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by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001689

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I am honestly not sure what to think about the results. On the one hand Trump is a pretty despicable person and I never would have voted for him (not that I have the right to vote in US elections). On the other hand the democratic supporters have been so vicious and petty throughout this campaign th...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 13433

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

I saw the movie last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It looked gorgeous, the action sequences were very inventive and the humor was on point. It will likely end up among my personal top 3 MCU movies along with Winter Soldier and Guardians. The only bit that really bothers me about it was... ...the ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 11384

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

I actually quite liked Jaylah, I felt like her backstory and motivations were very clearly realized despite getting very little exposition, her arc likewise was very clean and direct, if perhaps a bit compressed seeming. I don't know, it just didn't click for me. Some alien from an unknown species ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Luke Cage
Replies: 26
Views: 7381

Re: Luke Cage

I am halfway through the show and I like it a lot so far but its starting to lose steam a little. I think it might be the lack of a powerful villian or credible threat- so far Luke Cage seems to regard his opposition with more annoyance than real concern. The other thing that I was really disappoint...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 11384

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

Finally saw the latest movie recently (nothing like being stuck on a plane for 11 hours to motivate you to take a risk on a movie) and I quite enjoyed it. Better than any of the others in the new continuity for sure even though it still had a few problems- mainly that no one outside the Enteprise's ...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954071

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It was usually spoken: "Tony just bet ten grand." Even that argot was adapted by shortening it to just G (written) or (spoken) G or G's as in, "Tony just bet ten G's." I've never seen it written before, just spoken but I am pretty sure there shouldn't be an apostrophe there. It'...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001689

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ucim wrote:It is equally valid to wonder if there is something more hidden that Trump fears getting out, that he distracts the electorate with unfounded fearmongering.
Oh, he most certainly is but "she is no worse than Trump" is a particularly poor defense of someone's suitability for the presidency.
by maybeagnostic
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001689

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Even if she was seriously ill, that's no reason not to vote for her. If she were ill to the point where people doubted she'd be able to finish her term, that seems like a good reason not to vote for her (but possibly for her VP). Pneumonia isn't the kind of illness that would affect her ability to ...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

...we have seventeen zillion hollywood movies already that are Generic Boring Mediocre White Dude Who For Some Unfathomable Reason We Are All Supposed To Care About i was totally thrilled that suicide squad had a cast chock full of stars who were NOT that but of course Random White Dude thinks that...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

A youtuber's idea of what Suicide Squad should have been. I thought it was an interesting watch and his version keeps many of the subplots in the new story with minimal changes but with much better cohesion. It is definitely much closer to what I thought the movie was going to be like based on the ...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Erm... did you miss the part "Humans treated us as gods, but now they worship machines. We will destroy them and these "machines" so they worship us again". (Paraphrasing here. But that's the basic gist of it) Or the part where her brother murders an entire subway station full o...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Pretty sure the Enchantress's plan also included either enslaving or exterminating all of mankind, so, y'know, not that much of a good guy, no matter how you want to spin it... Did it? She might've mentioned once something about wiping out humanity but was then very careful to only target military ...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

So I finally watched the movie and just... wow, what an incoherent irredeemable mess. It reminds me of nothing more than a total failure of communication in a DnD game. Everyone showed up with their finished characters with five pages of backstory only they didn't coordinate ahead of time so none of...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Capt. America Civil War is a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Suicide Squad is currently 26%. And while I think that Civil War is > Suicide Squad... I really don't think it was THAT much of a better movie. That is not what the tomatometer score means though. It isn't saying "Suicide Squad is a 2.6/10 m...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001689

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Xeio wrote:Is there anything they can print that wouldn't be believable at this point?

Sure. "Trump issues sincere apology."
by maybeagnostic
Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001689

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Maybe Trump doesn't think 3-months out is a good time to start the attack? In most countries three months before elections is a very long time. My country's presidential election will be two days before US' this year and the major parties haven't even picked their candidates yet (not to mention the...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Well, this discussion and several reviews firmly convinced me to skip the movie. I actually got pretty excited there for a while because of the cool trailers but I guess the DC universe continues to have only one good-if-you-go-in-with-low-expectations movie. A large part of it is that a solo Black ...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wander Woman
Replies: 71
Views: 12685

Re: Wonder Woman

Frankly, WW1 has a lot more potential to serve as a foil to Wonder Woman's honorable and god-touched upbringing. You're probably right and those sound like some really good themes to explore but nothing in the trailer or the DC movies so far gives me the impression they intend to take anything so s...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wander Woman
Replies: 71
Views: 12685

Re: Wonder Woman

Shows how carefully I watched the trailer, I guess :D
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Batman vs Superman: The Justice League Trailer
Replies: 90
Views: 12309

