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I've Withdrawn My Candidacy[edit]

I also posted that I hope people who would have voted for me as a first or second choice choose you or BobM instead. Best of luck, RoninMacbeth (talk) 18:01, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Yeah, I was aware of that. Thanks for stepping in though, at least making it more of a fight than let RobSmith get something I don't believe he deserves. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 18:11, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Wow![edit]

Thank you for this edit to universal healthcare. Wow! That was unexpected. Nerd (talk) 02:19, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

I was aware of that issue for quite a while. I read about it in Skeptical Raptor first, but now I can't find the original article, so I just tried searching "americans subsidizing healthcare for other countries" and made the best of that. Were you aware of this, @Nerd? --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 02:29, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
Actually, no. I read somewhere that drug companies, American and European, make the most money in the U.S. I also read that most NATO allies are spending less than 2% of their GDP on defense. But I never knew that the American sick are actually paying for the medical bills of their European counterparts. Oh, come on! That is so not fair! Nerd (talk) 02:40, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
Well, that's a simplistic way of saying it, but practically yes. We pay for R&D for other countries as our private sector sets the pricing, but in those countries, it's the government. Certainly, this disparity is unfair, but I believe there's little we can do about that. By the way, I'm getting some Bloomberg opinion that disputes it, but it's behind some pay/subscribe wall, so I'll disregard it. *shrug*. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 02:49, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
Without research and development, there can be no drug. So that statement is accurate, though, admittedly, misleading without context. But you and I both know what we are talking about, so there is no problem. Nerd (talk) 03:05, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
You can read more here. Price discrimination is also a factor. The last paragraph is pretty much what I read in my economics textbook. Americans want the maximum quality, so prices will be inevitably high. Nerd (talk) 03:15, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
That's unfortunately locked behind a subscribe wall. :( --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 03:16, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
It is?! I did not bump into any paywall. Hmm. It's the Wall Street Journal, not Bloomberg, where I also ran into a paywall. Nerd (talk) 03:36, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
On the second thought, you're right. I ran into my limit. Nerd (talk) 16:17, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

When Stalin plays Mario[edit]

This is how the theme song sounds. Nerd (talk) 23:00, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

It's no accident that Mario's red, amirite? --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 23:45, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

Have you heard of murdoch Murdoch[edit]

Have you? — Unsigned, by: Rationaldriver / talk / contribs

Why was The Best News removed from the Fake News page?[edit]

It's not a real site, but all of the sites on that page aren't real. Can you really say that it's LESS reliable than all those other sites? No way. It's just as much a fake news site as any other. — Unsigned, by: Logicnsuch / talk / contribs

It's not really about if it's real or not, it's more about if it's notable enough. That it's created by Wix (which literally anyone can do), and that it's incomplete, makes it nonnotable, and I'd rather get sites that have enough traffic and have their own domain and such first, though those still aren't enough. We should not document every little site here, just as how we don't try going around and document every single crazy Youtuber that exists. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 22:50, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
But that site has some seriously crazy stuff. It is complete. I think so, anyway. — Unsigned, by: Logicnsuch / talk / contribs
But tons of that kind of site exists already. Should we document every Kookmobile we find on the freeway? --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 00:13, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
That site gives the Fake News page something which I think can't be found in any of the other sites on there- an example of such incompetent reporting that no standards whatsoever are retained. — Unsigned, by: Logicnsuch / talk / contribs
Seen it already. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 22:38, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Nah, Yahoo News has whole words and full sentences. THIS site doesn't. This site is the craziest you can get. SEE? — Unsigned, by: Logicnsuch / talk / contribs
I see a horrible embodiment of Haig's law, and not much else. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 22:48, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Not even the worst example of Haig's Law. And yeah, thanks for pinpointing that particular subject, it slipped my mind. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 23:17, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
So what are we saying here? That Alex Jones makes FAKE news, but somebody even MORE crazy than him makes REAL news? Logicnsuch (talk) 00:17, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
You're not getting this, are you? --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 00:20, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Nah, I think I get it- this site is pretty essential to the Fake News page because it's an example of Fake News that can't be found elsewhere. Logicnsuch (talk) 00:43, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Should I put it back on there? Logicnsuch (talk) 01:01, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
No. You can try asking other people though, but I strongly disagree with adding a site from Wix, Wix of all things, to the list. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 01:09, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Birdman

Don't get me wrong, I fully expect Birdman to ignore my counterarguments, pat himself on the back, and walk away. I merely wished to have a chance to counter his bullshit by pointing out a major flaw in his reasoning. Further, I've wanted to do that since I encountered his bullshit self aggrandizement in the talkpage archives. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 00:05, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

