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by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Then he goes there. Trump feeds off his base's emotions. That's why he encouraged violence against others. Not because he planned it, but because the crowd wanted more, so he gave what he thought they wanted. That's what's so dangerous about Trump. He doesn't know what he's doing. He gets that chee...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Eh. Sort of?

In the sense that he probably did so intentionally, because he was fishing for what people wanted, yeah, probably. In the sense that it was a good idea, probably not.

The interesting "what if" here is what if his support hadn't said that was too far. What then?
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Not endorsing it, merely saying that the idea that he's taking the same approach to this as he has to other things sorta fits.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

His book's literally called "the art of the deal", yes? It makes sense that he tends to view things as negotiations/confrontations to win.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3113
Views: 355133

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I think you are Wrong. The list of how is long. One truck goes down...Like Don Jon says, "Not Good." The fucking pipe bursts...It's a fucking Disaster! People suck at comparing risks when large events are involved. It's like looking at nuclear meltdowns. Yeah, the individual events are ba...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

President Paul Ryan? Seems possible, but I wonder how many House members would be willing to rile up their base by voting for a candidate that they didn't vote for... It would get messy, and none of the solutions would end well for the Democrats. For what it's worth, 538 wants an audit, for selfish...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 51
Views: 8064

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I mean, apparently the magical US government is like...twelve people.

Which feels really frigging strange coming from the scale depicted in the original series.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3113
Views: 355133

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This is not a Not In My BackYard! Put It In Your BackYard! issue. This is a You Don't Need A Fucking PipeLine! issue. This is a Not In AnyOne's BackYard issue. Shipping it via trucks or tankers still risks spills in someone's backyard. So long as the fuel's being used, and it is, it's going to be a...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The electoral college are a bunch of people. Technically speaking, the official vote hasn't happened yet. All that has happened, is that we've elected our electors, who will be going to assemble for a vote. One Texas elector is already quitting because he can't bring himself to vote for Trump (sour...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3113
Views: 355133

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Money and a pipeline has to cut through *someone's* backyard. There's been a ton of NIMBY attitudes, and not solely with regards to the reservation. That said, they lack pull/money. Also, I understand the planned path is pretty rural. Unfortunately, the nature of these things is that more remote are...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 51
Views: 8064

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Like...he's mentioned, but it's not as if he's terribly important to the initial series. I don't think having seen the original series, or read the original books, contributes significantly to the story told here. Yeah, it's kinda cool that they're obstensibly in the same universe, but end of day, t...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 9004

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Sableagle wrote:Most "cheap and crappy little" locks can be opened with 55645 and a few symbols.


I find they can all be opened rapidly with a dremel. Far more rapid than the above math.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Recount rules vary wildly by state. Shit, the whole state may not even be recounted. It all just depends.

But at least in many cases, no, it's not in any way more accurate, it's just rolling the dice again to see if the margin of error turns up differently.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A do-over would be quite nice. But I have no idea what the constitution says about that possibility. The electoral college are a bunch of people. Technically speaking, the official vote hasn't happened yet. All that has happened, is that we've elected our electors, who will be going to assemble for...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump's team is weird. Kelly Anne Conway was petitioning Trump on TV to dump Romney. That's messed up. Why would your own campaign senior staff have to petition you on live TV? To gain popular support or present a certain image? REMEMBER : Trump being an asshole is his "brand" that he has...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 51
Views: 8064

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Random thought...the whole fake-out was mostly unnecessary: All the indications that it was the girl, rather than the not-squib boy...a fair amount of lead-in was devoted to this fakeout, with the only real payoff being Grindlewald's brief showing off that he cared only for magical folk. I dunno...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Depends on what you mean by "swing voters". If nothing is solved, I expect significantly less enthusiasm from said disadvantaged places next go-round. I mean, partisanship is strong, so sorta mediocre progress can totally be passed off as way more impressive than it is, but you need somet...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Just saying: if your customers are hanging up in frustration over your AI-based voice teams, then the AI-based voice team is not doing its job. People hang up just because it's not important enough to them, or they solved their problem already - some customers just like to chat, or maybe they might...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Those'd generally require some fairly substantial subsidies, since existing farming/fishing doesn't have to deal with a ton of that hassle, and thus, is way more productive. Things like increased conversion to carbonic acid are not going to matter to the guy who can't get a job. They genuinely won't...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Depends on what you mean by "swing voters". If nothing is solved, I expect significantly less enthusiasm from said disadvantaged places next go-round. I mean, partisanship is strong, so sorta mediocre progress can totally be passed off as way more impressive than it is, but you need someth...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yeah, but...in practice, a *lot* of that is effectively automated, only with a human mouthpiece, because people hate call trees. Still a lot of call trees, though. Every place is forever trying to automate the common cases, and use those to prune the queue before the workload gets passed off to a hu...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yeah, that was a thing they tried to bring in near where I grew up...I even worked in one a coupla years. They've all folded by now, though. Might be just the local environment, since we were a bit from the hub. I gotta imagine there's some curve on close to hub vs wages paid that makes it worthwhil...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Highly conservative forums exist as well. Can you name one? I'd be very interested in reading the dispassionate, intellectually rigorous and rational case in favour of Trump's policies. Hah. You may want to revise your expectations. Yes it's very expensive but the alternative is even worse. And it'...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yes and no...building interstates, dams, etc...those don't have to be in population centers. Sure, paying road crews and keeping a few gas stations running isn't exactly a wave of industry, but it's something. US interstates aren't funded by the local towns, are they? Should be federal money. I mean...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

