Activity from anotherpanacea

Showing comments from:
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 3510
Amazon One-hour Delivery
Yeah, down with tipping. Pay that guy so much money he's too snooty to accept a tip. "Sir, I'm a professional."
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:41 PM on December 25, 2014

Execution
This is a terrible tragedy.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:09 AM on December 21, 2014
Seriously, there is not a lot worth saying here other than: this is a terrible tragedy.

Trying to make it "about" anything is the mistake. It's the PBA's mistake and now it's the mistake here. It's not about anything but one man's mental illness.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:31 AM on December 21, 2014
Explain to me again why there should there be police unions?

I mean, I get that cops, like any employee, can be subject to management abuses such as discrimination, safety violations, harassment, economic inequity, and arbitrary reassignments.

But it gets tricky, I think, when you consider how it works in practice. Consider firings and suspensions: no one wants these to be capricious or unfair. Employees should have due process rights when it... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:25 AM on December 22, 2014
The NYT article on Norman Seabrook of the NYC Corrections officers union has nothing whatsoever to do with the NYPD PBA.

What? evidenceofabsence said: "If you want an idea of just how monumentally fucked up the city's police and corrections unions are, this recent NYT article about one of Lynch's colleagues, the head of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, should do it."

There's absolutely nothing... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:21 AM on December 22, 2014
Did the NYPD stop enforcing dumb cigarette laws while the family of Eric Garner grieved?

I'm really asking: maybe they did? It's not totally crazy: take a few days off, have a big rally with a moment of silence, and then go back to work.

Frankly, both police and protesters could benefit from that kind of symbolic showing of solidarity. So both sides should do it for each other. It'd be nice if it was standard operating procedure for the police,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:00 AM on December 23, 2014
It's a nice idea, too bad the PBA declared war instead.

There's at least rhetorical value in ignoring declarations of "war" while modeling appropriate support for their opponents. There's also rhetorical value in ignoring de Blasio's demands and pressing the protests even harder. The protesters will have to decide which rhetorical value is higher, of course. My only claim is that it might be nice to resist the politicized narrative, all the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:44 AM on December 23, 2014

Priests Are Like Aeroplanes
I really liked this. It's basically a reflection on bureaucratic alienation.

I get the sense it's the kind of thing that those self-help books for CEOS talk about, kind of Tony Robbins for the Papal set, but without the "Greed is Good" angle.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:47 AM on December 23, 2014

Miami, Miami, you've got style....
Romer v Evans was in 1996. Lawrence v Texas was in 2003. It's time.

This makes me a bit weepy.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:44 PM on December 20, 2014

Lose yourself
This is very promising! I'm excited.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:37 AM on December 19, 2014

"We are all proud to have brought Krem to life in the game"
I just wanted to say that the song/chant at the end of the Haven defense story was really beautiful and moving and I haven't felt that way about a video game basically ever. (I did finish all the Hinterlands quests before I let the story progress, though.)

So yes, this is going to be a favorite and the gender and sexuality issues help.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:29 AM on December 6, 2014
you can hit for 4k+ on each hand as a dual wield rogue

Umm... How? What do I need for this?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:52 AM on December 17, 2014
I'm having trouble with the battle menu even for my rogue. 4 specializations skills and Mark of the Rift means I've only got three slots left of double daggers, and none at all for stealth or poison, etc.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:55 AM on December 17, 2014
Thanks! That's cray-zay.

Maybe I shouldn't have gone tempest.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:45 PM on December 17, 2014
I just read a guide that claims you can use the tempest focus ability without expending focus. Gotta try that.

And another guide that says you can make Blackwall an invincible AI tank with enough +guard items and the right specs. So clearly I'm doing it wrong: I've been enjoying the story and ignoring my minmaxing.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:26 AM on December 18, 2014
My new Blackwall build makes dragons easy, and flask of fire makes lets you spam your Mark of the Rift or Thousand Cuts. So at this point I might crank it up to Nightmare just to keep it challenging.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:17 PM on December 18, 2014
I feel bad crashing this thread about transgender characters in video games with gameplay talk.

Maybe there should be a FanFare for DAI?

Regardless, I'm thinking that it's maybe okay that at level 20, my characters can smash their way through Thedas. Apparently Blackwall can solo tank the highest level dragon on nightmare if you let him. I just kind of wish there was dynamic scaling on the enemy level. Instead of making it "You get no XP for... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:09 AM on December 19, 2014

Mother nature can be great but I prefer to take control of my appearance
This is cool. Thanks!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:40 AM on December 16, 2014

Elevenses
Tenth! (I don't think I did that right.)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:30 AM on December 11, 2014
posted by Eyebrows McGee (23 comments total) [add to favorites] 11 users marked this as a favorite
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:23 PM on December 11, 2014

Stand Tall
They are great! For some reason I remember them from a Borderlands ad
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:34 PM on December 8, 2014

"Religious freedom applies to all"
I am so glad for this FPP. I have been thinking of doing an FPP on Grieves for a while, but this one is great.

