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  1. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    So you're saying in that case, trump wouldn't run? Why not?

    So you're saying in that case, trump wouldn't run? Why not?

  2. Comment on Midweek Movie Free Talk in ~movies

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    On a whim on Sunday, I threw on Righteous Kill without knowing basically anything about it besides the fact that De Niro and Pacino co-starred. What a boring turd of a movie. About an hour in my...

    On a whim on Sunday, I threw on Righteous Kill without knowing basically anything about it besides the fact that De Niro and Pacino co-starred.

    What a boring turd of a movie. About an hour in my wife turned to me and asked why we were still watching it. I didn't have an answer, but we watched all the way to the very predictable end.

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  3. Comment on What happens when prosecutors offer contradictory versions of the truth? in ~misc

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    I'm also not a lawyer, but I don't believe you can appeal since no decision was made by a judge. You reached an agreement with the prosecutors to bypass the trial. I'm not sure whether you could...

    I'm also not a lawyer, but I don't believe you can appeal since no decision was made by a judge. You reached an agreement with the prosecutors to bypass the trial. I'm not sure whether you could request a retrial, either, since there was no trial in the first place.

    If there are any lawyers around, please chime in

    edit: I've finished reading the article, and I think this is the relevant portion (but in general, I'm not sure what happens in other cases re: plea appeals in light of new evidence)

    The court didn’t vacate Paylor’s conviction, but for Paylor’s lawyers, it did the next best thing. The court’s ruling returned the case to a lower court for a hearing at which Paylor’s attorneys will have the chance to present evidence of the breadth of Hersl’s misconduct, particularly any instances that preceded Paylor’s guilty plea. The ruling authorized Paylor’s attorneys to conduct discovery, meaning they can now have access to records they were previously denied; plus, they can depose Hersl, asking him questions under oath.

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  4. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    I'm not really sure how that's any different than what I said. Trump will turn 78 this year. He's not what I would call a healthy person, and it seems reasonable to figure he'll die before he's...

    I'm not really sure how that's any different than what I said.

    Trump will turn 78 this year. He's not what I would call a healthy person, and it seems reasonable to figure he'll die before he's 90. Two more elections after this one, if he does not win, seems probable.

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  5. Comment on EA cutting 5% of workforce in ~games

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    Respawn's Star Wars FPS was cancelled as a result, which is a major bummer

    Respawn's Star Wars FPS was cancelled as a result, which is a major bummer

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  6. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    Those are pretty sizable wins in an election. South Carolina is Nikki Haley's state, and Trump still got almost 60% of the vote against her in what was essentially a head to head race. That's...

    Those are pretty sizable wins in an election. South Carolina is Nikki Haley's state, and Trump still got almost 60% of the vote against her in what was essentially a head to head race. That's pretty bad.

    Edit: you also can't compare the dem primaries because incumbents don't get primaried by serious candidates.

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  7. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    As deluded as his primary base of voters is, I believe they would see him as a political prisoner. His entire public defense is that his trials are a hoax, a witch hunt driven by and initiated by...

    As deluded as his primary base of voters is, I believe they would see him as a political prisoner. His entire public defense is that his trials are a hoax, a witch hunt driven by and initiated by Biden himself and the Democrats as a whole

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  8. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    As much as I highly doubt he'll see any prison time, for a hypothetical debate, I would wager that there would be some in party squabbling, more far right nominations at local and state level...

    As much as I highly doubt he'll see any prison time, for a hypothetical debate, I would wager that there would be some in party squabbling, more far right nominations at local and state level elections, and no strong central figure at the top for the national party -- at least in the next presidential cycle.

    You'd probably see Ted Cruz run for president again, and DeSantis and Haley. Probably another outsider candidate that Trump endorses from prison.

    That said: Trump can (most likely) and still would run from prison.

    I still don't think that the MAGA group would lose any control over the party. This is different from the days of the Tea Party, and the entrenched Republicans seem to have no way to influence their own party anymore. If anything, there would be a MAGA split away from the Republican party and they might even get more votes than whoever the RNC puts forth.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Mitch McConnell will step down as the US Senate Republican leader in November in ~news

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    My assumption is that Trump will be their presumptive nominee until he dies. I don't think the traditional/old guard Republicans have enough conviction to split from the MAGA base because they...

    My assumption is that Trump will be their presumptive nominee until he dies. I don't think the traditional/old guard Republicans have enough conviction to split from the MAGA base because they know that's only going to fracture their party further and they'll lose votes.

    The MAGA crowd will not accept the reality of another loss. Anything that Trump does not get they assume he's been cheated out of. There's no reasoning with that kind of person.

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  10. Comment on EA offering players $600 and a free game to appear in College Football 25 in ~sports.american_football

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    $600 + a copy of the game (so, let's say $650) * 134 schools * 85 scholarship spots per school comes out to 7.4 million dollars EA is willing to pay to include real players in the game. Which tbh...

    $600 + a copy of the game (so, let's say $650) * 134 schools * 85 scholarship spots per school comes out to 7.4 million dollars EA is willing to pay to include real players in the game. Which tbh is more than I was expecting the players to get. It's low on an individual player basis but they also (unfortunately) don't have a union representing them.

    I wonder how much players get paid to be in madden.

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  11. Comment on Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection | Announce trailer | PS5 & PS4 games in ~games

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    Bummer that it's from Aspyr. They've really botched a lot of these ports :/

    Bummer that it's from Aspyr. They've really botched a lot of these ports :/

  12. Comment on Movie of the Week #17 - Batman Begins in ~movies

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    This might be a wild take but I've always liked this movie more than The Dark Knight.

