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by thoreau
Today, 11:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

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

He's a victim of himself, but he tried to take advantage of outrage culture, and wound up feeding it (albeit not in the way he intended). Maybe the best outcome for now, pending some self-reflection and apology, is if the case drop off the front page and receive as much attention as when your crazy ...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

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

FWIW, I also think that MAGA Teen Hunger Force went too far in filing such a massive lawsuit. I'll let lawyers opine on whether they have a good case for libel, but you can't tell me that they've suffered anything close to $250 million in harm. Demanding an amount equal to the reported market value ...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

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

I see your point, but I do hope that he returns to acting. I don't want to see him blackballed from the industry, nor do I want to see him turn into some sort of Rohrschach figure who's a hero on the social justice lecture circuit or whatever and used by the other side as proof of how broken the lef...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 12:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

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

It's hard to sympathize with the guy, but if we're going to push back on outrage culture then there needs to be some forgiveness, not more banishment.
by thoreau
21 Feb 2019, 17:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 696
Views: 29572

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

What kind of TV star gives key jobs to the extras?
by thoreau
20 Feb 2019, 20:54
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4253
Views: 169070

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

GUYS!! THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A SPACE LAWYER AND I AM VERY UPSET AT THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR NEVER TELLING ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER!!!! http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/02/the-case-for-protecting-the-apollo-landing-areas-as-heritage-sites You know what Space Force needs? A militery space ...
by thoreau
20 Feb 2019, 16:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6696
Views: 222965

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

If she wants to live, should she come with you?
by thoreau
20 Feb 2019, 14:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6696
Views: 222965

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Not as wild, but once, while obtaining background readings for an exercise, I happened to put my counter on a fallen mud dauber's nest. It was hot. Not dangerously so (unless you ate the thing), but more than 10x background. I have my own theories about the source, but can't really saw anything in ...
by thoreau
20 Feb 2019, 13:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2024 for AOC
Replies: 181
Views: 4201

Re: Calling 2024 for AOC

Honestly, I don't care where she lives. And given her job, I suspect that the real amenity offered in her complex is security, with the gyms and whatnot just being icing on the cake.
by thoreau
19 Feb 2019, 22:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6696
Views: 222965

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Does the story end with Dread Cthulhu being released from his prison beneath Antarctica and devouring the entire world?
by thoreau
19 Feb 2019, 09:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2312
Views: 114781

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

nicole wrote:
19 Feb 2019, 07:42
Karl Lagerfeld
At first when I saw his picture on CNN's site I thought it was a Roger Stone article.
by thoreau
18 Feb 2019, 10:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Of course, the devil's in the details but, again, the real pressures are political, not legal or Constitutional. If your point is that nothing will get fixed unless Congress grows a spine, then I think you and I are pretty close on this issue. It may be that the courts are willing to rule against t...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2019, 02:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

I don't think anyone would say "Fuck it, we're ignoring a court order." I think they'd be told to carry on with their mission while the lawyers confer and work out what to do. Everyone would get to feel like they're in compliance. And then the lawyers would work out a fig leaf of compliance to buy t...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2019, 02:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Do you really believe that SCOTUS would issue an order with teeth if a President were taken to court over some foreign intervention? I'm not talking about some sort of punt, I'm talking about some sort of explicit order that would require Pentagon comptrollers and whatnot to actually say "Sorry, si...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2019, 02:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

I guess here's what I really don't believe: I don't believe that SCOTUS would receive a case from anyone whom they'd recognize as having standing. The US security apparatus has lumbered along in a dubiously constitutional mode for decades (or more) and SCOTUS rarely gets cases concerning it. I think...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2019, 02:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Do you really believe that SCOTUS would issue an order with teeth if a President were taken to court over some foreign intervention? I'm not talking about some sort of punt, I'm talking about some sort of explicit order that would require Pentagon comptrollers and whatnot to actually say "Sorry, sir...
by thoreau
18 Feb 2019, 00:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Because of that episode we now have the legal precedent of "kinetic military action." Yeah, it was totally Libya that established that precedent and not Vietnam. The 1973 War Powers Resolution was passed specifically to undo the Vietnam precedent. And then Obama said "Lol, whatevz. Kinetic Military...
by thoreau
17 Feb 2019, 21:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Because of that episode we now have the legal precedent of "kinetic military action." Yeah, it was totally Libya that established that precedent and not Vietnam. The 1973 War Powers Resolution was passed specifically to undo the Vietnam precedent. And then Obama said "Lol, whatevz. Kinetic Military...
by thoreau
17 Feb 2019, 15:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Pick Your Poisson
Replies: 1439
Views: 72861

Re: Pick Your Poisson

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 15:16
The question isn't how many people in the U.S. have a college degree but what percentage of that population has anything even approaching a university level education.
All of them, by definition. At least, by the definition in the RightThink Dictionary.
by thoreau
15 Feb 2019, 21:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Recommend a good translation
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Recommend a good translation

I've never read the Iliad all the way through. I'd like to remedy that. What's a good translation that you guys would recommend?
by thoreau
15 Feb 2019, 21:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 301
Views: 20100

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

That video erases the many Jews who work in the tech industry.

And my comment stereotypes them as running an industry.

That's it, everyone report for re-education.
by thoreau
15 Feb 2019, 19:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Man, some people are freaking the fuck out and having to be called down by explanations that this doesn't mean he's seasoning absolute power. No President will ever seize absolute power. They'll just seize a bit more power than their predecessor, while Congress comes closer and closer to being a ve...
by thoreau
15 Feb 2019, 16:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: State of Emergency

Man, some people are freaking the fuck out and having to be called down by explanations that this doesn't mean he's seasoning absolute power. No President will ever seize absolute power. They'll just seize a bit more power than their predecessor, while Congress comes closer and closer to being a ve...
by thoreau
15 Feb 2019, 15:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: State of Emergency
Replies: 24
Views: 424

State of Emergency

Well, here we are: A President declaring a state of emergency so that he can move money around without the consent of Congress. I'm not convinced that the courts will force the issue if when Trump refuses to comply with an order. I'm not convinced that Congress will push back if he refuses. And so i...