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by Yablo
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/25/660458533/suspicious-package-discovered-in-nycs-tribeca-area Terrorism by alt right Nazis continues. Bomb count is up to 10 now as Biden and Robert Di nero are targeted. Trump blames the media, and his supporters blame false flag attempts. Not all Trump supporters bla...
by Yablo
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 2773
Views: 171334

Re: One Letter Word Game

huck
by Yablo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

America only has a center, and a right, and an undecided center-right who aren't sure how much right they're okay with. There is no left anymore. Except, we can't have a right and a center without a left. If the entire left were to simply cease to exist, everything would necessarily recalibrate, an...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Patriotism is chanting "U-S-A!" when the USA team walks onto the field. Nationalism is chanting "U-S-A!" when the other country's team walks onto the field. Okay. I can accept this distinction. And in light of it, nationalism would definitely be the dickmove side of it. Also, in...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

No. They are opposites, in an important way. Patriotism is the love and devotion to... Nationalism is the blind and arrogant promotion of... I disagree on those definitions. Most dictionaries ( Merriam-Webster , Oxford English , Collins , Vocabulary.com , Google's Dictionary ) give the basic defini...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564554

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The objective was literally to make conservatives hate and fear him, not because of what he does, but because of what he represents. I would agree with this point, but not the rest. I don't see how this attack is in anyway supported or exalted by Fox News or that they deliberately contributed to th...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

In its most basic (and reasonable) form, Nationalism means pretty much the same as Patriotism. It's the love of and devotion to a particular nation. That doesn't matter here though. Conservatives and Republicans are going to say he was using that definition. Liberals and Democrats are going to use t...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564554

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... fox news commentary is hard at work trying to make it sound ok to terrorize Jews. I haven't had an opportunity to watch the video, but I don't see any evidence of that claim in the article. It's not exactly a pro-Soros piece, but it specifically calls out a few anti-Soros conspiracy theories as...
by Yablo
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Delta Green - All Part of the Job (Call of Cthulhu AP)
Replies: 141
Views: 53077

Re: Delta Green - All Part of the Job (Call of Cthulhu AP)

Reverberations – Session 4 Thomas Edison would take six half-hour naps throughout the day, and Leonardo da Vinci slept for 20 minutes every four hours. Nikola Tesla slept for two hours every night. If they’d had Red Bull, they might not have slept at all, and then Carl Clark wouldn’t consider them ...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14958
Views: 2351339

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

ucim wrote:I get that, but isn't it just as telling about popular culture that it works? Is he the message, or the messenger?

Jose

A little of both, I think. In a way, it's like his physical artwork was a decoy for his true art of satirizing and insulting the elitist art snobs.
by Yablo
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14958
Views: 2351339

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

What about his attitude do you like, and why? (neutral question) Jose I hadn't thought too much about it, but now that I do, I think it might be his cynicism and his testing of the pop culture consumer to see the reactions he could produce. I don't get the impression he felt his artwork was nearly ...
by Yablo
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14958
Views: 2351339

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

And.... so? Before that he was an infant and probably drooled on the table. I don't get what you are saying. Jose The point was that, while he made his name and fortune by insulting the rich with crafts that were as anti-art as he could make, he made ends meet (at first) like any other artist. I ta...
by Yablo
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14958
Views: 2351339

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

Reminds me of Andy Warhol. His entire schtick was that the art world was full of pompous and incompetent assholes and the rich were gullible idiots, and he got paid a fortune to insult the rich with crafts that were as anti art as he could make. Before he was Andy Warhol, he was still a regular art...
by Yablo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Look, I'm trying to be nice, but anyone who thinks the Mueller investigation is just a partisan hack-job and that Trump is one of the greatest Presidents in modern memory is probably a far-right extremist. I mean, I don't literally have all of your views here in front of me to fact-check, but these...
by Yablo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Of course, Nixon was the President under which Roe v Wade occurred, and of the 7 SC justices that voted in favor of legalizing abortion, Nixon appointed Burger, Blackmun, Powell, and Rehnquist, and was VP when Brennan and Stewart apointed. Yes, that's right, 6 out of the 7 justices that voted for R...
by Yablo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

If you only go along with the party 95% of the time, then you are a RINO! Like, for you to be considered a Republican by you far-right extremist types ... I may be Conservative, but I'm far from "far-right extremist." ... you have to be absolutely unwavering in your willingness to complet...
by Yablo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Our Governor did something similar. He was originally a Republican (though he never acted like one), and he knew he couldn't beat the incumbent on his own. He switched to Independent and joined forces with the other candidate (who is an Alaska Native) to gain the Alaska Native vote which was enough ...
by Yablo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Lisa m. Voted no ... I think Lisa was a surprise, was expecting her to vote Yes. As an Alaskan, Murkowski's 'No' vote doesn't surprise me. She's basically a Democrat wearing a Republican hat (at least the way she and her office operate here). She lost the Republican nomination and immediately decid...
by Yablo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

No yablo, houses aren't the same as countries. I was hoping my examples would make that clear. I wasn't saying they are the same. I was saying the fundamental concept of uninvited strangers doesn't change when the scale does. Back to judges. How legitimate was the FBI investigation? I didn't like h...
by Yablo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Now extend that to a country-sized home and decisions made about it by the people who live in it and there's your analogy. Right. This is the same method Plato used in the Republic to examine the concept of Justice. He said that in order to understand Justice at the individual level, it is easier t...
by Yablo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 2773
Views: 171334

Re: One Letter Word Game

fund
by Yablo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Delta Green - All Part of the Job (Call of Cthulhu AP)
Replies: 141
Views: 53077

Re: Delta Green - All Part of the Job (Call of Cthulhu AP)

Reverberations – Session 3 Something had happened in Room 412. Hispanic women didn’t just teleport into and out of hotel rooms to destroy laptops. Dempsey figured it was just a Chicago thing. Whatever the case, they needed to know what happened in there. The laptop hard drive might give some answer...
by Yablo
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

eran_rathan wrote:that's part of the point for Republicans, though.

