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by JudeMorrigan
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89546
Views: 5110594

Re: Random natterings

On a completely unrelated matter, I've been taking dance classes. Never thought I'd say this, but dancing is quite a lot of fun :D Turns out that dancing is like a weird social parasite that latches onto your life, kills all your existing hobbies and relationships, and replaces them with dancing an...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 6049

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I'd expect R1 to come before IV, since that's where it's set chronologically and, unlike II and III, it doesn't really serve as a flashback of anything between V and VI. Kinda weird to start a series off with characters you're never going to see again, though. I suspect the thing to do is going to ...
by JudeMorrigan
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13098
Views: 1030035

Re: Today I Learned

This weekend I learned that C3PO had a silver leg in the original trilogy. I've been watching those freaking movies for thirty-four+ freaking years, how did I never notice that?
by JudeMorrigan
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 5484

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Also, TOS was set in the mid- to late-2200s. Who's to say what common usage would be that far in the future?
by JudeMorrigan
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 5484

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Apeiron wrote:Gotten. Have gotten.

SMH.

It's perfectly cromulent American English.
by JudeMorrigan
Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in what world is choosing someone with the moniker 'Mad Dog' for Secretary of Defence a good idea? Don't read too much into the nickname, he's actually a pretty heartening pick: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/12/01/mattis_is_reportedl...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 6479

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Of course there is always the fact that the modern western diet trains us to place high value on sweetness. Older generations probably found the Red Delicious perfectly tasty, otherwise they wouldn't have named it so. It is not the breed's fault that our palates have changed. You may be barking up ...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 6479

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

And they're what an awful lot of people grew up with, so they're what people *expect* apples to be and to look like. So far as it goes, there are other modern cultivars like the honeycrisp. (For example, the sweetango.) I haven't tried them, but I assume they're also fall on the right hand side of t...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 6479

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I'm one of those poor fools who grew up on red "delicious" apples and thought I just didn't like eating (vs baking) apples. I had my first honeycrisp a few weeks ago. It was an eye-opening experience.
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The comparison drawn was to the twitter thing. Obviously that's going to be public. It's not really the same thing. It's just a crap example. As for the rest, I'm really quite tired of talking about emails, if my previous post didn't make that plain enough. We've already beaten to death why those t...
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yes, vastly worse. Clinton was stupid and careless. Petraeus deliberately and consciously leaked classified information. Those are worlds apart in the security world. There's a reason that Clinton wasn't prosecuted and Petraeus had to plea bargain down from a felony charge. And it's not that Comey w...
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So, Petraeus is apparently being batted around as a candidate for State. For the record, he actually *is* guilty of criminal mishandling of classified information. I mean, don't get me wrong - he'd be a hugely better candidate than Guiliani. (And hopefully he's learned his lesson about what a bad id...
by JudeMorrigan
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 3801

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Like...he's mentioned, but it's not as if he's terribly important to the initial series. I don't think having seen the original series, or read the original books, contributes significantly to the story told here. Yeah, it's kinda cool that they're obstensibly in the same universe, but end of day, ...
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And there's the whole "naming Bannon chief strategist and senior counselor" thing. I see very little practical difference between "is definitely personally racist" and "fosters a culture of racism".
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So ... the two leading candidates for State are apparently Giuliani and John Fucking Bolton.

/headdesk

(Corker would be a *perfectly* reasonable option.)
by JudeMorrigan
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 7230

