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by Jennifer
Yesterday, 22:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 36
Views: 377

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

As has been mentioned upthread, part of the problem is that there's no effective means of punishing companies/organizations for crimes. If a rogue individual bank employee pulled the type of fraud which Wells Fargo did as a matter of course, that individual would go to jail for upwards of a decade. ...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 22:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 36
Views: 377

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 Jennifer
Yesterday, 22:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

This is something I brought up in another geek discussion, about how to store nuclear waste so that future generations will know not to contaminate themselves with it, even if those future people have been through a complete break from our civilization: Yeah, but I don't buy the "literacy will die ...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 21:35
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

While crude oil wouldn't be around whale oil would be. It's what was used during the early industrial revolution before crude oil was discovered in large quantities. I imagine after a couple thousand years the whale population would have bounced back greatly. IIRC whale oil was primarily useful as ...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 20:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

The margin between "smashing all advanced civilization and knowledge" and "wiping out the species" is really, really narrow, though. A lot narrower than the space most post-apocalyptic stories exist in. A magical super-plague wouldn't prevent the immediate survivors from seeking out and retaining u...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 20:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

While crude oil wouldn't be around whale oil would be. It's what was used during the early industrial revolution before crude oil was discovered in large quantities. I imagine after a couple thousand years the whale population would have bounced back greatly. IIRC whale oil was primarily useful as ...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 18:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7722
Views: 254140

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I saw "American Satan," which was a very funny movie, except I don't think it was supposed to be. The premise is that all those people (especially during the '80s "Satanic Panic") who freaked out about rock-n-roll being the devil's music were right all along. So now (2017, when the movie came out), ...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 36
Views: 377

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

If, for example, the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania were a for-profit corporation -- say, running a chain of "youth centers" or whatever -- but with the exact same "Despite our mission statement, we actually operate as a happy hunting ground for pedophile rapists, and the whole organization bends o...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 36
Views: 377

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

Permits the federal government to revoke the charter of a United States corporation if the company has engaged in repeated and egregious illegal conduct I -- don't actually see why this would be a problem. That seems like it would kind of go without saying, but I guess it ties in with some people's...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 36
Views: 377

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

JD wrote:
Yesterday, 10:36
Permits the federal government to revoke the charter of a United States corporation if the company has engaged in repeated and egregious illegal conduct
I -- don't actually see why this would be a problem.
by Jennifer
16 Aug 2018, 18:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I am curious, though: does anyone in the Gryll Brain Trust notice something I am overlooking, to disprove the thesis "Given the currently available natural resources on Earth, a future civilization with only the scientific and technological know-how of the most advanced parts of western Europe circa...
by Jennifer
16 Aug 2018, 17:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Not having read Ringworld, I do not know.
by Jennifer
16 Aug 2018, 16:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 875
Views: 58952

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

This was inspired by re-reading or at least remembering certain discussions we've had here before, including but not limited to "Why did early farmers stick with farming even though their lives were worse than hunter-gatherers," "What will future societies make of us now, continuing to burn fossil f...
by Jennifer
16 Aug 2018, 15:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 159
Views: 6552

Re: The Abortion Thread

The bishop in question would not allow himself to be seated near Chris Matthews at a commencement ceremony because Matthews is a pro-choice Catholic. To be fair, it doesn't sound like the bishop in question is pro- choice , either. From what little I've read about the matter, the girl's own wishes ...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 16:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 159
Views: 6552

Re: The Abortion Thread

Turns out even Catholic priests support abortion -- at least if the girl they raped gets pregnant. Another horrifying takeaway from the ever-growing church sex abuse scandal out of Pennsylvania: In another case, a priest raped a girl, got her pregnant, and arranged an abortion. The bishop expressed ...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 16:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1140
Views: 38751

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

In the case that Jack won before the Supreme Court, the state admitted that cake artists—including Jack—are free to decline to create custom cakes with a “specific design” that they will not make for anyone. Freedom of contract is just like Jim Crow. Not what I claimed, but you likely know that alr...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 16:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1140
Views: 38751

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

Andrew wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 16:25
It sure is a shame there's only one cake baker in Colorado and everyone has to buy cakes from him or starve.
Precedents matter in American law: if businesses in populated areas can cite religion as an excuse to discriminate against their fellow Americans, businesses in Sticksville can as well.
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 16:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1140
Views: 38751

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

In the case that Jack won before the Supreme Court, the state admitted that cake artists—including Jack—are free to decline to create custom cakes with a “specific design” that they will not make for anyone. Freedom of contract is just like Jim Crow. Not what I claimed, but you likely know that alr...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 15:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7803

Re: 400 ppm

Question - should we have "fixed" the farming problem even if we agree that early people were worse off food and nutrition wise all in (I don't accept this but for the sake of argument lets assume). The problem is that "fixing" the farming problem would have required massive depopulation back to hu...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 14:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7803

Re: 400 ppm

Double super secret truth - people don't want to do anything about it unless costs are invisible to them. Not the great majority of the the left wing even. Try to propose a tax to say double the price of carbon based fuels. Q1: Do our people have to pay it? A: Yes that's how it works. Q2: do we get...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 14:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1327
Views: 43601

Re: Inequality

It's a bit like asking me if I can prove that people wouldn't choose to starve. I think the burden on the "totally they choose to starve across the entire planet in fact" has to meet a high evidentiary standard. As mentioned in the Harvard blog, it was not a conscious "choice", more like "It seemed...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 14:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1327
Views: 43601

Re: Inequality

BTW this reminds me of a favorite Econ Talk with Rachel Laudan (a food historian).... Yeah, that's pretty much the same argument Jared Diamond made in "Guns, Germs and Steel" to explain why civilization started in some parts of the world but not others -- it had nothing to do with the relative inte...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 14:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7803

Re: 400 ppm

He is right about one thing -- absent, say, some utterly amazing invention that cheaply and efficiently provides scads of clean energy (such as, some amazing solar panel that can power a car as well as gasoline AND costs less money than gas), "market mechanisms" alone won't reduce carbon emissions. ...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 14:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1327
Views: 43601

Re: Inequality

That story is entirely too pat for me to, well, digest. It reeks of contrarian bias in the face of the general take on food anthropology as I understand it - which is always and forever you are trying to solve for regular supplies of calories and each iteration of food in society would not happen i...
by Jennifer
15 Aug 2018, 13:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1327
Views: 43601

Re: Inequality

If early farmers had it worse than hunter-gatherers then why did they choose to farm? Were they already in large enough groups that a chieftain could force it upon them? Or was it possible that there were real downsides but even bigger upsides? How many bad trends in history "seemed like a good ide...