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  1. Comment on After Super Tuesday, Joe Biden is a clear favorite to win the nomination in ~news

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    I have to admit, I was full-steam behind Bernie this time around. But, I also think that getting Trump out remains an important goal, so I will hold my nose and swallow the nasty medicine in November.

    I have to admit, I was full-steam behind Bernie this time around. But, I also think that getting Trump out remains an important goal, so I will hold my nose and swallow the nasty medicine in November.

    21 votes
  2. Comment on What is/was your favorite console, and why? in ~games

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    My choice is irrational, in that it never had the publicity or the games, but I will always be an Intellivision fan.

    My choice is irrational, in that it never had the publicity or the games, but I will always be an Intellivision fan.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Kazuhisa Hashimoto, inventor of the famous Konami Code, dead at 61 in ~games

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    Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start. No extra lives granted. Damn.

    Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start.

    No extra lives granted.

    Damn.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    "Is there a God?" I am an agnostic, always asking, always searching. I don't feel that faith that the religious do, and I don't feel the certainty that atheists do. I have been in this state for...

    "Is there a God?"

    I am an agnostic, always asking, always searching. I don't feel that faith that the religious do, and I don't feel the certainty that atheists do. I have been in this state for three decades now, and it's honestly frustrating.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Is sex work bad? in ~talk

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    I'm not saying they're remotely similar. I'm saying that the force is the issue, not the sex work. Furthermore, yes, sex has a deeper resonance for some people... and for others, it's about...

    I'm not saying they're remotely similar. I'm saying that the force is the issue, not the sex work. Furthermore, yes, sex has a deeper resonance for some people... and for others, it's about getting your jollies and nothing more. Restricting someone from doing something because someone else holds it in as stronger regard is distasteful, in my opinion. It leads us to situations like the War on Drugs and Prohibition.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Is sex work bad? in ~talk

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    Slavery is slavery. Forcing someone to work is bad, no matter the work. That is also encompasses rape doesn't make the sex work the bad part, it's still the force that's the issue.

    Slavery is slavery. Forcing someone to work is bad, no matter the work. That is also encompasses rape doesn't make the sex work the bad part, it's still the force that's the issue.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Is sex work bad? in ~talk

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    Any time you're paying someone to use a portion of their life, it's exploitative. It's all degrees beyond that. As for sex work specifically, it's also about degrees. Obviously, coerced/forced sex...

    Any time you're paying someone to use a portion of their life, it's exploitative. It's all degrees beyond that.

    As for sex work specifically, it's also about degrees. Obviously, coerced/forced sex work is always bad (but then, so is coerced/forced cashiering.) Most of the time, sex work itself is not to blame, but is rather a symptom. If a woman can't survive without doing sex work, that's not the work's problem, it's the system that put her there.

    6 votes
  8. Looking for a (new) odd news podcast

    Some months ago, I found Weekly Weird News, a roundup of strange news from around the internet. I recently depleted their backstock, and find myself wanting. Now, I know there's no shortage of...

    Some months ago, I found Weekly Weird News, a roundup of strange news from around the internet. I recently depleted their backstock, and find myself wanting. Now, I know there's no shortage of weird, odd, bizarre, and strange in our world. Just as I know there's no shortage of people willing to talk about it. But, I'm having difficulty finding "current" weirdness. Oh sure, there's podcasts to be found talking about the weirdness surrounding this murder in 1952, or that rural happening in 1991, but so far, I haven't found another that scratches that "that seriously happened recently?" itch.

    Does anyone have any suggestions, or am I doomed to dripfeed?

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Interstellar Space: Genesis and GTA Online for me, no surprises there. The new casino heist in GTA is the most fun I've had in a good long while. With IS:G, I've noticed something, however. If I...

    Interstellar Space: Genesis and GTA Online for me, no surprises there. The new casino heist in GTA is the most fun I've had in a good long while.

    With IS:G, I've noticed something, however. If I can figure out a game, then I lose interest in it. I'm starting to feel that with IS:G. I can't turn off the min/maxing brain and just play, I always have to figure out optimal builds, and that road leads to boredom eventually.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Are there any remakes as good as the original movie? in ~movies

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    I'd say given that no one remembers that The Wizard of Oz was a silent movie in 1925, the 1939 remake was superior.

