• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 AM
    Petty? Certainly. Dumb? Not so much. If you read the OP article, Järlström paid the fine. This is why we can't have nice things ...
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    Today, 03:17 AM
    This isn't the tax reform plan you're looking for.
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    Today, 01:38 AM
    De Broglie and pilot waves are discussed at several points over the course of the book. Pilot waves are an element of the interpretations Herbert labels under the rubric of "neorealism" (e.g., De Broglie-Bohm theory). The eight interpretations covered by the book are briefly noted here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Reality#Eight_interpretations
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    Today, 01:13 AM
    If you really don't understand that contradiction (which is inherent in all hypocrisy) is fatal to rational and reasonable thinking, then I honestly don't know what to tell you. (I'll just have to embrace Aristotle's advice not to waste one's time on those who wittingly indulge contradictions.) OTOH, if you are just being willfully fatuous for the sake of amusement, then I don't feel like playing along. (I say "amusement" and not "argument" here because there are no "arguments" to be had over contradictions - one has only to identify and reject them.) Eliminating "IPK" is impossibile. There will always be cases of murder, negligent homicide, fatal accidents, etc. These will never be eliminated so long as human beings continue to be human and mortal. I also don't care about "minimizing" or "optimizing" on "IPK" - as I indicated in the very post (#103) to which you replied, where I said, "it has nothing to do with 'the impact of more lives lost' (whatever that is supposed to mean)."
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    Today, 12:59 AM
    Where is the upside? - Foreigner workers preferred over American workers. Some tech companies 70-80% engineers are H-1B. It is an anti-American worker program. - Low salaries of H-1B's drive down the salaries of American workers. Less spending money in the pockets of Americans = less money put back into the economy. - Displacement of American workers for foreign workers places more American workers on unemployment and welfare benefits. - The H-1B's life is subject to a sponsor and lives in the country at the whim of the employer. Effectively a slave that must comply to any demand out of fear of being sent back home. - Institutionalized age discrimination. Most H-1Bs are under 30, and since younger workers are cheaper than older ones in both wages and health care costs, employers use the H-1B program to avoid hiring older (35+) Americans.
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    Today, 12:41 AM
    Man Fined $500 for Crime of Writing 'I Am An Engineer' in an Email to the Government https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/man-fined-dollar500-for-crime-of-writing-i-am-an-engineer-in-an-email-to-the-government
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    Really. Property crimes (like vandalism) are real crimes. People crimes (like murder) are real crimes. "Hate" crimes are not real crimes.
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    Should it be illegal to.....? No.
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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    You don't need proof when you want to have a war.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    LOL. What about if I oppose the Franco-Prussian War? :rolleyes:
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    John Polkinghorne, maybe? That's just a guess. I have no familiarity with the content of his thought, but he is the only theologian-physicist of whom I am aware to have addressed God vis-à-vis quantum mechanics.
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    As one of the "useless anarchists" (a description I gladly accept, as I have no desire to be "useful" to statists), I have no problem at all with this SCOTUS decision. The fact that I am opposed to the death penalty does not mean that I support the Feds sticking their goddam noses where they don't belong.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    Many Worlds does have its proponents among professional physicists, as do several other interpretations. But by far, the dominant understanding of quantum mechanics among professional physicists is and always has been Copenhagenism. Most physicists are not philosophers and have no interest in philosophizing about their work - and the Copenhagen interpretation is the most amenable (or perhaps it would better to say "least unamenable") to this mindset. Compared to other interpretations (such as the extravagant Many Worlds), though, Copenhagenism is pedestrian. It is "boring" and not "sexy" - which is why Many Worlds and other frameworks get highly disporportionate attention in pop-science outlets, science fiction stories, and other popular (rather than professional) venues. This may give the impression that Many Worlds et al. dominate among working physicists, but it is not so. While we're on this particular subject: I strongly recommend the book "Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics" by Nick Herbert for anyone who is interested in the various "schools" of interpretation of quantum mechanics. It was published in the mid-80s, so it doesn't cover things like Cramer's "transactional" interpretation or some of the more recent decoherence-based interpretations, but it does an excellent job of unbaisedly discussing (in a way accessible to the intelligent layman) eight of the most significant quantum "realities" - including Copenhagenism, Many Worlds, Einsteinian "realism," etc.
