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  1. Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    FTFY. You could add in Tones as well though. How's the new workplace?
  2. Late catching up but its just wtf. Problem: The POTUS is only accountable if Congress do their jobs. Solution: Empower the handful of no longer elected prior POTUS to act on their own, because we want to funnel more and more power into the hands of the executive. Fuck it, why not just appoint them Consuls for life after they leave Presidential office? What could go wrong here? I think one of the most central desires of the alt-right is that "people like them" should be not just the primary but the exclusive target market, and audience, of pretty much everything. Yeah, they're gonna get pissy and walk as soon as they feel they're not being pandered to and they're going to call everyone cucks on their way out. I remember my jaw dropping at the self delusion of some incel I saw after the election who was wondering what Trump was going to do for the incel problem now they'd gotten him elected. I'm not even sure what solution they'd want for that tbh.
  3. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Caligula - you listed off all the stuff that did bother me in the game pretty much. The Architect fights in particular really annoyed me, I wondered if it was because I first encountered the one on Voeld and the game expected me to do have already done the one on Eeos, but when I went back and found that one I didn't get a big "WTF was that?" - I just get the same "quick, interface with its head!" umm...when did we find that out? Does it work if you do Eeos first? Overall I think a lot of the problems ultimately stem from trying to make it into the true open world game. Skyrim blew up along with the Witcher games and they've tried to copy that particular attribute in both DA:I and ME:A, and I just don't think it works for the way they write. The exploration and making the planets viable is great and all, but Bioware work better running a more straight line narrative - yes give the player the illusion of control over which planet is first, how you go about making it viable etc, but have the passing of time be much clearer. Have the gatekeeping of particular content behind this passing of time etc. I guess the most disappointing thing is that just like ME3 I feel there is a truly brilliant (and different to that game, suffering different problems) within this game but its just brought down by flaws. As I said before, I just hope its still been successful enough to not get cut - and I do think its still sold pretty well? Just getting massacred by criticism despite the sales.
  4. Yeah, this is where it came from in the show. The book name is a pretty clear reference imo - Caliban is from The Tempest and is the monstrous son of a witch, commits monstrous acts with a desire to turn the island into one populated by Calibans and is enslaved by Prospero by magic that will torment him if he is not obedient. It also fits pretty clearly why they'd choose to call them that in universe on the show. @Wethers - First off fantastic catch on bull, thanks for pointing it out! On the torpedo front I also took it as a single hit is pretty much lights out for any ship but I just didn't think it took a nuclear warhead to do that - the MOAB the US just dropped in Afghanistan would more than manage the job of taking out any ship from a single hit. I'm far from certain on this front though, I'm just speculating on when they have explicitly dropped the term "nuke" and when they haven't - regardless of whether they are nuclear or not there is pretty clearly a clear difference between the tactical torpedoes and the strategic warheads on the UN long range missile fleet that I assume are closer to planet killers than ship killers. Your point about the battle and the PDC screen in the books is a good one, but I will note that Holden was talking survival there not simply taking some out as they die in a massive fireball. This was only the secondary point anyway, it wouldn't have stopped them firing if they wanted to. I didn't mean they "trust" Holden, I mean that he is seen as a reckless and dangerous third party who is definitely not affiliated with either Mars or Earth. That particular stand off in the show was all about those two being at each others throats, so I can see the certainty its a third party as being enough for them to not start an all out shooting war. The other thing to bear in mind is that once that breaks out, with the Roci promising to open fire on everyone then that's almost certainly going to turn into shooting at each other as well. ETA: Generally on the mythology stuff I think there are a lot of more straight forward nods in terms of the name - Phoebe was associated with prophecy so the selection of that moon for the protomolecule is a nod to being a herald of the future. There are bits and pieces of many of the other places that all can serve to make them fitting for the role they serve in the story, but most aren't as clear as the titles themselves. I can't even remember where that conversation was taking place, or what it was about - I just remember some amazing analysis from Happy Ent (I think) about Troy being destroyed by an earthquake and Poseidon was the god of both earthquakes and horses. I forget how that related to the book that was being discussed though.
  5. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Some of my most enjoyable moments in the game were stepping out of the story and embracing adventure in the tone that my Ryder would have. I was just driving around on the low grav planet for a while, and one point I managed to set up a huge jump and had Vetra yell out basically "yee-ha!". Nothing from Kallo when I landed on the Tempest though lol. I'm happy to accept there are a lot of flaws there, and I wish the game had been more polished. What I insist on is that I still enjoyed the game a ton, and I really really hope this game doesn't tank the series as there is a lot of story left I want to see play out. Not all characters work for everyone, personally I found Cora annoying as fuck but in a way that still felt real. Her puppy worship of the Asari is believable to me, and it does go somewhere. The change in tone from it being a military operation in Shepard to the Pathfinder having a lot more freedom is a tonal shift that it took me a while to adapt to but also makes more sense of a cavalier attitude imo. And that's another valid thing if it doesn't work for you, but it did for me despite all the flaws.
