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General Comments / Re: Joke, not a joke
« on: September 24, 2022, 04:45:49 PM »
Didn't that one guy make a workable nuclear reactor of whatever is in fire alarms back in the 80's or 90's? Not quite the same but you can never trust these scientists, they're always coming up with clever ideas. Also, after Uvalde I'm assuming all police departments are being extra careful not to embarrass themselves in public. They're being careful.

General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: September 24, 2022, 04:41:33 PM »
It's why I consider the idea of the army holding control over the US to be so extreme. We all laugh at the idea of Russia holding control over Ukraine with it's 40 million odd residents. The US is the size of a literal continent and has hundreds of millions of residents. The needed size for an occcupation army alone is laughable, you think the people themselves would put up with it? Molotovs for every government office, which I will note is becoming more commenplace in Russian "recruitment" offices these days.

General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: September 22, 2022, 06:32:47 AM »
Why are we ignoring the war of 1812? They literally walked into Washington DC and burned down the White House.

Mainly because it didn't consist of Canada trying to conquer the United States, and because it was a war the U.S. declared to push the U.K. out of their waters. No one was coming to mainland USA to topple the government. I am assuming through this that the contention is that the state militias were deemed necessary to defend against mainland invasion by a foreign power. I've not heard anyone say yet that there was some expectation that state militias would be used aggressively outside of U.S. borders.

And the militias did *censored* all to defend the US. The last battle in Louisiana aside, the war of 1812 was an unmitigated asskicking for the United States. They literally refused to get involved with international warfare for sixty years after it.

General Comments / Re: More incitement?
« on: September 21, 2022, 11:31:08 PM »
Biden is pretty hardcore pro police. You only have to look at his record. There was a reason us pro-Bernie peeps kept up the fight.

General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: September 21, 2022, 11:22:58 PM »
Why are we ignoring the war of 1812? They literally walked into Washington DC and burned down the White House.

General Comments / Re: More incitement?
« on: September 21, 2022, 03:38:11 PM »
So we all know that Lambert is a special case. What's the over/under on Crunch? He really just appears to be a determined troll, in my eyes.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: September 20, 2022, 01:42:31 PM »
The Trump team goes thus.

Is there a way to throw up dust? Delay things? Let's do that. It'll last till the R's take back the house.

Taiwan needs to invest in HIMAR systems. Blow up the ships before they even put out the landing craft.

General Comments / Re: London Bridge is Falling?
« on: September 19, 2022, 10:53:03 AM »
Don't be disrespectful. They had the grandchildren on a vigil yesterday, without a leash. Why would the corgis need one?

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 10:44:17 AM »
I'm in the UK as well, and will be getting my fourth shot soon, since I work in the industry.

Thing is, covid *is* endemic. It *is* like the flu. People are going to get it, and some of them will die, but that's just the same as for influenza. People in their right mind have had the shots, and those who haven't have made their choice. For the rest of us, it'll be a yearly covid vaccine to go with the flu one.

If I were in charge in Taiwan, I'd rig explosives in all of the microchip factories, and promise to blow them all if the big C stuck it's nose too far in. Guarantees Western interest and probably makes China take a step back.

Reports are saying Ukraine has established a beachhead on the other side of the Oskil River.

They're advancing, slowly but surely. I'd have been more worried if after their unexpected gains they just charged ahead. Calmer minds, no doubt advised by American advisors, kept them in check. It honestly looks like they're going by the textbook to inflict a defeat in detail.

Putting aside the difficulties of landing your army on a fortified island that has had decades to prepare for it, the terrain itself of Taiwan is a defender's wet dream. With or without Western aid, taking Taiwan would be an absolute bloodbath for China. They'd still win, in the end, but it would be neither short nor pretty.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: September 12, 2022, 06:04:22 PM »
The point *I* was making is that Snowden made the information public despite the risk and costs to his own life.

I understand perfectly what you are trying to say.  I can assuage you by assuring you that if Trump gets indicted he will probably try to flee to Russia as well, just like Snowden, so that both you and Lambert can wax lyrically about how they both did what they did despite the consequences, with great moral courage.

