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by thoreau
Yesterday, 23:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1313
Views: 45777

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

General Sherman's ghost is smiling.
EDIT: Yeah, that was shitty. Sorry.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 20:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7714
Views: 411220

Re: Orange is the new President

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
Yesterday, 20:35
I hate doing arithmetic in my head so I actually struggled with "keep subtracting 7."
If that's on the test then No Child Left Behind created a generation of early onset dementia.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 18:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7714
Views: 411220

Re: Orange is the new President

by thoreau
Yesterday, 12:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: H. sapiens floridensis - A thread for Florida Man
Replies: 70
Views: 8029

Re: H. sapiens floridensis - A thread for Florida Man

Spraying the streets with hydrogen peroxide to stop an airborne virus.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl ... story.html

At least he didn't inject the stuff.
by thoreau
10 Jul 2020, 20:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1313
Views: 45777

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

The existence of partisanship is inevitable. The degree depends on circumstances. And one important circumstance is whether key people are morons and/or polarizing.
by thoreau
09 Jul 2020, 16:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

"No quarter" is a pretty fucked up proposal for quelling protests. I'm also bothered that NYT even runs op-eds by politicians in the first place. Politicians have plenty of ways to get their ideas heard. A newspaper should have their reporters investigate these proposals, and should have their op-ed...
by thoreau
09 Jul 2020, 13:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7330
Views: 331130

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Shem wrote:
09 Jul 2020, 13:33
JasonL wrote:
09 Jul 2020, 12:52
Onus of Fear decent name for something. Metal band? Movie? I think I go movie because the pr0n rewrite seems really solid.
James Bond movie.
I think it sounds more Tom Clancy-esque.
by thoreau
09 Jul 2020, 13:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Like I said above , I don't think hypocrisy should be automatically disqualifying for an aspirational statement. But differences of degree do matter, and if she's been a particularly egregious wielder of British libel law (don't know enough of the track record one way or the other, but happy to cons...
by thoreau
08 Jul 2020, 18:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

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 thoreau
08 Jul 2020, 12:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I'm thinking about the notion of the American civic religion around free speech, and yesterday's much-discussed letter in Harper's . The signatories are a flawed bunch. There are cancelers on that list. If we view this through the framework of civic religion as morality, that's a problem. They're hy...
by thoreau
08 Jul 2020, 03:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

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 thoreau
08 Jul 2020, 02:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

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. Yes, I was aware that in the immediate aftermath they took a lot of flack, but in subsequent decades they got a lot of respect for it. So I always saw it as one of those things where they took a sho...
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 19:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I'll try to take it less personally. I thought you still considered me to be a guy with substantial blinders on this. (Yes, we all have blinders, but I think that on this issue I'm making a reasonable attempt to be even-handed. My blinders are no doubt present, but hopefully not terrible.)
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 17:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I mean, I spent years lobbying my Congresswoman to impeach, I donated a shit-ton of cash to Blue candidates in 2018, and I personally knocked on a bunch of doors in a swing district to flip it Blue. I'm quite aware that the right has a dangerous cancel culture, and I've invested time and money to pu...
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 17:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1313
Views: 45777

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

Yes, but we also understand that there's a difference between a fighter getting into melee with a big monster and the mage getting into the melee. The mage's chance of dying is higher than 2% and the fighter's chance of dying is lower than 2%. So the fighter should be out there in melee, while the m...
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 17:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

A partial list of the people Donald Trump has tried to cancel. And I've spent money on books and news outlets whose writers and reporters he tried to cancel, subscribing or buying specifically AFTER he tried to cancel. I can't say I've financially supported every person he's trying to cancel, but I...
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 12:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I can't stand Falwell and his ilk, think purity pledges are creepy, don't stand for the national anthem, donate to the ACLU, and have 2 Live Crew in my ancient cd collection. Oh, and I'm working on a research article with four students of color as coauthors, three of them women and one of them a Hi...
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 12:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 20:56
Haven't the Dixie Chicks been around long enough at this point to be called the Dixie Roasters?
They got rid of the first half of the name. They know when to fold 'em.
by thoreau
07 Jul 2020, 12:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

I can't stand Falwell and his ilk, think purity pledges are creepy, don't stand for the national anthem, donate to the ACLU, and have 2 Live Crew in my ancient cd collection. Oh, and I'm working on a research article with four students of color as coauthors, three of them women and one of them a His...
by thoreau
06 Jul 2020, 22:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheer WTFery of Epstein
Replies: 177
Views: 16001

Re: The Sheer WTFery of Epstein

Hugh Akston wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 22:33
This is Fox News blinking in code on a hostage video.
Or at least one of the geeks in the graphics department blinking in code.
by thoreau
06 Jul 2020, 22:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1313
Views: 45777

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

FWIW, arXiv just posted an article on the science of COVID nanoparticles in membranes. Haven't had a chance to read it in depth, but interesting stuff.

https://arxiv.org/abs/2007.02127

The astronomers in my department are probably pissed that there's no trigger warning on it.
by thoreau
06 Jul 2020, 21:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

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 thoreau
06 Jul 2020, 19:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

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. While the right is picking up a cargo cult 'feelings matter more than facts' postmodernism and running with that. Pretty much. Everyone learned everyone else's worst habi...
by thoreau
06 Jul 2020, 19:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Oh, Canada
Replies: 73
Views: 8226

Re: Oh, Canada

What matters is not how much he has to quarantine before meeting Trump. What matters is how little he quarantines before meeting Trump.

I'd recommend that he do everything he can to get himself infected, then go hug Trump.
by thoreau
06 Jul 2020, 19:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 560
Views: 34520

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

True, but this is exactly why I'm also dismayed that many liberals embrace it with such enthusiasm. It's not that long ago that rappers were deemed dangers to The Children. Norms only stay norms if everyone abides by them. The right spent a decades deploying social sanctioning against all sorts of ...