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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:58:34 PM »

The politics thread is definitely an "American politics" thread. As far as I'm concerned, I never understood why everyone was rooting for Bernie Sanders, the Internet had the hits for him, and suddenly forced him down for Clinton who came out of nowhere and had the charm of a boiled potato. To this day I wonder if Bernie would have won...

At the beginning of the primary I thought Clinton would hands down be a more viable candidate against Trump.  Then Bernie raised more money from the grassroots than any candidate in history.  By the end of the primary (esp. considering the corruption scandal) it seemed clear to me that Bernie had the power to mobilize an enormous quantity of nonvoters Clinton had no access to, meanwhile the centrist Repubs she was courting simply didn't vote for her.  In retrospect I firmly believe Bernie would have won the election.

Sorry about the Americaness. Ok, I'm going to get back to my true love: playing Skyrim in comfy sweatpants while eating ice cream.
I have to comment on this. And I'm going to get shot.

If Berney had won the primary, I would've gone out and voted for Trump, accepting the terrible things he would do. And I have a lot of friends here in Georgia that say the same thing.

That actually might have been better for the country though. It would've been a Capitalism VS. Socialism election, and the turn-out would've been huge. then we would really find out where people want this country to go, and start there.

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I'm not sure how this fits, but David Wong. Definitely David Wong.

I'll come back to Fantasy! I swear!

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:34:24 PM »

In my opinion, progressives need to focus on reaching two groups of people - their Democratic base (in particular black voters, who were INSTRUMENTAL in the Alabama win) and people who *did not vote*. Remember, in the 2016 election, over 50% of Americans did not vote at all. These people, for whatever reasons, did not feel motivated to vote for a progressive agenda.
On behalf of those who didn't vote, I'll say this. voting in that last election felt like choosing whether you wanted to lose your right hand or your right foot. I should've at least voted for the other offices, but I wasn't well-informed at the time so I would've made a terrible choice. I plan to rectify that in 2018. I think it's important to understand why we didn't vote for Clinton though. Even without her emails, she has terrible, terrible vibes. Even from some voters I talked to who did vote for Clinton, they told me they felt a sense of unease. I don't know how the Democrats so blatantly ignored that, other than pushing her through because of elitism, something I thought they were against. She's not motivational at all. She couldn't even inspire people to vote for her simply to be the first woman president. It was a terrible choice, and the Democrats need to acknowledge that. It's not hard to find out why people didn't vote. From the outside, her whole campaign felt rigged. Debates on Saturday nights when a lot of the demographic for Democrat voters are out doing things. her former campaign manager in charge of the whole thing. It was awful.

I could easily have all of my facts wrong. I could easily be a small percentage of the people who didn't vote. But that's one perspective that Democrats must actually look into rather than shaking their heads in confusion.

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Congratulations!

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So I went on my nature experience. Unfortunately the trails were too close to traffic, and there were people. Messes up the whole thing for me. I want to find a patch of land far away from civilization that hardly anyone knows about, and stay there a while. I don't know how I'm going to find that though...
Is there a sort of 'holiday camp' near you, with cottages that you can rent like a hotel, but in the middle of nature?
(check 'Center Parcs' in the UK)

Your description feels a bit like the time I went to the "multi-faith/quiet room" at work because I needed silence and space to relax and calm down, but it was right near the plant and all I could hear were the machines working, which completely defeated the purpose ::)
I'll look into that. Thanks for the suggestion.

I have officially survived my first semester of college, with possibly an A in every class. We will see. I'm only on break from school though. The rest continues. I have financial aid and scholarships to apply for, applying for summer jobs, planning events for my student group, still working on my hobby project... It's a lot, but it's all worth it.

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It's one of those things where it's so terrible it's hard to look away. That's how I felt about the torture in the finale anyway. The other stuff... Wasn't too bad.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:01:49 PM »
Doug Jones WON!
Thank God! I shouted for joy when I heard this last night.

