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by thoreau
21 Sep 2018, 13:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

5) What are the consequences for Russia to get caught? What if, hypothetically, the GRU hacked into the DNC and a US ally had video footage of the room in which the hackers conducted their operation? What would the Trump Administration do? That's a completely different scenario that doesn't really ...
by thoreau
21 Sep 2018, 12:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677033

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds


Thanks for that recommendation. I liked it a lot.
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 23:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

The 2016 election result is legitimate. I'm not in the "After we impeach we need an election do-over" camp. We impeach Trump for the things he's actually done (emoluments clause violations, obstruction of justice, and probably collusion with a foreign adversary after Mueller's report comes out), we ...
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 20:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

So, I guess the point is this: The scenario we're talking about here is plausible. It would advance Russian goals of sowing more chaos in the US political process. We know which side Russia is more likely to attempt to help. And some states are refusing to take action to tighten database security.
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 20:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

1) I've been a poll worker. If a single digit number of people in my precinct told me "I know I registered! I know it! I could swear that they sent me confirmation!" it wouldn't faze me. Several hundred people show up and a fraction of a percent of them are either mistaken or else the victims of pap...
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 17:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

I'm not saying you can't cause problems if you fuck with voter rolls, but I can't imagine that you could have THAT many people showing up on election day and being turned away, enough to affect a national election, and not make it immediately obvious that something was amiss. There are roughly 4800...
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 17:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

You need to remember that the US and its allies also have capabilities. For instance, Western intelligence services have hacked security cameras in GRU facilities, and if the rooms that they're monitoring were used to hack into the DNC for the purpose of hurting a political candidate, the US would k...
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 17:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

So all that the Russians could do is prevent people from voting, but they couldn't, to our knowledge, change vote totals. So what are you worried about? They've never done any hacking, all they've ever done is troll farms.
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 16:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

The only thing that the Russians have ever done in our elections is fund troll farms. They've never engaged in any sort of hacking, and have certainly never let anyone use the information obtained from that hacking. So, no, there's nothing to worry about.
by thoreau
20 Sep 2018, 16:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 288
Views: 13240

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

Walls are so great that Trump told the Spanish foreign minister to build one in the Sahara. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/politics/trump-spain-sahara-wall-intl/index.html Never mind that (1) the Sahara is big, (2) Spain doesn't control any of it, aside from a few coastal enclaves, and (3) it would ...
by thoreau
19 Sep 2018, 14:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677033

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The science journal Nature publishes one sci-fi story a week. A lot of them are boring, notable only for their high-art pretensions. But this one is good: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06698-2 OK, maybe I only like it because it appeals to my libertarian sympathies via a scenario of "In...
by thoreau
19 Sep 2018, 13:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

People are choosing not to take precautions, and the lack of precautions lines up with potential partisan advantages from meddling.

I thought that if people were acting in accordance with incentives we were supposed to treat it as something obvious, not something mysterious.
by thoreau
19 Sep 2018, 00:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

Tovarisch, is most troubling you not trusting of government. GRU and FSB have invested great resources to study security of American elections, because are friends of American President and want to make sure his country is safe. When you not trusting him we thinking you are not wanting make America ...
by thoreau
16 Sep 2018, 00:54
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

nicole wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 23:57
What I’m trying to say is that the private/government distinction is illusory; the state is actually a bunch of private individuals acting as individuals. There’s no magic halo of legitimate authority. All violence is already private.
So there's no emergent order in the state or anarchy?
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 20:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 276
Views: 9020

Re: Putin on the Writs

As much as I despise Bush Jr., I give him credit for keeping the racists from going completely hog wild. I think some of it was conscious, deliberate messaging on his part (e.g. "religion of peace"), telling them that racist shit is not OK with him. Another part of it is that they probably felt like...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 19:14
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

Although I've argued that the local Legitimate Sicilian Businessmen are a de facto government, if you want an interesting argument for a distinction between mobsters and less-undesirable governments, read Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs. She argues that good/less-bad governments operate by a diff...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 13:52
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

If you think that I hold up loyalty to the state and its rules as over-riding the prerogative to live as one wants, you need to go read this thread . But the question of how individuals should weight and decide on courses of action is very different from the question of whether it makes sense to abo...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 12:08
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

nicole wrote:Yeah, this is definitely not a matter of just going along with things because you’re used to them.
But not going along with statism would mean accepting anarchy, which gives you a gangster regime that is just like statism...

Is there a red pill that will let me escape this Matrix?
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 00:53
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

OK, states and anarchy have the same problems and are literally the same. I'd like to see fewer people treated inhumanely because of minor crimes. How will anarchy be any better for that end if anarchy and statism have the same problems and are literally the same? Is it just a relabeling of the same...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 00:10
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

I mean...you guys are all talking about how if whatever nonstate mafia gains enough power it becomes a state. So, you recognize that the state is just the biggest mafia. There’s no question of “legitimacy” in terms of its monopoly on violence. So...how is this not exactly what you say anarchy would...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 22:13
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 142
Views: 2400

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

I am far from convinced that we live in the best of all possible systems, but I am even less convinced that anarchy is the answer. Four problems: 1) I don't think you actually get away from a de facto monopoly on force. Every serious anarchist proposal that I've ever seen has security providers. In ...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 13:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 766
Views: 47716

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

SCIENCE!!!!!111! PROVES THAT MALE AND FEMALE ARE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTS!!!!1!!!1!!11!
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 13:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 892
Views: 35990

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Well, he's going to be cooperating with Mueller. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/manafort-plans-to-plead-guilty-to-second-set-of-charges/2018/09/14/a1541068-b5c9-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html?utm_term=.8fe81aba86d8 Look, I'm sure that Trump is completely innocent and it is...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 11:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 892
Views: 35990

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Manafort is pleading guilty to witness tampering and conspiracy. The plea document includes extensive details about his lobbying for Ukrainian politicians aligned with Russia. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/14/former-trump-campaign-chairman-paul-manafort-appears-to-reach-plea-deal-823882 Whe...
by thoreau
12 Sep 2018, 14:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677033

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I never thought I would type this, but....

What Jadagul said.