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  1. Comment on Every little thing - Essential workers call in in ~health.coronavirus

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    Fear, pride, relief, anger — what’s it like for the people out working so the rest of us can stay inside? Listeners who deliver packages and stock shelves tell us how their lives have changed during the pandemic. Thanks to Jacob, Megan, Ian, Lucy, Tamasha, Justin, Kaleb, Jane, Dawn, Rob, and everyone who called in to tell us how their jobs and lives have changed. And a gigantic thank you to everyone risking their own health to keep the rest of us safe.

  2. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    If Trump goes away, what are they going to talk about? I have to imagine some of the news execs all across the board are in his corner.

    If Trump goes away, what are they going to talk about? I have to imagine some of the news execs all across the board are in his corner.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Thoughts in relative order: Bleh... You knew this was coming ever since the moderates Voltroned up around Biden. The DNC is acting in self preservation, the RNC let their hard line inmates run the...

    Thoughts in relative order:

    • Bleh...
    • You knew this was coming ever since the moderates Voltroned up around Biden.
    • The DNC is acting in self preservation, the RNC let their hard line inmates run the asylum, they'd be dammed if they let theirs do the same.
    • Maybe this is a good thing, Sanders goal was to push the party left, and if he was in charge, a lot of the shine would come off the progressive movement.
    • Yes, and Biden is still an avatar of moderate Democrats, saving the day from the Republicans who lost their way, and that's what the people want to happen because they rather have all be well then get involved and fix anything.
    • Still, Republicans really, REALLY shat the bed with gestures around, maybe if they lose big, the progressives will have more of a say since Moderate Democrats have no spine and value unity.
    • Assuming Biden doesn't also have a bed shitting left in him, and America is through with it's love affair with Trumpiness, or anything is predictable right now.
    • Bleh...
    19 votes
  4. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    He kind of was the running favorite until the Democrats realize that it was going to be Sanders or Biden, and Sanders wasn't exactly a coalition candidate, so they coalitioned around Biden.

    He kind of was the running favorite until the Democrats realize that it was going to be Sanders or Biden, and Sanders wasn't exactly a coalition candidate, so they coalitioned around Biden.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 8 in ~health.coronavirus

  6. Comment on The 9/11 era is over in ~misc

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    The US was coming off the Cold War with the Soviets and there was a little bit of melancholy in the air, now that we didn't have a forever enemy to butt heads up against, we were lost. We won the...

    The US was coming off the Cold War with the Soviets and there was a little bit of melancholy in the air, now that we didn't have a forever enemy to butt heads up against, we were lost. We won the war, but we were no longer winning. We tried turning inward, maybe we did some sketchy stuff to stop the Soviets, maybe we hurt so we couldn't be hurt again, but Love and War, right?

    Then, after 9/11, we had an enemy again, and even though it wasn't really a nation or even a creed so much as a rejection of America, it was enough, we were back, good guys fighting the bad guys and everything was amazing. We knew our place again, we could fight as many wars with shadow States as it took to get us oil and make us feel comfortable again, and all was well. Then we got a little more progressive, elected a black guy, and even though he was kinda into war and Pax Americana too, it was still kinda weird and new territory, so we decided to go old school with our next president, the whitest, most successful, "living his best life" guy we knew. And all the other countries scoffed and stared, but maybe that contempt was a little bit of jealousy? For the confidence, the power and influence? Sure he mouthed on Twitter, but this is America, we been through worse, and we'll be all the stronger and safer and more sure in ourselves on the other end of it.

    And that's what we really wanted all along, the Id of America anyway. Being the Good Guy is too much pressure, Bad Guy doesn't play well, but the Right Guy is always in style, and as long as we were the Right Guy, we couldn't be wrong. That was what 9/11 was, it was our super hero second wind, it let us be Right again in a world gone wrong and for the Right people, it was invaluable to knowing where we stood in the world.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on The Alt-Right Playbook - I Hate Mondays in ~misc

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    Part of the Alt-Right Playbook I'm always more interested in the meta of these arguments than who has what positions, and I can grok the idea of "the bad things that have happened are the cost of...

    Part of the Alt-Right Playbook

    I'm always more interested in the meta of these arguments than who has what positions, and I can grok the idea of "the bad things that have happened are the cost of the good ones that can be" as a corollary of "All you got to do is make the bad stuff illegal so that people won't do it anymore."

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Tech support request: getting a scanner and controller working in Linux in ~tech

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    May want to contact VueScan through their Problem Report system, and if they can't help you, you could probably swing a refund.

    May want to contact VueScan through their Problem Report system, and if they can't help you, you could probably swing a refund.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Marvel Unlimited now offering free access to iconic comic book stories in ~books

  10. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Until recently, I had an original Google Pixel before it took the long restart. I still have an Amazon Fire 5 from a clearance black Friday sale because there aren't that many tablets anymore, and...

