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I know I'm like a week late but I wanted to join the puke discussion. The last time I threw up that I can recall was when I had food poisoning. During hurricane sandy. And the power was out. And I was exploding from both ends all day. THAT'S the worst. When you're puking but can't use the toilet because you're.... using the toilet. Because then you can't just go lie down when you're done. You gotta go wash out the bucket. Which, again, is difficult to see with no power and the fear that a tree could fall on your house any second. I remember hurricane sandy not for the damage it did to all of new jersey, but for the havoc being wreaked on my entire digestive tract.

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 6:58 am 
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Disney is shutting down all of its game development and publishing branches. There will be no more Disney Infinity.

I know not everybody is into the toys to life genre, which is fine, but I really liked that series. The figures are extremely well made, the games have an amazing creation aspect, and the ready made levels are basic but surprisingly fun. Including Marvel and Star Wars just made each version better. While I wasn't really looking forward to buying a new version of the main set every single year I still really looked forward to the changes and improvements and especially the new figures. Now, there's nothing. This sucks way more than I thought it would. :?

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 4:12 pm 
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Will the game that already exists still be playable?

Because that would suck to dump money into figures and then have it just completely shut down server side or something.

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 8:31 pm 
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It SHOULD be. I'm not entirely sure because it automatically checks for online updates soon as you turn it on. I'm hoping they keep the servers on for a while so people can still make and trade levels.

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I just got into it too. It sucks.

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Sorry to hear that for you guys. I just bought a few figures here and there for characters I like. I've been wanting that new Captain America figure, but the price is a bit too big thanks to the playset that came with it.

I understand the Toys-to-life bug, though. I have almost every Amiibo ever released. Damn Nintendo and their hold on my love.

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So, due to the limited space in the hotel I work at, I've had to share an office with the head of housekeeping. More accurately, I have a desk in a large supply room, so I try to keep the door closed and locked to cut down on the number of housekeepers that interrupt me while I'm working. I can usually put headphones in and zone out, but frequently the head of housekeeping will throw the door open and start slamming boxes around, talking to me despite my headphones being in, and generally being a nuisance. But that's not what I'm venting about.

The office is not very well air-conditioned. She seldom uses her desk, so when I'm alone in the office (about 5-6 hours a day) I turn the fan on myself and leave in stationary. Y'know, because I'm the only person here. Well, last week, I arrived to find a bright pink note taped to the fan that read "Please leave rotating - Thanks". I hate passive aggressive shit like this. It's a 2 person office, just fucking say something to me. Or, even better, when you come into the office and the fan isn't oscillating, tap the button on top that makes it oscillate. Leaving me a note just makes me angry.

This week, I arrived to work to find a new sign posted on the door of the office. It's a crummy little wooden sign, like you might buy at Michael's and paint yourself, that reads "Housekeeping Office". This is not just the housekeeping office. I realize now that she's marking her territory, and these things are her little sprays of piss. I've been gently prodding management to give me some space in the more professional area of the hotel, so I think I'll pursue that a little more actively, and then start looking around for the next step, whether it be going back to school or finding my next job opportunity. I've been feeling underemployed for awhile now, so I either need to find a better paying job, or something more in line with my interests.

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Oh hello crushing depression, loss of self worth, and total existential despair. How nice to see you again. Shall I make you some tea?

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So, due to the limited space in the hotel I work at, I've had to share an office with the head of housekeeping. More accurately, I have a desk in a large supply room, so I try to keep the door closed and locked to cut down on the number of housekeepers that interrupt me while I'm working. I can usually put headphones in and zone out, but frequently the head of housekeeping will throw the door open and start slamming boxes around, talking to me despite my headphones being in, and generally being a nuisance. But that's not what I'm venting about.

The office is not very well air-conditioned. She seldom uses her desk, so when I'm alone in the office (about 5-6 hours a day) I turn the fan on myself and leave in stationary. Y'know, because I'm the only person here. Well, last week, I arrived to find a bright pink note taped to the fan that read "Please leave rotating - Thanks". I hate passive aggressive shit like this. It's a 2 person office, just fucking say something to me. Or, even better, when you come into the office and the fan isn't oscillating, tap the button on top that makes it oscillate. Leaving me a note just makes me angry.

