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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Shadowmist Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

The USA IS a republic (right there in our national anthem folks) and the 'progressive' left would be thrilled to change that.

Someone please enlighten me why the fixation on those five words? The Soviet Union called itself a union of Republics. The republic of Yugoslavia was a hotbed of boiling ethnic hatred waiting for the death of a ruling strongman to fly apart at the seams.The Republic of the Congo was an autocratic dictatorship also ruled by a strongman. (for that matter so was most of Greece during the Classical Age when they invented the word} When so many different types of countries can identify as a "republic", it essentially means that it's a term about effectively nothing.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Shadowmist Re:Republican gain a majority? (401 comments)

The real point is that we need term limits for congress.

No.. No .. and NO! Term limits is stupid. You are just changing faces, not mitigating the corruption of the institution. The only problem is that voters won't vote out the corruption. I think they do so because it *brings home the bacon* and they want a piece. Term limits has not helped the presidency in any way. Henry Kissinger still has too much influence after almost 50 years! I will remind you too, if you want to see the ineffectiveness of term limits, look to Mexico.

I remember a whole bunch of fresh-faced Republicans who campaigned on platforms of term limits. Guess where every one of them stood on the issue two years later when THEY became the incumbents.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Shadowmist Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

Here in Oregon all votes are cast by mail. If you can't mail it in time, then you drop it by a collection booth during a lunch break or something. Standing in line at the local school gym has become a thing of the past here. I've often wondered why more locales haven't adopted such a thing.

Because that would mean more people voting, and if they're likely to vote for the party you oppose, that would not serve your interests. The two parties each have favored tactics when it comes to screwing the vote. Republicans prefer to use voter suppression in areas that are largely non-white. Democrats do their best to eliminate choices to the mediocre as they either 1) Chase progressives from the party and 2] Demonise third party progressives which might actually get the job done.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Shadowmist Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

That would take a constitutional amendment at the very least, because the authors of the Constitution decided that States have the power to hold elections as they see fit, including Federal ones.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Shadowmist Re:News For Nerds? (401 comments)

I'm having second thoughts about Romney.

He could be a better speaker, campaigner, politician; yeah. But of the jobs he's had, he's gotten the job done.

Then again given that most of the jobs he's done have taken the form of eliminating the jobs of others, it's not a great accomplishment.

about three weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Shadowmist Re:I'm waiting for the doomsayers (610 comments)

To decry wind energy, saying we're slowing the rotation of the earth down or something.

Actually we ARE doing that with tidal power stations. It's basic physics really, that energy we gain from tidal power has to come from somewhere. Just like when we use Jupiter to slingshot our space probes, we're actually changing ITS orbit as well. But it's nowhere near the scale to actually have a measurable effect, so I'm not really advocating that we shut them down.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Shadowmist Re:Thanks for reading it (610 comments)

I had a simple gut feeling seeing a "study" ordered by the European Commission, which I absolutely don't trust for anything. The study is more like a school report and its authors are blatantly partial.

Ecofys is an energy company, part of Eneco group which among things has an interest in a huge wind farm off-shore south of UK called Navitus Bay.

At some point you're going to have to trust someone who has expertise you do not posess, unless you're a greater polymath than Paul Robeson was. Or your decisions will be totally determined by your prejudices, and the bully beef you ate last night.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Shadowmist Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

Any TRUE environmentalist should be screaming at the top of their lungs, protesting in the streets, to have more nuclear power built and shut down the damn coal plants that ARE spreading radiation everywhere!

And any true economics and safety analysis would also acknowledge that the nuclear power issue still has costs which have not been fully determined because we still don't have an answer to what to with the nuclear waste that's piling up in storage in temporary facilities. Long-lived lethal waste that we can't just smile and grin as it leaches out into the environment, waste that will need management for thousands of years when we've never done anything near that long term in an increasingly short-sighted society.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Shadowmist Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

Well, remember, this report was "leaked". Its top secret stuff we aren't supposed to have, so they can include top secret assumptions.

Which also means that it could be nothing but made up fiction on the part of the "leakers".

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Shadowmist Re:Runaway Greenhouse (610 comments)

Please don't talk about runaway greenhouse effects here on Earth. It really isn't possible.

It isn't possible NOW. It WILL happen at the latest, about a billion years in the future when the Sun's solar output is about 25 percent brighter than it is today and exceeds the limit for what our biosphere can compensate.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Shadowmist Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

I truly hope you're wrong - because if we burn all available fossil fuels then there is a very real possibility that we won't just be looking at high sea levels and global tropics and deserts, we'll be looking at a full on runaway greenhouse effect such as devastated Venus. .

We're not likely to push things that far. Long before we get to that point, we'll either be extinct, or have collapsed our civilization by that point from climate change effects.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Shadowmist Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

Who's Us?

"Us" is all the people who have to live in a world where a fraction of the population uses violence and coercive power to get what they want and are looking forward to a post-state society.

