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by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

Trump's hair is the spore from which the rest of him grew. Either that, or it's the other way around: the hair is Trump, and everything else is just a giant reproductive organ. He's nearing the end of his reproductive cycle, and in a handful of years, the rest will fall off, leaving only the hair. T...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

I get that abortions saves money, but there's no way in hell any republican would ever charge women MORE for not getting an abortion. Pesky facts can't get in the way of controlling women's bodies. I'm guessing that the people who run insurance companies are more loyal to their bottom line than any...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

Just want to comment as a health actuary. The birth control and abortion rider? That's going to have a negative price; people taking that rider will have lower health costs, because births are fricken expensive even without complication, and premature babies are the most horrifying expense any insu...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4547
Views: 699486

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The four-page document, titled “Biblical Basis for War,” goes point-by-point over how a Christian theocratic movement could – and should – exterminate its opposition in a battle to win a hypothetical holy war. At the outset, Shea’s holy army would issue terms of surrender to its enemies. The demand...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18674

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

That's another, separate thing. In my view, a person is a resident of the state of their college if they live in the dorm. In my view, living in the dorm is the weakest case that an out-of-state college student has for residency where they study, since I've never heard of a school where the dorms a...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18674

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I was wondering about the overseas mail ballots in the US: many countries just open a polling station at their embassies. Why would people need a mail ballot? I live abroad. It takes me a full day to get to the Embassy and a full day to get back. Or, if I fly, it costs about the same as my living e...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50104

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

So being a convicted felon prevents you from voting in elections, but not in the House of Representatives? Alanis Morrissette should have put that in her song. EDIT: Also, campaign contributions were used to finance the Senator's affairs. The Senator defended himself by saying his campaign manager w...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

I mean, we're talking about the same people who claim that the globe isn't warming, and that 7000 starving refugees seeking asylum constitute an invading army that threatens a republic of approximately 300,000,000 people. I mean, Jesus Christ, you couldn't successfully invade any state on our southe...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 72999

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

Pfhorrest wrote:Some of those things— the time perception, heartbeat life time, and antimatter ones— are actually known to be true.

I wish someone had told me. My parents told me they were ridiculous.
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 72999

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

I used to believe that there were nine universes, arranged like a tic-tac-toe board. I had no supporting evidence for this whatsoever, but I was 9 years old and 9 was my favorite number. Stupid theory. I used to believe that I could create a flying newspaper out of paper and cardboard tubes, and th...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 72999

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

I used to believe that there were nine universes, arranged like a tic-tac-toe board. I had no supporting evidence for this whatsoever, but I was 9 years old and 9 was my favorite number. Stupid theory. I used to believe that I could create a flying newspaper out of paper and cardboard tubes, and tha...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

Asians have long been held up as a "model minority" by numerous racists and some groups. I guess making them honorary whites would be the next logical step.
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

Presumably the Montanan's in the crowd would have been familiar with that story, especially given the response to Trump's words. I wonder how they rationalize that in their own minds? Stresses of the job caused Gianforte to overreact? Or are they just the types that actually fight things out physic...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 7412

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

Is this one a math joke?

I never get the math jokes.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6621

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Pretty sure the stuff that comes out of oceanic rifts is crustal rock, albeit melted, since it goes on to form the crust. Yep. If it was mantle, there would be a lot more than two places on Earth with exposed mantle rock. The ocean floor, and anyplace that used to be ocean floor, would be lousy wit...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 328
Views: 104078

Re: News in brief

CorruptUser wrote:While a Canadian day trip isn't much more expensive than going to Chicago, it also requires a passport and so forth, something which can be taken away due to probation, drug convictions, impending court cases

...living too close to the Mexican border.
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6906
Views: 1111826

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If you really want to help the police, help them apply for grants to fancy military gear that they couldn't otherwise afford. Like armored personnel carriers, or advanced(read expensive) military surplus weapons. Your town council/mayor's office can help with that. That just helps push your communi...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2628802

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

I recall a TV programme about cats. Various housecats were exposed to toy mice-sized balls of fluff, most played with them (i.e. pounced and such, whether as a known game or instinct). But a bigger ball was attacked in such ways only by one cat, who had been born to a farm cat. The others were unsu...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 9430

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

"I can't get over the fact that the roots and leaves of some trees are so genetically distinct they may as well be separate individuals." https://www.nature.com/news/tree-s-leaves-genetically-different-from-its-roots-1.11156 "I can't get over the fact that the oldest known organism i...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 160
Views: 48478

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

And "run along" just means literally exactly what it says, according to definition #1. No, it doesn't. "Run along" has absolutely nothing to do with literal running. It means "go away" or "leave me alone," which is very rarely done using an actual running str...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2628802

