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by lutzj
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Sends Troops to Combat Ebola
Replies: 33
Views: 7152

Re: US Sends Troops to Combat Ebola

A huge pandemic will obliterate the economy, and thus worsen unemployment. On the other hand, the ratio of land/capital to labor increases if population decreases. If the world's population suddenly crashed to 1000 I can guarantee that every able-bodied adult who wanted gainful employment could fin...
by lutzj
Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954370

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Police mistake interacial couple for a John and a prostitute. Apparently a black woman can't kiss a white man in public without being paid. TMZ got audio of the police stop. Apparently witnesses had reported them for having sex in the car with the door open, and she was detained for refusing to ide...
by lutzj
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954370

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No, actually, a law enforcement agency that is vastly nonrepresentational of the population it supposedly serves and protects is a problem regardless of why it happened. Because if you put a majority white organization enforcing laws in a majority black community, the racism of the hiring decisions...
by lutzj
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954370

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Who the fuck cares if Brown robbed the store? He's innocent until proven guilty by a judge or jury - which he never will be now that he's dead - so the police officer killed an innocent man. If we find out after the fact that the man was guilty, it doesn't matter - the police officer's motivations ...
by lutzj
Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 27807

Re: Wealth taxation

Land value tax is kind of a weird thing that might have made sense 100 years ago, but doesn't really make sense today. Land was wealth back in the day, but today most wealth is not in land. Looking at a report from the 2005* (sorry, on my phone, no link for you because I can't get the real link fro...
by lutzj
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 27807

Re: Wealth taxation

A better version is a Land value tax as at least thats hard to move out of the coutry Yes, it's harder to move out of the country. No it's not "better" -- it's regressive towards middle class homeowners and would merely be pulling back existing subsidies from agriculture (and hitting indu...
by lutzj
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954370

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They don't need to, this discussion just doesn't exist to worry about it. That... is really kind of the point? I'm not sure if you're catastrophically misunderstanding what was being said here. I think leady meant that when a white person is shot by police, there usually isn't a media frenzy or rio...
by lutzj
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954370

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Has the police department explained why the officer shot Michael Brown instead of tasing or pepper spraying him? I don't know enough about the situation to say what the officer's ideal response would have been, but it seems like a taser or pepper spray would be a hell of a lot closer than opening f...
by lutzj
Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954370

Re: Police misbehavior thread

We probably have to wait on physical evidence on this one. Answering questions like "was Brown shot in the back, front, or side?" and "did they fight beforehand?" seems like it would help clear things up. The release of the convenience-store footage seems to be a willful distract...
by lutzj
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 124233

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Also I guess statistics back me up on the idea that stand your ground laws are used by juries to disproportionately extend reasonable doubt to white folks who kill black folks. There's a smaller but pronounced uptick in justifiability for black people killing other black people. (Reading more caref...
by lutzj
Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 124233

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Can you make a citizens arrest in Florida, and if so, do you need probable cause? Because I'm running scenarios in my mind of what the fuck Zimmerman thought he was going to do. Because if he captured Martin without getting his ass kicked, since Martin was innocent Zimmerman would basically be comm...
by lutzj
Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)
Replies: 202
Views: 25598

Re: Gender-charged Twitter Drama (Adria Richards)

Also, there is a massive difference between a workplace (such as PyCon) and a public place (such as a park). I'm not familiar with PyCon in particular, but it seems to me that an industry convention is much closer to public than a workplace, especially since most people there weren't doing any work...
by lutzj
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul Filibusters for Real
Replies: 81
Views: 6841

Re: Rand Paul Filibusters for Real

Telchar wrote:And no, marriage is not a state issue.