Post state? Now that's truly laughable. Past coinage had sone inherent value from being bits of precious or semi-precious metal. Bitcoin couldn't even EXIST outside of a state society network and the infrastructure it maintains.

about a month and a half ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Shadowmist Re:This device is not new or interesting (651 comments)

It would be interesting if the whole thing is a big sting operation. Anybody who places an order for one gets a FBI file.

It wouldn't have to be a sting operation. Since the US is monitoring the entire frigging Internet, including who reads this piece of drivel I'm writing, they can simply just flag any requests made to a site they label as "suspect". Which might still include Steve Jackson's Cyberpunk RPG game for all we know.

about 2 months ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Shadowmist Re:the solution: (651 comments)

you can't even carry a freaking sword

Do you somehow find yourself aggrieved by not being able to carry a sword with you? Is it ruining your cyberpunk look or something?

Or are you just looking for things to kvetch about?

I should think there's very little call for walking around with a sword.

Yeah, what a whiner! Complaining cuz police are gunning down citizens for no reason...

So you want to bring a sword to a gun fight?

about 2 months ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Shadowmist Re:the solution: (651 comments)

At the time it was taken for granted that a person was a white christian male.

White Christian Protestant Male. It was considered a rather important distinction at the time, given the heavy anti-Catholic bias of the English settlers.

about 2 months ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Shadowmist Re:the solution: (651 comments)

it simply reserved such matters to the States, per the 10th Amendment.

I'm not sure how 'not forbidding' is different than 'allowing'. Regardless, slavery wasn't handled just through the 10th amendment. Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 specifies that slaves (i.e. people who are neither free nor indianans) count as 0.6 people for determining the number of congressional representatives from a state. Because of that, I'd say that the constitution condoned slavery.

That was known as the Virginia clause as implementing it gave the state the lions share of representation and is the key reason that the first few Presidents were all Virginians. The part that gave everyone two Senators per state regardless of size was the New Jersey clause.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Shadowmist Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

Alimony delinquency is not a trivial problem in this country when men excercise the option to leave their responsibilities at the state line.

On a sidenote, this is yet another problem that Bitcoin will solve for us.

Of course, I mean the problem that bank accounts and income streams can be garnished.

So many men are going benefit from the ability to hold their savings and earn income in a currency which no judge can remotely confiscate.

Who's Us? The Legion of Deadbeat Dads?

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Shadowmist Re:GamerGate is about sex, not corruption (724 comments)

Except all you did was get Glenn Beck on his own damn TV show where he can spout more shill pseudo-conservative horseshit and have more ignorant people believe the absolutely fake things he says that he doesn't actually believe.

Truth of the matter is instead of being one of the Fox News poster boys for the national Tea Party movement, Glen Beck is essentially exiled to the equivalent of Medialand Flatbush in a show that's suited to the small inbred cicle of core devotees that hang on his every word and crocodile tear. If you don't think that this is a major fall from being a leading comentator on a national network, you really don't have any sense of perspective.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Shadowmist Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

If you were looking for a textbook demonstration of misogyny, look no further than the post above. Domestic abuse? You call being assualted, beaten up, raped, and occasionally murdered by your boyfriend or husband, winning? Especially when many of these crimes are never reported? Yeah that's some victory there mate. It may be news to you but women DO take leadership positions. And men like you call them "bossy" for daring to step onto the male preserve. Child support? that's a convenient way to ignore the vast number of deadbeat dads who leave both mother and child on their own. Alimony delinquency is not a trivial problem in this country when men excercise the option to leave their responsibilities at the state line. And you feel upset because of the dinner tab you picked up? And yes we DO here rants like yours all the time.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Shadowmist Re:This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

I know all about the special treatment these women want. Like not being catcalled by every undersexed boy. Like not being assumed that they can't game as well as anyone else in a sport that doesn't involve upper body strength. Like perhaps being represented by gamer figures who would look anorexic next to Barbie.

This isn't new. ANYTIME there has been some form of progressive movement of any form in Human civilization, there has been the knee jerk, circle the wagons response to it. This isn't any different.

about 2 months ago

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World of Warcraft Players Need Not Apply

Shadowmist Shadowmist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Shadowmist writes "From the New York Times BITS (Buisness Innovation Techology Society) blog:

In at least one known incidents employers have been telling recruiters "not to send them World of Warcraft players. He said there is a belief that WoW players cannot give 100% because their focus is elsewhere, their sleeping patterns are often not great, etc."

On one hand, the recruiter may have a point: Massively multiplayer online games can require a high level of engagement — players must spend long hours playing to advance their characters and participate in game activities such as raids. It's not uncommon for subscribers to log as many as 30 hours per week."

Others argue that the management involved in leading guilds and raids serves as training in skills such as leadership and project managment.

But still this might be something you want to leave off your resume... or Facebook."

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