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by The Great Hippo
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

I suppose I can see why you might think I'm a far-right extremist, and I'm not currently in a position to mount an exhaustive defense, but I can do a little. I understand and appreciate the difficulty (and expenditure in energy) in defending one's self against accusations as non-specific as "f...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Also: I may be Conservative, but I'm far from "far-right extremist." Look, I'm trying to be nice, but anyone who thinks the Mueller investigation is just a partisan hack-job and that Trump is one of the greatest Presidents in modern memory is probably a far-right extremist. I mean, I don't...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

The reason moving into a neighborhood isn't analogous to moving into a country or moving into a house is that you don't get any special services by virtue of being a resident of that neighborhood, services that need to be paid for by the residents of that neighborhood. There are commons of the neig...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

The point of the metaphor was just that the people who already live in a place reasonably get to decide amongst themselves who they let move in with them. Except that, in practice, the policies and decisions those people end up making aren't always reasonable or fair . Here's a metaphor that actual...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Also, as an aside: Now extend that to a country-sized home and decisions made about it by the people who live in it and there's your analogy. Right. This is the same method Plato used in the Republic to examine the concept of Justice. He said that in order to understand Justice at the individual lev...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

The most recent FBI investigation was cursory and limited, but it was stated from the beginning that it was only going to be a brief supplemental background check. Kavanaugh had been through six other checks already over the course of his career, and nothing was turned up. I understand the FBI has ...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

On a related note: Sen. Pat Leahy, June 6, 2006: "In the important DC Circuit, the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh was the culmination the Republicans’ decade-long attempt to pack the DC Circuit that began with the stalling of Merrick Garland’s nomination in 1996" In the words of one respo...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

That is not a reality-based statement. Is the border between your home and the outside world necessary? Is the border between your bank account and my bank account necessary? What changes when the scale changes? Jose I doubt they were referring to borders as a concept. They're probably talking abou...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

That is not a reality-based statement. Borders are necessary because borders exist. If I enforce borders and you don't, you're going to get screwed. It's true that if we all agreed borders are unnecessary, they would (probably?) cease to be necessary. But so long as somebody powerful is enforcing b...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Tax records also reveal that at the peak of Mr. Trump’s financial distress, in 1990, his father extracted an extraordinary sum — nearly $50 million — from his empire. While The Times could find no evidence that Fred Trump made any significant debt payments, charitable donations or personal expendit...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

In a startling discovery that blows everyone's minds, it turns out that Trump is completely fucking incompetent when it comes to business . In Mr. Trump’s version of how he got rich, he was the master dealmaker who broke free of his father’s “tiny” outer-borough operation and parlayed a single $1 mi...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Okay, so what does that mean in combination with a crimson tide in November? I don't know for sure, but I just don't have a feeling like Republicans are just waiting to spring a dictatorship if they control all 3 branches of government. It feels like more of a lull to me. I don't know how the Repub...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

The memo states: "As of 1 October 2018, same-sex domestic partners accompanying or seeking to join newly arrived United Nations officials must provide proof of marriage to be eligible for a G-4 visa or to seek a change into such status." The original policy was an exemption for homosexual...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-humans-are-bad-at-spotting-lies/ As a reminder, the best way to tell if someone is lying is with facts, not judging testimony. I don't need to be able to tell whether or not he's lying to determine whether or not he's acting like an indignant, hyperbolic bab...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

I think you could argue that Toy Story 3 is what Toy Story written for adults would look like. Probably, but Toy Story 3 only works because of Toy Story . Indeed, Toy Story 3 was released 15 years after Toy Story -- by the time it came out, most of the children who experienced the first movie in th...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Uh... this is just metaphor, and (adult) SciFi does this all the time. Sure, it's a different metaphor for a different audience, but identity is not necessary (else it would be literally the identical show). But your underlying point is valid - that the stories generally told to children can do thi...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

where we seem to disagree is that this is of equal value. if we only had r rated media we wouldn't have media like avatar or lilo and stitch or up or inside out or fievel goes west or coraline or my neighbor totoro or ladybug and chat noir or steven universe. those things literally could not exist ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Hence, the question is not as written above; Instead it is this: "Is media rated R/M of more intrinsic worth than media rated G/E?" And I'd argue strongly yes! Since media rated R/M can cover every topic to every depth that media rated G/E can - and then R/M media can explore some additio...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Again, I think you're glossing over how I say that adult-media is complex issues with a gut-wrenching emotional punch. If the issue isn't complex or the punch not gut-wrenching then, sure, child-friendly media could most likely handle it without the kid ending up needing to sleep with the light on....
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Also, can I just point out -- or exploring themes of torture or warcrimes. -- that this is wrong? These are themes children's media explores. Maybe not with the same degree of detail as adult-oriented media, but here are just a few examples from Avatar: The Last Air-Bender : ⋅ Genocide (th...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Sorry, my child can't watch a realistic rape or torture scene and not be affected by it, but I can. Nor can my child appreciate the complex thoughts and feelings going through a warped parent's mind when choosing to honor-kill their raped daughter. Similarly, you are incapable of watching a movie a...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Where did I say that child-media can't have depth? No where. I didn't say you did. You said children's media can't explore the same topics as adult media, and therefore can't have the same amount of intellectual depth. That's the point I addressed; that intellectual depth isn't a scalar value, and ...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

