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#1248975
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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TV’s Frink said:

I mean either way, it’s no wonder we can’t win shit in elections. We eat our own over things like this.

You’ve summed up the entirety of the modern left and its identity politics platform in two sentences.

Democrats would have to run an as-yet-unnamed rock star in 2020 for me to give them my vote. Hillary was the last pity vote they’re getting from me. They need another beating at the ballot box and some more soul-searching.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/10/15/warren-addresses-native-american-issue/YEUaGzsefB0gPBe2AbmSVO/story.html

But the generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.

[Trump] also offered to provide $1 million to her charity of choice if she takes the test.

Trump should call her bluff and donate $15,625 to her favorite charity and tell her he’s giving her the benefit of the doubt at 1/64th if he really wants to humiliate her.

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#1248261
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Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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screams in the void said:

nah , that’s confirmation bias . we could play this game all day , but as the owner of the site , you have the upper hand

How is it confirmation bias? The guy who got fired because his employer felt his shenanigans weren’t worth the hassle was totally fine with the same thing happening to someone else because their beliefs are different.

I’ll just pretend you never said the second part because it’s become a regular observation without any merit. Despite some contentious debates, nobody on this forum has ever received unfair treatment because I had a disagreement with them. I think this discussion has been pretty civil so far, so I’m not sure why that would come up again.

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#1248255
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Video Game Thread
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Possessed said:

If you enjoy the nes ones there is something wrong with you. The snes one is moderately kick ass though.

My favorite is Bloodlines on Genesis. Great combination of controls, graphics, and music.

Edit: I forgot about Dracula X on PC Engine CD. Probably the best all-around, but Bloodlines is still really good.

The SNES version is ugly (which is shocking) and less enjoyable than the NES games in my opinion.

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#1248249
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Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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screams in the void said:

and I know they dont “silence” anyone , as there are other platforms out there for them to speak , I was more referring to the likes of Alex Jones etc who have claimed they are being silenced or “shadow banned” whatever the fuck that means. so it IS a 2 way street

Alex Jones is a different situation. He had no direct association with the companies that banned him from their platforms (Apple, YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify, all on the same day). He was censored, not fired. Wendig’s situation is in no way comparable.

If Wendig finds himself unable to communicate on those platforms in the future, then it’ll be the same situation and I’ll back him 100%. You shouldn’t be banned from a social media platform for having ideas that some consider offensive.

DominicCobb said:

Jay said:

DominicCobb said:

Jay said:

DominicCobb said:

Jay, I’m surprised you support this firing, considering what you’ve said in the past.

I don’t. People shouldn’t be fired over their politics or things they say on social media.

I see. Just wondered because your post seemed to suggest an implicit agreement with the justification for the firing.

As for the firing potentially being because of the diminishing returns of his work, I’d be surprised if that was the case, as the series he was taken off of was announced pretty recently (maybe even within this past week), so the other reasons are more likely true.

Also, I’m pretty sure hiring/firing is the domain of the publisher not LFL, though I’m sure they have some sway.

Maybe I’m confused, but I was under the impression that Wendig has been writing comics at Marvel for a while.

From what I understand, he’s primarily a novel writer who’s done a few jobs for Marvel (the TFA adaptation, probably a couple other things I’m unaware of), but he’s not like a staff writer or anything. The series he got fired off of was a miniseries to be written entirely by him that was just announced last week. Point being I don’t think they would have put him on a new miniseries only to yank him off immediately after if his work itself was a problem. They just wouldn’t have put him on at all.

Agreed. It’s more likely the cause of his problems is his writing on social media rather than his paid gigs.

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#1248245
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Warbler said:

There is a lot more that makes him different from the average politician.

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

Jay said:
It’s only Trump’s delivery that makes him different.

Really?!

Within the scope of how he uses rhetoric to get what he wants, yes. There are things outside his rhetoric that make him different, but within the context of lying for political gain, I don’t see how he’s all that different from what’s come before besides his chosen delivery.

He’s described in private conversations as exceedingly polite, even meek. Doesn’t fit at all with the portrayal of him being a monster and implies his public persona is what he feels it needs to be to accomplish his goals.

Warbler said:

Jay said:

Warbler said:

Jay said:

After reading Trump’s op-ed and the rebuttal, I don’t see how his lies are worse than any other politician’s. Seems to me that people base the lies they’ll accept on their opinion of the liar. If they like the liar and agree with their overall position, they’ll gladly accept the lie.

