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by idonno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890284

Re: Trump presidency

Cam you really blame the never-trumpers for the despair? Their party chose the nominee for them, a nominee who 8 years prior failed against a nobody with no serious accomplishments, and in spite of a million republicans voting for her (supposedly) still couldn't squeak out a win. And then she lost,...
by idonno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 44994

Re: Winfrey presidency

Caring? Probably. Strong? Definitely. Woman? That's none of my business. But good? No, she has filled her show with charlatans like Oz and the like, and has done more damage to science and health than Ken Ham. How long do you think it would take the Rs to decide that science is actually really impo...
by idonno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4625
Views: 723372

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'd challenge the legality of the vote http://legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=99482
Note: I checked and this is Vermilion Parish not Orleans. That provision for Orleans Parish seems very odd though. I'd like to know the justification for it.
by idonno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4625
Views: 723372

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That is earth and water and one could argue that they the other was both fire and air.
by idonno
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Rather than saying, that is just the way the world is, people pushed back. We have a different world view. Maybe you should reread my entire statement because this isn't a world view it is a historical fact. People have pushed back at a practice of trading sexual favors for career advancement and i...
by idonno
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's a human failing, not a cop failing. It's cliques. They exist everywhere. How can you expect the police to be better than you in that respect. Doctors for sure do it, lawyers. Name any profession and there is a expectation of favor among its members. Do I like it, well yes I do. Almost everyone...
by idonno
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's a very low bar for corruption. The same could be said for almost any in group. It can be said for almost no groups because almost no groups have the responsibility to enforce the law. We live in a world where a middle class spouse of a police officer can speed with impunity while a poor pers...
by idonno
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's a very low bar for corruption. The same could be said for almost any in group. It can be said for almost no groups because almost no groups have the responsibility to enforce the law. We live in a world where a middle class spouse of a police officer can speed with impunity while a poor pers...
by idonno
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I stand by my position that most cops are evil-evil dominance obsessed pigs. Just because every time you have interacted with the cops they were mean does not mean that all cops are mean. Maybe you should take a statistics class before condemning a million people. They are pretty much all at least ...
by idonno
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You can't extract incredibly cheap labor out of people under house arrest. Most of those people under house arrest are still allowed to work, making re-integration a non-issue... I wasn't arguing for their well being I was being facetious. My point was there is an incentive to lock them up because ...
by idonno
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Be careful when comparing crime and incarceration rates between countries. While Sweden does indeed have a lower crime and incarceration rate, part of the reason for the low incarceration rate is that house arrest and ankle bracelets are exceedingly common and don't get added in to the rates. Which...
by idonno
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890284

Re: Trump presidency

Paranoia has risen and is truly among us. On one hand you have one group of people who think Empty Suit is a moron and another group that thinks he has a Grand Plan to acquire absolute power. The really odd thing is that based on anecdotal experiences, I think a non trivial portion of both these gr...
by idonno
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664326

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


Good thing this is in the UK because "vote with your pound" uses the most amusing currency for talking about sugar in drinks.
by idonno
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890284

Re: Trump presidency

But he hasn't done anything better than average to further that advantage: any mediocre run-of-the-mill index fund would have made better returns on investment than the things he's done with his money. He hasn't made any more money than average. How well he has done depends on what he wants. What w...
by idonno
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664326

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

Reminds me of the Pentium Bug . (Ok, so it's different at its core(s), but the whole software fix and recall thing…) Experts have said that the fix could slow down the performance of computers by up to 30% but Intel played this down, saying that "for the average user, performance impacts shoul...
by idonno
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 41242

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

elasto wrote:Why do you say that?

Quick reading, 2 yellows, and a cheap monitor.
by idonno
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 41242

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The graph shows that the higher spending came first, so how exactly are we subsidizing them? I think I might not following something about your argument. The higher spending came first with regard to what? Even if there is some order of occurrences that I am missing, if the spending is generating i...
by idonno
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 47554

Re: Wealth taxation

I'm not sure it's reasonable to expect every plot of land to be utilized at maximum efficiency. That is why I said, "that would be awful but it would also be awful for a lot of developed property". My point was that unless you did something like that, it won't keep people who want to from...
by idonno
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 41242

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

New studies show that the US doesn't use more care than other countries, it just charges more. For example, the US spent similar amounts as peer nations in the 1980s. I think that undercuts the argument that the US is subsidizing other countries r&d. The only silver lining is that all this extr...
by idonno
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890284

Re: Trump presidency

...There are just no words. I don't believe that is what happened. I just think that is a legitimate legal defense. Proof is a tricky thing. The pretty much impossibility of policing this sort of behavior is why we have special prosecutors. They make it much harder to use corruption to shut down in...
by idonno
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890284

Re: Trump presidency

Hasn't Trump constantly maintained that the Russia investigation was basically a witch-hunt? Firing someone to shut down a witch-hunt is a perfectly legitimate action. I...I am sitting here trying to comprehend the theory of law enforcement where an authority figure can act to shut down an investig...
by idonno
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890284

