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Tyrphanax

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#1054688
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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CatBus said:

Well, we do have a nod-and-wink economy, and that’s a genuine problem. Huge sectors of our economy rely heavily on undocumented labor precisely because they’re undocumented. Undocumented means various legal protections afforded to documented immigrants are more flexible–wages, leave, insurance, workplace safety. Do they report abuses? Pfft, no. Immigrants come here undocumented because there’s a demand for exactly that. If they had legal status, the under-the-table economy wouldn’t want them nearly as much.

Like the drug war, the problem needs to be addressed at the demand side. It’s not a choice between undocumented on one side and documented labor on the other. It’s a choice between livable wages and decent workplaces on one side and cheap food and labor on the other. We’ve chosen the latter, via a two-tier economy, one for us, one for them.

Ding ding ding.

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#1054350
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What's So Bad About California?
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I make fun of California because they send all their crappy drivers over here to stink up the roads.

But to be totally fair, I’ve always enjoyed my time there and will likely eventually end up living there myself in the near future.

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#1054346
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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I hear ya bro. I’m the same way when it comes to breakups.

What I said with regards to Darth Rush applies here as well: keep moving forward and use the opportunity to develop your hobbies and personal interests and sense of self. Hang in there, man!

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#1054306
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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DominicCobb said:

10 years after Star Wars, the film Witches of Eastwick was released. What do those two have in common? Musical scores by John Williams. Believe it or not, Cher was the star of that film, which, of course, makes her the most obvious candidate to do a review of the original Star Wars in its unaltered form before its 4K UHD HDR 3D Blu-ray Digital VR release.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. But wouldn’t Cher be under an NDA? Well no, because REMEMBER she won an Oscar in 88 for Moonstruck, and, after last Sunday’s Best Picture kerfuffle with Moonlight, the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers, being in some deep shit, nullified all legal contracts. WHICH MEANS Cher’s NDA is up, but, she still needs to save face with Lucasfilm OBVIOUSLY because of her upcoming Sy Snootles anthology film (keep up, won’t you?).

So then how do we know all of this? HELLO of course she still wants fans to know what’s up, so she’s been sending coded signals for months via her Twitter account.

Just look at this tweet from February 2 (https://twitter.com/cher/status/827226043467456513):

FYI ARENA IS AMAZING.SO 🌬❄️
Rehearsed on Stage,Sang,Danced. I’m still Somewhat of a clod. New opening costume…You’ll need smelling salts 🤣

Okay let’s break this down. So we all know that “Arena” is referring to Season 1 Episode 18 of the original Star Trek. That’s not a coincidence. Notice how the word “original” is very similar to the word “original” in “original trilogy,” or how the word “Star” is very similar to the word “star” in “Star Wars.” Fascinating, right? She then says “Rehearsed on Stage,Sang,Danced.” I don’t know what that means. But THEN she says “I’m still Somewhat of a clod.” the word “still” meaning the same - as in same as in the 70s - and notice the capitalized “S” as in the capitalized “S” in “SE” which stands for “Special Edition”! The rest of the tweet of course refers to the new packaging and smellovision feature.

Now, stick with me here, because this one’s a doozy. On March 4, she tweeted this (https://twitter.com/cher/status/838273936848670720):

WATCHING 1ST STAR WARS IN THEATRE.SPECIAL EFFECTS OLD,BUT ❤️IT.REMINDS ME OF 1st TIME. HANS,CHEWY,LUKE,OLD BEN,
👑LEIA,DARTH VADER,HYPERSPACE

Don’t let the caps lock distract you, she specifically mentions the words “watching” and “old.” Put these two words together - “watching old.” Watching old what Cher? Could it be an old movie? Could it maybe even be gasp Star Wars?

I guess we’ll all find out when she shows up at Celebration.

POTY

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#1054244
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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DominicCobb said:

For a while the good memories will hurt more than the bad ones. It’s okay to push them aside for now. The pain will probably last longer than you’d wish but it will pass eventually. It’s at that point that you’ll be able to be grateful for those good memories. Again, it’s okay to hate them now, but things won’t always be so bad. Time and distance is a good healer.

Yup. Even the deep cuts scar over.

I never thought it would happen to me, but hey, it did.

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#1053938
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STAR WARS: REBELS - New animated series
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DominicCobb said:

I think it’s funny how Kevin Kiner keeps ripping on JW’s other work. In the past we’ve gotten plays on themes from Raiders, Jaws, E.T., and probably a couple more I missed/forgot. This week there was some Jurassic Park.