Something about Lambert?

Just to reiterate -

Thanks, Grant.

I asked for your opinion and you gave me a 15 paragraph tldr embedded with book citations.

As I said, it's what we're all here for. Thank you for getting back to me.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: September 12, 2022, 03:28:28 PM »
Yeah, sorry man.

I didn't feel like Trump was involved. I guess you did?

Anyway, on Snowden, the guy is or was in the process of trying to flee to Mordor to escape his crimes. Because in Mordor he would be safe.

Does that mean we should all examine our laws and make them more like Mordor's? Perhaps. I would probably even agree. Snowden got a raw deal.

Doesn't change the fact he tried to run to fall down at Sauron's feet.

General Comments / Re: London Bridge is Falling?
« on: September 12, 2022, 03:22:12 PM »
Correction: a lot easier.

Cayman Islands are an overseas territory like Bermuda so they've a lot more to lose if they separate.

The monarch in Canada is mostly about decorating choices and iconography. It's changing the constitution and coming up with a replacement that would be difficult.

I heard from one guy whose only complaint was what it would cost to replace all of the signs.

General Comments / Re: London Bridge is Falling?
« on: September 12, 2022, 03:17:10 PM »
They will change over to Charles as they replace bills. I do not think they have to turn in money and get new bills, but the place that prints new bills is probably printing new bills with Charles image now.

This is correct.

The old money will still be valid, just as some coins showing George VI still was, but any new money printed will be with the new King's head attached.

ETA - Thought you guys would like this. The actual bills of our money are all different sized. If you're anything like my brother in law, you're about to ask why.

It's for blind people.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: September 12, 2022, 02:50:46 PM »
If you think living in Russia is not suffering...

Come on.

That wasn't the point he was making and you know it.

If you have to flee to Russia of all places for help, it casts doubt on your original actions.

Thank you for that.

As I said, I don't know much, which is why I asked for your perspective. Wouldn't be around here if I couldn't hear things from other people about things they're just better at.

I do have to ask, does morale not count? From most accounts, the loss the other day wasn't just a loss, it was a rout. Men were dropping what they had and just running for their lives. Russia just replaced yet another general in charge of the theater. Their logistics are a bit cut off now? I'm not saying the war will end in the next seven days, but from a laymen's perspective it looks like there is a good part of the invading army caught up against a wall.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: September 12, 2022, 09:15:52 AM »
Sometimes we just have to be better.

Is their hypocrisy annoying? Yes. Do they feel ashamed? No.

We all said back then to let the justice system run it's course. Do rich people get an easier time in that, you're damn right they do. Unfortunately it's what we're stuck with. I for one won't turn hypocrite and start advocating for people to be convicted before they've even smelled a trial for the backing of a media who cares about nothing more then ratings.

Oi, Grant.

I know between little and nothing about military stuff, but from what I'm hearing what was pulled off on Saturday was the best tactical manuvering since the Battle of Inchon. Would love to hear your perspective on this.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 24, 2022, 09:56:11 AM »
Trump seems really upset that he is backing Dr Oz in PA.  Mitch is correct that when the Reps take a beating in the Senate this fall it will be due to a lack of good candidates running.

Trump supporters can maybe win the primary but they will lose in the general. Or at least in most states.
, The Dems are holding on to a slim (and misrepresented) majority - but they are a minority.

This is just laughable. The only reason conservatives still have a voice in government is down to two reasons. One, gerrymandering. Two, the fact Wyoming with it's half a million people has the same amount of Senators as California with it's 40 million. I can appreciate the reasons behind the Senate, but please don't pretend that conservatives and Republicans aren't outnumbered. That they only still hold what power they have through gerrymandering and outdated political rules.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: August 23, 2022, 02:04:37 PM »
I guess if you are a Democrat apologist that it is easier to denigrate truth-tellers than it is to reconsider your incorrect dogma.

This is so condescending. I'm no less intelligent then you, William. I've seen the same arguments, facts, and figures that you have. We just disagree.

