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by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 6613

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

What hypothetical evidence would convince you that the British were more responsible for slavery than for ending it? I'm having trouble parsing this question. What do you mean by "responsible for slavery"? And what do you mean by "ending slavery"? If, by the former you mean &quo...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

In my experience when someone tries the but the other side's representative did it, the most disarming response is to agree. They are prepared to dismiss your point of view as hypocritical but if the comparison is fair and you admit it, suddenly they are the one who is being hypocritical if they do...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 14234

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

My problem is not with inheritance per se, but more with how inheritance (as just one example) matters . If people born into money and people born poor tended, over time, while living similar lives, to equalize in their wealth, then I wouldn't have much of a problem with it. Instead, you can have p...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 201
Views: 17622

Re: Black Panther

That made absolutely zero sense to me. What possible reason do you have for not immediately shooting Klaue? At best - you kill him and you have the gratitude of your partner, and if you want to off her you still have the chance to do so while she's grateful and not considering protecting hersel...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 6613

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

In this context, it was about how RMS was apparently not only not taught about Britain's crimes against humanity, but was so thoroughly mistaught that somehow Britain was the HERO in all of it. To godwins up this thread, it's the difference between Germany not covering WWII, and Germany insisting t...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 6613

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

Is it wrong that I want to punch every last british history teacher in the face? Does that make me a bad person? Not just British, there's...a lot of countries that would rather skim lightly over the worst parts of their history. Oh sure, it's a foregone conclusion that Britain made a ton of money ...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 14234

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

There is a large difference here, in that rent is desirable to ALL participants, whereas slavery is not. The same is true of theft or other such arrangements. A mutually satisfactory arrangement is simply not the same as one in which one party must be coerced, no matter how much the other enjoys it...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

In the UK two chains have gone under in the last day or so and the reasons are common sense in hindsight. Basically they couldn't compete on price and were a horrible experience so, well, why shouldn't they fail? Re. Toys R Us: "For a magical place, it's not very magical," says Ms Hardcas...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 201
Views: 17622

Re: Black Panther

That made absolutely zero sense to me. What possible reason do you have for not immediately shooting Klaue? At best - you kill him and you have the gratitude of your partner, and if you want to off her you still have the chance to do so while she's grateful and not considering protecting hersel...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 5366

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

As it stands, I generally board with the last group regardless of what my ticket says Hey, I also do that! Generally carrying a single small carry on, so...why would I want to spend more time in the uncomfortable misery-tube than necessary? Folks seem to value it enough to stand in line(further dis...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3846
Views: 492010

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Dinesh D'Souza: terrible excuse for a human being, or the terriblest excuse for a human being? That's pretty terrible, yeah. Like, I don't agree with the policies the kids are after but....damn, they've been through a lot. Better to keep the disagreement polite, and maybe not poke fun at tragedy, p...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

Trade is awesome, when it's not unilateral and there's relatively little manipulation of currencies, evasion of tax or labor laws or pollution controls, and little other shennanigans. If the big box store moves in to town and replaces the mom and pops, AND the town produces enough extra so there is...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 14234

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

...you end up with what I presume is your present view of what government's job is - to wit: "to give me shelter, food, [and] healthcare". Is this your actual view of the job of government? Because I don't see it as government's job to give you anything. I definitely view it as the govern...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 201
Views: 17622

Re: Black Panther

complaints about mud huts Have you considered that some of them might enjoy living or spending time in (things that looked from the outside like) huts? Many rich Americans seem to have a fetish for impractically tiny houses, after all. Those are pretty niche in america, and not generally the forte ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 14234

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Getting wealth by selling off wealth doesn't snowball your wealth like renting or lending it out does, because you're just trading one thing for another, and (presuming it's a fair and free market with no other distortions going on) what you get is worth the same as what you lost. It doesn't direct...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 38
Views: 4420

Re: The Good Plaice

Elanor's self-improvement was going OK until Dress Bitch threw her out, and Fake Whiplash sued her, causing her to rethink whether being good was working out. I wonder if that's related to the original in-universe justification for the ratings system. That given enough time, like eternity, ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 201
Views: 17622

Re: Black Panther

It's...alright. I feel a bit left out on this viewpoint, as it seems it's getting rave reviews everywhere around here, and the theaters are packed with people looking to see it, so obviously it's being enjoyed. And it's alright for a first watch. Second was pretty rough, though. Full spoilery review...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

On the one hand yeah, you get a more efficient market. Big companies have procedures, shared risks and overhead, etc. But it fucking kills the middle class. ... and this is one of the pitfalls of the relentless pursuit of "efficiency" as a societal goal. (I originally mistyped "socie...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 14234

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I have to wonder, why focus on such a level of detail? Suppose there is a world where the only remaining wealth differences are because some people go to more concerts, and others get more underpants and a bigger TV. Compared to our world, that's virtually the same as wealth equality. If such thing...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

i just saw it and enjoyed it plot holes and all i also have to say that tryna count darth vader as a Good Black Character is just about the worst take i have seen in the history of star wars discussions and i've been seeing a lot of kyle ron apologists lately We still on this? Lando was also an exc...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 20676

