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b_b  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Biden Calls for New U.S. Report on Virus Origins in 90 Days

It's an interesting angle, but I would be more confident were the source something other than Red State, a notorious right wing rag. They can't resist conjecturing that one of the main pieces of intel that the alleged defector has provided has to do with Hunter Biden's computer. Total lack of credibility.

b_b  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Many Companies Want Remote Workers—Except From Colorado

I've never counted but it's a lot.

b_b  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Many Companies Want Remote Workers—Except From Colorado

To me it sounds like a poorly written law and these companies probably figure that it's easier to assume that they can find good talent in the other 49 states than deal with potential litigation for trying to tailor their postings to a single state.

b_b  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Without that gate-keeping role, it seems we would have no need of peer review."

Interesting that since the end of Vietnam the number of non-science PhDs has been relatively stable. I was under the impression that those had increased, too. The graph of the science PhDs reminds me so much of Player Piano, Vonnegut's first novel (I think).

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kip Kinkel Is Ready To Speak

Also, after watching that video I have two reactions, the first is that I definitely would have gone anywhere with the Gameboy lady and the second is that how do I know the cop is really a cop? Trap written all over it.

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kip Kinkel Is Ready To Speak

A-fucking-men. I have two toddlers. I watch them closely enough. They are safe. They are fine. My mom, a boomer extraordinaire, has flipped out on me on multiple occasions for letting them be in the yard by themselves, because "Weirdos are out to abduct cute blonde kids." Never has she stopped for even a moment to reflect on whether the weirdos are actually out there and if they are, are they really more interested in blonde children than any other type? They are stuck in that mentality and there's no way out. Eventually they will all be gone and I hope we can disinherit their tendencies toward paranoia.

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kip Kinkel Is Ready To Speak

Damn, kb beat me to the badge, but this is a hell of a read. I'm the same age as Kip, and I can't tell you how vivid the memory of this story and of Columbine is (plus a dude from my own class killed his sister and planned to kill more before coming to and giving himself up). They precipitated vast changes in the freedoms we were allowed during school hours, which basically changed from a minimum to a medium security prison overnight. Reactionary instead of trying to have any understanding of deeper meaning. The 90s were a decade when nothing meant anything, and that was a hard time to be in high school (not that there's ever a good time). However, I'm afraid that even with our consciousnesses of race and metal illness being raised much higher over the interceding two decades, that not much has really changed. We're still reactionaries.

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 9, 2021

Are you the erstwhile hubskier I think you are? I won't name names, but if so, I'm heartened to hear you're still around, and am glad to hear from you, as I'm sure are others.

b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Leaking the Pentagon Papers Was an Assault on Democracy

I should have stopped reading at "Niskanen center" but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.

b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

Is he that stupid or do you think he was trolling? One could read the subtext to be, "Climate change is a fantasy so here's a fantasy solution." I am probably giving him too much credit, but I just can't believe that he's ever asked a question whose premise stipulates that climate change is even a thing.

b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

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b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

I don't know that word, but I'm going to go out on a limb an assume you're not using it as it's used in the urban dictionary definition.

b_b  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

It's not funny when you have to explain it.

b_b  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 9, 2021

In his defense, at least he apparently believes that Earth revolves around the Sun.

b_b  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Self-driving Uber kills pedestrian in Tempe

That's brilliant. I've heard it been explained, and I'm sure vastly oversimplified, that sociopaths do have feelings, they just don't understand that everyone else has feelings, too.

    Whatever magical moon money you feel like using, the minute it plugs into anything on this planet it will be taxed. And if it is taxed, it is tracked. And if it is crypto, you just invited the tax man onto your blockchain and for some reason, the cryptobros can't see past this very real, very foundational, very far-reaching inevitability.

A little history goes a long way, doesn't it? The reason we grow cereals instead of tubers is because it's easy for the local Warlord to see how much wheat Old McDonald is growing and harvesting when it's above ground, and it's easy to weigh and take the Warlord's cut of something easily monitored and transportable. You want to be a farmer on the Warlord's land, then you grow what the Warlord allows you to grow. That's literally how civilization started. Not much has changed since then no matter how smart tech bros judge themselves to be.

b_b  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NIH Director: We Need an Investigation Into the Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory

Seriously though, how do magnets work? I thought it was brilliant in the dumbest imaginable way. 100% wasn't laughing with them.

b_b  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NIH Director: We Need an Investigation Into the Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory

I read The Dead Hand, which was mostly nukes, but touched on bio plenty to leave a lasting impression. Bioweapons are worse tactically and strategically than nukes, so the fact the the Soviets had a program up to and perhaps beyond the collapse of the empire says way more about their bureaucracy and decision making than it does about their military prowess. China is a lot of things but they're not stupid enough to have a bioweapons program, and they're doubly not stupid enough to have a bioweapons program at a facility that was receiving US government funding. This is sloppiness all the way down. Fauci knows it, and Collins knows it. They're just too chickenshit to say anything about it.

b_b  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Media Groupthink and the Lab-Leak Theory

Yes, vintage. Thanks.

Upon reflection the tag is inept. I was trying to be cute, but I #CaptainHindsight should have used

Edit: Tom cotton would be the blind squirrel here, not Brett Stephens, as he said something that was getting at a tooth through no fault or foresight of his own.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ryanair flight carrying wanted Belarusian journalist forced to land in Minsk

I'm very confused my that video. If you wouldn't have added that bit about QAnon liking the military coup, I would have thought that the guy was asking as a warning, as in, "There but for the grace of god go we." Flynn's response is also weird, as if he doesn't really get what is being asked. At first maybe he's going to say it could happen, but then realizes the crowd will cheer if he says it should happen. Not sure this is something to really get our hackles up over. (But I'm also not sure it isn't.)

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Media Groupthink and the Lab-Leak Theory

He also ignores the actually really good reporting by WaPo on the topic. That said, I may have been deliberately trying to trigger you with this one, and frankly, I find your response pretty measured compared to what I expected.

b_b  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Morning Song

It is, but let's just start fresh. Probably needs to be longer anyway. Could use a chorus. This was just fuckin around.