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by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Overton window thing, sure. I don't see how it'll heavily impact people. What sort of concrete impact are we proposing? It's primarily about denying transgender people access to protection under federal civil rights laws such as title IX. Article from the ACLU . That doesn't seem particularly...pos...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 171
Views: 35272

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

It's an enjoyable movie, but yeah, definitely not the sort of movie that ends up being critically acclaimed. The villain is fairly flat, but this is largely unimportant(like, say, the first GotG level). Hardy's great, and sure, some of the stuff is a bit ridiculous, but honestly, so are the comics. ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Overton window thing, sure. I don't see how it'll heavily impact people. What sort of concrete impact are we proposing?
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 171
Views: 35272

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Venom's surprisingly good. Was expecting a dark and angsty entry, sort of adjacent to X-men: Apocalypse. It was pleasantly surprising instead, with bits of humor and a generally decent sense of pacing.

I guess we got yet another marvel-verse superior to DC's average quality now. That's what, three?
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

I view the primary problem in those cases as the folks committing assault, not the identity card. Privacy may work, to some extent, for the individual, but not everyone can hide. I view the primary problem in cases where some bastard tracked down his ex-wife and murdered her as the bastard committi...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50006

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Two weeks to go before election day, and it's fascinating watching different media pundits vs Nate's model. Sometime they are in agreement, others they talk up a competitive race. There may be some other motivations to claim a competitive race. Gotta encourage people to actually go to the polls, no...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

The mere letter identifying one's sex is not treated like a privacy issue the way those things are. It is when people get assaulted or worse because it doesn't seem to match what they look like. I view the primary problem in those cases as the folks committing assault, not the identity card. Privac...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

The hyperbole does not seem reasonable, nor analogous to the situation in question.

The mere letter identifying one's sex is not treated like a privacy issue the way those things are.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think there's a reasonable expectation that people have to carry the medicare card everywhere they go. Medical records may or may not exist in a convenient format, and the person may not be in a state to answer questions. Cards are a reasonable answer to if those things don't exist, but nobo...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11094

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

A human brain including memories requires ~10^27 atoms in just the right low-entropy configuration. An early universe that can evolve into our observable universe requires ~10^80 atoms in just the right low-entropy configuration. It basically comes down to these two numbers. That said, a universe c...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 5832

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

If you're putting people in prison, a bit of evidence is a good idea.

Yeah, there's a lower bar when deciding if you want to trust some dude, but the actual legal system ought to stick to that innocent until proven guilty thing.

Witnesses can be evidence, but they're often quite unreliable.
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11094

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

I'm a bit burnt out right now so these are not the clearest thoughts, but it seems intuitively wrong to me that specifically a fully-formed brain having (illusory) experiences or memories of a universe like ours is more likely to randomly arise than just any old low-entropy configuration of the uni...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50006

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Definitely thinking small wave, based on polling, rather than the large wave that fundraising would predict. And largely a congressional wave. Hard to make headway in the senate. But it's interesting all the same. As for governors, I agree that Illinois is probably gonna go blue. Chicago runs that s...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 5832

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

In a sense, anyone who gets criminal activity outed is sort of punished in terms of reputational damage. But that's not an actual punishment. The media fades quickly enough, and will everyone remember them in a year or two? Probably not. Or at least, no more so than they vaguely remember that so and...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 5832

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

... the fact that their last attempt is well known and people won't believe them anymore. At some point, someone's going to point out to them that they've given up forever their right to report a sexual assault and be believed, and everyone knows it . That's going to be quite a creepy revelation fo...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 5832

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

What I would like to discuss is whether not punishing the girls is the right move or not. I mean, yes. That seems fairly simple. Wrongful imprisonment reparations and stuff already exist in principle. Yeah, they may be somewhat inadequate, but they ought to be made, and the criminal record expunged...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

I wouldn't care to stake my financial future on such a theory, but then, I ain't a billionare or anywhere close. I do agree that with size come increasing ability to take advantage of tax laws, loopholes, or whatever else. It's one of the biggest factors in favor of a simpler tax code. I also have t...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, that's freaking sketchy. Legal, I dunno. I'm not a lawyer. But yeah, gift/estate taxes don't really do much to prevent the genuinely rich from shuffling money around if they want to.
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Expense padding is ridiculously common. In general, I think if the maint companies have ties to the leasing company, one ought to view the resulting bills with a great deal of skepticism. There is a fine line between tax evasion and tax avoidance. The latter is legal. Ethical, ehhhh. It depends, I g...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Electoral reform is a big issue for every 3rd party in the US. If the Libertarians, Greens, Reform and all the nutjobs even more insane than those three, could agree to work together a nominate only the same single issue candidate whose only goal is to de-rig the election system, they could ensure ...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386447

