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  1. Well, that depends on what happens of course, all I can do is wait and see, and hope for the best. And maybe buy a WaPo subscription (if only for the Crossword). I think perhaps I'm a little too inclined to have positive expectations of the future, and that's why the cost/benefit ratio looks better from where I'm standing. But then, it's not my life on the line if Obamacare goes down, so it's very easy for me to sit here and say in a very cold and callous way, ''well maybe if the end result is Universal healthcare, or improved Environmental regulations, then it's worth it''. So I'm guilty of that too, I just hope I'm right. Should Nuclear war break out, there will either be no beer left or nobody left to drink it, both scenarios I find utterly unacceptable.
  2. I can agree to those terms. Look! A beer that you'd never have had without the Trump presidency. Thanks, Donald. Quite the opposite - it's wildly optimistic. Imagine a scenario with Trump et al impeached and imprisoned. Imagine the incumbent Republican politicians who supported him voted out, replaced by and large with a majority democrat congress. The political backlash from Watergate lasted for years, I can only imagine the backlash from Stupid Watergate lasting even longer. That's the sort of opportunity to get a policy like Universal Healthcare passed, which never would have happened with Sanders in the Oval Office and a minority in Congress. Of course, none of that has happened yet, and there's no reliable way of knowing it may yet happen. But I certainly think it's within the realm of possibility, and as such I believe the argument that the Trump presidency may be ''worth it'' has at least some merit. And if you can't forgive me for that, well, another beer?
  3. Yes, just like the slow dip left via the Obama presidency, which in no way resulted in a hard yank back to the right in the form of an egotistical, maniacal Orangutan. I'm sure there's any number of proverbs or examples that show why claiming that winning is always winning (and vice versa) is shortsighted, but I'm sure you're already aware of that. Personally, while I'd have voted Sanders over Trump, I think it's naive and cynical to pretend that there's no opportunity here.
  4. I suppose you could make the argument that the (theoretical) swing left in a Post-Trump world is preferable to a Sanders presidency immobilised by a Republican led Congress. Rachel Maddow did a segment a while ago looking at the numbers* around Congressional elections, and as much as the stats prior to Republican success in 2010 (I think) was relatively large compared to other pre-election periods, it was dwarfed by that seen amongst Democrats in advance of next years mid term elections. I don't know how that will play out though, or whether the status quo in Congress will be shaken up. From what we've seen so far it seems like a mixed bag - certainly a swing towards the left, but not quite enough to flip as many seats as hoped. I suppose it's still early days yet - after all, we haven't even started the Nuclear war yet! * I realise that's pretty vague; iirc it was both about money invested and number of challengers registered.
  5. Wow, that's pretty impressive. Paul Rudd's gonna have to step up his game! I gotta say, as a fan I appreciate her enthusiasm for the role. I don't think it's important to get that ripped for a lot of characters, Wasp included, but the fact that she was that committed to the role definitely is.
  6. In my mind, the Hobbit films are mostly just mediocre, the reason I can't stand to sit through them is because they were so disappointing coming from the books and previous Trilogy. Plus, aesthetically everything just looks smooth and wrong. There are some redeeming moments (generally, the casting was really good), but so many bad ideas just outweigh it. Can see why it appeals to children, but I hate that they went that way. My answer is a pretty recent one - Suicide Squad. They took all the issues with BvS and made them worse. I didn't even hate the Joker, I just thought it was such a poorly thought out film, I can't believe it lasted so long but managed to do so little with the characters it had.
  7. Have to imagine that will be answered in either a sequel or Justice League, as far as I know there isn't an answer yet. I don't see why she couldn't just nip back to Themyscira for one, but somehow I suspect that didn't happen.
  8. Been listening to a lot of The Darkness lately. Forgot how awesome their second album, One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back, was. I think I prefer it to the first one.
  9. Haha, love the idea to mimic the first Deadpool poster. Also, I had quite literally never heard of Domino the character before this moment, so I don't know what to think of it in those terms. Looks good though!
  10. Electric cars seem like a given in the next few decades. What with more people investing in ever-cheaper solar panels and things like the Tesla powerwall becoming commercially available, by the 2040s it might well be a normal, financially sensible option for your average household. Plus a lot of second hand cars will be available by then, of course. Autonomous cars would be ace, but there's more than a few figurative roadblocks before they become the majority. In terms of quality, they're not really at a point where they're good enough - particularly in a place like the UK where fog is fairly common. Not that they aren't already safer than your average driver, but there's a much higher standard required obviously. The legality of it is another question. Whether or not people are comfortable with it - some will be, some won't. I'd get one, though - if I had the money.
  11. Have to agree. Quantum of Solace and Spectre were both fairly disappointing films, but Skyfall and particularly Casino Royale were excellent. For the record, I may have eased up over time but I think Spectre is at least acceptable rainy Sunday afternoon fare. The problem wasn't Bond either, so I'm more than fine with Craig taking the helm once again. As for him making fun of the role, my understanding was that he loved playing Bond but, being in his late 40s, didn't really enjoy the intense physical training required. Personally, I don't see a need for any more shirtless Bond scenes anyway.
  12. I quite liked that trailer. It didn't blow me away, but I liked it a lot. In particular, more Wonder Woman, Cyborg actually had a relevant moment, Flash was well done. Also really excited about Simmons as Commissioner Gordon now, seems like an excellent choice for this Universe. Momoa as Aquaman is certainly a distinct interpretation but, as he said in the first trailer, I dig it. Looks like a lot of fun. I don't want to speculate on the plot, but I'm hoping that what looks like a fairly simple story can't be that difficult to do properly - i.e. not BvS level of fuckery. Joss Whedon's influence may be useful there, though so far this still looks very Snyder-ish.
  13. I think that's definitely what the trailer wants us to think, definitely the joke being made...but I'm still not sure that's actually how it will go down. Subverting expectations and all that. Edit: I watched the "watchable" full version of the IW trailer. Even watching a shitty recording that's half blocked by someone's head, that was dope as hell.
  14. That trailer is fucking brilliant. So much stuff going on. Looks amazing. Cate Blanchett is awesome. It's incredible that they packed so much stuff in there and still didn't reveal Odin, Heimdall or Doctor Strange, all of whom we know to be in there - albeit briefly. With any other director I would be slightly peeved that Thor is becoming so much more relaxed in terms of his dialogue, but I'm happy to let it go this time - firstly because it's funny, secondly because Taika Waititi knows how to do a decent character who's also funny, and I don't think it will come at the expense of the character. There was only a single small thing that got me to pause for a second in with what was otherwise a great trailer - I hope they don't make Hulk too much like Drax in terms of humour. I also saw some leaked Infinity Wars footage (shit quality and only about 8 seconds long, don't bother looking for it). Didn't really show enough for me to say ''Oh, that's surprising'', but it did look pretty visually interesting to say the least - or rather, it will be in cinema quality. Description: The Captain Marvel concept art looks really, really good. I'm excited for that movie. Brie Larson was a great pick. I expect to see how Nick Fury lost his eye though.
  15. Yeah, that seemed pretty fun. It's weird that the main character is fat, but honestly that's not that important a part of the story. Would be nice to see some mention of the main plot (though clearly it was hinted at a great deal), but otherwise it's pretty cool that they're embracing the concept.