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by Coyne
Fri May 17, 2019 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

How would you steal a satellite? Quite sure none were designed to survive reentry, at least not without a space shuttle like drone to contain them. Hmmm... capture satellite has clam shells that open and close around the other satellite, internal space is filled with foam. Capture satellite is desi...
by Coyne
Sun May 05, 2019 8:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

commodorejohn wrote:
ijuin wrote:Maybe because it sends the message to the white students that “you are provably inferior to those guys whom you really REALLY hate”?

So the solution is to kowtow to prejudice so that prejudiced people aren't made uncomfortable?

Seems reasonable.


See White fragility.
by Coyne
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386274

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Hmmmmm... Where would the the surgeon install a #3DBenchy?
by Coyne
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109978

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Forgetting the lack of punishment for the moment (which is sadly not unexpected) what would the charge have been here? The person didnt die. There was no intent to kill. Would it have just been assault? Assault with a deadly weapon? Some sort of attempted murder? I'm not sure. Let's have a civilian...
by Coyne
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Ran into a new term today:

hostile termination v. The act of firing an employee that might commit a mass shooting.

From a corporate website.
by Coyne
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Everything on CO poisoning says it causes headache...pain.
by Coyne
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

C-4 shaped charge strapped to their head. Adding... Okay, yes, a lot of people would consider the C-4 shaped charge very unusual. But from a standpoint of cruelty it would be as close to absolutely painless as any execution could be. For a very simple reason expressed commonly in the phrase, “no bra...
by Coyne
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2140
Views: 721230

Re: Something on Youtube

Oo. Oo. Especially Suspend Your Disbelief, right?
by Coyne
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

Something akin to this happened in northern Wyoming, USA, in the late sixties or early seventies. A good-sized plane, a 707 I think, landed at Buffalo instead of Sheridan, 39 miles away.They were using visual navigation, at night. The runways at Buffalo were too short for that plane but they managed...
by Coyne
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109978

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Personal property isn't the same as private property. Not exactly. Personal property is private property that belongs to a person. There is private property that does not belong to a person--land belonging to a church congregation for example--so private property is broader than personal property. ...
by Coyne
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This had to do with the implementation text of the amendment , to wit: Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from voting arising from a felony conviction shall terminate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole...
by Coyne
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Thesh wrote:How could she worded her criticism of a group that exists to promote Israel without a dogwhistle?

She cannot. There is no language that would be acceptable. Which says something, but I'm not sure whether it says more about anti-semitism or about censorship by association.
by Coyne
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The center is defending a politician punching a kid in the face for breaking an egg on him, because violence is violence and one rule breaking justifies the other. I don't know if "defending" is the proper word. I do know that a centrist is fine with both of them going to jail, evil statu...
by Coyne
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

How about attacks? Have they attacked anyone yet?
by Coyne
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

It's the dinosaurs' revenge.
by Coyne
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But, as written, the NC subpoena would require such things as meeting minutes, time sheets, reports, travel vouchers, and such. Certainly some of the documents produced might be evidentiary against the people who committed the fraud, but more would have no evidentiary value at all. Well, unless it i...
by Coyne
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 763399

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I know, darn it. It's like getting a book with the last pages missing.
by Coyne
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The Department of Justice has issued subpoenas for a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Federal investigators issue subpoenas in NC-9 investigation From the subpoena to North Carolina State Board of Elections: Documents...
by Coyne
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 763399

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

(From the third person omniscient, as I experienced the dream.) The dream begins with a young woman and a wizard walking along a dusty rutted road. The wizard had been given the dubious honor of mastering ceremonies at an event, more an imposition than an honor. The only good thing about that was th...
by Coyne
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386274

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Somehow, I missed that shoe theory. I don't think it actually applies to our world though. If I were to try to select an analog in our country, it would be a toss-up between payday loan stores and drug stores.
by Coyne
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109978

Re: Police misbehavior thread

From this affidavit (PDF) it appears the heroin was actually purchased from a place on Napoleon Street which is five miles from the raided Harding Street address. Addendum: It occurs to me to wonder whether sales are still occurring at the Napoleon Street address. Or did they raid that as well, afte...
by Coyne
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109978

