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by ucim
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

It isn't a business, but it's definitely a fiscal entity. These definitions are not the same. Ok. Please define "fiscal entity" for me, so we can at least be on the same page. If a father makes a decision to see his kid's baseball game because doing so makes him happy, no further justific...
by ucim
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 8078

Re: Firearms Regulations

Alas, that fails to explain the function or purpose of open carry... Open carry is a form of right or permission. It is similar to the right (or permission) to openly carry a laptop or a power tool or a beer or a can of gasoline. The right (or permission) to carry something is fairly basic. The que...
by ucim
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

...but a government is a fiscal entity in a manner somewhat different from a... Government is not a fiscal entity. It is an entity that happens to use money (which it gets from its constituents), it's an entity that creates money (the means of exchange, and the platform of exchange) in order to acc...
by ucim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

It is not a curve for ten years. It's an erratic up-down bounce. That's a kind of curve. It's the (smoothed) derivative of the GDP itself; the thing to look at is its general "altitude". Quarter to quarter changes are mostly noise, including cyclical variation. If you take a look at the U...
by ucim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

arbiteroftruth wrote:It is not even remotely clear to me how you see that sentiment implied by that quote.
Same here, except possibly through the (wrong) idea that everything is reducible to money, and getting more money is all that matters.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2467

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Still, I wonder why the algorithm doesn't handle this itself, and repeatedly apply until no reduction is found, and prepend the number of decompression steps as an extra byte at the beginning, normally 0x01. Perhaps because there's not much call for 200TB of 9s, and the added complexity isn't worth...
by ucim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

You've selected a point on a curve visualizing the highest quarter in the highest year for the Obama administration. Using that, you are attempting to claim you can see no difference between the Obama administration and the Trump administration. Well, we did do the nose. But nowhere did I use that ...
by ucim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

2014 did not have 5.5% growth. Not annualized. But there was a period of time in which it did. Yes, it's reading from a (rounded) graph of growth, but the point wasn't what the actual number was. It was pointing out that there's no indication in the data of when Trump took office. That is, his taki...
by ucim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Obama had no year with 4% growth. It may not have lasted a full year, but it's there on the graph. It went from -8% to +4% from 2009 to 2010. It was at 5.5% in 2014. Yes, these are the peaks of (probably) seasonal noise, but it's there. In any case, that's a quibble - the point is that the present ...
by ucim
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

It's a significant spike, outperforming the Obama years as a whole. No it's not. There is no spike, let alone one of any significance, from the Trump administration. It is basically a continuation of the rate from 2010. There's a little noise, and we're actually in a downtrend at the moment. The ye...
by ucim
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37887381

Re: 1190: "Time"

Yes, I noticed that too. Stand up proud, cellocgw! You are among molpish company wherever you go!

Jose
by ucim
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Now, in fairness, Trump does talk a lot of crap, but tax cuts and so on did prompt increasing growth. First, it's temporary. Second, it comes at a great cost (consumer protection, the ecology...) Third, I'm not at all convinced that the tax cuts are what is continuing the long streak of growth from...
by ucim
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 18
Views: 2359

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

My first impression is "ch*irpin' awesomeful!" Now, I know nothing about Marathon , but I can easily see the Quelova worlds done this way. That it looks "rendered" compared to, say, an actual photograph of what the real thing might be, is of no concern in my mind. For one thing, ...
by ucim
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37887381

Re: 1190: "Time"

So you are a hobby physicist? No and yes. Apparently a quantum mechanic. In unrelated news, I'm looking for opinions on a thing I've been doing. My first impression is "ch*irpin' awesomeful!" Now, I know nothing about Marathon , but I can easily see the Quelova worlds done this way. ( mor...
by ucim
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 672
Views: 12311

Re: Libertarianism

(I found it humorous to see the avowed "gubmint shouldn't do stuff, and just stay totally out of the way" person, above, suggest that "gubmint should fund and run loads of public enquiries". If you are referring to me, I am most certainly not a "gubmint shouldn't do stuff, ...
by ucim
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 672
Views: 12311

Re: Libertarianism

1. If nobody is willing to fund it, yet it is necessary, then it's a good candidate for public inquiry. Research is never necessary. It's often a good idea, but decisions are made all the time without research, even at the highest levels. Nobody needs to know the percentage of iron in the core of J...
by ucim
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37887381

Re: 1190: "Time"

You should ask me a few questions so I know what to put here. What is the airspeed of a.... never mind. Congrats on graduation (congraudation?) and welcome back. So you are a hobby physicist? No, I'm actually a hobby horse, but this sounded better. My pastime is trying to figure out how amateur rad...
by ucim
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

One party divided into two factions, neither side able to prevail, ultimately losing power as a result? No. A single party having control over congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A president who has an uncanny ability to rally that party around him, personally . A pervasive surveillanc...
by ucim
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 672
Views: 12311

Re: Libertarianism

There's no particular reason why research in general can't be made available to citizens, though. Pretty much any other data can and will be sold provided that there's a market for it. Why not research? How much will you personally pay to find out whether the delta meson decays in four parsecs or t...
by ucim
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr wrote:These conditions sound very similar to those existing when the Republican party rose to power.
Yes, but look at the second half. Did those conditions exist the last time?

