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by Pfhorrest
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Attacks on a person’s property are not as bad as attacks on their body but they are still attacks on that person. People work hard to get and maintain the things they use in their lives and taking or destroying those things forces the victim (and yes they fucking are a victim, we’re talking a differ...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Some kid spraypainting a penis on my house is not a big crime, true; but also, having some kind of recourse against it shouldn't be something that I have to buy my way into by "becoming part of the community" (by shopping at the right stores? nobody has explained what that phrase means yet...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

I don't expect the people of a place I just happen to live at to particularly care for me, if I'm not particularly caring for them, which I probably won't be because I'll be keeping to myself like I always do no matter where I am. I do expect them to keep to themselves with regards to me in the same...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

the "probably racist" about the fucking rednecks who live around me is because I don't know 100% of the individuals in question but I do know with 100% certainty that a significant number of them are explicitly racist. I'm even white myself, and I've have racist insults hurled at me by the...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

(ninja'd; @natraj) how is the scenario you described different, other than the (presumed) race swap? it sounds like you're talking about a person who moves into a place, minds their own business, has crimes wrongful acts committed against them by "members of the community", receives no sup...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Sounds like you're saying "be one of us and put up with the shit we put up with or get the fuck out". that's certainly one way to look at the extremely prevalent tensions created by gentrifiers who move into a neighborhood, refuse to be part of the community at all, and call the cops on p...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

That sounds like a lot of parochial "ye int from 'round these parts is ye" bullshit to me. Someone shouldn't have to be a member of your social club to live on the same street as you, and if the "community" is fucking with them and their shit (and not giving even the half care th...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah even as an anarchist I want like, written precompiled conclusions of extensive ethical argument and research in a convenient form so that we don't have to rehash every ethical argument from scratch every time there's a disagreement. Just like I also want the most current conclusions from the na...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

It seems to be that if you're replacing the police we have with some other system of redressing violent behavior that does a better job of that than the current system while also not doing the bad things that the current system enables, that that isn't so much abolishing police, but improving police...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Might be worth calling attention to the differences between areatic and deontic or consequentialist senses of "good" here. There are plenty of people of generally good moral character who think they are doing good by enforcing the laws, and do so in a generally kind manner in their day to ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

you can't say that voting republican could be justified by democrat warmongering because voting republican isn't going to prevent warmongering. "they're doing it too" might defeat an argument against someone, but it's not an argument for someone. if republicans were well known as the party...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 7201

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

I've seen video footage from houses of friends of Dorothy. N SFW. "Friends of Dorothy". Is that anything like Friends of Bill W? Apparently yes: Starting in the late 1980s, on several cruise lines, gay and lesbian passengers began approaching ship staff, asking them to publicise gathering...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6926
Views: 1113657

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think the point of quoting PREA was to confirm that contrary to what ICE is saying, their detention centers are in fact correctional facilities just like prisons and subject to the same rules.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

If the minimum wage were actually the minimum it is possible for someone to survive on at all, that might be true, but it's (rightly) not. People can go on living, just in worse and more miserable conditions, on less money than they're already being paid, and if you just mandate that they work less ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

you take money from people who have too much of it and give it to people who don't have enough, while still leaving enough difference that it's still worth the effort trying to work your way into the first group and out of the last
by Pfhorrest
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. @ucim: If they work less or at more attractive (to them) times, the work cannot be obtained as easily. The minimum wage ...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

The point is that poor service workers working long hours at crappy low-paying jobs aren't going to become better-off just by working shorter hours at those same crappy low-paying jobs. Just shortening their hours isn't going to fix the things that compel them to work long hours. You have to fix the...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Not a good day for Thousand Oaks
Replies: 0
Views: 4495

Not a good day for Thousand Oaks

This morning I was surprised and saddened to see the top news stories seemed not to be about the midterm election and the insanity following immediately after it, but about a mass shooting in the nearby (to me) city of Thousand Oaks. Now as that same day closes, two separate wildfires are approachin...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 6925

