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#83 Hate crime in World Events
rocketslaythe way the EC works is basically that each state gets a number of electors equal to their total number of congressmen, senate + house. whichever party wins in a state gets to send "their" electors to the voting whatever, electors usually being people who have served the party for a long time - it's mostly a ceremonial thingy. in the senate each state gets 2 senators, ergo smaller states get more representation because fuck you

I meant individuals. If my party is the minority, that fact does not permit me to commit acts which would otherwise be reprehensible.

As far as representation goes, fixed senators per state is fine, as long as there is some other mechanism to acknowledge the population differences of the states. The House of Representatives and Senate are prime examples of this.

This is one of the problems with the United Nations. As a wise fellow once said "I think we're for an international organization, where the nations of the world can seek peace. But I think we're against subordinating American interests to an organization that has become so structurally unsound that today you can muster a two-thirds vote on the floor of the General Assembly among nations which represent less than ten percent of the world's population."

posted about 3 years ago
#80 Hate crime in World Events
rocketslayShould members of the political minority have greater latitude of action because their political influence is less than those making up the majority?isn't that kind of like what the EC does (which I am against personally)?

Do they? Interesting.

posted about 3 years ago
#17 TF2 Invite Database Updated for S23 ESEA in TF2 General Discussion
SpaceCadet
Fantastic, really appreciate you spotting these 6 errors.
Doing all these individual records 1 at a time, there are bound to be some human errors.
All have been corrected.

SpaceSalute.

bl4nkmike is a god, that stat seems correct

YouMustMike is Hypnos; confirmed.

posted about 3 years ago
#78 Hate crime in World Events
warriordragon12I was talking to one of my co workers who said this wasn't a racist attack since black people are not in a position of power over whites

How exactly does that work? Is chanting "fuck white people" while torturing a disabled white guy not racist?

I think the obvious retort to your co-worker is that these individuals were very much in a position of power; their victim was mentally impaired and they had a numbers advantage. To say they did not have power over the victim implies that the victim willingly submitted himself to torture, which is patently false.

If your co-worker's definition of racist attack demands dominance or power over the victim, then surely this fits the bill on that account.

Does this fellow believe the poor may steal from the well-off, since the poor are not in a position of comparable economic power? Should members of the political minority have greater latitude of action because their political influence is less than those making up the majority?

Nub_Danishthe best people can do in proving institutional racism is saying that its created by implicit bias' and therefore cannot possibly be proved to exist, it just has to exist because they have no other explanation that they wish to accept as to why black people are on average poorer, worse education etc

There's a fascinating little book by Dr. Thomas Sowell, "Markets and Minorities." It was published in the early 80s, but it's well worth a read. You can also check out this video, in which he discusses it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y021WAdUlW8

The great problem in discussing these matters is the high level of emotion it induces in so many. We have come to a point as a society in which civil debate or even examination in these areas is scarce.

posted about 3 years ago
#26 Philosophical Question About Whitelists/Blacklists in TF2 General Discussion
b4nny the Quick-Fix.

I wasn't in TF2 when the Quick-Fix was legal. I'd be interested to see how it would play these days.

Also, as far as the whitelist/blacklist thing; take each weapon on a case-by-case basis. If it's not BS (Atomizer), allow it. If it is, don't.

Edit: For clarity, I meant the Atomizer as an example of a weapon that is BS. I structured that awkwardly.

posted about 3 years ago
#60 Hate crime in World Events
dot_A mentally handicapped kid was tortured and y'all can only talk about soros and demonize blm lmao

In fairness, the OP asked people for their opinions. Lo and behold, various opinions were ill-received by various folks, sparking discussion.

posted about 3 years ago
#5 Hate crime in World Events

Some people have very little humanity and commit awful acts.

From a legal perspective, I dislike the term 'hate crime.' It distracts from the substance of the matter. Hatred of others (for whatever reason) is a moral failing. The law should not care about what you think or believe; it should only care about what you do. What these people did is despicable.

Still, it saddens me that there are undoubtedly many others who see this sort of thing as acceptable or even good, and that they may act on such convictions.

