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by Mambrino
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 176
Views: 27194

Re: News in brief

Trump breaks another campaign promise: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-escalates-war-with-news-media-cancels-meeting-with-new-york-times/2016/11/22/3b02f9ce-b0b1-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_transition-9a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory I'm glad to see he's not a to...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 176
Views: 27194

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

Not humorous, but "etc" and not sure if dark enough for Darker news thread: New 'brief' thread created ~~Felstaff BBC: German court acquits 'Sharia Police' in Wuppertal A German court has ruled that seven Muslim men who formed a Sharia street patrol did not break laws against political uni...
by Mambrino
Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 5457

Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

The Guardian: 'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper Wat this is scary stuff. Some highlights from the Guardian article: A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, m...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Paranatural
Replies: 1
Views: 3934

Paranatural

Now that the comic subforum is a bit livelier than usual, allow me to introduce: Paranatural Paranatural is a weird and funny webcomic. The premise: Young Maxwell moves to small town called Mayview when his father decides he wants to run a seven-eleven in his old hometown, and oh boy, is he in for a...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Unsounded
Replies: 3
Views: 7059

Re: Unsounded

Well discussion about this comic is moving on glacial scale even for xkcd fora standards, but ... that's just fine! It makes me cringe a bit to see him being a bigot. It's not surprising, since he is very hung up about the rules of his society. He is already undead but still insists on keeping t...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Kill Six Billion Demons
Replies: 6
Views: 2429

Re: Kill Six Billion Demons

I can agree this is simply awesome. You can see the classic epic hero's journey, with the exactly right twists, in the works. The religo-mystical stuff hits just the right spots that got me excited when reading, say, Foucault's Pendulum.

Probably my new favorite webcomic.
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 124
Views: 34793

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

At this point I'd like to remind that after Chapter 59 concluded with a thrilling cliff-hanger , we had once again our two-weeks-worth of Awesome Cool Pigeons, and we are now back with Chapter 60 . With webcomics and other serial fiction it's always hard to tell, but this might actually be a third a...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

By the way, should the thread title be changed now that the election is over, and we are going to discuss the aftermath for the next 4 years?
by Mambrino
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I was linked to this post that presents, let's say, curious viewpoint on Trump's racism and our (the left wing) reaction to it. The media (and others) are still crying wolf on Trump A couple excerpts to highlight the main points and blogger's main line of reasoning: 4. Aren’t there a lot of voters w...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Summary of Trump Transition disarray, by the courtesy of BBC . Summary speculation: Trump's son-in-law Kushner does not like Christie (because Christie was attorney general in 2004 when son-in-law's father was found of guilty of several charges shortly summarized as "corruption" in New Je...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 10793

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

I've never seen the anime, but this trailer doesn't really impress me. It seems a rather standard action sci-fi, with a lot of pg-rated porn, which is something I've always rather disliked. I'm not going to try to defend the pornographic side of it, but the original movie is a fantastic piece of cy...
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

2. Defense. Another traditionally republican area that has widespread appeal. And, in practice, Democrat leadership bombs stuff too. So, actual differences in actions might be relatively small. Just need to vocally support bombing far off places a lot more. That and throw some dollars at military b...
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 10793

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

It's ...promising. Visuals, at least.
by Mambrino
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

BBC: US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially. Those targeted would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers, he told US broadcaster CBS in an interview. He also confirmed that another election pro...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

NYTimes on Trump transition team , they also have list of possible candidates for cabinet positions , but most of this seems to be rumors, not hard facts. However: One of the influences on Mr. Trump could come from an unlikely quarter: President Obama. Meeting in the Oval Office on Thursday, Mr. Tr...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

NYTimes: Vice President-Elect Pence to Take Over Trump Transition Effort Pence replaces Chris Christie. I just realized that I was in full kremlnology mode reading the headline, trying to infer if this means anything. Couldn't come up with anything. edit. Also missed that Peter Thiel has been named...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cubs Win World Series: Game 7 Hell Freezes Over
Replies: 18
Views: 2639

Re: Cubs Win World Series: Game 7 Hell Freezes Over

Weeks wrote:FLYING CARS WHEN?!?!?!


