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  1. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    Maia gets almost everyone down tbf. It was always the danger with this matchup. He's definitely right behind Wonderboy now.
  2. US Elections: CTRL ALT-RIGHT DELETE

    I dunno, I feel like Trump has actually sounded disturbingly sane these last few days. His wall plan is still ridiculous but his sheer talent at obfuscation served him well both with Hannity and Anderson Cooper; if you don't spend a ridiculous amount of time digging into every claim he just brushes it off so it's hard to explain what a big shift his immigration plan is to someone not immersed it in. Kellyann Conway has also been troublingly competent at tap-dancing on the issues too, as seen on Maddow's show. His attacks on Hillary Clinton for being a bigot won't pass muster for most people (though the whataboutism on her 2008 campaign and the "superpredators" thing will continue) but it's not like the Khan thing where it's just indefensible to the point where even conservative Republicans who hear it can't weave some political justification for it. In fact, Hillary is a valid target, compared to Mrs. Khan and it's not like Bernie didn't ring that bell. I do wonder if there's a danger that the left will start taking what they find to be distasteful with what the general public can't live with though. I don't think he'll win, but I do wonder if that alt-right speech would have been better served right after the Khan mess. Now may be the time to hammer him on policy.
  3. Well...yeah, given that murder just means "unlawful killing". It seems to follow quite smoothly doesn't it?
  4. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    Honestly, it might be a reflex for Diazes. I don't think he even had to think about it. He was worried about his steamed broccoli It was close but I gave it to Conor, and most of the media did too. I don't expect -or rather I hope not- to see a rubber match soon. At certainly not if Nate doesn't go fight anyone. Conor can either stay as 145 champ or go up to 155. If Dana is right he has to fight Aldo before Nate again, and I doubt he'd go straight from Aldo (if he wins) to Nate. Probably the LW champ again. After that...maybe. Maybe if he loses to Aldo <shrugs>
  5. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    More importantly, as long as he's holding the belt he can go off and do stuff in other divisions and still have a guaranteed title match. Dana says his next fight is at 145 but we'll see. I honestly have no idea how a full Aldo fight will go. McGregor's has the range and the power and, while Aldo has good TD accuracy he doesn't shoot that much unless he's tired. Maybe it's cause he's facing wrestlers his last few fights but it's not something he relies on that much, perhaps more when his opponent is already winded which could raise his TD accuracy.
  6. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    McGregor talks some shit that really shouldn't be taken seriously. But he's learned his lesson I guess. When you have a lot to lose you play to win. He's not the first guy to learn it against a Diaz. Reminds me of the talk around the first Nate fight about not training for specific opponents...that went out the window after he was basically KOed. Honestly, it's best to file his more OTT statements under "persona".
  7. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    I'm worried about the integrity of the testing. It's not a good look if Jones got pulled off UFC 200 for nothing. Or if it suddenly appears that he got pulled off UFC 200 for nothing.
  8. MMA & Boxing 18: "I'm The World Champion!"

    So...Jon Jones claiming that some good news is coming about his suspension, likely some "tainted supplement" thing.I...don't know how to feel about this tbh. I just don't buy a lot of the claims (especially given Mendes' recent attempt to pass off a positive test with a seemingly dubious medical claim) but USADA has let people off (Romero, who is at the same gym and has the same manager as Jones) before so they must have pulled something credible. Also: I don't like Jones, so I prefer to believe the worst about him.
  9. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    I tend to agree that it's not insane for someone to be annoyed. Even if I recognize it happens it's irksome. It doesn't make GRRM my bitch and give me carte blanche, but I wouldn't judge people for being a bit miffed. Of course, fans can take matters into their own hands and just not read unfinished series or series from people who have timing issues, though a lot of people who remain plugged into fantasy obviously find this outcome to be undesirable for a number of reasons. At this stage, for me? I'm considering it. I don't know that I would have read Martin if not spurred by the eminent arrival of the series.
  10. ‘Ocean’s 8’: the female-driven caper spinoff

    Sure. Most movies good or bad at this sort of scale are studio done though. The boardroom issue seems especially true once you start talking about sequels and rewarmings. George Miller may have fucked off to the middle of the Australian wilderness but if your standard is that soulless Hollywood execs didn't sit around calculating things like demographic appeal for movies north of $50 mil...you're setting a high bar for yourself. They're hacks mainly when you notice imo.
  11. And its influence on medieval religious thinking through philosophy. The Romans have always been important to the West, both when they were alive and when they were gone. And it's "Greco-Roman civilization" precisely cause the cultural mixing we're being told is decadent happened.
  12. ‘Ocean’s 8’: the female-driven caper spinoff

    You think the reboots and remakes and adaptations we get don't come from someone sitting around in a boardroom? And, y'know, we've actually seen Fury Road. Of course, it's not like a more extreme version of the "you're pushing women/whatever" didn't get thrown at Fury Road and other films like TFA.
  13. It's funny that Ancient Greek culture is so often considered a central part of Western civilization yet these frameworks would force one to conclude that they debased the cultures that absorbed them and protected and shared them over the centuries. I mean, I would expect it from a reactionary person from those times but today?
  14. Decadence is something your political enemies have.
  15. US elections - may the polls be ever in your favor

    He was trying to dog-whistle while pretending that he was actually focused on the substantive critique of the withdrawal. It's not the first time he's hedged like this.