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So I went on my nature experience. Unfortunately the trails were too close to traffic, and there were people. Messes up the whole thing for me. I want to find a patch of land far away from civilization that hardly anyone knows about, and stay there a while. I don't know how I'm going to find that though...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:11:12 AM »
Finished The Emperors Blades on kindle. While I usually DNF a book I am not enjoying I persevered with this one, I know not why. To be fair to Brian Staveley he has great ideas and the storytelling is good. It is constantly let down by appalling character actions and motivations and an utter lack of research into lifelike situations in his familiar surroundings. The story focuses largely on two brothers and to a lesser extent on their sister, The royal family to an empire stretching 2 continents. The sister is at home just promoted to minister of finance. The younger brother has spent 8 years training to be Ketteral, a sort of highly mobile medieval special forces operating in groups of 5 and the heir apparent is an acolyte at a monastery so far removed from the would it is outside the empire. Where he is beaten, abused and starved on a regular basis with the aim of making him, or at least his ego into nothing

Just think on how easy it is to kill the next emperor assuming the monks don't manage it on their own.

No military ever took 8 years to complete basic training the suicide rate alone would make it non functional, believe me you need to know the physical and psychological reassembly is going to end. 
and there is a good reason you don't work 10 year olds to near death while there bodies and bones are still growing ask any sports coach. I could go on for pages about the utter lack of comprehension the author has on the military mind, but suffice to say these highly trained and motivated soldiers go to extraordinary lengths to throw away any tactical advantage and when captured their foes knowing what they are tie them up instead of just killing them so of course they can escape later.
Not freezing to death on the week long jaunt through the mountains without food, equipment or rational thought I found perplexing considering you die of exposure in around 36 hours without all the snow and icy winds 2 monks in robes and sandals a bed slave in what amounts to a nightie and no shoes and a death sworn assassin who would have been truer to character if she had killed and eaten the others.

Hey its fantasy set in a very normal earth like world where the physics of any event  can be ignored or changed to suit. I don't get on with that at all world build or don't but abide by the rules you make.
I'm thankful for my blissful ignorance in this case. The only thing I couldn't ignore was when a character swam underwater with a grenade in her hand, and somehow it still blew up. Didn't make sense to me. That was in book two though.

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Finally finished The Punisher. It's Netflix most solid Marvel show yet.

yes, it starts out slower, but when the action hits, it hits. While I can't say the plot was my favorite, the show was good from the beginning through the middle and slam dunked the finale. All of the other Marvel shows have some boring episodes in the middle or the beginning, and all of them wreck the finale. If I had to rate it, I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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It's kind of how we experience snow in the south verses the North in the US. I've seen both. In the South, it's a little bit of snow but it covers up ice, making it extremely difficult to drive. In the north, it's fluffier so it only gets super dangerous when it piles up.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:22:31 PM »
I haven't been able to read much Fantasy in the past couple of months, but for that being a mainstream list, I'm shocked at the titles it doesn't mention. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence is one of the biggest hits in the Fantasy community this year. I would think Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, but I haven't finished it yet so maybe I wouldn't put it on the list. It also didn't get nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award so... I'm not sure when this article was written, but Oathbringer? And I know Demon Cycle is disliked in the major part of the Fantasy community, but the mainstream market seems to love it, so where's The Core?

I did recognize some names, and it gets some credibility in my mind for mentioning Broken Earth, even though I don't like the series. The other authors mentioned are popular, but not I think the ones I mentioned above have more popularity in our community over all.

Edit: Just read your original post. You're definitely right.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:12:22 AM »
Got it. I'm converting to Orthodox Christianity from Southern Baptist for several reasons, so I feel that.

Back to mainstream books...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:47:26 PM »
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I never finished the book or the series, so I have no idea. I just remember when I was younger the southern baptists screaming "evil book!" Could have been different in other Christian denominations though.

Ta muchly. Southern baptist translates to screaming nut job over here. The baseline being CofE which means you don't actually have to believe in anything at all.
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The baptists or the Church of England? I'm confused. Since this is dipping into religion rather than mainstream books, maybe it's the wrong thread? But I'm fascinated.

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Where in PA? That sounds like something I want to do one day...

Anyway, I've been rather quiet here, through business and anti-socialness, but general belated congrats to all of you who've done something awesome recently, its quite a few of you.

My little contribution is this Saturday, me and my wife will finally be together in the same home for good. I'm almost sad that our LDR is finally at an end, that this crazy mad time in my life is no more, that there's going to be someone here to stop me from being an absolute slob... but there we go. Its a definite life upgrade. Now I just have to finish making this flat look halfway wholesome.

Instead of eating Chinese right out of the container, using an upturned drawer for a table, in a room full of cardboard boxes with only one of two curtains and all that good stuff...
You've been in a long-distance marriage? How?

My plans have been derailed by rain... For now. I will get to nature next week. I hope.

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