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General Discussion! / Re: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:31:18 pm »
He's gone. I'm pretty sure there's an easy way for me to wipe all the posts, but I don't remember how. I'll try and figure that one out.

EDIT: Got it. Thread purged.

Crap! / Re: Who is that hidden user?
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:14:14 pm »
Scriptmonkey - a bot designed to do a few things on the forums, mostly related to automating game posts.

Crap! / Re: Looking at this place makes me sad.
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:07:05 am »
How's Riot?

Pretty awesome, honestly.

Venser, my man.

How's California treating you?

Not bad. Weather's been nice since I moved here, and I don't even need any of my heavy clothes. Sweet deal.

Crap! / Re: Looking at this place makes me sad.
« on: December 04, 2017, 03:06:20 am »
It could never last forever.

General Discussion! / Re: IWBTF: The Screenplay
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:42:36 pm »
well that's not happening

Crap! / Re: Yawn
« on: August 27, 2016, 01:53:58 pm »

Crap! / Re: I like the new style
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:16:48 pm »
shit's messed up

General Games! / Re: Predict who the next poster will be! 2
« on: November 08, 2015, 10:47:51 pm »
Wrong, but the correct answer was equally improbable.


General Discussion! / Re: Hardest Challanges You've Done in Video Games
« on: October 18, 2015, 02:09:17 am »
Interestingly, I've done a lot of challenges in video games.

1. Wrench-only Bioshock run on Hard (this was before they put out the addon that added the higher difficulty I can't remember the name of). Some of the bosses got pretty difficult.
2. Three-day run of Majora's Mask. Now, obviously when compared to top speedrunners that isn't that impressive, but you gotta remember I was like twelve or some shit when I did this. It was also back before a lot of the exploits used now were discovered, with the exception of the ever-useful Fairy Fountain Wrong Warp, which was the main method I used to save enough time to do the whole thing in such a short time.
3. No kill + ghost Dishonored playthrough. Remain undetected without killing anyone. Insanely difficult, such a pain to have to restart from a save every time something goes wrong.

Crap! / Re: blogging
« on: October 18, 2015, 01:59:58 am »
Remember that time that girl Yb was trying to bang thought this was a blog? Good times.

So one thing I don't understand is how did the supreme court make gay marriage legal? If it's a law, I thought only the president could make laws
Wrong on pretty much every count, but explaining why involves a fair bit of education on the US government system.

So the US government is divided into three branches - Legislative, Judicial, and Executive. The idea of the separation of powers is to prevent the uprising of a tyrant/despot/monarch and also to prevent issues that had been prevalent in other systems of divided government that had been tried previously (mainly the Republic of ancient Rome and the Athenian democracy). In reality, especially in the modern day, the line between the branches has been blurred, especially between the Legislative and Executive branches.

The Legislative branch is Congress, which is two pieces, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Essentially, these two bodies of many Senators and Representatives elected by their home states are the lawmakers. For something to become federal law in the US, it must be submitted to either the Senate or the House as a bill, then sent to committee, very often undergoing many changes in the process. Once it makes it through committee, it has to be voted on, and then even if it passes one body, it then has to pass in the other as the exact same bill. If similar (but slightly different) versions of a bill pass both bodies, there is a process called reconciliation, but it's a bit complicated and I won't get into it.

Basically, once the bill passes a vote in both the Senate and the House of Reps, it's law from that point on, with a couple of exceptions I'll get into later.

Then there's the Executive branch. This is the smallest branch, and it originally just consisted of the President. Nowadays, it has come to encompass the President and his Cabinet. The idea of the Executive branch is to execute the will of the government. That is why the President, who is a civilian, is the supreme commander of the US armed forces. Additionally, that role was (in theory) designed to make a military takeover of the government more difficult. The current President is always in charge of the military, so to overthrow the government they would have to start with their own leader.

One very common misconception is that the President can make laws. This is not true. The President has some control over the Legislative branch (again, I'll get into that later), but cannot actually make laws himself. What the President can do is issue an Executive Order, which is a catchall term for the mandate of the President. Mostly these have to do with the armed forces; for example, executive orders both created and repealed the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy amongst US military. They can also do other things, but again that's a bit more technical and I won't get into it here.

Other powers do come with the Executive branch; the founding fathers were aware that in times of crisis, dissenting opinions can be very detrimental to the nation's ability to act, so the President can, in theory, take direct command of the armed forces and government in general for a limited period of time when necessary. This power is rarely used (I believe last used by Bush after 9/11), and there is a time limit that I have forgotten by which the President must justify himself to Congress.

Finally, there's the Judicial branch, which consists mostly of the Supreme Court, although technically all federal courts are part of the Judicial branch of the US government. In reality, the overwhelming majority of the constitutional duties of the Judicial branch are done by the Supreme Court, and the more mundane, day-to-day issues are dealt with by the lower levels of the federal court system. What exactly the Supreme Court does is a bit complicated and is best described in general terms: they interpret the law.

