• posted a message on Donald Trump's Presidency
    Quote from Magicman657 »
    Don't mistake me, I don't like Trump. He's an awful human being and I have no delusions about that. But this is apparently what it will take for any sort of actual reforms to take place.
    What makes you think any reforms will take place? Usually, awful human beings just make bad situations worse.
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  • posted a message on Donald Trump's Presidency
    Quote from gumOnShoe »
    I'm increasingly of the opinion that moving senate elections to the popular vote was a mistake.
    You know the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates? They were running for Senate -- before the Senate was elected by popular vote. What they were basically saying to their audience was, "If you want me to be your senator, vote for the state legislature candidate who has pledged to vote for me." So in practice, there's not a great degree of difference. And to the extent that there is a difference, it's in tying the vote for representation at the state level to the vote for representation at the federal level, which is probably a bad idea. What if you like Mr. Lincoln but your state-level Republican candidate is an incompetent or a crook?
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  • posted a message on People with Australian accents: quick question!
    Does the name "Doc Quark" rhyme when you say it, or are the vowels a bit off? I need an Australian superhero for an RPG, and I can't tell whether I'm being clever or almost clever.
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  • posted a message on Donald Trump's Presidency
    Quote from Glamdring804 »
    It let Bush get elected with less than half of the actual votes.
    That's an intended feature, not a bug. Everybody got what they voted for; the votes were counted in a weird way, but that way was known to all beforehand. There's a big difference between that scenario and a scenario where an elector decides to change their vote after the fact.
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  • posted a message on Gender neutral bathrooms.
    Quote from Hackworth »
    *wince* Let's be clear: this is because most people are cis people.
    Yeah, and by a huge margin too. I mentioned that back on page two.

    However, people committing sexual assault do tend to go for people who are vulnerable. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Transgender people are at a significantly higher risk of sexual assault than the general population. Transgender people also tend to avoid law enforcement more than the general population: part of that is because they've a greater risk of being physically or sexually assaulted by cops than average. [link]
    Sure. I just don't want anybody coming away from this discussion thinking it's been claimed that cis people are statistically more evil.
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  • posted a message on Donald Trump's Presidency
    Quote from Kahedron »
    And thats presuming the State Representatives in the Electoral College follow the popular vote in their States. From what I have read there is nothing stopping them from voting for Hillary even if their state has overwhelmingly voted for Trump.
    This is not a plausible scenario, even in a presidential election as screwed up as this one. Occasionally one or two will turn their coat. It won't decide the White House. And if it did, it would almost certainly cause a constitutional crisis.

    For all the accusations about Trump supporters being dumb ignorant goats, I've found them on average to be more informed than the average voter.
    Do you have actual data on this, or are you just relying on your own anecdotal experience and judgment? Because the data say the opposite. Although the fact that you think Trump voters are informed may bear out the "uninformed"/"misinformed" distinction.
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  • posted a message on Gender neutral bathrooms.
    Quote from Hackworth »
    most sexual predation is still done by cis people
    *wince* Let's be clear: this is because most people are cis people.
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  • posted a message on Star Wars: Rogue One
    Quote from bouncingbrick »
    LOL! I misased the word "not" in there!
    Highroller's fault for using a double negative, not yours.

    Quote from italofoca »
    Like the multiple scenes were Rey is annoyed by Finn holding her. That would ressonate a lot less if genders were reversed, don't you agree? Finn's background and his skin color is also another example.
    I'll give you the hand-holding, but Finn's skin color is a complete nonissue in the movie. You can't even say his background as a stormtrooper is an allegory for being black or something (the way in Zootopia Judy Hopp's being a rabbit is an allegory for her gender) because nobody knows he was a stormtrooper, whereas being black is something you literally wear on your face. No, Finn just looks like that. And nobody cares. And that's great.
    Posted in: Movies
  • posted a message on Gender neutral bathrooms.
    Quote from TaheenMage »
    There's a simpler solution - if they catch flak for it, then they need to stop doing it and start reporting anyone that brings bodily harm against them.
    They can't "stop doing it". The production of solid and liquid waste is an involuntary biological process.

    Quote from TaheenMage »
    edit: but what about those bathrooms that are already neutral. the ones that show the man, lady, and wheelchair on the little sign card on the door? Seems like it is more of a nonissue since you already have those around.
    They're pretty rare. As an experiment, why don't you try to spend, say, a week using only those restrooms when you go out in public? See how long you last.
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  • posted a message on Gender neutral bathrooms.
    Quote from TaheenMage »
    There's a simpler solution - if they catch flak for it, then they need to stop doing it and start reporting anyone that brings bodily harm against them.
    They can't "stop doing it". The production of solid and liquid waste is an involuntary biological process.

    Quote from TaheenMage »
    edit: but what about those bathrooms that are already neutral. the ones that show the man, lady, and wheelchair on the little sign card on the door? Seems like it is more of a nonissue since you already have those around.
    They're pretty rare. As an experiment, why don't you try to spend, say, a week using only those restrooms when you go out in public? See how long you last.
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