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tom isn't wrong that the movement is about literally abolishing the police. that's what it's about. police are a net-detriment to the communities they purportedly serve. they are an opportunity-cost to the money we could be spending on public policies that actually reduce crime.

for one thing, police are extremely shitty at clearing violent crimes. the national clearance rate for violent crimes sits at around 20% and has done so for the last 50 years.

of course, this belies the fact that the few felonies police solve tend to be obvious, straight-forward cases. this isn't CSI, where a team of investigators pours over a stone-cold-whodunit for weeks on end until finally cracking the case. tbh if you murder someone who isn't your wife, you will almost certainly get away with it.

only 5% of arrests are related to violent offenses. put another way: the next cop you see is more likely to be on his way to beat his wife than to solve — or make an arrest on — a felony criminal complaint.

fuck spending money on that.

there's less crime in the suburbs because all the people living in the suburbs have all the shit they need to get by. they have access to employment and housing and high-quality city services. those are the things that actually reduce violence and property crimes.

it doesn't have shit to do with police presence.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: July 09, 2020, 04:53:27 PM »

this fall, every university in america should offer Fuck ICE, a 1-credit class with an optional-attendance policy that meets once per month to discuss The State and Revolution.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: June 24, 2020, 02:15:16 AM »
now playing rimworld. my crew slings space drugs to neighboring space cities.

all i heard from the gop during the kavanaugh hearings was how outrageous it would be to deny someone a supreme court seat over a crime they were never convicted of.

but publicly executing black folks for crimes they were never convicted of is totally cool.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 18, 2020, 02:34:09 AM »

how many unarmed patriots do you think the redcoats killed during the boston massacre? take a guess, without cheating.

tbh i think a better question is: what public good do american police forces as they are currently organized actually advance? and what are the real opportunity-costs to the funding we provide them?

frankly i'm struggling to find a good answer to the former or a bad answer to the latter. i'm increasingly of the opinion that we should massively defund local police departments and reinvest those resources in community development and local social welfare. we already know what drives crime rates: poverty and population-density. period. it's well-studied, and the data are unambiguous. if you want to stop violent crimes and property crimes, then you invest in social welfare and infrastructure. i'm unaware of any established correlation between police spending and crime rates.

but gary, what about murderers and stuff?
the police — especially local police — are fucking terrible at solving homicides. if you murder someone, you are probably gonna get away with it. this is especially true if you murder someone you don't live with. the idea that homicide detectives are out there cracking stone-cold whodunits over the course of months-long investigations is a total fiction invented by pulp crime dramas. most homicides are solved by 1) dumb luck, 2) obvious evidence left at the scene, or 3) community involvement. this last bit is especially important since cops are currently so shitty at it.

but gary, what about other stuff that the police do?
lol like what?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 02, 2020, 11:42:03 PM »

check it out, you can actually watch the AG take a shit all over the constitution on youtube. neat.

Technology & Information / Re: Post your XCompose file
« on: May 17, 2020, 05:17:24 PM »
i also made some changes based on parsifal's suggestion to map a single shortcut to a greek keyboard layout instead of mapping all the letters themselves. and i made my mappings LaTeX-like. i hate LaTeX, but at least this way i don't have to remember two sets of keystrokes.

Code: [Select]
include "%L"

# Em dashes are the best.
<Multi_key> <e> <m> : "—"

# Nerd symbols
<Multi_key> <backslash> <n> <e> <q> : "≠"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <l> <e> <q> : "≤"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <g> <e> <q> : "≥"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <e> <q> <u> <i> <v> : "≡"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <a> <p> <p> <r> <o> : "≈"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <p> <r> <o> <p> : "∝"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <o> <d> <o> <t> : "⊙"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <c> <d> <o> <t> : "∙"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <t> <i> <m> <e> <s> : "×"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <i> <n> <t> : "∫"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <o> <i> <n> <t> : "∮"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <p> <a> <r> <t> : "∂"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <d> <e> <l> : "∇"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <h> <b> <a> <r> : "ℏ"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <e> <x> <p> : "ℯ"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <a> <n> <g> : "ℓ"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <i> <n> <f> : "∞"

# Nerd diacritical marks
<Multi_key> <backslash> <v> <e> <c> : U20D7 # vector arrow
<Multi_key> <backslash> <d> <o> <t> : U0307 # 1st time-derivative
<Multi_key> <backslash> <d> <d> <o> <t> : U0308 # 2nd time-derivative
<Multi_key> <backslash> <h> <a> <t> : U0302 # unit vector

