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ailurus 5 points ago +5 / -0

Is LutherPosting going to be a thing now? I approve.

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ailurus 1 point ago +1 / -0

You can't tell a third person omniscient story with gods on the screen and have it come out serious.

That's true, but even without that trying to adapt the Silmarillion would be a lost cause IMO. Its more a history/legends book rather than a straight narrative. You've got time-skips all over the place, you've got major characters dropping in and dropping out, and things just aren't fleshed out in enough detail for a film.

Take the Nírnaeth Arnoediad, for example. It's one of the most important battles in Middle Earth history, and yet the whole thing (in my paperback copy anyway) - from the planning to the last axe swing - is 9 pages. Hollywood is just incapable of dealing with that sort of thing. Peter Jackson's Hobbit treatment suggests they'll want to expand it out into a massive battle sequence there's just not enough information for that short of making it half an hour of elf on orc (and vice versa) stabbing sequences. And we saw how that panned out with tons of dwarf on orc (and vice versa) stabbing sequences.

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ailurus 18 points ago +18 / -0

Based on the "we're the real Jews" comment, sounds like its the Black Hebrew Israelites. Nothing good ever happens when those are around.

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ailurus 8 points ago +8 / -0 (edited)

This is what makes the Reddit salt threads from Barrett's confirmation last night so sad. There's a bunch of comments calling for a general strike in protest of the confirmation which just made me go WTF.

If you've spent the last several months protesting every night, I doubt you're holding down a regular job.

If you keep demanding more and more lockdowns while you hide from the virus, I doubt your job is all that essential.

If you're a (as the r/socialism survey from a few years ago suggests ) an upper middle class white dude living with your parents who has never held down a job for any length of time, there's nothing for you to go on strike from.

You're not the working class. You're not the average joe. The only people who vote Dem anymore are rich people who want to stay in power or wanna-be Commies who want more free stuff and are too dumb to realize they're just cannon fodder for the first group.

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ailurus 10 points ago +10 / -0

The one article (about unprofessional behavior) is still available online, if anyone is interested: https://www.jvascsurg.org/article/S0741-5214(19)32587-X/pdf

The apparent offending paragraph:

Among those with a Facebook account, 193 (96%) accounts were visible to the public (ie, not set to private), 136 (68%) were male, 51 (25%) were integrated residents, 187 (93%) held MD degrees, and 84 (42%) self-identified as a vascular surgeon (Table I). There were 46 (23%) Facebook accounts that displayed evidence of either unprofessional or potentially unprofessional content where four (2%) accounts had clearly unprofessional content and 61 (30.4%) contained evidence of potentially unprofessional content (Table II). There were no instances of HIPAA violations and the most common forms of potentially unprofessional content were holding alcohol (25 accounts, 12.4%) and controversial political/religious/social comments (20 accounts, 10%). Inappropriate attire included pictures in underwear, provocative Halloween costumes, and provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear. Controversial political and religious comments were any derogatory or demeaning comments directed to ward an individual or specific faith. Controversial social comments were largely limited to comments centered around specific stances on abortion and gun control.

So, yeah, willing to bet that the actual story here is that this would-be doctor got offended at being (indirectly) told "a lot of your public social media stuff is not appropriate if you're going to be a doctor" and decided to scream "SEXIST!" instead of just switching the setting to private.

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ailurus 11 points ago +11 / -0

Man, first reply on there:

And even before gamer gate, black women online were sounding all sorts of alarms.

Seriously, can someone find a way to ID and safely kill the intersectional brain slugs impacting all these people?

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ailurus 16 points ago +16 / -0

I think this is the most likely rationale. From the beginning of the primary everyone was talking up Kamala as the heir apparent both then she got utterly smashed. Biden (who was doing miserably early primary) was deemed the easiest one to push out of the way post-election so they manipulated stuff to get Biden to win, attached Kamala to the ticket and if Biden wins he's probably resigning a month or two in.

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ailurus 10 points ago +10 / -0

What the ****.......

If all this sounds overcautious, consider that almost 12,000 people have died in the state where I live;

You're in Florida, lady. And, in the 1.5 months since this article, the CDC says the number has gone up to gasp 15531 deaths. And that's still NEGLIGIBLE.

Florida has a population of around 22 MILLION. That means, for every 1000 people in Florida, 0.7 people have died. Yes, less than 1 person per thousand has died, and that's in Florida, which is home to a whole ton of old people who go there to sit in the sun all day.

"Oh no, a virus is running around that kills about 1 in 1500 people in my state. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!1!". You, that's you.

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ailurus 6 points ago +6 / -0

I think the end is near, one way or another, and we'll know in a month or two.

I'll agree with the first letter that the institutions are indeed converged to a scary level. The question, though, is how much influence those institutions still have. A good number of people have revolted against them, so they are weaker, but I don't know how weak.

The problem with the second letter is that I think she's putting too much faith in how much the average person cares about true liberal ideals. The virus has shown that many people are willing to throw away most every freedom and principle they have in the same of safety. And while wokeism isn't appealing, it can certainly be scary.

As for the end of the war, I think the election is a huge barometer. If Trump wins - especially very convincingly - then Wokeism is in serious trouble. I don't see them lasting another 2 or 4 years without mostly self-disintegrating, especially if the average American tells them to sit down and shut up.

If Biden comes out on top, then I'll agree with the first letter that they've won for now. They'll still end up imploding, eventually, because it is an unsustainable ideology, but I doubt there will be that much left worth salvaging by the time that happens.

