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  1. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    Kinda interesting how the media doesn't want to cover all the infanticide that is committed by gerbils in every pet store world wide. And yes we know it happens every day but still... Trump has no private life. If he did he would fall over dead cause his ego would starve. Btw I wasn't referring to only his personal taxes. Also everything connected to his businesses, which happen to very non personal. I'll take all your stawman attempts as a concession to defeat. You've used every trick and ploy you could and still its come to this. Kinda Trump-esque isn't it?
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    US Elections 2020

    Do you mean the strength of power Trump wants to sue? The same power that has decided every election in every country worldwide for humanities recent past? The same power which is sought by any person seeking elevated status among any constituency? Trump has lost their favor and can't win if he doesn't make it to the next election. It is long recognized media holds the long reach of decision making. Truth, lies, propaganda, subterfuge and all those contents, hold the power of a double edged sword. All this cheer leading, from opposite sides of the game, is just that. Putting this aside, one thing will decide the future of Trump. If his tax returns are made public, he will hang from the noose. It is my understanding this will come to fruition, whether Trumps likes it or not. Then we will get to see the face of the moron front and center. The media has no problem eating the dead.
  3. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    We would still be here regardless of who won in 2016. I don't see any point you made by saying this. 🙄
  4. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    After I read this, I just skimmed the remainder. This state-level approach has an impres-sive, though no longer perfect, track record. In 2016, our models failed to correctly predict the Electoral College vote for the first time. An Economist trying to turn people into spreadsheets. No one ever... I can't help but wonder why they didn't use their model on every election held since the first election. Maybe they have. I'd be interested in seeing how the model holds up to the past. Trump is doing so bad now even his own WH staff, appointees, employees are separating themselves from him. Being told to keep quiet and not appear to subpoena's and still some are doing just that. Trump sending stupid letters to world leaders. Trump revealing openly where nukes are. Trash talking in official meetings. Stealing funds for emergencies and catastrophes to build a wall. There is actually 100s of moronic things I could mention here, just from this last month, which can only come from a dumbass like Trump. To think people would idolize and actually vote for this idiot just amazes me. If Trump is the best America has, we are fucked.
  5. Splay

    Pounding spikes

    https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675912-Is-anyone-else-very-disappointed-by-the-pricing-of-the-expansion-and-the-philosophy-behind-it In this thread, one particular player has my attention. Their posting in this thread started early on. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675912-Is-anyone-else-very-disappointed-by-the-pricing-of-the-expansion-and-the-philosophy-behind-it&p=7964688#post7964688 After playing BDO for some years, I never would've thought I'd say this again... but LOTRO is back to being the most expensive MMO, like it was for many years. The thing is LOTRO players are a special bunch. They live in a small bubble completely oblivious to the plethora of other similar games out there. So they have absolutely no idea that these prices are outrageous. Thread summary: Thread with players bitching about SSG pricing and vertical, horizontal grinds. Above highlighted in bold to give an example of awareness. This player says much here in one sentence. Unknown to them, they are part of this bunch and I'll illustrate this truth. Next are two links. One from them and one from me in response. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675912-Is-anyone-else-very-disappointed-by-the-pricing-of-the-expansion-and-the-philosophy-behind-it&p=7965078#post7965078 Very nice post! I think I've just had a sad revelation that shows little promise for the future. It's about how you said that aside from the price you pay for content, every single aspect of the game is heavily monetized. So why is it that all other games are SO MUCH cheaper and they don't have a fraction of the grind that LOTRO has? How come they can afford this and LOTRO can't? Because in these other games, you have to pay one way or another, while in LOTRO you can grind, grind, grind and unlock almost all content for free. But they don't want this, obviously. It just needs to be there as an option and it needs to look good to prospective players. So how do you prevent people from grinding out content areas easily? Well, you put a TON of other necessary grind into the game that occupies their time. Virtues, trait points, stat tomes, LIs, promotion points, leveling, endgame gearing, etc. It's so much grind per character (if you wanna make them any good in endgame) that you won't have time to roll LP alts that farm content for you. So is there any hope that these grinds for stats will be made less gruesome in the future? No, there is none. If you remove the grind for stats, players start grinding for free content. So we have the most expensive and the most grindy MMO in one. For pretty much ever. I just happen to have a bag of nails, the day I read this thread. LMAO And wouldn't you know it! There is a hammer in my hand. How in the fuck! Oh well. My next choice couldn't be more obvious. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675912-Is-anyone-else-very-disappointed-by-the-pricing-of-the-expansion-and-the-philosophy-behind-it&p=7965230#post7965230 Every once in a while a piece of grain slips out of the millstone. Now that you've made this journey, whats in store for the future? Will you willingly jump back in to be ground into flour? Will you escape the mill and grow roots elsewhere? Once such an epiphany occurs, it's a trial to return to the same old and not endure graduating, self, loathing. One can lie to themselves or create self deceptions, but in the end... Once known, you can never unknow it. The person who I highlighted in this thread has posted after I quoted them with my post. Though, they haven't responded to what I posted, I can assume several things. 1. They know what I said is true but refuse an admittance. 2. They read the post but view it as aggression and they refuse to engage at any level. 3. They have me on ignore. 4. They admit it to themselves but won't on the forums, 5. They just like to complain. Feel free to pick one of the five as a possible truth or add a sixth reason I may have overlooked. Along the length of this thread our attorney, story teller MoL appears. Offering his thread derail attempts, employing comedic hubris. This doesn't seem to distract the special one's. The remainder of the thread is the usual boring exchange. Players trying to find a common level of the special. I'll post in the thread later today and tomorrow I'll pick this thread back up to add an additional post.
  6. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    Honest question here of a philosophical nature than anything else. Of course anyone who responds will be offering opinion, but that is what I am looking for. Try to keep in mind while offering an opinion, to not let the question, or the thoughts leading to it, become based on anger but more based on sensibility. On the subject of abortion, why does it matter how a child is conceived? The mention of being raped during wartime has little to do with the subject of abortion, other than the act is done with out consent. Yes rape is wrong and anyone who has some sense knows this. Especially the offended woman, who has to endure loss of freedom and the indignity of being powerless to stop it. Yet, the choice of abortion isn't being done to save the mother's life or even to end a pregnancy due to the child having genetic problems. I'm sure there could be exceptions but my previous sentence is a generalization. The conceived child did nothing and nor would the child ever know how they came to be unless told later in life. Basically the child would be innocent of any wrong doing. The future hardship of being pregnant or birthing a child during a war time would have its inherent disadvantages. Even still, many woman do bear children during wars. So, why it is even a debatable scenario to think woman could contemplate aborting a child as a result of rape in a war zone during war time? I do have an opinion on the answer to my question, but the choices aren't based on logic or commonsense. They are based on other factors instilled in people by social norms which aren't always real, but in the minds of those being affected.
  7. Splay

