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by Mambrino
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25969

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Call me pessimistic, the question I want to ask: How does pointing out that the standardized grammar is elitist help with anything? It is, very clever, but what is the alternative, and is getting there an overly optimistic scenario in the light of the historical evidence? By your post count, you're...
by Mambrino
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25969

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

How does pointing out that the standardized grammar is elitist help with anything? It is, very clever, but what is the alternative, and is getting there an overly optimistic scenario in the light of the historical evidence? You, like many before you, have apparently missed the point completely. The...
by Mambrino
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25969

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

The problem is not with the nonspecific suggestion that people speak clearly. The problem is with the notion that "clearly" is synonymous with "this particular educated white upperclass standard". If two friends are speaking AAVE and you can't understand them, it isn't because t...
by Mambrino
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358484

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Last time I checked, Isreal / Palestine discussions tended to attract banhammers / moratoriums. I'm not exactly sure if meme-pictures (with captions where the letters actually are dripping blood; very subtle, and such a great argument) is the way to start a civilized discussion that won't go downhil...
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890795

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

Deutsche Welle: Austrian teen sues parents over childhood photos on Facebook An 18-year-old woman from southern Austria has filed a lawsuit against her parents for posting hundreds of photos of her as a child to Facebook. She said the pictures are embarrassing and have made her life a misery. The t...
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 12765

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Bogus licencing fees and intra-company loans are a big problem and I have no real clue how to tackle them. Anyone got any bright ideas..? A Global cartel that raises taxes equally. I think they call them treaties though, sounds better. And cartel sounds worse. It implies it's unwelcome disruption t...
by Mambrino
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358484

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You might have heard "anarchist hippie community" of Christiania in Copenhagen. After a large manhunt, the police arrests drug dealer suspected of shooting one policeman in head in a shootout yesterday. Also another policeman and a bystander were injured. The police director (?) says that ...
by Mambrino
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 12765

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

On the one hand, what Apple was doing was absurd: It was funnelling all European sales through an office in Ireland (that only really existed on paper) and paid 50 Euros tax for every million Euros in profits (not turnover , profits ...) On the other hand, I have sympathy for those that say what Ap...
by Mambrino
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 12765

EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

BBC: Apple should repay Ireland 13bn euros, European Commission rules Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission has ruled. After a three-year investigation, it has concluded that the US firm's Irish tax benefits are illegal. The Commission said Ire...
by Mambrino
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth-mass planet found in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri
Replies: 27
Views: 5018

Earth-mass planet found in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri

European Southern Observatory: Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent...
by Mambrino
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890795

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

King of Norway appoints a new Brigadier On Monday morning, 22 August, His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard paid a very special visit to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo to bestow a unique honour upon our resident king penguin Sir Nils Olav. Already a knight, the most famous king penguin in the world was given ...
by Mambrino
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 213289

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

A flying ...double-zeppelin ...thing. The future of the 1930s is here again?
by Mambrino
Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973691

Re: What are you listening to?

Cirith Ungol - Fire Decided today to listen to Cirith Ungol for the first time. (I mean, such an awesome name for a metal band, I've known for years that I should one day to check what they were like.) Oh boy I was surprised to hear this cover. It's both awesome, and tremendously funny. I sort of l...
by Mambrino
Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Large pro-Erdogan rally in Cologne Tens of thousands of supporters of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, are to hold a rally in the German city of Cologne, as tensions over Turkey’s failed coup put authorities on edge. Since the attempted military power grab on 15 July, Erdoğan’s governme...
by Mambrino
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

And this continues. BBC: Turkey has announced the closure of dozens of media organisations, local media say, as a crackdown continues following the failed coup on 15 July. Three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 45 papers and 15 magazines will be shut. 16 TV channels sounds like a considerable number, ...
by Mambrino
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

BBC: Tens of thousands in pro-democracy rally Tens of thousands of people have joined a pro-democracy rally in Istanbul, condemning the nation's attempted coup. The rally was organised by the opposition party CHP but was backed by President Recep Tayyip ... In his speech, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaro...
by Mambrino
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358484

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The Guardian on Münich shooting. Looks like shooter acted alone. There was also a weird ... discussion? between shooter and a bystander that someone caught on video and posted to Twitter, the translated transcript on The Guardian: Not NSFL, but strong language: A full transcript of the filmed excha...
by Mambrino
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

BBC: Turkey extends detention without charge to 30 days Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge to 30 days, an official statement says. The statement also ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and more than 1,...
by Mambrino
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890795

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

Russian ministers and other politicians comment on Pokemon Go A couple of err, interesting reactions: Nikolai Nikirofov, minister of communications and mass media: “Some talented people created a clever game. I don't want to give [the game] yet another media bump, but I do have the suspicion that t...
by Mambrino
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Turkish navy ships still missing since attempted coup as it remains unclear which side admirals are on Several Turkish navy ships are still unaccounted for, their commanders suspected to be among the plotters who sought to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Admiral Veysel Kosele, the command...
by Mambrino
Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

