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Everything posted by DasBroot

  1. Mock it. The vast majority of Americans (60% polled) aren't even remotely fooled by his act. And frankly most of his 36% 'approval' base likely isn't as well. Obama might have had the charisma needed to delay an election for some reason or another. Trump does not - not even in the face of a hypothetical man made or natural disaster. One thing I do find amusing - Trump's stated that his own approval ratings are a meaningless metric but he's very quick to point out the approval ratings of everyone else - from the Apprentice under Arnold to Senator Flake.
  2. There is a word for telling lies that you honestly believe. Mistake. It's any reaction when presented with the truth besides 'I didn't know that. I am sorry.' that makes these people delusional jerks. "Ok, so maybe that wasn't true... but the fact remains, it could have been true. It was plausible." BZZZZT! WRONG! It's hands down my single greatest source of frustration with the state of modern media - social or otherwise: By the time the retraction is printed (if it ever is) the damage is done.
  3. Netflix's Voltron season '4' - really just an extension to the 8 episode season 3 they released in the summer. since it was short - 6 episodes - the flaws stood out more (you can't afford a dud episode in a six episode run. Something other properties should take note of) but overall the story and animation remain surprisingly good for what it is. I would happily watch it on my own (as I have) and with my son in a year or two. It has a stronger sense of continuity than most prime time science fiction series. I find that amusing.
  4. I don't think any of that can withstand the media cycle Trump's inevitable tirade against their position will garner. Mud slinging is the norm, sadly, but the last election has shown that the political satirists have called it: shouting louder is better than speaking better. It's frightening how quickly terms like 'truthiness' or 'post-factual society' passed from satire to acceptance among far too many. This is the man who largely won his nomination (not the presidency, despite what he claims - the Republicans were going to get it back anyways short of a miracle - and this election cycle proves it) by saying outrageous things about every other contender and then making sure he waited long enough for his wild rhetoric to take hold before posting anything that might be considered 'well, maybe that's not true'. And he's still doing it. And it's still working among his support base. Misinformation endures and quantity is better than quality. That's what the Democrats and any Republicans running against him in 2020 have to overcome... without sinking to the same level (because the election showed that Trump's immune to attack ads.)
  5. You've got another thing coming - Judas Priest
  6. Most of President Trump's interactions and attempts at empathy and condolence fall into inner monologue 'Ok, Donald.... You can do this! Think! Think! What would a human say in this situation?' territory. I also don't think he *meant* to be disrespectful - he just don't *get* it. Which is not an excuse but it should be expected.
  7. He's enjoying himself too much. Show history demands a sacrifice. Entire last season was Iris so let's make it Joe of something like a major heart attack that doesn't respond to CPR, no matter how quickly applied. Bonus points if it's at a wedding of some sort. I liked the speedster tricks on display last night. They're doing a good job of making him seem faster than when he went into the speed force.
  8. Amusingly that's the closest to canon explanation for their reproductive rate - they're a valuable food source for predators on their native world. It exists in the real world as well as an anti-predator adaptation - predator satiation (sea turtles are the most well known, with a million eggs laid and hatching but only something terrible like 1% making it to the ocean, let alone adulthood).
  9. Designated Survivor - getting a little heavy (well, heavier) handed with the 'subtle' criticism of the current state of American politics this season but I guess that's to be expected. I think it's pretty much impossible for political show writers, be they drama or satire, to get writers block right now.
  10. Close My Eyes Forever - Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  11. Just how many times can a person take a different position in a single paragraph? President Trump speaking about NAFTA yesterday has to be a record of some sort. I feel bad for the negotiators. Also - Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau saying afterwards that sometimes the decisions this administration and president make are 'surprising' is probably the biggest understatement in the name of diplomacy I've ever heard.
  12. It was probably one of the *first* to really feature the idea of evil government so in my mind it's always gotten a pass. I don't mind evil government when it's done well and makes some sort of sense (especially evil from a 'certain point of view'). I mind it when it seems to be the first go to for many writers for any source of dramatic tension in movies or shows.
  13. Glad I'm not alone. Despite all the action going on I felt... bored.
  14. Since my very first exposure to televangelists was the parody "Brother Love" from the WWF I've always found it impossible to take the entire concept seriously (rightly or wrongly).
  15. Much as I like Radiohead and RATM I think about half the other acts on the ballot are more worthy of being included before them. Really impressed to see Sister Rosetta Tharpe on there. Hopefully just the inclusion triggers a wave of 'who?' and google searchs for her music because she's incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xzr_GBa8qk Just listen to that guitar (and solo at 1:30) and realize that this was a hit for her back in the 40s (though that recording looks like it was probably in the 60s in the last decade of her life).
  16. Annoying the rest of the world into deciding which rabid dog it's ultimately in their best interests to back is NOT a positive thing. Nor are die hard fanatics who believe it is. (And it is 'annoying'... not 'convincing', not 'leading', and certainly not 'forcing' - despite the most fervent wishes of said fanatics Russia and China are *not* intimidated or fearful of the US and will not act unless they wish to.) I'm not adverse to gunboat diplomacy (quite the opposite, in truth) but I prefer Roosevelt's 'speak softly, and carry a big stick" over .. whatever this is ("Shut up, shut up, shut up I'll <bleep> you up" - Korn?). I know it hasn't worked. I know. It only works on sensible people and many of America's current enemies *aren't*. I just feel that America needs to lead, not bully, and I wish trying to do so worked better.
  17. They voted against it because it 'strongly deplores' the use of the death penalty in general as a violation of basic human rights and contains language about member states that currently use it look into phasing it out. http://www.snopes.com/2017/10/03/united-nations-ban-death-penalty/ "As our representative to the Human Rights Council said last Friday, the United States is disappointed to have voted against that resolution. We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s approach in condemning the death penalty in all circumstances, and it called for the abolition of the death penalty altogether. We had hoped for a balanced and inclusive resolution that would better reflect the positions of states that continue to apply the death penalty lawfully, as the United States does. The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for conduct such as homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery, and apostasy. We do not consider such conduct appropriate for criminalization." Bills get shot down because someone tries to attach something unacceptable to it. This is no different.
  18. And then updated again https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lapd-clarifies-cannot-confirm-tom-petty-death/ I'm holding out hope against all odds until an official news release.
  19. That's fair. If they don't they very may well NOW.
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