Please. If this is how you're going to think, just call me the enemy. Don't look down on me.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: August 23, 2022, 01:59:57 PM »
I suspect that if you dig a little you will find A home site that provides the talking points for the day. The speed of which these talking points get disseminated is scary impressive. That they are taken as fact without question and passed along by those that are useful.

Watched a documentary on the Philippines's, amazing to watch as the majority of the population work so hard against there best interests and values. 

I think it's more likely that there are a handful of very popular sources, worshipped for not being mainstream and owning the libs. These sources have "journalists," who get given their talking points by whatever council of right wing theatre is currently running things on that side. They publish it, and social media does the rest. It's a bit like trickle down economics except in this case it actually works.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: August 21, 2022, 09:02:38 AM »
I for one think rural religious conservatives get a bad name.

They stood up for their rights in Iran, a place we have pictures of women in the sixties wearing miniskirts, and look at it now. 

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 21, 2022, 08:39:38 AM »
Trump seems really upset that he is backing Dr Oz in PA.  Mitch is correct that when the Reps take a beating in the Senate this fall it will be due to a lack of good candidates running.

Trump supporters can maybe win the primary but they will lose in the general. Or at least in most states.
I really, truly, hope you are correct. I just have this horrible feeling that come results day most of us here are going to be standing back going "how did that happen?" (and no, I don't believe it will have been successfully rigged by the GOP though they will of course try).

Reminds me of 2016. Me, fresh off the Brexit vote, warning everyone wearing their Hilary hats about how the populace might actually be stupider then you thought.

Wow, what an absolutely *censored*ty piece of reporting that is.  They don't even provide the actual quote of what the guy said.  I assume you drilled down and found out what he actually said before you decided he was a terrorist right?  How about sharing it with us?

Google is your friend. Instead of implying msquared fell for a *censored*ty piece of reporting, you always could have taken the three seconds to type into Google "Luis Miguel Florida," and found out for yourself.


General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 16, 2022, 11:36:12 AM »
Well what some radio station on the radio said was that the same guy who approved the warrant had in another Trump case recused himself and that much was true as I linked a story confirming it. The rest that they went on about with speculation concerning judge shopping is just conjecture. I didn't recognize the talk show host but in any case the judge considers himself too biased to give a fair shake to Trump, or at least he did before. Maybe since then he's come around to hating Trump less. Nobody else has though so that's hard to believe. To be fair, I can see how granting a warrant and presiding over a case are two completely different animals so this could very well be another nothing burger. It all depends on whether or not that warrant would have been granted regardless of the judge.

Okay, to be fair again maybe animosity toward Trump had nothing to do with the recusal as you pointed out. That we don't know. The radio guy either implied it did or said as much, that this judge or magistrate or whatever was an outspoken Trump hater. If that isn't true then I heard some fake news.

I for one appreciate you keeping an open mind, Cherry.

General Comments / Re: GOP nutbag of the week
« on: August 14, 2022, 07:10:04 PM »
Rand Paul believes the Espionage Act has always been bad and should be abolished. Funnily enough, he's started saying this out loud in the last two days.

General Comments / Re: here comes the next ice age
« on: August 14, 2022, 07:03:41 PM »
You guys seen the stories about how in central Europe they used to put stones deep down in rivers with markings saying, "If you can see this, prepare to starve to death."

It's a bit like those tsunami stones in Japan, where they mark the lowest place people didn't die from the waves.

Obviously agriculture has come forward since the stones were put down but it's still a really bad look.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 14, 2022, 06:55:50 PM »
Jared Kushner was given $2 billion against professional investment advice.

Guess we better talk more about the laptop, though.

Edit to add -

Pretty obvious Kushner was the one to tell them about the safe. There's a mole, someone had been already set up as the fall guyz and he went talking.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 14, 2022, 05:29:10 PM »
WmLambert -

I'd be more impressed if you had ever, just once, talked about how the way the justice system, from federal to local level, treats people. When it comes to you complaining about just this, just now, makes you look a tad bit myopic. What about the scores of people affected by over eager policing, seems to me you've either been ignoring that or sat silent. And now the Martyr is accused of withholding top secret documents for *a year and a half *, is asked to give them back, refuses, and gets "raided."

