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by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

And that's better?
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

Diemo wrote:Well, the bigger question actually is, how is anyone able to support the monstrous acts that the Trump administration is currently doing?

People have long since gotten used to U.S. presidential administrations committing monstrous acts.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Boba: A Star Wars Story
Replies: 25
Views: 2577

Re: Boba: A Star Wars Story

Yea, despite my criticisms, I actually kinda liked Solo, I think I liked it better than Rogue One. I think part of it may be that my expectations were set more by having read the 'Han Solo Trilogy' books from the Expanded Universe than anything else. And compared to those books 'Solo: A Star Wars St...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 357
Views: 72920

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

I'm always a fan of Fire Bombs + Shield Bypass if you can get it. For the final boss, even if the crew is dead, it will start self-repairing like a drone ship, so as long as you can stay alive, then all you need to do is keep everything on fire and eventually repeatedly blowing up all the systems wi...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 7816

Re: Firearms Regulations

I know gun ownership has been increasing at the same time, but I understand that's mostly people who already own guns hoarding more because they're scared restrictive gun selling laws are coming. This case is made by some number of polls, but every other indicator points to the rate of gun ownershi...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 672
Views: 102178

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

The enemy AI in Battletech seems fine to me. It focuses fire intelligently, uses terrain, doesn't seem to make many stupid mistakes, etc. Gameplay can feel a bit like an attrition slugfest at times, but positioning and tactics are still very important and can allow Light mechs to take on Assaults if...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

I don't believe Trump is, or has ever been, 'in it' for the money, none of his decisions are really in line with that motive.
It seems clear to me that Trump has always been in it for fame and recognition.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 7816

Re: Firearms Regulations

Freedom and Security are not opposing ends of a scale, giving up freedom does not necessarily increase security, nor vice versa. The people enjoying the hobby are overwhelmingly not the ones committing the violence. If you want to stop the violence, come up with some laws that will impact the violen...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Boba: A Star Wars Story
Replies: 25
Views: 2577

Re: Boba: A Star Wars Story

Apparently this is the Solo thread now? @Tyndmyr I think Savareen is just the closest refinery, not the only one. If I squint at the script a bit, Kessel could be the only place they could reasonably get the unrefined fuel, not the only place that the fuel is mined. Presumably the other sources refi...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 7816

Re: Firearms Regulations

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2013/01/22/canada-tried-registering-long-guns-and-gave-up Universal registration has been tried in several countries, most recently in Canada. The program turned out to be far more expensive than expected and didn't have any discernable impact on crime In mo...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 7816

Re: Firearms Regulations

This didn't come from a CDC funded 'gun control' study, or any kind of peer-reviewed study for that matter, it's an analysis by the WaPo using data on gun deaths the CDC has always collected. If you recall, the gun lobby is terrified of gun registration, digitalizing background checks**, and funding...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue May 29, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 7816

Re: Firearms Regulations

Mass killers are almost invariably socially isolated youngish males with an antisocial, violent history. A great number of the individuals demonstrate many warning signs, but pretty much nothing happens until after the shooting starts. A ton of them have violent crimes, often including domestic vio...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat May 26, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Boba: A Star Wars Story
Replies: 25
Views: 2577

Re: Boba: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars was practically designed to be a never-ceasing multiverse of movie cash from the the start. At least from the moment the original movie became 'Episode IV: A New Hope' if not before.
by EdgarJPublius
Sat May 26, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 7816

Re: Firearms Regulations

⋅  The solution to the 'Gun Violence' problem (which is mainly suicides) is universal healthcare that covers mental health, along with education/advocacy campaigns and legal reform to remove the stigma from seeking help for mental health issues. ⋅  The solution to the violent cr...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon May 14, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3973
Views: 508521

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I used to have literal nightmares about volcanic vents opening in my neighborhood/bedroom Given your surfer avatar (taken from another webcomic) ... I'm pretty sure my fear of suburban volcanoes actually stems from reading "Hill of Fire" in elementary school, and watching the Reading Rain...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat May 05, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3973
Views: 508521

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I used to have literal nightmares about volcanic vents opening in my neighborhood/bedroom
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1895
Views: 471489

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Something made me think of this cyberpunk-ish sourcemod I remember hearing about a while back. the story had something to do with a girl/woman with pyrokinetic abilities, possibly the main character? I'm just wondering if that rings a bell for anybody. So, funny story. I was spring cleaning my hard...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3973
Views: 508521

Re: The Darker Side of the News

People on the local subreddit have been comparing the bombings to the DC sniper situation back in 2002, with the 'pattern' essentially being random, and so far no claims of responsibility or manifestos. A trip-wire set beside a public road seems pretty indiscriminate compared to package bombs set in...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 6311

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I also avoid checking baggage because the bag check-in process takes time and means you have to get to the airport even earlier than you already should to account for security and such. And on top of that, your checked bags are subject to the depredations of the baggage handlers and may be damaged, ...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3973
Views: 508521

