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31  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?"
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 12:05:34 PM
On DC's side?

When they started listening Buckets of Blood guy and made Man of Steel.

On Marvel?

Not yet. * Crosses fingers.

33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 16, 2015, 10:12:13 PM
Darkest Dungeon story:
Chewing through the Warrens, Medium mission, Champion (level 5) difficulty.
Party starts to crap out from stress right off the bat.
Three fights in and my Crusader (Abusive) and Vestial (Despairing) are crazed by stress damage.
The next fight the Bounty Hunter goes (Selfish).
The next fight my Hellion snaps as well ...but rallies, becomes Stalwart, gains +10% Crit AND sheds 15 Stress every round!
Evil, because BAMF!

So here's the funny part.
It's the last fight and the Bounty Hunter keeps ranting that everyone's getting in his way, and he keeps moving forward to the front position.
That's not great, but not unmanageable.
So he takes a huge hit, drops to Death's Door, and at the start of his turn says, "one more toss of the dice!"
And not a second later dies from Bleeding damage.
Quoth the Hellion: "the Ancestors bless me!"

Dark Dung ftw. Cool
34  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: April 16, 2015, 06:46:11 PM
Let's have some Demotivation.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 16, 2015, 03:01:50 PM
"You have it, too."

Was he addressing an unseen person, or the audience? Was that Luke Skywalker narrating?

I'm ...unmoved. The last trilogy didn't suffer for a lack of jump-cuts and flashy footage; they weren't boring to look at.

I don't think I've seen anything yet.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 04:29:17 PM
Here's hoping for a sequel.
It was kind of dumb and kind of clunky, but loads of fun.

Yeah, you are a bit behind, ain't ya?

Various states of financial destitution and physical isolation have necessitated limiting my interests.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 13, 2015, 04:18:34 AM
Commando Teemo skin!
League of Legends isn't really my department; I'm just posting this to scoop Rus. Wink
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 04:09:15 AM
Finally caught Pacific Rim.

(click to show/hide)

More would be great.
Here's hoping for a sequel.
It was kind of dumb and kind of clunky, but loads of fun.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 12, 2015, 06:38:29 PM
Thanks lads. Smiley
I'm back on even keel, I'll be back in action here soon enough.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 09, 2015, 11:33:29 PM
Today sucked, tired of life, will give a fuck later.
The End.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 08, 2015, 03:24:05 PM
Eh, I'm only 3/4's BAB on a good day but I've driven everything from Manhattan to Miami with a stop in Portland and I can handle it -must be a Wheelman thing. Cool

That bragged I have zero doubts you could out-shoot me on any day with any gun and I'll pass on HtH lesson. Grin

Watch the actual traffic. The people racing recklessly along are in the drastic minority.
Frankly if someone gets busted for speeding and they start to bitch about cops wasting their time they should be reminded that troopers watch for speeders on their way to enforcing more important crimes or for indicators of smugglers -amazingly amateurs hauling weed by the bale and coke by the kilo have problems keeping cool and taking it low and slow. Roll Eyes

Ferguson's problems have nothing to do with laws, and everything to do with enforcement.

Gun control does curtail violent crime. That's a difficult to work out as looking overseas and noticing how the rest of the First World is doing for firearms homicides.

We're in the back of the pack on that one.
Like, behind Niger, Cuba, Iran, Egypt, Viet Nam, Bangaldesh, pre-chaos Syria (2010), Sierra Leone, Lybia, Serbia and Saudi Arabia -to choose from the more eye-catching names among the 108 in the lead.

Now those numbers aren't specifically for gun homicides but instead of listing the usual lineup of safer, happier, healthier, and wealthier places instead I choose to illustrate how places with far less control of anything are less dangerous places then the U.S. because we're ornery bastards and that we'd have to be some backwater like Latvia that has no other comparative positive qualities* to do that badly.

Ignore how not like the usual string of -lands and Olde World natios we are; look at our neighbors: if the world was a city we'd be on the side of tracks near the wood pulp plants and the shops with bars on the windows.
Amusingly the neighborhoods most characterized by suspicion of outsiders and hostility to authority, overcrowded schools, churches, liquor stores, pawn shops and... gun outlets.

*apologies to any and all Latvians in attendance.
It's a low blow, but look at it this way: if Latvia had the USA's wealth and influence it would probably be at least as safe and more likely far better. If the US had Latvia's wealth I can't even guess what it'd be like, but not good seems likely.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: April 06, 2015, 07:46:47 PM
Disney wants to bury and forget the X-Men.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 06, 2015, 06:52:45 PM
Unsurprisingly there's the usual battery of slander and outright lies coming out FOX News (I just heard "the talks are over and the US is giving Iran 130 billion not to nuke Israel"), so here's actual info about what the Iran Nuke talks are about.
As always, nothing is finalized 'til it's finalized.
^ I think that's mis-dated as being 1/2014.

