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by Opus_723
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

As far as I know, a bill in Senate has to receive a CBO estimate before a vote - surely they're trying to get around that if McConnell is planning to vote next week. How are they doing that? I don't have a link, but I recall reading that they have been sending drafts to the CBO this whole time, and...
by Opus_723
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Don't forget the South Carolina results last night. I don't know why Democrats are upset. They're knocking these out of the park. We just haven't seen anything close to a swing district since November. Georgia is probably just quirky, or the crazy attention and spending artificially evened out turno...
by Opus_723
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5256
Views: 660547

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The only way they could possibly be found guilty is if they could prove premeditation. No, the defense was demanding that the officer be given some deference because of the drugs and the speed of the killing. The jury agreed with that, but it doesn't rule out a civil case. ( Civil cases only need m...
by Opus_723
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting
Replies: 29
Views: 5344

Re: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting

The opposition boycotted the vote, hence the abysmal turnout. Meaningless result. Even if turnout was really high, there's no way that Republicans would risk a blue state coming into the country. I'm not sure if even the Democrats would want a fairly red mirror state either. I'm not understanding w...
by Opus_723
Sat May 27, 2017 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Oh look, Russia again. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/politics/kushner-talked-to-russian-envoy-about-creating-secret-channel-with-kremlin.html?referer=https://news.google.com/ Honestly, I'm not convinced his campaign did anything illegal. All of this crap sounds exactly like what would som...
by Opus_723
Tue May 02, 2017 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 16
Views: 3126

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

In academia, I refer to this as "disciplinary imperialism," where someone from an outside discipline [*cough cough physics*] thinks, "How hard can curing cancer be? I bet no one smart has ever tried." As someone in physics, this is spot on. I mean, it's a minority for sure, but ...
by Opus_723
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1462
Views: 181209

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

Something with negative mass would have negative energy. That would be very very strange. It's not even clear what it means, physically, for something to have negative energy. It's like asking for a sphere with negative radius. Or having a plate with -3 slices of pie on it. I'm sure I'm missing som...
by Opus_723
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

The next one is the Montana special election, and I think there's a senate election at the end of the year as well? The rule of thumb is to average the difference in vote margins. Each race is quirky, but combined, you'll get predictive value. To be honest though, Trump doesn't seem politically muc...
by Opus_723
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

The next one is the Montana special election, and I think there's a senate election at the end of the year as well? The rule of thumb is to average the difference in vote margins. Each race is quirky, but combined, you'll get predictive value. To be honest though, Trump doesn't seem politically muc...
by Opus_723
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Georgia seems like it can be read in a lot of ways. Ossof didn't improve on Clinton's performance, but if you compare him against the congressional race last November instead of the presidential one, he looks absolutely golden. And Clinton's performance in Georgia was already a sharp turn from previ...
by Opus_723
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

And it turns out that we didn't have ships off the Korean peninsula after all. They're like, totally on their way now though.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39638012
by Opus_723
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 5137

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Sizik wrote:
Opus_723 wrote:evidence-based diet experts ( what the heck are those called, anyway?)

Dietitians.


Ah, thank you. I knew either dietitian or nutritionist was a BS title, but I couldn't remember which. Turns out it's "nutritionist" that's entirely unregulated.
by Opus_723
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 5137

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 Opus_723
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 8466

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Actually, I think giving the quantum mechanical explanation for the sky being blue is totally justified. Almost every color in the natural world is an absorption color. Pigment molecules absorb all of the other colors and the energy dissipates into various invisible forms, such as thermal vibration,...
by Opus_723
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 5137

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

As far as preventative care(in the US sense), most countries don't do it as extensively as we do. It has mostly been found to be a waste of money which is why in a lot of countries you don't see things like annual physicals and the testing(and liability) culture we have in the US. In most of the ot...
by Opus_723
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting on government spending via taxs
Replies: 25
Views: 2537

Re: Voting on government spending via taxs

A weaker form of this would be to simply allow taxpayers to donate to government organizations the way they would to a charity. I certainly wouldn't mind kicking a few extra dollars to the EPA right now, and I don't have a lot of money to spare. I know a few people that would gladly donate some mone...
by Opus_723
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 3013

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

I guess what I'm saying is that I can live with the first option. I don't necessarily think it needs to be the CIA's job to give me safe-building advice if they realize I built a crappy safe. Maybe it should be somebody's job, but that's a different matter. Oh it definitely should be someone's job....
by Opus_723
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 3013

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

I honestly don't have a problem with the CIA having these capabilities. I'm not super computer-aided, but this sounds like the sort of thing I always assumed they could do. If anything it sounds a bit underwhelming. My only problem has ever been the insistence that companies should *cooperate* with...
by Opus_723
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 3013

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

I honestly don't have a problem with the CIA having these capabilities. I'm not super computer-aided, but this sounds like the sort of thing I always assumed they could do. If anything it sounds a bit underwhelming. My only problem has ever been the insistence that companies should *cooperate* with ...
by Opus_723
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

Well, shit. I just had to apologize to my wife for teasing her years ago when we watched Gattaca and she was concerned that the future would actually work like that. I would suggest that Democrats nickname this the Gattaca Bill to demonize it, but that's actually a really cool name and would totally...
by Opus_723
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.google.com/amp/s/fivethirtyeight.com/features/trust-us-politicians-keep-most-of-their-promises/amp/?client=ms-android-sprint-mvno-us Presidents typically follow through on about 2/3 of the things they say they'll do during the campaign (although many of the promises "kept" are...
by Opus_723
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

