State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Fake People, Pure Product
Sunday Morning! “Have You Seen the White Whale?”
Not the Bi-Partisan Impeachment They Were Looking For
UPS Truck Hijacked. Hijackers Shot, Killed. UPS Truck Driver Shot, Killed. Bystander Shot, Killed. Passive Voice Used.
Saturday Morning Gaming: Gaming As A Service
Devin Nunes and the Very Delicate Feelings
Beyond December 7th: A Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Will Streaming Ever Replace Cable?
The Great Georgia Senate Seat War
I’m Dreaming of a Bike Christmas

The comments...

AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Murali

Yes and no. It corrects the problem of performers with inflated egos, but the rest of the machinery continues apace.

Exceptional piece, Rufus. Really enjoyed this and shared it with many people outside our normal circles.

AvatarAaron David
+ Oh, I amost forgot. I came across this and thought it was something you might enjoy or at least ponder. Bullshit makes the art grow [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels
+ This is a very thoughtful, and thought-provoking piece. It is funny how we take ownership of characters and how insulting it feels when someone tampers with [. . .]
AvatarAaron David

That was beautiful, Rufus. Thank you.

+ If we had a look-alike actress play Emily no one would be talking about this. Hailee Steinfeld plays Emily Dickinson. It is James Dean who is [. . .]
AvatarAaron David
+ So, then there is this Democrat Majority Whip Clyburn:• Not Whipping Votes for Impeachment. • Expects to lose more votes on top of Jeff Van Drew [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Dark Matter
+ If the thieves are shooting first then that’s all the more reason to back off and let the pursuit team track them. It’s the same [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Where ever has a judge who’s directed a jury specifically to consider QI in its deliberations been the subject of a public election rather than [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Dark Matter
+ " We have to cut where the money is at" Exactly, that that is what gives away the game in Republican rhetoric. Medicare is the only social [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter
+ Every movie about Lincoln has had an actor to play his part. If we had a look-alike actress play Emily no one would be [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Chip Daniels

But Chip, you said that we all had to pay taxes because we all benefited from police protection!


Sometimes it’s a white rabbit, sometimes it’s a white whale...


So his he in cahoots with Trump who is also the king of Lawsuits?

AvatarRoad Scholar in reply to North
+ As someone who served in the Navy and whose last battlestation was below the waterline (aft steering) AND who suffers a bit from claustrophobia... horror [. . .]
+ It's a dialogue-based RPG set in an alternate earth, playing a detective who as alcohol-induced amnesia. But the truly unique part is how its mechanics [. . .]

I hope Devin Nunes kicks their no good butts.
Too much bullshit from cnn

AvatarDark Matter in reply to Philip H
+ He never deviates even though the repeated losses SHOULD cause him to change his behaviors. Losses? What "losses"? If you put NO value [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Measured by as a percentage of GDP over the decades, defense spending is going down or is flat while social spending / entitlements has exploded [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to quid_pro_quoth_the_raven
+ ...when the administration ignores Congressional subpoenas... It's trivial to find various lists of times Obama fought supoenas. If memory serves it's basically a thing [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ This is an evolving story, there's a lot of room left for it to be the cops fault. However my read on what the news is [. . .]
AvatarMerrie Soltis in reply to Larry

Thanks for the heads up! I'll have to watch that one.

The Land of Milk and Money. Or is it the Land of Milkin' Money

AvatarCharles Wagner

Will I be sued if I point out that Devin Nunes's cow is as fictitious as most of what comes out of his mouth?


My God(ess?) the horror! War truly is hell.

Avatargreginak in reply to George Turner
+ Why yes the presidents personal law talking guy going foreign policy while also looking for his own business in the same country is GREAT. And [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon


Visiting the Arizona memorial so many years ago was one of the first times I ever teared up at a war memorial.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to DavidTC
+ Trump put in someone there to illegally reject the funding the two Departments had requested. There isn't even a credible allegation that a law [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to greginak

The Ukrainians approached Giuliani, not the other way around, and Giuliani then approached Trump with it. This was already covered in previous testimony.

+ I finally redeemed my code for Phoenix Point and started playing it yesterday (if you don't know, Phoenix Point is an X-COM-like game from the [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to DavidTC
+ It's not a "conspiracy theory". We know Ukraine interfered in our election. They were running anti-Trump ads out of their embassy. They [. . .]
+ I've stared playing Disco Elysium. It's like nothing I've played before. I think it will be very influential on computer RPGs. I certainly hope it [. . .]
AvatarDavidTC in reply to George Turner
+ The State Department is part of the Executive branch. Obama fired every US ambassador, all of them, without Congressional approval because none was required. The [. . .]
AvatarDavidTC in reply to Saul Degraw
+ There are huge amounts of motivated reasoning going on and very little attention to facts on the ground. This, a thousand times. It sure seems [. . .]
AvatarDavidTC in reply to George Turner
+ The conspiracy theory that says that Ukraine interfered in our election says they interfered via faking the Russian interference(1), either with or without the DNC's [. . .]
Avatargreginak in reply to Slade the Leveller
+ Well he did sort of out source it to....his personal lawyer who was also trying to do his own personal business. For my money a [. . .]
+ I think the Governor made a great call. Senator Purdue has done well and I think she fits in that mold. I also [. . .]
+ The counterpoint to this is that Joe "Crime Bill" Biden is leading the field of 2020 contenders. Granted he is singing a different tune now, [. . .]
+ Hey, Merrie! Thanks for this piece. It was a good and timely read. The guys at South Park had an episode this [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels
+ On topic: From the Guardian: The Kamala Harris campaign is over. So is the era of the tough-on-crime Democrat "As Harris ascended into the position of San Francisco [. . .]
AvatarAaron David in reply to Slade the Leveller
+ Well, when the call took place, Biden had not declared and thus wasn't an opponent, no matter the rumor and speculations that he would. And [. . .]
AvatarInMD in reply to JoeSal
+ Eh more like poorly trained, undisciplined local bureaucrats with more firepower than brains. I always withhold judgment until all the facts come out. [. . .]
AvatarSlade the Leveller in reply to George Turner
+ Under the law, Trump was obligated to investigate Joe Biden due to a treaty, signed by President Clinton and ratified by the Senate, that [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner

Looks like Ryan Reynolds knows to jump in on a viral discussion.