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American Truck Simulator screenshot

Leaving Phoenix, AZ, headed towards Las Vegas, NV.

Those crazy stacked highway interchanges is just like how I remember driving in Phoenix! However, 99% of the actual city of Phoenix is missing. There’s just a few highways.

This game is strangely enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you have a video card and a game controller.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 26, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Posted in Politics

Criticism of religion (including Islam) is a criticism of ideas

I found the following reader comment at a Salon.com article :

Criticism of religion is a criticism of ideas. Religion is not an indelible attribute like skin color or sexual orientation. At some point a person chooses to accept a set of ideas. And some of these ideas are bad. It is perfectly valid for a person to say, “I do not want people who hold these bad ideas living in my community.” That is not bigotry. It is critical thinking.

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Commenter Gilbert Ratchet has the correct answer:

You’re wrong, of course. Criticism of CHRISTIANITY, being the historic religion of the majority of Americans, is criticism of an idea and needs to be encouraged. Criticism of anything else (e.g. Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Jainism, or Hinduism), being minority faiths in the US, is criticism of an identity and absolutely forbidden.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 26, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Posted in Religion

American Truck Simulator

This game, only $20, gives you a pretty realistic representation of what it’s like to drive a big rig around Nevada, California, and Arizona. Although this review is based only three runs runs: Reno to Truckee, and Reno to San Rafael, and San Rafael to Huron. On the first run I damaged the truck a little getting out of the loading dock (the hardest part of the game). On the third run, I ran the truck off the road and got stuck, and had to call for assistance.

Graphics look great with my Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti videocard and a 2560×1440 monitor.

I’m using an Xbox 360 wireless controller for PC to control the truck. Steering is very fussy using the left joystick of the controller. The game has sensitivity settings for the steering; I adjusted it down and I think that helped a little with the steering.

The game is in 1:20 scale, so a 5 hour drive in the real world only takes 20 minutes in the game. And yes, 95% of the world is missing, so it’s only a simulated experience and not the real thing. Furthermore you are only allowed to drive on designated roads; you can’t wander around on the side streets because they don’t even exist.

It’s a much more mellow game than Overwatch, no one is trying to kill you. I didn’t even get a traffic ticket for not being able to stay in my lane and for accidentally turning the wrong way down a one-way street. I hear that this game is popular with older men.

The unrealistic part of this game is not the graphics or how the truck operates, but the fact that driving a truck is very profitable. Even though I drove the truck off the road, I still got paid handsomely for the run. Maybe in the past driving a truck was a decent middle class job (my grandfather drove a milk delivery truck in New York City), but today driving a truck is very low paid work, and someone who drives the truck off the road won’t get a job again. In the near future there will be self-driving trucks, and all truck drivers will be out of work.

In the screenshot above, I’m heading for Santa Maria, CA. It’s dawn. There’s a very light rain, so my windshield wipers are on. There are three “cheat” elements displayed: the left and right rear-view mirrors on the upper left and upper right, and the GPS display on the lower right (which also has other useful info like your speed and gas tank level). You can turn those off for a more natural experience, and then you have to use the right joystick on the Xbox game controller to look around at your mirrors, but the game is hard enough without also having to deal with that. Also, you’ll have to use the smaller in-dash GPS that’s to the right of the steering wheel.

And now I’ve just gotten off the highway at Santa Maria.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 25, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Posted in Nerdy stuff

How much money do you need to be rich?

I answered this question before, and I agree with the answer.

The answer means that Steve Bannon qualifies as rich because he’s said to be worth $10 million, and my previous answer was the rich begins at a net worth of around $7.5 million.

You may wonder how much a three bedroom coop in Manhattan plus a summer home in the Hamptons costs? Let’s say $2 million for the coop and $1 million for the summer home. With a net worth of $7.5 million, that leaves $4.5 million left over to pay for private school education for your children, two international vacations per year, maintenance on the coop and the house, and a car (plus $600/month for parking in Manhattan) to drive from your coop out to the Hamptons.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 25, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Posted in Wealth

Robert Frank endorses “Medicare for all”

Robert Frank, an economics professor from Cornell whom I respect quite a bit and I have mentioned many times before in my blogs (and he may even be a secret believer in HBD) endorses “Medicare for all” in a New York Times op-ed, and I agree with it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 25, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Republicans pull Obamacare bill

I say this is good news for Trump in the medium and long run. Repeal of Obamacare would have been a huge PR mess.

