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by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 22, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2121
Views: 353661

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

If it were as simple as "the Starks control the throne", I'd agree. But they made it pretty clear that the throne is no longer hereditary. Sure, it's a Stark *this* generation, but who's the next monarch gonna be? Someone chosen by the lords and ladies of Westeros, and the Nor...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 22, 2019 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2121
Views: 353661

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Sansa wanting to rule an independent North could make sense if the North had spent a long and grueling campaign against the White Walkers without any support from the Southern kingdoms. Wait, you're including the North wanting independence as something that was rushed? The North has been yearni...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 08, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 7426

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

The question is "what is the nature of the activism needed to bring about your idea?" You've said it's not political activism to enact laws regulating journalism standards. Is it economic activism of directly creating and/or supporting new news agencies (changing the supply side of the mar...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 08, 2019 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 116
Views: 3778

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Given what we've seen of Steve, do you really think him being told "No" would stop him from punching every Hydra agent he could get his hands on? I just don't see him staying in the same timeline we saw, though I have no idea how he got to the park bench without staying in the tim...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue May 07, 2019 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 116
Views: 3778

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Here's what I gathered about time travel, from the movie only. From the conversation between Banner and The Ancient One, the timeline branches if and only if a time traveler takes an infinity stone, because the stones govern the flow of time. But the new branch can be erased if the time travele...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 01, 2019 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is it possible to escape from a black hole using another black hole?
Replies: 56
Views: 2308

Re: Is it possible to escape from a black hole using another black hole?

There is one sense in which you could (at least temporarily) 'escape' the original black hole. When the second black hole gets close enough, it will be possible to escape the Schwarzchild radius of the original singularity, and even to reach a point that is outside the Schwarzchild radii of both ind...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

The phrase in question isn't "call for violence", it's "openly calling for left wing activists to be rounded up and executed", which would be in an entirely different league of atrocity. As in, "why are we not already in an open civil war if that's the case?" level of a...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

Republican politicians are openly calling for left wing activists to be rounded up and executed I'm gonna need a source on that one. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/20/matt-shea-rightwing-messages-chat-records The first sentence from that article: " A Washington state Republican pol...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:Republican politicians are openly calling for left wing activists to be rounded up and executed


I'm gonna need a source on that one.
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092679

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's just a matter of cost/benefit. Given the choice between A: incremental reforms of our existing flawed system, or B: an incredibly complicated overhaul of our most basic social concepts with no compelling argument to expect drastic improvements over what we could achieve with option A, why wou...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092679

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Okay, so it's an awful lot of work, not reasonable to fit into a forum post, and incredibly complicated. Fair enough. But then, why would you conclude that people who don't already agree with you are simply too lazy to do "the bare minimum of work" to understand your ideas, when your ideas...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092679

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Thesh, this line of discussion started because you said Sableagle didn't want to do "the bare minimum of work to try and understand how to organize society without laws". But now you're saying that it's not reasonable to expect you to outline it in a forum post. It would seem that "th...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Alternative to floating point: "supernormal" numbers and tracking uncertainties
Replies: 0
Views: 1042

Alternative to floating point: "supernormal" numbers and tracking uncertainties

I’ve been developing an alternative floating point format (conceptually anyway; I haven’t created an actual implementation). It follows a similar structure as the IEEE standard, but is designed to have a symmetric dynamic range (maximum finite value and minimum finite value are reciprocals of each o...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092679

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How many 11-year-olds does your company employ?
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

Again, laws make implicit judgements that the party who broke the law is in the wrong. That will influence the jury, and in practice the juries will likely just defer to the law. What, exactly, is your concern with not codifying murder? That people aren't going to recognize killing is wrong? Look i...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

Juries determine the facts, not the law, and they have proven to be terrible and tend to defer to police judgement. And again, you still have the same problem - you aren't explaining how we can enforce the law consistently. The laws are only serving to protect the police from liability if they arre...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

The point is that laws don't solve the problem that you are using to justify laws. You can't make a judgement without looking at the situation as a whole, since every situation is different. Even then, laws themselves are not consistent with each other and until you can develop a universal theory o...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

in practice every single arrest any police officer makes is a contribution to a biased and unequal system. Perhaps, but that's not *all* it is. In many cases, it is also separating someone from society who would need to be separated from society even in a perfect system. Due to our flawed prison sy...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

LOL Please don't pretend that laws are applied consistently or that sentencing is at all sensible today. I would never dream of it. But since I was speaking in the context of your hypothetical scenario where society doesn't even *have* laws for the obvious things, I'm at a loss regarding the releva...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

You don't really need laws for the obvious things. You just need communities that know how to deal with the problems that arise. And to do that consistently, you might want to write down how we as a community will deal with some of the more common and obvious problems. Things like what to do with s...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

