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  1. President Biden signs proclamation recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day WWW.TODAY.COM The day will be observed Oct. 11, along with Columbus Day.
    4 points
  2. The only charitable interpretation is that a vaccine mandate is a change in employment conditions that needs to be bargained. So that employees have guaranteed a paid day for side effects (these are overblown but still) or work out other details along those lines. But it's worth remembering that a union is made of it's members and if you're filled with reactionary chuds like a cop union, you're going to get reactionary chuds running the thing. Similarly if you have a union local of mechanics who are filled with anti vaccine white chuds and vaccine hesitant Black guys you're going to get those results when it comes to workplace grievances and discussions. The opposite is also true! Teachers unions have very high vaccination rates! This is a good article on unions re: vaccination Unions such as UFCW and SEIU don’t oppose vaccine mandates - The Washington Post WWW.WASHINGTONPOST.COM Wanting to negotiate is not the same as opposing mandates.
    3 points
  3. This review is 4 points to low and thus must discarded as trash. I’m sorry it’s nothing personnel, just the rules. @Emblazon knows what I’m talking about.
    3 points
  4. People like Washington and Jefferson were also important to the founding and development of America. We can recognize their importance while also recognizing their flaws. The deification of the Founders by Republicans is just creepy. Wyman's take on Columbus is correct: Christopher Columbus And The Replacement-Level Historical Figure | Defector DEFECTOR.COM It’s easy to tell Columbus’s story as one of a determined innovator, triumphing over the backwardness and ignorance of medieval Europe to usher in a new era of global exploration, trade, colonization, and conquest through sheer grit and clarity of vision. That is all absolute nonsense, but it is a very easy story to tell. That he is just a replacement-level guy. He isn't really worth our time. He is the Trent Dilfer of history. Edit: I missed that @SuperSpreader posted the money-shot from this piece.
    3 points
  5. The payoff of the Uhtrer/Alfred arc is the single best thing in TV ever. I’ll fight people over this. Also yeah def read them and everything else Cromwell has written. There is no better “battle author” out there. Every book I continue to be amazed at the picture he paints when describing battles and fight sequences. For the love of god someone adapt Warlord Chronicles!!!!
    2 points
  6. There is definitely a cultural component to either gender or racial dysmporphia. For example, trans women are much more common than trans men. I've always been curious as to why that is, and the main reason that comes to mind is that we, at least in the western world, generally are much more accepting of girls who act like boys when they're growing up than we are of boys who act like girls, if that makes sense. So even girls who have some level of gender dysmorphia might be more likely to learn to be comfortable in their own skin, regardless of gender, whereas those assigned a dick at birth face much more pressure to be a manly man. I don't know, I don't know if there have been any actual studies done on that part, but it makes sense. As for racial stuff, I think it's mostly because "whiteness" is exclusionary whereas all other races are inclusionary. For example, Barack Obama has a black father and a white mother. Shouldn't that mean that he is both equally black and white? Society says no, he's just black. Barack Obama can't walk around claiming to be white without everyone going "" even though he is just as much white as he is black. Trevor Noah (who is also half white) talks in his book about growing up feeling like he wasn't accepted by white people because, well... South Africa, but at the same time the kids in his neihgborhood kind of treated him as "the white kid."
    2 points
  7. This is my take on the special as well. I'm a huge Dave Chappelle fan and he has said mostly very smart things in the past. But I remember his stupid opinion on this subject in the last special and I am willing to go pretty far with a comedian for some dark and inappropriate jokes but man the back half of the special. The special started off really good and at first there was a lot of funny stuff and some decent commentary on how different groups or tribes are treated differently and how intersectionality isn't addressed often enough. But then he just went on and on and on about transgender and gay people. My sense is he doesn't necessarily hate them in general, but white gay and transgender people specifically. Not saying it's right, but that was my sense of it. But it dragged the whole special down. I don't know why he has such a problem with such a small community that normally struggles mightily for what they've achieved up to this point, and Chappelle just seems bitter and resentful that because white people were a part of it, transgender rights moved a lot faster than black rights, which bothers him I guess (and not entirely sure if we can quantify that) but my God man, let it be.
