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by Leovan
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 61
Views: 2537

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

Lion King may be anthropomorphized, but they still make a clear distinction between prey and predator. Even Timon and Pumbaa consider bugs prey not worth worrying about. It's a fairly feudal society where the Lions keep their hunting to a reasonable level and keep the hyenas out, and in return they ...
by Leovan
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1236
Views: 188639

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

More like Shadenfroide. Though reading that makes me want to say it with French pronunciation... :P
by Leovan
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2394688

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

That thinking is so weird. I always have a $100 in my wallet for backup in case someone doesn't take card. When I first came to the US I got terribly annoyed with all the 20s the ATMs kept giving me since I hadn't set up my accounts yet. So I needed 1000 cash to pay the first rent. I had to carry ar...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 3011

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

How does this graphic deal with group chats? I have three friends with whom I never talk except in that chat. But most conversations are between two of those friends for the most part, the third and I comment sometimes or respond when we're addressed directly.
by Leovan
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2394688

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

Belgium probably needs the fighter planes for air police purposes similar to Switzerland, which I'm much more familiar with (being in the Air Force, officially anyway). With a small military force you generally appreciate having a generalist plane simply because you don't need to train people to mai...
by Leovan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

He was put on probation after the first accusation July 2017 (one girl and her friend corroborated) and then put in jail after the second accusation this March (a third girl and her two friends corroborating). I haven't found an article that mentioned whether the girl who came forward was involved i...
by Leovan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

Leovan, Are you trying to prove a trend about false accusations? Because that's what everybody who's posting about it is doing. "Welp, Bill Clinton probably raped that intern but since Seneca valley had a false accusations, we should let it slide."? On the other hand, I think the top prio...
by Leovan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

However, I disagree that those falsely accusing somebody of sexual misconduct are "merely an indirect threat". The boy was considered a threat to society directly because of the accusations (and subsequent court proceedings). The harm to the innocent accused is real and direct, and extend...
by Leovan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

On the other hand, I think the top priority should be to have cases like this cleared up, and facing major punishment will prevent false accusers from speaking up and admitting their lie. Isn't that true of all crimes? Sure, cases need to be "cleared up", but there's more to clearing some...
by Leovan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

https://www.dailywire.com/news/36917/five-teenage-mean-girls-falsely-accused-boy-sexual-ashe-schow https://nypost.com/2018/10/08/school-under-fire-for-turning-blind-eye-to-female-students-false-sex-assault-allegations/ TLDR; Five high school girls accused a boy of sexual assault on two separate occ...
by Leovan
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2394688

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

He did have a bell. That could explain his ineffectiveness. And he's neutered. Not that Switzerland has a large feral feline population. Not enough wilderness and too many non-ferile competitors.
by Leovan
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2394688

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

You're not supposed to let cats hunt wild animals. Too much ecological damage. How do you stop an outside cat from hunting? Mine is a fraidy cat. I think I saw him play with a mouse once, but he's never brought anything home. We also live in the fifth floor, so he may drop whatever he's holding whe...
by Leovan
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6279

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

FWIW, I think horror is actually one of the genres where video games are able to push the experience a lot farther than movies can because rather than it happening to somebody else, it's happening to you , and you're the one making the decisions about how to deal with those situations. Something li...
by Leovan
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

To give some reference to the backlog, here's a link to the October 2018 Visa Bulletin: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-october-2018.html It contains charts showing different visa categories and what dates the US is currently handling c...
by Leovan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 7153

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Culture differences themselves already causes some of the shift between expected daylight and activity. I never understood how in all those American movies people had time to make that huge breakfast before work and it's bright sunshine outside. They even did chores in the morning. Then I moved to t...
by Leovan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 4620

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I have a cheap Chinese Bluetooth headset that loops around the back of my head and basically hangs on through tension between ear and back of the head, which means I can have the actual earpiece barely enter my ear. So much more comfortable than any other I've tried. Though it's a horrible system fo...
by Leovan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

I just wanted to clarify that I never said the Swiss hated Serbians. The original comment was that Swiss look down on others and I agreed, and that it came together with mild xenophobia focused on whichever immigrant group was the most disruptive at the time, Italians in the 70/80s, ex-Yugoslavians ...
by Leovan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

Articles or YouTube, it's customary to include a small summary of what the link leads to and perhaps an explanation of the point you're trying to make. Links are supposed to be supporting evidence, not a replacement for writing a post. Especially with so many links there's no way to tell if you're t...
by Leovan
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

Off topic, but why Serbians? I've known and worked with quite a few, as well as some Bosnians (though not at the same time), and I've never had problems with them. Also, do you also not have something similar to regular jury selection for this, where the lawyers (attempt to) screen out the crazies ...
by Leovan
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

As for convincing the majority, that's actually part of the reason I had proposed/spit-balled the system where a quasi-jury votes on whether to allow an immigrant to become a citizen, since it does give them a lot of control over immigration rather than just letting the politicians decide on behalf...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 4876

Re: Class vs class

She has a friend who's a lawyer making career, a friend in the peace corps saving the world, a friend who's currently traveling the world, and a friend who recently gave birth to twins. My wife thinks she's a failure... She needs the equivalent of four people before they, together, measure up to he...
by Leovan
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 4876