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ailurus 4 points ago +4 / -0

A nice story.

I do have to say, though, that the pronunciation of the farmer's name was infurating. Its Farmer Alfalfa, not Farmer Alpha Alpha!

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ailurus 6 points ago +7 / -1

Possible. I think there's a couple more optimistic possibilities.

  1. They've realized the lockdowns are causing more harm than good. In the US, places like NY and California are badly broken at the moment, and unless they restart the economies soon they're not going to be able to keep their bread and circus programs going. Sure, Pelosi and co are still trying to get federal bailout money but even that is a weak bandaid rather than an actual fix. Couple that with continued lockdown protests continuing all over the place (even though the MSM rarely reports on them), and several states saying they won't be doing any further lockdowns it will rapidly become obvious to everyone that these were a huge mistake.

  2. They just want to spike the covid numbers. Birx is already talking about muh second wave, but while the infection numbers have gone up a bit with schools the death rate is still going down. Current deaths per day is about the same as it was in mid-July. Infection fatality rate among confirmed cases is closing in on 2.8% (and thus likely much lower than that due to untested cases) and its becoming clearer and clearer that the disease is just not that scary. By trying to spike the covid numbers they can say "See, we were right all along!" and try to make people panic about a second wave.

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ailurus 9 points ago +9 / -0

Indeed. Doesn't look like skin color was included, a bit back WotC used their online platform to track race/class (apologies for no archive, but the table doesn't seem to show up in the archive) combos and the top 5 were:

Human Fighter

Elf Ranger

Elf Wizard

Human Wizard

Human Rogue

Human and Elf accounted for >40% of characters

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ailurus 12 points ago +12 / -0

our universities dont need to raise money from sports.

US schools don't raise money from sports (at least the overwhelming majority). In fact, for most schools, athletics are a drain on their finances. American education would get cheaper and likely better for everyone if we cut out college sports, especially football because it is far and away the most expensive.

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ailurus 5 points ago +5 / -0

Can't decide which would be more appropriate - locking the people who designed this in a room with the Librarian and telling him they have late books, or putting them at the mercy of an actual Vetinari.

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ailurus 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yeah, I'm willing to concede that maybe the guy posing the question is overreacting. So maybe it is just more ominous than it sounds.

The fact that the followup though gets cut off mid-question with no answer, though, makes me really wonder if something more sinister is going on. If for no other reason than:

  1. If it is just for quarantine (even though that's still massive govt overreach), just do what he says and reassure everyone its only for quarantine

  2. Recent history shows that ever time the "establishment" for lack of a better word says "shut up and stop asking questions" they are just trying to hide the thing you're asking about.

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ailurus 10 points ago +10 / -0

I think you just described most Greek mythology there.

Olympian dude (usually Zeus, but others too) sees a mortal chick he likes. Decides to snu-snu chick. Olympian female (usually Hera, but others too) gets upset but being unwilling or unable to confront the dude takes out her anger on the mortal, usually by turning her into some monstrosity.

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ailurus 3 points ago +3 / -0

There is no more chance of unity as whatever bad things happens to a black person, the race card comes out flying non-stop. It is not up to me or any other non-blacks to differentiate the good blacks from the bad one. Nothing good has ever come out of a majority black neighborhoods, cities, or countries in the first place.

Its been happening in increasing levels for a while, and I agree has This reddit thread archive from a couple months back highlights a lot of this. For years, pretty much any bad behavior in these people has been explained away as not their fault. And, they've taken that to its logical conclusion.

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ailurus 3 points ago +3 / -0

probably accurate, but the ridiculous amount of collateral damage there makes it a non-viable option. Unless we can somehow get CHAZ or similar going repeatedly

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ailurus 12 points ago +13 / -1

Fuck him. There’s nothing punk about being a sheep.

That's got to be the least self aware comment in the Reddit thread. "Why don't you agree with major tech companies, all the cable TV news channels, nearly all career politicians and countless celebrities? You're just a sheep man!"

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ailurus 17 points ago +18 / -1

The guy to his left looks like he's want nothing better than to punch Biden's lights out.

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ailurus 9 points ago +10 / -1

You know, I've joked in the past about the left's love of "science" getting scarily close to the Adeptus Mechanicus at times. But the way you phrased that is giving me a serious case of Tech Priest willies.

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ailurus 4 points ago +4 / -0

As a computer science prof, here's the only diversity course that an undergraduate comp sci course needs:

An overview of Strongly and Weakly typed languages, and why weakly typed languages are for silly people and should be forgotten

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ailurus 14 points ago +14 / -0

Maybe. But, even that is a very short-sighted plan.

First, and most importantly, I doubt it will go that long. I mean, Bush/Gore was settled by the courts in early December, meaning there would be another month, month and a half to get the lawsuits going in a Biden/Trump election.

Second, even if it does go that long, it may well not be President Pelosi. If the Rs retake the house, then the Republican speaker is temporary president, whoever that is. Or, if the house races are gummed up by ballot shenanigans and lawsuits as well it may well turn out that there's no speaker.

And finally, even if Pelosi is interim president, its not going to be for very long. Certainly not enough time to get anything useful done, especially if a hostile senate remains.

The only way this plan gets the Dems anything but further resentment is if the court cases last for literal months or years, and they take the house and the senate as well. Its a possibility, but beyond a long shot.

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ailurus 6 points ago +6 / -0

I'd be shocked if mods like that don't already exist for Skyrim

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