Trump should use this opportunity to make Paul Ryan look like a weak leader, and wrest control of the Republican Party agenda from the establishment.

Let’s get to work on ending illegal immigration, ending H-1Bs, curtailing other work visas, significantly reducing the number of new green cards granted.

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And now I’m going to go back to playing Overwatch. My Rank was briefly over 1100, let’s see if I can get it back there.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 24, 2017 at 3:51 PM

Posted in Politics

Paul Manafort

I think this deserves a separate post.

Manafort was never anything other than a slimy political insider, but Trump needed the services of that type of person during the primaries when it looked like Ted Cruz was going to steal the nomination through sneaky delegate shenanigans. Hiring Manafort was an excellent idea at the time. Trump needed slime to fight against slime. Manafort was then replaced by Steven Bannon for the next stage of the campaign which needed a media expert and not a slimy political insider.

It seems to me that Manafort is in big trouble, because the MSM is out to punish everyone who helped Trump rise to power, and all of Manafort’s sliminess is going to bite him. Meanwhile, the equal or even greater sliminess of other political insider and lobbyist types from both parties will continue to be ignored, because they weren’t involved with Trump.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Posted in Politics

Trump updates 3/23/2017

I haven’t written much about Trump for the last week. Aren’t you tired of the blog being all-Trump all-the-time?

Trump was right! JCC bomb threats false flag.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the guy responsible for the vast majority of bomb threats against JCCs throughout the world is a Jewish 19-year-old Israeli with dual US-Israeli citizenship, and who was rejected from IDF service for some reason, possibly psychological.

Trump never used the words “false flag,” but he did say something a while back that caused liberal Trump-hating types to be OUTRAGED that Trump suggested that the bomb threats were false flag attacks. Well it turns out that Trump was right!

Will there be any apologies from those outraged Trump-hating SJW types? Very doubtful. Those types never apologize, they just move on to the next outrage and forget the previous false outrage ever happened.

This is not to say that there isn’t a lot of disturbing Jew hatred coming from the alt-right these days. And it’s very counterproductive because it’s alienating a lot of conservative Jews who would otherwise be allies in the fight to reign in out-of-control immigration as well as end the BLM and transgender nonsense, etc.

Obamacare repeal in doubt

It looks like some Trucon libertarian Republicans may have enough votes to block the Paul Ryan led Obamacare repeal. And the reason: because they think it doesn’t repeal enough.

I hope the repeal fails. If it passes, that means Trump will own everything bad that comes from the bill. Trump shouldn’t have gotten involved with this, it has nothing to do with Trumpism. Trump should be using his political capital to push his immigration policies.

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka now officially has an office in the West Wing of the White House and a security clearance, but not an official job description.

Many Trump-hating types in the media are saying this is “unethical” which is utter nonsense. There’s a long history of the President’s family members having unofficial roles in the government, even though it hasn’t happened with the last few presidents other than for their wives.

I think this is a good thing, overall. Ivanka is a very good influence on her father with respect to getting him to act more presidential, and she is helpful in building bridges. The downside is that I am fairly certain that her personal political beliefs are more in line with Hillary Clinton than with Steve Bannon.

Alleged surveillance of Trump [updated]

I’m still waiting for this to be sorted out. I wouldn’t bet against Trump being vindicated.

What I don’t understand is why Trump doesn’t use his powers as President of the United States—who is the boss of everyone in the government—to get to the bottom of things, rather than being a whiny bitch on Twitter.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 23, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Posted in Politics

Overwatch update

Played five competitive matches tonight: two draws, one loss, two wins. So I moved up very slightly in the ranks. Need to get to 1500 to get out of the bottommost tier.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 22, 2017 at 11:14 PM

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Lion says Trump is right, WaPo wrong

The Washington Post thinks they caught Trump speaking an untruth again. Trump said that most people don’t know Lincoln was a Republican. The Post responds ha ha you are wrong a poll shows that 55% of people knew that.

But since the poll seems to only have had three choice (Republican, Democrat, don’t know), we can be sure that some of the people merely guessed that Lincoln was a Republican and they didn’t get the correct answer because they actually knew the correct answer. Surely less than 50% actually knew that Lincoln was a Republican. So Trump is right, the Washington Post is wrong.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 22, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Posted in Education

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