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Ask @desolation about the FairTax

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Ask @desolation about the FairTax

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Iain Banks' Use of Weapons. The Culture novels tend to involve an outside protagonist, one who bridges the gap between the universe of solved problems and the one of problems which just haven't been solved yet. In this case, he is an ageless mercenary, periodically contracted by the Culture to play firebrand or warlord on some pre-Contact world. I find this refreshing; he feels much more like a Culture citizen than the agents of Consider Phlebas or Look to Windward despite operating in a very different environment.


Relying on its prior opinion in *Central Florida Nuclear Freeze Campaign v. Walsh [citation omitted],

I think the first one has the best composition. Third could work, but the text would need to be placed a bit differently so as not to cover the kid.

Funny, I’m seeing quite a few chiming in on how much MAL is totally worth.

Jesus Christ.

I can think of half a dozen reasons it’s not particularly funny. Starting with demographics. Perhaps you ought to take it as evidence that the “diversity” party cares about literally anything else? No, surely not.

I was surprised by this.

The low-effort rule, as described in the sidebar, seems to be targeting “three-word shitposts.” This does not feel like a shitpost to me. It has a fact (which I had not yet seen) and two legitimate questions—what happens next, and is it likely to shift the Senate one way or another? More importantly, it steers relatively clear of cheap shots.

I’m confused.

  • Texas regulating with whom it will do business—fine. This is normal contractual stuff.
  • Texas regulating businesses entirely within Texas—also fine.
  • Texas regulating businesses outside but selling to Texans—probably fine. Even though it is affecting interstate commerce, it’s only restricting it with regards to its own jurisdiction. Also, I’m pretty sure this is how “dry counties” and similar alcohol laws work. I can see the abuse potential, but…
  • Feds regulating businesses outside Texas, selling to Texans, is obviously fine. Central example of interstate commerce. And my naive assumption is that such regulation supersedes whatever Texas says. Congress should be able to legislate “no state shall forbid such-and-such.” If this isn’t true…then I have no idea how the ATF or FDA are supposed to work

In other words, I feel like Texas is allowed to regulate what products Texans may purchase unless preempted by federal law. I also assume that this has already happened somewhere in the US Code. I recognize that I may be completely off base, especially if this is one of those “gentleman’s agreement” situations we’ve been tearing down, lately. Maybe in five years North Carolina decides to cancel the FDA.

Sounds like the premise for a sappy movie. Local Farmboy Returns From War to find his hometown irrevocably…woke.

Forget cultural homogeneity; social policing only works when there are actual social skills involved. CS is bound for Stallman-esque situations at best.

I believe a replacement is appointed until the regular election. Newsom has said he won’t pick one of the primary candidates, so it’s going to be a low-profile placeholder.

Okay, that one’s pretty good.

I’m with MadMonzer, for the most part. The political calculus for bringing anti-Trump cases does not change the legal jurisdiction.

Bragg is applying “falsifying documents” laws which are very clearly about documents within the state of NY. And which he has applied to other cases with non-Presidents. The novel, suspicious bit is making it a felony charge despite the apparent lack of a second crime. Not a jurisdictional problem, but an equitability one.

You forgot to include the stinger from Ruger:

With that said, I was dismayed to learn that the Texas Attorney General's office recently announced that it has “not been able to determine that Wells Fargo has a policy or practice that discriminates against a firearm entity or firearm trade association.”

Without that, I had hope that proceedings were just in limbo. This certainly feels like the sort of open-and-shut case which ought to provide a nice feather in Texan’s caps. Perhaps Ken “Unimpeachable Conduct” Paxton was merely delayed by his scandals, and was going to bring down the hammer. Any minute now.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go draft a letter to my representative. I hear she is still on decent terms with her husband; perhaps she can get him moving?

Maybe you’re right.

My reasoning is that the people clamoring to kick men from this conference are the ones who would be directly affected by trolls and bad actors. This isn’t the case for separate populations like prisoners and athletes. It is much easier to err on the side of credulity when it’s someone else at risk.


It’s easy enough for organizers to implement “I know it when I see it.” It also opens up new attack surfaces. “Live by the sword…”

To the point of letting an obvious troll in? If Catgirl Kulak tries to get in, I don’t believe the inclusivity will last.

AnitaB.org is a nonprofit social enterprise inciting a movement to achieve intersectional equity in the global technical workforce by 2025.


I do have to wonder if Title VII covers employers hiring from discriminatory events. I’d expect recruiting at a Klan rally to be verboten, but I’m not very confident in that.

The catch is that character improvement is exponential. Increased hit chance, yes, but also number of attacks, damage per attack, and additional triggered effects. Bounded accuracy reins in the biggest of those but leaves the others untouched.

E6 puts pretty hard caps on attacks and (via magic item limits) damage per attack. It does allow feat progression, so there are still options to add damage kickers, but that’s a soft cap on the power provided by higher-level class features.

Same goes for survivability. Bounded AC and saves or not, having 20 hit dice offers a certain insurance. Fireball and other standards simply cannot threaten someone with enough HP. They have to be superseded by bigger, stronger spells.

This was actually one of the explicit motivations for E6. Stopping before casters get 4th-circle spells was intended to rule out some of the more absolute effects—globe of invulnerability, dimension door, enervation.

Yeah, it makes for a good thread. I do think it’s suspicious to do a 4chan pastiche, but…cui bono?

Holy shit. I had no idea. I figured he just really liked Black Company.

If you’re throwing out those…what do you think the appeal is supposed to turn up?

This ground has been trod. Exhaustively, judging by the specific sanctions applied to defendant’s counsel. The judge found it unconvincing, perhaps because several of the appraisals were not tax assessments. At least one specifically calls out FMV.

I can’t help but feel like an appeal could confirm all the same things, address your complaint specifically, and you’d turn around and mine for another factoid that favors Trump.

Care to elaborate?

I did see Beckman v Wells Fargo, where the broker advertised twice as much lakefront as the property really had. They ended up protected from liability because they relied on county and bank records.

If you can show me where a suit was dismissed for the broker claiming square footage was “subjective,” as the Trump team attempted, I’d love to see it.

Where’d the judge go crazy?

He’s citing appraisals from a variety of firms, retained by everyone from Trump to the banks. Then he concludes, yeah, Trump’s guys had these appraisals when they made statements to the contrary. I don’t think he made up any numbers himself.

The existence of these appraisals is factual. Their contents are public record; I don’t think the plaintiff was lying about them. Are you arguing that, if the appraisals were so unrealistically low, lying about their contents was legally correct?

Did you even read the document?

It contains a long list of dramatic, knowing exaggerations. The square footage of his apartment is not a bet. The outside valuations were not bets. He hired appraisers, got their assessments, then lied about the results when it came time to fish for loans. How is that a bet?

I guarantee you that the various appraisers cited in this case know more about the “reality” of these properties than you or anyone else who has become a sudden real estate expert.