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by thoreau
16 Jun 2018, 12:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 509
Views: 14055

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

Feynman's reputation was based more on how loudly he played up the exploits of his early years, and how willing he was to openly look (but not touch) than anything he actually did once he was happily married to his third wife. It wouldn't shock me if he caught some mundane STD somewhere along the li...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2018, 13:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2041
Views: 73506

Re: Twitter!


tr0g wrote: You know good and goddamned well there are people that would be just fine with Thanos's solution if they knew they were going to be in the surviving half and they got to help pick the other half. And those people are lurking in every political ideology, even ours.
Oh, snap!
by thoreau
15 Jun 2018, 12:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2041
Views: 73506

Re: Twitter!

It’s also a disease of the conservative instincts around thin veneer of civilization/slippery slope to chaos. It has a long history. I'd have a lot more respect for "law and order" types if they held LEOs to the same standard. It’s authoritarian down in its bones. They Do What Needs to be Done. I'm...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2018, 03:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5202
Views: 111471

Re: Orange is the new President

Who knew that a trade war could be so good and so easy to win?

http://thehill.com/policy/international ... -trump?amp

While they're at it, maybe some eminent domain at 1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C6?
by thoreau
13 Jun 2018, 23:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 396
Views: 19715

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

Wait, he was buddies with Qaddafi back in the day? I suppose it makes sense that two authoritarian assholes with huge egos and terrible taste would be best bros.
by thoreau
13 Jun 2018, 19:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 396
Views: 19715

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

Yes, that's about as diplomatic as Trump has ever been. Two problems: 1) Wouldn't it be nice if he could be at least as diplomatic with frickin' Canada? 2) Even in diplomatic speak, it would be better if he said "Well, yes, there are going to be areas of concern, but meeting to reach agreements on s...
by thoreau
13 Jun 2018, 15:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 396
Views: 19715

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

But he probably never did a vacation in Singapore; that could be all the difference!
by thoreau
13 Jun 2018, 15:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 396
Views: 19715

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

The Cowen plan for North Korea:
Step 1: Get their leader to pursue his education in Western Europe, and hang around with successful and wealthy Americans like Dennis Rodman.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: FREEDOM!!!
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 23:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 396
Views: 19715

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

What the fuck did I just watch?
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 22:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5202
Views: 111471

Re: Orange is the new President

Wait, why would North Korean state media treat sanctions as a bad thing? I thought that under their Juche ideal they are wholly self-sufficient and achieving economic miracles that the rest of the world envies? Why would they care if they can't trade with us when they already have the good stuff?
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 20:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5202
Views: 111471

Re: Orange is the new President

That's not the point, Shem. Brooks cannot go ahead with a military exercise unless and until the POTUS actually does go back on his word. Based on reporting in the NYT , it's not actually clear that Trump has given the order. Yes, he said on TV that it will happen, but the military obeys precise, v...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 18:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

If this were the first time that McCain had ever been useless, yeah, I'd cut him some slack.

But McCain has been all sorts of bad in all sorts of ways for a very long time.
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 18:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5202
Views: 111471

Re: Orange is the new President

I know a Trump statement should never be taken at face value, but the North Korean regime is certain to play that statement for all it's worth. Yes, and when he walks away from that and joint exercises happen anyway, NK will be obligated to throw a temper tantrum. If an NK temper tantrum was just s...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 18:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Right now, I have to put my hopes in fucking Team Blue getting its shit together and managing not to crush their own momentum in a paroxysm of self-congratulatory overreach after the mid-terms. Right now, if I had to bet, I'd give pretty even odds of Trump getting re-elected, which makes me sick. A...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 15:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I feel like there should also be another (political, not legal) test for impeachment: If somebody else did this, could they get a job as the parking lot attendant at a defense contractor doing classified work? If not, impeach. It's a low bar. I doubt the parking lot attendant has to jump through the...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 14:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

SCOTUS can't remove a president. Maybe they could block some of the parts of a business deal, depending on the nature of the case brought to them, and how much of the deal actually falls under US jurisdiction, but much of what is in play here will ultimately be political rather than technical. There...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 14:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

One problem with the sheer volume of Trump's misdeeds is that things that would be big stories on their own become background noise. Anything short of a recording of Trump thanking Kislyak for the DNC hack and promising specific concessions in return becomes a let down. If anyone else was doing real...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 13:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5202
Views: 111471

Re: Orange is the new President

Disengagement should be more about coaxing SK to step up rather than expecting something from NK.
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 13:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Team Mo.

And Team Falcon.
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 12:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5202
Views: 111471

Re: Orange is the new President

I want to see the US reduce its involvement in the Korean Peninsula. I'd like to see that happen in a gradual, orderly manner that is respectful of the security of the freer, more liberal half of the peninsula. Not on the basis of "I met with the crazy man and he seems much nicer than Justin Trudeau...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 12:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

On one level you're right, my example is missing crucial details, details that could help us distinguish shades of gray. Seen from that angle, there's nothing to even discuss punishing. Seen from another angle, a leader has a duty to keep his personal affairs far away from the grayer areas of policy...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 11:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Suppose that tomorrow some country approves a real estate deal that his sons have been working on, and the next day he announces a reduction in tariffs or some other favorable policy move. If we don't punish that, we're setting ourselves up for a godawful precedent.
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 11:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I agree that it wouldn't be enough to deprive a man of liberty in a court of law. If a criminal prosecutor went after him I'd be right there with you. Impeachment is not a criminal proceeding, removal from office does not constitute a loss of liberty, and we all know damn well that Trump puts person...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 11:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

China makes a couple of moves that are favorable to his and Ivanka's business interests and suddenly Canada is the trade war adversary. That alone would be impeachable if we had a Congress with any sort of economic sense. This is where you lose me. This would not be impeachable in any place where h...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2018, 10:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 827
Views: 23383

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

There is a bunch of stuff like “he said those minorities are animals! Racist!” Uh yeah you just gave him 10x the credibility next time you start screaming about the new worst thing that may actually be bad. This. Liberals have an uncanny knack for turning race cards into jagged tools for slitting t...