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Mar 10 rubus commented on Watch Hillary Clinton Lecture Us All on the Importance of Email Privacy—Hahaha.
I feel like, okay I hope I'm wrong, but I have a very strong feeling that she just lost the election. There is no way in hell that a competent candidate would have flubbed this opportunity so badly. This was a gift from god and she kicked it in the nuts. Doesn't she have the brains and political sense to take this politically driven scrutiny and turn it into a chance for people to see how she handles problems with grace and brilliance? Seriously - this was a chance to show how she could 1. Prove that she had complied with the law, 2. Show that she respects the legitimate concerns of Americans about transparency by, I don't know, hiring a 3rd party accounting firm to audit but not publish the remaining emails, and then 3. Publicly shaming in a brilliant and funny way the partizans who over-reacted about this for political purposes. Wow! She's brilliant, people would say. Instead, they say ho-hum.
Jul 15, 2014 rubus commented on Performing Race and a Dangerously White Production of The Mikado.
I saw it with an Asian friend. We both loved it. It's silly and clever and a bit bubble-headed, and big and beautiful and fun. The whole thing is fun, really, that's the main gist of it - the characters are basically all bungling but likable fools. It's like a big keystone cops musical. It really has very little reference to Japan - all the characters are very British in their sensibilities. And you know what, there really are good reasons to criticize the setting of the play, but it's okay to enjoy it and still at the same time wrestle with the anachronisms. I still love to go swing dancing, and I think sometimes about how absurd it is that all these white people are doing a dance that had its origins in a very different place. But it's still okay to dance.
Jun 10, 2014 rubus commented on "Sexting During Surgery".
I know at least two people who were assaulted by their massage therapist. What is up with that shit?
Apr 18, 2014 rubus commented on Montana Politician Shoots Down Drone in Political Ad.
This is the problem with small-town American politics: they think drones are the problem, and then they argue against people like the ACLU who are fighting government surveillance which is a far, far more serious threat.
Apr 2, 2014 rubus commented on Glenn Beck Loses His Shit Because Seven Million Americans Have Access to Health Care.
6 is right! Beck's vocal dynamics sound like he would very much like to be on a balcony, in a uniform, yelling about true freedom to 10,000 of his fearful followers.
Mar 28, 2014 rubus commented on My Experience With Purchasing Health Insurance on the Exchange, and Why You Should Go Sign Up Now Before it's Too Late.
Here's some data on cost effectiveness of prevention vs. treatment from the New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJ…

The main conclusion of this meta-study is that "efficient investment in health care programs are roughly equal for prevention and treatment". For certain preventive measures like vaccinations and smoking prevention programs, there is a clear win for prevention, but for other conditions it's not always clear.
Feb 24, 2014 rubus commented on Alec Baldwin Quits Everything Forever, Maintains Insufferability.
Um, I think you missed the tone of his piece a little. Like when you say Baldwin retaliates against anyone who "calls him out for being an offensive douchebag": he was calling out people who had accused him of saying things that he did not say, which is quite different. Also your list of who Baldwin blames for his problems, well, it was kinda weird actually.
Feb 24, 2014 rubus commented on Fifteen Years Left Before Machines Outsmart You.
I'm with 10, I guess.

At the same time I do also think Kurtzweil is a charlatan: I saw him give his talkat a corporate event, where he "proved" that we would soon be immortal by showing a graph of life expectancy with three data points: one in 1918 (very short lifespans due to Spanish Flue epidemic), one in the middle of WWII (short life spans) and one in present day (normal life spans). Well I'll be damned, it looked like life spans are on an upward curve. Nevermind that every other graph of the data shows the opposite curve: in which we are living longer, but the big gains were made long ago with vaccinations and antibiotics. So it was deceptive - and Kurtzweil is a shithead.

But also, we are facing monumental changes now in technology. We're no longer dazzled by the pace, but the pace has not really slowed. Harder problems to solve, and we're better at adapting to the changes, but we've really got to wake up now and make sure we don't end up in hell.
Feb 20, 2014 rubus commented on Effort to Address "Deadheading" Spotlights Complexity of Taxi Industry.
Self-driving cars will solve all of this. Give it ten years and all of these cab services will be gone, replaced by a driverless system that is much cheaper and more reliable.
 

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