Constitutionally, it ought to be. Better yet, make it a non-governmental issue.
by lutzj
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How essential has religion been in holding society together?
Replies: 78
Views: 27619

Re: How essential has religion been in holding society toget

Well, one example would be the role of the Catholic Church in preserving knowledge after the fall of Rome. For nearly five centuries, the vast majority of people who could actually read and write were monastic, and most of the classical literature and knowledge from before the fall of Rome survived...
by lutzj
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 199
Views: 40932

Re: Health Insurance

More generally, I strongly object to any suggestion of fundamental human rights that require taking something from one person and giving it to another (which universal healthcare must). It denigrates the actual fundamental human rights and implies the existence of situations where one's human right...
by lutzj
Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks
Replies: 30
Views: 4244

Re: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks

In Miami, dozens of convicted sex offenders camped under a bridge, unable to find any other shelter, until the encampment was broken up several years ago. Another camp in Miami, where a dozen offenders slept on the sidewalk, was dispersed last year when Marc Sarnoff, a city commissioner, had three ...
by lutzj
Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14958
Views: 2351520

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

Well, so did New Jersey.
by lutzj
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pope to Leave his post at the end of the month
Replies: 84
Views: 15287

Re: The Pope to Leave his post at the end of the month

So what I sort of mean is that these absurd traditions are killing the Roman Catholic church but the absurd traditions are also keeping the Roman Catholic church alive. Change in the Church comes slow, even in response to crises like the Reformation. It operates on a scale and timeframe incomparabl...
by lutzj
Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness
Replies: 40
Views: 5372

Re: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness

I'd add that opportunity costs need to be considered as well. An old friend of mine has spent most of the last decade in Hawaii, working as few hours as he can in low-stress jobs and spending the rest of his time enjoying the beaches. (As he put it, "I wait to surf.") On paper, he's gettin...
by lutzj
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Swartz prosecutor attempts to steal $1.5 million property
Replies: 11
Views: 3890

Re: Swartz prosecutor attempts to steal $1.5 million propert

Yeah but the cash is looking at 25 to life. Seriously though in that case there wasn't even drugs present the charge was intent. This is the reason we have the 2nd amendment right here. When the government can take your property for no reason even if you are found not guilty of any charges or not e...
by lutzj
Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344708

Re: Gun Control

"No, we side with gun control groups, militia means national guard. Therefore, government is free to prohibit guns to everyone else." See, that easy. If you'd like, we can discuss other issues that seem obvious, but stem from SCOTUS in spoilers. They certainly could do that, although they...
by lutzj
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344708

Re: Gun Control

"Militia" in the context of US federal law refers to all able-bodied male citizens aged 17 to 45 (up to 65 for former members of the armed forces) as well as female citizens in the National Guard. The National Guard (along with the Naval Militia, although that's much less relevant today) ...
by lutzj
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344708

Re: Gun Control

the national guard (aka the militia). "Militia" in the context of US federal law refers to all able-bodied male citizens aged 17 to 45 (up to 65 for former members of the armed forces) as well as female citizens in the National Guard. The National Guard (along with the Naval Militia, alth...
by lutzj
Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: France enters Mali civil war
Replies: 53
Views: 5057

Re: France enters Mali civil war

Not sure if it is useful to call it colonialism, but it's surely meddling, it's locally impopular, and apparently Hollande used to be a vocal opponent. So is this action just a return to tradition, or is it an exception, a particularly beneficial intervention? Either way it probably comes as a welc...
by lutzj
Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sequester Part II, The Tea Party Strikes Back
Replies: 323
Views: 25386

Re: Fiscal Cliff Ends, For Now, Debt Ceiling in 2 Months

As for taxing our way out of the debt, that's inherently subjective, but it's not like taxes were much higher than they were in the late 1990s. Revenue between 1946 and 1959 peaked at 19% of GDP, but was below 18% most of the time. For comparison revenue between 1997 and 2001 stayed above 19%, peak...
by lutzj
Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)
Replies: 234
Views: 21637

Re: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)

You've got a third option, then? Work within the constraints of the system to improve the system. While doing so, remember that the system is probably not on your side. Distrusting the system is not the same as rejecting the system. Sure, but that's not a relevant path to take with regards to a cas...
by lutzj
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)
Replies: 234
Views: 21637

Re: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)

I support the prosecution of those involved, but reading the comments on the article reminded me a bit of a lynch mob. We shouldn't go "Off with their heads!" the moment the word "rape" comes up. Let's focus on giving the accused a fair trial, and trust that the system knows wha...
by lutzj
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Foreclosure fraud settlement manages to get even worse...
Replies: 27
Views: 5391

Re: Foreclosure fraud settlement manages to get even worse..

