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by Aresen
Yesterday, 15:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: MARCH MADNESS
Replies: 230
Views: 12003

Re: MARCH MADNESS

Aresen wrote:
21 Mar 2019, 22:39
I'm in 6th place in our group. 7/12 so far.

And in the big Yahoo group, I am in 428,567th place (9/12).
I'm now anchor man in our group with 10/19, which is 2,398,400th overall.

In the million dollar group, I am at 15/19: 160,129th or 430,225th overall.
by Aresen
Yesterday, 11:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1074
Views: 60987

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

This is now completely crossing over between this thread and the EC one, but I for one don't really give a shit about democracy per se. I care about rights and freedoms. Democracy is kind of a secondary goal, and it tends to be better at protecting rights and freedoms than other forms of government...
by Aresen
Yesterday, 00:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5705
Views: 247361

Re: Light laffs

Was that actually done by the guy who does "Simon's Cat" or did someone just paste the flags on his work?
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 22:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: MARCH MADNESS
Replies: 230
Views: 12003

Re: MARCH MADNESS

I'm in 6th place in our group. 7/12 so far.

And in the big Yahoo group, I am in 428,567th place (9/12).
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 22:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: MARCH MADNESS
Replies: 230
Views: 12003

Re: MARCH MADNESS

I got to thinking about the odds of a 'perfect bracket' for someone who was extremely skilled at picking winners. It is very easy to calculate, but none the less interesting. For example, if you were able to pick winners 99% of the time, you have a 53.09055% chance of picking a perfect bracket. It g...
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 21:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1074
Views: 60987

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

You're still missing my point. The idea that 51% of a voting body has a moral right over anyone in the other 49% is what the issue is. They act like that only good things can come of that. That a majority decision in itself is justification for whatever the majority decides. It's foolishly simplist...
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 17:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 475
Views: 7200

Re: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?

Who stays away and spends the night looking for lightning? Not getting the reference. When Caesar was consul in 59 BCE, his Co-Consul was Bibulus. The two detested one another, but Caesar dominated the Senate. In an attempt to thwart Caesar, Bibulus stayed home and spent his nights watching for lig...
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 17:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1074
Views: 60987

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

Athens, Roman Republic, the various Italian republics, the UK, and of course the US to name some. Slavery, segregation, transportation, ghettoization, or other forms of oppression, you have places with democratic institutions making others second class citizens just like other forms of government. ...
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 16:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 475
Views: 7200

Re: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?

I'm not that familiar with all the different methods people have come up with. My main point is that proponents of alternate systems should have to demonstrate that there is some significant gain switching to that system. Change just to change isn't a particularly smart way to do things. It's not l...
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 16:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 432
Views: 20100

Re: Putin on the Writs

thoreau wrote:
21 Mar 2019, 16:30
How about Cyber Frappes? Similar sound, but more like a frappucino.
"Cyber Frappes" suggests sitting in a darkened basement viewing porn sites.
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 16:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6235
Views: 182441

Re: Orange is the new President

post_id=439145 time=1553149404 user_id=100] I nominate the anti-McCain rant at the tank factory in Lima, OH as a potential bubble-popping point in the rise and fall of the Trumpocracy. All morals aside, from a purely show biz standpoint, I've never seen him bomb so badly. Even the crickets stopped ...
by Aresen
21 Mar 2019, 00:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 475
Views: 7200

Re: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?

Presidential term to be allotted to each candidate in accordance with share of the popular vote. i.e. Candidate gets 47% of the popular vote - the candidate will be president for 47% of the term (1461 x .47 =686.67 days rounded to the nearest whole number of days = 687.) On January 6th following ele...
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 23:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's Your Favorite TV Show?
Replies: 15
Views: 200

Re: What's Your Favorite TV Show?

I'd have to put The Prisoner down as my favorite Surrealist series.
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 23:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 296
Views: 14094

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

I saw a TV at the gym this morning, and CNN was breathlessly reporting how Harris had jumped 8 points in some poll with the talking heads yammering about it. For fucks sake you idiots, it's March 2019. Sheep entrails and star alignments would be more relevant (and interesting). You know, if they co...
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 22:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's Your Favorite TV Show?
Replies: 15
Views: 200

Re: What's Your Favorite TV Show?

I have not had cable for two years now and don't have Netflix (or anything similar), so mine are all oldies: Favorite TV show: NOVA, up to the mid 1990s, when they started dumbing down the content. Favorite Comedy: MASH Favorite Drama series: Colditz (BBC) Favorite Science Fiction: Voyager Favorite ...
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 19:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antivaxxers
Replies: 87
Views: 3290

Re: Antivaxxers

Mo wrote:
20 Mar 2019, 18:25
WTF, all of his kids were born after the vaccine was commercialized.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-hea ... ox-n985551
I'm sure the children will bless him when they develop shingles in 50 years or so.
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 19:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 475
Views: 7200

Re: Electoral College: Yea or Nay?

They’d also have to care about turning out contingencies* in states that don’t support them. Right now a blue president can give the finger to Ds in Mississippi or a red president can give the finger to Orange County Rs with no consequence. *constituencies cough cough , but I think you have the tea...
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 16:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2301
Views: 105573

Re: Twitter!

The one argument for the Iraq war that I tended to agree with was Saddam's multiple genocides: Against the Kurds in the north, the Shias in the south and against the Marsh Arabs in the Euphrates delta. I am still troubled by the question of permitting genocide to go unopposed. Sanctions don't cut it.
by Aresen
20 Mar 2019, 15:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2301
Views: 105573

Re: Twitter!

On the 16th anniversary of the Iraq War, Ari Fleischer posts a whiny Twitter thread explaining why the war boosters were wrong for the right reasons, whereas the war opponents were right for the wrong reasons, so even though shitloads of people died in that war it's unfair to, like, criticize those...
by Aresen
19 Mar 2019, 13:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1074
Views: 60987

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

You'd think people would have figured out the Streisand effect by now.
by Aresen
19 Mar 2019, 11:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antivaxxers
Replies: 87
Views: 3290

Re: Antivaxxers

Just when you couldn't dislike anti-vaxxers more: Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her Not long ago, a 4-year-old boy died of the flu. His mother, under doctor's orders, watched his two little brothers like a hawk, terrified they might get sick and die, too. Grieving and frightened, just ...
by Aresen
19 Mar 2019, 10:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 296
Views: 14094

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

nicole wrote:
19 Mar 2019, 07:29
Okay guys, I’m in the Yang Gang now.

So, we're talking about the Yang Gang Wang Bang?
by Aresen
18 Mar 2019, 22:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: MARCH MADNESS
Replies: 230
Views: 12003

Re: MARCH MADNESS

Warren wrote:
17 Mar 2019, 19:38
I expect to be annihilated in the first round with no more than four of my teams still alive in the sweet 16.
Mine are done. Totally in ignorance. Do you want to have a low-ball competition?
by Aresen
18 Mar 2019, 21:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 315
Views: 21321

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

Call it an argument from despair. I was merely pointing out that it ain't gonna happen. Do I have a solution? No. Retraining convicts is probably a good idea, but it's not just the Arpaio fans who will argue against it - you will also have a fight with every trades group that has managed to get the ...
by Aresen
18 Mar 2019, 18:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1716
Views: 61469

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

Related to my comment on the other thread regarding kids' fevers, I feel like all the horror stories you would read in libertarian/conservative publications about the horrors of NHS and socialized health care are bullshit. Granted, I haven't tried to get a hip replacement, but for all of the health...