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by Puppyclaws
Fri May 19, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1619
Views: 73896

Re: Trump presidency

I doubt any Democratic candidate could win in Chaffetz's district (which includes Provo). The best that Democrats can hope for would be something like Evan McMullin running for and winning the seat.
by Puppyclaws
Wed May 17, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1619
Views: 73896

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/1 ... ent-238505

"No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly."
by Puppyclaws
Mon May 15, 2017 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1619
Views: 73896

Re: Trump presidency

I have to agree that if "he knows exactly what he's doing" which is an argument I hear a lot, I am totally confused by how he keeps losing and making a fool of himself and not really winning much of anything that isn't a gimme. All while maintaining a 40% approval rating. Like, nobody is d...
by Puppyclaws
Tue May 09, 2017 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Conveniently, I also have a vast, never ending stream of anecdotal evidence for my position on the disregard of gay men by other members of the LGBT community.
by Puppyclaws
Tue May 09, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

I don't know about those cases, but gay men are also the most entitled group in the LGBTQ community, and many will very willingly throw other minority groups under the bus. In the absence of hard data I disagree. Other groups have been well known in the community to throw gay men under the bus for ...
by Puppyclaws
Mon May 08, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Maybe not "right wing people" but certainly "people voting in response to right wing sentiments." I don't really differentiate between "illegitimately afraid of Muslims" and "actively hostile to Muslims". Yoda, etc.
by Puppyclaws
Mon May 08, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Has the FN shifted, or has it expanded? AFAICT, they do not have much worries about their racist flange, there is no serious alternative hovering up their old-time hardliner voters. That suggest that their move is more a matter of PR management, than a genuine change of course. What else is electio...
by Puppyclaws
Mon May 08, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Result? Macron in a landslide . 65% counts as a landslide I guess. Much less of a landslide than in 2002 (82% vs 18%). Hoping this is the high point of the FN and not the direction politics in France are going to continue. I don't know why people keep bringing this comparison up; FN has gone way wa...
by Puppyclaws
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1619
Views: 73896

Re: Trump presidency

"Meh"ing at that, SDK, since we're talking about reciprocal behavior during debates/discussions/verbal fights and not a system oppression done by one group on another. It kinda is though, right? You see a middle-aged man with a pot belly in a plaid shirt walk into a bar, what do you think...
by Puppyclaws
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1619
Views: 73896

Re: Trump presidency

The NYT article cited a poll that only 3% of the voters they talked to would change their vote if they could, and only 1% would change it to Hilldawg. It does make things seem difficult. There's a lot of room between Trump and the-worst-possible-president-you-could-possibly-imagine. Maybe I lack th...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

He only said he would not run as a third party as long as he was treated fairly. Given the reality distortion field he's living in, any event could be interpreted as unfair treatment.

I don't think the democrats are that lucky, though.
by Puppyclaws
Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Education requirements for elected officials
Replies: 70
Views: 9766

Re: Education requirements for elected officials

Over half the senate and 25% of the house already have advanced law degrees. It's not working out so hot. http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/how_many_jd_are_in_congress/ Agreed. Maybe I'm biased, but I think well-educated people tend to have more respect for power. The Smartest Guys in the Room ...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 6520

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

I think you're mistaking the "we." Credible studies in neuroscience journals record observations and might make some very tentative guesses about what they might mean. It's when anyone tries to actually use that information that things start to get a little silly. Unfortunately this limit...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

WRT Yale (not Mizzou or other situations I am not talking about): That Popehat got it wrong and cites several other people (Reason, FIRE) getting it wrong (I also don't take any of those three publications seriously at all) is not very interesting to me. That coverage is inaccurate, all you have to ...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Yes actually, I don't expect people in their late teens and early twenties to be as likely to contain their emotions as older adults. I very much doubt a fight would have somehow come about if he had attempted to shout her down in response (the result would probably be an ugly unpleasant shouting ma...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Over an ~18 year old getting upset and kind of screaming / crying? That does sound a lot less civilized, yes.
by Puppyclaws
Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

The allegedly damaging video shows a single student shouting at Christakis while a smattering of others look on in awe at the weirdness of the situation. But that is not silencing, that is free speech; the student is responding to Christakis' position. Anyway I have never heard of anyone calling for...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

First, the letter that started it , from Yale's Intercultural Affairs Committee. I understand this asTL;DRing to "do what you want, but please be respectful of others." Then, Erika Christakis' response to some student complaints. This one's TL;DR would be "I understand the objections...
by Puppyclaws
Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not surprised you're incapable of understanding that those are actually the same thing but hopefully other people are capable of it.
by Puppyclaws
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There's no "gotcha" or "a little bit" about it; he opposes, fundamentally, the restriction on businesses denying service to people based on race or other protected class. Which is a major defining part of the CRA.
by Puppyclaws
Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Rand Paul has never opposed the Civil Rights Act. His dad may have, but probably in the sense that Barry Goldwater (who founded an NAACP chapter) did - wanted a slightly different versions that he didn't view as unconstitutional. But Rand is not his dad, he is a bit closer to the mainstream and pro...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I just have two criticisms of Bernie Sanders 1) He opposes GMO crops 2) He opposes nuclear energy Given the choice between the above two and a candidate who is pro endless war (every other candidate in the race except Rand Paul, who opposes the Civil Rights Act), I am pretty sure I know which is th...
by Puppyclaws
Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1548: "90s Kid"
Replies: 32
Views: 5024

