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by Quercus
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 895581

Re: Trump presidency

Probably not a coincidence that every rich and well off country develops fairly strict immigration limitations. This line of argument assumes that your goal is to increase the power and wealth of the United States and its citizens specifically, rather than to, say, achieve the maximum possible redu...
by Quercus
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1749924

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

If I recall an article correctly, CBP also counts international airports as foreign borders. So, for example, a hundred miles around Denver International. I'm surprised that they haven't tried to argue that outer space is an "external boundary", thereby extending the border zone to the wh...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453935

Re: Questions For The World

gmalivuk wrote:If you paste it into Google the difference becomes much more noticeable. Wikipedia uses the en-dash for this sort of article, which isn't the usual typed character, and apparently that breaks BBCode.


Huh, interesting. Thanks for the collective diagnosis everyone!
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453935

Re: Questions For The World

HES wrote:Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction

No idea what was up with yours. Had the same issue with a quoted/pasted copy... it wouldn't work until I retyped it letter-for-letter.

Weird. Maybe a non-printing character snuck in there somehow. Thanks for fixing it!
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453935

Re: Questions For The World

Any theories here about what might be causing this weathering pattern? http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/06/unique-weathering-chain-link-fence/ This appears to be a rubber coating on the chain link fence. Fairly common in areas where children are present (a primary/elementary school fence around a...
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670581

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

With binbags a biodegradable plastic (on the months to years timescale) produced from biomass seems like the best overall solution. Not sure if such a material currently exists.
by Quercus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1749924

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Yeah, the border exception is some serious bullshit

Edit: re. the differing thicknesses - do US "external boundaries" for these purposes maybe extend some distance up rivers/estuaries? That might explain the bulginess of the line.
by Quercus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 125
Views: 40661

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

But I may have rose-tinted my spectacles, a little, on her behalf. You quite possibly don't. Some binary trans people pass pretty damn near 100% of the time, particularly if they start their transition young. *snip* I wonder if part of the dysphoria is embedded right here. If society were comfortab...
by Quercus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 125
Views: 40661

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

I must admit that I often wonder exactly what idea of female-ness many trans persons want to inhabit. As a cis female who wears her hair short and dresses almost exclusively in jeans and tee shirts, the hyper femininity taken on by many trans women confuses me. It seems very much more about being p...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 895581

Re: Trump presidency

But he is still a civilian and thus subject to regular old police, right? I mean legally, not de facto; I doubt any cop arresting the president will have their job the following morning. There is a reasonable legal opinion (as in the opinion is one that is held by reasonable lawyers; the situation ...
by Quercus
Tue May 29, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141417

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The phrasing for the law in the US doesn't require intent. In Texas there's a state law that requires "intentionally or knowingly" doing whatever they define as sexual assault. Some countries require intent, some don't. IANAL, but my understanding was that mens rea in common law jurisdict...
by Quercus
Tue May 29, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141417

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe from a brief googling that sexual assault is a strict liability offense in the US. Therefore the general test of mens rea applies, which means that the defendant must be shown to have intended the illegal act (whether they know the act is illegal or not i...
by Quercus
Mon May 28, 2018 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4657
Views: 727290

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So... Not sure how I feel about this one. Tommy Robinson, one of the founding members of the English Defense League, a xenophobic and racist bunch, has been arrested and sentenced to 13 months of prison. The crime is for filming outside the courthouse where the trial for one of the sex abuse rings ...
by Quercus
Sat May 26, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9235632

Re: Thoughts for ships

I’m just doing what I consider to be a responsibility. I know people who complain about the system, but they don’t vote . For people on the left who do this I think I'm going to try (metaphorically) slapping them upside the head with Noam Chomsky's 8 point brief for lesser evil voting . It's specif...
by Quercus
Tue May 15, 2018 7:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1477591

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Yay for they Poxic! Huh, interesting. Thanks. But I've taken pretty close to no actual action gender-wise despite thinking about it for the past few years. Society sucks, eh? Yeah. I'm sorry that it can be so tricky for AMAB people with femme leanings. Some of my own ramblings that got prompted by t...
by Quercus
Sat May 12, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 895581

Re: Trump presidency

That "if you can read this..." notice is a bit odd. Was it photoshopped on, or did they think that a witticism that would only be revealed in the aftermath of a possibly fatal accident would be just the thing for their PR? If it's real I imagine it was painted by/for the owner, not by the...
by Quercus
Thu May 03, 2018 7:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

Really dude, Applebee's? They make less money per employee than Walmart, only $3k per employee. You should've gone with Taco Bell, which apparently makes $20k/employee thanks to marijuana legalization (THERE is your exploitation of uneducated schlubs!) Once again dude, does the company make more mo...
by Quercus
Wed May 02, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

Thesh wrote:Snip

Thanks!
by Quercus
Wed May 02, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

I think you're right, unfortunately. Thanks for the critique. That's that idea shot out of the water... On to the next idea for how to stop the rich fucking over everyone else. Please don't abandon your thinking just because you listened to them. They do not put thought into the arguments for socia...
by Quercus
Wed May 02, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

Okay, so initial thoughts: share of ownership is tied to time worked It took me five minutes to type in the commands that fixed your problem. It took me seventeen years to learn which commands they were. How much share of ownership am I entitled to? Jose Assuming you're a full time worker, the same...
by Quercus
Wed May 02, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

