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  1. Skool daze

  2. Skool daze

    absolutely. to be fair though, it's a minority culture in the context of the whole country: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/06/22/the-demographics-of-gun-ownership/ it's interesting that gun ownership -- a national sub-culture, by the numbers -- has somehow defined America in the eyes of the international community when the majority of Americans don't own guns. for me, acknowledging the fact that most Americans don't own guns naturally leads to the question of whether this issue can truly be boiled down to mental illness alone. if we can assume that mental illness occurs in equal proportions on average among both gun owners and non-gun owners, then why haven't we had a stabbing spree perpetrated by a non-gun owner every other day so far this year like we've had "mass shootings?" ["stabbing spree" is used as the counter-example here since a knife is a potentially lethal weapon that non-gun owners would have access to.] i'm just thinking, if all things were truly equal between gun owners and non-gun owners when it comes to the frequency of mental illness . . . then why are mass shootings a prevalent issue? [i'm not suggesting here that things aren't equal, and that mental illness is somehow more prevalent among gun owners -- that's a weak correlation, and kind of stupid in general.] that said, there do seem to be a number of other factors that would help answer that. for example, i don't see how one could avoid the conclusion that the tool used in these attacks will ultimately dictate the death toll. i have to assume that "success" as defined by a school shooter would be maximum casualties. so you can either grab a bunch of knives, learn how to build a bomb, or just buy a few guns. the choice would seem obvious. and we can't possibly ignore the copycat phenomenon either. the people who do these things actively research the means by which others have done the same thing before them. the more casualties incurred, the more notoriety gained, the more copycats you have. this would also help explain why we don't have the same frequency of mass stabbings -- they just don't happen as frequently, nor typically occur with the same body count. [morbid as it may sound, i think replacing our national mass shooting problem with a national mass stabbing problem could actually be considered progress in this country (if it meant that the death tolls weren't as high). but we'll never ban guns outright here, so i guess that's irrelevant.] here's another thing: a vast majority of Americans support universal background checks (like, 95%. http://thehill.com/homenews/360496-poll-majority-of-american-voters-favor-stricter-gun-laws). from the link: Ninety-five percent of voters support universal background checks for gun purchases, including 94 percent of those who live in gun-owning households, according to the latest Quinnipiac University survey. now, per the article it's worth noting that a significant number of those same folks are skeptical that tighter gun regulations would be successful in addressing the frequency of mass shootings. but hell, despite that, it would seem that almost everyone is willing to give it a fucking shot anyway. i don't think any reasonable person thinks we can completely eliminate this problem with legislation, but surely we can focus on prevention a bit more than we do now. so why don't we have universal background checks in this country when the national "culture" is almost unanimously supportive of having them? i don't think the answer to that particular question is necessarily "mental illness." i'm asking these questions openly and not directly at Bart -- already know where you stand, bruh. and for the record, no, i don't think the solution is as simple as "ban guns" either.
  3. oh Hawaii you crazy, with your liberal activist judges and legislators. https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-legislators-want-put-age-183200699.html Hawaii legislators want to put age restrictions on loot crates The video game industry is getting a wake up call over paid loot boxes. Last November, Belgium ruled that loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II could be classified as gambling. Last month, a Washington Senator proposed a bill aimed at regulating the practice via the state's gambling commission. Now Hawaii is looking to limit these types of game systems with a couple of bills proposed by state legislators, one of which restricts sales of these types of games to the over-21 crowd. According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, there are two pairs of bills aimed at games like EA's Star Wars Battlefront II. House Bill 2686 and Senate Bill 3024, seek to prohibit the sale of any games that include loot boxes that can be purchased with real money to anyone under 21 years of age. The second pair, House Bill 27272 and Senate Bill 3025, want game publishers to prominently label games that have randomized purchase systems and disclose the probability rates of specific loot box rewards. "I grew up playing games my whole life," State Representative Chris Lee told the Herald-Tribune. "I've watched firsthand the evolution of the industry from one that seeks to create new things to one that's begun to exploit people, especially children, to maximize profit."
  4. ohhhh shit, someone tell Drifter!
  5. James Damore did nothing wrong

    i think what's been keeping me from having an opinion on this is that i can't find anything online that speaks to how the memo actually got circulated. if you can link me up, i'd appreciate it. if the dude had a Conservative Manifesto typed up on a flash drive and then a co-worker stole it and forwarded it to everyone via mass e-mail, i could probably get behind the idea that he did nothing wrong. however, so far i've been inferring that it was a memo shared privately between like-minded colleagues that got exposed and made public -- strictly from an employment policy perspective, that would be where he went wrong because in doing so he actively publicized his personal views within the company, and those views happened to create what could be considered a hostile work environment. let's run with your premise here to see how we'd feel if the shoe was on the other foot. let's say someone at work wrote up a memo and then circulated it, and the thesis of that memo is that white straight men are predisposed to be deficient at their profession because of who they are. would that be an issue? i assume it would be. also, with regard to your quote above, do you think they're oppressing him as a white straight man/Conservative, or are they oppressing him as an autistic jew? maybe both, simultaneously? i know those labels aren't mutually exclusive, so it could be both, but i think it serves to dilute your premise somewhat. on that note, in the spirit of inclusiveness, on behalf of all minority groups i'd like to welcome white straight men to the Oppressed Group Club. we have cards (just don't flash them around too often, it annoys people). //sarcasm i'm not actually oppressed. i'm just Asian.
  6. Let's talk about Trump

    Trump, likely to benefit from new bill, still refuses to release taxes https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-likely-benefit-new-bill-still-refuses-release-taxes-210746246.html man, y'all thought Hillary was corrupt . . . Donnie's just like, "hold my beer Big Mac, bruh."
  7. Net Neutrality

    how fucking dare you. just kidding that's how it looks in here too.
  8. Net Neutrality

    i don't think i've ever come across a more concrete example of this government's open contempt for/low opinion of its citizens than this. the fact that it was repealed (for now) despite the vast majority of Americans, on both sides of the political spectrum, being against that very action is a pretty concrete example of our oligarchic government.
  9. Alabama

    oof, never mind. i suspect you'll enjoy this as much as i did: https://www.yahoo.com/news/wing-conspiracy-theory-alabama-election-083039096.html
  10. Alabama

    . . . but you're saying they get an hour and a half for lunch? where do i apply?
  11. Alabama

    #AmericanTaliban he honestly sounds like a cult leader. #NotAllChristians
  12. Alabama

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/12/politics/tapper-moore-interview/index.html?sr=twCNN121217tapper-moore-interview0953PMVODtop i tried to embed the video of this exchange, but i'm stupid and it didn't work. skip to 8:55 in the video for the best part.
  13. Alabama

  14. meh, not everyone's skin is thick enough for this sub-forum. that's why it's mostly just us calling each other assholes (and laughing about it). which is fine with me. it'd be nice to get more opinions in the mix of course, but not everyone has the time/energy/inclination to submit arguments and then break them down, like we do. it's a video game forum, after all. have a great weekend y'all.
  15. the more i think about it, the more i suspect that Michael Bay directed the year 2017. best disaster flick since Independence Day, 10/10.

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