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by Jennifer
Today, 03:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 461
Views: 28233

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

"The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that r...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 19:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1753
Views: 66298

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I think that risk aversion, fear of variance, comfort with status quo collectively determine the paths of modern civilizations. I think this effect becomes dominant very soon after "i'm not worried about starving to death", and I think it portends the end of growth. It's one of my theories that peo...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 18:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208106

Re: Orange is the new President

Just for S&G, I searched my blog archives for the words "Trump" and "scapegoating" and found this from nine days after Trump's oath of office: Where collective national morality is concerned, Germans in the 1930s had an advantage which Americans in 2017 lack: those Germans could not look back at Naz...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 18:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4266
Views: 181746

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

From the QI Twitter feed: "Any steel used in Geiger counters must be from before 1945 so that it isn't contaminated with radiation from nuclear weapons. One of the primary sources for such steel is sunken ships from World War 2." "Pre-atomic"/"low background" steel also gets used in radiology equip...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 18:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208106

Re: Orange is the new President

For all that I and many others were rather pessimistic when Trump first won election, I can't recall if any of us actually, seriously predicted "Once he takes office, it'll be less than three years before we're debating the semantics of whether we're actually running 'concentration camps' for childr...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 461
Views: 28233

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

I do love how the same people who, in other contexts, will scream "Literally Communism!" at a two-percent proposed tax increase will insist that unless we're actually building and using cyanide-gas death chambers, it's not REALLY a concentration camp. Also, "diversity" is "white genocide" but a conc...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1753
Views: 66298

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I think that risk aversion, fear of variance, comfort with status quo collectively determine the paths of modern civilizations. I think this effect becomes dominant very soon after "i'm not worried about starving to death", and I think it portends the end of growth. It's one of my theories that peo...
by Jennifer
18 Jun 2019, 20:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A*M*A*S*H
Replies: 25
Views: 441

Re: A*M*A*S*H

Much like the Pauls, however much I don't like the things I don't like about him, on the whole I like him more than I dislike him and that makes him unique in the House. Pretty much this. If we are going to apply a 'Libertarian Purity Test' to every single politician who says something we like, the...
by Jennifer
18 Jun 2019, 15:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 461
Views: 28233

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

Or, because if you can shift the debate to semantic matters of le mot juste to describe whatever you're talking about, that keeps you too distracted to focus on the actual problem. If Liz Cheney and those of her ilk can keep everyone debating whether we should call them "detention centers" or "conce...
by Jennifer
18 Jun 2019, 15:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 461
Views: 28233

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

Liz Cheney & Co are taking umbrage over use of the word "concentration camps," presumably because unless we operate full-fledged extermination camps like the Nazis did, there is absolutely nothing to complain about.
by Jennifer
18 Jun 2019, 12:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1753
Views: 66298

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I kinda suspect one of the things people get out of single payer is the externalizing of hard choices. Another big thing would be predictability -- your taxes would be much higher in a single-payer state, but you know in advance just how much tax you have to pay; there would not be any surprises a ...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 20:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 775
Views: 34731

Re: Putin on the Writs

If I know that somebody attempted a crime that could have hurt my rival and benefited me, there's no need to support any efforts to prevent them from attempting it again. And seeing anything corrupt in this just means that you're some sort of crazy person. And if you openly admit that "I think I'd ...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 20:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 775
Views: 34731

Re: Putin on the Writs

If you try to do something bad but your efforts fail, that's exactly the same as if you never tried doing anything bad at all, and it's ludicrous for anyone to pretend otherwise. https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fi.pinimg.com%2Foriginals%2Fce%2F3c%2F5c%2Fce3c5c4a6e6715e3c232b5572e3a62...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 19:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 1975
Views: 89626

Re: Home $weet Home

If I were rich enough to have a kitchen and fridge/freezer custom-made (or could travel back in time to alter history and change the modern American standards for such things) --- even if we're talking about the same cubic feet of storage space, I'd have it be less boxy, far wider from side to side ...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 18:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 120
Views: 7739

Re: Legal Eagle Question

that still doesn't make the first two sentences of that original news story contradictory Oh, I don't think they're contradictory, just misleading to my brain. When I read the first sentence I immediately picture something deliberate. Ah. Gotcha. After reading Kolohe's Twitter thread -- yikes, I'm ...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 17:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 120
Views: 7739

Re: Legal Eagle Question

Yesterday I did notice that something about A. Jones and child porn was trending on Twitter and other social media, plus Jones' counter-claim that he was "hacked." But that's all I knew about it until seeing that CTPost article on a Connecticut friend's Facebook feed. That first sentence seems misle...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 17:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Ladyfashun
Replies: 568
Views: 36490

Re: Ladyfashun

PSA: This is something I've suspected for awhile (after noticing certain differences in various Atlanta-summer garments of mine), but did not confirm it until reading Wikipedia just now: most rayon has essentially NO heat-retaining ability, which makes it ideal for people living in very hot climates...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 17:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 120
Views: 7739

Re: Legal Eagle Question

Lawyers for Sandy Hook families say Alex Jones sent them child porn https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Lawyers-Alex-Jones-sent-child-porn-to-Sandy-Hook-14005437.php BRIDGEPORT - Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones sent child pornography to the lawyers for the families of the Sandy Hoo...
by Jennifer
17 Jun 2019, 17:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A*M*A*S*H
Replies: 25
Views: 441

Re: A*M*A*S*H

I'd like Amash a lot more if his principles didn't include "The second a woman (or barely pubescent girl) catches pregnant, her body ceases to be her own, and forcing her to carry that pregnancy to term is a totes legitimate use of state power."
by Jennifer
16 Jun 2019, 18:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 775
Views: 34731

Re: Putin on the Writs

Is this not evidently an active cyber war? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/politics/trump-cyber-russia-grid.html If Trump is in Russia's pocket, though, wouldn't we NOT be attacking them? Genuine question. My guess is no, because of the bureaucratic inertia of the "career" non-elected federal...
by Jennifer
16 Jun 2019, 17:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 775
Views: 34731

Re: Putin on the Writs

Seems odd to talk to the NYT if you’re worried about the president blabbing. I suspect they’re fine with the general thrust being public, otherwise why leak. The reason you leak is so that the president can’t cancel the program. Where Trump is concerned, I don't see anything contradictory there -- ...
by Jennifer
15 Jun 2019, 17:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1258

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Come to think of it, perhaps there's a clue here regarding the thread topic -- "the right way to view competing political horrors" -- ANY political position involves looking at certain people or groups of people and saying "They're part of the problem in need of fixing." (Among those of us who skew...
by Jennifer
15 Jun 2019, 00:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208106

Re: Orange is the new President

Of course, even if you take the analogy on its face -- okay, there were a bunch of raccoons in my basement and Trump said he'd get rid of them -- yeah, he SAID he would, but a couple years later the raccoons are still there, and also he brought in some rabid Nazi weasels and Russian plague rats and ...
by Jennifer
14 Jun 2019, 23:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5368

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Eric the .5b wrote:
14 Jun 2019, 21:37
(TIL medicine is not STEM. Biology is STEM, engineering is STEM, but medicine is not. That's a weird distinction.
It's especially weird when you consider that "medicine" is basically "the engineering part of human biology."
by Jennifer
14 Jun 2019, 17:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6515
Views: 208106

Re: Orange is the new President

In all seriousness, I still don't understand how "multiple bankruptcies, including one where he lost money running a fucking casino " translates to "very successful." "he has built a lot of things" He sure has. Stroll down the scenic boardwalk of Atlantic City and you can still see many buildings wi...