This week, I arrived to work to find a new sign posted on the door of the office. It's a crummy little wooden sign, like you might buy at Michael's and paint yourself, that reads "Housekeeping Office". This is not just the housekeeping office. I realize now that she's marking her territory, and these things are her little sprays of piss. I've been gently prodding management to give me some space in the more professional area of the hotel, so I think I'll pursue that a little more actively, and then start looking around for the next step, whether it be going back to school or finding my next job opportunity. I've been feeling underemployed for awhile now, so I either need to find a better paying job, or something more in line with my interests.



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Election 2016.

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(note: "we" is a collective cultural we in most of these statements)

People blindly assumed that Trump couldn't be president. Not only normal people, but people who controlled the polls and everything that shows us what is up. Nate Silver and his fivethirtyeight people have been talking about this for a few weeks. They put Trump's odds within the margin of error in the last week or so before the election, and everyone else was still functioning on a closer race, but an ultimate Clinton win. In their podcast, they even talked about pollsters who would get results like Trump being up +7 but they'd report it as +3 or +4 because +7 seemed wrong to them. They, also, ended up being one of the only places saying "Trump can win. He has a path, and the odds aren't bad." Everyone else in that line of work thought they were crazy.

Trump spoke to a population that the majority of the people I talk to think of as "dumb, backwards, hick rednecks". When in reality they're just blue collar people from small towns who have factory jobs (that have went away as automation and international factories have become a bigger part of the pie), and have their church as the center of their community for everything. They're religious, and they're not really exposed to any other culture. Their community and their church is their culture. We've all spent months talking about how anyone who votes for Trump is a bigot, xenophobic idiot. But what the fuck else would you do, you know? One candidate is coming to you and saying "I know you've been fucked by the way culture and society is moving. You've lost jobs as society and the culture at large say that you shouldn't have those jobs because of what it does to everyone else. They don't stop to think about what it takes away from you. I'm here for you. I'll bring those jobs back."

Now, I don't think Trump will. I don't think anybody can bring back the coal industry or any other factory/industrial jobs we've lost. They're either exported out, updated to newer things, or automated in a way that makes these people's jobs obsolete. But I can't fault a guy who just wants to make sure he doesn't lose everything for going to the only person telling him they'll try to stop it. I'm sure a good chunk of those people are voting in spite of what Trump has said about women, minorities, etc. Although, to be sure, there is a good chunk of his base that is bigoted and xenophobic at their core. I'm not talking about those people. Those people are a different situation entirely and they scare me.

The constant complaining about popular vote vs. electoral college, again. It's like a class issue we have in racial divides, but the political version. The electoral college is there to give the rural portions of this country a voice. If we had popular vote, their voices would be disproportionately unheard. Cities are usually much more liberal, and rural areas are usually much more conservative. Cities can overtake popular votes on their own, you know? So many places wouldn't even matter if it weren't for the electoral college. It would just be the top 10-15 biggest cities in the country and nothing else being paid attention to. Their wants; their needs. I'm super tired of hearing about the electoral college needing to be replaced by the popular vote. We'd almost be silencing half the country just because people who live in big cities aren't in tune, or pay attention/care, about issues of smaller, rural towns that have different needs and issues addressed. Does first past the post voting need to change? Yeah, I'd be down for that. I'd love to adopt Maine's new ranked voting system.

This sucks. I've lived in Indiana my whole life. I don't like Trump as president, and I damn sure have never wanted Mike Pence to be anywhere close to that office. I have friends that are probably going to lose some rights in the next four years if we, as a people, don't continuously stand up and make our voices heard. I have some friends who are worried about what is about to happen to some of their relatives with immigration policies. Women I know are definitely going to lose reproductive rights and some access to benefits they all deserve to have. A few people I work with will have to find health insurance they might not be able to afford anymore or won't be able to get anymore due to pre-existing conditions.

