Sunrider: Liberation Day – Captain’s Edition

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It’s back and better than ever!

So this is the sequel to Sunrider: Mask or Arcadius. Remember how I got the prequel? I had bought the sequel without knowing that it was a sequel? Didn’t seem right to play it and review it when I’m thrust into the water.Speaking of being thrust into the water – play the prequel first (it’s free). With that out of the way, let’s get into it.

Kayto Shields survived the battle via betrayals within the opposing PACT forces. However, bigger fish have joined the fray. It’s revealed that Chiaga Ashada (your forced love interest) is a prototype, essentially a clone in an army of clones whose sole job was to make you her husbando and use you to control the galaxy. Why it had to be you? I have no idea. Why was this plan so stupid? Still have no idea. Still, whatever, let’s roll with it. The story seems better crafted than the last time. Maybe it’s because last time was sorta “team-building”. Maybe it’s because it’s likely the middle of a trilogy. Whatever the case, characters have been established and now act within character a little better. If anything, Kayto Shields is the one that leaves character the most. It’s very disconcerting but it drives the plot along so okay.

Visual novel aside, Liberation Day fixes/exacerbates some of the problems of the prequel. In the prequel, combat was pretty much bunch your units up and push them along, using the shields by group up to keep damage low. Well now there are units that fire missiles that do splash damage. Gee thanks. You embedded a behavior in me only to make it now detrimental to my success! Argh! But they did give Kryska (<3) a drawfire skill, essentially a “taunt” that causes enemies to prioritize attacking her. Which is great. I believe in the prior game (I still have no idea) enemies prioritized units that killed in the prior turn. Which was really inconvenient when you used your sniper to destroy everything in one shot, but they had no defenses and no evasion. To deal with that I used to put my units with flak ahead of her so no one could missile her down. Now I just stick Kryska in front and have her take all of the hits. Buff her armor, use shields, she takes NO DAMAGE. Absolute cheese. They also took away the CG for each battle, thank goodness. That was the most annoying part of battle. Now things fly across the map in a style like when you turn off battle animations for Fire Emblem games. It’s great. Also: no crashes! How about that!

Captain’s Edition comes with the DLC [RE]turn stories. I won’t spoil these stories, but I do think that they are more amusing than the main story if you play them out. Of course, there’s a lot of overlap, which may lead to lots of skipping (also, you want to get all of the endings). I also think that they add some more depth to the main story, which is a plus.

Overall the game was a good experience, but get it on sale if you can. I seriously do not think it’s a $25 experience (the price at the time of writing). I think I got it for $10 and even that might be too much. Buyers be warned, there are I think 5 nudity pictures. Oh who am I kidding, that probably made you slap down the $25 right away. Still, I probably will wind up getting the trilogy because I am somewhat hooked on the game and want to see how the story ends. So good on you Love in Space. Good on you. Thanks for reading.

Artemis Hunt

Sunrider: Liberation Day – Captain’s Edition

#BernieMustDisavow

Oooh boy. I want to ride the clickbait train because you know all 3 of WordPress readers are going to be paying attention to the Democratic Convention that begins on July 25th, 2016. However, I often take about a day to write blog posts (more precisely, it takes me about 3-4 hours) and I want to to get a quickie in for Philadelphia Predictions! So here it is.

First, DWS has to resign. She’s confirmed her resignation already so there isn’t much more to it. This likely hands her post over to her opponent, Tim Canova. An individual that Sanders himself has endorsed. Can we talk about endorsements while we’re here? Sure. Let’s talk about endorsements. Sanders has officially endorsed Democratic Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (let me just pad my word count by using her full name and this aside). He has justified such a decision with a promise he made at the start of this entire cycle, in which he said that he will pretty much give up being an independent. Perhaps it’s better to say politically unaffiliated despite Sanders describing himself as a socialist… hmm. Anyway, he’s typically sided with the democrats in Congress, he’s caucused democrat, and probably voted democrat. Granted, democrats don’t own the right to ideals like gay marriage, as libertarians tend to have a similar view on it but with a different implementation. Sanders has promised to remain a democrat after this cycle which is pretty huge considering he switched his party to democratic so he could run for office under the democratic banner. Which to me smacks of using the party to suit his own needs but whatever, it’s not important and I’ve lost track of the original point.

