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Grand Theft Auto V / Da GTA Lay-Out
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:20:02 AM »
Would you guys like more subareas or would that just water down the content so that each area only had a couple threads in them?  With RDR we obviously had a wiki, the MP area, General Chatter for the single player missions, etc.

News, Politics & Religion / Derr: Fisker
« on: April 05, 2013, 05:32:01 PM »

Fisker is a company that landed about a half billion dollars in one of the various "economic stimulus" packages President Obama created.  I think they're a very interesting example.

They drew ~$200MM of that money, then used it to go build a plant in Finland and hire workers there.  A fine example of government waste there; giving away free taxpayer money to create American jobs and having jobs created overseas.  Now had they been smarter they maybe would have built a plant in Mexico and still have some money left over... just saying.

Anyway Fisker is apparently out of government money and going bankrupt.  They've just laid off 75% of their workforce.  The real (or obvious at least) moral of the story though is that you can't have government spend your way to prosperity.  Government spending always spends the way to bankruptcy.

Multiplayer General Discussion / Unfinished Business
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:54:06 PM »
Last night got on Red Dead for an hour or two.  For someone who really hasn't played in 18 months it was a good time.  And I did run into some forum members.  One of them got me thinking about something.  That person needed to get the "Wild Bunch" title for posse bounty.

That got me to thinking about unfinished business.  Things I never got to.  I bet we all have them... stuff you planned to do some day in Red Dead and never did.

Personally for me I refused to boost it and no matter how many times I tried I could never get that triple fire bottle kill.  That, and come to think of it never have gone stage coach rafting.

Grand Theft Auto / GTA ARTWORK
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:07:11 AM »
Hey gang, I'd like to change the theme for this board to a GTA focused one.  So instead of the Red Dead banner you see at top everything in here would have a GTA image & can have a different color scheme as well for that matter. 

Buuuttt.... need someone with some graphic arts ability to help with an image  ;)

=L= The Legion / Congrats The Legion
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:19:59 PM »
Hey guys, congrats on your private area, enjoy!

News, Politics & Religion / Us humans & freedom
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:23:45 PM »
Apparently modern man (from a biological standpoint) crapped himself into existence about 200,000 years ago.  But historians seem to think that it was 50,000 years ago that man began behaving modernly (had developed culture, writing, etc).  Then some 8,000 years ago we learned how to plant crops which started us down the road to becoming lazy bastards.  Now a bunch of us could live in a relatively small space instead of having to tribe it up all over creation.

I find all this interesting because its only in the last couple hundred years... an eyedrop in the toilet bowl of time when you think about 50,000 years... that people actually became free... most people... the average man.  Sure the few rulers of their societies have always been pretty much free to do what they wanted whether they were the government rulers or the clergy.  But the average person never was until just recently.

Announcements / Social Networks
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:28:49 PM »
Open question: if we changed the forum so that each thread had a box with a button to share it on social networking sites would any of you use that?  Available buttons that can be shown (or not) include:  facebook, twitter, linkedin, stumbledupon, google +1, myspace (for convex  (seedy))... and some other dumb ones (reddit, digg, etc).

Also we could integrate Facebook likes, but probably wouldn't do that since that would... how would I say... seem to compete with the internal like system.

News, Politics & Religion / Moral dilemmas
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:33:33 PM »
Unpacking today i found old material from an ethics class i took at West Point.  There was a whole book full of moral dilemmas, thought it would make a fun thread.  Feel drew to post your own or answer ones others have posted, whatever.  No wrong answers, its more about hearing different ways to approach tough situations.

Well I was thinking "budget".  The news the last month has been nothing but talk about the automatic spending cuts that are now kicking in from the budget control agreement made 2 years ago to cut spending or it would be forcibly cut. 

I think its interesting now that some small fat is being trimmed all the news stories are about how government is collapsing: the FFA must shut down flight control towers, Immigration is releasing illegal immigrant prisoners, Defense Dept is sending civilian employees home without pay, and so on and so forth. 

President Obama announced that he will veto a law called the flexibility proposal that allows him to pick & choose where the cuts are made so he can cut wasteful areas and maintain critical areas.  Why wouldn't he want that control?

News, Politics & Religion / Do you think this is right?
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:14:59 AM »
I thought we'd make a thread that's in between a forum game and politics thread.   THIS IS MEANT TO BE SOMEWHAT LIGHT HEARTED.

The idea:  pick something you see in the news.  Others reply with if they think it was right or wrong and a little why if they want.  You can't reply to whether you think own topic was right or wrong, just others.

Hers a go: Chinese parade murders on their way to the execution as an example.

China parades prisoners ahead of execution execution Last updated: 37 minutes ago

State TV shows foreigners being taken to State TV shows foreigners being taken to execution for killing of 13 Chinese sailors on execution for killing of 13 Chinese sailors on Mekong River in 2011. Mekong River in 2011.

Chinese television has broadcast live footage Chinese television has broadcast live footage showing four foreigners being led to their showing four foreigners being led to their executions for murdering 13 Chinese sailors. executions for murdering 13 Chinese sailors.

