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  1. Comment on Elden Ring - Gameplay reveal in ~games

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    I am honestly amazed that we finally not only got an Elden Ring trailer, but a release date that is just seven months away. I thought we might see this game come to reality in 2023 at the...

    I am honestly amazed that we finally not only got an Elden Ring trailer, but a release date that is just seven months away. I thought we might see this game come to reality in 2023 at the earliest. It is pretty crazy how underwraps this game has been since it was announced in 2019.

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  2. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of June 7 in ~news

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    Interesting perspective from a steel mill city in Lauren Boebert's district in Colorado. Where Voters Are Losing Patience With Lauren Boebert God I hope she gets primaried and loses hard. Her and...

    Interesting perspective from a steel mill city in Lauren Boebert's district in Colorado.

    Since her election last November, in a district that sprawls across a huge swath of the mountains and ranch lands that make up the western half of Colorado, Boebert, 34, has become known as one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken acolytes in Congress. A restaurant owner who had never run for office before she declared her candidacy in late 2019, Boebert tried to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election and made a show of carrying a gun inside the U.S. Capitol in her early days in Congress. On Twitter, she frequently attacks Biden and other Democrats; during the January 6 insurrection, she tweeted out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location to her hundreds of thousands of followers.

    Pueblo County, located on Colorado’s dusty, windswept plains two hours south of Denver, is the swingiest part of Boebert’s district—making it a key test of her staying power. The county is nothing like the conservative, government-skeptical towns west of the Continental Divide, where Boebert is from, or the glitzy, liberal ski areas in Aspen and Telluride, which she also represents. While Boebert’s district overall is purple—about 32 percent Republican, 26 percent Democratic and 40 percent unaffiliated, among registered voters—the Pueblo County electorate flips this dynamic, with about 36 percent of voters registered as Democrats, 25 percent as Republicans and 37 percent unaffiliated. Still, big-money donors here often give to candidates from opposing parties, independents regularly vote Republican, and blue-dog Democrats skew conservative. Boebert’s Democratic opponent in the 2020 race won the county by just 204 votes. Biden won by 1,520 votes in November, after Trump had claimed victory by 390 votes in 2016.

    God I hope she gets primaried and loses hard. Her and MTG are the two scariest people in Congress right now. I would not be surprised if either of the Qanon crazies literally murdered another Representative.

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  3. Comment on Bo Burnham and the online condition in ~tech

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    I think this is a great analysis and aligns with a lot of what I have been thinking about since watching Inside over the weekend. As I discussed on the post on the song Welcome to the Internet, a...

    I think this is a great analysis and aligns with a lot of what I have been thinking about since watching Inside over the weekend. As I discussed on the post on the song Welcome to the Internet, a lot of the special revolves around the existential dread of living in 2021 and the mental issues of the pandemic, but I also resonate a lot with what Charlie discusses in this piece that Bo's special gives you that absolutely jarring feeling of whiplash that feels like my brain when I am on the internet. I can not agree with Charlie more here when he says “Until now, I’m not sure I’ve ever felt like a piece of art was made, specifically, for just me.”

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Black Lives Matter protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful, our research finds in ~misc

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    I think this is extremely important research to counterbalance the popular narrative pushed by Republicans and the police that BLM protests are violent and are somehow turning our cities into...

    Here is what we have found based on the 7,305 events we’ve collected. The overall levels of violence and property destruction were low, and most of the violence that did take place was, in fact, directed against the BLM protesters.

    In short, our data suggest that 96.3% of events involved no property damage or police injuries, and in 97.7% of events, no injuries were reported among participants, bystanders or police.

    These figures should correct the narrative that the protests were overtaken by rioting and vandalism or violence. Such claims are false. Incidents in which there was protester violence or property destruction should be regarded as exceptional – and not representative of the uprising as a whole. In many instances, police reportedly began or escalated the violence, but some observers nevertheless blame the protesters.

    Given that protesters were objecting to extrajudicial police killings of Black citizens, protesters displayed an extraordinary level of nonviolent discipline, particularly for a campaign involving hundreds of documented incidents of apparent police brutality.

    I think this is extremely important research to counterbalance the popular narrative pushed by Republicans and the police that BLM protests are violent and are somehow turning our cities into warzones. BLM protests are peaceful and the violence has been overwhelmingly pushed by alright groups like the Proud Boys or cops themselves. I heard many refrains of "cop riots" last year by those on the ground at these protests where police were purposefully escalating tensions at protests with needless antagonism, tear gas, flash bangs, and kettling practices.

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  5. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of June 7 in ~news

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    New scoop from Daily Beast State GOPs Can’t Explain Millions In ‘Trump Victory’ Cash The level of fraud and abuse here is just amazing. Many of these state GOP groups don't even appear to know...

    New scoop from Daily Beast

    Months after the Federal Election Commission notified several GOP state parties of major gaps in their 2020 fundraising and spending reports, the committees are correcting their numbers—but they still can’t explain why the discrepancies occurred.

    It appears systemic. The FEC has so far sent notices to 10 of those 46 state parties that failed to report high-dollar same-day transfers from joint fundraising committees and to the RNC. So far, all but one have responded.

    The problem stems from joint fundraising agreements—teams of political committees that join together to increase their party’s fundraising power and reach. The arrangements are legal, but it appears the GOP has used them to secretly pass millions of dollars from Trump Victory to the RNC through apparently oblivious state committees.

