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by Zamfir
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 177
Views: 28830

Re: News in brief

Consider it the "American politics" thread if that feels better. In the time it takes me to change a topic title, you guys usually start already with the next election preparations.
by Zamfir
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I can't speak for others, but this is how I got drawn into this discussion (which I think is a relevant one) Trump projects a golden letter reality-tv version of himself as businessman. If you scratch the faux-gold surface, it's soon clear that this version is mostly empty. He's not anywhere as rich...
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

40 Wall Street wasn't a brilliant investment; it was arithmetic. The sale of it was shady as hell -- the sellers were desperate. Trump's asset here wasn't business savvy -- it was knowing that a chunk of Wall Street being sold for under ten million dollars in the 90s was a steal, and capitalizing o...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You're the one who brought up the index? If you want to make a broader point, then sure, there are conservative approaches to investment that allow rich people to stay rich with little skill or effort. But Trump didn't take those approaches, so how is it relevant? If he had a cautious and calculatin...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Another thing - people make that S&p 500 comparison with hindsight. It made huge gains over the 80s and 90s, but people in the 70s couldn't know that. In those days, the stock market barely kept up with inflation.
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Remember, if you started out with Trump's money but kept it in an S&P 500 index fund, you'd probably be doing better than Trump. Similarly, if you sufficiently diversify, then with enough capital you can start up enough businesses in different industries, with favorable odds of getting a positi...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Wel, Hippo, think of it this way. Trump has been in business for along time, and he often approached it with the same wacky impulsiveness as his candidacy. He might not be as rich with as he claims to be, but he's still in business, with plenty of money, surrounded by sharks who would gladly relieve...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But treating "deniable" bigotry like full-on bigotry seems pretty reasonable to me; does it really matter that you're cloaking it in "PC" language?

If you decide that deniable bigotry is mostly the same as full-in bigotry, then what's the special objection to Trump?
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is entanglement that surprising?
Replies: 27
Views: 5118

Re: Is entanglement that surprising?

As I said, we don't understand them numerically, but we do have the ability to gauge where a projectile will go, which means that the necessary understanding of acceleration and drag is happening on a subconscious level. Aristotle was not able to explain curved projectile motion in terms of laws an...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1116
Views: 112017

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

We're getting perhaps too deep in what we think that Merkel perhaps might be saying about how things might work out... It's confusion overall. We don't know how things will play out, we can only guess. And Britain's position is completely unclear, even to its leadership. If the support for Brexit ha...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

[quote] You'd be catching the more orthodox ones, which I suppose is good enough for people who think that the overt practitioners are more likely to radicalize than occult or secular ones. It's a questionable dedication of manpower when there is already venues for detecting radicalization as despit...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Problem is you couldn't even track religion if you wanted to as there's no reasonable way to gauge religiosity accurately anyways That's true if you are worried about false positives in your database. But by the time you want to a database of all Muslims because they might be terrorists, it's safe ...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There is a "dog that didn't bark" effect here. It's hardly surprising that Trump did well among a group that targeted most directly. He promised to be their champion, many believed him. Or at the least, they were willing to give him a chance. Not much of a mystery there. The surprising par...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 141
Views: 30721

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Congraulations on the new one! Ours is 20 months by now, we have sort grown used to being parents. Looking back on the first year, it was one long mild panic. Can we do this? How does it fit in our lives? Are we doing it Right? And every few months, it felt like we had to reinvent parenting again fo...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?
Replies: 15
Views: 3464

Re: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?

Their "first meaning" is still a kind of packaging, really. They refer to batteries with a solid elecrrolyte, that is, a solid that can transport ions through it but not electrons. That's special chemistry indeed, but not in the basic reactions of the battery. The goal is to make a truly s...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election


Time to end this line of conversation
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1116
Views: 112017

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

And indeed, by a literal reading it would seem that Angela Merkel claims that somehow, through the process of leaving the EU, the UK at the same time tries to reduce freedom of movement throughout the EU, which makes little sense. I think the intended meaning is: by leaving the EU, the UK intends t...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 13086

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

Another vote for "ignore the topic if you can". At least, if the relation with them is otherwise OK, and if they don't treat you or people around you badly. It's cheesy, but I do think parents deserve some slack from us, if they did a halfway decent job of raising us. Not infinite, but mor...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1116
Views: 112017

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Changed the link, sorry. I tried to find an English version, then accidentally copied the failed search attempt in... I struggled on 'beschimpft', yeah. In this context, something between 'berate' and 'cuss out'? The implication is clearly that the Brits were nasty about it, not just voicing a disag...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?
Replies: 15
Views: 3464

Re: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?

LiPol IIRC is a less explosive version of the chemistry. Its still a Lithium-Ion battery but they're changing the chemistry to the point that it does deserve a new name. Not even that, it's mostly a packaging format. Lithium polymer is lithium ion in a soft bag, instead of a hard cylinder. I think ...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?
Replies: 15
Views: 3464

Re: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?