    2 points
  8. What a wonderful send-off for the Daniel Craig era! It's probably my second favorite of this incarnation of 007 after Casino Royale. Sure, it probably did stretch a bit long at some points and could probably have used a nip there, a tuck there to make it a bit tighter, but I can honestly say that I was never bored or felt the need to look at my watch. And I will freely admit that I did seem to get something in my eyes at the end - I can't imagine what it would be. I'm sorry to see Daniel go as he really did seem to do all he could to humanize the character, even if a couple of the films he was handed weren't quite up to snuff (while I do think there is some good in Spectre, there is nothing redeemable about Quantum of Solace except that sequence at the opera). However, considering the arm-twisting it took to get him back for this film, it's probably for the best that he moves on to the Knives Out Cinematic Universe I will say this: Mallory (M) needs to be summarily executed for gross incompetence.
    2 points
  9. Just watched the 4K HDR UHD version of Christine. I love, love that movie as it is and I'm not usually one to seek out specific editions but good god, it looked absolutely gorgeous. The car especially looked glorious in HDR. Still one of my favorite Horror movies.
    2 points
  10. The Last Kingdom is one of my favorite shows of all time. The books are fantastic, too.
    2 points
  11. Agreed. The Last Kingdom is magnificent. The slave ship stuff was next level in terms of drama.
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  13. The Chiefs also being at 2-3 does make me feel slightly less like shit. Misery loves company.
    2 points
  14. I've got some Taino blood in me. Family always taught us that Columbus was a monster. That, however, isn't really a lesson taught anymore since most of the family has moved onto the mainland and kids have gone to school up here. That said, at least at my son's school today is indigenous Peoples' Day. I'll take it
    2 points
  15. I don't find any problem in juding historical figures through a modern lense. 99.9% of them were pieces of shit. There's also an element of "separate the art from the artist," though. Do I think Columbus deserves his own holiday? No. He was fired for incompetence and corruption and seemed to be a general tool. Was he a genocidal maniac? Not particularly moreso than anyone else at the time. De Bobadilla and De Ovando were absolutely more brutal than Columbus was, but no one remembers their names, so who cares. Columbus gets painted as this wicked god-king of the new world, when the most genocidal policies towards natives weren't put into place until after he was removed from power. That's not to excuse Columbus in any way Shit, we put George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson on our money, and all of them literally owned human beings for profit. Even Alexander Hamilton may have owned people, which puts us at a pretty shitty batting average regarding putting slavers on our currency. Point being, don't put historical figures on pedestals, but it's also okay to celebrate their accomplishments. John Locke probably had beliefs that would horrify us today, but he also basically invented modern federal democracy, so hey ho.
    2 points
  16. People are developing diabetes after COVID-19. It might be because the virus messing with insulin-producing cells, new research suggests. WWW.BUSINESSINSIDER.COM The virus could be completely changing the way the pancreas beta cells work, Dr. Shiubing Chen told Insider. Yet another reason why you just don't want to get this disease PERIOD.
    2 points
  17. A game all about light and shadow and you wielding a flashlight as a primary weapon. Developers then choose to not support raytracing or even HDR. Fucking failure right there. That should've been the end of the contract. You fucked up at the very basics. No raytracing I can kiiiind of get, slightly, even though it'd be amazing in this game, but no HDR? Are you fucking stupid? What fucking good is DLSS if the remaster isn't doing anything to warrant using it? I can already play Alan Wake at 4k perfectly fine, and it looks pretty much identical to this. What the fuck were they doing??
    2 points
  18. I have absolutely no idea what came over me, but once I started, I just couldn't stop: You can find the playlists here if you're so inclined https://www.youtube.com/c/ShoddyCast/playlists
    1 point
  19. It had some high highs, for sure, the slave ship being one of them. Or just Finan in general, the show went up in quality once he was in it. It definitely made me want to start reading the books.
    1 point
  20. It is certainly a thing, and is especially common amongst biracial people who often grow up in a culture that leans more towards one side of their biological reality than the other and often doesn’t neatly align with societal/communal expectations around how one ought to be given their appearance.
    1 point
  21. I believe that's Hellraiser: Inferno? I remember this one being far less shitty than the other faceless sequels and vaguely enjoyable.
    1 point
  22. I thought for sure he would be more pumped for COD? He's a fanboy for god sakes! If I had a series X I'd be pretty excited for Infinite's mp. It sounds pretty damn awesome.
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  24. Im not super far in yet. Game is fun but it has some balance problems. But like most these games you’ll eventually get ridiculous weapons and it just becomes a matter of how you want to kill everyone. It’s worth buying if you like the previous games but I’m finding the formula is starting to get old for me. Ubisoft seems to love making games resource grinds now so they can sell you resource packs micro transactions to speed things up and I’m getting tired of it. It’s still a fun game though with traditional Far Cry wackiness. But Ubisoft’s shit is getting old.
