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by Chen
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

Both sides and both side’s voters, for the most part, aren’t willing to compromise on many of their core beliefs. As such both sides are going to tend towards ruthless. Consider something like abortion. Neither side is going to really give ground on that so being ruthless, with regards to this, is t...
by Chen
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

you don't recall 2013, then, do you? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/republicans-block-nina-pillard-nomination https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/obamarsquos-cabinet-nominees-blocked-by-gop/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/10/31/senate-gop-blocks-mel-w...
by Chen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

I agree those are basically the two options. I think the democrats had a better chance of delaying until Oct 1 by having the hearing Monday and then try to delay from the results of that. Trying to delay in advance by requesting an FBI inquiry is pushing too hard (unless there's some precedent/law t...
by Chen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

I can't see how they're going to get the FBI investigation thing to slide. I'm assuming this is delaying strategy (I'm not sure what they actually expect the FBI to find so long after the fact), but I think they may have overplayed their hand. They got a week delay with the testimony preparing to be...
by Chen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 302540

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Possibly, but I think that would be moot if you're trying to eat them. I suppose. I mean if you're going to try and kill the thing so you can eat it and you're ending up in some sort of hand to hand match you're pretty dead either way. The chimp may basically torture you first though. Chimp attack
by Chen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 302540

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Well, the chimp is much less likely to rip your limbs off in a fight. Your chance of winning that fight is still not good, but better than against a gorilla. Aren't chimps way more dangerous to people than gorillas though? Not in terms of strength (both are sufficiently strong to kill you easily) b...
by Chen
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

A lot of people do a lot more cleaning in their homes than is absolutely necessary, because they prefer to live that way. It's the same with every job, really. People will run the stores because they are necessary for the people to live the lifestyle they want to live. People don't really require m...
by Chen
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

Goods and services will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever run out. That you think this will happen tells me you are a sociopath who would rather die than risk someone else benefiting from your labor without compensation. Who’s going to volunteer to do shitty, unfulfilling jobs...
by Chen
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

I don’t expect the Democrats to take the House, but they need a net gain of only three senate seats (out of 33 being elected this year) to break the Republican majority in the Senate, so I can see a 51/49 or 52/48 Senate with the Republicans as the minority come November. Isnt the problem that a la...
by Chen
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6424
Views: 936612

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's an old article. And I have no clue where the "$5000 would pay for property damage" part comes from since he's been suing the city for the last 3 years trying to get them to pay a proper amount to replace the house.
by Chen
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

Also, the Ontario government may end up paying a lot more for cutting the program than if they had let it run out, depending on how much they end up spending on the class action lawsuits they are now faced with for breach of contract. Unless there was an actual contract specifying the program would...
by Chen
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

One of the arguments I always see floated against raising the minimum wage is “Inflation will just kick in and the buying power for minimum-wage will stay the same.” How does a universal basic income avoid this? I’m not sure about general inflation but inflation in the cost of neccessities seems li...
by Chen
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 276
Views: 58749

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

John McCain Apparently, his mother is still alive, at 106 years old. Must be awful, bad enough to have to bury your identical twin sister, but that was a 50 50 chance anyway, and now her son. He did his duty, pretending he wasn't dead until after the special election window had passed, thus letting...
by Chen
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

You don’t need capital up front because you just start making payments like you would if you were renting, just after enough payments you can stop. And yeah, it is a lot like rent in the circumstances that rent would be convenient, and less like rent the more the circumstances are ones that rent wo...
by Chen
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

Wouldnt that just be an obnoxious form of renting that requires more up front capital since you have to initially buy everything each time? Car “rentals” would be particularly onerous.
by Chen
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4117
Views: 546244

Re: The Darker Side of the News

“If you had previously requested cancellation prior to opting-in, your opt-in to the new plan will take priority and your account will not be canceled,” reads a portion of an email sent to customers. You cannot opt someone who has already severed ties with you into your new plan and charge their cr...
by Chen
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

Maybe I missed it, but if there were no renting of housing, are you just expecting the government would allocate every adult their own land/house? I'm not really sure how you'd get people started out otherwise, especially poor people, say an 18 year who has just been kicked out of their parents hous...
by Chen
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

Well, condo fees are much lower than rent, and typically go to cover shared costs of the building, like if you need to replace the roof or something. It's not an insignificant expense, but it's not like the HOA is just pocketing that money and you get nothing from it. Exactly. I live in a condo and...
by Chen
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25087

Re: Black Panther

Black Panther is a weird outlier in terms of MCU movies in that it's domestic gross is a fair chunk higher than its international gross. I'm not really sure what exactly is driving that. Was it not shown in some countries for some reason?
by Chen
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27170

Re: Libertarianism

Owned , or mortgaged? Interest is just rent on money, so it's still rent. If things are just shifting from renting land directly to renting money instead, that's not really an improvement. Your own concern that you'd keep paying rent "forever" is not the case with a mortgage, so why are y...
by Chen
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