    The level of fraud and abuse here is just amazing. Many of these state GOP groups don't even appear to know that they are being used as illegal passthroughs of contributions.

    This also reminds of the story earlier this summer where Trump was also fleecing his donors using automatic recurring payments in the 2020 election as well - Tildes link

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of June 7 in ~news

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    Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic nomination for Virginia governor I was hoping that Jennifer Carroll Foy would end up on top, but this isn't the worst result. The Republicans were hoping for a Dem...

    I was hoping that Jennifer Carroll Foy would end up on top, but this isn't the worst result. The Republicans were hoping for a Dem primary low-turnout or that McAuliffe would win by a low percentage, both of which ended up being far from the case.

    One other interesting aspect of the VA primary is that DSA member Lee Carter lost really really badly in not only the Governor primary, but also failed to get re-elected to his seat as a delegate in the VA House.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~tv

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    Most of his long-form segments are just detailing the findings of actual investigative journalists. If you want just the facts, you could check out Propublica which John Oliver has shouted out...

    Most of his long-form segments are just detailing the findings of actual investigative journalists. If you want just the facts, you could check out Propublica which John Oliver has shouted out before and two of his primary researchers previously worked there.

    Here are several stories that John Oliver has done that used Propublica reporting as their foundation.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on ‘Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart’ is the best PlayStation exclusive since ‘Bloodborne’ in ~games

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    I am really excited for this game and the reviews are looking great. From Gene's review here, it sounds like Insomniac have resolved the one big issue I had from the 2016 Reboot/Remake of the...

    I am really excited for this game and the reviews are looking great. From Gene's review here, it sounds like Insomniac have resolved the one big issue I had from the 2016 Reboot/Remake of the original Ratchet game, which was the pretty mediocre story.

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

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    I recently rewatched the World of Warcraft Classic and What We Left Behind video by Folding Ideas and he touches on the points in your comment a bit in there. For a lot of folks that played that...

    I recently rewatched the World of Warcraft Classic and What We Left Behind video by Folding Ideas and he touches on the points in your comment a bit in there. For a lot of folks that played that much WoW, you were usually in high school or college and had a lot more free time and ability to devote time to that grind, plus use it as a social space to hang out with friends. Now that we are older, we have less free time available and may not want to spend it grinding out Xp in an online theme park we have already experienced.

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  11. Comment on Bo Burnham - Welcome to the Internet (2021) in ~music

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    Yes, that is definitely the intent of the song, and lots of the special overall. My favorite song in the special is Hands Up (All Eyes on Me) that comes as the second to last song in the special....

    Yes, that is definitely the intent of the song, and lots of the special overall.

    My favorite song in the special is Hands Up (All Eyes on Me) that comes as the second to last song in the special. One of the opening lines is:

    Are you feeling nervous? Are you having fun?
    It's almost over, it's just begun
    Don't overthink this, look in my eye
    Don't be scared, don't be shy
    Come on in, the water's fine
    

    I think this whole song can be interpreted in many ways, on dealing with mental illness (which is a huge theme throughout the special), on the existential dread of living in the year 2021, but is also somewhat of a meta commentary on the special itself.

    He is asking if you are feeling nervous watching his special because its meant to make you uncomfortable. He has constant extremely sharp and jarring transitions and cuts throughout the special that leave you uneasy. These cuts often come right at the end of a comedy segment that prevent you from taking that last moment or two to appreciate the content of what is being discussed before jumping right into the next bit. This is also what the whiplash of the internet can feel like. We often just jump right from one piece of content to another without taking the time for reflection and understanding.

    I really loved this special. It was dark, crushing, and really beautiful. I have not watched Bo's work before, but I was really blown away.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Trump blog page shuts down for good in ~tech

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    He may have had a couple of softball segments on Fox News or Newsmax since this year, but it has been very few and far between from what I understand. He has not had a single public rally since...

    He may have had a couple of softball segments on Fox News or Newsmax since this year, but it has been very few and far between from what I understand. He has not had a single public rally since the January 6 insurrection. Other than his one speech at CPAC, most of his public appearances have just been standing on the steps of the Mar-a-Lago ranting to a few dozen individuals at his country club at most.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Stimulus checks substantially reduced hardship, study shows in ~finance

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    This seems like good evidence to support a universal basic income. Even if it is just a few hundred dollars, that would be enough to help people's basic needs, buy groceries, keep the lights on,...

    This seems like good evidence to support a universal basic income. Even if it is just a few hundred dollars, that would be enough to help people's basic needs, buy groceries, keep the lights on, and maybe actually save some money for once. God knows this country needs it.

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

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    I beat Returnal this weekend. It took me 17 deaths to get to the initial credits roll, which I was a bit surprised by. The difficulty spike is really high in the beginning of the game in Act I and...

    I beat Returnal this weekend. It took me 17 deaths to get to the initial credits roll, which I was a bit surprised by. The difficulty spike is really high in the beginning of the game in Act I and again at the start of Act II, but once you clear through the initial zones it seemed much more manageable to me. As I said last week, the gameplay is very tight and fast-paced. The visuals are awesome with all the lights and particle effects. The story is just eerie enough to keep you engaged to see it through. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well worth the $70.

    I understand there is still plenty more to do in the 'end-game' here in collecting some hidden items to unlock the secret ending, so I am still very engaged in this story and interested in playing this through.

    2 votes