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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 27, 2015, 01:32:10 AM
Today sucked, tired of life, will give a fuck later.
The End.
I've got Scotch to share.

Feel better.

Thanks mate.

As you can probably guess, because lol Lib, I don't drink as A) I've got enough vices already, B) alcoholics in the family, and C) booze, despite all the implications to the contrary, ain't free. Tongue

Kind of like how all those buckos who think a gun in every house would make the nation safer ain't giving them away for free. What a deplorable lack of social responsibility. Roll Eyes

Firearms and self-defense.
"Only 16 percent of the women who had been abused, but not murdered, had guns in their homes, whereas 51 percent of the murder victims did. In fact, not a single study to date has shown that the risk of any crime including burglary, robbery, home invasion, or spousal abuse against a female is decreased through gun ownership. Though there are examples of women using a gun to defend themselves, they are few and far between, and not statistically significant."

But here's Harvard:

Quote from:  Harvard Injury Control Research Center
"We use epidemiological theory to explain why the “false positive” problem for rare events can lead to large overestimates of the incidence of rare diseases or rare phenomena such as self-defense gun use. We then try to validate the claims of many millions of annual self-defense uses against available evidence. We find that the claim of many millions of annual self-defense gun uses by American citizens is invalid."

It's kind of like your traffic example: the really outrageous offenders stand out, but despite how memorable they are they're still far in the minority.

Re: Civil Forfeiture.
And like that, we agree. Cool
This is a bad fucking idea on just about every level.
Bad for Police, bad for citizens, bad for the culture, bad for the nation.

Ditto Fines as a Funding.

Bad. Idea.

Agreed on Drug Prohibition. The War on Drugs keeps the cartels in business. I don't necessarily oppose the ends, but the means are a gigantic failure. Also let's not forget the WoD was started by Nixon as a means of giving the finger to his many youthful, dope-smokin' American protesters. It had little/nothing to do with addressing a problem and I learned recently that, if I can bother to do the research again I'll post it, just about every previous bit of drug prohibition legislation was aimed at some similarly troublesome demographic at the time.

Good times. Tongue

Vermont has .3 murders per 100,000 people with 42% of citizens owning a firearm.
Arizona has 3.6 with 41.1% owning.

I'm not seeing your point mate except that Vermont is far safer than Arizona.

Mexico and Nigera have 15 and 1.5 guns per 100 people using this chart again and 20+ murders per 100,000 so again I'm not seeing the logic.

Syria is ...fucked. Gun murder stats aren't even worth looking up in a country that broken.

Also, where's your source on how harsh weapons controls laws are by country? I don't play with rumors.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 27, 2015, 12:26:32 AM
Really, I should get wise and stop bringing up the US and homicide rates.
I increasingly lack the stomach to finish a fight that big. Tongue

I'm also trying to break my habit of tilting at windmills because frankly I break before they do.

That said....

So they've got 1/4 our homicides and 3 times the death by firearms rate. That actually supports the case that possession of a firearm is more likely to result in a death -not a self-defense shooting or suicide, as you state.

There are fewer guns and they produce far more deaths expressed as per weapon. That doesn't say to me that Brits are more homicidal, it says that they're not giving to collecting or hoarding like we are. Fewer guns equaling more deaths means they're just not as popular in the culture unless the owner's going to kill someone.

Or consider the opposite expression.
If tomorrow there were no guns in the UK or the US (because unicorn magic) and crime stats didn't otherwise vary the United Kingdom would see triple the reduction in homicides that the United States would. That's not an argument for firearms increasing public safety.

I appreciate the effort put into doing research though, and I came up with about the same results.
UK: 6.6 weapons per million; 9.5k guns.
US: 88.8 / 3.6 million

I doubt it's any increased likely hood of violence; the UK has a quarter the US's average annual homicides with (and this made me laugh) 21% youth ages 15-24 unemployment compared to the US's 17.3%.

So ~3.7% more kids -volatile, horny, stupid kids, out of work and it's still a safer place.

It's a little staggering to me. We're four times as murderous and greatly more given to improvisation. I do agree that compared to that lawful firearms ownership isn't nearly so important but we end up in with the same question: do less guns make a society safer?

