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by bantler
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

gmalivuk wrote:Again, that's the mindset if the person is Black. It's quite a bit less common for white mass shooters, somehow.


Black hands look like guns.
by bantler
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

But it's usually for the greater good to shoot people who seem to be brandishing a weapon after running over dozens of people. How is it for the greater good? If you capture him alive you can obtain information about his support network, why he went down this path and so on. All things useful eithe...
by bantler
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think it really does emphasise that it's all in the mindset and the training. Cops in the US have a deeply safety-first culture, whereas in other countries the police realise it's for the greater good to use as little force as possible. That is amazing restraint. But it's usually for the greater ...
by bantler
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9230

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

da Doctah wrote:Swift is a great example of a particular form of misunderstanding: people who assume everything is meant seriously.

I refer to such people as suffering from an irony deficiency.


It's easy to write off her early work as shallow and immature, but reputation has some wicked cuts.
by bantler
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Again, dude, where the hell did you grow up that these two guys would've been dressed like "low class thugs"? I'm sorry that you had to get caught in the middle of a dance off between the Dukes of Dolce and Gabbana-Rama before they put aside their differences to control the local supply o...
by bantler
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

People who adopt the aesthetic of a punker, metal-head, skin-head, black-panther, thug etc. also adopt the attitude and perception. They have freely and gladly chosen the perception of menacing. It's not racist to be afraid of people who purposefully dress and act to intimidate. That's exactly how ...
by bantler
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

People who adopt the aesthetic of a punker, metal-head, skin-head, black-panther, thug etc. also adopt the attitude and perception. They have freely and gladly chosen the perception of menacing. It's not racist to be afraid of people who purposefully dress and act to intimidate. That's exactly how t...
by bantler
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Mutex wrote:White people don't tend to get arrested for having beards and sweatpants.


Beards and sweatpants are often denied service.
That look is all the rage amongst the homeless drug-addict crowd.
by bantler
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

↶ I see white drug-addicts and homeless people denied rest-room keys and asked to leave establishments all the time. If they don't leave the police escort them out. Denying service isn't inherently racist. Sure, sometimes it's classist or ableist, too. But if a white person has to be high or homele...
by bantler
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940121

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I see white drug-addicts and homeless people denied rest-room keys and asked to leave establishments all the time.
If they don't leave the police escort them out. Denying service isn't inherently racist.
by bantler
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17331

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

If you classically peel the stem in 3 parts, the skins dangle and rub your hand disgustingly while you're eating.
If you break the spine on the small end with your thumbs you can extract the meat without dangle.
by bantler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 15064

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

da Doctah wrote:I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.


The satirical 80's book: Real Men Don't Eat Quiche
by bantler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

Haha holy shit. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/16/michael-cohen-client-list-526288 The legal battle over federal investigators' raids on President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen took an unexpected turn Monday as an attorney identified Fox News host Sean Hannity as one of Cohen...
by bantler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 6479

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." As good a course of action today as it was two thousand years ago. "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of chil...
by bantler
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10561

Re: Census Dickery

I don't believe the question should be on there... the legal purpose of the census is to count the number of people living in an area, not to determine the citizenship or any other legal status of those people. Anything that would discourage people from answering defeats the purpose. It does no goo...
by bantler
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10561

Re: Census Dickery

The census should NOT count illegal immigrants towards representation. That tally is intended for citizens only; not German tourists, not Russian diplomats, not dogs, cats or illegals.
by bantler
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Just go one step further; sit down in your easy-chair and don your VR glasses.
by bantler
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

It takes roughly a gallon of jet fuel to move 100 pounds on a domestic flight (at an industry average price of $3.05 a gallon). Weight-costs add up quickly and multiply out to millions $ per year. So, with those numbers, a 200 pound person with ninety pounds of luggage costs less than nine dollars....
by bantler
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

My point about weight was that the overall cost structure for airfare should be based on weight carried since that's what drives the actual cost to the airline. I don't think that's true at all. It's a bit cheaper to fly an empty plane across the country, but not much. It's pretty much a fixed cost...
by bantler
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

First Class should board first and into the back of the plane. Important people shouldn't be subjected to the parade of filth. Departure is trickier; They need a rear exit to depart first AND avoid the riff-raff. There *is* a rear exit. More than one even. If they were willing to utilize all of the...
by bantler
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8698

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

First Class should board first and into the back of the plane. Important people shouldn't be subjected to the parade of filth.
Departure is trickier; They need a rear exit to depart first AND avoid the riff-raff.
by bantler
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

Mutex wrote:Drew Miller, the Libertarian received 0.6% of the vote. I predict angry Rep voters blaming him for splitting the vote (as presumably a large enough proportion of libertarian voters would otherwise vote GOP).