LiPol IIRC is a less explosive version of the chemistry. Its still a Lithium-Ion battery but they're changing the chemistry to the point that it does deserve a new name. Not even that, it's mostly a packaging format. Lithium polymer is lithium ion in a soft bag, instead of a hard cylinder. I think ...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1116
Views: 112017

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The telegraph might be overstating what Merkel is saying. The relevant section of the speech is below ------- First, she says that freedom of movement is crucial, and it can't be the case that Britain gets special treatment, because everyone is going to demand special treatment on this or that. Then...
by Zamfir
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

(turns out pregnancies are expensive; who knew?), and while the ACA replaced age-sex with just age (transferring wealth from young males to young females, but old females to old males)

I have read a study that claimed that nearly 50% of the parents involved in pregnancies is a man.
by Zamfir
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 65412

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I am always a tad amused by this. Cato is a think tank, what we used to call a propaganda mill in the old days. Their goal is not is build some objective measure of freedom, it's to influence US politics. An index like this has many variables, even more that you could plausibly put in), and yet more...
by Zamfir
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

@Lucrece, you talk about lazy democrats, and people who twitter but don't vote.

There's clearly a group who sometimes vote democratic and sometimes doesn't vote. But does that group have much overlap with self-described democrats who proselytise on Facebook?
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fellow religionists. The non-affiliated and secular people mean our religions no harm. Why do you choose to kill them?
Replies: 10
Views: 4044

Re: Fellow religionists. The non-affiliated and secular people mean our religions no harm. Why do you choose to kill the

Greatest I am wrote:The non-affiliated and secular people do not hate us religious people

Non, no, we really do hate them. We just keep it quiet, because we fear the inquisition.
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I like the idea of indirect elections. The Electoral College is a vestige of an attempt to do this (which ultimately did not work), but it doesn't mean that some other indirect system, where we elect people who [...] elect the president. I'm not sure how to set this up so it's not easily gamed, but...
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Though, I wish twitter would die and be replaced by something where you don't have to split a small rant into many tweets. Hmm, good point. I think we should keep the hyperlinks in tweets, those are the most useful part. Also, the part where you can link directly to a tweet. The part where they spa...
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 14720

Re: energy currency?

I am going to be skeptical, but I hope I can stay mildly skeptical. It's too easy to just dismiss deviations from the status quo. If I understand you correctly, the plan has two components: on the one hand, a peculiar government -organized currency scheme with built-in depreciation, on the other han...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I think a lot of you should read this Cracked article here . If the article is accurate as a portrait of rural towns ( I can't tell), it still doesn't draw a strong link to Trump. They just say, if you're angry you might do anything. Even vote for the godless guy from Manhattan, if he's on your sid...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 65412

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

What the literal fuck does that have to do with "gender equality" or "prioritizing for women"? Afacit, they had a working group that was looking at gender issues in the municipality. The working group noticed the pattern that roads towards heavily male jobs got cleaned first, an...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think that undermines my overall point though. That voting is more about identity than policy, and that while evaluated on their merits the left's policies may be better for the working class, their identity politics are aimed solidly against them, and this costs them. I didn't get to respo...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 65412

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

This seems to be the original story about the snow plowing. http://www.thelocal.se/20131211/snow-plowing-should-be-gender-equal-greens In Karlskoga, central Sweden, the local government last year shifted the priorities of its snow removal practices to put more emphasis on areas often frequented by w...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1116
Views: 112017

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I wonder if there is a genuine silver lining in all this for the UK's negotiations with Europe. If there is a genuine danger of the US tearing up trade and climate agreements with the EU etc., there may be less of an appetite to play politics with any post-Brexit trade agreement, and more of an app...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1558
Views: 218192

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

spoilered by Zamfir. Elasto: in the future, please post shorter extracts. First, your long quotes break the flow of the thread; second, the legality (and morality) of such long quotes is dubious. The quote can give an impression of the article, some key points. People should visit the link for the ...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 10, 2016 6:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If Trump supports nuclear as much as he claims then he will be objectively better for climate change than Obama or Gore. Despite what you might have heard, both the Bush and Obama administration had nuclear friendly policies. The federal government would loan, cheaply, an operator about 80% of plan...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I've done my part with trying to find a more realistic comparison Berlusconi. Really, there is no better match. Ostentatious rich guy speaking to the commoners against the leftist elite, scandalous adulterer representing the Moral Majority, flashy clown whose antics add to his media popularity. Eth...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

With the loss of the centrist politicians, by the same voters, how do you expect a politician to survive? Cinton didn't lose by a lot. And they thought they were winning. Those two together suggest that they could have gone further to win, if they thought it was necessary. But that's just guesswork...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If you want to support a Republican no matter what -- if your immigration stance can be described as making Mexico pay to build a giant middle finger to themselves -- how can I engage with you in a way that *doesn't* come off as insulting? Am I really expected to treat that sort of perspective as i...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 735508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

@elasto, Berlusconi seems history's closest parallel. Up to the religious moral crusaders supporting the flashy adulterer. Italy survived as a democracy, they even sentenced him and his children for fraud. They don't seem to able to lock them up or get the money back though.

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