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    Ranxerox reacted to Duke Bushido in Coronavirus   
    Ten minutes ago, my wife tested positive.  She has a patient who has been off of isolation precautions for a week and a half who apparently was positive when he transferred in.  There is no chance that we haven't all been exposed.  Wife got tested because she developed symptoms yesterday.   I called work: I'm in quarantine, too, apparently.  Waiting till morning to contact the school to find out about the kids.
     
     
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    Ranxerox reacted to Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    So, did you hear about the latest bizarre thing that Trump has tweeted?
     
    Yeah, me neither.
     
    It's been glorious.
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    Ranxerox reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I don't doubt that Trumpism will continue its corrosive path for years, even if Trump is kiboshed. But my sister recently read an interesting article by conservative Evangelical anti-Trumper David French in which he suggests that a Trump downfall -- he dealt with impeachment, but I think a business crash and burn might work as well -- will *not* result in  Trump Martyrdom Myth. French says that his tour of duty in Iraq gave him some experience with insurgents, and insurgents love power and winning. A Trump who has clearly failed and been defeated doesn't feed that hunger.
     
    (I'd provide a link, but my sister says it's a subscribers-only blog post.)
     
    My own thoughts: Trump is a brilliant grifter, but he has some real problems becoming a martyr. First, he won't be dead. It's important that martyrs be dead so they can be simplified into stories that believers can tell.
     
    Second, martyrs don't whine. At least in their myth, they walk to their doom with head high, eyes open and a psalm on their lips. Slain, but undefeated, knowing that the enemies who think they have won have actually lost. Trump never frickin' shuts up about how victimized he is. He's skilled at telling his cultists that his victimization is theirs, too, but... he's still a whiner. Not good form for a martyr.
     
    (I also suspect the "We're victims together" story also works in large part because Trump remains rich and apparently "winning" despite his victimhood. He's still winning, so you're still winning too! Doesn't work as well if he has clearly, unambiguously, suffered a major loss. Losing the election is a start. If he ends up seeking political and business asylum in Saudi, it looks even worse. But he's been counted out before, only to come back as obnoxious as ever, so I still can't call this a certainty. Merely that his comeback isn't certain, either.)
     
    Dean Shomshak
    Also, just heard on my local public radio station: WA Sec'y of State Kim Wyman, last West Coast Republican in a statewide elective office, says that post Jan 6, she's not sure she can stay in the Republican Party anymore.
     
    Dean Shomshak
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Finally Revealed, Fox News Wrongful Death Settlement For The Killing Of Seth Rich
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    Ranxerox reacted to Iuz the Evil in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Agreed, should not be a feature of our criminal justice system. 
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    Ranxerox reacted to Ragitsu in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I cannot help but wonder if some of that movement's energy stems - paradoxically - from laziness; chasing after labyrinthine conspiracy theories is much easier than confronting a mundane overt evil that has permeated every level of society.
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    Ranxerox reacted to Thia Halmades in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    One other thing I would point out here, while I’m thinking about it:
     
    The “enemies list” was oppression BY the State against an ideology, specifically Communism. While he probably didn’t have the names in his pocket, there was a real list and those people were branded, unfairly, enemies of the State.
     
    These people are enemies of the State. The self described “Q Shaman” believes that they doing the will of God, fighting against Communism and the Globalists, that the Democrats are satan worshippers and drink the blood of babies. And if you think I’m making that up, please, fact check it. And be appalled.
     
    Even with all of that, I have always said “Hey man, you do you. You want to believe some crazy bull—, that’s cool, just don’t ask me to believe it or do anything, you know. Stupid, dangerous or treasonous.” Again, I assure you, these are things I have actually said in reference to this. I respect everyone’s First Amendment Rights. The thing is, they believe that they are doing God’s work, that God and Jesus Christ appointed Trump, and that killing a democratic member of the Legislative Branch is a blow for humanity because the liberals are going to destroy this nation, revoke all of their freedoms and install communism.
     
    We won’t even begin to point out that they already largely benefit from Socialism in how wealthier States pay for poorer States, the New Deal installing the social safety net that they are currently using, etc etc. Let it be known that we are operating on two very different sets of facts; actual, provable facts, and... baby eating satanic cultists operating out of a pizza joint’s basement... where said pizza joint has no basement. 
     
    The First Amendment does not give you the right to yell “Fire” in a crowded theater, and it doesn’t give you the right to storm the Capitol with zip ties, build a gallows, or scream “Hang Mike Pence.” I think it’s easy to block out just how horrifying Wednesday was. So yes. It is an “enemies list.” A list of people who are self professed and self identified as having the singular goal of tearing down the existing constitutional government, rebelling to stop the peaceful transfer of power to a duly elected President and Vice President, and install their “God Emperor” — who is absolutely bonkers and Simon can wrap my knuckles for saying it — for four more years, or longer.
     