So let me begin anew. Sanders endorsed Clinton saying (paraphrased) “Clinton on her worst day will be better than any republican candidate on their best day”. Which to me sounds like a pretty extreme claim. There’s a ton of dirt on Clinton throughout her political history. I find it difficult to believe that at her worst of times that she will always be better than any republican candidate. Of course, that depends on the candidate the republicans put forth but the blanket statement is what I take issue with. I really only see two viable ways of interpreting the statement. Either Clinton’s worst days aren’t that bad or the republicans are just universally worse. I’d like to believe Sanders meant the former but I truly believe that he actually meant the latter. He seems to take special interest against republicans. It’s like Sanders imagines republicans as British folk with a top hat and a french moustache wearing fingerless gloves. Let’s make the British bad guy eat an apple so he looks like even more of an asshole. Oy vey.

So now we get to the title of this post: #BernieMustDisavow. It’s a trending tag on Twitter (or at least until Twitter takes it down again and makes it no longer autofill again). The premise is that in light of the recent DNC email link showing that the DNC was somewhat conspiring against Sanders, that Sanders must take back his endorsement of Clinton. And it’s here that I make my predictions. The way I see it, there are X outcomes that seem likely.

The first and what I think is the most probable outcome is that Sanders does not disavow. He’ll take the emails like a man and just continue to smile and wave, smile and wave. If anything, he’ll do his damndest to avoid talking to anyone about the emails. Ironically one of his iconic quotes from this cycle is “Everyone’s tired of hearing about your damn emails!” and now it has come back to emails once again. It’s the circle of strife! Why do I believe this. I believe Sanders at this point will do everything in his power to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected. That’s right, it’s not about getting Clinton elected, but making sure Trump doesn’t get elected. Sanders has voiced his concerns about Trump many times, even taking time to ask whether or not Trump is running for president or dictator during Trump’s speech at RNC Cleveland. Sanders has made it clear that he believes that the Trump campaign has been built on hate and fearmongering. Sanders has made it clear that he believes Trump would be devastating to the country. So disavowing Clinton would probably make Trump more likely to win. I saw an article suggesting that 50% of Sanders voters will not vote Clinton and that’s a sizeable chunk of Sanders voters. That’s around 6 million voters, which is the margin by which Obama won in 2012. (Of course, this is the United States where the parties run everything and the popular vote doesn’t matter).

And I actually find it really sad, because there is no winning situation for Sanders in this case. If he doesn’t disavow, he will be seen as cooperating with a corrupt system. If he does disavow, he makes that which he desires least that much more of a reality. He’s already receiving some backlash about endorsing Clinton in the first place, but if he remains relatively silent on this issue, it will only feed into the minds of the voters that much more. But realistically? This is probably his best move. Sanders has crafted his image quite well and even with the stains that he’ll pick up, he did manage to get some of his agenda put onto the Democratic party platform. So he can take the moral victory (if we’re going to call it that) of helping Clinton win and push the country towards his ideals.

What I see as the second most likely outcome is Sanders doesn’t disavow, for all of the reason stated earlier, but does take the opportunity to talk about a corrupt system within the Democratic party. But he has to word it very carefully. He cannot risk losing voters to third parties, or worse… Trump.

What I see as a third outcome but unlikely is that Sanders does disavow and tries to move towards the protesters that are already congregating in Philly for this convention. He has shut up about it for a while but he has been notorious for using national polls to say that he can beat Trump. He does this to gather the support of superdelegates (despite initially criticizing their involvement in the process). If he could gather enough superdelegates, he could override the pledged delegate totals (and as an extension, the popular vote totals) to get the nomination.

However, this is likely another lose-lose situation. In doing so, he will be overriding ‘the will of the people’ which he seemed rather keen on. Remember, he lost popular vote totals. He lost the pledged delegate totals. On top of that, he criticized superdelegates because he felt that they overrode the will of the people. If he were to convince these superdelegates to his side, he would be complicit in such an action. It would make him a very easy target for the republican party. Granted, Trump is also a bit of an “easy target” so that may not matter much. Still, Sanders would have the nomination and if those polls he cited came to fruition, it would give the Democrats another four years in the white house. With the upsurge of “progressive” candidates, Sanders and his “progressive” party would be off to a good footing to changing the nation.

