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Jon Brewer

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    I make a rule that if “a study says”, it should be taken as “this increases or decreases your chances by less than 1%, maybe”.

    And yeah, just listening to all this nutrition advice is just going to give you a Cluster C personality disorder. Eggs are good, eggs are bad, eggs are good. Carbs good, protein bad; carbs good, fat bad; fat good, carbs…[Read more]

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Reddit: “At least we’re not 8chan.”

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Women getting harassed on social media? Zounds!

    Okay, yeah, we all knew that. And we all knew a YouTube comments section makes an Arkansas country club look downright civil. (I miss the old-school trolls who would just show up and act like a moron: “I accidentally my Super Nintendo, is that bad?” It seems the Serdar Argic school of trolling is…[Read more]

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

    Yes, that’s how gambling works.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    The old joke about Trobriand Islands natives naming woman on top the “missionary position” comes to mind.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I actually wrote a comment “millennials are criminals” a while back. It was basically that, due to the economy we inherited (China shock, then the 2007 crash), many millennials are resorting to selling homemade merch for their favorite series on YouTube. (It all falls apart for the same reason pyramid schemes do: Only so much money to go around.)…[Read more]

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I wouldn’t call loot boxes a disorder, any more than any other form of gambling. (Though of course, you can be addicted at least psychologically to anything.) Richard Garfield takes issue with them, though. (Write your own punchline here.)

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Child trafficking would be nothing new for the government, though. Ask any Indian.

    Of course, Jones is just in it for the attention. Which is how he found a kindred spirit in Donald Trump.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Honestly, my reaction to things like the Stanford Prison Experiment has always been horror. I don’t know who considers it “comforting”, except Abu Ghraib guards.

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 4 weeks, 1 day ago

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

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks 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 1 month, 2 weeks 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 1 month, 2 weeks 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 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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

  • Jon Brewer posted a new activity comment 2 months 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 2 months, 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 2 months, 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 2 months, 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 2 months, 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 2 months, 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]

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