You dont solve it. You do what's proven to work, neo-Keynesian economics such as Sweden or Norway. You may be right, but I'd really like to see other ideas more openly, publicly and seriously explored. The Overton window around economic policy is far too narrow IMO. Also, I do acknowledge that I re...
by Quercus
Wed May 02, 2018 7:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

Personally I think we should be abandoning incorporation entirely and running businesses as (privately managed, not state controlled) workers (and possibly customers) cooperatives, but then I'm a filthy socialist (who'd love to be an anarcho-communist if I could ever convince myself it would work i...
by Quercus
Tue May 01, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

Personally, I think we should be persuing more antitrust enforcement and regulation — between individual excessively large companies and the cooperation of smaller ones (like with internet service), the average American is getting screwed over more and more. Personally I think we should be abandoni...
by Quercus
Tue May 01, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8953

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

In reality the are libertarians who are not brave enough to openly admit it. They are against a power federal government, because they are against any powerful government. They may have standing in court if the argue that the City Counsel is relying on annulment, which is the idea that small govern...
by Quercus
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141417

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Tyndmyr wrote:If anything, people grow exhausted with the train wreck that is politics.


Unfortunately another very human tendency with something of which you tire is to throw a stick of dynamite into it and see what happens.
by Quercus
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 8890

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

gmalivuk wrote:Hundred item folks (or people trying to minimalize in general) tend not to have much overlap with book hoarders.


I'm kinda trying to do both right now, at least to a degree. E-books are my salvation
by Quercus
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453935

Re: Questions For The World

I've heard that chocolate can be deadly to dogs. Or at least, some specific chemical whose name I always forget is in chocolate and is harmless to humans, but is poisonous to dogs. However, I have never seen a dog suffer ill effects from eating chocolate, and I also have never heard of anyone else'...
by Quercus
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141417

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm with Dauric here, extremely skeptical of your claim that it's difficult to fly under the radar with undiagnosed mental illness, even in the UK. It's also not just about diagnosis, it's about treatment and continued care. I'm in the UK and if asked to count the number of people I know with under...
by Quercus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 8890

Re: 1983 - Clutter

That would probably only be possible if I give up hiking/climbing, because right now I can fill a pack with gear for that purpose alone, leaving no room for my function-in-civilization possessions. Maybe I'll just try to get down to two packs, and call that close enough... Yeah, I probably have wel...
by Quercus
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141417

Re: Police misbehavior thread

↶ I see white drug-addicts and homeless people denied rest-room keys and asked to leave establishments all the time. If they don't leave the police escort them out. Denying service isn't inherently racist. Sure, sometimes it's classist or ableist, too. But if a white person has to be high or homele...
by Quercus
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141417

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The whole idea of de-arresting seems very wrong to me. Theoretically, a person could be arrested 50 times for domestic abuse, but if he is de-arrested before processing then none of those incidents would go on their criminal record. You could also make a de facto stop-and-frisk policy by arresting,...
by Quercus
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 895581

Re: Trump presidency

Hopefully it's a constructive distraction, in that case, militarily. And UK/French co-ownership of the missions make me feel happier that it is - though I know it's going to stir up undesirable collateral effects there and back home, it might keep the level-headed Russians out of that equation, dep...
by Quercus
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534964

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Pfhorrest wrote:So glad to hear I’m not alone.

I will literally hold my breath and run past smokers in the street, I find it so unpleasant. My mum is even more sensitive - staying in an environment with tobacco smoke can ruin her entire day.
by Quercus
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4657
Views: 727290

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If teachers are armed, what will happen is the gunmen will shoot the teachers first. What you need is to arm the students too, which would have the bonus of eliminating school bullying, bullies, students that might be bullies, jocks, nerds, drama geeks, Wendy who didn't want to go to Junior Prom wi...
by Quercus
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4657
Views: 727290

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If teachers are armed, what will happen is the gunmen will shoot the teachers first. What you need is to arm the students too, which would have the bonus of eliminating school bullying, bullies, students that might be bullies, jocks, nerds, drama geeks, Wendy who didn't want to go to Junior Prom wi...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 914367

Re: Most excellent times

That's awesome! congratulations!
by Quercus
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 16
Views: 10589

Re: What language should I learn?

Most of what I want to do is math stuff that any language can handle, but I also want to experiment with AI. Does that effect what language I should use? I'm barely more than a layperson when it comes to AI stuff, but my gut feeling for this is unless you want to reinvent the wheel purely for learn...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 16
Views: 10589

Re: What language should I learn?

Python is really good for learning how to program, but my impression is that it is not that great for much else. No one is going to be hired to program in Python. C++, html, and Java are much more likely to be used. I figure that if am going to be messing around, then I might as well train for a jo...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4657
Views: 727290

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not everyone is as paranoid as you. Fair, although I would argue that my level of mistrust in stuff like this is at least reasonable. Lower levels of mistrust are probably also reasonable. Also, it violates the terms of service, and the consent decree Facebook signed. Lastly, Cambridge analytics re...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4657
Views: 727290

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't view it as really all that big of a deal, but then, I've assumed that anything put on Facebook is not any definition of private anyways. I think this hits the nail on the head about why I'm not freaking out about this (which I was honestly a little puzzled about, so thanks for helping me ex...

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