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Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 13 Sep 2020, 11:52

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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Crutey Anth » 15 Sep 2020, 18:22

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I have to admit, with the clusterfuck that is the UK politics scene I haven’t really been paying attention to American politics— Biden was Obama’s VP, right? What’s his general deal?
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Post by EphemeristX » 15 Sep 2020, 18:38

He's pretty centrist as far as political ideologies go. He's social center-left but economic center-right. Which is what the standard is for the Democratic Party outside of the new wave of progressives. His VP pick, Kamala Harris, is pretty much the same, but she's a bit more of a law-and-order politician than Biden is.
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EphemeristX wrote:
15 Sep 2020, 18:38
He's pretty centrist as far as political ideologies go. He's social center-left but economic center-right. Which is what the standard is for the Democratic Party outside of the new wave of progressives. His VP pick, Kamala Harris, is pretty much the same, but she's a bit more of a law-and-order politician than Biden is.
And yet Washington Post published an op-ed today by a conservative academic who said she fears if Biden is elected he will just immediately cave to and be manipulated by the radical left, so even though he's an abhorrent person, she's voting for Trump.

It's pretty sad that so many right-leaning Americans are letting themselves be ruled by fear. To the point they'd rather vote for the guy who led us to the current state of affairs in 2020, rather than a centrist democrat, out of fear that he might somehow be worse.
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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Blackcyclops » 15 Sep 2020, 22:13

EphemeristX wrote:
15 Sep 2020, 18:38
He's pretty centrist as far as political ideologies go. He's social center-left but economic center-right. Which is what the standard is for the Democratic Party outside of the new wave of progressives. His VP pick, Kamala Harris, is pretty much the same, but she's a bit more of a law-and-order politician than Biden is.
I’d say that was accurate of Biden maybe awhile ago but currently?

If we take the pledges he’s made with the taskforce he put together (with Sanders’ and Warren’s people) I’d say yes socially he’s still left of center, not radical but not centrist but economically? He’s leaning alot more center or even center-left.

His four pronged plan, that his campaign put out focuses on investment in the green economy (he has alot of proposals for this, something which is WILD to hear from a major nominee for President in the US from the two major parties), investment in care giving (both for childcare and the elderly...this is probably the most “European” of his prongs), investing in the domestic economy (Made in All of America is probably the most economic populist of his plans and focuses on jobs in all places in America, not just the NYC and SF’s of the country), and a focus on racial justice (there’s a great article from Vox on this topic but white Democrats have shifted really left on racial and ethnic issues) in particular the racial wealth gap. Those plans are way more left than what Biden would’ve put out in 2008 or Obama would’ve in 2012.

Of course the entire Democratic party (and Independents) have shifted further left on social issues and the Dems have moved left on economic issues. So I guess yeah if you compare him to the far left, Biden is more centrist but because the middle has moved, Biden comes across as more left than before.

Of course none of this will happen if they don’t get rid of the filibuster...but that’s a hobbyhorse of mine.
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Post by XtremeOne1 » 16 Sep 2020, 15:37

Crutey Anth wrote:
15 Sep 2020, 18:22
das_boot wrote:
11 Sep 2020, 18:19
I have to admit, with the clusterfuck that is the UK politics scene I haven’t really been paying attention to American politics— Biden was Obama’s VP, right? What’s his general deal?
Imagine a competent but bland president from a movie?- he's a bloke in his 70s who has been in politics since the 70s
Such a perfect description haha.

But also, please, give me this competent but bland president versus, you know, the horror show we have now. Please...I can't take another four years. Please...

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Post by Blackcyclops » 16 Sep 2020, 15:48

So there’s alittle dustup over British Actors “taking” jobs from American actors...The Americans saying that producers just are Anglophiles and can pay them less money, while the British actors just say they’re overall better actors...
Ooof
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Post by Cable » 16 Sep 2020, 16:00

The election is going to be close. My 291-247 prediction has Biden winning Florida. If Trump wins Florida instead, like he did in 2016, it would be 262-276 and Trump would win re-election.
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Cable wrote:
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The election is going to be close. My 291-247 prediction has Biden winning Florida. If Trump wins Florida instead, like he did in 2016, it would be 262-276 and Trump would win re-election.
Wonderful. We have to rely on Florida.

