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  1. A sobering look at Duterte's slaughter in the Phillipines

    Excellent article, but a side bar question is what program is that site using for that site. I see some of the Javascript, but is that whole thing designed in Javascript? Just the way you scroll down and it populates all of the pictures and movies without having to click anything is really smooth. Not something I expect from the New York Times.
  2. It's been a few decades since I've been to a major marine park, and the last time was the one that used to be (or could still be) in the San Francisco Bay Area (believe it was in the San Jose area, although it's been some time). All I remember was how lame the show was. It was similar to something you'd see for little kids, but not as entertaining, and the jokes that were part of the show were so awful. The only interesting part of the show was some little kid who was constantly talking to us, slightly amusing my girlfriend at the time who eventually got annoyed with him and tried to find his parents so he'd stop hanging out with us.
  3. You know, I personally think Carson is an awful choice, but at the same time I'm left with the thought that Trump is extremely limited in the talent pool he can choose from because people either don't like him/trust him, are on the other side of the aisle, are political flunkies who are otherwise completely worthless, or don't see the incentive in becoming involved in government themselves.
  4. Far too few people will be satisfied that somehow justice was served because it made it to a grand jury. Most people don't even understand the concept of a grand jury. All they really care about was whether or not someone is going to jail. And that doesn't seem to be happening, so I wouldn't expect a lot of rest from the angered population.
  5. Dakota Access Pipeline STOPPED, to be RE-ROUTED

    I attribute the win to this one guy I know on Facebook who posted about the pipeline twice and declared "this ain't right!" He's been posting nonstop since the decision how he was so instrumental in coming out against it.   He's completely my social warrior hero now.
  6. Strange as it seems to be saying so, I have been thinking the Fallout scenario to be even more likely these days than ever before. I don't mean the after the bomb scenario of Fallout but the political environment in the world before they dropped the bomb in the 1950s scenario of Fallout. Russia was completely out of the picture (or just not a key player), but it was basically the US versus China before all hell broke loose. Even in the last few games, there was no indication of what has been going on with Russia (or even what's happening in Europe).
  7. Are the big publishers too.... greedy?

    Part of the problem for some gaming companies is that they once put out a great game and then get into the mindset that they can churn out game after game with the same IP title, but with none of the magic that made the first game worthwhile of the magic. Firaxis has done a great job with Xcom, but not so sure I'd say the same thing about Civilization, as they seem to be fitting the mold of churning out a game with a great property name but not making the next game as magical (sorry, but every Civilization after II has really been a let down to me, even if some of those later games were somewhat enjoyable). EA basically prints their money by doing this sort of thing, almost so that the second they go about taking over another company, I expect one last great game and then nothing but drivel. If EA ever buys Bethesda, all of my life worth living for will finally be at an end.   But to me, the bigger problem is game companies releasing games that have a AAA price but B quality gaming, like No Man's Sky.
  8. So is breathing. I really don't see this as something that needs to be receiving the attention people are trying to give it. He won an election and he's happy about. I'd be doing rallies, too, if I won an election as big as this. Presidents, emperors and revolutionaries do this sort of thing all the time. I'd do this sort of thing if I managed to get my school to order a new set of supplies. Granted, no one would show up, but I'd be just as excited.
  9. Part of the problem for me is that our world is in a mid-game of Civilization and hasn't discovered the really beneficial governments and economic power houses yet, so we keep hearing about how we have to decide the best form of government based on the mid-game period of civilizations. Personally, I suspect that a libertarian/anarchy model will eventually emerge after the capitalist foundation has finally collapsed on itself and eaten its young, realizing it has no more young to eat. It almost seems like the evolution of government and economics is to start with absolutely nothing and lead to an advanced form of absolutely nothing (its supporting structures existing to maintain stability rather than control). But we're so far away from that, and our civilization isn't even in a mindset where it would understand a conceptual government that exists to assist people rather than control them.
  10. What are the consequences whenever anyone breaks an oath? The Fellowship is dissolved, Sauron gets back his ring, Shania Twain doesn't feel like a woman, etc. Don't think it's really legally binding.
  11. Because every attempt to eliminate it has failed. We tried in 1970, and now Barbara Boxer is trying again. I suspect we'll have the same results because of no rational reason whatsoever, other than people in power fear losing their power.
  12. In this case, he had no obligation to vote as directed because Texas is not one of the states that makes it mandatory for an elector to vote as specified. I suspect this voter chose to resign in order to avoid the ramifications of going against the expected vote (a situation that has occurred numerous times when someone has gone against the grain and voted by conscience and then saw his career completely obliterated immediately after).
  13. 21 states require the electoral college voter to vote as pledged; this is backed by Ray v. Blair in 1952. 29 (and D.C.) do not. In our history, there have only been 157 cases of "faithless voters", (what they call these switch voters) and a large number of them were because of the death of the person they were voting for.
  14. You know, sometimes people like to make personal statements that don't amount to actually changing the world. He personally can't vote for Trump, which is his obligation as part of the job he was given. So, he relinquishes the job, and thus, someone else will do the job that he was supposed to do.