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by Thesh
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 12811

Re: Thomas Fire

Most people usually want to try and continue on with their lives. This is partly why I think having generic disaster insurance would be the best option - you pay for the risk so that you are covered even if some once in ten lifetime event occurs. No matter where you live *something* is eventually go...
by Thesh
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884106

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Police need to learn how to deescalate conflict, and how to react to threats appropriately; if your training is focused is on how to most effectively apply force to protect the lives of the officers, then your department will be ran by people who see the need to use force in every situation.
by Thesh
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

They will pay for movies that their audience will want to see the most, and if they don't get it funded then it doesn't get released. This means we get a more diverse range of content, as you aren't going to get money from a community unless you make a film that is specifically for them. Since every...
by Thesh
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217012

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

I'm not sure that matters with respect to copyright.
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 12811

Re: Thomas Fire

Is that a law or something?
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 12811

Re: Thomas Fire

I say we just mandate disaster insurance.
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So what systems outside of capitalism have you studied?
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That works when it comes to physical goods (you might buy an identical design table made by Bob rather than Bill because Bob's tables are superb quality whereas Bill's wobble and have splinters) but doesn't work for digital goods where copying is flawless and effortless. In both cases you are payin...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Actually, yes, the profit motive itself that is the premise of capitalism is inherently flawed in that.... Yes, it's flawed. This is why it should not be unrestrained. Every other system is flawed too, just in different ways. When the flaw is the entire foundation of your economy, and the source of...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Austin bomber is dead - detonated a bomb in his car as police closed in on him.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/a ... spect.html
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275052

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

I have an image in my head of a airbags deploying immediately before impact with the pedestrian, sending them flying away from the car where they cannot scratch the paint.
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275052

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

I knew someone who hit and killed a pedestrian driving under 20 while pulling out of an alley. Under 25 reduces risks massively, but the only way to get to zero is to get rid of cars. https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/relationship_between_speed_risk_fatal_injury_pedestrians_and_car_occupants_richards.pdf ...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No, capitalism isn't the problem, it is merely imperfect (like all other systems). The problem is what is incentivized, and how we are misled to follow the bait. We took what was "given" to us, not realizing what was being taken from us. Socialism, communism, Marxism, all the -isms have t...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Agreed; capitalism itself is the problem. The race to the bottom affects everything, including information.
by Thesh
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5987
Views: 433779

Re: Trump presidency

I'm sure this won't get much attention in conservative circles* but thankfully some people are finally starting to wake up: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomnamako/ralph-peters In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda ...
by Thesh
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275052

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

I'm guessing that it probably tries to match the speed of the vehicles around them so as to not impede traffic.
by Thesh
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 3193

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

The next crisis will occur in Spring of 2019, when the stock market tanks due to the President being a mentally unstable moron as well as a lot of shady business practices leading to overinflated stock prices, which triggers a banking crisis due to large amounts of cheap debt that was used to financ...
by Thesh
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 489916

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Because the pieces tend to remain in large chunks, rather than being rendered to dust.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hiddenhistory/4442147038/
by Thesh
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 5216

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Presumably, it would open when you got off the plane.
by Thesh
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 5216

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Technology: You sit down in the terminal, put your carry-on luggage into an overhead locker, and then the whole shebang is motorized and moves into the plane on its own. It doesn't matter where you sit, you can do it in the open where there's no congestion.
by Thesh
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 5216

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Ditch the overhead bins entirely. If you want carry on, make sure it fits under the seat in front of you. In my experience, most of the time spent waiting is spent waiting on people dealing with the overhead bins.
by Thesh
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

People will always seek retirement savings. The closer we all our to average (mean) wealth throughout our lives the more most of us will have to save in general, the more opportunities we will all have in general, and the more ability to go into business for ourselves.
by Thesh
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Yeah, I'm calling Poe's law on this one.
by Thesh
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Inequality means that regular people don't have as much stable income or wealth. The greater the inequality, the further the middle class can fall. The 2008 crash came because of predatory lending and over-lending to regular citizens who were poorer because of inequality. There's a lot of evidence t...
by Thesh
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Being able to raise funding does not require income inequality, just organizations with the ability to raise funds; hell, you could build an entire factory off of a loan. On top of that, inequality leads to lower demand for factory-made goods, so it's possible the inequality itself reduces the deman...
by Thesh
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Again, math has no feelings. Besides, savings are universally recognized as the safest yet lowest yielder of all investments. "Savings" is not a synonym for bank deposits; it means all money not spent on current consumption. Savings grow exponentially because we design the economy so that...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

If your goal is to ensure everyone has equal housing opportunity, I think housing cooperatives for multi-familiy housing (where the property is equally owned by all tenants and democratically ran), with single-family units generally owned outright like today would be ideal. Effectively, everyone wou...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

If we are open to changing the laws, I think just banning properties that are not resident-owned and using housing cooperatives for those who rent while maintaining the ability to own would be ideal.
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

It seems like you are suggesting there is something inherently improper or broken with a system that rewards success by benefiting offspring. There is if your primary determinant of "success" is inheritance. Succeeding at making money off of savings in a system designed so that savings gr...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Military conquest has been making the top countries rich for millennia.
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I would suggest that capitalism itself is not known to work, and without all the government intervention in our markets, our entire society would have collapsed long ago. The incentives that capitalism is based on leads towards greater centralization of wealth, less equal opportunity, and a more aut...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

There's a difference between advantages and being able to never work a day in your life while earning 10x median wage off of savings alone, while others work their entire life to never earn median wage and are unable to even save enough for retirement without government assistance. That's not "...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

How so? Because thoughts and ideas are worth more than sweat and toil. That's not inherently true. The reason we value educated people more is because of a lack of opportunity for so many to get an education (i.e. lower supply). If everyone has equal opportunity, then pay between different fields s...
by Thesh
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 13905

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

How so?
by Thesh
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5987
Views: 433779

Re: Trump presidency

People will generally behave in the manner expected of them; the problem is that the people with power expect the people below them to be assholes to everyone below them, because that's what gives the people at the top more power. If you don't want people to be assholes, you need to make it so that ...
by Thesh
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5987
Views: 433779

Re: Trump presidency

I expect them to spend the money on acquisitions, which will worsen the problem in the long run. Even the most charitable of rich people tend to do more harm than good to our economy.
by Thesh
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 6197

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Do you really think $100m is a lot of money on a planet with 7 billion people? Do you really think people don't have a desire to act in their own best interest, and that only some wealthy person driven solely by greed and the possibility of a monopoly has an incentive to innovate? It doesn't matter ...
by Thesh
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 6197

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

It's not just the consumers, but the producers, distributors, pharmacies, and insurance companies who all stand to profit from the increased business. Take away the patents, and they would still seek to fund new drugs - for a single pharmacy, it might be worth it to spend $1000 here or there, for a ...
by Thesh
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 6197

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

That's mostly because of the wealth inequality and the patents themselves - it's only recently that the internet had enabled us to actually organize enough people with the wealth to actually fund development themselves, and because we have patents the pharmaceutical companies can get richer by paten...
by Thesh
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 6197

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Inventions are free could work fine in some fields. Especially where the inventor can commercialize the invention rapidly and benefit for a period of time just based on his head start over orhers. But what do you think it would do in fields where there’s a huge lag between invention and commerciali...

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