Basically, everything about Satanism as they are practicing it hits me right in all my happy places: funny, righteous, irreverent, principled, anti-authoritarian, Dischordian.

That's right: the Satanic Temple gives me warm fuzzies.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:04 PM on December 3, 2014

Eckerd College paper schools it's college president on sexual assault
Socrates didn't get drunk at the Symposium because he's got a higher tolerance. Not sure that's the right reference, which makes me think the President hasn't actually read much Plato.

The idea that casual sex is in some way the cause of sexual assault, on the other hand, is so much more deeply pernicious and stupid that it makes me think the President hasn't read much of anything.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:42 AM on November 27, 2014
Is sexual assault prevention primarily a matter of messaging? Why is the messaging aimed at the students? Why is there so much emphasis on what we say and not on things campus police and administrators can DO?

Like, maybe instead of telling women to drink less, campuses could station police officers at frat houses where binge drinking occurs. (On campus frats aren't private property, but the campus cops could be instructed to ignore infractions unrelated to women's... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:59 PM on November 29, 2014

Save Your Apprentice!
Taking a toggle to bring the shield or sword up to "power" attack is the tactical bit: it forces you economize movements and gives you challenges tied to calculations.

That said, I got to level 5, 184 monsters killed, and got bored.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:14 AM on November 21, 2014
Oh, I see! It's actually beatable. The bottom level is always the same and if you beat the boss, it's over.

So I beat the game with 933 points, 1049 moves. Can anyone do it faster?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:44 PM on November 21, 2014

Insight: "A major cause of being poor is not having enough money..."
Right now this doesn't poll well.

What does it take to change that? Like, I live in DC: marijuana polled badly ten years ago. A couple of weeks ago it won at the polls.

What happened, and how do we do it again?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:55 AM on November 17, 2014
To my mind, government jobs themselves are a financial policy - they are a policy of creating decent employment that truly is open to everyone who qualifies.

This is the key, though: qualifying for a lot of the best paid government jobs generally requires a graduate degree. So this is financial policy that makes the upper-middle class richer and more secure, by inefficiently paying them (okay, us) a lot of money to perform services for the poor.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:31 AM on November 17, 2014
On average, public sector employees have more years of education
than private sector workers. In 2013, 53.6% of workers in the public sector had a
bachelor’s, advanced, or professional degree, compared to 34.9% of private
sector workers. Generally, workers with more years of education earn more than
workers with less years of education.

posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:57 AM on November 17, 2014
I tend to think that a basic income guarantee would eliminate poverty but exacerbate inequality.

If poor people had more money, they'd spend it, and the people who make profits from selling things would sell more things, and have more profits.

It's literally the best economic stimulus ever: helicopter drops for real. Years ago I wrote up a plan for instituting the BIG in the US by adding a national sales tax and then distributing the income from... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:40 AM on November 17, 2014
(That's not to say I'm against a guaranteed income in principle. But any version that makes me happy likely won't pass conservative muster, and vice-versa.)

Shouldn't our goal be to find some mix of policies that's both effective and can "pass muster" and get it passed? I mean, we're talking about eliminating poverty here: would it be so bad to have to shake hands and smile with a few conservatives to get that done?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:08 AM on November 17, 2014
It would be bad if we got rid of minimum wage, Social Security and healthcare access, yes. Very very bad.

The proposal on the table would give Social Security to everyone. $15k-20k or so a year. At that point, what is the value of the minimum wage? Only 4.3% of workers make the minimum wage currently: these workers are currently living on $15,080 annually, or less. They could quit and they'd still get a pay raise, and if they chose to continue... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:35 AM on November 17, 2014
Build a SS deduction into the GI and you have an accumulating retirement plan that begins at birth.

If I have a basic income guarantee, why do I need retirement savings?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:49 PM on November 17, 2014
I certainly understand why the rich and middle class might want more than the BIG, and might save more than that.

It just seems weird to say: here, poor unemployed person, is some money. But you can't have it right now, you have to wait until you're old, because then you will be unemployed and poor and will need it more than you do now.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:01 PM on November 17, 2014
As such, I'm not sure how that argument isn't just an appeal against the idea of withholding entirely, rather than withholding in the context of a basic guaranteed income.

Do you know who doesn't pay social security taxes? People living on social security. It's pretty simple, really: if you're going to withhold from a cash grant, you can just as easily reduce the cash grant in the first place.

It's such an odd fight to have:... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:28 PM on November 17, 2014
Most people are working when they're young -- i.e. receiving a paycheck -- while most aren't when they're old.

