Lord of Rhinos

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  1. The US is the number one manufacturer in the world in terms of value. The problem is that automation has made it unnecessary to hire more workers. Employment in manufacturing jobs has dropped from a high of 25 million in 1979 to 19.5 million in 2015 even though the value of US manufacturing has more than doubled. It is automation, not offshoring, which has done the most damage to US manufacturing.
  2. Yeah, Otherland had some of the best covers of any series and these new ones are pretty meh. Not to mention they seem to be rather horror inspired which is completely the wrong look for this series.
  3. Altherion, I've been wondering what is up with the apocalyptic streak on the right*. I'm pretty happy with the country as it is now. I think objectively the country is doing well. The issues the country faces are deep-seated and won't go away because we elect a political outsider. I mean I'm living in a country that has the most powerful military in the world, has the highest per capita income of any large nation, has the most diplomatic clot, arguably has the largest economy, There are definitely problems but most of them are not new and breaking the system would do nothing to fix them. What is so bad that we need to burn down the system that has turned this country into the richest and most powerful nation in the world? *Aside from the religious right. Being apocalyptic is their thing and always has been.
  4. Not my candidate. I've no intention of voting for Trump. And you don't actually need 67 senators to impeach a president, you just need 2/3 of those present. I don't see any democratic senators opposing an impeachment and last I checked there were 6 Republican Senators on the record as being unwilling to vote for Trump and three more who haven't decided. Add in the Republican Senators who endorsed Trump but clearly loath him (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John McCain, etc) and you're practically up to 2/3s. As far as the public goes, I think the Democratic voters would be thrilled to get rid of Trump and if he messes around with the SC nominees large portions of Republican voters are going to demand his head on a pike. There's zero question in my mind that if Donald Trump gets elected Republicans will get their SC nominees. Whether or not Democrats will allow any SC nominees to be confirmed considering recent Republican SC shenanigans is an open question.
  5. You're missing my point. Four years is a long time. The Republican leadership would be delighted if Trump decided to mess with the Supreme Court nominations. It means we would have 3 and 1/2 years of President Pence.
  6. What a ludicrous set of scenarios. Trump is not remotely interested in the small details of governing. This is the man that reached out to John Kasich and offered him complete control over both foreign and domestic policy. Trump wants to be president because being the most powerful man in the world appeals to his ego. He has no actual governing agenda. I'm not sure how you people think Trump is going to auction off a supreme court seat or who in the world would buy it. All Trump can do is nominate someone for the court. The senate has to approve the choice and they won't do that if they don't like the nominee. What qualified supreme court candidate would be willing to torpedo their legal career by even appearing to buy a SC seat? I'm not sure what sort of bargain you think Trump would strike with Democrats for a SC seat. The man has no governing agenda. Do you think Democrats are going to agree to build a wall or ban Muslims if he gives them a supreme court seat? Especially considering the only way they can get a seat is if the republicans agree to it. Trump really only has one option for leverage against Republicans and that is refusing to nominate anyone all. If Trump wins the election his main bargaining chip, his support from the electorate, loses most of its value. Trump is the Republican Party's only shot at the presidency this election cycle, however if he wins the presidency that is no longer the case.
  7. U.S. Elections: Apocalypse upon the horizon

    Trump's already released the names of 12 judges that are on his short list for SC vacancies. They're all currently sitting judges in state supreme courts or federal appeals courts. I assure you that Trump did not come up with this list, he's far to lazy to do the necessary work. If Trump nominates someone the rightwing doesn't have confidence in they'll kick the shit out of Trump and reject the nominee. The rightwing takes Supreme Court nominations very seriously. Just look at Harriet Miers nomination during Dubya's administration to see what happens when the president tries to get a toady on the Court. Ba-ding. To be serious, the Supreme Court can perform its duties just fine with 8 Justices. Only problem is the lack of tie breaking vote.
  8. U.S. Elections: Apocalypse upon the horizon

    Umm....I don't think you have any idea how the Supreme Court works.
  9. Lev Grossman: 'Magicians' trilogy, Post-Camelot Novel 'The Bright Sword'

    That sounds pretty intriguing aside from the last two sentences.
  10. The Dark Tower: Stringer Bell as Roland Deschain?

    Red Snow, Roland and Susan explicitly fall in level at first sight because of ka and Cuthbert points out to Roland that they should take out the Big Coffin gang but Roland over rules him and explicitly states that ka is the reason they don't confront them.
  11. The Dark Tower: Stringer Bell as Roland Deschain?

    I read the series right after it was completed. The Wasteland is my favorite and I do really like the first 50 pages of Wizard and Glass which wraps up the Wasteland plot with Blaine the Mono, but the main flashback to Mejis is terrible. Why are Roland and Susan in love? Ka. Why don't the Gunslingers deal with the Big Coffin gang? Ka. It is front to back hack writing where instead of having decisions made because of proper characterization major plot points are simple decided because of Ka, which is just a code word for "because Stephen King wants it this way". It's some of the laziest writing I've ever read.
  12. The Dark Tower: Stringer Bell as Roland Deschain?

    Wizard and Glass is a terrible book. That being said a well written television show could probably eliminate most of the problems and come up with something good.
  13. US Politics: Sioux suing suits

    Ah, well I'm sure getting a stern talking to from a Senator has really straightened the matter out. He's probably at home right now crying on his bed of money.
  14. I just looked at that Cher twitter feed. My god. I feel like my brain melted. What the hell was that?
  15. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Workprint Prototype Version

    Wild Tales was so good. The theater I saw it in was packed with retirees. I thought they were going to hate it but they loved it! It was actually one of the best theatrical experiences I've had. Everyone was totally in sync with the move.