That shit sucks. Hopefully, we can all keep our heads up, and speak up in a logical, rational way to make sure that those who we elect will listen to the masses and do what we're pulling for over the next few years. If not, it could be a long, rough road. If Clinton would've gotten 1% more of the vote and Trump 1% less (1/100 votes for Trump went to Clinton), we'd be talking about a Clinton win that was surprisingly closer than it should've been. In the end, that is how close it truly was. Hopefully, everyone as a country can consider what it actually means to contribute and be part of this system. Because I have far too many people I can talk to in the next week that will tell me "I didn't vote, because my vote wouldn't have mattered". The problem I see with that, which they don't extrapolate to grasp, is if they're saying it...then hundreds of thousands of others are saying it, too. That, in and of itself, can make a huge, huge difference.

Sorry for the venting on a lot of the subjects of the overall election season. This was a shocking and sobering week. We, as a country and society, have a lot of work to do.

edit: I would like to mention, also, that Bernie Sanders hit the same type of tone Trump took, but he wasn't saying coal and such was coming back. He was still pulling for those rural blue collar people to get a job that paid fairly and had weight put in the system from people who could actually afford it. Unfortunately, Bernie was not an option on election day. (Write-in, yes...but a vote that would've pushed things in a direction or the other.)

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The Electoral College is a flawed system. It was a brilliant idea at its time but the modern world has made parts of it antiquated. I mean according to the Constitution proper my wife can't even vote and if she could, that vote would only account for 3/5ths of a vote. I think the "All or Nothing" method of getting electorates might be the change needed. Not sure, I'm not a Political Science specialist. I do know that the notion of "abandoning the Electoral College will shift focus to cities and away from rural areas" smells of BS to me, if only because the focus is not on the country as a whole. Politicians focus on a handful of swing states. "The Electoral College is the only thing giving rural voters a voice!" kind of sounds funny to me when candidates spend the majority of their time in six states and all but ignore the Northwest and 'Heartland' Like I said, I don't know what the fix is but I think SOMETHING needs to get fixed.

As for Trump's popularity and rise, I get it. I completely understand it. Its really tempting to look at his populace and blame it on racism and xenophobia and homophobia and religious tenacity. Its really simple to lump everybody into one big group and its not fair. These people have their fears and their concerns and of course they're going to listen to the big man who promises to fix all that. I completely understand. The problem is the issues they're concerned about can't really be fixed. Gay people exist and want to marry. America isn't a manufacturing based economy anymore. Immigrants are coming into the country. ISIS is not the Axis. The world is changing and becoming different and old institutions like the Nuclear Family and the Church are becoming less relevant. Change happens and time moves forward and if some groups don't want to make that change, either by ignorance or determination, they WILL be left behind. (And for the record I don't mean ignorance as 'stupidity' but literally 'not knowing') The world is becoming a more global society and while nation states aren't going anywhere anytime soon, their importance is. We don't have the USSR to combat, we have small isolated pockets of terrorism that have no borders. Its not the strength of the United Kingdom that's making waves in Europe, but a coalition of all European powers acting together. I understand why people want the comfort of the old factory, coming home to the wife and kids, and meeting up at the church social but that's simply not the world anymore. I GET listening to the man, regardless of everything else he says, who promises to bring it all back and "Make America great again" but you can't reverse time. I agree that something needs to be done for these people but going back to 1955 isn't going to work and when it doesn't they're going to be just as disenfranchised and angry as before.

There's a lot of things that are going on here. My biggest worries and concerns stem from the fact that the party in charge is the same party that wants to regress to the "better" time and regression never works out in the end. Its that turning back to the good old days that frightens me because many people, myself and most of my closest friends, do better in the modern era. "President Trump" doesn't really bother me. The man is a showman who wants a title. Let him have it. His administration and a controlled Congress terrifies me because all the progress made can be undone.