Perhaps, but Trump does lie, a lot.

Absolutely he does. It’s second nature to him. I think he places more value on results than honesty.

That’s really just another way of saying that he lies for what he perceives to be the greater good, which is why many politicians lie.

The problem is, what a politician might perceive to be the greater good, isn’t necessarily the greater good. Also I am not sure Trump cares for the greater good as much as cares about himself and $$$.

Agreed.

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#1248207
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Warbler said:

Jay said:

After reading Trump’s op-ed and the rebuttal, I don’t see how his lies are worse than any other politician’s. Seems to me that people base the lies they’ll accept on their opinion of the liar. If they like the liar and agree with their overall position, they’ll gladly accept the lie.

Perhaps, but Trump does lie, a lot.

Absolutely he does. It’s second nature to him. I think he places more value on results than honesty.

That’s really just another way of saying that he lies for what he perceives to be the greater good, which is why many politicians lie. They have what they think is a worthy goal and they stretch the truth (or tell outright lies) in order to achieve that goal. It’s only Trump’s delivery that makes him different.

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#1248204
Topic
Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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DominicCobb said:

Jay said:

DominicCobb said:

Jay, I’m surprised you support this firing, considering what you’ve said in the past.

I don’t. People shouldn’t be fired over their politics or things they say on social media.

I see. Just wondered because your post seemed to suggest an implicit agreement with the justification for the firing.

As for the firing potentially being because of the diminishing returns of his work, I’d be surprised if that was the case, as the series he was taken off of was announced pretty recently (maybe even within this past week), so the other reasons are more likely true.

Also, I’m pretty sure hiring/firing is the domain of the publisher not LFL, though I’m sure they have some sway.

Maybe I’m confused, but I was under the impression that Wendig has been writing comics at Marvel for a while.

I don’t think he should’ve been fired for his opinions, but if his employer is under the impression that his social media antics have cost or will cost them sales, then I don’t blame them for making a business decision. You take that risk when you know you represent your employer in all your actions and decide to say something polarizing in a public forum. If Wendig had said something off the cuff during an interview, no big deal, but he’s very active on Twitter and really good at riling people up.

SilverWook said:

A comic book writer is probably more obscure to the general public than most film directors. Who really cares about his political views? He’s not putting them into the comics? I’m sure Stan Lee probably has opinions I might not agree with, but I probably wouldn’t have known or cared when I was a kid.
And apparently being a comic fan sucks now from all this toxic online B.S., too. 😕

You’re getting one side of the story from sites like Gizmodo. Most of these article writers know little, if anything, about the communities and industries they cover and tend to adopt whatever position aligns with their personal politics.

Like it or not, if you blast half your fans on social media (which is what you’re doing when you go hard left or hard right and insult those whose opinions differ from yours), they tend to get upset, which makes you a liability to your employer.

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#1248192
Topic
Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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screams in the void said:

I am waiting to hear a statement from Marvel or Disney on this , but I have seen a lot of vitriol thrown this guys way …and frankly , I think the current Marvel Star Wars comics suck monkey balls , I loved The Last Jedi , but their adaptation of it looks like a fucking 3 year old drew it .They are also driving the character of Vader into the ground . If you want to talk about over exposure , that is the worst offender I have seen . The original Marvel Star Wars had more heart and imagination than the current line up will ever have,talking green rabbit and all , and they knew to keep Vader as a lurking threat in the background so that when he did show up , it had more gravitas . It also goes to show that companies silencing voices is not just directed at conservatives , it happens on both sides of the fence …https://io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars-writer-chuck-wendig-claims-marvel-fired-him-f-1829718822

Companies don’t “silence voices” of employees. They fire people who blab a lot on Twitter about their politics while using their exposure and status to take shots at those who don’t agree with them. Wendig is still free to use his fame to promote his politics; he just can’t do it from the lofty position Marvel and Disney offered.

Wendig has been acting like an ass for a long time and now he’s playing the victim because it finally caught up with him. If he’d stuck to writing and used his popularity to promote his product rather than his political views, he’d still have a job. At some point, being obnoxious on social media makes you a liability to your employer.

Of course, my assumption is that it’s his mouth that got him in trouble. It could be that his comics suck and Comicsgate makes a convenient scapegoat when nobody is buying your product.

