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by Xan
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Hold onto yer gold
Replies: 25
Views: 526

Re: Hold onto yer gold

What are the odds that you’re going to be shot in your own apartment by a cop who thinks you’re in her apartment? Well that happened once ever, so... approximately zero? What are the odds that if you call the police to report something and someone else, you will be the one who is shot, through your...
by Xan
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Hold onto yer gold
Replies: 25
Views: 526

Re: Hold onto yer gold

The actual numbers (as opposed to feelings) seem to indicate that there is not an epidemic of blacks being beaten or killed by police, and that the odds of a black man being killed by police (even when done justifiably!) are about the same as being struck by lightning. 0.6% of black men have police ...
by Xan
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Another angle on the recent events in America and the world
Replies: 88
Views: 1148

Re: Another angle on the recent events in America and the world

I wonder how many serious gun owners there are in the US. Because the ones I have known have many guns and thousands of rounds of ammo. And there are a lot of them. There have to be hundreds of millions of rounds of ammo in private hands. There are enough of them to take on their police departments...
by Xan
Fri May 29, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Is Trump doing a good job?
Replies: 420
Views: 48411

Re: Is Trump doing a good job?

No one is condoning the looting? Colin Kaepernick for one, and until expressly disclaimed, Nike and everybody else who's been carrying his water are endorsing the looting. Don't see anything wrong with "when the looting starts, the shooting starts". I've read a lot of articles about suburban women b...
by Xan
Thu May 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Is Trump doing a good job?
Replies: 420
Views: 48411

Re: Is Trump doing a good job?

Right, these are all good points in a primary (in which I've voted against Trump every time) but in the general, your option comes down to him and one other person.
by Xan
Thu May 28, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us
Replies: 630
Views: 15373

Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

That scene was remarkable for another interesting reason: it was too complicated to animate manually, so the combatants' behavior was controlled by an algorithm. When they first ran a simulation, many of them (quite reasonably) ran away from the battle, so they put in an extra rule that nobody could...
by Xan
Wed May 27, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?
Replies: 52
Views: 1739

Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

vnatale wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 7:32 pm
dualstow wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 3:59 pm
Nice picture, Mountaineer. Timely!
Not evident what this is in response to. Scrolled all the way back to April 18th but not seeing anything by Mountaineer.

Vinny
This is the avatar thread. He's talking about Mountaineer's avatar. (A picture of the Falcon 9.)
by Xan
Wed May 27, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: An historic day
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: An historic day

It is really nice to have something top-of-mind that isn't Trump or the virus. How long has it been since the big headline on Drudge was something other than those two? Well it is now, thanks to this. Not really a Musk fan in general but this is pretty spectacular.
by Xan
Wed May 27, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP in IRA
Replies: 25
Views: 808

Re: PP in IRA

sophie wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 10:51 am
BTW I am insanely jealous of Xan's 401K, which apparently allows him to invest in gold.
Hah, don't be! No 401k. Just an IRA.
by Xan
Tue May 26, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Joe Biden, expert on blackness
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Joe Biden, expert on blackness

I should also point out that his "I support A but not B, C but not D" discussion seems largely incoherent. If health care is a right, not a privilege, then how do you NOT support "Medicare for all"? Clearly he's saying whatever he has to in order to try to get both the left and moderate wings behind...
by Xan
Tue May 26, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: What Does Life Look Like For You Now?
Replies: 104
Views: 2515

Re: What Does Life Look Like For You Now?

Mark, can you be more specific about the road he was warning you against going down? Too much medical intervention at end-of-life? Living so long that you need to be catheterized? A career in nursing?
by Xan
Tue May 26, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Joe Biden, expert on blackness
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Joe Biden, expert on blackness

Joe Biden is now also an expert on beating Joe Biden: https://youtu.be/s9k-MibU8RI It sure sounds funny to listen to! But I have to admit that he's actually saying "BE Joe Biden", rather than "beat". Him saying "beat Joe Biden" would require multiple simultaneous mental misfires (which he's probabl...