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by ProfessorX
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

As for AI, I'd be a bit wary about relying of it. Before using it, you'd have to have an independent verification the algorithms used don't favor any one party or group. That would be hard if a private contractor developed the AI in they wouldn't want to expose their proprietary work to possible th...
by ProfessorX
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

Abolishing the electoral college will take a Constitutional amendment. I'd like it, myself, but I'd sooner pursue something we can do tomorrow, without one, which is ending gerrymandering. IMHO, it should be federally required that all congressional districts be drawn by a bipartisan/neutral commiss...
by ProfessorX
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

BTW, I know lots of people whose small businesses were not shut down nor affected directly by lockdown orders, but they have been doing a lot of reduced foot/store traffic for most of the year since March. Who do you sue then? What if you are open and nobody comes because they are afraid? Who's the ...
by ProfessorX
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

Sooner or later the so called experts will figure out that we need to isolate And work the hot spots and at risk groups. A one size fits all approach just creates unnecessary collateral damage. It requires testing and tracing to know where the hot spots are. BTW, I agree with you, doing testing and...
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

Google "masks don't work" and you will find a host of studies and doctors who do not share your opinion of what is or is not the truth. Yes, Joe, just as I know you can hit a whole bunch of 'scientists' who are climate change deniers by typing "climate change is a hoax". The interesting thing is ho...
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

Number6 wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:55 pm
Achieving herd immunity means increased deaths.
2.5 million dead in the U.S. is the current estimate. To reach the coveted 60% herd immunity.
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

The problem is you need to evaluate two things. One is what risk COVID-19 poses to you personally. BTW, you may have pre-existing conditions that could lead to bad outcomes without knowing that, too. Remember it's a bit probabilistic. If you're in your twenties, it's likely you won't die, but there ...
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

Hundreds mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg in vigil outside Supreme Court
"It is amazing to see how many people are feeling this loss tonight and saying goodbye," said Jennifer Berger.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/suprem ... t-n1240531

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by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

This article nails just about every point on this issue. So I'll cite it. Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417906/still-confused-about-masks-heres-science-behind-how-face-masks-prevent That's the thing about sc...
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

We have known for years that certain masks do not provide protection for viruses. Correct. The study I cited said the most effective masks are N95. Those are hard to come by if you work outside of the medical or other fields. Also, to be honest, you might not want to wear one for 12 hours. They can...
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

Situational ethics. Question for you. If the situation were reversed, do you think Schumer and a Democrat controller Senate would hesitate to fill that slot. I do not. My position has always been, there is no basis in either the Constitution, the law, or even Senate rules that a POTUS can't pick a ...
by ProfessorX
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

Politics is largely situational ethics. While I don't disagree when it comes to its tactical and strategic aspects, I still will point out that then when you claim something as a principle, but it's just a rationalization for power, I'll remind folks of it. It's fair if the same is done when "we" a...
by ProfessorX
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

“Oh, we’d fill it,” https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/590452/ And true to form, he's just released a statement tonight that the Senate will be voting on Trump's nominee to replace her. Despite her wishes. Apparently the McConnell Rule only applies if the POTUS and the Sen...
by ProfessorX
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: RBG Has Died
Replies: 62
Views: 703

Re: RBG Has Died

We're about to see a test of whether the GOP, particularly the Senate Leader, really has principle, or just desire for power. There was a principle we saw articulated about whether a SCOTUS nominee should be selected so close to an election just a few years back. Yes I even remember the person that ...
by ProfessorX
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

I wear a mask where and when required even though I have doubts about its effectiveness. They are more effective to protect others from you than you from others, but they work in both directions. Now, look, it was fine to debate this issue in March, but studies are in now. Good news: they work. Bad...
by ProfessorX
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Red Skies Over San Francisco.
Replies: 53
Views: 626

Re: Red Skies Over San Francisco.

You know what's wild? Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has reached the East Coast.

https://apnews.com/f36aead1c4117fb54f2b821bcb29ee8a

Apparently, Europe as well. Wow, those prevailing air currents.
by ProfessorX
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

I will take a a vaccine if and when independent epidemiologists and public health experts, scientists, and clinicians say it is safe, effective, and ready. I don't care who makes the announcement or when. I don't care if it's made in Kazakhstan, Beijing, Moscow, or in Bill Gates' basement. The thing...
by ProfessorX
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day
Replies: 755
Views: 23613

Re: Coronavirus Asshole of the Day

It's a shame you totally ignored mask wearing as a solution until a vaccine and better therapeutics arrive. Incidentally, this is a real shame as mask wearing might even be facilitating this "herd immunity" thing some GOPers talk about. But it's a real good way to prevent the spread of the disease, ...
by ProfessorX
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Another page in the Fourth Reich playbook!
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Another page in the Fourth Reich playbook!

I love how there's this bull in a china shop, and people keep saying "Stop worrying! Look at these awesome guardrails in the shop!" "In fact, because of these awesome guardrails, he's only smashed 20% of the china, instead of the entire shop!" "Our system's working, so just let the bull keep, well, ...
by ProfessorX
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: ICE is Trash
Replies: 314
Views: 20618

Re: ICE is Trash

It's also been revealed that ICE is considering collecting a wide range of DNA and biometric data from detainees, and even other immigrants.
by ProfessorX
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Another page in the Fourth Reich playbook!
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Another page in the Fourth Reich playbook!

So-called "patriotic education" is often a feature of authoritarian and totalitarian societies like North Korea, etc.
by ProfessorX
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: Fires and Violence In Minneapolis In The Aftermath of George Floyd Murder.
Replies: 2125
Views: 36377

Re: Fires and Violence In Minneapolis In The Aftermath of George Floyd Murder.

Although maybe Breonna Taylor deserves its own thread, we've been putting stuff here, and so I shall continue ... Louisville Will Pay Millions To Mother Of Breonna Taylor https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/louisville-offers-settlement-to-family-of-breonna-taylor BTW - it's not just monetary damages ...
by ProfessorX
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: 2020 General Election thread...
Replies: 543
Views: 13067

Re: 2020 General Election thread...

Once again, the actual facts are, Obama and Biden established a pandemic task force, which while they didn't know specifically yet about COVID-19, were set up to handle something like it, and Trump dismantled it when he took office.

Those are pesky facts, the kind I like to remind voters about.
by ProfessorX
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: QAnon and other extremist groups
Replies: 24
Views: 315

Re: QAnon and other extremist groups

So, yep, some things the 1st amendment doesn't allow is to advocate specific criminal/violent threats against specific people (unfortunately, here in the U.S., you CAN say "gays should die" but you can't say "gay person X should be murdered"), or to plan terrorist and criminal activities (let alone ...
by ProfessorX
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Politics And Current Events
Topic: QAnon and other extremist groups
Replies: 24
Views: 315

Re: QAnon and other extremist groups

Two developments on this front. I agree with the theory it started out with pranksters, maybe as a kind of ARG, and then eventually the inmates took over the asylum. Which is where we are now. Well, we now know two of the inmates. It doesn't mean they are "Q" ... but they may know who "Q" is at this...