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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Invite to Mafia Championship Season 7
« on: April 24, 2020, 11:19:19 PM »
Vote   Khushrenada

Are there any tangible benefits for coupling an NNID (3DS/Wii U) to a Nintendo Account (Switch)? Could people unlink them, or are they permanently tied?

You're able to friend people from your friend lists on both the WiiU and 3DS

Blue / Re: Guess the Personal Text
« on: April 20, 2020, 10:55:04 PM »

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 20, 2020, 02:17:34 PM »
"Oil prices below $5 a barrel, from a high of $60 at the beginning of the year"
"Oil prices below $2 a barrel"
"Oil prices below $1.50 a barrel"
"Oil prices below $1.00 a barrel"
"Oil prices below $0.01 a barrel"
"Oil futures are negative for the first time in history"
"Oil futures AT -35.20"

In other news, coronavirus cures global warming.

General Chat / Re: GIF Request
« on: April 14, 2020, 05:04:37 AM »
Video editing isn't my thing but I tried

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 14, 2020, 04:30:39 AM »
... but that's exactly what el hombre naranja wanted and was attacked for a few days ago. And the tri-state governors have been working together coordinating their response and lock downs since well over a month ago.

Ability To Move Software
I got my hopes up that Nintendo was finally going to let us download games off carts.

Blue / Re: I'm not making it up, it's in the NEWZ, DEWD.
« on: April 14, 2020, 03:31:38 AM »
I'm sure it was. I was laughing at how perfectly the article fit into the stereotype of the blind ideologue that refuses to ever believe that communism/socialism could, even once, fail to meet up to their utopian ideals. They always dismiss with either "not true communism/socialism, never been tried yet" or "not their fault, CIA plot was behind it". The latter in this case. The article didn't even give the time of day to list potential theories that has Maduro side at fault (piracy, being pissy with Portugal, saber rattling to keep opportunistic intervention away during a pandemic) and went immediately to poisoning the well with "tin-pot dictator, conspiracy stuff. Take it with a grain of salt". Then ending with a verbatim quote from them without any criticality of what the quote said. You couldn't be any more biased.

flying the Portuguese flag but registered in Germany
Sadly, that's the norm with tax evasion and regulation dodging. Companies are shameless:

Blue / Re: I'm not making it up, it's in the NEWZ, DEWD.
« on: April 06, 2020, 12:43:39 AM »
I think the fact that Cruise ships are huge and naval patrol boats are smol helped it survive the "ramming". The story even describes the cruise ship as being 6 times the size in water displacement.

It also helps that it's an ice breaker ship with reinforced harden steel hulls. They picked the wrong boat to mess with.

But what about the warning shots? Why would the Venezuelan Navy want to force the Resolute off-course and into an anchorage at a port in their territorial waters?

One scenario is the standard Venezuelan President Maduro, tin-pot dictator, conspiracy stuff. Take it with a grain of salt.

“The cruise ship “RCGS Resolute” is not a cruise ship. It is a military pirate ship that attacked the Navy patrol boat. It has 160 paramilitaries on board (possibly more) and, denounces the CEOFANB, equipped with inflatable boats to mobilize commandos and execute night raids”

Yes, true socialist naval ships have never been constructed yet. Clearly the CIA is spreading conspiracy theories, again, after their newest bay of pigs plot was foiled. Why would the great nation of Venezuela with its tremendous (sole) wealth of oil possibly resort to highseas piracy in these times of record low oil prices and local hyper inflation? The poor sailors in the naval ship had no way of dodging the agile cruise ship aggressor. :laugh;

There's a video of the ramming here:
And their photo "evidence" of the "impeding raid":

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Dead Thread.
« on: April 04, 2020, 12:30:12 AM »
Well what do you know, two mafia members were on the day 1 vote against me. Called it.

And we would have gotten away with your Metroid, too, if not for those darn meddling pirates and their doc...

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Dead Thread.
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:01:34 PM »
With my death, I leave more questions than answers.

TalkBack / Re: A New Way to Watch Anime
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:52:24 AM »
Join the dark side: Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA :faust:

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:11:49 AM »
#truth #facts - When Fox News accidentally lets the truth slip out. LOL
But that's classic deception by cherry picking information.
"We should have been working on it (covid test) for months. We knew about this from the WHO when, Dec 21 2019 ... we knew coronavirus was coming, we knew it was person from person"
Nobody on Dec 21, 2019 could have confidently foreseen that SARS-COV-2 would blow up like it did over it being a localized problem like the original SARS-CoV was back in 2003 (which the Chinese also lied about too). The WHO also said "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China" on January 14 and were constantly sending out mixed signals making the situation worse. It wasn't until mid to late February that most people realized this was probably going to get really bad.
US and SK had their first case on the same day.... Look at the cases they have. Look at their mortality. It because they have a very strong response and we had a very weak response.
And Italy and Spain had their first cases even later. "Look at the cases they have. Look at their mortality. America is amazing!" /sarcasm What SK is doing is good (following up on every case, cellphone tracking to find where they've been, testing and isolating those that could have been exposed) but it can't realistic be done when it spreads too far. A fairer comparison would be the response after the number of cases start growing exponentially.