4 and a half new pages have been added since I was last here. That was about 19 hours ago. I do not know how to respond in this situation. Help? Which situation are you talking about? The forum posts or the president? Probably the forum posts, this is moving crazy fast. I think that the Democrats d...
by Opus_723
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

One thing I think is interesting is that liberals call each other racist all the time. I think it's seen as a criticism rather than a slur. People will be joking around, and someone will stop and say to you "yeah, that's kinda racist" and either you respond with a grimace because you agree...
by Opus_723
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1462
Views: 181209

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

Harvard researchers claim to have produced the first ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38768683 I did not realize before reading this article that many scientists think metallic hydrogen might be metastable. Meaning that, like diamonds, although i...
by Opus_723
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, that's a better article. The main issue is that a lot of news reporting has been pretty bad recently and very knee-jerk. So I want to do the due-diligence and make sure the articles are legit. WashPo is implying that the HHS reporting from other sites has been erroneous. The EPA restrictions ...
by Opus_723
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Washington Post is implying that the ARS memo sent out by Young is typical, not the original memo. You keep talking about Young's memo when that's not what anyone else is talking about. Anyway, as for deafening silence, is this explicit enough for you? https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal...
by Opus_723
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Washington Post apparently took its time, looks like they were busy trying to get the truth of the matter. (Good job WashPo) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/24/usda-science-researchers-ordered-to-stop-publishing-news-releases-other-documents/? Young’s memo, a copy of wh...
by Opus_723
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1871
Views: 91837

Re: Trump presidency

Trump administration freezes all grants at the EPA, prohibits all staff from communicating with the press or Congress and freezes all public-facing publications and social media. Similar restrictions at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. The freezes are sa...
by Opus_723
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 6765

Re: 1779: "2017"

All population amounts level off and oscillate around carrying capacity eventually. There's no reason to extrapolate exponential growth indefinitely. It's super normal in all kinds of growth initially, but it invariably tapers off at some point. Seriously, a lot of work has been put into studying g...
by Opus_723
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 120
Views: 11963

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I'm sure this doesn't carry much meaning outside of Washington State, but: http://komonews.com/news/local/granny-oldest-southern-resident-orca-to-date-in-puget-sound-dies I know she's not a person, but dammit that whale has been a pod matriarch here since before my parents were born. I'm really tryi...
by Opus_723
Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/21/boeing-ceo-vows-to-build-new-air-force-one-for-less-after-trump-complaints.html I'm not much of a businessperson, but I'm not sure why Boeing caved on this (Lockheed too). Maybe it's just because I live in Washington, but it seemed like Boeing had plenty o...
by Opus_723
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm a scientifically minded person, and I certainly understand the inclination to do a cost-benefit analysis. I even think it's a helpful exercise. But frankly, I don't really care if some islands are increasing in area when the salmon run in my state is collapsing due to warmer water. I just want p...
by Opus_723
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Speaking as a young liberal in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not sure *I* understand the violent protests here. But I've never lived in Seattle or Portland. In the medium-sized cities, we're seeing lots of peaceful protesting, but it always seems to turn violent in the two big ones. Maybe there's just...
by Opus_723
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Speaking as a young liberal in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not sure *I* understand the violent protests here. But I've never lived in Seattle or Portland. In the medium-sized cities, we're seeing lots of peaceful protesting, but it always seems to turn violent in the two big ones. Maybe there's just...
by Opus_723
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Speaking as a young liberal in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not sure *I* understand the violent protests here. But I've never lived in Seattle or Portland. In the medium-sized cities, we're seeing lots of peaceful protesting, but it always seems to turn violent in the two big ones. Maybe there's just ...
by Opus_723
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

this is what you voted for: https://twitter.com/i/moments/796417517157830656 Let's not ignore this either. Geez, that video is going to hang around for a long time. It wouldn't matter now if there ended up being a hundred violent pro-Trump incidents to every one anti-Trump attack. This one is on vi...
by Opus_723
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm really curious about some of the demographics of the vote. I mean, it's possible that Trump performed better with minorities than Romney, but, you know, that seems weird. Is there any way to distinguish, using the data that's collected, between increased Trump support among the demographic vs. l...
by Opus_723
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551377

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The rhetoric from republican voters towards dems has been horrific for years, it's hardly one way. Apparently republicans are much thinner skinned though. They elected the right leader then... Oh, please. Both sides do it, but don't pretend only one side gets scandalized when a simple phrase as &qu...
by Opus_723
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 45100

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I don't believe that will be forthcoming. That he "reads papers and the people who do the maths agree with him" was the citation I got for water not being an important greenhouse gas (and that it is, in fact, the reverse: that warming causes water vapor, and water vapor cannot hold heat b...
by Opus_723
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth-mass planet found in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri
Replies: 27
Views: 3876

Re: Earth-mass planet found in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri

The current strategy is to go either super small, or to use nukes. Rough math was like the US/Russian nuclear inventory converted into nuclear pulse rocket engine would get you to .2c speed. Not too shabby without super science, eh? Pssssh. Barely anything weird happens at .2c. If you're only going...

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