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by Chen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10636

Re: Census Dickery

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to get from your post, Chen. That your tax dollars go to fair number of things that documented or undocumented people can use. The majority of your taxes do in fact go to things that undocumented people cannot use (social security, medicare). The taxes that are diffic...
by Chen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10636

Re: Census Dickery

The main cost involved is public school - they can't collect welfare, social security, SNAP, etc. Communities with immigrants generally have lower crime rates so police cost isn't an issue. In any case, the point remain that an accurate tally is required. If there's a higher cost for infrastructure...
by Chen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10636

Re: Census Dickery

The census determines federal funds granted to local towns. It determines voting districts. It determines local programs to help residents. Whether I am a documented or undocumented immigrant, I still pay taxes, I'm still represented by elected officials, and I'm still a person living here. To impl...
by Chen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940699

Re: Police misbehavior thread

There are definitely less killings in many western countries. My gut attributes this to the gun culture in the US, but someone correct if other correlations have been made. In terms of overall police brutality though, that tends to be a problem anywhere you give people the authority to use force ove...
by Chen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10636

Re: Census "Dickery"

And frankly only let the people who file taxes vote. ...and they get votes in proportion to the amount of taxes they pay? Note how I said file rather than pay. Now looking more into it, it appears some people don't actually need to even file their taxes so that doesn't really work in the system I p...
by Chen
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10636

Re: Census Dickery

Thesh wrote:No taxation without representation, I say.


Seems like a much better way to conduct the census, at least for determining representatives. Base it on the people who file taxes. And frankly only let the people who file taxes vote.
by Chen
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 940699

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Hypothetical. What happens if we were to require every cop to carry a flashbang? Would there be fewer injuries or more? Cops making a no knock raid, and bang every room befire moving in. Owner doesn't get the chance to be a "threat to my fellow officers lives". But every person in the hou...
by Chen
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304857

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Yes, people can lie down on train tracks and get killed. Which is why civilized areas restrict access to train tracks, because otherwise people die from it. Insofar as they fail, those deaths are on the passengers and operators of the train system. A blood price for a faster commute. Decide if it i...
by Chen
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304857

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

so they posted the video of the uber car: https://www.facebook.com/TempePolice/videos/2337144116311806/ which seems to contradict what was said earlier. far from "stepping out of a shadow", the woman was in the middle of the road, already having crossed the left lane. the "shadow&quo...
by Chen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25707

Re: Black Panther

rmsgrey wrote:Of course, if you want to know all the background going into Infinity War, you'll want to have seen all the MCU movies (except possibly Incredible Hulk).


Ant-Man is not terribly important continuity wise (but a good movie). Iron Man 3 is also not too pertinent in terms of the Infinity War.
by Chen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304857

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

But how many are on the road? Most people are not axe wielding maniacs named Steve. If there were equal numbers of Steve's and not Steve's, and everyone not Steve killed more than everyone Steve, we could argue that axe wielding maniacs named Steve are less dangerous than the average. But if there ...
by Chen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304857

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

commodorejohn wrote:"...but the theory is sound!"


How many non-autonomous cars hit pedestrians yesterday? I imagine the number is a lot higher than 1.
by Chen
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8772

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I assumed most people try not to check bags because it costs money. If I could check bags for free, I'd have no problem waiting at the carousel. There's the risk of losing it too. If I'm going on a trip and I only need what fits in a carry-on I will take it that way both to avoid needing to wait fo...
by Chen
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8772

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Realistically people should get a weight allowance and have to pay if it's over that, Why weight? The delay is due to bulk, not weight, and the two are not well correlated (especially when one is encouraged to put the heaviest things in carryon so that one's luggage doesn't go over the limit). The ...
by Chen
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8772

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

And all that said, the different methods didn't really change the time all that dramatically. Changing carry-on vs checked bag rules would probably be FAR more effective in reducing that time. Realistically this would come at customer's cost in that they'd likely start charging for carry-ons. Realis...
by Chen
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8772

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I am very surprised, but also slightly doubtful of one test done by Mythbusters. I'm sure airline companies have a lot of data on this and I'd be interested in seeing it. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.5211v1.pdf Paper shows that rear ordered or block boarding is pretty slow compared to other methods l...
by Chen
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 8772

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

:idea: I think it would be neat if an airline experimented with rewarding passengers for fast boarding. They could arrange for the optimal boarding system, tell passengers that if they follow all the rules they should board within a set time, and if that time is met then the airline will give all p...
by Chen
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214382

Re: Board games anyone?

So our group just started our Pandemic S2 game. We absolutely crushed S1 with a score in the 900s if I recall correctly. Total of 2 losses. I think it was mainly carried by our Researcher/Scientist combination with the relationship that let them trade cards even easier Anyways, S2 gave us a nice rud...
by Chen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21942

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Depending on where you live the government provides subsidies for housing as well as other basic needs such as food. You can definitely make an argument that they should do more. To me it seems your argument would be they should simply provide everyone with untradeable parcels of land. If that's you...
by Chen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21942

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: 4126
Views: 550490

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: 162
Views: 21942

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: 7262
Views: 542774

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: 7262
Views: 542774

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: 2768

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: 7262
Views: 542774

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: 4126
Views: 550490

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: 7262
Views: 542774

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: 14395

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: 14395

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: 14395

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: 14395

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: 322416

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: 7262
Views: 542774

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: 322416

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: 4126
Views: 550490

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: 4126
Views: 550490

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: 3449

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: 4126
Views: 550490

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: 4126
Views: 550490

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...

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