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News Comments > Kingpin: Reloaded Announced

14. Re: Kingpin: Reloaded Announced Jan 18, 2020, 17:54 ventry
 
Wow. Haven't given this game any thought for years.
It was a blast to play both single and online.
Back in the day the wowzers considered anyone who played it was destined to become the devil. LOL!
 



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News Comments > Out of the Blue

22. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2020, 19:53 ventry
 
Orogogus wrote on Jan 10, 2020, 18:48:
Can you cite a different fire that wasn't "way less than current" area burnt?

I already did in my first post:
1974-75 almost 106 Million hectares burnt. 10 times the area of the current fire. (see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushfires_in_Australia)

To reiterate, I am not downplaying the current fire.( it's a bad one and it's not done yet. I am fully aware it is ongoing and numbers are only going up)
I am shining a light on the left wing media hysteria.
 



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20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2020, 18:24 ventry
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 10, 2020, 10:21:
So yes, these fires are unprecedented. They've destroyed thousands of homes, over 50x more than the fire he's claiming makes this fire dull and boring.

As usual.. You totally missed the point.
I was not downplaying the current fires.
The media have been completely off their tits over this one. (especially the far left ABC)

No. They are not unprecedented.

Black Saturday Bushfires: 7th Feb - 14th Mar 2009
450,000 hectares burnt. (way less than current)
2,029+ houses, 2,000 other structures.
and the big one.... 173 people killed.

Ash Wednesday Bushfires: Feb 1983
418,000 hectares burnt.
about 2,400 houses.
75 people killed.

The current fire 25. (hopefully no more)

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News Comments > Out of the Blue

11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2020, 18:02 ventry
 
Prez wrote on Jan 9, 2020, 12:52:
Concerning the Australia bushfires, I was skeptical of the arsonist emergency claim to begin with. Regardless, ot seems to me that what started the fires is not nearly as important as what is causing them to propagate. I had always heard that modern day Australia used the same controlled burning technique passed down from the Aborigines. Depending on who you believe, the controlled burns that would have prevented what is currently happening from being as devastating as it is didn't happen because 1) the greens in their increased enviromental fanaticism are preventing too many controlled burns for dubious reasons, or 2) the climate has changed to the point that the excess dryness and wind occur too often to allow the burns to be safely conducted. Pick your poison I guess. Either way what is happening is terrible beyond words.

Also the other irritating part is the left wing media here constantly spouting that these summer bushfires are "unprecedented".
That is absolute bullshit.
Currently the estimate is about 10.7 Million hectares burnt.
Back in the summer of 1974-75 almost 106 Million hectares burnt across 5 states.
If it's "climate change" now, what was it then when it was almost 10 times worse??

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushfires_in_Australia

I also love how Wikipedia has grouped all the current fires together to make the scary number while the '74-'75 season are divided into separate states.

Here in Australia during summer we have bushfires EVERY year. Most aren't that big but, every 15 - 20 years we have a couple of big ones.

And yes, in some states farmers are actually fined for clearing combustible undergrowth in forests bordering their property. (The greenies didn't want them disturbing the habitat of insects, snakes, small mammals, etc. Well, they are all burnt up now. congratulations.)

I believe California had a similar issue with their recent wildfires. (unchecked undergrowth I mean. Correct me if I am wrong)

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15. Re: Gaming Attitudes 50+ Jan 8, 2020, 04:32 ventry
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 17:27:
ventry wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 17:12:
Bodolza wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 13:08:
If you're 50 now, then you were 7 years old when the Atari 2600 came out, which means you've been around home video games most of your life. It shouldn't be any surprise that there are older gamers.

I'm 57 and I hassled the hell out of my parents for an Atari 2600 so I could play Space Invaders at home.
Unfortunately they couldn't afford it. :-(
Very shortly after that I got my first job, saved up and purchased my Commodore 64 (which I still have).

Does your C64 still work? Are you able to play Impossible Mission and Return to Castle Wolfenstein?

Absolutely my C64 still works.
Played the hell out of Impossible Mission. The digitized speech blew my mind.
 



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6. Re: Gaming Attitudes 50+ Jan 7, 2020, 17:12 ventry
 
Bodolza wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 13:08:
If you're 50 now, then you were 7 years old when the Atari 2600 came out, which means you've been around home video games most of your life. It shouldn't be any surprise that there are older gamers.

I'm 57 and I hassled the hell out of my parents for an Atari 2600 so I could play Space Invaders at home.
Unfortunately they couldn't afford it. :-(
Very shortly after that I got my first job, saved up and purchased my Commodore 64 (which I still have).
 



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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse

1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 28, 2019, 17:49 ventry
 
I enjoyed the hell out of The Mandalorian. (10x better than the new movies)
Even my wife likes it and she doesn't think much of Star Wars at all.
My only criticism would be:
Episodes need to be 1 hour.
Make more than 8 episodes.
 



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News Comments > Out of the Blue

49. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2019, 22:49 ventry
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 25, 2019, 00:26:
Literally no one gets offended when you wish a Merry Christmas to people on Christmas.

https://i.redd.it/vdlqkm9j4t641.jpg

Sure. Whatever you say. Rolleyes Rolleyes2
 



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24. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2019, 00:17 ventry
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2019, 23:54:
ventry wrote on Dec 24, 2019, 21:45:
Merry and safe Christmas to all. ( if your offended well.... too bad. )
Only offended by you're bad grammer. Merry Christmas! Santa

Ah Damn. Keep doing that.
That dastardly your/you're thing. I'll blame it on the scotch this time.
 



