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by cphite
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

Most of those seem to be primarily be about blocking assets to foreign nationals. I'm not sure specifically why that requires emergency action, but apparently it's a thing. Mainly because it allows the administration to act quickly and with a lot of freedom... if you want to block somebody's assets...
by cphite
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

Well, I guess he shouldn't declare a fake state of emergency to get his way then? It's opening the floodgates and everyone knows it, too bad he literally doesn't give a shit about anything except himself and appeasing his base, damn the facts and future repercussions. I don't agree with the proposa...
by cphite
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2105

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

I think this goes back to the first point about policing yourselves out of power and pragmatism vs princple. The ones more likely to resign are presumably the ones who may actually feel bad or regret doing it. Those who think its ok are going to be far less swayed to resign since they feel they did...
by cphite
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenaniga...
by cphite
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenaniga...
by cphite
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 619785

Re: The Darker Side of the News

IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism. "citation needed". I've read some credible evidence that the IT industry is no worse than any other field. Personal opinion based on decades of experience. The survey your article uses as it's basis is asking specifically about sex...
by cphite
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 619785

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Why is IT such a fetid pool of misogyny and sexism? It's full of humans. Yeah but those critters are around in every industry... IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism. A few years back I had to get HR involved to override a senior manager who tried to stop me from hiring a junior...
by cphite
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Better Call Saul
Replies: 14
Views: 7321

Re: Better Call Saul

fernandoburdalo82 wrote:Is it necessary to have seen Breaking Bad before?


Nah, the series can stand on it's own... in some ways it might even be more interesting not knowing how these characters will end up in Breaking Bad.

That said, it's worth watching Breaking Bad just because it's excellent.
by cphite
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3349

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

More likely, once the bookies became convinced that he was infallible, they'd either "suggest" some sort of cooperative setup with Biff, or they'd allow him to keep winning just for the inside knowledge. Whatever money they paid out to Biff in either scenario would be more than offset by ...
by cphite
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3349

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Secondly, after his first few wins what does he need a bookie for? He can move to Vegas and become a bookmaker himself. With his knowledge he could make bank as the house. Additionally, I would not be surprised if an Almanac boasting boxing and horseracing results on its cover would contain inciden...
by cphite
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

I sincerely doubt Trump would have won without the solid base that genuinely believes he's the greatest President in modern history. Again, I don't think that's how they think. The main lie he successfully sold is that he's 'anti-elite', that he'd 'drain the swamp' etc. You don't to be 'great' for ...
by cphite
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 21
Views: 1205

Re: Aquaman

Can't villains just be villains anymore? It just seems like these movies today just try way too hard to give the guy wanting to mass murder a motive that is somehow relate-able and reasonable. The problem is, no reasonable person (entity, god, whatever) looks at a problem and thinks "This is t...
by cphite
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 21
Views: 1205

Re: Aquaman

It just felt weird for the villain to have this ecological argument that the good guys not only never counter but don't even try to address. The whole "surface dwellers are destroying our oceans" bit has been a recurring idea in the comics, but never really been resolved there either - to...
by cphite
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Replacing laptop bottom screws
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: Replacing laptop bottom screws

I've been having some problems recently with my laptop. It's the Acer Aspire V5-561p-3875. It has been really flimsy and close to breaking. I also have seen loose screws after using it a couple times but thought nothing of them. However, I now checked the bottom and almost every screw is missing. I...
by cphite
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

Then a few months down the line anti-abortion activists decide that "baby murder is equivalent to Nazism", so they add an amendment to the law justifying the gas-chambering of Nazis to include anyone who's pro-abortion, who performs abortions, and forcibly imprisons anyone who's had an ab...
by cphite
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

So given the scenario where they're going to carry weapons anyway, this course as presented by the article is at least a decent start - and far preferable to no training at all. That is a very strange way to approach this issue. You assume that teachers are going to be carrying guns and then say th...
by cphite
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think that your personal experience is not applicable to this situation. Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man. Yes it is. Thanks for making me feel like a jerk for engaging with the conversation. Apologies - that wasn't my intent. All of this is opinion; yours and mine, and everyone else. I...
by cphite
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I also agree that courses should be independently reviewed. Would you consider a course that had not been independently reviewed with independent testing of people who had passed the course to be adequate. Because as near as I can tell, this is not the case. The course sounds like it covers all of ...
by cphite
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

The three day course described in the original post is adequate; What do you base this claim on? Personal experience. It's my opinion that the three day course is adequate. How long is it adequate for before they need a refresher? I believe an annual review would be sufficient. I would argue that n...
by cphite
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

that's not really true. if you arm teachers you have an armed person, ready to shoot kids, in every classroom. Right now, there are armed teachers in some states - but they're not all armed. I don't believe anyone is calling for making it mandatory that teachers arm themselves. My personal opinion ...
by cphite
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Unless you're training them poorly -- in which case, it can be better to have never been trained at all. Which seems to be the case with pretty much every police officer in the United States. While Im sure most people here will agree police training is lacking, I’d like to see some evidence that it...
by cphite
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

You can point out when they've made the wrong choice and let them try again, but at the end of the day there really isn't any way to "correct" the fact that humans sometimes make bad choices under high stress. Yes you can. SWAT, military, and (ideally) police can function in a stressful e...
by cphite
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

How much better? Is the increase worth the expense? Are there plans for follow ups? 5 years? 1 year? Quarterly? Depends on the person, and frankly I'm not even sure how you'd definitively measure "how much" better someone gets, aside from that they get through the drills faster and with l...
by cphite
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

So it looks like Trump takes very easy actions and presents an appearance that requires little effort on his part to con his supporters. He doesn't seem to care about the long term consequences for his actions. True... but the same could be said about most politicians. It's actually one of the bigg...
by cphite
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8709

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Well, 'a few hours' in this case is more than 25 hours over three days , and it's never stated that the teacher in question 'panicked' they might have misidentified the students as threats, or made some other mistake correctable with minimal additional training . The part I underlined is what I hav...
by cphite
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

This girl apparently hadn't had food or water for several days. There is absolutely no excuse for that happening. None. That isn't mere incompetence, nor is it a bureaucratic failing - that's criminal negligence at a bare minimum. That's arguably homicide. These assholes have a legal and moral resp...
by cphite
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

The girl was taken into custody until eight hours before the seizures. They can't change what happened before taking her into custody so running out of water for the day is the same as her going without water for several days and dying. I disagree with you on that being understandable though. Sure ...
by cphite
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

The problem was the girl was with a group of 160+ people who turned themselves in. DHS doesnt have a fleet of vans every few blocks, it takes time to get everyone to a safer place. Imagine if 3 cops had arrested 150 people outside of town; it's not going to be pretty getting everyone to the station...
by cphite
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695709

Re: Trump presidency

That's a bit of an exaggeration, though not much of an exaggeration. Sounds more like a DHS fuckup than intentional murder, not providing basic necessities for detainees prior to transport to secure facilities or whatever, which isn't too much of a problem when the detainees are relatively healthy....
by cphite
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 3849

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Not really. A dog's neck is not nearly as strong as your leg. And I know if they can plant all their feet they can use other muscles too, but in practice, the human is going to win. Like, have you ever played tug of war with a large dog to a decision? Most people keep playing until they get bored a...
by cphite
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6241

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: 63
Views: 6241

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: 63
Views: 6241

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: 8345
Views: 695709

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: 8345
Views: 695709

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: 8345
Views: 695709

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: 1453

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: 8345
Views: 695709

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: 8345
Views: 695709

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: 24
Views: 3781

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...

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