State broadcaster CCTV showed live pictures State broadcaster CCTV showed live pictures of a Myanmar drug smuggler and three of a Myanmar drug smuggler and three members of his gang being led from their members of his gang being led from their cells at a jail in southwestern Yunnan cells at a jail in southwestern Yunnan province's capital of Kunming on Friday province's capital of Kunming on Friday afternoon. afternoon.

State broadcaster showed the four being led State broadcaster showed the four being led in shackles and handcuffs from their cells at a in shackles and handcuffs from their cells at a jail in Kunming prior to their execution by jail in Kunming prior to their execution by lethal injection.

News, Politics & Religion / Politicians ruining sports
« on: February 24, 2013, 08:30:53 AM »
Sitting on the floor scanning the news before i start a long day of painting my house.  And i just can't help but think, does anyone else think politicians should freaking leave sports alone already?

First off, every single day for like 3 months the top sports story on has been Lance Armstrong used steroids.  He's going to get brought before Congress.  Ok could my elected politicians I'm paying find something better to do than yell and threaten athletes who take steroids?  How does this involve the government anyway?

Then I see that Australia is apparently considering banning MMA just like New York.  Now being a dumb ass i didn't even realize New York had banned MMA fighting.  But really, why?  It's a growing industry, it's creating tax revenue, why fuck with it?  Why people for real. 

Leave freaking sports alone already i say.

News, Politics & Religion / Video games & Violence
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:30:04 AM »
HORRAY!  Turns out playing violent video games actually causes a decrease in violent crime.

Naw seriously, you guys think there's a connection?

News, Politics & Religion / Unemployment: a new take
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:40:48 AM »
Well as you guys know unemployment hasn't gotten any better lately.  We've had a couple little increments of the unemployment rate inch downward only matched by an equal number of people dropping off the unemployment rolls because they've been out of work so long.... or in other words its not actually gone down at all.

So here's where my thoughts wandered to: George Bush. 

Everyone blames this guy for our present economy because Barack Obama said so.  And Bush took no government action at all against unemployment.  By doing that the unemployment rate never went above 6%.  It didn't skyrocket until Obama got elected and launched a huge campaign of government interference in the free market.

That got me to thinking so I did some research.  The unemployment rate was just as high when Reagan came into office as it is after 4 years of Obama's policies.  Reagan, like Bush, did nothing.  Unemployment went down and the economy recovered much faster than it has under Obama's huge amount of save-the-economy & bail-out type programs.

So I looked further back... to the Great Depression.  So after the stock market crash in 1929 unemployment never got into the double digits for the year afterwards.  Unemployment didn't get high until after the federal government intervened, then it stayed in the double digits for most of the next decade.

I'm sensing a moral to the story... but its not the moral Barack Obama keeps saying it is...

News, Politics & Religion / What American's Believe
« on: February 11, 2013, 06:24:11 PM »
Read a poll that I found interesting so thought I'd put the main results here.  It was done of 500 landline phone users, 500 cell phone users by Princeton Survey Research Associates.  These are the summary of the findings:

- Obama Approval rating                                52%
- Congress Approval rating                            17%
- Federal Spending                                         Too much: 74%
- Should the gov't  increase taxes                  Net 65% oppose, 33% support.
- Should the gov't reduce spending                Net 85% support
- Should Congress raise the debt ceiling?       64% should not raise
- Over the past 20 years what effect
   has increased gov't spending had on your
   quality of life?                                               17% it has improved quality of life, 40% reduced quality of life, 39% I dunno
- Which do you think is most important for
  technological innovation?                               66% private sector, 33% government
- What should be the government's reaction
  to the school shooting in Newtown?              16% stronger gun control.  21% nothing.  20% security at schools. 
                                                                         12% better mental health services.  Ban assault weapons 9%.  Ban all guns 1%
- What do you think most could have
  prevented the Newtown shooting?               24% better mental health treatment.  19% stricter gun control. 18% better parenting.
                                                                        17% armed guards at school.  10% less violent video games.
- Do you agree with President Obama's
  gun control plan?                                            7% agree.
- If the federal assault weapon ban had not
  expired in 2004 would it have prevented
  the Newtown shooting?                                  67% no, 27% yes.
- What political party do you consider self?      22% Republican.  36% Democrat.  32% Independent. 
- To Independents what party do you lean
  more towards?                                                30% Republican.  35% Democrat.

The Saloon (Off Topic) / Right Brain OR Left Brain? Find out
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:47:32 AM »
Which side is more dominant for you?  Look at the lady in the picture below... is she spinning clockwise for you or counter-clockwise?  And let me just say, this thing is really freaky because it has switched sides on me as I've googled it and read a couple articles depending on which side of your brain you're using.

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Decide which half of your brain is more dominant, helping you figure out things?  It is the test of the Right brain with the Left brain, and it's time to concentrate, not on the lady, but her movement, that's gonna decide the rest. If you see her moving clockwise, then you're using the creative side of your brain, that is the Right. Whereas, if you see her move anti-clockwise, then you're using the logical part of your brain, that is the Left.

