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by thoreau
Yesterday, 17:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

Re: Inequality

If early farmers had it worse than hunter-gatherers then why did they choose to farm? Were they already in large enough groups that a chieftain could force it upon them? Or was it possible that there were real downsides but even bigger upsides? I think it's the farmers outbred the hunter-gatherers....
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

Re: Inequality

Oh, I can believe that quality of life declined at some point AFTER the adoption of farming, but there must have been an initial improvement or it never would have happened in the first place.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

Re: Inequality

If early farmers had it worse than hunter-gatherers then why did they choose to farm? Were they already in large enough groups that a chieftain could force it upon them? Or was it possible that there were real downsides but even bigger upsides?
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

He thinks this country was founded by people who passionately supported taxes on imported goods.



I'm sure that the Tea Party Patriots and their ilk will all school him on this. Right? Um, right?
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

You're just trying to give Warren a heart attack, aren't you?
by thoreau
Yesterday, 07:33
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 23
Views: 317

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

Maximally aggressive, inflexible application of the rules is surely not a uniquely Trumpian thing, but it is something that they can be quite confident that the boss won't punish them for.
by thoreau
14 Aug 2018, 18:52
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 23
Views: 317

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

High-trust society is probably the single biggest, most important part of America. These dipshits don't get that. They don't trust a lot of people, and think we won't be great again until we get rid of the people they don't trust. The fact that nobody will trust the ones who remain hasn't yet occur...
by thoreau
14 Aug 2018, 12:20
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 23
Views: 317

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

The scientists who built the atomic bomb in WWII spent the rest of their lives on the public teat, either directly as employees of the weapons program and/or state universities, or slightly less directly as private university researchers with federal grants and federal consulting gigs.
by thoreau
14 Aug 2018, 12:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43456

Re: Inequality

Obviously the best society is one where I eat fresh salmon and fresh wild berries by a stream that no other tribe challenges ownership of, work commensurate hours, and enjoy the services of healthcare providers who work capitalist hours for socialist pay.
by thoreau
14 Aug 2018, 00:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

My wife makes good baklava. Hold gryllicon in So Cal and she'll make some.

Or hold it in Vancouver because we like hanging out there. We could go to a concert at the Kobol Opera House from BSG.
by thoreau
13 Aug 2018, 23:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

Harissa is the fucking market of condiments.
by thoreau
13 Aug 2018, 23:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

Some of the threads are getting a bit heated, and some Gryllers are going through hard times, so I want a less controversial thread.

What do you guys think of that garlic spread that Middle Eastern restaurants have? I can't decide whether it's too strong or too bland. It's weird.
by thoreau
13 Aug 2018, 20:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18388

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

I took that to be "society we" rather than "government we", but I see the ambiguity.

We (English speakers) need a few different first-person-plural forms. We'll add that to gender-neutral pronouns and phonetic spelling on the list of linguistic reforms.

Plus the use of Shire Reckoning.
by thoreau
13 Aug 2018, 16:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18388

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

Who said Shem was calling for coercive regulation? If CBS gave holocaust deniers an hour of prime time, businesses would pull ads so fast that there would be sonic booms. Ads haven't been pulled from Facebook because it's not a platform where the connection between content and ads is as obvious. You...
by thoreau
13 Aug 2018, 11:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

Actually, per Executive Producer Order, all White House meeting rooms are named after reality TV stars. The Snookie, Trump, and Анна Чапман rooms were in use, so they did the firing in The Situation Room.
by thoreau
13 Aug 2018, 10:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

I've said this before, but I think the biggest way the past couple of years have changed my politics is that I think we really need a serious crackdown on white-collar crime. I understand that/why white collar crime is genuinely more difficult to prosecute than other forms of crime. But I think we ...
by thoreau
12 Aug 2018, 18:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

Let it be known that I, like Jason, am an apologist for Big Corn, Big Diabetes, and Guns That Fire When Gently Bumped.
by thoreau
12 Aug 2018, 17:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

I'm not quite prepared for a universe where Jason is an apologist for the welfare state and a proponent of using regulations to keep real estate developers down. Did I fall into a wormhole? Did someone steal the Reality Stone from Thanos? Or is Warren experiencing constipation that has backed up all...
by thoreau
12 Aug 2018, 14:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 867
Views: 58846

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Doctors have figured out how to treat a heart attack in a centaur.

http://www.dorkly.com/post/86896/centaur-med

So if Jadagul's friend ever gets that surgery he'll have access to quality healthcare.
by thoreau
12 Aug 2018, 12:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

Whatever constant themes Jason might or might not have, I don't think that he's ever said that The Man should keep rich guys down.
by thoreau
11 Aug 2018, 22:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

But what I responded to is very much the same thing that people push over Blue-wards, sometimes as far as to claim that political corruption is caused by terrible, cynical people distrusting the political class. I certainly didn't mean to sound like Joe from Lol and his ilk. I'm not going to launch...
by thoreau
11 Aug 2018, 19:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

On its very best days, the government is opaque, dangerous, expensive, inefficient, and difficult to control.

Running it like a family business doesn't improve that.

Normalizing that takes us a step closer to de facto monarchy.
by thoreau
11 Aug 2018, 19:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President

He should have been stopped decades ago, but our institutions are frail. And the very frailty erodes trust, which leads to a cynical belief that the whole system is about guys like him getting ahead so what does any of this matter anyways? Yes, yes, and it's all the fault of unbelievers like us tha...
by thoreau
11 Aug 2018, 18:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 276
Views: 11793

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

I think the basic thing built into the system is that you should err on the side of not letting people in. It's probably not a written rule, but it's definitely a general understanding. Then toss in the election of Trump, and even in areas where his appointees haven't rewritten policy there's just a...
by thoreau
11 Aug 2018, 18:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133097

Re: Orange is the new President