Fourth, and this is the outcome that I personally want: my perfect storm – the superdelegates actually do it. The party does nominate Bernie Sanders. I honestly think that this is the DNC’s best move. I think that the party can hide behind all of the Clinton scandals and claim that she’s unelectable. Claim that for the interest of the party, that they had no choice but to override the will of the people and select Sanders. The party gets away with washing their hands of Clinton, Sanders doesn’t have to take too much of the fall from the decision, and the party gets the candidate that polls have predicted to win. I think that this is the best move for the party (and the best move to keep H. A. Goodman off suicide watch) because it may reinforce an idea that they’re willing to throw away corrupt candidates in the electorate. On top of that, we wind up getting that fabled Sanders vs. Trump debate that was all the rage earlier (I really wanted to see that). In fact, if you go through my posts, I actually wanted that debate long before it may have been a possibility.

Whatever happens, I’m sure there will be a great shitstorm inside and outside of the convention for me to laugh at. My main concern about the convention is whether or not violence occurs. I’ve criticized the Sanders supporters for this before but they’ve made Sanders out to be a christ figure. There is a cult of personality about Sanders. Whether he dies on the cross or is reborn in three days at this convention, the Sanders supporters outside need to remain calm and not hurt anyone. A violent outbreak at this convention will only hurt your cause no matter which candidate you support. The police in Philly are already requesting backup and taking preventative measures. Please, if you attend this convention, don’t hurt anyone and keep yourself safe. Perhaps buy a gun. Protect yourselves. That’ll be it from me though, thanks for reading.

Artemis Hunt

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The Physics of FitFlix

Ooooh, you knew this post was inevitable. Any science blog has to have one of these posts.

In our age of technology and rising rates of obesity, the question is often pondered as to how can we get people moving when they can just sit on the couch and watch TV? It’s a rather trying question that I’m sure doctors, fitness specialists, and game developers have been working on for a while. Go on the app store and you can find many Couch to 5k applications. I actually use one myself called Zombies, Run! I like Zombies, Run! because it sorta makes the running worth it. There’s a podcast playing behind you and that makes the run a little more bearable than hearing the weezing of your scrawny pale body trying to move more than 2mph. So now there’s this post flying around on the internet about what if you had a bicycle that was hooked up to your computer and you could use the internet to maybe watch Netflix if you could pedal the bicycle to power your machine. Seems fairly plausible, right? Let’s find out.

So how are we going to evaluate whether or not this is possible? Well, if you go through my past of science posts, you’ll see that there’s a common principle between them all (all two of em): Conservation of Energy. It feels bad that I keep coming back to this well but it’s one of the guiding principles when it comes to problems like this. So what are we looking at?

The first thing we want to do is establish how much energy would be necessary to power your computer so that you may watch Netflix (or your service of choice). And this is hard to pin down. Well, let’s start with the basics. We want to know how much energy your computer and modem use. According to MichaelBlueJay a desktop computer uses “about 65 to 250 Watts” and then we need to add another “20-40 Watts” for the (LCD) monitor. Griffith University seems to agree with the range somewhat, shifting the lower bound by 20 Watts. These are rather large ranges, and rightly so. The factors that go into how much power your computer consumes are the components and peripherals. So let’s just use the worst-case numbers. If you can do it for the worst-case, you can probably do it for the best-case. So we’re dealing with 290 Watts (250 Watts for the desktop computer, and 40 Watts for the monitor). Now we need the modem because that’s how your computer will be connected to the internet. And this is where I run into trouble. Because I usually don’t go beyond page 2 of Google when looking for sources. MakeItCheaper sounds like some random blog and it says 2-20 Watts (but the average is around 6 Watts). So I’ll continue with my worst-case scenario calculation but we may want to come back later and run the numbers again. So, the final total: 310 Watts.

A Watt is a Joule per second. Which means that every second we must supply 310 Joules to the bicycle. We also have to assume that every Joule we supply to the bicycle is sent to the computer and modem without any loss due to resistance in the wire… but hey, we’re working with idealized systems here. So how do we determine how much energy we’re supplying to the bicycle. If your exercise bicycle is anything like mine, it only has one wheel, or at least one main wheel. And if we just look at that one wheel, we have our problem solved. There’s an equation we know for the energy of a rotating object: Hyperphysics to the rescue.

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Normally, if we were considering a rolling wheel we’d have to consider its rotational kinetic energy AND its translational kinetic energy. But exercise bicycles are notoriously stationary, so we only need to worry about rotational kinetic energy. Now we get to the I and the ω. What do these two symbols mean?

