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1  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Third wave feminism, SJW and other mental conditions. on: March 18, 2017, 06:50:20 AM
"Moonbase David".  I love it.
2  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: March 17, 2017, 05:16:25 PM
Just got back from picking up my mom.  90 years old, and she was the victim of a hit & run.  She's okay, but the car is not.

2014 Camry with less than 6500 miles.  I don't think they'll total it, but it took a hard hit.  Headlight shattered into a million pieces, but the damn bulbs still work, go figure.  I was more pissed about the whole mess than she was.
3  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Third wave feminism, SJW and other mental conditions. on: March 14, 2017, 06:47:45 AM
That's both hilarious and a little twisted. 
4  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: Movies: Help, I'm rolling snake eyes every time on: March 04, 2017, 01:54:21 PM
True Memoirs of an International Assassin:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542768/ 

Kevin James plays a wannabe author, writing spy novels.  When his goofy publisher changes the title to "True" and puts it in the non-fiction genre, said author is assumed to be the assassin.  Hilarity ensues.

Okay, so it's pretty transparent.  Not hugely funny, it still manages a couple of laughs, and the action sequences aren't really all that bad, but obviously scripted.  It's just played over the top by everyone, and it's a good way to kill a couple of hours.

6.9/10
5  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: March 03, 2017, 10:21:00 AM
No sugar, no carbs.  Lots of veggies/salads, and limited meat.  Some milk (for coffee, mostly) and very little cheese.  Mostly it's about portion control and stopping the stuff like breakfast bars, replacing them with eggs.  Eliminating the bread was toughest, as I usually have a sandwich everyday for lunch.  Now I use lettuce leaves and no mayo.  No pasta, and I really like a big plate of spaghetti.

Exercise involves mostly keeping my ass off the computer, and getting stuff done around the house. 
6  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: March 03, 2017, 07:18:10 AM
Biggest loser contest at work.  I lost 29# in just under 6 weeks!  Going to keep going to lose another 15 in the next 5-6 weeks.  I'm trying to get off some of the drugs I'm on. 
7  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 25, 2017, 08:59:52 AM
To admit it would be to succumb to the outrageous claims of the dissenters.  It's so beyond the pale to be absurd.

Do you really think that Putin or Russia is pulling the strings like a puppeteer?  Putin probably finds the whole idea amusing.
8  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 25, 2017, 05:34:14 AM
A good friend of mine on another forum is the broadcast engineer for the Chicago TV station WGN 9.  He posted this on that other forum, and I thought it was good enough to share.

"Apart from my own TV station, about the only broadcast media I regularly tune in to is WBEZ-FM. We're fortunate here in Chicago to have one of the flagship stations in the NPR / PRI cartel as our local, which produces a lot of really good original programming, and carries the best of the rest. It's on whenever I'm in the car, in the evenings when I'm flailing like a maniac in the kitchen, and so on.

One of the more interesting programs of late has been "Indivisible: The First Hundred Days", which airs at 8pm E / 7pm C. A joint production of WYNC and MPR, it explores issues related to the Trump presidency, and airs four nights a week for the first 100 days of the presidency. The program aims to "…convene a nightly gathering for Americans to talk, debate, and find common ground in the first 100 days of the new administration." And indeed, it has thus far delivered precisely on promise, presenting a mix of scholarly commentary and public forum.

Now, a lot of media outlets promote themselves as "fair and balanced" with regard to political coverage. What this usually means is that they give equal time to speakers at the outer extremes of each political camp, with no regard for sane, rational, centrist, non-extremist points of view. Good for ratings (there's something for everyone to disagree with), but not especially helpful at encouraging reasonable discourse.

As is often the case with NPR (and NPR-affiliated) programming, "100 days" has done an excellent job at reaching deep into the oft-repressed moderate masses. They do feature guests who are clearly proponents of one camp or another, but always identify them as such, and tend to grill them pretty hard. Moreover, during the call-in periods of the show, they abruptly hang up on people who go off on extremist rants, and have frequently mocked them with such comments as "everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts," an insult levied as often against lunatics in the "massively and irrationally pro-Trump" as in the "massively and irrationally anti-Trump" cults.

It really is a modern masterpiece of rational, objective, unbiased journalism and commentary. 100 years from now, documentaries about the Trump presidency will no doubt feature clips of this show. And I'm a little bit envious of the showrunners who get to produce something this meaningful, while my job is to make sure that commercials for weight-loss products and fast food make it to air.

