymore if you're trolling or if you genuinely believe that being poor/homeless/mentally ill/etc while black are totally acceptable reasons to get killed, and things are a-okay because at least the proper black people have a chance. He's trolling. All Leady does is troll, and ...

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