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by Chen
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2187762

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

I have heard this before, and it really gets on my nerves. Any justification of any law ultimately rests on morality. But it's certainly not the FAA's place to judge said morality. They are in charge of aviation safety. They said this had no safety implications and thus they're not the authority to...
by Chen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

Re: Trump presidency

Well I mean it could very well be that too, assuming Trump (or his associates) are big game hunters.
by Chen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

Re: Trump presidency

Trump is reversing a ban on importing elephant trophies from Africa. http://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-admin-reverse-ban-elephant-trophies-africa/story?id=51178663 I'm kinda torn on this one. Culling is definitely a useful tool and having people pay to do it certainly can help conservation efforts. Th...
by Chen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

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 Chen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Raidri wrote:The difference is in the target. NK attacking SK or Japan is completely different from someone attacking Syria or Ukraine. Nobody cares about Syria or Ukraine but where do we get our Smartphones and Playstations when something would happen to SK / Japan ... [/sarcasm (maybe)]


Yeah pretty much this.
by Chen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Tldr since Kim's buddy in Syria has proven that you can get away with repeated chemical attacks so long as you have a friendly patron, the biggest threat isnt nukes, but biological or chemical weapons. We always talk about how North Korea wouldn't nuke others for fear of retaliation. But that would...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 112888

Re: Hearthstone

Everyone who says this is an above average player (either that or a below average player with a good excuse!). You need a win rate >50% to reach legend, which by definition means you are above average. Yes, it does take a lot of time, and it takes a hell of a lot more time if you're just a little a...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 112888

Re: Hearthstone

I know some people have had success with this. Does that just mean that they succeeded with a bad deck, or did they find a way to make it decent? They succeeded with a bad deck. The "pros" can do pretty well with pretty low tier decks. Especially you measure success by "getting to le...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not sure what the Overton window is. A handgun ban, or in reality, very heavy restrictions where being able to own a handgun is like being a doctor that prescribes cocaine, is about as far as I'm willing to go in terms of restricting guns. There are heavy restrictions here in Canada for walking aro...
by Chen
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 112888

Re: Hearthstone

I only kept circle with the assumption Lyra was going in. It isn't great otherwise, though it's the only real card draw engine you have with Northshire. Without that and Lyra I just see you running out of steam super quick, though the Stonehills do help a bit with that.
by Chen
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm not really sure why that would even be necessary. There are already restrictions on firearms (or any arms for that matter) even with the 2nd Amendment. There are plenty of countries that don't ban firearms who don't have the equivalent of a 2nd Amendment either. The Amendment itself seems pretty...
by Chen
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 112888

Re: Hearthstone

-2 Lightwarden
-1 Auchenai Soulpriest
+1 Inner fire
+1 Lyra the Sunshard
+1 Stonehill Defender

Maybe -1 Songstealer for another Defender. And possibly -1 Pain for +1 Death. You have no good way to take out high attack minions.
by Chen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Mass shootings are bad examples to use when trying to lobby for stricter gun control anyways. Many would legitimately not be affected by tighter restrictions/training on firearms anyways. They're also, statistically, very rare compared to the real problems with gun violence. But they get the most me...
by Chen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 590
Views: 112888

Re: Hearthstone

I think you need to bank more on the inner fire/divine spirit to control the board well. They're the only "fast" cards besides the Bonemares and that's a problem for a Zoo deck. I don't see many good ways to force favorable trades and then finish with burst, which tends to be how Zoo works...
by Chen
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

Re: Trump presidency

And in 2012 , more American voted for Democratic Representatives, but the Republicans kept the House majority. That's all three branches of U.S. government where the left has gotten screwed in the past 5 years. If Republicans can hold power without having to appeal to the majority of the populace, ...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

Re: Trump presidency

Fossil fuels create the light of righteousness and that prevents sexual assault. Duh. More seriously, I honestly can't fathom why he even brought that up. It's not like it was even mentioned or anything. Just out of the blue. And even if you're generous and imply that having lights on at night will ...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 6337

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

Apparently the movie's budget is $150 million and it's made about $230 million so far in the box office. So while it may not be the success they expected it to be, it's definitely not in the negative or a failure. That's $150 million production budget. Doesn't include marketing. So $230 could be qu...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2187762

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

Attractive 21 year-old woman posts naked photos to "prove that nudity isn't sexual" . NSFW, or alternatively, SFW, depending what you think of her "proof". I'm not convinced, personally, that it's QED, but your mileage will obviously vary. By the way, this is from the website th...
by Chen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

Re: Trump presidency

jewish_scientist wrote:America is produces more food than any other nation. The central states is also where a lot of America's natural resources are located.


