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by sardia
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US President Trump

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/politics/us-underwater-drone-china.html?_r=0 The Pentagon said on Friday it had issued a formal protest to Beijing demanding the return of an underwater drone seized by a Chinese warship in the South China Sea, an incident that risked increasing tensions in a reg...
by sardia
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 645300

Re: Police misbehavior thread

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-government-finally-has-a-realistic-estimate-of-killings-by-police/ https://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/bialik-bjs-1.png?quality=90&strip=all&w=575&ssl=1 1348 deaths caused by police. An additional 1,053 people died in local jail...
by sardia
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, the idea that the UN is going to fix things is a bit of a joke... though I do applaud the WHO and a number of other UN initiatives. But be very careful to whom you donate to; avoid most religious based charities, and avoid anything that's rather gimmicky. MSF is my favorite charity in terms o...
by sardia
Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... between them they could give £2M/wk and they'd still each be better paid than anyone I know. That's one eighth of a billion dollars a year, which wouldn't fund مدينة مصدر inside any of their lifetimes, but it's money people were willing to pay for branded rucksacks and t-shirts, season tickets ...
by sardia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

UN warns of ‘atrocities against large number of civilians’ in Aleppo Civilians 'massacred' as Assad forces take back Aleppo Pro-government forces slaughter at least 82 civilians in Aleppo We spoke to the last activists in Aleppo. They're waiting to die Toddler weeps for dead father in h...
by sardia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Don't assume that Americans are united in hating Russia. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/all-of-a-sudden-russia-has-become-a-partisan-issue/ Public opinions of a country are heavily influenced by the president. They tend to follow whatever's the new administration's stance is. Especially the pr...
by sardia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Our state legislature makes me sick. Republicans gave the outgoing Republican governor increased powers, and now that he's lost, they've called a special legislative session (the 4th this year) to take them all away and then some, along with making the now-Democratic majority state supreme court lo...
by sardia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where to Repair Coat
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Re: Where to Repair Coat

I don't understand. Can't you just walk up to a tailoring goods vendor and click the repair button? "How I mine for fish?" In all seriousness, I went to a tailor, and the first thing I got was a confused expression when I asked for a repair on some khakis. They seem no better than the dry...
by sardia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This makes me more than a little angry. For whatever reason there seems to be an idea that the US entry into the Syrian Civil War would have somehow magically stopped the killing. There is a direct example of the price that you pay for going into another country to do good. You have to kill people....
by sardia
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Follow this yes no flow chart. Tell me what you get to yes. Do you want world war 3? What about the US killing Russians? What about the US removing sanctions from Russia? Would you give up welfare in the US? Abortions in the US? Less taxes on the rich? You can't just blindly complain how nobody give...
by sardia
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-forum-idUSKBN1431KU Not all is gloom and doom in Trumpland. But Uber can go ahead and fuck itself. Why Uber? Why would anyone not want to join Trump's council? You're either gonna get less taxes, less regulation, or things remain the same. At no point do ...
by sardia
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

morriswalters wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:...Except those patent extensions are on the alternate formulations or new uses of the drugs, not the original drug itself.
Think of patenting apples and then apple pies.

@sardia
How Long Is A Drug Patent Good For?

I came across that link before, are you agreeing with me or with CU?
by sardia
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

...Except those patent extensions are on the alternate formulations or new uses of the drugs, not the original drug itself. The act of extending the patent to the new formulation or use protects the original drug patent, again by extending the patent. The exercise would be meaningless( or at least ...
by sardia
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

Well yes, but you don't need to advertise on a patented drug. Acetaminophen has been generic for like, ever, yet you still see Tylenol sold at a huge markup. As for the purple pill. Blegh. Hated those advertisements, especially since I had no idea what the hell they were supposed to be. Until I fou...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 16633

Re: News in brief

I've never heard of this public TV station. From the article it looks like it's America's foreign propaganda network. I mean is this something that gets played up here in Canada? Or are we close enough that extra propaganda isn't needed? I knew it existed in like, ww2. I had no idea it was still a ...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

Yeah, that sounds notable. A *lot* of progress isn't some stellar breakthrough, but just some incremental gain. That's pretty typical. That said, to get back to the original point, that doesn't demonstrate that scientific progress is linear. I'd wager that while measuring technology overall is diff...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 16633

Re: News in brief

But sounds that though it was propaganda, it was at least bipartisan propaganda, not so much the ruling-party (or, indeed, figurehead) mouthpiece that it seems is the fear that it might now become. Well the president apparently used to appoint the whole board anyways. Just that I guess it had to ha...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

Scientific progress is exponential, not linear. Please offer a rigorous definition of 'scientific progress' that has a clear metric that can be measured. Measure years between achieving one tech and the next! I've made 26 patents on a blood pressure pill. Each one improves results by 1%and extends ...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Are you sure it's the doctors that are the pill-mills? My money is on the chiropractors being at fault. Just biased in favor of doctors and against chiros, is all. https://news.aetna.com/2016/08/opioid-super-prescribers/ https://news.aetna.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Breakdown-by-specialty-570x4...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where to Repair Coat
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Where to Repair Coat