    Minas Morgul pre-order

    Lagging bad enough for this? https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675855-The-LOTRO-Beacon-Issue-132&p=7964025#post7964025 Note from the Editor: You may know that Oliveyew has been putting together both the Beacon and the other game's weekly newsletter for some time now. An opportunity has led her elsewhere, so I'm back in charge of the Beacon. The Beacon will continue! I am changing its publication date to Friday afternoons, however, to best facilitate the work schedule. Thanks!
  8. Splay

    Minas Morgul pre-order

    Here is why I think they were shut down. 1. Exploiting the currency caps 2. Trying to stop players from leveling and gearing up on day one of Minas Morgul release, by using consolidated assets. 3. Stopping attempts from players preparing to steal OC titles. I read somewhere SSG was considering to have them again. It was suggested sometime ago that SSG should not allow players to transfer for this purpose. Also to have the characters already be on the server they day the expansion released to qualify for these titles. 4. To reopen them and charge a fee. The Ember exploit may be an entry excuse for the others I listed. I nearly forgot. Can't have Beta testing, if no one can load characters on BR. That doesn't mean the testing isn't happening. I say, it is and has been, but on an invite only basis to Palantir. Several things lead me to believe this. 1. The Palantir program is open and active for months. 2. I know a player who was invited several times recently. Though the reasons are specific and not really related to Embers, end game, or transfers. 3. This posted yesterday ago. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675788-Forum-Player-Council-title-gone https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?675788-Forum-Player-Council-title-gone&p=7963364#post7963364 Cordovan says. Sorry about that. Unfortunately, it has to stay for now. I had to do a bunch of necessary work related to Palantir user groups and the forums as part of a wider effort to improve the program recently, and the removal of old titles is a culprit of that. You raise a great point, though, about signifying a past PC member. I'll see what I can do. PC forums titles gone. A culprit lmao. To two dead birds one stone. Err should I say Standing Stone. Yep, MM testing is on Palantir and all the Beta idiots are pissed. They just haven't figured out why. Yet Edit: I found this today. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?674355-RK-update-probably-coming-end-Oct&p=7963851#post7963851 Cordovan said on stream 2 weeks ago that the players council has been testing RK changes with Vastin (note he used past tense..not are testing or will be testing) and said those changes are coming to bullroarer soon Palantir groups are now called Players Council?
  9. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    I don't need to read it. I already know what it says. My first post naming Arnold, started with the most important part of the whole post. "If" I won't post gifs and memes about reading comprehension, so in that you're safe. 😁
  10. Splay

