I've been to Barcade. Really liked the condition of the games, but everybody was just kinda sitting around being ironic. Nobody played for the two hours I was there. Different environment.
I think the difference is that nobody really reads Salon anymore, whereas every iPad/Android phone can watch YouTube videos.
Oh what the hell, I tried to put a reason behind something TSA did. Never mind, but thanks for the links to Mr. Smith.
Yeah, they'll probably get shut down. And I too look askance at the firm's claims.
On the other hand, FDA's constant ass-dragging (largely a bureaucratic procedure to protect themselves from criticism) means in the future rich people'll be going to China/India for similar treatments, as they already are for certain U.S.-invented cancer treatments that never could get approved here (thinking Onyx-015, but there are dozens of examples).
Patients of this firm should be well-informed of all risks, and allowed to go for it should they so choose; screw your paternalism.
I can speak to the Chinese real estate bubble. It's--insane.
My wife (from China) and I bought an "apartment" (what we'd call a condo) for her parents five years ago in a suburb just on the outskirts of Shanghai, but on the light rail line. Price was 400,000 yuan (around $60k). Her parents are older, it was a much cleaner location for her father to live, better access to medical care, and so forth. This was 2004.
Cut to today, that apartment is (supposedly) worth 2 million yuan, ($300k, approximately), after 5 years. I've visited the community, it's nice, her father seems happy, mother slightly less so (it's hard for her sisters to make the trip on Shanghai transit), but enjoying running water and good electricity and things--the community lies within, in some ways, a Potemkin village.
Even better, several of the units in the 20-condo building with her parents, that's supposedly soaring in value, are vacant--one basement apartment was being used for storage for what appeared to be a convenience store.
Now, far as I'm concerned, the place is secure and not an investment. We're not going to sell or rent it, and when the inevitable crash comes, won't be a problem--but what I hear is driving sales of residential real estate is overseas Chinese buying up tons of properties on spec, even as real wages for much of China are actually declining.
(We're already in cool story, bra! territory, but 30 years ago my father had a similar experience buying a place for elderly New England relatives to stay in Lawrence, MA--huge spike in value, then prodigious decline, and, sadly, arson, after he'd sold.)
No, you entirely misread the point because you decided to be a partisan moron instead.
Funny, on rereading the only partisan moron I see is the one screeching "Bu..bu..BUSH!".
Whihc isn't me.
Even more funny is how you ASSUME I'm partisan for hating a lame childish debate tactic that has made political discourse absolutely worthless. Funny how you HAVE TO assume I'm partisan so my criticism of your post can be dismissed, when the reality is I DESPISE the tactic and it's effect on discourse, which has exactly fuck all to do with my political ideology.
I hated it just as much when it was "Bu..Bu..Clinton go this dick sucked" but you don't know that. Because you ASSUME people who call your stupid political trolling what it is, stupid political trolling are AGIN YA, cause you don't have the intellectual ability to think beyond "if they ain't fer us, they's agin us".
Grow the fuck up.
Guess you never played Deus Ex then. Granted, you're fighting the UN, but presumably staffed by Americans.
They can strip the leaves off blackberry bushes while avoiding the stickers
It's those goaty prehensile lips of theirs.
I think you mean that you're being a "Grammar [REDACTED IN GERMANY]"
Yeah, I know what you mean. Something like a Grammar strict police...
Palm designed their Pre so it can not identify itself to the computer as a Pre, and thus it is impossible to create ANY software that is 100% compatible.
Patently false. The Palm Pre originally claimed to be an iPod manufactured by Palm. Real iPods have Apple's vendor ID.
Hell, the whole reason Apple was able to make the Pre not sync with iTunes anymore was because it was able to identify it as a Pre (or "not-an-iPod", anyway).
The "Pre [that] can not identify itself to the computer as a Pre" only came after Apple deliberately broke compatibility with the one that could – for no other reason than because it did, and they could.
I can't remember my password, and honestly I'm too peeved to bother retreiving it at the moment.
Yes, our Freedom of Speech can be used against us in a court, or abused by corporations or media outlets, however that does not make it a bad thing. It simply makes it an easy thing to exploit and abuse.
As far as it being inappropriate to use the Nazi symbol in media; well maybe it is in bad form, and maybe it makes some people uncomfortable, but it's a bit of history. One which affected the world, not just Europe. The Nazi laws in Europe are significant, but they're also oppressive and insane. To say a country is so scarred by a piece of history that it has to ban a symbol in order to protect people from being sad, uncomfortable, or in Germany's case for feeling remourseful is downright ridiculous. Grown ups, as you say, should be able to handle whatever flow of emotion comes from viewing these symbols, and should also be able to say for themselves "I'm not comfortable with this, I'm not going to purchase this game". It shouldn't require action from any government to say "no we can't have that, it might upset people who were/are affected by that bit of history".
Stop pretending that Europe is so much more enlightened than the US. Stop pretending that being a country that was invaded in some way makes you (who are very likely not even old enough to have been a twinkle in someone's eye when Nazy Germany invaded Europe) an expert on how that feels, or what it's like. Fair money says you weren't there, you weren't a part of it, and you can't REALLY sympathize with it anymore than someone from a different country can.
FYI This was me.
Veni, Vidi, VISA: I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.