    I'd say given that no one remembers that The Wizard of Oz was a silent movie in 1925, the 1939 remake was superior.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I never even played 3. I played 1, and started into 2 but the gameplay as a whole felt completely uninspired. I will say that I preferred the gameplay in 1 to that of 2.

    I never even played 3. I played 1, and started into 2 but the gameplay as a whole felt completely uninspired. I will say that I preferred the gameplay in 1 to that of 2.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Bethesda being creatively bankrupt is not a new thing. Mass Effect is extremely overrated, as is Borderlands. Rockstar has the least predatory and least Pay2Win microtransaction model in the...
    • Bethesda being creatively bankrupt is not a new thing.
    • Mass Effect is extremely overrated, as is Borderlands.
    • Rockstar has the least predatory and least Pay2Win microtransaction model in the industry.
    • Saints Row 1/2 and Saints Row 3/4 are equally valid, and simply hit different tastes overall. (SR 1/2 is better story, SR 3/4 is better sandbox)
    6 votes
  13. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I'll add on to this: Sandbox games are more "game" than story-based games. Note: I am not saying that story games are bad (for me, they are), but the games I keep going back to are ridiculously...

    I'll add on to this: Sandbox games are more "game" than story-based games. Note: I am not saying that story games are bad (for me, they are), but the games I keep going back to are ridiculously open-ended. I still play Master of Orion II on occasion.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I think the change to WWI was to avoid comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger. Also, honestly, there are plenty of WWII movies.

    I think the change to WWI was to avoid comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger. Also, honestly, there are plenty of WWII movies.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I personally loved Wonder Woman (obviously), mostly because WB showed they can finally make a superhero movie with some lighthearted moments.

    I personally loved Wonder Woman (obviously), mostly because WB showed they can finally make a superhero movie with some lighthearted moments.

  16. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    To date, there's never been a decent Batman live action film. Chris Reeves' Superman was the only decent mainstream DC film until Wonder Woman.

    To date, there's never been a decent Batman live action film. Chris Reeves' Superman was the only decent mainstream DC film until Wonder Woman.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    What we need to do is focus on an exit strategy now, something akin to an anti-homesteader's act. Not force them to move, but some free training in jobs that don't require being in an urban...

    What we need to do is focus on an exit strategy now, something akin to an anti-homesteader's act. Not force them to move, but some free training in jobs that don't require being in an urban environment. Or help moving if that's what they want. But modern farming is not sustainable.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    It's tough love, but necessary though. Our current agricultural model is doing harm to the ecosystem (not just animals, either... the land we use to grow crops destroys the surrounding habitats.)

    It's tough love, but necessary though. Our current agricultural model is doing harm to the ecosystem (not just animals, either... the land we use to grow crops destroys the surrounding habitats.)

    3 votes
  19. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Daria. The show's name: "The Morgandorfers" Daria is now an adult, and a mother. (She has an ex that she still gets along with, but he's not central to the show.) She's a successful adult in a...

    Daria. The show's name: "The Morgandorfers"

    Daria is now an adult, and a mother. (She has an ex that she still gets along with, but he's not central to the show.) She's a successful adult in a media field (managing editor for something progressive.) Her main source of stress comes from her interaction with her teenage daughter. Her bright, chirpy, popular daughter.

    Quinn, too, is a divorced mother (her ex's name begins with J is all we ever find out) to a pair of twin boys. Quinn has matured, abhors who she used to be, but is very good friends with Stacy, since she gained more confidence once she left the Fashion Club. She and Daria are much closer than they were in their teen years.

    Helen is a widow. Jake had a heart attack from the immense stress he placed himself under. Helen is a grandmother and a partner at her law firm. She does her best to help her family, but still has her habits (she dotes on Daria's daughter and supports her popular girl ways, which annoys both Quinn and Daria.)

    The show is about three generations of a family with very strong women, and the different ways in which they view the world. (And, of course, Daria's biting cynicism and her trying to deal with a daughter that's essentially teenage Quinn.)

    6 votes