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Casper Van Dien is loving the Starship Troopers renaissance but still finds it mind-boggling some take it at face value
  • I don't understand why people wouldn't take it at face value without any further context offered to them beforehand. It's a campy action film that's a lot of fun but with just the faintest dusting of authoritarianism that could be easily disregarded as just part of the ambience of the filmmaker's decisions. It ends on a hopeful scene implying better understanding of the Bugs in order to reach victory.

    You've got to read the book to get it, but even then that doesn't really shift the film out of being a Big Action Shooter that's fun to watch.

  • AOC backs Hunter Biden verdict and says its proof Dems are ‘willing to accept when our justice system works’
  • Well yeah…the problem is that the republicans don’t accept when it works. We’ve know this for years now, some dem leader gets accused of something and they most often step down or get charged it was legit. Republicans get accused of something they actually did and praise lawd Jesus Christ sowhatifidid and they stay put.

  • Oregon man who drugged daughter's friends with insomnia medication at sleepover gets prison term
  • What’s “literally” in the article? That he was going to molest them? I don’t think you understand “literal”. I looked for two other articles (because maybe you should try multiple sources?) and specifically looked for the most sensationalist one (Fox, go figure) and the only reference was an indirect one that implied you don’t move kids like that unless you have ”bad intentions”.

    So far that makes four articles I’ve read on this particular event.

    Did you consider that maybe he was checking their breathing to make sure he didn’t kill them by overdose? I don’t know what the point of moving them was, or moving one girl’s arm. He didn’t undress them. Wasn’t reported as groping them by the awake girl. None of that. And I’m going to side with the prosecution on this one…had there been intent or history of molestation by this guy I think they would have figured it out and prosecuted him for it.

    So your opinion on his intent is just, well, like your opinion, man.

  • Oregon man who drugged daughter's friends with insomnia medication at sleepover gets prison term
  • Could you point out where it says that? I’m not trying to defend this guy in any way shape or form, but I’m not into hysteria and making things up, either. Even the most sensational report only offered the opinion that you don’t touch kids unless you have bad intent. And that’s an opinion, not a statement of the perp’s actual intent. Dude f’d up bad, but it doesn’t mean he’s instantly a molester.

    Edit: this is to the people that reported my deleted comment as “rape apology”. That is some deep and utter BS. There was NO rape, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for being the Reddit Boston Bomber squad or every Nextdoor tool that every car backfire is gunshots, every suicide is a conspiracy, and every boom is a terrorist bomb in your little town. You got called out for making stuff up so you made the comment go away. The dude f’d up, is paying th price, and if he molested the kids he would have gotten charged with that too. Nice job making every man a molester, and I can’t believe you made me even defend some tool based on your prejudice that every man is a molester.

  • Oregon man who drugged daughter's friends with insomnia medication at sleepover gets prison term
  • You can’t give people unexpected things in their food. I think in your hypothetical case intent is the issue. The intent is to give a substance to a person in order to have an effect on that person who is unaware of it, and if that person can claim harm, you’re in deep shit.

    It’s no different than putting a natural laxative or 6 million scoville hot sauce in your lunch trying to trap an office lunch thief. None of them are drugs, and in that (hypothetical) situation one would think the bastard deserves it, but legally you’d lose if they reported harm from it because you knew it was possibly going to be stolen and the intent was to have negative effect on the thief. The only grey area would be if you said you like the food spicy, but two edged sword - the judge could make you eat it to prove it.

    Anyway, off on a tangent, there. Point is if you adulterate food with the intent to have an effect on someone unaware of the change to the food chances are you’re toast if they say it harmed them. In the article the guy did it to kids, kids that weren’t his, and that’s fucked up.

  • The Curious Case Of The Underselling Arena Tours
  • $200?

    That’s all?

    That’s what the nosebleed seats go for at a major show, retail, which you won’t get because the scalpers have already bought everything on Ticketmaster in the first 5 minutes the show goes on sale. Then they’re on Ticketmaster for resale for $300 plus fees. And the prices will continue to go up as the show gets closer.

  • Oregon man who drugged daughter's friends with insomnia medication at sleepover gets prison term
  • So “drug them”, just not as hard?

