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by Leovan
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 4157

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

We should support the midwife's union, or big baby.
by Leovan
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4401

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

Switzerland had a vote on a similar proposal a few years ago. The idea was that the minimum wage of a worker was tied to a factor of the maximum wage in a company. So the lowest paid worker would have to earn at least 1/20th of the salary of the highest paid worker. The hope was you'd depress high s...
by Leovan
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10510

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

You'd be amazed at what can be used as verbs. I was horrified to hear friends say "Let's go food" a few years ago to express "Let's go eat". I'm glad that never caught on.
by Leovan
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850822

Re: Trump presidency

Same theory behind the bicameral legislature in Switzerland. We have 26 very independent states, some with a population in the hundreds and some in the millions. The writers of the constitution wanted a democratic system (and unlike the US, we have provisions for direct democracy) but to get some of...
by Leovan
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243399

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

Everybody would get to answer all the options. The 'if' isn't "if you chose leave", it's "if the popular vote is leave, then what is your preference?"
So you could answer 'remain', 'more time', and 'current deal' if you wanted.
by Leovan
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243399

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

Similar votes in Switzerland would usually present the options in an either/or manner, so: Should we leave or remain? If the above is leave, should we give the government one additional year to negotiate? If no additional time is granted, should we take the current deal or leave without a deal? That...
by Leovan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850822

Re: Trump presidency

But is destruction of federal property an offense Mexico will extradite you for? And is the US allowed to execute you without a trial on US soil? Can't even claim you were resisting arrest... How about Mexican soil? Plus, at that point you're bombing your own wall The most recent case about a borde...
by Leovan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850822

Re: Trump presidency

But is destruction of federal property an offense Mexico will extradite you for?
And is the US allowed to execute you without a trial on US soil? Can't even claim you were resisting arrest... How about Mexican soil? Plus, at that point you're bombing your own wall
by Leovan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850822

Re: Trump presidency

The border wall is going to also be built in the middle of nowhere. You can't just walk up to the wall in the middle of the desert and take 100 pounds of steel, you need transportation. Cars and such are going to be highly visible, especially at night (no, you absolutely can not drive at night with...
by Leovan
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 14110

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: 1474
Views: 243399

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: 15144
Views: 2630841

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: 5440

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: 15144
Views: 2630841

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: 5904

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: 5904

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: 5904

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: 5904

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: 5904

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: 15144
Views: 2630841

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: 15144
Views: 2630841

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: 10495

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 11363

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: 33
Views: 9755

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 81
Views: 18082

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: 81
Views: 18082

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 11363

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: 8644
Views: 850822

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: 5294

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: 11876

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: 57699

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.

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