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by Jennifer
Today, 18:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 867
Views: 58846

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
Today, 17:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 867
Views: 58846

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Not having read Ringworld, I do not know.
by Jennifer
Today, 16:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 867
Views: 58846

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
Today, 15:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 159
Views: 6532

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
Yesterday, 16:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 159
Views: 6532

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
Yesterday, 16:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1128
Views: 38609

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
Yesterday, 16:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1128
Views: 38609

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

Andrew wrote:
Yesterday, 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
Yesterday, 16:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1128
Views: 38609

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
Yesterday, 15:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7782

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
Yesterday, 14:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7782

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
Yesterday, 14:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

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
Yesterday, 14:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

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
Yesterday, 14:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7782

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
Yesterday, 14:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

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
Yesterday, 13:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

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...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 13:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1128
Views: 38609

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male t...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 13:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

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? Basically because we painted ourselves into a corner (...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 13:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1128
Views: 38609

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male t...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 13:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

Re: Inequality

Early farmers were also more likely to get sick than hunter-gatherers (since living in one area in close proximity to others -- and in close proximity to your own biological wastes plus those of your animals -- is less healthy than the nomadic life). The general consensus is what was mentioned upthr...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 12:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

Re: Inequality

JasonL wrote:
Yesterday, 10:08
Color me skeptic on broad health happiness claims in hunter gatherer societies.
Studies of skeletal remains seem to confirm it: the earliest farmers were shorter, sicklier and had worse teeth than their hunter-gatherer predecessors.
by Jennifer
14 Aug 2018, 18:54
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: 317

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

High-trust society is probably the single biggest, most important part of America. These dipshits don't get that. They don't trust a lot of people, and think we won't be great again until we get rid of the people they don't trust. The fact that nobody will trust the ones who remain hasn't yet occur...
by Jennifer
14 Aug 2018, 16:32
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: 317

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

High-trust society is probably the single biggest, most important part of America. These dipshits don't get that. More likely, these dipshits don't care . I have seen nothing at all to indicate any of them would put the good of the country over their own private enrichment. Relevant quote from a re...
by Jennifer
14 Aug 2018, 15:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18388

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 weedeater. ...
by Jennifer
14 Aug 2018, 13:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18388

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

Meanwhile, Alex Jones is threatening to send Sandy Hook parents cease and desist letters is they don't quit talking about his conspiracy theories. So I’m asking the families: In the memory of your children and the memory of the truth -- you say it’s super hurtful to hear these things, I agree. So I’...
by Jennifer
13 Aug 2018, 17:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18388

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

Is "Story Feed" still publishing Alex Jones-style slanders, a la "The Sandy Hook parents are conspirators telling lies about their allegedly dead kids?"