EDIT: Ninja'd by natraj >_> Basically, adult media can have an intellectual depth than child media wouldn't have, simply because an eight-year old lacks the raw intellect of an 18-year old. So, yes, adult media can be better than child media. (Is it inherently better? To take your paint example, it...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 6353

Re: Class vs class

Tyndmyr already addressed most of what I wanted to say in response to most of your post, but I want to address this part separately myself. The implication was that I was being classist against the poor , when I am myself poor, is absurd. The racial equivalent of that would be someone on the intern...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

On the other hand, holding the confirmation vote before the majority of the accusers have been allowed to give testimony is hardly the level of jurisprudence that we want for the highest court in the land, yes? Yes. Delaying your nomination because there are allegations of sexual misconduct that ou...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 4844

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Does anyone here genuinely think adult media is inherently better than children's media? Particularly since the only discernible difference between the two -- despite what jewish_scientist claims -- is that we've arbitrarily defined one as 'for adults' and the other as 'for children'? This is like t...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 6353

Re: Class vs class

I've nothing against poor people; I am poor. I just have something against boorish uncivilized assholes. I've since been trying to think of the best words to put that in and failing to come up with any, thought I'd ask. Listen: I grew up in a poor blue-collar family. Everyone drank, smoked, and wat...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Catholic priests (or anyone else for that matter) accused of pedophilia should be punished regardless of when the victims made the reports, but only if those reports are proven to be true. To punish someone based solely on an accusation and not on evidence which eliminates reasonable doubt is wrong...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

And any good and reasonable ethicist understands that Virtue Ethics are far more important and beneficial than Utilitarianism. I mean, are you going to take the word of John Stuart Mill over that of Aristotle? Jeremy Bentham over Plato? Also, please don't take that as a serious argument. I do, pers...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

On a more subjective note, I grew up with an alcoholic, abusive father who also had an upstanding, prestigious job in the community, and that was just uncanny to watch. The performative tears, the completely genuine aggrievedness paired with the awkwardly poor white lies and deflections. The bellig...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

First, I was responding to Eu~'s ludicrous assertion that everyone in the west should give up all their ice cream so the money can be used elsewhere. Second, you had previously asserted that Americans in general actually believe that "my "right" to ice-cream is of equal (or even grea...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

You first then. https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/charity.png That's a fine comic that makes a fine point, but in this instance, it isn't an effective rebuke: Any good and reasonable utilitarian understands that you can't maximize good if you actively practice utilitarianism 24/7. Evaluating the costs o...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

I wholeheartedly support saving the neighbor's kid over buying mine ice cream. My point still stands though. If my family suffers or is harmed because I neglected them in favor of someone else's family, I've failed my family. And that's part of the fundamental problem: We conflate our children not ...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

The problem is that all too often it's taken as "America Only". Fixing a fence between properties benefits both properties, loaning a lawn mower to your neighbor can benefit them and you (by letting them keep their lawn manageable, keep the weeds down, and the weeds don't spread to yours)...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

I think the problem with Trump's approach in particular in this regard is that everything from his point of view is zero-sum. There are winners and losers. There is no possibility of mutual benefit. That's Trump's approach in a nutshell, yeah. Any 'gains' you see are just the short-term benefits of...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Euphonium wrote:And if nothing else, "America First" is just morally indefensible in its own right. It's the attitude of sociopaths.
While I agree "America First" is morally indefensible (as well as economically untenable, not to mention extremely dangerous to everyone's physical well being -- see "Global Warming"), I think the reasons people internalize this attitude have more to do with short-sighted tribalism than anything else.
CorruptUser wrote:It's the politician's job to put their country's interests first in priorities.
No, it's the politician's job to put their constituency's interests first. And while it sounds like those are the same thing, they actually, really, definitely, absolutely are not.
by The Great Hippo
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

He is antagonizing many of our allies, I'll give you that, but if it's carefully calculated, that can have a positive effect. It clearly isn't. There is no clear or specific strategy to Trump's foreign policy. It's the ramblings of your semi-polite racist ultra-nationalist grandfather put on a worl...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

According to the 2017 Journal of Psychology article I linked earlier, over a five-year period, about 5% of rape allegations were deemed by the FBI to be false or baseless. I don't believe the article examined how many of those were multiple accusations by a single person or multiple accusations of ...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

...but it's not exactly uncommon for false accusations to come out with the others. Nonsense. Especially when the accusations carry actual, measurable consequences for the people making them -- regardless of whether or not they're "false". Why on earth do you think it took so long for Wei...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8231
Views: 654494

Re: Trump presidency

Taking that into account, would this be sufficient to not confirm him if there weren't a second accusation? I'm less certain. The cynic in me doesn't like believing anyone for anything, especially when stakes are high. Which I suppose falls both ways here. I don't generally trust people to not be t...

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