I'm all for criticism when you see him not responding as well as he could be. And there's been plenty of that already which has resulted in him correcting course many times. But a lot of this stuff lately is just opponents looking to attack him and wanting to attack him with this so they're smearing him with a distorted account of the past. These political games need to stop, there's no place for it in a time of crisis.

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:43:34 AM »
I don't really have any objective words to say at this point....
but due to lack of response for over 2 months, and even after the tepid response after the first wave hit,
Yeah, China's actions are downright evil regardin-
I guess only 100k-200k American deaths would be considered a victory according to the one who would pat himself on the back over how this has been handled so far.....
*facepalm* He was the first to try and ban travel from China in January at which the press screamed "xenophobia" and said "the flu was worse" that they then later attacked him for repeating. He also was the first to ban travel from Europe (which the press responded that quarantining was unscientific and doesn't work) before Europe restricted their own boarders a few days later. Meanwhile, Cuomo and DeBlasio resisted closing down NY till the last moment, Boris Johnson took forever to respond, Bolsonaro is still downplaying it, Turkey was in denial up until recently that there were any cases there, Sweden actively wants all its people dead, etc. He's doing no worse of a job than any major leader is currently doing. No major nation is getting an A grade for their handling of this except maybe for SK and Taiwan.

Stop making me defend a guy I don't even like. Chill out. There is only one man to blame for this pandemic and it's despot mass murder Xi Jinping. I hate how the media successfully distracted everyone away from China.

I guess only 100k-200k American deaths would be considered a victory

I don't have the most up to date numbers, but just last week we were at what, 86k infected?
Now we're projecting 100k-200k deaths!? and that's at what.... 5% death to infection rate!? holy **** are we in for a ride here....

Actually 100K deaths would be a tenth of the old best case scenario. We're looking at 1.2M deaths with lower end infection rate of 40% and maintaining a low death rate of 1%. At 70% infected and 3% death rate it would be 7M, 10M+ for a 5% death rate.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Day 4.
« on: March 31, 2020, 02:10:24 AM »
I hear walls made of toilet paper keep the dark hunter away.

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 29, 2020, 10:44:44 PM »
Wow, history could've been vastly different today if a company called Covidien didn't monopolize the ventilator industry and fucked us over because "it was not sufficiently profitable for the company".
The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators a Decade Ago. The Mission Failed.

Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded as one of the medical system’s crucial vulnerabilities: a shortage of ventilators.
The breathing-assistance machines tended to be bulky, expensive and limited in number. The plan was to build a large fleet of inexpensive portable devices to deploy in a flu pandemic or another crisis.
Money was budgeted. A federal contract was signed. Work got underway.

And then things suddenly veered off course. A multibillion-dollar maker of medical devices bought the small California company that had been hired to design the new machines. The project ultimately produced zero ventilators.
That failure delayed the development of an affordable ventilator by at least half a decade, depriving hospitals, states and the federal government of the ability to stock up. The federal government started over with another company in 2014, whose ventilator was approved only last year and whose products have not yet been delivered.

“We definitely saw the problem,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who ran the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2009 to 2017. “We innovated to try and get a solution. We made really good progress, but it doesn’t appear to have resulted in the volume that we needed.”
The project — code-named Aura — came in the wake of a parade of near-miss pandemics: SARS, MERS, bird flu and swine flu.
Federal officials decided to re-evaluate their strategy for the next public health emergency. They considered vaccines, antiviral drugs, protective gear and ventilators, the last line of defense for patients suffering respiratory failure. The federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile had full-service ventilators in its warehouses, but not in the quantities that would be needed to combat a major pandemic.