Spoiler alert bruh, what they did was go to a judge for a warrant, get it signed, and then went to execute it. Should his attorneys have not been allowed to see the proceedings? I disagree with that part, but it sounds part and parcel for what the FBI and any other law enforcement orginisation does. I can feel sorry for you in the abstract but don't expect me to cry now, not when you and people just like you have been laughing  at people being upset over stuff like this for literal decades.

General Comments / Re: But yeah, Antifa is the real threat
« on: December 31, 2021, 09:51:15 PM »
Nah, the idea was he quite regularly used to sometimes go out and "trick people." Eh. Don't ask me.

Anyway, he last did it with that weird name attacking trannies. He also tended to post a whole lot. So. If it's not you, my sincere apologies. If it is, I get a cookie.
Ah, I see the "post a whole lot" resemblance at least (I do seem to suffer periodic extreme splurges here), though nothing whatsoever else.  Certainly not the racism or the "attacking trannies" (indeed I'm forced the rather tsk at the use of "trannies" therein, which is a ladder even Caitlin Moran had to climb down a while ago).

In case my initial comment seemed in any way like a non-denial denial, I've never used "Pete at Home" as a username anywhere, nor have I been on any version of this forum under any other username prior to this one.

No friend, anyone who knows how you speak or act will recognize you. I guess you thought it was clever, or original, to take another name from Ender's Game for your self?

It wasn't.

General Comments / Re: But yeah, Antifa is the real threat
« on: December 31, 2021, 03:42:29 PM »
Nah, the idea was he quite regularly used to sometimes go out and "trick people." Eh. Don't ask me.

Anyway, he last did it with that weird name attacking trannies. He also tended to post a whole lot. So. If it's not you, my sincere apologies. If it is, I get a cookie.

General Comments / Re: But yeah, Antifa is the real threat
« on: December 31, 2021, 12:33:07 PM »
So you all know, you know how that super racist guy, we all knew he was Pete at Home? We told him to go *censored* himself and then he pissed off?

Alai is Pete at Home and it''s really not even hard to see.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: December 31, 2021, 10:39:37 AM »
I've never heard this notion of a Macron coup.

Can't find the original citation, but it was his opponents basically using the "Big Lie/Steal" playbook same as the Trumpians. Meanwhile, there is of course rumbling about French generals threating a coup, which is why I couldn't find the specific quote I had read earlier.

So if it comes down to the better poster child for Democracy between the UK and the US... I don't know enough about UK politics to make a judgement. Structurally the representative structure is more proportionally matched to the population. All of the US greatest hits seem to show up there, though. Voter roll purges, as you mentioned.

Maybe the most important measure is the confidence that the population has in their democracy.

26 % of Britons say Democracy is not working well. 38% said the voting system is fair, 40% said no.


People don't vote. That's the issue.

It's one thing to call people and do a telephone poll (with the people who don't just hang up,) and it's another entirely to hang those results on the entire population.

They. Don't. Vote. The entire idea of democracy falls apart entirely when the very people who could be helped just ...

Look. The UK idea of socialism's weird. It got ripped apart by Thatcher, to an extent her own party, to this day, is trying very hard to introduce American ideas into our way of doing things.

It *is* still there, that idea, but it's attacked at every point by right wing politicians and Murdoch media. It's been ripped apart for decades in the mid class media.

They're learning. The enemy. You can see it in Boris Johnson, the way he pretended he was an idiot who couldn't comb his hair.

Eh. I've been trying to explain this *censored*, unfortunately science says at my best I'll influence maybe 9 or 10 people.

General Comments / Re: God Exists
« on: December 31, 2021, 10:15:22 AM »
He makes clear by God that he means the 'all powerful and all knowing' being as typical of the Christian view of God.
Yes, but that appears not as the Theistic Entity he claims to have demonstrated to necessarily exist by means of the cosmological argument.  That's not to this point allegedly necessitated by that to be the Christian god, or even (say) the Neoplatonists' The One.  It might just be the Deity -- I was tempted to say the Jeffersonian Deity, but that'd be a bluff-your-way-in-deism guess on my part, and one I might well be called on, so I'd better not.  The promised second lemma will presumably be intended to get us into that latter sort of area.

