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by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 22:15
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 27
Views: 242

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

Couldn't be because of an affair. Gillespie's clearly way too married to the both-sides-same-bad narrative.
by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 19:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8201
Views: 599934

Re: Orange is the new President

Trump Just Went Full QAnon at the White House—and He Brought Charts Not even going to bother with snark at this point. I'm worried there may be more Kyle Rittenhouses out there. There have already been death threats against a Georgia election worker. Flynn has suggested a military auto-coup. Joe di...
by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 19:27
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 27
Views: 242

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

Warren wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 18:59
Eric the .5b wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 18:35
Warren wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 18:28:roll: Oh please.
Just like the randos on Twitter who reply nothing more than "That isn't true!", you've got a profound and convincing argument there.
It's as convincing as yours
*shrug* If you say so.
by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 18:35
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 27
Views: 242

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

Warren wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 18:28:roll: Oh please.
Just like the randos on Twitter who reply nothing more than "That isn't true!", you've got a profound and convincing argument there.
by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 18:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 143
Views: 2566

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

This is why the left sits ineffectually on the sidelines and gripes about how the party's rigged against them.

(When they're not trying to deny that more than two-three dozen people are even in the left in horrible, right-wing capitalist America.)
by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 18:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1651
Views: 144450

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Things like that and people in Trump's team saying officials who don't break the law to help Trump should be "executed"...It just flies. It's normalized. It's something to jaw and wring hands about, not the sort of thing that ends careers or get people widely condemned. It'll be so much fun when Tea...
by Eric the .5b
02 Dec 2020, 17:52
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 27
Views: 242

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

There may be some messy internal politics afoot to explain the firing. The problem for Reason is that they've spent the last four years corroding their credibility on the subject in order to chase an audience of Trumpkins and those people who will never say that they're pro-Trump, but who sure aren'...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 17:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 304
Views: 33663

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

"This island nation used military-enforced lockdowns and has so far only had one recurrence!" OK, yeah, I'm sold. I'm more sold by Japan having fewer total COVID deaths than we've had in one day. Or, more starkly, the whole very crowded country having less than a sixteenth of the total deaths NYC a...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 16:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

It's not meant to soothe. It's a rallying-cry to fight for equality and against the very idea that people aren't equal or can be allowed to hold that idea. It's the dumbass "Paradox of Tolerance" argument writ large, complete with a mention of it. I think it's part of a long Progressive stance that...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 16:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

And I'll say it. If bigotry isn't natural, why have we been doing it and outright inventing new reasons for it all of human history? We've gone from calling our own tribes words that mean "actual proper people" and gleefully killing or abducting and raping members of the neighboring tribes to invent...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 15:54
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I also agree that the initial setup of Omelas is basically "Assume a spherical utopia of uniform density, with whatever arbitrary attributes you want a utopia to have." Is Omelas a utopia? Well, for the majority of the inhabitants, who are not troubled by moral qualms, yes. From the authorial or re...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 14:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 304
Views: 33663

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

"This island nation used military-enforced lockdowns and has so far only had one recurrence!" OK, yeah, I'm sold. I'm more sold by Japan having fewer total COVID deaths than we've had in one day. Or, more starkly, the whole very crowded country having less than a sixteenth of the total deaths NYC a...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 14:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I got pointed to "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N. K. Jemisin, her answer to/variation on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". I just read it. It's the first Jemisin thing I've ever read, and based on her contempt for her reader it will probably be the last. I'm just not clear who the fuck it's ...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 13:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I got pointed to "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N. K. Jemisin, her answer to/variation on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". I just read it. It's the first Jemisin thing I've ever read, and based on her contempt for her reader it will probably be the last. I'm just not clear who the fuck it's ...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 13:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I would sum them up as follows: Le Guin: Here's this utopia; oh wait it's not really a utopia because it's built on suffering. Jemisin: Here's this utopia, and it's utopia because they kill anybody who has wrongthink I have more to add later when I'm in front of a keyboard, but I'd just point of th...
by Eric the .5b
01 Dec 2020, 06:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120491

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I got pointed to "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N. K. Jemisin, her answer to/variation on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". I think the best I can say of it is that it thoroughly avoids some of the inanities of "Omelas" and actually has a point beyond " lol you can't even imagine a perfect soc...
by Eric the .5b
30 Nov 2020, 15:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 304
Views: 33663

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

On the other hand, South Korea and other countries in the region are doing far better than the west without full lockdowns because people actually bother to perform the minimal necessary measures to control the disease. (New Zealand has also done well, mainly by being a bunch of islands in the middl...
by Eric the .5b
30 Nov 2020, 12:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 304
Views: 33663

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

Based on what's going on, I wouldn't believe it for Europeans, either.
by Eric the .5b
30 Nov 2020, 12:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 899
Views: 67229

Re: Iran (so far away)

I'm just fairly sure the stories about it involving a remote-control truck with a remote-control machine gun are bullshit.
by Eric the .5b
29 Nov 2020, 20:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18307

Re: Voting methodologies

Could it remotely be feasible to set up something that works like the reverse of the primary/general election system for governors and presidents? That is, get a list of candidates for each party, everyone votes for the party they want to win, and then have everybody vote for the the candidate of th...
by Eric the .5b
28 Nov 2020, 20:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 143
Views: 2566

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

And then, looking at things in retrospect, there's the far-left/conservative alliance in playing up things like the Chaz as widespread chaos/resistance in Seattle (as opposed to six city blocks for less than a month).
by Eric the .5b
24 Nov 2020, 22:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 143
Views: 2566

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

One thing I don't know how you re-cork the genie on post-Trump is 'Defund the Police' as a slogan. The ideas are kind of sound and the slogan is the absolute stupidest branding on the fucking planet. Worse than "Lose weight fast with Ayds!" Triangulate as the reasonable alternative...pitching the e...
by Eric the .5b
24 Nov 2020, 16:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 143
Views: 2566

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Not to mention VP Harris, whose appeal to the left consists entirely of melanin and mammary glands and not her actual policy positions. That, and being pretty and having a high degree of that Trumplike confidence team fans like, is pretty much her only appeals to anyone in Team Blue. The "progressi...
by Eric the .5b
24 Nov 2020, 16:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Predictions for 2030
Replies: 130
Views: 6045

Re: Predictions for 2030

If it's lots of bombing and drones and non-boot-wearing Special Operations forces at a level that's more than just a couple guys, a level that involves a whole bunch of people quietly maintaining logistics and supply lines but not telling their home-town newspapers about it, I think we're there and...
by Eric the .5b
24 Nov 2020, 15:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Predictions for 2030
Replies: 130
Views: 6045

Re: Predictions for 2030

By 2030, there will have been no major US involvement in Syria. Future US presidents will give Syria the same, "Did I say red line that mustn't be crossed and will force action? I meant pink line that makes us sad to see crossed." treatment Obama did.