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  2. Oedipus Wreckx-n-Effect

    Let's Talk Dark Souls

    Seven years after the game's release and I'm still learning crap.
  3. Meplat

    General cars and vehicles thread.

    Those, are very neat. Wonder what the cost to import one would be..
  4. Meplat

    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Does not fit the directed narrative.
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  6. Is it possible to convince Trump’s critics that he knows what he is doing if becoming the president of the United States despite the election being handed to his opponent on a silver platter isn’t good enough, let alone what we have learned since?
  7. Donward

    "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    Lucky it wasn't a 1911 then. The car and driver would have exploded, reverting back to their constituent molecules.
  8. Collimatrix

    "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    The fact that the car drove for 18 miles after the driver even noticed proves that pistol has no stopping power.
  9. But they're SO damn iconic looking! (I'm talking about the standard GI model of course)
  10. Collimatrix

    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Pictured, the Union being awesome:
  11. Donward

    "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    I'm just happy that there are folks still boycotting Springfield... *rolls down window* *chuck*
  12. Donward

    United States Gun Control Megathread

    And more reporting on the two armed citizens who shot and killed an armed gunman trying to shoot up an Oklahoma City restaurant. http://kfor.com/2018/05/25/what-we-know-about-the-shooting-at-lake-hefner/ “I spotted the [shooter] walking north up the sidewalk, and pointed him out to the guy who had the weapon, and then there was another guy who had one,” Benton remembered. “They were really screaming. They were like, ‘Stop! stop! stop! Please! Put the gun down! Please put the gun down!’ And I was pointing at him, I was like ‘Down! Put it down! Put it down!’ and they wound up exchanging fire.” “We heard someone say, this man, yelling, ‘Put down the gun,’ before the second shots,” Morgan, another witness, said. Authorities identified the two armed civilians who were responsible for stopping Tilghman as 35-year-old Juan Carlos Nazario and 39-year-old Bryan Whittle. ... And this puts to bed another myth that likes to be bandied around by anti-gunners that "Good Guys with a Gun" will shoot each other in a mass shooting scenario. Instead we had a Hispanic and a white guy working together to take down the shooter. Whereupon the folks on the scene worked to stabilize the wounded until paramedics could arrive on the scene. Also, this story is already forgotten and buried by everyone but the local OKC media.
  13. Sturgeon

