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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:42:12 AM »
I wonder if these people feel sick to their stomachs anytime they use roads.

No, they even have a way to rationalize it. Basically, they can go wherever they want and follow their own rules because they're their own country, but because the don't recognize the sovereignty of states or anyone but other freemen, they can use the roads at their leisure because nobody can legally stop them.

They also tend to universally not pay taxes, so I think they probably consider using public services a way of sticking it to the man.

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:58:58 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ldcx_vswa4o#t=480s Go to 8:00. "You guys are really overstepping your bounds right now."

This guy is such a dork. Apparently, he considers himself a 'freeman', which is an actual movement (mostly in, surprise, New Hampshire) of people who walk around claiming that law is purely contractual and as they never agreed to any of these laws they are free to follow them or not as they please. When he repeatedly says that "I'm not a person", the idea is that as long as he does not allow himself to be defined by legal terms like Person he is free from obligation to follow the law. They also treat the laws they choose to follow as entirely black and white. I've seen more than a few videos from so-called freemen where they react like toddlers when they get pulled over or stopped for open carrying.

This, of course, is entirely goddamn crazy. I am pretty much 100% sure this is the kind of guy who listens to Alex Jones, has infowars set as his homepage and gets really mad whenever some cop walks or drives past him.

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: GOP Will Eat Itself
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:30:46 PM »
Yes, guys, continue to move farther to the right. That is sure to solve your ongoing demographics problem.

Women voters? Who gives a fuck. They're too busy cooking me a roast to vote, am I right guys?

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Iythian Reaches / Re: State of the Game
« on: October 23, 2012, 12:54:13 PM »
Also yeah Joxam, if I didn't have that character creator thing to walk me through levelling up I honestly have no clue what I would even be doing with myself.

This is what made me quit playing my first player in this game and why I am personally done with 4e. It's too goddamn time consuming and confusing to level up a 4e character in paragon+ because you have to worry about power/feat swapping and gated feats and powers. The game is really at it's best in terms of simplicity in the heroic tier. I can't even imagine how much of a clusterfuck the game is at epic+


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Barack Obama spent 90 minutes murdering a man on live television tonight.

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Real Life / Re: Your Job: The Movie
« on: October 18, 2012, 01:04:18 PM »
From a meeting today.

"So these fraud guys are roaming in Yugoslavia"
"Okay and... wait... Yugoslavia?"
"Yeah, Yugoslavia. So the usage-"
"Uh, hold on. Yugoslavia."
"Yeah, I... ohhhh right."
"Yeah, it's been a little while since YUGOSLAVIA was a country, man."
"Ahaha, yeah, that's just what it says in AS400."
"Marshal Tito must be behind it!"
"THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM EAST GERMANY!"

I guess when you still rely on a program that was made in 1988 a lot of information isn't going to be accurate.

What I'm saying is can we please stop using as/400

fuck

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Project Eternity
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:21:45 PM »
The graphical style of Arcanum is off putting to me for the same reason the graphical style to Torment is. I played the shit out of Torment but it was very hard to get into. Arcanum, I've never gotten past the first town. Maybe I'll do it this month sometime.

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http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-72912891/

Ryan barges into a soup kitchen without permission, pretends to be working for the cameras, and potentially fucks up the place's funding just by being there.

I should be outraged or at least disappointed but, honestly, it's just too damned funny.

Paul Ryan strikes me as a really mean guy. They get him in interviews and catch him off guard and he goes from being cheery and approachable little Paul to being a big prick really fast, and I can't help but think from things like this that that's his real persona - he's just an uncaring, mean little asshole, possibly somewhat sociopathic, and what we see on TV is all part of the huge puppet show he puts on to convince the world that they're not electing the kind of guy who thinks A Modest Proposal wasn't satire.

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Gawkblocker
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:43:07 PM »
Yeah, I don't think there's really much danger of a huge outpouring of sympathy for Brutsch here.  I'm not sure how this gives the perverts a way to weasel around being held responsible for their actions, except to let Violentacrez take the heat while they lay low for awhile.

...the reason I haven't threadsplit yet is that I haven't come up with a good thread name.  Suggestions?

Actually, Reddit has been pouring the sympathy on Violentacrez and his cohort, Potato_in_my_anus pretty much nonstop for the last week, right down to a huge amount of reddit's prominent subreddits banning Gawker links. While they are claiming the high ground of free speech and 'doxxing isn't right!' they did this same fucking thing when Reddit banned the child porn boards earlier this year. There is a huge number of pedophile and pervert apologists on Reddit and most of the protesting is about defending the right to be a creep.

Invading somebody's privacy is indefensible, sure, but if Creepshots hadn't been forcibly closed and it's moderators all banned, I don't think Reddit would have had half the outrage about this that they are now, if only because of a prior history of being a terrible community.

