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Prescriptivist grammar seems like such a weird hill to try to die on, although less weird when coupled with anti-blackness and/or anti-immigrant sentiment.
It's kind of silly that some economists still assume people are rational when history is littered with events called "Panic of [insert year]"
It's not necessarily irrational to panic if there's something to panic about. - John (bird whisperer)
Well, perhaps that's the flawed assumption. The way some economists describe "panics", it makes it seem like if people were "rational", everything would've been OK. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
You'll have to point our which economists. This is why the market has automatic stop trading and other protections. Not the favorite mechanisms of certain economists who think it's all self adjusting. - Eric
It seems like it's a widespread assumption amongst a lot of economists, TBH - Victor Ganata
TIL from online dating: being able to read signs doesn't actually help with my own anxieties as much as I thought it would.
Can we petition to move Labor Day to May 1? Would this be decried as being too Communist?
Honestly, I know this is fucked up and exclusionary, but I'm not sure the typical gamer's complaints about people interested in social justice should warrant consideration. It's unclear that they're actually competent and have capacity.
For me, that's a dangerous line of thought, because it becomes too easy to not see those tendencies in people you know and mostly consider 'normal.' - Jennifer Dittrich
I dunno, the more I read some self-identified gamers' bullshit, the more I think they might seriously warrant psychological evaluation, TBH. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I just worry that it reverses - well, they weren't actually wearing white hoods and burning crosses, so it isn't /rea/ racism sort of thing. Another way to dismiss the stuff that happens every day while holding up a couple of token people who are disturbed as the root of the problem. - Jennifer Dittrich
I also feel like it gives people with mental health concerns the burden of concern, when many of the bad actors are people who are likely just horrible people. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ah, I think I see what you mean. They might not be totally insane and holdable, but they're still raging misogynists/racists/homophobes - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Reading about the Pullman Strike, I'm still amazed that the U.S. hasn't been an outright Dickensian dystopia this whole time. If not for the Stock Market Crash of 1929 helping trigger the Great Depression which ushered FDR into office and which killed or at least financially decimated some oligarchs, we'd probably all be literal serfs already.
Well, we've had a Great Recession and Obama thought he should be Lincoln, not FDR. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
The big difference is that 2008 didn't really kill or destroy any oligarchs. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Let's be real, though, as worse as things would be without FDR, he was still of the moneyed class. If you think about it, the New Deal was mostly about staving off revolution and anarchy. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
If he hadn't hired all those people for his alphabet soup agencies, I have a feeling someone with more radical aims could've rallied all those otherwise idle hands. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Revolution doesn't always work out well. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yeah, but it's definitely effective at transferring wealth. It might not break the oligarchy, but it tends to change up the ranks a bit. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I finally just started reading *The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao* even though my sister got it for me for my birthday almost two years ago.
The occasional interspersal of Dominican Spanish slang with Sindarin is cracking me up. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Unsurprisingly, I'm relating a lot to the title character's adolescence. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Thinking again about Junot Diaz's thesis that people-of-color in the U.S. *are* science fictional in of themselves. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The U.S. is advertised as utopia (exceptionalism FTW!) but of course all utopias are dystopias under the surface. And the lives of the children of immigrants are Campbellian archetypes. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I know that each colonized country has it's own specific twisted history, but I can't help s/Trujillo/Marcos/ while reading it. The U.S. has backed a lot of dictators. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I didn't know much about the DR until I started reading this book. I certainly didn't know anything about the Trujillo dictatorship. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The list of concurrent U.S.-backed Caribbean and Central/South American dictators in the Wikipedia post on Trujillo is instructive - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Heh, Wikipedia has a convenient list of all the dictators we've supported - Victor Ganata from iPhone
"…the Dictatingest Dictator who ever Dictated." - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I prefer twang to tang. - Julian
Facebook post about Ferguson leads to firing - KHOU
"She wrote, 'The police need to just start mowing them down with machine guns, purge them,' on her personal Facebook page." - Victor Ganata
"That controversial post on Facebook was never truly private. Nothing on Facebook really is. Within hours, it had been shared multiple times, and it wasn't long before Memorial Hermann found out about it too. They took swift action." - Victor Ganata
"'Even freedom of speech has its consequences,' said the man." - Victor Ganata
"'People have the right of free speech, but employers can fire you for whatever they want in the state of Texas,' said Treece." - Victor Ganata
Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress. - WaPo
I never knew that fruit bats were a Filipino delicacy.
EEWWWWWWWWWWW!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Also, wow. They're too damn tiny to be considered a meal no? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Apparently the other name for fruit bat is megabat - Victor Ganata from iPhone
No thanks. Fruit bats are the presumptive reservoir hosts of Ebola viruses - Greg GuitarBuster
Well, you just have to cook them *really* well. :) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Even Labor Day itself shows how much the labor movement in the U.S. has been ground down since the very beginning. Despite scores of workers being killed by government troops and scores more being injured, they refused to grant workers May 1 as Labor Day because they didn't want workers to develop sympathy with the international labor movement.
