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by Dauric
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

That all sounds about right to me. I think a lot of Democrats are hoping the backlash to Trump will be of unprecedented scale, and I just don't see that. I think part of this is that when Trump was early on signing executive orders and such there was such a backlash that smacked him in his easily b...
by Dauric
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13615
Views: 1609889

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/business/burger-king-tv-ad-google-home.html?ref=business Google defends itself after a declaration of war by the crazed monarch Burger King. No word of Google's plans of retaliation. a marketing stunt on Wednesday by Burger King, which had introduced a television ...
by Dauric
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2503
Views: 260279

Re: The Darker Side of the News

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/richard-florida-winner-take-all-new-urban-crisis/522630/ Homeowners and landlords are driving inequality. Inefficient home owners are holding back the economy and manipulating the government for their benefit at the expense of everyone else. Just...
by Dauric
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

As the Trump administration grows longer the probability of the press secretary making a comparison to Hitler approaches 1.

... I'm just trying to figure out how we apply the corollary where this ends the thread and whoever mentioned Hitler lost...
by Dauric
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

Is there really anyone who thought: yes, that Trump guy is exactly the type to resist the lure of bombing? Surely you jest, but yes. This has been the first major departure with Trump's "America First" message, and the majority of the Trump supporters I have talked to are shocked that he ...
by Dauric
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 1968

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Another possible angle to examine (which I haven't found numbers for) is the "appliance repair industry". IE: how many stores are out there that do appliance repair. Anecdotally it seems to me there's less storefronts that house appliance repair businesses, many of the ones I used to see h...
by Dauric
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 3492

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I mean seriously, having the highest obesity rate in the developed world isn't really helping us with medical costs, just for one example. Except that obesity is a can of causational worms, with a lot of the factors involved in it being related to factors that are outside the individual patient's c...
by Dauric
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1123

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

And it works the other way around of course: If you plump for the cheapest vendor for a product (which I invariably do), you could well be supplied by one of the higher-end vendors. In theory. But I don't see the incentive. Jose This. If the odds worked out that more value in high-end items (not nu...
by Dauric
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 3492

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It's not a cost-plus system at all. No, it's a market based system. They charge what the market will bear. It's hard to compare with cars, as each patient case is different but cars are pretty fungible. It's a bit more like pricing artwork, which is another example of "not a cost-plus" sy...
by Dauric
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 3492

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It's not as if there's some sort of critical shortage re: cancer treatment; someone getting chemo doesn't mean someone else can't . That's why it seems kind of fucked up to me to talk about this in terms of how much we're willing to spend to save a life -- the only reason we're even having that con...
by Dauric
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13615
Views: 1609889

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

I happen to like the Dymaxion map, but not because as Randal Munroe claims I have a thing about the segway or own virtual reality goggles (though I do like Issac Asimov)..

It wraps around a twenty-sided die.
by Dauric
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

It's subtle but after reading the Vox article I see how it works. It allows health insurance or workplace health programs to provide 'discounts' (pretty steep ones at %30) if you provide the information. Technically you're not 'required' to provide that data, you provide it 'voluntarily' and in retu...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

In a way it's worse than that. THe part you bolded says that if you have a relative that comes down with some kind of genetically related disease, then either their wellness program, - or the employer provided health insurance - can demand the genetic screening information of that relative. IE: your...
by Dauric
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

...but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership, but finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power, but to draw attention away from it. -Douglas Adams: &q...
by Dauric
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

The question is not whether it happened that way, but whether some people could conceivably believe that it happened that way. ... Well, I believe the current on-topic consideration is whether there's any equivalency between what Hillary was accused of doing and what various members of the Trump ad...
by Dauric
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 119
Views: 16878

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

I wonder which political party will be brave enough to stick their neck out. Right now our populations seem to have swung in a fear-based/authoritarian direction in their voting patterns, so it probably won't be any time soon, but the pendulum will eventually swing back towards a libertarian approa...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2503
Views: 260279

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is that really new though? They may not have actually used the term "fake news" before, but Xinhua complaining about the west lying and misleading the Chinese people is not uncommon. Not new, but it does give them an additional avenue of credibility: "See, Even western leaders say th...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 628742

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I support everybody getting a defense. It would be horrible to have a legal system in which this wasn't the case. However, the defense they are using doesn't seem particularly strong here... Granted, I didn't see the event, so I don't know the full story, just what has been reported. I agree, but w...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 5004

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

Honestly the only thing that seemed to be in the movie ONLY for drama was the damn claw machine to get at the plans. Why an archiving system would work like that I have no idea. Maybe if that was the way to get the actual hard drive sure, but it seemed to imply that was the standard way anyone woul...
by Dauric
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 5004

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

The physics of the ships makes no sense-half the time they maneuver in gravity and atmosphere with no backwash, it takes ridiculous amounts of damage to break anything, and why are there guys standing in towers with binoculars? Even for five bucks I overpaid. ... It's a movie series centered on psy...
by Dauric
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2503
Views: 260279

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Zamfir wrote:I find it amusing how marketing firms positively try to portray themselves as evil manipulative masterminds.

