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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Family Guy/Simpsons crossover on: Today at 11:02:44 am
There was a time when I would have asked why The Simpsons would condescend to this, but unfortunately, I know the answer to that, though it's terribly depressing. So why would Family Guy condescend to this?
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo or Pope Francis on: July 28, 2014, 01:08:19 pm
I'm kind of surprised that the Pope is winning by such a massive landslide. I must be missing something, because I don't really get why he's so popular on this forum...

The Pope's politics--or the way he communicates the Magisterium's traditional politics--deviate from left-right orthodoxy in a way that gives him a lot of crossover appeal. He's perceived to be doing a good job so far cleaning up the Church and restoring its credibility and most leftists and old-school conservatives alike have reasons to approve of and like him. Cuomo's politics deviate from left-right orthodoxy, too, but in a way that just comes across as crass, tight-fisted, small-hearted, and self-absorbed. The only people who have any real reason to prefer Cuomo are hardcore market liberals and people who are single-issue about gay marriage and/or abortion. It's not that these are inherently invalid political positions to have, but I guess we turn out to have pretty few of them on this forum, in the latter case fewer even than I would have thought.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Forum Cabinet on: July 28, 2014, 12:24:51 am
Reshuffle!


President: Nathan (D-MA)
Vice-President: AdamGriffin (D-GA)

Chief Cabinet Secretary: Antonio V (D-CA)

Secretary of State: SJoyce (D-FL)
Secretary of Finance: Marokai (D-OH)
Secretary of Defense: Averroës Nix (D-NY)
Attorney General: Napoleon (D-NY)
Secretary of Social Welfare: General Mung Beans (D-CA)
Secretary of Education: Mechaman (G-OK)
Secretary of Labor Relations and Industrial Production: TNF (O-KY)
Secretary of Urban Affairs, Transportation, and Infrastructure: traininthedistance (D-NY)
Secretary of Rural Affairs, Primary Industries, and Public Lands: Al (O-UK)
Secretary of Environmental Protection: SomebodyWhoExists (O-NY)
Secretary of Trade and International Development:  DemPGH (D-PA)
Secretary of Communities, Heritage, and Culture: Mikado (D-DC)
Secretary of Energy: TJ in Cleve (R-OH)
Secretary of Veterans' Affairs: Clarence (D-FL)
Secretary of Electoral and Census Administration and Oversight: muon2 (R-IL)
Secretary of Immigration and Public Safety: Scott (D-CT)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: DC Al Fine (R-NS)
Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Gustaf (D-SE)
Director of Central Intelligence: Torie (R-CA)
Director of the National Security Administration: Maxwell (R-OK)
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Oakvale (I-IE)
Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: Grumps (I-PA)
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: July 27, 2014, 05:15:42 pm
The key to a good pie is the crust. The filling is easy. Crust needs to be fresh and flaky, which it almost never is from stores and restaurants. Stale pie crust makes the whole experience worthless.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Inuyasha on: July 27, 2014, 01:45:13 pm
Exactly what ingemann said.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: More people should watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes on: July 27, 2014, 01:44:42 pm
I read the article and that's exactly what it says. The producer clarifies that it's not a remake of the existing anime but a complete re-adaptation of the novel. Since I haven't read the novel, I can't say what differences exactly that might entail.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo or Pope Francis on: July 27, 2014, 12:58:38 pm
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: July 27, 2014, 12:30:10 pm
'Silicon Valley' is on every relevant level--aesthetically, historically, politically, geographically--an absolutely horrendous name for a state, but I wouldn't be shocked--surprised, but not shocked--if the tech subculture has bred enough philistinism for people there to think otherwise. I doubt, however, that that would extend further up the Bay Area.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: have you ever fallen for a scam? on: July 26, 2014, 08:34:52 pm
When I was in Japan this guy at a festival tried to and almost succeeded in selling me half a kilogram of dried blueberries for sixty-five hundred yen.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pope Francis confirms visit to Philadelphia in 2015. on: July 26, 2014, 03:33:16 pm
Congrats, Phil.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: July 26, 2014, 12:04:45 pm
Woke up muttering 'but I don't want to be a pushmi-pullyu' after a heavily imagistic dream. My social life is going even worse.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 26, 2014, 11:58:30 am
I'd be prepared to offer a qualified defense of the existence of Update in many ways, but this 'season', 'executive producer', 'treating it like an actual work of serialized fiction' thing has gotten really out of hand and really perverse.

Well a lot of it has been nothing more than serialized fiction.

...fair point.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 26, 2014, 10:35:30 am
I'd be prepared to offer a qualified defense of the existence of Update in many ways, but this 'season', 'executive producer', 'treating it like an actual work of serialized fiction' thing has gotten really out of hand and really perverse.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 01:20:17 pm
I've noticed that most of the red New York avatars have something in common. What could it be?

oh my God are you actually going there

I actually took that to refer to the fact that, unfortunately, our D-NYs tend to be slavish Israel apologists rather than the, um, other thing, but I might be giving him too much credit.