I don’t really mind it.

Yeah, I kinda love it honestly.

Hera’s line about not moving was lifted right out of… one of those Jurassic Park movies, too.

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#1053898
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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DominicCobb said:

CatBus said:

Warbler said:

Everyone who is registered as a Democrat went to polls and voted for which Democrat they wanted to represent the Democratic party in the General Election.

Out west, things get murkier. At least in my state, you don’t register as a member of a particular party at all, so technically everyone in the state is an independent. At primary time, you basically decide right on the spot which party’s primary you’d like to influence this year and choose that ballot (or attend that caucus, or both because yes we’re weird that way). It’s not quite an open primary, but we love open primaries out here and it’s the closest we can get to that ideal without the parties suing the crap out of the state. The parties claim they can restrict primary access to their own members; the public reminds the parties who’s paying for these elections in the first place, and a tense standoff is maintained.

Now some of that independence is obviously fictional. We have more self-reported independents (as opposed to the meaningless registration numbers) than most states, but lots of those are leftists who are choosing between third parties and Democrats, and rightists choosing between third parties and Republicans. The percentage actually choosing between Democrats and Republicans probably isn’t that different than other states, although we do have a lot of ticket-splitters, and we were one of the last refuges of the fabled liberal Republicans before they went extinct (or more accurately became Democrats).

We also have a long history of messing with the primaries of other parties. Since the primaries are occasionally just formalities with a single plausible candidate, and you can choose at the last minute which primary to vote in, people often talk about crossing over to the other side to vote for the weakest/craziest candidate on the other side, to improve their own party’s chances. However, that sort of talk has lately fallen out of fashion since it makes the situation a lot more dire when your party loses. Now people talk about crossing over to vote for someone they could stomach, if not vote for, which I guess is moderation coming back into fashion.

I’m registered independent in MA and it’s the similar for me, pick which ballot you want when you show up. Haven’t done the “vote on the other side” thing though.

Ditto in Arizona. Registered Independent and can choose which primary to vote in.

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#1053891
Topic
Video Game Thread
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Been playing Ghost Recon: Wildlands since it dropped yesterday. It’s a lot of fun. Kinda Metal Gear Solid V lite mixed with GTA in the Tom Clancy universe.

Not one of their best stories and it needs some patching to really solidify it, but it’s a lot of fun.

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#1053882
Topic
What Have You Been Eating?
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Aglio e Olio is fantastic and takes literally no skill to put together.

I’ve been cooking a lot lately. It’s been nice to get back into the swing after a long time of weirdness in my life that led me to do a lot of nothing.

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#1053881
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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suspiciouscoffee said:

Tyrphanax said:

A bit late to the party, but the kicking off of the What If arc is the best episode of AoS so far in my opinion. I have so many questions and I’m super jazzed to see where they take it. Fantastic quality.

Spoilers

But if I have to sit through ANOTHER DAMN SEASON OF GRANT WARD I WILL SCREAM.

Not sure about best, but definitely up there. I’d have to rewatch that episode from last(?) season that’s all about Jemma’s stay on that blue planet, which has been my favorite since it aired.

As for your double-quoted spoiler, I agree wholeheartedly.

I’ve actually heard that a lot about the Blue Planet episodes. Those were really good, but just didn’t stick with me as well as this latest one.

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#1053880
Topic
The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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Mike O said:

Warbler said:

Sorry to hear that, Mike. I wish I could give you some good advice, but this is out of my area of expertise. Maybe you should talk to your Dad’s doctor again, maybe your medications need adjusting. Have you seen the psychiatrist yet? If so, tell him that you feel you are backsliding. If not, maybe it is time to me with him. Keep in mind this is coming from someone that has little knowledge of what he is talking about. I hope and pray you get better.

I’m trying to see my dad’s doctor, but he’s hard to get a hold of. He’s only contactable by Dad or phone and has a secretary and no answering machine. My father pointed out that I should probably look into getting a new one who’s educational minds more with the age of computers, and with whom I’m a little bit more compatible. Oh, and my dad has hernia surgery tomorrow, my brother’s girlfriend’s father is in stage one of pancreatic cancer, and is going to start chemotherapy on St. Patrick’s Day. I had a breakdown in front of my crucifix yesterday and started sobbing. And I came home from work to that wasn’t too bad, only to indulge in considerable compulsions, and the associated inexplicable guilt, anger, anxiety, depression, and circular obsessiveness that I cannot control.

Hang in there Mike. Keep looking for a psychiatrist, and keep on pushing forward man.

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