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#1248171
Topic
Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Shopping Maul said:

On the flipside Conan the Barbarian '82 was often written off as garbage in the media, and my schoolmates all thought it was boring and much preferred knock-offs like ‘The Beastmaster’. However over time CTB has been hailed as a giant in the genre, so I do see how this can happen.

Hey now, don’t go knocking Beastmaster. That’s a Sunday-afternoon-TV favorite from my childhood 😉

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#1248164
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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flametitan said:

WTF USA Today?

I mean, I guess they just wanted the ad revenue from having both the op-ed and the rebuttal. Or the Op-Ed process is looser than I thought. Still doesn’t sit right to have a sitting president write an op-ed to slam his political opponents.

The fact check was posted almost a day and a half after the op-ed. Perfectly reasonable that FactCheck.org read the piece and asked to rebut (it was plenty of time for 3 people to write the rebuttal) rather than it being a coordinated release. Either way, I don’t see why it’s a problem. Presidential op-eds are nothing new.

TV’s Frink said:

If you have to post a fact check rebuttal that is way longer than the “opinion” piece, maybe don’t run the opinion piece in the first place.

Rebuttals are usually longer than the original piece because they often address one-off statements made in the original piece with lengthy responses.

TV’s Frink said:

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

I don’t see the objection to USAT including both. Running the president’s claims is simply reporting what an important, powerful figure is doing.

No, that’s giving him another platform he doesn’t need to spew his lies. That’s different that reporting on what he’s doing.

After reading Trump’s op-ed and the rebuttal, I don’t see how his lies are worse than any other politician’s. Seems to me that people base the lies they’ll accept on their opinion of the liar. If they like the liar and agree with their overall position, they’ll gladly accept the lie.

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

After reading Trump’s claims, I’m even more amazed anyone would vote for him. It should be totally laughable to anyone with even a modicum of intelligence.

Have you read this thread?

Is there anyone here who voted for or plans to vote for Trump? I wouldn’t blame them for keeping quiet given the vitriol they’d receive, but I don’t think one person has said they did or would.

What opinions expressed in this thread make you think that the authors are Trump supporters? So far, it appears that any idea that isn’t explicitly left-leaning qualifies one for the far-right label.

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#1247516
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Doctor Who
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Handman said:

Now is the perfect time to get back into it! You can just skip the parts you missed and continue with this new Doctor, the new showrunner won’t be referencing anything from the Matt Smith/Capaldi years.

If that’s confirmed, then it sounds like a great time to try again. I think I’ll marathon Eccleston’s series to get back into the spirit first.

Handman said:

Tennant gets better. I never particularly cared for him with Rose, but he’s great with Donna (Series 4).

I liked Rose, but she was a much better fit with Eccleston than Tennant. I couldn’t stand Donna at first, but I agree that her arc became the highlight of Tennant’s tenure in the end.

Mrebo said:

The show has been so terribly flawed, repeatedly, and yet so many people, including myself, try to like it. Strange phenomenon.

Every time I’d just about given up on the show, a great episode would appear and convince me to give it another chance. I can’t think of another show with which I’ve had such a love/hate relationship. I so desperately want to like it.

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#1247483
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Doctor Who
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ChainsawAsh said:

I actually remembered Eccleston’s season as being a mixed bag until I rewatched it before the 50th.

It’s actually very consistent, more so than perhaps any other season of the show. The farting aliens episodes are actually really good with the sole exception of the…well…farting aliens.

I started with Eccleston and watched up until Matt Smith’s second series I think, at which point I lost interest. I keep telling myself I’ll pick it up again and finish, but it’s probably been almost 2 years now and I’ve forgotten practically everything.

Eccleston was my favorite and I think my disappointment at not getting a second series from him tainted my mood for everything that came after.

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#1246861
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

So once again, you’ve fallen flat on your face in your attempt to put words in my mouth. Try again. Keep trying. Better luck next time. I’m sure you’ll fail just as hard the next time, but I wish you luck anyway. Please continue to lie compulsively about what I think in order to turn me into a caricature of the SJW “everybody is racist” types that your rightwing Youtube buddies have taught you to argue against. It’s, to quote our president, “SAD!”

