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by Dauric
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5241
Views: 619094

Re: Police misbehavior thread

This data isn't cheap , it costs $40,000 a month to track police related deaths. I understand you're paraphrasing the article, but this is bullshit. a $40,000 a year salary is a little over $19 an hour. This is the low-middle end of a salary for a white-collar job, and is around the upper end of &q...
by Dauric
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm ~30% sure (on the basis of conditional probability and possible schizophrenia) that we live in an alt-canon shadowrun universe and these are the events that lead to our version of the UCAS, CAS, State of Quebec, NaN, CaliFree, Tir Tairngire, Aztlan, etc. Next election we lead in to R. Talsorian...
by Dauric
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13590

Re: News in brief

I've done the call-center thing, I've got a friend who's the IT lead at a call center, seen the burnout, been burned out myself. This article from NPR caught my eye. Christina Maslach is a professor of psychology at Berkeley. She's been studying burnout for years. She says companies often look at it...
by Dauric
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thing is, if they are worth supporting now, they were worth supporting before. It should not take the threat of leaving to realize that. The problem is when there's a difference between perceived value and actual value. If the perceived value of supporting an industry/factory is high, but the actua...
by Dauric
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That isn't to say that mistakes can't be made. If margin of victory is only a few tenths of a percent, an automatic recount doesn't seem like an unreasonable policy. I've argued elsewhere on these forums that in the event of such margins, its probably most reasonable to consider votes with microsco...
by Dauric
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh dear. Here was I thinking that Trump had mostly stopped being all wild and crazy Why would you think that? A vague hope that reality had struck home. From the "Hillary was a great opponent", rather than continuing to assert that he'd lock her up, to the "ACA has some good bits tha...
by Dauric
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Hippo, you're missing the point of single issue voters. It's not gun control, it was blue collar jobs that was the single issue. There's more just one category of "Single Issue" voter, indeed each potential issue has it's own classification of "Single Issue". I know a guy who's ...
by Dauric
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 109
Views: 9155

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

Ideally other media outlets should be a check and balance on each other, by calling out each other's bullshit. They seem to avoid that though, probably don't want to pick a fight with say the Murdoch papers and then have their editors getting harassed with paparazzi forever. Frontline: Murdoch's Sc...
by Dauric
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm surprised you think a Trump win will be a rough 4 years. Are you assuming Trump goes full Philippines Duterte on the country? Or do you expect the economy to crumble slowly from trade barriers? I'm expecting Cheney levels of incompetence and corruption and a few dumber wars. There's a low chanc...
by Dauric
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Tyndmyr wrote:I think I'm gonna be drinking for election day.


Election day drinking game:

Take a drink.
by Dauric
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That and nuclear waste is more than just spent fuel, it's also the contaminated parts that have to be locked away. Really, the best place for that stuff is in an abandoned coal mine... I think it's more about the incredibly prohibitive cost of launching that much material into orbit and then gettin...
by Dauric
Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump's really not that bad: he's just a horrible person in general who believes every conspiracy theory about Democrats, has horrible communication skills, zero attention span, does not seem to care or have any knowledge about issues that don't affect him personally (or that he perceives to), and ...
by Dauric
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

At this point we don't even have to purely speculate about turnout. We're already seeing Democrat turnout up significantly in several early voting states compared to 2012, and up beyond the 2008 early turnout as well. It's not clear if that will end up translating to the final turnout or not, but i...
by Dauric
Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It probably means nothing? If, in reality, Clinton was up by 5 points, you wouldn't expect to see every single pollster return a result of Clinton+5. You would expect to see a normal distribution of results centred around Clinton+5. You would expect to see that even if every pollster had the abilit...
by Dauric
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A conservative spoiler sends a recommendation of "the Republicans need to actually be conservative instead of a parody of conservatism". Unless the conservative spoiler candidate/party is itself a greater parody of conservatism than the current Republican establishment. Recall that Trump ...
by Dauric
Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The Presidential vote isn't where you should be voting to make change happen. The numbers aren't there to affect change by voting third party, and the Big Two can safely ignore your input at the ballot box (which they have done and will continue to do). It's congressional and local seats that -actua...
by Dauric
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Usually revelations like this are drip-fed to maximise the effect on the news cycle so it just makes me wonder if there's something even bigger stored up... ... an authentic birth certificate showing Trump was born in Kenya ... --or-- ... When Trump said he could shoot a random person on the street...
by Dauric
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And the other is, I think she feels confident enough in her position right now that she doesn't want to risk anything that might backfire. She can afford to be cautious. Pretty much this. All Clinton has to do is not fuck up in the next four weeks. Polling has her with a comfortable, if not command...
by Dauric
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't know that's true. You could talk about how the founding fathers were mostly religious and still chose to separate church and state, for instance - I don't think that's a difficult concept to understand, even with a 2-minute answer. The people who mostly concern themselves with religiosity i...
by Dauric
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back
Replies: 28
Views: 2377

Re: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back

It's a bit unclear to me how dangerous this thing is. I guess they wouldn't be doing a massive evacuation if the danger wasn't real. But 140 mph wind speeds doesn't sound so bad. That's not that much above a run-of-the-mill autumn storm. You wouldn't want to be outside, and just to be sure stay awa...
by Dauric
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