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15. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2019, 23:15 ventry
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 24, 2019, 23:02:
ventry wrote on Dec 24, 2019, 21:45:
It's Christmas here in Australia so....
Merry and safe Christmas to all. ( if your offended well.... too bad. )
Now I'm not into religion at all so, "Why do you wish people a Merry Christmas Ventry?"
I'm glad you asked. It's simple.
I consider the day "Family, friend and acquaintances appreciation day".
However for the purposes of convenience and common sense I use the term "Christmas".
Hey! I guess I just committed "religious appropriation" LOL.
Ah!! Isn't life grand. Xmastree

A Pagan replies, "You sure did, and on so many levels! But hey, you go knock yourself with that eggnog joose."

Well.... No one (that I know) drinks eggnog here in Australia.
However I am kicking back with a very nice Talisker 12yo single malt highland scotch whisky. MMMMMM.... Drunk Drunk2 Cheers
 



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10. Re: Fallout 76 Exploit Closed Dec 24, 2019, 21:54 ventry
 
Don't care what ya do Bethesda. Not buying ya shitty game.  



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40. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 14, 2019, 01:13 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 23:03:
Unfortunately, there isn't really a good solution. There is some validity to saying/thinking that all the people in rural areas don't want all the decisions being made for and/or by the those living in urban areas. But the flip side of that is giving oversized authority to a minority population. It is a bit of a conundrum... the hope would be reasonable people can come together to make reasonable decisions which give consideration to everyone. But it isn't easy, and it happens far too infrequently...

Don't worry. I find validity in your side of the discussion and who knows you may be right that the UK system is too heavily in favor of the "rural" side I haven't really dug into the nitty-gritty of that system either.
Where should that balance lie?
Everybody's opinion will be different.
However the current systems must be more equitable (my opinion only) to the people in rural areas than the "popular" vote can possibly be.
 



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33. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2019, 22:09 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 21:45:
Interesting... proportional electoral colleges voting (takes 270 to win):

Have you ever considered this map from 2016:

https://imgur.com/XtaIQ82

It shows the 2016 US election broken up into i believe the US calls them counties.
Under the AU system each one of those is a seat and Trump wins in a landslide because the majority of them are red regardless of the population of those counties and I know the US system is a lot different to our "Westminster" system.
When I saw that map it left no doubt in my mind who won the Presidency.
Anyways I have got shit to do.
 



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29. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2019, 21:44 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 21:33:
So, your argument is it is better for 43.6% of the electorate to get 56.2% of the representation, than for the majority of the electorate to make a majority decision. Can you explain more explicitly why that makes any sense?

Look in reality I can only really use Au as an example. I haven't done an extensive study into the US electoral system.
Here in Australia whoever wins the most seats wins the election regardless of the population of those seats. If it wasn't for that Sydney and Melbourne would decide for the country every time.
Sydney 20.93%
Melbourne 19.86%
the next closest to these two is
Brisbane 9.85%
Another thing to consider is we have compulsory voting here. You get fined if you don't.
 



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26. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2019, 21:28 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 21:14:
ventry wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 20:50:
If it wasn't for the electoral college in the US, every election would be decided by NY, LA and SF. (basically decided by the states of New York and California).
I assume you meant every presidential election, since it is the only national US election. I need to look up what would have happened in all the presidential elections if the electoral college votes in each state were assigned proportionally. I assume someone has gone and figured that out. I've never understood the idea behind the all or nothing method...

The population of the five most populous states (CA, TX, FL, NY, PA) accounts for about 36-37% of the population. Using the wiki page on US state populations (2018 numbers) it would be CA & NY at 17.87% vs TX, FL, & PA at 18.99% -- not nearly as one sided as you would like to believe.

Ok. Fair enough.
I was painting with broad strokes. I didn't go and break down the numbers.
Maybe it isn't as one sided but, my point and the reason the systems are the way they are still stands.
 



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23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2019, 20:50 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 20:21:
ventry wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 20:13:
I approve of the current system(s) because it prevents big cities from having a tyrannical hold over how a country is run.
Okay, your tantrum line was ambiguous, my bad. So, you are saying people living in cities should have less voice in what happens? And that makes sense how?

Because people will almost always vote with their OWN interests at heart.
Therefore it gives people in small towns/cities a fairer stake in how the country is run and not have to consistently put up with big city ideals.

e.g.
If it wasn't for the electoral college in the US, every election would be decided by NY, LA and SF. (basically decided by the states of New York and California).
 



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21. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2019, 20:13 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 19:53:
Okay first, it was pretty clear I wasn't throwing a "tantrum".

Errr. Wow.
I was not referring to you.
My post clearly states the marchers in London. (and applies the same to the lugnuts here in AU and back in 2016 in the US)

Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 19:53:
I don't understand how you can make any kind of logical argument when electing a 650 member body, a party got 43.6% of the votes and gets 56.2% of the seats. Clearly the MP regions (whatever they are called) need some serious remapping, as many US state election districts do.

I approve of the current system(s) because it prevents big cities from having a tyrannical hold over how a country is run.
 



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19. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2019, 19:39 ventry
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 13, 2019, 18:45:
On a slightly different, but related note... The UK system is apparently even more messed up than the US electoral college. The Conservatives got 43.6% of the vote yet won 365 of the 650 seats (56.2%) -- an 80 vote majority. That is seriously messed up...

I don't agree with that at all.
They complained about Trump winning while losing the "popular" vote.
They complain about Boris.
BUT, nobody was complaining when the wokest woker from woketown Justin Trudeau narrowly won office last October while losing the "popular" vote.
Conveniently quiet indeed was the left. Par for the course really.
They (the lefties) are already marching in the streets of London with the usual "Not my Prime Minister" chants.
Where have I seen that tantrum before?? Rolleyes
 



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