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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
42. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 29, 2012, 14:41 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Verno wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 13:38:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 13:20:
That study was pretty pointless. I think people at either extreme are pretty nuts, but I think that conservatives tend to define anyone to the left of their position as extreme anyway. Obama is a centrist by any objective measure, yet conservatives try to paint him as a some kind of radical socialist extremist. It's utterly ridiculous, but that certainly doesn't seem to bother them.

Don't paint us all with the same brush. The vast majority of Conservatives I've met are quite moderate and do not do what you claim there. I am fairly Conservative and I wouldn't either. I have nothing but indifference for many extreme Conservative points and I think religion is an utter waste of time and money. That said, the left has its own closet full of villains and extremists just as we do. Some ideas are just inherently liberal or rooted in socialism, I'm not saying that is a Bad Thing either. I really do want a national health care system, I just don't like the way Obama has attacked the problem, not that Romney necessarily has a great solution either.

Just like Democrats aren't defined by their extreme left, don't define Conservatives by the extreme right.

First of all, I'm not a Democrat nor a conservative, nor a liberal. I'm an independent that leans right on some things, like gun control, tax code and education, left on others like gay marriage and abortion, and libertarian on some things like the drug war. I don't fall neatly into any category.

Maybe I am painting with too broad a brush, but since the spokespeople for "conservatives" today are either insane themselves, or at least siding with those who are, it's difficult to determine whether there actually are any moderate conservatives left. I assume that if there are, they are the fabled swing voters, and I would hope they're leaning to Obama on this one, as I'd rather not have to endure all the crazy that will come tagging along with a Romney administration. Republican candidates can't seem to go more than a few days without saying something offensive or just plain crazy. We've got enough assholes and morons in Congress already. We don't need more and we don't need to further enable those that are there.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
40. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 29, 2012, 13:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 12:46:
Here's a study from your liberal news that proves you're wrong in entirety:
NYT Study 2012

Not that I give a shit about studies, life experiences cannot be taught -- most of my liberal friends are largely pessimist and quick to blame others for their own problems. I have a rich liberal associate who readily admits she "Can afford to be liberal", which says all oh so much more than most liberals could comprehend.

So ya Cutter, you just proved to me you are 100% bred Liberal parrot.

Insulting and labeling while pointing out supposed studies and timelines in a pretentious "matter of fact" way -- without presenting a single study or timeline even when specifically asked multiple times.

That, Cutter, is EXACTLY what liberals are. I did miss out the largely uneducated, government dependent, mostly atheist, GimmeGimmeGimme mentality, always at the ready "blame finger", pro murdering unborn children, etc etc, but you get the picture.

That study was pretty pointless. I think people at either extreme are pretty nuts, but I think that conservatives tend to define anyone to the left of their position as extreme anyway. Obama is a centrist by any objective measure, yet conservatives try to paint him as a some kind of radical socialist extremist. It's utterly ridiculous, but that certainly doesn't seem to bother them.

Most of Obama's "liberal" positions are things that Republicans were supporting in recent decades. Since Republicans keep marching to the right though, they think they can keep redefining the center as where they happen to be at the moment. It's bizarre.

The Republicans always speak of freedom and liberty, but only for those that are at least mostly like themselves. Religious freedom for Muslims? No way. We can prohibit them from building a mosque to replace an old building because we think it's too close to Ground Zero. Screw their religious freedom, freedom to assemble, freedom to purchase property and make use of it. All the while supporting Bush and his best buddies the Saudis, where most of the 9-11 terrorists were from. All the while supporting the rights of conservatives and Christians to say and do things that are offensive because the Constitution protects their speech. But when it's something they don't like, then it's fuck the Constitution, we don't like those guys. They're anti-American, blah blah blah. Conservatives seem to live in a permanent state of cognitive dissonance.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
37. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 29, 2012, 12:04 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 11:21:
nin wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 20:05:
I'm just going to toss this in here and run.


Oh look, another pretentious Hollywood liberal trying to tell people what's best. Gee, you'd think that people would have learned to ignore them by now, especially when they use DNC talking points.
Oh look, someone who thinks it's ok to dismiss other people's opinions out of hand, or based on what they do for a living, rather than actually present an argument. I guess I need to learn to ignore people like you. I bet that that guy has created a hell of a lot more jobs than Romney or Ryan have.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
29. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 29, 2012, 01:40 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Kitkoan wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 23:43:
From what I understand, the problem isn't if the country is becoming socialist and if that's a bad thing but more that the county Is now less and less of a capitalist national and more of a crony capitalist nation.

