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by Chen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 9485

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Pfhorrest wrote:Property taxes are absolutely trivial compared to rents.


House maintenance is not. Nor are the opportunity costs for the downpayments or closing costs.
by Chen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So how much of that is bluster and how much is actually real?
by Chen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 9485

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

*That's the specific problem eliminating usury solves: people stuck long-term renting something they would much rather buy, because they are unable to buy, costing them much more in the long term than buying ever would have. My parents have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on housing in their...
by Chen
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Now maybe I'm just bemoaning the decline of buggy-whip shops, but I think there's something bigger here to consider. What's that bigger thing? The whole interaction bit you talked about seems like a Red Herring. I can probably count the "enjoyable" interactions with shop keepers/employees...
by Chen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

On the one hand yeah, you get a more efficient market. Big companies have procedures, shared risks and overhead, etc. But it fucking kills the middle class. ... and this is one of the pitfalls of the relentless pursuit of "efficiency" as a societal goal. (I originally mistyped "socie...
by Chen
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should schools have police alarms?
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: Should schools have police alarms?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMLdm2rHLIU This video recommends that all schools install police alarms in addition to the fire alarms that they already have. People are responding "well, this will lead to prank lockdowns. You know how kids do fire alarm pranks? They'll be pulling the police ...
by Chen
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Ginger wrote:It's a rule at strip clubs. "Don't touch the girls or you get bounced."


That's customers touching the girls not vice versa. Also I presume this largely depends on where you're located because that's definitely not a rule up here in Montreal (either way).
by Chen
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Query: How does gun crime (or crime in general for that matter) compare to "life respecting" policies? Is it conceivable that all those countries held up as paragons of gun-controlled culture aren't so because of restrictive gun control, but because they have a policy environment that red...
by Chen
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Also, I am skeptical of the ability of the authorities to do anything like that and I am reasonably certain that reporting him wouldn't have accomplished anything like that. Skepticism confirmed! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-16/fbi-says-it-failed-to-pursue-warning-on-florida-scho...
by Chen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 6112

Re: Ideal immigration policy

If those people choose to remain non-citizens that's up to them. Yes but if the rich stay non-citizens and pay exactly what they use and the poor become citizens and then get to pay progressive taxes (less than they use), you're going to be at deficit here. The progressive taxes basically make the ...
by Chen
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 6112

Re: Ideal immigration policy

That's what the second step, the metered admission of citizens, is for. The flat fee for non-citizen residents is just to avoid the alternative of denying them all social services entirely. My point was the second step is detrimental to some people and thus they would remain non-citizen residents w...
by Chen
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 6112

Re: Ideal immigration policy

I had a thought for a combination of policies that I think solves my concerns, maybe: Let anyone into the country as a non-citizen resident, and they all quality for social services, but such persons are taxed a flat fee equal to the mean per capita cost of provisioning those services. (For my own ...
by Chen
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 6112

Re: Ideal immigration policy

right but what i mean is the idea that we should have any difficulty at all finding money for necessary services, right now, is only even there because of artificially created scarcity in place so that rich people can get even more staggeringly rich. there is many times over enough wealth in this c...
by Chen
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 301860

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

And Lord Baelish, whom she as well likes, lied about PUSHING A WOMAN TO HER DEATH. And Sansa went along with it. So, you know, relationships on that show are messed up big times. Not saying it HAS TO happen just something I might like to see? I'd rather see Sansa go with Tyrion Lannister anyways? T...
by Chen
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:Twitter.


Yeah that should have been long dead if people followed the logic of "if Trump does it, the rest of us shouldn't do it"
by Chen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 301860

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I hear from my mommy re: Theon Greyjoy is back to his senses, not "REEK" anymore, he left Bolton and so did Sansa... THEY should get together now. Whether Theon has his junk intact or not? And Lady Princess of Winterfell Sansa Stark is use to abusive men so. She could deal with Theon's ho...
by Chen
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm obviously pro but I'm curious if this has further implications on homeless people. Will there be cases suing businesses for getting rid of homeless people who are looking for a safe haven from scorching heat or freezing cold? I sure hope so. Very doubtful. In any case its probably not the rando...
by Chen
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't think clients should ever have a refund. They are forcefully dating a woman or girl so. And they don't get damaging my reputations with gossipy rumors about my healthcare practices, whether or not I left makeup marks on their stuffs or my bedroom techniques if I cancel either. Just my feels...
by Chen
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Schoolgirls and boys w/behavioral problems
Replies: 4
Views: 2629

Re: Schoolgirls and boys w/behavioral problems

Most dress codes are just standard prudishness, much of which is based on religion in much of the US, as an example. There can be value in dress codes, in making it so that poorer kids dont feel as bad about not being able to afford the top designer clothes and all. Realistically this only works if ...
by Chen
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

if they change their mind once i am at the appointment and have collected money, i keep the money. i don't see how that's any more complicated than literally any other service profession i have worked in. as a dog walker if i show up at someone's house to walk their dog and they're home and say &qu...
by Chen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Then in a public discussion I need to be allow to be a snarky goth woman w/o being lectured so much. It makes a girl wanna scream, like Lady Gaga says. Anyways, perhaps my comparison was extremist? I suppose it was. I just feel like... therapists and social workers... try to push their beliefs onto...
by Chen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh whatever. Can't say nothing without getting people "regretting their decisions" even when I WASN'T TALKING ABOUT THEM. Go eat a mint and say you quit arguing online friend. :) <3 Expect that if you say things, on discussion forum that people disagree with, you're going to get responses...
by Chen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6074
Views: 845275