The details are consistent:
Demands for reduced nuclear production and constant inspections in exchange for removal/reduction of sanctions and unfreezing some of the 4.2 billion in oil sales that've been denied to Iran thus far.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 06, 2015, 04:06:11 PM
Because it's a statement that informs the shape of our culture.

We have traffic laws. However sporadically enforced they influence us with the idea that there's an orderly, more-or-less efficient way to navigate by car. We think they're safer and, at least compared to the anecdotes of a friend navigating floods of tuk-tuks in Thailand, they seem to be.

That's curtailing Personal Liberty. That's an agreed upon societal good expressed as a limitation. Laws (should) reflect social Mores. That's Civil Rights movements are so critical, and so resisted. Changing law means enshrining changes to the society.

Throw on that pile anything involving holding a product up or service up to a standard of quality. The guy who made your car's seats wasn't allowed to use asbestos. He probably could do so, could so cheap, and could then also profit from advertising how much firesafe they are. And yet, no go.

And frankly, Personal Liberty is becoming trite.

"A flamethrower secures my personal liberty! 'Rolling Coal' is an expression of my personal freedoms! My religious liberty is contingent upon the free (from consequence) exercise of my beliefs!"

Well guess what. Cannabis clubs are filing for legal exemptions and the Wiccan Lobby, and there is one (claiming to be the nation's 5th largest religion), is pushing for their right to celebrate the solstice by dancing naked in the Indiana Capitol Building.

Personal liberty is inherently limited to begin with because of at the minimum variables in personal tastes. And their's the limitation of means. I could get licensed to own, buy and operate a minigun. "Good luck with those fees and approximately 1/2 million dollars for the weapon itself, Val!" Hey, there's a point.

Well before 3d Printers people could copy or design firearm schematics and manufacture their own. So why doesn't the Big Gov't leery fringe do that? I doubt anyone's tracking sales of sheet metal and steel piping. Make my own damn minigun. Just need to forge three, four, or six firing mechanisms and do some amazing welding.

Except, whoops, that still takes money I don't have and really requires skill I don't have either. If I had those things I still face the legal reality of doing something, several something, really illegal.

The whole idea of limitless personal liberty is a fallacy to begin with, and increasingly it's eroding itself with these witless battles over patently stupid expressions of itself.

Bans matter more then anything because they represent the last word on what's acceptable. So drug use is a problem? Do you think it's a good thing? Clearly not, but why? Do you have personal experience or know someone who does? If all that amounts to the negative, probably why you think that is because of the War on Drugs.

Which could be a complete, and I mean total, lie for all anyone knows. But society has decided otherwise, and that's what the ban means.

Frankly we can change any damn law we want if we can put the will together -the War on Drugs is starting to look like it might end.

There are two approaches to resolving anything:

1) the ends justify the means, and we all know this one pretty well.
Pretty much any terrifying gov't intrusion into someone's life is an expression of this approach.
Actual tyrannies love this philosophy because their ends is self-perpetuation, and that means anything goes.
Really this is a good benchmark: if the national leadership changes because of a vote, that's not a tyranny.

2) the means justify the ends.
This is how we operate day to day.
This is what law is.
This is why money has value, why we call firefighters when our house in on fire, this is how we buy groceries, this is the bones of the status quo.
Changing the means changes the ends. When the War on Drugs ends, a whole lot more shit's going to be legal. Going to be unpunishable -if your boss fires you for having pot in your piss, you can sue him for wrongful termination and you can win. You don't need a permission slip because it eases your PTSD, you don't have to explain yourself to him or anyone -the law is with you.

Having the law on your side is everything. Whole titanic paradigms shift like uneasy glaciers when bans begin or end.

"When flamethrowers are illegal only criminals will have flamethrowers." Great, let's do it. I don't really need to read about some kid barbecuing his sister because he lit up his dad's "Hellmaster 7000" and accidentally squeezed the ignition.

This'll probably be resolved state-by-state anyway. California has all kinds of good reasons related to it's epic droughts and forest-fires for banning flamethrowers. Texas? Not so much. Fine, Texans can have flamethrowers.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 05, 2015, 05:11:36 PM
... this helps establish his People of Tea/rightwing cred.
I actually see a number of analogies to free speech: the speech everyone agrees with doesn't need protection.  Likewise, the way folks live their lives shouldn't be up for debate.  If you aren't hurting me or mine, carry on.

Hey, common ground. Cool

Problem is of course what constitutes "harm."
I think flamethrowers should have restricted ownership. Some people see that as a fundamental reduction of their personal liberty.
I say harm is a mass-shooter in a theater who now has a flamethrower as well; they say harm is the possibility of not having free and legal access to flamethrowers etc etc etc.

In other news:

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology—and the Bush Administration’s Science Record

Just when you thought the man couldn't get more respectable. Cool
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