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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's a <n word> but I'm not racist! on: November 12, 2012, 07:47:23 PM
If she's not a racist, there are no racists.

But who gives a fuck... she's just some idiot douchebag. That such people exist in the world should not surprise anyone.

When did facebook status updates from some random moron become newsworthy?
42  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: November 08, 2012, 12:59:02 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 07, 2012, 10:30:59 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 07, 2012, 04:50:08 PM

Wow, these demographics are hugely telling.

The Republican Party, as it stands today, cannot win a national vote going forward.  Period.

http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/race/president#exit-polls

The Republican party just needs to figure out how to cater to the ever growing Latino population who, really, should be voting Republican but votes Democratic instead.
The problem is, there's a sizable segment of the base that prides itself on it's xenophobia, as seen by the relentless pandering of the candidates to this faction during the primaries. "Self-deportation" was only the start of it, but damning enough to cause Romney big problems once he got to the general. Anyone remember Herman Cain's electric fence? There's been a big degradation in this area for the GOP since W., who was a liberal on immigration in comparison to the status quo.

So that's the pickle for the GOP: it's hard to simultaneously court Hispanics and fans of alligator moats on the border.
43  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: November 07, 2012, 04:16:32 PM
I have it on good authority that Obama fathered two African-American children.
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: November 07, 2012, 04:10:48 PM
I would hope that one consequence of this election would be that the insular bubble of right-wing media got popped a bit, and that there was some accountability for how overwhelmingly incorrect they were in their predictions and outlook. I wish consumers who relied exclusively on it would realize that they had been being fed what they wanted to hear rather than what was really happening, and that math kind of works. The polls were right. No unskewing necessary. Maybe the math is also right on things like climate change. Just maybe.
45  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: November 02, 2012, 07:44:00 PM

Quote from: Calavera on November 02, 2012, 04:43:15 PM

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Today, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has moved Ohio from "lean Obama" to "tossup." Yet the current margin in Ohio is Obama +3.0+/-0.5% (n=14 polls, Oct. 13-Nov. 1) and probably insuperable. What could be Cillizza's reason?

He writes: "...the absolute necessity for Romney to win the state if he wants to be president - leads us to move it back to the 'tossup' category." Now here is some problematic reasoning. Romney needs Ohio, so therefore it's a toss-up. Ah yes, the "let's not bicker about who killed who" argument.

Any thoughts? Or should I start a different thread on this one...

That reporter's reasoning might be the stupidest I've seen yet. By this logic, Texas is a toss-up. After all, Romney can't win without it.
46  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 31, 2012, 04:21:29 PM
If only we had some historical context for the purposes of implementing such tests.
47  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 30, 2012, 01:38:35 AM
Eco, here you can see the results of all the recent polls in Ohio:

http://polltracker.talkingpointsmemo.com/contests/oh-president-12

Spoiler alert: only one poll out of the last 20 shows Romney with a lead. And yes, it's the Rasmussen one you cited earlier.

I'm not trying to rain on your parade. Romney could squeak this out... but right now, the data show Obama is the favorite.

And yes, Rasmussen was pretty accurate in the national presidential spread in 2008-- though it was not the most accurate as you stated, but the 9th best out of all pollsters:

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Rasmussen to be tied for 9th most accurate. Democracy Corps, Foxnews/Opinion Dynamic, CNN/Opinion Research, and Ipsos/McClatchy all predicted an accurate seven point spread.

And more relevant to the current discussion, Rasmussen was actually really bad in the state polls in 2008. It had Ohio tied on election eve, for example. Obama won it by over 4.5 points.

And since 2008, they've pretty much sucked, with an over-estimation of support for Republican candidates.

48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Donald Trump says he will release 'very big news' about Obama this week on: October 25, 2012, 07:31:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 25, 2012, 07:07:41 PM

Colbert has issued a challenge to Trump in response:

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Nation, I am so moved by this generous offer, that I have an offer of my own, right over here. Mr. Trump, I will write you a check for $1 million from Colbert super PAC - you know Iíve got it - to the charity of your choice, anything, save the children, feed the children, put the children on "Child Apprentice," whatever. One million actual dollars if you will let me dip my balls in your mouth.

    But, but, but, this dipping - and I hope you're listening very carefully, Mr. Trump - this dipping has to be to my, and more important, my balls' satisfaction. One caveat, my balls must be in your mouth no later than 5:00 p.m. Oct. 31. My balls have a thing that night.

    Nothing would make me happier than to write this check. And nothing would make America happier than to have something going into your mouth instead of coming out of it.
I love that man.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/22) on: October 25, 2012, 05:46:37 PM
I'll definitely get the new King's Bounty game at some point.
50  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 25, 2012, 12:40:04 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 25, 2012, 10:59:36 AM

I'm no worse, or "selective" than you...

Yes, you are. I'm looking at aggregate sites, which is the exact opposite of being selective.

There is an important difference between letting the data dictate your beliefs and letting your beliefs dictate the data you deem relevant.
51  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 25, 2012, 12:28:35 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 24, 2012, 09:05:20 PM

Thoughts now?

