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  1. TBH, I can't say I agree. Sure, Disney will come out and condemn the hate-bombing of its minority actors. Once enough people and media complain about it. Because "what way is the wind blowing" is what Disney's all about, when all is said and done. The fans want more diversity and representation? Okay, we'll just throw in some minority actress into the show, with no consideration for backstory or context. The fans are now complaining that we're too "woke" now? Simple, we'll just make her an unsympathetic bad guy. She's supposed to be the villain, but we'll do nothing to make her actually m
  2. I have felt for a long time now that the Star Wars fanbase is Its own worst enemy. The toxic element cannot discuss the subject without being so overwhelmed with vitrol and hatred that even Palpatine would become alarmed and tell them to chill out a bit. This creates an atmosphere that drives the less passionate and more sensible elements of fan base away from forums wherein SW products are discussed. From there, sensible and nuanced analysis and criticism of the very real flaws of the productions becomes impossible. This Dynamic is exactly what drove George Lucas to sell the franchise to Disn
  3. These stories are funny. Some of them. I don't really know what dating is. Sometime in the distant past I just decided it was something I'd never do. This was back in the mid to late 1980s. Yeah, I'm also going grey, in case you're wondering. In my early 20s a lot of things happened all around the same time. My dad died, I left home and this woman I met in college moved in with me. This was in a different age of the Earth. Mid 1990s, if I recall. When I was still young and all things were still possible, we got married. This was before this site was launched. There was no episod
  4. [tl;dr] It is very worrying to me that you have two warring factions in the American polity, and neither of them seem to give a rat's arse about democratic norms, values and conventions. And this war is being waged both on and over social media monopolies, which also aren't good for democratic norms. First, the easier case. Trump's behavior, especially since losing the election, should be absolutely disqualifying for anybody who lives in a liberal democracy. While I have never believed him to be fit for political office, that should now be painfully obvious to anybody who casts a vote. There
  5. YouTube. There's all kinds of it there. All kinds. Channels I've played are: Luetin09 (the best one, IMO), Oculus Imperia, 40K Theories, Tactica Imperialis and Arch Warhammer. There's a raft of podcasts also, but I'm far less familiar with them. If you're just beginning in 40K, I'll second what Virul said and suggest starting with an overview of the Horus Heresy, since it's such a foundational event in series lore. You'll never get through everything though, so I'd suggest starting with a faction, historical period or specific conflict you're most interested in and focusing on that.
  6. Yup. About twice that for Calgary these days - our municipal government can't stop tearing up the roads and most certainly can't synchronize traffic signals. But the absence of traffic congestion, massive crowds and huge long line ups for most things is simply great. Herd mentality drives me absolutely crazy, and social distancing is doing a fair bit to suppress it. Wonderful.
  7. No. I started to playing Warhammer 40K last May, and bought a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe last July. That's enough bad financial decisions for one year. Especially now that our provincial government has gone and closed all the schools, so the overtime at work is drying right up. Once I get my Christmas bonus, everyone is getting either gift cards or cash. They can buy what they want, wrap it themselves, put it under the tree, and then act really surprised on Christmas morning when they open it up. I'm sick to death of Christmas.
  8. My observation has been that a lot of neoreactionaries are anti war, for the most part. As is often the case, far right and far left support the same kinds of policies but for different reasons. To the far alt right the US are the real cucks and soyboys because of America's apparent willingness to fight Israel's wars for it. Right to a degree, but for the most woefully of wrong reasons. Even more moderate alt-lite types, your average MAGA type in the Carrie Mathison mold, were drawn to Trump in part because he wanted America to get out of all the wars that Obama said he wanted to get out
  9. Destiny Skywalker has the right of this. Secession would it be extremely difficult because the divide is not fundamentally between red states and blue states, even though that's what turns up on electoral maps and state is a factor. It tends to be more between urban and rural, across racial, gender and class lines, education levels and quite frequently by profession and even marital status. The divide has been fuelled by gerrymandering, which incentivizes ideological Purity within the parties as opposed to moderation between the parties to capture undecided voters. Decentralization and id
  10. Yeah, this is all pretty familiar. It does get easier. Later childhood - the 8 to 12 year range, things stabilize a bit. Then it goes right to hell for a bit when the testosterone kicks in. My older boy did a stint in the pediatric psych ward when he was 15. Same kid I was always having to go pick up and bring home from school when he was in grade 2. But he's having problems again because he's not too keen on this whole social distancing thing and my older brother just had a stroke (he's 52) and so my 18 year old son is lying awake at night worried to death about his genetics. Still won't
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    That short, often feathered cut with bangs in the front and short in the back? No, not that. She doesn't have the haircut, at the very least.
