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  1. I am a madman. I'll fly out to Atlanta for Furry Weekend Atlanta from May 9th to May 13th, come back to Vegas for a single final exam, then drive to Reno on the 15th for 5 days for Biggest Little FurCon.

  2. Always fun when you're in a local furry chat and the subject of Sonic comes up!

  3. Three park furmeets in a row (they're held once a month in Vegas), and it has rained every time.

    This is why I believe in the coyote gods.

  4. From some quick research: "Though both authors are Spanish, their main target audience for Blacksad is the French-speaking market" Given your location in Belgium, I think there's an explanation for that. I've never heard of Blacksad until now. Furry things aside, Zootopia did receive a lot of praise from mainstream outlets for tackling privilege, racism, etc., though. While furries really love it, it's still a very successful film that a lot of people could readily understand comparisons to.
  5. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/01/politics/john-roberts-conservative-supreme-court/index.html A breakdown of Chief Justice Roberts' voting behavior since Anthony Kennedy's retirement. Many analysts were predicting that for a variety of ideological and office-minded reasons, Roberts would become the swing vote on the Court. This is so far true: he has been siding with liberals on abortion rights, LGBT rights, immigration, and the death penalty. It's not a perfect pattern of course: he still voted to, say, let the transgender military ban go forward until it works its way through the lower courts. But the hardline conservative bench Trump and co. were hoping for with Kavanaugh is not materializing. Roberts has drawn the ire of conservatives ever since he ruled to preserve the health insurance mandate, and he's not stopping any time soon. Let's hope Ginsburg can hold on until 2021, when there's a chance a Democrat can appoint someone to replace her. Honestly, if Dems pull a miracle and somehow get the Senate, they should replace Breyer too. If the worst happens and Trump gets another conservative on the bench, Roberts won't be able to do much to stop it.
  6. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/elections-2020/2019/02/27/sources-beto-orourke-wontchallenge-john-cornyn-senate-paving-way-presidential-bid Beto O'Rourke has said he will not run for Senate in 2020. This has everyone thinking he will try for the Presidency instead.
  7. Sure, Zootopia didn't invent it. But Zootopia popularized it. That matters when it comes to marketing. So it makes sense to refer to Zootopia rather than [whichever piece]. To do otherwise runs the risk of pedantry as we become fixated on who the OG series is. Honestly, Rowl, you seem to have come into this thread with an axe to grind. I did not invoke Zootopia to dismiss this series or any other, but because it's the series most people would be familiar with. It is perfectly logical to invoke it. Frankly, "ripping off" is itself a hilarious concept, because nobody is completely original. Ideas mix and match, and indeed, human imagination is constrained by things we have seen before that our brain can then hybridize. Some people just have more success spreading their ideas than others. Now sure, some people do blatantly copy others, but it's also readily obvious when it's done. That's not what's in play here, though; I'm not saying Beastars copied Zootopia, just that anyone familiar with Zootopia will have an idea of what this world is like. It's a simple heuristic.
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/us/politics/michael-cohen-testimony.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR1vFRiHef6a8E02TJDITLtUNjtKb-D9RtsPaSalddynaO3YgujCpT3cAiM So the night before Cohen will give his testimony before Congress, a GOP Congressman - Matt Gaetz of Florida - made a Tweet about Cohen's mistresses and how his wife will surely leave him due to information she would soon find out. Needless to say, it came off as blackmail. This is witness intimidation. There's just no way to slice it. He should immediately be expelled from the House. And if the GOP fails to do so, I think it's time we reconsider how we conduct business in this democracy. Democracy is meaningless without the rule of law. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-ally-rep-matt-gaetz-insists-hes-not-threatening-michael-cohen-by-suggesting-his-wife-will-leave-him Gaetz says this is standard procedure, casting doubt on the witness' reliability. But you know damned well he wouldn't be doing this against someone trying to testify against a Democrat. https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/26/politics/senate-resolution-border-wall/index.html Meanwhile, looks like a majority of the Senate will vote to disapprove of Trump's emergency declaration. He will be able to veto the resolution, but it is incredibly embarrassing when Senators from Texas and North Carolina are saying "Nah."
  9. First off, this isn't a game, it's a manga and anime series. Secondly... take a look at it. It really has major Zootopia vibes. The division into predator and prey. The animosity between the groups. Even the fact the size differences are realistic and reflected in the ergonomics of the whole society. This is very different from Sonic, Star Fox, or Sly Cooper. Those are more human-like narratives than Beastars or Zootopia. The cast in those could easily be human in most cases and it would not make much difference. In Zootopia and Beastars, it would break the whole story.
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    The African Wild Dog was God's first attempt at a hyena. And then Anansi came up and shoved him, thus causing the paint to go everywhere.