Re: 1548: "90s Kid"

I mean, also, who exactly is a "90's kid." I have never understood that to be "people who were born in the 90's." After all, "90's kid" nostalgia seems aimed at people who were around to experience most of the 90's cartoons and pop culture phenomena, which is moreso peo...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology
Replies: 87
Views: 19106

Re: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology

"Cult" can have different definitions. In its older senses the meaning is broad enough to encompass any system of worship; the definition that you're talking about, though also valid, is a very particular one that developed in the English-speaking world in the 20th century. Yes, language ...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology
Replies: 87
Views: 19106

Re: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology

According to Wikipedia, "religion" is: An organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. and "cult" is: a religious or social group with socially deviant or novel beliefs and practices. A cult is just a (mostly n...
by Puppyclaws
Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Illinois is great at this game. Check out the tiny strip of land that connects O'Hare Airport to the city. https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Municip ... re_Airport
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate reduces risk of heart attack & stroke (not a hoax)
Replies: 3
Views: 2369

Re: Chocolate reduces risk of heart attack & stroke (not a h

BattleMoose wrote:How this got published is, just baffling.


Journals like citations and news attention, which this is sure to get.
by Puppyclaws
Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

And do you have to be part of this group? Can't speak for Jalapeno, but for me it's absolutely necessary; my social and professional lives (which for reasons beyond my control are intertwined) depend on Facebook. If you are not there, you will not be invited to things (more as a result of human lac...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax
Replies: 32
Views: 9988

Re: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax

It's just like the famous Sokal "experiment". If it highlights very clearly, for everybody to understand, where the problems are and where we can improve things, and how - for journalists, for science communicators, for scientists - isn't that a good thing? Except for the fact that it is ...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 45415

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Awful lot of McCarthyites in this thread.

You know what will definitely increase human freedom is banning children from even being allowed to learn about things that some people don't like.
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13713
Views: 1658309

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

Leaving aside the actual subject matter, it's interesting to watch the power play between site administration and a fairly large and very vocal group of dissatisfied users. https://xkcd.com/1357/ has been generously bandied around. I always wonder how large a group like that is. Vocal, yes, extreme...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 45415

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

There should be no classes in schools that teach religious claims as if they were facts. Just mixing up religious education of all faiths would probably get you quite far here (at least in countries without a strong majority religion; if one exists, they need to be more actively diverse). What I he...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 61343

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

"I don't hear an argument" is not the same thing as "There is no argument." Obviously, phrases like "I don't hear" and "seems" are idiomatic hedges that we use when we don't want to come off as overconfident. My conclusions aren't supposed to follow from the ...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 61343

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Handling disagreement: (This argument comes from David Enoch.) Here's a moral commonplace: When there's an interpersonal conflict over a purely subjective matter, an impartial, egalitarian solution is called for. For example, if we have different preferences over where to go to dinner, we should fl...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 45415

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

You use a lot of words to say "I don't like this and therefore it should be banned." If you were to teach your child a religion what would be your reasoning for choosing some form of paganism over Christianity, or Christianity over Islam etc. etc. etc. And if you were to choose one of thos...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?
Replies: 36
Views: 9930

Re: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?

A person has no firm stance on a moral issue only if: a) They have never thought about it before. In which case, they will need some time to think it through. b) They are too influenced by social pressure to settle on a decision. c) They have become so accustomed to thinking in different perspectiv...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 45415

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

The attempted eradication of their religion and culture ("Kill the Indian, save the man") is generally understood to be the more egregious offense, believe it or not.
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 45415

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

I'm not saying destroy the religion, if an adult decides to follow a religion then thats fine, I'm only talking about not forcing it on children who don't know any better. Also, not sure where you are from, but here in the UK where I am there are so many different religions that need to coexist pea...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What's wrong with Rand Paul? Why is he tacking away from his libertarian positions of no war, to a little war is ok? Why is he low rated both in the polls, and in party support he has? Look, there's nothing wrong with being anti-war and pro privacy, but saying it's gonna win you the nomination in E...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527587

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Obama did what he said in regards to the war, and I don't think anyone had the right to expect less. He didn't extend our occupation of Iraq longer than the deal that GWB had negotiated, and he doubled down in the "real war" in Afghanistan but ended that too. The only new war that Obama d...

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