New Labor


Our new Labor Secretary will be…the former CEO of CKE, which owns Hardee’s and Carl’s, Jr.

So, yeah. He thinks many American workers are paid too much. I’ll let you guess which ones.

As a reminder to the liberals out there who refused to vote for Hillary because reasons, let me point out that there’s every possibility that we could have instead had Bernie Sanders as our Secretary of Labor. Instead we get the CEO of a fast food chain. Nicely one, you selfish fucks. Nicely done.

So This is Going to Suck


I mean, right? There’s no way it’s not likely to not suck, and you folks already know my opinions on the second and third movies.

It’s such a shame. Michael Bay does exhibit some directorial skills, he just chooses to use his talents in terrible, terrible ways.

The Killing of Goats


A cousin of mine owns a very small farm and, among other things, had three goats. Note the past tense implied with “had”. Someone killed them.

If you live anywhere in the Vancouver, WA, area and have any information about this, please contact local law enforcement and help track down this jerk.

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Why Not Sixteen?


How well-developed is the mind of the average sixteen-year-old? Developed enough that we allow them to drive a ton of steel down a road at 65 miles per hour. Developed enough that they’re expected (and have been for a couple of years at that point), to make major choices in their education that will impact the rest of their lives. Ones who misbehave at a high enough level even get tried as adults.

We treat them like adults in many, many ways. So…why not let them vote?

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I mean, the ear gagues are terrible, but otherwise they can show good judgement.

I’d say that  the average sixteen-year-old has enough maturity and knowledge that voting is something they should be allowed to do, especially as, obviously, the average sixteen-year-old is going to have to live with various things politicians do longer than anyone who is older than they are.

Sure, not everyone at this age is responsible enough to be able to vote, but if there’s one thing that the recent election has proven it’s that age is no indicator of responsible voting ability.

Mind you, this won’t happen as long as Republicans have anything to say about it. They’d much rather no one under 65 vote, as young people tend to vote Democrat more than they do Republican.

But I still say it’s worth considering, worth pushing, and worth amending our Constitution for.

Wherein I am Annoyed by Sexism


Picture in your mind an auto mechanic. Think of someone who spends their days working around things that are sometimes sharp, things that are sometimes hot, and things that are covered in grease. Picture all of that, and then tell me how well this picture matches your image.

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Debbie Does Dodge

This character is a woman named Cindy. She appears in Final Fantasy XV, and she’s supposed to be a mechanic. I suppose she probably is, but certainly no mechanic I’ve ever seen or picture would be dressed like that. So let’s call her what she actually is: masturbatory material for teenage male game players.

I’m perfectly ok with a certain amount of titillation and erotic content in video games, but come on. This is just fucking insane.

Earlier today, I was also playing Watch Dogs 2: The Pretension, and this character walks onto my screen.

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Not so bad, except that initial view of her meeting the main character in person for the first time was a shot from about knee-height, from behind, and looking up. So, basically, an ass shot.

First, before I get too deep into this, kudos to Ubisoft for making the characters of Watch Dogs 2: l33t h4x0rz, diverse in both gender and race. So ten points to Hufflepuff for that, but minus several million for making the female character the only “sexy” one.

FFXV does the same thing. The main characters are four guys who have been friends for ages. That’s actually a bit of a step back for the series, as they’ve often had gender diversity among the main characters, but whatever. The bigger problem here is that while the only speaking female character I’ve seen so far is dressed like a porn star prior to wearing what most porn stars end up wearing (possibly a pearl necklace? Don’t image search that), while all the guys are just dressed normal. Oh, there’s one that’s got a vest with no shirt, but he’s got so many tattoos, they basically count as clothing.

This irritates me. I’m ok with titilation and eroticism, as said, but make it equal! If you’re going to have a woman dressed like Cindy, then give me an outfit for Noctis that’s about the same level. Or just give me a male version of Cindy.

Game makers would do well to remember that there are a large number of women who play video games, too, as well as a number of guys who are into other guys. It’d be just super-nice if they could give us options in RPGs and the like to pick our gender and the gender of our love interest. Bioware manged this way back in the day with Jade Empire, and has continued to make great strides in this direction.

I guess what I’m saying ultimately is that I’m fine with women being objectified as long as men are, too. Not perhaps the best lesson, but there you are.

Don’t Share These Sites


Just a short, helpful message to my fellow liberals. Please don’t share links or stories that come from these websites. They’re generally just the liberal version of Fox News and are something we need to avoid.

Some New Thoughts on No Man’s Sky


I refused to join in on the bashing bandwagon when it comes to No Man’s Sky. I like the game. I like it quite a lot. I’ve been playing since release day, and while I don’t play it quite as often as I used to, I still play it.

And now there’s more to like.

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The game has added bases, and freighters that one can buy. There are more plans, more diagrams, and more and different minerals and elements. There are small quests that one can go on, and the universe itself feels more “lived in” than it had before.

I really like this addition. I landed on a hot, barren world that I named New Phoenix, and I then claimed a nice little base. I’ve begun building it up, and though I’ll probably take it apart and move to a new planet, I’m pleased at the progress I’ve made.

There are still issues with the game, and with the update specifically. I find it irritating how scarce plutonium now is, and I could really, really do without the incredibly dense asteroid fields. They also still haven’t put in a multiplayer mode, which is fine with me, but annoys some people.

Still, I’m pleased by the game now, and have always been, and if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play now.

Badger still can into space!