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by Dauric
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

But they don't do as well. The republican primary was a room full of those, and he laughed them away. The politicians in that room were experienced veterans who knew how to express their shitty values via encoded speech. Trump didn't (and doesn't) know how to use encoded speech, so he just flat-out...
by Dauric
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

While folks fret over his Twitter feed and how stupid he looks, and how embarrassing he is... the guy keeps delivering on things that he promised to do. Even if those things are stupid, evil, whatever - he's getting them done. He got the tax code changed; he's getting his way on immigration; he's c...
by Dauric
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14855
Views: 2317009

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

Uh... last I checked, insurers in the US didn't cover floods; the US government did. And since it was guaranteed issue, the result was properties built in flood zones that otherwise never would've been built, subsidized by the taxpayer. The taxpayers subsidize the insurance companies which administ...
by Dauric
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14855
Views: 2317009

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

Most of the guy's claims I can imagine made sense in a misanthropic, narcissistic kind of way. I can't figure out the logic behind the insurance one, though: NC-20 ... said making development take into account 39 inches of sea level rise could ... raise insurance costs. Building somewhere less like...
by Dauric
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

Personally, I am NOT reassured by being told, essentially, "Don't worry, the President is insane, but there are adults in the room who are actually running the Executive Branch, for the good of the country. And we didn't invoke the president-removing sections of the 25th Amendment because we w...
by Dauric
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, that's part of what I'm talking about when discussing why Trump's actions won't last. He isn't building a dynasty, or leaving a legacy. He's just doing self promotion. The instant he's gone, that collapses like a house of cards. He certainly hasn't built a great deal of loyalty or support for...
by Dauric
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

... And will GE shareholders be ok with not being in China? This. Corporations are legally held to account for shareholder interests. The company I work for, the CEO was ousted by shareholders going to court to force the company to fire him for incompetence. Let's let that sink in. Rather than &quo...
by Dauric
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6425
Views: 936845

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That looks like rather more than a $5,000 fix-up job to me. I feel like the city should, at minimum, put the guy up in nice accommodations while his house is being professionally fixed for him, with all costs being covered. Maybe they can take it out of the police grenade budget. Significantly more...
by Dauric
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

I genuinely cannot wrap my head around the fact that intelligent, ordinary people are making the conscious decision to vote Republican right now. My $0.02: First part: Tribal membership. To some people political affiliation defines their social and even familial connections. The human brain places ...
by Dauric
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4117
Views: 546423

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Fatalities downgraded to two. https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/27/us/jacksonville-madden-tournament-shooting/index.html So, that's something, at least. I do not look forward to the inevitable media speculation about if video games cause violence. I was rather disappointed in NPR this morning as their co...
by Dauric
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

But isn't protecting the image of a CEO, protecting the image of the company as a whole, or at least enough so in the courts? Getting further out of my depth here, but I think there's a line that has to do with what the CEO is known for. If the CEO is pretty much just the CEO of that company and th...
by Dauric
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

In order to avoid a direct paper-trail from Trump to either of the women paid off, Cohen was directed to pull money from one of Trump's shell companies. The payoffs, as well as purchases of the rights to any articles, etc. were done -explicitly- in support of the 2016 election campaign. This makes ...
by Dauric
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

The crime is "Unlawful corporate contributions" and "excessive campaign contribution", but that's just what Trump is also guilty of; Mueller has Cohen by the medallions for tax evasion and false statements to financial institutions. You can see the plea deal here: https://int.ny...
by Dauric
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4117
Views: 546423

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That sets off my bullshit alarm for the simple reason that the British and Northern factory owners made far, far more profit from black slave labor than the Southern plantation owners could've ever dreamed of. Factories were an awful lot better in the long run, sure. But people do dumb shit in purs...
by Dauric
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14855
Views: 2317009

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

Also I can't remember the exact story, but some day someone in France said that mysql dates were YYYY-MM-DD (which is true) because of American dates (which is hilarious). ... how is it because of American dates? If you enter dates as YYYY-MM-DD they sort in chronological order without weird string...
by Dauric
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14855
Views: 2317009

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

Skool sux! A man took his family on holiday for a spell, but it seems the education department needed a few good spells of their own. ... Okay, I work primarily with IT support for printers these days. I know what issues are because of a printer and which problems come from between the keyboard and...
by Dauric
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 131
Views: 9500

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

At this point, actually, I don't know where I stand on the political spectrum. Everything is so screwy these days. Quoted for truth. I think part of this is that the current political parties are more a function of legacy alliances rather than actual coherent political ideology. Group A and Group B...
by Dauric
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

Beyond that, what the hell is the context behind (from the original article): the agency will “no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.” Call me naive, but isn't that a key part of what Environmental Protection is ..? Frontline: W...
by Dauric
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

*reads* Uh, odd. Had not previously heard of it, but seems far out there. Partisanship is pretty strong. It might be easy for something crazy to go viral within a given community who has leanings anyways, but it seems less likely to maintain that traction once it gets out of that fertile soil. I'm ...
by Dauric
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 3966

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Mmm, if it's high enough to stop the clouds, it should work. Water vapor/rising air/atmospheric mixing can lift CO2 to some degree, despite it being heavier. Looking at some testing numbers, it seems like a mere 10,000 feet would be enough to make the concentration a third lower. So, a wall of such...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

Pfhorrest wrote:I find myself laughing awkwardly at the line about "the good old recording instrument". You mean... a camera? A microphone? What is "the good old recording instrument"!?


