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Jon Brewer

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 day, 20 hours ago

    Yeah, my first thought was that Trump was Sheevposting on that one.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    This is actually typical Republican nonsense. Bush did the same thing.

    (Though you’d think if all these women were getting raped by Mexicans, as Donnie says, they should at least have access to abortion.)

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    The Church is infallible, until they realize they need to be more gay-friendly to bring back millennials.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    In other news, what’s with these Chinese factories and loose policies about handwashing?

    I expect some neoliberal will say “But you can’t judge them for not making their employees wash their hands. Or for using lead-based paint in toys and other products made for children.”

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 4 weeks ago

    I would expect at least a “Killing your archnemesis’s girlfriend. Oh, how original.”

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    Just a quick note, but, those “Palestinian protesters”? Yeah, about that… By the way, Hamas is refusing medical aid because if these people die, it means they get added to the death toll. Isn’t that nice?

    Bad enough to have people like Linda Sarsour going around saying “oh we’re just like those people in North Dakota”. No. No, they’re not…[Read more]

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    “They” would be the pundit class. And it relates to Rebecca’s post by “stupid rich people”.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Well, it’s complicated. I’ll limit it, however, to the ad hoc hypothesis used to explain away unemployment (which is really due to a combination of extremely cheap labor and Chinese mercantilism) since the crash: AI. The simple reality is, AI is not equal to human intelligence. That’s not because humans are special, mind; it’s because we have, for…[Read more]

    • No argument so far but who is “they” and how does that relate to Rebecca’s post?

    • “They” would be the pundit class. And it relates to Rebecca’s post by “stupid rich people”.

    • Pundit class? That’s a pretty broad category – including our dear Rebecca for instance. So some subset (filthy hippies? Clinton supporters?) are being Luddites in your view?

    • I’m not trying to wind you up, Jon, I really like you but I’m just uncertain where you’re coming from on this one.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    While speaking about economics, I really want an article about AI’s weaknesses now. Turns out there’s no real correlation between job loss and automation.

    (This actually makes sense. If you talk about globalization and unemployment, their other tactic is to shift the debate to “coal’s not coming back!!!1”, as if coal was germane to the discussion.)

    • Sorry mate, I’m not quite with you – who is “they”, what did “they” say about automation/economics/globalisation/AI and where do you stand on those questions?

      • Well, it’s complicated. I’ll limit it, however, to the ad hoc hypothesis used to explain away unemployment (which is really due to a combination of extremely cheap labor and Chinese mercantilism) since the crash: AI. The simple reality is, AI is not equal to human intelligence. That’s not because humans are special, mind; it’s because we have, for…[Read more]

        • No argument so far but who is “they” and how does that relate to Rebecca’s post?

        • “They” would be the pundit class. And it relates to Rebecca’s post by “stupid rich people”.

        • Pundit class? That’s a pretty broad category – including our dear Rebecca for instance. So some subset (filthy hippies? Clinton supporters?) are being Luddites in your view?

        • I’m not trying to wind you up, Jon, I really like you but I’m just uncertain where you’re coming from on this one.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I actually don’t mind Facebook as much as Equifax. I didn’t sign up for Equifax, but my credit information is still available to anyone who wants it for nefarious purposes. That makes my vacation in Mexico look mild by comparison. (Still recalling a breach at my old bank in 2008. Note that it’s not my current bank. I’ve got several thousand reasons why.)

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Education and affluence correlate to some extent, but a lot of uneducated rich people exist, just as our generation can study for a PhD only to be rewarded with the appellation Dr Mooch by the Mitt Romneys of the world while waiting in line at food pantries. Said uneducated rich people are actually the worst far-right types: They’re the Erik…[Read more]

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    The “law of infinitesimals” is what we call plausible deniability.

    (And yeah, don’t go exposing people to rabies.)

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    However long it takes to realize pickup artistry doesn’t work, of course. That was what took Elliot Rodger over the edge. (This happens with extremist ideologies as a whole: When they realize people don’t conform to their ideas, the extremist will lash out.)

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Well, you know how it is, call a fraudulent therapy or some bizarre medical belief (e.g., contraceptives cause abortions) “part of muh religion” and everyone suddenly thinks it needs constitutional protection. See also Scientology.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I should mention something else: I know some people who actually voted for Bush because Gore was known for censoring music, and Lieberman for censoring video games. (Another onanistic “unity ticket” in the style of Clinton/Kaine.)

    Keep in mind that before the NRA took this line, we’d experienced it in the 90s with the Clintons and their sycophants.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Regarding mob mentality, I have noticed that groups tend to allow for more suspension of disbelief. Once you’re in an echo chamber, your perception of reality suffers.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Another common treatment was mercury, which actually dates back to the 11th century. (So, yeah, no one blame us for syphilis. Actually, Galen describes a disease very similar to syphilis, so, yeah, LONG history before Columbus.) Again, highly toxic, not something I would recommend.

    Actually, medicine was very much tied to alchemy back then, so…[Read more]

    • You neglected to mention how the mercury was administered for syphilis. You fill a thin glass tube, and slid it up the urethra. Then you tap it with a hammer to shatter the glass. And this would only give temporary relief, so would have to be given periodically.

      In any case, the Tuskegee experiment (crime) took place after modern treatments…[Read more]

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Berlusconian? Though the centrists are now trying to convince me Five Star Movement’s a leftist party.

    At the same time, there’s more and more Clinton’s cult of personality striking back. Now opposing anything either Clinton did is becoming a dealbreaker, yes, including things like DOMA and the Iraq invasion.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yep. For those of us not allergic, bee stings are a nuisance. But then again, we usually don’t get stung by hundreds of them in quick succession, and we certainly don’t do so repeatedly as a form of therapy.

    Sometimes I think celebrities’ weird beliefs are a game of Can You Top This.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Basically, yeah.

    Here’s the funny part: All these school massacres (though still statistically pretty rare), people are trying to figure out what causes kids to snap and no one looks at the elephant in the room: Every last one of these murderers had exposure to white supremacist or other far-right (e.g., MRA, pickup artist) subculture. (Just so…[Read more]

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