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@sethphotopoulos: The reporters are trying to become the story and making the situation markedly worse. Confusing ear plugs for rubber bullets and false reports of dead bodies on the street isn't exactly doing the job of "journalism" proud. It's little more than a violent TV show for them now. That reporters are making the problem worse isn't some random observation. Several reporters have said the same.

@turambar: We know that Zimmerman was defending himself. This is different. Brown was a useless thug likely (I say likely because we only have the cop's word and, God knows, the police wouldn't possibly file a report to exonerate themselves for no reason) attacking a cop. The cops are useless thugs antagonizing the citizens with weapons they lack the training to use and with body armor soldiers in battle zones would kill to have. The rioters are fucking up a city they don't live in and reporters are bathing in the anarchy.

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Also, MOST of the protestors --- aren't from Ferguson.

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Hate to be mean --- but a lot of people here WANT bigger government.

Ferguson? That IS bigger government.

It's a collection of equally loathesome groups (journalists, the police, and the protestors). There is no good side here.

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@extomar: I have Bet Buy GCU, so all new games are 20% off as is. So, new games are irrelevant as I will NEVER buy a new original title online. Old games are peachy.

I've wondered for a long while now about how this functionally works and even with some having access to this I still haven't got an answer. What is actually in there? How do you select something to install? How do you manage the whole system? These are the key details that will make or break these system more than actual number of games. Which reminds me, how many games are in there right now?

What's in there? Presently, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 25, and Peggle 2 and a free 6 hour demo of Madden 15 (which won't launch until it is 100% downloaded from my experience). More games to come.

There is a separate Vault category that lets you DL and install anything there (I suspect we'll have Plants v Zombies GW soon). Just one click, choose install, and it's the usual incredibly long DL process ---- (I get that the games are bigger overall, but a game twice as big as a 360/PS3 game shouldn't take 3-4 times as long to DL.) As far as managing, there is a little app that shows everything available. Not massive content yet, but well more than enough to justify the expense and the potential is nice. Madden is a likely buy, but I'm curious as to games like Live (to see if it is playable) and their non-sports titles that are unlikely to have demos otherwise.

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So, attacking conservatives is OK (the Gadsden flags --- subtle, really) --- but a sketchy tie to Ferguson is just a bridge too far?

F that writer.

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Speaking as somebody who has EA Access, it is really good. The Vault alone is worth the price of admission. I don't buy games online as is so no loss there.

Sony trying to play heavy handed is amusing. "PSN subs have increased a whole lot" which is obvious given that they put the online access behind it. I don't see a benefit of PSN over XBLA at this point. The GwG titles on the XBone have been excellent.

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@thenihilisticidealist:

  1. The embargo was an attempt to stop Japan slaughtering millions of Chinese
  2. World War II was probably the most necessary war and could not have been won without a draft
  3. Welcome to warfare. Wear down the enemy morale, and they'll quit fighting
  4. This is a legit problem
  5. Got us out of the Depression
  6. Got machine guns out of reach
  7. Gotta have taxes to fund social programs
  8. This is bullshit and you pulled it out of your ass
  9. Everyone knew war was coming, this was a smart move
  10. Don't know much about this
  11. Better to have a minimum wage than have people getting paid 10 cents an hour to make iPads
  12. Oh I think I see why you don't like him now. This explains everything
  13. citation needed
  14. Also necessary to end the war. Without it, millions would have died in an invasion
  15. Also necessary to end Depression
  16. also citation needed
  17. There wer no laws against this. People loved him. He obviously knew what he was doing.
  18. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Nazi Germany was a far greater threat to the world than the Soviet Union was at the time. Everyone knew as soon as the war was over we would have to deal with them. But better to buddy up with them and end the war than do nothing at all.

5. Very much did not do so. The Depression was ended when Europe was leveled thanks to a World War.

Minimum wage is irrelevant. It's not intended to be a living wage. Raising it simply insures that the least-skilled workers cannot get jobs.

He also unilaterally overturned contracts (which required payment in gold, which FDR banned for no valid reason), which is pretty terrible --- but Obama has ignored bankruptcy law and fucked over stockholders and people dumb enough to buy cars from GM, so it's par for the course, apparently.

Controlling prices have zero benefit in ending Depressions, especially when you control them to be HIGH.

