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  1. I think all the things mentioned are side effects. The main cause of the change in culture is the same as the cause of the reaction. Society has undergone a change in the means of wealth production, due to computing and science. It changed slowly at first, then quickly. People changed to accommodate, unconsciously and slowly at first. Some people came from static and robust cultures and couldn't change. This causes conflict and reaction. I hope society balances out before we destroy ourselves with climate change and extinction.
  2. It's Purim tonight, a Jewish holiday. There's a Purim tradition, in which you're encouraged to get so tipsy you can't tell the difference between Haman (bad guy, wanted king Xerxes to kill all Jews) and Mordecai (good guy, figured out how to save them). I'm having my second whiskey and water, but usually I only have one drink per night. I mentioned the tradition to my (German Catholic) wife. She said: "Purim? Pour 'em!"
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    The complexity of the universe encapsulates the integers, at least. Then Gödel's Theorem (with the assumption if consistency) implies that no finite set of axioms is sufficient to describe the universe. Design implies finiteness.
  4. I'm not posting this in Water Cooler, because I'll get NHB racist leak-over. But stupid criminals are fun for everyone, so enjoy. Don't try to kidnap someone in a karate studio! https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/01/04/us/woman-kidnap-karate-studio-charlotte-trnd/ One day, we'll post here about DJT.
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    I like butterflies

    Nature will find a balance. If any number of species disappear, balance will return. The only problem is that the new balance may not support human life. The Sixth Mass Extinction will either end because we stop causing it, or it will kill us and then end of its own accord.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    I like evolution-based arguments. Well, the gut knows, but it's often wrong too. My thoughts: Even from the small part of existence I can see, even the limited state of affairs I can perceive is much too complicated to be designed. Phenomena are emergent. With sufficient complexity, even complete knowledge of initial conditions is insufficient to predict long term outcomes. ... unless you posit an omniscient designer... in which case there would never have been a need to run the design. Salvador Dali said "I do not understand why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I'm never served a cooked telephone." ... and made this. He wouldn't have more knowledge even if he had a smart phone.
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    Stupid criminal thread

    True. Any maneuver can somehow go awry, and then the armed criminal only needs to get one shot in. But a clever fighter can follow the criminal's instructions and wait for an opportunity. If the criminal puts down the weapon for a second, they're dead meat.
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    Stupid criminal thread

    It's a bad idea to try to rob a mixed martial arts star. Even if she's a woman. I actually feel a tiny bit sorry for the stupid thief. Just a tiny bit.
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    I like butterflies

    When I first arrived in Tampa in 1997, there was overhead spraying for mosquitoes, from helicopters. They told people to stay indoors during those times. That was stupid, and it became rare to see butterflies. Then the spraying stopped; I'm not sure why. Maybe people complained? At the time I wasn't a citizen yet. I was in the US on a NAFTA visa, and felt I didn't have the right to get involved politically. I kept my head down and just worked. Anyway, the spraying stopped, and the butterflies came back. I see them around my house fairly often, when I'm home. But mostly, because habits die hard, I just keep my head down and work.
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    Learning to DIY