@natraj But it's not like *all* laws are oppressive by nature. There are still the basics like catching murderers. That's not targeting vulnerable people (except in the sense that vulnerable-->desperate-->more likely to commit crimes, but that wouldn't be a matter of the law being unjust), and it's ...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

@Pfhorrest re: tritarianism It's a bit more than just one being filling three roles though. Or at least, it's more than is captured by the metaphor using a human. The classic example I've heard in this regard is the account of Jesus' baptism, where you have the Son in human form getting baptized, th...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

The Christian families were bewildered, 'why do they hate us, the trinity is very simple it's just a 3 sided paper, we aren't polytheists how could they say that about us' While I was born in what is historically a Catholic country (and my four grandparents were Catholics) that trinity thing that i...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8591
Views: 810246

Re: Trump presidency

I believe the point is that saying "only Jews get to decide who counts as Jewish" is circular reasoning, at least if it's not refined more. You'd have to go with something like "Judaism is defined by the prevailing consensus among all people who call themselves Jewish", in which ...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2594574

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

What I would like to know is whether the shredder was remotely controlled, or whether it had some means of sensing that the picture was being sold. If it is the latter, then I would like to know how such a feat was accomplished. And if the former, then this sounds like felony destruction of property.
by arbiteroftruth
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 17596

Re: The Good Plaice

Season 2 started with 800+ reboots in, I think, 22 minutes. They established the premise, got some great jokes out of it, and moved on to the next plot twist. Here, we spent 45 minutes getting the group back together, which we knew had to happen going in. You're thinking of the second aired epi...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

i think a lot of this is making matters needlessly complex the effect of an ubi, if funded by an income tax at least, is simply to move all incomes closer to each other. literally, just take a graph of incomes and vertically squish it centered on the mean. that's 100% of what an income tax funded u...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

The Long Answer Your Secondly point. You.. are aware people enter in to agreements all the time where both parties benefit from the arrangement, right? Like, that's the point of employment, self or otherwise - or at least the ideal of it. You provide work for someone who cannot do the work, the per...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

Owning a business is not rent. Owning lots of little pieces of lots of businesses is not rent. Why not? If I own a widget-making company, but I don't actually do any work in that company, am I not renting the widget-making equipment to the employees, who then have to pay me a portion of the revenue...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

Essentially, it's simply saying that someone can only sell a property, not merely rent it. That is the point, yes. Renting will become as unaffordable as buying. Maybe technically true, but because the cost of buying will be forced to come down. Landlords who can't be landlords anymore will have no...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

rewinding back to the topic of unaffordable housing, i just remembered a point i wanted to make back then but forget: a shortage of places to live is not the problem facing the people stuck renting in expensive places, because THEY ALL LIVE THERE ALREADY so obviously there are places enough for the...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

Thesh, you seem to be taking the most extreme examples of exploitative situations, and regarding that as a fundamental feature of profit, rather than as what it is: an exceptional circumstance in which the profit-motive approach has broken down. In your example, if you're down to only one option, th...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

1. I'm not talking about doing anything to incentivize private investment. I'm only saying that a moral economic system ought to allow it without intrusion, and asserting that the market will in fact find value in that. 2. In your ideal system, who runs the private banks? If they're privately owned ...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

Suppose we take your notion of loans being provided by a public bank/risk pool, my question is after the public bank invests in a widget-making company, who is going to invest in the second widget-making company? The public investment fund has a low return on investment either way, because the succe...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

Everything you're saying is true, if you're dealing with an individual investment in a vacuum. But as I said, the individual investment approach allows competition of investment strategies, as well as more naturally allowing simultaneous investments in competing ventures. The former improves efficie...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

A sustainable insurance program is the exact same concept, just with the expected average benefit being distributed through a risk pool instead of delivered to an individual accepting the risk. There's nothing wrong with such an insurance system, but likewise I see nothing wrong with rewarding an in...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

@Pfhorrest: I agree up to a point. A totally free market with no interference compounds successes with subsequent advantages, leading to some potential for runaway success somewhat independent of ongoing merit. But I think most of that comes down to efficiencies of scale, so a correctly tuned progre...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

Alice ended up with the most value only because she had the most property tied up in the situation to begin with. If you flip it around, with a large number of initial victims and a small number of innocent recipients of the ill-gotten gains, the recipients will still be the ones controlling more va...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

The social-scale equivalent of that "best we could do" would be, surprise, to divide up the property evenly among the people. No, the social-scale equivalent would be to divide up the difference between what each person has and what they deserve. Let's do a slight expansion of the small s...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76641

Re: Libertarianism

The child who grows up with a murdered parent is indeed disadvantaged in the present day. It is still not just to punish the murderer's children, even when we know who the murderer's children are. It is even worse to punish at random if we do not know who the murderer's children are. I think this &...

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