You have to remember, JoshuaD believes and argues for Catholic Christian beliefs at every turn. To an outside observer, he is a Catholic Christian. He just won't admit it. He's one of those annoying, "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual" people.

Take that into account and ignore his claims and everything he writes becomes a lot easier to understand.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: December 30, 2021, 05:00:17 PM »
Two things?

Holy *censored* yes. There *is* no Constitution in the UK. All the time, every time, I try hard to explain how the people here just don't get it that they don't hav these rights, and there is nothing  to back them up. What I get is they have a monarch who is always willing to put their two cents in and protect the rights. Jesus *censored*ing Christ. I almost get and understand from the point of a thousand year old country that had to do all that feudal *censored*, fine.

No. Prince John got bullied into Magna Carta against his will and that's fair enough. He was also the first monarch to bother learning English. The rest, you know, the monarchs, they decided because they were French, *censored* the *peasant* tongue.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: December 30, 2021, 04:44:36 PM »
100% not scared. I stopped giving credence to anecdotal observations (I know a guy) a year ago after stories about "otherwise healthy young people" dying from covid started becoming a narrative. You either believe macro data on who's really at risk or you don't. Mandates and policies should be driven based on broad stats, not I know a guy.

The Herman Cain award stuff, apart from being an unintentional self-own, is a push to revel in schadenfreude that is a disturbing phenomenon.

Pretty much, anecdotally, nothing in my etended social network is sounding alarms for the under 50 crowd that is otherwise healthy, even the meta-data has those cases as extreme outliers. It just happens that a 1 in 50,000+ chance turns into a lot of sad stories when you're talking about millions of infected.

I still also suspect there is a genetic component in play, and so far as has been experienced in my extended family, rather than the social network in general. It looks like one where my family cleared the genetic lottery on the worst of it.

Tbf, he's absolutely right. There is no way to acknowledge that some get mild symptoms and others have 2-4 family members die. It's easier *now*, yes, we can blame it all on vaccines. But he is absolutely correct. Some people, genetically, do not give one *censored* about the cornavirus. They flat out don't care. The exact same way all of our ancestors were lucky enough to have the genetic answer to the common cold.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: December 28, 2021, 06:00:01 PM »

I mean, c'mon. This dumbass said the quiet part out loud , fair enough, but this is all you need for an insight into current conservative mindset. They do *not* want as many legitimate voters to vote, because they would *lose.* Instead they try to make it as hard as possible to vote, to in hopes *their* people will somehow pull off a victory.

America was the first big country to truly take in at least the idea of democracy, truly astounding how we're still given the role as flagbearers when gerrymandering and this BS is so. Very. Clear.

To the entire world.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: December 21, 2021, 04:09:51 AM »
I've done a lot of self-reflection around masks, trying to determine the "why" I objected to much of it. Initially, I was certain that 99% of my personal objections were based on simply chafing at the idea of being told what to place over my face and the other authoritarian aspects of mask policies.

As I read all the conflicting studies and the stream of misinformation by our experts, I became more skeptical.

The director of the CDC (Walensky) recently said that "the evidence is clear" that masks reduce your risk of infection by "more than 80 percent". Such a risk reduction would be higher than what the vaccines themselves provide. People have since asked for the source of this 80% figure, but no source has been provided. Propaganda vs wise counsel.

This was also clear way back when Fauci lied (for our own good) about masks being useless. One can debate motivations, but it's clear the folks at the CDC are fine fabricating facts if they believe it's for the greater good, and so skepticism around masks seems fairly well placed.

I also believe these two things can be simultaneously true: 1. Masks when properly used can prevent droplets and reduce individual viral transmission in enclosed environments. 2. Broad mask mandates for a variety of reasons do not appear to have direct and reliable benefits with regards to macro case trends.