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

On a Mac, I automatically distrust any software that insists on being "installed", because there's no need for it in almost all cases and so it makes me wonder where the heck this installer is mucking about with what besides just putting the app in the applications folder (which in turn is...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Even the right-wing adoption of "identity politics" is itself an example of the same kind of thing I was laughing(?) at, the right taking a thing that they perceive to be an egregious fault of the left, something they love to complain and complain about the left doing, and then suddenly go...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Something I find darkly amusing(?) about this is how transparent it seems that the Trump administration is trying to turn "leftist concerns" like sexual assault into weapons against "leftists". "Look, this man made contact with this woman who I sent to wrestle something out ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

With a paper ballot to mail though, you get an early reminder when it shows up in the mail, and then a constant reminder when it’s just lying around in the way until you deal with it.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

That Twitter thread RealisticIdealist posted above of Sanders’ posting of the doctored video also has extensive discussion of how it is doctored, with video evidence.

And IMO even the doctored video doesn’t show anything offensive on Acosta’s part.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39652

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

Or you can be the last line of defense for the "all going well" status quo against the crazy people trying to fearmonger you into following them because they are the only solution to the problem that they made up. It's true that there is the incentive you highlight there, but it creates it...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39652

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I'm not sure I can get behind "moderation" if by that you mean just some political position between Democrats and Republicans. "Moderate" as in "conservatively progressive" as in "make changes carefully" is a good thing, but "moderate" as the arithme...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39652

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

And how are parliament elected?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39652

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

Chen wrote:What? Both British and Canadian parliamentary systems are first past the post and not two party systems.

What I wrote applies only to single seat elections. Proportional representation is a completely different game.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39652

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

That second point (ranked voting) is the real fix*, because our first-past-the-post electoral system is exactly the cause of our two-party system. You pretty much cannot help but end up with a two-party system under a first-past-the-post system. But yeah, how the hell can we possibly change to any k...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 6925

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Why is there discussion of gerrymandering in this thread? Did I miss a layer of the comic?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50263

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

You're misreading the grammar. The dems are now in charge of both House projects and , separately, CNN projects. I've mentioned this before, but over here, headline writers never use a comma to stand for "and". I always do a double-take when I see that in a US paper. You get that I (and o...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50263

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

You're misreading the grammar.

The dems are now in charge of both House projects and, separately, CNN projects.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50263

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

538 just called the House for Dems.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/2 ... -coverage/

Woo!
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50263

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I found an old (2014) Vox article with an outdated, incomplete, and by their own admission based-on-shaky-info map of how long it takes to vote in different states:

https://www.vox.com/2014/10/9/6951251/m ... e-by-state

Would love to see something like that, but newer and better.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50263

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I had no idea until this election cycle that people elsewhere have to wait in ridiculous long lines to vote. I've been voting by mail for a long while now, but even in the couple of elections I've had to vote in person, there was never any line at all, I just walked into a polling place and up to an...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Also, I think the circular argument isn't much of a problem when you remember that the denominations rejecting Messianic Jews as Jews predate Messianic Jews (sometimes by several thousands of years). I don't think a newcomer should get to insert themselves into the vote about whether or not they're...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Slow forum loading
Replies: 4
Views: 3367

Re: Slow forum loading

I have also been experiencing a lot of site slowness lately.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

If you're going to invite someone to speak about an attack on a religious center, it should probably be a person of the exact denomination of the center being attacked (e.g. you probably shouldn't send Pat Robertson to speak at a shot-up Catholic church even though they're all Christians), so the sp...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 12407

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

That is still just because we doing the predicting are part of the system we are predicting.

A computer program trying to predict the future state of the computer it is part of would face the same kind of problem.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

I'm sure there's plenty of legal scholars who hold that opinion just like there's plenty of scientists who don't think climate change is happening. Teach the controversy!
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 12407

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but clearly informally it's easy to see that elec...

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