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by sociotard
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A cop drove really fast (130 mph) to catch a speeder (doing 90). When they pulled over, the cop's car set the dry grass on fire.

https://jalopnik.com/cop-passes-on-shou ... 1830281529
by sociotard
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 6771

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

My I interest you in this book of poetry in Iambic Pentameter?
by sociotard
Wed May 16, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I agree. It is possible the survey just had bad luck in its sampling, or it is possible people lied. Either way, it throws the whole study into question. It's a shame, because as near as I can tell, there is no way to GET good data on by-state rates of gun ownership or guns per capita. In fact, many...
by sociotard
Tue May 15, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

By population, the police are an order of magnitude more likely to be killed by the people than the people are to be killed by police. Police signed up for that job (and it's not in the top 10 dangerous job, nor is it even the most likely job to get you killed by violence), civilians didn't. 1) I d...
by sociotard
Mon May 14, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'd say this shows we can't figure out how to solve police violence until we can also solve violence on police. "These two things kinda happen together, therefore I think we should focus on the orders-of-magnitude less serious problem that will be extremely complex to solve first, and only aft...
by sociotard
Sun May 13, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I put together a chart for an argument on another forum and thought I'd share. The US has more police shootings than any other developed country, but it also has the most shootings of police. That trend continues on a state to state basis. I'd say this shows we can't figure out how to solve police v...
by sociotard
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Hey, look draconian enforcement and confiscation of personal property without due process . . . and it isn't the USA this time!

Critics slam Rotterdam police plan to confiscate expensive clothes
by sociotard
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Political Parties vs Rate of Change
Replies: 0
Views: 8379

Political Parties vs Rate of Change

Voters who are concerned about U.S. deficit spending and the growth of the federal government in general should vote not for Republicans, nor for Democrats, but for divided governments, where one party controls the House of Representatives and the other party controls the Presidency. Other factors (...
by sociotard
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Lets see, the intentional homicide rate in the US is 4.88 per 100,000, compared to 1.68 for Canada, 0.92 for UK, and 0.85 for Germany.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... icide_rate

So yes, the US is a violent, dangerous bunch and more of us need shot than Germans.
by sociotard
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How often do people where you live shoot cops making traffic stops? (I think that's part of what causes the problem here. We talk a lot about police misbehavior, shooting unarmed people etc, but that is the other half of the equation; there's a reason US cops are a little more shooty than they aught...
by sociotard
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

“We only shoot black people,” Georgia cop assures woman during traffic stop On the one hand I get that the cop was trying to reassure her, saying anything to get her to comply so he wouldn't have to arrest her, and that he doesn't necessarily think it is more okay to shoot black people. (I kind of ...
by sociotard
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 25644

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I was really shocked when I found out we're not sure how Cats purr. the guy explaining it said nobody had gotten around to sticking a happy cat in an MRI. Really? that just seems like an easy thing to satisfy curiosity for. (says the guy who doesn't even know what an MRI scan costs, or how to justif...
by sociotard
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400409

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

San Francisco Giants players are using electric zaps to improve brain performance during play. And you thought you'd never see cyberware enhancements in sports.
http://fortune.com/2017/03/29/san-franc ... eadphones/
by sociotard
Mon May 01, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 10619

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

Heh, if you replace "algorithms" with "common sense", this is suddenly a very political comic.
by sociotard
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6973
Views: 1137658

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Here's what I found interesting. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dallas-police-ambush/dallas-police-used-robot-bomb-kill-ambush-suspect-mayor-n605896 Police in Dallas used a robot with an explosive device to kill a suspect involved in a coordinated ambush against officers. "We saw no other opt...
by sociotard
Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 38989

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

I wanted to make sure one important fact in the case was mentioned: One of the two cops killed in the initial spree was bicycle patrolman Ahmed Merabet, who was a 42-year-old married father, and a Muslim. To all those doing the standard "ask all Muslims to decry these attacks", they really...
by sociotard
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador
Replies: 50
Views: 14148

Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador

Said individual raised lots of money for the President's campaign, and was rewarded with an ambassadorship. http://news.yahoo.com/senate-democrats-muscle-big-obama-donors-into-ambassadorships-175252008.html The article points out that while presidents often reward their supporters thusly (and someti...
by sociotard
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8260

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

I really like the FIlibuster. I do think it got overused in the past couple of years. I do think it was a bad idea to make the mere threat of filibuster be enough to block a vote. Filibuster should be a miserable experience for the person carrying it out, and generally require a minimum of effort. T...
by sociotard
Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Preparedness Month
Replies: 21
Views: 9834

Re: National Preparedness Month

Well, that has happened. LA Riots, Katrina, etc...there are a few people who react to situations of disaster by simply taking things with violence. Self defense may be a factor. Then I highly recommend you pick up the book I mentioned, or at least the chapter about Katrina. It turns out most of the...
by sociotard
Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Preparedness Month
Replies: 21
Views: 9834

Re: National Preparedness Month

I lived in the UK when I was little (Air Force Brat). I remember not being able to go home on time due to what google is telling me was the Great Storm of 1987 . Yes, England has a bit fewer disasters, but it does have them and it'd behoove anybody to be ready to spend a few bad days without power o...
by sociotard
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Preparedness Month
Replies: 21
Views: 9834

Re: National Preparedness Month

I do keep a 72 hour kit, which does include a whistle and most of the other stuff on the list. I try to keep enough food in the larder for at least 6 weeks shut in. I'd say there are also a few things that everyday joes should do to stay prepared: *Keep your gas tank at least half full for at least ...
by sociotard
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 192012

