Cretaceous_Bob's forum posts
I thought this was silly and mildly amusing until I read the rest of the comments here. Now I think it's hilarious and I hope it goes on forever.
Good fucking riddance. Honestly, I'm kind of sad the subordinate sites will survive. They're all cancer.
@ydross: I'm not the biggest fan of Gawker, but you gotta admit this could lead to a chilling effect of the free press. Vox lays it out pretty well. Basically, Thiel's endless coffers could have funded a ton of separate lawsuits that would drain Gawker's resources even if they had been on the right in every single case that was brought up against them. The Hogan verdict basically sped up the process that would have happened anyway. The example they give about a conservative millionaire trying to kill Mother Jones in this way already shows that people are following Thiel's example.
There's also the issue that the damages awarded in the Hogan case were far higher than those of similar cases. The jury clearly wanted to send a message to Gawker, and were likely biased in that they were from Hogan's home state of Florida. It's not as open and shut an issue as many people claim.
If there's a chilling effect, it comes from a problem with our legal system, and that problem should be fixed. But using money to bully people with lawsuits has already come up many times before in other circumstances, and even a broken clock is right twice a day. Gawker should die and no higher minded ideals should muddy themselves by associating with it.
The movie doesn't explain very much, is largely an uninspired ripoff of A New Hope without really seeming to fully understand what was good about A New Hope, and the prequels had some better, more creative new stuff in them. John Williams made awesome music for each of the prequels that was totally distinct from the old movies yet still felt like Star Wars. Abrams must have told him to just hit play on whatever theme from IV-VI that was relevant to whoever was on screen, because there is nothing new from the score in this movie. Snoke sucks. Kylo Ren is an idiot child, not a badass. Just about nothing in the movie makes sense, even moreso than the Lucas movies.
I am really wanting Abrams to go away. He said all this shit about going back to practical effects and he wants fans to find out about Skywalker when they watch the movie; there are two characters who spend a lot of time on screen and very close up who are entirely CG bullshit, and fucking Skywalker isn't in the movie. He isn't on the poster because he isn't in the movie is what Abrams should have said.
It fits really well with the '80s helicopter music thing, was actually released before the timeframe of the game, and it's fucking awesome to have King Diamond saying, "C U N T, that's what you are!" while the bad dudes are getting lit the fuck up by gatling guns.
People who compare the early seasons of DS9 to the early seasons of TNG are really just demonstrating that people view those shows differently. I loved TNG from the very first season, and I even missed some of the elements the show shed from those early seasons. I got like 3 seasons into DS9 and barely liked any of it. To me, the early seasons of DS9 are not rough to get through like TNG's early seasons; TNG's early seasons are great.
Some people just don't like DS9. I won't watch any more of it just so I never have to hear about "Bajor" ever again.
@naoiko: You do realize the confederate flag only became a "southern pride" thing after the KKK popularized it, right? It was always a racist symbol used to protest racial equality. It was created by white people fighting for the right to own black people, and it was rediscovered by white people in hoods later on.
I am afraid your mistaken. The flag represented the confederate states of America who separated and tried to rebel against the American government. It was never a racist symbol used to promote racist agenda. Believe it or not if you actually study history the only reason the Confederacy even cared about slaves was because it needed them to support it's industry at the time and many of the most famous "southerners" such as Robert E. Lee publicly were against slavery and did not own any. In fact the majority issue that started the war was arguments over state rights, of which the right to own a slave was only one issue among many.
Meanwhile this isn't WWII, an entire country is not trying to take a symbol and subvert it's meaning and walking under it as they try to kill millions. It is one dumb ass racist scum who murdered a bunch of decent people and happened to pose beside a flag in some pics. Are we going to ban Wal Mart if this happens again and we go to face book and find the killer loved taking selfies in their parking lot?
Also no offense but as someone who has actually had to be present and watch as a bunch of guys in white hoods marched on his school when he was a boy I can tell you.... the most racist person I ever met was a pair of brothers from Boston.
This is whitewashed and ignorant. As someone who has read a ton about the Civil War, just about everything said here is completely wrong. Slavery was THE issue of the time; it's why so much enmity built up between the two sides, it's why Lincoln got nominated (because he was comparatively light on the slavery issue compared to other Republicans), it's why John Brown attacked Harper's Ferry, it's why John Brown's attack scared the South so much, it's why the majority of representatives in the Confederate government said racist crap, on and on and on.
The Confederacy never armed and put any black men into battle, even as slaves. They would rather have their entire country destroyed and their fathers and sons killed than risk owing the existence of their country to black men.
Anyone who talks about slavery wasn't an issue but states' rights was clearly doesn't know anything about history. What issue of states' rights were the Confederates concerned about? What was the issue that caused them to care about states' rights? Or were they willing to kill hundreds of thousands of loyal Americans over a theoretical argument with no actual impact in reality? I would like you to name a states' rights issue that the Confederacy was concerned about other than slavery, because I can't name one. The public figures before the war made PLENTY of statements about slavery, so many that it seemed to be the single issue, but I can't name another states' rights issue that was ever mentioned.