    Until recently, I had an original Google Pixel before it took the long restart. I still have an Amazon Fire 5 from a clearance black Friday sale because there aren't that many tablets anymore, and I like it for media and I have this pillow with a slot for a tablet that makes it very comfortable to use.

  11. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    Finished Ori and the Will of the Wisps, it's more Ori, and if you liked that one, you'll like this one. High water mark was the first escape sequence, but it was a pretty fun game. I did play on...

    Finished Ori and the Will of the Wisps, it's more Ori, and if you liked that one, you'll like this one. High water mark was the first escape sequence, but it was a pretty fun game. I did play on Easy and felt pretty tanky, but all of the jumping challenges and instakills were pretty challenging. Also, fuck that sandworm.

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

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    Finishing up Ori and The Will of The Wisps: cc @cfabbro The second to last escape (explicit spoilers) Fuck that stupid sandworm in it's stupid fucking face. Fuck it's rubberbanding fuckery, fuck...

    Finishing up Ori and The Will of The Wisps: cc @cfabbro

    The second to last escape (explicit spoilers) Fuck that stupid sandworm in it's stupid fucking face. Fuck it's rubberbanding fuckery, fuck it restarting you at the beginning of the sequence when you die on the last stretch, and fuck it killing you when you could easily out maneuver it, or get behind it, or fucking warp out like you could in any other fucking situation! Fuck!!

    Otherwise, I'm having a ball. Kind of annoyed for with the Final Dungeon totes for reals this time, but nothing I can't handle.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    So, I started chipping away at anime again with my Tower of God free month, and finished Eizouken, which was great, and Magia Record, which was... not. Spoiler Ramble on Magia Record S1/PMMM The...

    So, I started chipping away at anime again with my Tower of God free month, and finished Eizouken, which was great, and Magia Record, which was... not.

    Spoiler Ramble on Magia Record S1/PMMM The pacing sucks, and the thing that made Madoka the defining show of the Dark Magical Girl genre (for better or worse) was the pacing. In Madoka episode 3, you knew that Magical Girls died when their soul gem cracked, in 6, you knew that they could become witches if they were overtaxed, in 9, you knew that all this has happened before, and in 12, you know that this will never happen again.

    Magia Record is a little more conventional in that episodes have a character meet/join/adjust to the party, and we learn what makes them tick, but it's stuck using all it's powder on episode 11 of 13, revealing the twists to the younger Magical Girls, leaving the big twist of this series, "why can the girls go to and from their witch forms as a power up" as something the bad people made for an evil plan.

    And I don't get the villains either. They read as heavily coded as a facist cult for the self preservation and liberation of Magical Girls from their disposal fates, but that is ostensibly a good goal for good people. So in order for the audience to confirm, "yes, they are villainous," they're also mysterious jerks who pick fights with the team for cleaning up witches and rumors. If they were a Witches rights group, or they explained they wanted to tap them for power, or we could see what exactly their plan was in Season 1 instead of cameos of original series characters and name dropping Walpurgisnacht, we at least could have had something here, but see the pacing problems above.

    I get that the original Madoka was lighting in a bottle and we are probably not going to get anything like that again for a bit, and maybe the story plays out better in the format of a mobile game, but that's why they call it an adaptation and not an oral retelling. Tighten the pacing, less cameos for cameo sake, and have the bad guys explain their MO, because that mystery is just confusing, and then you might actually have something.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Scientists predict more major hurricanes than normal in 2020 season in ~enviro

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    Does that logic hold though if it only takes the right butt in the right chair to bring prosperity? A young upstart might get cocky if everything is going to be just fine anyway, or the next in...

    Does that logic hold though if it only takes the right butt in the right chair to bring prosperity? A young upstart might get cocky if everything is going to be just fine anyway, or the next in line might convince the ruler to step down. How does the Disney narrative logic figure into your geopolitical situations?

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  15. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Pretty much Covid19 filk song covers. To avoid clogging the board, I'm going to put down Chris Mann as a general recommendation, and single out Hello (From the Inside) as a really excellent track...

    Pretty much Covid19 filk song covers. To avoid clogging the board, I'm going to put down Chris Mann as a general recommendation, and single out Hello (From the Inside) as a really excellent track and leave the rabbit hole for you all to go down.

    EDIT: Do we want to have a discussion thread with all coronavirus song parodies and original songs, or organization sake?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Scientists predict more major hurricanes than normal in 2020 season in ~enviro

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    I'm relatively pro-democracy, but if all of this goes away if we find the right heir to the right throne, they would probably be open to becoming the figurehead to a parliamentary system, right?

    I'm relatively pro-democracy, but if all of this goes away if we find the right heir to the right throne, they would probably be open to becoming the figurehead to a parliamentary system, right?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic in ~tv

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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the last thing she worked on.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the last thing she worked on.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic in ~tv

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    I really needed that Coach Taylor speech if I'm going to be honest.

    I really needed that Coach Taylor speech if I'm going to be honest.

    1 vote