Re: Batman vs Superman: The Justice League Trailer

The whole trailer fell flat for me. Batman is running around collecting team members because he figured out something bad is coming but the actual bad thing feels really unimportant because it is left totally vague and apparently he doesn't need to tell them what it is to get them to join. I didn't ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wander Woman
Replies: 71
Views: 12685

Re: Wonder Woman

I haven't seen a DC film since the terrible Man of Steel (were there any except for BvS?) but this trailer looks better than anything else of theirs apart from Suicide Squad. It has some color instead of being drab brown-grey, Wonder Woman isn't brooding or trying to speak in a gravelly voice and th...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 11384

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

It does seem like it should be much longer than only a year between the second and third movies. Can they seriously build a new Enterprise that fast? I am amazed there was only supposed to be a year between the first and second movie. They apparently rebuilt nearly all of Starfleet in that time- no...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I think the situation in those countries is sort of the inverse of what Erdogan is doing now. If you go back a decade or even just a week Turkey had free press, independent judiciary, an army that obeyed the elected President but weren't his cronies, an education system that allowed the expression a...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

These institutions were infiltrated by people who weren't his unquestioning supporters but he's well on the way to fixing that.

Soupspoon wrote:But then you've got Syria, Libya, Egypt, etc, to one degree or another...

I don't follow. Are these places where mass detainment would improve things?
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Yes, it is all of them. Combined with today's ban on travel for academics and scientists and the temporary suspension on all university exchange programs, higher education has been effectively suspended in the medium term.

Edit: And an English source that reports on the travel ban for academics.
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Apparently all scientists (presumably including all university professors as well) were just barred from leaving Turkey. I can't seem to find an English source yet but the article I read was based on an announcement on Turkish national television.
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

CorruptUser wrote:If a coup wasn't justified before...
He's going after school teachers, I don't think anyone is left to oppose him at this point.
by maybeagnostic
Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

There's only a moderate change from a week ago. A moderate change? In under 24 hours it went from a slow decline with constant opposition that is losing ground to Erdogan arresting thousands of people without justification, purging the judicial branch and the military and publicly discussing the re...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

At any rate the coup has failed. About 200 killed and 3000 captured.
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34673

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

It does seem a bit odd to me though that the military would be the guardian of democracy. How does that work? Perhaps the better question is why does that continue to work? I don't know if democracy is exactly the right word here. It seems to me they are more the guardians of secularism which happe...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another French Terror Attack
Replies: 86
Views: 12946

Re: Another French Terror Attack

Diadem wrote:The truck was apparently full with fake firearms and explosives, which seems distinctly weird.

So the attacker had an actual weapon he used to shoot at people but also a bunch of fake firearms? Strange.
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I read that novella years ago and immediately forgot nearly everything in it so I am very hazy on the details. At the very least its an example of a daughter from the first marriage expected to inherit before a son from the second before her stepmother made a grab for the crown. P.S. After Rhaenyra ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Actually one of the biggest civil wars in Westerosi history is between two Targaryen women fighting over the Iron Throne. There's a whole novella about it. Though Rhaenyra is the king's oldest child and had been named his successor years before, Alicent and her supporters declare Rhaenyra unfit to r...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I was talking about the show's succession, but in the books it's explicitly stated that Westeros, except for Dorne, officially follows the male line. We know they follow some form of male primogeniture but it isn't clear if in the absence of sons they default to daughters (I think that's the case) ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Very little of what happened in Season 6 makes any sense when you think about the larger narrative and the logic of the world. However, as far as Kevan and the Lannister host, I think there is only supposed to be one Lannister army at that point and it is commanded by Jamie in the Riverlands. Also, ...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Is the show setting us up for another Davos-style confrontation, or will D&D simply ignore it, having gotten lost in the brambles of their convoluted plot? My money's on the latter. The Davos confrontation was intentionally set up over several episodes and it just fizzled, can't imagine that ac...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Izawwlgood wrote:I think you're overthinking it.

Very likely :)
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1228
Views: 178231

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Let's be perfectly honest here: most of those leave folks voted the way they did because racism and xenophobia. And you know that how , exactly? I only really know of two core reasons for voting Leave. The first is to reduce immigration. The second is to reduce the power the EU has over us. I think...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 325489

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I know the story of the Rat King and it is very important for the North but that has never been connected to Arya. "Hey, remember that minor character that has never been in the same scene as me but a third hand account suggests probably told me this children's story when I was young? In that s...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 19258

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Saw a new trailer in the cinema yesterday and it was quite good. I am cautiously optimistic but this is the first DC superhero movie I might actually watch in the cinema since The Dark Knight.

P.S. And here's the trailer. Apparently not new but I hadn't seen it before.

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