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by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It’s more likely that the prison management believes that, by keeping him toothless, they are keeping him from having the ability to bite staff or other prisoners. If that's the case, we ought to fire the lot of them for their stupidity and incompetence. I wouldn't trust people that petty and dumb ...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

At Dr. Ford's request, because quite understandably deciding whether or not going public to stop her rapist from sitting on the Supreme Court was worth the personal shitstorm she would experience (including, it turns out, death threats to the point where she's had to move her family) was a difficul...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Fair enough. But the Democrats in this case are trying to force a delay by demanding an Executive branch agency investigate a questionably timed allegation about something which would be damned-near impossible to prove one way or the other so long after the alleged incident when said agency has alr...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Are you illiterate? The point is that this was not a universal view. I never said "no one thought this," but rather that "this wasn't the single or even primary reason behind its adoption." Let me try and break this down for you? Here's what ucim said that started the conversati...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

But they don't do as well. The republican primary was a room full of those, and he laughed them away. The politicians in that room were experienced veterans who knew how to express their shitty values via encoded speech. Trump didn't (and doesn't) know how to use encoded speech, so he just flat-out...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Trump is just a rudderless attention whore. That translates into him "being good at appealing to his base", but that only requires a simple Pavlovian conditioning mechanism, no kind of crafty Machiavellian scheming that would belie any actual cognitive intelligence. Yes, this specifically...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Donald Trump being President is more the product of an extremely massive propaganda effort by Republicans and wealthy right-wing activists, combined with an extremely undemocratic process for selecting Presidents, than Trump's ability to market himself. If it wasn't for their willingness to all apo...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

People who keep using bankruptcy as evidence of his stupidity are missing the point; it doesn't demonstrate that he's stupid, it merely demonstrates that he is shameless. He's used a loophole in the system to borrow tons of money without having to pay it back, over and over again, without consequen...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

What he does do well , he does much better than most give him credit for. He's an idiot in many ways, but (while I wouldn't call him a "savvy political operator") he's not an idiot in others. He may seem like an idiot in all ways to those who read quotes pulled from his speeches and his t...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

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 The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Zamfir wrote:For a stupid guy, he seems awfully good at this game...
Please tell me you're joking.
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe that's what he meant, he's just incapable of saying a sentence longer than 3 words with any coherency... not to bring this back up, but don't forget what it sounds like when he tries to make a complex statement... People who are incapable of expressing complex ideas are typically also incapab...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

OK, I'l feel dirty about this, but I don't think Trump is completely wrong on this. This 3000 deaths number is not the number that people typically use to describe hurricanes, and people did switch to this alternative measure to put political pressure on Trump. Right, but if that's what he was sayi...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

It's apples to oranges though. "Excess deaths" studies always find much higher numbers than a count of direct casualties. For example, this is a prleiminary study that suggests that Katrina also had a high number of excess deaths in the following months (and presumably, every other natura...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

About the cop that broke into another guy's home and killed him Is it ok to demand cops to give equal treatment when charged when equal treatment is typically really shitty? Is the interim goal of equal treatment a good idea because once powerful people face shoddy treatment, they'll be motivated t...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

You're being incredibly disingenuous here. One person is not reflective of the entire sentiment of the Convention. As I mentioned earlier, there was a pretty even split among delegates (but not among delegations)--most notably, James Madison himself (perhaps the most influential individual there) w...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Soupspoon wrote:It is unfortunate hoi polloi would say "the the many".

Spoiler:
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by The Great Hippo
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

What a load of uninformed nonsense. If you read the actual debates at the Constitutional Convention (as opposed to just The Federalist, which was little more than after-the-fact marketing), you'll find that actually there was a pretty even split over the issue of straight democratic elections. What...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Remember, with Orange Hitler's election, the Electoral College worked exactly as designed . It was created to preserve white supremacy, and it's done just that. The Electoral College was not intended to preserve white supremacy, if only because the people who created it never thought white supremac...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

I, uh... Like, okay: I tend to be extremely skeptical about this because it's super-easy to find dog-whistling where it doesn't exist (and, in fact, I can't help but imagine that right-wing fringe groups encourage this behavior, because it makes anyone who notices it come off as hyper-sensitive and ...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

It's almost like that's why I was talking about things that should change in order to fix the situation. I mean, if you agree with me that the problem here is that the President is being racist as fuck and his employees are taking this as a cue to follow suit (either by actively applying the law to...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Of course not. You (generic 'you') operate under the assumption that the law isn't intentionally evil, because if you don't take that assumption then you shouldn't be working to enforce it in the first place. So you think the people who did this either 1) Care only about the letter of the law, 2) W...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 4086