    The German word for salmon is lachs, pronounced between lax and lox. Lox is the American-English word for cured smoked salmon. In Denmark, they say gravlax for cured salmon. (Because they used to wrap it in leaves and bury it: lax in a grave. I prefer cling wrap and a refrigerator.) Per pound of salmon: 2 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp coarse salt 2 tsp ground pepper 1 tbsp gin a bunch of dill, to cover Mix the dry ingredients well. Add the gin and mix well again to make a paste. Place the salmon on a long length of cling wrap, skin side down. Cover it with the paste as evenly as you can. Then cover with the dill. Wrap tightly. You may need to wrap as much as three times. Place it flat in a container like a baking pan, because it will leak. Refrigerate for two or three days. When you take it out, rinse very thoroughly, then soak in ice water three times, 10 minutes each time. That's to remove excess salt. Now you have a choice. If you don't want to cold-smoke it, you can cut thin slices off the skin and eat it right away. (The dark fat part immediately next to the skin is the healthiest part. Full of Omega fatty acids.) Or cold-smoke it (under 60°F but 40°F is ideal) for 3 or 4 hours, and then wrap and refrigerate for another day. The next day, cut thin slices off the skin and eat. It goes well on bagels with cream cheese. I put a cold smoke generator in my grill. Don't use pellets, they go out. Use fine sawdust, the finer the better, finer than in the picture. Oak and maple are best. Here's a good cold-smoke generator. Four hours is about 12 inches of sawdust.
  11. I've characterized it like this: Some people want to ensure that everyone who deserves something gets it... even if that means that some undeserving person also gets something they don't deserve. Some people want to ensure that no undeserving person gets anything they don't deserve... even if that means that some deserving person doesn't get what they do deserve. You see this in the attitudes to crime and imprisonment, social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment insurance etc Some people go so far as to want the death penalty to be very quickly imposed so as to make certain that it is imposed ... even if that means it will be imposed unjustly on a few people.
  12. Especially if harnessing the power actually prevented the catastrophic results. (But I imagine that's what you were getting at.) Anyway making a car run on bio-energy was at least thought of - in the Flintstones' cars.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    Surprisingly, there's a lot there with which I agree. I disagree with the word "designed" in that context. It while it works that way it wasn't designed. And your estimate that 90% of everything is sh!t is too low. I've been - literally - saying that for years, but my estimate was always 95%, and even that may be too low. And despite the fanciful language ("change is thinging"), it's a good observation. But there's still change, and lots of it is at the 5% good end of the normal curve. It's just agonizingly slow; but easily visible over longer periods of time. You claim not to know whether humans landed on the moon. I really don't believe you. I've flown all over the world, but 150 years ago that would have been only a dream. I've seen pictures of nuclear explosions and Mars, and now the far side of the moon. I've survived surgery without infection. Technological advance isn't less believable because evidence of it takes place far away. Actually, we're good but very slow at making dreams come true. The first statement is incorrect. Everyone is different and some people can indeed think their way to living well. There is improvement, and the improvement is worth pursuing, because over time it's enormous. (I didn't say "huge". I hope you see what I didn't do there.) The second statement is a bit fanciful but has some value. I'd say it differently: sit back and relax. Observe. Feel your own place in the world. Or someone might say "meditate". Just different ways of saying the same thing. You forgot pudenda in the list. You have to use the stick sometimes, but not always, and not with everyone. Everyone is different, in different balance, and with different capabilities. One person may be weak in one area, but be a valuable boon in another. I can't play or appreciate basketball. (But I love hockey. ☺️) Making important decisions with your gut and without your brain is a poor way to proceed if you're good at thinking. And if you're not good at thinking, your gut won't help ... and 95% of everything you do will be sh!t.
  14. She always sounded like Billie Holiday to me. I saw her in Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Julie Andrews, when I was a prepubescent boy.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    Whatever you want, but it was Adam and Eve (Madam Aneeb) in the Garden of Eden (Gabban a Beeben) and a snake (snork).
  16. I just bought a Rickie Lee Jones CD, and this was the first song, about a girl who had lost hope, but likes fashion, in particular Jimmy Choo shoes.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    Not a fact. It's an article of your faith perhaps. About as valid as Madam Aneeb in the Gabban a Beeben (or something like that). You know, where they were tempted by a snork. You can't make yourself any taller by making others shorter. Smart people discover things, create things, and add value to our poor suffering humanity. You don't make yourself smarter by derogating real knowledge, destroying things. We must accept human suffering, because there isn't any choice ... yet.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    Modular arithmetic. Integers mod 12 vs integers mod 24. Turn around on a circle and get back to where you started. That math describes that situation. So you can use the clock as an example of a branch of math in which 10+4=2. There are many kinds of math adapted to different situations. You're used to a*b=b*a (because the area of a rectangle doesn't change when you turn it sideways), but order isn't always reversible. For example, putting on socks and then shoes isn't the same as putting on shoes and then socks. There is math that describes that kind of thing too. (Composition of functions, of which matrix multiplication is an example.) If you can describe it, you can manipulate it. Before you know it (ok, like 500 years 😉) you've got rockets to the moon and GPS.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    Stopped clock, twice a day.
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    Jewish holiday, Purim

    Not something I'd be caught dead in, but "de gustibus non est disputandum". https://www.quora.com/What-is-that-furry-circular-hat-that-some-Orthodox-Jewish-men-wear
  21. As I've said before on this forum, the only way to make sense of what Trump does is that the motivation is to reduce American power, wealth and influence in the world. The only reason for that is that he's being run by the Russian mafia/government. The combination of getting out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, then f**king with NAFTA, then stupid tariffs, then moron wall, and then shutting down the government may even cause a US recession. Or depression. Just shutting down the government means that the people that defend us against cyber-crime and cyber-espionage are not doing their jobs at the level they should be... maybe not at all. So the shut down will lose us billions in stolen intellectual property; and it will compromise our 21st century security while not fixing mid-20th century problems. High crimes and misdemeanors doesn't begin to cover it.
  22. Communism has sucked in every country that's tried it. I'm guessing that it's over-centralized, over-planned and doesn't handle real human greed well when it's hidden from view. I'll take a regulated free-ish market over a fully planned economy any day.
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    Learning to DIY

    So let's make it DIY. I'll use canned salmon to make salmon salad. It's pretty easy and very flexible because all you need are the salmon from the can, drained, celery, an onion, some garlic, and Miracle Whip (unless you're a person prefers mayo, in which case, good luck, loser. ). Chop up the celery, onion and garlic, mix it up with the MirWhi, and you're done. Great in a sandwich. Most other vegetables that also give crunch are welcome. Probably not broccoli, but I'd even be open to that. Quantities to taste.
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    Stupid criminal thread

    This is from last August. A criminal who used a stolen credit card to pay for a restaurant meal. The waitress was the one it had been stolen from. https://www.whig.com/20180814/more-stupid-criminals-more-morons-of-the-month#
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    Stupid criminal thread

    "They roam public buildings, making videos. Terrorism experts say they may be dangerous." This seems to me to be unnecessarily confrontational for the purpose of creating a viral video when someone in law enforcement loses their temper.
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