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by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

CorruptUser wrote:How large would you say that fraction is? That is, the fraction of women disturbed enough to make a false rape claim.
Do you think this is a question anyone would legitimately know the answer to? Nevermind whether or not it's a question even worth answering (or asking, for that matter).
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6097
Views: 849167

Re: Police misbehavior thread

in a completely shocking turn of events here are some cops who were working with nazis to prosecute anti racist activists. There's a lot of bits in this article which I found amazing but a definite highlight: The officer’s write-up about an African American anti-fascist activist included a photo of...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

But noone is saying we should call for the resignation of anyone based on an anonymous allegation made by some unnamed person on the internet, so your comparison didn't make sense. The people making the accusations are putting their names and faces in the public eye. Right -- or at the very least t...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

"Honey, someone on the internet told me you were slapping people's backsides and groping people in the elevator. Is that true?" "..." "I realize you may not think this accusation is worthy of a reply, but I'm calling my bank and my lawyer right now." Which cherry would...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

That doesn't mean no standards. It just means the regular standards that you use to judge the trustworthiness of people in your life. Or more to the point: the standards that journalists use to publish articles. For example, that includes a right to present an own version of the events. But not a r...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

But intelligent people like us ought not to indulge in this; at the very least we should refrain from engaging in such knee-jerk responses; at best we ought to be leading our fellow humans in demanding that the accused be afforded the rights that they would have in a proper court of law: in particu...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Like even mentioning to someone that you had once been falsely accused and exonerated would then make whoever you're telling that to suspicious of you. Every reasonable scientist in the world believes human-caused global climate change is a thing. Climatologists release papers on it all the time. I...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6377

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

If my idea is something you would like to discuss, then I'd be happy to talk about that here. I probably mischaracterized you in my earlier posts without even realizing it; for that I apologize. That being said, I don't think you're the sort of person I can discuss these sort of topics with? Commun...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6377

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I don't plan to spend any time on relitigating any of the past. I'm happy letting my words stand for what they are, but I can provide more details on any of my positions you're unsure of. In this case I was expressing my disapproval of not wanting to provide fair and equitable elections if the cost...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6377

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

You can justify almost anything by saying, "What about Nazis?" But are we in greater danger of Nazis or of people stoking the fear of Nazis to push an agenda? (emphasis mine) I answered: People using our fear of Nazis to push their agenda is really bad, but actual Nazis are defini...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6377

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

But to a Republican voter, who thinks they themselves are reasonable common-sense moderate Americans, I just look like an extremist Democrat. How can I avoid giving that false impression, and more importantly, how can I be sure that isn't actually true? For the latter question, the solution is rigo...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6377

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

You can justify almost anything by saying, "What about Nazis?" But are we in greater danger of Nazis or of people stoking the fear of Nazis to push an agenda? So, like -- on one hand, I don't want to leap on this comment with the fury of an exploding sun, because this is a discussion abou...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The male power systems USA favors and the abuses they perpetuate to women and girls extend far beyond some minor reputations damages to questionably innocent men. We're not just talking about minor reputation damage, though -- we're talking about the possibility of someone losing their source of in...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

And I agree that many of the accusers in probably most of these cases did have to wait years for the opportunity to tell their story without peremptorily being told to 'shut the fuck up' as you accurately put it. It's a travesty that the environment was ever thus, and obviously accusations should b...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm sorry I did not specify that I was talking more about the court of public opinion. You're right, MPR did a thorough investigation. I did not mean to say that this specific case was handled badly, I was referring to the more general sexual harassment epidemic pointed out in this thread where goi...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Oh, wow, no -- my phone just auto-corrected "MPR" to "NPR" and I've been rolling with it since. The irony of accusing someone of a lack of reading comprehension after I clearly failed to correctly identify the organization involved with the accusation is not lost on me; that bein...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

That doesn't work with these kinds of accusations where the accused is presumed guilty and there is practically no evidence you can use to prove innocence. The only way to prove you didn't sexually harass someone is pretty much a video of the occasion, at which point you're an asshole for revealing...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

And if it goes to court, and it sounds like it will, she will be unmasked. Not necessarily. For example, in California, both state and federal courts allow for plaintiffs to press charges anonymously (at the judge's discretion). I don't know what British court of law she would be pressing charges i...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28669

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Keillor seems to be fighting back pretty vigorously. Here's Keillor's statement in response . The fact that the NPR article goes out of its way to not identify the accuser -- while Keillor's response provides crucial data that could be used to glean the accuser's identity -- goes a long way to maki...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6679

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

Prostitutes, like most criminals, are also victims. They should get the counseling and treatment they need to have productive stable lives. Jail might be the only way they can break their cycle of abuse. There are no words for how repulsive this statement is. I feel like I need a shower after readi...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6679

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

The point is: We shouldn't dissuade people from making 'bad' career choices by making those choices illegal. Instead we should support and educate people so they make 'good' career choices. That's the humane way to my mind anyhow. Right; this is the thing I think a lot of anti-sex work people seem ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6679