And crony capitalism is nothing like capitalism and will kill a nation and everything the USA ever stood for.
Also a byproduct of our crazy election system.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
27. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 28, 2012, 23:33 Wowbagger_TIP
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 23:09:
With socialism you also get Germany, which last time I checked is still the Nr. 1 economy of Europe with one of the highest standards of living, healthcare, education and technology you can find on the planet. Which is a direct result of Germany's socialist capitalist free market model.

Greece on the other hand, is not a failed state because of socialism but because of total and utter corruption and mismanagement, corruption that goes down to the lowest citizen. And secondly, because of a living standard that they took for granted thanks to the EU, that they could never actually support by their own economic power. The same is true for Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal while others did not mismanage and did not live over their level and are now in a great growth situation, or at least no recession.

Also America was the greatest power in the world.. in cold war. Now that label fits only for China. The only reason China is currently not completely dominating everything is a internal self-centered government where the political class rather wants to keep to power at all costs than do anything externally.

Your super awesome army obviously doesn't help pay the bills. In fact the army is the greatest and most wasteful state employee there is, so one wonders how you call that free market - the government is paying soldiers, and the government pays for military tech, not the free market. The military industrial complex that is the sole reason for your strong military is the exact thing you are arguing against.

Just try eliminating some unnecessary or wasteful program and you'll see that state and district's congresscritters, whatever party they're from, work themselves into a frenzy decrying those who would dare to hurt jobs or small business or whatever else they can come up with. Look how quick Romney was to exploit the smaller number of ships we have to try to scare people in the shipbuilding states. Government doesn't create jobs, except when it does! Screw the whole bunch of hypocrites.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
22. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 28, 2012, 22:32 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 22:15:
Cutter wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 22:02:
Axis wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 21:06:
America became the greatest superpower in the world due to a capitalist free market economy and a constitutional republic. We accept all cultures from all nations and have the strongest military in the world.

With Socialism, you get Greece.

Now you can drone on all those lib talking points that CNNMSNBCABC media throw at you, but you won't admit what I stated is true since liberalism is shrouded in keeping people down, ill-informed, and in denial.

See, this is the problem with right-wing cognitive disconnect and a lack of historical education. America was at the height of its power when its taxation and control on the rich and the corporations were highest - 50% - and most of the working public were involved in trade-unions. It produced quality goods and sold them to the world. Trickle-up economics works, trickle-down doesn't.

The elites didn't much care for this so set about changing it. They repeat the big lie - socialism is bad - your ilk believe it after hearing it so long. So it's not long before there's massive deregulation, free trade - which ships all your jobs overseas, and shifting the tax burden to the middle and lower class. And now you have America today which makes nothing, is in debt up to its eyeballs, and is a shadow of its former self.

This is what happened in Greece and in Spain. That is, and always has been, the fault of the right and the sheeple that swallow their bullshit. Like any good right-wing sheep you certainly won't let the facts stand in the way of your irrational and hypocritical beliefs. You're the very definition of that asshole protesting the democrats telling the 'socialists' to 'keep their damn hands off his medicare'. Lol! Jesus, you guys that complain the loudest wouldn't survive two weeks without the government.

How many were on welfare and foodstamps during your unspecified "height of power"? Go ahead, find the answer then try again.
Is that some kind of argument? "Go find some information that I have deemed important as a rebuttal, even though I'm implying that I already have this information but choose not to share it."
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
18. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 28, 2012, 22:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 22:17:
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 22:12:
You're all arguing which turd is tastier for you. Democrats and Republicans are 2 sides of the same coin. They both stand for personal wealth and power for themselves, and screw everyone else. They just serve you the turd with different dressing, and you lap it up because you don't know any better than to argue over politics like it's a god damn sport and you're defending your favorite team.

Obama = wants to fuck you for his own benefit.
Romney = wants to fuck you for his own benefit.

How do people not see this?

Because you are wrong.