  11. Well Sanders just toasted his chances at the nomination again. Trying to explain the complexities of political psychology and coalition building to urban liberal voters goes over about as well as Clinton trying to explain the complexities of economics to rural voters. It's going to come off as detached and ultimately alienating.
  12. I got into my university's graduate program! Now, to form a Furry Club at the school.

    1. Kiah

      Kiah

      lol priorities...but seriously though congrats!

  13. I suppose U.S. Senators quoting - and attributing - infamous dictators is a good hint to call it a night. :S

  14. One day I want to draw Anansi the Spider having shapeshifted into an African Wild Dog with spider motifs, the explanation being all the other tricksters seem to be rocking the canid look (and his actual appearance is scary).

    1. Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Also African Wild Dogs are just damned cool.

  15. Indeed, which is why Presidents have invoked "well all we did was airstrikes for a year plus, that's not a real military action" as a means to get around the War Powers Act for decades!
  16. So far we're up to 12 volumes, with 117 chapters out so far. A new chapter of about 19 pages comes out every week.
  17. Bernie's "oof" train continues. This is in the context of him backing Trump's "humanitarian aid" package to Venezuela. A good chunk of the American left are displeased with his decision. Not because they support Maduro (though conservatives are of course embracing Cold War-esque socialist hive mind ideas), but because there's a valid concern the aid will be used as a vehicle to try and push Venezuela towards being a pro-American, neoliberal regime. As an example, one branch of the Sanders-inspired Our Revolution gave an alternate approach to disputing Maduro's legitimacy while still supporting socialist and humanitarian ideas. Of particular note is that aid should not appear politically motivated, unlike the aid Trump is currently peddling. Bernie did his part for left-wing ideas in America but the more he talks, the more damage he does, I think. If he does not tread carefully with foreign policy decisions, he's no different from the Soviet Union, which actively worked to suppress all socialists worldwide who were not loyal to Moscow.
  18. (Sometimes R depending on the exact chapter!) Paru Igataki's Beastars takes place in a world where carnivore and herbivore species live side by side, ostensibly in peace, though racial tension boils below the surface between predator and prey species. The story focuses on Legosi, a large grey wolf who has conditioned himself to avoid using his impressive strength. The uneasy peace between predator and prey is shattered due to a series of attacks on herbivores by carnivores, one of which happens at Legosi's own school, though the culprit remains unidentified, and this is a central conflict for much of the early comic. Making things worse for Legosi, he starts to develop feelings for a rabbit student named Haru, but he is constantly plagued with indecision on whether his feelings are love or a carnivorous desire to eat her. Beastars takes numerous artistic licenses with biology to make its world work. The most apparent is that meat basically is a drug: any predator who consumes some immediately gains strength, but they also develop an addiction. All carnivores have a natural, repressed desire to consume it as well, which puts herbivores at unease, particularly considering herbivores are incapable of consuming it themselves to even the odds. Predators' natural instincts clashing with social and legal expectations drives a lot of conflict in the story. Needless to say, there is an impressive amount of philosophical discussion throughout the manga about the ethics and politics of this sort of world. All in the context of a slice of life manga about high schoolers who are talking animal people. Truly, Zootopia if it was not meant for younger audiences. Beastars has 117 chapters and releases new chapters weekly. An anime is also on the way! The manga will be officially translated into English at some point this year, but there are numerous fan translations floating around. Is anyone else excited to see where this goes?
  19. Well that ending of the new Dragon Ball Heroes episode was quite the cliffhanger.
  20. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/429937-democrats-need-someone-in-the-ojeda-lane Interesting piece covering the Ojeda campaign and ones similar to it. The usual trend is people who like Democratic ideas in the countryside vote Republican due to a sense of alienation. Ojeda was able to get not only disaffected Democrats, but even conservatives to back him (even if he lost the race), and it gave him the biggest partisan shift in the whole country with how he destroyed Clinton's 2016 numbers in his district. Ojeda ran as a fairly left-wing Democrat, only really breaking with the party over coal. But his interest in the coal industry, love of recreational firearms, and overall demeanor made him resonate with a lot of rural populists and gave him a huge boost. If the Democrats nominated someone like Ojeda - and the article points out that someone working class is more important than someone necessarily rural, even if that would be a plus - there's a strong possibility they would crush Trump and destroy the GOP's stranglehold on the countryside. I've heard a lot of liberals say the countryside isn't necessary, that they can reach victory through the suburbs... the suburbs. The places that are well-to-do... and who substitute genuine economic reform for a few token acts of social justice. Yeah they'll fight tooth and nail against free tuition and higher minimum wages, but hey, at least they support affirmative action and access to abortion! The hammer and sickle's message still rings true to this day. Only an alliance between the rural and urban working classes can bring real, lasting change. There's a world of difference between disliking military intervention and then refusing to condemn an autocrat as illegitimate. I understand Sanders is fairly non-interventionist. But his refusal to come down hard on left wing tyrants is very tankielicious. Considering the enormous success Rojava has had as a democratic socialist state despite being poor, multi-ethnic, and in the middle of a warzone? Western socialists have even less of an excuse to apologize for tyrants.
  21. I just hear Infinite's theme song whenever I see coyote pictures these days, and that's perfectly fine.