# Errata
<Multi_key> <s> <s> : "that's what she said"

ℯ: i a⃗dded some ner̈dy diacritical markŝ

Technology & Information / Re: Post your XCompose file
« on: May 03, 2020, 09:11:42 PM »
Code: [Select]
include "%L"

# Em dashes are the best.
<Multi_key> <e> <m> : "—"

# Nerd letters
<Multi_key> <g> <a> : "α"
<Multi_key> <g> <b> : "β"
<Multi_key> <g> <g> : "γ"
<Multi_key> <g> <d> : "δ"
<Multi_key> <g> <e> : "ε"
<Multi_key> <g> <t> : "θ"
<Multi_key> <g> <l> : "λ"
<Multi_key> <g> <m> : "μ"
<Multi_key> <g> <r> : "ρ"
<Multi_key> <g> <s> : "σ"
<Multi_key> <g> <p> : "φ"
<Multi_key> <g> <o> : "ω"
<Multi_key> <g> <p> <i> : "π"
<Multi_key> <g> <t> <a> : "τ"
<Multi_key> <g> <D> : "Δ"
<Multi_key> <g> <L> : "Λ"
<Multi_key> <g> <S> : "Σ"
<Multi_key> <g> <O> : "Ω"

# Nerd symbols
<Multi_key> <m> <t> : "×"
<Multi_key> <m> <p> : "∂"
<Multi_key> <m> <i> : "∫"
<Multi_key> <m> <i> <+> : "∞"
<Multi_key> <m> <n> <e> <q> : "≠"
<Multi_key> <m> <l> <e> <q> : "≤"
<Multi_key> <m> <g> <e> <q> : "≥"

# Errata
<Multi_key> <s> <s> : "that's what she said"

i didn't know this was a thing until now. neat.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: April 26, 2020, 02:19:48 AM »

another fantastic book in the culture series. the story centers around the culture's reaction to a so-called "outside context problem":

The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbors were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.

excession pretty much consists of three concurrent threads: some cloak-and-dagger shit between the hyper-intelligent AI minds that run the culture, some idiot space boomer who loves space nazis, and lore. lots and lots of lore.

i found this to be a much more confusing read than phlebas or player or games. the cloak-and-dagger shit between the minds was sort of hard to follow. but banks is kind enough to provide a summary at the end in the form of blunt-force character exposition.

hella good. 9/10.

the spy who came in from the cold

tbh there's really not a lot i can say about this one without giving away spoilers. if you like slow-burn spyshit that is mostly just a long series of conversations, then you'll really like this. i loved it.

also hella good. 10/10 tbh.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:16:17 AM »

The conversation was never about ignoring a successful (if arguably bad in the future) medical treatment. That is entirely something you guys made up entirely in your heads. If some things other than chemotherapy can help cancer, that can only be a good thing.

It is the whiny liberal crybabies complaining about alternative therapies that are holding us back in medical science.

There are certain people in the world who will tell you that cancer is terrible and impossible to cure without hundreds of thousands of dollars of state of the art medical care. I am here to tell you that this is false. Curing cancer is trivial. One does not need to consult an industry which profiteers off the backs of the dying. One merely needs to consult nature, which has already provided everything we need for our survival.

you're certainly allowed to change your opinions over time (as we all do), but it's nonsense to pretend that your former viewpoint is "made up entirely."

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: March 19, 2020, 10:33:12 PM »
It pointlessly muddies any discussion.

unlike arguing over whether or not UBI is "socialism" or "welfare," right?

breaking news: the #1 global exporter of vitamin C says that vitamin C cures diseases! color me shocked. i certainly can't think of a single conceivable reason to be skeptical of these claims.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bernie 2020
« on: March 03, 2020, 05:47:20 PM »
the actual quote is:

“One aspect, what is going on in Nicaragua and again, what has to be understood is the economic problems of Nicaragua are not unique in Central America or in the Third World, in fact as poor as Nicaragua is, one of the nice things that I saw is that as result of government policy, direct government policy in terms of the distribution of food people are not hungry by in by and large. I think it’s fair to say. You know, it’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death. In Nicaragua people are not starving to death.”

not that this will change the mind of anyone who unironically believes that bernie sanders wants people to go hungry.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bernie 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 08:59:26 PM »
You can thank government involvement in healthcare for your current predicament.

indeed.  the government's involvement in securing profits for the health insurance industry should cease immediately.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bernie 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 06:12:06 PM »
let's definitely keep the current system wherein i pay a shitload of money every month for health insurance but still can't afford to actually go see a doctor.  i'm literally just sending money to an insurance company every week so that if i ever get cancer i can get just enough treatment to go bankrupt before i die.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: February 01, 2020, 02:40:27 PM »
lol i meant feb 3rd, IFIOT

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