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by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 303
Views: 33459

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

The Obama pandemic playbook called for clear, consistent, and unified messaging about risks and precautions, which Trump roundly ignored. Would that have headed off the partisan divide about masks and closures? Who can say. My position is that it *would* have been a lot less divisive if there had b...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 15:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 303
Views: 33459

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

"This island nation used military-enforced lockdowns and has so far only had one recurrence!" OK, yeah, I'm sold. I'm more sold by Japan having fewer total COVID deaths than we've had in one day. Or, more starkly, the whole very crowded country having less than a sixteenth of the total deaths NYC a...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 14:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 303
Views: 33459

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

"This island nation used military-enforced lockdowns and has so far only had one recurrence!"

OK, yeah, I'm sold.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 14:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120246

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

She's also summarizing all objections to fantasy utopia as "They don't believe in equality." Well, most people today believe in some notion of equality. They differ on some key aspects of it, but it's a very motte-and-bailey thing. "Do you believe in equality?" "Um, yeah." "Then you must agree with ...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 14:00
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120246

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I got pointed to "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N. K. Jemisin, her answer to/variation on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". I just read it. It's the first Jemisin thing I've ever read, and based on her contempt for her reader it will probably be the last. I'm just not clear who the fuck it's ...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 1062
Views: 120246

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I got pointed to "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N. K. Jemisin, her answer to/variation on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". I just read it. It's the first Jemisin thing I've ever read, and based on her contempt for her reader it will probably be the last. I just want to note one item from the...
by thoreau
29 Nov 2020, 22:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

Could it remotely be feasible to set up something that works like the reverse of the primary/general election system for governors and presidents? That is, get a list of candidates for each party, everyone votes for the party they want to win, and then have everybody vote for the the candidate of t...
by thoreau
29 Nov 2020, 18:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

There are many, many list systems. Including super complicated ones based on ranked choice where you can either vote the party's recommendation or construct your own ranking of dozens of candidates. The Swiss system is my favorite because it is just complicated enough to give voters wide latitude bu...
by thoreau
29 Nov 2020, 17:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1634
Views: 142261

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

If the electoral college were closer, so that it would only take one key state to change the outcome, I think the activity in the PA legislature would be much more intense. I don't know if majorities in each chamber would ultimately vote to disregard the election result (or maybe they'd insist that ...
by thoreau
29 Nov 2020, 17:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

Honestly, I think if we want more competition at some margin other than the party primary, we need open-list proportional representation from moderate-sized multi-member districts (statewide for states with small House delegations, multiple districts of 5-10 members for states with larger delegation...
by thoreau
29 Nov 2020, 11:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I'd donate to that kickstarter
Replies: 0
Views: 34

I'd donate to that kickstarter

We're always joking about movies and shows that need to happen. Like a series where dhex critiques, well, anything.

Here's another one.
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by thoreau
29 Nov 2020, 11:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1634
Views: 142261

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

This is the true concession speech: Republican Senators announcing that black ink matters.

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/52719 ... dent-biden
by thoreau
28 Nov 2020, 19:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1634
Views: 142261

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Is this the part where Nebula summons 2014 Thanos and we have another big fight?

Goddamnit.
by thoreau
28 Nov 2020, 17:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

Ranked choice is a terribly complicated way to handle multi-member districts. Yeah, Australia does it but Florida never could.

A simple open list like Switzerland (Google for panachage) would be much easier.
by thoreau
28 Nov 2020, 13:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

I'm ok with no term limits or long term limits if we have competitive elections that lead to more turnover. Lots of entrenched members of congress is undesirable, but oversight run by n00bs thinking about their next job is also undesirable. Competitive elections with more turnover means you'll have ...
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 23:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 899
Views: 67005

Re: Iran (so far away)

As a practical matter, the Soviet strategy might have also been to let the scientists keep working, get answers, and then steal the results. There were numerous stories of US engineers working Russian insults into their circuit design, to be found by the perpetually inferior Soviet engineering prog...
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 21:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 899
Views: 67005

Re: Iran (so far away)

Kolohe wrote: 27 Nov 2020, 21:02 As a practical matter, the Soviet strategy might have also been to let the scientists keep working, get answers, and then steal the results.
Never would have happened. Clark from Counterintelligence would have stopped them.
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 20:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 899
Views: 67005

Re: Iran (so far away)

To my knowledge the US and the Soviets did not kill each other's nuclear physicists. In fact, many of our top physicists knew their top physicists, or at least read each other's research articles, and the world was better off for it.
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 16:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 139
Views: 2234

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Here's a thread that you'll like:

by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 16:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 139
Views: 2234

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

If the question is whether violent rioters, looters, vandals, etc. should face punishment proportional to their crimes, the answer is yes. Trump should be completely irrelevant to any criminal proceedings against suspected vandals, looters, etc. If the question is whether preventing such things shou...
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 15:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 139
Views: 2234

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Team Blue keeps their contribution to the problem at the fringe. Team Red put theirs in the White House and abandoned every sensible position they'd ever held to join in the Trump mania. This is true of so many things, and was true even before Trump. Even GOP hardliners fear primary challengers bec...
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 12:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12479
Views: 1011164

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Back in the 70's an Italian musician decided to do a pop song with gibberish lyrics that would sound like American English to Italian ears. It's surprisingly good.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisencolinensinainciusol
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 12:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

I want to believe in term limits.

But Mexico.
by thoreau
27 Nov 2020, 11:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 195
Views: 18216

Re: Voting methodologies

I just learned about this voting method. I could go for it.

https://www.starvoting.us/pros_and_cons
by thoreau
26 Nov 2020, 23:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3108
Views: 287948

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

Watched the first two episodes of Hunters . It wasn't terrible but I don't think I'm going to watch anymore. The production values are generally high, the worldbuilding is pretty good, and the acting is pretty good. But at its core it's a big-budget Nazisploitation flick. It can't really decide whe...