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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Has anyone read any good, in-depth coverage lately of what's being done to protect the elections? It seems like every once in a while, someone remembers to look up from the fundraising numbers and GCB polls and remind us all that those things might not mean shit in the end, but I don't have any impression of the countermeasures being taken against interference. Like at all.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    On another note, WTF is up with this? FCC sends Sinclair mega-deal to likely doom
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    This is pretty much gut feeling, but I think the current GCB polls are missing a couple of things, ie. the forecast is probably even better for the Dems than it seems. First of all, there's the whole RV/LV transition waiting to happen which will probably give D another +2 at the least. Secondly, the newly released fundraising numbers are completely off the charts for Democrats. The money will be matched by Republican megadonors, but as an indication of things to come, we're looking at historical enthusiasm at the grassroots level. Finally, I can think of at least three things between now and November that's going to work against Republicans (Mueller's investigation will heat up, ACA premiums are going up and the Trump Foundation is going to be hauled off to court - in October, I believe). Coupled with some of the recent Senate polls (Nelson up over Scott), and barring any unicorn-level miracles for the Republicans in the coming months, I honestly do think the Senate could be in play. (In case you missed the fundraising news - haven't followed this thread for the last couple of pages:)
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    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    This touches on something broader I've been thinking about. Trump will pass, probably succeded by a Democratic president, but another one just like him might show up 4 years later. Or 4 years after that. This isn't just a concern for US allies or anyone who might consider a treaty with the US. What about Dreamers? Or anyone who thought they were afforded certain protections by the highest office. I imagine a lot of Americans will never really be able to feel safe again for more than 4 years at a time.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    There's no way you can go back a year from now and explain all this in a satisfying way. "Remember that scene in that movie? They were really all pretending. Now let's rewind and see what *really* transpired." Nah.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    Either it was inspired by the comics, or they just figured "why not cram in another familiar face while we're at it".
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    I actually think it might have been Hugo Weaving. Certainly sounded like him, and it wouldn't have been much of a hassle to record those lines. That was actually the one moment in the movie that made me say something out loud in surprise. It was just such an out there decision to have Red Skull show up as a weird hermit figure in the middle of nowhere.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    I won't be hiding spoilers - this thread is clearly marked. Overall I'd rate this a very solid entry, 8 of 10 or so. Which is even more impressive given how many pitfalls there were for such a bloated movie to fall in. The characters and their different genres were handled well, and it wasn't until afterwards you realized how little some of the characters actually had to do in the movie. For example, I wish Cap and Bucky had had more interaction than a hug and a single line, but there's no way to please everyone here, and the movie hummed along nicely with a good balance between war and emotion. The big, purple, elephant in the room, of course, is Thanos. And I'm simply not able to consider him a succesful villain. Or rather, he's a success and a failure mixed into one. Apart from the fact that he looked fake as shit in most of his scenes, he was very expressive and clearly driven by a sincere belief in his actions. I loved the idea of him going on a sort of hero's quest for the Soul Stone in the middle of the movie and feel that they could have done a lot more with this. It was a great device for putting a villain into perspective because it is usually reserved for the hero, and if half the movie had been about his mystical and heartbreaking journey and trials, as seen from his own POV, I would gladly have given up time spent on some of the heroes. And as @Jeor says, he was appropriately menacing. There was a real sense of danger throughout the movie. But. As much as I liked watching him in his scenes, his motivation made absolutely zero sense. It was way, way down there on the same level as Ronan or Mads Mikkelsen or all of the other self-righteous, but clearly ridiculous MCU villains. From what we're told, Thanos wants to exterminate exactly half the universe, no preference given to anyone. He wants to do this because the universe has "finite resources", and the idea was conceived on his own homeworld of Titan where people went hungry. He laid out the plan to the other Titans, who claimed that he was mad (uh-huh), so he set about doing it himself. Even if we're supposed to be able to relate to a character who goes from "people are going hungry" to "exactly half of everything must die", the logic isn't there. If half of everyone on Earth died, it wouldn't make the other half better off, it would absolutely cripple means of production and ensure widespread suffering among everyone else. On top of that, the universe does not have finite resources as far as anyone knows, and even so, it doesn't have one population that shares everything. Some planetary populations might be a lot better off than others, but decimating half of them won't help the rest in any way. Ah, but he is the mad Titan, so it's okay for his plan to be a bit unhinged. Except he seems pretty sane in his dealings with others and his ability to work towards a specific goal. Even if we're to believe that madness led him to concieve a plan with absolutely no logical foundation, we don't see that madness on display, and we aren't told where it came from / what caused it. I would have bought his plan if it has clearly been the machinations of an unhinged mind, but it wasn't. This puts a lid on my enthusiasm for the movie, which would otherwise have been somewhere near the absolute top of the MCU. The final scene with Thanos looking at the sunset could have been poignant if his motivation had had some vailidty; instead it was more like "well done, asshole, you just murdered half of everyone, and it won't solve the problems you were trying the solve, why the fuck are you sitting there looking so content?" Anyway. About the future. So, Part II of Infinity War will obviously undo the ending of Part I, for better or worse. They've killed off a bunch of characters who are already slated for more sequels, so this is a no-brainer, and it's probably going to be time travel. The post-credits scene ended with a distress call to Captain Marvel, but I don't know if she's supposed to have any time travel powers. My main questions at this point are: Will Part II undo all of Part I, or just the ending? In other words, will Gamora and Loki also come back? My guess is Gamora, yes, Loki, no. The MCU movies between Part I and Part II are Captain Marvel and Ant-Man II. Captain Marvel is set during the 90'es, as I understand it, so it'll neatly introduce the character who will save the day next year, but in a non-intrusive way. And its post-credits scene will probably reference Nick Fury's distress call, setting up IW Part II perfectly. But how on Earth will Ant-Man II and its goofy tone fit in with the ending of IW Part I? Will it be significant that all of the original Avengers survived Part I (Iron Man, Cap, Hulk, Widow and Thor)? I love the idea of them somehow saving the expanded MCU universe that was built up around them, even if it seems a bit convenient. More of a long-term question, but once the dust settles, and Part I's gruesome ending is undone, how will the MCU top the sense of danger and urgency in subsequent movies? If half the heroes can be killed and brought back, is it even possible to make the audience believe in stakes anymore?
  9. 40 hours left! One of the best things I've read, PR-wise, was the Russo brothers describing their approach to the concept of the six stones. Instead of the movie being Pokemon: Thanos with the stones coming together battle by battle, they felt it was essential to look at how each stone's power would impact the dramatic narrative. If they're willing to go all Back To The Future II and do shit like letting Thanos travel back to previous movies with the Time Stone and pick up the other stones there, it's gonna be a fun ride.
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    US Politics: Free Trade, Freer Trade, and Nuclear War

