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by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So, a week before the Trump Administration takes office... https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/01/obama-expands-surveillance-powers-his-way-out New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive Order 12333 will let the NSA—which collects information under that authority with little oversig...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402165

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The question isn't whether dentists will do it, it's whether a company like GSK will hold the license to manufacture and distribute the medicine in the US and proceed not to do either because it might be better for their profits that way. From what I've read, it's not exactly unprecedented. But also...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4639
Views: 726252

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Thesh wrote:I've been in the US my entire life, and have never seen a single hurricane.


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by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 15628

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

flicky1991 wrote:December, surely?

November 2016 actually.

Welcome to the eternal November.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 15628

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

flicky1991 wrote:2017 = 2017

2017 COMES OUT IN 2017

Turns out that the new year will not be the start to the new year. Instead, in two days we reach January 32, 2016.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

My understanding is that Wikileaks is claiming that their info from the DNC is not a hack, but an actual leak from an insider. I might be wrong, though.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 15628

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

somitomi wrote:
Giant Speck wrote:I pronounce it "FUCK THIS YEAR".

What's with all the hatred 2016 gets?

Cleveland Indians fans.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 15628

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

I say all dates starting with twenty. Bill Clinton took office in Twenty Negative Seven.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4639
Views: 726252

Re: The Darker Side of the News

None of this will be a problem when we get vat-grown meat, surely. Will still be a problem for those that believe owning a pet is immoral. Just wait for vat-grown pets. I call this cube of meat-jelly, "Fred". There will also be vat-grown human meat. Watch as famous people sell meat made f...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4639
Views: 726252

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The act of being alive in this world leads to animal death. There's absolutely no way to avoid that. You live in a building that was built on top of animal corpses. You're eating food grown in crops whose cultivation killed animals. You buy anything that's not locally sourced and you're contributin...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Banned from Stack Exchange
Replies: 35
Views: 21597

Re: Banned from Stack Exchange

commodorejohn wrote:The only ban stories worth telling are the ones where someone ends up naked with an emu in a subway station.

If you have one of those, the world needs to know. All the details.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is lemonade?
Replies: 15
Views: 11150

Re: What is lemonade?

Squeeze juice from an arbitrary, large number of lemons into an amphora or something. Add water, to taste. Mint leaves are a nice addition as well.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402165

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's a good idea for the same reason that all efficiency gains are good ideas: They make the world richer. That makes us all richer just so long as the gains are shared out equally - eg. through a citizen's wage. Unless you're a checkout clerk... That's what elasto meant with the citizen's wage--th...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402165

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The worst part about it is, I'd say, the part where, as these spread, a lot of people who would be doing grocery shopping will lose the jobs that pay them the money to do it. Plus removing even that little human interaction from grocery stores will make more people even more uncomfortable with socia...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2668883

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

So now we know who's responsible for this job posting:

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by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Of course he's this clueless with international politics. How could anyone in their right mind listen to Donald Trump for more than five minutes and not realize that he's this clueless with international politics? This is not an M. Night Shyamalan movie; the election does not end with Donald Trump ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You seriously believe that the guy who takes his political cues from reality TV is the safe bet, here? Well, it did win him the election. I really hope he's not so clueless with int'l politics as to try this way, but...it's not looking good. But...with what you quoted, I was talking about Putin and...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm also thrown off a little by your argument that his soft position on Russia is overall to the benefit of the world: Russia practices its own caustic brand of imperialism, which Trump seems to support. I'm not saying Clinton's response is ideal, or even good -- but I don't think it's going to mat...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh, that's rich, blaming the democrats for Iraq. Yes, Clinton voted for the Iraq War, as did the vast majority of the establishment and 47-60% of the American population , including a certain small-handed human . The war was a horrible, stupid, and bloody mistake, but to act like Hillary Clinton le...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You are missing my point, which is that we know these things are going to happen and still vote into office the people who do them. If we reduced the election to a trolley problem, it seems plainly clear that while the Clinton rail may run over twenty people, the Trump rail will run over those same...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