Has anyone ever tried having a coat or pants repaired? I've gotten loose stitching resewn before at a dry cleaner, but they were usually amateurish. (It was ok because it was done on an interior tear, so nobody else knew.) If the coat was just functional, I'd just ignore it or fix it, but I'm quite ...
by sardia
Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270804

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/health/rise-in-infant-drug-dependence-in-us-is-felt-most-in-rural-areas.html?_r=0 It's crack babies all over again, except they're white, so that must mean it's important. In all seriousness, it's gonna be a long time before the country gets serious about prosecutin...
by sardia
Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/three-things-weve-learned-about-how-trump-will-govern/ He really meant some of his promises: Trump’s choice of Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services suggests he really does want to repeal most if not all of President Obama’s si...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

The scientific method didn't exist 500 years ago, yet people will still far more advanced than primitive man. Depends how you measure it I guess. The people of 500 years ago were no more capable of creating a self-driving car or putting a man on the moon than those of 100,000 years ago. If the scie...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Who writes this crap? Mostly freelancers :cry: It was written during the height of Japanese power. Roughly, it's the boom years of the 80s. Just throw in magic into cyberpunk, + corporatacracy, and you have shadowrun. Even if Trump refuses security briefings, Pence is there to reassure Republicans....
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Here's the article in question , you can judge for yourself. You seem to be ignoring my point. Yes the Democrats are plotting new ideas to gain power. Here's the thing, focusing on what made you lose the last election seems to have no bearing on what lets you win the next election. That's unexplain...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13712
Views: 1656181

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

Donald Trump’s transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking agency officials to identify which employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output. The questionnaire reque...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Don't get hung up on that word, they didn't call it that, it was just people chatting the same way we are here. That's the thing though. When people talk about what lessons they learn from the last election, the ones they learn right away almost never apply. The people who get together and discuss ...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Her broadening the base approach definitely worked in that sense. There were almost certainly some advisors of hers who recommended trying to win every theoretical swing state rather than shore up the... *ahem* .....firewall...... There was a good NYT article I read earlier that I'm too lazy to fin...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 16633

Re: News in brief

Many people date through their friends, and thus have background checks that way. Many jobs are also from knowing a guy. It's not a perfect analogy, but it's a fairly good one. And you can bet that if people could easily find out about criminal histories then ex cons would find it much harder to da...
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 16633

Re: News in brief

CorruptUser wrote:Really? Quite sure most people don't want to date an ex con if they can avoid it.

And how would they know that? Remember, no background checks.
by sardia
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It wasn't asked in isolation, re-read the thread to get the context. I didn't speak to the context I spoke to the point. I'm not spending a lot of time worrying about countries where I don't have a voice. On the electoral college. Deal with the world as it exists or change it if you can. But I have...
by sardia
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There are many other democracies out there with a peaceful transfer of power. But it's nice that you feel special. I mean, you guys are the one with a crazy elector system. It's not like I just made it up. Otherwise why have it at all? You can still weigh the vote of the individual states without h...
by sardia
Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

what separates the US from other democracies is the peaceful transfer of power. Even if the Russians meddled, Drumpf should still win. The only thing that would stop it would be outright mass voter fraud, like thousands of Russian agents committing Drumpf sized levels of fraud. Which didn't happen....
by sardia
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 16633

Re: News in brief

Jobs are like girlfriends/boyfriends. Interviews are dating. If people keep quitting you, the problem is you, not them. It's quite rare nowadays that you are dependent on your spouse's monies to eat and have a roof over your head, and that's a situation which creates a possibility for terrible rela...
by sardia
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't know, maybe implying that a foreign power helped you win the election doesn't look good? Also, I suppose there's the theoretical chance of electoral college rebellion. I'm doing my damnedest to not get my hopes up whatsoever. At the same time, are we, as a country, going to accept that? Is ...
by sardia
Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump's team imply that the CIA should never be trusted again. But Mr Trump's team dismissed the CIA line, saying: "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." How does it hurt Trump's if he were to recognize that Russia meddled in the election? Is...
by sardia
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Back to the US politics. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/its-not-all-about-clinton-the-midwest-was-getting-redder-before-2016/ Clinton’s weak position in the Electoral College was not solely the result of her own campaign and that, instead, the Democratic Party has a problem.So if a weakening in...
by sardia
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Global warming is going to be bad, and I don't think Tyndmyr is saying otherwise. He's just saying that it will also be costly to revamp the entirety of our energy infrastructure. I don't think anyone here would dispute those two points. The question is which will be more costly? If it's as unbalan...
by sardia
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525949

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not saying that it necessarily *is* cheaper, only that it might well be. The logic does not differ in structure from a loan, and loans are perfectly useful tools in many scenarios. There's absolutely nothing wrong with running the numbers. Now, granted, this chap is wildly unlikely to do this i...
by sardia
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur feathers and colours found in amber
Replies: 13
Views: 1913

Re: Dinosaur feathers and colours found in amber

Gonna guess that 99million years is a little past the shelf life of DNA. Let's splice some crap in there, eh? We need to create hybrids to stabilize the clones. Let's go with octopus so it can change color to match the ones in the movies, add alligator for increased birth rate, and raptors for land...

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