Looks to me like Romney's momentum continues, and he has drawn even in Ohio.

In addition, his lead amongst independents cannot be denied.

I'm encouraged 😊
You are  bad at  reading polls.

Not to say things can't change, but right now the polling favors Obama. But if you want to cherry-picking polls that reinforce your pre-existing beliefs, knock yourself out.
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Third debate 10-16 on: October 17, 2012, 04:02:37 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on October 17, 2012, 03:52:29 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 17, 2012, 03:05:31 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 17, 2012, 02:10:23 AM

Obama makes me wish I had a freaking punching bag next to my couch...  I truly cannot comprehend anyone in their right mind supporting him:
As a Republican, I would have thought that you'd also be angered by Romney coming out in favor of affirmative action for women, giving people more free money by expanding pell grants, arguing against tax cuts for "job creators", ensuring that every woman has access to contraception regardless of employer beliefs, favoring a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, etc. The dude is morphing into a Democrat before our eyes. I guess Republicans are so intent on beating Obama that it doesn't matter, or they simply believe (with good reason) that he's such a shape-shifter that he doesn't really mean any of these things and will sift back further to the right once elected.

Except his history isn't too far right.  He talked a good game to get the nomination, but Romney's track record in MA is quite moderate.  He's the epitome of a RINO.

Which is exactly why I would expect the right-wing to protest more... and when they don't, it becomes clear that it's not specific policies that motivate their support of Romney but rather the removal of Obama that is their primary focus. This is likely a strong reason why Romney won the nomination in the first place, despite his moderate record. He convinced primary voters that he had the best chance to defeat Obama (which given his competition was undoubtedly true) and so it didn't matter as much that he wasn't a true believer. The only true belief that mattered was that he could win.
53  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Third debate 10-16 on: October 17, 2012, 03:05:31 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 17, 2012, 02:10:23 AM

Obama makes me wish I had a freaking punching bag next to my couch...  I truly cannot comprehend anyone in their right mind supporting him:
As a Republican, I would have thought that you'd also be angered by Romney coming out in favor of affirmative action for women, giving people more free money by expanding pell grants, arguing against tax cuts for "job creators", ensuring that every woman has access to contraception regardless of employer beliefs, favoring a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, etc. The dude is morphing into a Democrat before our eyes. I guess Republicans are so intent on beating Obama that it doesn't matter, or they simply believe (with good reason) that he's such a shape-shifter that he doesn't really mean any of these things and will sift back further to the right once elected.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: October 14, 2012, 02:47:08 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 10, 2012, 08:19:19 PM

Just finished playing it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm so pissed that Kenny claims that I wasn't there for him when I actually made choices against my own judgment just because I thought Kenny was a decent enough guy and put some trust in him.  So now he'll be over on the boat while I'm trying to rescue Clementine.  I anticipated many of the surprises in this one, but it was still a good story.  I keep yelling at Lee to cut the infected part of his arm off as it seems to work in the comic book (assuming you survive the cut).  Of course, the doctor took off, so I guess there's not really anyone to take care of him if they went that route.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I left to search for Clem with only Kenny and Ben (who I obviously did not let fall to his demise). How does one get the couple Onid and his preggers lady to come with you as well? Do you have to reveal your bite? Because I didn't, and I was surprised to see that only 19% of other players made the same choice. 
55  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN Convention on the Rights of a Child UPDATED: Now with UN Taxes on US Citizens on: October 11, 2012, 04:35:32 PM
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In second term, Obama will allow UN to tax Americans

By Dick Morris
I stopped reading the linked article right there.
56  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN Convention on the Rights of a Child UPDATED: Now with UN Taxes on US Citizens on: October 11, 2012, 04:26:47 PM
People believe some crazy shit. My BIL is posting on facebook DEFINITIVE PROOF that Obama is a Muslim, because apparently some pattern on his wedding ring looks like Arabic. Or something.
57  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Crazy Good Amazon Square Enix bundle on: October 11, 2012, 03:09:14 AM
That's... insane.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! First debate 10-3 on: October 06, 2012, 06:11:29 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 06, 2012, 05:54:03 PM

Nice bounce for Romney it appears smile

Despite the manipulated jobs numbers...
Wait, I thought the polls were the ones that were manipulated? They must have stopped skewing them now to counteract the manipulated jobs numbers. They wouldn't want to be too obvious about it. Glad you're on to them, Eco.
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [TDS] Barack Obama is the Luckiest Dude On The Planet on: October 02, 2012, 05:35:18 PM
Subjectively, I expect Obama to win the debate. I just vastly prefer his arguments.

Objectively... well, I don't know if it's possible to declare an "objective" winner (sans some egregious error by one of the candidates), but my expectation is that the media will lean skeptically on Obama and be more generous towards Romney. They love a horse-race and they love come-back stories. They gotta pump some more life back into this thing. There are eye-balls to grab.