Actually he's not wrong. It's just that we only have the option of one turd or another because we have a completely retarded election system. Well, not completely, because it serves those that designed it quite well, but retarded from the perspective of the vast majority of us that it certainly does not serve.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
12. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 28, 2012, 21:46 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 21:06:
America became the greatest superpower in the world due to a capitalist free market economy and a constitutional republic. We accept all cultures from all nations and have the strongest military in the world.

With Socialism, you get Greece.

Now you can drone on all those lib talking points that CNNMSNBCABC media throw at you, but you won't admit what I stated is true since liberalism is shrouded in keeping people down, ill-informed, and in denial.

This seems appropriate:
http://newharmonywatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/nhw-bush-in-hiding-2.jpg

Define socialism, because the Republicans sure can't seem to. They're like dancing monkeys trying to explain why they support some "socialist" policies and not others. Maybe it's time to admit that nobody in either party is really a socialist in the pejorative sense that they use the word.

I also fail to see how anything you've said makes an argument for electing Republicans anyway. Republicans were running things for 10 years before we had the financial crisis. If there's any failed economic policies to be indicted here, they are Republican policies. They can spend ten years wrecking the economy, and then scream about how Obama hasn't fixed everything in four? The Dems have fucked up on a lot of things too, but pinning the blame for the economy on them is largely bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Oct 25, 2012, 00:04 Wowbagger_TIP
 

So people think Jesus will save their computer too?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Oct 24, 2012, 15:02 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 02:01:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 00:39:
Sepharo wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 22:32:
So what did all you independents think of the "Third Party" debate tonight?
I think it was like the pres debating himself for the most part. I cringed when he made that corny 80s foreign policy joke though. Ouch.

I kinda of expected this to happen but... Reread the sentence again, pay close attention to the quotes.

It is a rather fitting response though given the topic

Hah... yeah... guess that's what i get for skimming I just read about that one. Didn't realize they were even having debates. As long as we have this retarded election system though, they're gonna be sidelined or spoilers at best.
 
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News Comments > Newer AMD/ATI Catalyst Beta
3. Re: Newer AMD/ATI Catalyst Beta Oct 24, 2012, 09:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Ripperjack wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 09:21:
Fantaz wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 02:58:
Funny, they called it the "never settle" driver...

Indeed. I'll never settle for ATi again, and go team green from now on!

I've had ATI/AMD for the last few cards I've owned, and aside from one card's 3D capability dying, I haven't had any problems. Of course I've heard horror stories about both ATI and NV, so I just do a lot of research on the current cards before I buy. Maybe it helps that I don't tend to buy on the bleeding edge either. My current card is an Asus HD7850 DirectCU II 2GB. Had it for a good 6 months or so now. No problems so far.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Oct 24, 2012, 00:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 22:32:
So what did all you independents think of the "Third Party" debate tonight?
I think it was like the pres debating himself for the most part. I cringed when he made that corny 80s foreign policy joke though. Ouch.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
8. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2012, 01:05 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Funny how the kids act all innocent though. Like they didn't know what they were doing. They probably know how to use the thing a lot better than the teacher and were only supposed to be using a couple of specific apps, but were instead apparently doing other things that they weren't supposed to be doing. I remember being a kid. I did crap like that plenty often, so it's not surprising. Of course the parents get all self-righteous about it though.  
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News Comments > etc.
17. Re: etc. Oct 19, 2012, 14:16 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 19, 2012, 11:34:
"Investment" isn't quite right, either. Think a donation instead. An investment comes with a return. You're not getting a return with Kickstarter. Best case scenario you're saving 20% on a title. Often Steam will give you near that for preordering, and often it will hit that price within 6 months anyway.

I consider it an investment in the sense that by investing, I may get the return of a game that I want to play, but that wouldn't be made otherwise (or at least that nobody else seems to be willing to make). So, if I have some confidence in the team, and their goals seem realistic, I'm willing to risk $50 or so to give them the chance to make the game I want.

That said, I've only committed to a few of them so far, because many seem like they're too ambitious, or they don't have a clear idea of what they're building, or they just don't have the experience or track record of actually completing games.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Act 3 Details
13. Re: Path of Exile Act 3 Details Oct 19, 2012, 00:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I've been playing PoE off and on for several months now. I really don't understand the complaints about it not having a story, as it's been in closed beta and they've intentionally been withholding the story elements until open beta. I still don't expect it to be anything amazing, but probably on par with most arpg fare.

