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by cphite
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1994

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

There's an interesting divide in how people view (large) predators, and how they view other parasites. It's like day and night - the first are the glorious emblem of power, while "parasite" is the lowest of the low. Predators might be feared for their danger, but they are not despised for...
by cphite
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1994

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

As I stated, there are ways to defend yourself without harming someone, such as running away. Not always. In this case David is trapped in a bedroom being beaten with a weapon. Charging for the door and hoping for the best is certainly an option - maybe even the best option. But that's assuming tha...
by cphite
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1994

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

All other political philosophies that I know of say that violence is a feature of a sub-optimal society and that there is a way for perpetual peace to exist. Violence may be necessary to establish a perfect society, but that violence is always temporary (e.g. Marx said it was okay to revolt in orde...
by cphite
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Ok, serious question. What activities would a forestry service normally do that could actually prevent fires? Context: Trump talking out of his ass regarding what California should've done to prevent forest fires. At this point I'm half expecting him to say that it's Silicon Valley's fault for not ...
by cphite
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

i feel like another enormous disconnect in these conversations is where you try to draw this line of "not qq bad because plenty of police do their jobs without corruption / police brutality / etc." i don't disagree! i think that statistically speaking there are likely a plurality of polic...
by cphite
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

we seem to be losing you on the part where what we are saying is that it is impossible to be a cop without choosing to participate in the institute of policing, which is inherently bad. you are welcome to argue about the "inherently bad" part of police as an institution, but instead you a...
by cphite
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Art Institute of Chicago's Website has 50,000 Public Domain photos of Paintings
Replies: 1
Views: 588

Re: Good News for Art Lovers

The Art Institute of Chicargo's website includes over 50,000 high resolution photographs of their paintings, all in the public domain. Collection: https://www.artic.edu/collection Article: https://kottke.org/18/11/the-art-institute-of-chicago-has-put-50000-high-res-images-from-their-collection-onli...
by cphite
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

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 cphite
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

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. Yeah, just not seeing it... doctored or not, there...
by cphite
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 23
Views: 1914

Re: The MITT Cult

Alright how about this, every time you see one of these, you put on gloves and pull the fire alarm. Eventually, they'll get the hint? Would they? The leaders would just spin your fire alarm as an outsider wanting to stop them all from improving themselves. The author of the article went in suspecti...
by cphite
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

↶ My original point was that this was the argument Trump and his side would use That may have been your original point, but the point people disputed was that plenty of legal scholars agreed with the argument. And it's not a minor nitpick, a fairly significant point of the discussion is that the ar...
by cphite
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Point A means your search of Point B will be skewed simply because it is what Trump's supporters are claiming is the basis of their argument. The oldest of the four articles I posted was from 2006 which is well before Trump entered the discussion. Also, as I mentioned previously, this is something ...
by cphite
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Unless cphite is open to the idea that his sources are crazy fringe pundits, it's a lost cause. Is cphite open to receiving criticism on this? Sure; I haven't exactly taken a poll or anything among constitutional scholars. Below are some links I found with a quick Google search. It's definitely not...
by cphite
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Somebody should tell Trump and his lawyer-du-jour that re-interpreting the 14th amendment based on the "subject to the jurisdiction" clause would, ipso facto, make illegal immigrants no longer subject to our laws. They would be immune from prosecution. Nope. Not even remotely; and frankly...
by cphite
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

The 14th amendment is quite clear. These people are citizens. I personally agree with you; but there are plenty of legal scholars who disagree, and no court has ever made a definitive interpretation. The courts could go either way; and if they decide down political lines, it's quite possible they s...
by cphite
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

to turn this argument around, why is this phrase even in the amendment text? are there people inside the US which aren't subject to it's jurisdiction? and if so, how are they currently regarded under this law? My guess would be that the clause exists to exclude immune diplomats, especially those fo...
by cphite
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

The central issue is going to be the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" - that's the grey area. The argument will be that a person who has entered illegally is still under the jurisdiction of their home country, and that the same applies to their child, and that therefore the co...
by cphite
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Legally speaking, the SC has never ruled on whether or not the child of illegal immigrants is automatically a citizen. It's been de facto Jus Soli, but if you look at the world, Jus Soli is extremely rare outside the US Sure. But on the flip side, we've done it that way for a while, and it would be...
by cphite
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2386669

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

The problem with having an all-in-one aircraft is that the mission requirements for anti-ground and air interception are mutually opposed. I am not sure if that is true? After all, the original teen-series fighters turned out to be capable multi-role fighters. Covering interception, air superiority...
by cphite
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2386669

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

You're not supposed to let cats hunt wild animals. Too much ecological damage. That's an issue in urban areas and in the suburbs... people bring cats and other predators into an area that wouldn't otherwise be there, and they hunt things that aren't used to being hunted. A couple of cats in the sub...
by cphite
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2386669