    This might be a wild take but I've always liked this movie more than The Dark Knight.

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  13. Comment on 'Dune 2' first reactions from the premiere: “Jaw-dropping masterpiece” in ~movies

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    It's complex, but at other times, it's complex

    It's complex, but at other times, it's complex

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  14. Comment on Offbeat Fridays – The thread where offbeat headlines become front page news in ~news

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    Oh dang, I missed it. Thanks!

    Oh dang, I missed it. Thanks!

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  15. Comment on Offbeat Fridays – The thread where offbeat headlines become front page news in ~news

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    The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoebox and Handed it to a Stranger The Cut's financial advice columnist fell for a (very elaborate) scam and handed over $50,000 in cash, thinking her identity had been...

    The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoebox and Handed it to a Stranger

    The Cut's financial advice columnist fell for a (very elaborate) scam and handed over $50,000 in cash, thinking her identity had been stolen and that the CIA was investigating. It starts with what seems to be a call from Amazon confirming "suspicious activity" on an account in her name, and quickly spins to this:

    He told me that 22 bank accounts, nine vehicles, and four properties were registered to my name. The bank accounts had wired more than $3 million overseas, mostly to Jamaica and Iraq. Did I know anything about this? “No,” I said. Did I know someone named Stella Suk-Yee Kwong? “I don’t think so,” I said. He texted me a photo of her ID, which he claimed had been found in a car rented under my name that was abandoned on the southern border of Texas with blood and drugs in the trunk. A home in New Mexico affiliated with the car rental had subsequently been raided, he added, and authorities found more drugs, cash, and bank statements registered to my name and Social Security number. He texted me a drug-bust photo of bags of pills and money stacked on a table. He told me that there were warrants out for my arrest in Maryland and Texas and that I was being charged with cybercrimes, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

    From here, the "CIA" gets involved.

    I stayed up late reading this last night and I'm still thinking about it. On the one hand, as a neutral observer, everything she details so obviously screams scam to me that I don't understand why she didn't hang up and call the cops. (She does reflect on this, somewhat, in the essay.) On the other, if you're not entirely familiar with the concept of phone number spoofing, or are unaware of how much personal/identifying information is easily available—and for sale—online, then I could maybe see how someone gets panicked enough to fall for this.

    The biggest question for me is why, even when she was fairly certain that she was being scammed—telling the person that she knew she was being scammed—why she handed over the money. This is the biggest leap in logic in the whole thing, and I wonder how many times the scammers get this far before getting cut off. She's told by the man who says he's from the CIA that all of her accounts are being frozen and her SSN is being deactivated. Thus, she needs to withdraw a large amount of cash, enough to survive on for two years, and hand it over to an undercover agent, who will deliver her a treasury check the next day which she can then cash.

    “Tonight, we will close down your Social Security number, and you will lose access to your bank accounts,” he explained. “Tomorrow, you’ll need to go to the Social Security office and get a new Social Security number. We’ll secure this money for you in a government locker and hand-deliver a Treasury check for the same amount. You can cash the check and use it for your expenses until the investigation is over.”

    “Why can’t I just use this cash?” I asked. “Why do you have to take it and give me a check?”

    “Because all of your assets under your current identity are part of the investigation,” he said. “You are being charged with money laundering. If we secure this cash and then issue you a government check under your new Social Security number, that will be considered clean money.”

    It's just hard for me to get to a point where this logic sounds reasonable, I guess.

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  16. Comment on New Music Fridays: Kacey Musgraves, Little Simz, Usher and more in ~music

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    Not sure how much traction something like this will get but nothing,nowhere released a new album on Friday and it is endlessly listenable imo. Very catchy and a return to some older sounds (WTF...

    Not sure how much traction something like this will get but nothing,nowhere released a new album on Friday and it is endlessly listenable imo. Very catchy and a return to some older sounds (WTF (am i doing with my life) sounds like it could be a bonus track off ruiner) but also exploring some new sounds too. A few of the first songs are a little trap heavy for my taste but OKOK and Dark Magic stand out in the emo slant.

    Edit: I don't take the time to spread the word of n,n often enough, so I'll just say if you dig any part of this record, definitely check out his older stuff (Bummer and Who Are You? as well as his full lengths ruiner and *Trauma Factory" at the very least.) He doesn't always hit -- I think a lot of his last album was a miss -- but he's not afraid to explore and has roots in emo and post-hardcore. He also puts on a really fun show. I discovered him when he was opening for La Dispute like 7 or 8 years ago and he's become one of my favorite artists in that time.

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

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    It's one of my biggest what ifs. Love love love that game. That was one of the first multiplayer shooters I sunk significant time into.

    It's one of my biggest what ifs. Love love love that game. That was one of the first multiplayer shooters I sunk significant time into.

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

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    KOTOR 1/2, Battlefront 1/2, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, Republic Commandos -- that was such a perfect golden era of star wars games that just hasn't even come close to being...

    KOTOR 1/2, Battlefront 1/2, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, Republic Commandos -- that was such a perfect golden era of star wars games that just hasn't even come close to being matched since.

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

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    Running through Taris without super speed is such a slog lol so many long unnecessary corridors

    Running through Taris without super speed is such a slog lol so many long unnecessary corridors

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  20. Comment on Disney announces Moana 2 set to release November 2024 in ~movies

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    I absolutely loathe Shiny but love the rest of this soundtrack. How Far I'll Go is probably my favorite Disney song.

    I absolutely loathe Shiny but love the rest of this soundtrack. How Far I'll Go is probably my favorite Disney song.

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