I denotes the object’s moment of inertia. You can think of it like resistance to rolling. It’s the rotational analogue to mass, resistance to external forces. The moment of inertia of an object depends on some factors like mass distribution and how the object is rotating. It is for this reason that the moment of inertia is better described as a tensor, but I won’t get into that. Just know that it’s easier to rotate some objects (like a wheel) about certain axes compared to others axes. The symbol ω represents the angular velocity, or how fast the object is rotating.

We’ll begin with the angular velocity, mostly because I want to make an assumption on it. I want to assume a constant angular velocity comparable to what a user may do. The question you want to ask yourself now is: why? Well I do this for two reasons. The first is that it simplifies the number of variables that we’re playing with from three to two (moment of inertia will have two components, plus the angular velocity). And the second reason is because I want to simulate real life as much as I can. And I find it highly unlikely that the rider will go race pace while they watch their show. So I plan to use a nice, leisurely pace for my calculations. On the exercise bicycle that we have here, I can do about 60-70 RPM comfortably. Let’s split the difference and say that when you’re biking you’ll do an average of 65 RPM for the duration of your show. Convert that that RPS (rotations per second) and we get 1.0833 RPS. Not quite done yet though, as we need to convert that rotations per second into radians per second. That’s not difficult though. 1 rotation per second is 2π radians per second. So at the end of it all, our angular velocity is going to be: 6.807 radians per second.

For the sake of this calculation, I’m going to imagine the wheel of the bicycle being a thin hoop (not terribly unrealistic I hope). The moment of inertia of a thin hoop (again from Hyperphysics) rotating about its center axis is:

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With M being the mass of the hoop and R being its radius. This is where we have room to play with numbers. I have an infinite number of moments of inertia to choose from, and I have to narrow it down to one realistic one we can use as a baseline. But since we’re going with the whole “bicycle” motif, let’s use a standard bike wheel size. Let’s use the racing wheel sizes here. According the wikipedia, a standard size for the rim of the wheel is 622 mm. But that’s a diameter, not a radius, so chop that number and half and we get a 311 mm radius for our wheel. That’s .311 meters. I convert everything to these base units because I want the kinetic energy equation to yield Joules without any conversion. Now we’re pretty much done. I’ll solve for the mass of the wheel, and we’ll just guess as to whether or not you believe you could push that wheel that fast.

So, what are we doing? We’re going to solve our kinetic energy equation for the mass of the wheel.

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We know that we must supply 310 Joules per second, and we’re going to use a leisurely pace of 1.0833 rotations per second as our angular velocity. We’re going to be using a wheel of radius 0.311 meters. So let’s plug in our numbers and see what we get.

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That 69.1719 is the mass in kilograms. To put that into perspective, that’s about the mass of a healthy adult human male. That’s far more massive than any wheel you’ve ever used in a bicycle, so the chances are that you being able to rotate that wheel fast enough are probably slim.

But that was a worst-case scenario. Let’s try a best-case scenario! 80 Watts for the desktop (using Griffith University source numbers) and 20 Watts for the monitor. Oh, and let’s use 6 Watts for the modem (the average power for modems cited above). This gives us 106 Watts of power that we must provide, or 106 Joules per second.

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23.6523 kilograms isn’t that bad. That’s close to 50 pounds. That’s still quite massive though. That weight is comparable to… maybe a large dog? My chalkboard weighs 60 pounds so slightly less than that. Anyway I still think that’s unreasonable. That’s bench press material… for me (I am not a strong person).

We see that we lose a lot of energy by treating the computer and the monitor separately. What if we instead used a laptop? Using the MichaelBlueJay numbers, a laptop uses 15 Watts in its best-case scenario. Tack on another 6 Watts for the modem and we get 21 Watts. Plugging in those numbers, we get:

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4.686-ish kilograms, about 10 pounds. Which isn’t bad at all. 10 pounds is about how much my cat weighs. So I think this one is reasonable. I’d say that the best-case scenario for the laptop works fine. But I don’t like judging things on their best-case scenario. How about we use the worst-case scenario for a laptop. How about we use that 60 Watts for the laptop plus the 6 Watts for the modem.

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That’s about thirty pounds or a little less than the weight of a 32-pack of water bottles. Not sure if that’s reasonable. But I think somewhere in the middle we can get a feasible case for FitFlix working on your laptop. Especially since when I was going 70 RPM the machine told me that I was producing some 80 Watts.