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

TIL that CO2 is used to suffocate animals into unconsciousness; If you've ever tried to hold your breath you'll know how immensely painful and stressful that experience becomes. It made no sense that this was being tipped as a humane approach. A quick googling showed that, no, of course it isn't. N...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

They were in custody for the interview process, and from reading earlier in this thread it sounds like the law is written with a hierarchy of preferred people to give a child to when the child is released from custody, and biological parents are at the top of that list. If that law is written badly...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

EDIT: Disregard. I'll be staying out of this thread, though.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

trpmb6 wrote:Honestly we're talking about something that isn't surprising at all. Don't feign surprise when one of the central theme's of Trump (and many Republican's) campaign was to breakdown the deep state.
Please don't tell me you believe in the 'deep state'.
trpbmp6 wrote:I'm all for having a good discussion about these things. But don't attack me. It's petty and why I often disappear from these boards for periods of time.
That 'idiot' thing wasn't directed at you, it was meant generically; I genuinely presumed you didn't fall under the category I was discussing. I'd apologize for that presumption, but I'm actually not sure whether or not that would come off as even more insulting ("Sorry that I presumed you don't think science is a liberal agenda?").
trpbmp6 wrote: But I'm not surprised considering you'll foe someone just because you disagree with their politics. <expecting to be foe'd after this>
Are we seriously going there?
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Turnover is a good thing at healthy levels. I suspect turnover at the government level is low for a myraid of reasons. Primarily due to the benefit packages. Any federal employees leaving their positions right now will be just fine anyways. The economy is humming right?!? :lol: Nearly the entire Of...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:Wait, have I been foe'd too? Is there any way to tell who has foe'd you?
No.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr, you should probably know that I've had you foe'd for, like -- over a year now? So whatever you're saying, I'm not seeing it (and I'm not interested in seeing it). If you still want to respond to my posts, you should probably just quote me without including my name in the quote block (so I s...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Helped get him elected to the most powerful position in the world. I'd say that's worth something. His election has altered American politics in a way that will take years -- if not decades -- to repair. Whatever it's worth, it wasn't worth the cost. This is only "good politics" if you do...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

It's kind of funny. You guys really seem to miss the mark. Many on this forum continually note how much of a bully Trump is. Several posts in just this last page note his abuse of the banks and contractors he's used. Trump is probably not that great of a negotiator. What he is good at is being a bu...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

Look, the guy figured out how to manipulate the media into giving him free publicity while saying the populist rhetoric that the people love, which got him the nomination. Then he figured that if he had absolutely no sense of shame, he could escape from any scandal at all, and it turned out he was ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:...and this is a warning to those who would entrust governance to an AI.

Jose
Donald Trump's career and resulting presidency make a lot more sense when you perceive him as an early iteration of a video-game AI that stumbled on a glitch wherein crashing the game counts as a victory.
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

His numerous business failings can be attributed to a lot of things - bad ideas, bad management, overreach, etc - but getting other people to give him their money, time, labor, or other resources, has rarely been his problem. And that only happens if you can negotiate. No. Trump is really only good...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What I am saying is very simple. The damage caused by a police shooting isn't "one person dead" but "one person dead and entire community traumatized", much like a hate crime. You get rid of the racial bias, and it's back to "one person dead", and while several hundred...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Imagine Adam and Ben are both professional baseball hitters. Adam hit twice as many home-runs as Ben; most people would conclude from this that Adam is a better hitter than Ben. However, if you learn that Adam went up to the plate 3 times as often as Ben, then it is clear that Ben is the better hit...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Black people are the minority, so the police should interact with them less, not more. If you are claiming that there is a disproportionate amount of interaction and that this imbalance causes the Simpson's Paradox to make it appear that police shoot black people more, then I am going to have to as...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25473

Re: Black Panther

How many fences/buyers are there for several billions dollars worth of vibranium? And it's been a while since I watched it, so I could well be mis-remembering, but was it ever stated that what Ultron purchased was all of what Klaue stole, or was it just what Klaue still had at that point? We know K...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25473

Re: Black Panther

Perhaps I should try again with an example that's impossible to interpret as racist? The fact Blofeld has managed to escape British Intelligence for decades suggests that he has a keen understanding of MI6's methods, and has made a study of them - and knows more about British politics than many Eng...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7231
Views: 539856

Re: Trump presidency

The problem with that, is that it only works well if the group you're ridiculing has very little power or support. Lack of power is easy to ridicule, whether it's Nazis or a more worthwhile group. Basically, it's hard to laugh at torch marches when stuff actually gets torched at night (let alone in...

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