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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Last post by Baruch on October 20, 2018, 11:32:34 AM »
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Silver dimes?  Yes, I suppose some are still around.  Most have been taken out of circulation by hoarders.  I bought a tub of "junk silver" one time just to see what kind of an investment it was.  I bought quarters, but you can buy them assorted.  They come through the Post Office in plastic tubs with "MACHINE PARTS" stamped all over the container.  But when I went to pick them up the postal clerk said, "Oh, silver coins, huh?"  Like it was some big secret. 

I'm still befuddled about how worthless the money we use actually is.  There is some value in copper pennies and I suppose also in nickels and dimes, but when you get into the big bills is just paper and ink.  I've been told our money is backed by the US government so it actually has more value than the junk it's made out of.  But is this the same government that controls inflation, lies to me, and redistributes my tax dollars to wealthy campaign donors?  I'm still expecting it to collapse, and when it does there are going to be a lot of losers.

And if it is backed by the government, shouldn't I be able to trade my paper dollars in for something of value?  I suppose they would just pay for it using the same garbage I was trying to get rid of.  Or maybe some guy would say, "Here, you can have one of these savings bonds."  Like that helps a lot.  I should be able to get something useful like light bulbs or shovels.

Taxation backs the dollar (or any other currency).  You are required to pay taxes.  And required to do this in a particular currency.  This creates a demand for the dollar etc, every time you pay a tax, which is every time you make an economic exchange (see sales taxes or VAT).

So ultimately it is the power of the government, to put you in jail, or to wage war against our competitors, that makes the dollar valuable.  Because really, without the police, almost nobody would pay taxes.  Similarly ambitious and greedy people would be all over you, without any defenses, like Sweden and its refugees.

So yes, you can convert your digital or physical cash into purchased goods and services.  But at a price, determined by the government, under regulations determined by the government.  Unless the government lets you, your digital or physical cash is worth zero.

Ultimately however, the government can't allow you to keep gold or silver, because there is a perpetual shortage of these useful metals ... at least useful for government purposes.  In the end, the government can demand taxes in gold or silver, to pry any private metal wealth out of private hands.

Naive politics, naive economics = typical voter.
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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Last post by Baruch on October 20, 2018, 11:26:10 AM »
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Money is just our agreed upon way of keeping score.

And I deny any agreement.  Neither your currency nor your credit are good here.  I will agree only if you bow the knee to my hegemony (see SWIFT).
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News Stories and Current Events / Re: Merkel ACCELERATES the Kalergi Plan in Europe
« Last post by Baruch on October 20, 2018, 11:03:33 AM »
Nah ... Merkel simply wants to retain power at any cost.  Just as Hillary wanted to gain power at any cost.  The greatest aphrodisiac is power.  Just ask MbS of Saudi Arabia.  Just ask Jamal Khashoggi.
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Republicans - don't care if things get worse, because cheaper short term that way.  Want to keep power, wealth and fame ... at other people's expense.

Democrats - do care if things get worse, because it is a recruiting tool.  Want to gain power, wealth and fame ... at other people's expense.

The answer is clear ... Jesus' temptation in the Judean desert.  I don't see secularism having an answer.  Ethics does not arise from materialism.
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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Any gamers around here?
« Last post by SGOS on October 20, 2018, 09:41:23 AM »
I don't know why I get into some games more than others.  I've bought games that came with good user reviews that left me flat, and a couple that seemed just plain dumb.  On the other hand, zombies as silly as the whole zombie mythos goes, seemed to entertain me to no end in The Last of Us.  So my interest isn't necessarily dependent on realism, except when it comes to scenery.  I'm enthralled by some of the realistic environments in some games.  I could spend hours just exploring Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, without even playing a mission.  I love big sandbox environments, where you can find new things even a few years later.  The first Mafia game was like that.  Drive, walk, take a bus, or ride the local transit while Benny Goodman furnishes the background music.  Subsequent Mafia games seemed like they just didn't want to put the work into them they had put in for the first.  The first Mafia game had an episode where you had to drive one of those 1930 type race cars in a race around a scenic grand prix type track.  You had to win the race before you could go on in the game, and it was hard having to learn the track and the sweet spots in the controls.  It took forever to master, but it was the best race experience I've played, even compared to 4 other dedicated driving games I've bought.  And Mafia wasn't even about racing.  It was just one spectacular mission thrown into the mix of the usual types of assignments.
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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Any gamers around here?
« Last post by Mike Cl on October 20, 2018, 09:38:40 AM »
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I have no idea. If it is about the role in the story, is Witcher less rpg than Elder Scrolls because while the former is the story of a specific character, in the latter the hero is whatever the player wants to be as a race or gender; anything he can imagine himself in? Story doesn't change. 

