D. Mark Key

D. Mark Key

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/coup: "A sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government." The term seems fairly useless. By this definition, the American Revolution was a coup, as was 1917. I am challenged to think of an example of a violent,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    While nuclear proliferation does increase the chances of someone using them, I suspect that the probability is still rather low, if only because of the psychological skills one must have in order to successfully rise to the top of something...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    @Moz 1078: "My impression is that some children are somewhat less likely to conceal bullying today, and that it can be somewhat easier for some forms of bullying to be discovered, but overall the anti-bullying crowd have the defenders problem:...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    @Bill Arnold 1065: "My goal is for sleepingroutine to say that Russia and/or the USSR has done bad things at large scale." I think the problem is that any such admission (whether true or not) might be used against Russia...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm going to have to disagree with you here--you seem to be normalizing tyrannical behavior. It's not a problem with filters, and victimizing such a large proportion of the population was a feature, not a bug. Also, I strongly object...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I deny that I, or anyone else in this forum, has been bullying anybody. But I was specifically responding your comment, not anyone else's; if I was selectively responding to anyone, it was you. You seemed to be excusing escalation...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I can accept all that, with one proviso: That attempts to convince state actors (whoever they may be) to stop engaging in actions that result in civilian deaths and suffering not be opposed or dismissed by accusations that everyone else...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I remember back in the day when parents would sing "YMCA" at high school football games, completely oblivious to the fact that it was about being gay. @Elderly Cynic: "When Russia is attacked with malicious misrepresentations or even flat-out lies,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I vote immediately....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    @Elderly Cynic: "As I said. Look up the EU observers' reports." https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/126041 "The 26 October early parliamentary elections marked an important step in consolidating democratic elections in line with international commitments, and were characterized by many positive aspects, including an...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Thanks everyone, I greatly appreciate the feedback. @Charlie: Sorry, I didn't realize that the length might be a problem....
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    A little over 3000 words in 10 days, a bit slow, but here it is-- all the forementioned news stories including an additional one, which should be obvious, and a shoutout to one of my favorite online webcomics, which sadly...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Moz @501: The Nordic model has a lot to recommend it, although it remains to be seen if it is more sustainable than other versions of capitalism. My conservative friends are what I would term "authoritarian democrats". They vote for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JBS @481: "Ok, I'll rephrase: They are not losing anything that is rightfully theirs. If you possess stolen property and they make you give it back, you haven't lost anything that was rightfully yours. Unearned privilege is no different." Not...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Anyone have an opinion on "Bytefence Secure"? Whitroth @426: Point. CharlesH @431: "When you're designing a system, how do you weigh the relative values of technical competence and social awareness and desire to minimize average social harm and desire to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Anyone have an opinion on "Bytefence Secure"? Whitroth @426: Point. CharlesH @431: "When you're designing a system, how do you weigh the relative values of technical competence and social awareness and desire to minimize average social harm and desire to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JBS @298: "They aren't "getting something back for their loss" because they aren't losing anything and it's a LIE to tell them that they are." That's objectively wrong. We **know** that racism pays: blacks are paid less than whites for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Selfishness is one of those things that people vary on, and while it may be largely innate, it's one of those strategies that is only successful as long as it's in the minority. Humans pursue strategies consciously, though, so while...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "But what of someone who has been convinced to become a hihilist for someone else's profit? Has he been lied to? Isn't the proposition that "life is bad" a lie when it is imposed from without?" Now, this is getting...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "The middle class isn't loosing privileges, it's loosing to the rich taking ROI, and *blaming* it on that, the same way lower-class whites think that "those people" are getting government benefits that they're not." These are not mutually exclusive options....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    @JBS #178: "That formulation of "self-interest" is a lie. It's an injury self-inflicted by ignorance." I'll nit pick and point out that subjective values can't be lies or ignorant, provided they are expressed authentically. A nihilist who thinks life is...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    #142: "As you say, "The current regime can still do a lot of damage" -- do we really want to find out how much? "There's a lot of ruin in a nation", but finding out how much by testing to...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    For what it's worth, I hate roundabouts, and I'm actually pretty good at driving through them....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    To be fair, there are always a certain type of people who will attempt to undermine anyone they see as taking any problem at all in earnest--sincere attempts to solve things threaten them, you see, with the implication that they...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "I'm kind of hoping the next post in this series will discuss Case Nightmare Orange." Actually, things have been looking up. The current regime can still do a lot of damage, and even has a chance at re-election, but all...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    As the appropriate thread no longer appears to be accepting comments, is it permissible to ask what UK residents think about the latest Brexit deal, or is that out of bounds?...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    "Everyone else is broken, and they certainly do teach it to children." Yes, but people on the spectrum do this too. *Everyone* is broken, full stop. The neurological basis of human behavior was selected for an ancestral environment that no...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    re body language, spoken language, and HFA. Unfortunately, the neurotypical population (I didn't come up with that term) relies very heavily on subtle unspoken nuance in day to day communication, and is very unlikely to change. For one thing--it's a...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Thank you, Erwin, for putting so many ideas into words with much more eloquence than I could. Your summary expresses rather well the source of much generalized anxiety that I have felt for many years. Unfortunately, people on both sides...
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