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by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885806

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: 885806

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: 885806

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 6620

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: 6620

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: 201
Views: 17641

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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: 6023
Views: 437096

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...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

Was going to let it drop since you said you didn't want to continue, but then you continued. I wasn't continuing it with you; I was responding to someone who was telling me (yet again) that I didn't understand what you wrote. As I said, I've spoken my peace. Whatever "crass" remarks you w...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

I think what he's saying is "Trump would have opened People Magazine...checklist" and " [Clinton could have, but] That's not what Clinton did". CU: "Clinton could have done this thing, but didn't ; that demonstrates Clinton might have been 'better' than Trump. Maybe." ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

4) It's more than just a few "bad weeks", isn't it? I'm not Cory Johnson, who builds computers and has a cat, I'm that asshole you knew in high school or college that you absolutely detested. I'm the bastard who lied in order to sleep with women, I'm the asshole who only see then as a pie...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

Bill could've opened up People Magazine to "1996's top 100 sexiest people", and used it as a checklist. Lewinsky wasn't ugly, far from it, but she was "girl next cube over", not a supermodel. Look, maybe I'm being over-sensitive about this; I don't know. I've been having a rough...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

But seriously, the whole Monroe thing was Yahoo being a bit of a twit, in that JFK allegedly had "better" affairs than Clinton because Monroe was hotter, nevermind that as I keep saying, it's likely that Clinton wasn't completely shallow. You're arguing that Clinton's relationship must ha...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe it's just me, but I've been reading people as describing things from the point of view of the men in question, not their own point of view. E.g. the kind of guy having an affair is going to be thinking about women in that way; not that the posters talking about the guys having affairs think o...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

Bill could've opened up People Magazine to "1996's top 100 sexiest people", and used it as a checklist. Lewinsky wasn't ugly, far from it, but she was "girl next cube over", not a supermodel. That Bill had an affair with her, at least 9 times rather than just hit and run, showed...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:Yes, that's why he's a jackass.
I mean, in a weird way, I'm actually kind of glad: I no longer have to struggle with the possibility that he might just be a nice, otherwise pleasant person with whom I deeply disagree.
Voltaire wrote:I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous ignorant jackasses.' And God granted it.
by The Great Hippo
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

Oh, no. Not at all. The Monica Lewinsky scandal was definitely a big deal. It was just an example of a president doing worse than Stormy Daniels, where Marilyn Monroe was an example of a president doing better. By "doing worse", I presume you're talking about determining which president &...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

His voting bloc has different parts. Try not to generalize them. They all react on a spectrum. His hardcore bro guys do like the pornstar/don't care, but there are a lot of reluctant trumpers who don't care for his vile behavior. Given how small the margins of elections are, cutting into parts of h...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

I hate the guy. This doesn't make me hate him more nor does it make anyone else hate him more, it's just par for the course. But it does make his base LIKE him more. That's the problem, and why it's a non story. Unless Stormy Daniels comes out and says "the non disclosure was there to hide the...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437096

Re: Trump presidency

I may be old-fashioned in my belief that adultery is wrong, but I think it's just as wrong to pretend presidents aren't people. Leadership requires strength of character, principle, and conviction. Committing adultery doesn't mean you lack these qualities. But serial adultery? Then paying off one o...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 34136

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

You're of course welcome to your opinions; just be careful in calling for action based on those opinions. Okay. I will be careful, and continue to exercise a healthy amount of skepticism when I feel it is appropriate to do so. I will also continue to presume guilt -- and even go so far as to occasi...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 34136

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Depends how the trial progresses. I wasn't in that courtroom, and (thus) wasn't on the jury. Even if I were, I'd be one voice in twelve. Yes, the more credible evidence I read about from credible sources the more I'm convinced, but still not enough to drop the "if true" part. If true , th...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 34136

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

No. They are subject to cross-examination, and to their relationship to other evidence, all presented under oath. Witness statements are not sufficient in and of themselves to convict. Jose What about two, three, four, or even more witnesses -- all of which are corroborated by people who did not wi...

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