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  1. Thread: Hong Kong

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    If The US were to withdraw it’s support to an...

    If The US were to withdraw it’s support to an independent Taiwan , would that be a raw deal?
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    Return of the Far Side

    I hear Gary Larson may be bringing back the Far Side. Good news if it's true.
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    The problem I see with suicide is the same...

    The problem I see with suicide is the same problem I see with capital punishment: the impossibility of correcting impulsive mistakes.

    I don’t say it is never justifiable, but I think the bar...
  4. Thread: Excitement today

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    I think if they had massacred the people ahead of...

    I think if they had massacred the people ahead of them in the line at Cinnabon we would have heard about it by now.
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    It depends on what kind of frightening ideas they...

    It depends on what kind of frightening ideas they bring with them. If they make the students feel unsafe mob action may be necessary.
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    I finished my “main” career at 61 earlier this...

    I finished my “main” career at 61 earlier this year, and then took a job running a small nonprofit Corp, which I plan to do until it ceases to be enjoyable.

    I must have been fortunate in my life...
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    I think retiring at 30 is possible under certain...

    I think retiring at 30 is possible under certain extraordinary circumstances, but probably unrealistic for most people. You would need to produce an awful lot of excess income over 8-10 years to...
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    I look at Trump and I look at the Democrats and I...

    I look at Trump and I look at the Democrats and I wonder if it isn’t too late to draft Nikki Haley.
  9. Thread: Love

    by LDAHL
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    I think there may be a tendency for younger...

    I think there may be a tendency for younger people to more often fall victim to less than realistic expectations about human relationships. Maybe Hollywood helps program them to think falling in love...
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    I didn’t see much that would be useful in culling...

    I didn’t see much that would be useful in culling the herd, except maybe Castro’s attempt at calling Biden old. Warren seemed oddly quiet to me. Harris made points against Trump but not necessarily...
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    Another debate tonight. How exciting. The pundits...

    Another debate tonight. How exciting. The pundits seem to be billing it as a Biden/Warren matchup, which could stir some desperation moves in other quarters.
  12. Thread: Joker.

    by LDAHL
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    I don’t think we should give much credence to...

    I don’t think we should give much credence to film critics applying political standards to movies. If gunplay or violence is allowed to be damning, we would never have gotten classics like High Noon,...
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    Here are some signs that the arrangement might be...

    Here are some signs that the arrangement might be communist in the classic USSR sense:

    The lawn mower was confiscated from a homeowner who has since been liquidated.

    Nobody is allowed to...
  14. Thread: Joker.

    by LDAHL
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    What makes it problematic? Too Incel-friendly?...

    What makes it problematic?

    Too Incel-friendly?

    Too clown-phobic?

    Too mental health ableist?

    Too much white makeup?
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    I don’t believe the whole ridiculous incident can...

    I don’t believe the whole ridiculous incident can be broken down on conservative/liberal lines. Unless someone is totally blinded by ideology, a preference for truth over falsehood, dignity over...
  16. Well he certainly seems to have thrown down the...

    Well he certainly seems to have thrown down the gauntlet to the people who sucked the funny out of late night and cable TV and turned college comedy tours into self-criticism sessions.

    Someone...
  17. I liked it. I hear the cancel culture...

    I liked it.

    I hear the cancel culture warriors and decency gatekeepers aren’t happy with him.
  18. Thread: Meritocracy

    by LDAHL
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    You would need to outbid one of the geniuses for...

    You would need to outbid one of the geniuses for housing. You could try getting permission to build a new place, but the permitting process might exceed your remaining lifespan.
  19. Thread: Meritocracy

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    Visionary geniuses who figured out better ways to...

    Visionary geniuses who figured out better ways to order pizza on your phone. And their lawyers.
  20. Thread: Meritocracy

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    Maybe the whole country will become like San...

    Maybe the whole country will become like San Francisco, where frighteningly costly real estate is sited on streets that are veritable open sewers.
  21. Thread: Meritocracy

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    “Master kids”? That has a dystopian ring to it....

    “Master kids”? That has a dystopian ring to it. Although I did hear one mother talk about the “Uber kinder” in her preschool.
  22. You want something going on? In my little 35k...

    You want something going on? In my little 35k pop town we are celebrating Sputnik Fest this weekend. It commemorates a chunk of a Sputnik satellite crashing into 8th and Park many years ago. There...
  23. Thread: Meritocracy

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    The argument in NYC is that white and Asian kids...

    The argument in NYC is that white and Asian kids are over represented in the programs’ enrollment. I don’t think ability is distributed differently among different ethnicities, but perhaps some...
  24. I was born in Chicago, where “up north” began...

    I was born in Chicago, where “up north” began somewhere around Half Day Road. When I first moved to WI, I thought I was “up north”, but the further north I move the further up the definition of up...
  25. Thread: Meritocracy

    by LDAHL
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    It seems like it was easier for older generations...

    It seems like it was easier for older generations to opt for a life of comfortable mediocrity than it is today. There were more pretty-good jobs in the middle range if you were willing to work pretty...
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