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by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 302
Views: 81010

Re: News in brief

The French use what's basically "instant runoff" without the instant in their presidential elections - after the first round, the top two are voted for in a second round. This is obviously more expensive, but I guess you get the benefits of AV without it being difficult to understand how t...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 302
Views: 81010

Re: News in brief

When we had a referendum for alternative vote (which appears to be the same thing as ranked voting), people complained it was too complicated. I genuinely couldn't see what was complicated about putting the numbers 1-5 next to candidates in the order of preference. Sure, it's more complicated than F...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34195

Re: Firearms Regulations

You're talking about now, right? And you don't have to reduce deaths in the most common situations to reduce deaths (although obviously that is probably going to be more effective). Given that most accidental gun deaths happen with young people, keeping guns out of schools seems sensible.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34195

Re: Firearms Regulations

I couldn't find any stats on the number of accidental gun deaths in schools, but the overall number of accidental gun deaths in the US appears to have been declining. So even if mass shootings are up, it could be the case that restricting gun from crowded places like schools saves lives. I know gun...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34195

Re: Firearms Regulations

There are wildly differing numbers on that. Mother Jones claims as many as 4 in 10 receive no formal safety training, but you can get far higher or lower numbers depending on where you look. Many carry licenses require training, so one can presume that carry licenses in those states represent some ...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34195

Re: Firearms Regulations

Are there any states where you have to pass a mandatory safety test before you can own a gun? No. The same is true of owning a car. However, using a car or a gun often requires a test. Exceptions for both exist, such as driving on private property, but in practice, people purchase both with the goa...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34195

Re: Firearms Regulations

Are there any states where you have to pass a mandatory safety test before you can own a gun? And you could still have gun safety courses at school without doing them in the school itself. It's not like students do their driving safety course in the school corridors either. Blaming gun control advoc...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Cheers, didn't know that. Makes sense.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

It's like the end of War of the Worlds.

"In the end they were defeated by the simplest of God's creatures... the tornado."
by Mutex
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

There's also plenty of things he promised, and then did the exact opposite. E.g. every American having medical cover, and then doing his best to kill the ACA.
by Mutex
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

He might have possibly got to have a sit-down meeting with Kim Jong Un!

... Which every US president has had the option of doing, and has chosen not to as it validates the NK regime or something.
by Mutex
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

All Trump had to do was sit back and take the undue credit for the economy. Might've known he'd find a way to screw it up. I wonder how effective the targeted tariffs will be, in terms of how much they affect those industries and who the workers blame. Obviously a lot of them will blame the EU, Cana...
by Mutex
Wed May 30, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 4341

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

You'd definitely want to put on safety goggles.
by Mutex
Thu May 24, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2481399

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

On a much less serious note... didn't this thread have an "etc" in its title? Am I going mad? Wasn't it "(humorous news, etc)"?
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

I thought it was obvious from context "sending people down" meant sending them to jail, not assassinating people in foreign countries. The president is fully in charge of the military and foreign policy. They're not meant to meddle in domestic justice much at all.
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

True, but for the president to judge their abilities based on whether or not they managed to send a particular group of people down, would be a bit... hands on. I don't think the president should be micromanaging the DoJ, and I suspect neither did Obama.
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

I know Trump does it all the time, but I'm still not convinced it's the presidents job to "go after" people.
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression the president doesn't have the power to "send in the FBI". He can fire and appoint a new FBI director if he loses confidence in them, that's about it. If the police and judiciary system failed to send these people to jail, Obama is a ...
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

What could Obama personally have done about that?
by Mutex
Sun May 20, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1026113

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's what I found too but wanted to double check with Coyne.
by Mutex
Sun May 20, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1026113

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Black homeless man trying to buy food with a $10 bill? Apparently that warrants three months in jail waiting for the secret service to determine whether it is counterfeit or not. Turns out it was not. https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/05/how-long-does-it-take-to-figure-out-if-a-ten-dollar...
by Mutex
Fri May 18, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2481399

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

Woman gets tattoo of son's name, tattoo has a typo so she changes her child's name to match the tattoo Guess it's pragmatic! She called him Kelvin? I see absolutely zero problems with that. Yeah, no objection to the name at all, though I do think changing a kid's name when he's 5 is a bit rough. My...
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2481399

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


She called him Kelvin? I see absolutely zero problems with that.
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 620796

