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Maithanet

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  1. Maithanet

    NFL 2019 Preseason: Hard Knockin on Gruden's Door

    Cam Newton sprained his foot, so that sucks. And the Packers and Raiders played a preseason game on an 80 yard field. Honestly NFL? Getting a field that is the proper size seems like a pretty damn low bar for a $10 billion a year organization.
  2. Seth Moulton looked like a good presidential candidate. He didn't seem to have a lot of other qualifications, given his track record of mostly failure in the House. I'm not at all disappointed to see him drop out. Now the big question is whether anyone else will qualify for the next debate and we have to deal with 11 candidates on the stage (bleh) or if they split into two and have one debate almost assuredly be a waste of everybody's time
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    New Matrix movie in the works

    I loathed Prometheus. The movie couldn't be taken seriously because it made no fucking sense, and it couldn't be taken lightly because it wasn't any fun. And now that I think about it, that was what was great about The Matrix! It was both heavy enough to be discussed seriously AND it had a sense of fun and style such that the action scenes which could have been cartoonish were still enjoyable.
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    New Matrix movie in the works

    Never saw it, Prometheus was bad enough. The only good thing about that mess was that it was sufficiently disconnected from the main franchise that the terribleness didn't bleed into the good Alien films. It uses The Force Awakens approach to making a sequel. Introduce a few new characters along with the much older original cast and use them to tell the exact same story as the first movie. It's...not terrible. In fact, if the Matrix were to do that with part 4, I wouldn't be too mad. I could enjoy the hell out of a completely derivative retelling of The Matrix.
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    New Matrix movie in the works

    I don't remember much from Revelations aside from the fact that all the fights in the movie were interminably long.
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    New Matrix movie in the works

    Honestly, I had completely forgotten that Neo and Trinity both died at the end of the third movie. I have always had some patience for the second film, there are definitely some great parts, and it poses some interesting questions. If the third movie had reasonable answers to those questions, then the second movie (and the trilogy as a whole) could still have been really good. But the third movie was just so terrible, it made the other two films (particularly the second) worse. IMO that is the threshold for a truly terrible sequel. A bad sequel is just forgettable and you never watch it again. A truly terrible one managed to make the movies that came before worse. Sequels like Hangover 2, Oceans Twelve and Matrix 3 really made the flaws of the previous films more noticeable.
  7. It would have fewer casualties than the Iraq invasion, seeing how you can only kill people once and only 60k people actually live in Greenland... Does that qualify as a joke? I don't even know anymore.
  8. Mike Tyson seems like the very obvious example, given his similarities in overwhelming strength, fierce demeanor, high voice and dangerous attitudes towards women. Not a good casting choice though, since Tyson is much too old and a poor actor to boot.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    On the list of countries that Trump might invade to improve his chances of reelection, Greenland would have been way, way down the list.
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    Best Sitcom Episodes Ever

    I would say that the first really questionable episodes first started appearing in season 7, although there were only a few. Season 8 is about 50/50, and by season 9, there's only a couple of really first rate episodes (The Cartridge Family and the Joy of Sect).
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    Best Sitcom Episodes Ever

    Lots of great Simpsons episodes, but I wanted to bring up two that haven't been mentioned. A Fish Called Selma, because it's the best Phil Hartman episode of the show, featuring Troy McClure attempting to hide his sexual past by marrying Selma. Legs: Troy McClure? I thought you said he was dead. Fat Tony: No, I said he sleeps with the fishes. Treehouse of Horror IV, which I still insist is the best Halloween episode of all. Feature Homer selling his soul for a doughnut and Mr's Burns is a vampire. LISA: You must drive this stake right through his heart. HOMER: Take that, vile fiend! LISA: Uh, Dad, that's his crotch. On non Simpsons topics, I'd nominate Brooklyn 99's Yippie Kayak, featuring the best line of the show, "Yippie kayak, other buckets!" Bob's Burgers - Glued, where's my Bob?, featuring Bob glued to a toilet seat, and Bob and Louise's duet about how she did absolutely nothing wrong.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    What an odd interpretation of my post. I didn't mention hate groups, lonely white men or the huge fucking system. And yet you assume that I'm seeking forgiveness for those people from their victims.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Our political culture is much better at outrage and vilification than it is at forgiveness.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    It is true that as polarization increases, the impact of an economic recession on Trump's approval is reduced. But it is still there. A lot of articles I've read suspect that (like in 2016) one of the key demographics in 2020 will be low information voters who aren't particularly partisan. These are the people who made up the ~15% of voters who disapproved of both Trump and Clinton in 2016, and who voted for Trump by like 40 points. Trump hasn't done much to reach out to this group, he is instead always focusing on exciting his base. These aren't people who care about supreme court nominations or banning asylum seekers. If the economy goes south, Trump's support amongst this group is going to plummet. The fact that they already dislike Trump on a personal level definitely doesn't help. While we aren't going to get approval in the high 20s like we saw at the worst moments of the Bush Administration, a recession could definitely have Trump in the mid-high 30s, and if so, he's finished for sure.
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