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by Mambrino
Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4121
Views: 548658

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A masked man armed with a sword has killed a pupil and a teacher at a school in Sweden. The suspect, clad in black, apparently posed for photos with students ahead of the attack, in the western town of Trollhattan. Two further victims, a pupil and a teacher, are seriously injured. The attacker was ...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?
Replies: 19
Views: 5844

Re: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?

Here some the mid-term holiday weeks (one around October and other February -ish) have traditionally been staggered regionally. In the northern part of country schools must have them at different time than in the south, and so on. (And each county has some leeway if they held the said holidays full ...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 986358

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Anyway, petro exports make up about the same percentage of exports for Sweden as they do for the US. However, they are MUCH more export focused than the US. They run a positive trade balance, us a negative. When you consider it in terms of exports/person, it's clear than Sweden is exporting a great...
by Mambrino
Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 986358

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Depends on what you mean by "just fine". There are tradeoffs. Sure, it doesn't result in an implosion where we're all cannibals hoarding gold, but ya'll have had to nationalize banks and crap. Substantial unemployment and housing issues, sort of like we had. Additionally, those of us who ...
by Mambrino
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 7977

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

The capabilities of a whole functioning brain are emergent, NOT reducable to the separate capabilities of its components. The reductive conceptual mistake is what this cartoon satirizes. Quite much depends on what one means by 'emergent' (and reduction). It looks quite probable that brain is not a ...
by Mambrino
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 15391

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Inventors' surnames are sometimes used as synonymous with their inventions. Usually as adjectives or in a derived form, but sometimes as nouns (that are not units of measurement). Thus, conceivably, the monster can be called a frankenstein. (Or maybe the Frankenstein, too? My understanding about thi...
by Mambrino
Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 11945

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

Personally I like to point out to vegetarians that they are in fact condemning animal life to die horribly and cruelly. Nature is a bitch. Getting tazered and have your throat slit in a factory is a love poem compared to being eaten alive by the next predator up the line, or slowly starving, until ...
by Mambrino
Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 29262

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

Wouldn't surprise me at all if it were 100% intentional. Ideology can be a disease. Apparently you are right. Probably. On Saturday the Afghan defence ministry said "armed terrorists" were using the hospital "as a position to target Afghan forces and civilians". MSF said in a st...
by Mambrino
Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14873
Views: 2322320

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

Tyndmyr wrote:I require popcorn.

This is gonna be great.

She's clearly not ready for the internet. Not yet, anyone. It's okay. The internet will teach her.


I wonder if she ever was ready for any human society. Like, a school.
by Mambrino
Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 14469

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

Mambrino: I agree that the U.N. is not doing a lot to stop these kind of things. My point was that it is their job, not America's, to remove corrupted and/ or immoral governments. The headline should read, 'U.N. does nothing to stop Child Rape when Supplied with Reports from U.S.' (that is actually...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 14469

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

There is another problem that the article addresses; Afghan officials ignore reports on this matter, so how can America stop and punish the rapists. Really, it is not America's job to enforce basic morality in other countries and ensure the protection of basic human rights; that is the U.N.'s job. ...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4121
Views: 548658

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So many things wrong with those proposals. Before I even start, you have a misguided view of the law. The prosecutor's job IS to find people guilty; so long as they don't tamper with evidence, Nancy Grace. The defense attorney is there to argue every possible reasonable scenario in which the eviden...
by Mambrino
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 119422

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

(So originally I was just replying to the claim that there's no content provider revenue being lost if you could effectively choose not be affected by TV ads compared to using adblock to block internet ads (I don't know if we reached any agreement but anyway, I think the argument would start going ...
by Mambrino
Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4121
Views: 548658

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family's security. Last time I posted here something about UK government's scary concepts about existential threats to the UK, the topic was ISIS. Today it's apparently the (leader of) Her Majesty's Loyal Oppo...
by Mambrino
Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 119422

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Feeling a bit like I've been typecast: Your hypothetical is overly contrived, and instead of arguing about the specifics let's focus on pretty much anything but that. tl;dr: What BigCheez said. tldr, what others ahve already said, especially about Nielsen ratings. And VCRs / other ad-skipping measu...
by Mambrino
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 119422

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

The broadcast company is not deprived of revenue when you mute their ads. You are still providing them the revenue needed to support the creation -- it's not that they're blind to it's that it doesn't matter to them, their advertisers or the business model. The website is deprived of the revenue wh...
by Mambrino
Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938780

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Walking across a railway line when the crossing signal suggests otherwise is also a crime, one that isn't capital and yet the train doesn't care aggressively approach police with a knife and the results are predictable and supportable - maybe not in the soft toy play world that some people on here ...
by Mambrino
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14873
Views: 2322320

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

How exactly does this voting/nomination work if it's so easy to game? Is there something like getting huge blocks of internet voters to just vote on specific books or something? Here's the FAQ Everybody who has a ticket to WorldCon during the current year, the previous year, or the next year can su...
by Mambrino
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14873
Views: 2322320

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

BBC: Russia sanctions: Contraband cheese gang rounded up The only way I can make it be funny is through the lens that has Russia saying, "Sanctions? Fuck your sanctions." "We need and want so little from the west, you do not need to enforce the sanctions." "We will enforce ...
by Mambrino
Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938780

