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by Chen
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974625

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The notion that the only thing standing between us and murder is the threat of punishment isn't cynical; it's absurd. Well there are people who kill nowadays, premeditated, while there still is the threat of punishment. There are definitely people out there who would do so if there was in fact no p...
by Chen
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974625

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Fine; make it a penny. If you still want to be absurdly pedantic, make it the smallest denomination possible from the lowest value currency currently available. The point isn't to figure out at what point people will murder for money; the point is to determine whether or not people can stomach prov...
by Chen
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974625

Re: Police misbehavior thread

We also have the highest incarceration rate . Again, there are two explanations: Either we have the most dangerous criminals in the world -- or we just insist on behaving like we do. Which seems more likely? The latter is more what I was looking at. That's not purely a police issue. There's clearly...
by Chen
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974625

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't know what number would be acceptable; I do know that 1000 is not acceptable. I also know that the information we have about these incidents is largely provided to us by the police themselves -- which, given what we've already learned about their inability to self-report, makes all of it hig...
by Chen
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974625

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The number of people shot and killed by police was, by current estimates, approximately 1000 . The number of people just flat-out killed by police (via any means) is significantly higher, but we'll focus on police shootings for now. Even looking at the database from the Washington post a lot of tho...
by Chen
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 21855

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

He calls him "the son of Skywalker". Yeah both the original scene and the redone scene don't make much sense with Vader being the Skywalker they're talking about. I didn't realize the first one I watched was the changed one. Frankly it's even worse then, you'd think he would have FIXED th...
by Chen
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 21855

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I suppose my thought is more along the lines of the narrative arc and thematic focus rather than on the mechanical adherence to the three-movie-format. IE: When Lucas was initially coming up with the Star Wars universe he had plotted out a large part of the first two trilogies (IIRC he had a third ...
by Chen
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322699

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

4) If asking that the drug companies charge Americans the same price they charge everyone else is jingoistic, then call me the most xenophobic asshole you ever met, because I'm sick and tired of being charged up the ass for the same drugs that everyone else gets. The US has the most expensive healt...
by Chen
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 21855

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

More TLJ gripes: It's also really weird that Luke was so murdery. Like, this is the dude that laid down his lightsaber rather than strike Vader. But he has one feeling, and suddenly he wants to kill his nephew in his sleep. And then you have him saying things like "I've felt power like...
by Chen
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 21855

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Problems I had with the film: 1. Flying magical jedi space jesus. 2. That the above is Leia. This was literally the strangest, dumbest thing they could have done. The entire sequence was unnecessary, sets up nothing, and was freaking strange. 3. We spend like an hour with the movie fanboying over L...
by Chen
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

I mean, I'd certainly look at a $1 lootbox and a 33% chance of getting the thing I want as "eh, okay, I'll probably spend a few bucks trying", whereas realizing that something is an insanely rare drop rate would discourage ever trying. I'm not a huge lootbox fan to begin with, granted, bu...
by Chen
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

Oh boy are they going to be mad when they realize that trickle down is a lie, and doesn't result in boosting the economy. Unless there's a major crash or individuals start losing out personally it's not going to change anything. People look at what they're gaining or losing for the most part. Certa...
by Chen
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 21855

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

You quoted instead of spoilered that last bit. Please fix that. I already knew that but people are going to be pissed otherwise!
by Chen
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

Congratulations on not having an addictive personality then, or having a child who doesn't yet fully understand money and cost systems but is accidentally playing on a device with access to your credit card. The latter just shouldn't be happening, that's on the parent. The former I do agree with. T...
by Chen
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 6066

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

What the heck you do title a sequel to "Infinity War"? I would assume "Infinity War: Part 2". I am a bit surprised to see that movie listed as untitled. Because it's not a sequel right? I thought infinity wars was going to be split in two? That was the original intent with the n...
by Chen
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 57576

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

How the Republicans must be laughing all the way to the bank. Democrat sexual harrassers getting booted by their constituents while the Republican constituents just don't believe any harassment stories about their side. That's like Win-Win...you know, except for human decency and all.
by Chen
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 22323

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

The bigger problem is the quasi monopolies ISPs have on various regions. If it was simple for another company to come in and compete this Net Neutrality stuff would probably be an afterthought since you'd be able to have specialized ISPs that are anti or pro porn, using the example given. The number...
by Chen
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

MtG has traditionally sheltered itself from such things with it's rarity spread. IE, a magic pack has 1 rare, 3 uncommons, 10 commons, and 1 foil. Same ratio, every pack. So, no real gambling. You pay your money, you get your thing. Now, the secondary market does indeed price some rares far differe...
by Chen
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 5396

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

The problem I have with Belgium's statement is it should apply to things like MTG or even baseball cards. You're guaranteed something in them, but the value has extreme variance. Are these also going to get banned? Otherwise its purely hopping on a bandwagon for political gain.
by Chen
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2391092

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I have heard this before, and it really gets on my nerves. Any justification of any law ultimately rests on morality. But it's certainly not the FAA's place to judge said morality. They are in charge of aviation safety. They said this had no safety implications and thus they're not the authority to...
by Chen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

