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by SlyReaper
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Expanse
Replies: 11
Views: 2797

Re: The Expanse

Second season still isn't available on this side of the pond, so I've had to make do with the books. Avasarala wasn't even in the first book (which ends when Eros flies into Venus), so it's not surprising she didn't have much to do in the first season except establish herself as a character. She's q...
by SlyReaper
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 6398

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

My point is, false accusations are incredibly uncommon, actual sexual assault is incredibly common How do you know? So many rape cases come down to one person's word against the other's, there doesn't seem to be any robust way to measure the false allegation rate. Googling the question took me to t...
by SlyReaper
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209272

Re: Trump presidency

Well, he bombed Syria . Perhaps the most infuriating thing about it is that one of his few redeeming qualities during the election (besides being a glorious fuck-you to the Dems) was that he didn't seem as hawkish about Syria as Clinton was. He was less likely to stir shit up in the region. Well fu...
by SlyReaper
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107518

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'll retract my earlier comment: My estimation is that the latter outcome will hurt the EU more than it will hurt the UK. In hindsight, that's too confident a thing to say for anyone who doesn't have access to a crystal ball or time machine. However, I think it's still fair to say that cutting the U...
by SlyReaper
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107518

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'm talking about rational self-interest, which has nothing to do with optimism or naivete. If saner heads prevail, then they will negotiate in good faith. If they want to make an example, they'll offer a crap deal they know the UK will reject. My estimation is that the latter outcome will hurt the ...
by SlyReaper
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107518

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Giving the UK a good deal would be extremely detrimental to the EU, which is already facing existential pressure that is being exacerbated by the EU. How so? From an economic point of view, they get to continue trading under good terms with a major economic power. From a political point of view, th...
by SlyReaper
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107518

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

She might not be bluffing, but if she isn't then she is an idiot. Not sure if serious. The UK already does the majority of its overseas trade without the benefit of a trade deal. Having the remainder suddenly become subject to tariffs too would be unfortunate, but not exactly devastating. I think s...
by SlyReaper
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107518

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'm starting to develop a rather intense dislike for Spain and their ridiculous whining about stuff like this Spain is being difficult because they're desperately trying to prevent some of their own regions from trying for independence. Not just that. Gibraltar belonging to the UK has always rankle...
by SlyReaper
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209272

Re: Trump presidency

His (Trump's) repeated delays in disavowing things like David Duke's endorsement or his recent anti-Semitism condemnation are perfect little winks to white supremacists, like, "hey guys, you know I have to do this to be politic*, don't worry." He can plead innocence, but - no matter his s...
by SlyReaper
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209272

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/23/cpac-organizer-denounces-alt-right-as-left-wing-fascist-group/?utm_term=.a77f2e7f5fe0 Well then, this will get interesting. Over a few confusing minutes, Schneider argued that the alt-right, a term coined then popularized by the National P...
by SlyReaper
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Expanse
Replies: 11
Views: 2797

Re: The Expanse

I've started on the first book, and I notice the plot hole I mentioned in the OP doesn't really exist in the book. The Canterbury receives the distress call, and while everyone regards it as a massive pain in the arse, it doesn't seem like anyone is seriously considering not responding. I guess ...
by SlyReaper
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Expanse
Replies: 11
Views: 2797

The Expanse

I just discovered this little gem on netflix last week, and found myself marathoning the entire first season in two days. For a SyFy show, I was pleasantly surprised. The world is believable, the characters are flawed enough to make me care what happens to them, and the science nerd in me goes SQUEE...
by SlyReaper
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209272

Re: Trump presidency

That is some Nostradamus level shit right there.
by SlyReaper
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209272

Re: Trump presidency

NPR reports that Trump's list of Muslim banned countries leaves out the ones that Trump has business interests in. All of it is " what a funny coincidence, or is it?" http://www.npr.org/2017/01/28/511996783/how-does-trumps-immigration-freeze-square-with-his-business-interests The list of ...
by SlyReaper
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sherunlocked
Replies: 81
Views: 24773

Re: Sherunlocked

The premise was deranged. Sherlock plots have always been on the implausible side, but still possible if you assume Sherlock is just infinitely clever and observant, and has enemies who just like to fuck with him. "She reprogrammes people" is pure science fiction, and seems out of place fo...
by SlyReaper
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 9769

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

The maths is easier in my version.

I just looked it up, and it turns out 2017 is a prime number. Yay!
by SlyReaper
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 9769

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

eSOANEM wrote:The new question then: how do you pronounce 2017?

Twenty seventeen because I'm not a goddamn barbarian.

Provided it's a year, if it's a number it's two thousand and seventeen (the American and-dropping sounds really weird to me being from the other side of the pond).


