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by Dauric
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 6740

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Mmm, if it's high enough to stop the clouds, it should work. Water vapor/rising air/atmospheric mixing can lift CO2 to some degree, despite it being heavier. Looking at some testing numbers, it seems like a mere 10,000 feet would be enough to make the concentration a third lower. So, a wall of such...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Pfhorrest wrote:I find myself laughing awkwardly at the line about "the good old recording instrument". You mean... a camera? A microphone? What is "the good old recording instrument"!?


Clearly it's the technical breakthrough of a phonograph paired with a daguerreotype camera...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 22296

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I might have asked this before, but I still dont quite understand it: Why are people so invested in predictions about the election, with all the cycles and epicycles of polling and aggregation and what not? It's only a few months in the future to get the actual outcome. I understand why it matters ...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

C. Trump loves Russia. <snip> C is weird, but has some backing when he talks of Kim, Duerte etc etc. Not sure how to rate this one. Armchair psychoanalysis, your mileage may vary: Frontline: The Choice 2016 Watch between 00:11:00 and 00:18:00 for a summary of Trump's childhood. His father was a str...
by Dauric
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

In any case, if wealth above a given number genuinely didn't matter, then why would everyone react as if it does? Even up to extremely large amounts, we treat wealth as something obviously desirable. Because people are not rational and the more money you have the less rational your spending is. Pre...
by Dauric
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

In any case, if wealth above a given number genuinely didn't matter, then why would everyone react as if it does? Even up to extremely large amounts, we treat wealth as something obviously desirable. Because people are not rational and the more money you have the less rational your spending is. Pre...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

2: He creates a problem (which he can then blame on his predecessor) This sounds like a cost, not a benefit. In the world of marketing (which is really the world Trump lives in) finding and/or manufacturing a problem people want solved is half the job. The other half being to figure out how the pro...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 6740

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Beer makers are a typical exception. Fermention produces CO2 , and many beer plants do capture the CO2 and sell it to pubs. I'm still trying to figure this out. I was under the impression that beer is just sold with the naturally-produced carbonation already in it? Why would pubs need it? Unless it...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Are you sure that tackling climate change and anthropic mass extinction will become the best remaining economic investment *before* the planet is in an unstoppable slide towards human uninhabitability? Weirdly enough, the US has actually made enough progress towards the Paris goals after Trump's pu...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

That's pretty strong evidence for it being a failing of the K-12 system. It's not exactly an "either/or" situation. Structural racism can be a factor for minority college graduation rates at both the K-12 level -and- the college level. That said structural racism at the K-12 level compoun...
by Dauric
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Is this something new under Trump, or was it always there all along? What? Zero tolerance and family separation on this scale are both unprecedented, as has been discussed repeatedly already in this thread. The part where "The Brass" (in this case Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Niel...
by Dauric
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 301
Views: 70624

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

/whistles musically but sadly… Since you cannot tell from your post, this is in reference to someone named "Peter Firmin" that I have never heard of and don't care about. Seriously, is it really that hard to write a descriptive post? Do you think there's something so incredibly in...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

I don't have an idea how to resolve the source problem (powerful cartels and corupt governments) short of horrific levels of military intervention, 'cause we're so good at militaristic nation re-building*... Solving the problem is not as difficult as it sounds. It just requires us to not see the wo...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

All that said, the thing that bothers me most is that this was a conscious effort to deter people from crossing illegally. They could have increased the punishment after one was found guilty. They could have changed it from a misdemeanor to a felony. I don't think those are good ideas, but they're ...
by Dauric
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

A bit off topic, but what the hell is with the trope of "ransom note made from cut and paste magazines"? There's going to be more of your DNA on that note if that's what you are worried about, your home now has a bunch of magazines missing those letters and thus is evidence if you...
by Dauric
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322188

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

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible? The former is how formal, competitive debate competitions are structured. They're not teaching the compute...
by Dauric
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322188

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

The first computers to play chess weren't all that good at it either. That the computer is able to make an arguable point at all is something of an accomplishment
by Dauric
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

If you are facing a credible death threat, the most sensible action is to go straight to the embassy. Not march thousands of miles north on the hopes you'll make it. I don't even know how that can be argued against. If the gang/organized crime group that you face a death threat from has effective t...
by Dauric
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

The administration is very decisive when it suspiciously has a vested interest in the financial effects of certain policies. The rest of the time it seems completely inept, a game of telephone where the original player is cheating. "I can't speak for the president" Is all that you can say...
by Dauric
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 276
Views: 69312

Re: News in brief

Zamfir wrote:Those are the 1 GP gems that Level 1 adventurers find when they slay a Minor Kobold

They're the Rupees Link gets when he cuts the grass.
by Dauric
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Spoiler for OT It really makes you wonder how we would treat an alien race doesn't it? Or rather, it's particularly indicative of how we would handle a first contact situation. But that's a conversation for a different forum. I suspect some of the first questions humanity would actually ...
by Dauric
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 276
Views: 69312

Re: News in brief

Liri wrote:They talk about the deceased turnout...