But something bothers me...

Now, I'm not an especially big fan of Trump either as a person or as the POTUS. But there is an inherent and unspoken bias in this. The very existence of this program, in and of itself, sends a message. It says that the mere fact of a Trump presidency is so unusual, so aberrant, that an entire 14 week radio series is required in order to explain it. In other words, it tends to de-normalize the idea that Donald Trump is president, as compared to literally every other US president since 1919/20/21, the approximate date at which broadcast radio began (depending upon what you accept as meeting the definition of "broadcast radio.") This interpretation harkens to the cries of SJWs who warn us not to "normalize the idea of President Trump." At this point, I'm not even sure that this concept has a cogent meaning anymore.

Anyway, good series. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/indivisible/ "

Series is up to week 5, not sure if you can get past ones or not.  But it's worth a listen.
9  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 22, 2017, 07:26:47 AM
At least he's not a Mace...
10  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 18, 2017, 02:02:06 PM
that's amazing...  I give everyone a pass on "i dont believe it , its the elites just trying to fuck him up" but to actually say things are so bad that's acceptable to one even if true.

how bad does stuff have to be to make that seem reasonable to oneself.

I don't know rleete that well, but he doesn't seem batshit insane or overly nasty...certainly no more than the average person at times, myself included. what happened in his life or outlook to see that as sound.

he doesn't strike me as someone in dire straits financially... he makes plywood tanks in his garage in his spare time... not a life under pressure. not starving or anything.

maybe I have that wrong.

I don't understand.

First off, I will explain a bit about myself.  I was brought up in a lower middle class household, and taught to be very fiscally conservative.  No car until my first full time job, always save for a rainy day, etc.  As a result, I am quite secure financially.  If I wanted to, I could buy a new car with just the money in my checking account, never mind savings, investments, etc.  Far from starving, I am on a crash diet to lose weight (15.5 pounds in the last 3 weeks).

I am a design engineer by trade, having worked in all sorts of industries over the years.  I plan to retire from my current job, which is the longest I've ever been in one place.  Eccentric, yes.  But probably not insane.

Here's the situation as I see it.  I live in Rochester, NY.  Home to Xerox, Kodak, Bausch & Lomb (optics) and Gleason works (gear cutting machines).  All these places were thriving when I grew up.  During the cold war, Rochester was a major target for the Soviets because of the high tech industry here.  Now Kodak is gone, Xerox is a shell of it's former self, B&L was sold off and makes nothing but contact lenses, and Gleason nearly went under.

The middle class has been under siege for decades, because of the wealth they have.  Squeeze the fruit that is ripest.  Wages have stagnated.  The rich get richer, and the middle class shrinks.  All sorts of laws are broken, twisted or outright ignored by the politicians (immigration, drug use, out and out corruption) at their whim.  Same old shit, getting worse.

HRC promised nothing but more of the same, and then some.  Socialism, gun control, cronyism.  No thank you.  In fact; Hell, NO.

If Trump does nothing more than screw up the system to keep them (gov't) from coming after more of my money, I'm fine with that.  Do I believe that the Russians cooked the election or somehow have a hold on Trump?  Not in the least.  Yeah, they probably hacked the Dems.  Sucks to be them, better get more competent IT help.

I did not vote for Trump so much as vote against HRC.  May she rot in hell.
11  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 17, 2017, 08:05:18 AM
lets be clear...even if the russian story was true your ok with that?   I'm not asking whether you believe it or not...i get its a attempt to smear him theory(maybe true)

but even if it was true he took russian aid that's not enough for you to consider regretting voting for a president compromised by a putin regime?

Yes, I'm okay with that.  The alternative (status quo) was just too repulsive.
12  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 17, 2017, 07:30:18 AM
Excellent article, Hakko.  Thanks for posting it.
13  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 17, 2017, 07:22:39 AM
No.  Not by a long shot.

Trump promised to shake up the system.  The system (media, entrenched pols) are trying to fight back, but the people who elected him are still expecting him to keep shaking.  The Russian thing?  Just a page from the playbook of the dirty pols on both sides.

He's playing the press like a concert pianist, and they just don't get it.
14  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: February 15, 2017, 07:13:26 AM
Bingo.
15  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: Ultimate Road Trip - OTR on: February 11, 2017, 11:44:20 AM
Twisted, eh?  I bet you fit right in.
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