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by axordil
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Trump's America
Replies: 2696
Views: 653799

Re: Trump's America

Obama's ME policy was designed to scale back from the batshit crazy levels of W to the merely dangerous levels of every president before him. But once you've gone batshit, it's hard to go back.
by axordil
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance
Replies: 396
Views: 172638

Re: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance

Re the removal of monuments, I recall a spirited discussion back in the early days of b77, about the ethics of deleting posts. It strikes me that removing these monuments is like deleting posts; it disrespects the integrity of past conversation. It says, we, now, are all that matters. This is a dee...
by axordil
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Strange new worlds
Replies: 32
Views: 19511

Re: Strange new worlds

There's a hypothesis that plant life was once (a looooong time ago) more purple than green, driven by retinal-based photosynthesis. Of course, the sun and atmosphere were also different, so ambient light probably had a different spectrum.
by axordil
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance
Replies: 396
Views: 172638

Re: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance

A different way of framing the question: Tolerance is not a moral precept.
by axordil
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: The last movie you saw Thread
Replies: 1785
Views: 538835

Re: The last movie you saw Thread

Really want to see Get Out this week. Just saw Logan, which was pretty intense. Someone should strap Zack Snyder down and make him watch how to do a "serious" superhero movie.
by axordil
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance
Replies: 396
Views: 172638

Re: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance

My view would be violence was justified against the Nazis once removing them through non-violent means had become impossible. IOW, once they dismantled the democratic process. Of course, at that point they've, you know, dismantled the democratic process, so it's too late to do anything else. It wou...
by axordil
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance
Replies: 396
Views: 172638

Re: Should you punch a Nazi? The limits of tolerance

The only difference between the alt-right and Nazism is PR, and even that may no longer be the case. The message boards they inhabit are replete with calls for various groups to be exiled, imprisoned, or killed. In the last instance, the methodologies suggested are often sadistic.
by axordil
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Self-driving cars
Replies: 20
Views: 15976

Re: Self-driving cars

The only barrier between self-driving semi trucks and the marketplace is regulation and insurance. The technology to have a caravan of twenty of them, driving the same (most efficient) speed for hours without taking breaks--and driving a foot apart to draft--already exists.
by axordil
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:12 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2016 United States Election
Replies: 2864
Views: 462170

Re: 2016 United States Election

Good question. Evidently it started with a Vine video involving eyebrows.
by axordil
Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2016 United States Election
Replies: 2864
Views: 462170

Re: 2016 United States Election

But is it on fleek?
by axordil
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Trump's America
Replies: 2696
Views: 653799

Re: Trump's America

The Carrier deal was of course stupidly popular, even though it's pretty pointless: http://www.businessinsider.com/united-tech-ceo-says-trump-deal-will-lead-to-more-automation-fewer-jobs-2016-12 http://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2016/12/04/trumps-carrier-deal-means-nothing-for-future-jobs/#67...
by axordil
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:25 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Trump's America
Replies: 2696
Views: 653799

Re: Trump's America

That would be correct.
by axordil
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Hopefully this doesn't break my son's English teacher
Replies: 13
Views: 14578

Re: Hopefully this doesn't break my son's English teacher

I was glad to hear the teacher agreed with me... and as it turns out they revised the curriculum to no longer include assigned books for SIXTH grade this year, and will get to seventh grade...next year. And possibly eighth. :roll:
by axordil
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Hopefully this doesn't break my son's English teacher
Replies: 13
Views: 14578

Hopefully this doesn't break my son's English teacher

So Kian loved the first book in English this year ("Ender's Game") and hates the second ("The Book Thief"). As in refuses to read past page fifty. The teacher alerted us to this fact while I was out of the country, and my wife dutifully assured him we'd do something about it. I ...
by axordil
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: The last movie you saw Thread
Replies: 1785
Views: 538835

Re: The last movie you saw Thread

eborr wrote: I like Tilda Swinton - even if she generally does "Tilda Swinton" in most of the roles she takes on

A little like Cate Blanchett in that regard--it takes a solid director to pull her actual acting ability out of her.
by axordil
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Concrete Ways to Help Suggestion Thread
Replies: 47
Views: 25785

Re: Concrete Ways to Help Suggestion Thread

Can't go wrong with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
by axordil
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2016 United States Election
Replies: 2864
Views: 462170

Re: 2016 United States Election

But consider Wisconsin -- there were approximately 140k fewer votes cast in 2016 compared to 2012 Wisconsin had something else going on: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2016/11/10/milwaukee-elections-head-says-voter-id-law-hurt-citys-turnout/93607154/ And it's always nice to see ...
by axordil
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2016 United States Election
Replies: 2864
Views: 462170

Re: 2016 United States Election

The raw numbers don't tell the whole story. There's many different possibilities, as the county-by-county results will show when they're finalised. Many people who voted for Obama in 2012 didn't vote this time. Certainly people who voted for Romney didn't vote this time (like the Bushes, who didn't...
by axordil
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2016 United States Election
Replies: 2864
Views: 462170

Re: 2016 United States Election

Okay, looking at the actual numbers: Trump got roughly the same number of votes Romney lost with, but Hilary got 5 million fewer votes than Obama did in 2012. The results didn't come about because tons of people changed parties, or because rural voters were determined to send a message, or any othe...
by axordil
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2016 United States Election
Replies: 2864
Views: 462170

Re: 2016 United States Election

Something I received from my Senatorial candidate today which hit the pause button on my research into getting out of Dodge: This is the email where I’m supposed to thank you for all you’ve done for me, tell you how much it meant to me, and then say my goodbyes and wish you luck on your journey. I’...