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#1110124
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Tyrphanax said:

McCain is one of those guys who I respect a lot because of what he’s done and what he’s been through, but who I also disagree with vehemently on a lot of things.

Unfortunately he has a long tradition of saying how awful something is, voting for it, and then continuing to say how awful it is, without skipping a beat. Pay no attention to the maverick mouth, just watch the votes.

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#1110044
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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ml80 said:

And lastly, wow, watching A New Hope tonight was like being reunited with a long lost loved one. Ha! Seriously I never once had that moment of being pulled out of it when I saw one of Lucas’ stupid add ins. And the colors and clarity are unreal. Can’t wait to watch Empire and dl Jedi.

Heh, as far as Despecialized goes, Star Wars is currently the warty stepsister of the three films. I have a feeling you’ll like what he’s done with the others!

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#1109914
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Not sure where you got 2.7, but lots of software players don’t handle the lossless DTS-MA tracks very well. A lossy AC3/Dolby Digital track is pretty universally playable. In my experience, VLC has no problems with multiple audio tracks, but that’s not on a Mac. You should simply be able to select one of the alternate AC3 tracks to see if it plays back without distortion. I suspect you got a remux – i.e. not the original files, probably extra compressed and put on a public torrent. Those are pretty common, because the real deal involves huge files that people generally don’t have the patience to download.

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#1109503
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Okay, so I’m a little surprised that Russia organized at least 17 pro-Trump rallies in Florida during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Not that they did it, but that it worked. Russia obviously wanted Trump elected and worked hard to achieve that goal – that’s never really been in question. But I was expecting the wave of Russian intelligence services-sponsored Facebook rallies to come crashing against the land-line demographic* of Trump supporters, like it did with the sparsely-attended event Russia organized in Idaho.

* I’m one of that demographic, BTW.

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#1109415
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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The Murkowski kickback has been found.

The Zombie TrumpCare 3.0 bill has section-by-section summaries describing what it does. However, none of the summaries mention this, which can only be found by reading the full bill text.

In 2026, every state would get almost exactly $4,400 per eligible person, except Alaska, which would get $6,500.

So the question is, does Murkowski think she can convince Alaskans that screwing them less than the rest of the country is a good thing? I guess that depends on if she had any input in this matter, or if this was added by leadership as a sweetener to try to win her vote. We’d only know the answer to that if she votes no.

TrumpCare iterations, by the numbers:

TrumpCare: 23 million lose coverage
Zombie TrumpCare: I forget, but not much different than original TrumpCare
Zombie TrumpCare 2.0: 16 million lose coverage
Zombie TrumpCare 3.0: 32 million lose coverage

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#1109340
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

Maybe he’ll bankrupt the GOP too.

This is an older story but an interesting one.

Another question is who will pay the legal fees for the president and administration officials involved in the Russia inquiries. Some in Trump’s orbit are pushing the Republican National Committee to bear the costs, said three people with knowledge of the situation, including one who euphemistically described the debate as a “robust discussion.”

Not sure if this was ever resolved, but he was at least trying to shift the costs to the RNC. Trump has left a trail of bankrupt organizations in his wake. What’s one more?

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#1109299
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Ryan McAvoy said:

TV’s Frink said:

Russia and Israel are obvious but I forget… is there a specific reason the Philippines seems to distrust Trump to a lesser degree that most countries? (of course they started at a higher level of approval)

The Philippines and Poland both have their own local Trump administrations, which are both managing more local support than our own Trump in spite of autocratic red flags all over the field. So when people in the Philippines hear bellicose dick-waving and absurd levels of disrespect for the basic foundations of democracy coming from the US, at least some of them announce they’ve already got one of those, and it’s very nice. Not listed: Turkey and Hungary, with the same issue.

I’m assuming Poland is a little more wary of Trump than the Philippines due to the Russia connection – not that their own government isn’t ironically even deeper into that business than our own. Also, Trump’s anti-China blather must be playing a lot better in the Philippines than his actual China performance, and I hate to say that his anti-Muslim blather probably helps him there a lot as well.

