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by idonno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues
Replies: 17
Views: 12257

Re: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues

CorruptUser wrote:Assuming coma patients, prisoners, mentally ill, and severe physical or mental disabilities count for that purpose.

You forgot about orphans.
by idonno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

so long as the final balance sheets allow enough flexibility to juggle it and still show that "$X raised for X, $X used for X" is true enough, in the long run… If some outgoing proportion (up to 100%!) of $X has to come from a prior float and thence the same amount of incoming $X goes int...
by idonno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6972
Views: 1137387

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The Great Hippo wrote:You think the appropriate response to an increase in homicide rates is for us to murder more people? Are you looking to be a police officer in the US? Because it sounds like you'd fit right in!

If you murder enough people, the homicide rate drops to divide by zero error.
by idonno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

They are an invasive species, so it's not a question of whether we should exterminate but rather whether we should not. And how would you logistically accomplish this? Send valuable boats to kill ants instead of rescue people? Remember, if you get too close, you get swarmed by angry venomous stingi...
by idonno
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yes, That's a Huge Floating Mass of Live Fire Ants in Texas: Floods make them more venomous and more aggressive. (Here's the obligatory link to xkcd 1620: "Fire Ants" ) Is there some consequence to killing these? The fact that they can just spray to keep them out after Katrina would seem ...
by idonno
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

The particular hazard is death. If you think otherwise could you please explain what methods of death deserve differentiation and why. Comparing overall death rates doesn't get to the nuance of the situation. Yes there are plenty of jobs more dangerous than policing in terms of raw numbers. And in ...
by idonno
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: nully

When you find that reality let me know. Of course I will have been dead untold time. Purely on death comparisons, I am past caring. However. If I want to study cancer, I look at people who have cancer. If I want to see how murder looks statistically I look at murder. You might have a case if this w...
by idonno
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: nully

When you find that reality let me know. Of course I will have been dead untold time. Purely on death comparisons, I am past caring. However. If I want to study cancer, I look at people who have cancer. If I want to see how murder looks statistically I look at murder. You might have a case if this w...
by idonno
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

the particular occupational hazard has to be compared with the level of that hazard elsewhere. And to do that, you can't mix and match. Other jobs have other hazards. The particular hazard is death. If you think otherwise could you please explain what methods of death deserve differentiation and wh...
by idonno
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: double null

Is there something that makes being murdered a worse way to die than other industries' ways to die? Taxi drivers are number one when it comes to the rate of on the job murders at over twice the rate for police and they have a comparable total fatality rate so I want to know when our government is g...
by idonno
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

I found the original nytimes claim. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/14/upshot/trump-poised-to-transform-american-courts.html?mcubz=0 Here's a picture of Trump's potential appointees based on predicted openings across 4 years. It's snipped from the article. It shows Trump will probably g...
by idonno
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-judicial-nominees-federalist-society_us_59497166e4b04c5e50256f0c The impact is predicted based on demographics, and current openings from Obama's tenure. There's a big age bump that's been building and it's gotten worse with Obama being slow to nominate ear...
by idonno
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

Trump's biggest legacy for the republicans may actually be in the judiciary. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-judiciary/339083-trump-reshapes-the-lower-federal-courts-with-little The way the appeals courts work is you randomly select judges. As the mix of judges gets increasingly conservat...
by idonno
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400242

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

Its not my field, but that seems way harder than the DNA hack. At least DNA is quantized. I don't know how you make a physical object that is reliably stored as a particular sequence of bits when you take a picture of it. That's about when I stopped watching Bones. Maybe their bone scanner has auto...
by idonno
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Even with non-white color crime, the problem is prisons don't rehabilitate. And every felon appears to be judged by statistics rather than individually. Oh you're 70% likely to commit the crime again? Sorry can't risk it even if you happen to be in the other 30%*. We tend not to allow that type of ...
by idonno
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

It seems bizarre to me in any city, the roads and sidewalks wouldn't be public property. I can understand on huge properties out in the country, but I mean is the homeowner's association required to fix potholes or cracks in these sidewalks? That would just be bizarre to me. I would assume that the...
by idonno
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

I'm curious as to why there's so much schadenfreude here. Is it just because they're rich? Seems petty. In general a lot of people don't even like the concept of a gated community so it is no surprise that there is little sympathy that one accidentally lost it's ability to control access. In additi...
by idonno
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

At the very least, the couple could charge the entire community for parking. So there's that. More importantly, they could charge *ANYONE* for parking, and this town is really close to the city, where parking spots are uber valuable. Plus these stuffy rich people who would be shocked to see plebeia...
by idonno
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

Just make it a toll road. Just as lucrative, but entirely legal and precedented. Holding control over street access to their houses would be incredibly lucrative but I would bet that the home owners have an easement guaranteeing their right to use the road for access. I do have a few questions, bot...
by idonno
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

Charge people $50 for speeding 1 mph over the limit, arbitrarily lower the limit without telling anyone, and also have a camera every 20 ft so you can send 50 tickets to the same person. Make street parking alternate based on the Fibonacci sequence on months divisible by 3. Street cleanings are don...
by idonno
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

