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General Topic Discussion / Re: RIP Malcolm Young
« Last post by Hicks on Yesterday at 02:27:01 PM »
One of the great rhythm guitarists of all time.

He’s a big reason behind why AC/DC is a lot more danceable than most other hard rock bands. 
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General Topic Discussion / RIP Malcolm Young
« Last post by mistercharlie on Yesterday at 11:07:50 AM »
Sad news today as Malcolm Young has passed away at the age of 64. I'm blasting Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap right now.

R.I.P. (Rock in Peace), Malcolm.  :cry:

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Politiw00kchat / Re: Have you heard about...? (Politics edition)
« Last post by slslbs on Yesterday at 10:30:03 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/franken-sexual-abuse-mistake-apology.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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Franken Case Sets Off Debate Over Line Between Abuse and a Mistake
WASHINGTON — A day after the latest in a dizzying series of sexual assault revelations enveloped Senator Al Franken and rattled the Capitol, politicians and comedians were left trying to assess the line between predatory behavior and an inexcusable mistake, as calls mounted for him to resign.

Mr. Franken, Democrat of Minnesota and a veteran of both comedy and politics — two industries under increased scrutiny for fostering cultures where sexual abuse is pervasive — was targeted by Republicans, including President Trump, who has himself been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault. Republicans are grappling with their own senatorial scandal, as Roy S. Moore pursues a Senate seat amid accusations of assaulting teenage girls.

But that did not diminish their zeal as they called on Mr. Franken to step down.

On Twitter, Mr. Trump publicly hinted at a pattern of assault, and the political fallout continued as two Minnesota candidates for governor, both Democrats, called on Mr. Franken to resign. The conservative writer and activist L. Brent Bozell III said Mr. Franken had been “caught red-handed conducting lewd and unacceptable behavior,” adding, “there is a pervert in the United States Senate.”

By Friday evening, Mr. Franken had canceled a coming appearance at a book fair in Miami.

But while there was no widespread public showing of support for Mr. Franken, a number of his allies, including three former “Saturday Night Live” colleagues and 10 former aides, all women, said that they did not believe his behavior fit a pattern or was in the same realm of misconduct as other high-profile men accused of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry, including the comedian Louis C. K. and the producer Harvey Weinstein.

“I’m just so upset about this atmosphere and good people being dragged into it,” said Jane Curtin, a member of the original cast of “Saturday Night Live” with Mr. Franken from 1975 to 1980 who has been close with him since. “It’s just like the red menace. You don’t know who’s going to be next.”

Sex Allegations Against Roy Moore Send Republicans Reeling NOV. 9, 2017
Ms. Curtin said that in a comedy setting where women were at times not valued or dismissed because of their gender, Mr. Franken was a powerful ally who viewed female writers and comedians as his equal. But she was also among several who said they were disappointed by Mr. Franken’s conduct and were struggling with the episode, which happened during his comedy career.

“I was surprised,” Ms. Curtin said. “If he did that, that’s really stupid, but I have never seen him in a situation where he has been sexually aggressive with anybody.”

Others, including the woman who said he forcibly kissed her during a 2006 U.S.O. tour of the Middle East, grappled with his expressions of remorse. The woman, Leeann Tweeden, read an apology from the senator during a Friday appearance on the “The View.”

In another appearance, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Ms. Tweeden, a radio newscaster, said she had not told her story for political gain, and that his fate was up to the people of Minnesota to decide. She said she wanted women to feel more comfortable to share their experiences.

“Because if he did this to somebody else, or if anybody else has stayed silent, or anybody else has been the victim of any kind of abuse, maybe they can speak out and feel like they can come forward in real time and not wait a decade or longer,” she said.

As Washington wrestled with how to categorize Mr. Franken’s behavior, which was accompanied by a photo that showed him appearing to grope Ms. Tweeden as she slept on a military plane, even some ardent defenders of women’s rights said the senator’s offense was not so grievous as to require his resignation.

“This is not a Harvey Weinstein situation,” said Debra Katz, a civil rights lawyer who handles sexual harassment cases. “Harvey Weinstein was a serial predator who used his power to put women in very vulnerable situations. He abused that power by sexually assaulting women. That’s not what this is.”

Ms. Katz also drew a distinction between Mr. Franken’s role as a comedian and that of a senator.

“Context is relevant,” she said. “He did not do this as a member of the U.S. Senate. He did this in his capacity of someone who was still functioning as an entertainer.”

Victoria Jackson, who also overlapped with Mr. Franken on “Saturday Night Live,” said he did not have a history of acting in an inappropriate manner in that workplace, where humor was often bawdy. She remembered him telling her he was troubled she acted like “a ditz” in meetings when he knew she was smart, a comment that unsettled her but one that she ultimately did not feel was harassment.

“I have a lot of stories of sexually inappropriate things that have happened to me in my life from people in show business,” Ms. Jackson, 58, said in an interview. “As far as Al Franken, he never said or did anything inappropriate to me the six years I was on ‘Saturday Night Live.’”

