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by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 15:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Wonder why they spend all those billions of dollars trying to stop people from doing it, then. Why do they give billions of dollars to their churches? They believe some things on faith alone. Just because they think it matters doesn't mean it actually does. What churches do the Republican party or ...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9912
Views: 493494

Re: Petty annoyances

Warren wrote:
Yesterday, 12:34
Eric the .5b wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 13:40
Paragon NTFS appears to have a version for Catalina
This seems to have worked. I'm out 20 bucks but It's worth it.
Glad to hear it!
by Eric the .5b
03 Apr 2020, 18:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

You all keep getting bogged down in these little details. In the grand scheme those things don't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to significant political movements and policy. Voting on an individual level is almost valueless given the numbers of people involved in the process. Certainly in...
by Eric the .5b
03 Apr 2020, 15:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

You all keep getting bogged down in these little details. In the grand scheme those things don't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to significant political movements and policy. Voting on an individual level is almost valueless given the numbers of people involved in the process. Certainly in...
by Eric the .5b
03 Apr 2020, 15:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

NYC gave us both major presidential candidates in 2016, too.

But sure, folks should feel free to retreat from The Reds are absolutely no worse on this issue, you can't seriously argue any distinction whatsoever... to Haha! Not all Blues are great on this issue!
by Eric the .5b
03 Apr 2020, 15:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Surprise! It's Government's Good Side
Replies: 912
Views: 64061

Re: Surprise! It's Government's Good Side

Tentative thumbs-up: NYC Department of Nicole Nemesis is giving out three free meals a day to anyone who shows up to their "meal hubs". I just hope they don't fuck up the crowd hygiene situation. (If they're already taxing people to buy the food and pay the cooks, why not, after all. And this helps ...
by Eric the .5b
02 Apr 2020, 22:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

You all keep getting bogged down in these little details. The devil is in the details, and change comes from the margins. Campaigning is not government, after all; we don't have to reflexively treat it as universally incompetent. The one thing that Team Red and Team Blue actually are? Aggressive co...
by Eric the .5b
02 Apr 2020, 17:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Now San Francisco has banned reusable bags. No idea whether disposable bags are still banned, leading to a situation in which every kind of bag is banned. It's by itself sensible (and why I haven't used my nylon bags when I've scurried out of shelter for provisions), but yeah, that's kind of an iss...
by Eric the .5b
02 Apr 2020, 17:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Putting aside the evergreen idea that a problem doesn't really matter as long as it isn't as bad as <some bad thing that is not happening here or now>...
Painboy wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 15:28
We're talking about a very tiny margin of people this affects.
...in elections often decided by thin margins.
by Eric the .5b
02 Apr 2020, 13:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9912
Views: 493494

Re: Petty annoyances

Fuuuu. My iMac has an internal 250GB SSD, so I got a 1TB external drive for it when I bought it. Everything worked fine until I upgraded the OS and now my 1TB drive is "read only" because it's formatted for windows (so why did it work before?). I've got 275GB of stuff on it and nowhere to put it wh...
by Eric the .5b
01 Apr 2020, 20:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9912
Views: 493494

Re: Petty annoyances

Fuuuu. My iMac has an internal 250GB SSD, so I got a 1TB external drive for it when I bought it. Everything worked fine until I upgraded the OS and now my 1TB drive is "read only" because it's formatted for windows (so why did it work before?). I've got 275GB of stuff on it and nowhere to put it wh...
by Eric the .5b
01 Apr 2020, 11:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The design was for 100 control patients, another 100 patients to receive one dose of hydroxychloroquine, and 100 more to receive a higher dose. What we have, though, are only two groups of 31 patients each, which suggests that there were problems with the inclusion criteria for the trial and/or wit...
by Eric the .5b
31 Mar 2020, 19:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Jadagul wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 23:28
I describe my current politics as "thoroughly pissed off that I find myself solidly in the tank for the Democrats".
Yeah, this.
by Eric the .5b
31 Mar 2020, 19:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Uhhh Pritzker didn't shut down IL schools until March 17. Over the objections of Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot who refused to do so at all. Chicago Public Health commissioner downplayed the situation for weeks, saying there was no need to wear masks, cancel large events, or close schools. This was o...
by Eric the .5b
30 Mar 2020, 21:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

thoreau wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 17:20
So, just as there are ways in which they all fucked up, there are also areas of difference, and they matter.
But Trump pisses off liberals, Thoreau.

Surely that counters any trivial details of mere policy and its human consequences.
by Eric the .5b
30 Mar 2020, 16:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Where have there been Democratic governors refusing to shut down schools, etc. while any of their school districts have actually been open? AFAICT, it's Team Blue that's pushing anti-pandemic measures, while Team Red is gleefully going along with Orange Man trying to roll them back, even leaping to ...
by Eric the .5b
29 Mar 2020, 08:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Ugh. Take care, Pham. I don't personally get the decoder ring issue. We have a nutbar in charge of the country who might as well be trying to kill as many people as possible, and I'm supposed to worry that a highly regulated drug isn't being given out to every idiot who listens to him? I mean, handl...
by Eric the .5b
27 Mar 2020, 11:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7530
Views: 354649

Re: Orange is the new President

Full-on natural selection may kick in for a bunch of older Trump voters. The ones who realize he isn't taking a dangerous pandemic seriously can turn against him or stay home in November. A large chunk of the others will end up like that pastor who just died. Reality doesn't care about your resentfu...
by Eric the .5b
26 Mar 2020, 19:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7530
Views: 354649

Re: Orange is the new President

Tl:dr: I can't recall any other time when Americans or anyone else so overwhelmingly supported a leader whose explicit message was "You personally are on your own, and probably should drop dead." Well, a faction of Americans that desperately wants creepy, racist grandpa in charge. The majority of t...
by Eric the .5b
26 Mar 2020, 07:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 2169
Views: 137831

Re: Home $weet Home

Ahem. I know Californians are advised to have "earthquake kits" in case The Big One hits, just as Midwesterners should have tornado supplies and coastal denizens should have hurricane supplies and so on. But tiny houses don't leave a hell of a lot of space for surplus storage, and the idea "It does...
by Eric the .5b
24 Mar 2020, 17:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Your COVID-19 Playlist
Replies: 19
Views: 255

Re: Your COVID-19 Playlist

"Black Celebration" and "Fly on the Windscreen—Final" (which always seemed like parts of the same song) by Depeche Mode also work.
by Eric the .5b
24 Mar 2020, 16:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Your COVID-19 Playlist
Replies: 19
Views: 255

Re: Your COVID-19 Playlist

* "Contagious" by the Night Riots * "We Will Become Silhouettes" by the Postal Service * "Agora" by Bear Hands * "Don't Let It Get You Down" by Johnnyswim (bonus: a live version ) * "Underneath the Bunker" by REM (bonus: a cabin-feverish Michael Stipe singing the song the other day) * "Peaches" by I...
by Eric the .5b
24 Mar 2020, 10:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1051
Views: 83792

Re: Tiny Triumphs

I have to think Jeff doesn't get dry, cracking hands that often. After all, he thought to ask about lotion in this case.
by Eric the .5b
23 Mar 2020, 21:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
23 Mar 2020, 17:21
But then, of course, the virus could mutate.
And then the real question becomes slow zombies or fast zombies.
by Eric the .5b
23 Mar 2020, 17:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

CorvidActNow.org has some depressing estimates:

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And of course, that whole capacity estimate is just based on beds, not sick medical personnel, number of ventilators, etc.

This is going to suck hard, and into the summer.