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

One of our farm cats dragged in a full-grown cottontail rabbit. I seriously doubt she would have been intimidated by a large rat. My parents had an outdoor cat for almost a decade... it had gotten hit by a car in front of their house. Lost most of it's tail and a bunch of other injuries, but it pul...
by cphite
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

The alleged victim is making the FBI request, but it's pretty much a given at the point that the woman is a Democrat pawn. The Dems had known since the beginning that she had this claim, but have waited for as long as possible to reveal it. At Dr. Ford's request, because quite understandably decidi...
by cphite
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

The alleged victim is making the FBI request, but it's pretty much a given at the point that the woman is a Democrat pawn. The Dems had known since the beginning that she had this claim, but have waited for as long as possible to reveal it. It's clear the whole thing is a delaying tactic by the Dem...
by cphite
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

The scotus nominee rape allegation took a disappointing turn. The accuser is asking for a delay+FBI investigation, but the Republicans are playing hard ball. Asking for an FBI investigation is ridiculous; the FBI is not going to investigate something that wasn't even technically a crime when it all...
by cphite
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

I think part of the reason Trump consistently comes across as an idiot in his choice of words is because he's a primarily verbal guy. Or, I don't know -- maybe it's because he once told one of his employees to take the braille out of an elevator because "no blind people are going to live in Tr...
by cphite
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14808

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they ca...
by cphite
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14808

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I thought the whole paging Captain Marvel thing at then end was weird. If you have access to Captain Marvel via pager, why wasn't she called the previous several times the Earth was in grave danger? Alien army on the verge of conquering New York... nah, let's not bug Carol. Sentient robot wants to w...
by cphite
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

https://heavy.com/news/2018/09/botham-shem-jean/ Very senseless killing. If you kill someone in "self defense", but you were on the wrong home, does the castle doctrine still apply? AKA do you need criminal intent? Most likely she will be convicted of manslaughter, which is appropriate. I...
by cphite
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cohen concluded that, [b]as Howard was unaware whether Duff may have had anything that she would not be allowed to have in custody, his actions were those of a responsible officer. Wouldn't this apply to literally anyone? Literally anyone who was in police custody and who refused to cooperate. And ...
by cphite
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They're holding her, so they need to know who she is, so that they can determine if she has a criminal record, a history of violence or other harmful activity, or some other concern. It's possible you're not aware of this, but in the UK we fingerprint people on being charged with a crime. Also, in ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A procedural requirement doesn't necessarily equate to a criminal offense; they can hold her until she cooperates, or they can search her just as they did. Another option would be to take her in front of a judge, who would order her to identify herself, and charge her with contempt of court if she ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You are confusing two distinct issues. She wasn't arrested for not identifying herself; she was arrested for obstruction, basically for interfering with a lawful search of a suspect. And what you seem to be missing is that none of us are saying the police were not allowed to arrest her for handing ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Sure, the rule's justified on the basis of safety, but no safety threat existed here, and everyone involved ought to have reasonably known that. Frankly, the fact that she interfered in the first place was the safety threat; the business card is incidental. You never know what a suspect is going to...
by cphite
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The offense she committed was that she interfered with a legal search of a suspect. She didn't merely offer him advice; she handed him a card. It really shouldn't surprise anyone including her that handing someone an item while they're being actively searched would result in arrest. It does not sur...
by cphite
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The offense she committed was that she interfered with a legal search of a suspect. She didn't merely offer him advice; she handed him a card. It really shouldn't surprise anyone including her that handing someone an item while they're being actively searched would result in arrest. It does not sur...
by cphite
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972213

Re: Police misbehavior thread

An academic arrested and strip searched after offering a boy a legal advice card has said her refusal to cooperate with police who detained her was an act of passive resistance. It would have been interesting to see if they still detained and strip-searched her if she had identified herself. I'm in...
by cphite
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Trump warns Google, Facebook and Twitter in row over bias . He's having his people looking at the possibility of regulation. Just another notch on the fascism tally stick. Big Orange is on a roll this week month year. http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=43261 Every couple of years during th...
by cphite
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

Oh sure. A bunch of his supporters justify it that way. They might not care for his personal values, but they manage to overlook them due to other priorities. Exactly. Right now the economy seems to be strong, at least if you don't look too closely... unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up...
by cphite
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609934

Re: Trump presidency

It's an overall approval rating. If people are bailing on the party or not doesn't matter to it. Approval is highly partisan, of course. At least, these days, it is. Bear in mind, the question is usually along the lines of do you approve of the job he is doing, not what do you think of him as a hum...
by cphite
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 23591

Re: Firearms Regulations

Hearing damage is a safety issue. I'm talking about gun safety. Avoiding damage to ones hearing while shooting a gun is an example of gun safety. What if you've never asked, because you're not into guns, but then end up needing to use one? It's likely that such a person would not be able to open th...

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