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Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 10:58 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
So if the law is in their favor, the law sucks. ...

So if the law is in their favor, the law sucks. If the law is against them, violating it makes them a criminal.

In other words your policy is "screw those guys, I don't like them".
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:35 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
I think you have to make up your mind about...

I think you have to make up your mind about something. Are you arguing for "but it's the law"? Wasn't it just a few posts ago that you argued against standing on the technicality of law because the...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:29 AM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
Using whatever semantics you like... there is a...

Using whatever semantics you like... there is a fundamental difference between coming to seek asylum and coming in to reside clandestinely.

Why should they be discussed as if they have the same...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 06:20 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 3,648
Posted By gnome
Agree on both counts. In the case of my...

Agree on both counts. In the case of my suggestion, safeguards against abuse would be some method of appeal and a means of removing the person from that responsibility if it's being abused. Same...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 3,648
Posted By gnome
I think there needs to be room for judgment...

I think there needs to be room for judgment calls, because the space of possible situations is too broad to codify individually. As well, the more specific you get, the more gaming of the system can...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 3,648
Posted By gnome
I'm wondering if at some point somebody trolling...

I'm wondering if at some point somebody trolling (by wearing such a ridiculous prosthetic) to demand the most expansive interpretation of gender identity inclusion becomes nearly indistinguishable...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 25th September 2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
A fake vote is a sick joke. It's just "because...

A fake vote is a sick joke. It's just "because we say so and you can't stop us" with a petty pretense that mocks the idea of democracy.

Except they can be stopped. Tick tock, guys.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 23rd September 2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
A worrisome thought. It seems like current...

A worrisome thought. It seems like current wisdom on nuclear weapons is that the high megaton, cold-war era city busters are no longer needed due to advanced targeting ability. We've seen that...
Forum: USA Politics 23rd September 2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 5,418
Posted By gnome
Are you changing the subject? That doesn't seem...

Are you changing the subject? That doesn't seem to be the claim being addressed.
Forum: USA Politics 23rd September 2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
Appeal to people driven by spite, and all you get...

Appeal to people driven by spite, and all you get is a wreck of a country. As long as the people they hate are crying, right?
Forum: USA Politics 22nd September 2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
Do you endorse governing with spite as a primary...

Do you endorse governing with spite as a primary motivation?
Forum: USA Politics 22nd September 2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 1,192
Views: 62,860
Posted By gnome
This line is even more relevant than when the...

This line is even more relevant than when the song was released.
Forum: USA Politics 22nd September 2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
As an applicant for asylum, would you consent to...

As an applicant for asylum, would you consent to be brought somewhere if you were told that your arrival would be unannounced and no provisions had been made?

By all means, let's review the...
Forum: USA Politics 22nd September 2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 13,458
Posted By gnome
These are complaints about the person's behavior...

These are complaints about the person's behavior or judgment calls.

The use of an insult that ties in appearance and gender implies that one of those is also part of the problem.

For a more...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd September 2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1,556
Views: 112,492
Posted By gnome
The term "first responder" comes to mind rather...

The term "first responder" comes to mind rather than "basically cops". It has a positive connotation and effectively conveys the idea of using the right tool for the job.
Forum: USA Politics 22nd September 2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3,017
Views: 87,977
Posted By gnome
It does make for an issue. I think almost anyone...

It does make for an issue. I think almost anyone but Trump would go for an arranged plea deal with agreed upon consequences, but Trump in particular has reason to insist on a trial, for the very...
Forum: USA Politics 21st September 2022, 05:14 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 5,418
Posted By gnome
Funny how "Low-T" manages to be presented as weak...

Funny how "Low-T" manages to be presented as weak and a rage monster at the same time.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th September 2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1,556
Views: 112,492
Posted By gnome
Is it just me or is Colorado over-represented in...

Is it just me or is Colorado over-represented in these stories?

When I moved to this state I asked my apartment matching agent to keep me out of Aurora. Not because I was afraid of the other...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 20th September 2022, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,490
Views: 86,003
Posted By gnome
"Hey, this guy plays Bloons during work...

"Hey, this guy plays Bloons during work also!"
Forum: USA Politics 19th September 2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
Well, we can tell what kind of person you prefer...

Well, we can tell what kind of person you prefer to be in charge.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 18th September 2022, 06:11 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 19,181
Posted By gnome
It's very simple actually. RT is...

It's very simple actually. RT is state-controlled. They must, and will, print whatever the Russian government wants them to. If they deviated from the officially decided line of information to...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 18th September 2022, 02:41 PM
Replies: 1,490
Views: 86,003
Posted By gnome
I can't think of any situation where a scanner...

I can't think of any situation where a scanner and an email (secured as needed) is not a better solution than faxing, except in dealing with someone else who is stuck in the last century.

In...
Forum: USA Politics 18th September 2022, 02:39 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
Maybe we should recognize that the people who...

Maybe we should recognize that the people who were flown there should not have their lives be props for someone else's "symbolic gesture"?
Forum: USA Politics 18th September 2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
I did not expect to find you cheerleading for...

I did not expect to find you cheerleading for this, given that you're usually pretty rational on other threads.

I try to put myself into other viewpoints, but I'm hard pressed to understand how...
Forum: USA Politics 18th September 2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 739
Views: 14,142
Posted By gnome
Right now the cheerleaders for this aren't...

Right now the cheerleaders for this aren't counting on it at all. They're just pretending it's so whether it's accurate or not. Plays well in the intended crowd.
Forum: USA Politics 17th September 2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3,017
Views: 87,977
Posted By gnome
Nothing more important going on than the...

Nothing more important going on than the entertainment value? National security risks, whatever, get the popcorn?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 17th September 2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 19,181
Posted By gnome
They shouldn't "Surrender", they should just stop...

