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The (US) gov't spends substantially more on the middle-class than it does on the poor, contrary to popular opinion. Rather than photograph a multi-page article, I'm just going to quote the juicy bits.

"The idea that government has exploited the middle may seem to explain a lot politically, but it is not true. Much federal policy benefits middle earners more than the poor. One example is the tax-deduction for mortgage-interest payments. This handout currently costs slightly more than the earned income tax-credit (EITC), the flagship anti-poverty programme that tops up poor workers’ earnings. Yet it benefits only those who can afford to own their home (the bigger the mortgage, the more generous the deduction). Another example is the tax exemption for employer-provided health insurance. Unlike the mortgage-interest deduction, this does help many poor workers. But it benefits the middle more, and this disparity has become sharper in recent decades as insurance has become more expensive." [...]

"The incomes of those in the 50th to 90th income percentiles have grown by 40% since 1980, more than previously thought, thanks to growing tax exemptions. The poorer half of Americans pay roughly as much in taxes as they receive in cash redistribution, in spite of the EITC." [...]

"Partly as a result, relative poverty is higher than [other rich nations]. This looks even worse as the lower-paid have borne the brunt of rising inequality." [...]

"Unlike his party, Mr Trump has shown little appetite to curb spending on the middle class. A very rich elite, high poverty and plentiful government spending on the middle could make Mr Trump look like a continuity candidate after all."
Far from ignoring middle-earners, America’s government spends freely on them
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Same. We're not living gov't-approved lifestyles.
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Not a 3D facsimile of hand-drawn per-se, but interesting in terms of process. I feel like traditional 3D modeling/animation has never had the intuitive quality that makes hand-drawn animation, and its refinement into the anime style, so efficient and expressive. I wonder if "3D anime" will someday be produced using VR tools, setting the field down its own aesthetic path.

Oculus Medium --> rendered in 3DS Max 2014 w/ Mental Ray. Photorealistic materials but lots of self-illumination involved.
 
VR sculpture #1. Interactive viewer: https://skfb.ly/Zrvr
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I have not done any ground-up visual art in the past five years, but sculpting in VR has piqued my interest. It's not like digital sculpting, durable sculpting or polygonal modeling. One creates form out of thin air with no respect to physics or gravity. One can work details into a house-sized model, and shrink it until it rests on the palm of a hand for an overview. Moving one's arms in 1:1-scale 3D, as opposed to hunching over a desk, makes it less ergonomically stifling than other forms of modeling/sculpture.

The tool I'm using (Oculus Medium) is functional but nascent. Whimsical, organic shapes flow naturally, but mechanical structures are difficult without any tools for alignment. Regardless, this is the first time 3D has felt like an intuitive art, rather than an abstract, technical one.
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this is dope!!

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"Tatsunoko Production: Hints that Kenji Nakamura’s (Tsuritama, Gatchaman Crowds) new work should come out soon."

"Dogakobo: Working on a certain sequel."
pls be Nozaki-kun

"Studio 4°C: Adaptation of a very respected manga and a collaboration with a famous live action director are both carefully in progress."
If you’re wondering what your favorite studios have in store for 2017, this article might be up your alley. The February issue of anime magazine NewType didn’t only – despite what the c…
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Indeed but douga koubou did a better job. The tea room is so decrepit in the newer seasons!
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Here's a 2nd upcoming Masaaki Yuasa movie, like damn. 2017 is the year of Yuasa.
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Uwah, more of Tomihiko Morimi's work? Damn! Plus Uchouten Kazoku s2, this is also the year Tomihiko
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It's hard to tell if ACCA is about political intrigue or food tourism.
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It's about cigarettes.
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lol this DS3 duel I just had:
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Any given embedded media:
• Wow, Twitter supports this.
• Wow, Facebook supports this.
• Damn, G+ only supports YouTube like a launch-week social network.
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I feel like when Vimeo was actually supported, it was only a test since I dont think it worked for everyone. Then it just went away one day and that was it.
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VR sculpture #1. Interactive viewer: https://skfb.ly/Zrvr
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I have not done any ground-up visual art in the past five years, but sculpting in VR has piqued my interest. It's not like digital sculpting, durable sculpting or polygonal modeling. One creates form out of thin air with no respect to physics or gravity. One can work details into a house-sized model, and shrink it until it rests on the palm of a hand for an overview. Moving one's arms in 1:1-scale 3D, as opposed to hunching over a desk, makes the process less ergonomically stifling than other forms of modeling/sculpture.

The tool I'm using (Oculus Medium) is functional but nascent. Whimsical, organic shapes flow naturally, but mechanical structures are difficult without any tools for alignment. Regardless, this is the first time 3D has felt like an intuitive art, rather than an abstract, technical one.
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Gonna play this game.
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same >:3
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Trump is a creature of television, though he may play a man of business on TV. Expect much more of this jobs-rescuing theater going forward.

TL;DR — Trump had no sway in Ford's decisions considering these plans and trends were in motion before he won the election. Also production of the Ford Focus is still going away to a preexisting Mexican plant. But why let that curb a mutually beneficial PR opportunity?
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Right now is low hanging fruit phase. Will see what happens when he needs to pull his sleeves and get his hand dirty. Really dirty with no sanitizing wipe to clean his hands...
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The Last Guardian is a disappointing affair on a stock PS4. The struggle with nebulous and sluggish controls is amplified by the fact that it runs at 22-25 fps most of the time, which is astounding considering the game was initially set to debut on the PS3. The juddery "game feel" puts a constant damper on the splendor that the game means to evoke. In moments it looks nice, though framing its world with the finicky camera is a hassle as well.

I've always appreciated these Fumito Ueda games from a distance. Their strict minimalism is at once striking but oppressive; their multi-hour play times are let down by a lack of depth in practice. The Last Guardian is somewhat different in that your accidental partner is a mythological beast of great charisma, depicted with an attention to detail. The gameplay rests entirely on its shoulders and, for the most part, it holds up the illusion of being a living animal rather than an elaborate AI routine.

Apparently the only way to get a consistent experience is with a PS4 "Pro" set to 1080p. I may put the game down and wait for the day I own one to complete it. The fear that the advent of the "Pro" would mark the obsolescence of the standard PS4 is more or less unfounded... Except in the case of The Last Guardian.
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I bet Sony will maintain their policy regarding the Pro until the PS5 ushers in a new architecture. From both a tech and market standpoint it seems unwise to make anything Pro-exclusive. I'm curious about Xbox Scorpio though. The performance jump could be much larger, and they've already sort-of embraced performance tiers with their "Play Anywhere" initiative. If they step into VR like Sony, "Xbox VR" could easily be a Scorpio/Windows exclusive platform. 
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I make vivid and sometimes Japanesque electronic music as Renzu. I'm working on an experimental computer game, +A Voice in Darkness. I am the owner of the Anime Talk G+ Community, and I'm a regular contributor to Figure Photography. A direct link to all of my image albums.

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Wrote nearly all of the Wikipedia article for the anime series, Dennou Coil. Co-hosted the "sakuga panel" (YouTube it)
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