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by Aresen
Yesterday, 17:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133275

Re: Orange is the new President

Hugh Akston wrote:
Yesterday, 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
Yesterday, 17:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1325
Views: 43513

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
Yesterday, 17:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2824
Views: 90339

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
Yesterday, 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: 328

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: 328

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: 18429

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: 328

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: 1325
Views: 43513

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: 1325
Views: 43513

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: 18429

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: 48766

Re: Worth a Thousand Lulz

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by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 09:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1325
Views: 43513

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.
by Aresen
14 Aug 2018, 09:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1325
Views: 43513

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? This. You have to wonder what history the guy read to come to the conclusion that a work-week of 40 hours/week was 'unnatural'. For most...
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 23:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

I'm actually proud of my baklava. It was taught to be by a little old Greek lady who made me swear never to record the recipe anywhere. It has to be passed on person to person. If I ever attend a gathering, I'll make some to bring. Good baklava is hard to find. The best I ever had was in a little f...
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 23:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

Number 6 wrote:
13 Aug 2018, 23:42
Speaking of which, there should be another Gryllicon in the not-terribly-distant future.
Seconded.
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 21:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133275

Re: Orange is the new President

Eric the .5b wrote:
13 Aug 2018, 19:54
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.
Cosign. With the caveat that by 'monitored you mean 'wear an ankle bracelet 24/7'.
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 21:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18429

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

Wasn't there a story about some clerk grabbed a marker and wrote "Merry Christmas" on the cup when a customer complained.
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 21:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1325
Views: 43513

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? This. You have to wonder what history the guy read to come to the conclusion that a work-week of 40 hours/week was 'unnatural'. For most...
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 21:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1325
Views: 43513

Re: Inequality

Shared appreciatively by a friend of mine. Yikes. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/38996274_2115021065407034_6429200153848053760_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&oh=c8d7c6a68c199536438343a257c365f4&oe=5BC89D97 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/38996274_2115021065407034_6429200153848053760_n...
by Aresen
13 Aug 2018, 00:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133275

Re: Orange is the new President

Distrust of the political class probably does encourage corruption, on the margin. Because why shouldn't our guy get his? Corruption almost certainly encourages distrust of the political class. I agree it is a self-reinforcing cycle, which is why it is more important to demand that the elites follo...
by Aresen
10 Aug 2018, 00:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133275

Re: Orange is the new President

In other news from the house of orange, Trump seems intent on his Space Force

I'd like to suggest "Major Tom" as the official song.
by Aresen
09 Aug 2018, 23:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133275

Re: Orange is the new President

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. Colo...
by Aresen
09 Aug 2018, 19:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 41
Views: 1319

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Is it just me, or does this seem like a huge overreaction by the Saudis to anyone else? Like "You can't tell me what to do! I bet you're not even my REAL mom!" teen tantrum level overreaction to "Your room is a mess." I'm guessing there's some sort of cultural aspect to it, but I certainly can't sp...
by Aresen
09 Aug 2018, 00:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 41
Views: 1319

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Is it just me, or does this seem like a huge overreaction by the Saudis to anyone else? Like "You can't tell me what to do! I bet you're not even my REAL mom!" teen tantrum level overreaction to "Your room is a mess." I'm guessing there's some sort of cultural aspect to it, but I certainly can't sp...