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by elasto
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 79
Views: 2527

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

For a real laugh, try this ... get 5-10 (US) $2 bills from the bank. Nice new crisp ones if possible. Then use a small amount of "glue stick" or whatever to join them at a corner in a neat stack. Next time you check out at a fast food joint, pull this unfolded outa your pocket and peel of...
by elasto
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220475

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

A London Underground station has been temporarily named after England's football manager. Southgate Tube station was rebranded Gareth Southgate station from Monday morning for 48 hours, after the squad finished fourth in the World Cup. It was England's best result since 1990 when they also lost in ...
by elasto
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220475

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

I also love* how Trump makes no attempt to hide his naked egotism - how his constant craving for approval entirely colours his view of people: Trump defended that he has praised Boris Johnson, who just this week resigned from May's cabinet in protest of her "soft" Brexit plan: "I said...
by elasto
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

That makes ucim's point too: Power is a form of currency in its own right - whereby in some arenas everyone has the same amount of power (one person one vote) whereas in others a few exercise far more power. And while power and money usually correlate it does not have to be that way. It's the rich's...
by elasto
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

Not that this has much to do with the rest of the discussion here, but there can be objective measurements of things that differ between people. For a trivial example, there isn't a singular objective human height, but every human has some objective height. Likewise, there may not be a singular obj...
by elasto
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150890

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Well, yes, the Remain side spelled that out loud and clear prior to the vote. Far from 'losing sovereignty' by being part of the European legislature we played a major part in shaping it, with opt-outs on most of the stuff we didn't like. We were not the red-headed step-child of Europe we were the s...
by elasto
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492238

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Dark or just absurd, you decide... PayPal wrote to a woman who had died of cancer saying her death had breached its rules and that it might take legal action as a consequence. The firm has since acknowledged that the letter was "insensitive", apologised to her widower, and begun an inquiry...
by elasto
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150890

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Why do journalists imply that the UK government is going to walk back brexit? Merely knowing they opposed The brexit vote without context is misleading. What does 'walk back Brexit' even mean? Everyone involved has publicly committed to Brexit happening, it's just that noone has defined what Brexit...
by elasto
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 215
Views: 3960

Re: Libertarianism

The system of university funding would be a prime example of why market forces are a terrible idea. In theory it causes students to take ownership of their education and choose a career that maximises earning potential in order to pay off the loan, as well as choose a university that represents valu...
by elasto
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150890

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Backing up Mutex's supposition: The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Monday's resignations might actually turn out to be good news for the PM, leaving her with a more pliable and supportive cabinet, while her future could depend on how Brussels reacts to her Brexit proposals. Jeremy Hunt...
by elasto
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150890

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

There's something about politics I don't understand, and that's why Davis and Johnson resigning is putting pressure on May. They were two of her fiercest critics, surely them removing themselves from power is good for May. If she survives, it probably will leave her stronger. She may not survive th...
by elasto
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 215
Views: 3960

Re: Libertarianism

This is off topic, but a great lecturer is not the same thing as a great teacher. A great lecturer can in fact be a quite poor one. Assuming you mean someone great at giving lectures isn't always good in small groups with significant back-and-forth discussion, sure, I can agree with that. It's wort...
by elasto
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 215
Views: 3960

Re: Libertarianism

The current system is not cheap...it's been guzzling down ever more money consistently for decades, but without improved results. Even if you don't care much for kids, and care only about cost efficiency, the current system is pretty rough. ... This seems to be true for the VA, which provides parti...
by elasto
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 215
Views: 3960

Re: Libertarianism

I think we'd all agree that there's some research the government should definitely fund since no one company ever would - such as 'how much can CO2 levels rise worldwide before it risks our survival as a species?' - and some research the government definitely should not - such as 'what's the optimal...
by elasto
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 215
Views: 3960

Re: Libertarianism

So we leave the research into the health effects of smoking to the tobacco industry? That doesn't seem like a great idea. To be any good research needs to be independent. If we leave it to the industry only the results they want are going to see the light of day and anything negative will be buried...
by elasto
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 215
Views: 3960

Re: Libertarianism

They are effectively indirectly elected, given that most of the administration leadership positions change hands when the presidency does. Sentiment about what policies will be enacted and enforced is a major part of presidential politics. The idea that cabinet positions and the like are staffed on...
by elasto
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

When Obama was elected there was a strong feeling amongst many that the Dems could sweep every part of government - and therefore the SC too - and the Reps might be out for at least a generation.