This is more about a psychological profile of a person if you ask me. Because when we say 'role' it is very personal. Everybody percieves the games differently, doesn't matter how standardised they are. I can say for myself that a certain theme is the one I want to have as a world if it is a rpg. I don't try to play them in death march too, I don't think I can either. I don't get pleasure from modern warfare. Shooting someone or killing things with any kind of modern weaponry is very dull for me. Realistic or not. I played Quake 2 a bit, but then it was something new. There were nothing much like it then. I didn't get anything from Counter Strike or its kind. So that role doesn't work for me. In general modern world, modern warfare is boring to me. But I have been told that there are many games out there with modern, future high tech themes of this sort I would love if I tried.

I think I want to be sold on the story -doesn't matter how silly- of an old world, theme...atmosphere. And that is 'the role' for me if it makes sense. Skyrim works for me all the time, because it is a bit kinda 'going out'. The snow. I love witcher because it's like going into a movie. I've never felt a need to play with a female character or a character I can create. Without Geralt, probably it wouldn't mean much to me.

On the other hand, when I look at my very little gaming history, the first game I have played in my life ( 8 yo) was space commanders, lol. Remember? River Raid, Prince of Persia...etc I have played Dune 2000 and Red Alert like mad. But the ones most I played as a kid would be Civ II and Heroes of Might an Magic III. Esp. Heroes, how much I loved that game. After that historic sierra sims and I still play Phaorah time to time. But never a modern sim city stuff. I got Skylines this summer and as I expected, didn't get much out of it. Exactly like how much I love Dawn of Discovery, but don't get much from the future themed ones. Also I never played civ again, but I can play Heroes any time.

All I need is a sword and a bow, a fire pit and stone houses I am happy. I don't even customise a character when it is available, I just choose the basic. Lol, OK I am boring too, but I really can't even stand mages in classic games, let alone those new generation bellydancer looking characters male or female or huge weaponed cartoon ones. Don't you guys too feel like slicing them down instantly?

Whenever I decide to play a game differently, I end up the same style. I haven't managed to play a around of Skyrim by using some magic yet. Or a Witcher heavier at the signs and potions side. 

What's my play, what's my role, what is my fantasy? What is it that a these few games are giving to me, but others don't. I have no idea. The only conclusion I can arrive to is that I am sick of the modern, real world and want to see some blood old fashioned way? :p
I grew up playing board games.  Video wasn't even a word then. :)  Risk, Clue, Careers, Tactics II, Gettsyburg, D-Day and chess were my favs.  And card games of all kinds.  Then, as a young adult I dabbled in D & D and even found some solo dungeons then.  Also moved up to AH war games at that time.  When computers showed up I played the silly games that showed up.  Game systems also featured all sorts of games, but no RPG or even close then.  My first computer game that really grabbed me was Morrowind and I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!  I've been hooked ever since.
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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Any gamers around here?
« Last post by Mike Cl on October 20, 2018, 09:31:06 AM »
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As a rule, I avoid role playing games, but who decides which genre a game belongs in?  Is there some gaming pedant that has that job?  My first choice is first person shooters.  But I've always been confused about what an RPG is.  So I googled this:
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Which is of no help at all, because while this guy is explaining what an RPG is, his explanation also describes what an FPS is.  So I'm right back to where I started still wondering what the difference between the two are.  When I think about it, all video games are role playing games.  OK, there are some exceptions.  Pong is not role playing, but when you pay $59 for a new game, 99% of the time, you are about to immerse yourself in some kind of role.  I have 23 PS3 games in my personal library.  Each one puts me in a role, usually a specific role.  If I want to play fast and loose with semantics, I might make an exception on the game called Rapala Pro Bass Fishing, but even then, I'm supposed to be a pro bass fisherman.  That's a role.  Same for Tiger Woods: PGA Tour.  That's a role.  In real life, I'm not a professional golfer.  I mean I really suck at golf, and I have the credentials to prove it.
When I search Steam for a new game I use RPG and FPS and sandbox to start.  The two have blurred together now.  Used to be RPG was a dungeon crawler and a FPS was a Doom type.  But not any more.  FO 4 is labeled a FPS by many and it can be used in that way if you want to.  And it is labeled as a RPG by some and you can use it that way if you want to.  Most seem to label it as a RPG/FPS tho--actually, the only criteria that matters most is if I like it or not.  And a huge problem for me is just that--will I like it.  I should love the hell out of The Witcher.  So, I bought it and started in.  But there is something about that game that I don't like--don't even know what it is, exactly.  But I spent a couple of hours on it and never went back.  Go figure--it is acclaimed by one and all as a classic RPG/FPS and it probably is.   It does take me quite some time to take the plunge on a new game.
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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Any gamers around here?
« Last post by Mike Cl on October 20, 2018, 09:22:59 AM »
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Frostpunk looks good. Definitely. I have seen it some time ago. I didn't think of writing that one probably because my mind is on primitive life settings right now. 

