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by Pfhorrest
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25674

Re: Black Panther

So, have you guys heard about how some of the alt-right are claiming Black Panther as vindication of their views, because (to paraphrase them) Wakanda is totally an isolationist ethnostate exactly like Trump wants to make America, except it's horrible when Trump does it but when fictional black peop...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5779

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Why?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 48282

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm someone who never really goes to bars, and a female friend I knew from karaoke at a bowling alley once invited me to karaoke at a real bar, whereupon I got to see firsthand how bar people treat her (uninvited groping and such), which appalled me but didn't seem to faze her because that's just wh...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 18183

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Does Musk own Comcast now or something?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5779

Re: 1962: “Generations”

What is that emoji in the nearest-future generation?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State Rankings by US News & World Report
Replies: 8
Views: 3836

State Rankings by US News & World Report

So I'm seeing it reported all over the place today that in some new survey California was ranked last in "quality of life" among the US states. Here's a relatively neutral report: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/01/california-ranks-last-quality-life-new-report/384853...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3498

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

FOARP wrote:But the thing is, I got good at them ... and then I no longer felt the need to have to perform in public situations any more. I went back to being fairly anti-social except amongst people who I knew I was going to communicate with on something like a regular basis.

Same here.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

You're missing the point. Why do (read: how do you morally justify that) some people start off already having stuff, and others start with nothing and have to prove their value to the former if they want anything, while the former get to sit back and be the judges of value? Why are some people lords...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

you're (presumably) valuable enough Valuable to whom!? This is the root of the matter at issue here. It's not enough for someone to be valuable to themselves and provide for all of their own consumption -- not that that's an easy thing or that most people do it, but even if they did, the point is t...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

going to a foreign land by choice is completely different from just being thrust into existence somewhere. i am not asking for anything new, just to stop owning for the circumstances i was involuntarily born into. and i wish people would stop coming to my homeland and making it even more costly to j...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

so the world belongs to the old and any new people can get fucked?
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

states forcibly redistributing property is only a band aid though that would still be better than the open wound we have now but i am proposing a cure to the disease to prevent the need for that entirely
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

go fuck yourselves you slavery apologists

everyone deserves an unconditional place to exist and if you deny that you’re condoning their enslavement to the literal lords of whatever land they end up existing on
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Property taxes are absolutely trivial compared to rents.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

There is a large difference here, in that rent is desirable to ALL participants, whereas slavery is not. The same is true of theft or other such arrangements. A mutually satisfactory arrangement is simply not the same as one in which one party must be coerced, no matter how much the other enjoys it...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238216

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

"Or" sometimes rhymes with "er" (basically, when deemphasized and the 'o' becomes a schwa). E.g. "may or may not" is homophonous with "mayor may not", which in turn rhymes with "play or play not" and "player play not".
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

This happens for real in the auto leasing business, when at the end of the lease the car is inevitably in "worse condition" than the lease specifies, and has a handful of (very expensive!) extra miles on it... Your system is no freer of abuse than the existing one. When you're leasing a c...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

One might argue that the car dealership could simply allow me to make payments, without interest, until the car is fully paid... but why would they want to do that? Because they won't make nearly as many sales if they don't. (In a world where rent and interest aren't options). As for individual sel...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25674

Re: Black Panther

Another thing or two that I feel like this movie leaves unanswered, both having to do with missing women: Who and where was Killmonger's mom? They said his dad fell in love with a woman in America and they had a kid (Killmonger) together, and then they killed his dad and left him there &...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238216

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Didn't we just do "mayor" a little bit upthread?

(It's two syllables, for the record. Literally just "may" + "or").
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3498

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

There was a time in which I was terrible at basic social interactions, but at that time I didn't know how terrible at them I was. Almost immediately upon becoming aware that that was something I needed to improve upon, I got much better much more quickly. So I've never really had this phase where I'...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

cphite wrote:But if you notice, rent and interest are options precisely because - as an almost universal rule - people find them to be desirable options.

They are desirable options to the people in power, because they help them maintain and grow their power.

Slavery was a desirable option for slaveowners, too.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

You miss the part where he suggested loading the window seats, then the middle seats, then the aisle seats. So 40-window, 39-window, 38-window, ... 1-window, then 40-middle, 39-middle, 38-middle, ... 1-middle, 40-aisle, 39-aisle, 38-aisle, ... 1-aisle. Board in that order and nobody is ever in anybo...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25674

Re: Black Panther

Does your population density account for how the only high tech seems to be all hidden under one mountain?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7254
Views: 542193

Re: Trump presidency

Unions are created by disgruntled employees in the first place, so as the union is bled dry and becomes less effective for its members (and by proxy the non-members the employer is giving the same benefits), the more obvious the need for the union becomes, including the creation of a new union if th...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25674

Re: Black Panther

Speaking of the depiction of Wakandan life, one thing this movie left me wondering is exactly how big the country as a whole is. Is seems like they have this one high-tech supercity under a holographic mountain, surrounded by an indeterminate amount of rural savannah. Is Wakanda basically a city-sta...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I'm saying "credit union" here as a familiar term for roughly the kind of institution that could serve this function. As I've been describing it so far in this thread (bearing in mind that I'm making this part up as I go along), it also seems similar to a mutual fund. The general structure...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

bonus question: what happens with any profits of profitabe businesses partially owned by the credit unions? suppose the capital bound in the cu makes a profit, is that distributed to the people who payed in? if yes, doesn't that mean they earned interest on their capital? The CU is owned by its mem...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Why would somebody lend their money out to strangers interest free? Especially if there's a risk they wouldn't ever get it back? Would you? "Borrowing" something and not giving it back is theft. If we had proper rule of law where stolen property could actually be recovered, then yeah, I'd...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

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 Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

People who can't afford to buy necessary things like housing because prices are artificially inflated by richer people buying it up to lend it out (and because they're too busy paying to borrow it meanwhile to save to buy any themselves) are forced to participate. Rent and interest do nothing but tr...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Tyndmyr wrote:All rentals and lending at interest pose a significant problem period.

FTFY.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Allowing someone to use something is not "a service".

Besides which: the example works the same if both start out with enough already saved to fund a world trip, so nobody borrows anything.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I think Wendover Productions has a video on exactly this topic (and why it's not feasible to streamline).
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21752

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Getting wealth by selling off wealth doesn't snowball your wealth like renting or lending it out does, because you're just trading one thing for another, and (presuming it's a fair and free market with no other distortions going on) what you get is worth the same as what you lost. If someone wants t...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238216

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

For me wool = wolf ≠ golf = gall = ball = on = gone = fawn = lawn = cot = caught = lot = thought = cloth ≠ gull = pull = mull ≠ shown = shone = own ≠ north = sport = court.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25674

Re: Black Panther

On the broader topic of Black Panther's place in the MCU, I've been pleasantly surprised at how well-integrated it's been, when I initially expected it to be some side story that didn't matter all that much to the broader universe. But it seems like they've been dropping hints and building up to thi...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25674

Re: Black Panther

Finally saw this this weekend and Shuri was one of my favorite parts too.

Where exactly in Thor Ragnarok did they tackle imperialism?
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 9783

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Emoji predated unicode and are in some older CJK encodings that unicode has to interconvert with (unicode’s primary mission), and since it then has to do that basic unicode anyway and people turned out to use it so much, they way as well get it right while they’re at it.
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7254
Views: 542193

Re: Trump presidency

... what will the societal consequences be from this ever growing inequality? Pitchforks? Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 co...

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