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

I think the problem is that one side of this argument is trying for strict conceptual arguments while the other is trying for Pragmatic arguments. So the conceptual person wants to talk about the base issues like the relationship between culture and the animals who have the culture. That person poin...
by sociotard
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms
Replies: 16
Views: 8068

Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms

An Amusing blog entry with a rather hyperbolic title. How Venture Capitalists plan to destroy the College Classroom There's an experiment at Stanford (just an experiment) that may hint at a wild new model for universities. At the beginning of September, Stanford announced a fundamentally new type of...
by sociotard
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 5766

Re: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas

An old joke from my state: What is the Capital of Idaho? Boise, Salt Lake City, and Spokane. I did like that map, but I wish I could play with the program used. (I'm too lazy and stupid to make it myself). Oh and here was another, similar attempt, but using just the lower 48. http://i.imgur.com/Wp3e...
by sociotard
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 5766

Re: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas

eran_rathan wrote:No, just very interested. I'm a surveyor - maps and people making maps are my thing.


Did you see this one of the equally divided US states?

http://fakeisthenewreal.org/reform/
by sociotard
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 192012

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Maybe something like this could be done with Paul Romer's Charter City concept?

http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_romer.html
by sociotard
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Amplituhedron
Replies: 2
Views: 3200

Amplituhedron

Viral on the assorted pop-sci sites right now is the Amplituhedron. http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/09/a-jewel-like-geometric-object.html http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/77730/what-is-the-actual-significance-of-the-amplituhedron Read the articles for yourself, but I'll do my own meager atte...
by sociotard
Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Spying Internationally, Cooperates with UK, Can, Aus, NZ
Replies: 64
Views: 13188

Re: NSA Spying Internationally, Cooperates with UK, Can, Aus

If you're going to spy on people, why not do it from a replica of the Enterprise D? That's what the NSA wants to know.

http://helablog.com/2013/09/congress-pl ... veillance/
by sociotard
Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charter of Quebec Values Unveiled
Replies: 16
Views: 3069

Re: Charter of Quebec Values Unveiled

I would be amused to see the intersection of these things: *Someone professes nudity as a religion (it happens) *Same someone remembers that in Canada you can be way more nude and still be legal. *Different someone remembers the above noted points in the Charter of Quebec. (also, I'd like to see som...
by sociotard
Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 192012

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

If it works (US bombs don't drop and a bunch of chemical weapons get turned over), I think I'll start a petition for Obama to hand his Nobel Peace Prize over to Putin.
by sociotard
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Privacy Advocate for the FISA Court
Replies: 3
Views: 1854

Re: The Privacy Advocate for the FISA Court

"Appointees to the PCLOB are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Sen" Dangit. Appointees to the PCLOB do not need to have a pre-existing interest in Privacy. They only need to please the president, and it is the nature of presidents to want to increase their surveillance power....
by sociotard
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Privacy Advocate for the FISA Court
Replies: 3
Views: 1854

The Privacy Advocate for the FISA Court

Among the olive branches the Democrats have offered to those offended by NSA omni-veilance, one is the creation of a privacy advocate post for the FISA court . Regardless of the motivations, I think this is a good idea. However, the relevant bill is S1467 , and it appears the text for it is not up. ...
by sociotard
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132145

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

The Smithsonian would like to acquire the infamous hoodie.

http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/ ... 5814960229
by sociotard
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Jail Break" Spring
Replies: 9
Views: 2603

Re: "Jail Break" Spring

bouer wrote:Considering jailable offenses in Libya and Pakistan include being homosexual, I'm not sure the fact most escapes were temporary is a fortunate thing.


Oh Louisiana, you keep such fine company.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/2 ... 68116.html
by sociotard
Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Jail Break" Spring
Replies: 9
Views: 2603

Re: "Jail Break" Spring

Sorry all, for the poor formatting.
by sociotard
Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Jail Break" Spring
Replies: 9
Views: 2603

"Jail Break" Spring

Busting open prisons certainly seems to be fashionable lately, at least in predominantly Muslim countries:

Libya 1000+ al-Kweifiya July 27

Iraq 500+ Abu Ghraib July 23

Pakistan 240 Dera Ismail Khan July 30

Fortunately, most of the escapes seem fairly temporary. Thoughts?
by sociotard
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Ocean is a Terrible Place
Replies: 88
Views: 50384

Re: The Ocean is a Terrible Place

Say what you will about cuttlefish, they didn't kill 11 million jews or turn boys into child soldiers or cause a massive oil spill. (Now I'm imagining sharks taking revenge for the gulf oil spill by trashing that Canadian oil pipeline.) No, people are plenty horrible, even compared to the really nas...
by sociotard
Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minority Veto
Replies: 41
Views: 13298

Re: Minority Veto

I'd like to point out that while I'd support supermajorities for certain things, as required by the constitution (impeachment, ammendments), but my original point was that generic legislation might benefit from a minority veto if the minority had to work hard/sacrifice for it . So with the Texas cas...
by sociotard
Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minority Veto
Replies: 41
Views: 13298

Minority Veto

In the United States, in Texas, we just watched a minority of legislators use Filibustering and gaming their legislature's rules to stop an abortion-related bill they opposed. This reflects the application in our country of Minority Veto: Does this mean that "majority rule" can or should o...

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