    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Please, show me this land of manna and honey where unions are not constantly eating dicks.
  14. That is a fair and good question. My model is that Trump is an insurgent, populist candidate. His opposition is what could loosely be termed "the establishment," which consists more or less of the entire US government minus the military and some law enforcement. There are exceptions here; there are plenty of anti-Trump officers in the military, although his popularity with the enlisted is near-universal. There are probably also some anti-Trump law enforcement officers. I can't imagine that many senior FBI members are fans, for example. Trump's opposition also includes organizations that are not formally part of the US government, but work in concert with it so closely that they might as well be. These are organizations such as all accredited institutions of higher learning, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), most of the press, any respectable publications such as scientific journals or magazines that people read to look smart, like The Economist, and the trendy and cool part of the tech industry (e.g. Google and Facebook), which has been in bed with spooks and worse for at least the past ten years. Trump's base consists of an extremely ad-hoc coalition of evangelicals, manufacturing-sector union workers, certain sectors of industry but not others, nationalists, anti-immigration hardliners (who substantially overlap with the union workers for obvious economic reasons), the NRA (although they're not exactly in love with him), and various ideological cranks. Also, much was made of Trump's support among extremist racialists, but it's been pointed out before that those people are too rare to matter when it comes to counting votes. Think tanks, libertarians and churches can go either way, no way to safely generalize. However, Trump is extremely polarizing so there are relatively few people in the US who are entirely indifferent to his presidency. Trump has very few friends in the government, his base of support lies almost entirely outside of it. So he has to make frequent appeals to that base, and keep them excited and fired up otherwise his many enemies could dismantle his presidency. He is, again, so polarizing, that if Trump were to lose power, the results would probably be extremely painful and humiliating for him. Therefore, if Trump did anything to strongly alienate what little support he has in the government, I would be shocked and conclude he had lose his mind. For example, if he tried to win over socially liberal opponents and bolster some of his libertarian-leaning base by de-funding and publicly humiliating the DEA for the years of awful and pernicious shit they've done, I will conclude that he's nuts. It would make some people happy, but it does not fit into the model of a dispassionate and Machiavellian Trump that I entertain. The Trump I envision always puts practical concerns before ideological ones; he simply has too many enemies to do otherwise. If Trump were to concede on the border wall in any public way, I will conclude that he's mentally incompetent. This is not the same thing as not building the wall, although at this point I think he will. If Trump publicly says that, no, on second thought the wall is a stupid idea and he spoke to some economists at the Reason Institute and actually free trade and immigration is totally a good idea, he's fucking screwed up. A lot of Republican politicians have tried to make peace in the past by publicly sacrificing some previously held principle (c.f. Dubya's "I'm a uniter, not a divider.") Trump has so far not taken that bait, but if he does on the wall, I will have to conclude that everything he did heretofore was some sort of gigantic fluke. If he gets politically outmaneuvered and is unable to build the wall because he can't secure funding, that's different. If that happens, you'll know because he'll be screaming that the only reason there isn't a big, beautiful chunk of concrete standing proud above the Rio Grande is that the goddamn Democrats just couldn't get their act together. That is the tactic he's using now, but the Democrats have proven so feckless that I don't think they can deny him his wall in the long run. That's also why I disregard any piece that talks about how wrong Trump is on issue XYZ and he really needs to change his mind. For starters, nearly the entire media hates Trump and will publish any fool thing that paints him in a negative light. It's beyond parody at this point. Second, that's exactly the sort of bait that previous Republicans became notorious for chomping down on. Even if Trump actually is wrong on issue XYZ, he's maintaining the stance he has for a reason. He can't afford to break up his coalition by suddenly changing course. Even if an important part of his coalition really is wrong on issue XYZ (see DEA above). Similarly, in the international arena, if Trump were to start talking about how the Saudis are horrible allies really, and frankly they deserve to lose all US support and weapons sales, and if that results in them all being dragged out into the street and messily murdered so much the better, and then if he were to actually withdraw US support, I would conclude that Trump was crazy. If he were just to say it as a way to put pressure on the Saudis, and then squeeze them for something he wanted before going back to being friends, then that would be classic Trump. Again, abandoning the Saudis would make some people happy, but the Saudis make themselves too useful to Trump to just abandon like that, odious though they are. Particularly if you believe the rumors that MBS had his close relatives tortured, and then passed the juicy information about whom they were making campaign contributions to on to Trump. I don't know if I endorse that particular theory, but I suspect something like that did happen. Basically, if Trump were to do anything to attempt to win over detractors but at the expense of part of his base, I will become convinced he doesn't know what he's doing. If he says one thing and then does something that seems completely at odds with what he said, then I am not convinced that it is a sign of incompetence necessarily. Trump posturing just to put pressure on people I can buy. That's smart, in a cutthroat sort of way, and Trump is definitely cutthroat. Trump actively undermining his own support in any sort of attempt to appease or win over his opponents would genuinely surprise me. That isn't going to work, and he should know better. If Trump were to carelessly reveal what he actually believes in a way that alienated his base, I would consider that a mistake. How grave a mistake would depend on the circumstances. I have only a vague notion of what Trump actually believes or what his actual motivations are. But let's suppose he's actually a snobbish elitist who views most of his supporters as ignorant mud-yokels. Actually, I think it's pretty unlikely he thinks like that; he has trophy wives and gold-plated hair and everything. He's so nouveau riche it's painful to look at, and he probably thinks of himself as a man of the people, just rich thanks to hard work, talent and some luck. But for sake of argument. If he were to publicly indicate that he actually holds his supporters in contempt, that would convince me that he'd either gone senile or just gotten astronomically lucky thus far. Or let's suppose that Trump really is a white nationalist. Again, I'm having difficulty reconciling that idea with what I've seen, but for sake of argument. If he were to publicly disclose this, it would make a very small part of his base overjoyed and the majority of them disgusted. Pumping up a tiny portion of your base at the expense of the greater portion is just stupid politics. So if Trump has any wildly unpopular opinions that would drive away voters, he'll keep them private. That's what it would take. I would be looking for a large, unforced error that cost Trump his political base. If he says things that sound idiotic, that doesn't necessarily mean he's an idiot. He could be posturing to make his opponents spend money they don't have to, like he did in 2016 when he held rallies in states he had no hope of winning, but did anyway to get the Hillary campaign to waste more money on their safe states because her campaign and events were more expensive than his. If Trump says something that seems at odds with his previous stances, again, it's not necessarily a fuck-up. I think we can say in retrospect that his tweets about being willing to continue DACA were a ploy, and a very successful one at that. The ploy did make his base anxious, but only the most drama-prone actually split with him over it. As Trump took no concrete actions to actually reverse his position, the vast majority of his base were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and where rewarded by the conspicuous public humiliations that the Democrats suffered from the ploy. If Trump says something that is only dubiously in English and doesn't make any logical or semantic sense, that doesn't necessarily mean he's an idiot or that he's had a stroke. I mean, it could be, but it will be a while before we know because Trump says complete nonsense every once in a while. I am convinced that he does this for the sheer joy of watching people go ballistic on Twitter. If I could make thousands of people lose their shit just by typing "covfefe" with my thumbs, I can't imagine it's a vice I would or could resist.
  15. Xlucine

