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by Shem
Today, 02:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I don't see why that obligates me to think the Republicans currently writing election laws in North Carolina are no worse than any random Blue. Because if they're not equally as bad as each other at all times, circumstances might require something other than overwhelming cynicism on every aspect of...
by Shem
Yesterday, 18:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Heist movie idea: Cops pull over a truck hauling N95 masks, gloves, etc. They tell the driver that the Governor has just issued an order allowing them to confiscate the masks for public health use. The driver acts fishy, so the cops rough him up. Cops turn out to be dirty (even by cop standards) an...
by Shem
Yesterday, 17:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

So wait, are the people who have the nerve to disagree with you nihilists or cynics? Or are they all covered by the same broad brush? The person who stated that the whole argument is just an attempt to disprove the "both sides are equally as bad as each other at all times" inclination (Warren, befo...
by Shem
Yesterday, 17:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I don't see why that obligates me to think the Republicans currently writing election laws in North Carolina are no worse than any random Blue. Because if they're not equally as bad as each other at all times, circumstances might require something other than overwhelming cynicism on every aspect of...
by Shem
Yesterday, 17:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Do you have some citation that actually puts a number to that? How many people are affected by this? I'm more than happy to eat crow about this but I haven't seen anything that says there is any politically significant scale to this. Like does this swing whole political movements and determine a wi...
by Shem
Yesterday, 17:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Warren wrote:
Yesterday, 13:00
And strikes me as something to point to in order to prop up a Reps are worse than Dems predisposition.
God forbid we challenge the "Dems and Reps are exactly as bad as each other at all times and in all places" orthodoxy.
by Shem
05 Apr 2020, 22:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Do you have some citation that actually puts a number to that? How many people are affected by this? I'm more than happy to eat crow about this but I haven't seen anything that says there is any politically significant scale to this. Like does this swing whole political movements and determine a wi...
by Shem
05 Apr 2020, 14:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I can't know what other people actually think. I'm only concerned about the results of their actions. Are you actively following any of this in the news, or just basing your opinions off whatever information you've picked up in the background? Because you're doing the "how can we possibly know why ...
by Shem
05 Apr 2020, 00:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

So I don't know if my mail carrier is quarantined, if the USPS is in a slowdown or on strike or something (you'd think that would be big news even with the virus coverage), or what, but we have not gotten any mail in the last 3 days. Which is rather odd, even if it would just be junk mail. Perhaps ...
by Shem
03 Apr 2020, 16:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

You all keep getting bogged down in these little details. In the grand scheme those things don't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to significant political movements and policy. Voting on an individual level is almost valueless given the numbers of people involved in the process. Certainly in...
by Shem
02 Apr 2020, 22:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

You all keep getting bogged down in these little details. In the grand scheme those things don't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to significant political movements and policy. Voting on an individual level is almost valueless given the numbers of people involved in the process. Certainly in...
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 22:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
01 Apr 2020, 22:01
I know nothing about OCD, but I think about pushing people in front of buses all the time. In fact, I'm imagining doing it to someone this very moment.
It doesn't count if you're championing the cause of justice.
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 21:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14055

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Got our first experience with grocery delivery last night. They specified that some things might be out of stock, might have to accept substitutions, etc. Mostly ok but out of 5 or 6 things we didn't get I'm hugely bummed that the bottle of alcohol (sanitizing type) and bread yeast didn't show up. ...
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 21:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

When the current crop of minor children comes of age, their generation will have far higher rates of OCD/germophobic tendencies than any of their parents or grandparents did. That's not how OCD works. As I understand it, the actual cause is not known (the Mayo Clinic lists the three main theories a...
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 14:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Jennifer wrote:
01 Apr 2020, 14:32
When the current crop of minor children comes of age, their generation will have far higher rates of OCD/germophobic tendencies than any of their parents or grandparents did.
That's not how OCD works.
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 01:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14055

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The design was for 100 control patients, another 100 patients to receive one dose of hydroxychloroquine, and 100 more to receive a higher dose. What we have, though, are only two groups of 31 patients each, which suggests that there were problems with the inclusion criteria for the trial and/or wit...
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 00:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14055

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The design was for 100 control patients, another 100 patients to receive one dose of hydroxychloroquine, and 100 more to receive a higher dose. What we have, though, are only two groups of 31 patients each, which suggests that there were problems with the inclusion criteria for the trial and/or wit...
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 00:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 246
Views: 17911

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

I didn’t need to read that. Your idea of what you need is based on a narrow conception of your own self-interest. But if you read it, contemplate it, understand it, embrace it, you will discover a far more profound sense of self-interest aligned with the common good. Trust me on this. You'll thank ...
by Shem
01 Apr 2020, 00:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 246
Views: 17911

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

I didn’t need to read that. Your idea of what you need is based on a narrow conception of your own self-interest. But if you read it, contemplate it, understand it, embrace it, you will discover a far more profound sense of self-interest aligned with the common good. Trust me on this. You'll thank ...
by Shem
31 Mar 2020, 17:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Guys, she's the one who thinks it's a human rights violation not to let grade schoolers drink, drive, and own guns.
by Shem
31 Mar 2020, 00:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14055

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

I don't know how many times he's left it out, but I've read quite a few of Isaac Chotiner's interviews where he includes a lot of really unflattering (to the interviewee) back and forth for completeness, usually demonstrating exactly the same thing as this: that the person being interviewed is real...
by Shem
31 Mar 2020, 00:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 244
Views: 9105

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

For instance various politicians have been talking about making it illegal to burn the flag for years. Something I strongly oppose. But I've probably voted for a few in my lifetime who wanted to do just that. I don't care about this because they will never get something like that passed in the curr...
by Shem
30 Mar 2020, 15:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Mainiacs don't fuck around. A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man’s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said. A man residing on Cripple Creek Road in Vinalhaven, an island off the ...
by Shem
30 Mar 2020, 10:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Jennifer wrote:
29 Mar 2020, 14:16
I understand the need for such matters
I don't. I work for the state itself, and Governor Second-Place-In-A-Tony-Robbins-Soundalike-Contest hasn't issued us any letters.