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by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 22:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 516
Views: 17906

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

And yet, it's the society we live in. Which should be your first fucking clue that doing anything to help society, where the likes of McCarthy are a Hell of a lot more influential than you or me, establish the kind of line you so wistfully talk about is incredibly stupid. ETA: I mean, what is your ...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 21:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 516
Views: 17906

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Unrelated, there needs to be a term for the situation where someone points it that one side of an debate is doing something, someone on that side denies that thing is happening, and immediately, a pile of people on that side start justifying that exact thing that "isn't happening".
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 20:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1285
Views: 43025

Re: Inequality

Weird, I thought the saintly socialist union agitators of the early twentieth century were responsible for the forty-hour work week. Doesn't that prove it's good?
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 20:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1115
Views: 38451

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

Ellie wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 23:34
Internet confession: tonight I was reading stuff about transphobia and getting really depressed, and then the thought popped into my head: "TERFs can suck a dick. A lady's dick" and it amused me way, way, way, way too much :lol: :oops:
Ha!

But who knows where those TERFs' mouths have been?
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 20:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 516
Views: 17906

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

As someone with a dedication to maintaining the best possible connection to something approximating what actually happened in the past, some things shouldn't be up for debate. Where the line goes is a worry, certainly, but that fact alone doesn't mean there shouldn't be a line. There should be a li...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 516
Views: 17906

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Who said Shem was calling for coercive regulation? If CBS gave holocaust deniers an hour of prime time, businesses would pull ads so fast that there would be sonic booms. Because he used what looked like the governmental pseudo-first-person "we" instead of "advertisers" or "stockholders" or whatever.
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5687
Views: 132364

Re: Orange is the new President

thoreau wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 22:10
My view is that some politicians are less dishonest than others, and that's a good reason to see some as lesser evils, but all of them need to be monitored.
This is a stance I'm fine with.
by Eric the .5b
11 Aug 2018, 20:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5687
Views: 132364

Re: Orange is the new President

He should have been stopped decades ago, but our institutions are frail. And the very frailty erodes trust, which leads to a cynical belief that the whole system is about guys like him getting ahead so what does any of this matter anyways? Yes, yes, and it's all the fault of unbelievers like us tha...
by Eric the .5b
11 Aug 2018, 19:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5687
Views: 132364

Re: Orange is the new President

He should have been stopped decades ago, but our institutions are frail. And the very frailty erodes trust, which leads to a cynical belief that the whole system is about guys like him getting ahead so what does any of this matter anyways? Yes, yes, and it's all the fault of unbelievers like us tha...
by Eric the .5b
09 Aug 2018, 20:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 355
Views: 11388

Re: Op-ediots

I see no chance that the Dems will nominate anyone whose administration won't be more damaging than the current one. Uh-huh. Are you still of the opinion Hillary would've been even worse than the president we've got now? We are not at war, so yes 10,000 times better. I don't know if shit like our p...
by Eric the .5b
09 Aug 2018, 18:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 355
Views: 11388

Re: Op-ediots

Now, I suppose you could measure optics by polls. Compare Approval Rate - Disapproval Rate for presidents. We couldn't do that for HRC, but BHO ended up with a net of +17.9 at the end of his term, versus Trump's current rating of ...-8.6. OK, so that doesn't allow "x% better/worse" comparisons, than...
by Eric the .5b
09 Aug 2018, 18:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 41
Views: 1310

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Kolohe wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 10:45
What really gets my goat is the Instapundit wing of the Trumpaloo nation used to be all Saudi Delenda Est 15 years ago, and now, nihilo.
Eh, after the anti-war protestors STFU the moment Obama got into office, it doesn't surprise me.
by Eric the .5b
09 Aug 2018, 17:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 355
Views: 11388

Re: Op-ediots

My view on that for the record is HRC would be 25% better in official policy and 100% better in optics. I think there's a lot of people who think the optics are so bad its more like 150% / 200% and I would resist that view. I'm not sure you go about ascribing numerical values to policy differences ...
by Eric the .5b
09 Aug 2018, 17:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5687
Views: 132364