Glad to talk to you!

I'm super impressed that everyone on your side is just keeping up with this. I mean, I'd offer r/HermanCainAward to help you along but you must have seen it.

Jesus, just remind people you're talking to try not to kill their grandparents, we'll be square.

General Comments / Re: The Manchinian Candidate
« on: December 21, 2021, 04:03:23 AM »
If the Democrats got all of the tax increases that they have ever dreamed of having, I doubt there's anyone in the world who seriously believes the result would be the national debt getting reduced by even a penny. Any money gained, assuming any is gained, would be spent down to the last dollar and the some. Manchin sees this quite clearly. All Republicans have been aware of this for decades. It is known.

Come on. You know better.

There absolutely *is* a way to give the people in a country things like education, healthcare, childcare. Literally parts of your federal government are trying as best they can to restrict the ability of women to have have kids.

There *is* a way to pull this all off and I'm kind of sick about hearing how "their population is smaller."

It's the United States of America. The Magilla Gorilla of anyone who wants to show their face. Take a look at how much land is technically in the Fed's control.

General Comments / Re: New trans laws
« on: December 21, 2021, 03:53:12 AM »
Ya'll probably know my posts, and how I tend to respond and speak.

Take it from someone who knows, this "Ephrem Moseley," fellow is on something lol. That or it's a really crappy troll gambit.

General Comments / Re: Truth Social
« on: December 21, 2021, 03:38:52 AM »
That's a bit harsh, Drake. I admire Lambert being involved on this medium at his age. Same way my Grandad who was born in the 1920's but had me on his lap showing me Commodore computers in the late 80's. And it's a bit harsh to just call him impaired or deluded and then call it a day. I get it, but if that's the tone we're going to set why don't we all just exchange Facebook or Twitter to make it more efficient?

If you think someone is being an idiot in the public square, best thing to do, if you can't be bothered to remind everyone *again* that they're an idiot, is to let them keep talking. If you try to drown them out you just lend them legitimacy.

General Comments / Re: Republican or Not
« on: December 08, 2021, 08:58:51 PM »
Love it.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: December 08, 2021, 08:28:39 PM »
And on this in particular, totally. 10-20k years ago the common cold killed a whole bunch of people, and us lucky people are the descendents of those who were resistant. The point is we'll resist (vaccines) and the virus will mutate to be less deadly and more transmissible and a hundred years from now it'll be "just" the flu.

I'd be highly surprised if it persists past 2024 as an issue in the borders of the US. In some respects, I think it'll be a mostly dead issue for much of the electorate in the US by November 2022. Even if people are still dying by the hundreds per week across the nation by that point. (For comparison on average, 694 people died from car accidents in the US during every week of 2019; at present we're doing good to have that as the 7 day running average for daily deaths) For that matter, we've had years where the flu outpaced deaths from car accidents, and the Flu itself has been practically absent in the US since the Covid restrictions were put in place. It isn't just that the testing rates have dropped, the positivity rates for those being tested is extremely low.

I get where you're coming from, but no.

I'll admit covid is really big for media numbers, but end of the day it's not going away. No matter what we do.

The people who die from it are going to die. Very sad, most of them will have been antivax so I just can't bring myself to care *too* much.

It will keep mutating and there will be a different varient every year. This is *exactly* what influenza is and does. It's why we get called in every year for a new flu shot. The genie is out of the bottle, so to speak, and there's no shoving it back in.

There will be a flu shot, and there will be a covid shot. People who don't take them will die at a higher frequency then those who do. It's not rocket science.

General Comments / Re: Election Results
« on: December 08, 2021, 08:08:13 PM »
Stepping aside from the reflex Repug position of, "If we make it easier for anyone to vote, we'll lose," the biggest threat to democracy is gerrymandering. That's the reason Repugs are even still a thing, given the numbers you literally have to craft specially made districts so they are still relevant.

"Bu-bu-but Quag, the Democratic party does the same thing!"

Yeah we do, but we'd be the first to give it up, because as I said the numbers are in our favor. On literally every issue.

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