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Apple Talk / Re: DSPN Presents: World Cup 2018
« on: Today at 01:45:23 am »
England will probably get through the group stage, which is more than can be said for Australia.  But I am endlessly amused by England fans who insist on the World Cup as their birthright, despite winning it exactly once, 52 years ago.  So watching England, who are IMO are a consistently overrated team, fail at what should be slam dunk games is extremely satisfying for me.

It needn't be this way, either.  Individually, England has some pretty talented players.  But I don't think I've seen a team more averse to the idea of playing as a team than England.  Compare any footage in the last 20 years of England playing, and then throw up some footage of Brazil, Portugal, Serbia or Germany (probably a better comparison for the overall style of play).  In theory, when playing football, you should be playing against 11 other men, but in the case of England, because everyone's out for themselves, they gimp themselves, and so you only ever have to worry about the one with the ball.

And then they wonder why they can't progress past the quarter finals.

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There was a recent New Yorker article about how when the children are taken from their parents, the parents are meant to be given some kind of reference number to be able to track their child.  So guess what ICE hasn't been doing?

The article followed the story of just one family simply trying to find out where their daughter was being kept.  They didn't even know where she was.  ICE could confirm that the family tried to enter with a child, and that said child was taken from them, but nothing more.

The potential for child abuse and trafficking is off the charts here.

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Apple Talk / Re: DSPN Presents: World Cup 2018
« on: Yesterday at 04:52:52 pm »
England have shown once again that they are a top tier team deserving of winning the World Cup by *checks notes* barely limping to victory over Tunisia.

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Does Trump....think that illegal aliens come from space?  It's about the only excuse I'd accept for his immigration policies, at this point.

But from what I can see, the family breakup policy is turning into a complete nightmare for Trump.  My Twitter feed is almost full of it, to the exclusivity of anything else going on, even the world cup.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:17:46 pm »
You can do anything when you're a North Korean general...

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:10:58 am »
Trump's so enamoured with the North Korean way of life he's now talking about how awesome their propaganda is and how when Kim speaks, the North Korean people "sit up and pay attention" (and I'm sure being dragged off to Camp 14 to have your fingernails ripped out has nothing to do with that).

He thinks FOX News is insufficiently devoted to his leadership, and that the official propagand outlet of one of the world's most repressive regimes is a model for US journalists to follow.

Mattis is going to straight up murder him and Pence one day.  Just you watch.

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Everything about the "Great Repeal Bill" sets my teeth on edge.  It's a blatant power grab, devolving all current EU powers to Parliament once the UK exits the EU (which is fair enough) but also allowing all of those powers to be amended by secondary legislation, meaning that government ministers, not Parliament, can change those laws on a whim (which is a fucking terrible idea).

So I'm glad to see that the government reneged on a deal it made with pro-EU Tories at the last minute, now calling the vote into doubt.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:44:49 am »
The police are also taking their sweet time, so hard to say

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Didn't he become a Pastafarian or something?

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:00:52 pm »
So, speaking of work...

HR have rescheduled another meeting with me.  Given we've only arranged two meetings thus far, and both have had to be rescheduled (in each case adding an extra week into the process), that is quite impressive.

Oh well, at least this means I can have some beers and watch Egypt vs Uruguay tomorrow.

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Apple Talk / Re: DSPN Presents: World Cup 2018
« on: June 14, 2018, 04:48:38 pm »
I hope, in a freak accident of both nature and FIFA rules, they both lose.  Shit, I can't even kick back with a beer and enjoy the game with these two dipshit teams.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:18:09 pm »
Just don't literally watch it, because that will lead to neck problems.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:35:16 pm »
I remember hearing in the final days of when Skyrim was still being supported, that "Hammerfell" had been trademarked by Bethesda, and there was some minor speculation that this would be the next DLC after Dragonborn.  Obviously that wasn't the case, but since then, I've always suspected...

Also a more plausible thing they could do with Akavir would be a third Akaviri invasion.  Doesn't matter where, the Akaviri Navy has attacked all over northern Tamriel, and could plausibly land in Black Marsh as well.  Or it could even take place in the remote Padomaic Ocean islands, like Cathnoquey and Esroniet.  You could tie it indirectly back into Skyrim's storyline - that the Akaviri heard about the return of the dragons, and launched a punitive expedition to wipe them out, only turning to conquest/some other motive once they realised the Dragonborn did it all for them already.  And by not having it take place in Akavir itself, you still preserve some of the mystery.

Edit: hell, they could look at the state of Tamriel and decide the best thing to do is take over and restore the Potentates...giving the Thalmor and Empire (and everyone else, Morrowind/Black Marsh/potentially independent Skyrim/Daggerfall Convenant II a reason to put aside their squabbles and face a common threat).

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:52:49 pm »
Trust me, whoever ordered and carried out that order on the part of Russia should be hanged as well.  Because otherwise everyone is going to be doing it, in which case we may as well not bother with laws of war at all.

I strongly suspect what will happen now is that North Korea won't make any substansial concessions, Trump will not admit that he got rolled by a grifter from Pyongyang, where they don't even have capitalism, claim a huge win, and North Korea will make use of its increased stature with regard to South Korea and the other regimes it has covert dealings with.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 12, 2018, 11:55:26 am »
I keep hoping for the best, but the initial signs aren't so good.

Trump just signed away on further military drills and potentially removing US military forces from South Korea, for the promise of talks and a signature on something that looks suspiciously like the 1992 joint agreement.

Also the talks were just between Trump and Kim, which has me all kinds of nervous.  Trump can promise crazy shit that he cannot effectively cash in such negotiations, and so can Kim.  Furthermore, if Kim's a puppet head for the North Korean military, as many suspect is the case, then he may not actually be allowed to follow up on any of his promises.

Not to mention we still have the outstanding issue of North Korea using a biological agent to carry out an assassination on foreign soil, which really needs to be addressed.  That's a war crime, and someone needs to hang for that.

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