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  1. The accuser against Ansari straight up said that what happened to her was sexual assault (though even by her own account it didn't sound like it), it didn't stop at saying he was being an "entitled creep." And I'd say even that's too far in light of no new evidence or accusers coming forward; it seems more like the main thing he did was to be unaware of the power imbalance between the two of them and how it was affecting her. Which is a lack of self-awareness, and maybe entitlement, but I don't think is creepy. Considering the number of lengthy relationships he's been in that ended poorly, I suspect Chloe Dykstra is far from the only woman who had to deal with his bullshit. He was with the comedian Janet Varney for 7 years immediately prior to Chloe Dykstra and I'm really curious to hear what she has to say.
  2. The thing I keep in mind regarding the possibility of false allegations, is that the one celebrity case I can think of where the allegations seem like they were false, or at least significantly overblown, is Aziz Ansari. And his case was immediately different from all these other ones. There was no followup with co-workers or show staff coming forward and saying they always thought he had the personality that could lead to this, his friends defended him rather than keep quiet, no other victims released statements, and his response to the allegations rang true to most people. And his career hasn't apparently suffered, Netflix is still interested in a Season 3 of his show if he wants to do it and he started doing standup again in May and it went well with the audience (it was surprise shows at the Comedy Cellar in NYC, so it wasn't even necessarily fans of it). Because of that, I tend to think that if there ever is another case of a male celebrity being accused unfairly, it'll work itself out pretty quickly. And in the mean time, I'll start with the default of believing the accusers. In the case of Hardwick, if there was anything to suggest he was innocent I think something would seem "off" already, like it did with Ansari, rather than seeming like every other true allegation, which it does.
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    Golf: The Majors and the minors too

    I don't follow golf at all, but this story has made its way into my sphere of news. In the past, its basically only been stories about Tiger Woods at his height or his nadir that I hear about (e.g. from sportswriters who cover other sports or from people who do follow golf but don't usually talk about it). Which makes me think this is a big deal, or at least a lot of people think it should be a big deal; i.e., its not just Joe Buck.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    I thought the writing in Inquisition was still solid, outside of the main storyline at least (which had a couple really good moments but was mostly short and forgettable), so I'm willing to forgive flaws in gameplay. Which wasn't really that bad, it was just serviceable. Also, most of the endless fetch quests were completely optional and it made for a better game to just ignore them and focus on the quests that advanced character arcs or were the "main" questline for the region. I see a world of difference between DA:I and ME:A.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    Is that really their bread and butter anymore? Most of the people responsible for all those awesome RPGs of the past are long gone; they've got a few pretty solid writers on the Dragon Age team, but that's about it. It's probably best to think of Bioware as a whole different studio from what it once was, and see what they can come up with. I'd be fine with a Destiny-like game that had a better designed end-game and a better narrative (no need for a great one). It'd be nice if Bioware was still what it was, but some other studio will pick up the slack for creating big narrative RPGs to fill in the gaps between CDPR releases.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    Listening to the press who got to play the demo, it sounds like the moment-to-moment gameplay is really good. And not in a "good for Bioware" kind of way, but in a "this is better than Destiny" kind of way. But there's still tons of questions about what the story, and the main gameplay loops, are going to be like. If the gameplay really is that good, I think there will be a fair amount of excitement for the game by the time it releases, even if there's not much of a narrative/the narrative isn't good.
  7. Foreign policy hasn't driven a US election since 1968; even 2006 was more a reaction to Bush's domestic failures than to the Iraq war. Smoke and mirrors diplomacy with North Korea, or even actual tangible successes, won't change the needle either. The midterms are essentially going to come down to how much Democrats can tie Trump to rising costs of gas and health care premiums. Maybe something about the tariffs too, if any have actually be implemented by then. That's it.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    I thought the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer looked incredible and y'all are crazy.
  9. Problem is, on the legal/procedural side of things, I'm not sure how this is different from DOJ under Holder declining to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. I didn't like DOJ not defending a law then (even though I thought that was a terrible law) and I don't like DOJ not defending a law now; but the precedent unfortunately now exists. Though note that Sessions is of course being a complete hypocrite here because he attacked Holder for that decision and said in his confirmation hearings that DOJ under him would always defend the laws as they are.
  10. Unclear if it was a trend before or now. All the polls that came out the past couple days showing solid Dem leads again hadn't polled in over a month, and the tightening that was occurring before that was almost entirely due to Reuters/Ipos weirdness and the fact that it was one of only 3 or 4 polls that were coming out. I think there was clearly a trend away from Democrats earlier this year (though whether that was because of any changes in opinion or just because the numbers were impossibly good back in December when the health care debacle was still fresh), but I dunno if there was a second tightening in April/May. The special election results were pretty much as encouraging as ever.
  11. So I don't think this is specifically Trump-related; my theory is that DOJ is investigating Nunes for leaking. Which, if he's indicted, would be a small victory, but glorious.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Yep. Also, considering just how many Marvel movies get released each year and make tons of money, I don't think "fatigue" is the reason Solo did poorly. I'd put the blame almost entirely on bad marketing and the fact that it's a prequel origin story, which a lot of people don't like no matter how good it might be. There's a reason Marvel gave all their heroes an origin story (either as a separate movie or an extended scene in someone else's movie) before they became regular members of the Avengers.
  13. It took years of effort, but Virginia finally expanded Medicaid under Obamacare today after 3 Republican state senators broke ranks and joined Democrats on the vote (2 were expected, the 3rd was a surprise). The state house already approved it last month with 18 Republicans in support. Guess the election last year finally convinced Republicans they needed to act to try to save their legislative majorities (which are only 51-49 in the House and 21-19 in the senate).
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    I enjoyed the movie. It wasn't great, and didn't feel that much like a Star Wars movie (other than a few specific moments), but it was a fun time. Lando and L3 were the highlights for me, but I thought Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson did really good jobs as well. I had no idea Darth Maul was alive in the canon, and thought that reveal was a really cool moment. The story was a decent space western/heist plot. Han's actor was definitely a weak link though and there was a curious lack of major set-pieces or "wow factor" moments, it all felt very low-key. Also, I'm one of those folks who think Star Wars movies should be an event; I think making them more common than once a year is a mistake that dilutes the experience.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    No. There's a world of difference between these two situations. The separation of families is pure evil and cruelty and needs to end immediately. The losing track of the children is government incompetence and almost certainly not a big deal in most cases. The children were placed with sponsored adults, mostly family members of the kids, who were vetted; and in ~1,500 cases, these adults did not respond to follow-up calls from the government to see how the kids were doing. But that doesn't mean the kids were truly lost, or used for nefarious purposes, most of the kids are going to be exactly where they are supposed to be; and the adults just didn't respond to the follow-up call. I deal with other government programs that involve follow-up calls to adults, mostly related to substance use or criminal justice programs, and having only 20% of participants not respond to follow-up calls is a really good rate. It's not that something bad happened, its that a lot of people just ignore calls for various reasons. There are of course going to be some number of cases where something did go wrong and something bad happened to the children, but those are going to be the kids that would've been missed even if the program was run much better and there was a 99% response rate. The true problem lies in the separation of the families in the first place, and that's where my outrage is focused.