In swiftly-deleted posting, GOP links Legend of Zelda to progressive taxation

Nintendo just subscribes to the Disney school of false scarcity in an age where you cannot create a false scarcity of media. Both markets are saturated with great content, so withholding your product is not a good business plan outside of getting die hard fans to pay for your products.

What does Legend of Zelda have in relation with US taxation;

-created, distributed and sold by a massive foreign multi-national corporation
-most of its profits go over seas out of the US
-product producer used is massive wealth to lobby the US government for incentives and advantages.
-created using over seas labor
-nearly all profits go to a rich few
-rich few barely taxed on those profits

You know maybe they got something here.

So… Some shitty intern wrote some crap SEO copy? Is that the story?

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I also like the way the ‘comprehensive’ reform to presumably replace the current code (since that one is apparently ‘beyond repair’) is explained to voters as a series of separate measures, each apparently totally unconnected to the others.


And you garbled the word ‘tweets’ in the first paragraph.

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Is that what the GOP was trying to say about Zelda?

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Sigh nine characters limit filler.


I thought “twetes” made for a nifty pejorative – a refreshing step beyond “it’s twitter 'cause they’re all twits lol”. Reminiscent of “sweat” or “testes”.

As for the article, I recall how 27 years ago David Brin foresaw the need for automatic delays in postings. An idea whose time has surely come.


My great-great grandmother used to tell me stories about how her and her siblings would finish up cleaning the hog pen and chopping wood as fast as they could so they had a few minutes to play Donkey Kong before dinner. Only what they called Donkey Kong was actually peeling a giant bucket of potatoes.

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At this point most of the Republican Party is reactionary rather than conservative.

Conservatives can cope with progressive change, they just want it to happen slowly. Reactionaries want any change do be undone and things put back to “how they were”*, see groups like the neo-confederates as an example .

* “how they were” doesn’t have to bear any resemblance to history.

I don’t know about the US, but at that time in the UK some of the older conservatives were practically socialist in comparison to Maggie Thatcher and (later) Tony Blair.

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Just for the record, Nintendo was originally a playing card company and still is, to a much lesser extent.


I haven’t spoken to that particular friend since the end of the last Millennium. He was a Reagan Republican (and fan of Thatcher, IIRC), and an intelligent, thoughtful fellow … if you don’t consider that an oxymoron. I should look him up and find out if he has devolved along with the Republican Party for the past 30 years, or if he reviles Trump and the current GOP as much as he should do.

Since Nintendo heavily monitors how their IP is protrayed online, I wonder if Nintendo was the one to get the GOP to delete their posts.

Is it possible for Nintendo to sue them for defamation (or something like that) for politicizing their IP without permission?

Not likely! There is product libel, but it seems a stretch here.

It was probably taken down because of how astronomically dumb it was.

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Maybe the GOP realized this might screw with their outreach to Gamergaters? They are trying to be a more inclusive party, after all…

Well, they “cope” with it by resisting it in every way possible until its forced upon them. To them, “slowly” means “at a time after my personal interest on Earth is over.” In practice, the only change they can “cope” with is that which benefits the majority stakeholders (eg, tax cuts for the wealthy, Sessions’ investigation into discrimination upon white people).

I can’t think of any civil rights progress that would have happened at all, if conservatives had had the final say. This includes: ending slavery, popular vote for Senate seats (repealing the 17th Amendment is still a thing for them), female suffrage, integration of the military, Voters Rights Act, ending anti-“miscegenation” laws, ending mandatory prayer in schools, Equal Rights Amendment (they won that one), women in the military, women in combat roles, same-sex marriage.

Your distinction between “conservatives” and “reactionaries” just doesn’t help much. “Reactionaries” would seem to just be conservatives who happen to have lost the political argument and let events pass them by. A “conservative” would just be a reactionary who’s at rest (there being no civil rights to repeal, yet).

Well, just as a counter-example - same sex marriage in the UK was introduced by the Conservative Party. In coalition with the Lib Dems granted but they didn’t need to put forward the legislation.

It is possible to be a conservative in the_borderer’s definition without being a raving reactionary loon. Just not in the US apparently.

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So much of American political language is controlled by the right wing. They want you to call them conservative because there is credibility in that name, yet they are far closer to Dark Enlightenment ideas.

The scary thing for me is that if we continue to refer to reactionaries as conservative then the Dark enlightenment may also gain credibility, and looking at the far right marches I’d say they already have too much of that.

The American political system is way out of alignment, the US Overton Window is skewed to the authoritarian right by a long way. Smash that Overton Window, see what the rest of the world sees, and fix the problem.


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