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While this is a great attitude to have, it has to be tempered, because on the other end of the spectrum of waiting too long to release and having a both delayed and bad game like Duke Nukem Forever.


Also, with an indie game like this, you’re less likely to run into the same issues they had with DNF such as trying to keep up with industry trends in first person shooters.

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As a guy who had lots of anxieties and was more comfortable reading a book of poetry, Binkley was an important character for my personal development.

He was never explicitly coded as gay, (that I am aware of) and I think that made him a stronger character. Maybe he wasn’t struggling with his sexuality, but he was struggling with toxic masculinity that expected him to grow up to fit the nickname “Mad Dog.”

Further, it touched on how many conservatives would read such admissions as meaning Binkley was gay. Which is why the major flips his lid here in response to what Binkley says.

Once, when I was young, I had someone sucker punch me snd try to start a fight because I was wearing a tie-dyed shirt and was drinking a root beer because I was the designated driver at a party. In their eyes that meant I was “queer” and needed the shit kicked out of me. I didn’t go to a lot of parties after that.

Anyway, good for Binkley and his love of non-masculine coded things.

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This is everywhere in the modern world. There’s got to be a word for it, I’m just unaware of the descriptive word for it myself.

This is the same everywhere. “Solitary confinement” has been redefined as “Restrictive Housing” and “Administrative Segregation.”

Just name it something else! Poof, all your accountability is gone because none of your paperwork references “solitary confinement” anymore! Now that it’s renamed you’re totally not doing it even though it is literally the same set of actions with a new, “friendlier” name.

It’s 100% like Trump saying “if we’d stop testing, we’d have fewer cases.”

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scotusblog.com/…/loper-bright-enterprises-v-raimo…

scotusblog.com/…/relentless-inc-v-department-of-c…

These are the two Chevron cases. We’re not expecting a result from them until June probably.

They can still end up ruling against Chevron and make this ruling essentially pointless.

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Now we just maim them.

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Sorry, yes, I didn’t mean to pretend that death wasn’t part of it. I’m just broken by all this and sometimes all you can do is crack a dark and terrible joke in the face of the fucking evil farcical nature of it all. Cheers.

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Finding sources about Bush and Cheney fuckery from 2000-2008 is getting increasingly difficult. Their crimes are getting memory-holed.

EDIT: Specifically, does anyone else remember the specific act that Bush wanted to hit Quakers with terrorism charges over? I remember it being a bunch of Quakers in kayaks doing a blockade of a naval ship, preventing it from leaving port to go to Iraq. I can’t find a fucking word on it anymore, and I can barely even find sources on Bush wanting to hit Quakers with terrorism charges other than some broken links at the ACLU. Quakers, as a reminder, are the only religious group in the USA that are default conscientious objectors because violence is 100% antithetical to their religion. These are the kind of people they wanted to use “terrorism” charges against.

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Probably a good bit. I have a backup from my personal website from 2006 to about 2013. Along with a lot of media going back to my teen years. I’m really lucky I’ve been a good digital steward of my own data and haven’t lost almost any of my personal digital history.

New York City said 'no injuries' at Columbia arrests; students' medical records say otherwise (www.reuters.com)

After the arrests of pro-Palestine student protesters occupying a Columbia University building last month, New York Mayor Eric Adams and senior police officials repeatedly said there were "no injuries," no "violent clashes" and minimal force used....

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Once a cop, always a cop. Eric Adams is a bastard.

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To be fair to China, our top EV maker’s (Tesla) CEO Musk claimed that COVID wasn’t real and didn’t want to shut down operations and Musk claimed he liked China more because of their propensity to lock the workers in the factory due to COVID restrictions.

The people who run US companies will absolutely used forced labor if they can get away with it.

I’m not trying to paint China as some glowing bastion of freedom (it’s far from it, obviously) but it’s weird to present this as though it’s a “China” problem and not a “capitalism” problem. Companies like Nestle won’t commit to removing forced labor from their chains of operation, hiding behind “it’s too hard to find it all!”

reuters.com/…/hershey-nestle-cargill-win-dismissa…

The lawsuit being dismissed is evidence the US government also doesn’t care about forced labor. So China isn’t alone in not giving a shit.

Every major world power is some kind of dogshit, essentially.

