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As fun an intellectual exercise this is, I think... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
As fun an intellectual exercise this is, I think we should go back to reality and just know that not even government-mandated parental leave is on the legislative table. Going from there to having...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 11:34 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't know what the wind is like in Texas these... 13,021 Views / 124 Replies  
I don't know what the wind is like in Texas these days, I'm just saying that heat doesn't impact wind power plants the same way it impacts nuclear and fossil fuel power plants. (For sure heat has an...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 11:28 PM, in Political/War Lounge
In Japan masks are soft-mandated everywhere. With... 470,126 Views / 1,572 Replies  
In Japan masks are soft-mandated everywhere. With much of the population vaccinated, I hope society will relax in a bit when outdoors. But indoors, I'm perfectly fine wearing a mask. Not a hassle at...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 08:49 PM, in Political/War Lounge
My suspicion is that if renewables were to blame,... 13,021 Views / 124 Replies  
My suspicion is that if renewables were to blame, you’d hear about it, if not from ERCOT then from Texan politicians. At least I don’t see a way how wind and solar are directly impacted as they do...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 07:10 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I’m married now, no more adventures of this kind... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
I’m married now, no more adventures of this kind for me ;)
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 07:19 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I don’t think they will repeal the ban on mixed... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
I don’t think they will repeal the ban on mixed race marriages, culture has moved too far. But contraception and gay marriage might be on the chopping block — the more recent, the easier it is to...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 05:15 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I don’t think that’s the conclusion you arrive... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
I don’t think that’s the conclusion you arrive at. The point is that according to data transwomen are not a threat to women whereas they are subject to abuse. Sending them to the men’s room would...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 05:12 AM, in Political/War Lounge
You don’t need to go that far. Just think of a... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
You don’t need to go that far. Just think of a normal couple on the lower end of the economic spectrum:
- There is no government-mandated maternity leave in the US.
- Births and maternity-related...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 01:11 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That cuts both ways: not teaching children does... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
That cuts both ways: not teaching children does harm, too. E. g. my sex ed in the US was abstinence-only.

Others feeling discomfort because of one’s mere existence is not harm. Many men also feel...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 01:03 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I remember one time on a bus to uni when my 20... 259 Views / 12 Replies  
I remember one time on a bus to uni when my 20 gig iPod was quite new, this other kid had another harddrive-based mp3 player, but one with a 2.5” notebook harddrive. He made a point of playing with...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 12, 2022 at 06:40 PM, in MacNN Lounge
What a run. I had a second-gen 20 GB iPod,... 259 Views / 12 Replies  
What a run. I had a second-gen 20 GB iPod, probably the most expensive iPod ever made. I loved, loved, loved that thing and kept it until the headphone jack broke. The first-gen nano I got after that...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 12, 2022 at 01:21 AM, in MacNN Lounge
True, but I think a few decades ago this was less... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
True, but I think a few decades ago this was less polarized than now, i. e. there were a few pro-choice Republicans and a few anti-abortion Democrats. So just looking at that number likely does not...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 9, 2022 at 03:11 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That's good to know. Although I reckon this will... 470,126 Views / 1,572 Replies  
That's good to know. Although I reckon this will disincentivize some people from getting vaccinated.

That's good to know, although I reckon how much these people might frustrate you and your...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 8, 2022 at 10:22 PM, in Political/War Lounge
True, but I reckon they thought back then that... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
True, but I reckon they thought back then that abortion was settled and they didn‘t need to touch it. Likewise, Republicans in Congress also made zero effort to introduce abortion-related federal...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 8, 2022 at 08:29 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Agreed. Plus, a majority in the Senate is not... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
Agreed. Plus, a majority in the Senate is not enough, they would have needed 60 votes. I don’t see that happening. Perhaps they could have gotten 52 or 53, but not more than that.
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 6, 2022 at 11:00 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Correct. And in addition Russia would have access... 2,867 Views / 73 Replies  
Correct. And in addition Russia would have access to port cities, something else that I reckon Putin considers vital. But this narrow strip seems vulnerable, and it isn’t clear to me whether Russia...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 5, 2022 at 08:47 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Small correction: everything but The Matrix and... 163,265 Views / 456 Replies  
Small correction: everything but The Matrix and Sens8. Sens8 was epically great.
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 11:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Be careful what you wish for. I’d rather have a... 2,867 Views / 73 Replies  
Be careful what you wish for. I’d rather have a Putin with all his mental faculties intact rather, he has his own nuclear buttons he can push after all. Plus, someone who is sober and mentally strong...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 10:39 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I think that’s your opinion that this is the... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
I think that’s your opinion that this is the “only viable strategy”, but that’s clearly not the case. We don’t have to agree on what the best strategy is, but denying there is more than one is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 07:59 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yes, and in principle there was nothing stopping... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
Yes, and in principle there was nothing stopping SCOTUS to simply uphold precedent either.

