Davis

  • Davis replied to the topic Rebel (owner of AZ) in the forum Announcements 1 week, 2 days ago

    Good to hear Strega!

  • Davis replied to the topic It's not Russia, it's Putin in the forum Politics 1 week, 2 days ago

    It would be nice to see someone respond to Autumn once in a while without mischaracterising her statements/position, inventing claims she never made and relent and concede a point once in a while.

  • Davis replied to the topic It's not Russia, it's Putin in the forum Politics 1 week, 2 days ago

    It would be nice to see someone respond to Autumn once in a while without mischaracterising her statements/position, inventing claims she never made and relent and concede a point once in a while.

  • Davis replied to the topic It's not Russia, it's Putin in the forum Politics 1 week, 4 days ago

    People vote for a myriad of reasons, some of them rational, sticking to their actual ideologies and others irrational, against their own interests, part of tribalism and buying into silly narratives. In multi-party democracies (most countries other than the US) you have actual choice other than dipshit vs. fuck-face. In those countries you can…[Read more]

  • Indeed there isn’t overwhelming love for the monarchy in Edinburgh. I don’t know any monarchists amongst my Scottish family/friends, though they absolutely exist. Now that Elizabeth is no longer with us, I would imagine there will be far fewer monarchists in Scotland. It is time to end the monarchy, or at the very very least, seriously diminish…[Read more]

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  • Davis replied to the topic Advertising-A Hidden Fee in the forum Small Talk 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Yeah…to be honest if Santiago Barnebeu, Wembley Stadium or Muray Field were called: Telefonia Stadium, Vodafone Centre or Bank of Scotland Field…it would induce cringes throughout the continent. That isn’t to say it won’t happen (may be inevitable) but the increasing sponsorship is not just tacky but culturally soul destroying. I am unaware of…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Advertising-A Hidden Fee in the forum Small Talk 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Many European countries regulate advertising. This ranges from fining companies that put on misleading (or downright false) advertising. The UK can be pretty harsh on false advertising as they should be. Spain has strong laws on predatory advertising. Belgium doesn’t allow advertising that particularly targets vulnerable groups/people. Most…[Read more]

  • As far as I am aware, there have not been any demonstrations of any “race” having any notable superiority of intelligence over another one that was withstood the easiest of criticism regarding: level of education, the kind of testing done (biased towards what one groups perceived as intelligent) and taking into account upbringing, income,…[Read more]

  • Davis posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    Doug would you like to cite the actual book so we can comment on something other than your paraphrasing of a text please?
      • I haven’t paraphrased it. It’s an exact quote, although I have left out the two tribal/racial groups the author is comparing.
        The reason I didn’t give the author’s name…

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        • It sounds to me like bad science, because intelligence is very multi-dimensional. Was the writer comparing one race (e.g., Arabs) with another (e.g., Chinese)? Jonathan Haidt compares the morality of liberals and conservatives, in a very multi-dimensional way.
            • Yes, I like Jonathan Haidt very much.

              And I agree that the word ‘intelligence’ is way too broad.
              There is the ‘intelligence’ measured by IQ tests, so-called ‘G’, which…

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          • Wokeness is a snarl word that some people use to blanket criticise people who work towards making life bearable to those who face endless racism, sexism, homophobia, discrimination because of disability and countless other things that make one marginalised. The world, and my own life, is immensely better and more bearable, because of people who…[Read more]

          • Which is not to suggest no one behaves in accusatory manners, but anytime you discuss ways in which the status quo harms you, no matter how much you try to soften it, no matter how much you try to demonstrate you understand that it’s not a matter of people setting out to antagonize you (generally), it’s still treated as an accusation or con…

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          • I think there is a problem with perceived infantalisation and crying wolf.

            If by perceived infantilisation, you mean people conflating society at large not tolerating abusive behaviour, allowing people to enjoy their lives without unnecessary menace/bullying/harm with the creation of some kindergarten state…then I agree with you it is a problem.…[Read more]

          • No Simon I don’t think equating violent verbal abuse with violent physical abuse devalues one or the other. If you have ever been the victim of an extreme prolonged violent verbal attack you might recall that you suffer as much emotional damage and stress as with physical violence and it can certainly result in related physiological harm. There is…[Read more]

          • Ehhhh…I have no problem with works that ridicule ideologies. I do have problem with those who make blanket statements about speech not being violent.

          • Anyone who thinks that speech cannot be violent is terribly deluded. Tell that to children in school about to commit suicide from relentless verbal bullying, those who stay at home from the scars of public bigotry and domestic partners battered by verbal abuse.

          • But that shouldn’t equate to using non-combatants as sacrificial pawns or a total callous indifference to collateral civilian casualties.

            Having any rules of war is meaningless if non-combatants are disposable. If you can pick off civilians as part of some other strategic aim, then why not just bomb a school for some aim or mustard gas people f…[Read more]

          • Davis replied to the topic Trumpism minus the Trump? in the forum Politics 1 month, 4 weeks ago

            When a market can be efficiently free and minimally regulated in a way that meets the safety and best interests of the people, then it should be free. This should not be controversial. When the conditions are rife for underdevelopment of a sector, antitrust, consumer abuse (there are so many kinds of consumer abuse), endangers the safety of…[Read more]

          • It is very debatable whether it is a pronoun and you’ll note from the discussion on the talk page (and the subsequent linked talk page) that this is hardly settled. I would say by convention it acts as a pronoun, I suppose, but once you open that can of worms you could add a LOT to the category pronoun, to the point that distinguishing pronouns…[Read more]

          • i) Anyone can reading can tell this is a disingenuous statement.

            Disingenuous statements made to score petty points is intellectually low. Gross.

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