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  1. Censorship is nothing new.  Anyone who thinks so hasn't been paying attention.  Most censorship processes are done because of subtle differences between rating systems between national distribution.  The U.S. has some of the most rigid guidelines that exist, whereas other countries are much more fluid and flexible.  Case in point: the original JP release of Tales of Berseria would have put the game as being Rated M because it showed "just a few too many gorings."  That extremely limited the reach of the game, if Namco/Bandai opted to leave it.

    So instead, they opted to censor parts of the game in the North America release so it would retain it's T rating thus maintaining the series reach.

    It's not always because "big brudder wants control" or some Orwellian stuff like that.  Sometimes it's a business decision - that has plenty of logic, reason, and confirmed research behind it.

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  2. 4 hours ago, Argas said:

    old faithful samsung s4. If it isn't broke don't fix it.

    You're the only one I know that'd still be running one.  I don't know too many people that liked theirs (I didn't like mine).  That being said, I do know a few people still sporting their S2's.  I sold the hell out of those things back in the day.  Miles beyond the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S.

  3. I do not believe EV's are anywhere close to feasible for everyday vehicles just yet.  HEV's on the other hand are the way to go right now.  They have added reassurance of being able to handle fuel if need be, generally can travel farther distances, and most eliminate the need for plug-in electrical consumption (which is arguably just as eco-negative as gas is, but more expensive).  For me, I believe I'm a generation or two away from full EV.  My Hybrid gets 700 miles to a gallon, coupled with it's EV component, and it recharges simply by breaking or mid-drive.

  4. On 8/6/2020 at 12:50 PM, Lelouch said:

    I'm not surprised just shocked u would blame me 😂

    I may forgive your transgressions if you #presenttacos

    16 hours ago, Argas said:

    But why aren't you surprised then?

    Because he is one of the few who are safe from my flames of explodey death.

  5. I can appreciate Carlin's work for what it is, but he is by far not at all comprehensive in most of his research.  The standard research prospectus takes about that same amount of time to compose generally, and there are hundreds if not thousands of RPQ's that go unanswered for that reason.  That being said, the atomic bombings are pretty cut and dry (I am assuming that's why you brought this up!) and the only thing historians really beat around the bush about sometimes is the reasoning.

    Here is what we know that has largely been in a state of denial to new acceptance in both west and east historical retrospection:

    1. The war may not have "started" at all, but could rather be seen as just in a perpetual state since 1914.

    2. The war, if it did have a start, likely should be attributed to the 1931 Manchurian invasion.

    3. Japan was an arguable instigator with it's forceful hegemony and case in eugenics. 

    4. The use of atomic diplomacy was, in retrospect, a means to save lives rather than destroy them (albeit they did do that).

    Much of this lends to research in documents thought to be destroyed by the Japanese after the war, but were in fact not.  Instances like Unit 731, the Rape of Nanking, the enslavement of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean citizens, experimentation on American POW's, and the whole other onslaught of icky stuff.  The bottom line, is that Japan had to reshape itself if it had any chance to survive in a post-World War era.  The Allies would have won, and while it would have bled them, Japan would have been totally annihilated in the process.  The Japanese knew this.

    That often leads to this saying: The victors of war are arguably victorious. 

  6. I still forget it at times.  It's not a second nature thing for me, and I don't imagine it ever will be.  Either way, what gets me is the people that are literally wearing them all the time if they leave the house.  In their car - wearing them.  I'm not sure what they think they're stopping in their car, but more power to them I suppose.

  7. To be descriptive, we are on our tenth extension, we just got our eleventh.  Leave is frozen and work has gone to anywhere between 48-70 hours a week.  Leave had been frozen since way early on, but it just continues.  I've been running on reservoir adrenaline now for over a month - not sure how much I have left.

  8. We're back to "an unknown date."

    I'm overtaxed work wise.  Yesterday was my first day "off" in a long time.  I'm also getting totally worn down with the constant exposure to internet commentary and "opinions" that are just there to occupy space.  I bailed on two social media platforms last month, and generally have kept my own personal interactions limited to Discord and phone.  Still have a ban on taking "leave" too.  Oof.  I'm beyond burned out at this point.

  9. On 7/4/2020 at 4:06 PM, AlwaysSearching said:

    @The History KidI didn't come here to have an argument man, they're literally just differences in opinion.

    Not an argument.  I'm simply commenting on what you're saying.  If you didn't want me to comment on that you could have said that you didn't want feedback on the matter.  At any rate, since you don't want to talk on that aspect anymore, I'll respectfully bow out.

    Don't we all wish there was more to the world than what we thought we knew?

    That's exactly my point though - there is.

  10. Too soupy for my taste.  Plus the dogs were very upset by the ensemble of explosions much to my own chagrin.  I would have usually been out there blowing stuff up with them, but...that wasn't in the cards this year.  Instead, I just put time in at the range early, put a couple boxes of ammo down range and went home.  Did blow up a watermelon with some tannerite though, so that was fun. 

  11. 15 hours ago, AlwaysSearching said:

    If you ask me normal is all over the place. If you go ask the average person what they do everyday, you know almost exactly what they did.

    I guess I don't live in the same Midwest world you live in, but I sure don't know "exactly what they did."

    If they have a job, they woke up early in the morning, did their morning routine, spent the better part of 8 hours working, maybe did overtime, had a lunch break in there, came home, had dinner, either played around on their phone or watched something on Netflix, then went to bed.

