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by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 20:35
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3052
Views: 230581

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Ellie wrote:
08 Jul 2020, 20:27
Warren wrote:
08 Jul 2020, 17:56
Ellie wrote:
08 Jul 2020, 12:09
Trying to watch season 41
Season 41? Which show?
Whoops! This Old House.
I didn't know that was still going. Neat!
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 20:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7325
Views: 330484

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

The Manhattan DA got some mileage from the charge but there's not much to be gained from an actual prosecution. My guess would be it will be kicked down to some misdemeanor public nuisance plea, if that. Furthermore, it's worth noting that in the vast majority of such cases even if and when the pol...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 19:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3052
Views: 230581

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

TV-related random observation: TV and reruns have been around long enough that our language ought to have a single word to describe a specific form of TV-show memory: "I know I've seen that show back in the day, I know its theme song and what at least ONE main character looked like ... but otherwis...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 18:25
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 913
Views: 66521

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

DNA study has proven conclusively that there was contact between Polynesian and South American peoples , something that had long been suspected because of the existence of the sweet potato and similar names for it in both places. Scientists said on Wednesday an examination of DNA from 807 people - ...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 18:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7325
Views: 330484

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I think Amy Cooper should have to deal with the justice system for trying to exploit it to harm or kill someone. We know damn well it's unlikely that she'd serve any jail time; she'd have to deal with the courts and pay money to lawyers and in fines. She deserves that grief. On the other hand, I res...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 18:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Stepping back a bit, Eric, it seems like you are _agreeing_ with me on the factual issue that comes up in this debate. (While disagreeing with me on, I guess, the tactical and strategic levels?) Depends on the factual issue in question. Like, the "cancel culture isn't a thing" side Who here is argu...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 17:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Those people were losing power in large portions of academia by the mid 90's. They lost power because people said "We are supposed to be better than that" and then acted on that notion. Right now they are gaining power again and some of us are gearing up to fight back again. Because we believe we a...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 17:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

It's also a little hard to see people on the Right who still don't grasp how their actions helped to create the circumstances in which we find ourselves freaking out and not think "fuck it, you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind," at least a little bit. Of course I also just got told that getting...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 08:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I heard a slightly more sympathetic critique of the ACLU decision than that from one of my grandfather's friends when I was growing up. Old line Wobbly, also lost a lot of family in the Holocaust. Said, of the ACLU, "great, you made the world safe for Nazis to march. D'ya suppose they'll do the sam...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 03:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I have to confess that I also didn't know that Skokie was when things stopped improving for the ACLU. I'm not sure what this means. All I'm saying is that's when the American left-of-center started moving away from civil liberties. Starting points for shifts over the course of decades tend to look ...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 03:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

When the right attacks free speech, that's business as normal. When the left, academia, or tech swing against it, that's scary, because that's the coalition I've been relying on. And I think that's a lot of what Thoreau and I are reacting to. Academia is far from the worst offenders on these issues...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 01:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I am not as old as the Skokie case. But I had always heard of that as a shining example of what the ACLU and the left stood for. I would like them to still stand for it. Look into the fallout of the case and how much support the ACLU lost. Without looking into it at the moment, that's horrifying th...
by Eric the .5b
08 Jul 2020, 00:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Jadagul wrote:
08 Jul 2020, 00:10
I am not as old as the Skokie case. But I had always heard of that as a shining example of what the ACLU and the left stood for.

I would like them to still stand for it.
Look into the fallout of the case and how much support the ACLU lost.
by Eric the .5b
07 Jul 2020, 23:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Jadagul, are you even as old as the Skokie case? Because I basically trace the turning away from free speech by the left to that controversy. Mind, I don't think of it in left-wing "the ACLU went too far" terms, but in terms of the left realizing that civil liberties wasn't just intellectual cover f...
by Eric the .5b
07 Jul 2020, 23:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

i think calling the current environ "our maoist moment" cheapens mao's horrors. calling it "the great awokening" however, is far more on point. who knows what rough legislations slouch toward something something awaiting to be something something'd? The end is always coming, the center is never hol...
by Eric the .5b
07 Jul 2020, 07:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Who's the Blue for #2? (2020)
Replies: 28
Views: 1095

Re: Who's the Blue for #2? (2020)

Harris is the first person I've wanted a #metoo moment for.
by Eric the .5b
07 Jul 2020, 07:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I mean Dixie Chicks? Who are now trying to avoid cancellation by the left by changing their name. They just can't catch a break. "The Chicks" have only ever profited by playing off segments of their audience against each other or their ex-audience. They'll be fine. So making nice isn't something th...
by Eric the .5b
06 Jul 2020, 20:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

thoreau wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 19:52
lunchstealer wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 19:34
I mean Dixie Chicks?
Who are now trying to avoid cancellation by the left by changing their name. They just can't catch a break.
"The Chicks" have only ever profited by playing off segments of their audience against each other or their ex-audience. They'll be fine.
by Eric the .5b
06 Jul 2020, 19:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1274
Views: 45132

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

For a meaning of "debate" that accept not just idiots, but idiocy, as part of the debate.
by Eric the .5b
06 Jul 2020, 19:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 19:44
As the observation goes, if you take "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" literally, all you end up with is blind, toothless people.
So, the people who vote most reliably?

Checks out.
by Eric the .5b
06 Jul 2020, 18:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 555
Views: 34308

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Plus, this is exactly the sort of stuff that places like Reason used to call "the working of the free market" when Socons did it during the Clinton years. That was literally the line they took to justify not complaining about stuff like Falwell's crusade against anything he considered part of the h...
by Eric the .5b
06 Jul 2020, 15:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1274
Views: 45132

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

thoreau wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 15:05
I'll address masks later. For now, a bubonic plague outbreak is brewing. Marmots and Chinamen are involved.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/asia/chi ... index.html
WAAGTD.
by Eric the .5b
06 Jul 2020, 05:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Happy Independence Day!
Replies: 135
Views: 8461

Re: Happy Independence Day!

It was pretty loud here, too. I there's always a lot of noise, but there was definitely more than usual. I assume because people couldn't go to organized shows and because everyone's got stress to let out.
by Eric the .5b
04 Jul 2020, 22:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 700
Views: 26262

Re: Random covid-19 observations

The only non-diet soda I ever have is little bottles of Dr. Pepper with sugar. But then, I don't drink much soda, anymore.
by Eric the .5b
03 Jul 2020, 23:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 700
Views: 26262

Re: Random covid-19 observations

or whatever other terrible flavors they have. There are probably multiple security videos out there over the years of me angrily chucking an almost-full bottle of vanilla coke at a sidewalk garbage can. I don't know how anyone can drink that stuff but if they have to sell it they should please make...