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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Afaics, every time Trump does/says anything remotely 'normal', your mainstream media jumps on it with great eagerness and pretty much heaps praise on the man. Same with anything remotely positive your government does. And I completely understand that, it's a desperate attempt to employ positive reinforcement in the hopes of encouraging more normality from the Trump administration.

I think this backfires with the majority of Americans who are low information voters even during elections and mostly tune out all politics between elections, because it bores them. They don't really notice anything different from the usual historically ordinary media back and forth on whether a government is performing well or not.

They won't understand how bad this government is until they personally find themselves suffering the consequences, and at that point it is usually too late.

Then there's shit like this: an appalling percentage of Republicans think it's a good idea to pre-emptively start a war with North Korea:

There was a pretty striking finding in Thursday's Quinnipiac University poll: Fully 46 percent of Republicans -- a plurality -- said they would support a preemptive strike against North Korea.
That's nearly half of President Trump's party that is ready for war -- today -- with Kim Jong Un, his nuclear weapons and all. (Forty-one percent said they opposed a preemptive strike.)

These are people who are either horrible people, or people who have no understanding whatsoever of the real human cost of war. I honestly find it difficult to believe there are that many people who can even superficially think like that.

It is a little bit of column A and a little of B.
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season

So I assume this doesn't happen often? 
Politics and Current Events / Re: Shooting in Vegas
Shooter had rented two hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza in Chicago but never showed. That would have been about 100k people there instead of 22k.

Another one.

Paddock rented "multiple condos" overlooking the annual festival, which was headlined by Chance the Rapper, Lorde, and Wiz Khalifa and drew around 50,000 people each of its three days, the reports say. The Daily Beast contacted the Ogden, a 21-story condominium with a line of sight to the concert grounds. A rep for the owner said, "We're not in a position to confirm or deny anything about Mr. Paddock's dealings. I suggest you contact Metro [police]. As you know this is an ongoing investigation." Life is Beautiful organizer Justin Weniger declined NBC's request for comment, saying the investigation was ongoing.

Wonder how many times he did this, and why Route 91 was his final choice?  Fucking asshole...

Politics and Current Events / Re: Shooting in Vegas
What's galling here is that if any other type of incident had a victim toll this high there would be evaluation and legislation to try and "close the gaps" to prevent the scale and scope of this type of tragedy in the future.
Plane Crash?
Train Wreck?
Industrial Accident?
Highway Crash?
Building Collapse?
Hell, even protection from a Natural Disaster like and earthquake, tornado or hurricane.

Yeah, like I say, if a brand of dog treat killed 59 dogs and injured 500+ more, there'd be a public meltdown, and it'd be pulled from the market immediately. And people would be ranting about the government not doing anything to save our precious dogs from being poisoned. But humans?

also oh hey look it's the thing i was talking about:

The workers behind the counter at the  Starbucks inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nev., winced whenever Stephen Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, lined up for their usual beverages.

That's because Paddock had a nasty habit of berating Danley in public. "It happened a lot," Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, said Tuesday.

Their order was always the same. He's get a venti mocha cappuccino and she a medium carmel macchiato.

Workers remembered Paddock as a tall man with a big beer belly and heavy bags under his eyes.

"He looked like he never slept because of the large bags under his eyes," Mendoza said.

Danley was much shorter than Paddock and stood elbow-high when next to him.

The abuse would come when she asked to use his casino card to make the purchase. The card enables gamblers to use credits earned on electronic gambling machines to pay for souvenirs or food in the casino.

"He would glare down at her and say--with a mean attitude--'You don't need my casino card for this. I'm paying for your drink, just like I'm paying for you.' Then she would softly say, 'OK' and step back behind him. He was so rude to her in front of us."

WELL, that explains the $100,000 he wired to the Philippines.  Jesus it's like Rlogan or whatever his name was I forget...
Politics and Current Events / Re: Shooting in Vegas
A couple of the guns on the hotel floor.