Oklahoma Governor's Daughter Enrages Native American Protestors - Jezebel
"Mary Fallin, Oklahoma's Republican governor, has issued a profuse apology after her daughter allegedly mocked Native American protestors and performed a 'war dance' while on stage at the Norman Music Festival." - Victor Ganata
"I think a lot of people don't understand that when we talk about these issues—blackface, rape jokes, the appropriation of marginalized cultures, and so on—we are having an ethical conversation, not a legal one. There is no thought police. No one's coming to your house and carting you off to Insensitivity Prison. But you, as a person living on this planet, get to make a choice whether you want to hurt people or help people. Whether you want to listen or shut people out." - Victor Ganata
"I can't imagine why you'd choose 'defensive shithead' over 'nice lady capable of empathy,' but okey dokey." - Victor Ganata
She is 27 years old. Thought maybe she was like 13 or so. - Joe
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Inventor Of Email, Fires Back At Critics Who Question His Discovery - HuffPo
I wish I had the skill to carry all these stories into the future.
Between the World and Ferguson - Jelani Cobb - New Yorker
"In the days after 9/11, it was common to hear people say that it was the first time Americans had really experienced terrorism on their own soil. Those sentiments were historically wrong, and willfully put aside acts that were organized on a large scale, had a political goal, and were committed with the specific intention of being nightmarishly memorable." - Victor Ganata
Oh damn. 10.8% ABV. I probably should've looked at the label before I started drinking this.
I figured out how to stop that damned Taylor Swift song from infiltrating my brain. I just have to think of the Mariah Carey song with the same title.
An American doctor’s experience with the NHS - Jennifer Gunter, M.D. (on Kevin M.D.)
"But what of this idea that national health care means DMV-purgatory worthy waits, Dementor-staffed death panels, Saxon-age medical equipment, and incompetent care? Well, I can tell you we had great care at St. Thomas and Dr. Williams was fantastic. The slit lamp wasn’t brand new, but it worked just fine. Sure it’s an n of one, but I’ve been to the ER more times than I can count with my other son and this was as smooth as the best care we’ve had in the United States." - Victor Ganata
"Not one person wanted to abandon the NHS. I’ve heard of excellent care and some care that was lacking, but the bad care has nothing to do with the 'national' part. Rather it was diagnostic errors or a full hospice unit, things that I hear about with the same incidence back in the world of commercial insurance.... I could easily have been listening to a group of Americans discussing their care. With one exception, no one in the U.K. is left wondering what the price will be or gets an egregious bill." - Victor Ganata
Yup, our hospitals in Canada aren't bastions of the latest technology, but everything works and we get good care. - DJF from Android
This is the part where my cynicism gets the best of me and I end up sabotaging myself #DeliberatelyCryptic
At Least 50 Troops Relying On Food Bank After Gov. Perry Sent Them To Border Without Pay - Burnt Orange Report
i REALLY hope Perry gets convicted and does time. - Big Joe Silence
Weird that Facebook marks 1981 on my timeline even though there aren't any events then because while my sister was born that year, she deactivated her Facebook account, but Facebook doesn't mark 1980 even though my brother was born that year and his Facebook account is active.
Something profound happened in your life in 1981 that your mind has repressed, but Facebook knows. Be ware the men in black. - Arlan K.
I wonder what "felinoid" translates to in Japanese?
Would that be nekojin? That's a specific trope, so it might not fit a broader definition. - Jennifer Dittrich
Katakana-ish in romaji? Fe-ri-no-i-do, I guess. Oh, I was just thinking in straight translation for the word. If more to what Jennifer says, then it would "KAWAIIIIIIIII DESSSSSUUUU NEEEE!" Ahem. - Arlan K.
I'm a lot more OK with this children's toy instrument cover of Destiny Child's "Independent Women" than I am with the children's toy instrument version of Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough"
Amen to that. - Hookuh Tinypants
Woman Handing Out Samples at Va. Costco Shot Dead by Police After Acting Strangely - NBC Washington - 2013 May 30
Do they even teach cops any other tactics besides deadly force in police academy these days? - Victor Ganata
Story is dated 2013. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
I'll edit the OP to note it - Victor Ganata
It may as well have been this week. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Like I said, disarm all front line cops. - DJF from Android
"Life could be worse, Calvin." "Life could be *better*, too! But worse is more likely."
My printing is bad enough. I would never inflict my cursive writing on another human being.
The medical profession's lesser-known Handocursive Oath? - Andrew C (✔)
Given the habits of royalty and the aristocracy, I now kind of wonder how much of the world's misery is a consequence of inbreeding and recessive genes and the possible deleterious effects to cognitive ability.
In practice, doesn't an incapacitated monarch just mean the grand viziers and so on take more control of the reins? - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, but grand viziers and regents are not infrequently royalty or aristocracy too. - Victor Ganata
Haemophilia was pretty common in pre-WWI European royal families, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were carrying other genetic disorders too. - John (bird whisperer)
And that's just the single gene disorders we *know* about. Who knows what all those recessive pleiotropic genes might have done to the ruling class's brains? - Victor Ganata
I've sometimes wondered if inbreeding can explain World War I. - John (bird whisperer)
It definitely contributed, if just because of the family politics clashing (or emphasizing) the power conflicts. - Jennifer Dittrich
Brother and Sister Face Incest Charges, Blame 'The Notebook' - KABC 7 Eyewitness News
At least they weren't inspired by "Game of Thrones". I understand the incest charge, but the charge of aggravated sodomy? o_O - Victor Ganata
I've never seen a woman named Christopher before, either. - Laura
Very different result than that Brazilian couple who found out they were siblings, but plan to stay married and raise their 6yo. - Anika
As usual, I am psyching myself out. #DeliberatelyCryptic
I totally forgot about the original USS Defiant from TOS (that also features in the Enterprise Mirror Universe episodes.) I wonder why Starfleet reused the name of a doomed ship?
It's not uncommon. The Canadian Forces has current ships in its fleet that have the same name as ships sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic. - DJF
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