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

I mean, it's a good start isn't it? Also, to me, chicken nuggets taste like... chicken? I don't really get how it's less chickeny than other chicken. Well, they're often not all meat. It's like the hot dog process, just toss in whatever, grind it up. Connective tissues and such. Toss on the camoufl...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 328
Views: 103842

Re: News in brief

The study you cited, as far as I can tell, does not adjust for wealth/income/socialstatus. Fertility is inversely proportionate with wealth, and poverty ages you pretty rapidly. Fertility gets a lot less costly with wealth and modern medical advancements, true. But without that, it used to be that ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1110355

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Maybe? Or maybe they'd get grumpy about their perceived lack of power and overreact? Just sorta idle pondering about how to change the way of things, not claiming I got it all figured out. But one way or another, I'd like to see cops with a little less unchecked power, and a little more getting thei...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 328
Views: 103842

Re: News in brief

I think that's a bit of an exaggeration of the effects of pregnancy. At the same time, it's certainly much more than being asked to donate a hair follicle and be pinched for a few seconds in order to save someone else's life, in the bizarre scenario where that's required. If you feel like continuin...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does dry ice sublimate?
Replies: 12
Views: 4208

Re: Why does dry ice sublimate?

My next thought is: are really happy to form a solid if cooled enough at standard temperature? Would a room cooled down to dry ice temperature have all the CO2 freeze out of the air? My thought is probably not, so maybe dry ice is manufactured under severe pressures -- pressures where maybe it does...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 328
Views: 103842

Re: News in brief

Ok nevermind, overturning Roe v Wade is definitely bad. Yup. Even if you don't care either way about abortion, it would whittle down some personal rights to one's own body/privacy. I'm pretty comfortable describing it as bad for a number of reasons. Is there evidence that abortion limits as a prece...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1110355

Re: Police misbehavior thread

One wonders how law enforcement would work if people could choose where their tax dollars went. Probably not very well, but then the same applies to many functions of government. Try replacing "law enforcement" with "environmental protection" or "scientific research". ...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 53541

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

Would like to second that. Might not agree with you all the time, of course, but we usually manage to have a good conversation all the same. A civil sort of disagreement is important, I think. It's probably the best way for someone to see other perspectives.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 328
Views: 103842

Re: News in brief

CorruptUser wrote:Ok nevermind, overturning Roe v Wade is definitely bad.


Yup. Even if you don't care either way about abortion, it would whittle down some personal rights to one's own body/privacy. I'm pretty comfortable describing it as bad for a number of reasons.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1110355

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They get my taxes if I want it or not, and they get further money from automated traffic camera systems which are pervasive here. I ain't gonna donate a dollar to them. One wonders how law enforcement would work if people could choose where their tax dollars went. Are there enough folks who love the...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

On the note of finding something else to chat about, I give you the Trump/Kanye meeting transcript.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/10/12/heres-every-word-kanye-wests-bizarre-meeting-president-trump/1609230002/
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1110355

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In practice, I'm all for doing both, but I note that increasingly harsh punishments may not deter all crime so long as the pay is routinely good. If you're just replacing a prior criminal with a new one doing the same thing, the net benefit to society is marginal. Sure, some deterrent effect exists,...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1110355

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Hmm... which is more important would you say; getting the money back, or bringing the scammer to justice? If the money were somehow reclaimed, the scammers would have made less money scamming folks. As a system, any sufficiently effective way of depriving them of gains from misdeeds should make the...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

If two siblings want to live in the same house they grew up in, why of course there will be conflict. It's normal for people to want a specific thing, and sometimes more than one person wants the same specific thing. I agree with Hippo. You seem to believe that everyone ought to want what you want,...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr was arguing that people couldn't be happy unless they moved to a specific place, so therefore there is conflict. I'm saying that's bullshit, and that literally most people would prefer to stay where they are, and that just because you don't get to move to your #1 desired location doesn't me...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

I gotta say that it's a little weird to be arguing the same side of a thing with Hippo. But hey, when he's right, he's right. And yeah, I am skeptical that Thresh found a perfect solution to Israel/Palestine, and that it's merely informing them that they need therapy. I mean, I guess he's welcome to...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

But the point is that the conflicts are so minor as to not be worth discussing. You are literally talking about a temporary problem that resolves itself without any outside intervention. It's not any worth debating as a political issue any more than a car auction. It's completely irrelevant to anyt...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

As for the idea that personal preferences can never result in mass activity, you have heard of fads, yes? Now you are just grasping at straws. If there is not enough space in one area to provide them with what they want, they will move somewhere else that can. Fads don't trump economics. But that's...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

That depends what you consider happy, I suppose.

As for the idea that personal preferences can never result in mass activity, you have heard of fads, yes?
by Tyndmyr
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845881

Re: Trump presidency

Naw. Plenty of people remain unhappy even when they have all of their needs and a great many wants. They want still more of other people's stuff. This is sort of a theme throughout history. And a desire to live in the same place forever is not universal. I don't particularly want to live where I gre...

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