The passive skill tree is a bit daunting at first, but they've done a lot in the last few patches to make it easier for those starting out so that they don't gimp their chars right from the start. They've also done more to make it easier to navigate and added icons for skill clusters to show what they pertain to. Just go to the website and check out their passive skill tree tool there. It's fun to just plan out a build with the tool.

The skill gem/support gem system is a lot of fun and they've been continually adding more all the time. There's like 9 more skill/support gems being added in the minor patch coming out either Friday or Monday, along with some more unique items as well.

I kind of like the currency system. Currency items are useful rather than just a number. They do need a better way for players to trade items with each other rather than just dropping things on the ground, but they are planning to have that in place by the time open beta starts.

It's a very different game from BL2 or TL2, but I think it's more engaging in a lot of ways. There's definitely a lot more flexibility and room for creativity in creating your build. I've seen some crazy stuff, and the cool thing is that even a lot of those crazy builds work pretty well. I'm sure it's a game I'm going to be playing for a long time.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight 2 Patch Plans
15. Re: Torchlight 2 Patch Plans Oct 18, 2012, 16:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Oct 18, 2012, 16:13:
Axis wrote on Oct 18, 2012, 16:04:
Ya it's a real longevity game. Out of the 74 steam friends who own the game, I may see 1 playing any given night, usually afk bullshitting to me or someone else...

H a r d c o r e!


Oh look it's the Path of Exile snob. Yep - everything else sux except for PoE!

Have you tried looking at the total hours played for those friends of yours? Most of my friends who own it have played it for 30+ hours, often more than 60.

I've been bouncing around between BL2 and TL2 lately, but somehow I keep getting sucked back into PoE. It's not even done, and open beta is still a couple months away, but it has a powerful draw...
 
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News Comments > King's Bounty: Warriors of the North This Month
17. Re: King's Bounty: Warriors of the North This Month Oct 17, 2012, 16:56 Wowbagger_TIP
 
avianflu wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 16:53:
I sorta agree with that but in 2 specific instances for me in "princess" there were no more troops on the map that I could defeat without losing loads of my troops (and importantly -- easier enemies dont ever respawn on a map) and I had no money. At that point you are truly stuck.

That's pretty much the situation that I seem to end up in eventually whenever I try one of these games again. Only way to deal with it is to go back to a (usually MUCH) earlier save and try to do better, but since you're essentially re-fighting each of the same battles again, it gets kind of boring. And you're still not sure if you'll be able to do well enough to get past the part where you were stuck.
 
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News Comments > King's Bounty: Warriors of the North This Month
10. Re: King's Bounty: Warriors of the North This Month Oct 16, 2012, 15:46 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Love the gameplay in this series, but I think I just suck at these games. I inevitably end up hitting a wall at some point where I just can't beat some creature blocking my way, and don't have a way to put together a good enough army to beat it. I tend to wander off to some other game at that point.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Open Beta Delayed
1. Re: MechWarrior Online Open Beta Delayed Oct 16, 2012, 15:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Probably a good thing. I got into the beta a little while back, but couldn't even get into a match because of some black-screen bug, as they were calling it. The match would start to load, and then... nothing.

From what I've seen of it, it looks very promising. Hope they take the time to get things right.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 10, 2012, 23:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Bhruic wrote on Oct 10, 2012, 16:39:
Cutter wrote on Oct 10, 2012, 15:26:
It all comes out in the wash IMO. However, as you said, serious pirates are going to take the necessary steps not to get caught so all this is for naught.

It's only "for naught" if their intention was to completely eliminate piracy. It's not for naught if their intention is to cut down on piracy. In the last, what, 5-10 years, it's gotten significantly easier to get illegal stuff than it used to be. Back when you had to use irc, ftp sites, newgroups, etc, there were a lot fewer people doing it. If - and it's a big if - they can once again make it more difficult, then that'll cut down fairly substantially. Regardless if the "serious pirates" can still get stuff.

And just like before, that'll last maybe a year before technology catches up yet again and you can get a auto-proxy-encrypted-torrent app with a catchy name and download all you want again
 
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