Are those ar-15s? I know nothing about guns...

Pic from this article:
Politics and Current Events / Re: Shooting in Vegas
I had a youtube live feed of MSNBC playing this morning.  Some kid who was there called in, I guess his video is one that the media keeps playing.
No concern over the fact that a lunatic was able to shoot at him from a hotel room yards away 32 floors up, nope.

His hot takes:

• Good thing it was a country music festival because there were lots of ex-military who could leap into action!   :patriot:

• The festival grounds were a "kill box" because there were 10-15 ft walls on all sides and only one exit!! (not sure if true but still...)

• The police were so brave protecting people that all "those people" kneeling across the country should be ashamed.

Politics and Current Events / Re: Shooting in Vegas
Wait, I see he did it from his room. Ok. I wasn't clear on that.


Across the street from the 32nd floor! Wtf, kind of weapon was he using? I know that assault weapons make this shit easier but w t f...

Politics and Current Events / Re: Shooting in Vegas
No bags will be permitted into the venue except for small purses (12″ x 12″x 6″ max). Backpacks of any size are not allowed.
Cameras with interchangeable/detachable lens or external flash (No Professional Photography)
Audio/Visual Recording Devices (includes GoPro, Google Glass, Spectacles, etc.)
Selfie Sticks, Tripods, Monopods
Outside Food, Beverage or Alcohol - One Drink Poured into Plastic Container. No Outside Food Allowed.
Cans, Metal/Glass/Plastic Containers, Bottles, or Flasks (empty or sealed bottles included)
Laptops, Tablets, Personal Computers, or Two-Way Radios
Weapons, Firearms, Pepper Spray, Pocket Knives or Mace
Illegal Drugs or Substances
Flammable Liquids, Aerosol Cans, or Permanent Markers
Flashlights, Laser Pointers, Flares, or Fireworks
Noise Making Devices (i.e. Air Horns, whistles, bells, vuvuzelas, etc.)
Balloons, Balls, Projectiles, or Optical Illusions
Skateboards, Segways, Scooters, Rollerblades, Bicycles, Hover boards, and Helmets
Coolers, Ice Chests, Folding Chairs, or Pointed-Tip Umbrellas
Flowers (unless otherwise permitted by Tour Production)
Seat Cushions or Booster Seats
Patrons Without Shoes or Shirt
Masks, Chains, or Studded Belts/Bracelets
Drones (without prior written consent from Arena Management)
Animals or Pets (accommodations made for trained, harnessed, and housebroken service animals)
Unapproved Pamphlets, Handouts, Ads, or Flyers without prior consent from Arena Management
Clothing, garments, or signs displaying explicit language, profanity, or derogatory characterization toward any person(s)
Signs, Flags, or Banners exceeding 11" x 17" or attached to a pole/stick. Signs must be relevant to event. Signs may not contain or display obscene or offensive language and/or pictures as determined by venue management. Management reserves the right to prohibit or remove a sign or banner at any time.

Rules from the venue

How did he get it in? Jesus...

I don't know shit about firearms. But it had to be a larger gun right?
Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread
As long as they're not having buttsex it's all good Christian nookie.

I thought the buttsex was good christian nookie. "Virginity" till marriage and all that.
The LoopHole

OMG that is hilarious!

HQ Version
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
Talked to my mom last night.  My brother in St. Pete lost power on Sat and I am pretty sure it's still out.  His house is fine, just a lot of tree debris in his neighborhood.  I guess the lack of working stoplights is causing a lot of accidents. He went for a drive the other day and saw three accidents happen, and he was only out for like an hour.

WTF Florida drivers!


Skippy PB?  What, is that the Nazi PB of choice?



Master race my left tit.

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season

Quinn wants FEMA to help clean up the park quickly, so he and the other residents can start cleaning up the Keys.

The park, once a retiree paradise, was one of only a few places low-income workers could afford in the Keys' pricey rental market.