I think DeLorean going bankrupt is the point where the timeline diverges.
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19886

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

Turkey arrests the leaders and all 11 MPs of Kurdish parliament party HDP. BBC.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp were reported to be inaccessible inside Turkey shortly after the detentions, even when users tried to circumvent restrictions using a virtual private network (VPN).
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 50806

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Some places need to be run by skullcrackers... WTF? I don't know if this is what CU was alluding to, but there's a theory that societies need to be run by brutal but fair, rule-of-law-abiding skullcrackers for a sufficient amount of time before you have reached a societal equilibrium point of "...
by Mambrino
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Re: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Does xkcd fora have weird butterfly effects? Or collective latent pre-cog abilities? A couple of posts in a weeks old thread yesterday, and now: Bob Dylan: Nobel Literature Prize left me speechless US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan says he accepts his Nobel Prize in literature, ending a silence since b...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3123
Views: 357388

Re: The Darker Side of the News

BBC: Germany shooting: Policeman dies in raid on far-right gunman

A German 32-year-old special forces officer has died of his wounds after being shot during a raid on the home of a man linked to a far-right movement.
by Mambrino
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What is Aleppo? To be fair, that's just being uninformed. Is being uninformed on foreign policy dumb? Sure, if you want to be the president of the US. (It would be also dumb to believe that you could be a serious contender from a third party in the US presidential race, barring some very special ci...
by Mambrino
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Re: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Mr. Dylan is yet to comment on his award. According to some reports I saw (sorry, not in English) this is also already remarkable: no winner has been totally silent for a full day in recent times. Not only to press, but to the Nobel committee has not been in contact with him.
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

NYTimes Official press release The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Eh, urm, congratulations? This is the first time the prize goes to a musician for song lyrics. I don't know if we ...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I must say that the discussion that extensively draws parallels to Hitler does not strike terribly grounded in reality, like others have already pointed out, unless you have SA and communists directly fighting for the control of streets and cracking skulls. Please do criticize Trump for his faults, ...
by Mambrino
Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6355403

Re: Random natterings

Levis relents, 501's available as stretch

I do hope the traditional cotton version stays available. I do hope we will get over this athletic fashion in 5 years. The cycle lasts about ten years, right?
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Spotify in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud
Replies: 3
Views: 2859

Spotify in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud

Financial Times The Verge BBC Soundcloud’s biggest strength is the community of creators who built it, with an extensive catalogue of music, such as mixes, hip hop, EDM and DJ sets. Independent digital music companies are flailing, despite music revenues growing for the first time in nearly two dec...
by Mambrino
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13976
Views: 1887225

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

Not exactly humorous but not that significant / serious that I'd post it to the darker news thread... so here it goes.

A desperate search is under way for an endangered African penguin "freed" by activists who may have unwittingly sent the bird to his death.
by Mambrino
Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4373
Views: 658262

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

BBC continues to surprise: now they are doing anime reporting (with annoyingly click-baity titles and numbered paragraphs)? Why the story of body-swapping teenagers has gripped Japan A Japanese film has made history by becoming the first animation not made by the legendary Studio Ghibli to rake in m...
by Mambrino
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707314

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The stamina!
by Mambrino
Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 10793

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

I agree that a failure is likely, but I also confess that I'm intrigued. ...I'll wait for the reviews before deciding if I'm going to see it.
by Mambrino
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 10793

Ghost in the Shelf (2017)

Welp so I found about that this is a thing just a moment ago. Starring Scarlett Johansson as The Major. According to IMDB / Wikipedia , other casting choices are combination of Western and Asian actors. Apparently the rest of the Section 9: Pilou Asbæk as Batou, Takeshi Kitano as Aramaki, China Han...
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Moana
Replies: 34
Views: 6588

Re: Moana

One obvious point is that any depiction of a biblical story done by people from the Western cultural background will count as done by insiders to the foreseeable future. Now, I don't actually agree that we should not be allowed to touch other cultures' religious myths and other fiction if some creat...
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731240

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Angua wrote:Terence Crutcher was hit with a tazer then shot at the same time.


From layman's perspective, sounds like a terrible coordination and communication by the officers on the scene.
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 18
Views: 4682

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

It's not that I feel books were better before either. When I was a kid and teenager they were new to me sure. They presented me with new concepts and ideas that still echo through my actions and work, which in itself is quite fascinating to realize and trace back to its origins. But it wasn't like ...
by Mambrino
Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 286
Views: 130532

Re: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)

For steampunk fans: April and the Extraordinary World was ... maybe I'm content with "alright", in lieu of a better word.
by Mambrino
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4373
Views: 658262

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Saw The Boy and the Beast by Mamoru Hosda / Studio Chizu in a theatre.

It could have been great with a stronger story, now it's merely good (at least if you don't think too much), and gorgeous to watch.

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