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by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605174

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 The term largely fell out of use by the end of the twentieth century and has been replaced by the term "moderate Republican".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: 4190
Views: 578119

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 6473
Views: 970242

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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: 7962
Views: 605174

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...
by Mutex
Wed May 09, 2018 9:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605174

Re: Trump presidency

I don't like the Iran deal. But what's worse than a terrible deal, is breaking that deal. Why make any deals with the US, if the next guy will just reneg on the deals? That's exactly what they are saying publicly in Iran. Even the reformers are saying it would be 'naive' to trust the US again. It's...
by Mutex
Tue May 08, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605174

Re: Trump presidency

Trump just wants a war with Iran; it's not like we needed proof for Iraq. I wouldn't rule that out, but I'd say it's more something that he can point to as an "accomplishment" for his base. They'll eat this up. That and Trump's need to obliterate anything Obama ever worked on . TL:DW: Oba...
by Mutex
Tue May 08, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605174

Re: Trump presidency

Well, he's quickly making that the only alternative to a nuclear armed Iran.
by Mutex
Tue May 08, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605174

Re: Trump presidency

Trump just announced the US is withdrawing from the Iran deal. The US will implemented the "highest level" of sanctions against Iran, including sanctions against countries that do business with Iran, I think he just said. His argument for withdrawing was: * The deal didn't give inspectors ...
by Mutex
Fri May 04, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 15926

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I knew a guy who liked to pronounce SQL as "squirrel" (American pronunciation). My wife is American. I'll have to think of a way to get her to say the word "squirrel" so I can hear how it's pronounced differently. (I suppose I could just ask her how she'd pronounce it but that's...
by Mutex
Thu May 03, 2018 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

So just multiply the DPI you want by 2.54.
by Mutex
Wed May 02, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605174

Re: Trump presidency

I understand he's teetotal because a family member died from alcohol addiction. I'm not sure if he's *never* had alcohol, but it wouldn't necessarily surprise me.

But yeah, other than that the whole letter was the most transparent trumpiest bullshit from the start.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 10296

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Randall isn't saying there are no situations where the speaker isn't the one at fault for being mis interpreted. I think you used the correct number, but wow that's a lot of embedded negations in one sentence. I'm not sure it wouldn't be impossible to make the point without refusing to avoid using ...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 10296

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

The guy in the comic apparently has "everyone" misinterpret him frequently, and at no point has he considered it might be his communication skills at fault.

Again, Randall isn't saying there are no situations where the speaker isn't the one at fault for being misinterpreted.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 10296

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

You realise the line from the person out of frame is meant to be sarcastic, right? And if that wasn't enough, the alt-text made it plenty clear he's not saying the speaker is at fault if *anyone* misinterprets them. If most people misinterpret the speaker, the speaker is probably at fault. That doe...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 10296

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Or, he's talking about a different situation. It's possible for both what he's talking about, and what you're talking about, to happen. It's kinda like he's saying C, and you're getting mad at him for not saying A. In which case, according to the logic of this piece, Randall is to blame for being m...
by Mutex
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 10296

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Another take on the problem: Say there are some ignorant/not quite so bright people that insist that its either A or B, and also B is terrible and evil and yuck. You go on to say C. They, predictably, decide that you said not A, therefore you really mean B and support B, and are terrible and evil a...
by Mutex
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 10296

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Reminds me of [url=https://xkcd.com/1028/]1028 . Or, more specifically, the alt-text of 1028: "Anyone who says that they're great at communicating but 'people are bad at listening' is confused about how communication works." 1028 ranks up there with some of my more favored XKCD comics, fo...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 970242

Re: Police misbehavior thread

And if you've got any examples of two white men being arrested for sitting in Starbucks, please post them.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 970242

Re: Police misbehavior thread

White people don't tend to get arrested for having beards and sweatpants.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've honestly no idea why inches and feet are more "natural" than cm or m, or how using metric is in any way harder in any situation. And the people who feel that way are yet to provide an actual situation where using metric is demonstrably disadvantageous. There's this weird, unexamined a...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2382827

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

jewish_scientist wrote:I first read Swaziland as Switzerland.

Which is precisely why the king decided to rename his country, funnily enough.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Yes because I was totally advocating not knowing anything and relying on machines. Rather than pointing out there doesn't seem to be any advantage to imperial whether or not you have a calculator. And if one system is easier for people who aren't good with numbers, and requires less effort, that see...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I can use my size 9 shoes to get distances in feet just by counting; getting distances in meters means multiplying by 0.3 (which introduces an error, but if I cared about precise measurement, I wouldn't be using my shoes to measure it). One meter is approximately one stride length, either a long st...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

In the UK, recipes using imperial will generally use ounces so there's no difference in measuring. 8 fl. oz of water doesn't quite weigh 8 oz., and anything significantly more or less dense than water is going to be way off. --- Metric is obviously better than USCS because there's an agreed-upon se...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

In the UK, recipes using imperial will generally use ounces so there's no difference in measuring.
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Imperial measures are generally extremely well designed for day-to-day purposes when measuring the things they are intended to measure. Can you give an example of an everyday situation where using imperial is easier than metric? While baking a cake a cup of sugar is easier to measure than say 100g ...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

rmsgrey wrote:Imperial measures are generally extremely well designed for day-to-day purposes when measuring the things they are intended to measure.

Can you give an example of an everyday situation where using imperial is easier than metric?
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

and only half want to reverse it post brexit ... wait, what? Only about a half of us (who voted, about a third of us who could vote and maybe around a quarter of everyone who would have to live with the result) voted for Brexit, so 'just' half of everyone these lot asked wanting to work with pounds...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19392

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've thrown out all my socks and replaced them with the same kind before. Need to do it again soon, picked up various non-standard socks over the years and have it's made pairing them up after doing laundry difficult again. Just got back to one-sock mode. The last time I'd bought socks they looked ...

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