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by Aresen
Today, 00:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 65
Views: 796

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

Corporations DO die for egregious acts: Enron and Arthur Anderson to name two. The problem is less that certain corporations ought to die than that politicians intervene to prevent them from dying when it is politically advantageous. TARP and the GM rescue were examples of this. If the judgments, fi...
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 22:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 176
Views: 6793

Re: Putin on the Writs

DOODS! 2 fucking Russian nuclear bombers now stationed off the coast of Alaska: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/russian-strategic-bombers-deploy-near-alaska/2018/08/16/734c5a64-a173-11e8-a3dd-2a1991f075d5_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e73056e22942 And 100 km inside US airspac...
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 21:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 65
Views: 796

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

Fundamentally for libertarians, the issue is: Who in their right mind wants to grant government MORE power?
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 19:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 65
Views: 796

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

I'm not sure any company guilty of enough crimes to warrant possible dissolution can be said to be well-run. Profitable, perhaps, but well-run usually implied a certain amount of concern for legalities. That's an incredibly subjective criteria. Would you trust someone like Trump to make that distin...
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 19:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Cool little things
Replies: 1030
Views: 52855

Re: Cool little things

Eric the .5b wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 18:56
Hugh Akston wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 16:20
When you type 'password generator' into DuckDuckGo it will generate a password for you.
And now DDG has your password.
*hand waves* Pooh! Pooh! The seven NSA agents on their staff would never share your information.
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 17:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1155
Views: 38947

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

One 'whites only' lunch counter in town isn't a problem, segregation all over town is. I'm not sure where it tips. I am sure that in 2018 America it's not necessary to force people to provide their services to all race, gender, religion, because discrimination based on those criteria is not general...
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 17:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2870
Views: 91076

Re: I just don't get it

People who stand left on escalators. On a down escalator that never, ever ends. With someone playing music they don't like immediately behind them. People who stand left on escalators. huh Escalator etiquette says, if you don't want to walk down as you ride, you stand on the right so people in a hu...
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 10:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2870
Views: 91076

Re: I just don't get it

nicole wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 08:36
I mean we had like extremely out-monstered him by then though.
The problem was more that W was a well-meaning fool. (Like many a POTUS before him.) Yes, he lied to get the war in Iraq, but he really thought he could nation-build in Afghanistan and Iraq. As did O in Egypt, Libya and Syria.
by Aresen
18 Aug 2018, 00:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1155
Views: 38947

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

OK. We're all agreed, Nobody has to bake a cake for Alex Jones.
by Aresen
17 Aug 2018, 19:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 65
Views: 796

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

I think she was trying to make a point about completely corrupted organizations. It's certainly not an exact metaphor, but I understood her point. It's also notable that the Catholic Church, like Wells Fargo, can be credited with some good works as well as terrible activities. I'm not sure the for-...
by Aresen
17 Aug 2018, 19:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1155
Views: 38947

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

lunchstealer wrote:
17 Aug 2018, 13:53
Andrew wrote:
16 Aug 2018, 19:16
If religious cake guy is responsible for baking a cake for whoever enters the door, Alex Jones ought to sue Facebook and the other tech companies in Colorado for excluding him from their services.
Under ADA for discrimination against the mentally disabled?
*High Fives lunchstealer*
by Aresen
17 Aug 2018, 17:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2870
Views: 91076

Re: I just don't get it

Ventilating bin laden is not ever going to be seen as a negative. Cause I mean cmon fuck that guy. Yeah I oppose it on the principle of if-you-can-arrest-him-arrest-him-and-put-his-ass-on-trial-and-then-maybe-hook-him-up-to-a-needle-if-we're-still-doing-that-sort-of-thing because the state shouldn'...
by Aresen
17 Aug 2018, 11:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 65
Views: 796

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

Agree it is awful. But it sounds 'democratic'.

Also, I think many Trump supporters would agree with this.
by Aresen
16 Aug 2018, 17:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133871

Re: Orange is the new President

Hugh Akston wrote:
16 Aug 2018, 17:14
This whole thing about Brennan's security clearance is a good opportunity for people to consider why the government is allowed to withhold information from the public in the first place.
The real question is why Trump has a security clearance.
by Aresen
16 Aug 2018, 17:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43762

Re: Inequality

I'm saying hunter-gatherers were too foolish to invent modern medicine and birth control Actually the birth control thing might not be totally correct. There is some evidence that h/g peoples had various ways - some conscious and intentional, some not - of controlling their population. Later age of...
by Aresen
16 Aug 2018, 17:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2870
Views: 91076

Re: I just don't get it

Rick Mercer is a Canadian leftist comedian whose primary schtick was "Talking to Americans" where he would ambush ordinary Americans to show how ignorant they were (usually of Canada). I hated the schtick both because it played into a popular Canadian Leftist prejudice and you absolutely know that t...
by Aresen
16 Aug 2018, 17:04
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 23
Views: 347

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

Maximally aggressive, inflexible application of the rules is surely not a uniquely Trumpian thing, but it is something that they can be quite confident that the boss won't punish them for. "Our hands were tied" is the cry of both the incompetent and the evil among bureaucrats. Those with imaginatio...
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 23:19
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 23
Views: 347

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

For me, I worry every time I travel to or though the US that some USBPS person is going to decide I am suspect for some reason and I Wil get 'Red Flagged. Rationally, I can't come up with a reason why they would, but I still worry about it. A friend's son just got 'Red Flagged a few weeks ago becaus...
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 15:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18480

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

I would like to sit down, privately, with Alex Jones, and have a Frank conversation with him about what is and is not appropriate for a television entertainer to say and do, and about the existence of ethical lines that one should never, ever cross. "Frank", of course, is the name of my weedezater....
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 13:35
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 23
Views: 347

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

Mo wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 12:17
By this logic we should have deported Melania's folks who will be on the SS/M teet for a good long while.
Don't try to get me to support it.
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 11:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43762

Re: Inequality

Andrew wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 11:33
Given the rate of women dying in childbirth, I would think most women would be pretty leery of peasant or hunter-gatherer times.
Modern medicine is a main reason I prefer even the 'Age of Trump' to just about any time in the past, even so little as a decade ago.
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 10:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43762

Re: Inequality

As for the 'short days of hunter gatherers, that does apply to th actual food collection, but they had to move around a lot, with many days spent just going from place to place on foot. Lifting in temporary shelters wasn't great, either. This depends on the group and the local conditions. My unders...
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 10:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18480

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

I'll just say that I understand the instinct to deplatform, but the who gets to decide thing is the whole thing and it is too scary to entertain, plus I do think that it is at a basic level healthy to have those voices in the open and responses to them constantly in the mix. It is very much my sens...
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 10:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worth a Thousand Lulz
Replies: 798
Views: 48973

Re: Worth a Thousand Lulz

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