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    Yesterday, 03:44 AM
    That is not the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. What you are talking about is the so-called "Many Worlds" interpretation (which is not the dominant or "standard" interpretive framework). The Copenhagen interpretation does not involve or suggest any kind of "multiverse" - and it certainly does not assert that "both happen." Despite the fact that it is indeed the prevailing or "standard" interpretive framework for quantum mechanics, there is actually no formal and precise definition of exactly what the Copenhagen interpretation is. Such as it is (and in a crude nutshell), it asserts that it is not cognitively meaningul to speak of quantum objects or phenomena as having any definite or particular states prior to their being measured. IOW: Copenhagenists regard discussions about whether the cat is alive or dead to be pointless nonsense until the cat's state is actually measured by an observer.
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    Yesterday, 01:56 AM
    I don't have a problem with mitigating or aggravating factors being considered in sentencing. The violent bigotry exhibited by Lauren Kirk-Coehlo can be considered an aggravating factor. It should not be required to be considered, but it should not be prohibited from being considered, either. The problem I have is that it is not the local community that is deciding whether and how to apply those factors - it is "justice system" apparatchiks and automatons who are making such decisions (such as the "Yolo County probation officials" and their "sentencing reports" mentioned in the OP article).
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    Yesterday, 01:25 AM
    Hate Crimes are #FakeCrimes. Property crimes are real. But of course, as far as the State is concerned, there are no crimes against persons or property - there are only crimes against the State. Which is exactly why we get bullshit like this: Full restitution and punitive damages would be perfectly adequate. A prison term of any length is entirely uncalled for. But the State doesn't give a damn about making victims whole. It only cares about feeding its own rapacious maw.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 AM
    Sounds like a special case of the following:"No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session." -- Gordon J. Tucker The former is what happens in republics. The latter is what happens in empires. Even the Caesars sometimes attended the Senate, if only for the sake of form. I guess we're getting past that point now ...
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    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    No matter how cynical I get, the police always find a way to live up to my expectations ...
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    04-24-2017, 11:52 PM
    We have always been at war with Eastasia.
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    04-24-2017, 10:44 PM
    Fixed with bold insertions ^^^^^ So get rid of prisons - and the myriad statutory rules and "Propositions" that intentionally feed them (or unintentionally fail to feed them, as the case may be). Then (re)implement restitution, indenturement, weregild, outlawry, citizen-initiated-and-arbitrated indictments, etc. But, no ... if that was done, then there would be little or no role for the State's so-called "justice" system and Prison-Industrial Complex ... :rolleyes:
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    04-24-2017, 08:18 PM
    We can't tolerate a ratio of anything less than infinity:0. Cops need to be shooting ALL mundane dogs (and other perps) - not just some of them. Officer safety is too important to do anything less.
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    04-24-2017, 07:59 PM
    It has nothing to do with emotion. And it has nothing to do with "the impact of more lives lost" (whatever that is supposed to mean). It is an appeal against hypocrisy. Killers can be punished without killing them. Capital punishment will inevitably result in the killing of innocents. Killing innocents in the name of punishing the killers of innocents is the epitome of hypocritical self-contradiction If anything, yours is the emotional position. You clearly don't give a damn about the wrongly-convicted innocent. I doubt you even give a damn about the rightly-convicted guilty. As I suspect is the case for many "law and order" masturbators, support for capital punishment seems to be little more than a legal way of vicariously getting off on killing other people.
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    04-24-2017, 07:10 PM
    Learn to read. I didn't say it would "make everything ok" - I said it would prevent the hypocritical killing of innocents. If you discover someone did not commit a crime, you can let him out prison. You can't let him out of the grave. LOL. What makes you think assholes like me wouldn't just let them escape? (You're really not too bright, are you? Spiteful, definitely. But not too bright ...)
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    04-24-2017, 07:19 AM
    :rolleyes: Yeah, I can make ridiculous arguments like that, too - like so: "People in favor of the death penalty should be put on death row for crimes they did not commit. See how their views will change ..." Your point is even more ridiculous given that "prisoners that have life sentences without parole" compose only a small fraction of the prison population as a whole. Even if you executed every single one of them, it would make no significant difference to your allegedly "worst work imaginable." which I call bullshit on anyway - if the special snowflakes can't hack their jobs, then they should go into other lines of work (perhaps that of meter maids) instead of whining about how not enough people are being executed in order to make their jobs easier. And in any case, locking people up in rape cages has got to be one of the most counterproductive and goddam stupidest ways of dealing with criminals. All it does is make criminals out of the innocents who get sent up. and even harder criminals out of the criminals who do.
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