Voting while dead is a time honored tradition. I mean if the living can't be bothered to vote, might as well let those who have passed on voice their opinions.</snark>

(I tried to resist, I really did... *hides*)
by Dauric
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

It really makes you wonder how we would treat an alien race doesn't it? Or rather, it's particularly indicative of how we would handle a first contact situation. But that's a conversation for a different forum. I suspect some of the first questions humanity would actually attempt to explore with an...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

...He wants more than anything else to be the ultimate authoritarian figure, but he's too fucking stupid too actually accomplish this goal. That would be relieving, except that the Republican party in Congress is so busy stroking their party's throbbing powerection that they're literally giving thi...
by Dauric
Wed May 30, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973422

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Reinvigorating the coal industry was an important part of Trump's support that had nothing to do with race. It's stupid for economic reasons (Natural Gas production has been steadily getting more economic than coal extraction for about a decade now), but it's an issue that swayed a lot of voters in ...
by Dauric
Tue May 29, 2018 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973422

Re: Police misbehavior thread

"Sexual Assault" possibly, however more of a third-degree manslaughter than first-degree premeditated murder. IMO I'm not really that sympathetic (to either performer, or the army of managers and producers behind the event) though. It was a pre-planned theatrical stunt that glorified rippi...
by Dauric
Thu May 24, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

I have a job that doesn't particularly involve public speaking or performing in any way, and yet there is a clause in my employment contract to the effect that if I cause a big public controversy around myself such that it becomes a political statement simply to keep employing me, then I can be fir...
by Dauric
Thu May 17, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Wrong button. Apologies.
by Dauric
Thu May 17, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Indeed, the description in that link sounds more like a moderate Democrat than anything right now. Oh, but don't call him a Democrat, because those Democrats are all evil geniuses looking to further their own prosperity... .... Tribalist bullshit. Pure tribalist "My Team Vs. Your Team" bu...
by Dauric
Wed May 16, 2018 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Mutex wrote:1. Let Iran develop a nuclear weapon


The other point about this is that by all estimates at the time of the deal Iran was 2-3 months from "breakout" or having enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear weapon. With the deal in place that was three years ago.
by Dauric
Mon May 14, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

"North Korea can take away from this one very important fact - don't enter into any negotiations or any deal with the intent on not complying with your end of the bargain." Or, at least, don't enter into any negotiations or any deal where Trump might maybe think that you might not be comp...
by Dauric
Sat May 12, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

A google search shows it's a pretty common bumper sticker, typically associated with Jeep products.

IMO it's supposed to mean that the driver actually uses their Jeep for offroading, not just commuting back and forth to work and soccer practice.
by Dauric
Wed May 09, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973422

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In fairness, there does appear to be something of a correlation between incompetence and racism. It may not be coincidence. This. Beyond that lack of basic firearm safety and handling puts everyone around the "officer" at risk. I think the more important part of the criticism though is th...
by Dauric
Wed May 09, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

I have no idea what Trump's actual plan is here, apart from sanctions. His plan was to tear up something built by someone who humiliated him. Period. He has no plans beyond that. I think he's planning to try and negotiate a better deal. This is just a rationalization for his pettiness. Everything e...
by Dauric
Tue May 08, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2388362

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

↶ Went to fact check this and couldn't find evidence of it actually being true. Still great though. Mythbusters disproved this. Mythbusters is to science what CSI:Miami is to forensic entomology. Perhaps, but you don't need to do a whole lot of science to determine that urine isn't going to stay to...
by Dauric
Tue May 08, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7980
Views: 613297

Re: Trump presidency

Trump just wants a war with Iran; it's not like we needed proof for Iraq. I wouldn't rule that out, but I'd say it's more something that he can point to as an "accomplishment" for his base. They'll eat this up. That and Trump's need to obliterate anything Obama ever worked on . TL:DW: Oba...
by Dauric
Thu May 03, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 5244

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

Your argument is basically the same as saying that dictatorships and democracies are both going to have corruption, and since we know dictatorships work then democracy is just a fantasy. In other words, it is complete nonsense. Plus, then there's the "some people are terrible, so therefore we ...
by Dauric
Thu May 03, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 5244

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

The problems from any social system do not stem from the system itself. The problems in a social system stem from the people in that system. Not all the people, most people are content to live their lives with their share without fucking up everyone else. Most people will abide by the rules they liv...
by Dauric
Tue May 01, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 5244

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

In reality the are libertarians who are not brave enough to openly admit it. They are against a power federal government, because they are against any powerful government. They may have standing in court if the argue that the City Counsel is relying on annulment, which is the idea that small govern...
by Dauric
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973422

Re: Police misbehavior thread

the case you describe has already diagnosed and an established history of mental health problems. If the person in question doesn't have a history or existing diagnosis of mental problems you have to establish that he does before you can intervene, and if they aren't willing to see a mental health ...

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