This fucking guy... I honestly feel a little bad for his handlers. tl;dr: Trump has a Town Hall to prep for Debate #2 with Hillary, could only make it through 12 of 20 questions posed from a friendly moderator before leaving. Reading this I could only imagine that Dumpster Fire had reached the leve...
by Dauric
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back
Replies: 28
Views: 2377

Re: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back

Best wishes and good luck to our forumites in the path of Matthew.
by Dauric
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mobile Game Concept: AdventurerDiscoverer
Replies: 15
Views: 2166

Re: Mobile Game Concept: AdventurerDiscoverer

The hazard of this game mechanic I see is incentivising someone to trespass on private property. Pokemon Go has problems with gyms and pokemon getting placed in private places and in cemeteries and national monuments. Now Pokemon has a big enough company behind them that they can take e-mails from p...
by Dauric
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

morriswalters wrote:I can't wait for November.


Every fourth Thanksgiving I give thanks that the presidential politicking is over for another four years.
by Dauric
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I think one of the the potential tragedies of a Trump administration is that an 'alt-right' influenced executive will probably let up on investigating municipal and state law enforcement agencies, just as public attention to police abuses have made the Justice Department take note of the disparities...
by Dauric
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If he's really the bad egg keeping Breitbart from being objective... Odds are that while there he hired subordinates that reflected his own views. He may be out while on the campaign trail, but the idea that his absence alone could remove the publications existing slant and result in a new objectiv...
by Dauric
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It really depends on who Trump selects as his (hypothetical) cabinet. We can fairly well surmise that they will be adept at stroking Trump's ego to get what they want, after all getting his ego stroked is Trump's primary motivation in life. But this does mean that Trump makes an almost perfect Puppe...
by Dauric
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Now, put it all together: How fucked up is it that we have a Presidential candidate who is quite possibly one terrorist attack away from sending Muslims to internment camps? Surely there's a whole lot of extra steps involved. You have to assume, firstly, that Trump has the executive powers necessar...
by Dauric
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd take Bozo the clown if I thought he would run. Might I interest you in some Vermin Supreme ? He has promised (If elected) a free pony for every citizen... Pssht, like I have the money to take care of and house a pony. I can't even afford a cat. He's clearly in the pockets of the miniature eques...
by Dauric
Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?
Replies: 38
Views: 3168

Re: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?

Likewise, any foreign national who sues the US government might get some personal satisfaction; but there would be no obligation to pay them anything. Ehhh... not quite. The differentiating factor here is how much of a presence the government being sued has in the suing country. Most countries have...
by Dauric
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Acutaries on Pensions, & Housing
Replies: 115
Views: 6188

Re: Acutaries Cooked The Books on Pensions, (Maybe?)

But just imagine how much wealthier we'd be if we weren't using up so much oil? It would reduce the demand for oil, shifting the demand curve, and reducing the price of oil (greater fuel efficiency being one of many reasons for the drop in oil and gas prices over the last decade). Now in theory thi...
by Dauric
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 160678

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

The copyright will run out around the time they want to start using it in space, so there's still potential. Depends on if Paramount keeps making Star Trek films and TV shows. U.S. copyrights can be extended beyond the "author's lifespan + 70 years" as long as someone fills out the paperw...
by Dauric
Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 160678

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

Angua wrote:They have something that can wirelessly monitor your heartrate and breathing, and don't call it a tricorder???

Who's running this show?

Paramount's copyright lawyers. Unfortunately using a cool Sci-Fi reference, even with respect, runs afoul of copyright.
by Dauric
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Acutaries on Pensions, & Housing
Replies: 115
Views: 6188

Re: Acutaries Cooked The Books on Pensions, (Maybe?)

Square footage of solid land isn't the only issue, but you run in to other resource issues like power, water, and sanitation. Power and sanitation are largely functions of city construction and in theory at any rate an increase in municipal tax base should be going to increases in capacity (though t...
by Dauric
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Clinton hiding details of her health as some indication that she's hiding other horrible things strikes me much as KnightExemplar's comments about Trump's racism. Trump is clearly a bigoted asshole, but the examples that the media obsesses over aren't necessarily the best examples of his bigotry. Li...
by Dauric
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

... Why the obsession over Clinton's health in the first place? Does it really fucking matter? Roosevelt had Polio and served three terms in office (and had media complicity in concealing the affliction), Churchill had a chronic case of pneumonia, drank like an entire school of alcoholic fish, and l...
by Dauric
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5241
Views: 619094

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm not sure if the purple thing is a knife, but the black and orange knife is probably legal : ...<snip> ...So, odds are, even their pretense for the stop is crap. The article that precedes that one is somewhat more illuminating. the TL;DR is that the "Gravity Knife" arrests are classifi...
by Dauric
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1580002

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

Mutex wrote:Big Sugar sounds like the name of a rapper.

Straight outta Candyland 'yo.
by Dauric
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Actually its a phase in a vicious circle, not reversed cause and effect. Factionalism causing the rhetoric that reinforces factionalism that causes rhetoric.......... The sad thing is Trump's behavior -almost- creates a weakness in that circle, at least insofar as it can weaken the Republican facti...
by Dauric
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 462408

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The biggest problem (I see anyway) is that it hardens the factionalism. Someone who nominally supports Trump out of loyalties to the Republican party, but might be convinced to stay home (or more remotely support Clinton) because of Trump's behavior may take offense at being lumped together with th...

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