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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: September 28, 2022, 01:52:00 AM »
severance

i fucking loved every single thing about season 1. it was as spectacular as helly's pencil skirts.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Queen
« on: September 12, 2022, 02:26:21 PM »
i realize i am of course doing major mental gymnastics here (probably because i just don't understand politics on your level), but do you think it's possible that these constitutional monarchies all function along similar lines because they share a common cultural and developmental heritage? like maybe the fact that they are all european is not a complete coincidence? i could be wrong, but it just seems like they're all pretty closely related to one another in space and time, so maybe we should be cautious about overgeneralizing from what is clearly not any kind of random sample.
I'm not sure what point you think you're making. Like, yes, political culture is a very important part of any political system that relies heavily on convention? Did that need to be pointed out?

perhaps i am misunderstanding your point in general — and of course please point it out if i am — but imo you seem to be making the claim that constitutional monarchies are very democratic because they always have impotent executives, and impotent executives are good. others have pointed out that this is not a necessary feature of a constitutional monarchy. we can easily imagine a constitutional monarchy with a strong executive.

your argument, then, was that all current constitutional monarchies have this feature, and we can/should generalize from this fact — after all, what are the odds that they would all share this feature by accident?

this brings us to my argument above: the fact that those governments all share a similar heritage/culture/time in history/etc means that we ought not generalize from their shared features. they aren't random and independent measurements. there are clear covariances.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: September 12, 2022, 12:13:25 AM »

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Queen
« on: September 09, 2022, 10:44:41 PM »
The UK is not the only democratic constitutional monarchy. There are six monarchies in the EU alone, and several more elsewhere in Europe. With the exception of the absolute monarchy of the Vatican, they all function along similar principles of limited power granted to the sovereign, whether through legislation or convention. It takes some mental gymnastics to suppose that they have all simply been fortunate for the past century or two.

i realize i am of course doing major mental gymnastics here (probably because i just don't understand politics on your level), but do you think it's possible that these constitutional monarchies all function along similar lines because they share a common cultural and developmental heritage? like maybe the fact that they are all european is not a complete coincidence? i could be wrong, but it just seems like they're all pretty closely related to one another in space and time, so maybe we should be cautious about overgeneralizing from what is clearly not any kind of random sample.

p.s. sorry in advance if my question is meaningless ;););) wink emoji

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 05, 2022, 02:13:33 PM »
this is just a straight-up lie. an easily falsifiable lie. https://www.lawfareblog.com/can-trump-just-declare-nuclear-secrets-unclassified

Did you even bother to read through your link?

The author says that the matter is unclear. The author only points out that the law on nuclear secrets doesn't specifically give the president blanket power to declassify. The law does not specifically prohibit the existing declassification powers of the president. The law doesn't talk about it.

"there are shitloads of regulations regarding declassification that ostensibly apply to everybody, but the degree to which executive authority mitigates this has yet to be tested in court" is a very far cry from your false assertion that "the courts can't convict trump because there are no declassification standards that bind the president."

maybe you should have bothered to read the next paragraph:

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Unlike National Defense Information, the procedures for identifying and declassifying Restricted Data are defined in statute, not in executive order. Whatever assumptions one might make about whether presidents need to follow their own executive orders (or the executive orders of previous presidents) or not thus get thrown out the window here as well. That doesn’t totally resolve the constitutional situation: Maybe you could try to argue that Congress doesn’t have the power to punish presidents for releasing Restricted Data, because that might interfere with their operations as commander-in-chief. Or, one could argue whether the Restricted Data clause is inherently unconstitutional, which as we’ve seen is not a new argument. Either way, it is a different issue at heart with Restricted Data than it is with National Defense Information.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: September 04, 2022, 02:43:22 PM »
all the kerfuffle over classification misses the point entirely. the search warrant specifies that the fbi was looking for evidence of crimes relating to three different statutes:
notice that literally none of these mention classifications or anything of the sort. all that controls is whether or not the information is vital to national security interests. because, as others have pointed out, these documents belong to the usfg, not trump.

that said, i think it's extremely unlikely that trump will ever be charged with anything. welcome to politics.