What I was looking for was a word that accurately describes a thing. Genocide is one such word. Its not the right word unless theres “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”. Its absolutely not the same as the taking of native american children and p...
by Chen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14855
Views: 2316473

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

Offices for 2 to roughly 4 people, with windows on one side and a door on the other side. A corridor in between, and another row of offices on the other side of the corridor. The walls go up to the ceiling, but can typically be moved fairly easily. A meeting room for every few offices. How many tot...
by Chen
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4117
Views: 546244

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Definitely seems like legalese and a generic form letter. I certainly hope it wasn’t a human thst wrote it.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rt.com ... reach/amp/

Can see the firdt page of the letter in the link about mis-page. Its a Facebook post apparently.
by Chen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

New guidelines to send every case to deportation proceedings if the decision is unfavorable and the person is otherwise out of status. What cases are we talking about here? If an immigration case had an unfavorable decision didn't that mean you weren't supposed to be allowed in the country to stay?...
by Chen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 23
Views: 3353

Re: Opinions Wanted Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

It's recently come to my attention that a large section of the fan community for Marathon think that this entire project is complete shit, but have only been saying so in places I wasn't aware existed, while the handful of people who have commented have been generally positive. This is making me qu...
by Chen
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14855
Views: 2316473

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

Hmm I'd be super worried that I'd still have that extra work to do (clearly not MANDATED but if I didn't meet targets I'd be fired) and now wouldn't be able to even get paid overtime for them since clearly the company never asked me to work those hours.
by Chen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

The asshole doesn't have the integrity to wait until January. He's still a conservative despite sometimes swinging towards the left. A democratic majority in the senate post November would likely just stall like the republicans did with Garland until the next presidential election which could (hope...
by Chen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

So you think the people who did this either 1) Care only about the letter of the law, 2) Were afraid of being punished for breaking the letter of the law? More likely worried they’d be blamed if they gave children to traffickers however unlikely it was in this exact case. Shield themselves by sayin...
by Chen
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

You're assuming that ICE and CBP are staffed by people trying to make the best out of a bad situation. Alternatively 1. Evil orders from the top tell them to resist by interpreting everything in the worst possible manner. 2. The employees themselves hate brown people so they act in the worst possib...
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 302540

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

As I read it, there were two rigid rules that caused the delay. One, people without contract don't get access to the systems or ghe premises. Two, a new contract goes through a process of several weeks to approval. I have seen those same rules enacted rigidly without any computer aid. There is usua...
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6424
Views: 936612

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I agree that the police are not responsible for preventing every bad thing ever. However, I feel that they ought to make a reasonable effort to respond when something bad does happen. Reasonable person standards work well enough for plenty of other places in law, why not police? Is it reasonable fo...
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

Anyways, this IS the news forum, so I'm tossing in some Trump news: https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2018/jun/22/opec-meeting-oil-supply-greece-hails-historic-debt-deal-business-live TLDR: Trump threatened tariffs if OPEC didn't boost production, and they buckled. Aren't those two things s...
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 217
Views: 12137

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Thesh wrote:Convenience, security, and inflation.


So your deposits would increase in line with inflation if you put them in the bank?
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 217
Views: 12137

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Let me set the scene and you can let me know if I'm off base here. A group of 3 people decide to form a coop to sell widgets. The three people go to a bank and ask for a loan to start up the company, procure inventory and pay themselves a wage. The bank gives them $1 million. They go into business a...
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 217
Views: 12137

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Thesh wrote:No, the loan is taken against the cooperative, not the employees. I mean, they can take on some of the risk if they want, but they don't have to.


Who pays back the bank should the business go belly-up? The community? This is the part I’m not following.
by Chen
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 302540

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future



Its a bit hard to blame automation when a person actually failed to renew his contract. How it took people three weeks to figure it out is just absurd though.
by Chen
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

"How can I improve my qualities as a monster and better myself as a human pile of garbage?" wonders Betsy DeVos just before rescinding 72 documents clarifying how schools should deal with issues related to special needs and disabled students. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/...
by Chen
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 9604

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

I think what's going on there is that fewer people are really cis than we usually think in a strictly binary framework where anyone non-trans is just called cis. If you don't have strong feelings of attachment to your birth sex / opposition to being the opposite sex, a nonbinary framework would say...
by Chen
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 9604

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

I think the clearest way to phrase the question that bearing is about is to ask "how would you feel about your body if you suddenly woke up as the opposite sex?" If you would feel horrible and wrong and want to change back immediately, you're cis. That's what cis means. If you would feel ...
by Chen
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534403

Re: Trump presidency

But the Repubs would've had that regardless of which Republican got in. I mean, unless you think Trump is intentionally killing off justices... Well I wasn't talking about choices during the Primary but more the choices between Hillary, Trump or some other third party (or abstention). Even if you c...

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