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Water Cooler / Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Last post by littleman on Today at 05:03:04 AM »
I'm in South Tahoe this week.  It is very nice here, lots of blooming wild flowers and still some snow in the shade of the mountains.

That's an amazing week Ergo.  I could see why you live up in the higher elevation.
Water Cooler / Re: When Big Brother gets hacked
« Last post by ergophobe on Today at 12:48:59 AM »
This keeps rattling around in my head. I know I've taken this a light year off topic, but....

The flip side to my comments above is actually the one I'm more sensitive to as a historian: This time it is the same.

There, the classic example I would give is the bad name "appeasement" has, the policy that Chamberlain used, ultimately to failure, against Hitler. People say things like, "We know appeasement doesn't work."

And yet...
1. It was not an easy choice. Britain was still bled dry from WWI and really did not have what it needed to mount effective opposition to Hitler in terms of men, materiel, and public opinion. So it was a decision widely supported at the time and it is not at all clear that things would have gone better for Britain if it had attacked. Yes, Hitler hadn't built up the military as much as in 1939, but neither had Britain. It could have been Dunkirk but worse in 1937.

2. Appeasement has actually worked hundreds of times in history and averted war. The Cold War remained cold (with a few exceptions), because of various policies of appeasement. Though Iran and the US are currently blustering a lot, the US is still basically practicing appeasement. Without diplomats practicing appeasement in some form or another, we might have had many more wars.

You could say similar things to those who say "We tried Prohibition and it didn't work." But actually, it was largely effective at achieving the goals it set out to achieve (reduced alcohol consumption, liver disease and overall crime rates).

So when people say, "this time it's different" they are usually wrong, but so are the people who say "This time it's the same."
Traffic / Re: Reddit grows a pair
« Last post by ergophobe on Today at 12:41:23 AM »
I think they already have. They took legislation that was probably never going to pass and turned it into a major PR win among their constituents.

I'm also thinking this is roughly how impeachement will play out of the US House goes that route.
I was thinking that was a pretty bad precedent to set. This is going to get ugly.
Traffic / Re: Reddit grows a pair
« Last post by rcjordan on June 26, 2019, 11:54:26 PM »

That one is pretty bizarre.  I'm thinking the Republicans will win.
Traffic / Reddit grows a pair
« Last post by rcjordan on June 26, 2019, 11:29:06 PM »
Reddit quarantines pro-Trump forum over violent threats against police - Business Insider

Water Cooler / Re: The End of the Age of Paternity Secrets
« Last post by rcjordan on June 26, 2019, 10:12:01 PM »
Canadian fertility doctor loses licence after using his own sperm to inseminate hundreds of patients
Monetization / Instagram Ads Are Headed To The Explore Tab Too
« Last post by rcjordan on June 26, 2019, 10:01:47 PM »
Brace yourselves. Instagram is getting ready to show you even more ads
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