It's true that firearms ownership is trending up while crime in general is trending down, but crime's been trending down anyway for reasons not apparently connected to how religious the US is, nor it's changes in GDP, nor the presence or absence the The Patriot Act, or anything specific in general. Deterrence doesn't matter, more weapons doesn't matter, etc etc etc -it's an enigma.

And while the truth is that societies with fewer guns are safer that they have less weapons isn't necessarily why.

Here's an odd stat: despite having ~32 weapons per 100 citizens (#8 globally) Uruguay has 7.9 homicides per 100,000 citizens.

And that's a strong case for weapons correlating to safety, except that A) 7.9 is still Iraq high and B) Kazakhstan has a 7.8 per hundred-thou with 1.3 firearms per 100 people.

So Kazakhstan is a great place to get stabbed or beaten dead and guns will play almost no role at all in one's end.

It also has a 5% Unemployment Rate with about the same number under the local Poverty Line so who the hell knows why.

So yeah, there is a fair argument that How someone's killed isn't nearly as important as Why ...except for all those examples of places that're doing better in every other index besides homicide rates.

(My personal hypothesis is the gradual degradation of "Otherness" in US society. We're all gradually becoming "people" to each other to greater degrees and thus are more likely to depend on each other and less inclined towards seeing one another as an enemy or potential resource. *shrug*)

I admit: I'm slowly coming around to seeing how firearms possession in a society isn't necessarily why it is or isn't safer, but there's still the problem of why we're so much worse and if our collective gun-lust is a cause or a symptom.
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 26, 2015, 01:34:14 AM
Brutal Doom v20 official trailer.

My Evil is infinite.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 25, 2015, 05:57:22 PM
Jokey Smurf there needs some weird contact lenses, too.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 25, 2015, 05:15:45 AM
Mad Max gameplay trailer.

Yeah, my inner 12-year-old just woke up and roared. Evil

edit: this might be a title that gets me to care about having a PS4/XBone.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 24, 2015, 01:36:42 AM
Trailer for a new Warhammer Fantasy title.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 22, 2015, 06:46:34 PM
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There's a very solemn man being addressed by Stick who bears a rather impressive set of scars.
I don't think that's IF, but probably someone related.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 21, 2015, 11:50:45 PM

It's good, too.

Fear's a big theme.
Everyone's afraid of "a name."
Or they're afraid of each other.

This is also how I figure the spectacular level of police corruption. It's not just greed and ambition, it's fear of the city that they feel like they barely control. Joining "the name" means being footsoldiers to a cause that they think they'll benefit from as sold to them by someone with an apparently messianic belief in his destiny as someone who'll "redeem" New York.
The various heroes all, above all else, have to challenge and conquer their own fear.
This being in a series who's protagonist was nick-named "The Man Without Fear" as well.

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39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 19, 2015, 04:15:51 PM
It's also made by the guys who made Magika, so, y'know, friendly fire is a feature, not a bug.

Saw that when rumors first came up, and I've gotten better about not letting idiot squaddies kill me.
I, thus far, have zero "accidentals" on my record, Cool, because I check my targets and watch the other 270' everyone else is facing away from.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Arbitrary RPG rant on: April 19, 2015, 04:13:12 PM
Yea.. but then you get to play the "Is the player ship OP?  We'll find out when the dice drop!" game.  I don't like that game.  Or.. vice versa.. "Oh.  I DID blow you to pieces in two shots.  Huh.  Bad guy was a little too high.  Wish I had creation rules."

OhgodIknowthat"fun." Lips Sealed

"I don't know, how would you really know how X would perform..?"

"Manuals? Peer reviews? Tech specs? Experience with similar displacement craft? Familiarity with the production team's other works/design family? Ability to carefully work out it's performance arc without risking everything on a "gee if I can't pull out of this dive I'm gonna die" moment?! Does the term Expertise mean anything!?"

Sure if it's a prototype than we're really throwing the dice, but otherwise you really can tell quite about a book by it's cover -if only because the cover will tell you something about who that story's expected to sell to, and by extension what that audience hopes to encounter.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 04:02:19 PM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

I chalk it up to fear and misguided reverence. Sometimes as a creator or IP holder you get become so convinced that your property is one thing that you fail to see it can be anything else. As an example of that to which I can personally speak, consider Legend of the Five Rings. It's taken AEG fifteen years to expand that game's voice and many would argue it's still a fairly narrow presentation.

