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by thoreau
Today, 15:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

This stance, the idea of "de platforming", the general media treatment of items off narrative, those are what are going to empower a persistent bannon faction. The most salient feature of the right is media hate these days. The new norm can't be no above ground platform for anyone more than 5 degre...
by thoreau
Today, 15:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

dhex wrote:Generation safety is a thing, though I largely cosign Shem's analysis on this one.

We forget how bugfuck nuts opposition to the aclu was forty years ago.
I haven't forgotten that. I would hope that ACLU staff would understand that at least as well as I do.
by thoreau
Today, 13:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I certainly agree that this is about norms, about the tension between written and unwritten rules. I think we see that in a lot of places, from the Trump administration flouting norms of governance to millennials in key places* wanting to re-evaluate the mission of civil liberties groups. Hell, I th...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 220
Views: 4663

Re: PS 411

And the most expensive rent-seekers always attach themselves to unsolvable problems, because once an unsolvable problem is deemed to be a religious duty, no level of expenditure can be questioned. Getting a smart, engaging, hard-working person in front of a roomful of smart kids is actually not that...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Here's some context, from a recent article in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/31/how-the-resurgence-of-white-supremacy-in-the-us-sparked-a-war-over-free-speech-aclu-charlottesville The flare-up after Charlottesville was by no means the first such disagreement among ACLU staff...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 18:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Censorship of Nazis is so extreme that maybe, on some level, they're right. But I'm not interested in getting the "optimal" amount of censorship (if that's even a thing), I'm interested in getting as little of it as possible. Maybe they're right and we can stay at the same equilibrium as Europe. But...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 18:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Maybe the most significant thing about this is the erosion of the American Civic Religion around the First Amendment. Yes, it's always been the case that you can get a whole lot of people to endorse a whole lot of illiberal things if you ask them the right (wrong?) question. However, there's been ju...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 220
Views: 4663

Re: PS 411

Letting high flyers fly high puts you in the best spot to have the most people positioned to do things that generate growth, surplus, social value, whathaveyou. I think vocational pathing would make sense, but this idea that great academic environments should be built for randos is ... that's not s...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 220
Views: 4663

Re: PS 411

nicole wrote:
Yesterday, 16:22
Per-pupil spending is lower at Stuyvesant than at the average NYC PS: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/02 ... itures.htm
You don't have to spend nearly as much money if you don't have to pretend that you're working to solve unsolvable problems.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 220
Views: 4663

Re: PS 411

The quality of instruction depends very much on the students. If you give me a roomful of juniors and seniors, and most of them don't remember most of the key stuff from freshman physics and calculus, I have to spend several weeks reviewing, at the expense of more advanced material. This limits what...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 15:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 220
Views: 4663

Re: PS 411

nicole wrote:There's no way to make a public school nonshitty if you let everyone in.
We have found a witch; may we burn her?
by thoreau
Yesterday, 15:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I am not really bothered by the ACLU refusing to represent (for free!) people who are agitating against civil rights. Well, I'm a donor and I'm bothered because I'm donating to defend principles, not people. If you're not bothered, maybe the easiest way to handle this is I stop my donations and you...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

JasonL wrote:More bothered by this than the gun thing. This is their wheelhouse and this is the abandonment of the notion of civil liberties in that arena.
This. Say what you will about the Second Amendment, but you used to know what the ACLU was good for, and you knew that they were REALLY good for it.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 12:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 35
Views: 420

Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Wendy Kaminer has a WSJ op-ed about internal debates at the ACLU. It's behind a paywall, so I've only read the excerpts quoted at Reason , but the WSJ has made an ACLU internal memo publicly available . From this and other things I've read over the past year, it sounds like a lot of staffers at the ...
by thoreau
20 Jun 2018, 18:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 244
Views: 7593

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

Mo wrote:
20 Jun 2018, 18:12
What the everliving fuck.

https://www.seattlepi.com/national/arti ... 011053.php
Everyone who was involved in those decisions, from the guys "just following orders" to the highest officials, should be in jail. General population.
by thoreau
20 Jun 2018, 18:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 244
Views: 7593

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

I would love to see the thought process behind, “If the government is unjust, I need a gun to shoot government agents,” and, “Disturbing the DHS Secretary at dinner and posting public LinkedIn info of ICE agents who are part of an unjust government is a step too far.” The flowchart needs a branchin...
by thoreau
20 Jun 2018, 01:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7694
Views: 243344

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I finally saw American Graffiti.

I think it's the best film that Lucas ever directed.
by thoreau
20 Jun 2018, 00:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 244
Views: 7593

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

Democrats want a bureaucracy that will do cruel and inhuman things in orderly, measured ways after boxes have been checked and paperwork has been stamped and everything is in order. Republicans want to take that to its logical end. Then Democrats look at the mess that Republicans made and say "Now, ...
by thoreau
19 Jun 2018, 00:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5235
Views: 112718

Re: Orange is the new President

Kolohe wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 23:25
thoreau wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 18:16
OTOH, we're getting a Space Force. SPACE FORCE!!!
We're not getting a space force. What the president signed today was about space junk
Sure, but he'll talk about Space Force. How long before we reach the "M-A-R-S: Mars, bitchez!" stage of his presidency?
by thoreau
18 Jun 2018, 22:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 244
Views: 7593

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

I listened to it.

I had a strong desire to commit several major felonies after listening to it. If somebody else were to commit those felonies I'd probably develop a keen interest in getting picked for jury duty.
by thoreau
18 Jun 2018, 18:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Terraforming!
Replies: 156
Views: 3791

Re: Terraforming!

One nice thing about Martian colonization is that it would present a perfect opportunity for calendar reform. There are 668.59 Martian days (aka sols) in a Martian year. This lends itself nicely to a calendar of 24 months, with the first 23 months having 28 days each and the last month having 24 or ...
by thoreau
18 Jun 2018, 18:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5235
Views: 112718

Re: Orange is the new President

OTOH, we're getting a Space Force. SPACE FORCE!!!
by thoreau
16 Jun 2018, 12:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 509
Views: 14170

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: 73858

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: 73858

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...