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by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

LaserGuy wrote: Claims he "misspoke".


Better than claiming that his own interview in the Sun about the UK visit was "fake news". Link
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, you're right... Sorry I helped drag the thread off-topic a couple of times. In on topic news, the Queen may have just had a dig at Trump through the medium of brooches . Oh! My!! Three Times! No. Nothing The Queen wears is by coincidence. 1. A Personal Gift from Mr. and Mrs. Obama. 2. A token...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, you're right... Sorry I helped drag the thread off-topic a couple of times.

In on topic news, the Queen may have just had a dig at Trump through the medium of brooches.
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

But a majority didn't agree with it so much as viewed it as a 'necessary evil', and I'm fairly certain the slaves themselves didn't agree to it. However, if a majority did agree to it, then yeah, it'd be "right" just as the overwhelming majority of people are opposed to it today therefore...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4119
Views: 548176

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Anyways, he's also offering to fix the water in flint for anyone still stuck with crap water. The fact that his attempt to help some stranded children devolved into a twitter spat seems kinda minor in comparison to the good he does. I'm not going to deny that he does plenty of good stuff, but he's ...
by Quercus
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4119
Views: 548176

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh good, Musk has added "wild overreactions to imagined or minor slights" to "delusions of grandeur" and "insane pet projects." Two more and I've got a Supervillain Bingo! No, wait, there was that thing where he thinks that we're actually living in the Matrix because y...
by Quercus
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3063191

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

In the UK the equivalent of the Hungarian csekk is called a "bank giro credit". You pay them at a bank rather than the post office (though, according to some brief googling the system used to be run by the post office). The only time I've every had to deal with them is for final utility bi...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Mm, how does one assign moral worth, then? Is it equal on a per species basis, meaning all human lives are as nothing compared to the worth of the beetles and parasitic wasps? Or on a per mind basis, which would also reflect poorly on humanity? No, definitely not equal on a per-species basis, as yo...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

It's easier to discount the insect's individual moral worth. I think you will find that this is a point on which we differ, probably quite profoundly. There are a ton of insects, and they are generally not terribly sapient. I suspect most humans would not grant an insect a great deal of worth over ...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

i'd just like to interject that a vector can be converted to a scalar by calculating its length. you just need conversion factors for all dimensions. But by doing so you lose information, which I think is rather our point. Sure, you can convert all forms of value to dollars (in more or less sensibl...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

One problem I have with the "everything has a dollar value" model is that it breaks down when beings other than humans are regarded as having intrinsic moral worth. A lot of the examples of how to determine value come down to "work out what someone will pay to keep/obtain something&qu...
by Quercus
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3063191

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I remember a story (which I sincerely hope is apocryphal) about someone trying to cash a cheque written on the side of a live pig
by Quercus
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

but many non-profit organizations exist to address some issue or problem, and while raising money is one useful tool for achieving that goal, it's not the only one, nor is it actually the reason the organization exists. To cement this with a real life example; I was the treasurer of a small charity...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7934026

Re: Thoughts for ships

I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate sil...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7934026

Re: Thoughts for ships

I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate sile...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7934026

Re: Thoughts for ships

I actually work at a call center, where people are fairly happy to work and many have been here for years at a time. We're not a standard call center - we provide phone-based coaching to people who are trying to quit smoking, and the people working here feel a lot of satisfaction and being able to ...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7934026

Re: Thoughts for ships

If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession. I would contend that very few people working in call centres have the choice to find another profession. If they did, many would have already done so. It's not renowned as...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7934026

Re: Thoughts for ships

If elected Emperor of Earth, I vow to create the following law: Anyone who works for a call center, including all staff, managers, directors, and majority shareholders, must submit to a session at least once a year involving being locked into a secure soundproof room and being subjected to no less ...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Also, as an aside, regardless of how effectively you think they do it our economic systems only ever value *human* quality of life. As someone who places great value in the more-than-human world such systems are resulting in what, to me, is a moral crime of unspeakable magnitude. This may go some w...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

All things, at some point, become an economic investment. The environment, human health, infrastructure. All of these have some financial value. The point is mostly to do those things when they are the best remaining economic investment, instead of putting off economic investments because "we ...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

That said, I think it is entirely excusable that morals in earlier times justified exploiting animals. If they had no better options, what else could they do? I agree, but I think it would have been even better to have recognised, explicitly, that this was a sub-optimal necessity forced by the lack...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