Who doesn't like rpgs? A specific theme and an open world. There is this guy I met on some forum who made me started on those. :p
:)  I would venture to say that all thinking people would like them. :))  And you fit that bill for sure!  For me they are like a novel (well, the good ones, anyway) in which the story is written by me; and I can go back and do a rewrite whenever I want.  So far I have stayed away from multiplayer games or versions or games and am strictly solo.  I find that me, myself, and I make a pretty good crowd. :)))
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News Stories and Current Events / Merkel ACCELERATES the Kalergi Plan in Europe
« Last post by pr126 on October 20, 2018, 09:06:25 AM »
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Film, Music, Sports, and more / Re: Any gamers around here?
« Last post by drunkenshoe on October 20, 2018, 08:54:00 AM »
I have no idea. If it is about the role in the story, is Witcher less rpg than Elder Scrolls because while the former is the story of a specific character, in the latter the hero is whatever the player wants to be as a race or gender; anything he can imagine himself in? Story doesn't change. 

This is more about a psychological profile of a person if you ask me. Because when we say 'role' it is very personal. Everybody percieves the games differently, doesn't matter how standardised they are. I can say for myself that a certain theme is the one I want to have as a world if it is a rpg. I don't try to play them in death march too, I don't think I can either. I don't get pleasure from modern warfare. Shooting someone or killing things with any kind of modern weaponry is very dull for me. Realistic or not. I played Quake 2 a bit, but then it was something new. There were nothing much like it then. I didn't get anything from Counter Strike or its kind. So that role doesn't work for me. In general modern world, modern warfare is boring to me. But I have been told that there are many games out there with modern, future high tech themes of this sort I would love if I tried.

I think I want to be sold on the story -doesn't matter how silly- of an old world, theme...atmosphere. And that is 'the role' for me if it makes sense. Skyrim works for me all the time, because it is a bit kinda 'going out'. The snow. I love witcher because it's like going into a movie. I've never felt a need to play with a female character or a character I can create. Without Geralt, probably it wouldn't mean much to me.

On the other hand, when I look at my very little gaming history, the first game I have played in my life ( 8 yo) was space commanders, lol. Remember? River Raid, Prince of Persia...etc I have played Dune 2000 and Red Alert like mad. But the ones most I played as a kid would be Civ II and Heroes of Might an Magic III. Esp. Heroes, how much I loved that game. After that historic sierra sims and I still play Phaorah time to time. But never a modern sim city stuff. I got Skylines this summer and as I expected, didn't get much out of it. Exactly like how much I love Dawn of Discovery, but don't get much from the future themed ones. Also I never played civ again, but I can play Heroes any time.

All I need is a sword and a bow, a fire pit and stone houses I am happy. I don't even customise a character when it is available, I just choose the basic. Lol, OK I am boring too, but I really can't even stand mages in classic games, let alone those new generation bellydancer looking characters male or female or huge weaponed cartoon ones. Don't you guys too feel like slicing them down instantly?

Whenever I decide to play a game differently, I end up the same style. I haven't managed to play a around of Skyrim by using some magic yet. Or a Witcher heavier at the signs and potions side. 

What's my play, what's my role, what is my fantasy? What is it that a these few games are giving to me, but others don't. I have no idea. The only conclusion I can arrive to is that I am sick of the modern, real world and want to see some blood old fashioned way? :p


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