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by Pointedstick
Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

I can see now that this forum has become a microcosm of what's happened to the Republican party: the loudest voices are kooks and trolls, overwhelming the thoughtful and reasonable people. No wonder most of them seem to have left. There's nothing left for me here. Go ahead and trash the place. It's ...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

PS, what happened to you? You are not the same person who used to post here a few years back. It's as if you have been brainwashed by some cult. What happened is that Trump was elected president and the right showed its true colors, and it's horrifying to me. I hold a variety of mildly to heavily c...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

My kids actually have the capacity to think about people other than themselves, a trait which seems to be lacking in many adults today. They're not worried about themselves, but rather their grandparents who all have respiratory or vascular issues. They would not like to lose their grandparents due ...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

I think I'll have to go with "Fencing Advance" because that's what might happen to the next on one of you people who make my children cry in the grocery store with your dangerous and emotionally stunted behavior. Did someone make your children cry in a grocery store? Please share your experience so...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

I'm willing to take my chances on that based on the facts you F*****G A*****E. Not sure if I had enough asterisks to express my true feelings. I think I'll have to go with "Fencing Advance" because that's what might happen to the next on one of you people who make my children cry in the grocery sto...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

Or maybe a dim, fading part of you recognizes the danger but can't admit it I am dim, but I'm not afraid of the flu. People who are should stay home and leave the rest of us alone. You know, that's not a bad idea. Then in, say, two months, we'll come out of our houses and all of you people who acte...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

Today, I laugh when I hear about people who deny the danger of COVID dying from it. I darkly chortle. I tell myself, "one less trash person left on this planet." You laugh when you hear about people dying? That is some sick stuff right there. It's hilarious. They publish whole books about it: https...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

Sure, so don't buy modern athletic shoes. :)
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

I'm reminded of a story I heard on the radio a few months ago. A nurse was recounting how she was taking care of COVID patients who would be screaming at her that COVID was a hoax or was no big deal even while they were literally dying from it. She talked about how they would only pipe down once int...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wealth inequality
Replies: 31
Views: 998

Re: Wealth inequality

l82start wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:17 am
true but only because individual decision-making can - create collective solidarity, - create value that cant be bought or sold, and - create a nation state, >:D
^-^ ^-^ ^-^
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

Don wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:06 am
The recovery rate is well over 99%
According to Trump's CDC, there have been 18,170,062 cases in the USA and 321,734 deaths: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracke ... klast7days

Grade school math shows us that 321,734 is 1.77% of 18,170,062. Arithmetic counters your assertion.
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wealth inequality
Replies: 31
Views: 998

Re: Wealth inequality

Yeah, all these -isms are born of the same strain of simplistic, purity-minded thinking that if we all got back to the ONE SINGLE THING that's the most important thing evarrrrrrr, then we'd have brought about the utopia. Communism denies the value of anything other than collective solidarity Capital...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

Oh so like Roman caligae? Those were pretty rad.

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Of course they only lasted for about 3 months on average. And as much as they resisted, it the Romans needed to adopt boots and trousers when they went campaigning in places where it actually got cold. :)
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity
Replies: 127
Views: 3613

Re: Vaccine Side Effect Legal Immunity

I got to talking to an older fellow while in line at a UPS store recently. Eventually the subject of COVID came up. He said "If we'd just gone heard immunity, we'd have this thing whipped by now." I replied, "Yeah, I think you're right. But of course the virus kills about 2% of the people who get it...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: What's Trump's next move?
Replies: 40
Views: 1415

Re: What's Trump's next move?

Next move? A coup attempt. Get ready. Last night's video on the stimulus bill served no other intended function but to galvanize Trump supporters in advance of a bold (reckless?) move. He needs his supporters to believe that he and only he is their advocate. The rest of government cannot be trusted...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

Shoes are another bit of artificial complexity...all the gels and insoles and air pumps and shit. Turns out trying to improve or mess with natural biomechanics and design of foot is bad idea (short of correcting severe deformity) Oh yeah who needs 'em?! What a bunch of pointless complication! Speak...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

I've been shaving and cutting my own hair for the past, I think 7? years with a cheap electric trimmer. Works great.
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump is a Madman That Needs To Be Stopped
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Trump is a Madman That Needs To Be Stopped

This is pure political theater. Trump vetoed the bill precisely because it was passed with enough votes to be overridden. Therefore he gets to push his own message without the danger of actually torpedoing a must-pass bill, while congress simply overrides the veto and does what it wanted to do anywa...
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Help keep Vinny and his 12 pets from freezing this winter!!!!!
Replies: 67
Views: 1812

Re: Help keep Vinny and his 12 pets from freezing this winter!!!!!

If your temperature tolerance is that high, probably the cheapest course of action is to stop using the oil system entirely and rely on the warmth produced by your body, your cats, your electronics, and maybe some space heaters, and then make it the next owner's problem. >:D If you feel like spendin...
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wealth inequality
Replies: 31
Views: 998

Re: Wealth inequality

Yes, everything.
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wealth inequality
Replies: 31
Views: 998

Re: Wealth inequality

Not taking the bait, sorry. :)
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

Subway is fast food that pretends not to be, but it still is. I acknowledge that it's is a guilty pleasure. :)
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wealth inequality
Replies: 31
Views: 998

Re: Wealth inequality

Nah, I don't feel like the basic idea can be salvaged. And because I don't believe in the goal anymore, I don't feel comfortable being a part of helping somebody else achieve that goal. Also, a lot of it is frankly a bit embarrassing for me to read today. So many headstrong and unsupported assertion...
by Pointedstick
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

Y'all are crazy. Footlong black forest ham on wheat with extra american cheese FTW! Load it up with every veggie they have and no sauce. Mmmmm I'm salivating just thinking about it.
by Pointedstick
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1716

Re: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

Ultimately it's up to stores to curate their products and weed out the chaff. I feel like Amazon.com used to do a good job of this, but over the last 5 or 10 years, it seems like it's become a dumping ground for shoddy direct-from-the-factory Chinese junk, all sold by merchants with names like "Good...