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But the status quo is more important than *checks notes… climate change! Won’t someone think of the economy! /s

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But you trust “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and “Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments” and “COINTELPRO” and “PRISM” US government?

I’m with Douglas Adams, if you want power you should explicitly be denied power. The only ones who deserve any power are those who don’t want it because they understand the implications and care deeply about making mistakes that could hurt people.

People who desire power only ever want to Rule and Control.

There isn’t a single world government that isn’t currently filled with idiots who are only in it for power and power alone.

Bring back fucking sortition, we’ve shown we’re not capable of handling a democratic system without it.

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Because bombing the future into burning rubble is preferable to burning it into rubble or something I guess.

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Thanks for the well considered reply. I agree that the US’s political system is part of what has held it back from going rogue, but the problems I referenced were all growing cancers that may very well lead to an autocratic Trump empire.

Just the Trump cases alone are absolutely destroying any credibility the legal system had left, and when people in a nation start to lose trust in their “justice” system… well, things tend to get pretty bad when people stop trusting authority and turn to Mob Justice.

Even without Trump as President, that’s where we’re headed because he has firmly shafted regular people’s trust that the legal system is in any way fair or just. We all know for fucksure now that the only thing that matters in the US is having money and connections.

When Trump was elected, it was because he was seen as the outsider to shake things up. People are still waiting on things to be shaken up in favor of regular ass people instead of corporations. That includes conservatives even if they’re too stupid to understand that’s what they are actually mad about. Don’t expect Trump’s wiping his ass with the legal system to not have long-term impacts.

That’s not going to end well, Trump as President or not.

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Too right.

🤝

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Yeah, the EU is where I hold out my hopes, too.

Good luck out there, it is indeed scary.

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No shit they need to stop it. Do you or I have a choice in making that happen?

Short of a nationwide labor strike in every industry in both nations, no one citizen exactly has the power to make this stop, and all the legal avenues to make it stop are denied by both governments.

I love it when people complain shit needs to get done when there is no legal avenue to getting it done. Cool, what’s your plan chucklefuck? We’re supposed to just magic this better world into being by willing it so like The Secret or some other dumb shit?

They both suck because they fucking do. Part of the reason they do is that there is no recourse for regular citizens to stop this kind of thing from happening except boycotts and labor strikes. Boycotts do fuck-all because they’re busy selling the fruits of their forced labor to the rest of the planet, meaning they won’t lose enough money from the boycott to impact them. Meaning only labor strikes have meaningful impact.

Let me know when you’ve got all the laborers from both countries ready to go on strike. I’ll wait.

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Brilliant rebuttal.

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Because the best way to handle stupidity is to coddle it like Trump, right? That’s been working out just gangbusters, right?

Sometimes people say something fucking stupid and need to be told why it’s stupid.

Even if it’s just so other people don’t have to suffer these fools.

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Palantir was founded by Peter Thiel, which pretty much says it all. This is exactly the kind of person Thiel would hire.

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404media has done some of the best in-depth tech journalism there is lately, but I guess paying them for that is a bridge too far for most (or even making a free account…).

It’s literally a worker owned cooperative and your first response is to block them at the DNS level? Great research there, boyo.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/404_Media

The publication covers topics such as hacking, sex work, niche online communities, and the right to repair movement. The publication is worker-owned.

404 Media was founded in 2023 by former staff of Vice Media’s Motherboard after it filed for bankruptcy.

During the Taylor Swift deepfake pornography controversy, a 404 Media investigation discovered that the images originated from 4chan and were being distributed on Telegram before making it onto social media platforms.

In an article about 2024 media industry layoffs, the Financial Times highlighted 404 Media as a successful new media venture amid an “existential crisis” in the industry. The article stated that the publication has been noted for “publishing an eye-catching range of stories about the tech sector”, and noted that “Not only is it producing good stories but its founders say it is breaking even”.

Sorry they’re trying to actually get paid for real journalism. I guess you’d prefer clickbait from corporate owned bullshit company that pays their writers squat and uses AI to write articles?

Finally, this is arguably a really important subject to be having journalists look at, but I guess clickbait is more appealing.

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Also: “That was just an AI hallucination, it’s not admissible in court” when it was absolutely not an AI hallucination when the cop shot someone for mouthing off.

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But that would require research, reading, and most importantly, actually giving a shit.

Far easier to just swallow AI generated swill, apparently.

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