Phi for All

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    15,000 posts, you should have said something, we could have done a GoFundMe or something.
  2. Truly the only orange cracker you can trust.
  3. It still makes me blush when I think about what you said Margaret Thatcher wrote when she autographed your underwear! How about a signed copy of Vak's book where he overthrows the LCDM model with a massive incredulity wave?
  4. How can I get better at storytelling?

    Perhaps I was too hung up on the angle that a "story" can be completely fabricated.
  5. How can I get better at storytelling?

    I don't think that's a great word for what you mean. You aren't really trying to tell a "story", which is often embellished and may not even be true. You're trying to explain things you understand personally (to some degree) to someone else. In this you're like a teacher, you must lead your student towards understanding as if along a path. You don't just tell them the answer is 42, you explain how the answer is derived in a way that helps them reach the conclusion you want them to have. I wouldn't worry about condensing 8 hours of political debate down to 10 minutes. You probably mentioned everything important they said. Same with the book chapter. Five minutes is plenty of explanation to someone who hasn't read the other chapters. I really like Prometheus' suggestion, though. If you want to get better at explaining yourself, try talking your way out of a dragon's lair while holding a pith helmet full of gold and jewels, using the excuse that you're on a scientific expedition.
  6. An Admin could do this, and it's a great solution if this is the problem. +1 Protip: The Empress of Everything, like most people, responds more favorably to requests than demands.
  7. We don't delete ever, as part of our transparency policy and also because members take their valuable time to participate in science discussions. We're being respectful of everyone involved, in the best way we can. The fact that it looks like your head is on a pike as a warning to others is purely coincidence (and entirely your fault, yes?). But I'm assuming that's your grievance, that the posts make you look bad? If I'm wrong, please correct me.
  8. The North Korea Problem

    More evidence that Trump has no idea what he's talking about much of the time. Most economists don't worry over trade deficits, and they aren't the problem Trump thinks they are. They only SEEM unfair to someone looking only at the surface, with no understanding of the depth of economic complexities. IOW, they're mostly cable news fodder to get listeners outraged over nothing. Trump will bring that same shallow lack of understanding to talks with NK, and he's also ensured that his State Dept will now openly be seen as an extension of the CIA (which I'm told by DC folks has always been a problem, but now the gloves are off). I don't see this ending well for the US. Trump and Kim have competing goals since both need to be seen as the stronger. I see Trump giving away too much and then lying about how great a deal he made, OR he shuts the talks down by being too hardline, OR he becomes "impressed" with Kim (there's going to be TANKS, ffs!) and how he's handled things in the face of so much adversity and we end up with Trump convincing half the country that Kim, like Putin, is a strong leader to be admired.
  9. Vegetarian or not for environment

    We're omnivores, and there are ways to make that more amenable to the environment, so why not explore that instead of the extreme measure of forcing a major dietary change on the whole species? Personal tastes aside, I'm also loathe to give up a process that helped make us as successful as we are. I don't think we should ever ALL be anything but human.
  10. ! Moderator Note Let's keep an eye on the toxicity levels, people. ! Moderator Note Please don't do this again. Spamming the same reply as a response to multiple posters is soapboxing, and that's against our rules.
  11. Light: visible or invisible?

    ! Moderator Note Irony meter overload, thread closed. Furyan5, you're extremely hidebound on certain definitions, and you're unwilling to look at the reasonable alternatives, which makes you a preacher. You've made your point, and if we see it being spammed elsewhere, you'll be booted for soapboxing.
  12. Deputy arrests ex-wife

    That's how it can be perpetuated, not stopped. To be stopped, you can't just write it off as human nature or status quo. You need to recognize it's a problem with humans and compensate accordingly. In this case, regulation (gasp, I know) seems to be the key. More regular mental health screenings for police officers. Make the politicians get them as well. And tighten the laws so corrupt extremists aren't allowed to easily mess with the system. It's the extremists and people who shouldn't be in office that are fighting against regulation, and they get a lot of collateral support from the gov-stay-out-of-my-business crowd.
  13. Deputy arrests ex-wife