More than 1,500 university deans have also been ordered to resign and the licences of 21,000 teachers working at private institutions revoked. ... 6,000 military personnel have been arrested, with more than two dozen generals awaiting trial 9,000 police officers have been sacked Almost 3,000 judges...
by Mambrino
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

The Guardian recounts the official story They have even an explanation (I presume this is it) why they have a list of names to be arrested: At 1am, officials say the police chief the city of Bursa arrested the local army commander, who possessed a 6-page list that included the names of designated j...
by Mambrino
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)
Replies: 70
Views: 11549

Re: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)

This has been an interesting discussion to read. However, a tangent (but on topic enough, I hope). After reading n+1 discussions about different sortition / demarchy schemes in different forums, I've been wondering is there any academic literature on this topic. Or something I could refer to and lin...
by Mambrino
Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

The immediate unanimous support for the legal government looks like even wiser move by the opposition than I thought at the time. After special parliament session and joint declarations of unity, it's unlikely that their names end up on the arrest lists. On the other hand, one wonders if how much me...
by Mambrino
Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

sardia wrote:There's only a moderate change from a week ago.


Maybe in effect, but surely this is more dramatic than a week ago, which was news about Erdogan being Erdogan, like some random internet commenter or journalist getting arrested or newspaper being closed.
by Mambrino
Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

The traditional history lesson is, as already stated by others, that Erdogan has now the perfect opportunity seize the power as unchecked authoritarian leader (even more so than before). The courts and the police were already supportive, and there is enough popular support. And action against an all...
by Mambrino
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 19951

Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

Reuters:Turkey PM says coup attempt underway, elected government still in charge A group within Turkey's military has attempted to overthrow the government and security forces have been called in to "do what is necessary", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday. BBC: Turkey soldier...
by Mambrino
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107479

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Also, the situation in Northern Ireland and Scotland seems to play out exactly as predicted. Nicola Sturgeon already campaigns for Scotland to remain in EU by any means necessary , and might this time around be supported by the Scottish Labour. Sinn Fein has already demanded a border poll, and there...
by Mambrino
Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 213289

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

1. Try not to hit anything. 2. Minimize relative velocity of unavoidable collisions 3. Especially try not to hit anything that moves and is much bigger or smaller than itself. It's the third rule where it gets tricky though: Hit stuff much smaller than you at speed and you'll probably live; Hit stu...
by Mambrino
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107479

Re: British EU referendum in June

Sinn Fein now wants a border poll in N-Ireland about united Ireland, SNP wants another Scottish independence referendum, and now Reuters:Spain to seek co-sovereignty on Gibraltar after Brexit.
by Mambrino
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358484

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A group of "well-trained" Russian hooligans were behind the violence in Marseille when Russia played England in a Euro 2016 match, prosecutors say. The 150 Russian football supporters "were well prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action" and were able to evade arrest, a cit...
by Mambrino
Sat May 21, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107479

Re: British EU referendum in June

Come on, the UK system is far from perfect, but it's something. We still have some kind of cudgel over the heads of those who make the rules, even if it's not a very big cudgel. By contrast, the only part of the EU government that even nods towards democracy is the EU Parliament (which is hardly a ...
by Mambrino
Wed May 11, 2016 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Eurovision Song Contest Thread - "xkcd, douze points!"
Replies: 38
Views: 7316

Re: The Eurovision Song Contest Thread - "xkcd, douze points!"

Torn between whether I should necro or make a new thread? Necro it is. Anyway, ESC 2016 is here again (first semi was yesterday), and is weird as ever: Australia participates again , in the 2nd semi tomorrow. In addition, the final will be broadcast in the US (not voting, though), and will include J...
by Mambrino
Sun May 08, 2016 8:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709702

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I think it's interesting that you're worried that Trump would get US into a conflict. The local press here is worried that Trump looks like an almost-Putinist, and his main foreign policy points seem to be about not defending Nato partners, or in particular, throwing Baltics to the wolves if it come...
by Mambrino
Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358484

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I have no idea where to post this because this doesn't warrant a thread of its own... BBC: Anders Breivik, Norway murderer, wins human rights case Yeah, good job BBC. Killed 77, wounding ~300 for political reasons. "Murderer"? Not untrue, but it's a bit funny that they very carefully do no...
by Mambrino
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4560

Re: Panama Papers

Le Monde: Mossack Fonseca abused the name of Red Cross and WWF to conceal their customers' monies. edit. Wait, the news article referring to ^that Le Monde article mentioned WWF but I don't see it in the original. edit.2. WWF connection is reported by "Le Matin Dimanche", quoted by le Mon...
by Mambrino
Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 9568

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Nice game! The talk page for the place I'm currently living is boring as ... something really boring. Except for 1 <omitted> does not have anything to do with a university and from the archived page: 7 Notable natives (...) 7.10 Some old bloke 8 Bogus inhabitants? However, a strategically <edited> t...

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