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by Mambrino
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

Re: News in brief

PeteP wrote:I am pretty sure CU was applying that to the side of the company not the employees?


That... was not obvious to me, but the comment does make slightly more sense that way.
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

Re: News in brief

Well, I do think the analogy is silly. The power imbalance and frankly, the whole nature of the relationship between employer and employee is fundamentally different than between partners in a romantic relationship. Especially when the discussion started with a news article about prof who thinks she...
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Firefox vs. Chrome: Is it time for me to throw in the towel?
Replies: 41
Views: 21445

Re: Firefox vs. Chrome: Is it time for me to throw in the towel?

I'm still too attached to NoScript+uBlockO to change even to marginally better browser. No, I will not load a shitton of JS if the site actually works quite well without it. Also, to be frank, I like to have vague idea what is happening when I type stuff to address bar and know when I'm doing a sear...
by Mambrino
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

Re: News in brief

Jobs are like girlfriends/boyfriends. Interviews are dating. If people keep quitting you, the problem is you, not them. It's quite rare nowadays that you are dependent on your spouse's monies to eat and have a roof over your head, and that's a situation which creates a possibility for terrible rela...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Let's just call it laziness, because why not? Using words sloppily results in dilution. Look at superlatives. How often, when someone uses the word awesome, do you believe they are actually struck with awe? When everyone's racist, nobody is. I don't believe this dilution thing. Racism is a very pow...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm counting on the Chinese not being stupid, and retaliating only on appropriate scale (Trump says stern words about China, mainly as posturing aimed for his voters, they'll respond with stern words, mainly aimed to convince their populace that Chinese leaders are not weak). I mean, Trump didn't sa...
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Is that kind relativistic view of culture and moral workable in when "the other culture" is not some distant place but next door and you need to establish legal standards and the school nurse or maternity ward need some procedures to follow? For reasons like I don't believe idea of "s...
by Mambrino
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Arrival

Saw it, was a good film. Didn't know about the short story before, will try to get my hands on it now too. Very spoilery discussion: It certainly was a good science fiction film. But as a film, there was too many things I disliked to call it great. The physicist person felt more like a cardboard fig...
by Mambrino
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

Re: News in brief

Hollande won't seek re-election . Putin addressed the nation in a yearly speech Avoiding anti-Western rhetoric - by Sarah Rainsford in Moscow: This was a speech short on slogans and snappy soundbites. If there was a theme, then it was one of unity. It was a call to Russians to pull together as patr...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1584350

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

The traditional Swedish giant Christmas goat in Gävle burned down in record time. The goat made of straw was destroyed in less than 24 hours after presented to the public. (Burning the goat is also a tradition, but not an officially sanctioned one.)
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

Re: News in brief

France: the conservative presidential candidate is Francois Fillon He is proposing dramatic economic reforms that include slashing 500,000 public jobs, ending the 35-hour week, raising the retirement age and scrapping the wealth tax. Aren't French unions still a considerable force? This might turn ...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

How does Germany do it? They make propaganda detection part of their educational system. ...you have slightly rose-tinted glasses on. The next German parliamentary elections are scheduled next year, and AfD looks like it's improving on polls . I think the main reason why Germany is still OK-ish is ...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump in NYTimes interview After a chat with a Marine corps general he is now convinced that waterboarding isn't that useful so there is not point in reinstating it, and also condemned at least one alt-right / white nationalist group but on the other hand defended Breitbart as a "conservative&...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

Re: News in brief

Trump breaks another campaign promise: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-escalates-war-with-news-media-cancels-meeting-with-new-york-times/2016/11/22/3b02f9ce-b0b1-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_transition-9a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory I'm glad to see he's not a to...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13797

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

Not humorous, but "etc" and not sure if dark enough for Darker news thread: New 'brief' thread created ~~Felstaff BBC: German court acquits 'Sharia Police' in Wuppertal A German court has ruled that seven Muslim men who formed a Sharia street patrol did not break laws against political uni...
by Mambrino
Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 2504

Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

The Guardian: 'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper Wat this is scary stuff. Some highlights from the Guardian article: A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, m...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Paranatural
Replies: 1
Views: 2767

Paranatural

Now that the comic subforum is a bit livelier than usual, allow me to introduce: Paranatural Paranatural is a weird and funny webcomic. The premise: Young Maxwell moves to small town called Mayview when his father decides he wants to run a seven-eleven in his old hometown, and oh boy, is he in for a...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Unsounded
Replies: 3
Views: 6201

Re: Unsounded

Well discussion about this comic is moving on glacial scale even for xkcd fora standards, but ... that's just fine! It makes me cringe a bit to see him being a bigot. It's not surprising, since he is very hung up about the rules of his society. He is already undead but still insists on keeping t...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Kill Six Billion Demons
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Kill Six Billion Demons

I can agree this is simply awesome. You can see the classic epic hero's journey, with the exactly right twists, in the works. The religo-mystical stuff hits just the right spots that got me excited when reading, say, Foucault's Pendulum.

