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by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

At the end of the day what will matter is the results. If the changes result in economic growth, and that growth results in better jobs and better pay for people, the GOP will win big. If the growth doesn't materialize, or doesn't translate into better jobs and pay, the GOP will lose big. Given wha...
by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not sure that Trump's base is "okay" with having their taxes raised and services cut (I'm pretty sure they would scream bloody murder if you straight up said you planned to do that in those terms to their faces), as they are just unaware or unwilling to believe that that's going to ha...
by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not sure that Trump's base is "okay" with having their taxes raised and services cut (I'm pretty sure they would scream bloody murder if you straight up said you planned to do that in those terms to their faces), as they are just unaware or unwilling to believe that that's going to ha...
by cphite
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 596344

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... or a rather clever NorK manages to make the chemical attack in Tokyo look like the work of some weird cult or the chemical attack at the NFL championship look like the work of a lone white nutjob with deep-rooted mental issues or a radicalised fundamentalist whose behaviour is the responsibilit...
by cphite
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 13261

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Liri wrote:why the h**k is this in N&A


Because he's asking about an article?

Most of the discussions in this sub-forum are about articles after they've been written; he's discussing his before it was written. Just a matter of timing.
by cphite
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 13261

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

People want to know, before they make the plans and spend the money, if the event is going to have what they want to see. The problem is that these article are written after the event. If they came out before, then I would understand. Yeah, but these events are often annual, and they're usually fai...
by cphite
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 13261

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Like, why would I care if so-and-so was signed autographs or if the art section was poorly organized? The people who go to comic cons are often pretty fanatical about them... they want to meet so-and-so and get autographs, or they want to see an awesome art display. And these events aren't exactly ...
by cphite
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 596344

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As for the argument that we would need concealable weapons in the event of an occupation, such an argument is actually supporting war crimes in that soldiers hiding as civilians violates the Geneva conventions. Civilians who arm themselves and fight during wartime would be considered Irregular forc...
by cphite
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2692

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

People these days are too quick to dismiss things that aren't proven by study... if mediation makes you feel better, then it works. I get great results from meditation, and know a lot of other people who do. That those results aren't adequately explained or described by a study don't change that th...
by cphite
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

The indictment says the money laundering continued through 2016. At least 2016, in fact. And smart money says the Manafort/Gates indictment is more about pressuring them to flip and start cooperating on the main investigation, anyway. The relevant stuff, if your intent is to establish a connection ...
by cphite
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

Because news of the indictment is more important to them than the actual indictment. They're beating the grass to startle the snakes. There is simply no way a special prosecutor and his team of a dozen investigators are going to be even remotely satisfied with Manafort and this list of charges afte...
by cphite
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2692

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

There's also a scientific sense in which "just placebo affect" = "not really a thing," whereas cultivating a placebo effect can be the entire point of meditation. If you determine that there is no causal mechanism outside of one's own mind, sounds like what meditation advertises...
by cphite
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

You mean other than the guy that worked for the Trump campaign who just confessed to colluding with Russia? He admitted to lying to the FBI not to actual collusion. They clearly don't have enough evidence to get him on collusion. Though I'm not sure what the actual crime would be there, presumably ...
by cphite
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

Trump supporters definitely seem to be getting increasingly desperate and shrieky lately. To be fair, a lot of the Trump opposition isn't any less desperate and shreiky... every other day it seems there is another headline that amounts to "this will be the thing that gets Trump impeached"...
by cphite
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

Huh. I wonder if there is any single company on the planet up to the task of refitting an entire country's electrical grid. One company can absolutely refit Puerto Rico. In terms of size, Puerto Rico is tiny and their infrastructure is small even for their size. A better question is, should a compa...
by cphite
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 39280

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

As stated before, the Spanish constitution contradicts international law on this matter so is irrelevant. You keep saying this, but territorial integrity is also a matter of international law. And even a cursory google search seems to indicate there's no common consensus on whether self-determinati...
by cphite
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

I hope you daughters enjoy their artwork. Perhaps you should tell them that the gentleman in question has his finger on red button marked launch. Maybe they will get that sense of fear that I have. Right, because it's important to stress kids out with bad information, about shit that is completely ...
by cphite
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 214724

Re: Citizen's Wage

I have enough to afford a decent standard of living and save for retirement, but not much more. I would have to give up on saving and significantly downgrade my house, if your plan were to be put in place. I'm trying not to be insensitive to your circumstances, in no small part because I myself am ...
by cphite
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 214724

Re: Citizen's Wage

... Yeah, I know how Google and Facebook make money. Does that mean their capital is "socially produced", as in, I should get a share of those earnings because I worked hard to post on Facebook/search on Google? I get the impression you agree that that argument is garbage, but you never a...
by cphite
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 214724

Re: Citizen's Wage

“Firstly the technologies were funded by some government grant; secondly every time you search for something on Google, you contribute to Google’s capital,” he said. “And who gets the returns from capital? Google, not you. “So now there is no doubt capital is being socially produced, and the return...
by cphite
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 596344