    C’mon man, these are kids. They’re not even all his kids. It’s a sleepover. They stay up late or even to the wee hours of the morning and make noise, watch movies, whatever. That’s what you do as a kid on a sleepover. Giving them any substance to try to make them sleep is a ridiculous idea on multiple levels.

  • What do you do with Nazi memorabilia?
  • Seconded.

    We can collect historic pieces because they have a value, even if that value is describing some of the worst aspects of history in order to remember them so we don’t repeat it.

    A fake piece? I don't understand the market for that. If it was a movie prop or for a legit reenactment group (as in not nazis), it could have some value, but as a generic fake someone wanted to own a Nazi thing and someone else wanted to make a Nazi thing for profit. I would have a hard time keeping that around. There’s no positives to it.

  • Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule to Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
  • That’s always their argument.

    Dumping trash in the ocean?

    Asbestos?

    Cigarettes?

    Chemicals in the ground?

    DDT?

    Carbon in the atmosphere?

    "You obviously don't understand how much it will cost us to clean up the giant toxic mess we spent so much money trying to hide."

  • American Airlines flight attendants say their pay is so low, they fight for airplane meals to save money and sleep in their cars—and they're ready to strike
  • Not a FA, but FWIW:

    It's still looked at as a "glamor job". What other gig lets you travel everywhere and have hotels paid for in metropolitan areas around the world? It can be pretty cool if you get a good crew, it doesn't feel much like work on the good days. See the sights, bring home a bunch of international goodies for the family and friends, it can be great!

    The flip side is:

    The glamor wears off quick after you realize that you're not staying over in London, NYC, Tokyo or any other attractive international destination after one flight there, a long layover, then one flight back. You're junior so you don't have a planned flight schedule for the month, on call for 4,5,6 days in a row, you've been assigned a couple day-trips necessitating trips to the airport early in the AM and not getting done until late at night, then get assigned a multi-day 12+ leg trip that has you overnighting in Pittsburgh, Midland Texas, and Raleigh NC. You're exhausted, got reassigned thanks to weather delays, now you've got a Fresno overnight instead of Pittsburgh, all the passengers have been a PITA because it's your fault the airline can't control the weather. No food because of the delays and you've been running from flight to flight and you have been subsisting on diet coke and pretzels, tired because the overnights have been whittled down to minimum rest, and when you finally get to your two days off you have to commute home, feed the cat, do laundry, sleep in your own bed for one night and then commute back to base to be ready for your next on-call stretch. (many crew don't "live" in base, you can't afford to live in a NYC airline base on $27k a year, they get a crashpad, usually shared with multiple roomates to defray the cost of a place you just need to hang out at for the night before a trip you can't fly in for same-day or wait for a on-call assignment).

    So a LOT of flight attendants don't survive the first few years when they realize that you need to be at the airline for probably 25+ years before you might approach the "glamor" side, the pay sucks, being on-call (reserve) for years and years... You can actually make decent money if you tough it out, but it;s a long road. People like the image, but it's a really steep price to finally make it to good.

  • "How am I supposed to explain this to my children?!"
  • Into what?

    Nobody is trying to “bring kids into” anything.

    We are trying to let people be who they are as long as they don’t hurt anyone. Unfortunately the subset of the population attacking LGBTQ, abortions, and supporting continued prevalence of firearms are actively and deliberately supporting harm.

    Kids don’t give a shit if someone’s gay unless someone teaches them to have that hatred.

  • Is Your Driving Being Secretly Scored? The insurance industry, hungry for insights into how people drive, has turned to automakers and smartphone apps like Life360.
  • Our insurance company offered a rate reduction if we installed a device on the cars to monitor how we drove. It we met whatever metric they set we’d get a discount for “safe driving”.

    Hell no. I’m paying full price to not have them looking over my shoulder while driving.

    Because you know that the data will be sold, or even used to classify your risk as a driver and potentially raise your rates. There’s nothing altruistic about these companies.

  • www.cnbc.com Former Trump aide Steve Bannon ordered to jail by July 1 to serve contempt of Congress sentence

    Steve Bannon, a former top aide to ex-President Donald Trump, was convicted of contempt of Congress in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe.