That doesn't sound right. A quick search seems to show China as producing more than the US, though the US does export more.
by Chen
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 6337

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

I think the length had to do with the box office problems. All the theaters around here only had a ~8 pm showing instead of the standard 7 and 9 showings due to length. This hurts. They try throwing an earlier showing but it tends to be before people are out of work so you don't get many people show...
by Chen
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

Re: Trump presidency

Haven't they been after Manafort for a while, though? My best guess would be that they found something early on, realized they needed Manafort's testimony to make it stick, and then concentrated all their efforts on finding a way to get that testimony. I'd think it more likely they've "used up...
by Chen
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5091
Views: 402490

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 Chen
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, well, it has absolutely no place in any professional relationship. The following from the first article: Mr Garnier also admitted that he and Ms Edmondson later fell out and that she had been using the incident against him "ever since". Seemed to indicate there was a non-work relati...
by Chen
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42106

Re: News in brief

The cheese on the bottom is definitely the wrongest thing about it, though. Agreed. I mean it would take a whole extra step of flipping either the patty with cheese over or flipping the entire burger in the end to end up with a burger with cheese on the bottom. Unless the cheese wasn't melted. But ...
by Chen
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

That reflexivity argument you support for money is exactly the source of my issues with real estate rent. The people who are too poor to buy their own houses instead have to rent them which sucks up the money they would be putting toward not being too poor to buy a house anymore, trapping them in p...
by Chen
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21927

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Regardless, the charter unambiguously places territorial integrity and secondary to self-determination and the other principles, none of which apply here. This was the lack of ambiguity I was referring to. Therefore, any resolutions putting territorial integrity ahead of self-determination are ille...
by Chen
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21927

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

The UN charter is unambiguous. Any other resolutions are contrary to said charter and ought to be disregarded. Unambiguous? It doesnt define peoples OR self-determination. Did you read the article I posted? Self-determination does not equal breaking up a country or even having your own state and th...
by Chen
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files Released: 10/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 2200

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

freezeblade wrote:I do wonder what kind of information is deemed too sensitive to release. It likely implicates wrongdoing by the government or actors still present within the government.


Could also be a risk of compromising assets who are either still working or at the least still alive.
by Chen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files Released: 10/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 2200

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

I think Trump made such a big deal about releasing these assassination files because they fit right into his "don't believe the official story--the real truth is what I say it is" message. I think it's more attempts at distraction. The date of release for the files was fixed. It was just ...
by Chen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

I'm pretty sure the money you get from rental properties is already considered income. If that's the case, this just lets you subsidize mortgage interest or rent by your marginal tax rate. So everyone would be able to afford more house or more expensive rent. And the price would likely go up accordi...
by Chen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21927

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Given "political independence" there, it looks like actually, if anyone is in violation of territorial integrity, it's Spain violating Catalunya's. This is also the only mention of territorial integrity within the UN charter and is restricted to applying "in pursuit of Article 1"...
by Chen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21927

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 Chen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21927

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

A point I never really understood about these separation movements, is what you do about things like Federal laws or a Constitution? Once you're your own country you presumably will need to create a bunch of laws that were prior handled by your former federal government. But I never see any indicati...
by Chen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21927

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

70-10 but with 53 abstentions due to boycott really doesn't feel like a sufficient majority for such a decision IMO. I'm not sure what the threshold SHOULD be for seceding from a country but the whole 50%+1 doesn't feel right for it to me.
by Chen
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

Yes we're talking about a sufficient amount of money to let people survive without working. That's a long cry from living a super comfortable life without any wants. People are going to continue to want to work to make more money. I mean the whole system doesn't work if it somehow lets everyone not ...
by Chen
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

Because when you increase taxes on all economic activity equally and pay it out equally and unconditionally to every citizen, then every state with above average income sees its income go down, while every state with below average income sees its income go up. If it doesn't give more income to poor...
by Chen
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

So the effect that you are not looking at is the effect of jobs on both property prices and people's decision to move. One reason that people are living in expensive areas is because expensive areas are where the income is; however, people make those decisions based on many factors, and when the po...
by Chen
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

I don't see how any UBI could possibly do otherwise. Under any UBI, everyone gets the same amount of money, but then that money has to come from somewhere. If it comes from everyone equally, then you've done nothing in the end and there's no point. Any funding method that wouldn't just negate the p...
by Chen
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

Sorry if I missed it, but I didn't see you explain that at all. I saw you state it, but I would like you to back that up. It seems to me that any upward pressure on prices would be either temporary or not significant enough to prevent people from living off that wage. Or maybe you're talking about ...
by Chen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187802

Re: Citizen's Wage

Where is the government getting that $385 trillion dollars? We're not talking about printing money here, and I'm pretty sure taking $385 trillion dollars in taxes would not cause prices to skyrocket, but to plummet. So... no change on the whole? It was simply a thought experiment. The point was tha...

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