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  1. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    It all ties together for them, likely because Russian-funded troll farms are, and already had been, helping guide them. The theories literally involve Dr. Fauci working at those supposed bio labs.
  2. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Seems like there may be a pretty decisive battle in south in the near future. There's footage of a large Russian column heading north out of Kherson tonight; presumably in response to the Ukrainian counterattack this morning. As for the east, Izium seems firmly in the fog of war right now. And it's entirely possible that Ukraine did ambush one column but other Russians won the battle. If it did fall, that would be a rather bad setback for Ukraine.
  3. A few games came out today/yesterday that I'm interested in, but I really want to finish Elden Ring before jumping into anything else. Also, each of them seems like it could a few patches first. So win-win if ER keep dragging out and I don't buy any of them for a while longer. Black Geyser- A new CRPG, though RTWP only I believe. Still, it looks interesting enough. Sounds like there's a couple nasty bugs that they promised to patch today (like all the text swapping from English to another language). My bigger concern, though perhaps unfounded, is that the game was only in early access for a very short period of time and doesn't have a ton of reviews. I worry that the game isn't really finished but they decided it was a lost cause so they just slapped a "done" label on it to move on to other things. Guess I'll see what reviews say in a few more days. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax- A sequel/spin-off fighting game to Persona 4. It's a port of an old game, which was supposed to be really good. I absolutely want to play it, but it sounds like the port (at least on PC; it's also out on PS5 and Switch) is a pretty bad one. I don't mind lazy, I feel like a lot of ports of old Japanese games don't do much on the upgrade front. But visual and audio bugs are not something I want to deal with. Hopefully a couple patches will come out. ANNO: Mutationem- Has nothing to do with the 'Anno' series. It's a pixel art cyberpunk game. Cool visual design (maybe a bit overly horny, but the game is also on PS5, so nothing NSFW) and is apparently a mix of 2.5D/3D exploration/narrative sections and 2D platforming/combat section. Reviews are generally favorable, but sounds like the combat feels a bit clunky until you start getting upgrades (though I feel like that's been a complaint in some recent AAA games too, like Dying LIght 2; that parts of the core combat were ripped out to become unlockable upgrades for the sake of "progression").
  4. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you. I wonder which it is in this case though?
  5. I wouldn't worry too much Scot. Pelosi has no reason to listen to the likes of Tom Cotton, and the article has quotes from plenty of House Republicans who want to pass the bill. The bigger issue is if House Democratic leadership decides it looks "frivolous" to vote on a bill like this while there's issues like Ukraine and inflation dominating the news.
  6. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Basically. My point was just more related to the fact that, at least on Twitter (where he, somewhat confusingly has an official tag for being a Belarusian Government Official), some people were thinking he was announcing a takeover. As for the "explosions", there's still no word on what that was; but the Belarusian government has separately claimed it was a sonic boom and that it was an artillery strike from pre-planned exercises. Which is a little curious that they can't get their official story straight. My best guess: A couple Russian missiles striking Ukrainian border villages went off-target and hit Belarus. In other news, Odesa can still get private deliveries apparently:
  7. Lol at this one: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/paulmcleod/daylight-saving-time-senate Turns out while is bipartisan support in the senate for permanent DST, probably enough to overcome a filibuster, there are opponents (most notably Tom Cotton). But there was apparently a whole lot of communication breakdowns and a lot of senators on both sides had no idea Rubio was about too ask for unanimous consent to pass the bill. So it was by accident, rather than intentional, that this happened. And now those senators who were caught off guard are apparently now lobbying the House to not vote on the bill.
  8. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Some trusted aide who has the same vision of "Greater Russia" that he does, probably. He does have at least two daughters, but neither of them are apparently part of the government; so dynastic succession would seem unlikely.
  9. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Yeah, attacking Odesa at the present time would seem to be the very definition of foolhardy. Supposedly its just as fortified as Kyiv at this point, and there'd be the added challenge of trying to make an amphibious assault. Has there even been a successful fully contested amphibious landing since World War II? And the defender in this case seems to have far greater advantages than, say, the Nazis at Normandy did. Ukraine's forces in Odesa are probably there for the duration, no matter what. Since there isn't much of a Ukrainian fleet, it'd be too easy for Russia to get in position to attack at anytime if the city was left relatively undefended. And retaining Odesa is vital to Ukraine.
  10. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    I'd like to see more confirmation, but it's started being reported (including by verified eastern European news media, who hopefully did due diligence) that Ukrainian forces have retaken Posad-Pokrovske. This is a town about halfway between Mykolaiv and Kherson and about 20KM away from the Kherson military airport. If true, not only would it suggest that Russian forces are seriously on the backfoot in the region (and therefore even less likely to try attacking Odesa), it also means that the airport is now in range of Ukrainian artillery. ETA: There's video confirmation out there now.
  11. Fez