Re: Class vs class

The part I hate about Facebook is how my wife reacts to it. She has a friend who's a lawyer making career, a friend in the peace corps saving the world, a friend who's currently traveling the world, and a friend who recently gave birth to twins. My wife thinks she's a failure because she hasn't acco...
by Leovan
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

Also, we definitely need an entrepreneurial version of the H1B. If you have enough money to support yourself and you are basically immigrating specifically to form a business, fuck it, welcome to America. Though what happens if the business fails, not so sure. There is. The EB5 makes you invest 500...
by Leovan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

Pro would be him suing his accuser for defamation and being rewarded cash for emotional damages. The status quo is he's a circuit judge and the president wants to make him a supreme court justice. If the accuser can't prove guilt, we go back to him being a circuit judge and the president wants to m...
by Leovan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

When people call for him to have to prove his innocence I always wonder what proof he could bring that shows he's innocent? As of now, the accuser can't remember the date or the place, so he can't even prove he wasn't at the party. If he was, it's even harder to prove he wasn't in a room with her, ...
by Leovan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

No change as in "no impact". Getting him disqualified would be a change as a result of the accusation. Why is the neutral, fair option to give him everything he wants? If that's neutral, what the hell is the Pro-Kavanaugh bias option? We give him cookies, too? Pro would be him suing his a...
by Leovan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 7153

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Cueball's system get really messed up above the arctic circle. Adjusting the seconds to meet his conditions would make them last longer than a day. I think sunrise to sunset at the north pole is technically 6 months, or 365.25 half-days. So that's how much you'd have to stretch time, making each se...
by Leovan
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

USA. If you receive a green card through marriage you can apply for citizenship three years after having received the greencard. I understand the thought process behind a waiting period, but I would think a three-year wait might be a bit much. Pretty quick actually if you compare to other Western N...
by Leovan
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3583

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Considering the whole point of the weather report is to know how to prepare for the day, this makes it rather significant. And it's easier to understand when they say it's above freezing but feels like way below than if they just say what the temperature is and then two minutes later they tell you t...
by Leovan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7969

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

There are more and more cash registers that automatically dispense your coin-change nowadays too. So if you add that quarter the cashier has to re-enter the transaction, otherwise the machine will still dispense 75c and the cashier has to reclaim it. Another thing might be that there are some well k...
by Leovan
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 24345

Re: Firearms Regulations

I've carried my assault rifle into a supermarket for the simple reason that it seemed safer than leaving it with the motorcycle. I was on my way to the range and wanted to buy something to drink. No nefarious purpose whatsoever.
by Leovan
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 21775

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I'm not sure how you expect your 100% death tax to work. So if a four year old gets orphaned they're stuck with zero because leaving them a home that their parents paid off and enough funds to get through college would be unfair? At what age would such a situation be acceptable? Would this death tax...
by Leovan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 6785

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

If your work is overtime exempt though, then your yearly income is a fixed amount though and you're really not allowed to look at it that way. But yeah, if you can work overtime and get more money then it's often cheaper to work an extra hour and earn yourself the new vacuum. My problem would be I'd...
by Leovan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 21775

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Part of the reason employees usually make less than consultants is also that the company is buying your skills in bulk. Instead of a 200 hour contact, or just an hourly basis, they are buying the next x years of time you offer on the market, lowering your overhead costs of marketing, sales, bookkeep...
by Leovan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 21775

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

But if I have two pens and two stacks of paper, and you have nothing, and I give you a pen and a stack of paper, I have increased your wealth a lot more than I have decreased my own wealth, because marginal utility (granted the marginal utility of pens drops a lot faster than the marginal utility o...
by Leovan
Thu May 31, 2018 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 14921

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

I agree with Thesh, instead of categorizing the differences even more, essentially trying to digitize an analog value, let's just tear down the idea that we need a label for it in the first place. The only use for gender is for a description of a person and to allow first impressions to give you a g...
by Leovan
Sun May 27, 2018 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 976728

Re: Police misbehavior thread

As CU says, if it's a requirement then let the sentencing judge pass it as a requirement. "2 years in jail then 2 years community service" or whatever. The point of the parole system is that the judge thinks that for your case a criminal usually requires six years to rehabilitate and it's...
by Leovan
Thu May 24, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 24345

Re: Firearms Regulations

Wouldn't this predominantly affect black people and other minorities like most measures that give the courts and police more power to punish without oversight? Republicans can then gleefully point to statistics.
by Leovan
Tue May 08, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 618401

Re: Trump presidency

I feel like he's high from what he views as his success with North Korea, and expects that the same tough talk bigger button strategy will force Iran to the table and he'll get what he sees as a better deal. It's the same as with NAFTA, tariffs, etc. It's his only foreign policy strategy. Tear up an...
by Leovan
Tue May 08, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10431

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I don't know the numbers, but horses don't crash when their driver gets tired. Horses are fairly good at avoiding collisions with other horses, unless their operator is doing stupid things like charging at other horses while carrying a pointed stick. As a rule, I'm guessing horses are safer per pas...

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