So, in super general terms, the Legislative branch makes the law, the Judicial branch interprets the law, and the Executive branch enforces the law.

However, the founding fathers were very wary of this system working in isolation. So they implemented what are referred to now as "checks and balances"; that is, each branch has ways they can "check" or "balance" the powers of the other branches, in order to prevent one branch from becoming too powerful. The most famous example is the Presidental veto; any bills signed into law by Congress must be signed by the President. If he does not sign, he vetoes the bill, which sends it back to Congress. But Congress can override a veto with a sufficiently substantial majority (2/3 required in both the Senate and the House of Reps, rather than just the >50% required for the bill to pass normally). The President and Congress also have checks on the Judicial branch because they control the judges that get assigned to the Supreme Court for life. The President must nominate candidates, which Congress must approve.

Now that you understand all this, I can explain the Supreme Court decision: the Supreme Court interprets the law, and in this case they were dealing with a court case over whether a state's law that banned same-sex marriage was Constitutional. Understand that the Supreme Court is not supposed to determine what is right or wrong, just what is according to the Constitution, so once they state something is unconstitutional, it is gone. That is the reason that Supreme Court decisions are such a big deal: once they determine something one way or the other, the issue is closed and it is determined constitutional or unconstitutional (until the Constitution changes, of course, which has not happened in quite a while).

In this case, by a narrow vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court determined that by the 14th Amendment, which primarily states that all citizens must have equal rights, banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional because it denies certain citizens rights that other citizens have. Therefore, all state-based bans on gay marriage were instantly repealed and can never be reinstated.

Most modern-day governments are based on the Constitution, so this type of government is what most countries use nowadays, with their own modifications, of course.

Crap! / Re: Forum is dead. Abandon ship.
« on: July 09, 2015, 01:24:20 am »
Localized return, we call it.

It is really going to lead to a disaster, with Christians possibly getting punished for being homophobic. That will be the Christian holocaust, in my opinion.

But, there is also the Islam, and that might become a huge fear for the pro-gays. That might end up really, really bad.
While at the same time, blacks will attack whites, and whites will attack blacks.

I'm really getting scared of this. It's only getting worse and worse every day, with new articles showing up every day on my Facebook newsfeed.
And the worst of all, this might spread to more and more countries.

What do you think?
Are we doomed? What is your current opinion on the situation?
Nothing will happen. Sure, there might be some isolated cases of violence, but that's nothing new; for the most part nothing will change. The underlying feeling of great panic, momentous action, and massive shift is a classic media tactic. It's what news agencies of various kinds, be it TV, online, newspaper, etc., have used for decades because they can no longer sell their stories without it for the most part. The most exciting stories are the ones that sell.

No one wants hear about how the majority of the population doesn't give a shit that the supreme court made one decision or another. That's why you don't hear about 99% of the cases the court rules on, because they can't possibly be made into a story people would want to hear. In this particular case, because there is a small minority which is upset about the ruling (which, by the way, they cannot possibly do anything about - there is no legal recourse to a SCOTUS decision), it can be made into a story. And so the story gets pumped up to the extreme, drawn as close to a hysterical panic report as it can be. There you have it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming there's some mass conspiracy amongst the media to hype this up. I'm just stating a fact - once the media started to hype up irrelevant stories and push real stories as hard as they could go, they couldn't go back, because people don't want to go back to reading about the same old boring shit they heard about before. So every story has to be framed as if it is the next big thing, a big panic, a huge discovery, a tragic tale, or whatever the most dramatic thing it can be made into is.

Look at it as a mainstream media arms race in terms of excitement, and you'll see what I mean. It really makes news stories quite boring, because you realize that a substantial percentage of press reports are so stretched as to be barely representative of the truth. Even reports or articles that aren't totally blown out of proportion are certainly stretched here and there to make the narrative flow better.

As far as my actual opinion on the subject (and not simply on the hype around the subject), like I said, no one cares. The whole thing is ridiculous anyway; it's extremely archaic that there are legal benefits to being married in the first place, and there's no real reason for marriage to be a legal construct at all. Even the few arguments that can be made for marriage as a legal construct (inheritance, power of attorney, and Social Security being the main ones) are pretty flimsy. Inheritance and power of attorney can be solved by making it a legal requirement for all citizens to have a will and specify power of attorney, and Social Security transferring to a living spouse is an archaic concept which can be done away with.

At the end of the day, though, there are currently legal benefits to marriage (even if I think that makes absolutely no sense), so it does makes sense to allow anyone to marry anyone, regardless of gender.

Crap! / Re: Forum is dead. Abandon ship.
« on: July 07, 2015, 05:54:18 pm »
Not much going on here, it seems.

General Discussion! / Re: Request of Moderation Actions (PLEASE READ)
« on: July 05, 2015, 08:28:04 pm »
Nice of you to pick up the various duties that are still necessary to perform.

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