    Elden Ring

    Speak of the devil. I just looked at the patch notes, seems like some pretty major rebalancing of spells. I'll have to test tomorrow if any more are actually usable now. Also, the mimic ash sounds like it's been nerfed.
  12. Fez

    Elden Ring

    It may be worth going back at least once to talk to the announcer. His dialog suggests he may have more to in the game, though gives no hints as what a quest might be. So possibly it'll be nothing, like Kenneth Haight apparently.
  13. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Not surprising really.
  14. Fez

    Elden Ring

    It took going back to the castle 3 times for me. First time, everything was the same but the announcer guy had new dialog. Second time there was a boss in the end area where the announcer had been. And third time the whole time was packed with enemies and the doors were unlocked. I can't recall finding anything particularly valuable though. I finished Deeproot Depths tonight and started exploring the Mountaintop. It seems to be yet another difficulty spike to overcome, which feels kinda excessive since I'm already level 105. But there are elite (non-boss) enemies taking almost as many hits to kill as the last boss of Deeproot Depths did.
  15. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    For those who can't get past it, this was a small town that dealt a massive rout to Russian forces. What's especially noteworthy is that this was likely Russia's attempt to bypass Mykolaiv and get troops in place to support an assault on Odessa. Since they failed, it makes any attack on Odesa even less likely to succeed.
  16. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    It is curious that this came out at the same time as the report of explosions in Belarus. I don't know if it actually means anything though. Pavel Latushka, this guy, is basically the leader of the opposition in exile in Poland. He's not a current government minister turning on Lukashenko on anything like that.
  17. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Maybe. Lots of people are now saying this, but it all seems to stem from the same original tweet. So could be big, or could be nothing. If it is real, seems kinda odd for a false flag to be so widespread and target so many cities at once (though perhaps that makes it even more likely; an attempt to throw people off the trail). Could be something more mundane, like the "explosions" being supersonic booms from jets. Or, hell, could be something unexpected like a coup attempt.
  18. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Also worth pointing that Trump doesn't contradict the GOP base, he goes where they want. We see that with things like COVID vaccines. He got boo'd when he talked about them so he stopped talking about them. Previously, the base didn't care about Russia or Ukraine, so he could be pro-Putin either from blackmail, financial interests, or simply because he looks up to autocrats. But now the base is, with a few fringe exceptions, extremely pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia. If that attitude maintains, I think he'll follow it pretty readily. And, personally, while pro-Ukraine sentiment may die down after a ceasefire, I can easily see anti-Russian sentiment staying in place. After all, a lot of Republican voters are old enough to remember the cold war and when being anti-Russian was simply the default way of life for them. This is like slipping on a comfortable old blanket.
  19. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    He also might simply not being able to do that. The same internal security pressures that caused him to keep the army weakened in the first place are as true as they ever were; maybe even moreso if the army gets blamed for why things went wrong in the war.
  20. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Latest round of US aid announced today by Biden https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/16/fact-sheet-on-u-s-security-assistance-for-ukraine/
  21. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    A few border villages is a very different thing than Mariupol. And unless their hand is forced, why wouldn't Ukraine refuse to alleviate the water shortages in Crimea?
  22. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Ukraine agreeing to giveaway any land that it held on Feb. 23 seems rather unlikely to me; barring a major Russian victory.
  23. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    The equipment at least is mostly backed up by photo, video, or satellite evidence. Even if not every loss has been documented, enough have to out the Ukrainian estimates at least in the ballpark of being right. For instance, there's satellite images out now showing a bunch more Russian helicopters were destroyed at Kherson airbase yesterday. The casualties though, of all types, are much harder to pin down. Western estimates, while still below Ukraine's, have increased quite a bit in the past week; while Ukraine's estimates have only slightly increased further. I think there's sometimes translation errors too, where Ukraine is referring to all casualties but it gets reported as all being KIA.
  24. Yeah, I mean this. I started high school at 730, my "lunch" period started at 1030, and I was done at 2:10pm. Which seems a terrible way to do things.
  25. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Oh for sure there's been tons of damage done. The latest estimate from one of Ukraine's ministers is that about $500 billion in damages have been done so far. And Ukraine's GDP last year was only $155 billion. So it'll take ages for them to rebuild everything without major assistance. It's just been one small bit of fortune that the most important parts of Ukraine's economic engine have not been a major part of the damage. And probably can't be, unless Russia literally starts salting the earth.
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