Good. The Dems have been eating Green Party losses for decades.
by bantler
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

Many of those same Republicans would say you're getting that backward. That churches are just one of the more obvious institutions by which individuals can actually contribute toward helping the poor with their own money, time, and effort, while Democrats get to forego all of that without guilt bec...
by bantler
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

The Democrats do not have some deep conspiracy to keep folks poor and dependent to ensure their political future. That's Fox-spin. The Republicans are not trying to buoy up the churches out of Christian charity; they just don't want to pay taxes. You mean to tell me that neither party engages in va...
by bantler
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

I just don't understand anyone supporting trump at this point. The only two reasons I can possibly see are that they are financially benefiting directly, or that they are so incredibly ignorant they don't know anything about politics. We're about 60 weeks into his presidency, and every week someone...
by bantler
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

I rode Nate Silver's 538 train every day in 2016 until the fatal catastrophe of November 8th. After that gruesome pileup I'm too scarred to ever again put my faith in polls, math, and possibly humanity.
by bantler
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

Lets say the meeting actually happens. Trump and Kim sit down at a table, face to face. Can anyone genuinely see that going well? He seems to be a lot friendlier with people when he's actually face to face with them, but with Kim? I just can't see the meeting lasting more than five minutes. Minus t...
by bantler
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

That last part always seems to get left out of discussions about the housing crash... people act like the banks did all of this on their own and - of course - use that as a reason to call for government to step in and control them... the reality is, a lot of their bad lending behavior was practical...
by bantler
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

Trump to be the first US President to meet with a North Korean Dictator since the Korean War started. Kim Jung Un said to be interested in discussing denuclearazing the peninsula. Honestly, if this really happens. With proof. I don't see how trump loses in 2020. Democrats will care as little about ...
by bantler
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Inequality means that regular people don't have as much stable income or wealth. The greater the inequality, the further the middle class can fall. The 2008 crash came because of predatory lending and over-lending to regular citizens who were poorer because of inequality. There's a lot of evidence ...
by bantler
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

elasto wrote:Hey, maybe that's how to fix the violence in the Middle East too, what with all those terrorists addicted to GTA and all...


It's unfair that female jihadists aren't allowed to drive stolen cars.
by bantler
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Being able to raise funding does not require income inequality, just organizations with the ability to raise funds; hell, you could build an entire factory off of a loan. On top of that, inequality leads to lower demand for factory-made goods, so it's possible the inequality itself reduces the dema...
by bantler
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I don't have any problem with people giving their kids a head start so long as people who have a head start don't also get a speed boost because of it. (At least, so long as that speed boost is coming at the expense of the speed of the kids in the rear). Or to put it back in literal terms, I don't ...
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Military conquest has been making the top countries rich for millennia. Well, that and slavery. It turns out free-labor is a tremendous boon to economies. No question Kid B has to work harder and make better choices to equalize with Kid A, but that's hardly the downfall of American Society. Not jus...
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Thesh wrote:I would suggest that capitalism itself is not known to work...


How many centuries will count as successfully working?
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21931

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Bloopy wrote:If a pedestrian looks like they might be about to cross the road, human drivers will be more cautious around them.


I find if cars look like they are not cautiously slowing down to stop, pedestrians stay on the sidewalk.
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

Saying {your politician} is bad because he blocks legislation, but it's ok when {my politician} does is doubletalk. And yes, it depends what legislation is being blocked. All of this provides the context for the accusation, and context is important, lest it merely be ad hominum. Jose Like Babbitt, ...
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

A literally luck of the lottery in two otherwise identical lives, not diluted by time, but multiplied by it. That's the problem. It's only a problem for Kid B, and only if he decides to live his life with the exact same parameters as Kid A. No question Kid B has to work harder and make better choic...
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541755

Re: Trump presidency

elasto wrote:Why not join those of us on both the D and R sides who are happy to judge each person on their merits? Yes, there are precious few of us, but people walking away is only going to contribute to ever more polarisation, which is not a good thing.


What if one side has no merits?
by bantler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I resent those born into misfortune. They had the impetus and drive to strive and thrive and succeed to overcome circumstances. It's nearly impossible for comfortable middle-class gents like myself to catch a break. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/17-rich-and-famous-people-who-were-once-hom...

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