My prayers go out to the victim.

posted about 3 years ago
#14 TF2 Invite Database Updated for S23 ESEA in TF2 General Discussion

Zalfy - incorrect winning percentage

YouMustMike - 480% winning percentage

Xalox - needs a % on his winning percentage

spadez - 4-9 record, winning percentage of 0

mason - 21-3 record

Caspian - has two %s

posted about 3 years ago
#12 TF2 Invite Database Updated for S23 ESEA in TF2 General Discussion

Noticed errors, added on Steam.

Ernest Borgnine's Mug.

posted about 3 years ago
#7 Crosshair changes in Q/A Help

Thanks. We'll see if that fixes it.

posted about 3 years ago
#3 Crosshair changes in Q/A Help

I'm a novice here. Are my class configs contained within my config or are they elsewhere? I downloaded and use Comanglia's config.

posted about 3 years ago
#1 Crosshair changes in Q/A Help

Hello.

I use crosshair5, but the game randomly switches to crosshair3. Sometimes it happens after spawning, sometimes after switching weapons.

Anyone know a good way to fix this?

Thanks in advance.

posted about 3 years ago
#11 I'm running a research study, and need TF2 players in TF2 General Discussion

Can I still take part in this or was this due at semester? I can probably do it tomorrow.

Edit: Never mind; just saw the private message provision.

posted about 3 years ago
#120 what introduced you to tf2? in TF2 General Discussion

Back in 2010 I played Portal at some fellow's place. A year later at college my sister expressed a desire to play Portal. I bought the Orange Box on amazon and we played it from time to time. We played on my sister's xbox (which I later purchased). The year after that I stayed at the College during Christmas Break and decided to try out Half-Life 2. I was amazed by it, even though I hadn't played the original Half-Life (grew up with no internet and a computer the school gave away because it was obsolete). After playing through Half-Life 2 and the episodes I didn't want to play through them again and Portal was still too fresh in my mind, so I tried out Team Fortress 2. That ended almost instantly, since the xbox wasn't hooked up to internet and I wasn't very interested in a multiplayer-only game.

Summer of 2014 comes around. I'd played through the Mass Effect games a few times, gave Assassin's Creed a go, somewhat enjoyed L.A. Noire, when I thought, "You know, I should try out Team Fortress 2 again. It might be fun." So I did. I played mostly 2fort and Dustbowl. Very often there weren't enough players to make a game worthwhile.

A couple of months after that I watched all the Meet the Team, Expiration Date, etc. I came across the Free to Play trailer. It dawned on me that the PC community must be much bigger and more interesting (remember, I grew up with no internet, played Spyro and Rayman on Playstation). I fired up my 2011 Macbook Pro, downloaded Steam, and bought the Valve pack. I used the cardboard back of a spiral notebook as a mousepad, plugged in my wrap-around headphones, launched hl2.exe and started playing.

I probably got 15fps playing on my Mac. It didn't matter. Then Steam support for 10.6 ended in late 2015. Because I hated 10.9 and 10.10, I bought 10.8 and used Time Machine to go back to 10.6.8 every time I had finished playing TF2 for a spell. I couldn't play on a regular basis, but I always played at least once a month.

A year after switching to mouse and keyboard I became aware of Tip of the Hats. I decided to watch the old ToTH vods on youtube. Like so many others who first get introduced to the comp scene, my instinct was to favor Highlander over 6s. However, I became engrossed watching HRG play. I had no idea about competitive strategy, but my impression was that they were awesome. I started watching more vods, ESEA and I-series.

Fast forward to today. I am coming up on 1000 hours played, planning to pug and dm and find my way onto a team for season 25 (math teaching prevents me from committing this season) and going from there. I have a nice machine, having moved on from my Mac in terms of gaming (it still faithfully renders video for me).

TLDR: TF2 can be played (painfully) on console; also on Mac; I love this game and wish I could play it more.

posted about 3 years ago
#21 Valve waited until after i58 to push an update. in TF2 General Discussion
GentlemanJonnopeif you follow that logic they shouldn't have waited until after i58 in the first placeDon't be ridiculous, none of our i58 heroes would ever cheat. Remember that it was held in Britain, the world capital of fair play and sportsmanship. Hacks simply cease to work on our fair isle.

"...the enemy is crafty and there is no dirty trick he will not do." -Sir Winston Churchill.

This explains why the Nazis were unable to conquer Britain.

posted about 3 years ago
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