  6. Personally I don't have an issue with it. Its different to the book version yes, but book version had a period of time to recover from Eros before we got to this point. Show Holden hasn't had time to process and he's acting out of pure trauma. He's not trying to bed a hard ass, he's not simply angry - he's mind numblingly terrified and its making him ruthless, single minded and stupid. Naomi isnt splitting from Holden, she's acting out her own trauma of survivors guilt. Amos is always living out his own childhood trauma...the only one of the four that isn't at the moment is Alex. @Wethers - they had Holden tell us why the threat worked, Earth and Mars are in a tense stand off. They don't trust that the WS is simply a refugee ship like it claims and each side can think its working for the other. Holden/The Rocinante are possibly the only ship in the system that they are absolutely certain is not with the other side, so when he "claims" the WS they let it go Side note regarding firepower - I'm not 100% on this and I don't think its been explicitly stated in either the book or the show, but I don't think standard torpedoes are nuclear or that all ships necessarily still have them. The Canterbury is explicitly killed by a nuke and that comment was noteworthy. The Roci uses a nuke to kill the Anubis/the asteroid its attached to. But there are plenty of other occasions of torpedoes flying around and I don't think they're all nukes. The Roci is small, but its not a standard ship in that it was the bail out ship for the Donnager - the Martian flagship - so it being abnormally well armed fits on that front. If this is correct then it may be reasonable to theorise that the Roci can take a decent amount with them even though it will definitely die. I thought that's what it was hinting at with Holdens "you know what we're capable of" line.
  7. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Amusingly the word you are looking for would be homo-sexual. The homo in homosapien is from Latin meaning man, contextually human - the old men = human, women = less than human sexism at play here, and the sapiens is referring to intelligence - being sapient. The homo (originally homos) in homosexual is from Greek meaning same, versus hetero meaning different. The use of Greek vs Latin really gets confusing around these things. The Latin for "same" is cis, with "different/opposite" being trans which is obviously already in use for a very different concept now. Sapiens-sexual would be all creatures possessing a certain level of intelligence, and probably actually defines the baseline Shepard sexuality (and Ryder for that matter) best. Xeno-sexual would suggest that Shepard is not attracted to humans at all, and that's a very specific option I don't think the game particularly allows you to make clear. One of the other problems with game -> tv or movie adaptations is that the narrative structure fundamentally works differently with player agency, and I think a good adaptation needs to take more liberty with changing things for the medium but actually change the right things rather than just discarding half the setting. In this respect I think Warcraft (and what I'd argue is the most successful game adaptation - Resident Evil) has done quite well at the adaptation, the narrative makes sense in a movie setting because it is so bare boned. Tight focus linear narrative games are generally speaking more primed for adaptation though, and the Uncharted games and Last of Us are already very cinematic in their presentation that it shouldn't be hard at all. Amusingly one game that has a huge amount of player choice I still think could be done quite well if you chose a 'canon' narrative, albeit with substantially less impact is Life is Strange. And speaking of that game, no spoilers here but 13 Reasons Why on Netflix gives off a very LiS vibe. Just the title sequence alone is dripping with it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FNj8Pcf8Wk
  8. Iskaral - I accept all US airlines do it, but that simply doesn't happen here. Maybe Australia is some unique snowflake but I'm not familiar with it happening in Europe either. I'm open to being wrong on the latter, but I think this is very much a US thing. So my question remains if this is such an important part of the bottom line why aren't customers seeing those savings on their ticket prices?
  9. The thing that confuses me about the attitude towards overbooking is that it's not standard practice all around the world, but it also doesn't seem to net you cheaper flights as compensation when compared to other countries. Does air travel suffer from a reverse economy of scale or something? The cost difference certainly doesn't appear to be down to harsher regulations, at least not where the customers are concerned. It's just baffling to have more anti consumer behaviour and an equal or higher price.
  10. I dunno, the increase in body issues for men is a subject I wouldn't want to dismiss. It manifests in a completely different way, but its capable of some pretty nasty harm especially in kids still. The next DSM is likely to include a new disorder around male compulsive muscle building equivalent to eating disorders in women. Historically the issues haven't been the same, and a lot of the other problems that accompany the body image issues are absent, but its still pretty disappointing to see us approaching equality by dragging men down rather than pulling women up from it. And thats a completely separate issue that would warrant its own thread.