So where do we stand? FitFlix doesn’t work for desktop computers. It’s plausible that it could work for laptops. What about TVs? Simple answer to that: do TVs or more specifically: do Smart TVs (requiring that internet connection) consume comparable power to a laptop? Well according to RTINGS it’s 35 Watts for my 36″ LED TV. If it were instead an LCD TV, MichaelBlueJay would say around 100 Watts. So the answer really depends on your type of TV. But for my TV at least, Fitflix would work out.

Of course, we’re all missing the obvious solutions of using a phone or table, which use vastly less power. So you could definitely power your phone and Fitflix. Depending on your TV you could watch TV and Fitflix. And it’s plausible that you could use your laptop and Fitflix. However, I find it unlikely that you could desktop computer and Fitflix.

That’s just my take on it. If I’ve made any mistakes in the physics or the math or you have some problem with my method, or maybe you have a better method, please let me know. I’m more than welcome to criticism. That’s all for tonight though. Thanks for reading.

Artemis Hunt

 

The Physics of FitFlix

Skullgirls

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Skullgirls is a game about girls fighting over the Skull Heart, an entity(?) (it seems sentient) which will grant you a wish in exchange for possessing you. It seems that the purity of the wisher plays a fact into how long it takes for the Skull Heart to fully possess you.

The game reminds me of Darkstalker in art and character design. Every (main) character is female, every character is sexualized out the wazoo, and it’s a 2D fighting game. It doesn’t feel particularly inventive, although there’s only so much you can do with fighting games. Maybe this isn’t a good genre for me to review. The character stories are rather lame. Divekick had better character story than this and it was literally a two button game. You dive, and you kick. (It’s quite brilliant, I highly recommend Divekick) The campaign for each character is fairly short (thank goodness). I had to watch a YouTube video to deal with one boss (on Normal mode no less, Christ) but other than that button mashing will get you through the game. And that’s the problem, isn’t it. Sure, learning the combos will make you competitive against real players but against the AI you can using a rolling pin and win. Of course… this was on Normal mode…

You start the game with six characters, you can unlock three more by completing the campaigns (which is a point against the game if you ask me). The forgivable thing about the unlocking process is that you have more fighters to choose from. If you could only use one fighter at the start or one fighter for some duration of the game, then I’d be a little more sore about it. Of course the campaigns are so short it doesn’t really matter. I had every character unlocked within an hour. That excludes the DLC characters, to which I say SHAME ON YOU. I already bought the game and now you want more of my money? No way Jose.

There’s really not much to review here. So the question is, do you miss 2D fighters with needlessly complicated command chains to execute special moves? Do you miss cutesy chicks? Do you like watching beach balls bounce about? If you answered yes to all of these questions, Skullgirls is for you.

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100% Orange Juice

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I have no idea why it’s named that.

I like to think that the title of the game is supposed to be 100% RNG because that’s what it is. Orange Juice (as I will call it for the duration of this review) is a card party game, similar to titles you may be familiar with such as Mario Party. But in reality? I think of it more like (and I hope I’m not dating myself with this reference) Trouble meets Uno. You chase three other players across a board while collecting stars and making people see stars. You have an objective to complete to ‘Level Up’ and once a player hits Level 6, they win.

The game itself is rather simple and easy to learn. I believe it’s implemented too much as an ‘Online only’ game. There is a single-player campaign but several shop items are limited based on player level. Which can only be increased by playing online. And I don’t review online games because I don’t like to review games based on community. Otherwise I’d have to say darling clever games like Undertale are complete trash, despite being okay maybe even good.

The characters are cutesy and nonsensical and that’s pretty much their entire charm. This isn’t a game you play for depth. The campaigns are ‘hijinks’ predicated on silly situations.

Let’s talk about the shop. It’s how you get more characters – you buy them. That’s not something that I like in games. I didn’t pay for this game to have to pay again to have more variety. I will note that I didn’t see anything in the game that seemed to denote you could ‘pay to win’ though I never looked at the DLC so who knows. In either case, I don’t think that there’s much value in this game. It’s not something that I would play but it might be a nice timekiller for you. Thanks for reading.

Artemis Hunt

100% Orange Juice

Your ‘Right’ to (Government Funded) Healthcare

EDIT: I had to rename the title to more accurately reflect the argument. I’m not saying that you have no right to seek health care as much as I am saying you are not entitled to services provided by another (beyond the government).