If you're unaware how the NIRA worked, well, that is your issue. The National Recovery Review Board, created to oversee the NIRA, stated that it hindered growth by encouraging cartels and monopolies. It also led to higher prices for goods, just what is needed when the economy is in full meltdown, but FDR was a bit of an economics imbecile (he felt high prices caused economic growth, not vice versa. He also, sloppily, manipulated the price of gold).

Your lack of knowledge of his banning the ownership of gold indicates a lack of scholarship on your part. It was one of his FIRST actions (Executive Order 6102, 4/5/33). Read up on it before attempting to claim somebody's arguments are incorrect.

FDR NEVER saw Stalin as a big threat. Truman was the one who started changing that. FDR had a great many Soviet apologists and spies (see Hiss, Alger) in his inner circle. Heck, his VP 1940-44 was, for all intents and purposes, a Communist. FDR and Truman were not even told of the Venona project when it was ongoing out of fear that they might tell the Soviets (FDR would've almost definitely told them)

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Obama expanded the spying to levels far beyond what Bush did. Bush had heat for looking at LIBRARY records. Obama looks at, basically, everything.

One of Nixon's articles of impeachment was his unsuccessful attempt to use the IRS to attack rivals. Obama has successfully used it to attack opponents. And we know it was purely political and we know Progressive groups had little comparable oversight. Voter registration laws require an ID required to do basically everything in life to vote. There are major problems with voting rolls (NC found over 700 people with identical names, DOB, and last 4 of the SSN on file. Over 35,000 people with identical names and DOB voted in NC and other states. 155,000+ were registered in multiple states). Without an ID, this is simply an invitation to fraud, plain and simple. Without an ID, you cannot get a bank account, buy alcohol, drive, get a job, cash a check, etc. Who does it help to not spread ID ownership?

The government was shut down because Democrats refused to negotiate, as per usual. The only plus would've been if it had remained shut down indefinitely. And the government, as usual, ignored proprietorship law (hint: the government doesn't OWN public property. They are proprietors overseeing it, but law in that area doesn't allow the party overseeing public lands to intentionally harm the public as Obama did)

Obama's dealings in Syria empowered Iran, empowered Russia, and made the US a joke. He's also fucked up Iraq. Afghanistan. Has made Putin into a dangerous leader. Has alienated allies. His is, easily, the worst we've seen. Bush had significantly better foreign policy, but he also had significantly more competent people running it.

The economy grew .1% last quarter (and most expect the inevitable revision to place it back into the negative growth area). Obamacare has already overrun its cost expectations and all of its promises have been proven to be false. If the number of people in the workforce was the same as it was in 2008, he'd have double digit unemployment still. But, fortunately, unemployed people have been without a job so long they don't count any more.

I'd love to see this study about Ryan's proposal killing several hundred thousand seniors in a few years. Can you link to it?

The ACA has performed so poorly he's had to unilaterally ignore huge parts of the law to make it less horrible. The employer mandate is suspended for years because it'd eradicate jobs (it's still going to kill employer based health insurance as is). As far as Benghazi, 4 Americans died and the President didn't do a thing to try and save them, but he did lie about what happened and refused to comply with a Congressional investigation looking into it --- frequently the action of somebody with little to hide.

Calling Obama less than one of the worst Presidents is silly.

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@rebel_scum: You're kidding, right?

Carter sided with the AYATOLLAH in Iran. His foreign policy was, to be generous, a joke and his domestic policies were horrendous. Anybody who lists him as more than terrible is a fool. Also, check out his runs for governor of Georgia. The dude was racist as the day is long.

And Obama? Sorry, the man has launched massive spying on Americans for no valid reason. He has used the government as a partisan tool against opponents. His foreign policy is, easily, the worst we've ever had. His economic policies have killed the economy for years to come. His health care policies have taken all problems and made them worse (I guess the whole cutting overall health care spending thing has been tossed to the side as happily as the $2,500 savings per person and keeping your doctor promises were discarded). There isn't a valid argument that Barry is more than one of the 5 worst Presidents we've ever had.

And let's keep FDR in reality. He didn't do a damned thing for the Depression. It was as bad in 1940 as it was in 1933. It only took Europe being decimated and a massive world war to end the War. FDR simply took Hoover's bad policies and expanded them more. FDR's best move was letting the generals fight the war. His diplomacy was also notoriously terrible.

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@fredchuckdave: Ike ignored civil rights? Umm, he's the one who sent the military to desegregate schools. He did more for civil rights than most Presidents.