More than this, the Confederates themselves flat out disagreed with what this guy is saying. The Confederate Constitution was practically identical to the US Constitution, because for the most part they very much liked the American government and system; just about the only part they made sure to change, though, is they went in and constitutionally guaranteed slavery. In fact, the rights the States gained were few, and they lost their right to restrict the travel of slave owners. This is what you're not getting: neither the North or the South were satisfied to leave slavery up to the will of the individual states. The North wanted it restricted to the existing states, and the South wanted their right to hold slaves to be constitutionally guaranteed and protected. Both of those views are on a national level, not a state level. When they sat down to write their new Constitution and protect all those states' rights you say they cared about, they specifically blocked any assertion that the states had a right to determine the issue of slavery for themselves, and guaranteed the right to own slaves through Congress, a part of the national government.
Also, remember this: Stephen Douglas, the one presidential candidate who believed slavery was an issue for the states to decide, lost the popular vote in every single state that would become Confederate by a wide margin. It was not an issue of states' rights. Instead, the South voted for Breckinridge or Bell, who supported slavery and didn't want to address it at all, respectively, and both of whom would ultimately support succession.
Yeah! It's perfectly reasonable to want to fly the flag of the rebel army who tried to destroy the country you currently live in and literally enslave about 20% of its population. While we are at it should Germans be able to proudly display the Nazi flag and have it hang outside court houses and prefecture government buildings in Germany because its part of their grandparents heritage too?
Besides, the Apple store is a private company. If you don't like it buy the game from another store.
You do realize people had descendants who fought on the confederates side right? Also most people living in the south at the time, this is crazy I know, didn't actually own slaves. Many of them, believe it or not, even treated them decently and uh... you know that underground railroad started in the south right? You think those were people from new york dressed to look like guys from georgia running it on the southern end? Maybe some people flying the flag are just taking pride in their own family or local history, I guess that's only okay if your family was an immigrant shoe maker from new york or fought on the correct side of the civil war?
This entire issue is a massive over reaction where instead of addressing the problems that lead to the actual event, or blaming the parties who caused the event, we instead want to create a media stir and say it is because of a flag, or gun laws, or anything else as long as we don't we don't have to face up to the actual problems. You know like the fact that there is a lot of racial tension in this country and it is mostly being driven by media and there is a strong push by your current government on all sides to separate and label people in groups. Which by the way is the very building blocks of racism and classism. But hey it makes for good tv, click bait articles, and gets views for the news so who cares?
There were 3.5 million slaves in the Confederate states, and they only had 5.5 million free people. That only happens if the majority of those 5.5 million people support owning human beings. You can read diaries from the South, and learn it was not uncommon for there to be mixed race children also enslaved by slave holders, and many times these were the children of the slaves they raped. The vast majority of the people of the Confederacy did NOT treat slaves decently, because they kept them enslaved. There are plenty of diaries of Northern people who had never seen slavery going down to the South and being absolutely disgusted at the normal way of life in the South.
If you would say that institutional rape, torture, enslavement, forced labor, and degradation for the entirety of millions of people's lives can be counterbalanced by the comparatively small number of Southerners who participated in the Underground Railroad, that's flat out racist. Do you not realize that the Underground Railroad was tiny compared to the behemoth of slavery? The highest estimate I've seen of people who escaped via the Underground Railroad is 100,000. That's nothing.
Germans can say with much more truth that they did not know of the Holocaust, they did not know of the massacres in the Eastern Front, and they did not support those acts. The Nazis kept their acts comparatively hidden from view, whereas the Confederates lived in the middle of it, saw their crimes every day, and still supported it. Proportionately fewer Nazis actually participated in war crimes than the number of people of the South who contributed to preserving slavery. There is no maybe: there definitely are people who would like to fly the Nazi flag because they want to take pride in their family or local history. Should those people be allowed to? And if they do, is that not racist?
Lincoln repeatedly tried to pay each slaveholder in the South to free his slaves, and he justified this cost to Congress by saying it would cost much more money to fight a war over the matter. If we had offered to pay the Nazis for every person they didn't gas, and they went, "Nah, fuck yah, we're doing it anyway", is that not pure fucking evil?
Millions of slaves means nothing to this guy compared to a pair of brothers from Boston. Well, at least he knows what is important.
I don't think the crafting with useless junk is going to be that big of a deal. The smart thing to do is just spend the first few building crawls picking up everything you can find, then stuff it in a chest back at base, and then pull out what you need later.
I love Jensen, black & gold, and McCann's music, so fuck yes strap me in and let's go. They can do whatever they like with those things and I'd probably like it, but if they're going for similar gameplay (judging by the trailer, it seems so), the one thing I'd like to see is some sort of justification for using his blades other than "I'm a dick and I like to watch people bleed". I always played stealthily and killing as few people as possible, so I never used the blades. But then again, maybe that in itself is some sort of commentary on augmented humanity, to have entirely unnecessary high tech people slicers embedded in your arms at all times just because they'd look cool if you did use them.