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Comment: Re:IRS (Score 4, Informative) 197

by GammaKitsune (#48947845) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

I can understand conservative's (Tea Party types) dislike - it was pretty damning the selective enforcement of tax laws against conservative organizations

Wrong. This is one of the most widely debunked myths in modern politics. The IRS was investigating a wide range of new 501(c)(4) organizations that cropped up following the formation of the tea-party movement. 501(c)(4) organizations are tax-exempt nonprofits, and as such they are obligated to avoid being used for political purposes. Political organizations are supposed to be taxed. So of course, like any responsible agency should, the IRS took time to carefully examine the sudden influx of obvious right-wing political organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Even so, not a single one of those organizations was ever denied 501(c)(4) status.

At the same time, the IRS was giving similar scrutiny toward more liberal leaning organizations. They went through the same process as the rightwinger political organizations, but unlike the rightwingers, the IRS decided to go ahead and deny status to a number of seemingly-liberal organizations. Of course, this didn't particularly matter to the rightwing media when the story broke. They proceeded to lie, scream incoherently and flood the airwaves with manufactured outrage. It was part of the ongoing effort by the right to paint themselves as victims, and they still won't shut up about it no matter how often it's been debunked. As we've seen again and again, if the evidence for wrongdoing never surfaces, the right will just turn a non-scandal into a conspiracy theory. See: Benghazi, Obama's birth certificates, etc.

+ - Latest Edition of Dungeons and Dragons Releases->

Submitted by GammaKitsune
GammaKitsune (826576) writes "The Player's Handbook for the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons, formerly known as "D&D Next", released today to major bookstores and online retailers across the US. The Player's Handbook, which contains core rules for gameplay and character creation, is one of three three core rulebooks that developer Wizards of the Coast plans to release in 2014. The Monster Manual is scheduled to release in late September, and the Dungeon Master's Guide will release in mid November. Also out today is the first of two adventure modules in which players team up to battle against the dragon goddess Tiamat.

Fifth edition has a lot to prove following the highly-controversial fourth edition, the rise of competing roleplaying game Pathfinder, and two years of public playtesting. Initial reviews posted on Amazon appear overwhelmingly positive at the time of writing, but more skeptical gamers may wish to take a look at the free "Basic Rules" posted on the official D&D website. The basic rules contain all the bare essentials needed to create a character or run your own adventure, and will serve both as a free introduction for new players and as a holdover for long time players until the remaining two rulebooks are released."

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Comment: Re:Stop the heterophobia (Score 2) 1174

How in he hell is the garbage rated Score:5, Interesting? Are people blind? This idiot starts out his post with this moronic assertion that it's somehow hypocritical to be intolerant of intolerance! As if all stupid ideas and terrible opinions are equally valid, and that every piece of hate-filled dribble that people utter should be treated with equal respect and gravitas.

Even if they're completely wrong, as is the case right here. Guess what, you dumb fucker? Homosexuality is not wrong, and we have the science to back it up. Countless studies have demonstrated that people don't "choose" to become gay. It's not some kind of "lifestyle" or "fetish" that people are trying on. It's not even a disease of some sort that people are somehow infected by. It's a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality, and if you have a problem with that? FUCK YOU.

And don't even get me started on this "heterophobia" bullshit. How many people do we see calling for a ban on straight marriage? How many people get bullied in school for being straight? How many people are harassed for walking down the street holding hands with someone of the opposite gender? How many people are beaten to a bloody pulp an left wheezing in a ditch until they die just because they were straight? Take your "heterophobia" hyperbole and shove it straight up your ass, Zaurus.

You know why people attack you? It's because of your stupid, hateful, backwards beliefs. And when people point out what a shitwit you are, you scream persecution, because how dare those uppity faggots and dykes demand to be treated like actual human beings. You know what's really damaging to the nation? People like you. Not the gays and lesbians.

And shame on everyone who upvoted this jackass.

Comment: Re:Huge misunderstanding (Score 3, Informative) 274

by GammaKitsune (#41241081) Attached to: EA Exec Won't Green Light Any Single Player-Only Games
That's simply not true. In Mass Effect 3, the online component is completely optional. You can use the multiplayer component or the iPhone game to get the better ending if you want, but it's entirely possible to get the best ending in the game entirely through single player, without ever touching the online components. Furthermore, the multiplayer is cooperative, not PvP. In fact, there is no PvP option in ME3 that I'm aware of. I'm not EA's biggest fan by any means, but at least get the facts right.

Comment: Re:Nobel prize for literature is irrelevant (Score 2) 505

by GammaKitsune (#38645708) Attached to: JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose
Many of the authors you listed there, such as Tolstoy and Twain, certainly deserve high praise for their literary accomplishments. But Capek's R.U.R. was absolute dreck, to be quite frank. It was nothing but overacting, gaping plot-holes and general absurdity. The characters seemed like bizarre inhuman caricatures who engage in nonsensical behavior.

Readers are introduced to "Helena" at the beginning of the play, who all the male characters immediately fall in love with at first sight. In Capek's surreal vision of the world, this is not even a source of any drama, and all the men are perfectly happy to let her pass them over in favor of Domin, who she marries. From there, the play jumps immediately into a robot uprising several years later, most of which occurs off-stage, and ends with the off-stage eradication of humanity. The robots discover that they cannot reproduce without the aid of their human creators, but this dilemma is solved when two robots fall in love with one another. A ham-fisted reference to Adam and Eve glosses over the unsolved reproductive issue, and all the robots presumably live happily ever after.

I cannot speak for the rest of Capek's work, or whether these issues were merely a result of a poor translation, but I cannot call R.U.R. a great piece of literature from my own personal experience.

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