    1 point
  25. Nope. This game has exchanged hard to find secrets for hard to get secrets. It's now stuff like gain booster speed through these doors while avoiding the enemies, press down to gather the boost energy while avoiding enemies, jump into the gap in the morphball, now blow up a couple of blocks, jump over a hole, and then shoot your way into the ceiling with the stored up boost energy from earlier...all while doing it fast enough to not lose your stored boost or accidently setting it off too early. The game also gives you a flat percentage of secrets per area, so I know I have 85% of secrets in this section versus 100% in this other. A lot of good QoL improvements without really holding your hand or making it any easier than pay Metroid games. I'll trade upgrades that test your skills over upgrades that waste your time while you bomb every corner of the map for hours any day of the week.
    1 point
  26. DONT DO THIS. Seriously though, Underhero is perhaps the most criminally overlooked game I can think of. Somehow NOBODY talks about it and it’s REALLY good. I still need to play Bug Fables but it scratches that paper mario itch better than anything else I’ve played since ttyd. It’s better than oragami, and I liked that game a lot too.
    1 point
  27. well considering the show never had a resolution...stupid decision for them to try and make it an ongoing series rather than a limited series (especially given it was based on a short novella) I would definitely have to say the movie. The movie also has several options. Two different endings and a color version and black and white version.
    1 point
  28. I also love the implication that the only peoples whose opinions we should take into account are Europeans here, since nobody is arguing the enslaved enjoyed all the rape, pillaging, and murder.
    1 point
  29. I think the first one is essential, the second one pretty good and everything else best forgotten. Maybe Hellraiser 3 is cheesy fun, I only watched it twice and thought it sucked both times, but the first one especially has this eccentric, more artsy flair than your average Horror flick that I always thought made the movie what it is. It's a cliche yeah, but I'd still recommend reading The Hellbound Heart. It's only about 120 pages and amazing. I have zero interest in a remake so they could cast my cat to play Pinhead and I'd be cool with it.
    1 point
  30. Backdoor Sluts 9 makes Crotch Capers 3 look like Naughty Nurses 2!
    1 point
  31. Children of Morta is $9 Diablo 2 Resurrected is $40 Celeste - $20 Castlevania Advance - $20 Fatal Frame - $40 (Out the 27th) Dreamscaper - $25 Bug Fables - $25 Axiom Verge 2 - $20 Minecraft Duneons - $20
    1 point
  32. Steel Magnolias But only the 2012 remake with Queen Latifah
    1 point
  33. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is on sale for $28. Spiritfarer is great also.
    1 point
  34. Will be hilarious if MAGA people start saying "why do I have to pay $100,000 for my hospital stay, and zero for an experimental vaccine?!" and then have a weird populist right-wing push for universal healthcare. Obviously it would get shut down by the higher-ups in the GOP.
    1 point
  35. Also lololololol bari Weiss c'mon man. She must have run out of small new England private colleges who might have done a cancel culture to write about to produce this piece
    1 point
  36. He gave the dogs treats. This isn't a threat. The fact that you pulled this from Bari fucking Weiss's substack is blatantly obvious that this is a total whitewashing of what happened. The amount of dog whistles in this article are enough to make me sick. Also, let's go into this a little more. Now, I know Bari Weiss isn't the author of this piece. But it's her substack. Bari Weiss has made a living on publicly shaming people. In college, she protested a report by Columbia University that showed that a Middle Eastern studies professor did NOT intimidate pro-Israel students. She instead took to publicly shaming him. She has also tried to destroy the reputation of academic Nadia Abu El-Haj when he questioned her conclusions on anthropology when relating to the Jews' claim on Israel's territory. Weiss circulated a petition to prevent El-Haj from getting a teaching position (but that failed). This is nonsense.
    1 point
  37. COVID is killing kids because half this nation is wildly endangering them. My oldest is in school, in person. He's less at risk not because of his health but because his school takes actual precautions to prevent the spread of COVID. That includes, but is not limited to, a mask mandate; testing everyone, including the vaccinated, for COVID on a weekly basis; and vaccine mandates for all the teachers and staff. Again, the reason why there's an uptick of children dying of COVID is because adults that don't take the disease seriously are willingly exposing these children because it has a "low mortality rate".
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