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#1109175
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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The Trump admin can’t even cook up its own biased studies properly. Even when they specifically asked HHS for a study showing how refugees harm America, HHS comes back with a study showing that they don’t.

Have they learned nothing from Nixon and Cheney? You need a Team B! Competitive studies from different groups! The team producing the results the administration likes best gets to keep their jobs! Let the invisible hand of the marketplace make the best science rise to the top!

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#1109047
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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suspiciouscoffee said:

Okay, a lot’s happened in the last week, so long story ahead.

Last sunday night I was going on one of my signature late-night, self-loathing, homophobic, text rants, but this one was to a friend who I hadn’t really talked to in years so he didn’t know how bad I was. He contacted my parents and told them about my self-image issues and my crippling fear of college, the future, and the suicidal thoughts that accompanied (I assume he didn’t mention my bisexuality because I haven’t been stoned to death yet). So they talked to me for a few hours on monday night, took me to the doctor wednesday morning, and now I’m on various medication (Prozac, a sleeping pill, and some other anxiety thing). I haven’t noticed much change yet, but now I’m worried about it because if I do start to hate myself less, then end up outing myself/end up living my life as a proud march into hell, then I’m worse off than I was before, if any of that makes sense (it does in my screwed up head, anyway).

Anyway, that’s the (short version of) the story of the last week or so.

IMO if you were even half-serious about suicidal thoughts, your friend made the right call. And if he didn’t out you to your parents, he made two difficult right calls in a row.

Keep this friend.

As for the medication, assuming your doctor knows what they’re doing; it’s honestly probably a good thing. Anxiety and depression can be crippling, and a little medication doesn’t solve your problems or change your personality so much as lift a little of the weight and let you start moving forward again. I wouldn’t worry about accidentally outing yourself on some happy pill overdose. Being in the closet is frequently not about self-loathing. It’s about self-preservation. You obviously value yourself enough already to know how to avoid a stoning, and I think valuing yourself more isn’t going to make you suddenly risk it.

And self-loathing ain’t such a bad gig. If you seem a decent fellow, the rest of the world will see your self-loathing as humility, and will infuriatingly love you more for it. And you seem a decent fellow.

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#1109044
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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It’s pretty common for the media to put way too much focus on intra-party criticism. Not because the criticism is any more valid or because the critic isn’t an absolutely horrible human being in his own right, but because it changes the dynamic of the day-in-day-out “talking point from both sides” news cycle – which, to be frank, is dull as hell. I’m honestly not sure it really rehabilitates the image of the critic, though. I don’t think there’s a person on Earth who doesn’t still think Joe Lieberman is an absolute tool. I doubt Spicer (or Yoo) will fare better.

But then along comes Kissinger to prove me wrong. Washed clean by the tongues of a thousand pundits 😕

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#1108937
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Warbler said:

Bingowings said:

Warbler said:

Bingowings said:

Ryan McAvoy said:

Warbler said:

As for a change in the Anthem, Jerusalem was mentioned, the only problem I see with that is that it is named after a city that is not in the UK. Jerusalem is in Israel. That is like America using an Anthem named “Paris”. It seems odd to me.

‘Jerusalem’ the poem (set to music) isn’t literally about the actual city of Jerusalem, it’s about England.

In fact it’s specifically about Jerusalem not being in England 😄 It’s a warning about not being complacent and too nationalistic and it’s sung frequently by people who are complacently nationalistic.

"The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during his unknown years.[2][3] The poem’s theme is linked to the Book of Revelation (3:12 and 21:2) describing a Second Coming, wherein Jesus establishes a New Jerusalem. The Christian church in general, and the English Church in particular, has long used Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven, a place of universal love and peace.[a]

In the most common interpretation of the poem, Blake implies that a visit by Jesus would briefly create heaven in England, in contrast to the “dark Satanic Mills” of the Industrial Revolution. Blake’s poem asks four questions rather than asserting the historical truth of Christ’s visit. Thus the poem merely implies that there may, or may not, have been a divine visit, when there was briefly heaven in England"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_did_those_feet_in_ancient_time

The poem clearly asks if Jesus walked in England. The answer being no. The point being that England is not particularly worthy of regard and has to strive to be worthy of a holy visitation. It is frequently sung by people who don’t get this really simple message.

