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by cphite
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14935
Views: 2348471

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

You're not supposed to let cats hunt wild animals. Too much ecological damage. That's an issue in urban areas and in the suburbs... people bring cats and other predators into an area that wouldn't otherwise be there, and they hunt things that aren't used to being hunted. A couple of cats in the sub...
by cphite
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14935
Views: 2348471

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

One of our farm cats dragged in a full-grown cottontail rabbit. I seriously doubt she would have been intimidated by a large rat. My parents had an outdoor cat for almost a decade... it had gotten hit by a car in front of their house. Lost most of it's tail and a bunch of other injuries, but it pul...
by cphite
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

The alleged victim is making the FBI request, but it's pretty much a given at the point that the woman is a Democrat pawn. The Dems had known since the beginning that she had this claim, but have waited for as long as possible to reveal it. At Dr. Ford's request, because quite understandably decidi...
by cphite
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

The alleged victim is making the FBI request, but it's pretty much a given at the point that the woman is a Democrat pawn. The Dems had known since the beginning that she had this claim, but have waited for as long as possible to reveal it. It's clear the whole thing is a delaying tactic by the Dem...
by cphite
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

The scotus nominee rape allegation took a disappointing turn. The accuser is asking for a delay+FBI investigation, but the Republicans are playing hard ball. Asking for an FBI investigation is ridiculous; the FBI is not going to investigate something that wasn't even technically a crime when it all...
by cphite
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

I think part of the reason Trump consistently comes across as an idiot in his choice of words is because he's a primarily verbal guy. Or, I don't know -- maybe it's because he once told one of his employees to take the braille out of an elevator because "no blind people are going to live in Tr...
by cphite
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 12325

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they ca...
by cphite
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 12325

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I thought the whole paging Captain Marvel thing at then end was weird. If you have access to Captain Marvel via pager, why wasn't she called the previous several times the Earth was in grave danger? Alien army on the verge of conquering New York... nah, let's not bug Carol. Sentient robot wants to w...
by cphite
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

https://heavy.com/news/2018/09/botham-shem-jean/ Very senseless killing. If you kill someone in "self defense", but you were on the wrong home, does the castle doctrine still apply? AKA do you need criminal intent? Most likely she will be convicted of manslaughter, which is appropriate. I...
by cphite
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cohen concluded that, [b]as Howard was unaware whether Duff may have had anything that she would not be allowed to have in custody, his actions were those of a responsible officer. Wouldn't this apply to literally anyone? Literally anyone who was in police custody and who refused to cooperate. And ...
by cphite
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They're holding her, so they need to know who she is, so that they can determine if she has a criminal record, a history of violence or other harmful activity, or some other concern. It's possible you're not aware of this, but in the UK we fingerprint people on being charged with a crime. Also, in ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A procedural requirement doesn't necessarily equate to a criminal offense; they can hold her until she cooperates, or they can search her just as they did. Another option would be to take her in front of a judge, who would order her to identify herself, and charge her with contempt of court if she ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You are confusing two distinct issues. She wasn't arrested for not identifying herself; she was arrested for obstruction, basically for interfering with a lawful search of a suspect. And what you seem to be missing is that none of us are saying the police were not allowed to arrest her for handing ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Sure, the rule's justified on the basis of safety, but no safety threat existed here, and everyone involved ought to have reasonably known that. Frankly, the fact that she interfered in the first place was the safety threat; the business card is incidental. You never know what a suspect is going to...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The offense she committed was that she interfered with a legal search of a suspect. She didn't merely offer him advice; she handed him a card. It really shouldn't surprise anyone including her that handing someone an item while they're being actively searched would result in arrest. It does not sur...
by cphite
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The offense she committed was that she interfered with a legal search of a suspect. She didn't merely offer him advice; she handed him a card. It really shouldn't surprise anyone including her that handing someone an item while they're being actively searched would result in arrest. It does not sur...
by cphite
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6450
Views: 952292

Re: Police misbehavior thread

An academic arrested and strip searched after offering a boy a legal advice card has said her refusal to cooperate with police who detained her was an act of passive resistance. It would have been interesting to see if they still detained and strip-searched her if she had identified herself. I'm in...
by cphite
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

Trump warns Google, Facebook and Twitter in row over bias . He's having his people looking at the possibility of regulation. Just another notch on the fascism tally stick. Big Orange is on a roll this week month year. http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=43261 Every couple of years during th...
by cphite
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

Oh sure. A bunch of his supporters justify it that way. They might not care for his personal values, but they manage to overlook them due to other priorities. Exactly. Right now the economy seems to be strong, at least if you don't look too closely... unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up...
by cphite
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

It's an overall approval rating. If people are bailing on the party or not doesn't matter to it. Approval is highly partisan, of course. At least, these days, it is. Bear in mind, the question is usually along the lines of do you approve of the job he is doing, not what do you think of him as a hum...
by cphite
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

Hearing damage is a safety issue. I'm talking about gun safety. Avoiding damage to ones hearing while shooting a gun is an example of gun safety. What if you've never asked, because you're not into guns, but then end up needing to use one? It's likely that such a person would not be able to open th...
by cphite
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