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

I once meant a pimp that was shopping his, what would you have me call her, in the booths in a sex shop. Other than what it says about me for being there, my experience was that he was lower than dirt. We both took advantage of her. My shame on this point is high. Perhaps you should shoot me as wel...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6679

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

You have to have pimps to keep the Johns in-line. Without the threat of violence they'll damage the commodities. The entire system fails without brutality. And you pretend to not understand. I know next to nothing about sex work and even I know pimps do more than 'keep the Johns in-line'. But you'r...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6679

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

I've stumbled into a Bizzaro world where people have no concept of reality. Or pretend not to. Yes, that's what the world looks like to a toddler when they stumble into a room full of adults speaking. If your explanation for the immorality of prostitution ends at "A lot of places made it illeg...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6679

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

That's exactly what they are. Consider the recent torrent of allegations in the media. Every offender uncovers a long pattern of abuse against anyone they can get there hands on for as long as they can get away with it. The only way to reduce predator recidivism is to limit their contact to potenti...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

Net Neutrality is basically Internet-ACA, so much of my comments above apply here as well. Pretty much all your points demonstrate a level of breathtaking ignorance, but I just wanted to highlight this one in particular. Some of the stuff you said is so ignorant it comes off as genuinely hurtful --...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I don't advocate hunting cakes with a bazooka, but the little things add up. Ask any marginalized person. The point of anti discrimination laws isn't just to keep sharks at bay, it's to prevent the death by a thousand bites that is just as effective. On one hand, I feel very comfortable saying that...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I can't genuinely believe anyone really wants the government to come in and tell a baker they have to put 'two brides' or 'two grooms' on top of a cake even if they really don't want to. It is what having a public business means. Right, but when the stakes are that low, it seems like trying to fish...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I think in general we should not compel people to act against their beliefs in order to earn a living in their profession unless it is causing a substantial problem for society. A gay couple putting their own figures on top of a cake instead of having the baker do it is trivial. An ER doctor who wo...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

If I'm understanding you correctly, then yes, conditionally. In that case, the ER doctor would be within his rights to refuse to perform the procedure, but the hospital wouldn't. Every procedure the hospital can perform, it should make sure it will perform. If the ER doctor won't perform a particul...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

It's not ok to force anyone to do anything - but it's the one refusing to give service on religious grounds who should bear the burden for their beliefs. We'd tell a doctor who refuses to treat a gay person that they shouldn't have become a doctor then. We'd tell a teacher who refuses to school a b...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I haven't been reading things you've written very closely because frankly I'm just exhausted all the time these days and don't have the mental energy to spend on it, but on a cursory glance you sounds like someone calm and reasonable and open to civil discussion, which seems very incongruous to me ...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6097
Views: 849167

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How can you expect the police to be better than you in that respect. Because it's their job. Maybe if they can't do their job, they shouldn't have become police officers in the first place? Do I like it, well yes I do. Almost everyone will be a beneficiary of it. I'll give an explicit example. You ...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6097
Views: 849167

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm quite certain that it happens. But ticket fixing isn't even in my top 100 for police corruption. Like you, I've heard these stories since I was a kid. And like most stories there is less than meets the eye in them. Cops have many chances to do many more lucrative things, with better payoffs. An...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6097
Views: 849167

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's certainly a staple of US cop shows that a cop can make speeding tickets and potentially more serious stuff like DUIs go away for anyone they want. Cops will do stuff like hand out business cards which, when shown to other cops, will (depending on the cop) get you out of a speeding ticket. Cops...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I'm glad at least some people in the mainstream media seem to realize how the sensationalization of Trump has worked to undermine their credibility. I also agree overwhelmingly that Bannon's brand is more dangerous than Trump's brand. People get Trump fatigue -- even his supporters will eventually g...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I'm definitely in the same boat. Trump and the #metoo movement have made me come around on Clinton really being pretty bad and probably should have been removed from office or resigned. I feel bad for only coming around on it now, as its much more politically convenient than it would have been duri...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

Don't forget investigating and prosecuting political enemies. That always bodes well... It's weird. I remember back when I was a kid during the Clinton/Monica Lewinski scandal -- I felt incredibly conflicted. I couldn't tell if the scandal was really relevant to the presidency or not. Later on, in ...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 374728

Re: Trump presidency

I agree with all of this except the part I bolded. Trump isn't a dirty politician; it's only recently that he's even begun to actually be a politician. He's no Ronald Reagan, but he's the closest thing we've had since. He may overdo it with the petty Twitter arguments and bravado, but he's done gen...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6097
Views: 849167

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think the magic dollar wasn't meant to imply any kind of mind-controlling magic, but just a "the details don't matter" kind of "magic". Right. I use the dollar only to indicate the sum is trivial both to the person receiving it and the person expending it. I get what ucim is s...

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