Some people do see both ways, but most people see it only one way. See if you can make her go one way and then the other by shifting the brain's current. BOTH DIRECTIONS CAN BE SEEN. Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking.

Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain activities. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy.

Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity. If you look away, she may switch from one direction to the other. I found that if I just look at her feet or relax and look at the floor where the reflection shows, she will switch direction!

There is a lot of research that proves special meditation and brainwave entrainment audios can actually help unify the two sides of your mind. This can be quite useful to exercise your mind so to speak. By doing this you can help create more clarity and direction in your decisions and thought patterns because you will neither 'over think' about things too much with your left brain - or - be too creative with your logic required decisions if you use your right brain.

News, Politics & Religion / Ways to fix America's crisis
« on: January 30, 2013, 08:05:30 AM »
I, for one, am tired of hearing about the debt ceiling, the debt crisis, alll that crap.  Looks like there'll be a battle in Washington over raising the national debt limit again in a month.  So Valjean is kicking in with my 2 cents on how to fix this broke ass country and why:

  • We're losing over a million jobs a year (each year) that aren't being created due to this thing.  Solve our unemployment problem right there if more people understood that.
  • No more "bail outs".  Enough throwing tax dollars down the toilet because most politicians don't understand economics.
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    Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Freidman did an interview on Donahue back in like 1980.  It's on Youtube if you want to hear the most brilliant man to live in the last 100 years speak.  Anyway there was government bail-out of Chrysler at the time.  Friedman says "what do you think will happen if Chrysler goes out of business?  Do you think those plants will just disappear into dust?  Someone else will buy them and those workers will be back employed in no time.  Instead of a Big 3 maybe we'll have Volkswagen making cars in the US or Audi."  Wadda ya know?
  • We need to cut the number of people on entitlement programs.  Social Security is an easy example... there are bitches on that thing at age 25.  It's ridiculous. 
  • College students need booted the hell off Medicare while I'm at it.  You can be on your parents insurance until age 25. 
  • Kick illegal immigrants off Medicare & all the other government programs they can tap into.  Save ya billions upon billions right there.
  • Cut the size of government.  There are easily 10 of the 15 departments on the President's cabinet that could be eliminated with nothing but a benefit to America.  The bureaucrat's in those departments wouldn't benefit but the other 350 million people in this country would immensely.

Forum Games / Avatar Game
« on: January 29, 2013, 05:27:20 PM »
Likely none of you have heard of this... all you have to do is type your forum name into google image search and post the first image that comes up.... kid / work friendly image of course....

News, Politics & Religion / What are rights?
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:32:45 AM »
As alot of other countries were too, America was founded on the idea of individual rights... natural, unalienable rights as it were.  Our founding fathers took the idea from Locke.  At the time it was a response to the Divine Rights claimed by kings to enslave the masses.  The theory behind enshrining these unalienable rights to the masses was to prevent government from being able to grow its power until it ultimately became a monarchy of a different form.

Here's the problem I have with "rights".  I don't think citing mankinds basic "rights" is effective anymore in a discussion.

From what I've seen the common man has gotten so confused over what a "right" is that the word has become meaningless.  Different political parties for different countries but in America the Democratic party (or more philosophically liberal group) has created animal rights, trees & ecosystems have rights, gay rights, women's rights, right to know, blah blah blah the list goes on.  A right just sounds like something commonplace now that everything has in some way, shape or form.  Not special, not set in stone, why if we don't like something we just need to change that unalienable right to something else more reasonable.  I mean, if you disagree you're an obstructionist.

News, Politics & Religion / Section Rules
« on: January 20, 2013, 03:50:22 PM »
Alright New Years Resolution time for everyone to take a deep breathe and try to keep the discussions in this area more idea-centered & less retaliatory against one another.  So, in that spirit a few guidelines to keep this section clean and under control:

  • No one will be banned for their political or religious opinions, no matter how fringe.  However, the existing forum rules on racism, etc still apply in  here.
  • No arguing. Debate is fine but keep it civilized.
  • Only news and politics related stuff should go here.
  • Ideas may be attacked, people may not be.  If you find yourself beginning a post with the words: "You" to the other forum member be extremely careful what comes next.
  • A few examples of what constitutes attacking a person & alternative ways to address their idea:
  • Personal attack: "You are living in a fantasy world..."
  • Instead address the idea: "If you had a more responsible system in which citizens could..."

  • Personal attack: "Don't spout off on what we are doing wrong in your eyes..."
  • Instead address the idea: "Mexico has all kinds of restrictive gun laws look how..."

  • Personal attack: "You are so full of paranoia and nationalistic frenzy ..."
  • Instead address the idea: "There should be an ongoing debate as technology and our live's involving it continue to evolve..."

  • Personal attack: "It is quite obvious that you don't give a fuck about..."
  • Instead address the idea: "Regimes interested in oppressing their people also used this same policy as governments who claimed ..."

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