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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Who do you think is the most likely Democrat candidate to take down Trump? I sure hope Hillary doesn't try again. At this point, impeachment is ill advised. He's got a strong enough base that it would be akin to a conspiracy by the left.
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    International Thread 3

    On another note, and apologies for posting three times in a row, I want to bring up another topic. What's the deal with the downing of the flight MH17 over Ukraine? Who do you think is responsible? Was it really Russia or was it Ukraine?
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    International Thread 3

    True, but I wouldn't discount the Iranians trying to get the US in a war either in order to boost the governments ratings. The Islamic Republic was losing a lot of support in the past decade, which is why it was silly of Trump to pull out of the deal. Trump's actions have only enhanced the regime's power. It's possible that they want the US to attack in order to create a scenario where they can "defend the country". As for Trump, if he goes to war, he can kiss his reelection chances goodbye. Many who voted for him did so because they believed he would scale down foreign intervention.
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    International Thread 3

    I don't think there's any international space in the strait of Hormuz. It's either Iranian or Omani water.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Yeah I know, but I still feel like they should have shown this to the public now so that they can get more feedback.
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    International Thread 3

    I actually agree with the bolded, but it then raises new questions. Who should the other superpower be? The reason why Russia and China are brought up is because they are the only two (mostly China, actually), that are able to gain superpower status in the near future. All other state actors are too small at this point to be able to challenge the pecking order. As far as it actually improving the standing of people around the world, I have my doubts. During the Cold War, the US and the USSR were playing games all over the globe to upset the other one's influence. Prior to that, European powers waged two massive and costly wars that ended up pitting large groups of people against one another. There is actually little evidence to support that concept if we turn back the clock. Having powers be in opposition to one another is actually detrimental to the world. France and the UK share a lot in common with the US as they are part of the West, and will often sing the same tune, with a few deviations. Nevertheless, I feel that it would be great if they became superpowers as well. Ideally, the major powers need to be on the same page if you really want things to work out in the long run.
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    International Thread 3

    Sorry, it's been a few days, but I'm back. Yes, I do think that the US is better state actor then either Russia or China and for a number of reasons. More free press: Sure, it's under attack all the time, but there is nowhere near the level of censorship found in either of the other two powers. More progressive policies: Once again, these do come under attack and there have been a number of disturbing developments over the years. Nevertheless, the US has legalized gay marriage, recreational marijuana in certain states.. Still more democratic: I'm not going to go over the constitutional republic vs democracy debate here, though I'm pretty sure you know what I mean. Yes, democracy doesn't live up to it's name. More cynical population: On the surface this might be bad, but Americans are far more willing to question and scrutinize their government's actions on a number of issues then their counterparts in the other two. Huge value to the world. This might be controversial, but bear with me. The US provides countless products that are used by people all over the world and influence their daily lives and that includes entertainment. As a non-American, I admire the US for what it's accomplished, while still being highly critical of some of it's actions. And no, I don't dislike Russia or China either, but I see their growing influence as a problem.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Yeah, I remember that one. Never played it though. Gwent is one thing I completely skipped in Witcher 3. CDPR is in a position where they have a lot of goodwill coming their way, especially when pitted against behemoths like EA and Ubisoft. I was really upset at the fact that they decided to once again show Cyberpunk behind closed doors. I firmly believe that once a company announces a release date and puts their game on the market through pre-orders, then they needs to showcase their product to the consumer without delay. It would also help as they would be getting a lot more feedback at this stage. I just hope the game launches with less bugs then the Witcher 3. The other reason this game is getting so much hype (beyond the obvious) is that nothing of the sort has ever been attempted before (at least, to my knowledge). Sure, we've had a number of cyberpunk themed games in the past, but none of them have been full fledged open world.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Well to be fair, CDPR are still a fairly untested developer. They've only really made three games, and of those only Witcher 3 received near universal praise. The first two were uneven titles that had some great things going for them. They deserve credit for the level of improvement seen between each entry in the numbered series, but I'm also partially wary. I loved Witcher 3, but the game launched with tons of bugs and assorted issues. In fact, when Blood and wine came out, one of their patches completely messed with the games targeting systems, to the point that I was not able to lock onto enemies for the remainder of the game. My friend experienced the same issue. When it comes to Cyberpunk, and I know this has been brought up to death, I feel like a 3rd person mode will go a long way, since customization is said to play a large role. I don't want to only see my character model during cut-scenes and driving sections.
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    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    Nah, it'll just keep on rearing it's ugly head in different forms. That's just human nature unfortunately.
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    Star Trek Symbol on Mars

    Once they found out that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress they decided to set up shop on Mars.
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    International Thread 3

    I have a different take on the recent crisis in in the Persian Gulf. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran are playing games with one another to try and gain a foothold in the Islamic world. It's not entirely out of the realm of possibility for Iran to carry out attacks within the region. They've long been arming groups like Hezbollah and the Shias in the region (particularly those in Iraq, Syria and Yemen). So, in a way, what Israel and SA claim about Iran is actually correct. The biggest problem is that they are using it to their own advantage. In Israel's case, to remove an indirect security threat. In SA's one, to remove their main religious competitor in the region so that they can expand Wahabism. That's also the reason Iran has taken a more proactive approach against Israel. It's so that it can gain momentum in the Islamic world. It needs that because Shias are a minority.
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    International Thread 3

    They learned it from European powers, particularly the English and French. In many ways, the US is a continuation of the British Empire adjusted for the 20th and 21st centuries. Nevertheless, despite all it's faults, I still think highly of the US and would much rather have them as the dominant power than either the Russians or Chinese.
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    Dany CAN (And Shall???) Rise Again!!!

    Ha!! At this point, I'm more interested in what Arya "Columbus" Stark founds out West.
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    Glad that’s over.

    I won’t lie, I do question why this season came out 2 years later. Only 6 episodes in total and nothing particularly memorable about them. The 2 epic battles we were promised ended up being underwhelming.