Re: Orange is the new President

thoreau wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 17:04
This is what Trump has reduced me to: I'm now defending the leaders of bureaucratic organizations. Because however shitty I think bureaucracies are when it comes to information problems and principal-agent problems, the boss's golf buddy is even worse.
We can't fire or impeach golfing buddies.
by Eric the .5b
08 Aug 2018, 23:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Not At All Secret Gryll (athon) For Grylliade
Replies: 27
Views: 3737

Re: Not At All Secret Gryll (athon) For Grylliade

I've never really had any problems using it, either way.
by Eric the .5b
08 Aug 2018, 23:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58770

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Ellie will probably not want to watch the third episode (of 3) of that.
by Eric the .5b
08 Aug 2018, 21:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1643

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread

I...what? It's a picture of an apparently-nude woman who looks to be standing comfortably and undistressed in some tall grass. The lighting is vaguely spooky or mysterious. That combined with the wolf/dog image makes me think "spooky woods, magic afoot, maybe the wolf is the woman, or vice versa, d...
by Eric the .5b
08 Aug 2018, 17:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1643

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread

Wow. Here's a fascinating (but somewhat disturbing) Cracked article by "David Wong" showing the very different ways Netflix markets identical shows, based on the different thumbnails that appear for his or his wife's accounts. http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-alarming-way-netflix-customizes-itself-t...
by Eric the .5b
08 Aug 2018, 16:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1178
Views: 51211

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

That's just skeevy.
by Eric the .5b
08 Aug 2018, 16:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58770

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

New Scientist likes to hype stuff. The physics is interesting enough, but it's not nearly as weird and mind-bending and sci-fi omg as it sounds. Nobody's going to make wormholes or antigravity or whatever using sound waves. Maybe they'll make a system that has certain analogies to those things, but...
by Eric the .5b
06 Aug 2018, 00:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: It doesn't matter if you're black or white
Replies: 394
Views: 10727

Re: It doesn't matter if you're black or white

I saw a sticker on a street sign today that said "MAKE RACISTS AFRAID AGAIN." Um ... were they ever afraid to start with? More than they are now? I don't remember this period of history. Well, we saw the explosion of assholes who thought Trump's election meant they could be open about their racism....
by Eric the .5b
04 Aug 2018, 04:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Familiar spirits
Replies: 73
Views: 2633

Re: Familiar spirits

lunchstealer wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 22:27
Not to Grylliade too hard here but ‘familiar spirits’ in this case is about animal familiars, not spiritous beverages. I think the booze thread is a pinned thread on the joys of life thingy. Maybe what are you drinking? I think.
Now you tell me, almost two weeks later!

My bad.
by Eric the .5b
03 Aug 2018, 22:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Familiar spirits
Replies: 73
Views: 2633

Re: Familiar spirits

I got randomly curious about aquavit and picked up a bottle of Linie. That is a remarkably smooth drink for the ABV. And by way of follow-up, I finished the bottle in about a week, which is crazy -fast for me. It's just terribly easy to drink neat. Will have to employ more caution as I try other aq...
by Eric the .5b
03 Aug 2018, 20:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58770

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Steampunk is what happens when goths discover the color brown. Beat me to saying it. Also: https://i.imgur.com/bvZ1wS0.png (From Hark! A Vagrant .) That said, the origin was a few works in the 80s that were actually sort-of going for some element of "punk", inspired by cyberpunk. (Of course, the ac...
by Eric the .5b
02 Aug 2018, 20:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 527
Views: 9055

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

JasonL wrote:
02 Aug 2018, 13:50
New government may just be philosophically opposed. Still with Finland first then this one the consensus at a minimum is it’s expensive.
But why would it be expensive to give everyone money? :D

(OK, to be sure, this program was income-gated, despite the "U".)