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No-knock warrant. Two subjects dead. Four police officers shot. Warrant based on purchase of heroin at the address. Reported use of handguns by the subjects. No body cameras used at the scene, even though department has some. Footage from neighbor's camera confiscated, unavailable. Some heroin and m...
by Coyne
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

"Oh, the one thing stopping my 900 lbs death machine from killing me and everyone I love broke. Better go jury-rig a new lock." Do people just not understand that tiger are strong enough to eat bears? Sticky-sweet: Not at all, all wild animals are just fluffy wuffy little cutesy criitters...
by Coyne
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

People who live in glass houses… shouldn't woe zones? (Stylish full-glass-walled apartment owners lose court battle against neighbouring tourist attraction having tourists looking in at them. And I'm sure there's a better word-pair at the end of that line. Foe, blow, crow, Doh!, know, moans, tones,...
by Coyne
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A boycott is ultimately just a bunch of people not buying stuff. I'm not even sure how one would prohibit a boycott. Force people to buy stuff? Jose You are correct, it can't be done. You have to keep the very idea of a boycott from sprouting and spreading. That is why why it is so "important&...
by Coyne
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

What gets me about about, is the certainty of conspiracy. A thousand scientists say this, one scientist says that, SO, obviously it's a conspiracy to hide the truth in which the thousand scientists are in evil cahoots for profit, and the lone scientist is a paragon of heroism beset by false accusati...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109978

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Every death row inmate costs an additional $90,000 per year, on top of the typical $30,000 per year for regular ol' inmates. Court cases that seek the death penalty cost about $500,000 extra, on top of the typical $750,000. Varies by state, obviously, but using your numbers of 60 years vs 10, a dea...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 763399

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I dreamed that I was part of the NCIS Los Angeles team (I only watched one episode, and only part of that, I swear). Anyway, the mission was to protect someone who said she needed it. When we arrived at her house, she seemed a bit...overanxious. She had used fluorescent orange arrow stickers to mark...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 6396

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

Welcome to Wyoming, motto "We'd like to clarify that Cheyenne Mountain is in Colorado."


"We would also like to clarify that Devil's Tower is in Wyoming, and not South Dakota as some movies have it."
by Coyne
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

CorruptUser wrote:In fairness, no one reads the EULA. No one.

Life is too short to read most EULA's.

(No, I didn't leave out any words.)
by Coyne
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2140
Views: 721230

Re: Something on Youtube

https://youtu.be/I1LBJWaLBTc

Since we're on the subject, this was a commercial for Weird Wally's Used Cars (Lincoln, NE).

I can't find a picture of one, but he also used to put up big yellow billboards with black lettering that said, 'This is Weird Country." Nothing else, just that.
by Coyne
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109978

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Well, they shouldn't have posted that because apparently, now that they've "promoted religion," everyone will be embracing Satan. Or maybe the post means everyone already has embraced Satan? I don't know, I'm very confused by the whole thing. I mean, between the one group of idiots and the...
by Coyne
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

The little Lego house is way too close (YouTube) to the Lego windmill.
by Coyne
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Let's see, convicted felon, registered sex offender...so is Jeffrey Epstein up for Supreme Court Justice? Or head of the Fed? Secretary of the Treasury? Secretary of Commerce? US Attorney General?

(Some might object that felons can't be any of the above. Easily overcome: "Pardon.")
by Coyne
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 763399

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I worked for a company digging a huge open-pit salt mine. Different sections of the pit were different colors like red, pink, and different shades of off-white and ivory. Snooped around some of the big machines. I was near an edge, looking into the pit, which looked hundreds of feet deep and a mile ...
by Coyne
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2625462

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

I don't think it should count if the only reason you are doing the experiment is to win an Ignoble. Kind of like the Guinness Book of Records where people were trying to fit the most stuff in their mouth or whatnot and injuring themselves so they stopped accepting submissions. Nah, come on: could a...
by Coyne
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386274

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Zamfir wrote:Context
Coyne wrote:That's called fiat and it works really efficiently. But it annoys a lot of people.

https://tinyurl.com/y8bq2525
by Coyne
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386274

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

A lot of the changes are about shifting the pain to these people or to those people. That's a political process, and surveys are not going to answer that. The surveys just tell you that people won't like it if they lose out. But a political process is not one ended, it needs to involve everyone. I ...

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