There are no written checks or procedures on the President's power to declassify. This is why the courts will never convict Trump of this. There are no written presidential regulations and no standard to follow.

this is just a straight-up lie. an easily falsifiable lie. https://www.lawfareblog.com/can-trump-just-declare-nuclear-secrets-unclassified

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: August 26, 2022, 07:27:33 PM »
for anyone interested, here's a good primer on these issues as they related to declassification laws: https://www.lawfareblog.com/can-trump-just-declare-nuclear-secrets-unclassified

As this article was going to press, ABC News published a report that weeks before the Mar-a-Lago search, former President Donald Trump’s associate Kash Patel “vowed to retrieve classified documents from the National Archives and publish them on his website.”

fyi that's called espionage.


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i think i'm kind of rooting for these tools to become sophisticated enough to be funny, but not sophisticated enough to replace journeyman artists. it would be rad if the end result was simply a tool to help augment an artist's brainstorming and rough-drafting.

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It is ridiculous to demand that you are paid for the things you enjoy doing.

no one is suggesting otherwise, and you already know that.

dude can you please just take your bad-faith arguments to another thread? i started this one for genuine discussion, not for more "tim says silly thing and everyone takes the bait." we've got like a dozen of those threads already.

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for those who don't already know, machine-generated art is experiencing its first renaissance. two years ago, i'd have said that i wouldn't see this level of sophistication in text-to-image generators in my lifetime. if you want to see some examples, check out a few of these:

https://openai.com/dall-e-2/
https://imagen.research.google/
https://www.midjourney.com/showcase/

some interesting questions come to mind.
  • given that these models are trained on art from living artists, is it fucked up for people to use them to generate art for commercial purposes?
  • hell, is it even okay to use them to make some art for my home? normally you'd have to commission an artist for custom work. this is basically free. and, again, trained on living artists' works.
  • how far will this tech develop? how long before i can use them to produce music and motion pictures?
  • how long before they can produce images of real people that are indistinguishable from genuine images?

anyway, i'm just curious to see what people think.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: August 12, 2022, 04:53:02 AM »
i just watched Prey. i can't believe i'm saying this about a predator sequel, but it was really good.

the pacing was nearly perfect. the audio mixing was literally perfect (i didn't have to adjust the volume at all). the action scenes were tight with very few quick cuts, and they didn't drag on and on.

my only real beefs are that the ending was kind of dumb, and that the main character looks so much like aubrey plaza that i couldn't stop seeing april ludgate.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Old Politicians
« on: August 05, 2022, 04:35:05 PM »
tom i hate to burst your bubble, but people born in the first half of the 20th century didn't actually invent books, libraries, and post offices. those things have been around for some time.

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Yeah, it’s there to keep those tea-drinking red coats off your farm too!

don't be daft. it's also so southern states can secede and get their asses absolutely handed to them by the union.

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i should clarify that i agree with saddam in that i had a similarly visceral "that's a super uncool thing to say" reaction to tom's initial kill-people-then-yourself post, but i probably don't think it deserves an action. it's just tommy being 3edgy5me.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: What is the Gospel?
« on: July 17, 2022, 02:01:36 PM »
Quote from: timmy bombshop
haha just kill yourself because that's an experiment or something

lol i love that you think this line of reasoning is somehow clever.

let me give you a hint — death is already inevitable for everyone.

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i agree with honk. i think it's extremely not okay to encourage people you barely know to kill themselves.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Terrible Political Memes
« on: July 15, 2022, 11:02:16 PM »

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Technology & Information / Re: James Webb telescope launches!
« on: July 15, 2022, 05:34:45 PM »
Are the targets mostly quasar/pulsar/magnetar type objects?

massive irregular/peculiar galaxies that are at the limits of what hubble can see. one of CEERS' primary goals is to better understand how galaxies evolve over cosmic timescales — how do galaxies accumulate mass over time? how often do they crash together? how do their shapes evolve? what role does star-formation play in all of this? those sorts of questions.

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Technology & Information / Re: James Webb telescope launches!
« on: July 15, 2022, 04:16:15 PM »
i picked a handful of high-redshift targets for this collaboration. i am extremely excited.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bye Bye Abortion
« on: July 06, 2022, 01:48:12 PM »
tom am i correct that you think the left supports late-term abortions because we just viscerally enjoy killing? are you of the opinion that we support it because we want the baby to develop as much as possible before we kill it because we take pleasure from the idea of killing a child?

be real with me here.

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