In 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services established a new division, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, with a mandate to prepare medical responses to chemical, biological and nuclear attacks, as well as infectious diseases.
In its first year in operation, the research agency considered how to expand the number of ventilators. It estimated that an additional 70,000 machines would be required in a moderate influenza pandemic.
The ventilators in the national stockpile were not ideal. In addition to being big and expensive, they required a lot of training to use. The research agency convened a panel of experts in November 2007 to devise a set of requirements for a new generation of mobile, easy-to-use ventilators.
In 2008, the government requested proposals from companies that were interested in designing and building the ventilators.
The goal was for the machines to be approved by regulators for mass development by 2010 or 2011, according to budget documents that the Department of Health and Human Services submitted to Congress in 2008. After that, the government would buy as many as 40,000 new ventilators and add them to the national stockpile.
The ventilators were to cost less than $3,000 each. The lower the price, the more machines the government would be able to buy.
Companies submitted bids for the Project Aura job. The research agency opted not to go with a large, established device maker. Instead it chose Newport Medical Instruments, a small outfit in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Newport, which was owned by a Japanese medical device company, only made ventilators. Being a small, nimble company, Newport executives said, would help it efficiently fulfill the government’s needs.

Ventilators at the time typically went for about $10,000 each, and getting the price down to $3,000 would be tough. But Newport’s executives bet they would be able to make up for any losses by selling the ventilators around the world.
“It would be very prestigious to be recognized as a supplier to the federal government,” said Richard Crawford, who was Newport’s head of research and development at the time. “We thought the international market would be strong, and there is where Newport would have a good profit on the product.”
Federal officials were pleased. In addition to replenishing the national stockpile, “we also thought they’d be so attractive that the commercial market would want to buy them, too,” said Nicole Lurie, who was then the assistant secretary for preparedness and response inside the Department of Health and Human Services. With luck, the new generation of ventilators would become ubiquitous, helping hospitals nationwide better prepare for a crisis.
The contract was officially awarded a few months after the H1N1 outbreak, which the C.D.C. estimated infected 60 million and killed 12,000 in the United States, began to taper off in 2010. The contract called for Newport to receive $6.1 million upfront, with the expectation that the government would pay millions more as it bought thousands of machines to fortify the stockpile.
Project Aura was Newport’s first job for the federal government. Things moved quickly and smoothly, employees and federal officials said in interviews.

Every three months, officials with the biomedical research agency would visit Newport’s headquarters. Mr. Crawford submitted monthly reports detailing the company’s spending and progress.
The federal officials “would check everything,” he said. “If we said we were buying equipment, they would want to know what it was used for. There were scheduled visits, scheduled requirements and deliverables each month.”
In 2011, Newport shipped three working prototypes from the company’s California plant to Washington for federal officials to review.
Dr. Frieden, who ran the C.D.C. at the time, got a demonstration in a small conference room attached to his office. “I got all excited,” he said. “It was a multiyear effort that had resulted in something that was going to be really useful.”
In April 2012, a senior Health and Human Services official testified before Congress that the program was “on schedule to file for market approval in September 2013.” After that, the machines would go into production.
Then everything changed.
The medical device industry was undergoing rapid consolidation, with one company after another merging with or acquiring other makers. Manufacturers wanted to pitch themselves as one-stop shops for hospitals, which were getting bigger, and that meant offering a broader suite of products. In May 2012, Covidien, a large medical device manufacturer, agreed to buy Newport for just over $100 million.
Covidien — a publicly traded company with sales of $12 billion that year — already sold traditional ventilators, but that was only a small part of its multifaceted businesses. In 2012 alone, Covidien bought five other medical device companies, in addition to Newport.
Newport executives and government officials working on the ventilator contract said they immediately noticed a change when Covidien took over. Developing inexpensive portable ventilators no longer seemed like a top priority.

Newport applied in June 2012 for clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market the device, but two former federal officials said Covidien had demanded additional funding and a higher sales price for the ventilators. The government gave the company an additional $1.4 million, a drop in the bucket for a company Covidien’s size.
Government officials and executives at rival ventilator companies said they suspected that Covidien had acquired Newport to prevent it from building a cheaper product that would undermine Covidien’s profits from its existing ventilator business.
Some Newport executives who worked on the project were reassigned to other roles. Others decided to leave the company.
“Up until the time the company sold, I was really happy and excited about the project,” said Hong-Lin Du, Newport’s president at the time of its sale. “Then I was assigned to a different job.”
In 2014, with no ventilators having been delivered to the government, Covidien executives told officials at the biomedical research agency that they wanted to get out of the contract, according to three former federal officials. The executives complained that it was not sufficiently profitable for the company.
The government agreed to cancel the contract. The world was focused at the time on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The research agency started over, awarding a new contract for $13.8 million to the giant Dutch company Philips. In 2015, Covidien was sold for $50 billion to another huge medical device company, Medtronic. Charles J. Dockendorff, Covidien’s former chief financial officer, said he did not know why the contract had fallen apart. “I am not aware of that issue,” he said in a text message.
Robert J. White, president of the minimally invasive therapies group at Medtronic who worked at Covidien during the Newport acquisition, initially said he had no recollection of the Project Aura contract. A Medtronic spokeswoman later said that Mr. White was under the impression that the contract had been winding down before Covidien bought Newport.
In a statement Sunday night, after the article was published, Medtronic said, “The prototype ventilator, developed by Newport Medical, would not have been able to meet the specifications required by the government, nor at the price required.” Medtronic said that one problem was that the machine was not going to be usable with newborns.

