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by cphite
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 13
Views: 367

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: 13
Views: 367

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: 470

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 5175

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 5175

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 2430

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: 4144

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: 4144

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: 4144

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 1004

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 2868

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 8214
Views: 650940

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: 15021
Views: 2427930

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: 15021
Views: 2427930

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: 15021
Views: 2427930

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...

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