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by Shem
Yesterday, 00:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1251
Views: 78868

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

Do you mean it would escape the lab and do shit on Earth? Not a chance. It would never survive our temperatures. I'm sure there's no way an organism engineered to survive in one of the most inhospitable technically survivable places in the solar system would be capable of adapting to a garden world...
by Shem
18 Jan 2020, 21:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1251
Views: 78868

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

...because it would inevitably escape, altering the composition of the atmosphere and turning the planet into a firestorm? Bro, DYE dystopia fiction?
by Shem
17 Jan 2020, 21:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7275
Views: 317236

Re: Orange is the new President

Mo wrote:
17 Jan 2020, 14:17
Mattis’ civilian and post-administration behavior seems to show that Trump’s assessment was accurate.
Which particular one?
by Shem
16 Jan 2020, 23:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7275
Views: 317236

Re: Orange is the new President

@realDonaldTrump: The farmers are really happy with the new China Trade Deal and the soon to be signed deal with Mexico and Canada, but I hope the thing they will most remember is the fact that I was able to take massive incoming Tariff money and use it to help them get through the tough times! "I ...
by Shem
16 Jan 2020, 01:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 175
Views: 10270

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

Putin takes on declining fertility President Vladimir Putin has announced a series of plans to increase the number of children being born in Russia from an average birth rate of under 1.5 per woman to 1.7 within four years. Last year he promised tax breaks for bigger families. On Wednesday he told ...
by Shem
16 Jan 2020, 01:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7103
Views: 290301

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Jesuits aren't exactly world-renowned givers of fucks in the first place. ETA though I don't know about that one. The Catholic ones tend to be quite good relative to public peers and lots of people fake it to get their kids in. Usually you don't even need to fake it, especially with the Catholics. Y...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 22:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7103
Views: 290301

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Conservative 'Moms' group slams Burger King for using 'the d-word' in a commercial Activist conservative group One Million Moms is taking aim at Burger King for using what it calls the "d-word" in a commercial promoting the non-meat Impossible Whopper. In the ad, a group of people taste-test the pl...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 22:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

Many to most of the socialist democracies do both. We do more employment by prison, but erryone does employment through direct and indirect largesse. One way of viewing the European model is fundamental support and protection for primary players in major industries in exchange for labor agreements ...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 14:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

Leave the neighborhood, but ensure the sea lanes are clear for commerce and have a credible stick to be able to ensure no one is dominant. Can't really do both. Think that means "stop sending anyone deeper inland than a Naval base as long as the spice continues to flow." That is, genuinely not cari...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 14:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

The 34th Rule of Acquisition notwithstanding. I think you're underestimating how much cognitive dissonance your notwithstanding can support. Are there really that many people out there on the side of the defense contractors and private security firms? There's actually a very compelling argument tha...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 13:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

That whole thing is an issue, especially when dealing with, as the man said, habitual line-steppers. There's a kind of incremental aggression that can be employed to significant effect while maintaining the argument that it is never ever worth doing anything about it. Not at the first increment and...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 11:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 342054

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I think we should be figuring out how to live with a changing environment not trying for some mystical one with nature outlook. "Living with a changing environment" means huge chunks of the tropics becoming uninhabitable for at least a portion of most years. Which in turn means millions of refugees...
by Shem
13 Jan 2020, 11:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 342054

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I'm not at all sure it would be the same chart with the same duration and slope of upward trajectory. You can see country by country rates of growth and ... it's pretty apparent that commie life is not good for this feature. It's pretty apparent you don't just get one time bump in industrialization...
by Shem
11 Jan 2020, 17:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7103
Views: 290301

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I wonder if reimportation / operating generics as a global commodity isn't the right thing. It's an option, and quite possibly the best one, but after the shenanigans I've been reading about concerning determining provenance in Chinese factories to safeguard quality, it'd have to be done very caref...
by Shem
11 Jan 2020, 15:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7103
Views: 290301

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Ehn. I still think that if you're, by law, limited to a 15% max margin on setting your market price, it's still a price control no matter how much you pad your costs. Because it's possible it'd still sell for 20% margin or more in a free market. You mean like insulin, that goes for easily 500% marg...
by Shem
09 Jan 2020, 12:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7103
Views: 290301

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I'm pretty sure the issue is "generic drugs aren't economical for new entrants to produce, making for an oligopoly where people like Pharmabro can thrive." Under that situation, a government-owned corporation legally limited to cost-plus 15% seems significantly less distortionary than just establish...
by Shem
09 Jan 2020, 12:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

In Trumpworld, Trump gets to keep being president as long as he likes, which job largely entails going to rallies where his adoring fans cheer him on, taking vacations so he can get as far away from those adoring fans as possible and maybe 5% of the time doing actual presidential stuff, mostly off ...
by Shem
09 Jan 2020, 11:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7275
Views: 317236

Re: Orange is the new President

Why is everyone losing their underpants over Trump mispronouncing "tolerated"? "HE'S AN ADDERALL ADDICT OMGGGG" No, he was talking and the word came out wrong. This has happened to literally every person who has ever talked out loud. Have you never seen that tweet about "ah, my fart cone"? Pretty s...
by Shem
08 Jan 2020, 16:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

Apparently there is no difference at all to many people no matter what low bar you want to set. Alternatively, a violent sharia state isn't really setting the bar very low. There's no point in discussing this. World views too divergent. Unless you think I'm one of those people, this reads like an a...
by Shem
08 Jan 2020, 15:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40696

Re: Iran (so far away)

Nations who have no right to exist at all can't play the moral justification card ever. Their existence is morally problematic and any actions they take just pile on top of that. I literally don't care what Kim Jong Un feels justified in doing even if he has a "point". So, where's the line between ...
by Shem
07 Jan 2020, 20:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?
Replies: 184
Views: 12479

Re: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?

I don't see any downside for Team Red. For the party overall, there isn't, but there's 4-5 GOP Senators who are going to have to thread a pretty small needle when it comes to balancing the Trump base and the suburban voters who don't want to dislike the GOP, but who really don't like Trump, who who...
by Shem
07 Jan 2020, 03:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mr. Robot: with spoilers
Replies: 155
Views: 14991

Re: Mr. Robot: with spoilers

Also still not quite getting the psychological purpose of Darlene being eliminated from the Preppy Elliot perfect world, other than to indicate to the audience that 'Hey, yo, this is not real' - which seems a bit too much of a shortcut for a storytelling team that prides itself in both nuance and l...
by Shem
07 Jan 2020, 03:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Antonio Brown's Used Helmet Emporium -- NFL 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1434

Re: Antonio Brown's Used Helmet Emporium -- NFL 2019

Every hard hit looks bad in slow motion.
by Shem
07 Jan 2020, 02:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 934

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

And a lot of people have been wanking over how offended they imagine the actors must be out of proportion to any actual expressions of offense. It's like some Facebook meme that ends with, "I bet your [sic] triggered now, libs!" Real life representation of pretty much everyone he was trying to brow...
by Shem
03 Jan 2020, 10:18
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Stand right, walk left
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Stand right, walk left

There was a department store in Arlington that was eventually torn down but prior to that time had been converted to a satellite campus of George Mason University and the original home of its law school. Anyway, it had the first escalators I can recall as a child and the thing I remember is that th...