Re: Wealth taxation

That would be horrible. It would encourage more development, punishing those who keep their land as nature intended, and that's the last thing our environment needs. Sitting on land is a Good Thing. Most empty lots aren't generating revenue. If you were to do it just based on the current revenue ge...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

You have point A wrong. For one thing, it's not illegal to show clear bias towards a candidate, or else Fox News would be indicted several times over. Secondly, if you were to reclassify a journalistic business, into say...an arm of the Russian government *cough * RT* cough*, then you could charge ...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

Correct. That said, 42% supporting, 18% undecided, and 39% against is basically split. Even 40/10/50 is still pretty much half and half. Not exactly, but...not so very different a support breakdown from any other partisan position. Judging from the polls overall, it looks neither wildly popular nor ...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

If you're skeptical that the tax bill is the cause, then what is Trump doing lately that is making people more mad? Did his kids skullfuck an orphan or something? I'm not 100% sure what's causing the swing. Trump's unpopularity is strong, but it's...steady. Not terribly new. That said, he did go on...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

Except that nearly half the country actually supports this bill [citation needed] Did a quick google, and got https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/19/poll-gop-tax-bill-304831 Seems reasonably split, albeit with some undecided. I would presume based primarily on traditional partisan lines. That sa...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I didn't mind the porgs, personally. Opinions on them seem to be broken out by how much people mind humor in their sci-fi. The same sort of people that disliked all that humor in Thor are the folks who were bothered by porgs. Which is fair, I suppose, preferences and all. Humor doesn't really bug me...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885758

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I mean, on the one hand, giving them some mobility is kind of nice, as that's something the homeless may lack.... But it's certainly a poor substitute for fixing the problem. And it *seems* to be used as a substitute for that. Giving a ticket together with a ban from shelter seems...well, if it's no...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/special-elections-so-far-point-to-a-democratic-wave-in-2018/ Tyndmyr, let’s go over the special elections. Utah’s 3rd, the Democratic margin improved from +47R to +32R. This is different from 538’s numbers, which counted it as a +3 point Democratic swing. (From ...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275907

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

We killed rabies pretty recently. Was a fear in literature and what not until fairly recently. I suggest that you don't really want rabies, to the best of my knowledge it is alive and well in the wild. And still killing people. But that is me being an ass. The vaccine has been a present from the RN...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Spoilering Zohar's response, because more interested in discussing the movie: Looking like a thing is not the same as BEING that thing. It's Carrie Fisher who was "being that thing" and she definitely hated this whole bit, and not because it was too empowering for her character. Look a...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

commodorejohn, saying "this movie has some parts to it that are better than this other movie" doesn't mean "This movie is better than that other movie". I'm not trying to make that claim. If I say "The special effects in Batman Vs. Superman are much better than the ones in ...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275907

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

I mean, the AIDS mortality rate basically fell off a cliff, and that went from a big super-fear, at least in some circles, to something that's still troublesome, but no longer in the same league. We killed rabies pretty recently. Was a fear in literature and what not until fairly recently. Shingles ...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

First time Star Wars has a woman character that's not sexualized and damseled? What's Mon Mothma, chopped liver? Sure, why don't we include Luke's mom in there as well? A grand total of what, 3 minutes of being on-screen? Also people were complaining about TFA not being better than ANH in any way, ...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Just saw it and agree with some of these and disagree with some others. Comments below: 6: Not sure about this. Many speeders were destroyed but I got a feeling there were still a good number left. Would have to re-watch to see. -I was sufficiently bored that I was counting. The red wakes, and the ...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr, why are you assuming everyone is basing this off of just those elections results? The generic ballot is what shows an 11% lead for Dems. 538 argued That you should pay attention to special elections in aggregate. It's ok to criticize, it's just that his criticism is probably wrong. Does Ty...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

The point is that, yes Moore is an extreme person. But you have those in an extreme state. You'd need an extreme scandal, or extreme lack of support (which goes hand-in-hand with the scandal) to see a Republican candidate lose. But in other states (or districts for the seats in the house), you won'...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 4060

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

8/ Beautiful slow-mo shots like the Day of the Dead, or the first confrontation between the heroes, or the death of the Waynes. Actually, most of the visuals in the film. Snyder does some things really well. Sure, sure, it's a pretty film. That's not usually a complaint lobbied against it. Many of ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

The 10-13 point difference doesn't take into account the SCALE of the offense. Moore was a child molester. Allegedly! That's far, far worse than cheating on his wife. Eh, you can see the inflection point on the graph. It was maybe 9 points. Enough to swing the election, sure. The scale might have h...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 13681

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Or TPM for that stupid pod racing scene being Ben Hur? Less for that than for stopping the plot dead for a solid half-hour to do it, really. Ehhh. The pod race was probably one of the more watchable bits. Pod racing, lightsaber fight are the two bits that are actually memorable. Totally understand ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 437004

Re: Trump presidency

Every special election since the 2016 General has averaged upwards of a 10-point Democratic lean. This isn't just about Moore. The generic congressional ballot could even be underestimating based on the results that have come in, and it currently has them at +11. The historical record would indicat...

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