Everybody involved knew and knows what is going on: after getting a conservative supermajority on the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 11:32 AM, in Political/War Lounge
If you are in favor of reversing Roe vs. Wade and... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
If you are in favor of reversing Roe vs. Wade and Casey, given the composition of the Supreme Court and the political climate, absolutely!

If you are against a reversal, I don't think you had any...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 10:42 AM, in Political/War Lounge
My feeling is that the bar of a criminal... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
My feeling is that the bar of a criminal conviction is too high, especially if it turns out to be true that the supplier of the blanks was the party that snafu’d here. I am not a lawyer, but I would...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 04:36 AM, in MacNN Lounge
But in this alternate universe, the live round... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
But in this alternate universe, the live round could have been in the first chamber, too. Or if they had to do 3 takes, then the chance of a live round going off would have been about 50 % (not sure...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 04:31 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I think this is a mischaracterization of what has... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
I think this is a mischaracterization of what has happened. I don’t think people in favor of letting Roe and Casey stand were painting poor Alito into a corner. But rather states like Mississippi...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 04:30 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I think it was a good idea to make the movie... 163,265 Views / 456 Replies  
I think it was a good idea to make the movie meta. Clearly, it was a risk and not everyone is going to like it, but I prefer that to a CGI bonanza with no story. I’m glad they de-emphasized humans as...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 4, 2022 at 04:21 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Since I don’t know anything about US firearms... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
Since I don’t know anything about US firearms laws and regulations, I am just telling you I am listening. Thank you, @subego, for digging up this article. I agree, if this is accurate, then in my...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 3, 2022 at 04:36 AM, in MacNN Lounge
The way I read the signs, that was never on the... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
The way I read the signs, that was never on the table. When the Garland nomination was blocked in the Senate by simply not holding any hearings and then appointing Gorsuch, I thought that within a...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 3, 2022 at 04:29 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yesterday, my family and I were flying back home... 2,867 Views / 73 Replies  
Yesterday, my family and I were flying back home from a trip to Europe. There was a delay with disembarkation, and I struck up a conversation with “our” flight attendant (she was sitting in the jump...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 3, 2022 at 02:33 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I’m not surprised, this was literally decades in... 262,780 Views / 919 Replies  
I’m not surprised, this was literally decades in the making. If you make opposition to a woman’s right to an abortion a selection criterion, this is what happens.
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 3, 2022 at 02:15 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That’s good to hear. Although in some countries I... 470,126 Views / 1,572 Replies  
That’s good to hear. Although in some countries I have heard that there is still pressure on the medical system, it just has shifted from the stations for the super sick to regular stations. Is that...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 3, 2022 at 01:24 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yes! The last episodes were good, but felt a... 163,265 Views / 456 Replies  
Yes!
The last episodes were good, but felt a bit rushed. I wish they could have spread the story over one regular or even two seasons. There was more than enough material, me thinks. But the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on May 2, 2022 at 07:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Can you tell us how the Omicron wave compares to... 470,126 Views / 1,572 Replies  
Can you tell us how the Omicron wave compares to the previous waves? It seems a lot of countries (currently I’m in France) have simply decided the Covid pandemic is over, period, and we just don’t...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 25, 2022 at 02:18 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, but I don’t think this is proposed... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
Yeah, but I don’t think this is proposed initially. Indeed, in countries with high vaccination rates like Denmark, you don’t need any form of coercion because duh, of course you get vaccinated. So...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 12, 2022 at 03:28 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yes, at least in some sports. Lance Armstrong was... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
Yes, at least in some sports. Lance Armstrong was allowed to take certain amounts of testosterone later in his career, because he had testicular cancer and a testicle had to be removed. (Of course,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 12, 2022 at 03:27 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Just to understand it properly, your claim is... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
Just to understand it properly, your claim is that when conservatives hear vaccines are available and are recommended, their brains jump to forced vaccinations immediately? If not, then I said...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 10, 2022 at 05:01 AM, in Political/War Lounge
This was less about a reaction for you, more an... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
This was less about a reaction for you, more an explanation where I stand and that I don't care when people want freedom with none of the responsibilities that come with it.

