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by elasto
Mon May 14, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

If all three parties - the US, Israel and Palestine - call it an embassy then it is an embassy no matter how small it might be right now.

All three want to play up the significance of this - each playing to their home crowd - and it's a step backwards for peace no matter how you slice it.
by elasto
Mon May 14, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

(Ninja'd but posting anyway) Meanwhile, Trump presses on with his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East: At least 41 Palestinians have been killed and 1,800 wounded by Israeli troops in clashes on the Gaza border, Palestinian officials say. The violence came as the US opened its embassy in Jerus...
by elasto
Thu May 10, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Here's another video that speaks volumes about the culture in the police force: A police officer tries to direct a groundhog over a road it is trying to cross. When it doesn't comply and instead waddles towards him, he takes careful aim and shoots it. Spoiler for content disturbing to some: link &qu...
by elasto
Thu May 10, 2018 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

Having Bolton around is bad, and Israel's penchant for disproportionate responses ratchets up the dangers as well. A single Iranian rocket launcher fired 20 or so rockets at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights overnight - not one of which injured a single person or damaged any equipment as per us...
by elasto
Thu May 10, 2018 10:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

Sometimes the best person to deliver peace is a crazy or a warmonger - they carry a credible threat. However, I'm not convinced that war with Iran is a credible prospect - either in terms of being feasible militarily or in political terms. Not with the debacles in Iran and Afghanistan still ringing ...
by elasto
Thu May 10, 2018 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Relative Light Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 2544

Re: Relative Light Speed

(Then, once you get your head round all that, realise that it's all totally wrong* too, and spacetime isn't really continuous like Relativity supposes but instead it's all quantized, composed of 'strings' or 'loops' that are a billionth of a billionth the size of a proton...) *for some definitions o...
by elasto
Thu May 10, 2018 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

Agreed. Saying a deal is bad because it doesn't force Iran to slavishly submit every aspect of itself to foreign judgement is just shortsighted. Heck, the US doesn't even recognise the jurisdiction of the ICJ so much does it value its utter sovereignty. Why is there an expectation that other countri...
by elasto
Wed May 09, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

Yes. Well... Pakistan supported the Taliban prior to Al Qaeda's killing of thousands of US citizens, and gave Bin Laden safe haven for years afterwards. Saudi Arabia fosters an extreme fundamentalism which gave birth to Bin Laden and others. In terms of direct damage to US interests, seems like the...
by elasto
Wed May 09, 2018 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

This has seriously undermined the moderates in Iran, Rouhani was already struggling and this has doomed him and the entire moderate faction. He'll be gone, and a serious hardliner will take his place That's the most tragic thing about this really. Trump isn't simply a joke president, an amusing sid...
by elasto
Wed May 09, 2018 9:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

I don't like the Iran deal. But what's worse than a terrible deal, is breaking that deal. Why make any deals with the US, if the next guy will just reneg on the deals? That's exactly what they are saying publicly in Iran. Even the reformers are saying it would be 'naive' to trust the US again. It's...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

No, the goal of investment is not to improve efficiency. The goal of investment in a for-profit business is to make profits, and profits do not represent efficiency, they represent the bargaining power difference between producers and the workers and consumers, and indicate the markets are not effi...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

If they are coming at the expense of wages and higher prices, then it is a net benefit to the people who earn profits, and a net loss to everyone else. That is such short-term thinking though. Yes, profits reinvested today mean lower wages or higher prices today , but the goal of investment (which ...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

Imagine a Walmart or other big box store that embraced a gig model. They have a pool of employees who are qualified to work, and a webapp that manages this. Schedules are available however far in advance is convenient for the company, and workers can sign up to take shifts whenever they wish. It ma...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

The point is to ask where net profits are better for anyone but the person those profits are going to. Net profits are good for anyone the person who gets net profits spends them with. This is why society encourages investing and spending rather than hoarding. The same unit of money makes a lot of ...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

Politicians should be investing their portion of the fruits of capitalism in things like Universal Healthcare, Universal Education, Universal Legal Aid, Universal Income and so on. Yes, the numbers don't add up to do all of that right now but we might only be a century or two away from the equivale...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 10:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

Besides, name one area in which net profits are inherently beneficial and not only potentially beneficial because of the hypothetical advantages of the ability it grants people to grow their wealth. I can't believe you really mean this. Net profits are inherently beneficial on a personal level beca...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

We're not comparing free markets to command economies. We are comparing free market socialism to free market capitalism. You'll have to explain what you mean by 'free market socialism' then. I have already said I think that, out of all the economies around in the world today, the Scandinavian count...
by elasto
Thu May 03, 2018 12:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

Based on what? Based on the fact that countries with free markets have experienced faster economic growth than countries without them throughout history. Can you name a counter-example? You might think China but, having lived there, it's basically a libertarian's wet dream: It's so corrupt that if ...
by elasto
Wed May 02, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick Burning Paper
Replies: 47
Views: 4297

Re: Quick Burning Paper

With text on both sides surely all you need to do is take a picture of all the strips one way round, reverse them, take another picture, and it's an equivalent problem to solving a one-sided piece of paper twice as big.
by elasto
Wed May 02, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1446