And look how that turned out...
by elasto
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 27
Views: 1354

Re: Everything is racism

I think ucim is right: 'Everything is tribalism' is more of a truism than 'everything is racism'. Moreover, the capacity for people to split themselves into smaller and smaller tribes is boundless. No matter how many things people have in common, people will always define themselves by their differe...
by elasto
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 3030

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Are you arguing that the idea of a limited Federal Government is solely the result of caving to southern slave owners and that Real freedom can only be found in a Strong Central Government that can assume any power it deems necessary? Real freedom can only exist when a strong government defends ind...
by elasto
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275944

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

There's (predictably) already porn being created using this technology, some of which is free and open source. Yes, with a little tech savvy you can put your favourite celebrity's head onto any porn clip you desire. Fakenews will follow if it hasn't already. Imagine a video of a politician doing dru...
by elasto
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 1270

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. That pain/panic response is directly triggered by rising levels of CO2 in the blood (not falling levels of oxygen for whic...
by elasto
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

A few states are legalizing marijuana, which turns the black markets towards opium-derivitaves (which are harmful enough, even in medical use, that I don't see a reasonable path to legalization). There are countries in Europe which treat opioid addiction purely as a medical issue - to the extent th...
by elasto
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

Oh sure, Europe claims to be this left wing paradise, and while it is a bit more left wing economically, socially it's in many ways behind the US. Europe has its fair share of racism and xenophobia to be sure, but it is ahead of the US socially in many ways too, especially in terms of sexual libera...
by elasto
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

Now, is it still moral if we only take money from those who want to donate, or is it only moral if we force the unwilling? Realistically, when it comes to the super-rich, they need pay no more tax than they are willing, such are the plentiful options for avoidance. Global companies have even more a...
by elasto
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 193
Views: 3342

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

If you want a 'socialist style' investment fund, it's hard to look beyond the Norwegian model. Established in 1990, it takes the profits from the oil sector and invests in the stock market. It is currently worth about a trillion dollars, or about $200,000 per citizen. It owns 2.3% of European stocks...
by elasto
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

My understanding is that when you block someone they can't even see your tweets to reply to them. That's why the judge said muting was constitutional but blocking wasn't.
by elasto
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Back on topic: An off-duty FBI agent accidentally shot a bystander in the leg when his gun fell from its holster as he cavorted on the dance-floor of a bar in Denver, Colorado, police said. Video widely shared on Twitter shows the agent strutting his stuff and then performing a backflip. The gun fal...
by elasto
Thu May 31, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That depends on exactly why someone voted for Trump. If they're doing so on the basis of racist policy, then yeah, sure, racist. If they're doing so for other reasons, not so much. At the very least, they felt comfortable enough with the racism to still vote for him. It's a two-horse race. They may...
by elasto
Tue May 29, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

'Forcibly' stripping someone probably is illegal but accidentally stripping someone probably isn't, and probably shouldn't be, even if done with force. As a kid I dived into a swimming pool once and my swimming trunks got dragged off. Was I guilty of some sexual crime like flashing..? It's true that...
by elasto
Tue May 29, 2018 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't think it's helpful to term something as a sexual assault if everyone involved says it was accidental, even if by some linguistic gymnastics it's vaguely defendable. 'Assault' as a word should be reserved for intentional acts, just as we wouldn't call an accidental death 'a murder'. Words lik...
by elasto
Sun May 27, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Definitely true. Takes a village to raise a child and takes a society to reform a con.
by elasto
Sun May 27, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Norway definitely comes close. They incarcerate at around a tenth of the rate of the US and about a fifth of inmates reoffend vs around three-fifths in the US.

The rehabilitation approach is much more humane and saves an enormous amount of money to boot.
by elasto
Sun May 27, 2018 11:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The point of the parole system is that the judge thinks that for your case a criminal usually requires six years to rehabilitate That's nonsensical. If someone needs six years to rehabilitate they might as well need sixty. Sentences that long are never about rehabilitation, they are about retributi...
by elasto
Sat May 26, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

As CU says, if it's a requirement then let the sentencing judge pass it as a requirement. "2 years in jail then 2 years community service" or whatever.

(All rehabilitation should actually take place during the 2 years in jail ala the Nordic model; once you're free you're free.)
by elasto
Sat May 26, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You want the minimum restriction of rights necessary based on those conditions, but judging that is problematic. They may be sufficiently rehabilitated that there is no justification for locking them up, but there might still be conditions like counseling, drug testing, community service, etc. or w...
by elasto
Sat May 26, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885835

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In a utilitarian justice system, there are three basic reasons for locking someone up: to protect society by containing disruptive individuals, to deter others from committing a crime, and to rehabilitate criminals. If sufficient time has been served to deter crime, and you can show that the indivi...
by elasto
Fri May 25, 2018 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275944

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

gmalivuk wrote:And the human driver didn't have an attention lapse, she was paying attention to diagnostic information Uber said she had to watch.

Ah. I thought she was expected to be alert and able to take over in an emergency. My mistake.

Uber has a lot of things to work through then.
by elasto
Fri May 25, 2018 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275944

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

The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator. Bit of a disconnect between these two sentences. Not really. The operator is expected to intervene based on seeing the pedestrian walking across the road and noticing the car not slowin...
by elasto
Thu May 24, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6024
Views: 437186

Re: Trump presidency

That's fine, but then the right should be consistent, supporting the 'suppression' of right-wing views too - without throwing out accusations of their 'free speech' being 'violated' by 'snowflakes'...
by elasto
Thu May 24, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 1837

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

The evolution of the internet in many ways seems like the evolution of the universe (bear with me...) In the beginning, niceness, like low entropy, is seemingly everywhere, and mutual attraction coalesces groups founded on common interests. But, quite quickly, the low entropy of the initial universe...

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