    Depends what their job is.  Depends what hobbies they have.  Depends what their free time entails.  That's a blanket statement and is extremely inaccurate.

    If there's any variation, it's rarely extraordinary. Personally I've wasted away probably hundreds of days just killing time, and every single time it frustrates me.

    See my first comment, that's simply not true.

    I think what we all have in common is that we want to live a more exciting life. We wanna find something that no one has ever seen, do something people never do, make something brand new, have new experiences. But most of us just don't do it. It's hard, we can't imagine the things we want to do, and if we can, we think they're too much work and too much trouble.

    I have no wants in "something more" in my life.  I won't lie and pretend I've never felt that, but those feelings were generally fleeting and entirely based on conditions and situations that I put myself in and I chose to pull myself out of.  

    I want to meet one of them, someone like Haruhi that knows how to win the war against boredom.

    If you're bored in life you aren't looking hard enough.  Especially considering the current environment of the world, the current capabilities we have, the things that we're enabled to do.  You're a Midwesterner like me, that means you're in the U.S.  You have plenty of chances and opportunities to go wherever you want, whenever you want, see just about anything you want to see, do anything you want to do with very little limitations and restrictions.  You're living in one of the most active historic periods in the last 75 years, the most technologically advanced, and one of the most healthful periods. 

    I understand if your idea of normal is different, but to simply lambast and assume that everyone is as disenfranchised with the world is simply incorrect and not true.  Abnormality, uniqueness, incredible things are everywhere around you - all the time.  Boredom is the construct of an individual - not of the world.

  12. I'm curious what your definition of normal is if you think anything in the last 200 or so years is "normal."  Normal is limited to that of someone or something stuck in a state of idle-existence.  I can't say that anyone could honestly say they fit into that.  I don't think what you're trying to describe as an individual is that "out there" - people just generally have a more down-to-Earth checksum than people that are portrayed in anime.

    Half the fun is in the search anyway...

  13. You probably should explain since if I wasn't involved with a larger smash community, I wouldn't have understood it.  For those who are sensitive, I'll include it in spoilers:


    Essentially, a lot of larger / well known smash tournament players were found to have committed acts of sexual assault and rape with younger players, plus akin to the #metoo movement.  This is all getting whirl winded coupled with other current outstanding lawsuits and criminal investigations with alleged sexual assault, rape, and trafficking charges.

    My only comments are that this isn't even a little bit surprising, and it's far from over.  Period.

  14. Super duper burned out lately.  I think I've been running on fumes for the last three weeks.  It's not that I'm discouraged so much as I'm just over a lot of stuff - so much so I bailed on some of my social media accounts.  Work has maintained the same higher requirements lately, and we're starting to talk about rephasing.  These next two weeks are gonna be really telling.

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  15. Well, really the PM system is in place for single-point-to-point interaction of users for matters they'd rather keep out of the public eye.  It's akin to a whisper feature on a chat.  It's also a place for rampant TOS violation.  That's generally why people keep to the open forums.  

    Not to mention, if you're more active on the site, a chat option does become available.  Just throwing that out there.

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  16. I got this last week.

    If you're a Youjo Senki fan, you'll recognize it as the weapon Mary uses / and the rest of the United States.  I won't talk about why that's absolute blasphemy and wrong.

    If you're more history minded you'll know it is in fact an M1 Garand - a Springfield model.  This one was produced in the Spring of 1942, with a barrel date from 1944.  All but the trigger group are Springfield parts.  I won a lottery in this gambit, $650 for it, turns out it's well over $2,000 in value.


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  17. The current climate surely is making the whole thing worse.  States reopening to a sea of violence isn't really looking good for any businesses or people who have been cooped up for months on end.  They were debating on letting us go back into the office in a couple of weeks, that has since been taken off the table in light of recent events.  All of this is just...insane.  2020 needs a Snickers.

  18. Some visualization may be helpful here.


    Basically, you can change the top user rank that says "Greenhorn Member" - these are customizable - as mentioned - in the shop.  Your User Status is what is defined by site management.  AF Member is just that - a member, a typical user.  The dots will always show what level of a user you are (1-5, possibly more).  Some forums switch these terminologies around, but regardless they have two different functions.  Your top "rank" or "status" - regardless, is just a title.  The bottom one is your standing in the forum.

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  19. ^ Family history research is a rollercoaster, no matter who you are.  I'd be interested to see/hear the kind of things that you find in your quest.  Things get a little rocky by about 1700 in most cases.  I had to jump to "court records" when I ran back to about 1720 on one side, and that only got me to about 1430.  That was just one branch too - most of them I don't have much success beyond about 1800.


    The most recent haul included some light reading, for fun reading, and something to get the damn squirrels to stop chewing on my gutters.  Now before you all get all worried, that gun is a lot more scary looking than it actually is.  It's mostly made of plastic and die and shoots BB's, not bullets.  The goal is to scare them and make them sore, not to injure.  I'm just really getting sick of being woken up at 6 AM everyday by my gutters getting gnawed on.

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  20. Ranks on any forum are generated by post count.  I couldn't tell you what AF's are, but they're entirely maintained by that.  It's kind of a staple thing of forums.

    Usually it's by 10's, 50's, or 100's in post numbers.  Elevated status generally will change those too.

    ETA: you can change your rank or "custom status" with enough points in the shop too.

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