    It seems similar to how the best administrators all have a healthy dose of OCD. The key is to keep it controlled and working for you. It's like making a fire, once you get it going you need to keep watching it constantly or it's going to get away from you because that's its nature.
  14. The North Korea Problem

    He'll probably do what every president does with the Kims. He'll make it seem like he's being tough but fair, and North Korea will get a butt-ton of aid for making it look like they're complying. The secondary humanitarian concerns will be ignored in favor of the removal of such a massively crippling nuclear threat. Trump's "advisors" are most likely telling him not to brag too much or Kim will take offense and launch some retaliatory bluster. Can he resist? It would be nice to think Kim actually wants some change and is afraid Trump is crazy enough to call his nuclear bluff. This seems to be an after-effect of Trumpism, where he stirs the pot enough to make the crazy float to the top so reasonable people can work on ladling that crap out and fix the soup.
  15. White collar work Vs Blue collar work

    In my ideal society, education would be provided to all and paid for with taxes. If you're a blue collar worker, it would be because you chose it, you wanted it, not because you were forced to by lack of knowledge or adverse circumstance. And a blue collar job should provide a good living without having to work two of them. If you're on the crew of a small moving company with three trucks and six employees, you're considered blue collar. What if you're the owner of the company, who is still part of the working six person crew, are you a white collar worker now?
  16. You're more likely to be the person in charge who gets to enact a new get-up-and-stretch policy for the whole office. Also, I don't think most people design their workforce skillsets based on medical considerations unless there are special problems with either the individual or the job itself. Someone who got a degree in computer programming is unlikely to decide to take a job with Parks & Recreation just because it's more active and less sitting in a chair.
  17. Banned/Suspended Users

    NortonH has been suspended for 3 weeks for continuing to soapbox his points in conversation. When you don't bother to address valid arguments in the discussion, you're just preaching, or soapboxing, and that's against the rules. People are taking the time to deconstruct your arguments intellectually, the least you could do is reciprocate, instead of just repeating yourself ad nauseam.
  18. Trump and The Market

    Much worse than that, since ALL the chickens would object to a fox. Almost half of the cluckers over here let him in and think he's doing swell.
  19. Trump and The Market

    He and his kids are still running so many business deals, this stock shakeup could be used as payback for favors, like the deal he got for Ivanka's trademarks in China while on state business, or the fast-tracking his resort permits got in foreign countries as soon as he was elected. He's got a license to steal now, and it's clear he's been planning lots of ways to capitalize on it. I'm not sure how payback like that could be traced back to him.
  20. chameleon ocean bacteria can shift thier color

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  21. Trump and The Market

    We seriously need to stop playing pool with these people who can afford all the lessons and equipment in the world, but still insist on cheating by blocking our shots, changing the rules, and leaning on the table while we're trying to make a living and enjoy the game while we do it.
  22. Trump and The Market

    He seems to view this as his right as a ruthless businessman, like he'd be an idiot not to take advantage of this priceless opportunity to gather favors and turn a profit. I always thought this was more or less illegal, but it seems presidents before him merely avoided conflicts of interest unnecessarily. Odd, isn't it, how folks would have screamed bloody murder if good guy farmer Jimmy Carter hadn't sold his peanut business, but ruthless landlord businessman Trump gets to keep it all.
  23. An unknown source of planetary energy?

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  24. "Trade wars are good"

    Because there is a difference between the cost of a good and how effectively it solves a problem at that price. An increase in the price of steel might make a more expensive but longer lasting alternative more attractive than it otherwise would have been. In the US, when gasoline reached $5/gallon in many parts of the country (2006-7? iirc), demand for electric cars soared because they were suddenly more cost-effective, not because they were cheaper.
  25. Removal of the down-vote, yes or no?

    Very reasonable. I'd support giving folks the benefit of the doubt. It's too easy to assume the worst, and not that difficult to credit good intentions to every newcomer.