The Electoral College is flawed. Rural America needs its voice and concerns addressed, and they need done so without pandering or promising solutions that can't come. Progress vs nostalgia. Hatred and fear of minorities working with anger and resentment of Big Government. Like I said, a lot is going on. The one thing that my mind keeps coming back to however is that half of the voting population looked at the candidate endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and said "Yep, THAT'S the right choice"

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All those rural places are fucked. I can drive about 30 minutes in most directions and find a rural town. The younger generation there know that it's over. Automation is gonna take all those jobs or they'll be shipped off. It's the last gasp of a dying generation to save the only things they know. It's not going to last forever. It will heavily effect the future, though. Because Trump and Co. get to make a few very big decisions (if not more if more justices pass).

I'm not saying the electoral college isn't flawed, but a straight popular vote could hurt rural areas from having their opinions heard. I'd like to see us all adopt Maine's new voting system overall. Ranked choice is something I'm much more behind than First Past the Post.

I'm not pro-Trump or anything, The constant knock of hearing "people who voted for Trump are racist, ignorant rednecks. They're stupid and they hate everyone." just isn't helping anything. My main complaint is that they aren't all racist assholes. There is a chunk of people who are. You can't deny that Trump got the racist, bigot, misogynist vote. He definitely rocked that. But there are people who begrudgingly turn a cheek to the comments and the kkk endorsement, because they just got tired of "washington" ignoring their issues for so long. It's much more their dislike of the government over the last few decades than anything else. I'm sure whenever they openly discussed voting for Trump, being called a "racist" or "dumb/redneck" didn't help sway them, but made them double down because "fuck you". Sadly, I know far too many pro-Bernie people who voted for Trump to spite Hilary and the DNC. "Fuck the system" type of thing. Completely separate conversation, because I'm not a huge fan of what happened there, but I look at them equally as bad as anyone who liked everything Trump said. Especially when Bernie got portions of his platform into the DNC and constantly talked about how he'd hold her to her word throughout her presidency. Not the best candidate, but better than Trump.

The rural areas need to find a new source of getting help. Their jobs aren't coming back, but they're not going to believe that it is because of anything short of the government not caring about immigration or jobs being shipped out of this country for cheap labor. When, our current president, has attempted to get them help for a while and been stifled multiple times.

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Trade Adjustment Assistance to retrain workers displaced by free trade: blocked by Republicans.

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Ac ... Assistance

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mon ... her-again/

Community College: Proposed free community college program; blocked by Republicans.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/s ... ty-college

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/09/politics/ ... lege-fate/

Infrastructure Bill: Proposed $60b on highway, rail, transit and airport improvements + $10 billion in seed money for infrastructure bank; blocked by Republicans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... story.html

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/was ... 51063852/1

Jobs Bill: to "give tax breaks for companies that "insource' jobs to the U.S. from overseas while eliminating tax deductions for companies that move jobs abroad"; blocked by Republicans

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/politics/ ... l-blocked/

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“Their willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them.” -President Obama


Unfortunately, Obama was right. They became cynical and that grew to hate. We then landed in the world of Donald Trump and Mike Pence (much, much more terrifying to me as an Indiana resident) being in the oval office.

edit: links to blocked legislation taken from a discussion I was involved in on Reddit. Credit to u/Wrong_On_Internet

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Olololol election.

I didn't want Trump to win, but I didn't want Clinton to win more. There's one reason for this, and one reason alone. Clinton was running on a platform that was putting us to war with Russia. Her email contents make it clear that we've been exerting pressure in Syria on her behest, acting on information and the requests of private business. While the later part is likely to be true no matter the case, and I believe Trump to want many bad things: I think his agendas will be more easily stopped than Clinton's war with Russia (which may end up being the agenda of some other agency entirely).

What's sad is that this is a matter of integrity, and that Clinton has, somehow, even less than Trump. At the end of the day; push back against Trump will likely be an easier task; he is a prostitute for the people's attention, Clinton is not. I think at the end of the day, Trump wants people to admire him. Clinton doesn't give a fuck if you like her. I don't think his intention will be to dick us all the way into the stone age where as I could see Clinton doing this deliberately. In this instance: I see Trump's lack of strength as his strength; he responds to pressure. So I believe the public may actually be able to pressure him into being accountable. I know it sounds backwards to say a lot of this, but if our president is going to be a puppet either way: Trump is the first one in a long time that could actually be our puppet.

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