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Ser Scot A Ellison

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  1. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    What's the problem with Trump expressing his opinion on this? He has the legitimate power to unilaterally commute Stone's sentence to zero via pardon. He's actually being restrained by merely commenting. When a bunch of Democrat appointee holdovers resign in protest, and the next day the House is rumbling about investigations, it's clearly just more of the same manufactured outrage. Why can't the Democrats "Move on The problem is the President isn’t a Judge and it is fundamentally inappropriate for him to comment on any criminal case (because of his influence) much less a case where he is friends with the convicted Defendant. It is within his power to commute or pardon but he is neither a judge nor a prosecutor. His interference with this case is illustrative of Trump’s view that he “owns” the Executive branch because he is President. He does not. He was not elected King for 4 years. The DOJ (and the rest of the Executive branch) does not work for him. They, and Trump, work for us and act on our behalf. Interposing himself in a case he is personally interested in is a perfect example of the abuse of power that should be grounds for removal from office. And you know I would say exactly the same thing if a Democratic President were behaving in a similar fashion. Donald Trump is unworthy of the office he holds.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    Penrose thinks that Brains are quantum computers. I think, I'm not certain about this, that he buys into the many worlds interpretation of quantum physics and that he thinks our brains actually sample cross talk from the various quantum possibilities that exists from moment to moment and derive our perception of reality from that quantum phenomena.
  3. Ser Scot A Ellison

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    Precisely. This is what I'm railing about to my friends and family who I would call "reluctant Trump" supporters. I'm asking them what it will actually take for this horrible human being to do before you will withdraw your "reluctant support"? Hell, my Father who I love and respect was attempting to claim that Trump's tweet about the Stone sentencing was the same thing as a private citizen expressing their opinion. I let him know in no uncertain terms that private citizens don't control employment and policy at the DOJ. Private citizens aren't talking about the possibility of pardoning people who happen to be allies of Trump. It just makes my blood boil to see rational people offering apologia for this horrible man.
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    I'd be shocked if Trump were not putting pressure for them to do so.
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    Dresden Files (most recent thread is archived) Peace Talks is finished

    Exactly. These books are no longer set in "real time". In fact I think this is less than two years after Cold Days. I think this is a year and a few months after Cold Days. I seem to remember reading that Peace Talks is set six weeks after the end of Skin Game.
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    Wow. I’m kinda glad I didn’t know that before now.
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    Dresden Files (most recent thread is archived) Peace Talks is finished

    A lot of fans think Cowl is Justin. I think Cowl is Justin’s mentor Simon Pietrovich the senior council member who was allegedly killed in Archangel.
  8. Ser Scot A Ellison

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    What is 88?
  9. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    Sounds like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I don’t care for that idea. The pain, horror, and distress I have experienced in my life make up the patchwork that is me. I don’t want to lose or leave that behind no matter how difficult it is to carry. Carrying it is part of what makes me who I am. RBPL, Yeah, that is my view as well. I think Dennet wants people to ignore the hard problem of consciousness and focus on meat. It seems he believes that if you ignore it the problem goes away.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    I made that up off the top of my head. If all we are is replicable animate matter it seems, lacking. When you say “creationist” do you mean the kooks who think the Universe is only 6-10,000 years old because they believe in a literal 7 day creation period?
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    Creationist nonsense? Could you please point to where I’m espousing “creationism”? Or, did you not mean to put words in my mouth?
  12. Ser Scot A Ellison

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    He will put his own people in place. That's not good news.
  13. Ser Scot A Ellison

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    It's Roger Stone. It was going to be bizarre because it involved Roger Stone.
  14. Ser Scot A Ellison

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    I saw that he resigned "from the case". I didn't see that he resigned outright.
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    It occurs to me that many on the Right would accept Trump as unvarnished and undisguised "Dictator of the United States" if it means legalized abortion would stop and same sex marriage would no longer be legal. They all make me so very sad.
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    I'm not surprised. I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. Attorney responsible for the case resigned outright in protest over this obvious interfearence by Pres. Trump.
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    Dresden Files (most recent thread is archived) Peace Talks is finished

    You cannot take away the fact that Harry and Molly were Teacher and Student. That will always be an impediment to any romantic relationship between them. I respect Harry for not going there. The books are no longer happening in "real time". The will only be a few weeks between Skin Game and Peace Talks. What did you think of the "Micro-Fiction" journal of Donald Morgan?
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    No it's not. Nor is it normal for the President to comment on sentencing after conviction.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    The investigation of atomism lead, in large part, to the discovery of quantum phenomena and consequentially our ability to have this discussion in this medium. Had Lord Kelvin's view prevailed we would be having this discussion over weeks in individualized letters delivered by world postal services.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    So, we're rocks who can move and make more rocks that are similar to us, and nothing more?
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    I’ve read Sapiens but not yet read Homo Deus. It’s on my list.
  22. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    What if the brain is a receiver for consciousness that exists on a level higher than we are currently able to perceive? If the brain (the reciever) is damaged or altered chemically then the perceptions we get through that receiver would be altered. Another frustration I have with pure materialists is that they dismiss this possibility not because it isn’t possible, but because it isn’t currently testable. Lord Kelvin dismissed inquiries into the (then) metaphysical concept of “Atomism” during the 19th century and thought funding inquiry in that direction was a waste of time and money. We wouldn’t be having this discussion in this venue if Lord Kelvin had been successful and prevented funding research into the then metaphysical idea of Atomism.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    Lord Varys, My biggest problem with pure materialism is that it assumes what we currently perceive and know is all that there is. I firmly believe that the Universe not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. I expect to be surprised by what we find. That includes human consciousness. Saying consciousness is an illusion is just giving up because consciousness is such a difficult problem to quantify and investigate. Giving up has never been something I care for.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    But for the dog pack aliens that are only conscious in groups I liked that book.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    I hate the we’re just meat arguments. They ignore transcendental ideas compeletely.
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