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darkmoon72 last won the day on March 18 2010

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  1. darkmoon72

    There's no you lose screen for primaries

    The Black Gate was the first Ultima I ever played, at my friend's house. Serpent Isle was the first Ultima I ever owned. I sometimes still play Online - there are ways to play it for free where it's more or less the same setup as it was 20 years ago. I'd also like to give a shout out to Exult, perhaps the best Ultima mod out there. It not only makes 7 and 7 part 2 playable on modern machines, it enhances them quite a bit. Maybe eventually we can get the original plot to Serpent Isle as part of the mod - it's still in the game's usecode and it is a project they're working on. The biggest tragedy of the last 3 games (7 part 2, 8 and 9) is that they were all released essentially unfinished.
  2. darkmoon72

    Don't Count Out Gillibrand

    I'm sure she'll be light-years more progressive than Trump, Pence, or whomever else the GOP vomits forth in 2020.
  3. darkmoon72

    Don't Count Out Gillibrand

    Thanks! Yes, it's true, and a sad fact of the state of affairs the US is in right now, nobody really has clean hands. Although it is worth pointing out that it was Eisenhower and the Dulles brothers who changed the CIA's purpose from being our foreign intelligence service into the enforcement arm of big business interests, knocking over governments left and right when they wouldn't play ball with the moneyed few. From 1947-1952 under Truman, the CIA's culture was a lot different than it was from 1953 onwards, which became a large part of our foreign policy entanglements, and the blowback that often followed.
  4. darkmoon72

    Don't Count Out Gillibrand

    Totally agree with you on the first part, Patine. Mostly agree on the second part, too, although I'd like to point out that several Republican presidents have, in the past, loved foreign dictators. Fulgencio Batista of Cuba, Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Francisco Franco of Spain, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, just to name a few Cold War-era examples, were all at one point either installed or supported by US Republican presidents, and their atrocities were given either a resounding "meh" or were outright supported by the US government. Republicans backing foreign tyrants is nothing new, but the main difference is that in previous years, it was generally dictators that were perceived as in the pocket of the US. In addition, usually a flimsy justification was at least attempted, usually along the lines of "stopping the spread of communism/terrorism" - Republicans would use this particular excuse to overthrow left-wing democracies and replace them with right-wing dictatorships. With Trump, there is no justification offered, nor are these dictatorships agreeing to be US allies. The through line here is that the real reason the US cozies up to these horrible people is for business interests to profit - in prior years, it was friends and wealthy financiers of the Republicans, and now the profiteer is Trump himself, which ties back into your first point.
  5. darkmoon72

    Fun Primary Game

    Interesting to see how those points break down. I was originally gung-ho for Bernie again in 2020, but I'm souring on that idea more and more as time passes. Interesting how he has a very low score on this chart, and the Move On poll had him placing only 5th, despite having high name recognition. Right now I'm leaning towards Elizabeth Warren, although Kamala Harris is making my decision difficult, and both Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown could sway me if they enter the fray. Interesting to see Harris scores a 20. 🙂
  6. darkmoon72

    Don't Count Out Gillibrand

    Leaving the Al Franken railroading aside - which, to me, seemed less like a principled stand, and more like one 2020 contender throwing another 2020 contender under the bus - Gillibrand's record prior to the US Senate was very pro-gun and pro-tobacco, among other things. There are many 2020 contenders - some of whom are also in the Senate - who didn't lurch so dramatically from one office to the next. I think her prior Blue Dog record, plus the Franken thing, plus the optics - she strikes people as a younger version of Hillary Clinton in many ways - all contribute to a narrative that Gillibrand is too opportunistic for her own good, and gives people the idea that she doesn't really hold true to any ideology, she's just all about getting ahead. I can rule her out in the primaries, along with Biden and Bloomberg, if they decide to run. I would vote for her in the general election, but not with any great enthusiasm. There are far better candidates to choose from. But at least she's not Tulsi Gabbard.
  7. darkmoon72

    Don't fall for Tulsi Gabbard

    Of course it is, and that's the problem. She has far more in common with Republicans than Democrats, and I suspect she'd drop all pretense and be a Republican if she thought she could get away with it in heavily Democratic Hawai'i. Fortunately, though, Republicans do not decide our primaries for us, and Gabbard has about as much of a chance of winning our party's nomination as Donald Trump does. RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens summed up her problems best: “Liberals think she’s too conservative, conservatives think she’s too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/01/tulsi-gabbard-2020-presidential-run More about her looney tunes cult she and her family are a part of, which has also been linked to drug smuggling and kidnapping - they even bought drugs from the Taliban (!). They also like to coordinate DDOS attacks against any journalistic website that dares investigate them. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/06/what-does-tulsi-gabbard-believe https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/tulsi-gabbard-krishna-cult-rumors_n_6879588.html http://hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/15250/Tulsi-Gabbards-Cult-Tied-to-quotBillion-Dollar-Drug-Empirequot--Funded-Taliban.aspx http://hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/20612/categoryId/94/DDOS-Attack-on-Hawaii-Free-Presstied-to-Gabbards-Cult.aspx To summarize, Culty Gabbard wants everyone to think she's Bernie Sanders in a lei. In reality, she's Jim Jones in a lei.
  8. darkmoon72

