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by Incrementalist
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump is..
Replies: 53
Views: 2671

Re: Trump is..

Trump is hiring foreigners instead of hard working US citizens. Yes, that's flat-out hypocrisy, but the Democrats can't nail him on it because their own global labor market policies more-or-less sanction this kind of practice. Instead they have to shoot for the moon with Russia and collusion, where...
by Incrementalist
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: Chaos Tournament
Replies: 96
Views: 6039

Re: Chaos Tournament

LeonWalras wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:54 am
Put me in coach.
Put him in coach and do NOT upgrade him to first class.
by Incrementalist
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mayo bye election
Replies: 17
Views: 955

Re: Mayo bye election

How would you know if the other guy's "Purdey" is loaded with rock salt or something more lethal?
by Incrementalist
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Civil war 2.0???
Replies: 30
Views: 1341

Re: Civil war 2.0???

Your prose is becoming inscrutable.

EDIT: OK I see what you mean after the correction. Nevertheless... the president does not control the economy, which is why presidents are so often at the economy's mercy.
by Incrementalist
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Civil war 2.0???
Replies: 30
Views: 1341

Re: Civil war 2.0???

Diplomacy (in real life) proceeds by an accumulation of nuances, not consistent aggression toward adversaries. Obama wasn't particularly good at this, and Clinton was straightforwardly bad at it. They cut Iran and Russia some slack in approving the movement of money or materials; this isn't automati...
by Incrementalist
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Civil war 2.0???
Replies: 30
Views: 1341

Re: Civil war 2.0???

Obama's Iran deal was a bit of a joke, but so is Trump's policy toward North Korea. Not every puzzle has a solution. Obama was a 61st percentile president, Trump is looking to be about a 43rd percentile, judged merely on outcomes rather than intent in both cases. EDITED TO ADD: Neither of them are "...
by Incrementalist
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Civil war 2.0???
Replies: 30
Views: 1341

Re: Civil war 2.0???

Trump isn't a patriot, because patriotism is a principle, and Trump simply doesn't have any principles. The only consistent guide to his decision making is the reaction he expects to get from doing this or saying that. After the public hullabaloo is finished, that's the end of it. He isn't even a co...
by Incrementalist
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Math Puzzle #001
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: Math Puzzle #001

I agree that the distinction between threats and disasters is meaningful, but my point nevertheless stands. Unity against a threat, or a disaster, involves crushing a natural human tendency (the tendency to squabble) under extreme duress. People tangle, it's human nature. We're born that way. Trying...
by Incrementalist
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Math Puzzle #001
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: Math Puzzle #001

One positive thing that might arise from discovering evidence of intelligent extra terrestrial life is a unifying effect amongst ourselves. This is an anti-human attitude, and not just in the context of extraterrestrials. Wishing for a catastrophe so that "unity" can be achieved literally gives "un...
by Incrementalist
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Math Puzzle #001
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: Math Puzzle #001

jason4747 wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:59 pm
Out of curiosity,  what is the point if this math puzzle? 
I was trying to introduce a new topic to help bump a different, imploding conversation off the front page.
by Incrementalist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Identity Politics
Replies: 21
Views: 981

Re: Identity Politics

Having never seen this guy before I got "Poe'd" by this "Pie" fellow. It was obviously ludicrous... but then again, so is Alex Jones. Anyway... identity politics isn't "crap", it's a tool of division, and it's meant to be. Used skillfully, socially-liberal capitalists can have both their social libe...
by Incrementalist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Identity Politics
Replies: 21
Views: 981

Re: Identity Politics

Identity politics, a laugh. Everyone should grow a set of balls stop whining. I totally agree, and include people complaining about identity politics in the "stop whining" category. The guy in the video is reacting very emotionally to something that is ultimately not costing him anything except, ma...
by Incrementalist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Identity Politics
Replies: 21
Views: 981

Re: Identity Politics

So , if I’m holding up my three middle fingers at you, what do you see? A guy who had to count to 21 (I.e. 10 fingers, 10 toes, and the "third middle finger") a moment before, then got angry and aroused at the same time? In any case I guess I'll go ahead and take the bait on the broader subject. Id...
by Incrementalist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Identity Politics
Replies: 21
Views: 981

Re: Identity Politics

The Laura Ingalls Wilder thing with the prize was the impetus for the rant.

If he weren't so wounded by it, he would have thanked them for breaking the association with the prize, instead of complaining about the snub. That he didn't indicates he actually craves their approval. It's namby pamby.
by Incrementalist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Identity Politics
Replies: 21
Views: 981

Re: Identity Politics

The guy doing the ranting is complaining about "identity politics" but he's as steeped in namby-pambiness as anyone else. His main beef (before venturing off on many tangents) is that Laura Ingalls Wilder has been dis-associated from some literary prize . It's a namby-pamby complaint. Almost everyth...
by Incrementalist
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why I take down the American flag every 4th of July
Replies: 32
Views: 1264

Re: Why I take down the American flag every 4th of July

brainbomb wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:52 am
I dont smoke cigarettes
That's good. I quit years ago.

Still, your admiration for a country you can't move to because they won't accept you as a resident is downright unrequited. You gotta stop "pining" (a word they use there) and get on with your life where it is.
by Incrementalist
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trade War _good_
Replies: 98
Views: 3804

Re: Trade War _good_

Actually I semi-regret the level of sarcasm in my previous post - not everyone selling options is trading irresponsibly. But it still seems nuts for an individual to be doing - unless you're already rich, making a relatively safe premium on whatever money you haven't spent by actively writing option...
by Incrementalist
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trade War _good_
Replies: 98
Views: 3804

Re: Trade War _good_

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by Incrementalist
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trade War _good_
Replies: 98
Views: 3804

Re: Trade War _good_

The safest is selling short term calls ... Selling options when it's your own money at stake is crazy. That's something you do when you're betting other people's money and need to show steady modest profits to collect a bonus (until your trades eventually blow up, but you can collect some nice bonu...
by Incrementalist
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump is..
Replies: 53
Views: 2671

Re: Trump is..

Trump is a Performer. When the Trump Show isn't working, he adjusts the script until the audience buys it. That in itself is the payoff for him. It's like watching Andy Kaufman as President. This often appears to be contradictory and unprincipled, because it is. There is no principle, conservative o...