So there’s this idea that’s been spreading about for a while and it has really picked up steam since Senator Sanders started pushing for it in their “progressive” platform. That idea is the ‘right’ to healthcare and the ‘right’ to education. Today, I’d like to rain on some parades and explain to you why these are not rights. I’ll focus on healthcare but the same argument will apply to education as well.

Before we explain why something is not a ‘right’, let’s figure out what a ‘right’ is to begin with. The definition of right is this:

Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory – Wikipedia

I actually find this definition quite acceptable. Rights are important because they act as a guiding principle to the way you want your society to be run.

But where do we get our rights? I’d like to say we get our rights from the government because in one sense we do,but I don’t feel that’s entirely proper. Saying you get your rights from the government sort of distances you from how you obtained your rights in the first place. You could replace government with God and essentially have the same sentence. Are you familiar with the idea of the “Social Contract“? The philosophy is that people define their government, voluntarily giving up their power in exchange for protection of their rights. So put simply: we define our rights. Our rights are defined when we create this contract in which we give the government its legitimacy. In the United States, this contract is the Constitution.

What are some rights that we in the United States have that you may be familiar with. We have the right to assembly, the right to petition the government, the right to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the freedom of the press. At present, we have the right to bear arms but I’m skeptical of how much longer that will remain as Clinton moves towards the office and the ‘progressive party’ starts to get more involved with government. But that’s a complaint for another day. We have the right to an attorney. In fact, I’ll just list the Bill of Rights here because that’s really what it is. I’ll try to limit each right to a sentence if possible.

  1. The right to assemble, petition the government, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
  2. The right to bear arms.
  3. A fairly antiquated amendment, I’d describe it as the right to your own home. Specifically, this amendment prevents the government from forcing you to put up soldiers in your home.
  4. Unreasonable search and seizure, you can’t be searched without a warrant.
  5. The right to a fair trial, and the right to not be forced to testify against oneself.
  6. Right to a speedy trial (you can’t have your trial delayed arbitrarily).
  7. Right to a trial by jury.
  8. Right to fair punishment (no ‘cruel or unusual sentences’).
  9. You have rights not listed in the Constitution.
  10. Powers not given to the government belong to the states or the people.

So if you live in the United States, you are guaranteed all of these rights. The 9th amendment is a ‘catch-all’ which is pretty much the founding fathers saying “We can’t list all of your rights, use common sense for the rest” or at least, that’s my interpretation. Do note that I am not a law in constitutional law, so my opinion is just that, my opinion. But do you notice any special about the amendments? They all seem to be focused on an individual. The main trend among these rights is that they don’t require unwilling parties (with the exception of the seventh). All of these rights focus on an individual’s place in the government.

The most important thing about rights is that they don’t trample one another. You have the right to be offended, and I have the right to offend you. However, you do not have the right to silence others from offending you, because such a ‘right’ would trample another right. Then you run into an issue of ‘which right is right’? Law seems to be a tricky business that I’m quite glad that I stayed out of. So every right is distinct.Do you pay for your rights? Through jury duty, draft (if you’re male), and taxes, essentially yes.

Now let’s talk about what a ‘right to healthcare’ would entail. A right to healthcare suggests that doctors would be required to operate on you regardless of how much you are willing to pay. A right to healthcare suggests that pharmacies would be required to provide you with drugs regardless of what you are willing to pay. You would be entitled to this service because of your place within the country. This, I don’t like. It infringes on the rights of the individuals providing that service. I have the right to charge what I want to charge for my product or service. You have the right to purchase my product or service, or to refuse to purchase my product or service. I have the right to my body and everything that entails. I own my lungs, my heart, my liver, my spleen, my everything. I also own my labor. I cannot be forced to provide labor if I am unwilling to. You can’t force Wal-Mart to hire me any more than you can force me to work for Wal-Mart.

If healthcare were a right, you would be infringing on the rights of the doctors to provide their labour in the manner that they see fit for the price that they see fit. You would be infringing on the right of the pharmaceutical company to charge the prices that they want for their drugs. Essentially, what I’m saying is if you want to make healthcare a right, you’d either have to trample the rights of doctors, or find a way to provide healthcare through the government through volunteers.