"Government doesn't work, so vote for me, and I'll go to Congress and make sure it doesn't work!" (and ride that gravy train into the sunset).

You say that like Democrats and Independents aren't just as guilty.
by Yablo
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

It's really the Republican's fault they're feeling crunched for time here anyway. If they hadn't set precedent by blocking Garland back when it was Obama's turn to pick, they wouldn't have to worry about the Democrats blocking their pick on the off chance they win the midterms. It's weird... it's a...
by Yablo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

It's really the Republican's fault they're feeling crunched for time here anyway. If they hadn't set precedent by blocking Garland back when it was Obama's turn to pick, they wouldn't have to worry about the Democrats blocking their pick on the off chance they win the midterms. It's weird... it's a...
by Yablo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 2263

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

Even though he stopped a (potential) global nuclear war, he was still reprimanded for not documenting his actions as they were happening. He was screwed either way, but at least his way, the Soviet military survived to see him leave for a research job. It might be interesting to note that he may hav...
by Yablo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Virtue ethicists are just utilitarians who mistook Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals for a min-maxing strategy guide. My initial reaction to that was to argue that it kinda was a min-maxing strategy guide. Then I realized it only supported your argument. If every last one of them had be...
by Yablo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

It's easy to deny a job to someone sitting in jail. The part you don't understand is where you did something very wrong, and didn't get caught by the cops. By your logic, Catholic priests accused of pedophilia shouldn't be punished because their victims didn't report in time. That's not at all the ...
by Yablo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Any good and reasonable utilitarian understands that you can't maximize good if you actively practice utilitarianism 24/7. And any good and reasonable ethicist understands that Virtue Ethics are far more important and beneficial than Utilitarianism. I mean, are you going to take the word of John St...
by Yablo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

And if nothing else, "America First" is just morally indefensible in its own right . It's not morally indefensible. It's like paying your mortgage and bills, providing food and clothing for your spouse and children, and installing a home security system for their protection rather than le...
by Yablo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

And if nothing else, "America First" is just morally indefensible in its own right . It's not morally indefensible. It's like paying your mortgage and bills, providing food and clothing for your spouse and children, and installing a home security system for their protection rather than le...
by Yablo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Being nice to people is how you make friends. It's reciprocal, and generates reciprocity. Ideally, yes, but that's not always true. The Obama administration was pretty nice to Iran, and that had the opposite effect. They took our money and goodwill, and they used it to further support anti-American...
by Yablo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Well, the economy's certainly doing well, no disagreement there. And Trump, thanks to the tax policy change, can legitimately claim at least some credit. That said, the president's control over the economy is loose at best. Lots of factors in play, of course. He's also definitely very anti-illegal ...
by Yablo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Delta Green - All Part of the Job (Call of Cthulhu AP)
Replies: 141
Views: 53077

Re: Delta Green - All Part of the Job (Call of Cthulhu AP)

Reverberations – Session 2 Dolf called Agent Clark and gave a quick, sanitized synopsis of the current Opera and requested assistance. Clark had already been contacted by the Task Force’s handler, Voss, and he had been pulled from his assignment. He was already booked on a flight to Chicago and wou...
by Yablo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

EDIT: It looks like I might have misread what you wrote; if that's the case, my apologies. Presuming you're saying "one or two false accusations can come out with true accusations", that much I agree with. But I don't think false accusations are common in situations like this -- and false...
by Yablo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

I feel like the smart move on the Republican's side at this point would be to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination and try to get Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as quickly as possible. Of course, that would require Trump's ego being able to deal with a strategic "loss". You might be right, and I ...
by Yablo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

So, for the benefit of all involved, you'd like evidence that dismissing accusations of sexual assault at parties and calling women liars when they say they were attacked is a good and just course of action in this particular case and that nobody should believe Ford if she makes any further claims ...
by Yablo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

For the record, this is the point at which it became apparent that there's no need to take you seriously. Also for the record, this is the point at which it became apparent you aren't particularly interested in civil discussion, and so there's no need to take you seriously either. Did we skip over ...
by Yablo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

If they're not paying for it, I'm a little confused how you think they might be orchestrating this thing, though. You say they might be "a little more enthusiastic about turning up anything and everything they can spin regardless of credibility". What does that look like in real life here...
by Yablo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7864
Views: 577868

Re: Trump presidency

Seems very risky. No matter how evil you think the Democratic party might be, their supporters would not put up with that if it was found they were paying people to come up with false allegations. And what's the gain here? They have an outside chance of maybe, possibly delaying the SC candidate? It...

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