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#1 Edited by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

At best I'll get the GOTY Steam version with a heavy discount.

But more likely I'll never play. Looter-shooters right out of the gate have always seemed very dry and uninspired, and have only grown more-so as games go on. I like the concept, but it just seems like there's no real heart put into it, ever. I've tried Destiny 1-2, Borderlands 2, and Division, and I think I'm about done with this genre in general. Other than working as timesinks and skinnerboxes, they simply can't compete with genuine RPGS or genuine shooters, always striking a bland to above-average middle ground, never reaching their potential.

Add to that, the execs at Gearbox and Take2 are gigantic dickbags, and I don't want to give them any money.

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#2 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

So instead of building up the population of Puerto Rico, who are citizens of the United States, to get them up to date on infrastructure and education and maybe even statehood or representation, we would spend money on an unaffiliated wilderness of ice with barely any population?

K, makes sense.

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#3 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

@heirren said:

Social media shouldnt just be policed it should be eliminated.

Calm down Kim.

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#4 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

I find this thread difficult to masturbate to.

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#5 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

@vl4d_l3nin said:

The poem was originally about Europeans. It came during a time where immigration to North America was almost exclusively European, and most of those countries had a rigid class-based system. How is that controversial? It's history.

But then again, history started with Trump when you have TDS.

"From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame."

Also the author Emma Lazarus was an advocate for Jewish immigration from Russia and Eastern Europe, not exclusively Europe.

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#6 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

What is not true?

And yes this is over legal immigration as well and nothing wrong in what is being said..

The poem should also reflect that no one should be allowed ever to stay here if they did not enter legally.

I'm sure that would have rolled off the tongue nicely.

"Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

(addendum: but make sure you use that golden door properly and efficiently and don't you dare come the wrong way, from the wrong nation, or be in a desperate situation you slobs.)"

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#7 Edited by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

@NoodleFighter said:
@HoolaHoopMan said:

Hofeller's work was credited for NC redistricting after the 2010 election which netted the GOP 10 of 13 seats, when in reality the total votes were near a 50/50 margin statewide. His work has been instrumental in gerrymandering. Glossing him over as 'some dead guy' ignores that he helped craft a nationwide plan for the GOP to use redistricting as a means to retain power and suppress minority votes. It's right there in his own files that his daughter made public. His own words were nearly taken verbatim when the Justice department created a draft letter for including the census question for crying out loud.

Let that sink in for a minute.

The Justice department copied a guy (almost verbatim) who advocated for the addition of the census question as a means to help 'non-Hispanic' whites with redistricting. This isn't 'a few racist whites'. This is confirmed evidence of suppression, which plenty people were already aware of.

And this is only one bullet point on a longer list of voter suppression tactics that have been employed by the GOP over the last decade.

Edit: As Matt has clearly indicated (and you've failed to read) is that this guy's work was being used by the current administration and GOP as a whole. This is NOW. This isn't some distant point in the past, no matter your attempt to display it that way.

How exactly is asking if you're a citizen voting suppression for minorities that are citizens? All I'm getting out of it is that democrats want people that are not suppose to be voting to vote and are not citizens to count as citizens so they can inflate their votes and representation. Why else would asking if you're a citizen in the 2020 Census be 'racist' and hurt the Latino demographic you're basically admitting that a lot of illegal immigrants are Latino and you use them to inflate your representation. Reading the document it pretty much indirectly points out that a lot of Latinos are illegals which is why the census asking if they're a citizen is incredibly disadvantageous to the democrat party and advantageous to 'republicans' and 'non-hispanic' whites because it separates the citizens from the non-citizens. It may be 'racist' but it points out that democrats are relying on illegals for increased representation and it isn't suppressing actual LEGAL CITIZENS on their right to vote.

Of course democrats are against it because they're starting to heavily rely on the Latino demographic for votes which is why you get things like the Democrat debate talking about giving free stuff to illegals, speaking in Spanish and even decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

1. Tell people voter ID is necessary despite genuine, provable voter fraud being extremely rare.

2. Force premium payment and registration for upkeep, same as drivers license, making it difficult for statistically poorer demographics.

3. Don't open facilities to certain areas. Delay and 'lose' mailed out requests to certain zip codes.

4. ????

5. Profit.

At the end of the day, voter ID is bad because it is just one more barrier of entry to a system that already has an overwhelming number of stupid barriers for how imperative it really is (Must be 18, only 1 or very few days to vote, must visit specific locations, many locations disallowing same-day registration, very specific ballot rules, etc.) With GOP strategists having already admitted they are operating census questions in bad faith, it stands to reason that voter ID would be exploited as well..

Also, your argument for the 2020 census citizenship questions is, frankly, stupid. Did it not occur to you once that some immigrants are here legally?

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#8 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

@heirren said:

@Vaasman:

Do you not think youtube, facebook, and instagram should follow some sort of ratings guidelines?

Not really. These sites already have those kinds of regulators to stifle or block off genuinely objectionable content, and also, parents should be watching after and approving content for their kids.

Regardless, this wouldn't even give them the chance for that, because the government would just be telling them what's staying and what's going with no options internally.

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#9 Edited by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

@heirren said:

@joebones5000:

Im sorry what?

Guidelines do not infinge upon that. Its already happening on Youtube, btw.

Youtube is regulating based on advertiser demands, they are not being mandated by the government. You can still post nearly all of the same content you used to, they just cut out a lot of monetization and algorithms telling you to watch horrible shit.

Also, The issue is that because it's an executive order Trump would get to decide through his FTC/FCC sycophants what is worthy of regulation. There is no balanced representation that would be going into this, no external unbiased source, this wouldn't even give the option to improve self-regulation like the government did with movies and games.

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#10 Posted by Vaasman (13801 posts) -

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

GOP- "But if you're brown or might need help getting on your feet then get fucked."