We could subsidize pointless factories that build a machine, and them subsidize factories that take them apart.* Then you hope they die off, and their children recognize it's better to be in a different career. *obviously there'd be some use for free manufacturing, but you get my point, this is a f...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/democrats-rust-belt/508544/ Has anyone consisted mass relocation and paying them until they die quietly? It would work, but it wouldn't be very sexy. Tongue-in-cheek answer: You mean like the US Government did to Native Americans? I think the cor...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I disagree. There's a lot of anger and talk of betrayal on the alt-right. There'll always be that crazy extreme wing, who basically always want everything to go further to a ludicrous degree. They're mostly irrelevant, though. Genuine question: do USAians give a shit about Nigel Farage? Do they eve...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 51
Views: 8064

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I think the morality of Groundhog Day is more complicated, as for the vast majority of the movie Bill Murray is essentially a god compared to everyone else in it, and it's difficult to apply the same moral judgments. It's not like he was told "You can escape if you achieve true love!" and...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13946
Views: 1881419

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

I tried it a couple times. Interestingly, it seems to consistently get "aircraft carrier" wrong, because apparently a lot of people don't know what they look like and just draw planes. Yeah, I just had that exact same thing come up. All the trained images are just derpy planes. Huh. Also,...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13251

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

AAaaaaaa! The cursor is wrong :( Only if you're on the wrong side of the screen... That's not how any of this works! Especially not the part about forcing prescriptivism through a 'universe control console' with an interface that looks like Windows 3.x. Honestly, the universe running on legacy shit...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Government itself is probably a possibility. Instead of shutting down the EPA, put their head office in rural Minnesota. Put the Department of Energy in Ohio, and the CIA in Kentucky. There's too many towns for the government to be able to do something with all of them, but you could probably at le...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Clinton pretty much said they should retire. She didn't say it, but she offered retraining, increased safety nets, etc etc increased education opportunities. Do any of these give them the old boom times jobs back? No. What would you done? Retiring is something people with money do. It doesn't fix a...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Sardia, what, exactly, did Clinton offer them? That's where I grew up, too. Farm in mining country. They were all excited about two years back, when the town got...a video rental store. Great future there, I'm sure. Like, the whole area is depressing as fuck. You go back there, and main street looks...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

(Also, while there obviously are differences between urban and rural poverty, I mostly haven't seen it brought up with respect to any of the fundamental differences that make rural poverty inherently different from urban poverty. Instead, "rural" means white while "urban" means ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

"microaggressions"? You don't think that virtually any time that a rural person appear in Western Media, with the except of Norman Rockwellesque portrayals it's the "dumb hick" stereotype isn't a "microaggression"? That walking around in your normal clothes is consider...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's not a special form. Gay marriage was illegal. Gay rights groups were advocating crossing out the parts of the forms they disliked or submitting bad information in an attempt to circumvent the law. This, unsurprisingly, did not work. It wasn't about suppressing something that was legal, but that...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Just pointing out that the reasoning behind the "Anti-LGBTQ" version of things is that the marriage licences had a place for "man" and "woman", and the bill specifically mentions altering the forms, when LGBTQ couples would cross out the irrelevant genders. And the bil...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not criticizing the LGBT community. I'm criticizing the Democrats, for their ludicrous hypocrisy on this issue. They're quote mining anti-LGBT statements from an era in which they, themselves, were anti-LGBT. They act ridiculously sanctimonious, as if they're the vanguards of tolerance, despite...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Since everyone keeps bringing up the "false equivalence" thing...I thought I'd link this: "On average, Trump won the pox-on-both-their-houses vote by 22 percentage points. So while Clinton was moderately more popular than Trump overall, she was apparently a less-appealing option for ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 703435

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Just generally agreeing on that score. Pence, other than the cake thing, really doesn't have anything that sets him apart from the standard Republican line on LGBT issues. And frankly, the cake thing pretty much *is* the Republican position as well, so it's not unusual either. People keep acting li...

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