I'm really confused about this issue. http://www.aipac.org/learn/legislative-agenda/agenda-display?agendaid={B499D12C-C5ED-4CA6-93CF-61266D842328} [The] Combating BDS Act of 2017 (S.170 and H.R. 2856) would grant state and local governments the right to disassociate pensions and contracts from enti...
by idonno
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

You completely missed the point. There are several hundred key positions that haven't been filled - that aren't even close to being filled - that should have been filled months ago. To be this far behind in filling key positions is a sign of serious incompetence on the part of this administration. ...
by idonno
Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

Erm... which is the problem. There are only two situations I see here: It is a massive problem. It just has nothing to do with the issue of Trump not being prepared when he took office. Comey's replacement should have been figured out the same week Comey was fired. Hell, it should have been figured...
by idonno
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

According to Trump, the events that caused the vacancy were the mishandling of Clinton's Emails last year. The reason according to Trump is a is very temporally unstable "fact". An inconsistent story from someone with a long record of deceit is not exactly what I would consider a reliable...
by idonno
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, it takes time... which is kind of the point. It's why most administrations start the process months in advance. They don't wait until after they're inaugurated to get started; so that they don't find themselves six months into their term and still needing to fill hundreds of important position...
by idonno
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

That's pretty big for a "canoe", I was imagining something like a kayak and wondering where all the tons of food etc went. That still doesn't look like very much space for food. I would assume that they had to procure most of it along the way. Yeah, definitely not what pops into mind in t...
by idonno
Tue May 30, 2017 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

The part you're skipping over is if those two, or anyone else is granted immunity, then they can testify that they alone did everything wrong, and nobody else. This would poison the investigation and let the rest of Trump's administration get away. I'm not skipping anything. Yes there are absolutel...
by idonno
Mon May 29, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

...who had previously offered to testify before Congress voluntarily, without precondition, are seriously considering whether to withdraw the offer and insist on immunity. “Why would you send clients up to Congress now and let them get caught up in a perjury trap over what could be a minor issue?” ...
by idonno
Thu May 25, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

I'm neither an economist nor an accountant, so it's hard for me to put this 2 trillion dollar budget error in the appropriate context. That being said, no matter how you shake it, it's still a 2 trillion dollar budget error, so... like, yeah -- there's pretty much no context where it's like "O...
by idonno
Thu May 18, 2017 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 114647

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

“People think I stayed in politics because I wanted conservatives to run the world,” he told The New York Times Magazine in 1995. “Actually, it was the money.” So he didn't even believe in everything he pushed? That's... interesting. You can do something for the money and still believe in it. A lot...
by idonno
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

According to your quote it seems like it might fall under "exceeds authorized access" and the object of the fraud was the use of the computer, so maybe? They should make a The Good Fight (seeing as we don't have The Good Wife anymore) episode about this. Colloquially it definitely exceeds...
by idonno
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6972
Views: 1137387

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't think you understand what an attorney's obligations are. An attorney of any sort has an ethical obligation not to submit any argument or defense that isn't factually or legally justifiable. This isn't widely enforced with sanctions--often, it happens because a young attorney or even an expe...
by idonno
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 5949

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

I'm amused that I just got back from a conference where this topic came up at a few of the talks, and all of the doctors and geneticists were basically saying "Genetic tests for health screening have fairly poor predictive strength of future illness except in very specific cases. Family histor...
by idonno
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662464

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

If there's too much child porn(or whatever) on Facebook, it's because they don't care enough to really do something about it. They could hire enough people to deal adequately with the reports. Instead, they put in an automated system that apparently doesn't work. That's not because they faced some ...
by idonno
Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

One was a federal department head handling classified information, and the other was a state governor handling not-classified information. Huh? Though some emails were retroactively earmarked as containing sensitive information, they were not officially marked as Classified at the time Clinton hand...
by idonno
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

Ho hum. I'm sure that 'but that's different!' for some reason though. One major difference is that using a private email address for convenience is much more believable than maintaining a private email server is. I'm not saying that there wasn't a legitimate convenience issue for Hillary but Pence'...
by idonno
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

Do you have any particular office in mind that is especially non partisan? It is off topic enough that I spoilered it but Office that shouldn't be partisan are ones that typically involve the administration of a set of rules rather than policy decisions although there is often some blurring of ...
by idonno
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

If you're lucky, you'll unseat a Republican stooge at the county office. As someone who has worked with several local officials from both parties, please don't just go voting in/out county level offices based on party affiliation. There are many functions that should not be partisan where you want ...
by idonno
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 58148

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

You are aware that for instance safety features are a thing? Rules built into the very design of the machine? Like microwaves not turning on when open for a trival one. They already do it is just limited to simple cases. This is even already done sometimes with motor vehicles controlling the max sp...
by idonno
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888266

Re: Trump presidency

That's like saying if Hawking is so smart at physics why can't he build a rocket to Mars? Not really. Building a rocket to Mars is a massive and expensive project. I can engage in trading from my couch at whatever level of investment I am comfortable with. The real reason economists don't bet like ...

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