    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Hopefully china agrees with trumps tactics, otherwise NK would end up doing pretty well from the situation. They finally get something they can call a deterrent, and they're back to the old sanctions regime to boot!
  16. Donward

    North Korea, you so crazy!

    I... I like this sentence. It strikes me as very foreign and exotic. Therefore I am quoting it for posterity.
  17. I'll let Colli Trump'splain in his own way. But sure. There are blunders that Trump has committed and small set-backs. I think his biggest mistake is assuming that by winning the Presidency that the power structure in DC and the media would - you know - treat him like the President. As for the subject of North Korea, I know that this is a net win so far for Trump by one simple test. Look at the front page of any news organization this morning/afternoon. Here is CNN. One day after this supposed terrible diplomatic reverse, not 24 hours in fact, this is the front page of CNN's website. HARVEY WEINSTEIN GOT ARRESTED AND IS LED AWAY IN CUFFS!!! RUSSIA COLLUSION!!! Subtropical Storm Alberto! News Alert: Police in Portland, Oregon talk about car crash SALE AT PENNY'S!!! The front pages of the New York Times, HuffingtonPost, and plenty of other news organizations are the same. (To be fair, Washington Post is still leading with the Norks rebuff). If this latest bit of brinksmanship (you know you're an expert on foreign affairs when you can use the word "brinksmanship" in a sentence) was such a disaster for the Trump Administration, if he got played so badly, then this would be the top story for days. And since the headline at the moment is the North Koreans are talking again, the story gets buried like a dead cat.
  18. Laviduce

    French flair

    I have two questions: 1) Where is the Leclerc's electric turret traverse mechanism located in the turret? 2) Where is the Leclerc's gun elevation mechanism located in the turret ? 3) How is the HL-60 gunner sight mechanically linked to the optics of the gunner? It seems the entire HL-60 sight moves with the gun up and down. 4) What is the diameter of the turret basket? It seems to me that the dark blue and the yellow box next to the ER315 radio have somethign to do with the turret traverse. I have no idea where the gn elevation mechanism is. I would appreciate any pictures and/or feedback that would answer the questions! Thank you in advance.
  19. Question: what would convince you that the man doesn't know what he's doing? This isn't a gotcha or anything (you don't even need to answer), just a check for you to see if your hypothesis is falsifiable.
  20. Oedipus Wreckx-n-Effect

    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Fify
  21. Toxn

    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Yup. Great leader is never wrong, it's all part of some crazy plan (which will work in the end) yada yada. I think Trump cound publicly set his own balls on fire and launch the entire US arsenal at the moon trying to stamp them out on his desk, and the response would be to marvel at his impromptu non-proliferation policy and wonder if it factors into some sort of long-term plan to strong-arm the Russians. It helps people in this mindset that the US is so big and potent that it can do almost anything and materially change the diplomatic situation on the ground in the process. The ship of state creates its own wind. So US leaders can get away with frankly idiotic kak and still come out on top (see, for instance, the Cuban missile crisis).
  22. Yeah, it figures that you guys only have the worst version of unions as well.
  23. RobotMinisterofTrueKorea

    The Kerbal Space Program Total Sperg Zone

    Everything broke in KSP! So today I have a montage of effecting repairs. An Apollo Block V Delivers a habitation and secondary solar generation plant to Skylab. Station wigged out and pointed the wrong direction, and in the process lost all power. Maiden Flight of Big G on a Saturn Multibody. The Big G is serving as a rescue vessel for stranded Kerbonauts. In this particular case a CSM's heat shield exploded, annihilating the service module and sending the command module spinning out of control. The crew of the destroyed Apollo craft, plus a KSAF Space Rescueman. All of my missions were successful, although I'm left wondering what I did to provoke the Kraken....
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