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by thoreau
Today, 03:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5845
Views: 139266

Re: Orange is the new President

“You know, when he said that really, what he was focused on was trying to be number one in his class at Yale, to me, that was so believable,” Trump said. “I understand college very well. I understand being No. 1 in your class, and I understand a lot of things.” https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/donal...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: States-ism
Replies: 21
Views: 200

Re: States-ism

Tit-for-tat aside, I do think it would be hard to justify denying representation and self governance to a bunch of people who are right next door to a new state, especially if they are in better fiscal shape. And they just happen to be mostly African-American. And, to be clear, I also support stateh...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: States-ism
Replies: 21
Views: 200

Re: States-ism

I have been assured that small states are the best states, that giving them disproportionate clout is right and proper and essential to securing liberty in a constitutional republic.

So, fuck it. The US Virgin Islands are getting 2 Senators in the Thoreaucracy.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 19:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: States-ism
Replies: 21
Views: 200

Re: States-ism

It would be a purely self-interested act by the Blues, but I can't see any call to object in the case of Puerto Rico. If Puerto Rico gets statehood, it would be kind of weird to deny it to the US Virgin Islands. They're right next door, and leaving them out would not seem fair. With the Pacific isl...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 19:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: States-ism
Replies: 21
Views: 200

States-ism

Another thread got into the topic of whether Puerto Rico and other US territories should become states. Apparently Congress can do this without a Presidential signature. So, in theory, a Blue Congress could bring in several decidedly non-pale-skinned Senators by conferring statehood on Puerto Rico,...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 14:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5845
Views: 139266

Re: Orange is the new President

There’s also nothing in Senate rules that make statehood filibusterable if it’s not a bill. So ads could just ram through a PR statehood if they controlled the House and Senate. The other R versions require carving up a state, which means the state legislature has to approve. I kind of think they s...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 00:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1143
Views: 77480

Re: Music for the Masses

Not normally a country fan, but I love the energy here.

by thoreau
24 Sep 2018, 19:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5845
Views: 139266

Re: Orange is the new President

New York's statehood should be revoked until they tear down Trump Tower.
by thoreau
24 Sep 2018, 14:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5845
Views: 139266

Re: Orange is the new President

Shem wrote:
24 Sep 2018, 11:50
Headline is out of date; he's not considering resigning, he expects to be fired
Now it's being reported that he'll have a meeting with Trump on Thursday. So, still on the job.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/politics ... index.html
by thoreau
24 Sep 2018, 11:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5845
Views: 139266

Re: Orange is the new President

Rosenstein's out. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/us/politics/rod-rosenstein-justice-department-trump.html In honor of this moment, here's a playlist of songs that I (with my notoriously shitty taste) enjoy from the Nixon era: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXvZKgcqAfZRPHkfjqfjPsMfpRxoKstR
by thoreau
21 Sep 2018, 13:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 279
Views: 9079

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: 677314

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 13287

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: 677314

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 279
Views: 9079

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: 2502

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: 279
Views: 9079

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...