That's my hope as well, but the 'what could it be?' definitely looks like some kind of innuendo, and if he were just pointing out that they're slavish Israel apologists, I don't think innuendo would be necessary.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 01:17:12 pm
I've noticed that most of the red New York avatars have something in common. What could it be?

oh my God are you actually going there
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Marvel vs. DC on: July 24, 2014, 09:01:35 pm
Marvel's movies aren't afraid of their own genre's shadow.
17  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Snowstalker from posting in International General Discussion on: July 24, 2014, 08:53:23 pm
I'm content with letting Snowstalker express his views on the situation, most of which aren't wrong (or are a lot less wrong than usual) in this case, as long as he stops it with those horrendous comics.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The burning pronunciation question on: July 24, 2014, 08:13:05 pm
Aitch and I've actually seen this used as a shibboleth for Irish accents from time to time.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: The Rehabilitation of Martha Coakley on: July 24, 2014, 04:37:31 pm
I can't imagine how weak the Democratic field must be in order for Coakley to be the frontrunner. This seems really crazy.

Coakley is well-respected, if not beloved, as Attorney General. The Massachusetts understanding of Massachusetts politics views the position of Governor as more closely akin conceptually to that of Attorney General than to that of Senator.

Having said that, if Coakley wins the primary and then chokes in the general again then the Massachusetts Democratic Party will have nobody to blame but themselves for ignoring Kayyem completely.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Wisconsin/Wyoming Senators on: July 24, 2014, 04:26:36 pm
Enzi is the only FF in the GOP caucus. Baldwin is also an FF.

What's so good about Enzi?
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 24, 2014, 04:24:44 pm
It also shows what a pointless joke the UN has become.

Please stop talking and come back when you figure out what the United Nations actually does.
In my lifetime, the only thing I have seen the UN "do" is make itself a forum for third world crackpots and tyrants to blame the west for their problems.

Here, I'll help you out. Have you noticed that smallpox isn't a thing anymore? Who do you think is responsible for that?
Seriously?  Not the UN.

Who, then?
Edward Jenner...

That's not technically wrong but it completely misses the point. It's like saying because you oppose Polish nationalism that Bartolomeo Cristofori can be credited with Chopin's Scherzo No. 2.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Sabato: IA now tossup, MN a sleeper in the making? on: July 24, 2014, 04:12:48 pm
'History suggests'. Sure. Okay.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS orders female genital mutilation in Iraq on: July 24, 2014, 04:07:07 pm
ick, I hate reading about this topic.  In Egypt it's between 78%-97% depending on how one defines things.  This is despite it being flat illegal since 2007 and mostly illegal since the 90s.

Forgive my ignorance, but how can something like this be 'mostly' illegal? Enforcement issues or something else?
24  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support the legalization of marijuana? on: July 24, 2014, 03:56:57 pm
Favoring legalizing marijuana is a controversial position, but really not a radical one at this point.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Anime on: July 24, 2014, 03:36:34 pm

I know for a fact that Mung Beans is a fan of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. I think it has some of the same conceptual/ideological flaws as Shingeki no Kyojin but in general I like it a lot. Has anybody else seen or heard of it?

I love that show so much, it's utterly brilliant.

I also love how the subtitler seems to be a person who doesn't really speak English but has one hell of a thesaurus.  It's not often that I see words like enfeoffed and foppery.

For me nothing will beat 'you may have killed millions of people, but at the very least, you made me happy'.

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I like how right from the get go the series establishes that both the Empire's autocracy and the Alliance's democracy were deeply, deeply flawed and put the two protagonists more against their own structures than against each other for the entire first season.  People like Braunschweig end up seen as the living embodiments of the evils in aristocratic, autocratic old regimes (contemptuous of commoners regardless of talent, unable to adapt to changing situations, etc.) while Job Truniht is basically the best satire of democracy's ills I've seen.  In the early episodes he literally has a pseudo-Ku Klux Klan that goes around beating the crap out of his political opponents in masks while he maintains plausible deniability.  Reinhard von Lohengramm must overcome Braunschweig and the other remnants of the corrupt Imperial establishment through force...Yang Wen-li is stuck with political maneuvering on the Alliance side because he can't just overthrow his own prime minister and still claim to stand for democratic rule.

I always wondered if Truniht was supposed to (almost) share the last name as a certain infamously intransigent and reactionary South African politician or if that was just happy coincidence.

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EDIT: And I love how Reinhard is perfectly willing to seek talent among commoner and aristocrat alike, and disdains judging people by birth but is willing to work with those born well under the old regime who support his cause.  His top two admirals, the commoner Wolfgang Mittermeyer and the aristocratic Oskar von Reuenthal, are a great contrast with each other.

The relationship between Mittermeyer and Reuenthal was probably my favorite between any two characters.

How do you think I might find it?

Its on Crunchyroll.

'Find' as in how do you think I would like it. Sorry for the enfeoffed foppery in my word choice.

Considering we actually have a surprising amount of LOGH fans around here, maybe we should have our own thread for that show.

I'd be up for that.

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Question: I haven't watched any of the side-series, just the main one.  Are any of them worth exploring?

My Conquest is the Sea of Stars definitely is. I haven't seen any of the others either.
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