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by The Great Hippo
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

I, uh... Like, okay: I tend to be extremely skeptical about this because it's super-easy to find dog-whistling where it doesn't exist (and, in fact, I can't help but imagine that right-wing fringe groups encourage this behavior, because it makes anyone who notices it come off as hyper-sensitive and ...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

It's almost like that's why I was talking about things that should change in order to fix the situation. I mean, if you agree with me that the problem here is that the President is being racist as fuck and his employees are taking this as a cue to follow suit (either by actively applying the law to...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

Of course not. You (generic 'you') operate under the assumption that the law isn't intentionally evil, because if you don't take that assumption then you shouldn't be working to enforce it in the first place. So you think the people who did this either 1) Care only about the letter of the law, 2) W...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 1969

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

TIL that CO2 is used to suffocate animals into unconsciousness; If you've ever tried to hold your breath you'll know how immensely painful and stressful that experience becomes. It made no sense that this was being tipped as a humane approach. A quick googling showed that, no, of course it isn't. N...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

They were in custody for the interview process, and from reading earlier in this thread it sounds like the law is written with a hierarchy of preferred people to give a child to when the child is released from custody, and biological parents are at the top of that list. If that law is written badly...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

EDIT: Disregard. I'll be staying out of this thread, though.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

trpmb6 wrote:Honestly we're talking about something that isn't surprising at all. Don't feign surprise when one of the central theme's of Trump (and many Republican's) campaign was to breakdown the deep state.
Please don't tell me you believe in the 'deep state'.
trpbmp6 wrote:I'm all for having a good discussion about these things. But don't attack me. It's petty and why I often disappear from these boards for periods of time.
That 'idiot' thing wasn't directed at you, it was meant generically; I genuinely presumed you didn't fall under the category I was discussing. I'd apologize for that presumption, but I'm actually not sure whether or not that would come off as even more insulting ("Sorry that I presumed you don't think science is a liberal agenda?").
trpbmp6 wrote: But I'm not surprised considering you'll foe someone just because you disagree with their politics. <expecting to be foe'd after this>
Are we seriously going there?
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

Turnover is a good thing at healthy levels. I suspect turnover at the government level is low for a myraid of reasons. Primarily due to the benefit packages. Any federal employees leaving their positions right now will be just fine anyways. The economy is humming right?!? :lol: Nearly the entire Of...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:Wait, have I been foe'd too? Is there any way to tell who has foe'd you?
No.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr, you should probably know that I've had you foe'd for, like -- over a year now? So whatever you're saying, I'm not seeing it (and I'm not interested in seeing it). If you still want to respond to my posts, you should probably just quote me without including my name in the quote block (so I s...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

Helped get him elected to the most powerful position in the world. I'd say that's worth something. His election has altered American politics in a way that will take years -- if not decades -- to repair. Whatever it's worth, it wasn't worth the cost. This is only "good politics" if you do...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

It's kind of funny. You guys really seem to miss the mark. Many on this forum continually note how much of a bully Trump is. Several posts in just this last page note his abuse of the banks and contractors he's used. Trump is probably not that great of a negotiator. What he is good at is being a bu...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

Look, the guy figured out how to manipulate the media into giving him free publicity while saying the populist rhetoric that the people love, which got him the nomination. Then he figured that if he had absolutely no sense of shame, he could escape from any scandal at all, and it turned out he was ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:...and this is a warning to those who would entrust governance to an AI.

Jose
Donald Trump's career and resulting presidency make a lot more sense when you perceive him as an early iteration of a video-game AI that stumbled on a glitch wherein crashing the game counts as a victory.
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

His numerous business failings can be attributed to a lot of things - bad ideas, bad management, overreach, etc - but getting other people to give him their money, time, labor, or other resources, has rarely been his problem. And that only happens if you can negotiate. No. Trump is really only good...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 903040

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What I am saying is very simple. The damage caused by a police shooting isn't "one person dead" but "one person dead and entire community traumatized", much like a hate crime. You get rid of the racial bias, and it's back to "one person dead", and while several hundred...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 903040

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Imagine Adam and Ben are both professional baseball hitters. Adam hit twice as many home-runs as Ben; most people would conclude from this that Adam is a better hitter than Ben. However, if you learn that Adam went up to the plate 3 times as often as Ben, then it is clear that Ben is the better hit...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 903040

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Black people are the minority, so the police should interact with them less, not more. If you are claiming that there is a disproportionate amount of interaction and that this imbalance causes the Simpson's Paradox to make it appear that police shoot black people more, then I am going to have to as...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

How many fences/buyers are there for several billions dollars worth of vibranium? And it's been a while since I watched it, so I could well be mis-remembering, but was it ever stated that what Ultron purchased was all of what Klaue stole, or was it just what Klaue still had at that point? We know K...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Perhaps I should try again with an example that's impossible to interpret as racist? The fact Blofeld has managed to escape British Intelligence for decades suggests that he has a keen understanding of MI6's methods, and has made a study of them - and knows more about British politics than many Eng...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

