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  1. Looks and sounds like another great show; Madagascar sounded amazing. Setlist updated in the OP.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Tonight my wife and I were watching Family Feud. In the final segment of the game, where one person answers five questions, one of the questions was "Name something a doctor takes." My wife said temperature, I said blood. Turns out the number one answer was money. We both started laughing, as we quickly remembered that this is a US-based production. Then I felt bad for laughing because that's really sad that most Americans associate their doctors with financial transactions.
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    McCain seems as clairvoyant as ever: "To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history." https://www.axios.com/mccain-slams-spurious-nationalism-in-speech-aimed-at-trump-2497405904.html?utm_medium=linkshare&utm_campaign=organic
  4. ZOMG!!!! SNES CLASSIC EDITION!!!!!

    I hope this doesn't jinx anything but I'm feeling fairly confident I got my order through on Best Buy's website today! Just put through the order and will feel a lot better when I get a confirmation email. But feeling pretty great about it right now. Hopefully everything comes through and in a few days to a week I'll be able to play games that are 20-25+ years old!
  5. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Can you imagine conservative's reaction had Obama threatened to pull Fox News' license over their coverage of him? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/trump-nbc-fcc-broadcast-license.html How are not most conservatives up in arms over Trump's attacks on the first amendment?
  6. US Politics/Elections Thread

    As if that lack of respect doesn't go both ways. Look at how Republicans and the conservative base disrespected Obama and university educated Americans. I suppose this only helps to prove your point, but as it stands, I'm not sure how anyone can respect any Trump supporter. Most of my family is American and most of them are Republican. I would wager that 60-90 percent voted Trump but most now admit it was a mistake and regret their decision. Fair enough. But there are those who still cling to hope and support the guy regardless of how utterly shit he is as President. How do you respect those people? How up your own ass do you have to be to believe that Trump is fit for the office? Some of my closest cousins are all aghast and disturbed by the fact that their parents are still Trump supporters. One of them told me that while she'll always love her parents, she can't reconcile the fact that they voted for a guy who treats women so poorly despite having three daughters. I get that college educated and coastal Americans can be condescending and contribute to the problem. When Trump said he loved the poorly educated after his caucus win in Nevada, most liberals laughed and accused Trump of being insulting. But it's not an insult for those with less education and I don't doubt they feel disrespected when they're made fun of for not having a degree or diploma. I also disagree with your assessment as to why Trump won. He won because most assumed Clinton would lose, and hence stayed home. Voter turnout amongst Democrats and democratic leaning independents was down. Trump did slightly better than Romney who got trounced by Obama. I do think there was a lack of enthusiasm about Clinton (and rightfully so), but had the national polling showed a Trump lead or a tie I would imagine more people would have got off their asses and voted for Clinton to keep Trump from winning. Not when you compare her to every other developed nation in the world. Canada's conservative party is to the left of the US Democratic Party.
  7. US Politics/Elections Thread

    /mic drop
  8. Mass Shooting, Las Vegas, 10/01/2017

    I've found that people who peddle in conspiracy theories despite an absence of facts and flaws in logic are usually driven by a self-sense of superiority. Only they know or believe the truth; it gives themselves value that they otherwise feel. Everyone else are just sheep and idiots; they know better.
  9. Shadow of War

    A game that really makes me want to get back into gaming... Still holding out to buy an Xbox One X in the spring but it's tough suppressing the urge to pick up a PS4 in the meantime.
  10. Great thing about baseball is that any of the teams (maybe not Boston) could get hot and win the whole thing. I wouldn't be surprised if either the Houston, Cleveland, Washington, LA, or Arizona ended up winning the WS. Can't quite say the same about basketball, and lately hockey.
  11. Meant to do this a couple of days ago but oh well, here are my playoff predictions: Divisional Series Cleveland > New York in 4 Houston > Boston in 3 Washington > Chicago in 4 Arizona > LA in 5 League Series Cleveland > Houston in 6 Washington > Arizona in 7 World Series Cleveland > Washington in 6
  12. Mass Shooting, Las Vegas, 10/01/2017

