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Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us
Fun story. I worked at Toys R Us way back when the "Fur Real" pets were introduced, and a thing. And some lady calls my store, distraught that we were selling toys made with real cat fur. She was having none of my reservations about her theory, and I almost had to straight hang up on her.

Because people don't understand that the guy answering the phone at your local Toys R Us doesn't run Tiger Electronics.

Easy job, though, because nobody shops at Toys R Us 11 months of the year.
Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us
If Geoffrey wanted to live he should have moved more toys.
As a personal note, I'm not the biggest fan of Dawkins, but to each their own.
Dave might (or might not) like to think about cancer cells.  Cancer cells are cells that have a mutation that is really really good for the cell - causes it to reproduce at a much higher rate than their fellows.

But cancers generally are really really bad for the population of cells they belong to i.e. the person with the cancer.

Dave, do you think cancer cells INTEND to mutate in a way that helps them reproduce so efficiently?  Or do you think those mutations happen BY ACCIDENT?  And, if the latter, how come an ACCIDENT is so good for a cell?  What if the a similar accident happened to a bacterial cell?

And if you think that cancer cells INTEND to mutate so as to out-compete their fellows, what "cell mediated" process made them do this?  And who designed that process for them?

I think an accidental mutation (or mutations) occurs in a particular region of the genome that causes the cell to "intend" things that it would not otherwise have intended had the accidental mutation not occurred.  Sorta like a person with a mental problem. Perfectly understandable.

And some of those mutations are situationally beneficial. Dave has conceded the point. Disavowed himself of creationism, and will soon change his last name to Dawkins, in celebration of the biologist. Hooray
Science / Re: "It takes all kinds" may be an axiom
I assume my brain will be uploaded to the cloud.

That's usually the first thing I say when introducing myself to strangers.
We're all prisoners in Darwin's dungeon.
Omfg, all morning. "WHaaa eat soy, all my millennial gender-fluid blogger friends eat soy, there's not an ounce of muscle mass between us and we cry at the drop of a hat but it's not the soys fault!"

I don't want to be like you guys. You're fucking pathetic. Average testosterone levels have been plummeting in recent years in young men, and watching footage of any gathering of millennial young "men" clearly demonstrates that. If soy can possibly be a risk factor in becoming what you absolute weenies have become I will make the great sacrifice of not eating soy.

And you're all so fucking offended by the fact that I wont touch soy. Like it's some sort of drug that all the cool kids are doing now a days. Why don't you go and shove a fistful of soybeans right up your own asshole and pick a different soapbox to grandstand on cause you're a giant walking, talking vagina. A male vagina.

I drink almond milk cause dairy milk gives me the runs. When other people don't drink it for whatever reason I don't gang up on them with a bunch of nu-male betas to try to shame them into drinking it like some sort of feminized soy cult.

Lowering more people's average testosterone levels wont make you into more of a man, you utter soy boys.

From Reddit. Obviously.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Space Force might be a good way to recruit for the military. You get kids to join the space force, then put a rifle in their hands and send them to Afghanistan.
I'm kinda impressed the NSA found the vulnerability. It's the kind of thing you'd expect them to be able to do, but more expect them to be too incompetent in reality to actually do.
Politics and Current Events / Re: The Fourth Estate
True. I don't mean to be dismissive, or misanthropic, but when it comes to how people absorb and process information (including me), it's sometimes hard not to be.
Politics and Current Events / Re: The Fourth Estate
Although, I wouldn't be suprised if Facebook was as bad or worse.
Politics and Current Events / Re: The Fourth Estate
Also, Twitter is designed for people who don't read, much less check sources. I've used it before, but we all know that's true. It's the ultimate manifestation of sound bite media.
Politics and Current Events / Re: The Fourth Estate
There's one born every minute.
Was that man literally draped in a flag? Why do we live in a cartoon?
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Reminds me a bit of "driver responsibility fees" in Michigan. They basically created a system where much of the working class couldn't afford to keep their driver's license, resulting in people having to choose between working and driving illegally, or not working. and being unable to eat or pay the bills. To the point my local courts were just filled with an absurd number of cases of people driving on a suspended license. A judge and prosecutor in Kalamazoo, even started waving all fees and charges, automatically, if a person managed to get their license back in some set amount of time. Because of how obviously unjust the law was.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Getting rid of class-action lawsuits against banks was straight-up an act of class warfare. The banks were milking the working class for unreasonable overdraft fees, until they were brought to court and punished for it. Now, they've made sure that can't ever happen again. Killing the CFPD just furthers a trend under Trump, to allow some few to enrich themselves at the expense of the many, and the best interests of the country. We're literally watching things be reformed so the rich can steal freely from the poor.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Italian elections
Better than fascist Italy.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Italian elections
I still largely think we should know, though, before fucking it up, becuase... ? We want to prove we can land people on Mars?
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
So this tariff business is almost too timely. It's like Trump realized he was starting to get credit for the economy, realized this conflicted with him being complete unredeemable garbage, and then unilaterally and knowingly trashed the one thing he was seen as having going for him.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Italian elections
I'm pretty ambivalent on Elon, but somehow it took me until just the other day to realize that landing people on Mars would contaminate it with Earth bacteria. Which is a little concerning.
Quote from: Pingu
However, my point was that to regard an agent as intentional, I think there has to be some evidence of a forward model.

Yeah, I think you would need to show something like intention was going on in a cell, in the sense of having some part of it be roughly isomorphic to acting a certain way, prior to acting. If we want to be too literal when talking about cells intending things.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
The end game is Trump sitting alone in the White House, lit only by 24 hour cable news.