I have respect for...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 10, 2022 at 04:12 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yup. Trump perfected the tactic of using... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
Yup. Trump perfected the tactic of using gaslighting to deflect attention from an issue. If you can find Trump saying one thing and its opposite, it is very easy to always claim that “But Trump did...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 6, 2022 at 10:22 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't think this can be described as “shitty... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
I don't think this can be described as “shitty attitude”. Trump has said and done things that are contradictory or hypocritical, he'll say whatever he thinks will help him in the moment. Rather than...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 6, 2022 at 07:55 AM, in Political/War Lounge
No, I'd say that people who are against it want... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
No, I'd say that people who are against it want all of the benefits of freedom of choice, but none of the consequences that come with their choices. They want to eat ice cream for desert every day...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 6, 2022 at 02:52 AM, in Political/War Lounge
My take is different: choices often have... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
My take is different: choices often have consequences. Freedom is not about ensuring that choices do not have consequences. Just like free speech does not mean that my controversial opinions are...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 5, 2022 at 03:39 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I know he was found not guilty. Still, he still... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
I know he was found not guilty. Still, he still deceived regulators (at the behest of Boeing). Just look into it. The question is whether he was to be held liable for it.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 5, 2022 at 03:38 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I think you are jumping to the topic mandatory... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
I think you are jumping to the topic mandatory vaccinations with believing in and wanting vaccinations. I was only speaking of the latter, not the former.

Trump could have (inaccurately) made his...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 3, 2022 at 10:42 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yup, very, very similar to the Boeing case, just... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
Yup, very, very similar to the Boeing case, just that victims of excess emissions are harder to identify. Just like the DoJ, the German Justice system has failed consumers and its citizens. An...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 3, 2022 at 02:07 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Like that is going to help him much. He’s... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
Like that is going to help him much. He’s unemployable and got zero protection from the heroes at Boeing. The former CEO landed softly with a golden parachute (...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 3, 2022 at 02:04 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That’s a very succinct and apt summary of the... 1,543,901 Views / 3,418 Replies  
That’s a very succinct and apt summary of the situation.

This is why I think I kept on discussing with you: I had an impression that while we sometimes lived in different universes (my feeling at...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 2, 2022 at 09:12 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I recently read in a tabloid that Bruce Willis... 16,329 Views / 184 Replies  
I recently read in a tabloid that Bruce Willis seems to suffer from some form of dementia. Although that was not a reputable source, it could be related.

Yeah and no. I think she is if the court...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 2, 2022 at 04:10 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That wasn’t my point. I don’t think them being... 3,196 Views / 61 Replies  
That wasn’t my point. I don’t think them being re-elected for as long as they are has anything to do the number of constituents: of course a Congresswoman represents less people than a Senator. But I...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Apr 1, 2022 at 02:44 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Just maybe one more thing: you (correctly)... 3,196 Views / 61 Replies  
Just maybe one more thing: you (correctly) mentioned that most of us don’t have a lot of reach beyond our immediate surroundings. But I think we can make a difference here, you just gotta be a bit...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 31, 2022 at 11:19 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Just going meta-meta now, I think people, i. e.... 3,196 Views / 61 Replies  
Just going meta-meta now, I think people, i. e. voters, are not terribly consistent. A lot of them criticize that the presidency has gotten too powerful, but at the same time either commend or blame...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 31, 2022 at 11:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
At least for me that’s not the case. Emotional... 3,196 Views / 61 Replies  
At least for me that’s not the case. Emotional detachment is just a way to analyze complex situations or handle some unusual or dangerous situations. But I am not an apathetic person. I think I have...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Mar 30, 2022 at 08:23 AM, in MacNN Lounge
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