    Don't fall for Tulsi Gabbard

    All things being equal, vcczar, I would agree. However, things are not equal. Gabbard's "early 20s" you refer to include when she was an elected official - a Democrat, no less. In more recent years, she's said in interviews that her views on gay rights, abortion, etc. haven't changed, but that she doesn't believe in forcing her viewpoint on others. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of human rights, in my book, and I think it's fair to question whether she'll fight for these things at all, and what kind of Supreme Court justices she'll pick. The cult she belonged to is very much homophobic, misogynistic and Islamophobic, and she continues to tick all those boxes to this day in very disturbing ways. She obviously hasn't shaken this cult as of today, as her chief of staff is a member, and was criticized at the time he was picked for having no political experience. This was so concerning to Hawai'i's LGBT caucus that they refused to endorse her candidacy in 2016, when she was 35 - only 3 years ago, and long after she claims to have "evolved". It's true, many people had different views when they were younger, but no other Democrat in the running has ever said anything about gay people that's even close to the hateful rhetoric that Gabbard spouted. Even I will admit I grew up in a different time, when homophobic jokes in school were more common, and that I participated before I knew any better - but that was when I was 11 or 12, certainly not well into my 20s, and even I didn't rant and rave about "homosexual extremists" (I'm close to her age, to put this in context). That's a whole new level of hate beyond simple youthful ignorance - and keep in mind the context of that quote was someone asking about her then-Republican father's creepy cult connections, not addressing Tulsi at all, a valid question that went completely unanswered. Let's also keep in mind nobody seriously considered Robert Byrd to be presidential material. He ran as a favorite son in 1976 but was never a serious contender. We can forgive, yes, but not forget. Gabbard is also a frequent fixture on FOX News, often criticizing Democrats whenever she can. Usually when "Democrats" start making frequent appearances on FOX to attack progressives, they are showing their true colors - Dennis Kucinich is a great example. Progressive Punch lists her as the 123rd most progressive member of the House - meaning about 70% or so of House Democrats are more progressive than she is. From where I stand, she is not to be trusted. https://progressivepunch.org/scores.htm?house=house
  9. darkmoon72

    There's no you lose screen for primaries

    Funny you should mention the Ultima series, they are some of my favorite games, I grew up playing them. In fact I have found mods and patches for most of the single-player games that have "enhanced" them quite a bit. I'm still sad about the last 2 games being poorly made and incomplete, even 20 years later. Edit: And I remember that exact thing happening. In Ultima 5 I forgot a game-critical item, got all the way to the end, didn't realize my mistake for a couple of minutes because the game doesn't explicitly tell you, and let's just say rage-quitting was involved...
  10. darkmoon72

    Don't fall for Tulsi Gabbard

    Tulsi Gabbard is also a member of a bizarre Hare Krishna cult led by a man named Chris Butler, as are her parents, several of her staffers and both her first and second husband (they are rumored to arrange marriages). The story gets far more disturbing the more one reads about it. In fact, when her right-wing father (a homophobic Republican state senator who switched parties in 2007) was challenged about this issue in his failed 2004 US House race, she delivered a response that's now getting some attention for its hateful homophobia: “I smell a skunk,” [Gabbard] wrote. “It’s clear to me that you’re acting as a conduit for The Honolulu Weekly and other homosexual extremist supporters of Ed Case.” https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/11/tulsi-gabbard-is-not-who-you-think-she-is.html She also used to promote conversion therapy. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/politics/kfile-tulsi-gabbard-lgbt/index.html The cult stuff, homophobia, Islamophobia, friendliness to Putin, Assad, Modi and Trump are all giant red flags for me. The likes of Steve Bannon, Trey Gowdy and David Duke (!) have endorsed her. Her father switched parties, later admitting it's the only way he could remain elected in Hawai'i, and her views seem suspiciously like an extension of his to this day. I suspect that's the reason why she's not a Republican, where I think she would feel more at home. Definite NO from me on Tulsi Gabbard, in fact if she gets the nomination, for the first time in my life I won't vote for the Democrat for president (I certainly won't vote for the Republican either). Literally just about any other potential Democratic nominee is someone I could vote for in November 2020. But not her.
  11. darkmoon72

    game record

    Interesting - almost a complete reversal of 1964's real-life result. Was this the 1964 scenario?
  12. darkmoon72

    There's no you lose screen for primaries

    There usually is such a screen. Whenever I lose in the primaries, a screen comes up saying "You have lost as [your character], do you want to play as [the nominee]? If not you will be removed from the game." Sounds like a bug.
  13. Gotcha. Thanks for the explanation. Sorry, I'm not always the best at detecting sarcasm.
  14. My Kennedy/McGovern ticket narrowly won the election, but lost the popular vote. I haven't been able to top this result yet.
  15. Not really sure if this is meant as serious, a joke, or sarcasm, but yes, anyone out there who hates non-white people is, by definition, racist. I have no idea what the "tolerant left" is supposed to be. Speaking for myself, I don't tolerate the intolerant.