    1. Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Yes, I know Infinite's a jackal.

      I associate them because I would listen to Infinite's theme song whenever I drew various incarnations of Coyote the Trickster. So the track has become associated with coyotes in general for me.

    2. Blue Wisp

      Blue Wisp

      so

      after all this time you're back for more

  22. Life's great questions: Why are we here? What is best in life? ...how is Destati still so legit 7 years later?

  23. Isn't it fun when a game's penultimate boss theme is superior to the final boss theme?

    1. Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      I'm noticing how most KH fans prefer Oscurita di Xehanort to the three pieces of music associated with the final boss.

      Though if we want to be brutally honest, a lot of KH3's soundtrack is incredibly lazy. A lot of it is just rips from the Final Mixes.

      I get the whole "well it was already perfect" angle but still.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Kinda reminds me of SA1's final boss; first phase had you fighting to Open Your Heart, and the second half used a pretty dull rendition of the Chaos' theme from cutscenes. It absolutely killed the energy.

    3. Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice

      Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice

      @Blue Blood Should've been the other way around. 

  24. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/supreme-court-rules-against-civil-forfeitures-rbg-timbs.html It's a huge victory for police reform! The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to incorporate the Excessive Fines Clause. Many police departments have developed a habit of legally stealing through "civil asset forfeiture," where they can seize any property tenuously connected to a case, and then the department gets to keep the profits. Even Neil Gorsuch thought it was ridiculous that states can get away with this today, so the 9-0 decision is unsurprising. We have Yang, Warren, and Sanders as very left wing candidates; Castro and Gillibrand as acceptable candidates, and then Harris, Booker, and Klobuchar as likely establishment favorites. This will be an interesting race. Democratic leaders want to court the swing states by giving them more moderate as a whole candidates, while there's a rival strand that feels we could swing sing voters through a full embrace of economic populism. Everyone underestimates Yang right now, but the fact he's getting resources from Richard Ojeda, a candidate who was able to make some serious waves in "Trump" country with left wing policies, means Basic Income might become a viable policy in the near future.
  25. Crossposting with the American Politics thread on this one because while we usually perceive brutality as being physical abuse, it also takes the form of financial abuse. We just took a huge step towards limiting that financial abuse. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/supreme-court-rules-against-civil-forfeitures-rbg-timbs.html The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to incorporate the Excessive Fines Clause. Many police departments have developed a habit of legally stealing through "civil asset forfeiture," where they can seize (through civil suits, where you aren't guaranteed a defense) any property tenuously connected to a case. This property can later be sold; the department gets to keep the profits. There is no shortage of cases where this has been abused: even a crime happening on your property is grounds for the police to legally steal your home. Even Neil Gorsuch thought it was ridiculous we're debating this issue still, and the Court voted unanimously to ban the practice. I think we can all enjoy some catharsis on this one.
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