Not that I think the debate will shift the dynamic much either way.
60  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin advises Romney to 'go rogue'; Gingrich says 'get tough' on: September 24, 2012, 07:03:31 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 24, 2012, 06:56:48 PM

I'd never claim Romney has it in the bag, as there exist enough people that RELY on handouts to make that nearly impossible
Oh boy.
61  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Walking Dead PC 40% off on: August 21, 2012, 12:25:51 AM
Agreed. Awesome game (thus far). Can't wait for Episode 3...
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone catching phish shows soon, or this weekend? on: June 24, 2012, 02:38:16 AM
There is no Phish cover. The Gourds cover is the only one, and it has been mistakenly been attributed to Phish. The Gourds >>> Phish.  icon_biggrin
63  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama backs same-sex marriage on: May 10, 2012, 12:22:30 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 09, 2012, 08:37:26 PM

I didn't read the article, but I think a big question is is he just saying that he approves and states should continue to vote on the issue, or that he thinks that there should be federal involvement. Very big difference for some people.
The former, unfortunately.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/13/12 on: January 14, 2012, 04:31:24 AM
Playing Saints Row the Third and loving it. The perfect change of pace after 60+ hours of Skyrim.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: January 12, 2012, 08:00:11 PM
PeteRock is the 1%. The 1% who actually reads the books in Skyrim, that is. Heck, I've gotten to the point that I skip much of the dialogue. I love the game, but the lore does nothing for me.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitman 5: Absolution on: January 12, 2012, 01:03:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 12, 2012, 12:17:28 AM

even more of the library level; 16 minutes this time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1K1LXIQfHc&feature=player_embedded
I skipped to the last couple of minutes, but I liked what I saw.  thumbsup
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Workers at Xbox 360 Plant Threaten Mass Suicide on: January 11, 2012, 07:15:07 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 11, 2012, 01:33:22 PM

This week's This American Life (podcast can be found here) was all about the working condition at Foxconn and similar plants in China. Not surprisingly, they are pretty grim.

A great episode. Totally affecting and eye-opening.
68  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: December 31, 2011, 02:50:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 31, 2011, 09:57:35 AM

I think I might need this.
69  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 22, 2011, 09:14:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 22, 2011, 08:53:30 PM

Quote from: Atragon on December 22, 2011, 06:25:33 PM

I'm tempted by the prices on Avadon and Divinity II, they've also got got Metacritic scores. Does anyone have experience with either of them?

Divinity II isn't perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  There's a good thread on it here
It's even cheaper right now at Amazon: $7.99
70  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon PC DD Daily Deals on: December 22, 2011, 09:12:49 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 22, 2011, 08:41:54 PM

More great deals -
Deus Ex : HR is $10 (Gamersgate has it for the same price, plus the DLC is on sale)
Divinity 2 : DKS is $8
Renegade Ops is $3
Quick correction: Gamersgate raised their price on Deus Ex: HR to $17.
71  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 21, 2011, 01:49:37 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 21, 2011, 12:04:59 AM

Bummed that witcher 2 isn't any lower than it was during the last sale.

It's also the same price on Amazon right now.
72  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon 19 Days of Video Game Deals Day 17: EA Action Day on: December 15, 2011, 06:39:44 PM
The deal of the PC download deal of the week is also NBA2k12 for $9.99.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/05) on: December 05, 2011, 03:58:15 PM
I got a new PC on Friday, so all my old games are new again.  nod
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: November 11, 2011, 01:46:07 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 11, 2011, 08:12:39 AM

Crap, add another game to my wishlist.
75  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: November 10, 2011, 05:47:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 10, 2011, 09:57:56 AM

Oooh, I might have to buy this. Their first album was great. Plus, they have the best band name ever.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 07, 2011, 04:16:26 PM
My current PC can't do Skyrim justice, so I'll likely hold out until I get a new rig sometime around Black Friday. It'll be tough reading all the impressions around here in the meantime... unless it's a disapointment, in which case I will feel awesome for not buying it right away.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halloween! Is anyone playing horror games? on: October 30, 2011, 04:01:02 AM
Bought Dead Space 2 on sale at Steam, and yeah, it's good.
78  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Flatout Ultimate Carnage + Halloween Sale! on: October 30, 2011, 03:58:19 AM
I just noticed that Amazon has Dead Space 2 for the PC for $3.58.  icon_eek
79  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Midnight Mysteries + Halloween Sale! on: October 28, 2011, 07:14:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 28, 2011, 03:44:57 PM

The haunted hotel area of Vampire still stands out as one of the few supernatural games that scared me silly.  Methinks I should replay that this weekend in honor of the holiday.  That and finish Amnesia.
I just played through Bloodlines for the first time last month. Great game.
80  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: October 20, 2011, 04:22:08 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 20, 2011, 02:44:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 19, 2011, 07:12:04 AM


I couldn't figure out where I knew that name from until I Googled it today.  He's the male half of She and Him.

And I still don't want to spend $4 on his solo effort.

It's a really good record, and it came out before She and Him existed. M. Ward was an established indie musician long before She and Him started. In fact, I assume Zoey Deschanel approached M. Ward based on her affinity for his music. You still may not like it, but I just wanted to clarify.
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