So you disagree with wiki’s interpretation of the poem that I quoted?

Uh, yeah. As someone with more than passing familiarity with analysis of Blake’s works, I’d agree with Bingo that the wiki’s interpretation is wildly off the mark. You can fault the poem for its sentimentality and rose-tinted view of the past, but it never even pretends to put forth or support these strange religious theories, although it was likely inspired by them. The hypothetical future “Jerusalem” is created by the people of England returning to what they believe is good and right from the current “Satanic” industrial revolution – inspired by Christianity in their hearts certainly, but it is not built by the literal presence of Jesus in England. That’s never anything but metaphor in the poem.

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#1108419
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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Mike O said:

So, I have some mild good news. I bought a pill splitter and started cutting my Abilify and Klonopin in half and taking them with my Prozac. This has been somewhat helpful.

I’ve found some people are mysteriously much more sensitive to drugs than others. Consult with your doctor, but I’ve seen people cut the smallest available doses of psychoactive drugs into quarters with good results. Finding the right dosage for you sometimes involves trial and error – and again, consult with your doctor throughout this process.

This is the kind of thing I should be worried about more than my selfish, stupid bullshit.

IMO, from what you wrote, your level of worry about your grandfather seems higher than average. The fact that you have your own life to deal with doesn’t make you a worse person. It just makes you a person.

I secretly like sleeping more than I think that I should, because it’s my best respite from my mind and my problems.

Dealing with mental illness is exhausting. Some people have a much harder time getting a break from it than you. From that point of view, your ability to get a respite through sleep is fortunate. And at least to some degree healthy.

Sorry for the rambling. Just wanted to vent a little. Progress is a dangerous mistress. For all I’ve accomplished, I feel like there’s still so much further to go. And that’s not counting my REAL problems; being a 30 year-old virgin living with my parents working a dead-end job. I need to work on THAT too, and I’m desperately running from it.

I agree you don’t suffer from lack of things to worry about. But I suggest that you can trim the list a bit by trying not to worry so much about not being worried enough, and trying not to worry so much about enjoying escaping your worries 😉

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#1108361
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Legality, fan-edits, and more. Legality, fan-edits, and repercussions
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Some chipsets fail to upconvert 720p24 properly. My Oppo BDP-93 (Marvell Qdeo 88DE2750 chipset) used to upconvert to 1080p24, but then there was a firmware update to fix a colorspace bug and 720p24 now goes to 1080p60 just like yours. I’m afraid in my case the fix is a new player, since it’s long out of support. What’s more annoying to me is that the 480i NTSC decoding went to crap at the same time too, in a much worse way. So it’s very possible the hardware itself is at fault, but I don’t know your model specifically. If only HDMI supported 720p24, then you could just pass it as-is and let the display handle the upconversion. Argh.

Hey, I bought a set of TR47 discs from some guy something like 15 years ago now. I didn’t know either. Live and learn.

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#1108226
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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darth_ender said:

CatBus said:

darth_ender said:

I don’t see a way that a party in power could twist the laws to maintain minority rule. If I am wrong in my information, please correct me.

North Carolina has had a hell of a time with its general assembly district maps regularly having a heavily partisan bias. The current one that hasn’t been struck down yet is awful too. I can’t speak for all states, but my state legislature also periodically redraws its own district maps. Demographic change and population growth make that a necessity, and gerrymandering typically comes with the package.

So if the North Carolina general assembly chooses a Republican Senator and the voters prefer a Democrat, the voters have little recourse. As of the 2016 election, the current North Carolina gerrymander gives the GOP a 10% boost in terms of seats in the Assembly, so unless more than 60% of North Carolinians oppose, they really can’t do anything about it. And that’s with the gerrymander that wasn’t struck down as unconstitutional. And they’re always devising “better” maps, too.