    Former Trump aide Steve Bannon ordered to jail by July 1 to serve contempt of Congress sentence

    A federal judge ordered former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon to report to jail by July 1 to begin serving a four-month sentence for his contempt of Congress conviction. The order by Judge Carl Nichols came three weeks after federal prosecutors urged him to lift a stay on Bannon’s sentence pending an appeal of his conviction. He was found in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena from a House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

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    The Targeting of Infrastructure by America’s Violent Far-Right

    ctc.westpoint.edu The Targeting of Infrastructure by America’s Violent Far-Right – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

    Abstract: Violent far-right extremists have targeted critical infrastructure to radicalize and recruit members, promulgate their narratives, and sow chaos, all in an attempt to precipitate the destruction of political systems and society writ large. Accelerationist ideology, conspiracy theories, dis...

    The Targeting of Infrastructure by America’s Violent Far-Right – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

    The U.S. government has taken notice of far-right extremists’ renewed interest in targeting critical infrastructure, releasing numerous bulletins and warnings to educate the public and communicate transparently about the nature of the threat. According to CNN reporting, in late April 2023, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bulletin noted that domestic violent extremists in the United States are increasingly sharing tactics with each other, trading best practices related to how to attack electric power stations and other forms of critical infrastructure. In February 2022, DHS released a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin noting the following: “Domestic violent extremists have also viewed attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure as a means to create chaos and advance ideological goals, and have recently aspired to disrupt U.S. electric and communications critical infrastructure, including by spreading false or misleading narratives about 5G cellular technology.”

    One of the primary drivers of this increased focus is the growing popularity of accelerationism among extreme far-right and white supremacist groups, the ideology that influenced Russell and his Atomwaffen Division co-founders and that continues to contribute to far-right extremist radicalization. “Accelerationism is an ideologically agnostic doctrine of violent and non-violent actions taken to exploit contradictions intrinsic to a political system to ‘accelerate’ its destruction through the friction caused by its features.”

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    Trump is funneling campaign money into cash-strapped businesses. Experts say it looks bad.

    Donald Trump’s main 2024 White House campaign fundraising operation sharply increased spending at the former president's properties in recent months, funneling money into his businesses at a time when he is facing serious legal jeopardy and desperately needs cash.

    Trump’s joint fundraising committee wrote three checks in February and one in March to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, totaling $411,287 and another in March to Trump National Doral Miami for $62,337, according to a report filed to the Federal Election Commission this week.

    Federal law and FEC regulations allow donor funds to be spent at a candidate’s business so long as the campaign pays fair market value, experts say. Trump has been doing it for years, shifting millions in campaign cash into his sprawling business empire to pay for expenses such as using his personal aircraft for political events, rent at Trump Tower and events at his properties, which has included hotels and private clubs.

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    Large lottery prizes like the $1 billion + we just had shouldn't happen.

    The prize should hit a limit and be divided into another prize drawing. For example, make $300 million the limit. Still a massively life-changing sum after taxes. When the prize reaches $300 million a new drawing is established alongside the existing one and gets its own numbers for drawing. So now you have twice as many chances to win, albeit one large pool and a smaller, growing pool. Repeat when the second pool reaches $300 million. You could have had 4 simultaneous drawings for the billion+ pot that was just won by a single person.

    More people get a shot at a huge sum of money. Seems like a better deal, more winners, more exciting because you get more chances per drawing if there are multiple prizes.

    (I’m not encouraging anyone to play if they don’t want to, and pedants need not repeat the odds of winning. Don’t play if you don’t want to, but obviously someone wins.)

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    Is texting not a conversation, or is it just me?

    When texting people in general I find it frustrating that people don’t seem to view it as a conversation. If someone texts me and I catch it and text back right away, I get frustrated when people don’t return the favor. They might text back 5, 10, minutes or an hour or more later. Why did you text me if you didn’t want to have a conversation? Why am I the one sitting here waiting for a response?

    It’s like someone sitting down across from at a table and asking you “Hey, how ya doin?” You respond “Great! what’s up?” and they just sit there for 10 minutes not saying anything.

    Might be the whisper of ASD in my ADHD contributing to not understanding how this social interaction actually works vs how I think it should work.