You have no idea how hard I had to fight to get humor into Spycraft. the company's history and other properties did me no favors there.


I don't know that problem from the creator's angle, but I do step on toes (accidentally, of course) when arguing about themes and cultures in other people's campaigns.
I sincerely try to work within the lines where they're drawn, but sometimes there are campaigns like Arcanis. I have a "persistent" disagreement with it's designer about certain perpetual holes in the lore and his fondness for creating mysteries (which is fine), deciding to keep some of them mysteries (which is also fine), and retroactively changing some of the unveiled secrets (which ain't fuckin' cool at all Angry) for reasons that remain equally shadowed.
And it can be hard to have any kind of conversation when he tends to take criticism of his vision or methods personally.
Call me entitled but if your audience has been waiting more then a decade you're probably overdue to throw them a bone -if only one that has "be cool, there's a specific reason unrelated to anything but it's own importance" written on them.

Edit: I respect mysteries and secrets, but to me they're like those spectacular cakes on a cooking show: yeah they're genuine marvels of comestible engineering, but I also wanna eat dem sumbitches!
And don't tell me to make up my own answer! Bullshit! You're the author, you by default have a better answer then I do! Tongue
Especially given how little water fan-theories hold with other fans. Talk about a hostile audience, good luck finishing one of those arguments with "my interpretation is as good as canon, WoG said so." Tongue
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 06:43:40 AM
Character and virtue, while tested, will carry the day. And THAT is the timeless essence of Superman. That he'll have to work a little harder for his happy ending doesn't detract from that.

So it needs to be Superman's "The Winter Soldier?" Smiley

It's an interesting discussion 'twixt Krensky and yourself.

I recall with some clarity the sheer glee and joy of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies (flying! zooooom!) but I have no interest in revisiting them because Superman as a whole doesn't interest me.

He's an ideal without payoff. He's got no vulnerability. What's his lesson -"if you're born nearly omnipotent and minimally diligent you can achieve anything?"

I liked the death of Zod -that was sacrifice. That was paying some price for those ideals; that was putting a knife in the soft spot of the Man of Steel.

Also, is there some presumption of the sacred? Superman is a product. He has, or loses, tangible value.
If nobody likes him and his comics don't sell why does he deserve to continue? He's not a religious icon -though he could be.

Hmm. First Church of the Last Son?
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 19, 2015, 05:44:29 AM
As a fan of the Eldar I am equally entertained by either.
It's all Mon'Keigh house to me, man. Wink

I picked it up on PS3, and there is an issue that goes unremarked upon for a game that's mostly online multiplayer: you cannot split up.

It's up to 4 players on screen, the same one screen, all the time every time.

Much as I appreciate the sadistic appeal of making panicky, trigger-happy players crowd into the same tiny space (particularly when the Dreadnaughts come out and unskilled pilots bumble into each other, step upon dismounted characters, or try to all fire at a single target standing close behind one of them) it's a detraction of play quality for me. Splitting up and getting eaten one by one should be a viable "strategy" imo, and no just because I kind of like using a long gun and the recon drone to play Operator Inna Bushes Wit Da SKS instead of 3 Rambos and a Baby.

That said it's not bad at all.
Bring a team, a real team, and the ass-kick factor goes up quite a bit compared to ...this: the first time I died, ever, was when some "reinforcements" I hadn't asked for decided to show up and crush me with their "dynamic entry" drop pods mid-battle.
LIBERTY! Angry Wink
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 18, 2015, 05:54:41 AM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

No Joss Wheadon maybe?

I heard it put once that Marvel does characters and DC does archetypes, and this case is the problem manifesting that way.
Batman is so Batman that he creates a "Batfield" which distorts everything in his media to fit a grimy, shadowy echo of the world as he makes it.
Inside of it he's The Dark Knight, but outside of it he's a nihilistic sadist who beats up the poor and the crazy.

If Batman is larger than Life, is Bruce Wayne smaller than it?
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 17, 2015, 05:39:29 PM
So Helldivers looks awesome.
And apparently the echoing comment is "why isn't this a 40k game?"
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