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 cphite
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

It was reported that Sec of State Tillerson called Trump a "moron", along with other comments. Tillerson went to the press to deny the other comments and, when asked, refused to address the moron comment. I wonder how close we are to the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment and declaring t...
by cphite
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 15160

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I dunno man. The Mandala effect proves that people are able to live with the perception of massive unexplained changes without substantively altering their lifestyle, even if they do change their metaphysical views or whatever. It proves no such thing. The Mandala Effect is about people misremember...
by cphite
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 15160

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So an average simulation could consist of mostly very primitive pathfinding AI, a few linguistic expert systems, and only a handful of genuine human or above human intelligences, without cuing anyone in. Once the behavior of the individual is predictable, you know the exact amount of computation re...
by cphite
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 15160

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So, here are the premises: 1. It will be possible to simulate human level intelligence in our lifetimes 2. It will be possible to use brain scanning technology to clone the patterns of conscious personality that compose a human being within our lifetimes 3. Regulation regarding this will move more ...
by cphite
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 48748

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Yeah, I agree that forcibly separating people ideologically has some very severe and obvious problems. I was implicitly suggesting an alternative. Allow the states more autonomy and people can freely choose to live somewhere that more closely matches their political philosophy. No force necessary a...
by cphite
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 48748

Re: Breaking Up the United States

this seems a bit too impossible and unlikely to happen but i just wanna say i think that it's really smart if we could separate people by their beliefs into territories a bit more directly. get lots of diversity in terms of what different states can do. that way one group of people can keep their b...
by cphite
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 64473

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

The morality of antifa violence. So aside from a snide Normandy vs Dresden response, I ask again what is the limit of the violence that people here are deeming morally acceptable? And perhaps more importantly, how are you drawing that line? For me, an imminent threat of bodily harm justifies a viol...
by cphite
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 64473

Re: The same fucking thread it's been this entire time.

↶ I don't read minds and I have no idea why you chose that example. Because it was the only thing I could think of that would make it an interesting argument "coming from me". I don't understand what you think was odd about it, considering that throughout this entire thread people have ma...
by cphite
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 993244

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's the view of that one lawyer who that whole article was about. Hard to extend that to police in general without further evidence. There are tens of millions of contacts between police officers and suspects in a given year, and there are maybe 1,500-2,000 that result in someone being shot. Tha...
by cphite
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 993244

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Georgia tech student killed by police. Student was an LGBT activist. According to videos, student was holding a pocket knife and screaming "shoot me", possible mental breakdown and/or spontaneous suicide by cop, sad nonetheless, bullets are a pretty horrific treatment for mental illness. ...
by cphite
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 993244

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Georgia tech student killed by police. Student was an LGBT activist. According to videos, student was holding a pocket knife and screaming "shoot me", possible mental breakdown and/or spontaneous suicide by cop, sad nonetheless, bullets are a pretty horrific treatment for mental illness. ...
by cphite
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 13310

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

I have to disagree with the one about bringing a knife to a gun fight - at close range, a knife can be highly effective against someone holding a gun.

Also, a metal lid can be used against someone wielding a knife; so that one should at least be yellow instead of red.
by cphite
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 64473

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

And some of those nonviolent religious leaders thanked Antifa for protecting their lives in Charlottesville. Right. In this specific incident, antifa actually traded blows with some really awful people who are just about as deserving of an ass-kicking as people can be. However, in numerous other in...
by cphite
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 64473

Re: Trump presidency

Pretty sure that punching someone who is claiming that they're going to exterminate you and your family is defensive violence. The problem with the whole punching nazis craze is that very few of the people who end up punched are actually nazis. It quickly devolves into punching anyone who you happe...
by cphite
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

What is under discussion is giving civilian police the weapons of international war, under the guise of "protection". Because heroes. People keep getting caught up on this concept of these being weapons (or vehicles or whatever) "of war" but that term really doesn't mean anythin...
by cphite
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: null

You do know in America them there things are legal for private citizens. The public is better armed than the average cop. Ever more dollars allocated to hardware and not personnel. You know people collect tanks right? We don't expect the Police to regularly use Tanks to conduct their day-to-day act...
by cphite
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?
Replies: 9
Views: 6466

Re: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?

@Schol-R-LEA: If there is no choice, why are you pretending to start a discussion? Your words, your choices, their all preordained. As far as you are concerned, you have no choice, you have no rational decisions or statements you can make. You think you have educated us about some deeper truth that...
by cphite
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

3. It only matters during near 100% eclipse, because while it looks "dark" there is actually a ton of light energy and your pupils don't dilate as they normally would; don't look at the sun. Light energy being non-visible light energy? Like IR and UV? That would be my guess, they didn't e...
by cphite
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8183
Views: 646718

Re: Trump presidency

It is indeed their job to protect the POTUS from himself. Yeah, but there isn't a whole lot they're reasonably going to do in this case more than say "Hey, dumbass... stop looking at the sun." And the danger during a partial solar eclipse comes from your pupils dilating because it's much ...

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