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I just realized: Frost initially used his stun gun on Guilford while the teen was lying on his stomach next to his vehicle but would not put his hands behind his back as Frost was attempting to handcuff him. The stun gun wasn't fully effective because only one of two probes embedded into Guilford, L...
by Mambrino
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 986358

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You are joking right? That's not how the Mid-East works. I'll agree that yes, it'd be better if we went off oil. For many reasons. But the Mid-East would NOT be improved if we did. Uh, are you familiar with the concept of "Dutch Disease" in economics and political science? It is very well...
by Mambrino
Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Segregated Bathrooms [Thread Split]
Replies: 165
Views: 37316

Re: Segregated Bathrooms [Thread Split]

the sauna saying Schwimmkleidungen verboten because getting your swimming costume all sweaty then taking it into the pool would be disgusting.. (Sorry for hi-jack, but this is relatively important.) While the quote is not untrue, often a more important reason is that breathing chlorine (common swim...
by Mambrino
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 44436

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

Also the BBC, the Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph... Do you have suggestions for another news item of global proportions and immediate impact that should supercede it? One could compare the relative size of headlines. CNN: Large picture and main headline, other news are "text titles only&qu...
by Mambrino
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14873
Views: 2322320

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

How about destroying their head with a head sized high speed projectile. Should be so fast that they can't feel it and maybe that it looks gruesome can be used to make it palatable to the revenge people. I'd imagine that would just pulverize the head. Maybe more. Smaller projectile would suffice fi...
by Mambrino
Sun Jul 19, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 148622

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

Just another reminder this hasn't ended / drags on and on

BBC wrote:Ukraine's military and pro-Russian separatists have accused each other of shelling central areas of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk.
by Mambrino
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 31535

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Reuters obtained draft of demands (for other recent developments, see your favourite news source) The Eurogroup welcomes the assessment by the institutions that the list of policy commitments of the Greek authorities represents a basis to start the negotiations on a new program. The Eurogroup also ...
by Mambrino
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology
Replies: 87
Views: 22496

Re: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology

Btw, if you're in heaven/hell, but your body is rotting on earth, how do you experience heaven/hell? Remember, all your neurons that constitute your self are 6 feet under. Does god create a soul clone of you? It's been a while, but isn't the theological point of the Resurrection of Dead (Nicene Cre...
by Mambrino
Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4121
Views: 548658

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well a surprising dark twist to the late terror attacks. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the "absolutely horrific" events had "shocked the whole of the world". He said IS posed "an existential threat" [sic] to the West, and its members in Iraq and Syria were plot...
by Mambrino
Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 24278

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

higgs-boson wrote:Metal* - do they really use actual words? And if they do, would it matter?

*This is one of the very rare occations I can compare Metal to Opera and call it a tie.


Yes.
by Mambrino
Wed May 20, 2015 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seymour M. Hersh's bin Laden story
Replies: 11
Views: 3983

Re: Seymour M. Hersh's bin Laden story

Nothing new on Hersh, but sort-of related, sort-of-interesting: US releases more than 100 documents recovered from Osama bin Laden raid (Guardian) The documents were released after a “rigorous interagency review” led by the CIA, said Jeffrey Anchukaitis, spokesman for Director of National Intelligen...
by Mambrino
Sun May 17, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seymour M. Hersh's bin Laden story
Replies: 11
Views: 3983

Re: Seymour M. Hersh's bin Laden story

Perhaps add a short summary what this is about? The TL;DR seems to be that Osama was being held secretly by the Pakistan intelligence service, and a high ranking officer in the service sold this information to the US. This seems like a plausible theory. It's well known that some parts of the Pakist...
by Mambrino
Sat May 16, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seymour M. Hersh's bin Laden story
Replies: 11
Views: 3983

Seymour M. Hersh's bin Laden story

I'm quite painstakingly realizing that I didn't notice that this is (was?) news until today. That is, about a week late. Because I was bored and I wanted to check out if LRB would have some interesting, you know, book reviews. Instead I stumbled upon this. WaPo NYTimes And the original piece in LRB ...
by Mambrino
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938780

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Murder is definitely not what happened if this is the case. It is clearly reckless, unsanctioned behavior however. So I'm thinking its a case for reckless manslaughter. The city of Baltimore seems to have a sense of justice with these cases however, if there are plenty of cases where the individual...
by Mambrino
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 986358

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Obviously none of this is news to most of you, so my question is: do any non-US countries do this? Or is it the same as it is here, except maybe with more than two parties (/ candidates) that might actually win? In many European countries I can think about, the president is merely a figurehead, and...
by Mambrino
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 148622

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

The real question you should be asking is are you listening to a smart insightful observer, or the feverish ramblings of a syphilitic mind. Anyway, Putin may have gotten sick , but it doesn't really matter unless he's gonna die from it. The interesting part is that the Kreml is ....going full Kreml...
by Mambrino
Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 148622

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

Well, this might be interesting. Or nothing.

Putin hasn't been seen in the public for a week, and has canceled many scheduled meetings (at least, the publicly known ones) etc.

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