They shouldn't "Surrender", they should just stop fighting and give the invaders what they want. For their own good. (/sarcasm)
Forum: USA Politics 14th September 2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 5,418
Posted By gnome
We'd better try and understand or else we'll be...

We'd better try and understand or else we'll be caught unprepared with no idea what to do about it.

In the case of protests against police abuse that turn violent, there are desirable solutions...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th September 2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
They're letting traitors in the news service give...

They're letting traitors in the news service give themselves enough rope to hang themselves with? Yeah, that's the ticket.
Forum: USA Politics 14th September 2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 5,418
Posted By gnome
I don't think it's entirely fraudulent either,...

I don't think it's entirely fraudulent either, but I think a non-trivial amount of mayhem was instigated in order to blunt public sympathy.
Forum: USA Politics 13th September 2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,236
Posted By gnome
I think there's a thread topic in this.

I think there's a thread topic in this.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 13th September 2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 1,490
Views: 86,003
Posted By gnome
My workplace decided to cope with that by asking...

My workplace decided to cope with that by asking us to generate a hypothetical end of October report based on current weekly trends. Given that assuming a current weekly trend continues is usually...
Forum: USA Politics 12th September 2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,223
Posted By gnome
A frightening thought, but is it truly borne out?...

A frightening thought, but is it truly borne out? First we'd even have to say what that would look like, historically. Would you look at all democracies that have ended, and see which ones voted...
Forum: USA Politics 12th September 2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,236
Posted By gnome
I think it's implied that this isn't the place to...

I think it's implied that this isn't the place to hash out these opinions, so in that spirit I don't plan on making an argument of it, but I am interested what you mean by critical thinking here.
Forum: USA Politics 12th September 2022, 02:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,236
Posted By gnome
I think you've mistaken my opinion. Ways of...

I think you've mistaken my opinion. Ways of removing "dark money" or any other kind of excessive money from campaigns is of interest to me. I am unwilling to allow the government to weaken the 1st...
Forum: USA Politics 12th September 2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,236
Posted By gnome
Feel free to decline to answer, as I consider...

Feel free to decline to answer, as I consider one's voting choices private and you can share only as much as you care to. But from your phrasing it sounds like you changed your mind before you...
Forum: USA Politics 12th September 2022, 01:10 PM
Replies: 1,192
Views: 62,860
Posted By gnome
Something I'm trying to figure out. If they'd...

Something I'm trying to figure out. If they'd used the more common "first-past-the-post" system, wouldn't she have lost anyway?
Forum: USA Politics 12th September 2022, 12:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,223
Posted By gnome
Learned the wrong lesson from noticing that most...

Learned the wrong lesson from noticing that most people get in trouble when their attempts to cover it up are revealed.

Predicted (with partial success) that if you don't even try to cover it up...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 12th September 2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
I think a real possibility, once Russia is out of...

I think a real possibility, once Russia is out of all parts of Ukraine, is a cease fire that lasts indefinitely without a formal peace, as various points of contention grind out for decades,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 12th September 2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 656
Views: 19,181
Posted By gnome
Think about how most people roll their eyes and...

Think about how most people roll their eyes and skip over when someone argues "You know who the REAL Nazis are?" I think many Russians may be conditioned to have that reaction even though it's...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 11th September 2022, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
Whence comes this unbridled optimism that CE has...

Whence comes this unbridled optimism that CE has any interest in how plausible the propaganda is?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th September 2022, 02:55 PM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
I think that's entirely correct, and honestly...

I think that's entirely correct, and honestly what I expect is the end game. I just think that Putin figures to be ruined even if he does back down, so that fails to deter him.
Forum: USA Politics 9th September 2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 1,848
Posted By gnome
I actually agree with that. I like the idea of...

I actually agree with that. I like the idea of trying to shepherd developing countries into green industrialization if we can, but the first go through we really needed those fossil fuels to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th September 2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2,247
Views: 57,253
Posted By gnome
I'm guessing he's just gone so all in that he...

I'm guessing he's just gone so all in that he knows he's not likely to hold power (or perhaps even his freedom, or his life) without pulling it off somehow. He's got nothing to lose so he's playing...
Forum: USA Politics 9th September 2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 1,848
Posted By gnome
Honestly I don't mean to spur a debate about how...

Honestly I don't mean to spur a debate about how effective being armed is for defense against a physical attack. Depending on the situation it may or may not be and I'm not inclined to contradict...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th September 2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2,435
Views: 109,275
Posted By gnome
Also sensing a problem with setting up a...

Also sensing a problem with setting up a definition of the phenomenon, and as backup bringing up examples that it's questionable whether they fit the definition, then when asked for better examples,...
Forum: USA Politics 9th September 2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 3,017
Views: 87,977
Posted By gnome
I'm going to venture that an argument proposing...

I'm going to venture that an argument proposing it as all politically motivated, that comes without an examination of the potential for actual harm to national security, or without any substantial ...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 9th September 2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 2,707
Views: 190,499
Posted By gnome
A distinction here... "can't" isn't the same as...

A distinction here... "can't" isn't the same as "probably wouldn't".
Forum: USA Politics 8th September 2022, 04:36 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,592
Posted By gnome
I'm sure all the "originalists" given the chance...

I'm sure all the "originalists" given the chance to rewrite the Constitution would show true colors in just how closely they wanted to follow the "sacred" framers' intent. I have a feeling their...
Forum: USA Politics 8th September 2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,236
Posted By gnome
I am mostly liberal/progressive (how far in...

I am mostly liberal/progressive (how far in either direction varies from issue to issue) but I think that Citizens United was correctly decided. Despite common belief, the decision made no ruling on...
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