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  1. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/16/us/gm-toledo-racism-lawsuit/index.html 

    What the fuck?! How is this happening in 2018!?

    1. Osmium

      Osmium

      OMG IT'S [[CURRENT YEAR]], WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN??

    2. Kiah

      Kiah

      I think you do have to ask why hatred drives people to do disgusting things that are not only insulting and demeaning but going to the point to death threats. Simply because of the color of one’s skin. This should of never happened at any time but especially when advancements for equality have been made throughout history. 

      Reading that really hurt. That is absolutely abhorrent. I know racism and acts of hatred have become more prevalent these days but I was legitimately shocked to learn all that happened there at GM and that is absolutely disgusting.

  2. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    I don't know about that, but I do know hamberders and covfefe both go great with some hickory smocked bacon.
  3. When is SEGA going to realize nobody likes the Deadly Six?

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      When Sonic Team makes a good Sonic game.

    2. Blacklightning

      Blacklightning

      Probably around the same time they realize nobody likes Wisps anymore either.

    3. mayday2592

      mayday2592

      I mean a few people here did say they liked them.

    4. Ernest the Panda

      Ernest the Panda

      I like Zavok and the fat one. The others can take a hike.

    5. JokerJovahexeonJoranvexeon

      JokerJovahexeonJoranvexeon

      I like them. Well, most of them. They aren't exactly unpopular.

    6. Diogenes

      Diogenes

      when they realize nobody likes sonic

    7. Wraith

      Wraith

      They're the only characters I see near unanimous thumbs down on

    8. Kuzu the Boloedge

      Kuzu the Boloedge

      Nobody likes a lot of the characters and they're still around

  4. Better question: Has the Sonic's shitty friends mentality ever not been a detriment to the series? At best Sonic Team's catering to people who whine about characters other than Sonic and Eggman upsets fans of those characters and limits gameplay and story options. At worst it leads SEGA to demonstrate an utter lack of confidence in what they've built over the years. Case in point: Has any other videogame franchise in history ever advertised its lack of additional content as a selling point?
  5. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    The Senate at large isn't necessarily the problem here, Republicans aren't exactly thrilled with the shutdown either and there's a good chance the House bill would garner enough support to override a veto. The problem is the Senate can't vote on legislation without Mitch McConnell's approval. As long as he refuses to budge the House bill is stuck in Limbo. If things get really bad the Democrat's could try threatening to impeach Trump for dereliction of duty and hope either he or McConnell will back down. I think Nancy Pelosi would rather not do that, for a myriad of reasons, but it may wind up being the only way for her to end the shutdown without giving in to Trump (which would be tantamount to telling him he can get whatever he wants if he shuts down the government long enough), assuming she's not willing to resort to blackmail or murder.
  6. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    People are arguing over whether Trump or Pelosi and Schumer are to blame for the shutdown. Although it is, objectively speaking, Trump's fault the shutdown started (as he himself admitted last month) I'd argue the person most responsible for perpetuating it is actually Mitch McConnell, who refuses to allow the Senate to vote on the spending bills Congress had previously passed near unanimously, on the grounds that the president won't sign it. This despite the Constitution explicitly saying a presidential veto can be overridden if 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate agree to it. Here he is arguing the point earlier today: Short Version:
  7. After reading the plot summary for the movie I'm starting to think the military is just coming up with excuses to keep Sonic out of San Francisco.

    1. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      To be fair, considering what happened the last time he was there, can you blame them?

  8. To fish, or not to fish? That is the question: Whether 'tis nobler for the devs to suffer The stinging anger of outraged critics, Or to take action against a sea of fans And by opposing lose them. . . . Honestly? It's for that very reason I think it would be smarter for SEGA to remake SA2 before attempting an SA1 remake. SA2 sidesteps a lot of the issues with SA1, it drops the most controversial gameplay styles from SA1 (Fishing); it refines the remaining styles shooting and hunting feel less like an afterthought and more like coequal aspects of the overall experience; the level design is more focused, with each stage being tailored to a single style instead of trying to make three different styles work with the same layout; and the game just generally feels less like its being held together with band-aids chewing gum. Even looking at the complaints SA2 gets its mostly stuff with easy fixes like spreading the controls out over multiple buttons, tightening up the mech controls, or unlocking the Emerald radar, nothing which would fundamentally change the game like removing fishing from SA1 would. Even the bigger stuff can be worked around without riling up purists by changing what's already there. The levels are too linear? Add in some new paths in addition to the original route. The back story isn't entirely clear? Maybe destroying the gold beetles in each level unlocks some in-universe documents from G.U.N.'s archives which help clarify some of the murkier elements of the game's story. If SEGA were able to earn back some goodwill towards the Adventure games, and remind everyone that SA1 paved the way for a much more polished experience in SA2 ,I think people might be more willing to forgive a SA1 remake for some of the rougher edges carried over from the original game.
  9. Anyone want to play some Smash Ultimate?

