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  1. Was VVitch good? *major spoilers*

    It is like visiting a historical village. An interesting but perhaps not exciting experience, and there is nothing special about the end of the journey. That said, I think understanding the movie starts by looking at FAIRY TALES. Particularly Hansel & Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. Also this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witch_(fairy_tale)
  2. Rubio endorses Trump, lol.

    This is about Rubio keeping a promise he made to endorse whomever wins the nomination. Frankly we should just call it an "endorsement" with quotes writ large because he still clearly despises Trump.
  3. It will be interesting to see the effect this has on the election. Could it help Bernie? Yes, but not enough. And it might be the sort of help that doesn't come at Clinton's expense -- or at least not as much as usual. Could it hurt Trump? Quite possibly. If his Republican supporters are tuned in and he really is moving to the left fast, that may dampen their enthusiasm. Presumably Trump will try to bring up Hillary and attack her. And the moderators will also probably have Hillary-centric questions. If Bernie doesn't take that bait and stays with the issues he cares about and attacks Trump, this may actually work in the Democrats favor. Maybe.
  4. Except we're talking about espionage laws where you do have to show ill intent and the negligence standard is very different than what you'd see in common language: http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/trump-is-wrong-hillary-clinton-shouldnt-be-charged-based-on-what-we-know-now/ The Supreme Court clearly never envisioned a prosecution under the Espionage Act without “intent” to injure the United States and in “bad faith.” (This was in reference to a different section of the same law but the point remains the same.) Other courts have interpreted the phrase “national defense” narrowly as a direct result of the fact that on its face, the words seem so broad. Furthermore, ”gross negligence” as a legal matter, doesn’t, and shouldn’t, just mean it was wrong or dumb or even just careless. Rather gross negligence is generally defined legally as: “A lack of care that demonstrates reckless disregard for the safety or lives of others, which is so great it appears to be a conscious violation of other people’s rights to safety. It is more than simple inadvertence….” As Professor Laurie Levinson explained in the National Law Journal: “Politics aside, it is difficult to find prior cases where the unwise handling of classified information led to a federal indictment. For the last 20 years, the federal statutes have been used when there were intentional unauthorized disclosures. The Department of Justice appears to have gone after ‘leakers,’ but not bunglers.” That is another critical point here. This Espionage Law clearly was never intended to address a Secretary of State using — foolishly or even improperly to maintain her privacy — a personal email server to send and receive emails. Inevitably, this novel use of the law would leave a political stink. Efforts to compare this situation to other casesthat have been prosecuted also fail on the facts.
  5. If it prevents a nuclear war, then cutting corners on security would be acceptable. The fact remains that you've created a double standard and aren't even aware of it. You *do* treat Clinton differently. Meanwhile, these people have real, important jobs to do and flouting the standards happens because there is shitty execution on the part of the government to the point that it makes the actual job more difficult. That's what "everyone else did it" is showing you. I'm not saying we shouldn't improve implementation and strive to adhere to protocol more, but I understand why it happens at the top level and realize that no, it is not the top priority for someone in charge of complicated decisions where lives hang in the balance. Jumping through security hoops is less important than getting the answer right.
  6. Unreal Season 2 trailer

    Season 1 was the best thing about last summer other than Mr. Robot. Here is the trailer for Season 2:
  7. I'm fine with that. My larger concern is that FBI Director Comey is intentionally dragging this out at this point for partisan reasons.
  8. Actually I was going to say this was a surprisingly even handed/well crafted post considering the poster. The other side of this is, my thread was news and it got placed in the containment thread. It seems like all one needs to do is start a fight and you effectively can get a thread merged.
  9. I agree they aren't and I shouldn't have lumped everyone together. Sorry for that. It is still frustrating to hear from many people who claim to speak on the behalf of everyone LGBT about how the Clintons are the enemy. It misunderstands and cherry picks the history while giving the real enemy a pass.
  10. I'm wishing there was a way to play Shenmue I and II on XB1. I mean, Shenmue II should be possible since BC can go all the way back to the original Xbox in theory. As for DOSBOX, I'd welcome some Scorched Earth, Lucas Arts Games, or even Empire (basically a pre-cursor to Gameboy Advance Wars).
  11. Favorite MS game by year: 2005

    Came close to saying Jade Empire (I loved but never finished it). PD0 wins out for me though (music, game play, fun). Both great games.
  12. I don't really have a problem with that but for me there is a bigger story here -- not about politics, but about people and their attitudes using electronic devices. Here's the other article I mentioned before: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists What kind of person would do this? Some Canadian researchers decided to find out. They conducted two online studies with over 1,200 people, giving personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their Internet commenting behavior. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the "Dark Tetrad" of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism. They found that Dark Tetrad scores were highest among people who said trolling was their favorite Internet activity.
  13. I can only speak for myself but I'm the guy who strongly defended season 3 of The Newsroom because I don't believe that the court of public opinion should be a substitute for a court of law. And I consider myself a feminist but I've argued with other feminists about this stuff -- some of whom remind me of right wingers in their bullying attitudes and neologisms that derail good faith discourse (I find the phrase "concern trolling" to be an infuriatingly stupid invention that insulates the ignorant from views outside their echo chamber, but I digress). I think you need to take the accusations seriously at first -- even treat them as though they were true (protecting the accuser from contact with the accused while investigating). After you have gathered some evidence though, you have to act in accordance with that. Throwing someone in jail, or even just not giving them a job because of an accusation seems wrong headed to me (not that you could keep the latter from happening, but we should at least aspire to that). We are supposed to be a civil society. A nation of laws. And no matter how much of a horror a crime is, attacking the innocent will not make it better. I won't disagree that liberals and some feminists (there are many types and some are politically unaligned or at least should be) have been bad on this. Two wrongs doesn't make a right though. I remember the righteous indignation of the Duke Lacrosse players parents. Basically they went on TV and said 'How dare you accuse our perfect little angels of any crime. We're going to make the accuser pay!' These were rich kids who were throwing a party with strippers. And the accusers were publicly dismantled and I think the DA was at least disbarred if not fined and otherwise punished. So I'd say the reverse is true. Bill Clinton wishes he got treated like the Duke Lacrosse team. Hillary and other Democrats are nowhere near the vindictive assholes those parents were (I am not saying they weren't justified).
  14. Pro-Bernie Trolls on Why They Harassed Nevada's Democratic Chair Rolling Stone spoke to several of the men who sent Lange angry, menacing text messages to find out what was going through their heads as they pelted a stranger with epithets and threats, both veiled or explicit, to her and her family's safety, and to find out if — as some diehard Sanders supporters have suggested — they were actually Clinton campaign operatives out to smear Bernie. They were not. All of the men we spoke to were genuine Sanders supporters, most with well-documented histories online of feeling the Bern. (Although only their first names are used below and their phone numbers have been redacted, we verified all of their identities.) I find this stuff fascinating. And really I'd like to see more reporting like this. We have an epidemic of internet hate going on, and it is just really interesting to see who these people are and what they're like when they aren't acting crazy. Turns out in these cases they can at least sound like reasonable people some of the time. I recall a study awhile ago suggesting that internet (would include social media and texting I'd assume) trolls were also socially maladjusted in the rest of their lives. And of course even after a short interview we don't know much about these people, but they don't seem like psycho-killers. If anything they appear to have some remorse for what they did and prescribe a more positive course of action for others (though in a way that is worrisome - if you move on to being telling other people how to act so quickly you might not have fully processed/internally sythesized what your own actions were).