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by thoreau
21 Apr 2018, 17:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 78
Views: 1654

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

1.5% in a swing state matters a lot. Trump has a sui generis set of personality flaws relative to whatever's left of what counts as mainstream Republicanism. He's the drunkard Uncle you are forced to leave the kids with, the one who won't molest them but will let them eat pure sugar and watch TV all...
by thoreau
20 Apr 2018, 21:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Good Cover Versions
Replies: 191
Views: 11098

Re: Good Cover Versions

I think the cultural factors you cite go a long way towards explaining the dearth of women in rock. My observation is that even a lot of female singer-songwriters in less masculine genres tend to have backing bands that skew male. Tori Amos is many things, but anti-woman is not one of them. Same for...
by thoreau
20 Apr 2018, 16:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 320
Views: 15310

Re: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea

Deng Xiaoping was more effective at it than Krushchev. Deng died in office. ???? Deng Xiaoping 22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997 ) was a Chinese revolutionary and politician. He was the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1989 There are many types of...
by thoreau
20 Apr 2018, 14:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Good Cover Versions
Replies: 191
Views: 11098

Re: Good Cover Versions

You’re getting into some definitional issues here. The band Indigo Girls is 2 women. Do they use additional musicians on stage and during recording? Are some of them male? Yes, but the band itself is Emily & Amy. How meaningful is it to say you’re an all female band when there’s a rotating cast of ...
by thoreau
20 Apr 2018, 11:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Good Cover Versions
Replies: 191
Views: 11098

Re: Good Cover Versions

Interestingly, a lot of the female singers that I've enjoyed lately tour with all-male or mostly-male groups of performers on instruments. Alice Merton, K.Flay, Zella Day, etc., they mostly have males playing instruments. They're doing well in their careers and could presumably get female backing pe...
by thoreau
19 Apr 2018, 20:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4986
Views: 98142

Re: Orange is the new President

Kolohe wrote:
19 Apr 2018, 20:10
It is exactly what people are doing when asked "What's the legal basis for deploying ground troops to Syria?"
Pretty much. The post-9/11 AUMF seems to be treated as authorization to get involved in any fight where at least one combatant is either a Muslim or has Muslim friends.
by thoreau
19 Apr 2018, 19:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4986
Views: 98142

Re: Orange is the new President

Giuliani has joined Trump's legal team.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/us/p ... trump.html
by thoreau
19 Apr 2018, 17:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 320
Views: 15310

Re: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea

"Are you finding it harder to enjoy running your totalitarian hellhole? Have you ever lamented that theocratic rule had way more meetings than you were expecting? Do you feel like La Revolucion has lost its luster? Well, we have just the place for you! Come to Dictatopia, the all-inclusive resort fo...
by thoreau
19 Apr 2018, 15:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Sexy Steve Jobs Costume: The Theranos Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 12728

Re: Sexy Steve Jobs Costume: The Theranos Thread

Theranos still exists?
by thoreau
18 Apr 2018, 21:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 258
Views: 5455

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

David French has quite possibly the dumbest take on the Starbucks thing. Because IAT tests are bullshit (true), subconscious bias is fake (wat?). The dude has black daughters, I’m sure when they get older they’ll tell him about how they get followed around stores and treated suspiciously and sudden...
by thoreau
18 Apr 2018, 17:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

I agree with Radley Balko's take on this clusterfuck: "As a libertarian, I've voted for candidates from the LP as well as from both major parties. But I can't remember wanting one party to lose as badly as I want the GOP to lose in November. They basically need to start from scratch." Careful what ...
by thoreau
18 Apr 2018, 12:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4986
Views: 98142

Re: Orange is the new President

I mean, Deplorably Scottish has a point? It does look like that guy more than anyone who's been a runner-up in a Superbowl or the Oscars? I'm pretty terrified of what will happen if it turns out that she's lying about this part. Or, really, anything. All it takes is one provable lie and Trump's opp...
by thoreau
17 Apr 2018, 19:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2528
Views: 119007

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

Not that anyone really wanted a contemporary clone of Lost In Space , but we start with the problem that the 'reboot' isn't Lost In Space . I was ready to write it off after three episodes, but I let it run into the fourth episode while paying attention to something else and it somehow caught my at...
by thoreau
17 Apr 2018, 14:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Alternate histories
Replies: 64
Views: 1848

Re: Alternate histories

I gotta think continental drift goes completely different (but not necessarily just 'the opposite') if the earth's spin is reversed. I doubt it. Coriolis effects are pretty tiny compared to the forces at work in tectonics, especially at the very low relative velocities. It makes a difference in flu...
by thoreau
16 Apr 2018, 23:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Not to mention that it destroys the triumphalism of the civic religion, which is half the fucking point of high school history class. High school history class should end with "And then America elected its First Black President and we were all so happy that we'd fixed that thing. The End." "What hap...
by thoreau
16 Apr 2018, 18:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3837
Views: 115681

Re: When journalism goes bad

Not sure that cable "news" hosts count as journalists, but this is a devastating comment on Hannity:

by thoreau
16 Apr 2018, 17:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Eric the .5b wrote:
16 Apr 2018, 17:54
So, the writing is like a public school textbook.
*sob*

Yes.

*sob* *cuts self* *listens to sad 90's music*
by thoreau
16 Apr 2018, 17:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

nicole wrote:
16 Apr 2018, 17:47
Holy shit I’ve only clicked on the top left picture and the writing itself is horrendous

Mostly
Largely

Not to mention the error of “ideologically” for “ideological”
I think that textbook author may have written a lab report that I had to grade.
by thoreau
16 Apr 2018, 13:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Faux-Woke Capitalism is enough to make me want to vote for Bernie. Eh. Some peoples' money needs to be redistributed, via completely voluntary exchange, away from them. That's how I see empty puffery rhetoric like that on a product. True. Maybe Faux-Woke Capitalism is simply The Market's way of mak...
by thoreau
16 Apr 2018, 13:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Faux-Woke Capitalism is enough to make me want to vote for Bernie.

Somebody call an ambulance for Jason.
by thoreau
13 Apr 2018, 17:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Now, shall we get our protein from aborted fetuses, or from prisoners executed for aborting fetuses?
by thoreau
13 Apr 2018, 17:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Eric the .5b wrote:
13 Apr 2018, 17:05
thoreau wrote:
13 Apr 2018, 16:16
Enough abortion. When do we get to grammar? Or condiments?
Prescriptive or descriptive mayonnaise?
I suspect my doctor would prescribe that I only eat low-fat mayo.
by thoreau
13 Apr 2018, 16:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1962
Views: 66736

Re: Twitter!

Enough abortion. When do we get to grammar? Or condiments?
by thoreau
13 Apr 2018, 12:35
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's all good man!
Replies: 46
Views: 2354

Re: It's all good man!

Relationship with Kim will definitely be key to Jimmy's final evolution into Saul. But I just don't see Jimmy leaving Chuck's estate unchallenged. Whether outright contesting the will (though I am quite sure that Chuck wrote an airtight will), trying to claim he is owed compensation for caring for C...
by thoreau
12 Apr 2018, 22:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's all good man!
Replies: 46
Views: 2354

Re: It's all good man!

Just watched season 3. I suspect that Chuck will die, and that will be part of what pushes Jimmy more and more to become Saul. Not just because of the loss of his brother (however complicated that relationship was), but because of the inevitable fight over the estate. Chuck was loaded, it's a show w...