Several of Mr. Franken’s former aides said that they believed Ms. Tweeden’s accusation, but that her account did not match what they experienced on Capitol Hill. They expressed disappointment in his actions but defended his track record as a lawmaker who promoted women in his office and valued their opinions.

Natalie Volin Lehr, a former aide who signed a joint statement in Mr. Franken’s defense, said in an interview on Friday that Mr. Franken was being judged unfairly, and that his track record in office had been one of defending women’s rights.

“He’s had unsavory jokes in the past that he’s regretted,” Ms. Volin Lehr said of Mr. Franken’s comedy career. She said the photo published Thursday fell into that category, “but it is hard to see how this is comparable to the other incidents that women have brought forward in the recent past.”

Those who knew him also said Mr. Franken was a dedicated husband to Franni Bryson, whom he married in 1975 and whose struggle with alcohol abuse has been publicly discussed by the couple. A former “Saturday Night Live” colleague, the writer Marilyn Suzanne Miller, cried as she defended Mr. Franken on Friday, saying, “He wouldn’t do it to Franni.”

The senator may not have welcomed all of his defenders. An Ohio Supreme Court justice, who is running for governor as a Democrat, shared his sexual experiences with “approximately 50 very attractive females” as he tried to defend Mr. Franken.

“Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males,” the justice, Bill O’Neill, wrote Friday on Facebook in a post that has since been removed. “I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.”


and to those hypocrites demanding Franken resign (in addition to the other article I posted from CBB about the $15 mill paid out in settlements):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/sexual-harassment-congress-capitol-hill.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Entertainment / Re: Last Movie You Watched.
« Last post by VDB on Yesterday at 10:03:44 AM »


Been owning and meaning to watch this DVD for, like, literally 10 years or longer. It's quite a film. Gritty but not obnoxiously so. Relentlessly violent but adamantly human. Wonderfully photographed. Provocative from end to end.
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Entertainment / Re: All Things ViDEO GAMES
« Last post by VA $l!m on November 17, 2017, 11:42:12 PM »
Just found out 1st person is completely viable and totally friggin awesoem in Starfighter assualt!
the cockpits are amazing looking and its so immersive.
of course when flying near large objects you want to switch out to 3rd still to avoid collision.

couple tips for starfighters:
1. i really like to approach engagment zones at a steep climb then go completely vertical up towards the map limit, then do a 180 and go straight down on top of the enemy team.
most players tend to stick to the horizontal line you start on, and this way you can get easy targets, usally like 3 kills and they dont know where you're hitting them from . I try to do this as much as possible in and out of combat.

2. i definitely recommend switching the advanced fighter controls under settings to the one that doesnt auto stabilize you to the horizon as well. it might take a little more getting used to complete control, but in the long run you will have much better response.
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Entertainment / Re: All Things ViDEO GAMES
« Last post by VA $l!m on November 17, 2017, 11:01:47 PM »
heres a random funny clip from galactic assault. best kill cam ever, lol.
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Entertainment / Re: All Things ViDEO GAMES
« Last post by VA $l!m on November 17, 2017, 11:00:43 PM »
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Random Conversations / Re: Happy Birthday, Mr. Plow!!!
« Last post by birdman on November 17, 2017, 10:19:02 PM »
I was coming here to raise hell.
Happy bday Mr plow
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Random Conversations / Re: Happy Birthday, Mr. Plow!!!
« Last post by antelope19 on November 17, 2017, 10:15:47 PM »
Fuck I’m old
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Entertainment / Re: All Things ViDEO GAMES
« Last post by VA $l!m on November 17, 2017, 10:01:59 PM »
I just bought the game.  Waiting for the dL to finish.   Talked to a coworker who said that the single player campaign can give you enough to get any hero you want and felt the anti hype was bs.  He too was blown away by the improvements over bf1, particularly the star fighting part, which seems great, according to slim.  I’m stoked for the thanksgiving holiday time to dive in.
heros are cheap now. you actually only get like 5000 creds from teh campaign i believe - which is how much it costs to buy the protaganist - Iden verso (sp?) for MP.
of the other 'locked' heros they are all 10, 000 except vader and luke.
you get a ton of credits from doing challenges in MP, so its good to play alittle bit of everything at first to knock out all the beginner lvl ones.

i've unlocked all heros except vader and luke which i easily coulda have bought if i hadnt spent creds on trooper crates.
regardles, theres plenty of heroes til you progress to get them all and they are ALL 100% FUN.
I even had fun with LEAH today when i bought her. played lando today love him, han is dope... ALL of them.

Chewy is my current fav and had an unreal game with today in herov villian i might share.
Yoda's still prob my top pick, but i play alot of emperor and boba on the villian side.

i actually really started to enjoy hero v villians today.
as long as you get a smart team that knows to stick together its reallly really fun.
it'd be great to  play with friends i bet.


ALso, one big tip i have if i didnt mention it already is use your creds on hero or starfighter crates instead of tropper crates for the most part.
for some reason they cost half as much and you still get some trooper cards in them.
Of course who knows how much that whole system will change in the upcoming weeks.G
most likely they're just going to make everything much faster/cheaper to progress.
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