Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - crutonius

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 11  Next >
1
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: February 14, 2021, 02:17:54 AM »
I have mixed feelings about this acquittal. Orange man bad obviously. Don't incite an insurrection obviously. But that seems like it's as much a regular crime as it is a high crime. Maybe a real court would be a better place to sort that out.

This impeachment, well he's out of office. So really this is about banning him from office. But there's something about that that seems undemocratic to me. I almost think that the voters should decide that question.

But I think getting it done with fast was the right call.

The thing is, sometimes people are dumb.  And with how our electoral system works, its easy enough to win the game even if most people hate you.  Plus, two parties means you have a very high chance of winning if you become the nominee.  Not like there could be 5 or 6 people who may win instead.

"The people voted wrong. "

Don't get me wrong. You're correct about 2016 but it's a dangerous road to go down in a democracy when we start deciding to protect the voters from their own bad decisions.

Coincidentally there's a clause in the electoral college system that let's this small group of electors protect the people from their bad decisions. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if they decided to use it in 2016.

2
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: February 13, 2021, 10:11:45 PM »
I have mixed feelings about this acquittal. Orange man bad obviously. Don't incite an insurrection obviously. But that seems like it's as much a regular crime as it is a high crime. Maybe a real court would be a better place to sort that out.

This impeachment, well he's out of office. So really this is about banning him from office. But there's something about that that seems undemocratic to me. I almost think that the voters should decide that question.

But I think getting it done with fast was the right call.

3
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Joe Biden is winning by a landslide
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:56:20 AM »
More election fraud is being investigated.  Criminal charges pending.

Aha!  So Trump was right the entire time.  There were powerful forces trying to alter the election.

I think we all owe Tom Bishop an apology.

4
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: February 10, 2021, 06:09:37 PM »
This is a unique situation.  There is no defense but at the same time there is no risk of conviction.

I'm really disappointed that Trump didn't take the opportunity to show up in person and just use his time to sell Trump steaks or Trump edible panties or whatever scam he's working on now.

5
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: February 09, 2021, 04:15:12 PM »
They do but we're so decentralized that it's hard to pull that information together in a meaningful way in a reasonable time.

In short, we really don't have a shit together on this.

6
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: February 09, 2021, 04:06:07 PM »
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/01/politics/stimulus-check-gop-proposal/index.html

I don't see why it's so bad to NOT limit payments to people who are financially screwed?  Like if you have a job and you're earning enough money to support your family, you don't need a stimulus check.  Unless you want the economy to get a sudden sugar rush to help keep it going.

I believe the argument against it is we don't have an effective means test.  Someone could have lost their job, cut hours, live in a part of the country where that kind of money is only middle class.

I really do agree with a means test for this.  It seems like they haven't used the last year to lay the groundwork for an effective one though.

7
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: February 04, 2021, 07:22:40 PM »
I've been watching a lot of Fox News and listening to the questions their reporters ask the press secretary and I feel confident in declaring that Joe Biden is history's greatest monster.

He says he wants unity but he won't agree to slash his bill proposals by 66% and he also won't meet Trump supporters half way and admit that he stole the election.

8
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Wall Street v Wall Street Bets
« on: January 28, 2021, 02:02:12 AM »
Down 16% in afterhours trading.  This is why the reddit is useful.  I'd like to have a feel for what that hivemind is thinking.

The media's reaction is predictable and disappointing.  They're trying to mischaracterize it.

9
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Wall Street v Wall Street Bets
« on: January 28, 2021, 01:53:38 AM »
Pump and dump schemes are illegal.  This isn't that.  This is throwing away $1 to cost a hedgefund $1000.

I don't think that investing for spite is specifically illegal yet.

10
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Wall Street v Wall Street Bets
« on: January 28, 2021, 12:47:29 AM »
https://www.reddit.com/r/wallstreetbets/

Alas it has been set to private.

Too bad.  I would gladly contribute $200 to annihilate a hedgefund.

11
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Joe Biden is winning by a landslide
« on: January 25, 2021, 04:54:14 AM »
I'm with Tom Here.  But I think we first need to investigate the equally compelling evidence that Jimmy Carter's election was stolen! 

He's first in line for a makeup term.

12
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 21, 2021, 08:01:24 PM »
You know, Tom must be so relieved.  He can go back to attacking the president for stupid things instead of having to defend Trump's stupidity.

Great.  We're back to the Obama model of accountability.  Fox News accuses Biden of some stupid nonsense like Hunter Biden or not saluting.  CNN is all aghast and spends all their time pointing out how stupid Fox News is.  And in the meantime the Democrats are free to do nothing for the next 4 years.

13
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 20, 2021, 04:27:12 PM »
The trap is set.  Any minute now Trump is going to jump out and arrest all those devil worshipping cannibals.

Any time now...
Wait for it...
Wait for it...

14
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 16, 2021, 04:05:11 PM »
I get the impression that q is sort of a buffet model of conspiracy theory. No two of them believe quite the same thing.

15
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 15, 2021, 04:33:53 AM »
A country with a nuclear arsenal capable of incinerating humanity several times over again with a mad man holding the launch codes? 

I can see how other countries might be uniquely terrified by our politics in a way that we might find it hard to appreciate.

16
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 13, 2021, 06:30:58 PM »
Insisting that Pence invokes the 25th is improper at best.  But then again so is inciting an insurrection.

It's interesting to consider who actually benefits if Trump is barred from holding office again.  I think the republicans have the most to gain.  They can cast off Trump and try to rebuild their wreckage.  I have to think that there are a good number of democrats hoping the senate will acquit him again so that Trump returns in the midterms to bisect his own party.

17
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:36:45 AM »
Did they forget to tweet about the protest?

Oh...

18
Why did some folks have zip tie handcuffs, if they were just "demonstrators", "protestors"? Was there some loose coordinated effort to constrain people and why?



Ah.  There's an explanation for that.  You see an officer dropped those zip ties at some point during this incident and this good citizen dressed in tactical gear just happened to pick it up and was combing the halls looking for who it belonged to.

No I'm not making that up.  That's actually what he said.

19
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 11, 2021, 02:40:10 AM »
I think you have your time line mixed up.  The republicans lost the senate because of Trump's covid relief gambit.  But Trump lost the presidency because of a failure to effectively handle the pandemic.

Except for the fact that governors and local health authorities have far more power in controlling the pandemic than Trump does. Do you want Trump to act beyond the scope of his branch of government or not?

Exceed his authority? Probably not.

Attempt to use his authority to improve the situation? Yes.

20
Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:25:55 PM »
I think you have your time line mixed up.  The republicans lost the senate because of Trump's covid relief gambit.  But Trump lost the presidency because of a failure to effectively handle the pandemic.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 11  Next >