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Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 117

Meh, increase tax on trucks and you'll just increase the price of everything you buy in the stores.

Not that I don't agree with the rest of your thesis, it's just that "user pays" government infrastructure is a fallacy. Governments just break up taxes so they seem more palatable on the surface, when in reality they just care about how big the pool is.

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 2) 295

The more I look at it, the more I agree. Though some people would suggest you're casting them as multiple people with "are".

I'm not sure there is an example where you can't replace "is it" with "are they" in English, albeit several style manuals would disagree.

The last business writing course I saw insisted that conversational English was preferred anyway, yet still had an opinion on the Oxford Comma; they didn't like it.

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 295

the right answer for the prom example is technically, "what is he wearing?".

Umm no? There's no "masculine preferred", also style guides are not "the English language", they're usage guides for the language; "What is she wearing?" is perfectly correct if they happen to be a female queen.

As to style guides, here's part of the 2006 version of the AP guide mentioned:

transgender Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.
If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.

So you either get told he or she, or pick one based on how they "live publicly", which doesn't work for everyone.

But now, from a WaPo memo:

It is usually possible, and preferable, to recast sentences as plural to avoid both the sexist and antiquated universal default to male pronouns and the awkward use of he or she, him or her and the like: All students must complete their homework, not Each student must complete his or her homework.

When such a rewrite is impossible or hopelessly awkward, however, what is known as “the singular they” is permissible: Everyone has their own opinion about the traditional grammar rule. The singular they is also useful in references to people who identify as neither male nor female.

What we really don't need is a "new series of words", what we need is people who are a vanishing proportion of the population to get proportional attention. Now, that's not to say if they're a friend or a colleague you can't learn their pronouns as a courtesy, but to suggest everyone everywhere at all times needs to stop and ask what your pronouns are is too much effort and just feeds the ego of people who insist on such accommodations being made.

You may disagree, in which case I would like you to henceforth refer to me as "Lord Zaelath, first of Zher name".

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 295

It could be "is he", "is she" or "is it", or even some other gender neutral pronoun construct, but you'd have to know the person to know what their pronouns are; which is why this stuff is so fraught, I shouldn't need a pronunciation guide to avoid offending people, but while "it" /should/ be acceptable, it is not.

You can't replace "queen" with "winner" because there is also generally a "king" and neither of them "win" the prom.

I can't help read, "What is the queen wearing?" in Chandler Bing's voice with appropriate comedic/searching pauses; "What is ... the .. queen wearing?"

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 295

Yeah, that's what immediately came to mind for me, certainly not "Everyone needs to be sure to tighten he safety belt before approaching the cliff" as the article suggests. They probably mean "his" but it's just a really poor example because of "everyone".

Better perhaps; "The Dean of Medicine gave a scathing speech this afternoon." "Really? What did ____ say?".

Not only is that a common example where people's unconscious bias would insert "he", but it's a perfectly acceptable place to say "they" in speech for an individual.

And for illustrating this actual argument; "The prom queen is dressed unusually" "Why? What _____ wearing?" in that sentence "are they" makes no sense, unless the prom queen is conjoined twins.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 1) 222

How's your retirement savings going? How would if be if the government took it on a whim? That's the ehart of conservatism in America - a government without the power to fuck you.

That's just bullshit.

Conservatives give more to charity, and all of progressivism is the search for moral superiority.

So is that.

But I bet that quote was from the 80s (or before), the era of televangelists, before the parties swapped the role of moral scold.

My quote is from 2002, yours is from 1875 (

We're done here.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 1) 222

You should have prefaced that comment with your age. Also "conservative" and the party you vote for are different things.

Way way older than 30, and make a decent living (enough that I pay 37% tax at the top end, plus sales tax on what I do get to keep) I just don't feel the need to own everything in the world to be happy.

The oldquote is "If you're under 30 and conservative, you have no heart. If you're over 30 and liberal you have no money."

Quotes are awesome, though I prefer: "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

Comment Re: please use a password manager.... (Score 1) 126

entropy:lack of order or predictability
characters:unit of information that roughly corresponds to a grapheme, grapheme-like unit, or symbol, such as in an alphabet or syllabary in the written form of a natural language.
bit:0 or 1

20 characters of entropy: W6iIfgerBGbAk6bNVpcL
20 bits of entropy:01110010001000111001

What's your definition of entropy exactly?

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