See, it’s a weird issue because it’s always framed in the way of costs. Do I mind taking a healthcare tax to provide healthcare to everyone? Personally? Not in the least. But do I mind requiring that healthcare providers provide healthcare regardless of their whether or not they want to for the prices stated? Absolutely.

The problem we are running into this election cycle, and by extension this generation, is the idea of entitlement. The millennial generation is a bunch of entitled children. Am I saying that they’re dumb? Absolutely not. I know several very hardworking millennials that I respect very highly. Do I think that millennials want free stuff or think that the Sanders plan would’ve given them free stuff? Absolutely not. I believe most millennials recognize that the money had to come from somewhere, and it would have likely come from them. However, what I do think is that millennials have a problem discerning their freedoms and whether or not they are necessary. Each year, as more and more students go through the college system which brainwashes the liberal bias into them, they become a little more authoritarian. When students are attempting to sign away free speech (I believe most Americans agree that the first amendment is the most important one) citing that they have the right to not be offended by others. They’ve also been a major push-back against the second amendment. Honestly I wish they’d care as much about the fourth amendment as they do about revoking the first because the fourth one is the one in trouble. Sure, the Supreme Court made the correct ruling that time, but the fact that police are breaking it is a sign of bad times to come.

The worst part is that I can see the good intentions behind the movement, right? Why would you oppose universal health care? Are you so greedy as to not want to help other people pay for their doctor visits and medication? It’s this idea of altruism that guides this hand. If you oppose this altruism, you get branded a bigot. “What? You don’t care that people are dying because they can’t afford healthcare? You must hate poor people”. Then you become a social outcast and who wants to become an outcast? But the problem comes in the way of ‘forced altruism’. If I want to give to charity, it should be on my terms, not someone else’s. Because it’s my money, my services, my property going into this act of charity. I recognize that it very may well be for ‘the greater good’ but that doesn’t mean that I give up my rights to satisfy it.

Wouldn’t a universal living wage be for the greater good? Like getting paid just to live (which I foresee as an inevitable outcome as automation becomes more and more widespread). How about homes? We have a ton of unused homes and a ton of space in the used homes. Wouldn’t it be for the greater good if every home in the United States took on a homeless person (or people, proportional to the size of the home) and gave them a place to stay? We would reduce homelessness! Unfortunately in doing so, you’ve forfeited the right to your property. And the worst part is – once rights are gone, once rights are surrendered to the government, they aren’t easily reclaimed. That’s why we must hold out against these oppressive movements as long as we can, and educate their proponents on the consequences that would arise if they were successful.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I recognize the goodwill, but reject the premise on the grounds that I enjoy my freedoms and rights. Thanks for reading.

Artemis Hunt

Your ‘Right’ to (Government Funded) Healthcare

Police Brutality – The Myth

Update: Youtuber Sargon Of Akkad does a much better analysis of the statistics than I in this Youtube video. Please check that out if my attempt to explain the lack of bias is unclear.

Let me make clear that I do not in any way condone violent acts by officers in situations that do not call for it. I saw the Alton Sterling videos. I saw a man that appeared to be subdued get shot. In that same vein, I’m still going to exercise healthy skepticism until all of the details are in. That said, this event has brought all of the BLM wannabes out of the woodwork, so we’re going to set the record straight.

First, I’d like to direct your attention to two websites.

killedbypolice.net and The Guardian’s Police Fatality Counter

Isn’t The Guardian a British publication? Why are they involving themselves with the United States’ domestic issues? I guess the world loves to laugh at us gun nuts.

The numbers differ between the two, so we’ll use The Guardian’s numbers since they have a breakdown by race. 566 people have been killed by the cops in the United States. I wish that number were lower, but I don’t know the situations that led to every shooting. I don’t know if I would agree that each shooting was justified. So I won’t comment on it. The Guardian has the tab set to “Per Million (capita)” so it looks like Native Americans get the raw end of the deal followed quickly by blacks. I don’t like this type of comparison. Consider the following situation.

The population of Goldville is 100 people. 30 are Red, 70 are Blue. Crimes are committed entirely by Red people. Whatever the living situations of these Red people are, it just drives them to commit crime. Now Goldville has some cops, some Red, some Blue. Sometimes when they go out to stop the Reds from committing crimes, they shoot them. Sometimes the Red people shot by the Goldville police die. But since only Red people are committing the crimes prompting a police response, only Red people are killed by police. So 100% of police kills are Red people, but Red people account for only 30% of the population. So the natural conclusion is that the cops are racist for only shooting Red people, right? It would be, if you’re a Red Lives Matter activist. But it seems a bit of a poor comparison. Why would you ever expect a Blue person to get shot by the cops when the Blue people aren’t committing crimes that would prompt a police response? Seems batty to me.

