Self mutilation is fine, but those gays gotta go. Being respectful towards others includes curtailing their rights when you don’t like who they are.
Holy shit my brain hurts.
Aside from thinking other people are wrong and some shouldn’t have rights… she seems like a … nice … I’d rather date the dog with the bow.
She also argued that rising energy costs, not contraception, was a big women’s issue in 2012 and that Republicans had missed an opportunity in not connecting with women over rising energy costs, even though energy was one plank of presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s five-point plan he touted on the trail this fall.
When prodded by audience questions, the panelists said that contraception was a non-issue. As Hemingway put it, contraception was thought up by Democrats who found it tested well in focus groups despite being a completely settled issue. Her response was to urge Republicans to respond with their own accusations that are “just as crazy,” something like, “they’re stealing your hot dogs!”
via Talking Points Memo
So I’m not a lady… but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that contraception isn’t a “non-issue”, and that rising energy costs is not what’s going to get more women voting for Republicans. It certainly isn’t something to be liken to “they’re stealing our hot dogs”.
Maybe if the front line republican politicians like Huckabee stopped trying to define and/or excuse rape… maybe that had something to do with it. I think that might have overshadowed Romney’s energy plan no matter how much it might have spoken to women.
Then there are the republicans that fought to have federal funding removed from Planned Parenthood because they help people that would like to have an abortion. That’s the only thing they’re good for, right? They’re customer base is small, right? That probably didn’t bother anyone, especially females that can get a script for ‘the pill’, ‘morning after pill’, get tested, or seek an abortion. Probably aren’t that many women that have used their services.
Then there’s those flyers I got from a right wing Catholic organization that tried to argue that their religious rights were being violated by being required to cover the pill… So clearly it was/is an issue.
That’d be a legitimate claim if organizations that only had Catholic employees were required to cover the pill (they wouldn’t be), but the issue that is on the table is any organization with that has Catholic leadership but hires employees of all backgrounds would be required to cover the pill.
It doesn’t make sense that an employer could opt out of employee rights given by law just because the board has outmoded religious convictions based on tradition.
Side note: it’s interesting to me that the Catholic god’s will can be thwarted by a millimeter of latex or the pill. You’d think the all powerful would be able to work around products with a chance of failure, even if it is around 1 or 2%
WHOOPS: Investigation looks for Muslim bias in Texas schools and finds Christian bias instead.
I attended High School in Irving, so this doesn’t surprise me at all.
WHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAA!!! I am shocked. Wait, I know; maybe there was one muslim student and his name was Bias. They wanted to investigate him for terrorism.
In what alternate universe would a southern public school have anything but a Christian bias? I wonder how much they cover the christian holy wars, and how great those were. Because I love sending 12 year olds with swords across Europe to die. Hell if France and Germany still had the stones to commit to sending kid armies across Europe on foot I’d bet on them like it was a sport
Or how about the Spanish Inquisition, that was a hoot. I guess those crimes against humanity can be attributed to ‘speaking spanish’ or something, so that one’s probably ok to talk about in Texan text books.
What I don’t like about Max Payne 3
Love the story, very dark, very gritty and a dash of real world issues for relevance.
However there are some glaringly bad user experience issues.
The story is what drives the game, the bulk of the cutscenes are unskippable, but it’s high enough caliber content that I’m not too bothered by it on my second play through. The story telling depends on urgency, pacing, and playable narrative sequences, all in all it has a good balance of “cinema-esque” and interactive video game entertainment.
But at complete odds with it’s narrative goals are collectibles and completionist easter eggs.
There are “clues” that unlock extra narrative and important story bits and “golden gun parts” that increase the effectiveness of the weapons for your current and any future games you play. This includes new games made on the same account, even in different difficulties. Judging by the difficulty curve I’d say having all of the golden gun parts is crucial to do well past normal mode.
These kinds of elements are great in open world games, it adds incentive for exploration and typically improve the user experience. However in a game that relies on linear narrative these elements downplay the narrative and by extension damage the user experience.
In most linear games (and in Max Payne 3) you cannot go backwards (think of Super Mario Brothers 1, there is forward progress or death).
The gameplay elements that are “clues” and “golden gun parts” are deliberately hidden, either in plain sight (they are elements that the user would not know to be interactive and are not visually distinct from scenery) or in obscure parts of the map you would never go to except that there’s a collectible there (think Wolfenstein 3d secrets and hugging walls while mashing ‘use’)
Someone at Rockstar realized this was at odds with its method of storytelling, but instead of doing something good for the user like:
- Remove these collectibles
- Create a better way to incorporate them into the game
- Adding these elements only on second play throughs
They decided to punish players that take to long to continue to the next sequence.
So for those of you keeping score: you should probably look for these collectibles (so you can be better at the game), but if you take too long (not very long considering the difficulty in finding these items) you fail and have to restart at your last checkpoint; which is likely 5-10 minutes of gameplay away if you’re not exploring.
Put simply, you are both incented and then punished for exploring in the game, and it’s bad for their narrative if you lollygag.
Even better, this is the first Max Payne game without quicksave, there is no option to save that time when you did really well and didn’t take damage, you just have to hope if the game decides you take too long that and that you’ve “failed” you’ll do just as well when you have to replay that sequence.
When leading neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander found himself in a 7-week coma in 2008, he experienced things he never thought possible - exclusively excerpted from his upcoming book Proof of Heaven, he shares his journey to the afterlife in this week’s Newsweek.
I hope someone will pick up my new book entitled “Proof of Dreams” where I detail how I experienced things I never thought possible while sleeping.
Confirmation bias is a hell of a drug.
In other news, Newsweek still sucks.
This lady is clearly a badass. My brain exploded watching this.