Ya, Moral Hazard. Problem people have long been aware of, but there's still not really a workable solution for it at all. But letting some go under, Wells Fargo, Bear Sterns... atleast you make it so there's no garauntee you get bailed out. You know another solution? Regulating banks by people who ...
by lutzj
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8118

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

That's assuming the law that apparently compels CoE clergy to marry anyone who asks remains in effect. As was said before, that is the problematic part of British law on the topic. The answer is not revoking civil rights, it's giving the state's clergy the freedom they shouldn't have been denied. h...
by lutzj
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)
Replies: 234
Views: 21637

Re: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)

Spoiler:
Zcorp wrote:Hereis the video Anonymous pulled out of somewhere after pictures and videos were deleted from the net.


I'd slap some sort of content warning on that, myself, per the convention around here.
by lutzj
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Government's Right to Impose Religious Restrictions
Replies: 246
Views: 45339

Re: Government's Right to Impose Religious Restrictions

What about women who wear burqa in order not to feel objectified? Not to feel judged based on physical attractiveness by a male-centric culture? What do you say to islamic feminists? Or, to turn the mirror back towards Western moralists, how would you feel about a regulation forbidding girls in sch...
by lutzj
Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Government's Right to Impose Religious Restrictions
Replies: 246
Views: 45339

Re: Government's Right to empose restrictions (religion rela

No, it has to do with children being free from the pressure of religion while within the school. Do French schools also not teach history and philosophy? Of course we do. As objectively as we are able to. Sorry to return so late, but if the idea is to purge all religious "pressures" from ...
by lutzj
Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Government's Right to Impose Religious Restrictions
Replies: 246
Views: 45339

Re: Government's Right to empose restrictions (religion rela

jules.LT wrote:No, it has to do with children being free from the pressure of religion while within the school.


Do French schools also not teach history and philosophy?
by lutzj
Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax Avoidance, ideas to stop
Replies: 33
Views: 7484

Re: Tax Avoidance, ideas to stop

In a perfect world, I would eliminate all taxes except for income tax, and I would sum all sources of income together when calculating income (including capital gains). People are always going to try to dodge taxes, but corporations have the most influence and resources available to dodge taxes. If...
by lutzj
Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fired for being hot
Replies: 86
Views: 13733

Re: Fired for being hot

There's a minimum amount of severance up here, which increases with length of employment (1.4 weeks per year of service), and EI, both of which make being fired without cause not a huge burden. From some quick wiki-ing, it doesn't look like there is similar guaranteed severance in the states. This ...
by lutzj
Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 49984

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

There's certainly correlation, but that doesn't mean it makes sense for such an organization to alienate people outside of that correlation. Interestingly enough, while there is bias along party lines, it's not nearly as strong as you guessed. Republicans are more likely than democrats to own firea...
by lutzj
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quebec Student Protests
Replies: 46
Views: 7885

Re: Quebec Student Protests

A better educated population overall benefits everyone indirectly. More inventions, better business practices, more teachers for secondary education, more doctors/nurses/professional workers, etc. Unless those professionals are working for the same wage as store clerks and secretaries, they are ben...
by lutzj
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344708

Re: Gun Control

You don't see a concealed firearm until it's being displayed. That's kind of the point. It won't delay threat identification because if you don't ever see it you don't have to try to figure out if it's illegal or not. That's for sufficiently well concealed firearms, but whatever. That wasn't the ma...
by lutzj
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 49984

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Those who say that we can probably save more lives from gun violence by helping the mentally ill or poor aren't heard in the press. When's the last time you heard a gun owner go on the media and promote the general welfare? Well, they sure like to talk about mental health care when their precious g...
by lutzj
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344708

Re: Gun Control

Police forces are physically incapable of arriving in time to prevent an act of violence or to protect citizens from harm. They're also not legally obligated to in any jurisdiction I know of. (Warning: the linked case involves rape, and may shake one's confidence in relying on the police for self-d...

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