I don't say this is the future; I say that this is one path. It is by no means obvious that we will avoid this fate.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 672
Views: 12311

Re: Libertarianism

Yeah, assessing the value of research before conducting it is notoriously difficult But that's not the point. There is "assessing the value of {particular} research", and "assessing the value of research {itself}" The former may aid in defending the country, the latter makes the...
by ucim
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Why and how would the US become a one party state? One path would be the Dems remain disorganized, pulled on one hand towards socialsim (Bernie) and on the other hand towards more central views (new people fired up by the present situation). The new people can't quite topple the old guard, but inst...
by ucim
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 3086

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Cougar Allen wrote:It says "Our record is 27!" I think you mistook the exclamation point for a 1.
You sure it wasn't 27 factorial? That would certainly merit the exclamation point.

Jose
by ucim
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37887381

Re: 1190: "Time"

svenman wrote:
Other side inserted.

Very good.
Only one thing left to do
.
Press the RECORD button and erase the contents of the tape?

Firs Jose
by ucim
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25725
Views: 2041738

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

You get potahto.

I wish for a good breakfast.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Nazi Germany was a dictatorship under Hitler starting in 1934. If your personal definition of fascism doesn't include that, your definition is ahistorical and wrong. My mistake - I meant the late 20s, not the late 30s. 1933 was the year I remember, but I remembered it wrong. Through the late 1920s ...
by ucim
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 27
Views: 1794

Re: Everything is racism

...but rather that all forms of cultural tribalism, as well as the various sex-related forms of bigotry, seem to plausibly have racial psychological origins. To do that however you are stretching the word "racial" way beyond its ordinary meaning. Better to use a new word. And I claim &quo...
by ucim
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 27
Views: 1794

Re: Everything is racism

Tribalism is what you're talking about. Racism is a form of this, as is nationalism and a lot of other -isms. No need to overload the word "racism", which has its own specific meaning. But it occurs to me now that [sexism] sort of is. [...] it seems like maybe all of the sex-related forms ...
by ucim
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37887381

Re: 1190: "Time"

If a feeder is empty, they send an appointed bird to scold me. [...] They get their cold nectar and I get entertainment. Boy, those raptors have you wrapped around their talon! Bet they're glad to have you! (as are we!) Hi, everybody! Hi June Bug! It's great to see you here too! (And to not get sco...
by ucim
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

You're mad because Trump is being tougher on the enforcement side. Well, I'm mad because he's being crueler , not tougher. There's a difference. There's a gleeful unnecessary cruelty to the way he's doing what he's doing. It is unnecessarily costing families their integrity, unnecessarily costing t...
by ucim
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

It's a process. We are not there yet. But the motion is clearly in that direction. From Wikipedia (sidebar): Core tenets [of Fascism] Nationalism (check) Totalitarianism (watch Trump's power grabs closely, including the claims that he can pardon himself. Consider the role of social media surveillanc...
by ucim
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

It's largely a result of them making a lot less... What kind of people do we, the people of the United States, want in our country? Rich people, or nice people? It's true this isn't an either/or choice, but by focusing on the economic benefit or cost of immigrants, legal or otherwise, we actively a...
by ucim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2010: "Update Notes"
Replies: 13
Views: 1974

Re: 2010: "Update Notes"

Pfhorrest wrote:You changed the battery icons, but left the numeric display the same, so now e.g. one of them says "94%" but shows like 1%...
It's new math.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

trpmb6 wrote:Ok the 90% number was a bogus number Senator Goodlate pulled out his ass
Now let's be fair. The proper term is a "completed gut reaction".

In any case, given this, would you reconsider your position on Trump's immigration policies?

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

90 percent of deportation hearings are no shows. To be clear this is not asylum hearings. I have no numbers on that, so I will defer there. Got a source for that? Is that a number pertaining to people caught at the Mexican border, or illegal immigrants overall from all sources everywhere? I'd expec...
by ucim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

An illegal immigrant is a huge flight risk. No known history, very little background, no permenant residence or known associates. Yanno, just because Trump said it doesn't make it true. What is the actual historical rate of Mexican illegal immigration no-shows? This would show whether or not they a...
by ucim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Legal immigrants such as H1B earm relatively large incomes What fraction of legal Mexican immigrants are H1B? And does the country benefit or lose by having illegal immigrants pick our fruit* for next to nothing, when there is a ready pool of Americans willing to do this back-breaking labor for $50...
by ucim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

it's only illegals who are costly. In what ways, and to what significance, are the illegals more costly than the legals? Do illegal Mexican immigrants commit more crimes than legal Mexican immigrants? Do they use more social services? Do they vote more often? Or is it just that we've decided to spe...
by ucim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6177
Views: 464265

Re: Trump presidency

Mod voice would be red, that was not red text. Yes, I know about red text. But when a person makes a threat, veiled or otherwise, that they can actually carry out , that's different from a person making a threat that they are powerless to carry out. For me to say "you'd better find another for...
by ucim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 672
Views: 12311

Re: Libertarianism

Zohar wrote:Charity is entirely motivated by people wanting to feel better with themselves
Sounds suspiciously like no true Scotsman. It redefines "selfishness" to be a useless concept. But if selfishness includes feeling good when helping others, then selfishness is a Good trait.

Jose

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