  11. The bigger part of rape culture in the Turner case isn't that the judge took him at his word. It's that he somehow could think, and the judge could think it reasonable to think, that an unconscious person consented to sex with him. Every time you invoke "but he thought he had consent" you're just proving the point. No one should possibly think anyone is consenting to virtually anything in that state, but here we are. It's not "no is no" and I actually think that phrase is part of the problem. Someone unconscious doesn't say no. Someone terrified or battered into compliance doesnt say no. Someone shocked and in disbelief that this is happening doesn't say no. Someone coerced or shamed into silence doesn't say no. Lack of yes means no. Enthusiastic affirmative consent. If the person isn't making it clear that they want it, then don't. If this idea scares you and you don't want to be a rapist then good. Slow down, make sure you're both on the same page, ask them explicitly. Think it will make it harder to get laid? Are you really saying you'd rather risk raping someone than miss out on sex? Because that says a whole lot if so. If not, then do it right. If your partner isn't an active participant, stop and think about why and make sure it's something you're doing together.
  12. Most of what you're describing as helpful is really the strong sense of community and nothing to do with the 12 steps. I dare say it's a need for community and lack of access to it that drives a significant number of people to substance use in the first place so it makes sense to me that finding it helps them avoid it in future. The emotional maturity is also important, but I feel it's something that often comes from struggle itself rather than how you win the struggle. I don't know if how we could proactively provide that community other than across the board being a more caring society, which can't be dictated from above, so I'm glad for there to be options for people to find the help they need. I just don't think that it should be forced by the law. I'm also against the part that tells people (and it sounds like your group doesn't do this so much) that they are essentially tainted and can never recover. It's the kind of thing that works in the exact opposite way of the healthy priming I was talking about. A slip up is a problem if it leads to uncontrolled behaviour. A slip up is nothing if you're able to move on from it and continue as normal afterwards. It's the emotional fall out, and what you do as a result, that makes it disastrous.
  13. I think what we're seeing is the consequences of having Avasarala in earlier. She was onto Mao and he realised. Told Errinwright to deal with her and he walked out when it didn't happen, hasn't been answering his calls since.
  14. Lily and MEB - I think my disclaimer came across the wrong way. I wasn't trying to defend medical practitioners or big pharma and their role in all of it. I'm saying I have a knee jerk tendency to do so due to different circumstances that I recognise is not just unhelpful but flat out wrong in this instance. Sorry for the miscommunication. Lily - That 10 minute conversation is absolutely part of what I think needs to be happening as part of responsible prescribing. Everyone should be getting that regardless of why they're receiving the drugs. Just handing them over without setting expectations or knowing how to look after yourself is indeed exactly how you end up in that mess. I'm trying to envisage how it should look, not defend how it is now. You're also right on the predisposition being a factor. I don't think that was known at the time that theory of drug use was devised, but I think that still fits neatly under the "drug" category - that just varies person to person based on their physiology. The point of the other two categories is that the drug will do certain things as a baseline based on the physical properties of the drug and the person, these things are then modified by the other two categories to get the end result. Someone who is predisposed to be vulnerable to opiate addiction will get much more pleasure out of experience, but they won't necessarily get addicted just because of that. It will tilt the equation to make taking the drug/addiction much more attractive, but if they have the right mindset, the right support, a healthy circumstance in life they can decide that pleasure isn't worth the downsides. Getting them all those other things is the challenge there.
  15. Lily - not a derail at all. It's all a big tangled mess. My view of things needing to dealt with as matter of fact medical details still needs the doctors to be educated and responsible. The drug used needs to be appropriate for the pain being experienced. The patient needs to be primed by the doctor to approach it the right way. That's shit that falls on them. One of the other details that gets lost when talking across the Pacific is that there's basically no drug advertising here at all. Over the counter drugs get advertised because they're in the consumers power, but nothing that's prescribed by a doctor is. Even advertising from pharmaceutical companies to doctors is heavily restricted, so this idea of big pharma pushing the drugs heavily is kinda weird to me. The professional development you talk about is definitely one of the issues though. Doctors need to be made aware of changes in the pharmaceutical landscape, whether it's "use x drug less" or "triptans are a relatively new drug that are amazing for most migraine sufferers" and if an overburdened health system leaves doctors without sufficient time for ongoing education then it's going to fall to the pharmaceutical companies to educate them. That's not where it should be happening.