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by Chen
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5997

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

The root cause is action movies, tv shows, books, etc, that glamorize gun violence as a solution that resolves everything in 90 exciting minutes or 21 minutes rudely interrupted every 7 minutes for commercials or in 250 pages. Good luck with that... Those all exist up here in Canada and we dont hav...
by Chen
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5997

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

When a black man reaches into his car, I don't shoot them on sight. Cops do. Hmm, that's anecdotal, lemme Google a study... Its pretty dubious that its the police training that drives police to do that rather than the authority that comes with the position. If you took away all the police training ...
by Chen
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5997

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Unless you're training them poorly -- in which case, it can be better to have never been trained at all. Which seems to be the case with pretty much every police officer in the United States. While Im sure most people here will agree police training is lacking, I’d like to see some evidence that it...
by Chen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

This girl apparently hadn't had food or water for several days. There is absolutely no excuse for that happening. None. That isn't mere incompetence, nor is it a bureaucratic failing - that's criminal negligence at a bare minimum. That's arguably homicide. These assholes have a legal and moral resp...
by Chen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

The girl in question should definitely have been showing signs of this that they should have recognized and provided care for the 8 hours before she started seizing. Even forgetting that, this implies they didn't give ANYONE water for the 8 hours they mention here, which in and of itself is a huge p...
by Chen
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5997

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Okay? Firearm culture is basically nothing in terms of the eventual heat death of the universe. People are dead because of mass shootings. I'm saying you should consider that they have a pretty damn big impact on some of our lives before just waving them off as molehills in comparison to whatever e...
by Chen
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5997

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Mass shootings are basically nothing in terms of the real damage and problems firearm culture plays in the US. Particularly the big publicized school shootings. Arming teachers is also absurd, dont get me wrong. Its particularly absurd because school shootings are still ridiculously rare when you lo...
by Chen
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5997

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Thing is this isn’t new. Its been going on for over a decade at least now. This is another headline that makes a mountain out of a molehill in the same way people try to use mass shootings to reform gun laws. Like mass shootings the shock factor here is what gets people up in arms (teehee) but in re...
by Chen
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 4781

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

As I stated, there are ways to defend yourself without harming someone, such as running away. The question is why would Tom try to harm David to begin with? What does Tom gain from that violence? If they don't gain anything, then it's probably some sort of social issue or mental health issue that n...
by Chen
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 4781

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

P.S. If someone says that it is just a kids movie and I should stop this masturbatory navel-gazing , then I completely flip out and will vow to one day track you down, find where you live, and write a strongly worded letter about how this position condescendingly dismisses some of the greatest work...
by Chen
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 335208

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

The fact that this algorithm had some schools ending at 1:30 pm is kinda absurd. Did no one think parents would be legitimately upset at trying to manage this?
by Chen
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

I find this conversation a bit naive about how lobbying and voting actually works. In this election in CO people had to vote yes or no on proposition 112. A yes vote means you can't drill or frack for oil or gas in CO within 2500 feet of residential areas, the current limitations are 500 feet. This...
by Chen
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 22759

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

So it wouldn't surprise me at all to find out that, say, most Americans are to the right of the Democrats economically, to the left of the Republicans socially, and less authoritarian than either (which is not a direction that really exists on today's left-right spectrum). Even more than this there...
by Chen
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 28402

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Listing the reason for the absentee vote seems sketchy since that doesnt appear to be part of the information that is supposed to be publicly available. The fact that it was just thrown out there rather than needing to pay $50 for the list Im a little torn about. Publicly available information shoul...
by Chen
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 22759

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

That second point (ranked voting) is the real fix*, because our first-past-the-post electoral system is exactly the cause of our two-party system. You pretty much cannot help but end up with a two-party system under a first-past-the-post system. What? Both British and Canadian parliamentary systems...
by Chen
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 7661

Re: Ethics of Research

Deontological ethics should get you started. For what its worth I agree with PAstrychef’s responses.
by Chen
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Should it go through I'd argue you could still say discriminating someone because they are transgender would still be discrimination based on sex. I'd hope lawyers will go that route should this pass.
by Chen
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

*shrugs* The medicare card is used for medical purposes. No one else needs to see that card, there are plenty of other pieces of ID that are used up here and hence why I wouldn't consider it a big deal to have medically relevant information on your medical card. Hell it should probably have your blo...
by Chen
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Presuming 'biological sex' refers specifically to XY-chromosome determination, the only use I can surmise are for hereditary conditions that are exclusive to certain combinations (certain types of colorblindness are almost exclusive to XY, for example). But this is so narrow in scope that putting i...
by Chen
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:For the same reason as height and eye color?


