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by dg61
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3728
Views: 464386

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not just invasives but agricultural pests. Considering how much of our exports are food that’s a big issue.
by dg61
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 4844

Re: Census Dickery

The census determines federal funds granted to local towns. It determines voting districts. It determines local programs to help residents. Whether I am a documented or undocumented immigrant, I still pay taxes, I'm still represented by elected officials, and I'm still a person living here. To impl...
by dg61
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 9927

Re: Thomas Fire

I wonder if shifting landscaping practices away from grass(which is a massive water hog) and towards drought-sensitive plants would help.
by dg61
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 9927

Re: Thomas Fire

I think the two parts fo the question are "can we relocate where we build houses to avoid creating fire issues" and "can we redesign how we build and plan our houses and developments with fire in mind". I know in hurricane-sensitive areas it's a matter of both; you want to build ...
by dg61
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: black history

Is it too late to mention interesting articles/websites in relation to this topic?
by dg61
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3728
Views: 464386

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I feel like you have good points but some clarifications and emendations are in order: 1) Disarmament was contrary also to English practice; the English Bill of Rights stipulated that all men had the right to be armed in self-defense and legal commentaries considered this a natural right. Disarmame...
by dg61
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: TSA not Bound by Constitution
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Re: TSA not Bound by Constitution

I think this is more their internal lawyers and regulations don't have them check all of them vs federal or state law. I'm guessing with the intent that if they're doing something to violate federal or state law, it's on the government to come tell them to stop? I don't know how it works but it doe...
by dg61
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3728
Views: 464386

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I misunderstood what you meant when you said "met regularly". You meant "usual; normal; customary" rather than literal "met regularly." But this meaning doesn't fit any better than the clumsy phrase I inserted above, and all because of that inconvenient word "well...
by dg61
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 10764

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Borrow money from a community-owned credit union that exists for exactly that purpose to give interest-free loans (using the money the community aren't presently using for anything else, that they have saved with the credit union)? That's just off the top of my head, I can probably do better. Also:...
by dg61
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377012

Re: Trump presidency

Weirdly enough I feel like small brick and mortar stores can be doing better sometimes. Will elaborate as needed.
by dg61
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 6872

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: 91
Views: 6496

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 91
Views: 6496

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 91
Views: 6496

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: 18750

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 1983

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: 6522

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: 3176

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: 18750

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: 174
Views: 29228

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 174
Views: 29228

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: 174
Views: 29228

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: 14627
Views: 2161520

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: 3728
Views: 464386

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: 900456

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: 33535

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: 1766
Views: 261732

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: 13380
Views: 1397966

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: 14627
Views: 2161520

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: 5071

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: 13418

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: 6106
Views: 850793

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: 14627
Views: 2161520

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: 6106
Views: 850793

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...

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