    Minas Morgul pre-order

    It''s probably the best choice. I'll wait to see a thread with someone saying they bought they Embers with keys and lootboxes. Trying to sway SSG to undo the newest policy. If so, all the players with 100s of thousands of Embers will be posting on alt accounts in protest. I'm sure this change will piss off Chromite. It won't change anything for him though. He'll still be grazing on a field of SSG carrots.
  11. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    I was more or less trying to imply a celebrity would win. US voters only seem interested in voting for the wrong reasons today. Arnold has experience and might make a decent President. Because, he is more appealing than the current President, I'd say it would be a landslide in Arnold's favor. A number of states still do executions. It's one of the responsibilities of a Governor and I imagine none of them cherish the act or the decision to sign the execution.
  12. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    If Arnold Schwarzenegger could run for US President in 2020, who would win? Would he beat out the current Democrats running? Would he beat the Incumbent President or any other possible Republican? It is an interesting proposition to think about. Arnold was the President of California. He has experience and more than others who have ran, or won in the last two Presidential terms. The notion he won running for Governor in one of the US's liberal strongholds says something. I say he would win and not because his views are perfect to win. Not because he has prior experience. It would be for the same reason Trump won. And... the reason is?
  13. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    I looked at your 1st link response about the article, I finished reading. In it is this. Analysis / Bias Both The Atlantic Magazine and web publication produce quality journalism that utilizes moderately loaded wording that typically favors the left: This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans. All news stories on The Atlantic are properly sourced to factual information and usually present a reasonable balance on issues. Editorially, The Atlantic takes a Left-Center position on most issues and has long endorsed Democratic candidates. A factual search reveals The Atlantic has never failed a fact check by an IFCN fact checker. I don't follow a preset path for reading and even less so for politics. I read what I find interesting that hopefully has something of value and educates. So you pointing out it is left leaning material is fine. Though by their own scale it says Left-center. Just to know. What eventually led me to the article I read was a search for this. Racist Democrats What ever you say about the publishers intent, is of no concern to me. Perhaps you have proof? In any case, its just one article of many, I read today and not all were of a political nature. With that said, you are welcome to read the article in its entirety and refute and claims being made. Ofc I'll expect any refutes to also disprove the links to them included as well. I understand a story can be enacted as a play and told by many people in many ways. So, I always expect alternative versions of the same story being told by different people. Publications are essentially these people. Yes the viewpoint for this version of the accounts is from a left leaning central view. Let me ask this. Can you provide a publication or article from a right or even right-center about the same topic? If you can, I'd read it mainly just too offer some balance to what I've just finished reading. Surely there must be something out there because in the article I read, even Trumps own present or past cabinet members pointed to very similar conclusions and they are, as I can assume, Republicans. Unless ofc the article and its contained links are all false. If so the link you offered would be incorrect. Meaning all the facts don't check out. The article is lengthy and talks about Fiduciary responsibility and if our current President can meet the expectation of the Constitutional Articles which define this. This really has very little to do with political view. I'm sure the United States has plenty of left wing nut jobs as the right. It has to do with capability and questioning our President and his past actions. Meeting Fiduciary responsibility requires a President to have a sound mind and understand the selfless nature of meeting those responsibilities. This is the heart of the article, I read. Can a Narcissist, who may actually be a Malignant Narcissist, be a working, productive President? As I said, at the beginning of this post. I didn't have a preset agenda. Now you've defined it as a left wing publication and provided proof. It's up to you to decide to offer the other side of the topic from a right sided view. After all, that is what discourse requires to further any future exchanges, on the subject. If I were, to offer every view point, I might as well internalize the whole matter myself with placing no value of being "here".
  14. Splay

    US Elections 2020

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/george-conway-trump-unfit-office/599128/ I'm still reading this. Seems to be 40 paragraphs long maybe more. I'll edit this post after I'm done with thoughts and probably a few quotes that seem important or especially highlight the magnitude of what defines Trump's mental problems. Holy shit! The sad comedy of reading this is like a surreal LSD party. Where everyone is drinking the Koolaid to relate to this mentally disturbed person we as US citizens call our President. Forty five minutes in and, I'm still not done reading the article and continuing on. The article is well structured and must have 100s of links to follow up on anything said in its text. If nothing else, Trump could be a good writer for a comedian.
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    US Elections 2020

    Unfortunately the House and Senate have career politicians taking and holding spaces that could be held by younger people. The lack of term limits help parties in control keep their position more secure by having senior members filling and staying in committees for lengthy periods. By having this happen it excludes younger politicians to rise to the top and possibly make a run for the office of President. I'm sure there have been many junior House and Senate members, who have left before they ever reached a position where the idea of running in a Presidential election was potentially tenable. There is a lot more to be said on the subject of why younger people aren't seeking this goal. Lack of term limits is just one of them.
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