Well I mean it could very well be that too, assuming Trump (or his associates) are big game hunters.
by Chen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

Trump is reversing a ban on importing elephant trophies from Africa. http://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-admin-reverse-ban-elephant-trophies-africa/story?id=51178663 I'm kinda torn on this one. Culling is definitely a useful tool and having people pay to do it certainly can help conservation efforts. Th...
by Chen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581693

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... or a rather clever NorK manages to make the chemical attack in Tokyo look like the work of some weird cult or the chemical attack at the NFL championship look like the work of a lone white nutjob with deep-rooted mental issues or a radicalised fundamentalist whose behaviour is the responsibilit...
by Chen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581693

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Raidri wrote:The difference is in the target. NK attacking SK or Japan is completely different from someone attacking Syria or Ukraine. Nobody cares about Syria or Ukraine but where do we get our Smartphones and Playstations when something would happen to SK / Japan ... [/sarcasm (maybe)]


Yeah pretty much this.
by Chen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581693

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Tldr since Kim's buddy in Syria has proven that you can get away with repeated chemical attacks so long as you have a friendly patron, the biggest threat isnt nukes, but biological or chemical weapons. We always talk about how North Korea wouldn't nuke others for fear of retaliation. But that would...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 129590

Re: Hearthstone

Everyone who says this is an above average player (either that or a below average player with a good excuse!). You need a win rate >50% to reach legend, which by definition means you are above average. Yes, it does take a lot of time, and it takes a hell of a lot more time if you're just a little a...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 129590

Re: Hearthstone

I know some people have had success with this. Does that just mean that they succeeded with a bad deck, or did they find a way to make it decent? They succeeded with a bad deck. The "pros" can do pretty well with pretty low tier decks. Especially you measure success by "getting to le...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581693

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not sure what the Overton window is. A handgun ban, or in reality, very heavy restrictions where being able to own a handgun is like being a doctor that prescribes cocaine, is about as far as I'm willing to go in terms of restricting guns. There are heavy restrictions here in Canada for walking aro...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 129590

Re: Hearthstone

I only kept circle with the assumption Lyra was going in. It isn't great otherwise, though it's the only real card draw engine you have with Northshire. Without that and Lyra I just see you running out of steam super quick, though the Stonehills do help a bit with that.
by Chen
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581693

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm not really sure why that would even be necessary. There are already restrictions on firearms (or any arms for that matter) even with the 2nd Amendment. There are plenty of countries that don't ban firearms who don't have the equivalent of a 2nd Amendment either. The Amendment itself seems pretty...
by Chen
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 129590

Re: Hearthstone

-2 Lightwarden
-1 Auchenai Soulpriest
+1 Inner fire
+1 Lyra the Sunshard
+1 Stonehill Defender

Maybe -1 Songstealer for another Defender. And possibly -1 Pain for +1 Death. You have no good way to take out high attack minions.
by Chen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581693

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Mass shootings are bad examples to use when trying to lobby for stricter gun control anyways. Many would legitimately not be affected by tighter restrictions/training on firearms anyways. They're also, statistically, very rare compared to the real problems with gun violence. But they get the most me...
by Chen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 129590

Re: Hearthstone

I think you need to bank more on the inner fire/divine spirit to control the board well. They're the only "fast" cards besides the Bonemares and that's a problem for a Zoo deck. I don't see many good ways to force favorable trades and then finish with burst, which tends to be how Zoo works...
by Chen
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

And in 2012 , more American voted for Democratic Representatives, but the Republicans kept the House majority. That's all three branches of U.S. government where the left has gotten screwed in the past 5 years. If Republicans can hold power without having to appeal to the majority of the populace, ...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

Fossil fuels create the light of righteousness and that prevents sexual assault. Duh. More seriously, I honestly can't fathom why he even brought that up. It's not like it was even mentioned or anything. Just out of the blue. And even if you're generous and imply that having lights on at night will ...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 8407

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

Apparently the movie's budget is $150 million and it's made about $230 million so far in the box office. So while it may not be the success they expected it to be, it's definitely not in the negative or a failure. That's $150 million production budget. Doesn't include marketing. So $230 could be qu...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2391092

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Attractive 21 year-old woman posts naked photos to "prove that nudity isn't sexual" . NSFW, or alternatively, SFW, depending what you think of her "proof". I'm not convinced, personally, that it's QED, but your mileage will obviously vary. By the way, this is from the website th...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

jewish_scientist wrote:America is produces more food than any other nation. The central states is also where a lot of America's natural resources are located.


That doesn't sound right. A quick search seems to show China as producing more than the US, though the US does export more.
by Chen
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 8407

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

I think the length had to do with the box office problems. All the theaters around here only had a ~8 pm showing instead of the standard 7 and 9 showings due to length. This hurts. They try throwing an earlier showing but it tends to be before people are out of work so you don't get many people show...
by Chen
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615274

Re: Trump presidency

Haven't they been after Manafort for a while, though? My best guess would be that they found something early on, realized they needed Manafort's testimony to make it stick, and then concentrated all their efforts on finding a way to get that testimony. I'd think it more likely they've "used up...

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