I wonder how public perception of Reddit is changing because of this. If I were an accurate barometer of public opinion (which I'm clearly not), it would seem like Reddit looks like a bunch of hypocritical babies as they attempt to censor any attempt to point out all the sexual predators they love to defend.

There's a reason that Creepshots got shut down and that Violentacrez and Potato_in_my_anus got banned- it's not because Reddit doesn't support pedophilia and the invasion of teenage girls' privacy. (BTW: almost all of creepshots was underage girls, just saying  :whoops:), it's because Reddit's bottom line is affected when embarrassing stories reach public perception. The "jailbait" (in some cases, actual child pornography) boards didn't get shut down until Anderson Cooper did a story about them, and then suddenly Reddit was taking the moral high ground with a series of sweeping policy changes. Reddit's administration is insanely uptight about the public perception of the site, but I can't help but wonder if maybe the administrators weren't a bunch of creeps with weird porn habits, they'd never have to scramble to remove these Subreddits whenever somebody finds out about them.


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High-Context Discourse / Re: DIRTY SANTA '12: PARTYING ON
« on: October 14, 2012, 03:19:03 AM »
For the first christmas in the last five years I am employed, not moving, and not saving money to move, so I am in in to win it for 2012.

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: October 11, 2012, 05:39:14 AM »
My big question is did the authorities spend five months trying to politely tell the sorta-protestors to move their shit, or did they specifically decide to sit by watching while people did actual work until the optimal time to move in and take a big shit on their effort?

If it's the latter I think we're past the point of appealing to the authorities' sense of responsibility.

If the New York OWS eviction was any indication, I would say that the city probably spent five months politely telling them to knock it off. OWS are destructive little fuckers and I think the authorities have been exceedingly fair with them thus far, riot police aside. Say what you want about the Tea Party, they always got permits for their protests and were apparently pretty good about cleaning up after themselves and not destroying public property.


In fairness, part of why the Tea Party was so well-organized was that it was almost immediately co-opted by the Republican Establishment.  (That it has been a less-than-reliable ally of the Republican Establishment was foreseeable to any reasonable human being, but the Republican Establishment does not really fit under that category.)

Hey maybe the Democratic party should co-opt OWS. Oh wait, they represent big business, nevermind.

This stings pretty bad but it's absolutely true. It pains me how much the left let OWS shit in the wind when the right fully embraced and utilized the TPP. If Democrats had many any attempt to really reach out to OWS I think we would be seeing a very different narrative playing out in this election. But I think the Democrats think they can win without having to fuck around with the status quo, which has made them quite a lot of money.

I just don't understand why the left seems so insistent on embracing the policies of the right, as the right continues to rush further and further to the extreme. If we want to shatter this "both sides are the same" shit (that, by the way, exclusively seems to bother liberal voters) once and for all, the Left needs to start being fucking leftists. I think the political narrative could change pretty drastically if somebody just got up and said "Yes, I am a socialist, just like dozens of presidents and governments before me, the governments that got us through the great depression and sparked the industrial revolution and insured income equality, health insurance, and the 40 hour work week would be available for everybody - do you have a problem with America's success?"

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: October 10, 2012, 08:56:58 PM »
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a little derpy-doo on Occupy's end.

This is the recurring story of OWS. Unlike the tea party which was run largely by adults with a primary goal (albeit a dumb one), OWS can't seem to figure out a message, has basically no leadership, and inundates themselves with projects largely aimed at 'sticking one to the man' that inevitably backfire, and then everybody but them ends up being framed as the bad guy.

I will give that the city of Toronto could have actually done something with the vegetable garden's harvest, like giving it to a food bank or something, and that was super shitty. But the city has the responsibility to maintain the property, issue permits, enforce permits, etc. When somebody comes out and says "fuck the system, I'm taking this land and using it" ignoring that is basically an endorsement of anarchy. At the risk of being "it's a slippery slope" guy, when does it end? Tent villages become permanent shanty towns in the parks? They let us build a garden, let's see if they'll let us build a house! And then six months later when the city does cleanup in the park they get to demolish a bunch of houses and get another story in the paper talking about how heartless the city of Toronto is for tearing up affordable green housing.

IMO, OWS needs some serious leadership and a bit more focus in it's message. Leftist protests in general do, because as it is it's hard to take them seriously since it inevitably devolves into a bunch of hippies who don't know what it is they're acutally protesting, why it's relevant, or what needs to be done to fix it. Protesting is basically the equivelant of a leftist block party, with burning man being the family reunion. If somebody could take these people and point them in a real direction and convince them to start supporting political candidates and pushing for bills to be passed and unify the message, we could have a huge grass roots movement to fight lobbying, corruption, income inequality, etc, with the actual electing power that the TPP had.
 

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:55:31 PM »
I was going to post this in War on, but this really made me say "what the fuck" more than anything else.