Probably my new favorite webcomic.
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 111
Views: 26743

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

At this point I'd like to remind that after Chapter 59 concluded with a thrilling cliff-hanger , we had once again our two-weeks-worth of Awesome Cool Pigeons, and we are now back with Chapter 60 . With webcomics and other serial fiction it's always hard to tell, but this might actually be a third a...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

By the way, should the thread title be changed now that the election is over, and we are going to discuss the aftermath for the next 4 years?
by Mambrino
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I was linked to this post that presents, let's say, curious viewpoint on Trump's racism and our (the left wing) reaction to it. The media (and others) are still crying wolf on Trump A couple excerpts to highlight the main points and blogger's main line of reasoning: 4. Aren’t there a lot of voters w...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Summary of Trump Transition disarray, by the courtesy of BBC . Summary speculation: Trump's son-in-law Kushner does not like Christie (because Christie was attorney general in 2004 when son-in-law's father was found of guilty of several charges shortly summarized as "corruption" in New Je...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 76
Views: 4169

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

I've never seen the anime, but this trailer doesn't really impress me. It seems a rather standard action sci-fi, with a lot of pg-rated porn, which is something I've always rather disliked. I'm not going to try to defend the pornographic side of it, but the original movie is a fantastic piece of cy...
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

2. Defense. Another traditionally republican area that has widespread appeal. And, in practice, Democrat leadership bombs stuff too. So, actual differences in actions might be relatively small. Just need to vocally support bombing far off places a lot more. That and throw some dollars at military b...
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 76
Views: 4169

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

It's ...promising. Visuals, at least.
by Mambrino
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

BBC: US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially. Those targeted would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers, he told US broadcaster CBS in an interview. He also confirmed that another election pro...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

NYTimes on Trump transition team , they also have list of possible candidates for cabinet positions , but most of this seems to be rumors, not hard facts. However: One of the influences on Mr. Trump could come from an unlikely quarter: President Obama. Meeting in the Oval Office on Thursday, Mr. Tr...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

NYTimes: Vice President-Elect Pence to Take Over Trump Transition Effort Pence replaces Chris Christie. I just realized that I was in full kremlnology mode reading the headline, trying to infer if this means anything. Couldn't come up with anything. edit. Also missed that Peter Thiel has been named...
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cubs Win World Series: Game 7 Hell Freezes Over
Replies: 18
Views: 1576

Re: Cubs Win World Series: Game 7 Hell Freezes Over

Weeks wrote:FLYING CARS WHEN?!?!?!


I think DeLorean going bankrupt is the point where the timeline diverges.
by Mambrino
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 109
Views: 9211

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

Turkey arrests the leaders and all 11 MPs of Kurdish parliament party HDP. BBC.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp were reported to be inaccessible inside Turkey shortly after the detentions, even when users tried to circumvent restrictions using a virtual private network (VPN).
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 35012

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Some places need to be run by skullcrackers... WTF? I don't know if this is what CU was alluding to, but there's a theory that societies need to be run by brutal but fair, rule-of-law-abiding skullcrackers for a sufficient amount of time before you have reached a societal equilibrium point of "...
by Mambrino
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 1879

Re: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Does xkcd fora have weird butterfly effects? Or collective latent pre-cog abilities? A couple of posts in a weeks old thread yesterday, and now: Bob Dylan: Nobel Literature Prize left me speechless US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan says he accepts his Nobel Prize in literature, ending a silence since b...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252615

Re: The Darker Side of the News

BBC: Germany shooting: Policeman dies in raid on far-right gunman

A German 32-year-old special forces officer has died of his wounds after being shot during a raid on the home of a man linked to a far-right movement.
by Mambrino
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465706

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What is Aleppo? To be fair, that's just being uninformed. Is being uninformed on foreign policy dumb? Sure, if you want to be the president of the US. (It would be also dumb to believe that you could be a serious contender from a third party in the US presidential race, barring some very special ci...
by Mambrino
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 1879

Re: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Mr. Dylan is yet to comment on his award. According to some reports I saw (sorry, not in English) this is also already remarkable: no winner has been totally silent for a full day in recent times. Not only to press, but to the Nobel committee has not been in contact with him.
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 1879

Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

NYTimes Official press release The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Eh, urm, congratulations? This is the first time the prize goes to a musician for song lyrics. I don't know if we ...

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