Yes, that does mean there need to be gerrymanders of both state and federal districts to make this happen, but that’s already in place. It is not safe to assume state legislatures represent the will of the voters of the state, or that voters can simply vote them out if they do something the voters don’t like.

Only statewide offices can’t be gerrymandered. Governors, Attorneys General, Secretaries of State, US Senators, those sorts of offices. That’s it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering_in_the_United_States#Remedies

It seems reasonable to me that we can change the laws, such as having non-partisan commissions handle redistricting, which is how we do it in Arizona. It seems to better represent the will of the people and would negate that legitimate criticism of my argument of repealing the 17th Amendment.

Non-partisan commissions (technically bi-partisan commissions – if there’s ever a serious third-party challenge, both parties could still conspire to gerrymander them out of the equation) do seem to work pretty well as far as I’ve been able to tell. They’re not always problem-free (sometimes people can sneak things through that don’t look wrong superficially), but certainly MUCH better than the partisan redistricting used in most of the country. My state also has one, and the map we’re currently using has a slight Republican bias, but I think that’s only because the Democratic regions have had huge population growth since the last time the lines were drawn. The ten-year redistricting period is far too long IMO for high-growth regions.

A serious problem with the commissions is that they’re created by statute… so they can be disbanded by statute. If we’re going to do something to prevent gerrymandering, it should be at the level of a constitutional amendment. As it is, commissions suffer the same weakness as the Voting Rights Act. The courts can knock them down, and the legislature can simply get rid of them. In a place where one party controls the whole state government (most of the country), it’s just too easy to undo. As constitutional amendments, they would be protected. Considering the commissions are basically a way to ensure that the democratic process happens, I’m really not comfortable with one that can go away with a simple majority vote. So while I like my state’s redistricting commission, I do not think it’s adequate as the sole means of protecting the democratic process.

Assuming we had constitutionally-protected redistricting commissions in all of our states, I still don’t think I’d be on board with your plans for the 17th, but my hair wouldn’t stand up on end when you mention it, which I guess would be a start 😉

In related news, the Supreme Court just punted on Texas’s gerrymander, which means it will almost certainly be used in the 2018 Congressional elections.

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#1108207
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Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
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Next up on the list of subjects to ponder: SDH subtitles.

I’m pretty certain I want to expand these considerably, but there are lots of questions about exactly how I should do it. Initially – like in the 1.0 days – the only English subtitles were SDH subtitles, and I forked them a few revisions later. But the SDH subtitles are still pretty minimal – subtitling only the things that help the movie make sense, not necessarily adding much in the way of atmosphere. Remember how lame the medal ceremony would seem without the iconic musical score? Yeah, I don’t want that to be how the whole movie goes.

So we need to subtitle music. At the very least, we do an adjective, like “tense music”, “triumphant music”, “militaristic music”, etc. Maybe modifiers for loud, quiet, brass, vocals. The cantina music could definitely be called swing music since it’s basically Space Benny Goodman. Any other ideas? Putting music into text is hard. Should we do little music note symbols?

Should I stick with all caps? I like to differentiate non-verbal subtitles as much as possible, but maybe brackets are enough. Should I put spaces between the brackets and the text?

For other things, I guess it’s a matter of finding the best words to describe various Star Wars sounds. I’m still inclined to not subtitle things that are obvious. Such as when an explosion happens onscreen, I don’t really think we need to see [EXPLOSION]. But when Darth Vader breathes, I think it’s worth subtitling that because you really may not know it otherwise. For that I was thinking [MECHANICAL BREATHING] on his first appearance, and then [VADER BREATHES] for subsequent subtitles. And then [VADER WHEEZES] and so on for variations.

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#1108165
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Apparently there are now at least two photoshopped images of Trump assisting Hurricane rescue efforts making their rounds among groups of Trump supporters on Facebook. One features him rescuing two cats, but you can tell it’s fake because his thumbs are too long (among other things). As satire, I suppose they’d be fine, but they appear to be taken seriously. The Pizzagate crowd still needs to be fed, I suppose.

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