It wasn’t until last July that the F.D.A. signed off on the new Philips ventilator, the Trilogy Evo. The government ordered 10,000 units in December, setting a delivery date in mid-2020.
As the extent of the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States became clear, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed on March 15 that the stockpile had 12,700 ventilators ready to deploy. The government has since sped up maintenance to increase the number available to 16,660 — still fewer than a quarter of what officials years earlier had estimated would be required in a moderate flu pandemic.
Last week, the Health and Human Services Department contacted ventilator makers to see how soon they could produce thousands of machines. And it began pressing Philips to speed up its planned shipments.
The stockpile is “still awaiting delivery of the Trilogy Evo,” a Health and Human Services spokeswoman said. “We do not currently have any in inventory, though we are expecting them soon.”

Blue / Re: Free Toilet Paper
« on: March 28, 2020, 04:04:37 AM »
Great. Forts are always the best protection.

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:37:21 AM »
It's amazing we've made it this far.... the **** we have to deal with. SMFH

Ignoring everything political about that article or basically the whole article, I'm actually glad GM is being bullied. They never got criminally punished for the ignition switch scandal and their downright evil actions around it so being bossed around by the defense production act is good karmic payback.

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:21:52 AM »
When he starts incompetently naming drugs by name

How else are they supposed to talk about it? They also named Remdesivir (that drug invented to fight Ebola), Immune Sera, Convalescent Serum, Monoclonal antibodies, and others. The press conferences are supposed to be status reports and discussing them is relevant.

that are at an early testing phase live on National TV and incorrectly states that it's been approved by the FDA as a "cure" then he does have blame in this.

Where in the transcripts does he say that? I posted each day's conferences and nowhere does he proclaim it a "cure". The closest thing is on the 19th where he said it was approved (for the trails in NY that started on 24th/25th) which didn't get final approval until a few days later.

When those same statements are parroted on Faux News as "truth" and "cure" then the blame does fall on the man some want to call a "leader" to have mislead them into thinking his statements were in any way true.

The only citation I can find for the Fox news repeating "it's a cure" is this:
But Fox News is already all in. On her show Monday night, Laura Ingraham brought on a man who says his symptoms dissipated after taking the drug. She later spoke to Dr. Meredith Clement, an LSU infectious-disease expert who has incorporated [hydroxychloroquine] in the “algorithm” by which they treat patients, but noted that it was “too soon to tell” whether it’s effective. “We don’t know and we need further data,” Clement said. “We need to collect the clinical data … to see if we’re going to see much of a benefit.”
The article is set up to frame it like Fox news is saying "it's a cure" but if you look at the actual words quoted they aren't. They're just messaging it as promising.

He's told so many lies up to this point, I'm not sure why anyone listens to anything he says... but that's just me.

Honestly, I can say the same exactly thing about all media. They've told so many lies and half truths up to this point, I don't trust anything they say and instead go immediately to the source material. Over half of the time it's false or very distorted. Be it about the president, Sanders, Tulsi, Obama, the Pope, Syria, China, Corona Beer, etc... They're no better than tabloids at this point and lie about everyone on all sides. '00 meme of Faux news just became the new normal for all news outlets since around 2013. Not defending fox but annoyed at all of them.

I wouldn't care about the media being contrarians on political stuff since that's always happened on some level for centuries but this time they're literally going to cause people to die. Michigan and Nevada governors have banned hydroxychloroquine because these dumb hit pieces claiming them as "unscientific" and "false hope cures" to make him look bad. And when they do approve hydroxychloroquine, there's definitely going to be stories of people refusing to take it because they heard it doesn't work and will kill them just like anti-vax'ers.

The US President says a lot of things that don't end up happening.  Especially with regards to the corona virus outbreak, I think we should just dismiss whatever he says.  Listen to the experts.