Re: Trump presidency

The entire argument that Toobin makes is that IF Trump was under investigation, and that IF he can be shown to have fired Comey to end that investigation, then there is a case against him. I think my first clue to that end was when Trump said outright that he fired Comey because of the Russia inves...
by idonno
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 47554

Re: Wealth taxation

You could go with a Georgist tax. Require reporting of rental income (or profits, if it's a business) for people who earn income on that property, and then use that to assess a value for all properties (or businesses) and require that tax be paid based on the potential rental value of your property...
by idonno
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 47554

Re: Wealth taxation

Is this your complaint of property taxes and IPO stocks? One note on property tax is that people are getting utility out of a property not just holding it and property taxes, when done right, are paying for things that service the property. In a lot of ways they are more a part of the expense of ma...
by idonno
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 58509

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Isn't granting greater autonomy the reason secession talk keeps happening? Like once you grant them independent language and culture, you just poisoned the country forever. Assuming it doesn't involve breaking reasonable laws, denying any people group their own culture seems like a pretty big viola...
by idonno
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400906

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

... a pill that literally costs 20 cents a pill in South Africa (and the company still profits) but $50 in the US. ... and who pays for the research to develop this pill, or the next one? And what happens to AIDS in South Africa? Is this another "America First" thing? Yeah, I get that $50...
by idonno
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400906

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

If they arn't holding back cures, and they most likely aren't , they are certainly setting the knife deep on pricing. The conspiracy is doing the same old thing over again slightly differently, and charging ever higher prices. That may be the case with a lot of breakthroughs but it is certainly not...
by idonno
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400906

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42308341 The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected ... Not really corrected, but yet another palliative the patient takes for the rest of their life. Not really saying that's bad, just pointing out that yet again they found p...
by idonno
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Net Neutrality and Gaming
Replies: 37
Views: 14800

Re: Net Neutrality and Gaming

If it's subtle enough that noone notices how bad can it really be Bad enough to re-elect Trump. Trump's election had nothing to do with net-neutrality. Nor did Brexit. Nor will his re-election should that occur. They were down to the trolls (both amateur and professional) taking over the net as I b...
by idonno
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 97033

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

What makes you think I'm not relaxed. I'm not even really personally concerned. Okay; but if that's so, why are you bringing this up? I didn't. Someone else said they felt like they had to walk on eggshells. I just care about other people and happen to care about someone who has substantially worse...
by idonno
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 97033

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Okay, first off: Relax. What makes you think I'm not relaxed. I'm not even really personally concerned. I'm pessimistic enough that, if anything, I misread situations the other way. You're not going to accidentally sexually harass someone. I mean, yes, it's technically possible -- in the same sense...
by idonno
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 97033

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

If you did something wrong it's highly unlikely she'll risk reporting you unless it's egregious. You keep talking about getting in trouble and being reported but people care about more things than that. We live in a culture where social crucifixions are carried out with incredible swiftness often b...
by idonno
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How are you supposed to crawl towards the police officer with your legs crossed? I checked and if I cross my legs at the ankle, similar to arms at the wrist, it is a little awkward but I can still crawl. Homeless people who need shelter don't live in planned neighborhoods. Middle class people who w...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How many neighbourhoods are small enough that 'down the street' is a different one? This might be a communications issue with what is meant by "down the street". I'd typically refer to the semi main road that services a bunch of neighborhoods as "the street". I know I'm not the ...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If someone puts in a development down the street, your house has just as much utility... No. The utility of a house comes as much from the neighborhood as it does from the structure. Jose Who said anything about the neighborhood? Typically neighborhoods are set up with neighborhood covenants that p...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 97033

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Why does it make you feel like you have to walk on eggshells? I don't know about the specific case but there are an lot of people that aren't anywhere near as skilled at reading social cues as others assume they should be. "No" may mean "no" but when someone assumes that they ha...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

preventing development is unrelated to keeping what you already have. [...] Alice doesn't lose her house if Bob, Charles, and Dawn do their deal And musicians don't lose anything if I "share" their songs on (the old) napster. Owning real estate is different from owning chattel. Alice does...
by idonno
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 97033

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

In other sexual harassment news, the Associated Press reports: Lawyers for President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit filed by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" who accused him of unwanted sexual contact should at least be blocked while he...
by idonno
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664326

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

But 2+2 does equal five... for sufficiently large values of 2. Jose I see you have bought into more lies. There are no numbers other than whole numbers (and I suspect some of those are made up). I shall eat a marshmallow for your soul. Nah, just redefine the + symbol into another operation in group...
by idonno
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664326

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

Any statement at all can be argued for in moral language if you're allowed to use arbitrary, nonsensical, contradictory morals. Counterexample. 2 + 2 = 5 because that allows us to produce food for free thus ending world hunger. If you aren't pro starving children, you would support this. Math teach...

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