The problem with that, is that it only works well if the group you're ridiculing has very little power or support. Lack of power is easy to ridicule, whether it's Nazis or a more worthwhile group. Basically, it's hard to laugh at torch marches when stuff actually gets torched at night (let alone in...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

regarding the ritual combat challenge & your issues with it hippo, i thought it was actually fairly thematically appropriate. it seemed like nobody honestly expected an actual challenge, like it was and had been largely a formality -- emphasis more on the ritual than the combat, judging by the ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Yeah, that's not even vaguely in line with how the movie presents him -- or how he's portrayed in the previous movie ( Age of Ultron ). You're just twisting the story up into a pretzel to justify your narrative -- a narrative that, might I remind you, amounts to "Exploitative white European und...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Just managing to carry out a successful raid and escape in a place where he's the only person of colour for hundreds of miles argues for some solid information. I'm not going to touch that absurdly inappropriate "person of colour" comment (not even with a thirty foot pole), but I will poi...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Having a Wakandan insider would help, but I'm not convinced it's necessary - Killmonger has the journal and whatever reminiscences and more recent intel Klaue can be persuaded to share (and you can bet Klaue knows more about Wakanda than any other non-Wakandan - and probably some Wakandans), and hi...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

When it comes to the Jabari, they're a wild card within Wakanda, and the natural rallying point for any underground resistance - the other four tribes all answer to the throne, and will take a while to reorganise; the Jabari are already in the shadows, and in opposition, so they have all the advant...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

1) If T'Challa doesn't come to retrieve Klaue, then Killmonger still has his advantage as being willing and able to do what the Black Panther wouldn't even attempt. 2) If T'Challa kills Klaue live on YouTube, then that's a clear, and very public, mistake, again creating ...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

I agree with most of your points. Regarding the villain's plan... It was already mentioned before that the idea was to have Klaue humiliate T'Challa by escaping him and being brought in by Killmonger. It was part of the destabilizing the regime strategy by showing the new ruler is ineffective. ...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

I finally saw this movie! I liked it quite a bit; it felt much shorter than I expected, and I thought that, out of all the Marvel movies we've seen, it's probably one of the most thematically coherent (Thor: Ragnorak would be a challenger, but the sheer amount of bathos in it undermines what is othe...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

I hope you're honestly confused about my beliefs, and if so, I welcome the opportunity to clarify. natraj is not talking about your beliefs, but rather, the things you support. You can support a racist thing while also sincerely believing it is wholly not-racist. Indeed, it's hard to imagine that a...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Yeah, and maybe in a sense it's unfair of me to expect comics or movies to be much different -- just, to me, there's a certain lack of responsibility inherent in selling the idea that intelligence can be so easily measured and compared. Like, to me, the whole point of a character like Tony Stark or ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Yeah like I said before, she is apparently canonically the smartest person in the MCU, which means she's smarter than Tony Stark, and is working with a team of people instead of alone in a cave, and is in the most advanced lab in the world instead of...alone in a cave. On one hand I'm absolutely fi...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 7986

Re: Black Panther

Or at least tell their children this was, like, a thing that happened so they dont say "I saw Black Panther but I guess thats an American thing, wow those Americans sure do suck" Fade in. Britain walks into America's bedroom while he's got his headphones on, listening to rock music. Brita...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 7986

Re: Black Panther

Wikipedia has an estimated 15% of slaves dying in the Middle Passage. Also an estimated 75% of all people alive in some form of slavery c. 1800. I'm not sure why you're bringing up 'estimated 15%' versus 'roughly 20%'. I think 'roughly' can be taken to imply a margin of error of +/- 5%, so...? I've...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20658

Re: Black Panther

Asgard became leaders of the Nine Realms by conquering them. In other words, the Nine Realms might just as well have been called the Asgardian Empire. Of course, Ragnarok doesn't actually tackle that theme at all, since there's no way to make a joke out of it, and Ragnarok is A COMEDY!!! and can't ...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

And you may very well be right. Still, what we have now is not working, and that's a potential solution. It's a debate that's far past time the U.S. had. I highly doubt there are any solutions that will address every problem and concern, but there is a better system out there. Sure -- but the Presi...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

That is exactly why police in the schools are a bad idea. A fight between twelve year olds should not become a police matter. I'm not even sure a student who has some weed should become a police matter. The damage done by making it (and pretty much anything else the school wants) a police matter is...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

Actually, I think it will end well. Part of the reason shootings happen in gun-free zones is because they are gun-free. That's not to say someone who really wants to shoot up a school won't try to shoot up a school, but knowing teachers may have a weapon will definitely be a deterrent for many. Rea...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

I, too, have issues with your politics, but I do appreciate the opportunity to discuss them (somewhat) civilly. There are some points on which we'll likely never agree and some on which we will agree. If those are identified and set aside, maybe the rest can be debated and we'll find some common gr...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468853

Re: Trump presidency

What I was actually referring to was this: ⋅ Kennedy did better with Marilyn Monroe because it's never actually been proven anything happened between them. ⋅ Clinton did worse with Monica Lewinsky because it was proven, she was an intern which means he was in a position of direc...

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