Hundred score seven and ten.
by SlyReaper
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209272

Re: AGA

I'm assuming it's a reference to the Aga cooker, a type of cooker best-known for its longevity. Clearly, in this metaphor, the meaning is that the legacy of Trump's presidency will be long-lived.
by SlyReaper
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Mitch McConnell Says Voters Won’t Tolerate the Obstruction of Supreme Court Nominees I wish I felt surprise. It's just rage instead. This is how compromise and reaching out to the opposition ends? Where's Justice? Where's Karma? Mitch McConnell complaining about obstruction. Does this gentleman not...
by SlyReaper
Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Is the article claiming that former Isis members are lying about their crimes in the mid East? https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/democrats-have-a-religion-problem/510761/ A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hos...
by SlyReaper
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well now we're reduced to arguing over definitions. Okay, if you stretch the definition of race to include cultural characteristics, you can stretch the definition of racism to include criticism of behaviour. But I do not think that is what the majority of people are referring to when they talk abou...
by SlyReaper
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Pretending religious and cultural intolerance are somehow categorically different from racism... Aren't they? Race only affects how a person looks; culture and religion affect how people behave. Race is as much a social construct as religion and culture. Perceptions of race correlate with how peopl...
by SlyReaper
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Pretending religious and cultural intolerance are somehow categorically different from racism... Aren't they? Race only affects how a person looks; culture and religion affect how people behave. Race is as much a social construct as religion and culture. Perceptions of race correlate with how peopl...
by SlyReaper
Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You're right - I misspoke when I said no kind of intolerance is okay. Intolerance of FGM (or even MGM, for that matter) is definitely okay. Intelligent criticism is better, however.
by SlyReaper
Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Pretending religious and cultural intolerance are somehow categorically different from racism... Aren't they? Race only affects how a person looks; culture and religion affect how people behave. No kind of intolerance is okay, of course, but it is different. Pretending it isn't is a large part of w...
by SlyReaper
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I find that implausible. I think most of them thought him racist and didn't care. Not everyone thinks not being racist is an important character trait - just like many people don't see not being sexist as an important character trait. Ditto ageist, transphobic etc. Once you get to the smaller -ist'...
by SlyReaper
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

(Also, as mentioned before, *everyone* who voted for Trump chose a racist (perceived) solution to their problems, which is a racist choice. The lecture might be ineffective because people of all political persuasions prefer to ignore arguments about their own shortcomings, but that doesn't mean it'...
by SlyReaper
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 5467

Re: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

Welp. A VPN provider just got itself another customer thanks to this law. Who wants to take bets on how long it'll be before it's illegal to use VPNs?
by SlyReaper
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 51
Views: 8151

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Never mind the ethics of obliviation, my main problem with the film was that it just wasn't good story-telling. For example, we know the protagonist likes beasties, but are we ever given a clue as to why? Maybe a childhood scene of him playing with the beasties, for example? No, it's just his Thing,...
by SlyReaper
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

His video was about being a chauvinistic asshole. Sexually assaulting someone involves lack of consent, whereas his video implied women would let him touch them because of his fame. If those harassment allegations happened months/years before, they could come out regardless of the video about his s...
by SlyReaper
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article6448325.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Donald-Trump.jpg http://static.topthatpublishing.com/products/titles/4675/images/cover/cover.jpg;h1000 That's not the frog he's most commonly associated with. http://i.imgur.com/MMQH47X.jpg
by SlyReaper
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm willing to start over with Trump, if only because that's pretty much the only option we have; approach him with as few preconceptions as possible and hope he'll make a good president. I'm less willing to start over with Trump supporters. I want to know how they justify voting for a man who's sa...
by SlyReaper
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Loved this line I read elsewhere: "I have to congratulate the USA for sticking it to the elite by voting for a man with his own Boeing 757." Odd sentiment. Both candidates were wealthy. One was loved by the establishment, one was despised by the establishment. Seems voting for the one des...
by SlyReaper
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As mentioned, racism isn't a binary, and everyone suffers from it. Are all of Clinton's voters not racist? Of course not! But a vote for her doesn't indicate disregard for marginalized groups. A vote for Trump, does. Nonsense. A vote for Trump doesn't indicate anything in particular except finding ...
by SlyReaper
Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973865

Re: What are you listening to?

by SlyReaper
Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18423

Re: Pokemon Go

Pidgeys, weedles, and caterpies have also become exceedingly rare. Theory is they've replaced them with ghastlies, drowzees, and cubones. Wandered around Green Park in London today, hoovering up all the charmanders that spawn there. With the double candy bonus, it only took a couple of hours to evol...
by SlyReaper
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A clean conscience? Do you think a strategic voter can't have a clean conscience? I'll remind myself of that when I vote. Not what I said. What I'm saying is that, if you feel tactical voting does compromise your conscience, you shouldn't let anyone shame you or frighten you into doing it. Look, I ...
by SlyReaper
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709974

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And since you ignored this point, let me ask once again: why do you think playing this long-term spoiler game has a more realistic chance of bringing about a better society than the idea of campaigning for electoral reform, campaign finance reform and lower-level third party candidates while pragma...

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