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

My old cat was not intimidated by any rats. He loved him some rat-murder!
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1972
Views: 475835

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"Ghoti" doesn't make sense. "Gh" is never pronounced like "f" at the beginning of a word nor is "ti" ever pronounced "sh" at the end of a word. Right, but to know that, you'd have to know English well enough to already grasp most of the language's o...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 160
Views: 48478

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Are those phrases that have meanings distinct from the individual words? Like, a runoff is definitely different from "run" + "off," but how does "run beside" mean anything different from "run" + "beside"? Really late to reply to this, but "run ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6621

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

The mantle geologist could move to Newfoundland, specifically, Gros Morne National Park where a piece of old mantle rock is exposed at the surface, called the Tablelands... https://www.internationaltraveller.com/54-tread-the-earths-exposed-mantle-at-gros-morne/ (And an excellent vacation destinatio...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 9430

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'm not one to defend all Architects, and I will fully admit that some of the bigger name Architects (ones that the public seem to know about, aka "Rock Star Architects") make decisions which are more about "the concept" or "the look" than practicality. Speaking from m...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11312

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 10447

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

And roller coasters. I don't get those either. Why do people enjoy scaring themselves? :roll: Roller coasters don't scare me. They move just wildly enough to get the adrenaline going. A good motorcycle ride is more fun than a roller coaster, though. Even a mediocre motorcycle ride is just as fun.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 9547

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

Plus, I haven't seen a wired earpiece that just barely goes into my ear canal while deriving its support from a bracket around my outer ear, like a Bluetooth earpiece. All the wired earpieces I've seen either go all the way into my ear canal, which bothers me over the long term, or they sit on top ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11312

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Ouch. Consider movies. I only grant consideration to media if the writing is good. Maybe if Hollywood actually starts reading scripts again, and filming writers' best work, instead of deciding before hand what movies to make and then ordering scripts for them, movies will once again become worthy o...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6906
Views: 1111826

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My first reaction was that it's political. DOJ's priorities are drug enforcement, immigration enforcement, and Islamic terrorism. That means if local law enforcement wants access to that sweet, sweet federal funding (and let's be honest, who doesn't?) , they damn well better prioritize drugs, immigr...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847800

Re: Trump presidency

The point is that being the kind of asshole who whips it out in front a woman's face as a party prank should still be enough for you to suffer at least some consequences, whether it amounts to a criminal case or not. It's a little crazy to me that this process is being spun as a sign that men every...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11312

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 120571

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

If every baseball team starts employing relativistic pitchers, will there be no more baseball, or will teams continue to play baseball but do it by proxy outside the main stadiums, using jumpers for bases? Jumpers? What's a jumper? The widespread use of relativistic pitchers would create an untenab...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 120571

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

Say; what are the rules in the situation where the umpires are unable to make a call, and the instant replay video equipment is not available/sufficient? Yes, but they're in a different rule book. Based on the available evidence in the aftermath of a massive nuclear event in the infield, investigat...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 4160

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

ijuin wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:
ijuin wrote:Petrov’s actions demonstrate why we need to have a sensible person in the decision loop for anything important instead of leaving it to the computers.

What about mendacious baby-men?

We allow them to rant on Twitter.

Hmm. That explains...basically all of twitter, really.
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 9547

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I've been using my touchscreen laptop for a couple of years now. Works fine, and does make things easier for me. When you say a touchscreen laptop, do you mean a laptop with a touch-enabled screen that otherwise works like a regular laptop? Or do you mean a dual-screen laptop that only has touch in...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 9547

2055: "Bluetooth"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/bluetooth.png Title Text: Bluetooth is actually named for the tenth-century Viking king Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, but the protocol developed by Harald was a wireless charging standard unrelated to the modern Bluetooth except by name. Personally, I don't und...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 4160

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

ijuin wrote:Petrov’s actions demonstrate why we need to have a sensible person in the decision loop for anything important instead of leaving it to the computers.

What about mendacious baby-men?
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 120571

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

Say; what are the rules in the situation where the umpires are unable to make a call, and the instant replay video equipment is not available/sufficient? Yes, but they're in a different rule book. Based on the available evidence in the aftermath of a massive nuclear event in the infield, investigat...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41058

Re: 1377: "Fish"

I agree that uranium is bad. I have always agreed that uranium is bad. Far earlier in the thread than you I was acknowledging that uranium is a dangerously toxic chemical in addition to being radioactive. I know that uranium is dangerous. I know that it's excreted quickly. I disagree that quick exc...

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