It's what their clients are paying for. The most successful (and thus desirable) marketing firm would literally have orbital mind-control lasers.
by Dauric
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

Why should Trump disavow David Duke's endorsement? It doesn't actually have anything to do with him. He can't help that David Duke likes him. Disavowing him is just a waste of time that gains him nothing, because his critics will just say "Oh well of course he WOULD say that wouldn't he"....
by Dauric
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

You are welcome to list positives in this thread. President Trump is doing what he said he would. In this way he is a lot like President Polk, who is one of the few politicians who promised to do A, B, and C, and then actually did A, B, and C. In C-Span's ranking of presidents, President Polk has c...
by Dauric
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 420
Views: 124498

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Have you heard about this spectacular sh!tstorm? http://www.criticalhit.net/tabletop/tragic-twist-disastrous-robotech-kickstarter-designer-driven-suicide-backers/ ... Wow... I was vaguely aware that Robotech Tactics was kickstarted, but I never really followed it, and I picked up a copy at my FLGS ...
by Dauric
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

A n interesting take on younger Trump supporters. TL;DR : (among other points raised in the article, the main summary goes something like:) Politicians continually refer to a half-century old vision as though it's something for people to genuinely aspire to (1950's small business entrepreneurship, ...
by Dauric
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13615
Views: 1609889

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

HES wrote:The tab heading for that link is "Deer hits plane". Pretty sure it would have been the other way round...


... <Surreptitiously pushes deer-sling equipped trebuchet back in to the woods.>
by Dauric
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Housing discussion from ION
Replies: 58
Views: 1539

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

The problem with low-income housing isn't building cheap structures to house people. It's not even building cheap structures to house people that mesh well with existing homes and architecture. These are trivial things to do. The problem with low-income housing, and the one that people gloss over in...
by Dauric
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Housing discussion from ION
Replies: 58
Views: 1539

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

I think Zamfir's point is being missed though. Even if we say that home ownership should be viewed as a consumption rather than an investment, how does that change NIMBYism? The article in question links NIMBY-ism and resistance to the construction of nearby affordable housing with an investment men...
by Dauric
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

Donald Trump’s team cannot find the light switches to the cabinet room in which they conduct their meetings, and have to speak in the dark and feel their way out of the room <...> Pete Souza, photographer to Barack Obama, said on Twitter: “The light switch is on the wall right by the door.” Yeah. S...
by Dauric
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 420
Views: 124498

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

I've actually had a fairly good experience with Kickstarter, at least so far (*knocking on wood*). Numenera and Monte Cook Games has been my biggest backing over multiple projects and MCG has come through every time. Monte Cook Games has become a fairly stable production house now, but even with the...
by Dauric
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

As a Catholic, I was fine with Colbert's rant for the most part. And then Colbert then just violates the 2nd Commandment for comedy. The one about not worshipping other gods than God, and not having graven images (Idolatry). I always found most Christians a bit suspect about that, having so many im...
by Dauric
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

In the past, I have generally viewed the Dems as the bigger tent part(i.e. with regards to different ideas) but having tried to get involved it seems like much the opposite. They seem to want you completely on board with the progressive agenda or your an outsider( or racist or corporatists etc) and...
by Dauric
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

I've heard it said that the replacement of civilian leaders by military brass is a warning flag for authoritarianism; what the hell does it mean when the military brass is being replaced by civilians?! Cronyism and/or nepotism. Tax dollars going to friends and family without the qualifications to d...
by Dauric
Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

It seems like Trump's people don't know or care much how the federal government works. This isn't particularly surprising really. Trump's campaign was in opposition to "Establishment", a part of which is the perception that politicians lie on the campaign trail, and do things completely d...
by Dauric
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

But the key is that it has to be initiated by the Executive branch, specifically the Vice President. The Pence Masterplan For The Advancement Of True Republican Leadership... If that were the case Pence is better off pulling a Dick Cheney and being manipulative from behind the scenes. Let Trump cat...
by Dauric
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report
Replies: 6
Views: 1132

Re: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report

That's really interesting that it's due to the thinness of the phones. I wonder if they could make a more structurally sound thin phone by sacrificing some weight. It seems like that could help with the problem. Not quite sure what you mean there by sacrificing weight? The problem is the phone does...
by Dauric
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/23/trump-declares-national-day-of-patriotic-devotionbut-you-already-missed-it.html I get the feeling he has a bit of an ego what with declaring his inauguration date a national holiday. ... It's like a child with a new and very expensive toy. He's finding out it's got al...
by Dauric
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, except the leader of the Birther movement was literally elected President. The question is if enough people will care in four years to actually vote him out of office, or maybe in two years to vote for Congressmen who promise to go against the President. The president and the white house are ...
by Dauric
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1269
Views: 55160

Re: US administration

Mambrino wrote: (Or maybe we could treat each state as a data point of its own and look at that...?)


Isn't this kind of the thing though? Clinton won the overall national popular vote, but it's the state-by-state electoral map that put Trump in the White House.

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