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

I'll resist the temptation to make a Naohmi joke.
by JudeMorrigan
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Of course my opinion does not particularly matter for this as an outsider who is not direct part of the tensions. But I still wanted to point out that I don't think anybody thinks people only voted for him because of isms, but there is a point after which not considering something a dealbreaker is ...
by JudeMorrigan
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Of course my opinion does not particularly matter for this as an outsider who is not direct part of the tensions. But I still wanted to point out that I don't think anybody thinks people only voted for him because of isms, but there is a point after which not considering something a dealbreaker is ...
by JudeMorrigan
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Because your friend's car was vandalized doesn't mean that it was right for the other protesters to destroy other cars. Did I say it was? My objection isn't to the idea that the violent protesters are in the wrong - it's to the idea that they would make you glad that Trump won. I mean, it would be ...
by JudeMorrigan
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And honestly, these jackholes make me glad that Trump won. Because fuck violent protesters. :roll: How about the jackholes like the ones who have been attacking my friends' kids for being brown or vandalizing their cars for having a Bernie bumper sticker? I'm not intending to excuse the violent pro...
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't know. I realize things look differently to those on the right, but from where I sat, it sure seemed like the way that it would work during his first term would be that Obama would make a good faith effort to start with offers that were a good compromise and then get frustrated when Republica...
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So what do y'all think the chances are that Trump will actually push the trial thing (assuming no pardon or anything of the sort)? I was pretty sure that it's just political posturing, especially considering his tone afterwards, and the fact that before he ran he never seemed to particularly hate t...
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Sanders, even if he doesn't run himself next time, obviously has some appeal. Democrats have got to leverage that. As I said up-thread, he'll be too old to run again. But I absolutely agree that the next candidate has to be from the Bernie-supporting wing of the party. But experience isn't really l...
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The point wouldn't be to avoid convictions - it would be to avoid obscenely political and divisive hearing and trials that would make the Iran-Contra hearings look like Shiny Happy Fun Times.
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You know, I stand by my statements that Comey was speaking the simple truth when he said that no reasonable prosecutor would have brought charges against Clinton for the email case. But I find myself wondering what the chances are of Obama issuing a general, Nixon-esque "for all offenses [she] ...
by JudeMorrigan
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There wasn't anything real and major against Hillary, but there was certainly the perception, and that perception is still baggage, whether it has any basis in reality or not. This had been known since the beginning. She was under investigation for what, had it actually moved forward, would have be...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 39294

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Except that's not even a prediction, it's something she's already doing. The Emails are in themselves enough cause for them to go to war with us, Gun control and anti-free speech are the bread and butter of her policy, and her authoritarianism knows no bounds. This is based on absolutely nothing ot...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Speaking for myself, it very much depends on what you mean by those terms. I mean, there *should* be plenty of room for reasonable discussion on open borders. And I've had reasonable conversations on the topic with conservatives. But if someone starts tar entire ethnic or religious groups, things c...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The election demonstrated that this line of thinking you're saying no longer holds power in the current political discourse. You have to find a better message if you expect to win 2018 or 2020. Calling the opposing party racist and demeaning them until they agree with you simply isn't going to work...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It is really our own fault for not having a more robust menu of fascists to compare Trump to. Honestly ... it's a pretty lazy comparison. If one *really* wants to compare him to a fascist, Mussolini is at least a bit better. Berlusconi is the far more obvious negative comparison though. Although I ...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I created an account here to be a one trick pony, with one issue: can I bring my political opposites back to the discussion table so we can work together? Or is it a lost cause, with the minute that you say you aren't for open borders, socialism, or government regulated speech you literally become ...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

From my point of view, the click-bait driven media has a whole lot to answer for this election. But the fundamental problem is that they almost completely abandoned covering actual policy and worked overtime in normalizing Trump. If the satirist were an issue, it was a far lesser one than the false...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 39294

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

sotanaht wrote:Hilary on the other hand is Evil. She would be using the pretense of a war with Russia that she herself created to strip away the first and second amendment and institute as much government control as possible.

This is *incredibly* stupid.
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

From my point of view, the click-bait driven media has a whole lot to answer for this election. But the fundamental problem is that they almost completely abandoned covering actual policy and worked overtime in normalizing Trump. If the satirist were an issue, it was a far lesser one than the false ...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Left towards Sanders, with a strong economic message, while focusing heavily on rural areas as well as urban. Sanders is a better person as a rep than Clinton, I think, but is there that much support far enough left to rebase the party there? Fivethirtyeight noted that people saw Trump overall as *...
by JudeMorrigan
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I wouldn't be surprised to find that Pence is president in all but name. Trump will have a few pet projects he'll focus his energy on, and will spend a lot of time giving speeches on how he's "making American great", but he (probably) doesn't have the discipline or interest to really deal...
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 39294

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

cupric wrote:... the corrupt relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.

This isn't actually a thing.

I mean, sure. She could have done a better job with appearances. But if one looks at the actual examples of so-called corruption, they're really pathetic and flimsy.
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 39294

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

cupric wrote:* Randall is publicly judging those who intend to vote differently, or at least he is appearing to.

I don't feel like there's any particular reason why "I'm with her" should inherently imply judgment on those who aren't.
by JudeMorrigan
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 496105

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Coulter's gotta Coulter, but she's pretty literally gone Nazi on us:

https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/7 ... 1501460480

To be considered German in the Third Reich, you needed four German grandparents.
by JudeMorrigan
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 39294

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Also, am I the only one who notices how subtly insulting this comic is? "If you're having trouble voting, here's a phone number?" I mean seriously--what kind of half-way informed voter can claim that they are having trouble voting? I mean, is this supposed to help get the votes people who...

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