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  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    We may come from different perspectives. When people use nonspecific language like neurodiversity...I tend to generalize across a pretty broad range of neurodiversity and also across magnitude. The further ends of ASD are not pleasant. We have friends trying to...
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    Sorry to offend. But, I've seen an, um, spectrum of people with what I'd call filtering issues. When you just have to stop - I'd still call that broken. Common skill, can't do it because of brain issues - that...
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    On one hand, I do run into an awful lot of people who truly suffer from Blair's disease. I do wonder if it could be corrected with remedial classes. Poor dears. On the other hand, though I'm a few years...
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    On one hand, I do run into an awful lot of people who truly suffer from Blair's disease. Poor dears. On the other hand, though I'm a few years out of date, my recollection was that Asperger's was rubbished in...
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    I mean, besides any BS Comp Sci program? S'almost like the EU have a good idea with trade barriers and protections for workers?...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    One other note...CA and NY have substantially reduced their prison populations. (~25%). Some red states are still increasing. To be fair, even some Republicans recognize that the incarceration rate is an abomination....
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    Hard to say - and I definitely don't know. Even going by sentenced crime is hard - prisons list the worst crime pled to and courts often plea bargain away larger offenses....there are doubtless better studies than the ones I...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Unfortunately, s'an easy answer. And, basically the same one every time. If you see something weird in US politics, 80% of the time, it is pure racism. There is probably an additional admixture of dislike for federal government, based mostly...
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    Meh. Probably before its time - will be more interesting when cell phone internet is cheap and good enough to be of interest... Issue is that for reasons that probably make marginal sense, hotel internet is usually horrendously slow. Otherwise,...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Cough. It turns out that auditing the rich is significantly cash positive. (fact, albeit unsourced). It would be perfectly pragmatic to privitize auditing the rich, while letting the businesses keep a few percent of the results. :) Heck, no real...
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    Heh. Before OSHA, a power supply which had already killed three people... (Admittedly 100 kV and a few amps) ...merited no more than 'so use ground clamps' and was immediately turned over to a fresh college graduate. Unlike the chief...
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    Issue is that, at least in an industry in which I have experience, regulations are expensive and when done according to the letter rather than the spirit, probably not that effective. Definitely better than nothing on some ways, but ending...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Well, see. My curiosity is to find out how many wrong color people would need to end up in prison before we actually changed the drug laws. I am perfectly willing to run a live experiment. And would, if elected,...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Um... I may be typically atypical or somesuch. Middle-aged, male, non-whitish, STEM, definitely odd, but 2 young children. However, like smartphones, Android, love voice controls and home automation. Frankly, given the sheer tedium of my life, the most likely result...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Um... I may be typically atypical or somesuch. Middle-aged, male, non-whitish, STEM, definitely odd, but 2 young children. However, like smartphones, Android, love voice controls and home automation. Frankly, given the sheer tedium of my life, the most likely result...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Dunno though - don't underestimate the effect of having people wearing MAGA hats tell your kids to go back to Africa, or assorted country. To some extent, the jokes they hear are a lot friendlier than the underlying assessment. I...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Still - there is a difference. In the cities, the utility to income scale is a lot steeper and broader. Going to a minimum wage job is roughly equivalent to homelessness. So, the safety net needs to be much stronger...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Meh. While racism predicts Trump voting well... It may also be true that rural living is more conducive to conservatism than urban living. This is partially because the notion of pure self-sufficiency simply does not work in urban environments. (Homelessness...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well. Except - I'd argue that geographically separated inequality may not be what you want to measure. Imagine two countries - California and China. In CA, people are paid between 200 and 205 USD daily. Those people pay 190 USD...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    One question - are there any studies of how this looks when corrected for cost of living? There is a real difference between someone in Mississippi making, eg, 200k yearly and someone in San Jose or Manhattan making 200k. In...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You are too optimistic. I'd argue a more predictive model is that Boris simply knows that standing talk against the EU is a good look for now. He probably hopes to stand tall in a general election, win a 5...
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    I'd agree in past patterns. It looks likely that the current / future pattern is different. The most relevant trends in technology are towards automation - doing more with fewer people. That creates a pretty loose labor market. In any...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There is a reasonable argument that high inequality (with attendant nasty effects) is a price we pay for high economic growth. Albeit, the true bargain is more likely that a rising tide will lift all boats - this has been...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well, the US economy is something like 30 trillion. And the US population is something like 300 million. So, 100k in wealth per person leaves some room for redistribution without growing the economy. Now, there's a whole question about measures...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Seconded or thirded. Most people I've known spend too little time on basic maintenance. Some would call it being kind to oneself. Being perhaps less personable, I tend to think of it as doing an oil change. It does tend...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    On one hand, sure it would be nice. On the other, a rich actress just got ~2 weeks for college admissions fakery while a poor woman got ~5 years for faking residency. In other news, a greater fraction of white...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Wow. I learned something. In my neck of the woods, drivers get 100% of fares and tips. But...they lease medallions for ~200 per day. So, yep, they drive horribly to maximize fares as they start out in the hole. Sorry...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Maybe not - but - out of the last 10 or so cab rides - I had 1 accident, 1 near miss, 4 episodes of scary driving, and 4 lovely rides. Oh, and one guy dumping a relative's wallet after...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Corbyn's problem is that their base is inherently divided - with a fair xenophobic / globalist skeptical percentage - so taking a clear position on Brexit is pure political suicide. That doesn't make Corbyn unusually awful - just makes him...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Interesting - albeit - social science studies tend to invoke a bit of necessary skepticism. The conclusion doesn't matter that much - except for indication that 'large' liability may change corporate behavior. @JH Corbyn's best case is a hard Brexit...
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