    Anyone else have this grinding their gears?

    E: apparently it’s just me!

    Thanks for the replies, everyone.

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    ‘The Crow’ Reboot With Bill Skarsgård Will Hit Theaters June 2024

    www.screengeek.net 'The Crow' Reboot With Bill Skarsgård Will Hit Theaters June 2024

    The highly-anticipated reboot of The Crow starring Bill Skarsgård is now set to hit theaters in June 2024 after being acquired by Lionsgate.

    'The Crow' Reboot With Bill Skarsgård Will Hit Theaters June 2024

    Did this really need a reboot?

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    How did squash (fruit juice concentrate) get to be called "squash"?

    Picked up a bottle of squash and got to wondering about the term "squash", so I went digging around on the internet. Of course all the returns are squash (cucurbita) not squash the drink. Keep digging and more specificity and finally find out the obvious, "sqaush" is a concentrated fruit juice. No shit. Dig more and finally find out that it's originally from a drink called "lemon squash". Real helpful. So where does "lemon squash" come from? Who knows. There's a curcubita called "lemon squash" that seems to be inescapable when searching for the origins of the drink.

    So natives of where squash (drink) is common...how did it get it's name? I await to be enlightened while sipping my Ribena.

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    CARL WEATHERS, ROCKY AND MANDLORIAN STAR, HAS PASSED AWAY AT 76

    nerdist.com Carl Weathers, ROCKY and MANDLORIAN Star, Has Passed Away at 76

    Carl Weathers, known for roles in The Mandalorian, Rocky, Predator, and so much more, has passed away at the age of 76.

    Carl Weathers, ROCKY and MANDLORIAN Star, Has Passed Away at 76

    >Carl Weathers has had a storied career in Hollywood, spanning 50 years. The actor known for a number of impactful roles, from Apollo Creed in Rocky to Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, has passed away at the age of 76.

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    CARL WEATHERS, ROCKY AND MANDLORIAN STAR, HAS PASSED AWAY AT 76

    nerdist.com Carl Weathers, ROCKY and MANDLORIAN Star, Has Passed Away at 76

    Carl Weathers, known for roles in The Mandalorian, Rocky, Predator, and so much more, has passed away at the age of 76.

    Carl Weathers, ROCKY and MANDLORIAN Star, Has Passed Away at 76

    >Carl Weathers has had a storied career in Hollywood, spanning 50 years. The actor known for a number of impactful roles, from Apollo Creed in Rocky to Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, has passed away at the age of 76.

    I wonder if Arnold will comment?

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    CARL WEATHERS, ROCKY AND MANDLORIAN STAR, HAS PASSED AWAY AT 76

    nerdist.com Carl Weathers, ROCKY and MANDLORIAN Star, Has Passed Away at 76

    Carl Weathers, known for roles in The Mandalorian, Rocky, Predator, and so much more, has passed away at the age of 76.

    Carl Weathers, ROCKY and MANDLORIAN Star, Has Passed Away at 76

    >Carl Weathers has had a storied career in Hollywood, spanning 50 years. The actor known for a number of impactful roles, from Apollo Creed in Rocky to Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, has passed away at the age of 76.

    I wonder if Arnold will comment?

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    Texas erects new border barrier as dispute with Biden administration ramps up

    "Texas this week erected new barriers along part of the state's border with Mexico, blocking Border Patrol access, a court filing said on Friday, as conflict over migration escalates between the state's Republican governor and Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden. The Texas National Guard added new concertina wire and fencing to a stretch of the border near Eagle Pass, blocking U.S. Border Patrol access to a city park that contains a boat ramp agents use to reach the Rio Grande, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court."

    Further:

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/us/what-we-know-about-the-drownings-of-3-migrants-in-eagle-pass-texas/index.html

    "The drownings – as well as the rescue of two other migrants on the US side of the Rio Grande by Mexican authorities – “underscore that Texas is firm in its continued efforts to exercise complete control of the border and land” in the area “and to block Border Patrol’s access to the border even in emergency circumstances,” the administration wrote. "

    ...