If the moral option, however, would not work(not merely is unpopular, but simply could not work), it's different, though. It's a sign that perhaps morals need to be re-examined. I disagree with this, quite strongly. I'm going to explain why in pseudo-algebra, because that makes the most sense to me...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, clearly that's true in practice, however I'm talking about the ethical foundations of the people talking here. I suspect that several of us don't give the the idea and practice of nationhood any moral weight in their thinking at all. I know that's true of me. Practically, nations are what we h...
by Quercus
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938338

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Because determining what is reasonable would be a matter for the courts, and thus waste an inordinate amount of time/money. Not to mention that the courts aren't likelyto side against the police even in the most egregious of cases, so it's mostly a moot point. In the UK there is a body called the i...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Let me break that down. The immigrants status is brought upwards. But the low skilled workers that the immigrants now compete with are held at, or possibly below, the income levels they were at (or would have been at). The economy still moves along and that wealth is redistributed to the wealthiest...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Tl;Dr: I think some people in this thread are arguing from explicitly anti-nationalist positions, which helps explain why we are entirely unpersuaded by arguments that appeal to the national interest of the United States. But you expect them to be persuaded by moral arguments about how they should ...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Probably not a coincidence that every rich and well off country develops fairly strict immigration limitations. This line of argument assumes that your goal is to increase the power and wealth of the United States and its citizens specifically, rather than to, say, achieve the maximum possible redu...
by Quercus
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

Probably not a coincidence that every rich and well off country develops fairly strict immigration limitations. This line of argument assumes that your goal is to increase the power and wealth of the United States and its citizens specifically, rather than to, say, achieve the maximum possible redu...
by Quercus
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500139

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

If I recall an article correctly, CBP also counts international airports as foreign borders. So, for example, a hundred miles around Denver International. I'm surprised that they haven't tried to argue that outer space is an "external boundary", thereby extending the border zone to the wh...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 409411

Re: Questions For The World

gmalivuk wrote:If you paste it into Google the difference becomes much more noticeable. Wikipedia uses the en-dash for this sort of article, which isn't the usual typed character, and apparently that breaks BBCode.


Huh, interesting. Thanks for the collective diagnosis everyone!
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 409411

Re: Questions For The World

HES wrote:Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction

No idea what was up with yours. Had the same issue with a quoted/pasted copy... it wouldn't work until I retyped it letter-for-letter.

Weird. Maybe a non-printing character snuck in there somehow. Thanks for fixing it!
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 409411

Re: Questions For The World

Any theories here about what might be causing this weathering pattern? http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/06/unique-weathering-chain-link-fence/ This appears to be a rubber coating on the chain link fence. Fairly common in areas where children are present (a primary/elementary school fence around a...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14869
Views: 2321441

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

With binbags a biodegradable plastic (on the months to years timescale) produced from biomass seems like the best overall solution. Not sure if such a material currently exists.
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500139

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Yeah, the border exception is some serious bullshit

Edit: re. the differing thicknesses - do US "external boundaries" for these purposes maybe extend some distance up rivers/estuaries? That might explain the bulginess of the line.
by Quercus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 9701

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

But I may have rose-tinted my spectacles, a little, on her behalf. You quite possibly don't. Some binary trans people pass pretty damn near 100% of the time, particularly if they start their transition young. *snip* I wonder if part of the dysphoria is embedded right here. If society were comfortab...
by Quercus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 9701

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

I must admit that I often wonder exactly what idea of female-ness many trans persons want to inhabit. As a cis female who wears her hair short and dresses almost exclusively in jeans and tee shirts, the hyper femininity taken on by many trans women confuses me. It seems very much more about being p...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7219
Views: 538914

Re: Trump presidency

But he is still a civilian and thus subject to regular old police, right? I mean legally, not de facto; I doubt any cop arresting the president will have their job the following morning. There is a reasonable legal opinion (as in the opinion is one that is held by reasonable lawyers; the situation ...
by Quercus
Tue May 29, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938338

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The phrasing for the law in the US doesn't require intent. In Texas there's a state law that requires "intentionally or knowingly" doing whatever they define as sexual assault. Some countries require intent, some don't. IANAL, but my understanding was that mens rea in common law jurisdict...
by Quercus
Tue May 29, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938338

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe from a brief googling that sexual assault is a strict liability offense in the US. Therefore the general test of mens rea applies, which means that the defendant must be shown to have intended the illegal act (whether they know the act is illegal or not i...
by Quercus
Mon May 28, 2018 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4119
Views: 548176

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So... Not sure how I feel about this one. Tommy Robinson, one of the founding members of the English Defense League, a xenophobic and racist bunch, has been arrested and sentenced to 13 months of prison. The crime is for filming outside the courthouse where the trial for one of the sex abuse rings ...

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