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General Discussion / Re: WTF!?!
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:59:01 PM »

The Argument Chamber / Re: TPPA
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:18:02 PM »
washington post reporting today:

President Trump suggested Thursday he might want to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major reversal on the sprawling multination trade pact he rejected just days after taking office.

Rejoining the pact would come as Trump escalates a trade conflict with China. The Pacific Rim trade deal was intended by the Obama administration as a way to counter China’s influence, but Trump criticized the pact as a candidate and pulled the United States out of it in one of his earliest moves as president.

Trump gave the new orders to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow during a meeting with lawmakers and governors in the White House Cabinet Room Thursday, according to several GOP senators in attendance.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said that he and others at the table argued that “if you really want to get China’s attention, one way to do it is start doing business with all the people they’re doing business with in the region: their competitors.”

Trump then told Lighthizer and Kudlow to “take a look at getting us back into that agreement, on our terms of course,” Thune said. “He was very I would say bullish about that.”

Movies & TV / Re: Ready Player One
« on: April 05, 2018, 03:13:44 PM »
i assumed that was what he meant. seems like Rush usually provokes a strong opinion either way...

Movies & TV / Re: Ready Player One
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:40:42 AM »

Diablo 3 / Re: Non seasonal progression thread
« on: April 04, 2018, 08:27:58 PM »
logged on this morning when i realized i'd never claimed the non-seasonal gear from when i rebirthed my crusader this season. too late. grrrrr....

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:14:57 PM »
totally predictable response by trump to stevens' op-ed the other day (wrt to repealing the 2nd amendment). pretty sure stevens has said similar things in the past. i agree with him, but statements like that seem to unify opposition more than anything else. otoh, since nothing significant's getting done or is even likely to get done anyway, maybe promoting repeal as an idea not outside the mainstream isn't so bad... who knows.

edit: btw, yesterday standing was recognized for the plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits against trump wrt his emolument violations. this was the hurdle for the previous cases.

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: March 25, 2018, 07:12:49 AM »
Got a classic SF story in with invasion of the body snatchers. fast read, not as dated as it could be. very good.

Got a horror anthology in next, decidedly mixed bag. a couple really good ones, and several that i ended up skipping.

the last exodus was terrible. felt more dated than invasion of the body snatchers, in spite of being published maybe 2 years ago. don't know if it was intentional but it certainly felt like (bad) SF pulp writing from 50yrs ago. do not read.

discovered that there were several new books out in the expanse series, but couldn't remember which one was the last one i'd actually read. so started nemesis games. turns out i've read this one. about 1/3 the way through. considered just looking up a summary, but these books are fast enough reading that i may just stick with it. have the next two in the series waiting (babylon's ashes, persepolis rising).

1. Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory  - 2.5/5
2. Artemis, Andy Weir - 4/5
3. invasion of the body snatchers, Jack Finney - 4/5
4. the best horror of the year vol 9, ed by Ellen Datlow  - 3/5
5. the last exodus, Paul Tassi - 1/5

6. nemesis games, James Corey  in progress

edit: and since i accidentally wiped my last post: spoonbenders was ok. finished better than it started. Artemis was better; by the author of the martian. wasn't a laugh-out-loud home run the way the martian was, but still a worthy read.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 13
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:17:13 PM »
got the pet reward this season. haven't spent any significant time since. not missing it yet.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:14:30 PM »
astonishing if that's the thing that does it. so much else that's worse...

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:08:54 PM »
Trump Admits To Making Up Trade Deficit In Talks With Canadian Prime Minister

" 'Trudeau came to see me. He's a good guy, Justin. He said, "No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please," ' Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio of the private event in Missouri obtained by The Washington Post. 'Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in — "Donald, we have no trade deficit." He's very proud because everybody else, you know, we're getting killed. ...
" 'So, he's proud. I said, "Wrong, Justin, you do." I didn't even know. ... I had no idea. I just said, "You're wrong." You know why? Because we're so stupid. ... And I thought they were smart. I said, "You're wrong, Justin." He said, "Nope, we have no trade deficit." I said, "Well, in that case, I feel differently," I said, "but I don't believe it." I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, "Check, because I can't believe it." ' "

freaking man-child. Mueller cannot go fast enough.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:03:52 PM »
regarding the border wall:

He said he liked a fully concrete wall because it was the hardest to climb, but he noted that it needs see-through capability.

sounds like something my 4 year old kid would demand.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:38:56 PM »
“We should have a new force called the Space Force. It’s like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we’re spending a lot of money on space.”
-trump 3/13/18

meanwhile, the guy that called him "a fucking moron" got fired by tweet this morning.

Movies & TV / Re: the orville
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:40:52 PM »
so there's a youngish trekkie at work that actually claims to prefer this show to the new actual star trek (discovery). granted discovery is a mixed bag and a bit of a departure from the formula (for better or worse). i still haven't been able to bring myself to sit through an episode of the orville, but i gather it's been renewed for a second season... 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:54:29 PM »
Discovered Endless Sky on Steam, which is currently free. Nice game and easy to get into. Can't tell if combat is overly simplistic or has depth which I haven't worked out yet. Scratches an itch for a hybrid between Elite and EvE style gameplay.

thanks for posting this. it's basically Escape Velocity redone, as far as i can tell. haven't stumbled across much in the way of story in this one yet, but it's been some good mindless fun building up a fleet, so far.

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