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by Hugh Akston
Yesterday, 12:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 302
Views: 11744

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Shem wrote:
Yesterday, 01:13
Hugh Akston wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 22:23
He's not wrong. Obstruction is the rich man's resisting arrest.
You can't really simultaneously make this argument and complain about Presidential authority.
Well I didn't, but I could, but I won't.
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 22:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 302
Views: 11744

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

He's not wrong. Obstruction is the rich man's resisting arrest.
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 20:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3182
Views: 186868

Re: Twitter!

Because I'm an awful person, I could spend the rest of my life scrolling through the #dollypartonchallenge memes
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 18:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 176
Views: 10364

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

Douthat on Chinese fertility First, China will have to pay for the care of a vast elderly population without the resources available to richer societies facing the same challenge. Second, China’s future growth prospects will dim with every year of below-replacement birthrates because low fertility ...
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 17:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 265
Views: 20186

Re: PS 411

Texas high school barrs student from graduation because of his dreadlocks If this story feels familiar, its because the same school district suspended the adorbs kid with the metal hair a couple years back. "There is no dress code policy that prohibits any cornrow or any other method of wearing of t...
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 15:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 302
Views: 11744

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Warren wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 14:24
Hugh Akston wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 13:44
That's true since unanticipated events like SMOD or a wild capybara stampede can effect the final outcomes. Would you be more comfortable with 'decided'?
That still connotes backroom meetings ripe with mustache twisting. I'd use 'foregone'.
I'll buy that
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 13:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 302
Views: 11744

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

That's true since unanticipated events like SMOD or a wild capybara stampede can effect the final outcomes. Would you be more comfortable with 'decided'?
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 13:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Thumb a Hundred Bucks: The Cashless Economy Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 2964

Re: Thumb a Hundred Bucks: The Cashless Economy Thread

NYC bans cashless retail businesses The bill imposes civil penalties: $1,000 for the first violation, and $1,500 for additional violations. Businesses that have a way to convert cash into cards -- say, laundromats -- are exempt, but they must not impose a fee for the cards or require a minimum depo...
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 13:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 302
Views: 11744

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

And like any trial, the outcome is determined well before the arguments begin.
by Hugh Akston
24 Jan 2020, 12:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology
Replies: 495
Views: 33189

Re: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology

Why millennials are the “death positive” generation Narrator: They aren't the National Funeral Directors Association found that 15.8 percent of Americans age 18 to 39 think people should pre-plan their funerals before they’re 40 — something only 7.9 percent of people over age 60 believed. If conven...
by Hugh Akston
23 Jan 2020, 19:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8872
Views: 343158

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Solid
by Hugh Akston
23 Jan 2020, 18:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8872
Views: 343158

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Just scoped a dude wearing a Bear Stearns IT Ski Weekend 2006 backpack. The 2007 version is probably the real collectors item.
by Hugh Akston
23 Jan 2020, 17:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 561
Views: 41451

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

the Mooch is calling it now for The Other Guy “If you look at where the stock market is, economic growth, a lot of the data, if he was just halfway normal, and didn’t do the tweeting, and all the bullying, and all the nonsensical inanity, he would have a much higher approval rating [than about 42%]...
by Hugh Akston
23 Jan 2020, 14:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 219
Views: 13768

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Policing for profit and snowballing fines are a significant driver of poverty, homelessness, mass incarceration, and police brutality. If you're concerned about those things this would be a good way to learn about how they manifest locally. Sure they're depressing, but their might be discussion abou...
by Hugh Akston
23 Jan 2020, 13:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 606
Views: 45437

Re: Op-ediots

Google CEO: Why AI needs regulation

Spoiler: It's the same reason big players in any market think their industry should be regulated: to protect entrenched interests and raise entry costs for upstart competition.
by Hugh Akston
23 Jan 2020, 12:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 585
Views: 38429

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

I don't know from phone calls, but I wore my 65ts walking to work this morning and could see but not hear the loud and animated conversation two hobros were having at the top of their lungs.
by Hugh Akston
22 Jan 2020, 21:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8047
Views: 338923

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

Ocean's Eight was...fine, but kind of a disappointment for a movie with as much acting talent as it contained. The problem is that Gary Ross, though a competent director, is no Soderbergh. And Sody's visual style was a major part of O11's charm. My advice to Hollywood is that if you're gonna do the...
by Hugh Akston
22 Jan 2020, 18:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33429

Re: The Abortion Thread

Brutality for its own sake seems to be a common value among the conservative classes
by Hugh Akston
22 Jan 2020, 12:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2512
Views: 156959

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

There's no way it was a coincidence. Any suggestions for my next trick?
by Hugh Akston
21 Jan 2020, 19:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2896
Views: 195944

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

To: Amazon Prime From: Hugh Akston Dear Sirs, This memo is to inform you that I hereby tender my resignation from The Man in the High Castle effective immediately. After two seasons and one season premier I have come to the conclusion that no program set in a Nazi-occupied America should be this dul...
by Hugh Akston
21 Jan 2020, 15:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1229
Views: 75437

Re: Putin on the Writs

Some of Putin's proposed reforms In draft amendments submitted to the State Duma lower house, Putin offered a glimpse of how his reforms look on paper. Under his plan, some of the president’s broad powers would be clipped and parliament’s powers expanded. In one of the biggest changes, the status o...
by Hugh Akston
21 Jan 2020, 13:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 894
Views: 58776

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

Bacterial building bricks To build the living concrete, the researchers first tried putting cyanobacteria in a mixture of warm water, sand and nutrients. The microbes eagerly absorbed light and began producing calcium carbonate, gradually cementing the sand particles together. The researchers bough...
by Hugh Akston
21 Jan 2020, 13:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Setec Astronomy
Replies: 1457
Views: 78078

Re: Setec Astronomy

Apple was planning to encrypt iCloud backups, but rolled over for the FBI More than two years ago, Apple told the FBI that it planned to offer users end-to-end encryption when storing their phone data on iCloud, according to one current and three former FBI officials and one current and one former ...
by Hugh Akston
21 Jan 2020, 11:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8872
Views: 343158

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Is GG in Brasil currently?