    That makes them seditionists, and that means they are, literally, enemies of the State. That the justice system puts the information out publicly only ties to what they were already doing on Social Media.
     
    Just something to consider. And if I’m coming off a little stronger than usual (which to some will be a comical statement, but Ive gotten a lot better) it’s because I am a patriot. My country isn’t lines on a map, it’s the promise of the rule of law and a fair shot for anyone who comes here. That promise is long broken and we need to unify to the facts and a way forward that embraces progressive thought tempered by conservative planning. I am angry. I am blind with fury. I do not want mercy.
     
    I want justice. 
     
     
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    I mean... is it a little fishy? A little... GOLD fishy?
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    Ranxerox reacted to Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off "Racist-Ass Terrorists"
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Some of the people who stormed the Capitol came prepared to take hostages.  What the frell were they doing if not attempting a coup?
     

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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Some of the people who stormed the Capitol came prepared to take hostages.  What the frell were they doing if not attempting a coup?
     

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    Ranxerox reacted to Spence in What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...   
    I've read all the books that are out and am watching the most recent episodes.  So far the TV show has kept the tone and style of the books even with the changes needed for live action.  The TV show is one of the best scifi shows I have seen in the last 20 years.  Great hard scifi that would be a great Traveller setting. 
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Spence in What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...   
    I been intrigued by the trailer for Syfy's The Expanse, so I read the first book of series it based on, Leviathan Wakes.  It's a good page turning read and I would recommend it to any fan of science fiction.  The authors (James S.A. Corey is the pen name for team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) describe it as working man's science fiction.  They have tried to make the book with enough science as to not pull the reader out of engagement with obvious mistakes but if they don't have to explain how something works scientifically, they don't.  This is an approach that worked well for me, and there was only one place in the book that I read something and thought 'that's wrong'.  
     
    I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and to upcoming TV show, though I wish that they were doing it through animation rather than live action.  There are scenes in the book that they are never going to be able get right on the special effects budget of a TV show.  Heck there is stuff that would be hard to get right in a big budget movie.  Still, I'm interested in seeing how they tackle them and hope that it won't be too painful.
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Pattern Ghost in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I also got HBOMax to watch WW84, but after hearing about the download problems I opted to watch Doom Patrol instead.  I have only watched the first two episodes so far, but IMHO they were excellent.  If the show maintains this level of quality, it is going to wind up on my list of favorite TV shows.
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    Ranxerox reacted to Matt the Bruins in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I enjoyed it well enough, but mainly because most of the screen time was spent with intensely charming people. Maxwell Lord was so badly written that Pedro Pascal couldn't save him, and there were lots of contrivances and plot holes that would have really bothered me if they happened in a movie with less charming leads. At least this time the awful videogame-y CGI fight was short and wasn't the actual climax of the action—I thought the way Diane resolved the overall situation was how the FIRST movie should have ended, and it worked well here.
     
    The opening scene and mid-credits scene were awesome, and pretty much worth the cost of subscribing to HBO Max for me this month. (Once I binge watch Doom Patrol and the first season of Westworld we'll see if I want to keep it around longer.)
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    Ranxerox reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    That movie is the closest thing to the Trump administration. Incompetent con man becomes president of a country, and throws it into chaos with the help of his crazed cronies.
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    Ranxerox reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    There’s a term for people like Trump.
     
    But there’s not a second one.
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    Just now?  I have been getting price quotes for guillotine construction from carpenters, and was about to set up a KickStarter fund to pay for them.*
     
     
     
    * - Just joking, Dan. 
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Ragitsu in Coronavirus   
    Darn!  Now I have to get an entirely new set of price quotes.
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Coronavirus   
    Darn!  Now I have to get an entirely new set of price quotes.
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    Ranxerox got a reaction from Hermit in Coronavirus   
    Just now?  I have been getting price quotes for guillotine construction from carpenters, and was about to set up a KickStarter fund to pay for them.*
     
     
     
    * - Just joking, Dan. 
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    Ranxerox reacted to Hermit in Coronavirus   
    Update- My mom and dad actually called ...  they've thought about it, and talked to me.. and in a moment that I'm oddly proud of, are okay with me not coming over to their part of the state for Christmas. It'll wait till summer or whenver we can all get the shot. 
     
    ******** ON ANOTHER SUBJECT*************
     
    Honestly, #$#$# like this makes me totally understand angry French peasants
     
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rich-wealthy-coronavirus-vaccine-covid-americans-california-b1776549.html
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