Clearly it's the technical breakthrough of a phonograph paired with a daguerreotype camera...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 131
Views: 9500

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I might have asked this before, but I still dont quite understand it: Why are people so invested in predictions about the election, with all the cycles and epicycles of polling and aggregation and what not? It's only a few months in the future to get the actual outcome. I understand why it matters ...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

C. Trump loves Russia. <snip> C is weird, but has some backing when he talks of Kim, Duerte etc etc. Not sure how to rate this one. Armchair psychoanalysis, your mileage may vary: Frontline: The Choice 2016 Watch between 00:11:00 and 00:18:00 for a summary of Trump's childhood. His father was a str...
by Dauric
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

In any case, if wealth above a given number genuinely didn't matter, then why would everyone react as if it does? Even up to extremely large amounts, we treat wealth as something obviously desirable. Because people are not rational and the more money you have the less rational your spending is. Pre...
by Dauric
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

In any case, if wealth above a given number genuinely didn't matter, then why would everyone react as if it does? Even up to extremely large amounts, we treat wealth as something obviously desirable. Because people are not rational and the more money you have the less rational your spending is. Pre...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

2: He creates a problem (which he can then blame on his predecessor) This sounds like a cost, not a benefit. In the world of marketing (which is really the world Trump lives in) finding and/or manufacturing a problem people want solved is half the job. The other half being to figure out how the pro...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 3966

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Beer makers are a typical exception. Fermention produces CO2 , and many beer plants do capture the CO2 and sell it to pubs. I'm still trying to figure this out. I was under the impression that beer is just sold with the naturally-produced carbonation already in it? Why would pubs need it? Unless it...
by Dauric
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

Are you sure that tackling climate change and anthropic mass extinction will become the best remaining economic investment *before* the planet is in an unstoppable slide towards human uninhabitability? Weirdly enough, the US has actually made enough progress towards the Paris goals after Trump's pu...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

That's pretty strong evidence for it being a failing of the K-12 system. It's not exactly an "either/or" situation. Structural racism can be a factor for minority college graduation rates at both the K-12 level -and- the college level. That said structural racism at the K-12 level compoun...
by Dauric
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

Is this something new under Trump, or was it always there all along? What? Zero tolerance and family separation on this scale are both unprecedented, as has been discussed repeatedly already in this thread. The part where "The Brass" (in this case Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Niel...
by Dauric
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 276
Views: 58789

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

/whistles musically but sadly… Since you cannot tell from your post, this is in reference to someone named "Peter Firmin" that I have never heard of and don't care about. Seriously, is it really that hard to write a descriptive post? Do you think there's something so incredibly in...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

I don't have an idea how to resolve the source problem (powerful cartels and corupt governments) short of horrific levels of military intervention, 'cause we're so good at militaristic nation re-building*... Solving the problem is not as difficult as it sounds. It just requires us to not see the wo...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

All that said, the thing that bothers me most is that this was a conscious effort to deter people from crossing illegally. They could have increased the punishment after one was found guilty. They could have changed it from a misdemeanor to a felony. I don't think those are good ideas, but they're ...
by Dauric
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

A bit off topic, but what the hell is with the trope of "ransom note made from cut and paste magazines"? There's going to be more of your DNA on that note if that's what you are worried about, your home now has a bunch of magazines missing those letters and thus is evidence if you...
by Dauric
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 302628

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

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible? The former is how formal, competitive debate competitions are structured. They're not teaching the compute...
by Dauric
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 302628

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

The first computers to play chess weren't all that good at it either. That the computer is able to make an arguable point at all is something of an accomplishment
by Dauric
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

If you are facing a credible death threat, the most sensible action is to go straight to the embassy. Not march thousands of miles north on the hopes you'll make it. I don't even know how that can be argued against. If the gang/organized crime group that you face a death threat from has effective t...
by Dauric
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7176
Views: 534771

Re: Trump presidency

The administration is very decisive when it suspiciously has a vested interest in the financial effects of certain policies. The rest of the time it seems completely inept, a game of telephone where the original player is cheating. "I can't speak for the president" Is all that you can say...
by Dauric
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 264
Views: 58157

Re: News in brief

Zamfir wrote:Those are the 1 GP gems that Level 1 adventurers find when they slay a Minor Kobold

They're the Rupees Link gets when he cuts the grass.

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