"This is low income, workforce housing," Quinn said. "We're waitresses, cooks, construction workers. We're the ones that do the work for the tourists."

Collapsed 3 story building due to storm surge:

The ruined trailer park:

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
My "if it moves west" Virginia friend who lives in St. Pete had her boyfriend finally convince her they should probably gtfo, so they left in the middle of the night and managed to make it to Charleston. I don't know how they managed to do that when so many other people have been stuck.

My brother lives near St. Pete. He doesn't live in an evac zone so I doubt he is evacuating.  Hopefully by the time it gets up there it will have weakened considerably.

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
Irma is now forecast to hit west coast of FL. Track was changed slightly this morning.  There is a possibility the storm could gain a little strength when she pulls away from Cuba and enters the Florida Straits.  Hope it doesn't.

Cuba reporting 23 foot waves along their coast.

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season

Live cam at the Southernmost Point.  The calm before the storm, including people taking selfies now and then...

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season

Hurricane Irma Discussion Number  37
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL112017
500 AM EDT Fri Sep 08 2017

Microwave images and data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane
Hunter aircraft indicate that Irma is currently undergoing an
eyewall replacement cycle.  A recent GMI overpass showed an 50 nmi
wide outer eyewall, with the inner eyewall weakening.  The
Hurricane Hunter aircraft reported peak 700-mb winds of 147 kt in
the outer eyewall near 0500 UTC, and maximum SFMR winds were in the
125-130 kt range.  Based on these data, the initial intensity is
reduced to 135 kt.

Irma is forecast to remain in a favorable warm water, light shear
environment for the next 36-48 h.  The intensity guidance shows a
slow weakening during this time, but Irma is expected to remain at
least a Category 4 hurricane until landfall in Florida.  After
landfall, a fairly quick decay in maximum winds is expected due to
land interaction and increased shear, although Irma's large wind
field is likely to still produce hurricane-force winds over a large
area.  There are two caveats to the intensity forecast.  First, some
additional weakening could occur during the eyewall replacement,
followed by re-intensification as the cycle completes.  Second, the
ECMWF, UKMET, and NAVGEM forecast a track over or close to the
coast of Cuba that is not currently a part of the track forecast.
If this occurs, Irma could be weaker than currently forecast along
the later parts of the track.

The initial motion is west-northwestward or 285/14.  Irma should
maintain this general trajectory for the next 24-36 h as it moves
along the southwestern side of the subtropical ridge.  After that
time, the guidance is in good agreement that the ridge should break
and allow Irma to turn north-northwestward to northward.  There
remains some spread between the models on when the turn will occur,
with the GFS/Canadian being on the eastern side of the guidance and
the UKMET/NAVGEM on the left side.  The ECMWF, Florida State
Superensemble, and the HFIP Corrected consensus are in the middle
of the guidance envelope, and the new track forecast is in best
agreement with those models.  Overall, the new forecast track is
similar to the previous forecast, with minor westward adjustments
at 36 and 48 h.

Still Cat 4 but at least its showing signs of weakening.
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
2nd sun WTF?
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season


13:40 when the camera moves down and you see the debris and a fucked car.  :staregonk:
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
Sorry for huge post, pics from St Barth and  St. Maarten..

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season

The track of the storm has been updated.  Looks like its making landfall right on the tip of Florida. The Keys are fucked. Hope the evacuation is going well. 
Fill their pants with lit M-80s then when they cry out just go  :dunno:

General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season
I think worst case would be to round into the Gulf and return on shore at or just north of Tampa.  Tampa Bay is rife with development that hasn't seen a near hit of a hurricane in 30+ years.  It would decimate the place.

My brother lives near Tampa. Not sure where since he moved a year or so ago and I've never been down there.
General Discussion / Re: 2017 hurricane season

Live webcams in the Virgin Islands.  Still quiet, just getting steadily cloudier.