  10. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    CNN had another bomb scare Thursday and yes, the MAGA crowd is crying "false flag" again.
  11. I'm an American. I live in a state that went for Trump. The first time I saw somebody wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in real life was in 2018. In London's Parliament Square.

    How's that for crazy?

    1. JezMM

      JezMM

      I live in a pretty unassuming town on the south-east coast of the UK and the other day I saw a confederate flag flying outside of some random person's house, was pretty bizarre.

    2. Patticus

      Patticus

      Racists, and separatists and people ignorant of the nuances of American history, all across Europe, have been appropriating American symbols like the Confederate battle flag for a while now...

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      Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, says Europeans who use the flag can typically be divided into three groups.

      First, he said, there are the out-and-proud racists. 

      “White supremacists in Europe will often use American hate symbols just as white supremacists here will use hate symbols derived from Europe,” he told HuffPost. “I’ve seen Swedish skinheads with Klan and Confederate tattoos.”

      Neo-Nazis across Europe ― especially in Germany, where displaying the swastika in public is outlawed ― have been known to use the Confederate flag. And they well know what it means, Pitcavage said.

      At an anti-immigrant rally in Poland in 2015, a protester could be seen waving both a White Pride flag and a Confederate flag. And here’s the flag at an anti-refugee rally in Germany that same year:

      The second group of Confederate flag-wavers, Pitcavage said, are right-wing political activists, many of whom have separatist inclinations. 

      The flag, for example, is a common sight at games of the Italian football team Napoli. That’s because many people in southern Italy see common cause with the Confederacy, The Washington Post reported. Both regions once were absorbed or defeated by a larger Northern power ― Rome, in the case of Italy.

      During the Ukraine-Russia conflict, both far-right pro-Kiev groups and pro-Moscow separatists have been seen using the flag, or an approximation of it.

      And the Red Hand Defenders, a protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, often march with the Confederate flag. They claim to do so because there were so many Northern Irish troops in the Confederate army.

      And further south in County Cork, Ireland, soccer fans are known to wave the flag, seeing parallels between the Confederacy and Cork’s history as a “rebel county” in Ireland’s fight against British rule.

      But the most common reason the Confederate flag flies across Europe, Pitcavage said, is ignorance.

      “Even Americans are infamously ignorant of the culture and history of other places,” he said. “Many Europeans don’t have a detailed or nuanced understanding of the U.S. and they sometimes get a Confederate flag because it’s a symbol of Americana to them.”

      “They don’t understand the racial or dark history of that flag and what it represents,” he said. 

      Miroslav Mareš, a professor at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic who studies right-wing extremism, agrees.

      “In some subcultures [the flag] is used without deeper political meaning,” he told HuffPost in an email. “It is simply a symbol of the ‘way of life’ in the U.S. South (tramping, motorcycle gangs, Southern rock scene etc.).”

      One of the clearest example of this is in Sweden, where people involved with the “raggare” subculture are obsessed with Americana ― often wearing cowboy hats and driving around in vintage American cars with Confederate flags. For them, the flag is just another piece of kitsch, divorced from its historical context.

      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/confederate-flag-europe-trump-poland_us_5968a317e4b017418626ab5e

      I would imagine that the MAGA hat will be being worn primarily by nationalist right-wingers and generic racists, white supremacists, etc, right now. Europeans may not be immersed in the nuances of the old Confederate flags, but they know the modern symbols of racist nationalism when they see them.

      It is a bit strange that you haven't seen any Trumpist symbols in your own state though, @Bowbowis. To think of it, I don't know if I've seen any myself, and I'm pretty sure Ohio went Trump too, and I'm in a very rural, conservative part of it (Michael Moore's Trump Land, actually). I see Confederate flags semi-regularly though.

      Could be that people in Trump-leaning states don't feel an explicit need to wear their political allegiance, at least outside general election time.

    3. Speederino

      Speederino

      One of the biggest Trump supporters I've ever known was a Scottish guy. I don't mean Scottish-American, I mean literal Scotsman living in Scotland. And no, I could never properly wrap my head around it.

      As for me, I know I've seen at least one of those hats around.

  12. Group papers in a nutshell:

    1. Get partnered with the guy who isn't a native English speaker.
    2. Have him insist on being the one to submit the paper.
    3. Work your ass off making sure everything is perfect.
    4. Wait for submission to be made public.
    5. Watch in horror as you see the group has wholly excised your section of the paper and taken a hatchet to the formatting you spent hours making sure was consistent.
    6. Get blamed when the paper receives a bad grade.
  13. Can you imagine Clementine Caligula doing this? 

    I think his head would literally explode!

  14. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    But her emails! ... In other news: This is just sad.
  15. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    Seriously dude? Wasn't your whole platform that you were going to protect us from evil brown people?
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