To the image: you have got to be kidding me. How many times did the US executive branch do, or advocate doing just that while she was Secretary of State? Do you really think her administration would behave differently? This sort of thinking really annoys me. Yes, Clinton is a hawk, but compared to t...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

gmalivuk, the question I asked you in the related Blame thread still remains unanswered: It was a virtual certainty that a Hillary Clinton administration would lead to causing violent anarchy in distant countries in order to enrich certain corporations. By the standards you have of Donald Trump's vo...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2668883

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

The new five pound note contains tallow. No word on which animal has been used, as this article only focusses on vegan/vegetarian implications rather than religious. Wasn't sure if to put here or news in brief, but it is definitely a ridiculous oversight. It's human tallow. UK currency is people. U...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2668883

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

The new five pound note contains tallow. No word on which animal has been used, as this article only focusses on vegan/vegetarian implications rather than religious. Wasn't sure if to put here or news in brief, but it is definitely a ridiculous oversight. It's human tallow. UK currency is people.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I can imagine other jobs solutions along these lines too. While in that specific example, it's agricultural work by the sea, it serves multiple purposes: [*]It provides jobs [*]It feeds people [*]It reverses some negative effects of climate change Climate change and agricultural runoff have led to i...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I dunno, building infrastructure in a soon-to-be ghost town sounds like an awful waste of time to me. Ideally, you build infrastructure where people are. Ex: a major problem in a lot of rural areas is that the US Interstate Highway system costs too much money and gets too little traffic to be worth...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1169433

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I mean, it's good for us neutrals when he makes a u-turn we agree with, however the fact he takes so little persuasion does emphasise the lightweight nature of his intellect. I think it's more likely that he was planning on dropping support of waterboarding this whole time. You really can't trust t...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Heated Gloves
Replies: 6
Views: 4280

Re: Heated Gloves

What has been her experience been with running with normal gloves, that don't cost an extraordinary amount of renminbi?
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote: He's already walked back on the denial of entry to Muslims. But as I said above...at this point there's not much left to do but put hope in his dishonesty and see what he does if the electoral college confirms him. Hopefully he walks back on climate change as well; the fut...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

If this is a situation where one side backing off to another creates a stable position, then how does that relate to not accepting Russia backing off to create a stable situation in the face of Western solidifcation of power? It's a dynamic game. Entrench your forward line, to deter a push by the d...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1179643

Re: What are you listening to?

Pumarosa - Honey ; a line in the chorus is taken almost straight out of Adam Curtis's Bitter Lake. The lyric video gives me some impression that they may have misunderstood his unusual use of footage and the point he achieves in his documentaries with it. But it may not have been up to them. Catchy...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

We have been in this position since we started building a nuclear arsenal and ICBMs. Fortunately, he is a seventy year old man, so it shouldn't be too difficult to restrain him, no matter what his doctor says about him. I think you might be missing my point? If the only thing standing between Trump...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

But I have to question how much the people who have been wielding American hegemony for as long as I remember value these liberal democratic values. In this regard there have been some policy changes when the presidency changes hands--trading torture for execution by drone, for example--but by and ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I do not think that a person who voted for Hillary Clinton wants violent anarchy in distant countries to enrich certain corporations, though that was a virtual certainty with her. By the standards you have of Donald Trump's voters, what does that say about you, if you voted for her? So, like -- you...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

If you get into a hot war with a nuclear power like Russia, there is a risk that they will use their nuclear weapons. I sure feel much safer with the candidate Russia probably helped get into power. russian-billboard.jpg Vladimir Putin is not a good man (good people rarely lack enough sense to hold...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

But at this point it is out of our hands and there's not much to do but put some hope in his dishonesty. You realize that we're in a pretty fucked up place when the only way you can defend voting for someone is by claiming he's so dishonest he won't do any of the terrible things he said he'd do, ri...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I responded to the part of your post where you responded to me. (Incidentally I didn't like Clinton's hawkishness any more than the next person, but billions? Really?) Do you really think the extremists Trump has hired are going to have a moderating influence on his policy? Yes, billions. If you ge...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30143

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Why am I not surprised that the moment foreign policy comes up, your eyes glazed over. It's not like we don't live on the same planet with 7.X billion other human beings in nearly two hundred other countries, some of which are powerful, all of which have their own goals and aspirations.

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