You’ve already demonstrated that what you think and what you say are two different things, mostly from fooling yourself I’m guessing, but also because you’re actively trying not to sound irrational and backpedaling once you realize you sound fringe, so it’s really your own reputation you should be worried about and not mine. I know it won’t be long before you share another illogical rant about how people are terrible, we’re all terrible, humanity is a disaster, all right-wingers need to disappear, etc. I mean it’s just looney.

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#1246857
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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dahmage said:

DominicCobb said:

There’s pretty much no point to 8k.

Talk to me in 5 years.

He’s kind of right in that it’ll make zero difference for anything shot on less than an 8K camera, even for most film-based content. Also, hardly anybody can see pixel structure with 4K displays at normal viewing distances, so adding more pixels isn’t going to improve the experience in a meaningful way for most people. 4K already gave us the most noticeable improvements with HDR, a wider color gamut, and higher frame rates.

I have a 27" 5K monitor and I have to put my eyes within a few inches of the screen to make out even the faintest pixel structure. At about 20" away, which is my normal viewing/working distance and where the screen takes up a significant portion of my field of vision (like sitting close at the theater, but not too close), there’s no discernible pixel structure at all.

I’d be willing to bet that a 4K HDR recording of a front-seat roller coaster ride at 120fps on a large screen would be enough to cause motion sickness and vomiting in many people. How much more realistic does it need to be?

I say this as an avid A/V enthusiast.

Back on topic: I still haven’t seen STD and won’t buy it on disc, but I’d gladly add DS9 in HD to my collection, right alongside my TNG and TOS Blu-rays.

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#1246845
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

Jay said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Jay said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Jay said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Jay said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Jay said:

Besides, it’s my experience that most people overestimate their own intelligence and don’t realize a minimum IQ would exclude them. They take an “IQ test” they found on Facebook and it tells them they’re a genius, after which they like and share a post made by a Russian bot about Hillary and pizzerias or Trump and Nazis.

That’s a false equivalence. Trump’s emboldening of neoNazis is not just as ludicrous as Pizzagate conspiracies. Nice false equivalence. You almost got away with it, but alas, nope.

My goal wasn’t to make a direct comparison, but to demonstrate that Russian disinformation tactics rely on lack of intelligence and critical thinking ability to rile up their target. Neo-Nazis being emboldened by Trump is a real thing; Trump supporting Nazis isn’t, but that’s what less intelligent liberals buy into. Keep trying.

Trump’s refusal to condemn neoNazis or disavow their support is arguably supportive of Nazis. It definitely legitimizes their cause.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmaZR8E12bs&feature=youtu.be

Roughly the 2-minute mark is what you’re looking for.

It’s a weak and pathetic offhand comment made only to defend the merits if the Unite the Right rally, which was organized by neoNazis.

You: “He never denounced them.”

Me: “Yes he did, see here.”

You: “It wasn’t enough.”

Decent attempt at moving the goalpost. Try again, though.

Look, stealing someone’s schtick only makes you look embarrassing, especially when you use the “try again” thing when I was actually right. Try again, for fuck’s sake.

Keep deflecting.

Try again.

You know you’re an embarrassment when you’re more immature than even I am.

Why take anything you post seriously then? Why respond in a serious manner?

Everyone should remember the next time that they engage in a debate with you that your tactics will be immature and not worthy of a response.

Just admit that you believe Trump is a Nazi sympathizer, his supporters are morons, and nothing he ever says will be enough to convince you otherwise. That would be more respectable than pretending his words matter.

He didn’t condemn them. He said they “should be condemned” and then proceeded to defend their rally without actually condemning them and their rally or denouncing their support of him.

Semantics. You’re playing grammar games for the sake of proving your point, because…

I do think he’s a Nazi sympathizer and I think his supporters are morons

Thanks for finally admitting it. You’ve dodged it for pages and pages of posts, so it’s nice that you’re being genuine for once.

Finally admitting it? I’ve felt that way for a long time. I haven’t been pretending. I’ve always thought Trump’s supporters were morons. I don’t think that all of his voters are bad or stupid. I explained the distinction I make between Trump voters and supporters a while ago.

You only draw this distinction between Trump’s “supporters” and Trump’s “voters” so you can continue to use labels like racist, moron, etc. in your rhetoric and then retreat behind “I know they’re not all like that” when you want to appear magnanimous.

Can you put a number to it? How many of the 60+ million Trump voters are racist morons? You clearly feel Trump wouldn’t hold the office without the support of racist morons, so the number must be relatively high.