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Again, I was literally quoting the article you posted that said blacks are thrice as likely to be shot as whites. They don't quote their research or statistics so I can't judge them for myself but it certainly reads as whatever chance a white person encountering the police has of getting shot, a bl...
by Chen
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6074
Views: 845275

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I made the post WAY earlier in the thread about this and it does seem to support what CorruptUser was saying: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=84861&hilit=Chen&start=2400#p3699643 It isn't that cops are particularly bloodthirsty about killing black people, but more they profile...
by Chen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 460296

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Brazil is only a little behind India in terms of economy. The others are significantly lower down on the list though
by Chen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6074
Views: 845275

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't disagree with any of that. Aside corruption at a high government level (like in the case of dictators and the like) police corruption certainly has large impact. I said that in my previous post. What I'd want to know is how common corruption is in the police vs anywhere else. Is it inherentl...
by Chen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6074
Views: 845275

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Sure, but it says something about the culture of the police force that this happened. And it's a persistent problem... just a few years ago, 17 officers in the Baltimore PD faced federal charges (14 guilty pleas) for another racketeering scheme, with 37 additional officers implicated. Do we have an...
by Chen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6074
Views: 845275

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Please read the article posted above by gmalivuk (it's here , more here ). This isn't an example of "someone doing their job poorly". This is example of an entire unit of cops acting like an organized crime gang. They were involved in bribery, extortion, robbery, racketeering, planting ev...
by Chen
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 6437

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

bantler wrote:All the normal places made it illegal. All of them. It's basic human dignity and doesn't equate with racist or bigoted laws.


Off the top of my head, Netherlands, Germany, Australia and I believe Nevada in the US all have legal prostitution. Im sure there are other "nornal" places too.
by Chen
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn. (blown away from News & Articles)
Replies: 72
Views: 3210

Re: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn.

If the claims were uncontroversial and true, shouldn't citing them be extremely easy?
by Chen
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Face covering law passed in Quebec
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

You don't impose any government limitations in that regard and you let the people decide for themselves. There are people who wear Burkas and the like by their own free choice (not forced by say a husband or family). There was an estimate that fewer than 100 people even wore a burka/niquab in Quebec...
by Chen
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Face covering law passed in Quebec
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

But back on topic. Is a face covering ban actually going to help integrate Muslims in Quebec, or just isolate them further? Of course it's not going to help them integrate. It seems that whenever one of these laws are proposed there's more harassment and threats against the people who do wear this ...
by Chen
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Forgetting that harsh talking may be effective in some cases, does anyone really think that will work with Trump? We know he's stubborn and unmoving. I don't see being harsh to him in particular working. The fact he holds pretty much all the power in any of these dynamics (you know, by being preside...
by Chen
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Face covering law passed in Quebec
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

Stop moving the goalposts. Yes all the things you wrote are bad things and yet none of them support the initial statement that internet porn sex trafficking is a thing. The story you linked in your last post wasn't about porn at all, it was just plain regular prostitution sex trafficking. The pics w...
by Chen
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Uh nothing there indicated sarcasm would be a good way of dealing with resistant teens. Seems like its the opposite of some of the stuff on that page, like the "non-disrepectful tone" or the whole paragraph about mindfulness.
by Chen
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Face covering law passed in Quebec
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

There was nothing actually driving the law except pandering to the xenophobes in the general population. Any situation where a face covering was problematic in terms of receiving services, there were accommodations in place. It's not like wearing a burka let you bypass customs seeing your face or an...
by Chen
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4802
Views: 369310

Re: Trump presidency

Ginger wrote:Well, I dunno about you, but sarcastic responses to bad behaviors actually works.


Citation please. Im sure it CAN work in some circumstances, I'm not sure Trump is one of those.
by Chen
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Face covering law passed in Quebec
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

Courts blocked the face covering part of the law from being implemented until the government actually put forth the guidelines they promised in how the restrictions would actually work and what accommodations could be requested. They say those guidelines will be ready in the summer.
by Chen
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3173
Views: 474119

Re: Therian Saga

Its more like set tasks and go to sleep, at least once you start getting towards mid/high end. IIRC to make a composite bow, for example its ~30 min for the bowstring, 30 min for the back, 30 min for the belly and then around 5 hours for the assembly. Now there are dungeons that can be worth grindin...
by Chen
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6074
Views: 845275

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I just had a thought. I know that ignorance of the law is no excuse, and there's good reasons not to let it be a blanket excuse (everyone would just claim ignorance in their first offense of every crime, so you could basically get away with any crime once). But what if there's a moderate middle gro...

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