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  1. Not saying to unilaterally disarm - just to keep things conventional: North Korea has a large enough standing army and enough hardware to decimate the peninsula as is and nobody seriously wants to inherit the mess that is North Korea through annexation or conquest, regardless: Their paranoia has been unjustified for decades now. Pushing the nuclear ambition agenda serves no other point than to keep the attention and condemnation of the world upon them so they can play the part of martyr-hero and tell their people 'see? We're so awesome that the world fears and respects us' to remain in power.
  2. Sure they do: knock it off. If they'd knocked it off 10 or 20 years ago nobody would care about them in the slightest any longer. They'd be just another 2nd or 3rd world country that gets ignored by policy unless it draws attention to itself. Trump would be railing against someone else, if he were even president in a different climate. Being ignored, though, would lead to its people getting a chance to stop and think about just how badly they're treated. Kim, like his father, must rattle his saber or risks losing his head.
  3. True enough. My family used drive a fair distance to fill 4 litre bottles from a spring near Altes Schloss. It was definitely nice tasting water and nobody ever got sick from it.
  4. A very large amount of the world's population drinks 'raw water'. Many die. "Our water is too clean - it weakens our immune system!" is about as first world a problem as I've ever heard.
  5. I would consider it more of a buffet, these days - there's a lot of superheroic content on tv, streaming services, and in theathers these days. The plate I bring to it is my free time. It's not as large a plate as I'd like. I'd like to sample everything in the buffet but my plate only holds so much per trip up - so my first trip up I fill it with everything I know I will probably love. Tastes I'll probably *like* have to wait for future trips up to the buffet, and tastes I've never experienced before might get sampled eventually (as long as by the time I get to go up to the buffet with the plate they haven't restocked anything I would consider first or second trip worthy to grab instead ... and these days they often do).
  6. It was one season but it wasn't a bad season, really. Unlike many of Fox's other victims at least the nasty cliffhanger had a chance to be addressed and resolved in the made for tv movies afterwards (I think there were four or five?)
  7. I've watched the trailer three times now and this is honestly the first Marvel movie I find myself not remotely caring about. I didn't care much about Age of Ultron, either, but I liked what I saw in the 'no strings on me' trailer. This one, though - pure neutral on the anticipation. I can't put my finger on why.
  8. The Last Jedi and Bright TLJ was decent. Acting and dialogue were strong (for a Star Wars movie) and the shots were amazing. I really liked how badly the trailer 'lied' - it didn't tell the story at all. I think that's part of the backlash, though - people made their own movie based upon what they'd seen and the real thing didn't match it. Bright was decent as well - too much swearing, but it comes with the genre. I didn't really have questions going in but have a ton coming out. I'm still undecided if that's a sign of good setup or poor payoff. Time will tell.
  9. You know, I don't really have a problem with places using security guards (robot or otherwise) to clear homeless people from their property: It's a place of business, not a shelter. (I have a problem with there being so many homeless in the first place and the infrastructure/accessibility/health problems that make hanging around public spaces and private businesses instead of seeking help the status quo.)
  10. They missed an opportunity with this premise: I'm ok with it as is but I hope they're planning something trickier or less clear cut...
  11. No, definitely watch Titanic over Twilight if you 'want' tragic teen romance (you don't). It's better in every conceivable way, even on the angst-y teenage romance stuff. Though really... just do what I do and youtube the boat sinking part of the movie. It's the reason I agreed to go with my fiance at the time, after all, and worth seeing.
  12. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Live in Gdansk) Comfortably Numb is just one of those already excellent songs that only gets more enjoyable when the guitar soloist is allowed to go crazy.
  13. They both have more nuts than a family sized jar of Skippy's Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter. They both have silky smooth milk chocolate made in a factory that doesn't use nuts in any of its products. The biggest problem appears to be that the peanut butter jars are the ones being vocal enough to appear to direct the narrative. I truly believe that's what needs to change - the silent majority needs to speak - but it's hard to do, politically, without descending into tribalism and risking falling into one of the peanut butter churning vats at the factory yourself.
  14. That nobody seriously disputes the title years *after* it was made and a lot of DC movies have been released says something about the state of DC's movie dreams. It's just sort of presumed that at least *one* of any of their upcoming movies will fail. My vote's on Aquaman. I like Aquaman. I like Jason Momoa. I didn't see JL yet so I can't say if I like JM as Aquaman, - or if he was Aquaman in name only. It won't matter much, though, if people still think of pop culture jokes when they think of Aquaman. Those who like DC comics will go. Those who liked him in JL will go. Those who were indifferent will give it a pass.
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 Pretty fun overall.
  16. What problems? Nothing has done anything more to him than make sure he stays on top of the news cycle every day as of yet.
  17. President Trump's war with the FBI continues. I still don't understand the logic of attacking one of your own intelligence agencies - but if I had to guess I would say that's his real problem with them: They're not 'his' intelligence agency. But he says he'll fix that. And to nobody's ultimate surprise he finally backs Moore: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/04/trump-backs-roy-moore-need-his-vote.html
  18. That's related but different - multi-classing instantly picking up years of study. Under the old D&D rules that first level of rogue (thief prior to 3rd) would have taken Vesuvius a lot longer than his human party members as well. Because - elf. I guess they only do 30 minute classes a day and then go dance in meadows for 16 hours or something.
  19. Ditching brain damaged long lived races was one of things I liked best about 4e. Being long lived just let you live longer - no extra time to learn how to be a fighter compared to short lived races, no oddness like dwarves having the longest 'adventuring life' because their time adult to middle aged was longer than an elves, despite the elves living twice as long in the end. You want an elf to take 70 years to hit puberty... fine, I guess (though it's literally unfathomable to a human as to how a brain could take that long to 'mature' - do elves take 5 years of being instructed every day to learn their ABCs? How is that not a learning disability?) but you follow that up with 5 to 7 years of training to become level 1 where a human does it in 1 or 2? Even if they're in the same classroom? That *IS* a learning disability.
  20. They could have but a lot of the popularity of these shows is based on the fact that they have a pretty large non-comic reading viewer base. WHile 'evil doppelganger' is an old enough cliche that everyone gets it setting up the Crime Syndicate in any form requires time. Nazi (and aliens last crossover) don't. Superheroes punching Nazis is as time honored and American as... superheroes punching Nazis.
  21. Only stupid criminals bring their cells with them - there's a LOT of reasons not to. Fortunately, there's a lot of dumb criminals out there.
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