    But it doesn't really take much to get someone from law-abiding to non-law abiding. As Jim Jefferies argues in his bit on the topic, you unfortunately have to play to the lowest common denominator. Sure, there are many people who can handle the responsibility of owning certain types of weaponry. But we can't set policy according to those individuals (even if they appear to be in the overwhelming majority). We have to play to the deranged few who may not have the resources or know-wherewithal to access highly potent weapons. We don't allow people to drive track-tuned sports cars on our streets because a few fucknuts will, well, fuck things up. So we put limits on what cars and trucks are allowed to be driven with a standard license. I've got no issues with allowing access to a certain levels of weaponry if they came with greater demands on the user's training and background (as well as limits on where they can be used). The issue isn't that those like yourself who argue that greater oversight on gun ownership and use would not likely have prevented what happened in Vegas are wrong. You're likely correct that changes in gun policy would not have changed much (though limits on quantity, type, and ammunition capacities might have likely lessened the carnage and death toll). But that's not really the point that most reasonable advocates for gun control in and outside of the US are trying to make. Mass shootings are just another and glaring reminder of the problem of gun violence that plagues a relatively civilized nation that is not present in other similarly civilized countries. It's the only time everyone is paying attention to the issue, so it's an opportunity like none other to underscore the problem of gun violence in general and suggest solutions that would have an effect on gun violence in its entirety. It's unreasonable to argue that universal background checks or a ban on assault weapons would have made what happened in Vegas an unlikely proposition. But those policy changes would likely have a dramatic effect on gun violence as a whole. It's the low lying fruit to addressing a real problem. And it isn't the only necessary adjustment to the problem, but it is one of them and likely the most effective and feasible (relatively) to tackling the more complex contributors to the problem (addressing shortages in identifying and treating mental health, lack of economic opportunity, poverty, etc.). Almost every regressive analysis of the problem points to a strong correlation between gun violence and the qualitative, quantitative and support to a nation's gun policy. Studies continually demonstrate that when you control for poverty, mental health treatment, inequality, and gun policy, it's gun policy that shows the greatest effect on gun violence. I'm sure you're familiar with Hastings street (and surrounding area) in Vancouver; one of Canada's worst neighbourhood for crime, drugs, gangs, and poverty. And yet there were only 11 murders in Vancouver in 2016. There are obviously clear reasons for this outside of gun ownership and saturation, but obviously gun policy plays an important role when one compares American cities that likely do not have a neighbourhood like Hastings. Admittedly this just anecdotal on my part, but I think it underscores how we can compare nations that choose to more onerous regulations than those that do not.
  13. Mass Shooting, Las Vegas, 10/01/2017

    Yeah, I see what you're saying. I feel strange if I go a few hours looking at my phone. But I just don't think phone "addiction," like gun addiction, is anywhere near addictions to alcohol, gambling, and particularly drugs. I've never heard of whoring themselves out for their next gun fix or breaking their hands or wrist so they can get another oxycodent script. I've head a few guns but never shot one. Although, as strange as this sounds, I do want to go to a gun range if I'm ever in Vegas to give it a try.
  14. Mass Shooting, Las Vegas, 10/01/2017

    An autopsy might also reveal if it might have been a clinical condition. Here are the summary findings of the Connolly Commission that reviewed the autopsy findings of Charles Whitman, the Texas University clock tower shooter: "They found that the tumor had features of a glioblastoma multiforme, with widespread areas of necrosis, palisading[a] of cells and a "remarkable vascular component" described as having "the nature of a small congenital vascular malformation." Psychiatric contributors to the report concluded that "the relationship between the brain tumor and [...] Whitman's actions [...] cannot be established with clarity. However, the [...] tumor conceivably could have contributed to his inability to control his emotions and actions", while the neurologists and neuropathologists concluded: "The application of existing knowledge of organic brain function does not enable us to explain the actions of Whitman on August first." Maybe nothing, but perhaps there is a biological or chemical explanation for Paddock's actions.
  15. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Except Tillerson was also on board with the 30 percent cut to the State budget and did little to ebb the flow of career diplomatics who left the foreign service as a result of Trump... http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/04/rex-tillerson-is-running-the-state-department-into-the-ground-215677?lo=ap_e1
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