  12. Theoretically, libertarianism and far-right extremism are quite different. Fascism and libertarianism couldn't be more opposite in their views on the state, for instance. But there has, as been noted, a libertarian to alt-right "pipeline" and what drives this is that both movements appeal to similar demographics of people, typically white males who find no home on either the left or the mainstream right. Plus, there's a similar sort of mindset. A kind of hard-heartedness and a strong belief in social darwinism. Power and success are seen as indicators of intelligence and virtue, thus the st
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    Ha ha ha. I think she actually has that on a t-shirt. And on one of many motivational plaques hanging on the walls. Ah, my mistake.
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    I'm fairly certain I married Karen. Not her real name of course, but I dread going to restaurants with her. Nothing's ever good enough, and to be fair, she does have preternaturally bad luck with orders really being screwed up, etc. And she's forever winging about how this, that or the other thing that she ordered from Old Navy or got shipped through Amazon (whom I refuse to use in any capacity) is the wrong size, color, etc. She's always having to take back the latest thing she got at Walmart or wherever for some reason or another. Half of what she gets is free because she's elevated the art
  15. We really are looking like Rome 2.0, aren't we? I find it a fascinating process, and especially how quickly it happened. 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall had just come down and major reforms were being touted in what were passing for America's rivals. The USSR was breaking up and China was plunging headlong into market reforms. Surely democracy was to follow, despite the setback at Tienanmen Square. Plus, Nelson Mandella had been freed in South Africa and they were on the road towards being a functional multi-racial democracy. Only 30 years. I not only remember it, but was on the cusp of adulth
  16. A little over a month ago, armed right wing protesters in Michigan marched on the state capitol, shut the city down and tried to force the governor to adopt a series of legislative demands. Today, antifa is doing much the same thing in Seattle, to it's mayor and city council. It isn't completely new. Antifa rioting in DC after Trump's win, rioting in Berkeley because of a speaker they didn't like. Cliven Bundy holds up in Nevada to stop the feds from impounding his cattle. It's been going on a while now. It's cliche to say that what happened in ancient Rome is happening here too. But som
  17. Hate to say I told you so. That said, it's worrying that there's no "side" in this whole matter that seems to actually have any real grip on things. The progressives are simply becoming more openly and obviously what I've been saying they were for a long time now: a mythology based as opposed to a fact and policy based movement. They took everything they once "deconstructed" while in the universities: western media, the nuclear family, American exceptionalism, the protestant work ethic, conservatism, whatever - and simply turned it on its head and made a civic religion out of the outcome
  18. This is the nation of J. Edgar Hoover and COINTELPRO. There's a long history of this kind of thing in the US.
  19. This. I don't think we're seeing a revolution in any meaningful sense. The closest we're seeing to an actual narrative emerge from this is coming from Black Lives Matter, whom I do sympathize with to a fair extent but we need more than just white guilt and black rage. Burning our cities to the ground might call attention to the underlying issues, but more than that, what? I don't see a workable, doable program being pushed by anyone of any significance. Abolishing or severely defunding police departments will do nothing save for turn the streets over to the gangs and mobs, though it is admit
  20. Both the libertarians and the socialists agree there's a problem. I'd say there's a problem.
  21. "Looking at scenes of rioting and looting playing out across America following the murder of black man George Floyd at the hands of rogue police officer Derek Chauvin, it's easy to think that while anger and protest are justified, rioting and looting are stupid and misguided. Easy and correct, of course. Opportunistic criminals, who are by differing accounts white supremacists, anarchist agitators or even the cops themselves using the social unrest as a pretext for stoking people into rampaging mobs warrant our condemnation just as much as rogue and murdering police officers do. Yet the sigh
  22. I guess there's something to be said for living in a place where you get 7 months of winter.
  23. I guess I've moved on, but still appreciate it. My sons are into it, and when you really stop and think about it, that's kinda what SW is all about. Passing on what you've learned, and all that.
  24. Haven't day or night in almost 20 years.
  25. I quite enjoy them, actually. My old conversations with Pong and Carrie ... well, I do most of that on Facebook nowadays, and even get onto the odd YouTube chat/stream. But funny how much I hammered out my outlook on things in some of the old threads here.
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