Yes both also are pretty much unnecessary. Both have little use for identification since both can be changed fairly easily (heels and contacts for example). Height is not super easy to judge accurately anyways without a clear reference.
by Chen
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Biological sex (or sex at birth) may have some niche medical applications and thus be useful on specifically that type of document, like my Canadian Medicare card. In the US I don't even know if that type of document is common anyways. For all other pieces of ID what value does sex OR gender have on...
by Chen
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3215751

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Most people dont do their own repairs of anything so high price low volume may make sense. For something uncommon like a cassette deck its probably even more the case.
by Chen
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 1001240

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The odds of it being a local issue are exceedingly low. This shouldnt be a local PD’s task but it should be looked into at a higher level. I would assume this type of wire fraud falls under the FBI jurisdiction for the most part.
by Chen
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 1001240

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think you get stuck at step 2 when Green Dot either can’t or doesn’t give the access. The whole reason to use Green Dot cards (or any type of prepaid card) is because they’re basically cash and highly difficult to trace. You can load the money onto another prepaid card once the number is given wit...
by Chen
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 1001240

Re: Police misbehavior thread

These phone scams generally fall outside local jurisdiction no? That level of fraud is general a multi-state (if not multi-country) affair and would probably fall under federal jusrisdiction. Which unfortunately probably means getting a direct update is highly unlikely barring a huge catch by the fe...
by Chen
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

sure, but you're conflating private and personal property , as, to varying degrees, are everyone who is arguing from the standpoint of "obviously everyone who already lives in this arbitrarily decided and already genocidally-stolen set of made up borders country has a clear and proprietary...
by Chen
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

I'm down with that, as long as Canada is in charge. The grass is always greener on the other side. Consider we just had a provincial election where the new majority party got 74 out of 125 seats with ~38% of the popular vote. The new party also vowed to use the Notwithstanding clause in our equival...
by Chen
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 6841

Re: Class vs class

You presumably wouldn't advocate abstinence-only when it comes to sex ed, so why would you when it comes to social media..? That's a hell of a comparison! Maybe contraceptives aren't quite the same as not having a profile on Facebook. Well in terms of what you tell your kids to do/not do it seems p...
by Chen
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah. So while heterosexual couples have the choice of turning down the post, getting married or living apart, most of the world's homosexual couples only have the choice of turning down the post or living apart. I mean, it is a poke in the eye for all long-term partnerships, but, basically, gay di...
by Chen
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

I was confused about the line that mentioned heterosexual partners also not being allowed.

So the change is now, "you must be married to your partner else you can't get a Visa"?
by Chen
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

I mean the hiding activities seems more likely. There are private appointments going to 6 pm on the Thursday and Friday but Monday and Tuesday both end at 5 pm. Why put a private appointment there if you didn't need to account for those times the other days?
by Chen
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

She mentioned there were four people at the party; the therapist wrote something down about four people involved in the assault. I can concede this is a reasonable mistake to make. The articles I had read didn't put any extra reasoning in changing from 4 people which I why I felt it difficult to ac...
by Chen
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Gorsuch there was no way to sufficiently delay things, there was plenty of time to confirm him or someone else. And my point was to the hypothetical where any accusation should be sufficient to not hire someone. For a position this political and this partisan I dont feel that is in any way workable....
by Chen
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Even this second accusation may be enough to disqualify him despite any innocence/guilt. A single accusation with no actual evidence should, IMO, never be sufficient to disqulify a public servant on. Things are too partisan and, in this case, high stakes for a single unsubstantiated accusation to ho...
by Chen
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

The Republican fixation on him makes a lot more sense when you consider he's one of the few candidates out there who thinks it's perfectly fine for the President to pardon himself. It's more timing. They need to push this through now or they run higher and higher risks of not getting to put anyone ...
by Chen
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 601965

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Im not even sure what to think of that. Even if you were courting racists this is possibly one of the worst examples to use. And which of these racists was he actually afraid of losing if he didnt do something about it. Seems like a crazy unforced error.
by Chen
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

Both sides and both side’s voters, for the most part, aren’t willing to compromise on many of their core beliefs. As such both sides are going to tend towards ruthless. Consider something like abortion. Neither side is going to really give ground on that so being ruthless, with regards to this, is t...
by Chen
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

you don't recall 2013, then, do you? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/republicans-block-nina-pillard-nomination https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/obamarsquos-cabinet-nominees-blocked-by-gop/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/10/31/senate-gop-blocks-mel-w...
by Chen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

I agree those are basically the two options. I think the democrats had a better chance of delaying until Oct 1 by having the hearing Monday and then try to delay from the results of that. Trying to delay in advance by requesting an FBI inquiry is pushing too hard (unless there's some precedent/law t...
by Chen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8243
Views: 658902

Re: Trump presidency

I can't see how they're going to get the FBI investigation thing to slide. I'm assuming this is delaying strategy (I'm not sure what they actually expect the FBI to find so long after the fact), but I think they may have overplayed their hand. They got a week delay with the testimony preparing to be...

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