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

Capitalism is very good at allocating capital and labour into projects that make the most money. The government's role should be to ensure that 'making heaps of money' and 'benefiting society as a whole' roughly correlate. So, 'making a better apple picking machine' is to be encouraged, because ever...
by elasto
Wed May 02, 2018 7:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6431
Views: 498050

Re: Trump presidency

Donald Trump's former doctor has said he did not write a 2015 letter declaring the then-Republican presidential candidate's "astonishingly excellent" health, US media report. "[Trump] dictated that whole letter," Harold Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. The White House has not yet ...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

the case you describe has already diagnosed and an established history of mental health problems. If the person in question doesn't have a history or existing diagnosis of mental problems you have to establish that he does before you can intervene, and if they aren't willing to see a mental health ...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The mental health intervention requires a conviction, which requires a (successful) prosecution. You can't intervene in someone's life without the court finding such an intervention is necessary. To establish otherwise is to severely curtail freedoms we take for granted. I'm not sure that's true. I...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Sure... but even if they assume that someone broke in to borrow your car, the time and resources it would take to actually track down who did it would not be worthwhile for most departments. They simply don't have the resources. They could take a few hours to find a usable print, and then a few mor...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Eh... actually it's not that unusual for cars to be taken and returned. Sometimes for use in crime, sometimes for simple utility - they need a car, you have a car. Sometimes just for fun. The returning the keys where they were is a bit more noteworthy; but frankly - and don't take this personally -...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

cphite: I feel like you missed the point. Taking a car and then returning it (including returning the keys where they came from in my house!) is a highly unusual act. Either it's been taken to be used in a crime they are trying to frame on me - which should be treated incredibly seriously - or there...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4060
Views: 529112

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As for the importation, yeah, avoiding accidental importing of invasive species is good, I suppose, but ridiculous fines probably make people less honest, not more. And "delta handed me the apple" is probably not much of a risk. Not really a good use of fines. The intent of the law might ...
by elasto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

To look at cop shows, you'd think that cops, yknow, actually investigate and what not. Most of time, eh, they can just about be bothered to write up a report. Sometimes they don't even want to do that. I had a vehicle totally destroyed recently by vandals, and someone even saw the two who did it. D...
by elasto
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I remember reading or watching something with regards to dictatorships, and how they were better at protecting the environment since the people in charge would still expect to be in charge 20 years later when the shit hit the fan and didnt have to worry too much about keeping citizens happy. I thin...
by elasto
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The cops first duty is to protect. I'd put it before serve. Insight and support-network info is worth far less than casualties, even an officers. But 'insight and support-network info' means less casualties tomorrow. It's the same reason Scandinavian prisons focus so heavily on rehabilitation, mean...
by elasto
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

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 elasto
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In contrast with the 149 pages of this thread, I thought this was illuminating: The calm actions of a police officer who arrested the Toronto van suspect without firing a shot have prompted praise and, in some quarters, astonishment. Video from the scene shows suspect Alek Minassian pointing an obje...
by elasto
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4060
Views: 529112

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A woman says she is facing a $500 fine from the US customs agency after a free apple she was given as a snack on a plane was found in her bag. Crystal Tadlock, travelling to the US from Paris, said she was saving the fruit for her onward flight to Denver. But the apple was found in a random search ...
by elasto
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

except no the police really don't! have to just believe people that someone is causing a disturbance when there is NO SIGN they are causing a disturbance. they literally do not have to. they can use their judgement and say sorry but this person is doing nothing wrong, and go! Either you are missing...
by elasto
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The starbucks manager and the cops were both wrong here and it's tiring but unsurprising to me that so many people defend what happened as "well that's just how it had to be." the world we live in, the world y'all are actively defending with that rationale, is a world where for the crime ...
by elasto
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Wait, does the business have to prove they were justified, or does the plaintiff have to prove the business was discriminatory? IANAL but a quick googling suggests to me it would be dealt with in the civil courts not the criminal, so it would be on the basis of 'on the balance of probabilities'. If...
by elasto
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Actually, there is a huge difference between a private residence and a business that is open to the public. For example, a private residence has a right to deny entry to anyone, whereas a public business does not. A public business has to be able to justify their denial of entry, sure, but that's n...
by elasto
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The manager who called the police has now 'left the company', and all 8,000 Starbucks branches in the US are going to close for an afternoon for 'racial bias training'. Zohar, I agree that this was a 'shitty situation period', but not all shitty situations can be prevented, sometimes they can only b...
by elasto
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So how do you think the police should be dealing with people on private property without permission? Yes, they should be escorted out and let go, but it sounds like the police tried to do that and the pair refused (rightly believing that the staff should rescind their refusal to grant permission, an...
by elasto
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6330
Views: 921476

Re: Police misbehavior thread

"It's hard to be critical of the police" in this case means you basically are OK with people having to spend the night in jail for no reason other than their blackness. Like, if everything went "by the book", that's an acceptable and reasonable result? It means I'm ok with peopl...

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