    Holy shit.
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    US Politics: March Madness

    An active active shooter situation is taking place place at YouTube's headquarters on Cherry Avenue in San Bruno. Because here I was, thinking "gee, I could really go for some stochastic terrorism right about now".
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    China's Social Credit System

    Wow, there are some people in this thread with a desperate need to rationalize something absolutely horrible and indefensible. Just-world hypothesis in action.
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    It would be pretty unfortunate timing doing it *after* outing yourself as a giant cuck to your base. Public opinion is what'll carry the day once the massacre begins. EDIT: That said, I seem to remember something being fishy about that Twitter account from last year. Don't remember what it was, though.
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    A lot of righteous young'uns, or so I've heard.
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    Well, a couple are outright advertising bots and easy to spot, but not many. Breitbart currently has ~8 million unique visitors per month, so the numbers don't seem too far fetched. It probably has a lot to do with Breitbart's shout-and-leave culture, meaning a higher percentage of users will comment, but with something of very little value, compared to other websites. Also, Breitbart uses the popular Disqus commenting system which shares accounts across all websites using it. On the bright side, Breitbart has lost half its visitor count in 1 year, so ...
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/23/donald-trump-signs-bloated-1-3-trillion-omnibus-bill-military-funding/#disqus_thread Top comment below an 'article' with 20k comments is Don't get too excited though, they always leave him and come back whenever he says something provocative, but it's still great to watch.
  17. Don't ask me existential questions like this after so long (18 years). I might start to cry.
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    Reading the Breitbarts comments sections today is fun, fun, fun.
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    And gotta wonder if these kinda of situations are reversed after 2020, and the Tea Party folks will be all like: "The future of the nation now rests on being able to find one Democrat senator who's insane".
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    So once again, the fate of the future of the nation rests on being able to find one Republican senator with a shred of decency. Why does this seem familiar?
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    I see people keep hinting at this. Can someone walk me through the actual mechanisms of how an affair with a porn actress 12 years ago is going to end a presidency that hasn't been ended by widespread corruption and attacks on every American institution and ideal?
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    Jessica Jones Season 2: AKA This Thread Has Spoilers

    Something clearly went horribly wrong during the conceptualization of this one, and it'll be interesting to hear some stories about whose fault this was once they start coming out (which they eventually do, normally). The drop in quality in everything from plot believability to dialogue to acting is insane. But at this point I'll give Melissa Rosenberg a pass since she was responsible for Season 1 as well, and I suspect I'll give Season 3 a chance when the time comes.
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    US Politics: Stormy Weather Ahead

    "Quick, let's fire a lot of random employees today, and maybe people will forget to go out and vote in PA18!"
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    Jessica Jones Season 2: AKA This Thread Has Spoilers

    Halfway. So far it's pretty shit, and I say that as someone who saw season 1 three times. The characters are caricatures to a ridiculous degree. My girlfriend looked at me after episode 6 and said "this is pretty much Beverly Hills level stuff, isn't it?", and I had to agree. From the rival PI, to the superintendent, to Trish's asshole fiancée, to Jessica's one true love in that flashback episode, to pretty much EVERYONE, I can't fathom how they're consistently writing secondary characters at such a bland level after season 1. If you want to do drama rather than action, you better have characters and actors who can carry it, and these aren't it. The only characters who are on par with S1 at this point are Jeri, who is a great secondary character, and to a certain degree Trish, who, while her descent into drug-fueled madness was as unbelievable as anything, is at least giving it her best (I always liked the actress). So yeah, an utterly shite first half. No believability, a ridiculous number of tedious subplots in lieu of an actual plot moving forward, and the reveal of the main villain maybe the most soap opera-ish element of them all. God, Marvel used to do TV so well. After Iron Fist, Defenders and now this, it's pretty fucked.
  25. It's pretty easily answered by not assuming that people do what contributes the most or what creates the least problems, but instead what makes them feel best in the moment.
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