Maybe his tweets but the press conferences that are being attacked as disinformation are made up of the experts (and CEO's for whatever reason) reporting on the Coronavirus with introductions/remarks from the VP or President. What's said in them aren't much different than the daily NJ, NY, and PA governor press conferences I've also been watching. (Yeah, I'm consuming way too much content about this. I'll stop eventually.) There's no reason not to listen to them. If he says something wrong, he'll be corrected by Dr. Tony Fauci a few minutes later.

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:24:16 AM »
Well this happened here is Arizona.  A man died for trying to use chloroquine phosphate is an additive to clean fish tanks and kill parasites in the tanks. The one that is used for Malaria is hydroxy chloroquine and has shown decent in a few small studies but these studies need to be expanded before making it a viable option for COVID-19.  By the way hydroxy chloroquine hasn't been approved by the FDA as a treatment.  There is no cure currently.   The difference between the two is how they are formulated.  His wife is in critical condition currently after injesting it as a possible treatment of COVID-19. She threw up most of the chemical.   Both were/are in their 60s. 

AZ couple suffer from meds as a possible cure for COVID-19

I mentioned this in the funhouse, but the part you are leaving out is WHY they thought to use that **** as a "CURE" for COVID-19 especially when they didn't even have the virus or any symptoms.
Old couple scared, being misinformed by public figures they "trust" to give them "facts" and to see those "facts" parroted on their favorite Faux "news" channel, led them to believe they had access to something that could help. It was irresponsible and shows the complete incompetence, greed and lack of compassion of the people in charge, as if that hasn't been apparent for at least the last 3 years, and depending on who your talking about specifically (if you've been paying attention) for much, much, much longer than that.

p.s. there were other people that thought the try the same things. This didn't only happen in AZ, but in other countries as well. for the exact same reason.

Except that's a ludicrous distortion that came from twitter. He who shall not be named expressed his hopefulness about it and wants to rush out the trails just like the NY governor also expressed on Tuesday after the reported deaths. Nobody said "We got her" nor landed on an aircraft carrier with a big "mission accomplished" banner on it like twitter made it out to be. See for yourself, here are the relevant transcripts from the past few press conferences since he started mentioning it:

Idiots self-medicating following instructions they found on the internet to drink cleaning fluid that was the wrong chemical can't be pinned on him anymore than they can be pinned to Cuomo, France, or China. When people criticize him over made up stuff, it completely debases real criticisms of him and hardens him and his supporters in their ways. It's just making the problem worse.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Day 1.
« on: March 25, 2020, 08:54:27 PM »
Cons for everyone voting Pokepal: If Samus gets it, we need to find a needle in a haystack.
Pros for everyone voting Pokepal: Samus and the Feddies will surely target one of the voters. The more voters, the lower their odds of hitting the one with the metroid.

I have to give a vote Pokepal.

I'll take it at face value he's telling the truth. This was a bad idea, Pokepal. The last few games I played or observed involving Pokepal involved him making bad decision after bad decision. When I was Godfather, he was the one that put me in the alliance, and set up a win, providing information about who had what role, clarifying the picture of what paths I should have taken.
(Allow me to address this for what feels like the 18 billionth time. Real life got the best of me and kept me from paying close enough attention to that game towards the end (it's what happens when there's a mafia game around the holidays. I was told by numerous people that you could likely be trusted so I took the chance since I figured you were skilled enough to carry the rest of the townie victory. It backfired spectacularly, everyone has been on my case about it (including the folks who told me you could be trusted in the first place) and overall it was a learning experience for me.

Last game I was forced into pretty much an unwinnable situation after being overall much more careful with PMs. The Doctor and Detective found each other on their own before they reached but overall my plan had been to have multiple smaller alliances between myself and players that I felt I could trust. That way if one of them was a turn coat they wouldn't be able to find the doctor or detective and overall would be limited in what information they receive from me.

Ironically this worked to my advantage when I was turned. One of the people in my fake townie alliance was someone who had reached out earlier with a screenshot verifying that they were a townie at that point and iirc I called on them to help with a vote. Later on because I hadn't told him that Nickmitch was the detective I was able to rope them into the fake townie alliance with Lolmonade as the detective but that kind of situation is thankfully unlikely to happen here.

Vote Pokepal
Three opening parentheses and one closing triggered my lisp-autism.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Day 1.
« on: March 25, 2020, 03:53:34 AM »
The Metroid is the only item that can be swapped among players

So does that mean poke can swap it and give it to someone else at will? Can we just hot potato it until we find (Dark) Samus and get a self destruct alert?

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 19, 2020, 01:05:32 PM »
You know it's bad when republicans support temporary-UBI and democrats stop treating everything Trump does as the second coming of Hitler.

Cow urine man, cow urine.

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