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sableagle wrote:I haven't clicked the pink

I'm not familiar with this euphemism.
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Case in point, the ACA. Literally invented by conservatives, but the moment Obama got behind it suddenly it became pure Leninism.
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Indeed, the description in that link sounds more like a moderate Democrat than anything right now. The term largely fell out of use by the end of the twentieth century and has been replaced by the term "moderate Republican". Rockefeller Republicans were typically moderate to center-right, ...
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 9:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 620796

Re: The Darker Side of the News

See, vaping can be bad for your health ! Jeez. Say what you like about cigs, they don't explode in your face and pierce your skull. They'll happily burn down your house of course. EDIT: The vape pen that Mr D'Elia was using was modified, meaning it allowed the user more access to the battery and di...
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think welfare cliffs are something Dems *want*, it's just that taking care of those who need welfare the most is the first priority and getting anything further agreed with Reps would be pretty hard since it'll inevitably mean spending even more money on welfare. E.g. gradually tapering welf...
by Mutex
Wed May 16, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

I suppose you could argue any kind of "progressive" policy, like the ACA, can "strengthen" the country (or at least, make things generally better for people) while angering conservatives and energising them to vote the Dems out come the next election. But then you could say the s...
by Mutex
Wed May 16, 2018 9:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

If Obama wanted it to be "the US's agreement", there was a way to get that. He didn't do that. So, no, it's just his administration's promise. Legally, it's super clear, and no, you shouldn't be at all surprised that Republicans do not feel bound by Obama's word without legal support. Cli...
by Mutex
Tue May 15, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Well, again, I'm not saying I agree with Trump leaving the agreement - as much as I believed the deal to be a bad one, I agree with you and others here that pulling out in this manner is a huge mistake, and for the same reasons. I was responding to the claim that he cannot pull out of the agreement...
by Mutex
Mon May 14, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1026113

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Guns don't kill people, people who say "guns don't kill people" kill people. With guns.
- Rob Delaney
by Mutex
Fri May 11, 2018 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Extract from an argument for why Trump did the right thing with the Iran deal (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44072046): The question for Trump was always this: will this Iran Deal end up being the equivalent to the North Korea deal struck by President Clinton 20 years ago? The answer to ...
by Mutex
Thu May 10, 2018 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Having Bolton around is bad, and Israel's penchant for disproportionate responses ratchets up the dangers as well. A single Iranian rocket launcher fired 20 or so rockets at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights overnight - not one of which injured a single person or damaged any equipment as per u...
by Mutex
Thu May 10, 2018 10:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

With Bolton as National Security Adviser, I don't see the US standing by if Iran does try to make a nuclear weapon. And Iran will, especially if the US starts ramping up the threats of military action (see how well that worked with NK, and Iran doesn't even have the equivalent of China to back it up...
by Mutex
Thu May 10, 2018 10:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

It was hard enough striking a deal when the US and Iran were both controlled by relatively dovish moderates and Rouhani still had credibility in his country. Trump's administration negotiating with whatever nutcase replaces Rouhani? One side wanting everything, the other side wanting to give nothing...
by Mutex
Wed May 09, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Speaking of Trump wanting to undo all of Obama's legacy. 538 listed 10 of Obama's key achievements, one of them was killing Osama Bin Laden. Somehow now I'm imagining Trump with Bin Laden's body wired up with electrodes, shouting "it's alliiiiive!" (EDIT: And now I'm seeing people make var...
by Mutex
Wed May 09, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Oh sure, I get that was his main motive here. I'm just wondering what he'll do next, and it would be weird if he made zero attempt to negotiate a better deal after talking for so long about how bad the current/previous one is/was. After all, he's tried to paint himself as this terrific dealmaker. I'...
by Mutex
Wed May 09, 2018 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Another reason a new deal is not going to happen. This has seriously undermined the moderates in Iran, Rouhani was already struggling and this has doomed him and the entire moderate faction. He'll be gone, and a serious hardliner will take his place, who will be impossible to negotiate with even if ...
by Mutex
Wed May 09, 2018 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697946

Re: Trump presidency

Right now May is explicitly in favour of the deal. If the deal collapses it'll be because Trump made it unworkable, not because the other signatories lost faith in it. EDIT: Sorry, you said "despite current overtones". Eh, I think the deal will collapse, but not because the EU and UK are t...

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