Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

  • 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...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    There is no conflict between Trumpism and the GOP. Trumpism IS the GOP. He's not a cancer or an infection - he's just what the GOP is when you're dumb enough to say the quiet parts out loud. They'd like...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "that only about fifty percent of cases are symptomatic at all" Where are you getting that number? The biggest studies I've seen indicate the actually asymptomatic number is 20% or so....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Entirely anecdotally: I live in the deep red section of Pennsylvania. My county, and the surrounding counties, went 70 plus percent for Trump. So from the ground level: There's a LOT more Biden Harris signs than there were last time....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    There's a substantial difference between 'couldn't win' and 'likely in trouble'. The election as it played out as as close to an actual coin toss as it's possible to guess in national politics. At the time, I was one of...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Nah. It's not obvious Biden can't win, and it wasn't obvious Hillary couldn't win - which even a cursory look at the results would make clear, since the idiot in chief won by 100,000 votes in three keys states. Hillary...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "As long as it is 2 Senators per state regardless of population, progressive / left wing tickets for the White House will lose the Senate as you will scare too many voters in centre or right wing states." That's certainly...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I downloaded LibreOffice this year, and it saves and opens in as far as I can tell every kind of Word file type. It also doesn't have the fucking Ribbon. It's got some issues, but it's generally a big improvement...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    So some anecdotal stuff: Here in the deep red, I've noticed something, which I cannot remotely prove is representative but I actually hope IS. So the people I know who voted for Trump and I would, outside of that, classify...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "C) Getting enough enthusiasm behind Biden to overcome those disadvantages just aint gonna happen. Some of my USAnian contacts are feverishly speculating that Michelle Obama as VP would seal the deal, but I dont buy it, at best it moves...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Amusingly, just last week I said that someone could make some headway by creating something I called Real Republicans, which basically reframed progressive issues in ways rural conservatives would find palatable, and then start co-opting the party at the local...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    It's maybe quibbling, but 'continues to vote for' and 'happy with' aren't the same animal. I've never been happy with literally anyone I ever voted for, because my politics are idiosyncratic compared to the available mainstream US options. But even...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "I still don't understand why so many people hate Hilary - are you saying it is not "simply" US misogynism?" It isn't. To be clear, yes, general misogyny is a major factor, and misogyny also factors into why and how...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Pennsylvania probably didn't. Hillary performed about as well as (actually usually slightly better - but we're talking round error slight) Obama in almost the counties that went for Obama in 2012. One county, which was right on the edge in...
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