    "“At the very least, however, Border Patrol would have had the opportunity to take any available steps to fulfill its responsibilities and assist its counterparts in the Mexican government with undertaking the rescue mission. Texas made that impossible.” "

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    www.thedailybeast.com Trump Wants CNN, NBC Off Air for Spurning His Iowa Victory Speech

    Neither network aired his comments in their entirety, so naturally they should “have their licenses taken away,” Trump complained.

    Trump Wants CNN, NBC Off Air for Spurning His Iowa Victory Speech

    “ Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at a pair of cable networks not named Fox News for their decision not to air all of his Iowa caucuses victory speech as it happened, suggesting that what they did was so heinous that they should “have their licenses, or whatever they have, taken away.”

    Dictators gonna dictate.

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    Like people got a Xim or Chronos for Christmas

    I've got well over 2k hours in game and it's like a complete shift in gameplay over the holidays, but it's been drifting this way over the last 3-6 months. I'm more than just a little familiar with how the game plays and what the average player is capable of. Either the cheats have become more popular, people bought XIM/Chronos boxes with Christmas money, or IDK what the issue is. More laser-beam guns with zero bloom and zero misses at longer range, more people running rounds of TDM and the like 40:1, 45:4 on the KDR, kills through smoke and incendiary flames like they don't exist while I can't see shit. Yeah we all have good rounds sometimes, but one thing about humans is that we are not good at consistency. The game also makes sure you can't be consistent with handicaps like bloom, yet there are players that headshot you every. single. time. Every time. With guns like the PBX, K30, the 880...one shot, or short burst they get the kill. Absolutely absurd. I have the Network performance bar and graphs, as well as the damage logs and events enabled. my latency is 18, the ALAT is usually ~40, my shots have an average hit of ~20% on a good day, but watching the "skilled" players damage on the event log? Damn near 100% hits on target. That literally should be impossible thanks to bloom. I've been through the attachments on gun kits via multiple iterations on several of the favored guns that already are "laser-beam" like to minimize recoil and bloom and simply cannot match that damage rate at all.

    Sure, some of it is going to be netcode, EA/Origin has completely messed up how it treats low ping connections (seriously, Fuck EA/Dice for this. So tired of getting killed by a spurt of lagged bullets after I'm already behind cover) by sort of favoring laggers, but that's still not an explanation for the accuracy and lack of bullet deviation in some of these players.

    Initially I thought the AC for this game was pretty good. There weren't too may players that were outliers. Now? Seems like that at least 1-3 players per round are running "assistance" of some sort. The scores are wildly and consistently out of par with the rest of the field. Guess the anti-cheat has been mostly neutralized, and certainly isn't capable of detecting external devices like the XIM or Chronos boxes, and absolutely doesn't look at players with what should be literally impossible hit %.

    Unfortunately the TDM side is becoming unplayable. Big maps with lots of players make it so "cheats" can't really take advantage of their boost, too many other players to get in the way of a good run, ranges are too great to overcome with predictable accuracy. TDM? nice and close. Lots of kills. High accuracy.

    2042 was fun while it lasted, but I think it's gone the way of V and 1...overrun with cheats.

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    What is best left unfinished?

    I’ll offer “A reading list”. There’s no shortage of good books to read, and to no longer read anything for entertainment and/or knowledge would be a bad thing.

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    Gamers who have gamed for a long time

    do you find it difficult to get into games? I’ve got Epic Games and Steam Games libraries chock-full of classic top-tier games along with many other newer games like Stray or 2077, and a bunch of indie titles. I just can’t be bothered to download and install them, much less try to get into the characters and storylines. Used to be I couldn’t wait to see what happened in the story, what new items you could collect, what new worlds the developers had created. Not anymore. I return to playing the same franchise for a quick FPS match or three and then I’m done.

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    Will human societies always enshittify themselves?

    It seems society always goes down the shitter over and over following the same path. People rise to wealth and power extracted on the repression of the masses, massive disparity, ignorance exemplified, xenophobia and blaming minorities for any possible issue, laws signed with golden pens but becoming more meaningless when they’re only enforced to protect the wealthy…. Then some sort of collapse, fragmentation, and/or dystopia usually in conjunction with war, purges, and killing in the name of tribalism.

    History seems to rewind the cassette and record right over the top with the same old song.

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