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by dg61
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2096

Re: Ideal immigration policy

I think people are seriously underestimating how hard it is to relocate?
by dg61
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 88
Views: 2974

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I was thinking in terms of 'changing the rules'
by dg61
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Pastrychef is correct; also emotional distress is in fact a tort iirc, and you can most certainly sue over it. Also it's a pretty fucking gross premise.
by dg61
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 88
Views: 2974

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I was actually thinking of "kill the power of the Speaker of the House(would literally only require minor internal rule changes), axe the filibuster or revise it to require that it only be one person talking and it has to be both continous and on-topic, and maybe dump the Hastert Rule, also inc...
by dg61
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I mean, you can't reasonably compel someone to provide services for you. Compel a refund if services paid for aren't rendered(although you could just bill for time), but I think this a case where compelling services rendered is pretty awful.
by dg61
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 88
Views: 2974

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

Aren’t there some simple fixes?
by dg61
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 14248

Re: Wealth taxation

Minor note per the earlier discussion that there are times when inflationary policy makes sense. For example, if you have a massive savings glut that's restricting investment/economic activity. The post recovery stages of the aftermath of a bubble bursting maybe, or for a concrete example Japan in t...
by dg61
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Right, it looks like the distinction is "are you in some fashion showing (insignia, command, etc-following orders from someone) that you are a military individual or a combatant or under someone's orders". The thing about disguising I think is more for military personnel or non-military pe...
by dg61
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You guys keep assuming I'm having good ideas, when I already said I don't. In any case, I never said outlaw these pieces of writing. I said curate, and notify, and provide more information. Well, they are already offering to do that, but it's very tricky. On what basis are "they" qualifie...
by dg61
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You guys keep assuming I'm having good ideas, when I already said I don't. In any case, I never said outlaw these pieces of writing. I said curate, and notify, and provide more information. Well, they are already offering to do that, but it's very tricky. On what basis are "they" qualifie...
by dg61
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files Released: 10/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files Released: 10/26/17

Or of compromising methods that are still in use-the information is outdated but how we got it would key someone into that we've got a specific design for bugs, eg.
by dg61
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 3859

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

FWIW, PR does ensure you have someone "Representing your views' in the sense that 1) party discipline is more important, so if you see a label you have a good idea what they'll be voting for and 2) at least one party is liklier to align more closely with your views(even if it's a small one). I ...
by dg61
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 2580

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

Well there's a lot of rabbits in DC so who knows. Of course the strip mentions a governor so it's probably a state capitol.
by dg61
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 14248

Re: Wealth taxation

FWIW's homeownership=! detached suburban houses with two-car garages. People do buy condos/apartments/rowhouses/terraced houses, after all.
by dg61
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 175
Views: 22484

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Have states been sovergin entities since 1789? I'm quite serious, given the limited reach of doctrines like nullification and the existence of the Supremacy Clause.
by dg61
Tue May 16, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/14/congress-stock-trading-conflict-of-interest-rules-238033 Congress brazenly does insider trading and nobody cares. But what many saw as a scandal, others saw as an opportunity. On the very day that Wyden was decrying Price’s bad judgment, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R...
by dg61
Sun May 07, 2017 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 175
Views: 22484

Re: Breaking Up the United States

How do people feel about either a non-majority but non-current EC system? Say the various systems where state's electors are divvied up proprortionately, or going for IRV? There's also the issue of balance. If you push too far in one direction, you get straight majoritarianism with no veto or checks...
by dg61
Sat May 06, 2017 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 175
Views: 22484

Re: Breaking Up the United States

What's so special about rural areas that they should have more power in a vote, again? What's so special about rural areas that they should have no power whatsoever in a vote? Even with the electoral college, politicians focus an inordinate amount on heavily populated regions. Without the electoral...
by dg61
Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14293
Views: 2028276

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

He didn't speak to the why of celibacy. His claim was that church members of superior intelligence fell out of the gene pool by not reproducing. Which is a reach given that avowing celibacy and actually being celibate are two different things. On the other hand, church members of inferior intellige...
by dg61
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That includes territory Egypt got ceded by Israel as well as territory outside of Mandatory Palestine; I don't think even the nuttiest revisionists claim that much.
by dg61
Sun May 15, 2016 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807976

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The long term trends indicate that both economic struggles and racial equality are drivers of Trump voters. Racial equality is bad in their eyes because Trump voters think if the other groups are rising up, then white males must be dragging down. As usual, it's more complex than initially posted th...
by dg61
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 31737

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Incremental adjustment to match real world price granularity is more practical than overhauling the system and being stuck with it when the granularity is too little or too big. Fix problems that actually exist. Yes, but with my solution, nothing actually changes. Let cents circulate until the twen...
by dg61
Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1613
Views: 234736

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

Jeopardy however locks you out until the host is done talking. Its primarily a reaction game. Everyone there knows the answer to virtually every question, its simply who can buzz in after the lock has been released. And computers are mind-boggling good at that sort of timing. The fact that Watson w...
by dg61
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13291
Views: 1308954

Re: Today I Learned

Neil_Boekend wrote:That should be solvable with a timer switch that you set the day before, or good night vision so you don't have to turn on the light in the first place.


