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  1. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Actually I think Trump was played. A couple minutes before he tweeted, Fox News had a corner pop-up ad (I forgot what those are called) for the show, saying she had new information "proving Trump's wiretap claims." I think that's what got his interest. And after his tweet, Pirro decided to change her lead story to the Ryan thing; creating controversy that Trump supported it and leading to future higher ratings.
  2. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    Good for the city of Oakland though for standing firm. Public financing of sports stadiums is such a disaster for the places that do it. I dunno. Vegas is a pretty small market and I don't think many tourists are interested in going to football games; especially tourists to Vegas.
  3. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    I'm still holding my breath on the upcoming House special elections: April 11- Kansas 4th April 18- Georgia 6th May 25- Montana AL June 6- California 34th June 20- South Carolina 5th Not all of those are winnable races, but even having a much smaller margin than usual in the non-winnable ones would be a good sign. And Georgia 6th is the kind of district Democrats need to pick-up to have a shot at a majority again. All the bad Trump poll numbers in the world don't mean much if it doesn't translate into electoral wins. I've mentioned some encouraging state legislature special elections the past couple months, but Congress is the real test case for if Trump is sinking the GOP.
  4. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Whoops; sorry to be the bearer of bad news. On the plus side, like I said, its not super common I think. And you don't need to pick every option again; I've only encountered it in some of the conversation options that are pretty clearly not backstory info dumps. So I got it from Lexi when asking her about crew assessments, and from Kallo and Gil when asking them about their fighting, and I think Liam said something different when I asked him again about morale. Also, every time after the first that you need Addison's assistant to get someone out of Cryo, the option is grey. There may be others, there probably are based on this precedent, but I do not want to go through all the conversations again to find them.
  5. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    They could remove the deduction for second homes, that'd have a much smaller effect. And if you did it to finance a middle class tax cut, it'd even be progressive! Of course then you're pissing off vacation and resort towns, plus the real estate and construction industries will still be mad. So yeah, not happening.
  6. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    I basically ignore the mission menus entirely. I choose quests from the map, and ignore everything that starts with the word 'Task' unless its on my way to something else. Of course, the map is terrible too; but at least its one less thing to look at doing it this way. The inventory and crafting menus are horrible to navigate too, but having tricked out gear with augments makes combat on the higher difficulty levels so much easier. From what I've heard, Frostbite games are nearly impossible to mod; so I wouldn't expect much help from that. Funny thing is, that's almost certainly not a bug (though with this game, who knows). A lot of the Codex entries update over time and usually don't get a notification when they do, but still cause the menu notification to appear on the main folders. So to make it go away, you have to cycle through every entry in the codex. This isn't nearly as bad though as the fact that sometimes crew members have new things to say from conversation options that are greyed out because you already picked them. The whole point of greying out options is to let you know that you've exhausted the topic, so I don't know how Bioware screwed this up but they did. It doesn't happen often, but there are times that it does. The worst offender is Lexi, she'll regularly have new things to say about crew members when ask her again but her assessments of them.
  7. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    That sounds about right to me. But I could see the HFC, or any group really, blocking that because it doesn't do enough. Also, I don't see them getting rid of that deduction; high earners in blue states make up a large portion of the GOP donor pool. Same reason they won't get rid of, or at least reform, the mortgage interest deduction. I think of it as meaning a legislator who is very knowledgeable and passionate about all facets of a complex issue, and can explain the details and impacts without help. Its really not a necessary skill for most legislators; as you say, that's what staffers are for. I think there are a few GOP foreign policy wonks and defense wonks in Congress, but they're pretty rare these days; and mostly overshadowed by those who are just reflexively hawks.