The hearing protection act is a fairly high profile example, as it happened on a federal level. https://www.nraila.org/articles/20170620/the-hearing-protection-act-and-silencers This law has nothing whatsoever to do with firearm safety. It's about making it easier to buy suppressors. Suppressors we...
by cphite
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

In short, while this may lead to something bigger, the folks who are getting themselves all riled up about this being "the thing" that brings down the Trump presidency, are in all likelihood just setting themselves up to be disappointed. Oh yeah. You need enough dirt to get the Republican...
by cphite
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

The crime is "Unlawful corporate contributions" and "excessive campaign contribution", but that's just what Trump is also guilty of; Mueller has Cohen by the medallions for tax evasion and false statements to financial institutions. You can see the plea deal here: https://int.ny...
by cphite
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 31751

Re: Libertarianism

Efficiencies of scale are a significant reason for market consolidation. At the low end, one tractor will handle ten acres as efficiently as it handles one. Therefore, the ten acre farm beats out the one acre farm. Depending on the type of efficiency booster we're talking about, there are different...
by cphite
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4168
Views: 563098

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Even assuming that China is convinced that seeing the Kim regime destroyed is in their own best interests, they have a very serious incentive to not see a nuclear exchange so close to their own homeland; much less actively engage in one. So unless they had some real, confirmed information that Kim ...
by cphite
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4168
Views: 563098

Re: The Darker Side of the News

North Korea's not exactly popular in the world. Who's gonna want to die for them? They're sort of the definition of an international pariah. Still, my guess would be that the international reaction would be far less sympathetic, at least publicly. This would be due in large part to the past few dec...
by cphite
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

To save the situation getting ugly, if I may pipe up with Russian hackers penetrate US power stations (...the BBC reports that the WSJ reports) from a couple of days ago. Though I've seen it mentioned even several months ago (may have been far more speculative?). was judged Largely False (dating to...
by cphite
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7686
Views: 573643

Re: Trump presidency

There are also a lot of good reasons many of us would rather he didn't threaten Iran. Many of the people of the USA and also many of the other 95.62% of the world's population, I mean. Meh. It was stupid, childish, and utterly beneath the dignity of the office... but ultimately, it's just hot air i...
by cphite
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

People who don't care about the law, or feel themselves above it are far more concerning. Police without effective checks and balances. Military in the hands of a poor leader. Organized crime. If something is not intended as a threat, and does not actually pose a threat, you probably ought not inte...
by cphite
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

The government does use overt shows of force as a threat. Individuals are checked by government force, and therefore, are at much lower risk, particularly when doing a demonstration(police are often right there if someone goes too far). The guy demonstrating for a legal change isn't likely to ignor...
by cphite
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

Carrying a rifle openly in any sort of public setting is a political statement. It's not necessarily intended to be "threatening" as some folks might assume; it's generally more about demonstrating that, yeah, this is a fundamental right and we're exercising it. It may not be intended to ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

Convenience remains a factor. In some rural areas, it's not different from having a hammer in your toolbelt. Easy way to carry it while going in and grabbing whatever, even if there's no intent to use it there. Rifle racks in trucks are similar. In some areas, having firearms is particularly normal...
by cphite
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

The NRA has a separate arm for politics rather than training. Is that sufficient for your purposes? Probably, though it should have a different name. The mandatory training institution should be completely insulated from political pressure, and should also appear completely insulated from it. Not s...
by cphite
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

I wouldn't be opposed to required training to own; and then additional required training to carry. Of course, it would need to be operated in good faith - no slow-rolling the process as an indirect means of stopping people from owning or carrying firearms. I agree; the problem is in the "good ...
by cphite
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

Alas, that fails to explain the function or purpose of open carry, it just claims that doing so is accepted in some parts of the US. As far as I can tell, it’s main purpose is to show off that you are carrying a gun around with you everywhere. I suppose it was at one point supposed to intimidate th...
by cphite
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

Yes, many states have training requirements for carrying and using firearms, and it is important to distinguish that from ownership requirements. I wouldn't be opposed to required training to own; and then additional required training to carry. Of course, it would need to be operated in good faith ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 18306

Re: Firearms Regulations

Unregistered guns are, just, STUPID! It makes reporting their theft harder. Not really. It's a phone call to the cops and a police report either way. The primary benefit of registration, at least in terms of law enforcement, is being able to tie a specific firearm to a specific owner after it's bee...
by cphite
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4168
Views: 563098

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Or, in fact, I've heard it put down to being a message to other (and potential ) defectors. That could also be the case... the only reason I don't like that one is that most defectors worth worrying about already know who they're dealing with and the lengths they're willing to go. A bullet to the b...
by cphite
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4168
Views: 563098

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(It shouldn't be a worse dose. For one thing, the hours between one succumbing and the second indicate less exposure to at least the latter. However it was engineered to expose Sergei (and I have my unfounded suspicions that the daughters near-simultaneous exposure took some of the "If it's su...

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