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Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 29 April 2015 - 11:03 AM
I wonder why libertarians aren't rushing to the aid of gay marriage supporters? I had a discussion at work today about the subject and it was mentioned that the Constitution was designed to to prevent the Government from taking away your rights. We have the right to vote, own guns, practice religion, not be enslaved, assemble peacefully, and all that stuff. However, marriage doesn't seem to be one of those rights.
If anything it's not "give two homosexual persons the right to marry," it's more you can't take away the right to marry from two consenting adults.
The Libertarian Party fielded a gay individual as its first presidential candidate, in 1972, and has, in a broad sense, supported marriage equality for decades. You're going to need to be more specific when you say 'libertarian,' though. Some are less pragmatic than others, and want complete elimination of government jurisdiction over marriage. Some hold the same end goal, but accept gay marriage as a step in that direction. Some see gay marriage as expansion of government involvement in marriage, and oppose it on those grounds.
Finally, a decent chunk (probably even the majority) of libertarians are socially liberal and fiscally conservative, and do support government acceptance of gay marriage.
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Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 22 April 2015 - 09:18 PM
ok awesome. The rhythmic variance is what really drives me to Meshuggah over and over now. But I'll definitely check out all of those. Always enjoy discovering new bands.
If you enjoy at least half of that song, you'll enjoy the rest of the album.
Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 22 April 2015 - 09:13 PM
Thanks for the band recommendations. I'll check those out.
I didn't discover Meshuggah until probably 4 or 5 years ago, but rarely listened to it. Re-discovered it recently and they're still making me itchy (that sounds weird).
Martyr and Blood Red Throne are pretty different from Meshuggah, generally speaking. Martyr though, especially on Warp Zone, has some of the rhythmic variance that is Meshuggah's hallmark. Think of them as a Death and Meshuggah mashup (on that album, at least). Blood Red Throne is a straight-forward death metal band with a ton of thrash sensibilities, and a crazy bassist.
If you haven't yet heard Cynic's 'Focus,' give that one a listen. Not overly aggressive, but it's something you don't have to be in an angry mood to enjoy.
Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 20 April 2015 - 07:44 PM
Sure there are a lot of differences but if you can play one couldnt you play the other? Of course you may not be nearly as good at it but I would imagine you could put a few notes together with a bit of practice right?
It's easier to go from guitar to bass than it is to go from bass to guitar.
Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 14 April 2015 - 09:43 AM
I haven’t been a member of this thread for all that long, but as I understand it, it’s Tyler’s thread. The guy who helped create Inverted Access, along with the help of several people from this thread. The off-topic thread where we can discuss anything that doesn’t break the rules of the site, and nobody gets ugly about it. So to see someone try to limit what we can discuss in the thread is kinda ugly.
If you bring moderation into this thread, you limit the topics of discussion for everyone, even the five terrific people who likes your extremely wrongheaded post. We all lose that privilege because someone got pissy and/or jealous. Ugly.
I don’t know all the details of the dispute that you are making public. But I saw Beekeeper’s news articles and reviews that made it up onto Inverted Access before they let him go. I am a certified high school English teacher, and I can tell you that writing level was below high school level.
Any website that wanted people to read and return to it would be stupid to allow that level of writing to be displayed on their site. Any website that wanted to negotiate review copies from game developers and publishers would be especially stupid to post sub-high school-level content that site.
It doesn’t matter if they require someone to proofread his stuff before posting. Every single sentence in every article I read by him needed a rewrite. When the editor has to rewrite the whole thing, there is just no point in using that writer’s contribution. The review becomes the editor’s, not the guy who didn’t pay attention in English class.
Yeah, Inverted Access made the mistake of allowing Beekeeper to write for their site in the first place without vetting it, without making sure it reached a certain level of quality. But they have every right to decide they want a measure of quality at any point, even after they posted that awful writing.
I knew that they were letting Beekeeper go, but I have no inside information about how that conversation or anything thereafter went. I can see that he told a friend who went on to make a disruptive post in this thread, regardless of the quality of Beekeeper’s writing. I would not place blame on Beekeeper for your post, had he not liked it.
See, Beekeeper’s writing is extremely bad. I’m sure that Inverted Access tried to let him down gently. But the thing is, Beekeeper apparently doesn’t know that his writing is the problem. If he and you team up on a post like yours, it shows that you two are placing the blame on the guys who want nothing more than to create a quality gaming website.
Me, if I tried to write a novel out of the blue, it would be terrible and I could see that. But if someone didn’t understand the basics of writing, how to construct a sentence and paragraph, how to write a coherent story, then that person might not realize his own problems and limitations. He might place the blame on someone other than himself for those limitations, and that’s not right.
It’s mean to point out that someone’s writing is not good, and I hate to do it publicly. But instead of trying to hurt this thread and the ability of everyone in it to discuss whatever they like, you two should be focusing on how you can improve Beekeeper’s writing. No sane website would take on a writer at that level, so the answer is to study and improve the writing level. And keep discussions like this private instead of dragging everyone else into it.
Or I guess we could create a second off-topic thread and split everyone up, but that seems pretty ugly.
Someone needs to introduce this guy to therm. They'd hit it off really well.
Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 09 April 2015 - 10:17 PM
Before the Devil Rays got good there were more Yankee fans at their home games. Frequently referred to as Yankee stadium South.
Nice to see them not sell off all their talent after a good year like the Marlins seem to do.
But they kind of did. They traded Price midseason, and traded Zobrist in the offseason. Jettisoned Wil Myers as well.
Not a complete teardown, but those are three assets, two of them longtime high performing MLB players.
Speaking of Yankees and talent, they for some reason traded Shane Greene to the Tigers. He looks like he could/should be this season's Jacob deGrom/Colin McHugh, an unheralded meh prospect who puts up a sub 1.20 WHIP and sub 3 ERA with a K per inning after adjusting his repertoire.
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Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 05 April 2015 - 10:58 PM
I'm seeing reports that the Braves have traded Kimbrel to the Padres. I haven't felt gutted like this since David Justice was dealt to Cleveland.
They're rebuilding. It's an excellent move to get rid of a terrible contract in Upton, and it's not sensible to pay double digit millions for a guy who will throw 60 innings per season on a non-contending team. Maybin's young enough and has been serviceable in his career recently enough to potentially be a viable CF for the next few years.
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Posted by Feeding the Abscess on 29 March 2015 - 12:22 AM
Took a couple pounds of ground beef and a couple pounds of pork sausage, sliced an onion and chopped up a bunch of garlic. The finance added a few other herbs and spices, and kneaded eggs and almond flour into the meat. I used the fat and grease that cooked out of the meat loaf to flavor my green beans (in addition to some leftover onion/garlic/pepper). Probably ate close to 5 pounds of meat loaf and green beans.