  8. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Cutting taxes, especially corporate taxes, is going to be really interesting to watch. If Republicans decide to just explode the deficit, I think they'll come to an agreement. There aren't many of them that care about the deficit when it comes to their priorities; and, while there will be some heartburn over how that'll mean the cuts are only temporary, 10 years is a long time to have an impact. Also, they'll probably convince themselves they can extend the cuts when the time comes, at least some of them. If they try make the cuts permanent by keeping things revenue neutral though (or they don't do that, but do try to come up with cuts to keep the deficit in line), I think they will dramatically fail. Taxes are just as complicated an issue as health care, and most Republicans don't have any policy thoughts beyond "make the taxes lower." There is this border adjustment idea, which is already wildly unpopular even though most people have been focused more on health care recently, and that's about it. No matter what Republicans do they are going to upset a lot of people, and a lot of corporations, that benefit from the current tax system and will fight back against seeing their taxes go up to pay for cuts elsewhere. After seeing the AHCA debacle prove that regular political gravity still mostly holds true in Washington, I once again believe in the awesome power of inertia. I don't think tax cuts happen. I'm not even sure the April government shutdown will be avoided.
  9. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    It was voted on in the appropriate House committees at least. The DCCC is already targeting all those Republicans since the AHCA is actually on their voting records. Not sure what the fuck Fasso in particular was thinking, but he's gonna lose his seat in 2018. I think there was 3 committee Republicans that voted against the bill. All HFC guys though.
  10. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Its either that, or a lack of communication between the writers and the gameplay designers. Either way, I suspect it was lack of time rather than lack of interest (which is kinda amazing considering they had 5 years). I saw an interview with a Naughty Dog (and former Bioware) developer, who was saying he suspected that was also the issue with the facial animations. He thought, with no inside knowledge, that Bioware used an algorithm system to do a first pass at all facial animations in the game, with plans to do touch-up by hand (as opposed to Uncharted games for instance, where all facial animations are created by hand from the getgo; but that's easier for them because there's so many fewer); however they ran out of time to do the touch-up for all the scenes. That's why the animations look perfectly fine a lot of the time, but sometimes look absolutely terrible for no clear reason. Even so, I somehow already have 38 hours in the game (counting trial hours) and I regret nothing. Its a solid game that sometimes dips below that and sometimes manages to rise to greatness (those Architect fights are something else; and way more impressive than the DA:I dragon fights).
  11. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    I don't know if there will be fall out, but I don't see an outcome like that in 2018. Wash elections are pretty rare these days; even when its not really a "landslide" its still generally the case that one side wins nearly all the competitive seats. Even 2016 was; Democrats picked up some seats because they were in such a huge hole, but Republicans still won almost all the competitive seats in the House and Senate. I don't know which it'll be, but I think 2018 will either see Democrats retake the House and pick up two Senate seats (which isn't a majority but that map is so brutal I don't see where a third seat could come from). Or they'll lose 10-15 House seats (they're at such a nadir it can't go lower than that really) and anywhere from 4-8 senate seats (potentially giving Republicans a filibuster-proof majority). It all depends on whether white voters abandon Trump the way they abandoned Bush in 2006, or whether Democrats are stuck with their usual midterms problems.
  12. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    It got worse at Voeld.
  13. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Cuck move. *ahem* Anyway, this'd be hilarious: Too bad Trump's spent 2 months antagonizing Democratic leaders as much as possible.
  14. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Its not unusual, but things don't have to be unusual to be unstable. 2007 was a pretty rocky time for House Democrats too, since they hadn't been in power since 1994, but at least they had the cover of Bush still being president. But then come 2009 Democrats have unified control for the first time 1994 and ended up provoking the 2010 backlash; which at least in part was because went to their policy priority of health care before fully addressing the recession that most voters cared about. Likewise, House Republicans were a shitshow in 1995, having been out of power since 1952 (now there's a gap). They screwed up a ton of basic stuff constantly. They didn't lose the House in 1996 thanks to external factors (the ongoing deep south realignment), but helped ensure Clinton's landslide. I'm not saying the House GOP is in a unique spot. I am saying they are going to screw up a lot. And 25% is a really low mark because anytime there's an internal debate, they're going to be drowned out by those who weren't there last.