Basically: Congress is so fucking thoroughly in bed with the military industrial complex that they're demanding the pentagon allow them to send more money to the Army to build tanks the Army doesn't want, to the point where the Army is mothballing every new tank being made and letting it gather dust in a lot.

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McKeon said he's thinking about the long range view. "... If someone could guarantee us that we'll never need tanks in the future, that would be good. I don't see that guarantee."

We have enough tanks gathering dust in a parking lot in Reno right now that we could comfortably invade China, and he's claiming this is about future preparedness. Fuck Congress, jesus. This needs to be a bigger story than it is.

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Real Life / Re: You Can Hear Me How?
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:59:54 PM »
That's not a logical fallacy.

He is lying, not all people from crete are liars, just some of them are, like him.

The logical fallacy is only if you say something like "I am lying, right now."


Yeah, well you're a logical fallacy, jerk!

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Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Penn State Scandal
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:47:16 PM »
I'm more offended by this:

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I've forgiven

Who have you forgiven, Jerry? The children who seduced you, you morally bankrupt fuck?

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Real Life / Re: You Can Hear Me How?
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:27:06 PM »
Hey Chuck: A man from Crete sails to Greece and declares to the people at the port: "All Cretens are Liars". Is the man from crete telling the truth, or is he lying?


I just took care of our robot problem. :smug:

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Romney is gross. "I met a guy who died in Libya at a party once". Mitt, you are a classy guy.

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The Pew poll has a lot of problems. Most of the respondents were southern males over 50, for starters. It's a statistical outlier as other pollsters are starting to report the polls evening back out to pre-debate levels. Most likely, Romney gained 2-4 points from the debate, which is pretty close to unprecedented for something that traditionally doesn't really fucking matter. Kerry stomped Bush and it didn't help much, but then again, Bush at least managed to maintain eye contact and not look pissed off and bored. (i could be remembering that wrong? I remember a lot of stammering but he at least seemed somewhat attentive.)

Things aren't looking great for Obama right now, though. IMO, if he fucks off with the next debate it could be very, very bad. The beating he took last week was biblical and he can't afford to look that incompetent in front of that many voters again.

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Media / Re: Bond.
« on: October 08, 2012, 06:16:17 PM »
I have never seen any James Bond movie, and my only association with the franchise is Goldeneye (N64).

Should I correct this, and if so, how do I start?

My first Bond movie was the first, Dr No, which is not very good.

The Bond series is worth getting started on if you like campy movies. They're all campy, with the exception of the new Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace tries to play up being serious but ends up amping up the camp-o-meter at times - I blame this mostly on the genre and the character. It just sort of lends itself to being ridiculous. Keep in mind that these movies are best watched as something to lampoon or chuckle at, and better with friends. Most bond movies never got better than 70 or 80% when you aggregate movie review scores, which isn't horrible but the movies aren't known for huge budgets, great writing and deep characterization. Bond movies are the kind of thing that come out every couple of years like clockwork, they recycle a lot of similar concepts and plots.

Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice are probably my two favorite bond movies. Goldfinger is great, it created most of the major Bond stereotypes and has the "I expect you to die" line that has been parodied to death. You Only Live Twice is one of those movies that when you consider the technology of the time, as far as b-movie spy thrillers go, it's basically Ben Hur. If you want to see an actor about to make the worst decision of his life, watch In Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which George Lazenby plays a good (but very low budget) bond, in his only run as the character as he was afraid of being typecast like that Sean Connery nobody was before him. :rolleyes:

(fun fact: Lazenby supplements his retirement income by going to comic conventions as "James Bond" and signing autographs.)

Also Live and Let Die is the kind of movie that you have to watch, just go into it expecting something offensively racist. They really tried to play up blaxploitation and the end result is fucking ridiculous. It is an absolutely bizarre movie.




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Media / Re: Bond.
« on: October 07, 2012, 08:37:11 PM »
The question of "who the best/worst james bond" is really comes down to preference, I think. I like Connery. I think he hits all the right areas as Bond while being believable in every aspect of the character. But he's also plays a pretty raw bond, so you have to go into the Connery bond movies expecting something reasonably serious. Roger Moore had by far the most stinkers attributed to him, but he also played bond in more movies than anybody. His bond is light hearted and funny, I just don't believe him as an icon of machismo and sex appeal. Lazenby only starred in one movie, and Dalton only got two, so their performances can hardly even be graded.

I honestly like Brosnan much more than Moore as James Bond, but Moore's movies were memorable, if more than a little stupid (live and let die is a pretty hilarious mish-mash of british spy drama and blaxploitation) and Brosnan's were not. Moore made really badly written plots work by being a goofball and making the movies more comedic.

I also like Craigs' bond, for a lot of the same reasons I like Connery's. He's not a funny/corny guy but the new reboot isn't supposed to be. I'm looking forward to Skyfall.


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