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The Anti-Targ

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    Level 20 Social Justice Mage, with melee ability
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  1. The Anti-Targ

    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    It's been a long time since Nintendo platforms were a priority for multi-platform titles. The player base has largely become concentrated down to Nintendo only gamers who have very little interest in games not made by Nintendo and all platform gamers, who have very little interest in using a Nintendo machine as their platform of choice for multi-platform games, because Nintendo machines are very underpowered compared to the other available platforms. For Switch there is the draw of being able to play these games that normally have you tied down to your computer desk or couch anywhere you want. But that is only a draw for a relatively small number of people, in comparison to being able to pay the game on hardware that makes the game look much better on big HD screens.
  2. I wonder how it's going to work out here. We have a NZ streaming service that has streamed a lot of Amazon new release material before (like Transparent). But I believe Amazon is now streaming directly in NZ. The Expanse was on the NZ streaming service, and it would be good if it stayed there because at the moment I don;t really have good reason to pay for Amazon as well as using Netflix and the NZ streaming service. The Expanse, by itself is not enough justification.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Is it really relevant though? Association =/= causation. Surely what is more likely to be more relevant is those who experience real life violence in their own lives, especially when growing up, are more likely to be violent in their own lives. The abused, become abusers, the bullied become bullies. Are they both effects of a common cause or several causes? I would have thought the entertainment we choose to consume is strongly influenced by what we experience in the real world. We are victims of violence, in some way, we therefore enjoy playing video games where we get to exact righteous violent retribution on those who would do us harm (in the game), because we have no course for redress or justice in our own lives. We also see those weaker than ourselves in other social settings and act out with verbal or physical violence as displacement behavior, because the one we want to lash out at is more powerful and has control over us. So is it more likely to be that those who consume violence as entertainment AND who commit real world violence are likely to be victims of violence or abuse (can be mental or physical in both cases). So the root cause goes unaddressed because people just want to censor violent entertainment imagining that this is a solution. But I also think 5-year olds who get a kick out of pulling wings of insects, or who like making the cat cry by pulling on its tail should be steered away from exposure to any kind of violence in the form of entertainment. Because you potentially have an underlying pathology, that will be fueled and validated through violent entertainment. So I think violent entertainment can be an exacerbater or a pre-existing violent psyco-pathology.
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    The Answer is (allegedly) Sex Robots

    It appears that the old fall back of porn and masturbation is unsatisfactory. So I can imagine any solution that only provides for regular ejaculation will end up as similarly unsatisfactory. People need an attitude and / or personality adjustment, not a better simulated sex experience. What these deprived individuals actually lack in their lives is intimacy and human connection. What they are doing is conflating intimacy with sex. So instead of seeking out intimacy and human connection they are seeking out (or demanding) sex. Using sex as a substitute for intimacy is like eating candy instead of a balanced diet. Using sex dolls / robots is like eating sugar-free candy instead of proper food. Sex with a real person is at least a connection with another human, even if it is largely meaningless and transient, so you get the sugar rush at least. Sex with a robot doesn't even give you the sugar rush, only the illusion of a sugar rush.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Even in the most union-friendly countries most businesses are very anti-union. The main negative of unions IMO is when they stop becoming worker collective bargaining agents and start becoming political agents. If it's possible to join (or start) an apolitical union who's sole purpose is to undertake collective bargaining for employment contracts for its members I don't really see a downside. There are some legit grounds for unions to become political agents. After all it's in the interests of unions to influence legislative processes to create a system which facilitates collective bargaining, and protects worker rights. So opposing union-busting legislation and opposing legislation that creates an abusive / exploitative environment for workers is a legitimate political purpose. But smaller unions can let the bigger unions do that sort of stuff, and perhaps only go so far as to donate a bit of money towards legislative defence by bigger unions that are philosophically aligned (eg. the degree of militancy of the unions) rather than get directly politically active.
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    Do Dolphins Really Protect People from Sharks?

    Why don't they do what other bachelor groups among social animals do and engage in homosexual behaviour to get out their sexual urges? Dolphins be homophobes too?
  7. Well you'd really hate anime, where all action pauses for a 5 minute internal monologue by the hero and / or villain.
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    Laurel or Yanny?

    I'm also phased in the MCU continuity. Lucky this version of my consciousness lives in a Thanos-free continuity.
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    Laurel or Yanny?

    When I listen on good quality speakers it's Yanny. When I listen on cell phone speakers or low quality headphones it's Laurel. When I first heard it (on good-ish quality speakers) without knowing anything about it I thought it said "yearly". Apparently cell phone speakers and low quality headphones don't output high frequency sounds, so with those outputs your ear is not being fed the entire sound profile of the recording, for your brain to process. Which is quite interesting considering your cell phone speakers will always be filtering the sound output in that way. I wonder if that's partly to do with decreasing the amount of background noise that comes though to the listener on a cell phone. And perhaps if you want to be heard clearly when talking to someone on a cell phone you should try to lower the register of your voice. Try to talk like Thor rather than Star Lord. The people who hear Yanny either have superior hearing, or inferior brain filtering. I chose the former, superior hearing. I guess the people who heard Yanny initially and then now hear Laurel have both superior hearing and superior brain filtering. The question that interests me is can the people who've only ever heard laurel train themselves to hear yanny? It seems like some yannys are able to hear laurel and do fully convert, but I've not heard of any laurels being capable of hearing yanny without at least some further manipulation of the recording. Listening on decent quality headphones just now I actually hear both. I hear Yanny as a higher pitched vocalisation and laurel as a lower pitched vocalisation. This is probably partly because I know both are there. I has the bestest ears and the bestest brainez.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Surely the response to that is to unionise
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    To be replaced by an asslicker with a longer and more agile tongue no doubt. Whatever rot you think is being removed it likely to be replaced by more and worse rot.
  12. The Anti-Targ

    Luke Cage: Tired of Buying New Clothes (Spoiler Thread)

    All good options, except for the throwing acid option. His skin is impervious to acid, and I assume that also means his eyes. But he is super strong, so mostly you need to incapacitate him pretty quickly otherwise he's like to get out of whatever bind you put him in. So it's not the killing that's the hard part, it's the controlling him until you can make him dead.
  13. I guess it might depend on if they like you. https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/357554/clarke-vs-shark-do-dolphins-protect-people Sometimes they like to watch, I suppose. This is our Prime Minister's partner. She's pregnant and running the country, he's fighting off sharks. Badass or irresponsible (the shark fighting)? You be the judge.
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    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    If they weren't there, they wouldn't be dead. People should know not to protest about stuff, because protesting will get you killed. Ergo protesters are part of the problem. No protests, no problem.
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    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    Pretty much. Every prophecy that's fulfilled before Satan(?) comes down (edit: I mean up [from Hell]) to rule the world for 7 years and implements a word government of oppression and tyranny is bringing forward the day that Satan(?) comes down (edit: I mean up [from Hell]) and rules for 7 years by implementing a world government of oppression and tyranny. Or something like that. So it does seem like there's one thing almost everyone, religious or not, can agree on: Trump is a harbinger of the apocalypse. The only point of difference is the nature and cause of said apocalypse.