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Journal Journal: Trump - a warning from the present 2

I don't believe for a second Trump believes a word he's saying.

What I am concerned about is that Trump could, very realistically, be elected because of the views he's espousing. That says something terrible about too many people at the moment, and also makes possible the frightening scenario whereby someone who believes what Trump is currently saying could be elected too.

In the mean time, Trump is also validating the opinions of many extremists.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 2) 483

Now you won't even support some petty little dictators like Putin/Assad to defeat a religious movement that threatens the entire modern world?

It's a bunch of pathetic terrorists not a threat to the entire modern world. FFS people, stop crapping your pants every time some nut shoots or blows up something. When that happens, terrorists might not win anything, but we definitely lose.

Nobody religious extremist is going to kill you tomorrow. Go live your life. (But change your pants, please.)

Comment Re:They aren't really still blaming DPRK, are they (Score 1) 50

Looking at context, I think literally was more appropriate than figuratively. "Figuratively" would have been wrong, he really wasn't able to do anything with his computer. "Literally" is OK but is completely unnecessary and, as a result, because it's generally only used in situations where there may be a doubt, is inappropriate. It's like saying "Look at this awesome phone I just bought and did not steal" unironically.

Comment Re:Target audience (Score 1) 197

It's both. The average "newspaper" (more accurate would be "rough, ink-bleeding TP") contains paid ads thinly disguised as articles, shilling for their favorite party and to make that mix go down a little more smoothly they sprinkle in some copy/pasted press agency messages.

Care to inform me what anyone needs that kind of "newspaper" for? Especially online where you can't even use it as TP.

Submission + - There Will Never Be Another 'World of Warcraft' (

sarahnaomi writes: Ten years ago, James Taulbee and I stood before a locked gate in World of Warcraft's Blackwing Lair, along with 38 other players of our guild, Risen. We've all just worked together to kill the big red dragon sprawling before the gate for the first time on our server, and all logic dictates that it should open now. Some of us argued that we may have missed another boss that makes it open, but that seemed impossible. Some people murmur that it's probably a bug. (This turned out to be true, but we had no way of knowing at the time.) Then Taulbee looks at the decorative dwarven chairs lining the chamber and has an epiphany.

"Maybe we should all sit in the chairs," he said.

"A puzzle! Why didn't we think of that before?" we all exclaimed in voice chat, and scrambled to claim our own chairs with a right click. When the last person plopped into place, we expected the gate to open and lead us to glory, but nothing happened. That's the first time I heard around twenty people say the same curse word at once.

"It was utterly stupid," Taulbee told me when I reminded him of that day. "I still cringe thinking about that. I blame sleep deprivation."

Taulbee and I laugh at the chair incident now, but all these years later I'm struck by how unlikely this series of events would have been in World of Warcraft's modern incarnation, and how it relates to the game's decline in popularity.

Comment Confirmed (Score 1) 9


Support could be as high as 1/3 of the Republican electorate right now. Increasingly difficult to see a likely successful challenge. And scarily this has come after a few days of not merely "having appropriate immigration views from the PoV of the brown-pants brigade", but actually of echoing a lightweight but recognizable Hitler.


You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas