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by cphite
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 67758

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

It's a real effect that will likely produce negative unintended consequences if we don't address it. I mean, you cite "huge consequences", but when have you ever seen someone punished based on nothing but one accusation? It's either a multitude of accusations or there's a bunch of other e...
by cphite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

My point was simply that it's kinda weak to blame this latest Trump buffoonery for derailing the process. The process hasn't really been on the rails for a long time now... Well it certainly doesn't help, and his actions have directly led to violence between the two sides. True. It doesn't help; no...
by cphite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I'm gonna call "bullshit" on the claim Netanyahu is interested in peace. All he wants is to remain in power, and he believes the best way to do so is to instill fear in people, so peace would be counter to his goals. Fair enough. Neither side has really shown any interest in a reali...
by cphite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

However it was not acted upon, because each president has known that the action would have negative impacts on the middle east peace talks, specifically in angering Palestine. Each and every president from Bill Clinton onward has known what the negative impacts would be, and yet each and every one ...
by cphite
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1024804

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I always thought the homeless vets was exaggerated. Based on...? Ask any homeless guy and of course he has a sob story. As opposed to what? Are you really expecting to hear happy stories from people about how they ended up living on the street? Vets have lots of bonuses when it comes to getting gov...
by cphite
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 6461

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Anyone else excited for this? Personally, I'm not sure how they're going to work everything in without it seeming forced, but even their worst so far has been as good or better than DC's offerings, and it's not like there's a successful film template for this. I really wish they'd cut down on the n...
by cphite
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 67758

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I think the only real total long-term solution to this problem, like so many others, is to eliminate the power differentials that enable it. Not all power differentials, which as has been rightly pointed out is impossible, but the kind that are severe enough to constitute coercive force sufficient ...
by cphite
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 67758

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm not saying the manager can't date any intern, just not the interns in their chain of command. That's already the law for the military, and it mostly seems to work. Mostly. I mean, the only problem I can see would be the case of CFO and CEO; still a massive power imbalance, but I get the impress...
by cphite
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 67758

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The people that go into politics are the popular, outgoing kids in high school that rarely got rejected for dates and never had boundaries slapped on them. Of course they wind up as dirty old men harassing the interns. Politics, public media, celebrities, corporate leadership, military leadership, ...
by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

At the end of the day what will matter is the results. If the changes result in economic growth, and that growth results in better jobs and better pay for people, the GOP will win big. If the growth doesn't materialize, or doesn't translate into better jobs and pay, the GOP will lose big. Given wha...
by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not sure that Trump's base is "okay" with having their taxes raised and services cut (I'm pretty sure they would scream bloody murder if you straight up said you planned to do that in those terms to their faces), as they are just unaware or unwilling to believe that that's going to ha...
by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not sure that Trump's base is "okay" with having their taxes raised and services cut (I'm pretty sure they would scream bloody murder if you straight up said you planned to do that in those terms to their faces), as they are just unaware or unwilling to believe that that's going to ha...
by cphite
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 619628

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... or a rather clever NorK manages to make the chemical attack in Tokyo look like the work of some weird cult or the chemical attack at the NFL championship look like the work of a lone white nutjob with deep-rooted mental issues or a radicalised fundamentalist whose behaviour is the responsibilit...
by cphite
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 14844

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Liri wrote:why the h**k is this in N&A


Because he's asking about an article?

Most of the discussions in this sub-forum are about articles after they've been written; he's discussing his before it was written. Just a matter of timing.
by cphite
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 14844

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

People want to know, before they make the plans and spend the money, if the event is going to have what they want to see. The problem is that these article are written after the event. If they came out before, then I would understand. Yeah, but these events are often annual, and they're usually fai...
by cphite
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 14844

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Like, why would I care if so-and-so was signed autographs or if the art section was poorly organized? The people who go to comic cons are often pretty fanatical about them... they want to meet so-and-so and get autographs, or they want to see an awesome art display. And these events aren't exactly ...
by cphite
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 619628

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As for the argument that we would need concealable weapons in the event of an occupation, such an argument is actually supporting war crimes in that soldiers hiding as civilians violates the Geneva conventions. Civilians who arm themselves and fight during wartime would be considered Irregular forc...
by cphite
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2847

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

People these days are too quick to dismiss things that aren't proven by study... if mediation makes you feel better, then it works. I get great results from meditation, and know a lot of other people who do. That those results aren't adequately explained or described by a study don't change that th...
by cphite
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

The indictment says the money laundering continued through 2016. At least 2016, in fact. And smart money says the Manafort/Gates indictment is more about pressuring them to flip and start cooperating on the main investigation, anyway. The relevant stuff, if your intent is to establish a connection ...
by cphite
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

Because news of the indictment is more important to them than the actual indictment. They're beating the grass to startle the snakes. There is simply no way a special prosecutor and his team of a dozen investigators are going to be even remotely satisfied with Manafort and this list of charges afte...
by cphite
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2847

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

There's also a scientific sense in which "just placebo affect" = "not really a thing," whereas cultivating a placebo effect can be the entire point of meditation. If you determine that there is no causal mechanism outside of one's own mind, sounds like what meditation advertises...
by cphite
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

You mean other than the guy that worked for the Trump campaign who just confessed to colluding with Russia? He admitted to lying to the FBI not to actual collusion. They clearly don't have enough evidence to get him on collusion. Though I'm not sure what the actual crime would be there, presumably ...
by cphite
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

Trump supporters definitely seem to be getting increasingly desperate and shrieky lately. To be fair, a lot of the Trump opposition isn't any less desperate and shreiky... every other day it seems there is another headline that amounts to "this will be the thing that gets Trump impeached"...
by cphite
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

Huh. I wonder if there is any single company on the planet up to the task of refitting an entire country's electrical grid. One company can absolutely refit Puerto Rico. In terms of size, Puerto Rico is tiny and their infrastructure is small even for their size. A better question is, should a compa...
by cphite
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 42904

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

As stated before, the Spanish constitution contradicts international law on this matter so is irrelevant. You keep saying this, but territorial integrity is also a matter of international law. And even a cursory google search seems to indicate there's no common consensus on whether self-determinati...
by cphite
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

I hope you daughters enjoy their artwork. Perhaps you should tell them that the gentleman in question has his finger on red button marked launch. Maybe they will get that sense of fear that I have. Right, because it's important to stress kids out with bad information, about shit that is completely ...
by cphite
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 221605

Re: Citizen's Wage

I have enough to afford a decent standard of living and save for retirement, but not much more. I would have to give up on saving and significantly downgrade my house, if your plan were to be put in place. I'm trying not to be insensitive to your circumstances, in no small part because I myself am ...
by cphite
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 221605

Re: Citizen's Wage

... Yeah, I know how Google and Facebook make money. Does that mean their capital is "socially produced", as in, I should get a share of those earnings because I worked hard to post on Facebook/search on Google? I get the impression you agree that that argument is garbage, but you never a...
by cphite
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 221605

Re: Citizen's Wage

“Firstly the technologies were funded by some government grant; secondly every time you search for something on Google, you contribute to Google’s capital,” he said. “And who gets the returns from capital? Google, not you. “So now there is no doubt capital is being socially produced, and the return...
by cphite
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 619628

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You guys keep assuming I'm having good ideas, when I already said I don't. In any case, I never said outlaw these pieces of writing. I said curate, and notify, and provide more information. Well, they are already offering to do that, but it's very tricky. On what basis are "they" qualifie...
by cphite
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8345
Views: 695193

Re: Trump presidency

It was reported that Sec of State Tillerson called Trump a "moron", along with other comments. Tillerson went to the press to deny the other comments and, when asked, refused to address the moron comment. I wonder how close we are to the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment and declaring t...
by cphite
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 16752

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I dunno man. The Mandala effect proves that people are able to live with the perception of massive unexplained changes without substantively altering their lifestyle, even if they do change their metaphysical views or whatever. It proves no such thing. The Mandala Effect is about people misremember...
by cphite
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 16752

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So an average simulation could consist of mostly very primitive pathfinding AI, a few linguistic expert systems, and only a handful of genuine human or above human intelligences, without cuing anyone in. Once the behavior of the individual is predictable, you know the exact amount of computation re...
by cphite
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 16752

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So, here are the premises: 1. It will be possible to simulate human level intelligence in our lifetimes 2. It will be possible to use brain scanning technology to clone the patterns of conscious personality that compose a human being within our lifetimes 3. Regulation regarding this will move more ...
by cphite
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 52573

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Yeah, I agree that forcibly separating people ideologically has some very severe and obvious problems. I was implicitly suggesting an alternative. Allow the states more autonomy and people can freely choose to live somewhere that more closely matches their political philosophy. No force necessary a...
by cphite
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 52573

Re: Breaking Up the United States

this seems a bit too impossible and unlikely to happen but i just wanna say i think that it's really smart if we could separate people by their beliefs into territories a bit more directly. get lots of diversity in terms of what different states can do. that way one group of people can keep their b...
by cphite
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 71297

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

The morality of antifa violence. So aside from a snide Normandy vs Dresden response, I ask again what is the limit of the violence that people here are deeming morally acceptable? And perhaps more importantly, how are you drawing that line? For me, an imminent threat of bodily harm justifies a viol...
by cphite
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 71297

Re: The same fucking thread it's been this entire time.

↶ I don't read minds and I have no idea why you chose that example. Because it was the only thing I could think of that would make it an interesting argument "coming from me". I don't understand what you think was odd about it, considering that throughout this entire thread people have ma...
by cphite
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1024804

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's the view of that one lawyer who that whole article was about. Hard to extend that to police in general without further evidence. There are tens of millions of contacts between police officers and suspects in a given year, and there are maybe 1,500-2,000 that result in someone being shot. Tha...
by cphite
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1024804

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Georgia tech student killed by police. Student was an LGBT activist. According to videos, student was holding a pocket knife and screaming "shoot me", possible mental breakdown and/or spontaneous suicide by cop, sad nonetheless, bullets are a pretty horrific treatment for mental illness. ...

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