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I though the first bomb Monday might have been a copycat, but two on the same day makes me think the one on the 2nd being a test is more likely. If it *is* racially motivated, might turn out that the first victim had some connection to the bomber and then they moved on to neighbors with denser minor...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3973
Views: 508521

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Kind of surreal to see my home town getting this kind of attention. I remember four years ago during SXSW someone crashed a car into a crowd downtown and got a similar level of attention. That turned out to just be a drunk idiot trying to escape police in a stolen car though. I expect this also has ...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20111

Re: Black Panther

Because that's my favorite MCU movie so far, with Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok tied for a close 2nd&3rd. I didn't find it so fantastic that I would actively seek it out to watch it again, but the first Iron Man keeps standing out in my mind. I like how it shows that maybe all this gee-whiz ...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20111

Re: Black Panther

Does Spiderman Homecoming count? I guess it's more "Actually, your girlfriend's dad is a jerk" Because that's my favorite MCU movie so far, with Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok tied for a close 2nd&3rd. I dunno how I feel about GotG2 I think I'm significantly cooler on the Gua...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 7724

Re: Black Panther

Did you forget to include links to any of these 'sources' you say you found? I looked extra hard for any, just to be sure I didn't miss one. You see, I understand exactly how annoying it can be to link sources backing your claims that are subsequently ignored, and I wanted to make sure I wasn't cont...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20111

Re: Black Panther

My impression was that Wakanda just didn't let outsiders in, even to the rural parts, except possibly in rare, controlled circumstances. If that's the case, then the disguise wouldn't have to bear much close scrutiny. Their immediate neighbors probably have some idea that there's something weird goi...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 6311

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

The Mythbusters did at least one episode addressing this and found a method that seemed to be faster than any of the standards. My personal feeling is that it doesn't matter much, I don't think the boarding procedure is usually a bottleneck in getting the plane moving (perhaps for very large aircraf...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 653
Views: 234166

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore my...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should schools have police alarms?
Replies: 14
Views: 2115

Re: Should schools have police alarms?

A thought I had is that many schools have PA systems with two-way intercoms in each classroom. I wonder how difficult it would be to retrofit such a system to be capable of discerning gunshots. Triangulation would be unnecessary in that case, it'd be trivial to localize a shot to the closest interco...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should schools have police alarms?
Replies: 14
Views: 2115

Re: Should schools have police alarms?

chen's comment on fire alarms being linked to detection systems made me think about having this 'police alarm' linked a gunshot detection system. Researching whether such a system would be effective for interior spaces such as a school building, I learned that this is apparently already a thing: htt...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

The majority of suicides occur while under the influence of alcohol and/or benzo...thing. Suicides themselves are more of a spur of the moment thing rather than planned, though planned ones do happen. So, do you plan to restrict alcohol and benzothingies more than they already are? No more than I p...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

edit: it'd probably also be good if more people were able to recognize other human beings as people and not fantasy caricatures... Well, that actually took longer than i thought it would... Honestly, I don't really give two shits about arming teachers. I don't buy into the FUD, but neither do I thi...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

Teachers can already be armed in many U.S. jurisdictions. As far as I know it hasn't caused any of the problems described.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 206
Views: 20111

Re: Black Panther

Observation (not complaint), minor spoiler: Shuri gave T'Challa those silent shoes but they never came into play. I don't mind it but usually you expect the gadgets the hero receives to be used throughout the movie. I was definitely expecting it to come into play during the climatic battle ...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 9541

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

I had a thought regarding Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy this morning. I dunno if this is a particularly novel or interesting thought, but I hadn't considered it before. Given what is known about the powers and capabilities of the Infinite Improbability Drive, is it possible that Magrathea never ex...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

Those kids need help regardless of whether or not they might one day shoot up a school or whatever. They don't need to be 'monitored' by authorities, or locked up or anything, they need to see a counselor, a therapist or a psychiatrist/psychologist. edit: it'd probably also be good if more people w...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 460941

Re: Trump presidency

To get back on topic, Trump Says Classmates Knew Florida Shooting Suspect 'Was a Big Problem' and Should Have Reported Him Trump says: “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big p...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 10498

Re: Ideal immigration policy

To another country or to a different state? Between states, it's not financially or physically difficult, just emotionally. Between countries, well, that's much more difficult. the ability to make this statement at all is a marker of a level of financial privilege that the majority of this country ...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 10498

Re: Ideal immigration policy

CorruptUser wrote:
EdgarJPublius wrote:I would not call the U.S. current social safety net 'robust'. It's not even much of a 'safety-net', more like a nigh-inescapable slough of despond.


It's working more or less as our politicians intended.



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by EdgarJPublius
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 10498

Re: Ideal immigration policy

Other benefits (such as access to a healthy and educated workforce and consumer base provided by a robust social safety net) could outweigh the costs. So... basically Walmart and slumlords? Because that's where the money from foodstamps and housing assistance actually ends up. I'm more of the philo...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 10498

Re: Ideal immigration policy

'Wealthy' potential immigrants aren't going to choose whether or not to move to a country solely based on whether or not they're going to be required to pay into social programs they may not directly benefit from. Other benefits (such as access to a healthy and educated workforce and consumer base p...

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