So instead, we will do the following comparison. We will compare the percentage of people shot by race to the percentage of people committing crimes. This is a far more appropriate comparison. If we go back to my prior example, if 100% of crimes are committed by a race, and 100% of police fatalities are attributed to that very same race, it makes sense. So I found a table of crime statistics by race for 2013. This comes straight from the FBI so I would be inclined to trust that source. We see from the table that the arrests rates are as follows:

White: 69.8%
Black: 28.3%
Native American: 1.6%
Asian: 1.2%
Pacific Islander: 0.1%

(There’s also another column labeled Hispanic vs Not Hispanic. In which, Hispanic folk are 16.6% of arrests.)

You may have noticed that this adds up to 101% This is likely due to rounding errors in everything being given by the tenths place. Bear in mind that this seems to just be arrests. What we are doing with the following comparisons is assuming that no criminal gets away from the police. Realistically, this is false. Several people kill in a year but do not get arrested until several years later. However, for the purpose of demonstration, this will perhaps suffice.

Let’s compare the percentages of police kills by race.

White: 49.3%
Black: 24.0%
Hispanic: 15.5%
Other/Unknown: 7.1%
Native American: 2.3%
Pacific Islander: 1.8%

Now we run into the issue of ‘hispanic vs. not hispanic’. But let’s see if we can work around it. About 4.8 million arrests are in the hispanic set of columns. The question is whether or not that total (which we’ll call Total2) is a subset of Total1 (the number of arrest reported at the far left) or its own set of arrest, leading to a total of 14 million arrests in 2013. A Google search has led me to believe that they’re to be two separate totals with some kind of intersection of 2 million arrests. Which coincidentally enough is close to the number of arrests for drugs according to the DrugWarFacts.org link I used. But they also cite a different number of arrests compared to the FBI chart. But drug related arrests are accounted for in the FBI table. How inconvenient.

So long story short, my charts are far too different and I have 2 million arrests unavailable for comparison. Since hispanic isn’t included in the FBI table in the full range of races, I assume that ‘hispanic’ is split among what is listed in some way (after all, 2 million arrests are unaccounted for). My guess? The hispanic people are factored primarily into the white column. Why? Because The country is primarily white, so if there are mixed children, the probability of them having a white parent is much higher. Second (and this is anecdotal), latino folk can often pass as ‘white’ to a first glance. But they can also count as black-white mixed as well. In the case of mixed-race, I suspect the attribution to go to black. This is because there’s a culture associated with being black that’s often described as inspiring. Whereas the culture associated with being white is conquering countries and owning slaves.

For the purpose of demonstration, I will focus on black vs white in the following example. In our police kills by race percentage list, we have 22.6% of police killings locked up by hispanic and other.The country is 63.7% white, and 12.2% black (2010 census). If we split 75.9% of that 22.6% between the blacks and the whites, what do we get? Well first is that the black kill percentage goes up to about 25% which matches quite the 28% of crime committed statistic better. And the white kill percentage goes up to about 65% which is also comparable to the 70% of crimes being committed by white people statistic. Which turns out nicely, but again, this is all off of a guess of the ‘hispanic’ and ‘other’ distribution between whites and blacks.

So at the end of the day, I don’t see that much in the way of racism. If anything, Pacific Islanders get the raw end of the deal. Of course when we look at the actions cops take, there’s a ton of racism. Cops take 0.23 seconds longer to shoot black people. Cops are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black people. But that’s all based off of one study, so I don’t want to read into it too much.

Is there racism in the police force? Definitely. Is that a problem? I would not say so. I don’t have any problem with people holding racist ideals (or any ideals for that matter) if they don’t use those ideals to harm other people. I will trust a racist surgeon to operate on me just as much as I would trust a non-racist surgeon to operate on me. Because the racism shouldn’t be relevant to how well you can do your job. Even though the cops may hold racist views, it’s clearly not making them shoot more black people. Don’t hurt our cops. Thanks for reading.

Artemis Hunt

Police Brutality – The Myth