Poverty is pretty closely correlated with unemployment. And the poor people are the ones we're trying to help, here. If you are working, you can and should save the income from work against future loss of employment. But it doesn't make sense to save the income from the basic income. For today's workers, the basic income... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:41 PM on November 17, 2014
My feeling is that almost from the minute BIG is implemented, the wealthy will try to ratchet it down to decrease their overall tax burden. They'll only have to focus their attack on that one program.

The argument that program complexity saves it from attack seem false to me. Program novelty is the primary cause of political attacks. Old things stay.

That said, if we really live in a political world where the best thing we... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:46 PM on November 17, 2014
My only point is that to get to the point where a mincome could conceivably be generous enough for retirees to not to have to worry about saving, we'd have to first ramp it up through a period where it's not generous enough, and my argument is you don't take away the safety net until you know that you've provided enough to ensure people aren't falling off the tightrope.

Absolutely! I think, though, to get smart conservative support, you've got to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:54 PM on November 17, 2014
And your 30-35% number sounds low to me, even if we're only talking about it funding the mincome

If you read Quiggin's article, you'll see that he says "I’ll assume that a benefit equal to 30 per cent of average earnings is enough to put a person above the poverty line." So 30-35% looks about right.

As an aside, John and I have argued about this before. He prefers a conditional benefit, and I prefer unconditional... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:10 PM on November 17, 2014
No sale unless your VAT has *major* carve-outs to make it no more regressive than our current income tax.

It's not regressive because there's a BIG. It's calibrated so that we tax everyone 5% or whatever, and so the rich pay more. Then we give it back per capita: the average middle class family would pay the same in tax that they receive in BIG. Anyone below that median family would get more than they receive. Anyone above would get less than they receive.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:12 PM on November 17, 2014
You could do two things:

1. Kids don't get the BIG at all, just support. At 18 (or maybe 16?) they start getting checks. So it doesn't subsidize childbearing, but it does give kids a cushion.

2. Kids do get BIG, but it's saved for college, trade school, or a business-oriented capital grant.

None of the options are particularly appealing, when it comes to kids. We know 18 year olds lack the kind of impulse control and... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:25 AM on November 18, 2014
Legal marijuana, gay marriage, these are all being pushed along by individual states passing law

Aren't the majority of gay marriage states the result of judicial action? Domestic partnerships have gotten some legislative support, but I thought it was only the appeals courts doing the heavy lifting on gay marriage itself.

One issue with state and local level work is that the externalities might be fatal to a BIG: if everyone... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:38 AM on November 18, 2014
"We're going to give you tons of money, but only if you use it for school," is yet another way to help our sort of people and penalize those bad useless people.

Yes, this is my concern, too. We already do too much to help the people (like ourselves) going to college. It's bourgeois ideology in a nutshell.

What are the ruling ideas today? Is “College For All” among them?... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:23 AM on November 18, 2014
Also relevant: Robert Reich's "Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities Than at Public Universities"
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:28 AM on November 18, 2014
College is mostly beside the point in discussion of BIG, but it's often raised as an alternative to guaranteed income. I guess the idea is that education for all is just as good as guaranteed income for all. But of course, there's a big (BIG) difference: college is deeply unequal and elitist. Education-based inequality is fine for folks on Metafilter who have mostly triumphed in those spaces, but you can see how you might not be so happy to be a plumber or tradesperson and notice that the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:11 AM on November 19, 2014
another alternative to guaranteed income is a jobs guarantee

Yes, I think this is the major competitor. It's an interesting proposal and I like it a lot except that there are some coercive issues that don't exist for a BIG. It's way cheaper, though.

xigxag, I think everything you say is right in that last comment, and I'd particularly like to call out this comment as awesome and good food for thought.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:55 PM on November 19, 2014

good game
in before drive-by sneering from a Go player who was never very good at chess but feels superior for giving it up

OH HAI

The real problem with chess is that computers play it better than people. I think that's an inherent limit: it's going to lose popularity going forward just like everyone loses interest in tic-tac-toe eventually. Chess just took longer.

Go, too, will face that fate. But not for a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:43 AM on November 17, 2014

About THAT Kid
A lot of the disagreement and offensive-taking in this thread comes from people conflating different situations. It's a classic case of equivocation. At this point, it seems like the only way to participate in this thread is to participate in that equivocation, but while that could lead to a fight, it won't lead to clarity. We're lettings ourselves be trolled, basically. So let's see if some formal rigor helps....

Let "B" be the predicate "bully" and... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:09 PM on November 16, 2014

"I still get hate mail from active and retired police officers."
I think everyone knows that the police have serious impunity problems. But that's a tough nut to crack. Really, there are two kinds of problems in policing: low quality applicants (like the high school bullies) and low levels of oversight. The two are mutually reinforcing, but they're not the same problem, and that leads to confusion.

Most people think that police oversight is the solution. I used to work in police oversight, and I'm suspicious: the standards by which... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:39 AM on November 13, 2014

Take that, Jim Inhofe.
White House Fact Sheet on the deal.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:27 AM on November 12, 2014

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 71