I tried to counter his festering cerebrospinal fluid but he just ignored me and continued reiterating his points. I grew frustrated with debating this smug piece of work and I don't want others feeling the same. I pointed out another major flaw in his reasoning (particularly his argument addresses that very specific example of his argument and thus is applicable to only that example not necessarily the argument itself, but he responds with semantic games). My patience with intellectually dishonest pricks has worn thin. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 00:11, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Like I said I've read the talkpage archives. I merely wished to put in my two cents on the matter, i.e. that by claiming a counter-paradox (is that an actual concept?) stating that God can solve the original problem via multiverse, he has by definition stated that God cannot solve the problem without resorting to using multiple timelines, therefor there are restrictions on God's powers (and one could argue on his knowledge as well), and therefor God is not Omnipotent, therefor we are back at square one. Therefor the original problem remains, and is still applicable, though possibly expanded somewhat.
This is all based on the apologetic habit of claiming a premise, arguing themselves into a corner, then attempting to get out of said corner via doublethink style special pleading and escape hatches. It irks me that they don't have the balls to adapt beyond their dogma. I mean, I'm able to carry the premise through to it's conclusion and I think the whole thing is bullshit, but I can at least argue for it coherently despite, or possibly even because of, that bias on my part. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 00:32, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
I see. I don't think they have the balls OR the holes to ever argue beyond their bulletproof "novel" ideas. I'm pretty sure this person has already found a conclusion and will argue to death from that conclusion he likes. I myself have problems with the omnipotence paradox (basically it's "can someone do something it can't do" which is already a self-defeating question) --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 00:38, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Ah, but if one is supposedly omnipotent then even the unachievable shouldn't be beyond one's reach, since omnipotence means zero limitations on one's abilities. Basically the omnipotence paradox boils down to the concept of omnipotence being the unstoppable force and the unmovable object, even though those concepts are not only flawed but mutually exclusive. Or to put it another way, Omnipotence is shitty logic, built on shitty logic, built on shitty logic. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 00:45, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

@GrammarCommie Annd he responds with "but it's a resolution not a solution." Bulletproof comeback. His new lengthy response is all about "your argument is aktually 'Omnipotence against Measurements' not 'Omnipotence against Omnipotence'". More semantics. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 18:34, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

I saw, his Distinction without a difference was... cute. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 13:26, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

Congratulations on your election to the Board. I look forward to working with you. I hope that working with me in my UTC+8 time zone won't require you having to get up too early or go to bed too late to attend our meetings. Spud (talk) 13:56, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

https://www.mariowiki.com/images/4/48/Mario_HappyNewYear_Artwork.png
I live in UTC−7, so this means add 15 hours, correct? I think I can get up a little early. If I'm up at 9:00 am this means it'll be midnight for you? I can get up earlier. Anyhow I do have a Skype, I just don't have it installed in the computer. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 18:00, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Yes. That's the time we've been having meetings. Midnight until two o'clock in the morning is fine by me any day of the week because I don't usually start work until four o'clock in the afternoon. We'll talk soon. Spud (talk) 01:31, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Congratulations to you and the other two new members, Bob M and David Gerard. —Kazitor Kazitor sig pic.png 21:38, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
Congratulations to LeftyGreenMario, @David Gerard and @Bob M! Bongolian (talk) 21:10, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Userboxbox[edit]

How did you get your userboxbox to stay up in the top right corner of your userpage? Mine refuses to do so and it's driving me nuts. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 14:07, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Your title is too long. Try using a line break <br>. You might need two of them. I think there's a way to impose some width limit on the text portion of the title of the userbox title... --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 18:23, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Contacting you[edit]

Hi, I'd like to add you to the RationalMedia Foundation Board Google Group. Could you provide a personal email? (My email link is on my userpage.) Thanks! 32℉uzzy; 0℃atPotato (talk/stalk) 18:50, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

The email should be sent. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 18:55, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
I responded; did you see it? Cømяade FυzzчCαтPøтαтø (talk/stalk) 20:24, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Yup, I see it. Sorry for the delay, I had little time to respond yesterday and I almost forgot today. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 20:00, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

The thing is[edit]

The look-at-mes tend to get irritated by someone 'not getting upset or looking bovvered' by their behaviour/treats them as asking serious questions etc - and occasionally 'borrowing' The Good Soldier Švejk and/or Sergeant Wilson.

I #am# mostly harmless. Anna Livia (talk) 22:48, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

If you get on from being like this to Birdman, fine, I just don't see how this is productive or useful for future referral. I myself browse through talk pages and I don't want to put up with that ping pong crap. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 23:03, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
I use the strategy more generally (and half the discussion on many such talk pages is between other participants exploring side topics). Anna Livia (talk) 13:10, 17 September 2018 (UTC)