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General Discussion / Re: Cara
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 05:01:47 PM »
How does her politics differ in a way that shows on the show? Bob from time to time makes remarks quite clearly directed at Trump. None of them are Trump supporters.

The boolean of whether one is a Trump supporter is not the end-all be-all of US politics. Two people might both despise Trump, but otherwise hold very different political views.

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General Discussion / Re: Five most serious problems?
« Last post by 2397 on Today at 04:54:11 PM »
Climate change and population size are the two big ones that play a part in each other, and most other issues.

I would put concentration of power and wealth as the third biggest problem. The problem being that it prevents us from dealing with the other problems, as they prioritize themselves and have resources that protect them from the consequences they impose on others.

We may have seen a lot of progress in technology and techniques, which is what has allowed for a far larger population to exist and not persistently cause global famines and pandemics. But having 7.6 billion people makes dealing with the impact of humans that much harder. Compared to e.g. a pre-industrial 0.7 billion. Maybe we have enough food for everyone, maybe we will have in the future. But the negative impact of agriculture, transportation, and various waste products are building up over time. We're not keeping things in balance year to year.

It's not enough for our technology to keep up with demands anymore. It has to be able to undo the damage we've been doing for generations, as well as all the damage we will continue to do.

Fourth is the problem of running out of the easy solutions, such as with antibiotics. It might take that much more work and resources to solve the problems we didn't quite solve the first or second or third time. Or we're using up resources and deposits that are easy to access, or over time destroying more and more of the environment that could've helped us.

Fifth is tribalism. Ingroups and outgroups. Humans being willing to deliberately make life worse for someone else because they're not part of your group. You'll even reject mutually beneficial cooperation because they don't deserve better lives, and what really matters is that your group is better than theirs, instead of overall progress.
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General Discussion / Re: Thai Soccer Team
« Last post by JohnM on Today at 04:37:50 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Five most serious problems?
« Last post by JohnM on Today at 04:36:15 PM »
What would you consider to be the 5 (or so) most serious problems facing the world today? (Some, I think, are pretty obvious.)

My own list (in no particular order)
* climate change
* increasing resistance to antibiotics
* increasing concentration of wealth
* erosion of democracy
* shortage of fresh water

Of those only the second one seems to have the possibility of a strictly scientific solution (possibly the last one as well, at least in part). The others  seem to require a political solution.

My list

1. Climate change
2. The natural world being wiped out
3. Lack of economic security/opportunity
4. Food & Water security
5. Ageing population

The problem as I see it that we can't seem to solve 3 & 4 without making 1 & 2 worse.
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General Discussion / Re: Cara
« Last post by Quetzalcoatl on Today at 04:32:35 PM »
How does her politics differ in a way that shows on the show? Bob from time to time makes remarks quite clearly directed at Trump. None of them are Trump supporters.
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General Discussion / Re: Cara
« Last post by JohnM on Today at 04:27:56 PM »
I'm starting to think that a refreshed SGU with Cara and Steve as co-hosts and rotating weekly guests would be an improvement.  Jay and Bob could be in the rotation, but fresh blood would be good, too.

This is a great idea. As per the OPs question, I do agree if you did a word count Cara would come out second to Steve but that's because she so much more knowledgeable than the others (it is her day job after all). But I think this is a good thing as she offers a distinctive voice. Not just because she is female but also her age and politics also differ.
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General Discussion / Re: Five most serious problems?
« Last post by JohnM on Today at 04:22:43 PM »
All problems that can and will be solved. (by people)

We are living in the greatest time of our lives and it will only continue to get better. Fewer people are starving, people are living longer, we are conquering more disease. At no other time in history have things been this good.

Yes I am a positivist

I agree that this is a great time to be alive for most people, at least historically speaking, though it seems an obvious fallacy of induction to say that things will continue to get better.
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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by Morvis13 on Today at 04:10:52 PM »
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Some of you may remember, or maybe not, doesn't really matter too much, that I predicted Kevin Spacey and Louis CK getting accused before it happened. I'm not psychic, but I live in LA and I am in the industry, and this shit was known for years and traded as stories at parties.
I have played D&D with people at Nerdist and Hardwick is a known gigantic asshole. No one was surprised by this news, the writing has been on the wall for years. He actively distanced himself from Nerdist and actively tried to undermine their brand, I assume they kept him attached to their brand because of his mainstream crossover, but dropping his name was long overdue. I was a little surprised first hearing about his behavior years ago, but the stories, man, they're out there...
I find it more difficult to come down on either side when it's a story of 1, but in this case, even though most of you haven't heard it, it's a serious pattern of behavior, and nothing said about him surprises me at all.

Just putting that out there, because you may get a big headline, but there is definitely more information out there. I'd compare this story to the Aziz Ansari story, who was improperly lionized in my opinion, though there was definitely room for criticism, and he more or less brushed himself off and is fine. If Hardwick can't do that I'd say you have most of your answer right there. He treats most people like shit.
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General Discussion / Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Last post by 2397 on Today at 01:24:37 PM »
I don't know if this counts as one drought or two, depending on if that little bit of rain we had for a week is an endpoint. But this being the first year I've experienced a serious drought, I have to say I'm not a fan. I find it weird when people keep calling this good weather, including some of the meteorologists. Surely there must be an amount of "godvær" that ads up to bad weather. You should have to account for the recent past and current circumstances, when deciding if what's ahead is what's needed.

Vote no on drought.
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