As for who is better...Brit actors vs Americans....It's tough. It seems CHILD actors are at least better. So I'd say the younger generation of Brits are more talented than the young generation of American actors.

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Post by Blackcyclops » 16 Sep 2020, 16:21

Part of our problem is that “look” is prized alot more in Hollywood. So American child actors have to be “cute” in Hollywood standards, whereas British child actors look like real people alot of the time lol...
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Blackcyclops wrote:
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So there’s alittle dustup over British Actors “taking” jobs from American actors...The Americans saying that producers just are Anglophiles and can pay them less money, while the British actors just say they’re overall better actors...
Ooof
Maybe its true? Like comic writers. I wonder if a lot of the ones going across though as the 'stage school kids'- like we have schools here where the kids learn to act/dance etc alongside their normal studies. Lots of top stars/singers go there from a young age and train for half of the day.

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Post by Blackcyclops » 16 Sep 2020, 17:28

I mean it’s true that many British actors are classically trained, whereas many American actors are people who stumbled into acting (or were rappers, singers, athletes, etc first and then became professional actors).
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It turns out I like Star Wars toys more than Star Wars itself now.
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Wow, they really do make a toy out of every Star Wars character. I mean, I'm old enough to remember how extensive the toys were for the first three movies, but wow.
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Post by Anna Raven » 17 Sep 2020, 21:27

Are those Dinosaucer toys to go along with Admiral Hulda?
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Nope. Two Triceratons flank Vice Admiral Holdo atop Tricera-Colossus.

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Blackcyclops wrote:
16 Sep 2020, 15:48
So there’s alittle dustup over British Actors “taking” jobs from American actors...The Americans saying that producers just are Anglophiles and can pay them less money, while the British actors just say they’re overall better actors...
Ooof
I've always been surprised at just how many of the big successful US shows have British actors as the/one of the main characters. It's always sort of funny watching interviews on YouTube with these actors, a large number of the comments are from people shocked that the actor is British.

The weird thing is that even though there's all these Brit actors in the US, when there is a British character they're often played by an Australian actor.
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P-90 wrote:
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Blackcyclops wrote:
16 Sep 2020, 15:48
So there’s alittle dustup over British Actors “taking” jobs from American actors...The Americans saying that producers just are Anglophiles and can pay them less money, while the British actors just say they’re overall better actors...
Ooof
I've always been surprised at just how many of the big successful US shows have British actors as the/one of the main characters. It's always sort of funny watching interviews on YouTube with these actors, a large number of the comments are from people shocked that the actor is British.

The weird thing is that even though there's all these Brit actors in the US, when there is a British character they're often played by an Australian actor.
On a semi-related note, I got hooked on watching D&D streams on Twitch thanks to Critical Role, which is the show where a bunch of voice actors led by Matt Mercer of Overwatch/English anime dubbing fame plays their D&D game online for the world to see. What's hilarious is that Matt and most of the players do European accents for their characters, British, Scottish, German, etc. But then I started watching a similar British show called High Rollers, and the DM gives all his characters American accents!

I think people/actors just enjoy doing an accent, it makes them feel like a totally different person for a while.
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Post by Blackcyclops » 18 Sep 2020, 15:11

Isn’t it funny how many dinosaur centric cartoons we have? Lol
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Post by EphemeristX » 18 Sep 2020, 15:19

Dinosaurs are cool, man.

But I'd love to see them redone now with the new info we know about them. Giant murder chickens ftw.
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Post by Anna Raven » 18 Sep 2020, 15:29

I loved Dinosaucers. It was so over the top and silly, but so great at the same time.
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I remember Denver The Last Dinosaur.
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