Those are actually pretty common; possibly this was someplace where he couldn't install them?
by dg61
Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14293
Views: 2028276

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

It seems like both Sardia and morriswalters are correct-Sardia is talking about international bans and morriswalters is talking about regulations within the US. I personally would support a program of buying out the old units. This does seem to be more of an issue in developing countries though.
by dg61
Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1629: "Tools"
Replies: 22
Views: 4907

Re: 1629: "Tools"

About the only things which can be produced that literally have nothing to do with bodies are products relating to pursuits of the mind, arguably including computers and definitely including art. But the point of art is that it triggers emotions, and those are physical feelings. I don't think disem...
by dg61
Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 12766

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

The "compensating" being taken literally rather than symbolically is the gag of the strip. With that said, the associative link I usually make is middle age or midlife crisis, where a sports car (generally not a particularly large one, but quite often red) is meant to directly compensate ...
by dg61
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Isn't this why most people who look at long-term crime statistics use homicide, since it's less subject to revision in its definition and harder to cover-up/conceal?
by dg61
Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14293
Views: 2028276

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

Modern reasearch on present-day hunter gatherers mentions them breastfeeding 3 years or longer and some quick and dirty googling suggests 2-3 years for full weaning. And of course there were other ways of preventing birth: abstinence, oral and anal sex, herbal contraceptives and abortifiacients like...
by dg61
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I made a claim about 2015 homocides, so I'm taking the 2015 homicides and comparing it to 2014 homicides. Even apart from any other errors or deliberate misrepresentations you may be making, that decision right there is cherry-picking. The projected 2015 data that I've seen still comes in below the...
by dg61
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The profit ethic at work!
Replies: 55
Views: 10141

Re: The profit ethic at work!

The solution of course, is to create a US Agency and mandate them to produce rare, unprofitable drugs at a low cost. </sarcasm> The US is allergic to socialism. Such a setup will never happen in this country. ACA is allegedly 'evil socialism', so I have no idea what an actual socialist idea would d...
by dg61
Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14293
Views: 2028276

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

That looks like a "Swim with the Alligators!"-type attraction. Unless that's the joke you're making?
by dg61
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 9197

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

I've often wondered why you don't see more thermite volcanoes. Thermite's easy to make and it's far more geologically accurate. You could easily mix it with other common substances to create a chemically accurate lava of whatever variety you wanted - for example, quartz sand, quicklime, magnesia, a...
by dg61
Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 11452

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

Actually, mustard on chocolate cake might be worth trying... You can get wasabi chocolate cake in Wagamama, though these days they only mention the wasabi in the smallprint. I keep meaning to try it. Of course, as I've mentioned before, the whole sweet/savoury dichotomy just isn't a thing in Asia. ...
by dg61
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 21198

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

It's up to those arguing there's a pattern to make the case for why it's a meaningful one No, it's up to the people making today's dire predictions to make the case for why their dire predictions are more trustworthy than the similarly dire predictions people have been making for centuries. Exactly...
by dg61
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 167465

Re: Syria Civil War Spreads

We may not be able to defeat militarily at all. Improve the economics of the region however and you could remove the base of poverty that helps drive ISIS. I love how much you've bought into this social justice bullshit narrative that the jihadis are the "real victims" of crushing poverty...
by dg61
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1607: "Supreme Court"
Replies: 65
Views: 11762

Re: 1607: "Supreme Court"

I was hoping he'd also asked the guy whether he ate grasshoppers or locusts, which of course the Bible explicitly lists as being on the good-to-eat list. But the religious guy changed the topic as quickly as he could. I wonder whether there are Fundamentalists who insist on eating those large, nutr...
by dg61
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 22669

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

So, umm, capture him and offer "leniency" in exchange for providing good intelligence on other ISIS members? I was thinking more or less this-"Surrender, let us debrief you for intelligence, and we'll give you a false passport, a one-way ticket to Aruba or someplace else suitably ple...
by dg61
Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14293
Views: 2028276

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

Djehutynakht wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:Stupid hypothetical, but how disastrous would a burst in the Aswan dam be?


Pretty bad


Very, very bad. Like, we're talking "Make Chernobyl look like a minor accident" bad>
by dg61
Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear split off thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13448

Re: Nuclear split off thread

It seems like everyone's talking a bit past each other. Nobody's actually arguing "Nuclear is perfectly, 100% impossible to have go wrong" or that "Nuclear is the devil incarnate", just that "It is probably better than the current alternatives"(which even the most relat...

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