Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "People dial to what they want to hear. In the US even in the rural areas, most have access to CNN, Fox, msNBC, etc... They just ignore the ones saying things they don't want to hear." For some context: I...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Before we go too far down the "Amuurrrica is dooooooomed" thread, I'd point out in living memory, the US had - The assassination of political leaders, including our president. - Large scale riots - The National Guard shooting civilian protestors...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "How common is it to have extra jurors be there for the trial but not be part of the deliberations?" Extremely. It's normal to have alternates (in case jurors need to leave, for whatever reason) "And how common is it...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Not at all common. Most legal people that have been talked to have never heard of it happening before....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Tribalism always wins. But you can shift the mores of the tribe (which is insanely difficult rather than impossible)....
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    Yes, it was intentionally non equally representative. In a variety of ways. You're talking about some of the reasons it is, not refuting it. But I am aware you take any potentially negative comments about the founders personally....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Agriculture (or rather, non foraging) enables density. There are limits to how dense a population can be when foraging (as there are with agriculture - technology changes the limit)....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Anytime you're talking about the fracture of the US, it's important to bear in mind that the divide is fueled by our decidedly (and intentionally) non equally representative system. Lots more people voted for Biden. Lots more people vote for...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Acute scarcity and chronic scarcity are two separate things. Saying 'on average, pre agricultural people didn't have to spend each say desperate for food' doesn't mean they didn't have periods where that was exactly the case. One thing agriculture does...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Negligent homicide is pretty much what you'd expect - causing the death of another through criminal negligence. A kind of involuntary manslaughter - in the US some states define it as that and sometimes it's a separate category. In English...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    On bears: The most common type of bear in the US is the American Black Bear (who despite the name, aren't all black) and they're about the size of a large man - males average 250 pounds or so, females...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Nothing deters me from murder. I don't want to murder people, so I don't need to be deterred, In general, deterrence is stopping someone from doing a thing they would otherwise do. And I don't point this out as JUST...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Even here in Merry Murderland, the vaaaaast majority of murders are impulsive acts, and even the ones that are premeditated are themselves almost all in circumstances that wouldn't actually repeat....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    There was a border wall speech in Alamo, it was last week....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Just so. Which is probably a good argument for doing it. Developing the tech to survive on Mars would make it easier to survive here post ciimate apocalypse....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    What's going on here is that the border wall, such as it is, is near Alamo Texas, which is a city, and a different place than THE Alamo, a historical site in San Antonio - they're 225 or so miles...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "His followers didn't riot and destroy things." You know, TODAY....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    " Robots will hand *parts* of the job" Which ones?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "Plastics (including cement) are of various degrees of utility, but there are some things you probably can't do with them -- syringe needles being one." I suspect very strongly this isn't so - it's just cheaper to do it with...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    In the US, at least, privilege the word has a very definite connotation of ' a thing that can be taken away' and that does indeed shape a lot of people's knee jerk response to it....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    " Ditto 'prestige' - unless you've been accepted into one of the Ivy League schools usually either because you're extremely well connected/wealthy (Bush Jr) or extremely bright (therefore likely on full scholarship), what the hell kind of prestige are you...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "once you accept the ability to arbitrarily select gender." Ah, and now we get to the transphobia at the core of your argument. I'd hoped for better, but I am unsurprised....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I am, in fact, not good with names. I can remember everything else I've ever know about a person except their names. But the idea that remembering a fairly simple piece of information is ridiculous is, well, ridiculous. Seeing as...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Ancillary Justice is a bad example, because it's a point to replace the gender - it's not meant to be something that goes unnoticed. In story, it represents translation convention for a language that doesn't have gender. Lock In is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    ". It is, however, completely ridiculous to expect everyone to maintain a mental database of what everybody else they talk about has selected" This is literally no more ridiculous than knowing people's names. It's less, in fact, because there are...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I was responding to someone else, but you're free to do whatever you want, Madam....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    It's a massive spoiler for the book. But the use of a NOT made up term actually recontextualizes the book to that point when it happens. You can like or not like the use of made up terms, but it's...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The singular they appears in a looooot of literature, including Shakespeare. And as I mentioned, nearly every English speaker uses it to refer to people of unknown gender. But here is the OED on the history of it https://public.oed.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-singular-they/...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "One is that it makes English even more confusing than it already is, because it creates a double use of already existing pronouns." The singular they in English goes back a couple hundred years. So it's not creating a new...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    " I simply could not get past the stupid, amazingly irritating renaming of absolutely-fucking-everything "normal" just so the author could be "clever"" Except there is actually a very, very good reason for that, but you were too clever to get...
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